10
Sep
19

Introducing our guests: Cliff Fluet (copyright lawyer, London)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Cliff Fluet (Lewis Silkin LLP, London, UK) holds a keynote on “The Music Business & Technology – How Their Past and Present will Dictate Their Future” in mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Hall on Sep. 13, from 9:15-10:00 and will then join the panel discussion on “The Future of Music Copyright” with Karl Ryan (Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google UK), Ros Lynch (Intellectual Property Office, London, UK) and Steve Stewart (vezt, Los Angeles, USA) moderated by Sally Gross (University of Westminster, London, UK).

Cliff Fluet has operated in the world of digital music for well over two decades. He has a dual role as a partner at the law firm, Lewis Silkin, focussing on digital media and leads an advisory firm, Eleven, for clients operating at the cutting edge of where content and context meet technology.

 

 

 

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10
Sep
19

Introducing our guest: Chris Carey (CEO Media Insight Consulting, London)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Chris Carey stepped in for Pete Downton to talk about “What Are the Key Drivers of Growth in Music Streaming? – Past, Present and Future” in mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Hall on Sep. 13, 2019 from 14:45-15:30. He will then join the panel discussion on the “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?” with Rebecca Brook (music industry consultant, London, UK), Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) and Michael Smellie (Start-up investor, Brisbane, Australia) moderated by Dennis Collopy (University of Hertfordshire, UK).

Chris is an entrepreneur, strategist and data expert. He founded FastForward in 2015 and he is founder and CEO of boutique research company, Media Insight Consulting, specialising in Consumer Surveys, and Big Data Analytics, with a focus on the music industry. Clients include Spotify, Sony Music, The O2 and BMG Music.

He previously worked as Global Insight Director at Universal Music Group and at EMI, and Senior Economist at PRS for Music. He has been quoted in The Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New York Times, The Independent as well as BBC Breakfast, Sky News, BBC 4’s Today Programme, BBC 5 Live, BBC World Service and music industry press.

 

 

 

06
Sep
19

10th Anniversary Music Business Research Days 2019 on “Future of the Music Business”

The Vienna Music Business Research Days conference celebrates its 10th birthday this year by looking into the past to learn more about the future of the music business. In the past ten years the VMBR-Days were a platform for forward looking and controversial music industry topics. In 2011, Dagfinn Bach highlighted the high CO2 emissions of music streaming compared to music downloads – a topic, which has become highly relevant in the times of climate change. In the same year the founder of the German music streaming service Simfy, Steffen Wicker, and then PRS for Music chief economist, Will Page, who later joined Spotify, discussed if music streaming would be the next big thing in the music industry. In 2013, Mike Michalke introduced the project of a creative commons collecting society, which was established a few years later as the Cultural Commons Collecting Society (C3S) in Germany. Also in 2013 international experts, among them the doyen of intellectual property rights research, Adolf Dietz, discussed how copyright legislation has to be adapted to new technological and social challenges. Some of the proposals, which were discussed in Vienna, later entered the recently enacted EU Copyright Directive. In 2015, alternative instruments to finance music projects such as crowdfunding, angel investment and start-up funding, which are common practice now, were highlighted by keynotes and panel discussions. In 2017, the blockchain technology and its impact on the music business was in the focus of the 8th Vienna Music Business Research Days. And further topics such as the live music and concert business, self-management of artists, new music consumption behavior and music file sharing were discussed in the past years.

In 2019, some of the topics will be resumed in the 10th anniversary conference. After a keynote by London-based copyright lawyer Cliff Fluet of Lewis Silkin LLP, he will discuss on “The Future of Music Copyright” with Karl Ryan (Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google UK), Ros Lynch (Intellectual Property Office, London, UK) and Steve Stewart (vezt, Los Angeles, USA).

The former COO of Sony/BMG and Australian start-up investor Michael Smellie will look back in the recent history of the music industry by highlighting the music industry’s “Seven Deadly Sins”. In the afternoon, Paul O’Hagan (Ulster University, UK) and music manager Peter Jenner (Pink Floyd, The Clash, Billy Bragg) will discuss the future of artist contracts in the recorded music business, before Peter will join Dennis Collopy (University of Hertfordshire, UK) to present the results of the “Music 2025” project, which was introduced by them to the public at the Vienna Music Business Research Days 2014. Then the founder of the British music streaming service 7digital, Pete Downton, will highlight the drivers of growth of music streaming. In the following panel discussion on the “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?”, Pete will exchange thoughts with music industry consultant Rebecca Brook (London, UK) communications researcher Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) and start-up investor Michael Smellie (Brisbane, Australia).

The Vienna Music Business research Days will be opened on Sep. 11th with the Young Scholars’ Workshop for master and PhD students to present their research to renown music business researchers in a closed workshop atmosphere. On Sep. 12th scientists from all around the world will present their research finding on different music business/industry topics (see program).

 

Tickets for September 12-13, 2019: https://ntry.at/vmbrd2019

Promotion YouTube video: https://youtu.be/GkgAZX5uS_M

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ViennaMusicBusinessResearchDays/

Live video-stream of the last conference day on Sep. 13th, 9:00-17:30 CEST: https://live.mdw.ac.at/VMBRD_2019

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05
Sep
19

Introducing our guests: Rebecca Brook (music industry consultant, London)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Rebecca Brooks (music industry consultant, London) will discuss on the “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?”with Michael Smellie (former COO of Sony/BMG, Australia), Pete Downton (7digital, London, UK) and Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia).

Becky advises technology and music companies on music rights & licensing. Current and prior clients include 7digital, JAAK, Lirica, Lickd and TagMix.

Prior to becoming a consultant, she was Vice President of Commercial Development at digital music services firm Omnifone, where she headed up the Global Licensing team. Before that, she held a variety of strategy and business development roles at companies including EMI Music, SeeSaw, Sony Pictures and Warner Music Group.

She has extensive prior speaking experience including panels/presentations on music rights and licensing at various 4.5 Seminars, CISAC AGM, C/O Pop, MusicWeek Tech Summit, The Great Escape, Wide Days Edinburgh.”

 

 

04
Sep
19

Introducing our guests: Michael Smellie (former COO of Sony/BMG)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Michael Smellie, the former COO of the recorded music major Sony/BMG and Australian start-up investor, looks into the recent history of the music industry by highlighting the “Seven Deadly Sins of the Music Industry”. He is also a panelist in the discussion on the “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?”with Rebecca Brook (music industry consultant, London, UK), Pete Downton (7digital, London, UK) and Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia).

Michael’s career in the music business spans more than 25 years and across five continents as former Global Chief Operating Officer of SonyBMG, Asia Pacific Head of BMG and Managing Director of PolyGram and rooArt in Australia.

As COO of BMG worldwide, he directed the company through some turbulent years and was an integral part of negotiating and implementing the merger with Sony Music. He was appointed COO of SonyBMG in 2004 before leaving at the end of 2005 to return to Australia. He was then appointed President of Media Development for Asia Pacific for German media giant Bertelsmann from 2006 until 2009.

He is an investor, advisor and board member of a number of creative start-up businesses in Australia and USA. He is a past Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Creative Enterprise Australia and the Australian operation of Global Citizen. He is currently the Chair of The Music Council of Australia.

 

 

 

02
Sep
19

Introducing our guests: Paul O’Hagan (University of Ulster)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Paul O’Hagan (Ulster University) discusses with the music manager Peter Jenner (Sincere Music, London) the question “Why Label Services? – The Case of Taylor Swift, Billy Bragg & The Bluebells, Or How To Avoid Indentured Servitude In The Music Business” in mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Hall on Sep. 13th from 13:30-14:00.

He is currently working with Ulster University and UKIPO researching music copyright, data registration systems and the impact of digital transformation on the creative economy. Having worked for over 25 years as a performer, songwriter/arranger, studio engineer, producer and music educator, he has consistently been an agitator, instigator and advocate for projects which empower and promote agency across the creative sector. Studying Cultural & Critical Theory at Salford University and Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths College developed into an interest in research with strong socio-political/economic relevance which is reflected in his current PhD project ‘(Non)Attribution & The Business Of Music’. Paul is also co-founder of Smidj Ltd and is strategic advisor to JadeBlok Ltd, two SME’s currently piloting projects concerned with innovation in cross-sector, cross-border and cross-platform data in the creative sector.

 

 

 

30
Aug
19

Introducing our guests: Dennis Collopy (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

In the 10th anniversary Vienna Music Business Research Days on the “Future of the Music Business” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1, 1030 Vienna/Austria) music business researchers and music business professionals look into the recent past of the music industry to learn more about its future. Find the program here.

Dennis Collopy’s keynote “Music 2025 – Is Music Data Fit for Purpose in the Digital Era?” focuses on the key legal and copyright ownership data issues that impact the benefits of the digital music economy especially for creators and non-corporate rightsholders . The data issues highlighted are an outcome of the Music 2025 manifesto first launched by Peter Jenner and Dennis Collopy at the 5th Vienna Music Business Research Days in 2014 and the keynote summarises the key findings of an 15 month intensive research project involving researchers at University of Ulster funded by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and supported by the two main UK collective rights management organizations PRS for Music and PPL.

Dennis’ talk is scheduled in mdw’s Joseph Haydn-Hall on Sep. 13th from 14:00-14:45 and he will be assisted by music manager and project partner Peter Jenner (Sincere Music, London). He will then moderate the panel discussion on the “Future of the Music Business – What’s Next after Music Streaming?” with Rebecca Brook (msuic industry consultant, London, UK), Pete Downton (7digital, London, UK), Phil Graham (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia) and Michael Smellie (Start-up investor, Brisbane, Australia).

Dennis Collopy is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, where he has specialised in Music and IP Rights related research including various studies for UK Music and the IPO. He has spent over 4 decades in music working across artist management, record labels and music publishing having been MD of Riva Music (signing the Clash and John Mellencamp) BMG Music Publishing (signing Bruce Hornsby, Steve Earle, Maria Mckee, Eurythmics and Clannad) EG (working with KLF, the Orb and Robert Fripp) and most recently his own Menace Music Management managing rights for artists and song writers like Matt Aitken (from Stock Aitken and Waterman), Frankie Miller, Slowdive/Mojave 3’s Neil Halstead, acclaimed reggae songwriter Gary Benson and one of the most successful singers in EDM, Steve Edwards. Dennis is a former director of PRS and board member of the UK’s MPA.

 

 




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