Matthias Rauch, Dr. phil., studied American Studies, Business Administration and Communications at the University of Mannheim. From 2007-2010, he was a stipend in the graduate program „Formations of the Global“ at the University of Mannheim and visiting research fellow at York University, Toronto, in 2010. He has been lecturing at the University of Mannheim, the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg & Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. Matthias Rauch has worked as a freelance journalist for print and online publications for over 17 years. From March 2013 until October 2014, he was head of press & public relations at the Clustermanagement Musikwirtschaft Mannheim & Region. From November 2014 until December 2016, he was head of the Clustermanagement Musikwirtschaft. Since January 2017, he has been cultural innovation officer and head of the cultural urban development department of the city of Mannheim. He was vice chairman of the association for music business and music culture research (GMM e.V.) from 2014 - 2018.