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Creators Talks - Making the music value chain fair
Thu 14 Jan | Conference Channel 2 | 11:00 - 12:00
Thu 14 Jan | Conference Channel 2 | 11:00 - 12:00

Creators Talks - Making the music value chain fair

Annabella Coldrick MMF, Arrien Molema ECSA, Chris Cooke CMU, Ger Hatton IMPF, Helen Smith Impala


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The discussion about a fair music value chain has become more urgent than ever due to COVID-19 and the closure of live venues, bars and restaurants. As online platforms are increasingly the main avenues to listen to music, how does this new situation affect revenues streams? How can all stakeholders in the music value chain benefit in a fair way?

The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA) calls for an open debate with various parties to have a critical look at the business- and revenue-models and discuss the way we can create a ‘fair music value chain’ for all parties.


  • Annabella Coldrick

    Annabella Coldrick MMF

    Annabella joined the UK’s Music Managers Forum as Chief Executive in 2016. MMF publishes the influential Dissecting the Digital Dollar research project on the economics of streaming while calling for greater transparency in the music industry. They are a founder and supporter of FanFair Alliance, which advocates against ticket touting.favourite artists.
  • Arrien Molema

    Arrien Molema ECSA

    Arriën Molema is a songwriter, composer and producer - awarded Platinum and Golden records with his band “Room Eleven”. He is active in the field of author’s rights. He co-founded BAM!, of which he is currently vice-chair and vice-chair of the supervisory board of the Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra.
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    Chris Cooke CMU

    Chris Cooke is co-Founder and MD of CMU, a company that helps people navigate and understand the music business. It does this through media like the CMU Daily bulletin, Setlist podcast and CMU Library; consultancy unit CMU Insights; and future talent programme CMU:DIY.
    Via CMU, Chris writes, talks, teaches and consults about the music industry. He also programmes the core conference strands at The Great Escape showcase festival and wrote the ‘Dissecting The Digital Dollar’ book and ‘Music Copyright Explained’ guide.
    CMU is part of Chris’s business 3CM UnLimited, through which he also publishes cultural recommendations service ThisWeek London and ThreeWeeks at the Edinburgh Festival; and helped to launch and develop the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which is enabling more ethnic diversity in the communications industry.
    With degrees in English and Law, Chris regularly talks about and comments on the music business, intellectual property, and the wider media and communication sectors.
  • Ger Hatton

    Ger Hatton IMPF

    Ger Hatton provides advisory services in Copyright and Trade related aspects of IPRs to international cultural industry clients focusing on policy from Brussels and Geneva. In that capacity Ger serves as of-Counsel to IMPF. She also sits on the International Cooperation Expert Group of the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
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    Helen Smith Impala

    Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation’s key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. Helping put thousands of independent companies and artists on the map of Europe by leveraging collective strength, IMPALA’s milestones is an impressive read, from Europe’s first ever class action court case on a merger, to its innovative work on Covid, copyright, sustainability, diversity and inclusion and of course with digital services, through to its various action plans and awards schemes.


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    Aafke Romeijn BAM!Popauteurs

    Aafke Romeijn is a musician and writer. She released her fourth studio album as an artist/electro producer in 2019 and writes for news outlets such as Vrij Nederland. She's a member of BAM! Popauteurs(Dutch Songwriter Society), the Members Council of Buma/Stemra, and part of the Gender Working Group of ECSA.