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Statement of the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business (Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft – BDV) on the acts of terrorism in Paris

The attacks in Paris sent a shockwave around the world. They have shown us just how vulnerable our free world is.

The attack on the audience in the Bataclan concert hall in Paris shocked us, the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promotion Business (BDV), most of all. We have closed ranks with our friends in Paris and will not allow this terrible act to influence the way we live in our free and open society.

For us as organisers, music, concerts and live entertainment represent celebrations of diversity and freedom. And we will not abandon this diversity – quite the contrary. We are fully aware that, as organisers, we have a special responsibility for the safety of our concertgoers. And we accept this responsibility. We have always clearly stated that the concertgoers’ security is our foremost priority.

Event security has been consistently and sustainably tightened in recent years. We also work closely with the security authorities and intend to redouble our efforts in this regard. For us, as organisers, and for the many concertgoers, one thing is certain: The terrible attacks in Paris will increase our vigilance, but they must not lead to a restriction of the German cultural scene and its varied event offerings. After all, a reduction in diversity would mean that the terrorists have won, and this is something we will never allow.

Hamburg, 17 November 2015

Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business
(Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft e. V. – BDV)
Professor Jens Michow

Federal Association celebrates its 30th anniversary

On 28 September, the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business (Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft – BDV) celebrated its 30th anniversary in Hamburg with an industry convention and a subsequent gala buffet with more than 170 members and guests. In addition to top-flight panel discussions featuring among others managers of Facebook and Google, presentations by State Councillor Dr Horst-Michael Pelikahn on Hamburg’s Olympic bid and by trend researcher Prof. Wippermann and the presentation of the findings of the music industry study recently published by the BDV and eight other organisations, other items on the agenda included the election of the Executive Board.

The day’s highlight was the keynote speech by Hamburg’s First Mayor, Mr Olaf Scholz. It marked the beginning of a lavish banquet in the convention hotel’s equally lavishly furnished uppereast Club. After his speech, the mayor talked to the members of the association, which has been based in Hamburg for 30 years, until late into the night, discussing among other topics their wishes regarding the rental policy for the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which is due to open in 2017. The guests included CTS CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg and Prof. Peter Schwenkow, CEO of DEAG.

Before the election of the Board, Dieter Weidenfeld explained that, with this election, the old Executive Committee would be taking the first step towards the Association’s rejuvenation. “Now that our Executive President has announced his intention to resign his office in 2018, we think it makes sense to already set up a committee now that will be able to accompany this transition and subsequent developments, so that it will not be necessary to elect an entirely new Board in 2018.” After Prof. Jens Michow was unanimously confirmed in office as President, eight candidates contended for the six seats on the Board: The following persons were elected (in alphabetical order): Christian Doll (C2-Concerts), Felix Hansen (Landstreicher Booking), Daniel Rothammer (DEAG), Ulrike Schirrmacher (Berliner Kabarett-Theater „Die Wühlmäuse“), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorio), Klaus Wollny (Hanseatische Konzertdirektion).

Der neue Vorstand des bdvBoard members | (Photo Nadine Lischick)

In his inaugural speech, the re-elected ‘old’ President stated “I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate my very sincere thanks to the previous Board members Michael Bisping, Monika Breu, Roland Forster, Patrick Oginski, Michael Schacke und Dieter Weidenfeld. Some of them have meanwhile spent more than 25 years as honorary Board members of the BDV and have played a decisive role in shaping the Association’s service portfolio and its prestige.”

Der alte Vorstand des bdvPrevious Board members | Photo Public Address

Music industry study presented in Hamburg

 Hamburg, 23 September 2015 – The music industry associations have joined forces for the first time to identify all market-relevant data of the various sectors of the music industry. The study was presented in Hamburg at the ‘Musikdialog’ on 23 September 2015.

The music industry is a major economic factor

 The individual segments of the German music industry generated a total of eleven billion euros in sales last year. With a total of 127,000 self-employed and salaried workers, the industry employs more people than any other media industry. At some 3.9 billion euros in 2014, the gross value added was even higher than that of the film industry, radio broadcasters, or book or magazine publishers. Within the cultural and creative industries, the music industry thus makes a significant contribution to income generation. Within the music industry’s seven segments, in turn, “musical events” (27%) and “recorded music” (22%) accounted for the highest gross value added, followed by the segments “musical instruments” (19%), “creatives” (15%), “music lessons” (10%), “music publishers” (5%) and “collecting societies” (2%).

These are findings of the study on the “Music industry in Germany”, which was presented today in Hamburg’s town hall ahead of the “Musikdialog” and which represent the first time reliable figures have been available on the overall music market and its most important segments. The study was conducted by the Institute of Communication Research at the Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena (Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaft der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena – IfKWJ) under the direction of Prof. Dr Wolfgang Seufert. The study was jointly commissioned by the key associations in the music industry, promoters, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The aim of the study was, among other things, to close existing information gaps in the data of the Federal Statistical Office on the economic situation of self-employed workers and companies in the German music industry, to complement the significance of existing studies and therefore map the actual status quo in the industry. On the other hand, the study sought to calculate for the first time for the entire music industry how much the industry contributes to income generation and employment in absolute terms, but also in comparison with other media sectors. To this end, an extensive online survey was conducted. Data was collected on the companies’ activities, their total income and individual types of income and on their overall costs and individual cost types in the previous year. The data on employment figures was broken down by type of employment. The survey, which was conducted between mid-March and the end of June 2015, involved around 1,300 companies with total sales in excess of five billion euros. The study is available for download on the websites of the issuing organisations, the City of Hamburg and the Federal Government’s Culture and Creative Industries Initiative (Initiative Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft):

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