Following last year’s successful BPI/UKTI Trade mission for UK independent companies covering the Nordic markets, this year the event will look at the Germany, Switzerland & Austria (GSA) region with a two day networking and seminar programme, to be held at the British Embassy in Berlin, September 21/22nd.
Germany alone is now the world’s third largest music market and has always been a strong area for UK independent companies, with a large number of domestic labels and distributors very active in sourcing and releasing UK titles. The mission programme will look to both inform and connect delegate companies with potential business partners in the region through panels and presentations from industry experts on licensing, publishing, retailing, distribution, marketing, promotion, live and of course the whole fast-growing social networking and digital space there – which saw a 25% growth in the first half of 2011 and which independent companies are in the forefront of. In addition, there will be a networking evening reception hosted at the British Embassy in which UK delegates can meet local industry executives and further extend their contact lists.
Please contact Debi.Blackgrove@bpi.co.uk for further details and an application form. Space is limited and you are advised to register without delay. There will be a £120.00 + VAT registration fee and delegates will be expected to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. The event will run first thing (09.30) on Wednesday 21st and finish late afternoon (16.00) Thursday 22nd.
NB: UK Delegates on the GSA Mission can get an exclusive discount for the Reeperbahn Festival taking place in Hamburg 22/24th September – the normal price of €149 is reduced to €69. When registering for the GSA Mission please indicate your interest in attending Reeperbahn and you will be sent further details on how to get this special discount. For more information about the Reeperbahn festival itself please go to www.reeperbahnfestival.com