Industry Relationships: Setting the moral compass

Saturday 5 March 2016
15:30 – 16:30
Room 3
Chairs: Stephan Thanscheidt, FKP Scorpio (DE) | Marc Lambelet, Mainland Music (CH)

Following on from the discussion at the International Festival Forum in September, Stephan Thanscheidt and Marc Lambelet consider whether ‘loyalty’ has become a lost word in the wider live music business. As the traditional boundaries between agent, local agent and local promoter have become blurred, are too many conflicts of interest and financial pressures affecting the way we work with and trust each other? Is it open season for doing deals, or should the chain of command be respected? And as the make-up of the business moves further into corporatisation and income levels rise, just what is the value of longstanding relationships these days?

Alex Bruford, ATC Live LLP (UK)
Julia Frank, Wizard Promotions (DE)
Paul Franklin, CAA (UK)
Herman Schueremans, Live Nation Belgium 
Dan 'Steiny' Steinberg, Emporium Presents (US)

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About Stephan Thanscheidt:

Stephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is the MD at FKP Scorpio and as head of festival booking is also responsible for the programme of 17 major open-air festivals across Europe, such as Hurricane/Southside (DE), Bravalla (SE), Greenfield (CH) and Highfield or Chiemsee Summer (DE), to name a few.

He started in the early 90s with his own punk rock band and took it from there and fter booking his own and his friends’ bands, while studying political science, social science and German literature and language at the University of Muenster, he founded his own label.

In 2001, Stephan started to work at VISIONS (one of the biggest and most influential music magazines in Germany at that time) with their own booking & event department, where, in 2003, he became the head of booking & events.

In 2009, he changed jobs and started to work for FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH in Hamburg, where he now helps run the company together with its founder, Folkert Koopmans.

About Marc Lambelet:

Active in the music-business for more than 25 years, Marc is the managing director, co-owner (partner) and head of the Lausanne office of Mainland Music AG.

Mainland Music was formed 3 years ago by the merging of 4 other long existing companies; Abart, Redda, Cult Concerts and Marc’s Black Lamb Productions. The Swiss promoter is headquartered in Zürich and promotes and books over 550 shows a year in Switzerland at 100 to 13,000 capacity venues, as well as festivals including M4Music, Open Air Gampel and Metropop.

Marc is also the European agent for several international acts, among them BirdPen (UK) and US rock band Nada Surf.

About Dan 'Steiny' Steinberg:

Dan "Steiny" Steinberg, co-founder of Emporium Presents, started producing club shows at the Mercury Café in Denver at the age of sixteen. After graduating high school in 1993, Dan joined 2B Announced Presents as a talent buyer, and after college he relocated to Seattle at the tail end of 2002 promoting under the name Dan Steinberg Presents, later re-branded as Square Peg Concerts in October 2004 and producing live events all over the country.

Dan was nominated as Independent Promoter of the Year in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013 by Pollstar and was a member of the Concert Industry Consortium Panels in 2002 and 2004 and also moderated some legendary panels at Pollstar Live in 2010 and 2011, SxSW 2010 and 2013 IAVM 2010 and 2011, Billboard Tour in 2010 and 2011, as well as CMW in 2011 and 2012 known for treating the panelist to ‘Patron and Donuts’, yeah, you never know what the Jew will do.

Emporium Presents promotes all forms of live Entertainment, this past highlights includes shows Comic Kathy Griffin, Jason Mraz, Straight No Chaser, Kris Kristofferson w/ Merle Haggard, Daniel Tosh, The Scorpions, Keith Urban, Indigo Girls, Trailer Park Boys, Yo Gabba Gabba, John Prine, The Avett Brothers, Dream Theatre, Eric Church and Cheech and Chong.

About Julia Frank:

Julia has been in the business since 1997. She started off as a freelancer with the musical RENT for MLK. She then joined MLK as junior tour booker and was able to gain experience with the festivals Rock am Ring/Rock im Park as a festival booker.

In 2003, Julia joined Ossy Hoppe´s team and is now the senior executive booker for touring and festivals.

She has also been for the production side for many tours including Jack-of-all-trains.