After the application deadline for ANCHOR 2021 on 18 July, it is the turn of the ANCHOR Board, a prestigious group of international insiders from live, publishing, and recorded music as well as music media representatives, to choose the six Nominees from all applicants.

This year's board members are: 


Bjørn 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.

Chris Beanland

Christopher Beanland (GB) – 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.

Darcy Proper

Darcy Proper (USA) – Mastering Engineer

Darcy Proper is a four-time Grammy award-winning mastering engineer whose work has covered everything from vintage re-issues to cutting-edge immersive audio releases.  She has had the pleasure of working for international artists such as Johnny Cash, Dave Brubeck, Steely Dan, Marcus Miller, The Eagles, Ozark Henry, Porcupine Tree, Peter Maffay, David Garrett, Jane Ira Bloom, and Blind Guardian.  Her career started in NYC, followed by a 14-year stint in Europe, and now she’s back in the US continuing her work from her new base at Valhalla Studios New York.

Feline Moje

Feline Moje (GER) – Director Recorded Music GSA, BMG

Feline Moje, who joined BMG in September 2019 as Director Recorded Music GSA, is responsible for A&R for new recordings and plays a key role in the company’s developing merchandise business in Germany. BMG GSA is the home of artists like Seeed, Adel Tawil, Aloe Blacc, Stefanie Heinzmann, Kontra K, No Angels, Balbina, and Max Giesinger. Before joining BMG, Feline worked for Irrsinn Management as an artist manager promoting the careers of several bands including BMG-signed artists AnnenMayKantereit, Trettmann, and KitschKrieg.

Helen Smith

Helen Smith (GB) – Executive Chair, IMPALA Music

Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair. Originally from Scotland, Helen is based in Brussels. She drives the organisation’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 collective strength, IMPALA’s milestones are an impressive read, from Europe’s first-ever class action court case on a merger to its innovative work on Covid, copyright, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion and of course with digital services, through to its various action plans and awards schemes.

Jan Wiele

Jan Wiele (GER) – Editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Jan Wiele is an editor at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and responsible for pop music coverage in the culture section. Born in Bad Salzuflen, Germany, the city from which a large part of the Hamburger Schule is known to originate, he soon came to enjoy good music and is still hoping to hear more of it. His focus is on song lyrics, and he oversees the „Pop Anthology" on, which is dedicated to the interpretation of these.

Jasmina Zammit

Jasmina Zammit (GER) – Managing Director, BMG Brasil

Jasmina Zammit was one of the original three people who launched the new BMG in October 2008 when she served as assistant to the CEO. Eleven years on and she is running one of BMG’s most dynamic operations as Managing Director of BMG Brazil. Her route to her executive role took her In 2010 to BMG’s Sync & Licensing department. Running the hub between BMG’s local offices and sub-publishing partners, she was responsible for the international exploitation of master and publishing signings regarding synch and marketing as well as supporting the creative integration of newly acquired catalogs. She relocated to São Paulo in March 2018 to take up her new role where she has focused on the development of BMG Brazil’s local publishing and recordings roster. Among others, she has signed Brazilian artists Ego Kill Talent and Zeeba.

Justin Sweeting

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

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Justin Sweeting has over twenty years of music industry experience, centered within Asia. Justin is co-founder and Music Director of Magnetic Asia who runs festivals & events: Clockenflap, Sonar Hong Kong, Ticketing and offers 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.

Laurent Marceau

Laurent Marceau (SUI) – Editor, Live Music & Projects, Popular Music

Laurent Marceau has been working in the radio industry since 1981 now. Senior Music Producer at the BBC from 1991 to 2001, he joined the EBU (European Broadcasting Union). In his position, he looks after the pop/rock music exchanges between public service radios. Over the years, special events and operations featured bands and artists, such as Coldplay, Radiohead, Oasis, Amy Winehouse, Nick Cave, and many others. Up-and-coming artists are also central to his mission, for instance through the Eurosonic festival in Groningen.

Maria Amato

Maria Amato (AUS) – General Manager and CFO, The Australian Independent Record Labels Association

Maria Amato is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association and has worked in the Arts and not-for-profit sector for over 25 years specializing in finance and business management through her own consultancy firm, Results Management. Maria is currently a board member for the Worldwide Independent Network as treasurer and member of its Executive committee. She has held former positions as Chair of the Creative Industry Advisory Board and member of the board of directors for the Australian Institute of Music, CEO/CFO of the Melbourne International Film Festival, and board member for Music Victoria. 

Markus Kavka ©Thomas Neukum

Markus Kavka (GER) – Moderator, Author, and DJ

Markus Kavka has been a music journalist for almost three decades on TV (VIVA, MTV, Deluxe Music, etc.), radio (egoFM, Radio Fritz and Radio Eins vom rbb), and print (Metal Hammer, etc.) and is also the author of several books (most recently one is about Depeche Mode published by KiWi), a podcaster and DJ/producer. In 2020 he was on the jury for the ANCHOR Award together with Melanie C., Brody Dalle, Darcy Proper, Tony Visconti, and Frank Dellé. Not least because of this, he is looking forward to being on the board this year.

Ruth Barlow

Ruth Barlow (GB) – Director of Live Licensing, Beggars Group

Ruth Barlow started out as a music producer at London radio station Xfm before joining the Beggars Group of labels; 4AD, Matador Records, Rough Trade Records, XL Recordings, and Young in 2002 working National Radio, she then took on an r&d role concerning the live industry. Her current role, Director of Live Licensing, has a global remit and sees her policy-making, developing & managing the numerous and varied deals surrounding live streaming and live recording of the label's artists by third parties; inc. PPV, radio, tv, festivals, and digital services. Ruth sits on the Beggars Group board, the Association of Independent Music (AIM) board, and the board of live streaming company Driift.

Sebastian Meißner

Sebastian Meißner (GER) – Professor of Media Management, Macromedia University of Applied Sciences Hamburg

Sebastian Meißner, born in 1976, is Professor of Media Management and Associate Dean at the Macromedia University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. He conducts research in the fields of media and pop culture and has also been writing texts about music and festivals for various magazines and journals, blogs, and websites throughout Europe for many years.  

Zan Rowe

Zan Rowe (AUS) – Host of Double J Mornings and National Music Correspondent for ABC, Australia

For twenty years, Zan has worked as a  broadcaster and music journalist, championing the discovery of new music; whether at worldwide festivals and conferences, or on her daily national radio program. For more than a decade, Zan was a key broadcaster with triple j, before launching a new Mornings show on sister station Double J. She is the host of ABC TV’s high rating New Year's Eve broadcast concert, and a regular correspondent on morning television’s ABC News Breakfast. Zan has chaired panels and MC-ed events internationally, been part of the official Australian Eurovision Jury, and was the first Australian juror for the ANCHOR Award in 2019.

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