ANCHOR 2017 Board to pick nominees

Reeperbahn Festival receives over 5.000 applications each year – and the Booking Department is working hard to pick the best for the festival’s program. All confirmed acts can apply to be shortlisted for ANCHOR nomination. A Board of high-ranking music industry professionals and journalists then listens to all applicants and evaluates their potential. Those with the highest potential are then nominated for ANCHOR 2017.

Among the ANCHOR 2017 Board are:

Ruth Barlow (UK) - director of live at Beggars Group

Ruth joined Beggars in 2003 working National Radio campaigns for Biffy Clyro, Interpol and The White Stripes amongst many others. For the last decade, she has represented the groups interests in the live world, acted as an ambassador for the Group by speaking and attending events worldwide, and more recently represents the live recording rights of most if not all artists on the 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, XL Recordings and Young Turks labels globally.

Christopher Beanland (UK) – author and freelance journalist

Christopher is a writer of journalism and fiction based in London. He has written 2 novels and written about culture and music for the Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, Drownedinsound, BBC, Sydney Morning Herald, The I, Metro etc.

Rob Challice (UK) - agent and director at Coda Agency

Rob has been involved in live music for over 35 years and is one of the founding directors of Coda.

Christof Ellinghaus (GER) – founder & managing director at City Slang and CEO at VUT (Verband unabhängiger Musikunternehmen)

Christof is representing VUT the body that unites over 1.200 independent music companies in Germany. He also is the owner of a label called City Slang. He started out as a booking agent in 1988, arranging tours for now iconic bands such as Flaming Lips, Soundgarden and Nirvana amongst others. His label has released music from bands such as Hole, Tortoise, Arcade Fire and Calexico and many more. and

Tina Funk (GER) - general manager at VEVO Germany

Tina Funk is a music business veteran with a background in journalism. She started out at Virgin Schallplatten in 1994, over the years followed by prominent positions at Mute Records, V2 and EMI. She later set up Creative Lobby GmbH, a consultancy firm for artists and creative businesses, and joined Vevo in 2013 as General Manager setting up the GSA business for the world's leading premium music video and entertainment platform.

Camille Hackney (USA) – executive vice president of brand partnerships & commercial licensing at Atlantic Records and head of the global brand partnerships council at Warner Music Group 

Camille is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships at Atlantic Records and its diverse roster of top-notch artists with the goal of marrying musical talent with prominent brands to create impactful campaigns and promotions. She has worked with companies including Coca-Cola, Kraft, Adidas and many others. At Warner Music Group, she leads a global team of brand partnership and commercial licensing executives to source global deals for the hundreds of artists signed to the various Warner Music Group labels and licensees around the globe. and

Sarah Jamieson (UK) – managing director at DIY

After establishing a successfull yet small scale music website from a young age and graduating from Northumbria university with a degree in Journalism and English Sarah joined DIY the “almost certainly greatest music magazine in the world”. DIY was launched in 2002 by then-editor Stephen Ackroyd & Emma Swann as an online-only publication called This Is Fake DIY, named after a song by Scottish indie pop band Bis and staffed largely by a freelance writing team from around the globe.​​​​​​

Daniel Koch (GER) - editor in chief at Intro

Daniel is editor in chief of INTRO, one of the biggest free music magazines in Germany. He started at Intro as an intern and became Editor in Chief four years ago. In between, he worked as an editor for Festivalguide, German Rolling Stone and a Berlin-mag called Greatest, was part of an indie radio show called Popcrawl and sold beer at Glastonbury and Reading Festival.

Tapio Korjus (FIN) – Chairman at Indieco

Tapio Korjus has been in the music business for forty years. He started out in artist management and the live sector, and later went into records and publishing. He has been heavily involved with music at Finnish and European level; he was one of the founders of the Finnish Music Export Office, a board member of The Network Europe and a board member of the European Live Music Forum. Tapio is currently the Chairman of Finnish indie labels association Indieco and has been an IMPALA Board member since 2009.

Robert Levine (USA) – freelance journalist and author

Robert has contributed to The New York Times Arts and Business Day sections, writing about pop music, film, and video games. He has also written for Playboy, GQ, Rolling Stone, Belnder and Business 2.0. Previously Robert worked mostly as a magazine editor for two years Wired and before that three years at New York. He also edited the music section at Details and wrote about popular music for Rolling Stone, Spin and many more.

Hugh McIntyre (USA) - freelance journalist

Hugh is a freelance journalist based in New York City who focuses on the music industry. He primarily writes for Forbes, but has also contributed to Billboard, Huffington Post, MTV, Hypebot, Noisey, and dozens of other outlets.

Bjørn Pfarr (GER) - head of music program and alternate director at Reeperbahn Festival

Bjørn worked as a project manager at an event- and promotion agency before joining Reeperbahn Festival for its inauguration in 2006. Since 2008 he heads the music program of Hamburg-based Reeperbahn Festival, Europe's leading club festival & conference, a 4-day indoor live music club festival including more than 350 live acts on more than 30 stages.

Vanessa Reed (UK) and Bhavesh Patel (UK)– CEO and program manager at PRS for Music Foundation

Vanessa is Executive Director of the PRS for Music Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of music across all genres. Vanessa leads the strategic development of the Foundation, kick starting programs which respond to music industry needs.

Bhavesh manages the charity’s Writer Producer, International Showcase and Momentum funds. Starting as a DJ/promoter in Sheffield, Bhavesh worked at Universal labels Mercury and Polydor Records in the A&R and promotions department before going on to Z Management.

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