The Tuning In! Jury


Applications for Tuning In! Routes to a Career in the Music Sector were  reviewed by an international jury composed of

Johannes Meissl (Jury president), Professor and Vice Rector-designate for External Relations at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Marialena Fernandes, Professor at mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Chiara Gallerani, Communication Consultant at Italia Music Export - SIAE

Sabine Reiter, Managing Director of mica – music austria

Iñaki Sandoval, Professor and Director of University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy and Council Member of the European Association of Conservatoires (AEC)


Lecturers and Facilitators


Dagmar Abfalter is an associate professor at the mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. She studied International Economic Sciences at the University of Innsbruck and received her PhD in 2008 with a thesis on the measurement of success in music theatre and its implications on leadership and employee motivation (Das Unmessbare messen? Die Konstruktion von Erfolg im Musiktheater, VS Verlag). She holds an executive MBA in Arts Management from the University of Salzburg in collaboration with Columbia College, Chicago. From 2002 to 2013, she was an assistant professor at the Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism at the University of Innsbruck. Since 2013, she has been working at the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies (IKM) at the mdw. In 2018, she received her venia docendi (habilitation) in Cultural Institutions Studies (Kulturbetriebslehre) and tenure as an associate professor. 

She is currently serving as board president of the Association of Cultural Management in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Fachverband Kulturmanagement e.V.) and as treasurer of the International Music Business Research Association (IMBRA). Her research interests focus on Cultural Institutions Studies, strategizing, management and leadership practices in arts organisations, and both qualitative and hybrid research methods. At the IKM, Dagmar teaches management and marketing to both undergraduates and graduates as well as research methods on the graduate and doctoral levels.

Aliette Dörflinger studied international business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and spent several periods studying abroad in France, Belgium, and Spain while completing her degree. From 2004 to 2016, she worked for KMU Forschung Austria/Austrian Institute for SME Research, where she conducted numerous studies and evaluations concerning cultural and the creative industries, innovation, and new forms of entrepreneurship. As a trained facilitator, coach, and dance and movement pedagogue, she has been working with participative, co-creative and dialogue-oriented approaches in small and large group settings since 2013 independently, and she is a co-founder of the organisation Wiener Salon für Wandel. Since 2016, she has been an external lecturer on cultural management at the university of applied sciences FH Kufstein. 2017/18 saw her work for the Arts Department of the organisation Red Noses Clowndoctors in the area of organisational and artistic development. And since 2018, she has been a programme manager for the development of a new programme for transdisciplinary research.

Wolfgang Gumpelmaier-Mach is an independent digital media consultant and one of the leading Crowdfunding experts in Austria and Germany, focussing on Crowdfunding for the creative industries. He has counselled around 100 projects, has written numerous articles on the topic and is a well known speaker and workshop host at various festivals and industry events. He runs the consulting and information portal and publishes a monthly Crowdfunding newsletter. Together with his colleague from the Berlin based Institut für Kommunikation in Sozialen Medien (ikosom) he published “The (almost) complete guidebook to Crowdfunding for SME’s” as part of the project CrowdFundPort.

Sally-Anne Gross is both a music industry practitioner and an academic. In 1993 she was the first women to work as a director of Artist & Repertoire at Mercury Records UK, and she chaired the first ever panel on gender in the music industries at ‘In The City’ music conference in Manchester. Sally-Anne has been working in the music industry for nearly three decades, as an artist manager, record label director and international business affairs consultant. In her current role at the University of Westminster, she is the program director of the MA Music Business Management where she teaches Intellectual Property and Copyright Management, Artist & Repertoire and Music Development.

In 2016 she founded ‘Let’s Change the Record’ a project that focuses on bridging the gender divide in music production by running inclusive audio engineering and song-writing workshops for people identifying as women or non-binary.  Sally-Anne is the co-author of ‘Can Music Make You Sick’ the largest ever study into mental health in the music industry that was funded by the charity Help Musicians UK and published in November 2017. She is interested in working practices in the music industries and the conditions of digital labour and specifically how they impact on questions of diversity and equality. Sally-Anne has four grown up children all of whom work one way or another with music, and although she always identifies as a ‘native’ Londoner, she actually lives in North Hertfordshire.

Christoph Gruber studied jazz guitar and composition. Since 1999, he has been performing as a guitarist both live and in recording sessions, and also works as a theatre musician, composer and music producer. He is a lecturer at a diverse range of educational institutions and leads project management and marketing courses for musicians.

Helge Hinteregger has been working as a musician since 1980 and for mica – music information center austria since 1994. mica provides information on the Austrian music scene, supporting Austrian based contemporary musicians. Helge promotes local music at home and abroad and creates music exchange projects. In addition to these projects he gives lectures, workshops and face to face coaching on topics such as tax, social insurance, funding, and artistic conception.

Michaela Rosen is an actor, and she has also taught for many years at leading universities in the USA (Harvard), Germany, Austria (mdw – Max Reinhardt Seminar), and Australia (VCA) alongside her artistic activities. Since March 2016, Michaela Rosen has been an instructor for “Communicative Competence , Status Games, and Empathy” at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. Her coaching focuses include communicative competency, personality development, and leadership; “artful making” – processes of change (personal and organisational); and status games and empathy. She has been training and coaching leaders (above all in the arts and culture field) since 2002, and she is a passionate supporter of female executives. She provides support in preparing hearings, presentations, applications, etc. (for professorships, scholarly presentations, and leadership posts).

Carefully selected practical exercises and methods from the actual practice of theatre and film, along with the special effects that the performing arts have on human beings, significantly reinforce communicative competencies and key qualifications such as resilience, expressive power, empathy, and natural authority while also cultivating an understanding of effective leadership competencies.

Peter Tschmuck is professor of Cultural Institutions Studies at the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna whose scholarly work is focussed on music business/industry research, the economics of copyright, research on cultural institutions, and cultural policy evaluation. He is organiser of the annual Vienna Music Business Research Days, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Music Business Research, and president of both the International Music Business Research Association (IMBRA) and the Austrian Music Business Research Association (AMBRA). He teaches courses at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Danube University Krems, and Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, and he held a visiting professorship at the James Cook University in Townsville and Cairns, Australia in 2010.


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