Timo Wiesmann is managing director of Hamburg Music. The organisation was founded in 2004 with the purpose of promoting and helping to shape Hamburg as a location for music and the music industry. It is Germany’s first regional music business association and one of the largest in Europe. Hamburg Music currently represents more than 120 companies from all subsectors of the music industry, with over 1,500 employees in total, an even larger number of freelancers, and an annual sales volume of over €1 billion. Covering various fields of activity such as qualification, export, music city marketing & tourism, and innovation, Hamburg Music offers lobbying, public relations, networking opportunities, and infrastructure projects.
After completing his university degrees (Cultural Studies B.A., Cultural and Media Management M.A.) in Düsseldorf, Nantes and Hamburg, Timo worked in Wales and Germany for music and cultural festivals, for the cultural management institute Hamburg, and for the digital distributor Finetunes. He also freelanced as a cultural manager, events manager, and as a writer. In addition to working at Hamburg Music (where he’s been since 2010), he runs Aalhaus – a bar, live music club and festival/concert promoter in Hamburg, where he is also responsible for booking artists and overseeing the programmes. In 2016 he founded the Music Cities Network, a transnational non-profit association uniting music cities and policy makers around the globe. Besides Timo is co-owner of the artist management agency The Party Management.