The fate of Europe's music-radio broadcasters will be a key theme at the Noorderslag Seminar, taking place during the Noorderslag Weekend music event in the Dutch city of Groningen on Jan. 11-13.

The impact of digital platforms and emerging new business models will be discussed in one confirmed panel titled "The Future of Music Radio" on Jan. 12.

Among the panelists will be George Ergatoudis, the head of music at U.K. public Top 40 station BBC Radio One, and digital-music entrepreneur/founder of online service Sonific, Gerd Leonhard, who will also give the "Future of Music" keynote speech on the same day.

Other industry stalwarts participating in the seminar include Peter Jenner, former Pink Floyd manager and chairman of the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF), who is the keynote Q&A guest on Jan. 13.

Other panels will analyze the state of the live-music business ("Booking A Tour -- Live On Stage"), and the future role of independent labels ("Independents -- The Treasures of Our Pop Culture?"). Both are on Jan. 12.

Additionally, the "Focus on Italy" seminar will feature sessions on how to do business with the Italian music industry. Those sessions are financed by the Italian Embassy, public radio station RAI and music-festival organizer Foundation Arezzo Wave Italia.

The Noorderslag Weekend also features the Eurosonic and Nooderslag music festivals. Organizers of the two events are expecting a record number (240-plus) of unsigned and emerging European acts to perform. This compares with 227 acts registered at the 2006 event.

The Eurosonic Festival showcases up-and-coming talent from across Europe playing at 30 venues, with events primarily organised to expose acts to live-music booking agents. It takes place on Jan 11-12, while the Noorderslag Festival, which focuses on Dutch contemporary rock and pop artists, is held at De Oosterpoort venue on Jan. 13. All the live shows offer paid entry to the public.

"The Noorderslag Weekend is turning into Europe's biggest showcase event for rock and pop among professionals in the industry," claims a spokesman.

More than 20 European Broadcasting Union (EBU) radio stations have agreed to air live music from the festivals.

Established national acts seeking to broaden their exposure in the region will play at Eurosonic. They include the U.K.'s James Yorkston (Domino Records), The Magic Numbers (Heavenly/EMI) and The Young Knives (Transgressive Records/Warner).

The Noorderslag Weekend's organizers include the not-for-profit Noorderslag Foundation and Dutch-music promotion organization Buma Cultuur (both funded by the Dutch government and music industry organizations), the IMMF and the EBU.