ICMP Serious Bureau pannel discussion at Musikmesse - Frankfurt, Germany

24 March, 2010

Last week’s Musikmesse 2010 in Frankfurt was host to ICMP’s Serious Bureau panel discussion on the “Relationship between publishers and retailers and the opportunities for growth in a digital era”. ICMP particularly wishes to thank the German Music Publishing Association DMV for all its work in supporting the panel initiative.

The panel was moderated by Nicholas Riddle, Managing Director of Peters Edition and Member of the ICMP Board, and comprised Chris Butler of Music Sales, UK; Claudia Dorn at Harrassowitz, Germany; Wolfram Krajewski of DE-PARCON, Germany; Antonio Monzino, of the Monzino Group, Italy and Michael Petry, an independent management consultant. During a broad-ranging discussion, the session focussed on the need to provide a quality service to endusers, whether online or in music stores, as essential to the survival of the music retailing business in the digital era. said Michael Petry.
The session acknowledged the importance of variety in a successful retailing mix and also looked at the need to develop joint information systems with retailers, to provide accessible and up-to-date real time information.

Over 100 people attended including ICMP Members from Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Hungary, the UK, France and Latvia. Present from the ICMP Serious Bureau were Antal Boronkay, Pekka Sipilä, Heinz Stroh and Nicholas Riddle. Last year’s panellists Christopher Smith of Halstan and Larry Morton of Hal Leonard were also among the audience.