In the span of several months, Covid-19 has irrevocably transformed economies around the world, ushering in an era of “business as unusual.” All around us, businesses and the lives of many have been disrupted and this has been a gamechanger, which will continue to impact our financial and social landscapes.
In our series of #LivingWithCovid Digital Talks, we ask ourselves "How might businesses of all kinds rapidly adapt to support the immediate needs of the Covid-19 response, and enable a more just and resilient future?".
We'll tackle the angle of how the global pandemic has affected us and find ways to overcome the challenges together.
Our first event will focus on a topic dear to our hearts as Berliners: MUSIC. We'll have a panel with a range of talented individuals in the music industry – and you will be asking the questions. Follow our Instagram updates to find out how.
Our Panelists for the evening are:
Julia Gudzent, Festival Booker: In 2005, Julia joined Melt Festival as its second full-time employee. She worked as a German tour promoter for artists such as The 1975, Matthew Herbert, Years & Years, Robyn and many more. Within Melt Booking, she built up event series such as the Introducing newcomer show series, introducing artists such as Chvrches, Jessie Ware, Alt-J and many more to the public for the first time. She also promoted Certain People, the first and only concert series ever to be held at the infamous Berlin Berghain. In 2015, she gave up tour booking to concentrate fully on festivals, working as programmer and head of artist liaison for festivals such as Lollapalooza Berlin, Superbloom Munich, Melt Festival, Berlin Festival, Pure & Crafted, Body&Soul Festival, Untold Festival, Neversea Festival. She is one of the very few festival programmers to work internationally in countries such as Ireland, Romania and Germany.
Stephan von Perger, DJ & Founder of InnovatorsRoom: SvP has been around the Berlin electro scene since 2016 and regularly plays melodic deep house, house and techno in local clubs (Berghain Kantine, Weekend, Birgit & Bier, Burg Schnabel, Loftus Hall etc) as well as a variety of international events in the UK, US, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Egypt, Japan including AfrikaBurn and Burning Man. Stephan is also the founder of InnovatorsRoom, a digital community for innovators, as well as an advisor to early-stage startups and innovation teams of large corporations.
Miguel Senquiz, Product Lead at SoundCloud: Since relocating to New York in 2006 to join fledgling arts and media publication Flavorpill, Miguel got his start as a product marketer executing on-site activations at SXSW, Winter Music Conference, and Art Basel. Joining Ghostly International in 2009, his role evolved to e-commerce specialist building music plugins for artists and labels on newly dominating Shopify. Building artist and label sites, he transitioned to Product Management where he led the launch of award-winning Ghostly Discovery music app. In 2012, he and Ghostly founder Sam Valenti IV launched Drip the direct artist support subscription service, which was subsequently acquired by Kickstarter. Since joining SoundCloud in 2018, he led Creator Growth until transitioning to the Creator Workflow team. At the onset of the pandemic, he led initiatives to support artists on SoundCloud, including the development of the Direct Artist Support initiative. Most recently, he and his team in collaboration with Dolby Audio Labs, released Mastering on SoundCloud, powered by Dolby. A new mastering service to bring audio mastering capabilities to the DIY music community.
Hear inspiring stories from talented individuals in the music industry on how they have been coping up with the crisis.
Get to know how they have changed the way they work during the past few months.
Learn more about practical sources and support channels.
Let’s inspire one another to connect, spark conversations, and learn more about how to act during a global crisis and stay resilient. The event will take place on Thursday, July 30th from 7:30 - 8:30pm. Here's the link to join us: https://ideo.zoom.us/j/92919509451.
We look forward to (virtually) connecting with you all!
- OpenIDEO Berlin Chapter team