Here we are, folks: The Final Countdown.
This three-day event brings together the brightest minds in music, technology, policy and law. Artists, managers, policymakers, technologists, legal experts, academics, media mavens and more will decend on Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 3-5 to talk about the pressing issues that impact the entire music ecosystem.
This Summit is extra-special because it marks FMC’s 10 years of existence. That’s why we’ve been working nonstop to make this our best conference yet. How can it not be, with appearances from T Bone Burnett, Chuck D, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Damian Kulash of OK Go, NEA Chair Rocco Landesman, Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, Pandora, Facebook, Ian Rogers of Topspin Media, Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records, YouTube and many, many more!
This year’s programming is truly amazing:
Sunday, October 3 is musicians’ day, with presentations and interactive discussions on subjects ranging from fan analytics to direct-to-consumer case studies to the possible impact of health care reform on musicians. Artists and music entrepreneurs are sure to welcome Ariel Hyatt, who will present her sought-after “master class” on music marketing and social media on Sunday morning.
On Monday and Tuesday, programming will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions about the future of the music industry, government’s role in sustaining creative communities, artists as cultural ambassadors, and the viability of music delivery moving to “the cloud.” In addition, attendees will choose from nearly a dozen “supersessions” on topics ranging from international copyright issues to artist activism.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to catch the Dear New Orleans benefit show at Black Cat on Monday, Oct. 4, from 8PM-midnight.
Future of Music Coalition and Air Traffic Control Present
“Dear New Orleans - A Benefit Concert”
Monday, October 4, 2010
Damian Kulash of OK Go
Jenny Toomey & Franklin Bruno
Hank Shocklee (Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad)Jonny 5 of Flobots
Tim Quirk of Wonderlick (and half of Too Much Joy!)
Crossover Clarinetist Mariam Adam
…plus special guests!
The event showcases several of the artists who contributed to the critically-acclaimed compilation, Dear New Orleans— a benefit album produced by Air Traffic Control to mark the fifth anniversary of Katrina and the floods. This D.C. show pays tribute to the city of music with one-of-a-kind collaborations between album artists and celebrated New Orleans musicians.
Visit this page to learn more about the show.
There are additional exclusive VIP opportunities that will give a select group of attendees access to soundcheck, autographed posters, drink tickets and more!
Since Hurricane Katrina, a diverse group of musicians have headed to the cradle of American music to participate in a series of artist-activist retreats produced by FMC and ATC and to learn firsthand about efforts to rebuild and sustain this vital city and its music communities. Proceeds from the album and concert go to nonprofits working to support the region’s unique musical and cultural traditions, and to restore and protect crucial environment and community resources.
Dear New Orleans can be downloaded here. Trust us, it’s incredible.
We’re almost completely out of musician scholarships, which gets artists in the door for all three days at an insanely reduced rate. Head here to apply!
If you absolutely, postively can’t make it to D.C., you can watch the event via free live webcast. Sign up now!