Moderated by Matthew Swann (UK), chief executive, City of London Sinfonia
with Aleksandra Markovic (Serbia/The Netherlands), manager new titles, rental/sales, Donemus Publishing
Silke Hilger (Germany), general manager, G. Ricordi Bühnen- und Musikverlag
Emma Kerr (UK), head of promotion, Boosey & Hawkes
In the fast-paced digital age, the role of publishing in general, and music publishing in particular, can be problematised. This discussion will bring together representatives from several music publishing houses, and will focus on a number of issues pertinent to the field:
what are the challenges that music publishing faces in keeping up with technological developments? What is/will be the role of the publisher, compared with what it used to be? In this light, is there even a need for a publisher any more? Is it possible to anticipate future trends and changes? How can publishers stay relevant in the age of free exchange of digital content? What are successful business models that can be adopted cross-border? By offering a unique international and comparative perspective, this panel discussion aims to offer possible strategies for keeping up with future changes and developments in the field.