As established in previous years, the selection process for the winner of the ANCHOR Reeperbahn Festival International Music Award will be two folded again. First, the ANCHOR Board, a prestigious group of international insiders from live, publishing and recorded music as well as music media representatives will review all ANCHOR applications. They will rate the applicant's music according to different criteria such as uniqueness and authenticity. 

The six best-rated acts become our ANCHOR 2019 Nominees and will be announced on the 19th of August. Based on their club show performance in September at Reeperbahn Festival our Jury members Tony Visconti, Peaches, Bob Rock, Kate Nash, Zan Rowe and Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß then pick the winner of the ANCHOR 2019.

We proudly present our ANCHOR 2019 Board members: 

Maria Amato

Maria Amato (AUS) -  General Manager and CFO, 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 and member of the board of directors 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.

Natascha Augustin

Natascha Augustin (DE) – Senior Creative Director, Head of A&R, Warner Chapell Music Germany GmbH

Twenty years ago, Natascha Augustin started her career as a trainee at Warner/Chapell. Followed by internships at Matador and Beggars Banquet in New York, she started to focus on the A&R field. After serving for five years under Lars Karlsson at Warner/Chapell, she took over the management of the A&R department. Her work was decisive in making the company the market leader. Recently Natascha was promoted to Senior Creative Director at Warner/Chapell. 

Ruth Barlow

Ruth Barlow (UK) - Director of Live Licensing, Beggars Group

Ruth Barlow has been working in music for twenty years. Starting out as a music producer at much loved London based radio station Xfm before joining the Beggars Group of labels (4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings and Young Turks) in 2002. Initially working national radio, she then took on an r&d role concerning the live industry which has morphed into her current title of Director of Live Licensing; a role which involves implementing and managing deals surrounding live recordings of the Groups artists with third parties globally, including radio, tv, festivals, DSPS, etc. Ruth regularly represents Beggars at festivals and conferences around the World and in 2014 was invited by Martin Mills to join the Beggars Group board.

Chris Beanland

Christopher Beanland (UK) – Journalist

Christopher is the author of two novels and several non-fiction books and has written about music and festivals for the BBC, Euronews, Guardian, Independent, Metro and various magazines around Europe.

Rob Challice

Rob Challice (UK) - Agent and Director, Coda Agency

Rob has been involved in the live music industry as an agent, promoter and festival organizer for over 35 years. He is one of the founding directors of Coda, a London based agency which represents over 800 artists from Europe and beyond. Acts represented by Rob include Yo La Tengo, John Grant, and Kings Of Convenience.

Chris Doudridas

Chris Douridas (USA) – Dj & Host

Chris Douridas is a popular American DJ and musical tastemaker at California's radio station KCRW, where he hosts a two-hour program showcasing progressive new music and he curates the station's online streaming service, Eclectic24. He is also a filmmaker, actor, television presenter, and a three-time Grammy-nominated producer of soundtracks for American Beauty, the Shrek series, and many more. Additionally, Chris is the founder of School Night, the longest running weekly club night in Los Angeles, showcasing new artists to an industry and early adopter audience Monday nights in Hollywood, and now as a monthly in Toronto.

Tina Funk

Tina Funk (DE) - Managing Director, Concord Music GSA

Tina Funk is Managing Director GSA of Concord Music Publishing, the home of Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, Phil Collins, George Harrison, Dolly Parton and many other outstanding songwriters. Previous to joining Concord, 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 as SVP Music before founding a company together with entertainment law firm ScheuermannWesterhoffStrittmatter.

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu (USA) – Freelancer Journalist

Cherie Hu is a freelance journalist and analyst, focused on how technology transforms the business of music and culture. Based in Brooklyn, New York, she has regular bylines in publications including Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide and the Columbia Journalism Review, and has been invited to speak at over 25 conferences around the world. She also runs Water & Music, an independent newsletter, podcast and online community dedicated to unpacking the fine print of big ideas in music and tech. In 2017, at age 21, she received the Reeperbahn Festival’s inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year.

Wilbert Mutsaers

Wilbert Mutsaers (NLD) - Head of Benelux, Content, Spotify 

Wilbert Mutsaers is currently Head of Content, Spotify Benelux. Previously he was CEO at Mojo Concerts – Live Nation. Before that he was Station manager at the Dutch public radio stations NPO 3FM (alternative/pop-radio), Radio 6 (Soul & Jazz) and FunX (Urban radio) of which he managed the music, marketing, and online strategy. Mutsaers has also been Head of A&R, Creative and Marketing Director at Universal Music and Sony Music Benelux. Mutsaers is co-founder and first chairman of the Dutch Pop-Coalition and a member of the Dutch Creative Council, the creative board for the Dutch Government.

Bjorn Rogstad

Bjørn Rogstad (NOR) – General Manager, Universal Music Group Norway

Bjørn Rogstad is a Norwegian record director. Since 2013 he has been with Universal Music Norway where he played a fundamental role in driving the business forward. Moreover, he was responsible for signing artists such as Astrid S and Seeb. As a result of his hard work, he got promoted to General Manager of Universal Music Norway in 2017. Prior to joining Universal, Rogstad served as the director of EMI Music Norway and A&R Director and Coordinator of Nordic Repertoire.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith (UK) – Executive Chair, IMPALA Music 

Helen Smith is originally from Scotland, now based in Brussels and is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. She drives the organization’s key strategies with the board on a political, commercial and promotional level. Helping put thousands 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

Justin Sweeting (HKG) – Director of Music at Magnetic Asia 

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over seventeen years of music industry experience, centered within Asia. Justin is co-founder and Music Director of Magnetic Asia whom run festivals & 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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