Music Production, Label & Diversity
Thor Diogo Hagedorn (Pronoun He/him, born in Bremen) is a rapper, singer, producer, dj, eventmanager, mentor and visual artist. Hip-Hop, graffiti, Capoeira along with traditional and urban Brazilian sounds have a central role in the establishment of his artist sound and image.
Thor began his musical career as an autodidact in the late 90s and worked with local and international artists over the next few years. He has a B.A. in Literature and Latin American studies. In 2017 he founded the Tropical Bass collective La By’le together with Luana Madikera, Tâmera Bak, Pitota, Sera Kalo and Babix, with the focus on equality of marginalized groups in their line-ups, music productions and the design of La By ‘le events. Since 2019 he has been an active mentor in the youth project Zukunftsmusik in the field of music production.
Music production, label & publishing
Peter Hayo is one of the six founders and shareholders in the Berlin label Get Physical. As managing director of the Perky Park Music production company, he has been active in the music business for over 20 years, both as a composer and producer.
Conference & music business
Stephan Hengst (born 1983 in Berlin) is an experienced artist, project and event manager. Among other things, he has been in charge of the music industry conference Most Wanted: Music of the Berlin Music Commission since 2014 and was the production and event manager for the interdisciplinary technology festival Tech Open Air for 6 years. Since 2019 he is also Director of Events at WeAreDevelopers, the world’s largest conference for software development.
Stephan’s background is the music business. After many years as a musician, producer and songwriter in various bands and with some eight and even charter successes, Stephan was one of the first to study music business at the Pop Academy in Mannheim and founded the artist management agency Teleporter Music before the end of his studies. In addition to his full-time jobs, Stephan Hengst lectured on music management and music marketing at various universities and other educational institutions (including Macromedia Hochschule, SAE Institute, Music Pool Berlin, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg) from 2012 to 2017. Stephan’s professional career began at the age of 16 with a commercial apprenticeship at the then DaimlerChrysler Group.
Ima Johnen was born in Paris and grew up in Berlin, where she studied musicology and communication sciences as well as journalism. Parallel to her studies, she gained first experiences as a music journalist, founded and managed different projects such as the socio-cultural media project BLN.FM and the association CreAid e.V. with the aim of supporting and promoting refugee musicians.
Ima Johnen has been working as project and studio manager at Riverside Studios since 2016. In 2019 she took over the management of Riverside Studios and wants to contribute to shape the music industry with her work as an area of lived diversity. The focus of her work is on music creators and the strengthening of their role in the music industry – an industry that is still considered a male domain today. Despite initiatives like Keychange, there are currently more successful men than women in all areas of the music industry. The promotion and empowerment of women in the cultural and creative industries is therefore a special concern of Ima’s, and one that she is committed to.
Music Rights, Music Monitoring & New Revenue Streams
Ralf Kollmann formed mobilee in partnership with Anja Schneider, and what began as a side project quickly expanded into a fully-fledged career as mobilee blossomed from a small, homegrown label into a full-on music and entertainment enterprise. mobilee is committed to facing the realities of rapid change within the music industry, and adapts to technological and cultural transformations through a continual process of re-invention. More a fully-fledged company than just a traditional record label, mobilee looks towards an integrated clubbing experience, bringing label management, booking, publishing, press and artist studios together under one roof, while placing an explicit primacy on developing and utilizing innovative modes of promotion for its artists.
From 2015 to 2019 he was Executive Board Member of the AFEM (Association Of Electronic Music) representing the Rights Holders Section and pushing the Get Played Get Payed initiative which aims on changing the distribution of royalty fees by connecting track identifcation technology to the global system of Collecting Societys like GEMA, SACEM, PRS, etc. Since 2019 he is Member of the AFEM Advsiory Board.
In 2017 he joined the Board of Bridges For Music – a non-prophet organization building an academy for music education and entrepreneurship in Langa / Capetown – South Africa.
Youth work & media
Bjoern Krass (aka Tim Thaler) is a trained journalist and rhetoric coach. He founded the media service provider BLN.FM, the voice training company Thaler & Rehor and the podcast production and distribution company Folivox. Since 2012 he has been working as a freelance author for Deutschlandradio and Funkhaus Europa, among others. Between 2013 and 2018 he was a lecturer for journalism, marketing and voice training at the School of Audio Engineering in Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Since 2014 he has been a lecturer for journalism, voice training and creative industry management at the SRH School of popular arts (SOPA, formerly hdpk) and since 2015 he has been a lecturer for cross-media and voice training at the Business and Information Technology School. Besides his teaching activities, Bjoern Krass is a rhetoric trainer and also deputy chairman of the board of trustees of the Berlin Music Commission. Bjoern sees his task in the interaction between media, politics and business. With 20 years of cultural work in Berlin, Tim is very well connected in these areas. He also wants to connect the coming generations, whom he teaches in the universities, directly with the decision makers.
Cultural Mediator, Event Organizer, Feminist, LGBTI- & Human Rights Activist
Born in 1949 in Frankfurt am Main, works with stars and starlets from music and all kinds of art & lifestyles – a bridge between art, culture, politics, social engagement, cross-border issues with a pleasant balance between audience and stage.
From 1968 she promoted women in the underground and avant-garde in particular; has lived in Berlin since 1977; from 1992 she also opened up to queer artists through the first Russian-German cultural exchange; because of her first trip to Africa Zimbabwe in 1996, she works with everyone on this planet and founded the concert & event agency with many festivals and concert series to maintain the joy of life. She is also a film and fashion maker, does catering and in the association www.KuenstlerHilfeJetzt.org
Politics & networking
Nina Lütjens is a graduate cultural manager (FH-Potsdam) and a native of Kiel, who moved to Berlin in 1991. Since 2013 she has been working for the Stiftung Zukunft Berlin as Senior Project Manager, after having been responsible for the program and press & public relations at the Grüner Salon at the Volksbühne from 2005-2013. She represented the Clubcommission from 2012-2016 as deputy chairwoman and managing director of Club Consult GmbH, she is chairwoman of the board of trustees of the Berlin Music Commission, and since the founding of the association “CreAid Network Berlin – Help for Fugitive Musicians” in 2015, has been its chairwoman.
Promotion / consultation & networks
Olaf Möller is Political Speaker of the end of May 2012 founded LiveKomm (LiveMusikKommission – Verband der Musikspielstätten in Deutschland e.V.) and was until the end of 2016 First chief of Clubcommission Berlin e.V. He is part of the project team of MusicPoolBerlin. He is graduated geograph and ran – after some other projects – the techno club „FATEclub“ in Berlin for 5 years. In 2009, he founded the event agency „OM Consult & Event“ and organizes own or ordered different partys, events and event services, and he consults in the topics cultural management and creative economy, f.e. for the Coaching BONUS-programm of the Investitionsbank Berlin.
Rainer Scheerer is investigating the evolution of artistic expression in music, along the lines of storytelling, identity and technology. He works as an artist manager and founded the music company SPRINGSTOFF.
Management & networking
STAAB is co-founder and partner of the artist and label collective R.O.T / respectortolerate from Berlin. His responsibilities include booking, promotion, artistic artist management, accounting and live productions. He learned drums at the conservatory in Halle and at the music academy in Weimar and played in various bands for many years. He has also worked for many years as a light and show designer and as a cook.
Sustainability, Political Communication & Mentoring
Nicole is a project manager for major events and conferences and in charge of the departments conception and sustainable event management at mediapool. As a graduate engineer and master graduate, she worked for the Melbourne Fashion Week in event conception until 2008. Since then she has been working in different projects in the music, politics and media business.
As a mentor Nicole helps students to enter the professional world, is a founding member of the Berlin Music Commission with mediapool and supports the campaign “Plus1” – Refugees Welcome. In addition, Nicole implements the topic of accessibility in the planning of events as an inclusion representative.