Why Curation Will Save the Music Industry

The power of human guidance in the era of algorithms

Felix Zeltner, by Lauren Juratovac
Lucia Udvardyova, by Stanislav Soukop
Francis Gay
  • event type:WOMEX 15 Conference
  • date:23 Oct 2015
  • time:12:00 - 12:45
  • city/area:Budapest
  • venue:Conference Room 1, Bálna
  • country:Hungary
  • event posted by:Piranha Arts

Chaired by:

Felix Zeltner (Germany/USA)
Founder, Soundfriend


Lucia Udvardyova (Slovakia/Czech Republic)
Freelance music journalist, music curator and organiser.

Francis Gay (Germany/France)
Head of music, Funkhaus Europa/WDR

Fruzsina Szep (Hungary/Germany)
Berlin Festival/Lollapalooza

The way we consume music is dramatically changing, with roughly 30 millions of songs available to us in an instant through various streaming services, all fighting for market share. Without guidance, even music enthusiasts are drowning in the abundance of music at their disposal. In this panel, experts from across the industry will highlight the power of human curations versus automated, algorithm-based recommendations, including business models for curators and answers to the ever more difficult question: What are you listening to?

Photo credits: Felix Zeltner, by Lauren Juratovac; Lucia Udvardyova, by Stanislav Soukop