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In May 2022, Bonn will become the meeting place of the world’s music information centres. The public conference day on the 24th of May, dedicated to the influence of globalisation and digitalisation on international musical life, will be live-streamed from the ‘Beethoven-Haus’.

Leading experts from all areas of the music industry are expected to attend the public conference day ‘Music Life at the Intersection between Tradition and the Future’ on 24 May, which is part of the annual conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC).

In four panels they will discuss how internationalisation and globalisation affect different areas of musical life and which trends can be observed. The focus will be on the topics of contemporary music and copyright as well as questions of programming, the promotion of young musicians and music education. Aspects such as digitalisation, climate protection or diversity will be examined as well as the question of what impact the COVID 19 pandemic has on international music life.


09:15 – 09:30: Musical Opening

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827): String Quartet op. 130, 1st Movement: Adagio ma non troppo–Allegro

  • Eliot Quartett

09:30 – 09:45: Opening, Greetings

  • Martin Maria Krüger (President, German Music Council)
  • Ingo Mix (Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media)
  • Diana Marsh (President, IAMIC / Chief Executive, SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music)

09:45 – 10:10: Key Note: Music in the Digital Revolution

Digitisation is the most powerful driver of social change since the invention of the steam engine. It is shaping our everyday lives and our communication. It is changing everything: the media, the economy, even interpersonal relationships. Music, too, in all areas: creation, production, distribution. Music appears as universally available streamable content, and at the same time, in the free world of the internet, hardly as a value. How does this dynamic of transformation affect the music business? Between short-lived innovation rhetoric and fear of change, we have not yet understood the internet. And we are only just beginning to see it.

Speaker: Holger Noltze, music journalist and professor of music and the media at the Technical University of Dortmund, reflects on these questions and sets the stage for the topics of the day.

10:15 – 11:15: Panel 1: Behind the Scenes – Orchestras, Ensembles and Programme Planning

What challenges does the traditional concert business face in a globalised world? Music is available almost everywhere and at any time, and competition has intensified – not least due to digitisation. More and more, the public discussion is also about questions such as: how diverse are programmes and teams? Which projects are sustainable in times of climate crisis?

A debate about different approaches to programme and profile formation as well as individuality and economic constraints.


  • Magdalena Ernst (Chair, Orchestra of Change)
  • Steven Walter (Artistic Director, Beethovenfest Bonn)
  • Christiane Wiesenfeldt (University of Heidelberg)

Moderator: Susanna Eastburn (Sound and Music, UK)

11:45 – 12:45: Panel 2: Contemporary Music and the Promotion of Composers

What is the situation of contemporary composers in Germany? What effect or benefit do networks and funding opportunities have, and how does the music reach its audience? A look at contemporary music from an internal and external perspective.


  • Gregor Hotz (General Manager, Musikfonds)
  • Charlotte Seither (Composer, Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights, GEMA)
  • Christiane Engelbrecht (General Manager, International Ensemble Modern Academy)
  • Thomas Schäfer (Director, International Music Institute Darmstadt)

Moderator: Frank J. Oteri (New Music USA)

12:45-14:00 Uhr: Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00: Panel 3: Music Outreach

What does the audience of the future look like? How do we bring classical and contemporary music to different audiences? What are the goals of music education projects, and what are the current trends and concepts in this regard? What is the role of ideas around “community music”?


  • Ekkehard Vogler (MDR Sinfonieorchester, Music Education)
  • Katharina von Radowitz (Managing Director, The Young Ears Network)
  • Tobias Bleek (Head of Education, Ruhr Piano Festival)

Moderator: Agnieszka Cieslak-Krupa (Polisch Music Information Centre POLMIC)

15:00 – 16:00: Panel 4: Music Distribution and Copyright

After a presentation from Jürgen Brandhorst about copyright, we discuss questions such as: how does copyright influence the distribution of music and its financing? What challenges exist between (free) offers and the remuneration of authors? How established are streaming platforms in the context of classical music? What role do streaming providers play in the development of young artists, and what impact does streaming have on the promotion of artists?


What is the value of creativity? Current questions of author’s rights, copyright and liberty in the world wide web.

  • Jürgen Brandhorst (Director, Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights, GEMA)

Speakers (Discussion):

  • Maximilian Merkle (Director Business & Legal Affairs, IDAGIO GmbH)
  • Jürgen Brandhorst (Director, GEMA)
  • Tilo Gerlach (Managing Director, Collecting Society for Performance Rights, GVL)

Moderator: Egīls Šēfers (Latvian Music Information Centre)

16:20 – 16:40: Conclusion: Music and Society

How we deal with music today, how we learn to make music and how we communicate the joy of it, has an influence not only on our personal lives, but also on the society of the future: what do we listen to? How curious and open-minded are we? How responsibly do we act? The Secretary General of the German Music Council with a final contribution on questions of musical education, culture and the role of music in our lives.

Speaker: Christian Höppner (Secretary General, German Music Council)

16:40 – 16:50: Musical Conclusion

Traditional Folk Songs

5000 Miles


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