Norway’s NKA appoints new chairman
Ivar Chelsom Vogt, head of culture at Bergen venue USF Verftet, has been appointed the new chairman of the Norwegian Live Music Association (NKA).
At its most recent annual promoter conference in Stavanger, NKA (Norsk Konsertarrangører) also elected a new board, with members welcoming new additions Therese Østby Haugen, Trym Grydeland and Åsa Paaske Gulbrandsen, promoting Merete Moum Lo and Herman Ekle Lund, and reelecting Alexandra Archetti Stølen.
“The live market is growing and concert organisers are playing an increasingly central role in the music industry,” says Vogt, who also sits on the board of showcase festivals Vill Vill Vest and by:Larm. “At the same time, margins are small and many promoters are under pressure, [so] it is important that we as a sector work together to ensure a broad, diverse and viable field of organisers.
“NKA is an organisation in continuous growth and development”
“NKA is an organisation in continuous growth and development, with a membership growth of 13% so far in 2019. This is testament to NKA’s relevance, position and opportunity. There is still a lot to work on in this field, and I look forward to taking on the position.”
NKA represents some 350 promoters, festivals and other live businesses across Norway. Read IQ’s recent Norway market report, which found a country with one of the most active live music scenes in Europe, here.