Year 1 after the 20th anniversary of c/o pop is just around the corner, and in 2024 the c/o pop Convention is once again inviting you to a big get-together in Cologne-Ehrenfeld. On April 25 and 26, 2024, two packed convention days await you in and around Herbrandt's with numerous panels, receptions, workshops and networking events all about the music world.
Focus on sustainability
How can we work together to make the music industry more socially and environmentally sustainable and fair? How can we make the music world a better place for everyone - for the people who work in it, for fans and audiences, for society and the environment? Where can and must we do something? What concepts are already being implemented and what ideas are there for the future? These questions will once again be the focus of this year's first industry get-together. You can expect exciting input from experts and pioneers who are already working on the music industry of tomorrow - practical and inspiring!
Focus on podcasts
Listen to people talking for hours? Sure, if it's interesting! At the c/o pop Convention 2024, we'll be taking a closer look (and listen!) at the podcast phenomenon: Tina Jürgens (Co-CEO of the ZEBRALUTION Group) is hosting a panel on "The Future of Audio Shows: Can podcasts be more than a niche?". The panel will include Jochen Schliemann and Michael Dietz from the podcast "Reisen Reisen", Christian Schalt from RTL, podcast producer Maria Bokelberg and Nina Wüst from podcast marketer Acast. But we're not just talking about podcasts, we're also bringing some to the stage, including "Goldstückli", the podcast for new music by Ueli & Winson, and "HIP HOP LEBT - Der 360° Kultur Podcast" by Julia Gröschel - and you can be there live!
For the fifth time, the VUT Indie Days will be taking place in Cologne and, as part of the c/o pop Convention, will form a central meeting point for the independent music industry from Germany and abroad. The VUT Indie Days Cologne, which we are organizing together with the regional group VUT West, are once again all about knowledge transfer, exchange and, of course, networking.
TINCON, the popular participatory conference for digital youth culture, will also be making a stop here again this year and is open to all visitors to the c/o pop Convention. Speakers will pass on their skills and knowledge in talks, workshops and Q&As. The topics are as diverse as your social media feed.
Welcome back, Music People!
The Music People! recruiting format will also be back. Europe's first job festival for the music industry is returning to the c/o pop Convention stage with a program strand. Hosts Tina Krüger and Tillmann Krüger will once again bring talents and recruiters together in talks and mentoring sessions. New: This year, all visitors to the c/o pop Convention have access!
New Tickets for YOUNG PROs!
We have a new ticket on offer for you: If you are aged 25 or under, a student or in training, you can get the YOUNG PRO TICKET for just 99 euros. This combined ticket gives you access to all talks, panels, workshops and networking events on Thursday and Friday at the c/o pop Convention as well as the c/o pop Festival program from Thursday to Sunday. Or you can opt for the YOUNG CONVENTION-ONLY ticket for just 39 euros - this allows you to visit both c/o pop Convention days with all program items including TINCON!
If you’re not from Cologne, you can travel by train not only in a climate-friendly way, but also at a super low price. We’ve made a great deal with Deutsche Bahn that gives our ticket buyers discounted train tickets. The event ticket for a one-way journey with train connection (while stocks last) costs 55.90 euros in 2nd class and 89.90 euros in 1st class (including seat reservation). The fully flexible event ticket (always available) costs 77.90 euros for a one-way journey in 2nd class and 112.90 euros in 1st class (including seat reservation). You will receive the link for booking with your ticket for the c/o pop Convention. We wish you a safe journey!
We are now registered with the German government’s KulturPass program. As part of the funding program, all 18-year-olds receive a budget of 200 euros, which they can use for cultural activities such as concerts or the c/o pop Convention. More information and registration here: https://www.kulturpass.de/
Especially for musicbiz newbies, there will be plenty of input from experienced industry insiders on both days as part of the NEW TALENT program. We think this is a must-attend event for open-minded and curious music professionals - and for anyone who wants to become one!
After experiencing a wonderful, sold-out c/o pop convention at Herbrand’s and Cinenova last year, we look forward to welcoming you there in April 2024. With its various outdoor and indoor spaces, it is the perfect place for our diverse offerings. Both locations are centrally located in Cologne-Ehrenfeld - and therefore very close to all c/o pop Festival venues. After the c/o pop Convention, you can move straight on to the Experience program, concerts and club nights.