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Recovery of the Music Sector – Where Are We Now?
Recovery of the Music Sector – Where Are We Now?
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 5 | 15:00 - 16:00
Fri 21 Jan | Conference Channel 5 | 15:00 - 16:00

Recovery of the Music Sector – Where Are We Now?

Susanne Hollmann European Commission, Burak Özgen General Counsel, Mikolaj Ziółkowski Founder Open'er Festival, Board member Yourope, Erminia Sciacchitano Ministry of Culture

English spoken

ESNS22_picto_black_.png The music industry, and the live sector in particular, have had a rough time since the start of the pandemic. The impact, as shown by various studies, and as experienced first-hand by the sector, is huge, and almost two years since the start of the crisis we are still not back to normal, far from it. This panel will look past the initial announcements from the EU and governments at what has concretely been done to support the music sector at European and national level and what’s in stock to help it weather the new wave. It will also be the chance for the audience to hear directly from the sector about their stories: how they were impacted, how they managed to weather the crisis so far and where they stand today.


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    Susanne Hollmann European Commission

    Susanne Hollmann has been working in different international and European organisations in Brussels before joining the European Commission’s Trade department in 2001. Since 2004, she has held several positions in the Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. Today she is the Deputy Head of the Cultural Policy Unit and leads the works on the Music Moves Europe initiative.
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    Burak Özgen General Counsel

    Burak Özgen is General Counsel at GESAC, which through its 32 members represents more than 1 million creators in EU/EEA in the process of European law and policy making. Before joining GESAC, Burak was legal and policy counsel to EMI Music Publishing and also advised several industry organisations from creative sector. He took part in international projects such as “Fair Music Business Model”, “CELAS Pan-European licensing”, “Music Rights in Southern Africa” with different roles and responsibilities and also worked at the European Commission’s Audio-visual and Media Policies Unit. He holds an LLM from Ghent University in Belgium, where he continued his further research on collective management, and was a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School's Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. He is a member of ALAI Belgian group ABA/BVA.
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    Mikolaj Ziółkowski Founder Open'er Festival, Board member Yourope

    Mikolaj Ziolkowski is an expert in promoting culture, music, art and entertainment. His interest in live music events evolved into Alter Art, one of Poland's leading promoters in music and entertainment events. It organizes the most important music festivals in Poland: Orange Warsaw Festival, Kraków Live Festival and the biggest one – Open’er Festival, with its 20-year history. Open’er has been acknowledged outside Poland, becoming a two-time European Festival Awards winner as Best Major Festival. On top of the aforementioned success, Alter Art won the Promoter of the Year title during European Festival Awards 2016. Mikolaj Ziolkowski was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Poland and included in the list of most influential people of culture in Poland by “Polityka”. He is also the co-founder and President of the Association of Organizers of Art and Entertainment Events in Poland. Since 2016 he has been a board member of Yourope, the European Festival Association. In 2021, Mikołaj Ziółkowski, has been nominated for the Arthur Award in the "Festival Organiser" category, the most prestigious award of the concert industry in the world.
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    Erminia Sciacchitano Ministry of Culture

    Erminia Sciacchitano serves in the Cabinet of the Italian Minister of Culture, dealing with international affairs including the G20Culture and has contributed to the Culture chapter of the Italian Recovery and Resilience Plan. She has extensive experience in European policies and research on culture, heritage, and landscape, with a focus on social values, creative economy, and regenerative management. Between 2014 and 2020 she contributed to the shaping of the EU policy on cultural heritage in general and to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 as Chief Scientific Advisor. She previously held the position of Head of Unit for International Relations and Research in the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage. She is an Architect and holds a Ph.D. in Historical Buildings Survey and a Master’s Degree in European Studies and International Negotiations


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    Emmanuel Legrand Creative Industries News

    Emmanuel Legrand is the founder and President of Legrand Network, a Paris-based media and consultancy company focusing on news, trends and intelligence for the creative sector. Legrand Network is the publisher of the Creative Industries News platform and its associated weekly newsletter, covering news related to the creative sector and the copyright-driven economies in the digital eco-system. During his career, Emmanuel worked for Music Week. Billboard, and Music & Media, among other publications.