4-5 May ● 2012 ● Aarhus ● Denmark

Seminars on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of May

Seminars on Friday the 4th and Saturday the 5th of May

SPOT Festival offer a variety of seminars and speeches dealing with the challenges the music industry is facing and the opportunities arising from them.
Here you find all the seminars and panel discussions offered in English. Access is free with SPOT-wristband/ticket.




Presented by Promus: Music & Media Pitch Germany

Friday the 4th of May at 10:00 – 13:00, Place Promus, Vester Allé 15, 8000 Aarhus

Pitch your music or project to German music and media professionals.

During the meeting you will have the opportunity to meet: Michael Schmidt (Exit Strategy Entertainment), Pia Hoffmann (Music Supervising), Cathrin von Seld (My Foxy Music), Birte Krohn (Krohn Musik), Ingmar Rehberg (Yessian), Marion Mertin (Marion Mertin Music Consulting), Django Seelenmeyer (Music & Business Consultant, Klangspeicher Musikverlag), Anette Unger (Bremedia Produktion) and Wolf Lang (Threaks).

Registration through: www.promus.dk

Host: Jesper Mardahl


Keynote speaker presented by SPOT:

Friday the 4th of May at 15.00– 16.00, Place: Remisen, Godsbanen

Gerd Leonhard (Futurist, Author, CEO of The Futures Agency)

“Music industry Future Scenarios: the next 3-5 years. The cloud, the creators, the rights, the money and the people formerly known as consumers”

About: The world famous futurist and keynote speaker Gerd Leonhard will – amongst other things – touch upon what he refers to as Music 2.0: Re-setting the music business. The music industry (both recorded music and publishing) is experiencing a tidal wave of disruption, and a total reset is in the making: Music 2.0 is around the corner.

Presented by NorthSide: The Festival of the Future

Friday the 4th of May at 16.15 – 17.15, Place: Remisen, Godsbanen

Are festivals – as we know them – a thing of the past, are there simply too many of them, or are they too much alike? Sonisphere and many other big festivals, especially in the UK, pull the plug, and during the last years we have witnessed many big festivals shutting down in Scandinavia as well – amongst others the Norwegian festival Quart. What does the future hold for festivals and how will they survive?

Panel: Claes Olsen (Head of booking, Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway), Jeppe Nissen (Copenhell and Live Nation), Brian Nielsen (NorthSide Festival and Skandinavian) and Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio, Titel: Head of Festival booking: Hurricane Festival, SoutSide Festival, Greenfield and more, Hamburg, Germany).

Moderator: John Fogde (Spokesman, NorthSide Festival, Aarhus, Denmark)


Keynote speakers presented by SPOT:

Saturday the 5th at 11.00 – 12.00, Place: Radar, Godsbanen

Sheila Whiteley (Visiting Professor, Author, Feminist Musicologist)

“The political and cultural implications of gender imbalance in popular music”

About: Sheila Whiteley, Chair of Popular Music at the University of Salford until December 2006, and receiver of three European Social Fund awards for her research into Women and the Cultural Industries. She speaks about Popular Music and Issues surrounding gender, identity, subjectivity and sexuality.


Saturday the 5th at 12.15 – 13.15, Place: Radar, Godsbanen

Scott Cohen (Co-founder and Vice President of The Orchard and long time manager of The Raveonettes amongst others)

“Show Me The Money – Making money in the Music industry is a challenge. The digital age created more opportunities but also added layers of complexity. Learn the tricks of the trade.”

Find out more about The Orchard at http://www.theorchard.com/


Filmby Aarhus and Aarhus Short Film Challenge presents Films on the SPOT.

Saturday the 5th at 18.00-21.00, Place: Parron 2, Godsbanen

Get in an old school cinema mode – drop by Aarhus Filmby’s “Die Asta”, which has moved to Godsbanen for the SPOT Festival.

We offer a great movie atmosphere when we show the ten best films from the Aarhus Short Film Challenge 2012.

We will provide bubbles, popcorn, great dj’s and lots and lots of ambiance.

The night will also feature the premiere of the documentary “How to make a short film in 7 days”, which is produced and directed by the people behind Aarhus Short Film Challange