MAMA Paris and the Reeperbahn campus put festivals on the agenda

Festivals will be firmly on the agenda at the MAMA conference in Paris on the 25th and 26th October 2012 with a headline panel invited by European Festivals Organisation YOUROPE from 10.30 to 12.00 on Thursday 25th October covering health & safety, the Yourope new standard agreement for artist booking and “cashless payment…What’s new? “. The panel will be chaired by Manfred Tari (journalist, MD Pop 100 ) and topics covered will be:

  • Standard agreement : for the past 24 months, YOUROPE has been working with it’s festival members to develop a festival ‘standard agreement’ for booking artistes. Force majeure, cancellation, deposits, payment terms, taxes, insurance, curfews and noise limits are some of the contractual clauses are still causing difficulties in negotiations between agents and festivals. YOUROPE has been looking to see how to facilitate a European level a consensus that would satisfy all professional partners (artists, managers, agents, festivals )? Ben Challis, the Glastonbury Festival lawyer, was asked to develop a set of standard terms, and Ben will review YOUROPE’s most recent proposals, and the responses from the main agencies.
  • Health @ Safety : Since 2006, and in conjunction with Bucks New University, Yourope has organised with its YES Yourope Event Safety Group, providing over a dozen risk management seminars for security staff and safety management all over Europe. Pascal Viot, Security manager from the Paleo Festival in Nyon, will be on hand to detail the  major issues and recent progress in terms of security management, and tell us what kind of tools the YES Group is putting in place to improve event safety.
  • Cashless payment : A growing number of festivals are now willing to use this solution on site – to avoid the circulation of cash and allowing complete control over revenue sources. But using such a system arises complex problems. Fruzsina Szèp, program director from the Sziget Festival, which has been using cashless payment for the last two years, will let us know about the “do’s and don’ts” the main difficulties, and the best possible conditions to implement a succesful cashless payment system.
  • And Christof Huber, Yourope’s General Secretary, will make a brief presentation of others Yourope activities and the current status of the association.

And the REEPERBAHN CAMPUS, held in Hamburg September 20th to 22nd, will also be exploring a host of live music issues including a review of the 2012 festival season with  Christof Huber (Yourope / Open air St Gallen (CH), Ben Challis, Glastonbury Festival General Counsel (UK), Stefan Lehmkuhl, Melt!Festival Head of Booking (DE), Ivan Milivojev, (Exit Festival, SER), Eric van Eerdenburg (Lowlands Festival/ Mojo Concerts (NL) and hosted by Greg Parmley (Intelltix, UK).
Elsewhere in a keynote session, Claudio Trotta from Barley Arts in Itay will take aim at the concert business’s current market position in the context of a crisis-ridden Europe in his themed speech “Diversity at Risk?!” : Peter Smidt, from Eurosonic Noorderslag (NL) will briefly present the results of the 2012 ETEP-CEETEP festival season against the background of  “Creative Europe“, the EU Commission’s new cultural programme, alongwith Jean Marc Leclerc, (EMO, BE), Ralph Christoph, (c/o pop, DE) and host Allan McGowan, VIP Magazine, Editor (UK).
In the fallout from the Dusiberg Love Parade tragedy,  Allan McGowan will ask Daniel Schlatter, HVS GMBH, Managing Director (DE)  if live events are safe. “Is it Safe?” will look at the regulatory approach to event safety and in particular the new ISO 20121, and the “Framework for local planning, approval, execution, and evaluation of large outdoor events” from the Interior Ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia.
Finally  Ossy Hoppe, Wizzard Promotions (DE) will be joined by Antje Lange, Century Media, Managing Director (DE), Thomas Jensen, Wacken Open Air, Managing Director, (DE) and Biff Byford, Saxon (Band, UK) to look at the enduring success if the heavy metal market, its wide range of talent young and old, and possible problems ahead.
There are many many other panels, and second keynote on “Diversity at Risk?!” from Ben Challis looking at consolidation and competition in the music publishing and recorded music sectors, and a panel called Vision 2020 with Peter Jenner (UK) with Petri Lundén (Hagenburg Management SE), Philipp Runge (European Commission, Policy BE), William Hope (Spotify, UK), Mark Chung, VUT (DE) and Paula Bialski,  Paula i Karol (Artsist, CAN/PL) co-chaired by Jan Hendrik Becker, (NDR Journalist, DE) looking at the future of the recorded music sector. And there panels on other sectors of the music industry, networking sessions, a YES Group safety seminar, as well as the Reeperbahn Festival for emerging and established talent featuring artistes including Foxes, Charli XCX, Citizens!, 77 Bombay Street, Gallows, Hanne Kolsto, Lena, Reptile Youth, Yeasayer and the Temper Trap.

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