The Developing Role of the Music Publisher in the 21st Century

Matthew Swann by Jo Russell
Aleksandra Markovic by Frisco Keuris
Silke Hilger
Emma Kerr
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 17 Conference
  • date:19 May 2017
  • time:15:00 - 15:45
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Conference Room 1 (fourth floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

Moderated by Matthew Swann (UK), chief executive, City of London Sinfonia
with Aleksandra Markovic (Serbia/The Netherlands), manager new titles, rental/sales, Donemus Publishing
Silke Hilger (Germany), general manager, G. Ricordi Bühnen- und Musikverlag
Emma Kerr (UK), head of promotion, Boosey & Hawkes

In the fast-paced digital age, the role of publishing in general, and music publishing in particular, can be problematised. This discussion will bring together representatives from several music publishing houses, and will focus on a number of issues pertinent to the field:

what are the challenges that music publishing faces in keeping up with technological developments? What is/will be the role of the publisher, compared with what it used to be? In this light, is there even a need for a publisher any more? Is it possible to anticipate future trends and changes? How can publishers stay relevant in the age of free exchange of digital content? What are successful business models that can be adopted cross-border? By offering a unique international and comparative perspective, this panel discussion aims to offer possible strategies for keeping up with future changes and developments in the field.