What's the relevance of collecting societies in the era of technological change?
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 9 (down) | 12:00 - 13:00
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 9 (down) | 12:00 - 13:00
Presented by: Buma/Stemra, Sena & Buma Music Meets Tech

What's the relevance of collecting societies in the era of technological change?

Jaap Gordijn The Value Engineers (NL), Frank Lucassen Buma Stemra (NL), Arriën Molema Vice-voorzitter BAM! (NL), Rob Gruschke Beggars Banquet (NL)

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With every digital innovation the relevance of societies like Buma/Stemra and Sena is questioned. Blockchain, AI, but also the explosion of music consumption with volumes of data to process and User Generated Content are challenging the collecting societies. Buma/Stemra and Sena are now working in partnership with The Value Engineers to prototype a new system for unclaimed works using blockchain technology. The objective is to model a new system to manage unclaimed works or works with conflicting identifiers used by multiple rights holders. Will blockchain make authorised use efficient and simple by changing the operations of collecting societies for the better or will it put them out of business any time soon? Come in and find out!



  • Jaap Gordijn

    Jaap Gordijn The Value Engineers (NL)

    Dr. Jaap Gordijn is founder and director of The Value Engineers, a company designing peer-to-peer business models for technologies such as blockchain. He is also an associate professor of innovative e-business at the VU, Amsterdam, and the key developer of, and has internationally published on, the e3value methodology, which offers a graphical technique to design and evaluate networked business models.

  • Frank Lucassen

    Frank Lucassen Buma Stemra (NL)

    Frank Lucassen, Manager Business Development at Buma/Stemra has over 30 years of experience in the fields of work; Commerce, ICT and Business Development

    He is constantly observing how customer needs are changing, value chains are changing and technology is key, and sharing that knowledge inside and outside our organization, in a pragmatic way while reaching out for collaboration to go forward.

  • Arriën Molema

    Arriën Molema Vice-voorzitter BAM! (NL)

    Arriën Molema is a songwriter and musician who has been awarded Platinum and Golden records for his work with the band “Room Eleven”. He has toured and played in the Netherlands, Canada, Japan, South-Africa, Germany, and Belgium. He is currently active as songwriter and producer, but also as composer of documentary-music.

    Arriën is co-founder and vice-chair of BAM!, the Dutch Songwriters Society that unites young songwriters to discuss issues related to the digital exploitation of copyright. He is interested in technological and international developments (Artifical Intelligence, blockchain) within the music and copyright industry. He is vice-chair of the supervisory board of the Dutch collecting society Buma/Stemra.

  • Rob Gruske

    Rob Gruschke Beggars Banquet (NL)

    Rob Gruschke started working in the music business 25 years ago, and in 2001 he joined the Beggars Group. After running the Beggars Group in the Benelux for nearly 10 years his focus shifted to the international role of collecting neighbouring rights in 2011. Collecting globally public performance and broadcast income for the Beggars Group mainly through direct memberships and trying to establish a good working relation with International MLCs became a full time occupation.

    Rob currently sits on the Supervisory Board of SENA (The Netherlands) and is on the board of the local collecting societies in Belgium (SIMIM), Germany (GVL) and the United Kingdom (PPL).


  • Lykle de Vries

    Lykle de Vries Thesis One (NL)

    Lykle de Vries has been one of The Netherlands' digital front-runners since the beginning of this century. In 2014, he co-created a widely used explanimation about blockchain (http://bitcoinproperly.org) that has gathered over one million views to date. He has a firm grasp on the (im)possibilities of Blockchain Technology.

    Lykle currently spends most of his time on stage, without guitars sadly, to explain how Blockchain Technology works and how it could not only disrupt existing ways of working, but also emancipate and democratise new ways of organising our society.