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Germany’s LEA to be discontinued

The awards ceremony, which recognised excellence in the German live sector, was most recently held in June 2022

By James Hanley on 24 Oct 2023

Lifetime achievement award winner Ossy Hoppe with Jens Michow and son Oliver

Ossy Hoppe with Jens Michow and Ollie Hoppe at the 2021 LEA

image © LEA/Ben Kapalski

Germany’s Live Entertainment Award (LEA) is to be discontinued and the organisation behind it dissolved, it has been announced.

First held in Hamburg in 2006, the ceremony had taken place at the Festhalle in Frankfurt since 2011 and grew into one of the industry’s most prestigious awards shows.

The LEA recognised excellence in the German live sector and was funded by the LEA Committee, which included the Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry (BDKV) as well as a number of companies from the German event industry. Legendary promoter Fritz Rau served as the committee’s first president, with artist manager Dieter Weidenfeld holding the reins since 2010.

A jury of 24 experts, made up of media representatives and industry specialists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, decided on the winners.

“Unfortunately, there was no offer from any direction, so the dissolution of the organisations was the result”

The LEA was last staged in June last year, when it was held as part of Frankfurt Fashion Week for the first time and attracted more than 1,000 guests. However, it has been decided to no longer hold the event following the departures of Weidenfeld, VP Lasse von Thien and MD Jens Michow, who was the longtime president of the BDKV up to last year.

The BDKV elected a new board 12 months ago, spearheaded by new president Sonia Simmenauer.

“Our goal was to create the conditions for the LEA to remain firmly connected to the BDKV in the future after Prof Michow resigned from office at the end of 2022,” says Weidenfeld. “This should have given our successors the opportunity to work out the future format of the event. Unfortunately, there was no offer from any direction, so the dissolution of the organisations was the result.”


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