Berlin Music Commission
The Berlin Music is the general network of Berlin’s music industry. We bundle the potentials of Germany’s most significant music location. Our members come from all branches of the music economy, such as live entertainment, club culture, education, recorded music, music software and music media.
Founded by Thomas Morr in 1999, the Berlin label initially operated between indie and electronics, but in the meantime Morr Music has left all genre boundaries behind. The former Signature Sound was increasingly joined by pop releases, as well as by ambient and experimental sound designs. And every now and then Morr Music opens up unexpected musical fields via compilations – recently with an insight into a Japanese underground scene. Despite all the musical diversity, there is a common thread running through the label’s catalogue: An attitude that carries DIY in its heart.
ZEBRALUTION was founded in 2004 as the first digital distributor for independent music labels in Europe. With a globally operating team and its headquarter in Berlin, we offer a great variety of services to over 500 music labels and audio publishers from around the world. Besides the music business, we are focusing on digital/streaming models for audiobooks and audio dramas. In 2018 have created a subsidiary for podcast distribution and monetization under the zebra-audio.net brand.
Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based audio production and DJing. The company’s mission is to develop innovative, fully-integrated solutions for all musical styles and professions. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries and open up new creative horizons for professionals and amateurs alike.
mediapool designs, plans and implements events for leading institutions and companies in politics, culture, science and industry. Project management, conception, booking, participation and guest management, direction, moderation, technical realization, integration of interactive formats – mediapool offers a one-stop solution, live and hybrid. mediapool stands for an environmentally friendly and socially sustainable design of conferences and events and has firmly integrated sustainable event management on a social, ecological and economic level into its own operations.
Jovanka von Wilsdorf
Jovanka von Wilsdorf is a professional Songwriter at BMG Rights Management, Artist consultant at Musicboard Berlin and Music Pool Berlin, International speaker on artificial Intelligence in music composition and production, Board member MusicWomenGermany.
buero doering is your special store for events focussing on music and cultural events with a face of their own. We bring two decades of professional experience in music business and an extensive network to every event. An agile team covers a wide range of services: Conception, communication, budgeting, pre-production and implementation of events as well as consulting in these areas. Among the events we create are: Fête de la Musique, Reeperbahn Festival, the Show Babylon Europa, Most Wanted: Music Conference and many others.
Pachamama Culture has been founded in Berlin focusing on the integration of Alternative music and culture across European and American markets. Since 2004 Mauricio Lizarazo Prada has artistically produced and managed different music bands and creative projects. Pachamama Culture started primarily as a Live-Music production project and has developed into a sustainable venture, including production, tour management and booking with social responsibility. With a thorough grounding both in aesthetic concepts of the field and music business, we are committed to empower independent culture, artists and grassroots initiatives.
Ingrooves Music Group
Ingrooves Music Group is a leading global music distribution and marketing company providing labels and artists a powerful technology framework, giving them tranthorsent, scalable distribution tools and marketing solutions to maximize sales in today’s dynamic digital music marketplace.
Riverside Studios is a unique collective of renowned artists and professionals located in Berlin’s Media Spree, neighboring most of the industry’s leaders. Riverside Studios is a never before seen creative hub gathering under one roof top-ranked artists and experts from different backgrounds and musical genres. With 27 state-of-the-art studios, the Riverside complex offers A to Z solutions to professionals by professionals, meeting all of the industry needs: from recording, mixing, mastering, advertising and games scores, songwriting camps, seminars, master classes to artist consultancy, all via an unprecedented creative platform.
Felix Grimm presents the fields of artist management and booking and introduces specific topics such as artists’ exposure within the music industry and the manager’s role in developing and unlocking the value in the artists’ personal brand. Felix Grimm has a 15 year-long experience as a worldwide booker, covering the territories of Europe, Asia and Australia. He was one of the first to book and organize concerts in the „Neo-Classic“ genre. Felix has established „Paper and Iron Booking“ and worked for 8 years at the „Toutpartout“ booking agency in Belgium. Since 5 years he is also managing artists, among them Nils Frahm. Recently Felix launched his own agency „Agentur Grimm“ which focuses on both of the fields booking and management, as well as curating international festivals and showcases, currently „Possibly Colliding“ at Barbican (London) and events at Funkhaus Berlin.
ALEX is the media creative platform for Berlin, offering an exceptional program for an extraordinary city. As a non-commercial broadcaster, ALEX is displaying socially relevant contents beyond the mainstream and enables people to experience and shape the media. That’s how ALEX is not only presenting the chance of publishing your own content in TV, radio and on the internet, but is also providing a place for ideas, creativity and exchange.
Antje Øklesund/ Kollegen 2,3
Antje Øklesund was a project room located in Berlin-Friedrichshain. It acted as the foundation for the production collective Kollegen 2,3 | Bureau for Cultural Affairs, which develops artistic concepts in the fields of fine arts and music. Crucial to the work of Kollegen 2,3 are the analysis of social and cultural relations as well as questions of urban development and historical processes. With this research as a basis, the office then creates diverse events, interventions, and installations both as commissioned works and as independent artistic initiatives. However, both Antje Øklesund the venue and the work connected with it was – especially in the initial stages – mostly shaped by the process of trial and error. Then, many projects, such as the event series “Zur Transformation des Alternativen“, emerged with this approach as a foundation. So far the series has given birth to two books, both of which trace the questions of what makes a cultural space and how theses spaces can be preserved in a changing city – and in changing them, what can be transfered to new structures.
Atomic Design Studios
Atomic Design Studios builds clever WordPress-based websites and other wonky technology bits from our studio in Berlin. ADS founder Peter Harris is also the brains behind the new streaming music cooperative Resonate.
The Barbican is a world-class arts and learning organisation. It pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Over 1.8 million people pass through the Barbican’s doors every year – as do hundreds of artists and performers from across the globe – while our creative learning programme underpins everything we do.
The Barbican exists to inspire people to discover and love the arts, to create an innovative international programme that crosses art forms, and to invest in the artists of today and tomorrow.
The owner, founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre is the City Of London Corporation.
Kanzlei Beiler Karl Platzbecker & Partner
This law office has its roots in copy and entertainment rights. It advises and represents organisations and individuals involved in the film and music industries (i.e. companies as well as artists and writers). At the same time, competition law, industrial property rights, and IT law also make up a large portion of its activities.
BIMM – British and Irish Modern Music Institute
BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music) Group is the UK and Ireland’s leading provider of modern music education and currently runs colleges in six cities – London, Berlin, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, and Dublin. In September 2015 they will open their first Continental European college, BIMM Berlin.
BIMM Berlin offers music courses at a degree level. Their professional, real-world focused curriculum includes programmes in guitar, bass, drums, vocals, songwriting, and music business. Graduate success stories include The Kooks; singer-songwriter Tom Odell, James Bay and George Ezra; and Ben Thompson from Club Two Door Cinema.
Border Movement is a Berlin based platform for electronic music from South-Asia and Germany. The focus lies on India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran. Our blog reports on the exciting local scenes, while we organize workshops for digital music production, concerts and parties with regional partners. By supplying content and discourse on artists, labels, trends, developments, clubs, festivals, organizers and makers in both regions, we hope to encourage exchange between the countries. As a joint initiative of the Goethe Institutes in South-Asia and a project that is realized in co-operation with multiple partners, we view ourselves as a cultural catalyzer.
Our goal is too support dialogue between the scenes and to get south-Asian artists closer together with a German audience and vice versa.
We work closely with authors, bloggers, artists, actors, photographers, musicians, DJs, VJs, producers, organizers and projects from both regions and are always in search for new fellow campaigners and interesting topics.
Please contact us if you want to join our initiative!
Bronzerat Records is UK -based independent label, with a Berlin office. The label also houses management and touring concerns , and as well as subsidiary soundtrack label Seriés Aphōnos. Established in 2006, the label has released records by artists such as Gemma Ray, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Arthur Brown, Heavy Trash, Solex, Leonard Nimoy, Krzystof Komeda and Seasick Steve.
For almost 70 years, Budde Music represents many international pop artists, not only in Germany, but often in Europe and all over the world. The publishing company is currently representing works by Alphaville, Apparat, Aurora Aksnes, Klangkarussel and sub-publishes the catalogues of Elvis Presley, Strictly Confidential, Curci, Strengholt, Songs Publishing, Downtown Music, Reverb and Global Publishing. Contact partners are Prof. Dr. Rolf Bude, Benjamin Budde, Seth Hodder, Kolja Spohn and Peer Steinwald.
Stiftung Oper in Berlin
[Stage Services Company of the Berlin Opera Foundation]
The Stage Services Company Berlin is the largest theatre service provider in Germany. About 200 employees supply all service required in theatres – from project planning to the building of decorations or the creation of costumes. The stage designs and costumes for all operas in Berlin, the Deutsches Theater and the Theater an der Parkaue are prepared in the workshop complex at the Ostbahnhof. Here, handcrafting tradition and modern production methods coalesce.
Since the year 2000, the Clubcommission and its more than 150 members have been assuring in support and promotion for Berlin’s club-, festival-, open air-, party-, and culture organizers. Through our work, we create the environment for the preservation and development of Berlin’s club culture. As a voice for the highly fragmented scene-economy, we engage in making their interests and the cultural message heard by politicians, municipality and industry. We act as contact partner for the media, the authorities, institutions and companies and represent our branch in committees, in urban planning processes, at economical and political events and abroad.
CMJ connects fans and industry professionals with the best in new music through interactive media and live events. CMJ.com offers a music discovery service, information resources and community to new music fans, professionals and artists. CMJ Events produces the legendary CMJ Music Marathon, the largest and longest-running music industry event of its kind. The weekly business trade publication CMJ New Music Report is the primary source for exclusive charts of non-commercial and college radio airplay.
Converse Rubber Tracks Sample Library
The Converse Sample Library is a completely free, ever-growing collection of high quality samples recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studios. The idea of the library was born out of the desire to give back to the music community and provide users easy access to a free collection of high quality audio files, loops and stems. This library brings the spirit of Converse Rubber Tracks to hundreds of thousands of musicians globally who create music in home studios.
CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music & Arts
CTM is one of the world’s leading international festivals for contemporary electronic and experimental music. The festival was founded in 1999 and takes place in Berlin in February each year, concurrently and cooperatively with the transmediale – international festival for art and digital culture.
With its notable size and reputation among professionals, during its 17 years of existence CTM has earned a place among the world’s top-ranking festivals and become an essential meeting point for the international music community. The festival receives repeated praise from the media and has been called “Germany’s most important gathering for electronic and experimental music” and “Berlin’s best pop festival”.
CTM’s concert programme presents internationally outstanding artists in unusual constellations that cut across genres, styles, and scenes. The festival covers sound experiments and avant-garde pop, ground breaking pioneers and young talent, instrumental music, contemporary composition and electronic sound research, as well as a diverse range of interdisciplinary projects that combine music, performance and visual arts. Initiating and supporting the production of new musical and artistic projects from established and upcoming artists is at the core of the festival’s agenda, as is the coupling of first-hand experience with critical reflection, exchange and learning. With its extensive daytime programme, that brings together workshops, artist talks, lectures, films, installations, university projects, and an exhibition, the festival creates a space for thinking and debating broadly about music and its social relevance.
Detektor.fm is a repeatedly awarded Germany-wide radio program that belongs to the most innovative radios in Germany – in regards to content and technology. In 2012 the broadcasting station won the German Radio Award for “Best Innovation” for its interactive smartphone-app. Next to the responsive website and the apps, the radio station provides separate apps for Smart TVs and cars. Detektor.fm makes journalism: the station asks more questions, gives more background information to the hectic news and finds truly new music.
DigiMediaL_musik – Strategisches Musikmarketing in the Social Web at the Berlin Career College of the Berlin University of the Arts
DigiMediaL_musik is a qualification offer for Berlin based musicians as well as creative minds and music managers. Its aim is to convey comprehensive knowhow on successful music marketing in the social web by extending the participant’s existing knowledge on the music business with sound information on economical, legal and profile-building areas of digital communication. DigiMediaL_musik is comprised by: music marketing courses (certified courses, workshops), networking (individual coaching, regular musicians meeting) and online offers (news blog, online tutorium). The project was started at the at the Career College of the Berlin University of the Arts in 2009 and is being continuously developed textually by more than 50 experts since.
Domino Recording Company Deutschland GmbH
Domino Records is a British indie label with headquarters in London. Founded by Laurence Bell in 1993, it can without a doubt be counted among the spearheads of the globally acting independent labels of the last 20 years. Some of the most renowned artists are the Arctic Monkeys or Franz Ferdinand, who released the debut of their collaboration with the legendary Sparks, called FFS. Further fantastic signings are: Hot Chip, Villagers, Anna Calvi, Matthew E. White, Blood Orange, Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr.) …
Electronic Beats by Deutsche Telekom is a multimedia music sponsoring platform devoted to music journalism and events, and includes EB magazine, EB.net, social media, EB radio and EB Slices video content. Socially relevant issues are examined through the prism of music and popular culture, and artists voices are the center of this focus.
Female pressure is an international network of female, transgender and non-binary artists in the fields of electronic music and digital arts founded by Electric Indigo: from musicians, composers and DJs to visual artists, cultural workers and researchers. female:pressure intends to strengthen networking, communication and representation – a standard instrument to obtain information about artists, contact them, and find out about other, maybe less known women in electronic music all around the globe. The network comprises 2000 members from 73 countries as at June 2017.
FluxFM is a Berlin based radio station, an online platfrom called FluxMusic providing 25 curated radio programs, a community and event promoter with focus on pop culture, digital innovation and urban life. Every day FluxFM selects the best and plays the songs that strike a chord with the people who thrive on music. The station was rewarded best music industry award in Los Angeles for „outstanding contribution to the worldwide industry“. FluxFM employs 50 creative music-loving people.
Freibank Musikverlag GmbH
Freibank is an innovative, independent music publisher committed to delivering the best possible service to its partners.
Originally incorporated in 1986 to administer the compositions of German avantgarde artists Einstürzende Neubauten as efficiently as possible, Freibank soon began to offer its swift and efficient copyright administration services to fellow musicians. During the 90s, the company expanded into press-, radio-, club promotion and marketing, setting up publishing divisions and label deals for several local and international partners. After more than 25 successful years as an independent music publisher, Freibank is ideally positioned to deliver the music publishing services required in the 21st century.
Freizeitverhalten picks up where artists leave off. We aim to utilise our network, take over projects, and support both administrative and creative processes. Our mission is to help both young and established bands and to advise and accompany them on their musical paths. We work closely with our artists and respond to their individual needs. We place great value on professional mentoring in a familiar atmosphere.
Fritz Unsigned is a weekly radio show on Radio Fritz (RBB) featuring unsigned music made in Berlin, Brandenburg and Germany. Many acts play live on the show with full set-up, but there are also interviews with artists and music business insiders. If you’re unsigned and live in Germany, apply with your music on bands.fritz.de. Or simply drop by: Show host Christoph Schrag will record his next issue on Thursday at Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs.
Kanzlei JBB Rechtsanwälte
Dr. Lina Boecker is a Berlin based lawyer who specializes in copyright matters, preferably in the music and IP field. JBB is a boutique sized lawfirm with 14 highly specialized legal professionals specializing in all matters of copyright, trademark, unfair competition and IT law.
KREATIV KULTUR BERLIN
It is a network, an information point and a consulting service center for the cultural sector and the creative industries in Berlin. KREATIV KULTUR BERLIN offers free orientation and professional information on fundraising and and the development of creative business models. The offer includes regular office hours, networking events and digital tools such as a Funding-Finder and an Online Networking Platform for artists and creative people
The Local is the live music company started by Howard Monk after working as a promoter and musician for a number of years (Billy Mahonie, Knom Music). Working with new US bands for the first time Howard often ended up booking small tours too. As a result Howard and Knom/The Local booked early tours for the likes of The National, shows by Bloc Party, American Analog Set and loads more. The Local has worked with many more great artists and continues to support great acts at the beginning and throughout their careers.
Musique Couture is a music agency in Berlin, founded in 2012.
Our competences are music for films, brands, fashion shows, events, advertising and fashion companies. Musique Couture enriches campaigns with exciting, authentic music. We create music concepts, do research, clear the rights and prepare contracts that are ready to be signed.
Affiliated with the agency are a booking agency for DJs who will find the right sound for all occasions and events, a publisher for music for films, commercials, theater and shows, a division for music where we advise clients including Tiefschwarz, Apples in Space, Maike Rosa Vogel, Leander Haußmann, Doris Dörrie, Ralf Husmann and Arne Feldhusen.
Music Pool Berlin
Music Pool Berlin is the central contact point for music producers in Berlin. This advisory and qualification service provided by actors of the music scene aims to procure Berlin based music producers with information, continuing education and networking contacts, to help them establish successfully within the music industry. Music Pool Berlin is a cooperative project of all2gethernow, noisy Academy and the Clubcommission.
Mute Records was founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller, who, under the pseudonym The Normal, created a determining synth-pop/new-wave/electro-classic (including a cover version by Grace Jones) with the single “Warm Leatherette”! Mute became world famous with signings like DAF, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Moby or Nick Cave and obtained cult status. Current highlights of recent years: Swans, Apparat, Laibach, Erasure, MG’s (Martin Gore) solo album and Plastikman – New Order is about to announce “Anne”!
No Fear Of Pop: Notes on the Future of Music
NFOP is a website about music of whatever genre and of whatever origin that seeks to transcend the habitual preconceptions about the ‘modern’ in contemporary popular culture. The music covered is ‘pop’ in the broadest, most liberal sense of the term, rejecting accustomed dichotomies between the underground and the mainstream.
noisy Academy, a division of noisy Musicworld GmbH
The noisy Academy accompanies you on your musical way from amateur to pro. Learn from successful musicians, producers and DJs. With our support, turn your passion into your profession. Work on-site with the latest sequencing- and production tools, such as Ableton Live, Cubase or Logic Pro. Use our interconnected IT-classroom, learn how to record and master in the noisy Studios and be coached by our professionals. Purely individual.
The Quietus is the UK’s leading independent online magazine devoted to music and popular culture. Founded in 2008, it has gained a reputation for incisive, opinionated, informed journalism, and was a pioneer of the longform trend in online journalism. We do not believe in barriers between genre, but in a fractured musical climate want to celebrate the best in music from across the world, whether it be techno, metal, avant-garde, indie, dub, psychedelia, rock, noise, electronic music, house or disco. We believe that music does not exist in a vacuum, and have increasingly popular sections devoted to film and literature. We also run regular, well-read and respected, opinion pieces on music politics, social and gender issues in our Black Sky Thinking op-ed strand.
Research Center for Mobile Music Making
Part of the University of the Arts Berlin, located at the Berlin Career College.
The »Research Center for Mobile Music Making« (Forschungsstelle Appmusik) is part of the Berlin University of the Arts, located at the Berlin Career College. The aim of the research center is to explore and systematize forms of musical practices with apps, further to show connections with current trends in art and music, and to identify the social dimensions as well as implications for music education. According to the idea of Open Science, contents of research shall be communicated more broadly, to make scientific processes accessible and intelligible to all interested parties and to include both scientists and artists.
Launched from Brooklyn & now based in Berlin, Reveller Records is an independent label revealing widely diverse musical talent and is committed to bringing important social messages through it’s events and music. Reveller was founded by Sky Deep and formed with a family of producers, performers and visual artists — we combine our skills and resources to bring organic sounds the way they’re meant to be heard. Our music is infused with off-kilter, futuristic sounds that include rhythmic variation beyond 4-to-the-floor.
Thomas Jepsen is one of the music programmers for the biggest festival in North Europe, Roskilde Festival. It has been a Non Profit festival since 1971 with focus on environmental and cultural change, where their work with donations support theses changes. Since 1971 Roskilde Festival has generated approx. € 43 million (as of 2016) to Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International, Support the Victims in Iraq, Save the Children and The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and many more organisations. . The festival is run by a non-profit organisation consisting of about 50 full-time employees and thousands of volunteers.
SPRINGSTOFF is a Berlin based record label, which cares about supporting musicians and artists that have a message. SPRINGSTOFF provides a stage for politically aware people and supports DJ*s, Bands and MCs, to whom not only music but also content is important, and that in all diversity are united in their credo: No applause for shit!
SoundTrack_Cologne is the leading European forum for sound and music in film and media. Regular offshoots and co-operations of the congress, bring their makers e.g. to the Berlinale, Cannes and Munich. One of its founders and program managers is the Pop-Kultur Nachwuchs speaker Matthias Hornschuh.
Stars & Heroes
Providing independent selections of quality artists and music
Electrifying music and artistic live performance infect us.
Stars & Heroes support, consult and promote international artists, labels and performances with attitude worldwide. We are specialized in electronic music in all facettes. We belief in longterm relations: Transdisciplinary, integrated networks is what makes it move … and we hate spam.
Media trust us for tasty pre-selection, serious recommendation and suggestions without marketing budgets for a free and autonomous discovery. We feel our cultural responsibilty. Quality, substance and independence counts.
Within the last 10 years our clients include the following (beside many other):
Heroines Of Sound Festival, Perspectives Festival, Apparat, DJ Rush, Raz Ohara, Otto Von Schirach, Whitest Boy Alive and Labels like Shitkatapult, Ghostly int., Monkeytown, Monika Enterprise, m-nus, City Slang and more.
Torstraßenfestival is a Berlin local music festival going into it’s 8th year. TSF takes a current look into the local and international music scenes and encourages: community, discovery, and diversity. Throughout the year our curating team is out feeling the pulse of what is undiscovered and finding artists going to new levels via our own networks and the promoting of shows with our individual live series and other events (M:Soundtrack, Never Work, Shameless/Limitless, Loop Summit, Steirischer Herbst, Music Pool Berlin..). A platform for artists from Berlin and beyond who we feel hit the nerve of the times and with TSF we are able to offer a forum for current development within the various music scenes, via encouraging community networks, promoting and supporting the current festival roster as well as our Alumni from previous years. We promote a mix of old and new structures in our neighborhood and rally the neighbors to participate and add their own spark to the festival. We keep ticket prices as affordable as possible so that as many fans, neighbors and music lovers find it easy to make new discoveries and we stand for music as an integral part of urban life.
Viertausendhertz ist ein Label für AutorInnenpodcasts. Die Gründer Marie Dippold, Hendrik Efert, Nicolas Semak und Christian Conradi verbinden Spannung, Information und Unterhaltung mit inspirierendem Sound. Die Leidenschaft für die weite Welt des Hörbaren und das Erzählen von Geschichten sind ihr Antrieb. Übrigens: Töne mit einer Frequenz von 4000 Hertz nimmt das menschliche Ohr besonders intensiv wahr.
Management consultation on all levels of leadership including economic, organisational and personal development.
Focus on creative industries media, music, publishing. Our key topics are leadership, strategy development, conflict management, change management.
VUT – Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen e.V.
The Association of Independent Music Companies (VUT) represents the interests of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the German music industry. Its members include around 1,300 labels, publishers, distributors, producers, and artists who market themselves. As a federation, the VUT is committed to the interests of the independent music industry at the German, European and international levels, the core of which is formed by the musicians. As a service provider, VUT offers its members a wide range of consulting, information, and services. These include, among other things, membership and legal advice, training and further training events, the conclusion of framework agreements, and regular industry updates. In addition, through its practice-oriented advice, the VUT contributes to accompanying and supporting young musicians on their paths into the world of music.
YO! SISSY is the premier Berlin festival for international queer music bringing performers and audience members from all over the world together to join in a celebration of music, dance and performance. YO! SISSY aims to bridge the gap between burgeoning local artists with established international acts, while focusing on showcasing female and trans-identified performers. YO! SISSY’s continuing mission is to promote the energy, diversity, and lifestyle that is so unique to queer Berlin and share that with people from across the globe.