Chancellor Schroeder To Speak At German Biz Gala

German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will deliver a speech at a Sept. 29 ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of the German Music Publishers Assn. (DMV) and the German Federal Assn. of Music Retailer

German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will deliver a speech at a Sept. 29 ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of the German Music Publishers Assn. (DMV) and the German Federal Assn. of Music Retailers (GDM).

Schroeder is expected to talk on copyright law and give an insight into the government's expectations for the music business. German federal minister of the interior Otto Schily is patron of the event, which will be held at the Postbahnhof in Berlin.

The two associations work together on joint activities for the German music market and have been sharing an office in Bonn for decades. Heinz Stroh is currently joint managing director of the two organizations.

Stroh commented: "This 175th anniversary, which I dare say is unique in Europe, shows that music publishers and retailers have been able to continue surviving in spite of all the revolutionary technological developments as music still forms the focal point of people's interest."

The DMV has 400 members representing total sales of €350 million ($429 million). The GDM boasts more than 600 members and accounts for revenues of €300 million ($367 million).
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