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Our Italian and German colleagues of the European Live Music Association (NIMPE partners)  have participated at the second edition of the ILMC Association Summit with a follow up on both current and the latest developments that are of relevance for live music organisations on a national and international level.

Assomusica and BDV joined forces on behalf of ELMA association, to provide an update on their efforts to establish aEuropean Live Music Association” in Brussels. Assomusica will also report on its project to create a “European Network for the Internationalization of Music Producers.”

This year’s agenda featured topics such as health and safety at festivals, copyright and royalty issues and secondary ticketing, as well as updates, reports and presentations by various associations on their current achievements and activities.

The main aim of the meeting was to expand and deepen the exchange of information and communication between live entertainment industry organisations, by sharing experiences and knowledge.

Each topic were presented with the opportunity for a brief Q&A session afterwards, while discussion about the launch of an internal working group will conclude the meeting.

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ILMC 29 Association Summit

Full programme

10:30 – 16:00

Tuesday 7 March

York Suite (mezzanine level)
Royal Garden Hotel
W8 4PT


  • Rachel Parker, Association of Event Venues (UK)
  • Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (UK)
  • Vincenzo Spera, Assomusica Associazione (Italy)
  • Jens Michow, BDV (Germany)
  • Paul-Henri Wauters, De Concert! (France)
  • Nancy Skipper, EAA / NAA (UK)
  • Olivier Toth, IMMF (Luxembourg)
  • Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, IMMF (UK)
  • Joppe Pihlgren, Liveusik Sverige (Sweden)
  • Karsten Schölermann, LiveMusikKommission e.V. (Germany)
  • Neill Dixon, Music Canada Live (Canada)
  • Fiona McGugan, Music Managers Forum UK (UK)
  • Adam Webb, Music Managers Forum UK/FanFair Alliance (UK)
  • Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust (UK)
  • Ben Liss, NACPA (USA)
  • Anita Debaere, Pearle* Live Performance Europe (Belgium)
  • Aline Renet, Prodiss (France)
  • Alp Günal, TESDER (Turkey)
  • Alan Cutler, The Agent’s Association (UK)
  • Christof Huber, Yourope (Switzerland)

 The meeting was hosted by Manfred Tari (Pop100) and Greg Parmley (ILMC).


 10:30 – 10:45: Coffee break

Arrival of European associations and coffee/tea served.

10:45 – 11:00: Speed Dating for Attendees

The chance for attendees to introduce themselves and their organisations before the Summit begins.

 11:00 -12:00:  New Initiatives and Campaigns for Festivals

There are various initiatives that tackle health & safety issues at events, including among others sexual harassment on festivals. The first presentations will be the introduction of the “Take A Stand” campaign, a pan-European mission for society engagement by the festival organisation Yourope.

TESDER will present on the Event Safety Symposium held in Istanbul, in collaboration with ILNESS, and will report on Istanbul’s “Certificate programme”. The Association of Independent Festivals will then discuss their planned public campaign for sexual safety at events and charter of best practice, and their fight for onsite forensic drugs testing at festivals. In addition to this, Live Music Sweden will report on their findings for how to deal with this matter, as well as the recent move in Sweden regarding police costs at festivals.

12:00 – 12:15: Coffee break

12:15 – 12:45: Secondary ticketing

Music Canada Live and the Music Managers Forum (MMF) UK, who will present their FanFair Alliance campaign, will tackle the issue of secondary ticketing. This has become a key topic for conversation due to its recent financial growth, as questionable incidents in various countries have garnered extensive media coverage. This has lead to the rise in demand for legal regulation of unauthorized secondary ticketing.

 12:45 – 13:30: Update on the Situation of Venues

LiveKomm, De Concert! and the Music Venue Trust will provide overviews of their current initiatives dealing with the protection of grassroots music clubs and venues in their respective territories.

 13:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Complimentary lunch will be served in the York Suite

 14:00 – 14:30: For the Files

The EAA / NAA’s latest statistics will provide an insight into the performance of arenas around the UK an Europe, while Music Canada Live will be discussing their Year in Review, as well as explaining their strategies for music policies in Canadian cities.

14:30 – 15:00: From Neighbourhood to Neighbouring Rights 

Assomusica and BDV will join forces to provide an update on their efforts to establish aEuropean Live Music Association” in Brussels. Assomusica will also report on its project to create a “European Network for the Internationalization of Music Producers.”

In the light of the next session about “Performance Royalties”, one of the most priority topics for this meeting, BDV will introduce their newly launched “Collecting Agency for the Neighbouring Rights (GWVR)”, which targets European promoters. 

15:00 – 15:15: Coffee break

15:15 – 16:00:  Data, Money & Performance Royalties

The topic of “Collection Societies & performance royalties” appeared on the agenda for the 2016 Association Summit, and so it does this year again. The NACPA will address questions regarding “single license rates” while IMMF address stakeholder ID and extracting more value from live performances through efficient use of data.

15:45 – 16:00: Conclusions and Next Steps

Winding up the day, a brief discussion on how live music associations could communicate better, and whether there is a need for a working group or loose forum of associations.

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