9th Vienna Music Business Research Days 2018

Music Life Is Live

12. – 14. September 2018

The Vienna Music Business Research Days want to bring together scholars from all disciplines and interested music business professionals in Vienna every year in order to present their findings and exchange ideas about it.

Music business research is a new scientific approach at the intersection of economic, artistic, especially musical, cultural, social, legal, technological developments that aims at a better understanding of the creation/production, dissemination/distribution and reception/consumption of the cultural good music. It follows an inter-disciplinary research and teaching approach that is characterized by methodological diversity.


9.00 am – 5.30 pm: Invited Conference Day
at Joseph Haydn-Hall and Large Conference Room at the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM).

  • 9.00 – 9.15 am: Welcome
  • 9.15 – 9.45 am: Keynote by Beate Flath (University of Paderborn, Germany): PLAY
    "The Political Economics of Music Festivals"
  • 9.45 – 11.15 am: Panel discussion on "The Political Economics of Music Festivals": PLAY
    With a short presentation on "Music Festival Conferences as Live Incubators of the Music Industry" by Detlef Schwarte (Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany) & Carsten Winter (Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany).
    Panelists: Axel Ballreich (LiveKomm, Hamburg), Hannah Crepaz (Osterfestival Tirol, Austria), Peter Smidt (Eurosonic Noorderslag Festival, Netherlands), Martin Cloonan (University of Glasgow, UK), Detlef Schwarte (Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg, Germany) and moderated by Beate Flath
    Discussion - PLAY  
  • 11.15 – 11.45 am: Refreshments
  • 11.45 am – 12.30 pm: Keynote by Erik Hitters (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands): PLAY
    "Live Music Ecologies and Value Creation for Musicians, Industries and Cities"
  • 12.30 – 2.00 pm: Lunch Break
  • 2.00 – 2.45 pm: Keynote by Berthold Seliger (Konzertagentur Seliger Berlin, Germany): PLAY
    "Empire business or cultural diversity. About the reality of the concert business"
    Discussion - PLAY
  • 2.45 – 3.00 pm: Short Break
  • 3.00 – 3.45 pm: Keynote by Alan Krueger (Princeton University, USA): PLAY
    "The Economics of the International Live Music Business"
  • 3.45 – 4.15 pm: Refreshments
  • 4.15 – 5.30 pm: Panel discussion "The International Concert and Touring Business" PLAY
    with Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt (International Music Managers Forum, London, UK), Ernst L. Hartz (E. L. Hartz Promotion Bonn, Germany), Harry Jenner (Frequency Festival, Austria), Peter Jenner (Sincere Music, London, UK) moderated by Berthold Seliger (Konzertagentur Seliger, Berlin, Germany)
  • 5.30 pm: Awarding the young scholars' workshop best paper
  • 8.00 pm: Conference Heuriger (for invited guests)