Indie Days 04.08.2016Autor_in: Verena Blättermann

Get-together: Diversity In The Music Industry– Status Quo & Next Steps

Presented by Music Industry Women (VUT – German Association of Independent Music Companies)

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 10:00-11:45AM @ VUT Indie House

Language: English

One year after founding Music Industry Women we want to talk about the status quo of diversity in the music industry once again. Jessica Hopper, Editorial Director Music at MTV and author of The First Collection of Criticism By A Living Female Rock Critic, will give us insights on her experiences in the US and how we can move the conversation in the music industry forward. Furthermore, we´d like to talk about what happened since the first get-together at the Indie Days in 2015. What are the experiences of the mentors and mentees with the mentoring program for women in music? What other measures need to be implemented? We´re looking forward to a discussion with everyone who is interested in the topic of diversity.

Speakers: Jessica Hopper, Désirée J. Vach, Tess Rochholz, Evyonne Muhuri, Katja Hermes, Verena Blättermann

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Jessica Hopper, author & Editorial Director for Music, MTV

 

Jessica Hopper is an American author and music critic based in Chicago, IL. An longtime advocate for equality and marginalized voices in the music industry, she is noted for her "influence and support for the diversification of voice and perspective within music journalism." Her most recent book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, a compilation of the last two decades of her writing, was published in May 2015.

Hopper grew up in Minneapolis. A feminist punk, she became involved in Riot Grrrl, and began publishing her own fanzine Hit it or Quit it in 1991, and began working as a music critic at the age of 16. Since then she has written for Spin, Rolling Stone, The Wire, GQ and The Village Voice. In recent years, Hopper served as music editor at radical teenage girl site Rookie and as Senior Editor at Pitchfork and music consultant for This American Life. She is currently the Editorial Director for Music at MTV News.

Katja Hermes, Director, Sound Diplomacy 

 

Foto: Joachim Zimmermann

Katja Hermes is the Managing Director of the German office of Sound Diplomacy. She founded the Berlin office in October 2013. In this role Katja has produced several trade missions to Germany, developed the official German presentation at SXSW Festival and has given lectures and workshops across Europe. She worked on the development of several funding projects for German institutions and has consulted with Adam Mickiewicz Institute Poland, Nordic Embassies Berlin and many other institutions. Katja has been working in the music business for more than 10 years. She has worked in various fields in the industry including at Mutek Festival, Ableton and Initiative Musik, the German funding organisation, where she was responsible for the export projects. Katja holds a diploma in Geography and Economy, with a focus on urban planning and creative industries. She was recently voted into the board of the Berlin Music Commission and founded the new music workspace ‘Dugnad’, in Berlin-Kreuzberg together with Music Norway where she works together with 10 other international music companies.

Evyonne Muhuri, founder, Makakali

 

Foto: Makakali Motion

Evyonne Muhuri, born in Kenya, raised in Bavaria and calls Berlin home.

At a tender age of 13 years, Evyonne decided to pursue her passion for music.

After singing in a pop band with her sisters, the journey led her to Four Artists Booking Agency, where she assisted the Managing Director and worked for Die Fantastischen Vier, Tokio Hotel, Joy Denalane and on several festivals productions such as MTV HipHop Open, IFA Sommergarten.

As a freelancer she assisted booking productions for international artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Theo Parrish, Dj Premier, Italians do it better and many more.

With her enormous musical background and curiosity, how to connect both worlds,

it came quite naturally to take the next step and founded the music collective „Makakali“ together with Christoph Matenaers. A platform dedicated to strengthen transcultural interaction and exchange through art and music.

Tess Rochholz, AdP Records, Labelmanagerin

 

Nach dem Abitur kam Tess Rochholz 2010 zu AdP Records, einem Eigenlabel der Samsonido GmbH. Seit 2012 leitet sie AdP Records in der Position als Labelmanagerin, seit 2015 auch das zugehörige Wave-Gothic Label Dryland Records. Im Anschluss an ihre Ausbildung zur Kauffrau für audiovisuelle Medien absolvierte Tess die Weiterbildung zur Musikfachwirtin (IHK). Seit 2014 ist sie jüngstes Vorstandsmitglied des VUT.

Désirée J. Vach, Snowhite, Inhaberin // INgrooves Music Group, Manager GSA

Foto: Anke Peters

Ursprünglich aus dem Rheinland kommend, gründete Désirée J. Vach 2009 Snowhite. Zuvor arbeitete Vach für das Independent-Label Kitty-Yo, das die Veröffentlichung von Tonträgern jedoch 2006 einstellte, woraufhin Vach Kitty-Yo verließ und die Leitung des Independent-Label Weekender Records Germany übernahm. Anfang 2009 beendete Vach ihre Tätigkeit bei Weekender Records Germany und gründete Snowhite.

Désirée J. Vach ist des Weiteren Dozentin bei dem Projekt „DigiMediaL_musik“, einem Weiterbildungsangebot für Musiker_innen am Berlin Career College der Universität der Künste Berlin, und ebenfalls tätig als Manager GSA für den amerikanischen Digitalvertrieb INgrooves.

Verena Blättermann, Referentin für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit & politische Kommunikation, VUT e.V.

 

Nach dem Abitur und einem einjährigen USA-Aufenthalt studierte Verena Blättermann „Sprache, Kultur, Translation“ an der Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz und verbrachte Auslandssemester in Spanien und Schweden. Des Weiteren absolvierte sie Praktika im Auswärtigen Amt, in der Senatskanzlei Berlin und in einer Bookingagentur, in der sie anschließend als Assistenz arbeitete. Von 2011 bis 2013 studierte sie Kultur- und Medienmanagement an der Freien Universität Berlin.
Im letzten Studienjahr war sie als Koordinatorin des Creative Industries Competence Centers (CICC) des Instituts für Kultur- und Medienmanagement für die Praxisprojekte in Kooperation mit der Türkei zuständig. Seit 2014 ist sie als Referentin für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und politische Kommunikation beim Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen e.V. (VUT) in Berlin tätig.

Tags: Indie Days,Music Industry Women

Kategorie: Indie Days

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- Sessions, Keynote und Workshops vom 22. bis 24.09.2016

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- Fotomaterial der Panelist_innen steht hier zum Download bereit. Bitte nur mit Angabe der im Dateinamen vermerkten Fotograf_innen verwenden

Pressekontakt:

Verena Blättermann

Referentin für Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und politische Kommunikation

Tel: 030 53 06 58 59

Mail: blaettermann(at)vut(dot)de

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