WAVES VIENNA CONFERENCE, organized by WAVES VIENNA and AUSTRIAN MUSIC EXPORT, happens in 2016 again. A conference on Friday (Sept 30th) and workshops on Saturday (Oct 1st) take place at the festival headquarter in Vienna, at the WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus), one of the biggest and independent centre of culture in Europe.

True to the motto “Collaborate. Communicate. Connect.” this years conference offers a range of opportunities, for the Austrian and the international participants, to get in touch with professionals and to establish transnational networks. Waves Vienna and Austrian Music Export offer a varietiy of activities for the setup and the expansion of international networking. As this years host countries Germany and Israel were invited.

The historic atmosphere of both WUK museum rooms, the well-lit project room, the WUK Beisl, the green patio and also the traditional Viennese Café Weimar opposite the WUK, are the diverse scenes where labels, managers, bookers, journalists and promoters will meet. The central and nearby locations in the former locomotive factory offer an attractive setting and welcoming places for networking and discussions.

collaborate, communicate, connect

For the realisation of this years motto it takes for example an expansion of the successful “Speed Meetings”. Additional to the 45 minutes slots with the industry figures of both host countries, Germany and Israel, and the invited journalists, there will be offered meetings with Austrian and international festivals.

Another new format are “Pop-Up Sessions with…”. This format is for those, who would like to listen in a relaxed atmosphere inspiring success stories from fruitful artists and international players. For women in music business there will be selective networking sessions offered.

While Germany represents for many of the national labels and artists the most important foreign market, Israel is pretty rare on the radar of the Austrian music industry – maybe because of this it’s really interesting for the future export. The “Round Table Networkings” with Germany and Israel offer an opportunity for discussion and an increase of co operations. There should be also the possibility for the host countries to get to know each other better.

In the course of the talks and panels 2016 the interdisciplinary possibilities of utilization of music have priority. Media edited “best &worst cases” out of the ranges Games and TV/Advertising plus an analysis of the developments in streaming-media cause new inputs, inform about new trends and offer links for the own creative strategy.

Waves Vienna Music CONFERENCE, Friday, 30st September 2016
at the WUK (Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus), Währinger Str. 59, 1090 Vienna

10:00 – 11:00
[EN] WUK Project Room
Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the European cultural and creative sectors. The Culture sub-programme provides fi nancial support for projects with a strong European dimension, aiming to share cultural content across borders. The info event gives an overview of the Creative Europe programme and its funding schemes, best practice projects give a picture what a successful project looks like.

10:00 – 11:30
[EN] WUK Conference Room 1
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts with international potential.
Speakers: Katharina Seidler (FM4, AT), Ralph Christoph (c/o pop, DE), Matjaz Mancek (Kino Siska, SI), Scott Lykins aka Spinz (Battleaxe Records, US)
Host: Benji Agostini (Noisey, AT)

10:30 – 12:00

[EN] WUK Conference Room 2
Find out more about the rich and lively Israeli music scene and the third biggest music market worldwide, Germany. Networking opportunity with key players of both markets, introduced by elaborate country presentations.
Speakers: Andrew Campell (Steam Management, IL), Eyal Brook (Brook Lawyers, IL), Ina Kessler (Initiative Musik, DE), Mike Heisel (Initiative Musik, DE)

11:30 – 12:30
[EN] WUK Project Room
Closed meeting for selected applicants only.
Participants: Clemens Schrammel (Picture On Festival, AT), Michi Peklo (And Here Comes The Wolves Festival, AT), Hannes Hagen (Szene Open Air, AT), Raphael Pleschounig (Acoustic Lakeside Festival, AT), Stefan Meister (Heart Of Noise, AT), Peter Hörburger (Dynamo Festival, AT), Moritz Ranftl (Rock im Dorf, AT), Herwig Bauer (Poolbar, AT), Jessica Ölz (Wiesenrock Festival, AT)

12:00 – 13:30
[EN] WUK Conference Room 1
International professionals give constructive feedback on fresh acts with international potential.
Participants: Désirée Vach (VUT/Snowhite, DE), Danny Simons (Grand Hotel Van Cleef, DE), Djana Lakus (Outlook Festival, HR), Mattias Albinson (Headstomp Productions, SE), Ineke Daans (PIAS, BE)

12:45 – 13:45
[EN] WUK Conference Room 2
Successful music professionals respond openly to your questions in an intimate setting.
Speaker: Scott Cohen, Co-Founder and VP, International of The Orchard, began his music career in the late 1980s in independent and major label artist management. Over the years, Scott has earned a reputation as a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer, traveling the world sharing his experience and insight into the digital age and its new business models. In addition to building The Orchard’s distribution business, Scott oversees Orchard Management, which manages the careers of The Raveonettes, Dum Dum Girls, Deer Tracks, and Queen Kwong, and advises a host of other established and emerging artists. He is also a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University, and sits on the BPI Council. Scott is a minimalist and strict vegan. That means no meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool, or anything else derived from an animal.

13:00 – 14:00
[EN] WUK Project Room
Closed meeting for selected applicants only.
Participants: Ralph Christoph (c/o pop, DE), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpia, DE), Vladimir Kravchenko (Colisium, RU), Andras Berta (Sziget, HU), Andraž Kajzer (MENT, SI), Arthur Janssen (Incubate, NL), Željko Pendić (Impulse Festival, HR), Isabel Cervera (She’s The Fest, ES), Monika Satkova (Pohoda, SK)

14:00 – 15:00

[EN] WUK Conference Room 1
How big is the impact of playlists on Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music? How do you pitch new tracks in to the streaming services for inclusion on their big playlists? Do indie labels have access to top playlists as well? Is there any truth in the playlist payola rumours?
Speakers: Marie Heimer (Spotify, DE), Scott Cohen (The Orchad, US), Nuri Nurbachsch (Sony Music, AT), Hannes Tschürtz (ink music, AT)
Host: Jonas Vogt (Journalist, AT)

14:15 – 15:15
[EN] WUK Conference Room 2
Successful music professionals respond openly to your questions in an intimate setting
Speaker: Stephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is the Managing Director at FKP Scorpio and as Head of Festivalbooking also responsible for the program of over 20 major open air-festivals across Europe based at the headquarter in Hamburg, Germany. FKP Scorpio is in the event business since 1990 and has organized a remarkable number of concerts, festivals and show productions with millions of visitors. The company is one of the leading concert promoters in Europe with an annually revenue of 100 million Euro and growing and more than 100 employees. The main business sections are festivals and tours in Germany and Europe. FKP Scorpio also operates an office in Sweden (FKP Scorpio Sweden AB) and has a share in Friendly Fire B.V. (Netherlands), Arcadia Live GmbH (Austria), Beatbox Entertainment (Denmark) and Fullsteam Agency (Finnland).

14:30 – 16:00
[EN] WUK Project Room
It’s a sad fact that women are still a minority in leading positions within the music industry. Can women’s networks help to overcome the gap? We present some inspiring projects created by women to encourage others to get involved. Share your experiences with women from diff erent music fi elds in an intimate setting. For women only.
Speakers: Ineke Daans (PIAS, BE), Isabel Cervera (She’s The Fest, ES), Doreen Schimk (Warner Music, DE), Désirée Vach (VUT/Snowhite, DE), Susanne Kirchmayr aka Electric Indigo (female:pressure, AT)
Host: Babsi Steiner (mica – music austria, AT)

15:00 – 16:00
[EN] Palme hosted by Jameson
Closed meeting for selected applicants only.
Participants: Philipp Krohn (FAZ, DE), Klaus Fiehe (1Live, DE), Csilla Letay (FAZE Magazin, DE), Christopher Beanland (Journalist, UK), Stefan Trischler (FM4, AT), Yasmin Vihaus (The Gap, AT), Isabella-Anja Khom (Noisey, AT), Philipp Heinkel (Volume, AT), Gerhard Stöger (Falter, AT), Ole Löding (Journalist, DE)

15:30 – 16:30
[EN] WUK Conference Room 1
Successful music professionals respond openly to your questions in an intimate setting
Speaker: Conchita Wurst. The fictitious character Conchita Wurst was brought to life in 2011 by Austrian singer and drag artist Tom Neuwirth. The bearded lady Conchita went on to win the 59th Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with “Rise Like A Phoenix”. This moment was captured in time as she exclaimed “We are unstoppable!”, and she gained massive popularity overnight. Since then, she released her debut album, received many awards, performed gigs and TV shows in more than 20 countries, and completed her fi rst solo tour.

16:00 – 17:00
[EN] WUK Conference Room 2
How is music for games compsed, chosen and licensed? Which requirements do musicians need to accomplish to faciliate such liscenses? What does the legal background look like? Which strategies do artists use to place their music in games successfully? Is there a masterplan or does achievement happen randomly? What does a track in a game mean for the numbers in the bank account? Videogame Music is listened to more often than conventionally received music. That ́s simply because gamers spend more time with the medium, so the soundtrack unfolds empathically. Plus, the player connects sounds and tracks mostly with a particular experience in the game. This associative power adds to the magic of a game soundtrack. What are the upcoming callenges for sound design in games? What are the common threads between chipmusic and orchestral soundtrack? Will soundtracks and soundeffects blend and become more adaptive again in the near future?
Speakers: Zsolt Marx (game programmer and music producer, AT), Lukas Hasitschka (WANDA / Sound 42, AT), Stefan Kohlweg (SAE Institute, AT), Staff ord Bawler (freelance game audio specialist, UK)
Host: Robert Glashüttner (FM4, AT)

16:30 – 17:30
[EN] WUK Project Room
Meet the Swiss Delegates and have some original Swiss food and drinks!
Live: Klaus Johann Grobe (CH)

18:00 – 19:00
[EN] WUK Project Room
Meet Slovenian professionals, enjoy food and drinks and have a good time!
Live: Jardier (SI)

1-tägiger WAVES Vienna Conference Pass: https://goo.gl/dO67HL
3-tägiger WAVES Vienna Pro Pass: https://goo.gl/VF23NL

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