Venue of the International Sound Awards 2019

Schmidtchen (picture © Ingo Boelter)

This year, the award ceremony of the International Sound Awards 2019 takes place at ‘Schmidtchenon September 19th. The Schmidtchen is located on Spielbudenplatz at the heart of Germany’s most famous mile, the Hamburger Reeperbahn.

The ‘Schmidt Theater family’, consisting of Schmidtchen, Schmidt Theater and Schmidts Tivoli, is Germany’s most successful private theatre with around 400,000 visitors per year. The Schmidtchen presents a diverse programme that includes comedy shows, concerts, poetry slams and other innovative show formats that embrace experimentation.

Submission Deadline | Ticket Discounts

Listen up! Only 4 weeks left to go to submit your case at the International Sound Awards 2019. If you have worked on a project in the fields of sound or music technology, please send us your application by May 31st. Further information on submission details here.

Our international expert jury will evaluate the cases. The best sound products, projects and services from different categories will be awarded with the ISAbell trophy. The Award Show will take place on September 19th at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg.

Ticket discounts for Reeperbahn Festival
We are very pleased to offer special discounts on tickets for the Reeperbahn Festival and the ISA2019: Conference Ticket 175 Euro plus VAT (regular price 255 Euro plus VAT), Session Only Ticket 104 Euro plus VAT (regular price 150 Euro plus VAT).
Get a discount code here.


To #MakeTheWorldSoundBetter, we need more smart, innovative and useful sound solutions and concepts that can be awarded with our tropy, the ISAbell.

To enhance general sound awareness and animate people to contribute to our mission, we started the social media contest #WeNeedMoreISAbell.

We are very grateful to Native Instruments, Shure, DOCKIN and AUDIFIED that support the initiative and donate great prizes. Participate and spread the word!

Please find below all rules and an inspirational video.

Welcome Dr. Michael Haverkamp as a jury member of ISA2019

We are pleased to announce Dr. Michael Haverkamp as a member of the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Michael Haverkamp is an expert on perceived quality, sound design and multisensory harmonization within product development. From 1994 until his retirement in October 2018, he worked at Ford Werke GmbH Köln. Born 1958 in Gütersloh, Bundesrepublik Deutschland, he focussed on psychological and technical acoustics during his studies of electrical engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. He has long-term experience in product development, acoustics engineering and multi-sensory design, and studies of cross-modal perception, the arts and music. He has had previous teaching assignments and been invited to lectures at various universities (e.g. the Köln International School of Design KISD). He has numerous publications and presentations on multisensory implications of sound: movement represented by sound, multisensory references of music, sound as element of multisensory design and branding, visualization of music and sound, contribution of touch sound on perception of surfaces, synaesthesia stimulated by sound.

Welcome Rainer Hirt as a jury member of ISA2019

We are happy to welcome Rainer Hirt as a member of the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Rainer Hirt studied communication design at the University of Applied Science, Konstanz (Master of Arts). He is Co-Founder of audity, a company specialised in functional sounds for brands and products and author and co-producer of the compendium “Audio Branding”. Rainer is supervising various research projects with several universities and has been, since 2008, juror of the international Red Dot Design Award. He is also a lecturer for Audible Design at the HTWG Konstanz.

Welcome Fabian Frese as a jury member of ISA2019

We are very pleased to announce Fabian Frese as a member of the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Fabian Frese began his advertising career as a copywriter at BBDO in Düsseldorf in 2001. Three years later he joined Jung von Matt where he became ECD in 2010, working for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, Nintendo, eBay and Vodafone. During his time at Jung von Matt, it was recognized as Germany’s “Agency of the year” and “Independent agency of the year” at the Cannes Festival. In 2013, Fabian took a “Digital Sabbatical”, where he founded start-ups and toured as an intern through various digital companies, which made him much poorer but a lot smarter. In 2014, he joined Kolle Rebbe GmbH in Hamburg as Managing Director and Partner, being responsible for clients like Netflix and the global Lufthansa account. Fabian has won an impressive number of national and international awards. Although, this may be due to the fact that he usually sat in the jury himself, for example several times at the Cannes Lions.

Welcome Prof. Klaus Genuit as a jury member of ISA2019

We are very pleased to welcome Prof. Dr. Klaus Genuit to the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Klaus Genuit received his PhD in 1984. He developed a new, improved binaural measurement system for the advanced diagnosis and analysis of sound. He founded the company HEAD acoustics GmbH in 1986 which is today a leading contributor in areas of binaural signal processing, sound design and analysis, virtual reality, and telecommunication measurements. Klaus Genuit has published more than 300 scientific papers. He is a member of various associations, such as AES, JAES, JSAE, SAE, DEGA and ASA where he was elected as a fellow in 2004. He participates in several working groups dealing with the standardization of measurement regulations and psychoacoustic parameters. He has participated in different EU-supported research all of them focusing on improving sound quality of vehicle exterior noise. More than 15 years ago he started his investigations with respect to soundscape. Klaus Genuit is honorary professor at the RWTH Aachen University. He has established the HEAD-Genuit-Foundation at 2008.

Welcome Prof. Emma Rodero as a jury member of ISA2019

We are happy to welcome Emma Rodero to the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Emma Rodero is a researcher and professor in the Department of Communication at Pompeu Fabra University (Spain), PhD. in Communication, PhD. in Psychology, Master in Pathology of Voice and Master in Psychology of Cognition. She obtained a Marie Curie fellowship (European Union) to conduct research in US about cognitive processing of radio commercials. She is author of more than ten books and fifty scientific papers about radio. Rodero usually teaches Public Speaking and Sound Advertising at UPF. She has over a decade of experience in the radio industry. She is currently a voice-over artist and has received awards for some radio dramas.

Welcome Dr. Daniel Hug as a jury member of ISA2019

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Daniel Hug as another member of the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Since the late nineties, Daniel Hug is exploring sound and interaction design through artistic installations, design works and research. He is teaching sound studies and sound design in Interaction and Game Design and is a member of the executive team of the new MA Sound Design at Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. Hug is also lecturer and researcher at the chair for music education at the University of Applied Sciences of Northwestern Switzerland, with a focus on innovation and interactive technology in sound and music education. Hug is visiting lecturer for interaction and game sound at various Universities in Switzerland, Austria and Finland and holds a doctorate from the University of the Arts and Industrial Design Linz. As founder of the sound design and consulting company “Hear Me Interact!” and as member of the steering committee of “Audio Mostly – Conference on Interaction with Sound”, his aim is to further contribute to the investigation and creation of the “sounds of tomorrow”.

Welcome Anna Kind as a jury member of ISA2019

We are pleased to announce Anna Kind as another member of the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Anna Kind is the owner of Radja, founded in 2007. With a network of established composers and offbeat artists the agency collaborates with architects, designers, technology and marketing experts to develop sound concepts. Anna’s broad knowledge combined with a passion for spotting creative solutions has resulted in a steady flow of award-winning projects. In parallel with assignments in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, Anna also has a contract as a producer at one of Scandinavia’s premier opera houses. With her goal to create a broad knowledge of some of the music world’s finest talent has led her to not only working with leading brands such as Ikea, Sony, Absolut Vodka, H&M and Einride – but also with distinguished people in performing arts, all with the same assignment – to create musical experiences that are extraordinary.

Welcome Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen as a jury member of ISA2019

We have the pleasure to announce Dr. Daniel Müllensiefen as another member of the International Sound Awards 2019 jury.

Daniel Müllensiefen studied Systematic Musicology, Historic Musicology and Journalism at the universities of Hamburg (Germany) and Salamanca (Spain). He did his doctoral dissertation in Systematic Musicology on memory for melodies at the University of Hamburg. Since 2006 he has been working at Goldsmiths, University of London, now a Reader in Psychology and co-director of the Master’s course in Music Mind and Brain. In 2010 he was appointed as Scientist in Residence with the London-based advertising agency adam&eveDDB where he acted as a consultant and researcher, mainly on questions regarding the role of music in advertising and other commercial settings. In 2016 he received the prestigious Anneliese-Maier research prize from the Humboldt foundation and since then he is also affiliated with the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover.

Welcome Claudia Schwarz as a jury member of ISA2019

We are happy to welcome Claudia Schwarz to the International Sound Awards 2019 Jury.

Claudia Schwarz is a Strategic Tech Advisor & Project Manager for the Creative Industries with a focus on Music Tech, Film Tech, Future of Synch & Licensing, Blockchain & Smart Contract Applications, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Ethics in Technology, New Realities & Immersive Content, Digital Media & Education Technology, including Conference and Festival Curation and Management. Co-founder and Vice President of MusicTech Germany, co-founder of Music Unchained, a series of events focussed on New Technologies for the Music Industry and co-founder of the Creative Tech Agency WickedWork, all based in Berlin. Furthermore, she is a Music Supervisor for TV and Film, a licensing expert and currently working on a global innovation license for music tech start-ups and new media applications. Selected as a participant in the EU-funded Keychange program, founder of the international Magna Initiative, Claudia is furthermore dedicated to the promotion of diversity and inclusivity within the Creative Industries, particularly of Women in Music & Technology.