Join us for an interactive discussion on creating a paradigm shift within the music industry by restructuring working models of labels and collectives. Hosted by Paula Hakkaja aka Freya Algiz (Field Conspiracy), we aim to shed some light on the challenges that we see as obstacles for social change within the creative industry.
Melissa Taylor (Resonate.is)
Peter Harris (Resonate.is)
brandon king (Resonate.is)
Alex Head (ZK/U)
Gary Shulz (Care Of Editions/Catalyst Berlin)
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Only through collaboration and cooperation can we manifest a reality where our management systems are defined by the interests of communities. However, often our collective empowerment is undermined by the fear of the unknown that derives from doubting ourselves and our capabilities. In addition to any questions on the day, we aim to tackle the following problems during the talk:
What are co-operatives and how do they compare to traditional business models?
Can co-ops provide a solution for fair distribution of income and balanced bargaining power for the artists?
Can we create flat hierarchies within an organization and are they enough to ensure sustainable working models?
What are the greatest challenges of co-operative working models?
How can NFTs be used as a tool for creating sustainable income to artists with the help of independent labels?
About the speakers:
Melissa Taylor has worked in the independent electronic music scene since 1999 - in public relations, as a freelance journalist, for nightclubs, in artist management, running labels, music and business consultant, as an occasional artist, and raver. She is the founder and lead publicist of the independent music communication agency, Tailored Communication, based in Berlin. Tailored has been at the forefront of electronic music and nightlife culture for 17 years focused on supporting independent artists, labels and projects. She is committed to realising an anti-capitalist collective patronage system for independent music (currently called ERIS) - which aligns strongly with the Resonate goal of digital dignity. Coop Credentials and the Resonate community forum offer a new road-map for how "ERIS" can serve the Resonate community and alternative music ecosystem. Melissa joined Resonate coop as a volunteer in 2020, committed to bringing more artists and labels onto Resonate, to help build the alternative music economy and educate artists about their choices, value and benefits of supporting anti-capitalist platforms and coops. She joined the board in January 2021, took on the roles of editorial, communication and story team development within the coop later that year. She is now Catalogue lead as part of the Executive Team.
Peter Harris: Active as a web developer since the 90s, Peter has built hundreds of sites across dozens of industries. He has focused especially on the music industry, collaborating with numerous musicians, from struggling artists to mid-level bands (and even a few platinum-selling superstars). Working by day as a web dev, Peter had a night hobby as a DJ and electronica producer. This led to experiments with virtually every web and music publishing platform available. Exploring all of their weaknesses and strengths, this combination of background and insight eventually birthed Resonate’s fundamental features.
He has spoken at the following festivals and conferences about Resonate and the blockchain:
re:publica, Sonar+D, Reeperbahn, Music Tech Fest, Elevate, Most Wanted Music, Reworks, Supermarkt, Platform Cooperativism, Pop Kultur and From Me 2 U.
brandon king: brandon king (all lower-case*) is a community organizer, dj, visual artist, overall creative originally from Hampton Roads Virginia where he currently resides. brandon moved to Jackson Mississippi in 2014, to actualize the mission and vision inherent in the Jackson-Kush Plan, a plan aimed at struggling for Black self-determination and economic democracy. he worked there for six years as a cultural organizer, cooperative developer, and program coordinator for Cooperation Jackson, an organization of which he is also a founding member. While there, brandon served on the executive committee and was an farm anchor of Freedom Farms Cooperative. he's currently serving as a board member for the cooperative network. brandon currently serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Resonate Co-op, an international music streaming platform and cooperative that’s co-owned and democratically managed by the artists, developers and listeners who use the platform. his main role in this position is guiding the design and implementation of community processes and protocols for maximizing participation and democratic inclusion in collective decision-making.
Alex Head is an artist interested in creating non-hierarchical
networks of artists, researchers and citizens. His work facilitates meetings between artists and non-artists within the communities and micro-communities that populate the artist's working environment. His work often involves people, discussion and the translation of bodies of research into public events, eradio broadcasts or print. His recent book Ricochet - Cultural Epigenetics and the Philosophy of Change (Ljå Forlag, 2021), argues that culture alters not only our minds, but also the very bodies in which we live. He has worked and lived in Berlin since 2011. http://alexhead.com/ricochet/
Gary Schultz: After graduating with an MFA from CalArts, Gary Schultz moved to Berlin where he founded the label Care Of Editions in 2013. The label treats distribution as a performative material and releases its music through a range of conceptual business models. For his curatorial project at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Vienna, Grid for the Modern World, Schultz created an online exhibition space for mixes by pairing them together with 3d screensavers textured with site-specific archival imagery.
Paula Hakkaja aka Freya Algiz is an electronic musician and an activist whose primary focus is a continuous research into re-structuring social and economic systems to enable the development of self-sustainable artist communities. She is also a co-founder of a young cooperative music label Field Conspiracy.