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6th Vienna Music Business Research Days, Sep. 29 – Oct.1, 2015

VMBRD-logoThe 6th Vienna Music Business Research traditionally start with the Young Scholars’ Workshop in the Large Conference Room of the Institute for Cultural Management and Cultural Studies (IKM) at 9:00am on September 29, 2015. Graduate and PhD students from Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Norway and Poland will present their theses in a closed workshop to highly regarded music business/industry research who will comment on and discuss the papers.

The second conference day on September 30, will be devoted to academic music business research in Joseph Haydn-Hall in the main building of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from 9:00am to 18:00pm. Scholars from the Australia, Austria, China, Brazil, Germany, Iran, the Netherlands and Spain will highlight current results of their reseach on the music business/industry.

“Financing Music in the Digital Age” is the main topic of the third conference day in Joseph Haydn-Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna  from 9:00am to 17:00pm on October 1. The conference day will be opened at by Dagmar Abfalter (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) with a paper – co-authored by Serge Poisson-de Haro (HEC Montreal) – answering the question is “Opera Streaming a New Revenue Source?” . In the following panel discussion – conducted by Dagmar AbfalterLuke O’Shaughnessy (The Oper Platform, Brussels), Christof Papousek (Cineplexx International GmbH, Vienna), Christopher Widauer (Vienna State Opera) and Robert Zimmermann (Berlin Phil Media GmbH of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) will discuss on “The Economic Relevance of Classical Music Streaming” from 10:15-11:15.

Before lunch – from 11:45-12:30 – Kieran Garvey, Policy Programmes Manager and Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, will highlight the role of “Alternative Financing of Music” with a special focus on music crowfunding.

After lunch – from 14:00-14:45 – start-up entreneur Andreas Mahringer and business “angelina” Selma Prodanovich will unveil the processes and structures behind start-up funding in a case study on the Viennese-based music start-up Record Bird.

Andreas and Selma will then participate in the following panel disuccion – conducted by journalist Jakob Steinschaden – on “Music Start-up Funding in the Digitized Music Economy”. The other panelists are Michael Breidenbrücker (co-founder of LastFM; speedinvest, Vienna and London) and Peter Jenner (Sincere Management, London).

The conference will be closed with awarding the best paper of the Young Scholars’ Workshop in Joseph Haydn-Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna at 17:00 on October 1, 2015.


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Tickets for passive participation of EUR 40.- are available on Ticketgarden:

The tickets are also valid to visit the Waves Music Conference that also take place at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna on October 1, 2015.


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Introducing our guests: Robert Zimmermann (Berlin Phil Media GmbH)

Foto R. ZimmermannThe 6th Vienna Music Business Research Days 2015 focus on “Financing Music in the Digital Age”. International experts and academics discuss new and alternative revenue sources for the music scene such as music streaming for the classic music business, crowdfunding and business angel funding.

Robert Zimmermann, CEO of the Berlin Phil Media GmbH of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, will join the panel discussion on “The Economic Relevance of Classical Music Streaming” in Joseph Haydn-Hall of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna from 10:15-11:15 on October 1, 2015.

Robert Zimmermann, management consultant and film producer with a long track record within the media industry, is the CEO of Berlin Phil Media GmbH and initiator of the Digital Concert Hall of the Berliner Philharmoniker. In this unprecedented online concert venue, all concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker are broadcast live online and later become available within a video archive. This archive, a who is who of classical music, already boasts more than 320 concerts from seven seasons.

As manager and consultant, Mr. Zimmermann has worked on a wide variety of projects for prestigious clients such as Lufthansa, the World Bank Group and various international banks. He has held several posts as restructuring manager and is managing partner of eins54 Film GmbH.

As a film producer, he produced award-winning culture and music programs such as “One Night. One Life” and “Dichterliebe” which both feature Christine Schäfer. Mr. Zimmermann’s connection with the Berliner Philharmoniker goes back to his production of the silent movie “Le Sacre du Printemps” which was accompanied by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle during Berlinale 2004.

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