There are two important music industry conferences taking place Monday October 28th. These events are instrumental to effect change for the digital music industry. Each event is powerful in scope with a noteworthy cross-section of industry/celebrity presenters and significant topics that are just in time when it comes to the Internet music debate forum.
I wish I could take the day off from teaching and fully plug-in to both cyberspace events. More importantly I wish I could be in person at one of these conclaves but cost restriction and employment are the realities of my life.
I absolutely plan to plug-in via the Web as best I can and follow the proceedings via social media too. I will share how you can do that below if you are inclined to witness and take part. Remember this is your digital music too and your voice is important in the mix. Now is not the time to be a digital music sheeple in play only mode and just let those with industry clout shape our music.
1) The Future of Music Summit 2013, October 28-29
The first event is The Future of Music Summit 2013 taking place in Washington, DC at Georgetown University.
Webcast Information – Be certain to register so you can be reminded of when the Webcast starts etc. 😉
Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to make sure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.
Summit 2013 will cover an incredible amount of ground, including:
- Presentations and keynotes by government officials, musicians and advocates
- How proposed changes to copyright law may impact musicians
- The ins-and-outs of digital business models and revenue generation
- Data and the artist experience
- Why public policy matters to local cultural communities around the globe
- How musicians are advancing positive social change
Granted this event is more about copyright and is far more sociopolitical. But if you thread through the speakers schedule you will find several influential luminaries in the panel discussions and some very meaty topics.
So if you are a digital music wonk like me these two days loom large in understanding what is being discussed, debated and decided about the music ecosystem.
I applaud Tim Quirk from Google Play for participating in this event. I did not see any other major music moguls from Sony Music, Universal Music, Spotify, Apple, Spotify, BeatsAudio etc. taking the time to speak at this very important conclave. Shame on them. My respect increases for Google’s role and commitment.
I am keenly interested in Tim Quirk’s presentation.
Pushing People Up The Pyramid
This presentation highlights the different strategies musicians need to engage different tiers of fans – from the unaware and barely interested to the most die-hard fanatics – and provides insight on how Tim has arranged the editorial and merchandising piece of various services he’s worked for to best reflect that reality.
Tim Quirk Head of Global Content Programming, Google Play
2) Virgin Music – Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry
The second event is sponsored by Virgin Music, Spotify, Vevo and Songkick. Virgin Music is making this part of their 40 year celebration of Virgin Records. The event is Virgin Disruptors, Has Tech Killed The Music Industry.
This event is much more splashy, social media and multimedia branded than The Future of Music . But the intent and purpose is well-intentioned.
The question “has tech killed the music industry” along with many others that surround the relationship between music and technology, will be debated live from the Virgin Records anniversary exhibition in Central London on Monday October 28th at 3:30 pm. EST. The event will feature artists who have been vocal about tech vs music: will.i.am, Amanda Palmer, Scooter Braun, Imogen Heap and Zoë Keating, alongside leading music platforms Spotify, Vevo and Songkick.
Zoe Keating is totally cool intellectual. I plan to write a separate blog post about her soon (I’ve started writing it…)
My browser and Internet viewing will be busied on Monday. I hope I can set aside the time to soak in these two events. No question I will need archive access to best absorb all of this stuff.
Can you say drinking from the end of the fire hose? I knew that you could 😉
Bring it on!
- Virgin Records: 40 years of disruptions (creativereview.co.uk)
- Is Spotify killing music? (musicfactorynumberone.com)
- Branson recalls tears, $1 billion check in Virgin Records sale (news.yahoo.com)