Convention

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Make it better - a better music economy for all!

c/o pop is turning 20 - and that's why all the signs at the c/o pop Convention 2023 point to J for anniversary! On 27 and 28 April 2023, you can expect two full days of events in and around Herbrand's in Cologne-Ehrenfeld - from the music industry for the music industry! Especially for music business newbies, there will be plenty of input and tips from experienced professionals as part of the NEW TALENT programme on both days.

The c/o pop Convention 2023 in Cologne is the first industry get-together of the year for the music industry and cooperating sectors such as digital business and media. In keynotes, panels and workshops, we take a practical look at the future of the music world. We ask: What is coming, what is staying, what is changing and what is disappearing? Who and what are the drivers of developments? How can the players and companies of the music industry master the diverse challenges of our time? How can the industry become more resistant to future crises, and what needs to be done to achieve this? In short, how can we make the music industry a better place for all of us? Because exchange and collaboration are key to this, we are creating plenty of opportunities for networking. The conference for everyone who wants to start the season with new contacts, ideas and opportunities.

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Diverse sector, diverse programme!

Our programme is as diverse as the music industry and its challenges. We discuss current issues from pop culture, media and the digital world with national and international experts. Socially relevant topics such as diversity and sustainability also play an important role. In concrete terms, the panels and keynotes will be about #socialwashing, female empowerment, the future of physical recordings, the potential of newsletters, the art of fan loyalty, the convergence of radio, podcasts and streaming, independent publishing and the question of all questions: How do you manage to be successful with your music!

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Let’s do it – together!

To make the music industry a better place for all of us: We can only do that together! And that's why we are once again working with many partners from all corners of the music world and beyond in 2023. Together we will put together a practical and inspiring programme for you.

The fourth edition of the Cologne VUT Indie Days will once again be about knowledge transfer, exchange and networking. The newsletter with its accompanying magazine Low Budget High Spirit will curate a stage for the first time: In three top-class Deep Dive Sessions under the title "BEST CASE! - Innovative Strategies & Ideas for Better Music Business", tangible, practical and applicable know-how will be openly shared. c/o pop and WDR COSMO are linked by a long-standing partnership, which will be visible for the first time in the anniversary edition in 2023 on a dedicated stage with four jointly designed programme items. The NEW TALENT programme for musicians and musicbiz newbies will be curated for the sixth time in cooperation with popNRW and VUT West. And the Initiative Musik is also taking part again!

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MUSIC PEOPLE - Europe's first job festival for the music industry

What began successfully as c/o work in 2022 will be continued by the c/o pop Convention on 27 April 2023 under the name MUSIC PEOPLE: at Europe's first job festival, companies and new talents can get to know each other at the bar, in the backstage area or at the food truck - after all, new recruiting measures are urgently needed, especially in the music business. At MUSIC PEOPLE, the get-to-know-you talks will take place in an authentic context according to the motto "personality before CV"!

Application as recruiter / company: If the application is successful, each company can buy a maximum of 2 tickets for MUSIC PEOPLE.

Application for employees: Young professionals and job seekers with experience in the music industry can apply to MUSIC PEOPLE now. Participation is free of charge.

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What's New?

Apply now to MUSIC PEOPLE!

Apply now to MUSIC PEOPLE!


Are you looking for your dream job in the music industry? Then apply now at MUSIC PEOPLE! In order to make recruiting measures more attractive and contemporary, we have designed the first job festival in Europe: At MUSIC PEOPLE, applicants and entrepreneurs get to know each other in an authentic context - at the bar, in the backstage area or at the food truck. Young professionals and job seekers with experience in the music industry can now apply to MUSIC PEOPLE. The job festival will take place on 27 April 2023 as part of c/o pop and is free of charge for talents.

More information about MUSIC PEOPLE!

Jetzt Tickets sichern!

Jetzt Tickets sichern!


It’s best to get your tickets now, because the last c/o pop Convention was already sold out before the event! From now on all tickets are available! The c/o pop Convention Professional Ticket (99 euros) also gives you access to the concerts at the c/o pop Festival. The Young Professional & Students Ticket (29 euros - without access to the festival) is available for everyone up to and including 25 years of age and for students and trainees.

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The Best of Now: first confirmed acts at c/o pop Festival 2023!

The Best of Now: first confirmed acts at c/o pop Festival 2023!


The c/o pop Festival is also already reporting a first wave of confirmed acts, and this much we can already say: it’s going to be wild and colourful from 26 to 30 April 2023! Real highlights are the anniversary shows: The Crucchi Gang will bring plenty of amore to the Sartory halls, and rapper OG Keemo skilfully combines clever street lyricism with sophisticated samples, deep beats and idiosyncratic melodies at Schauspiel Köln. Other confirmed acts: Betterov, CATT, Ski Aggu, Ennio, BECKS, Fuffifufzich, Blumengarten, The Haunted Youth, Tropikel Ltd, NASHI44, Leftovers, Sam Quealy, Kids Return, Roland Cristal, Batbait, Anna Erhard, Lyschko, ELOI, Maryam.fyi and pogendroblem.

Click here for the c/o pop Festival programme!

Two days of knowledge exchange: NEW TALENT

Two days of knowledge exchange: NEW TALENT


Especially for musicians and musicbiz newbies, there will be plenty of input and tips from experienced professionals as part of the NEW TALENT programme on both days of the c/o pop Convention. NEW TALENT will take place for the sixth time in 2023 and is curated in cooperation with popNRW and VUT West. In the past, there have already been many exciting music-related topics such as producing workshops, playlist pitching or classic points such as funding and GEMA. But socially relevant areas such as ecological sustainability in the music industry, discrimination, empowerment and diversity were not neglected either. We are very excited to present the promising 2023 programme to you soon!

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