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16:00 - 18:00, Raum: Paris

With the first EMIA Reception during SOMM DEALER DAYS, we want to bring you and a selected group of top decision makers from retail and industry together for in-depth discussions. What are driving forces in our sector? What does the future have in store for us? What opportunities can we exploit of? How can we combine synergies?

The Who’s Who of the top EU companies (manufacturers, distributors and retailers) from the MI & ProAudio sector will meet for discussions and networking in Berlin at the SOMM DEALER DAYS (SDD). As your hosts, we – European Musical Instrument Alliance (EMIA) and the Society Of Music Merchants e. V. (SOMM) – would like to utilized the atmosphere of this location in Berlin. 
On behalf of the Steering Committee, we look forward to seeing you at this exclusive event.

Opening: Manel Punti, Chair of the EMIA Steering Committee (CEO, Music Distribución & Algam Ibérica)

Keynote: Daniel Knöll, Secterary General (Managing Director, SOMM – Society Of Music Merchants e. V.)

Best Practice: Stelvio Lorenzetti, Vice-Chairman of the EMIA Steering Committee (CEO, Algam/EKO)

About EMIA: With the constitution of the expert body EMIA, an important step has been taken for a united and strong European musical instrument and musical equipment (MI) industry. Four leading national industry associations are joining forces in an alliance to advocate for the cultural and economic interests of the MI industry in Europe.

The European MI industry urgently needs a platform that enables national associations of the European member states to represent their interests jointly and in a bundled way vis-à-vis politicians. EMIA deals with the pressing issues of European politics and defends music as one of the most important commodities for our societies.

It is time for all the musical instrument associations and companies in Europe to be united and finally speak with one voice in order to be much more representative, so that the demands of the sovereign national associations that recognise themselves in the EMIA are taken into account and the changes necessary for the development of the market are implemented, such as competition law, VAT and the enhancement of the cultural role and function of the MI industry in building a new European identity.

The EMIA stands up for the cultural and economic interests of the musical instrument and music equipment industry on a national and European level, with the aim of strengthening the competitiveness of the industry in all market sectors, helping to shape the political and legal framework conditions according to the requirements of the industry, and promoting up-to-date further and advanced training in music, as well as intensifying active music making and music skills in society.

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