Blockchain & Music Hackathon | First speakers announced

Great news! Blockchain Hackathon and first #KarajanMusicTech speakers announced

From doing the very first CD production ever to having the most modern recording studio in the world: Herbert von Karajan had always been a trailblazer when it comes to adapting new technologies.

Since it’s our mission to discover, develop and share future-enabling ideas at the intersection of music, society and tech, we should not miss the discussion about Blockchain technology and how it could potentially improve our lives.

The Eliette and Herbert von Karajan Institute, Open Music Initiative (MIT/Berklee College of Music) and Red Bull Media House are joining forces in a Blockchain Hackathon at the Karajan Music Tech Conference in Salzburg March 21-22. The hackathon will be hosted at Schloss Urstein (University of Applied Sciences Salzburg). Red Bull Media House is inviting hackers to take on their “Music Portfolio Challenge” to build a blockchain-based music micro-licensing platform.


More information about the hackathon can be found here. Tickets can be found here.

We are very excited that Martin Brem (Red Bull Media House), Panos Panay (Berklee College of Music) and George Howard (Open Music Initiative) will join us for the Blockhain panel discussion at #KarajanMusicTech on March 23rd.

Martin Brem started his musical career at a classical boys choir. Later, he was working as musician and singer. His most notable career steps include founding the content agency BIT (Bild & Text), being the Artist & Repertoire manager at IDE (Philip Morris) and taking on the Managing Director position for Columbia Records and Sony Classical. Joining Red Bull Media House in 2012, he now takes responsibility for the company’s global music rights.

Panos Panay founded the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship. There, he is using the concepts of music thinking to teach and innovate. He also founded Sonicbids, a platform where bands can sell gigs and market themselves online. Panos is one of the founders of the Open Music Intitiative.

At GHStrategig, George Howard advises companies on how to integrate technology with strategy. He also cofounded Music Audience Exchange bringing brands and musical artists together. Prior, he worked in the field of independent music. At Berklee College of Music and Brown University, he is giving lessons in marketing, leadership, copyright law and entrepreneurship. By cofounding the Open Music Initiative, he helps creating a blockchain-based open protocol to identify musical rights owners and creators uniformly. Besides contributing frequently to the New York Times, he is also a columnist for Forbes.

I am very excited that we will be contributing to a more efficient and transparent music industry with this initiative. Our goal is to break down data silos in our industry and thereby help artists to get their royalties directly and with maximum transparency.

Please register for the conference now or get in touch with me if you are a startup and would like to apply for the innovation lab.

If you are interested in joining our hackathon as a partner or if you wish to contribute with data, APIs or brain power, please be in touch with me. I would be delighted to take you on board.

With kind wishes,

Matthias Röder
Founder Karajan Music Tech Conference


A Hack Day for Classical Music

Classical Music + Technology = Future

What happens when musicians and software developers try to move the boundaries of what is doable and create breakthrough technologies? At the Karajan-Institute, we believe that such a goal can only be reached when lots of brilliant minds work together. This is why we have started the Classical Music Hack Day series four years ago: to build a network of researchers, data scientists and musicologists, who are all interested in linking technology and creativity.

Today we are proud to partner with the Salzburg Univerity of Applied Sciences and the Mozarteum University to bring the 4th Classical Music Hack Day to Salzburg. The Hack Day is a separate event that will take place April 8 – 9 at Salzburg University of Applied Sciences. For more information, please visit the event website at:

Classical Music Hack Day Website


Q: What is hacking?

A: Here is what the “Internet User’s Glossary” (RFC 1392) from 1993 has to say:

      A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the
      internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in
      particular.  The term is often misused in a pejorative context,
      where "cracker" would be the correct term.  See also: cracker.


Q: Can I attend the Classical Music Hackathon?

A: Of course! Visitors can register for the presentation of hacks. If you are a musician, developer or scientist and would like to hack, register here.