The ANCHOR 2018 Board Members

The ANCHOR Board is a prestigious group of insiders from the live, publishing and recorded music industries as well as music media representatives who will set out to review all ANCHOR applications by 31 July. Those eight acts with the best ratings will become the ANCHOR 2018 Nominees and perform their live shows at Reeperbahn Festival not only in front of the festival audience but also a prominent Jury. 

While applications for ANCHOR 2018 keep coming in (deadline is 12 July), we are proud to present the ANCHOR 2018 Board:

Maria Amato - General Manager at The Australia Independent Record Labels Association  AU

General Manager and CFO of The Australian Independent Record Labels Association. 
Maria is results-orientated and has worked in the Arts and not-for-profit sector for over 25 years, specializing in finance and business management. She is currently the Chair of the Creative Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Institute of Music and has held former positions as CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival and as a board member of Music Victoria. 


Ruth Barlow - Head of Live at Beggars

Ruth Barlow began working for the Beggars Group (4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) in 2002, first as a national radio promoter. She then developed a new role under the ‘live’ banner getting involved in a variety of areas including festivals, live shows, merchandise, live marketing, brand partnerships and building relationships with the live industry. For the past five years Ruth has been instrumental in implementing company-wide policies and procedures regarding the licensing of the labels’ artist’s live recordings to third parties; a role that sees her managing the live recordings rights of artists across the Group’s labels globally. In 2014, Ruth was invited to join the Beggars Group board. 


Andreas Borcholte - Editor-In-Chief of the culture channel at Spiegel DE

Andreas Borcholte, born 1970 in Hamburg, Germany, writes about pop music, movies, and lifestyle for „Spiegel Online“, one of Germany’s most-read news websites. Since 2001, he reviews new records on a weekly basis in his column „Abgehört“. To become a journalist, he quit his social studies degree at the University of Hamburg and worked as a part-time DJ at legendary nightclub „Madhouse“ to make a living.
Later on, he started working at the local newspaper „Hamburger Morgenpost“ overseeing the daily pop rubric and became an editor for the German issue of „Rolling Stone“.
In 2012, he moved to Berlin and has been a writer for „Spiegel“ ever since.


Rob Challice - Agent at Coda Agency UK

Rob Challice has been involved in live music for over 35 years and is one of the founding directors of Coda. He is also the director of Larmer Tree Festival and sits on UK Music's Live panel. Acts represented by Rob include Bon Iver, Ben Folds, Beirut, Billy Bragg, Calexico, John Grant, Warpaint, Sufjan Stevens and Moses Sumney.


Christoph Dallach - Freelance Journalist at Die Zeit et. al. DE

Born the same year Sam Cooke died, Christoph writes for Tempo, Spiegel, Zeit and many more.


Chris Douridas - Musical Tastemaker at KCRW USA

Chris Douridas (born September 20, 1962) is an American popular DJ and musical tastemaker at California's radio station KCRW, where he hosts a two-hour program showcasing progressive new music. He is also a filmmaker, actor, television presenter, and a three-time Grammy-nominated producer of soundtracks.


Tina Funk - General Manager at Vevo DE

In 2013, Tina Funk launched the German subsidiary of Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, as General Manager for the territory. In a career in the entertainment business spanning 30 years, she started out in journalism and switched to the music business in the nineties with stops first at Virgin Records and Intercord, then in leading positions at Richard Branson's V2, Daniel Miller's Mute Records and EMI before founding a company together with entertainment law firm ScheuermannWesterhoffStrittmatter. At Reeperbahn Festival Conference 2018 Tina Funk will share her insights into the new times in synchronization as part of the thematic strand music.brands.(e)motions. 


Geneviève Girard - Director at Azimuth Productions FR

After 10 years working in the field of advertisement and marketing, Geneviève Girard started her music agency Azimuth Productions in 1986. Her catalog was mainly featuring french singer-songwriters, jazz, and world music. 
In 1994 she created her 1st festival in Paris "Tout Azimuth" dedicated to developing artists from the Azimuth roster. In 1995, Azimuth merges with Programme, founded by Bernard Batzen in 1988, who became her partner. In 1996, together they launched the festival Les Méditerraénnnes in Southern France which lasted 15 years and featured acts such as Gotan Project, Cesaria Evora, I Muvrini, Manu Chao, Amadou & Mariam, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Kassav’, Jane Birkin, Jacques Higelin, Sonic Youth, dEUS, and others.
Geneviève currently is a member of the board of Victoires de la Musique, Bureau Export, and President of IRMA, the French Resource Center for Popular Music.


Camille Hackney - Executive Vice President of Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing at Atlantic Records / Head of the Global Brand Partnerships Council at Warner Music Group US

Camille is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships with 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 numerous multi-national companies including Pepsi, LVMH, Nike and many others. At Warner Music Group, she leads a global team of partnership and licensing executives to source global deals for the hundreds of artists signed to the various Warner Music Group labels and licensees around the globe. 


Tapio Korjus - Chairman at Indieco FIN

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 the Finnish and European level, 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 the Finnish indie labels association Indieco and has been an IMPALA Board member since 2009. 


Caroline Molko - President at Warner Chappell France FR

Caroline Molko dedicated a large part of her career to identifying talent and producing music. 
As Artistic Director of Universal Music - Mercury Label and then Managing Director of Warner Chappell since 2002, she oversaw the A&R of several award-winning albums (Johnny Hallyday, Florent Pagny, Calogero, Zazie...) at Universal and discovered several now well-known artists (Christophe Maé, Shym, Orelsan, Lily Wood and the Prick) at Warner Chappell.
Caroline defended the interests of the music industry since 2008 as an executive of both the SACEM and the CSDEM, and actively promoted the industry internationally (Export Bureau, VictoiresMusic Awards). 
Her industry mandates have helped her appreciate the impact of the digital economy on copyright law and to understand the interplay between different media.


Bjørn  Pfarr - Head of the music program and Alternate Director at Reeperbahn Festival  GER

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. 



Helen Smith - Executive Chair at IMPALA Music GB

Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair, originally from Scotland, now based in Brussels. She drives the organization’s key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. 
Helping put thousand of independent companies and artists on the map of Europe by leveraging the collective strength, IMPALA’s milestones are an impressive read, from Europe’s first-ever class action court case on a merger and its tough stance on digital platforms who don’t play ball, to its various action plans and awards schemes.


Justin Sweeting - Director of Music at Magnetic Asia HGK

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over seventeen years music industry experience, centered within Asia. Justin is co-founder and Music Director of Magnetic Asia, who run festivals and events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, YourMum; Ticketing; and offer further agency services to a broad reach of clients including digital marketing, PR, production, and consultancy.
Connecting the dots between Asia and the global industry at large, Justin enjoys spreading the word on the region’s music potential and is actively involved in its positive evolution. 


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