Can we get a drumroll, please? (Apologies to David Letterman.)
10. Where else are you gonna see Senator Al Franken interviewed by Mike Mills of R.E.M.? Your dreams don't count. (In this case, at least.)
9. Wait, you haven't heard of Spotify? That rock you're under must make for comfortable sleeping! Seriously, we're psyched that the founder of this buzzed-about music service (not yet launched in the US), Daniel Ek, will be here to talk about Spotify and its role in shaping the future of on-demand streaming music.
8. The FCC is in charge of regulating the radio, the internet and even your iPod. You do know there's music in all that stuff, right? Then you won't want to miss newly-appointed FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski give a keynote address at Policy Summit!
7. Have you ever seen the MC5's Wayne Kramer backed up by a New Orleans brass band? We have, and it's awesome. You can hear what we mean at a special Policy Summit concert where awesome artists like Erin McKeown, Hank Shocklee, Nicole Atkins and more will jam with trombone titans Bonerama. (Stay tuned for more details!)
6. You get to go to the movies (date not included)! We're screening an awesome film about sampling, Copyright Criminals, that you won't want to miss. The flick examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money. It also showcases many of hip-hop music's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground -- while featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. Filmmaker Kembrew McLeod will lead a Q&A session directly following the screening, so be sure to stick around.
5. Radiohead are huge. Their management team is brilliant. Brian Message is on that team. He'll be at Policy Summit to talk about artist empowerment in the digital age.
4. Um, how do you work this online thing again? Hey there, musician types -- get a leg up on digital strategies that can help amp up your career with a entire day (Sunday, Oct. 4) of artist-oriented programming!
3. Networking, Networking, Networking! From our celebrated Pho Dinner (A Policy Summit tradition) to the cocktail parties and interactive programming, you'll have ample opportunity to connect with a wide range of brilliant and inspiring folks.
2. Break out of the box with our breakout sessions on a range of topics from "The New Musicians' Toolbox" to "The Future of Music Journalism" "Artists as Agents of Social Change" to "Cloud Music vs. the Paradise of Infinite Storage" and more!
1. We care about musicians. That's the real reason behind our Summits. We want to give artists a place at the table when pressing issues that affect their livelihood are discussed and debated. We also make sure that musicians are able to attend our events at a nominal cost -- in this case, three full days of top-notch programming for ten bucks! Keep in mind there is a finite number of musician scholarships available; head here to apply.
By now you should be pretty convinced! So what are you waiting for? Head to our official Future of Music Policy Summit 2009 page for more details and to reserve your spot now!