Future of Music Policy Summit 2014

Thank you to all of our partners, sponsors, panelists, volunteers, staff and friends for making the 2014 Future of Music Policy Summit such a success! All of the mainstage panels and keynotes are now available on YouTube - check out the playlist below.

Music never stops evolving, and the music industry is no different. Understanding the driving forces behind that change is more important now than ever. For more than thirteen years, the Future of Music Policy Summit has brought together the creators and the curators, the developers and the debaters, the managers and the muses. Summit is your opportunity to engage in meaningful discussion about music, policy, technology and law—topics that are too often siloed, reduced to sound bites or dominated by a privileged few. 
Our 2014 keynotes featured Mignon Clyburn, FCC Commissioner, and Damian Kulash of OK Go. We also heard from John Abodeely of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities and Harry Shearer marking the 30th anniversary of Spinal Tap.

The full Summit schedule for your viewing and perusing pleasure. Speaker highlights included a diverse range of luminaries and leaders including:

Ceci Bastida Musician
Ben Brannen Co-founder and President, AtVenu
Thomas Frank Columnist, Salon.com and Author
Kiran Gandhi Drummer/Percussionist, M.I.A.
Katie Alice Greer Musician, Priests
Peter Jenner Sincere Management
Shawn King Musician, DeVotchKa
- Tracy Maddux CEO, CD Baby
Jonathan Sallet General Counsel, FCC
Fox Stevenson Singer, Songwriter and Producer
Astra Taylor Documentary Filmmaker, Musician and Author
Bill Wilson Entertainment Metadata Consultant

We also tackled the complicated world of metadata in a two-part lunch workshop series. Panelists from mastering studios, digital aggregators, performance rights organizations and digital retailers walked us through the current digital music ecosystem, and described what data is necessary, how to get it, where and when to embed it, and what musicians need to keep track of. The goal was to provide you with a better understanding of how your music and data work together to power discovery, attribution and monetization. 

The 2014 Future of Music Policy Summit tackled issues ranging from federal policy that impacts creators, access to media and technology, emerging business models, alternative arts funding structures and what’s coming next. Thank you to all those who joined us where policy happens for two jam-packed days of discussion that went beyond the typical conference fare to highlight the experiences of musicians, composers, entrepreneurs, innovators, policy experts and more. In its 14th year, the Future of Music Policy Summit is widely respected as a place where all perspectives can be heard in constructive dialogue, cutting through industry hype and overheated rhetoric to focus in on the real challenges and opportunities in today’s music space. 
Lohrfink Auditorium at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
37th & O Street NW
Washington, DC, 20057
United States