10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit: Programming Excitement!

It’s always fun to do a “big unveil,” especially for the event celebrating our ten-year labor of love. So consider us extra psyched to give you the first look at the programming for the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit. This three-day extravaganza brings together an incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law. Summit 2010 takes place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from October 3-5, 2010. Mark your calendars!

Among the speakers already confirmed are multi-Grammy Award-winning roots musician and producer T-Bone Burnett, Damian Kulash of rockin’ viral video innovators OK Go, and Joey Burns of acclaimed experimental Americana outfit Calexico in a special conversation with GQ Washington Correspondent (and  Wonkette fouding editor) Ana Marie Cox. Watch this space: we’ll be announcing many more panelists and speakers in the weeks to come.

Reserve your spot now!

The 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit will put artists front-and-center in crucial discussions about the future of music in our increasingly networked, digitized world. How are savvy musicians, managers and labels using new technologies to gain recognition in the crowded media landscape? How are new analytic tools reshaping long-held metrics of success? What impact are policy and the courts having on the music ecosystem? Which strategies are working for musicians, and which are mostly fluff?

Summit 2010 will explore the big-picture issues that impact the livelihoods of musicians everywhere. Can you really afford to not be there? Attendees will experience:

  • Visionary presentations from leaders in the music-tech space.
  • Special conversations with leading musicians, producers and policymakers.
  • Data, data, data: what we’re learning about consumer behavior, and how musicians, managers, labels and venues use data to streamline careers and increase revenue.
  • Tools and tips for the smart musician: new artist checklists, case studies about direct-to-fan experiments, sage wisdom from expert lawyers, managers and PR folks.
  • Copyright and culture in the digital age: how musicians and songwriters are approaching the “termination of transfer” process, the complex nature of sampling, the challenges of applying Western copyright norms in international cultural communities.
  • The future of music distribution: will we access everything in the cloud? Will ISPs be the new gatekeepers? Leading experts will discuss and debate.
  • plus movie screenings, networking parties, a Pho dinner and a rock show. 

A limited number of musician scholarships are available; apply now before they’re gone!

Summit 2010 will go beyond the hypotheticals to highlight the specific tools and techniques that are redifining the business of music. We’ll have a full day of artist-centric programming on Sunday, October 3rd, with presentations and interactive discussions on subjects ranging from fan analytics and direct-marketing case studies to the potential impact of health care reform on the lives of working musicians.

Three seperate “data tracks” will reveal the secrets of information management, revenue streams, buzz-building, distribution and consumer behavior online and beyond. We’re particularly excited about the “Monsters of Data” conversation, which will look at how consumers access music — lawfully and otherwise — and why factors like social network demographics, digital migration and peer-to-peer trends are crucial to understanding and addressing persistent challenges. Experts like Eric Garland of media measurement firm BigChampagne, musician and “recovering” digital music executive Tim Quirk, singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, and Fortune’s “smartest academic in techdanah boyd will join forces to offer a clear-eyed, multifaceted perspective on what we actually know vs. what we think we know about today’s music industry.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a Future of Music Summit without, y’know, the future. Over the years, we’ve all heard plenty of predictions about the future of the music industry — how many of them have come true? Which of today’s educated guesses will become tomorrow’s realities? What challenges will we face, and what new opportunities might we discover as we work towards a brighter future for creators and fans? “Where’s My Jetpack?” will consider some current predictions and maybe even generate a few new ones.

Attendees will also have a chance to mix it up with the experts during nearly a dozen “supersessions” on everything from new business models to international copyright issues to artist activism to venture capital and music technology. Meanwhile, film screenings, dinners, cocktail parties and live concerts will provide plenty of opportunities to have some fun and network after all that heady stuff.

Don’t miss biggest music-tech-policy-birthday event of the year — register now for the 10th Anniversary Future of Music Policy Summit, and we’ll see you in October!

Confirmed speakers (as of July 26, 2010):

  • Charlie Angus Member, Canadian Parliament (Timmins, ON); Musician; Broadcaster
  • Dawn Barger Post Hoc Management
  • T. Bone Burnett Musician and Composer
  • Joey Burns Musician, Calexico
  • danah boyd Social Media Researcher, Microsoft Research New England; Fellow, Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society
  • Bryan Calhoun Founder, Label Management Systems; VP of New Media and External Affairs, SoundExchange
  • Ana Marie Cox Washington Correspondent, GQ Magazine
  • Eric Garland Founder, BigChampagne Media Measurement
  • Ariel Hyatt Founder and Owner, Ariel Cyber PR
  • Peter Jenner Sincere Management; President Emeritus, IMMF
  • Damian Kulash Musician, OK Go
  • Walter McDonough Co-founder and General Counsel, Future of Music Coalition
  • Erin McKeown Musician
  • Spott Philpott Label Manager, Merge Records
  • Tim Quirk Musician and Recovering Online Music Executive
  • Marcy Rauer Wagman Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO, MAD Dragon UNLTD
  • Ian Rogers CEO, Topspin Media
  • Alex White Co-founder, Next Big Sound
Pictured: Mike Mills of R.E.M. rocking the New Orleans musician benefit at the 2009 Future of Music Policy Summit - photo by Caroline Deutermann.
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