Two Important Music Conference Events Monday October 28th

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.amAmanda PalmerScooter BraunImogen Heap and Zoë Keating, alongside leading music platforms SpotifyVevo 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!


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3 Replies to “Two Important Music Conference Events Monday October 28th”

  1. Edward, why would you be surprised that a representative from Google would be speaking at the FOMC conference? They are the major funder for FOMC and very interested in shaping the conversation about music and the digital economy.

    Many pro-artist digital rights advocates, like myself, believe Google could be doing far more to lessen online piracy, if they wanted too. Aside from the published research from the Trichordist, Music Technology Policy and others, there is a study published by Jonathan Taplin of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC that documents the amount of advertising that supports piracy.

    If in fact, you want to obtain a balanced perspective of artists surviving in the digital world, you will have to look past organizations like the EFF and FOMC, which are funded by tech.

    1. Will,

      I reread my blog post and nowhere did I state I was “surprised” about Google speaking at the FOMC. My disdain was that other digital music companies are “conspicuously” absent from the agenda. They may very well be in attendance at these proceedings but they fail to make a stance which I think is shoddy of them.

      Where you and I will continue to differ on the Internet digital music debate is that you are a digital rights wonk with a “business-level” investment stake with FarePlay. I support digital rights through EFF as a blogger and a technologist. I am a of digital music wonk at the journalist/fan level.

      I have explained before but I’m happy to clarify again that I am a 32 year industry veteran of information technology. As an educator (professor, department chair) I often touch upon Internet rights with my students. So I have a great deal of respect for how engineering (IEE) and technology (IETF) strive to provide working standards. I also respect how the EFF protects our digital rights in the InterWeb.

      I do appreciate you pointing out other sources of information such as Music Technology Policy, Jonathan Taplin, and the Annenberg Innovation Lab. I’ll look into them and I will have some sources for you shortly.

      Just yesterday I commented on The Digital Music News “blog post” by Paul Resnikoff, “YouTube’s ‘Spotify Killer’ Subscription Service Will be Live by Christmas”, where I called him out for sensationalism, speculation and lack of integrity. I sent him a link from the better written commentary on the topic by Ben Sisario from the New York Times, “YouTube Said to Introduce Paid Service for Music”.

      I am always interested in a balanced perspective but I don’t tip the scales that overwhelmingly for artists and creators just yet. Am I seeing and understanding wrongdoing and inequities with Spotify and the Record Labels, yes I am. Methinks the buck stops at the accounting function at Capitol Records and Cold Play doesn’t get a proper accounting of digital music revenues which is what Zoe Keating is imploring these playahs to do.

      However I need to understand the broader picture, the business model, the sustainable Internet music economy and other forces at work much before I comment more comprehensively.

      So right now I am researching, fact filing, analyzing, comparing news and information sources,

  2. I hate it when I spend an hour writing a response on a tablet and it disappears. Worse that it is my fault. As you may have gathered I’m not a tech fan, in many ways. I still drive a manual transmission because I like to be connected and vastly prefer CDs over digital downloads because I know most of the artists I follow have more than 1 good song on their CD and I may have to hear a song multiple times before I get it’s brilliance.

    Aside from our disagreements, which are considerable, I do admire and respect your love and passion for music and your contribution to the perception that music and art has value. Because I believe as more people understand the value of music the more those people see the value in supporting artists and their work.

    One of the points that the Internet loves to use is the value of exposure. You may find this to be a fascinating, real world response:

    Keep sharing your excitement and passion for music. It’s important.

    Will Buckley, Founder, FarePlay

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