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Digital Music Forum East

Digital Media Wire

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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Announcing SOCIAL MUSIC SUMMIT @ DIGITAL MUSIC FORUM EAST: Create, Mix, Mash-up, Share & Monetize...

Don't miss the 12th Annual Digital Music Forumin New York City on February 24: We are the only event in the United States that brings together the top music, technology and policy leaders for high-level discussions and debate, intimate meetings and unrivaled networking about the future of digital music. Digital Music Forum is known worldwide for the news that is made in our auditorium, the deals that get done in our hallways, and the friendships and partnerships that are forged year after year. Why wait by the sidelines, when you can join the event that is helping to drive the industry's future!

Create, Mix, Mash-up, Share & Monetize...


DAY 1 – Wednesday, February 22

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Speaker Registration, Badge Pick-Up and Networking

1:45pm – 2:00pm
Welcome & Introduction to Event

Ned Sherman, CEO/Publisher, Digital Media Wire
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic


Our kick-off panel focuses on the increasing socialization of the music experience online. Which companies and innovations are leading the charge in this space? How can artists, labels and digital music companies best leverage the Social Web?

Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & Business Development, Island Def Jam Music Group
Jason Herskowitz, Chief Product Officer, Official.fm
Mike More, CEO & Co-Founder, Headliner.fm
Chris Wiltsee, Director, Business Development, RootMusic
Dan Kantor, CEO, ex.fm
Moderator:  Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

3:00pm – 3:45pm

2011 was a good year for digital music with the sector seeing a significant increase in financings. We’ve also seen an emergence of new incubation models for app development and other digital music products and services – all in all a good sign for the business as a whole. This panel will discuss funding and incubation models for music-tech start-ups with a focus on innovation and where the money will flow in the years to come.

Jeff Bronikowski, Head of Corporate Dev. & Strategy, The Echo Nest
Jesse Israel, Co-Founder, Technology & Creative Director, Cantora Records + Labs
Jonathan Axelrod, Partner, ER Accelerator, Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO,
MusicGremlin (SanDisk)
, Founder/President, Music123 (Guitar Center)
Howard Han, VP and General Manager of Reverb Live, ReverbNation
Moderator: John Frankenheimer, Chairman, Music Practice, Loeb & Loeb LLP

3:45pm – 4:15pm
4:15pm – 6:00pm

This series of demos and presentations highlight some of the new and emerging music-tech trends around technologies for the artist or interactive fan experience.

4:15pm – 4:30pm
1st Presentation

Garth Holsinger, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Sales, Klout

4:30pm – 4:45pm
2nd Presentation

"Fleeting Assets: The Real Social Opportunity for the Music Industry"
Mike Perrone, COO & Co-Founder, SocialFlow

4:45pm – 5:00pm
3rd Presentation/Demo
"Rock City Club"

Brian Silver, COO & Co-Founder, RockCityClub.com / Rockrena, Inc.

5:00pm - 5:15pm
4th Presentation/Demo
"Can Music Discovery Be A Game?"

Chris Swain, CEO, cred.fm

5:15pm – 6:00PM
PANEL: NEW TECHNOLOGIES -- Connecting Artists and Fans

This panel focuses on new technologies that are aiding artists in getting discovered, promoting shows, selling merch and music and connecting with fans and helping fans discover new music and connect with the bands and music they love.

Sean O’Connell, Founder & CEO Creative Alies, Music Allies
Aimee Higgins, VP Strategy and Planning, Pandora
James Lively, COO, DIY Media
Shannon Connolly, VP, Digital Music Strategy, MTV Networks/Viacom
Brenda Walker, CEO & Co-Founder, Act Local Media
Jonathan Leone, Co-Founder, Head of Strategy and Finance, Thrillcall
Moderator: Cortney Harding, Music/Entertainment Evangelista, ThingLink

6:30pm – 7:30pm

DAY 2 – Thursday, February 23

8:00am – 9:00am
Registration & Pre-Event Networking

9:00am – 9:15am
Day 2 Welcome & Introductions

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire
9:15am – 10:45am

This series of presentations and panels focuses on the struggle for law and policy to keep pace with technological advancement.

9:15am – 9:30am
"Bypassing Societies: The Direct Licensing of Music Catalogs"
Les Watkins, SVP, Bus. Affairs & Dev., Music Reports
In today's difficult music business environment, both rightsholders and music users are seeking to maximize revenue by licensing music directly, instead of through music rights societies. One effect of this trend will be to further fragment the "balkanized" music rights landscape, thereby giving rise to independent rights administrators, who will increasingly perform the functions of traditional music rights societies. Direct licensing may offer the most cost-effective way for music users to obtain all of the rights that they need from the one party who can grant all of those rights-the rightsholder-even as it diminishes the role played by traditional music rights societies, to the benefit of all, including artists and composers.

9:30am – 10:15am
PANEL: RIGHTS & LICENSING: If I wanted to reform music copyright law, I would...

A common complaint of entrepreneurs attempting to license music for digital music-based services is that the current laws governing music licensing are too complex and unfavorable to digital music start-ups. In this panel, we will hear from experts in the field as they discuss what's working and what's not under the current licensing laws? What the arguments for and against reform? In an ideal, what changes should be made or not?

Michael Drexler, Executive Director, Business Development, BMI New Media
Cecily Mak, Vice President & General Counsel, Rhapsody
Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association
Jeff Price, CEO & Founder, TuneCore
Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Maurice Russell, SVP, Licensing & Bus. Affairs, The Harry Fox Agency
Moderator: Barry Slotnick, Partner & Chair, IP & Entertainment Lit., Loeb & Loeb LLP

10:15am - 10:45am
Fireside Chat

William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.
Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse LLC

10:45am – 11:15am
11:30am – 1:00pm

This series of presentations and panels examines digital distribution models for recorded music.

11:15am – 11:30am

Paul Campbell, Founder & CEO, Amazing Media

11:30am – 11:45am
"A crash waiting to happen. Detroit vs. Apps"

Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO, Livio Radio

11:45am – 12:15pm
Finbar O'Hanlon is the CEO of Linius and the inventor of a patented technology that addresses the major issues confronting the content ecosystem in the workflow and management of digital content due to the absence of standards. As an enabling technology, it adapts and repackages content "on the fly" to simultaneously reduce cost and time in content distribution and provide new monetization strategies.
Finbar O'Hanlon, CEO, Linius
Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Entertainment & Media, Manatt

12:15pm – 1:00pm

This panel focuses on digital distribution models for recorded music. How are business models progressing? What more needs to be done to improve and legitimize new digital and mobile distribution channels? What new social features are being introduced? What kinds of marketing and promotional strategies show the most promise for profitably exploiting digital and mobile distribution channels?

Jim Cady, CEO, Slacker
Tom Brophy, CEO, Raditaz
David Hyman, CEO, MOG
Myk Willis, Founder, Myxer
Tres Williams, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Clear Channel Digital
Kevin Straley, Vice President, Programming, TuneIn
Moderator: David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

1:00pm – 2:00pm
LUNCH -- 2nd Floor Events Hall
2:00pm – 4:00pm

This series focuses on how to monetize the music experience in the digital age.

2:00pm – 2:45pm
Developing Non-Popular Music & Catalog Content For The 21st Century  

This panel will discuss how to bring new life into non-popular genres of music via digital release and how to re-vitalize catalog and deep catalog content in the digital medium. Whether it's Classical or Jazz, Opera or Old School Hip-Hop, Classic Rock or early Punk-Rock the ideas we discuss will be applicable to all. With this panel we'll discuss and provide relevant information on how you can go about opening up those treasure troves of untold riches that you may posses in non-popular and catalog recordings, so that a new era of music lover can truly enjoy their experience.

George Avakian, NEA Jazz Master; Former Head of Columbia Records, Warner Brother Records & Founding Officer of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences 
Carl Griffin, Former Head of A&R, GRP & N2K
Mike Brown, CEO, Cyber-NY
Erik Gilbert, CEO, Essential Music Services, USA / former head, Acquisitions & Content, IODA
Aaron Burton, CEO, Fizzkicks & SpinApp Mobile
Michael Corcoran, CEO, MusicSubmit.com
Moderator: Jerald Miller, CEO, Nu Jazz Entertainment

2:45pm – 3:00pm

Sachin Doshi, Content & Distribution Guru, Spotify

3:00pm – 3:15pm

Matt Ringel, Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing, Red Light Management

3:15pm – 4:00pm
PANEL: MONETIZING THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE: It's Not Just About Selling Music Anymore

Evan Lowenstein, CEO & Founder, StageIt
Jenn Miller, CEO, Audiosocket
Vince Bannon, VP, Entertainment P'ships & Development, Getty Images
David Kohl, EVP Sales and Customer Operations, VEVO
Darryl Ballantyne, CEO, LyricFind
Moderator: Jeff Pollack, CEO of Global Media & Entertainment, Pollack Media Group

4:00pm – 4:15pm
4:15pm – 6:00pm

Our final series of presentations focuses on what the future holds for the artist, music, technology and the business as a whole.

4:15pm – 4:30pm

"Re-writing Rules of Engagement"
Vincent Borel, Co-Founder, Webdoc

4:30pm – 4:45pm 
"The Future of Internet Radio"

Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter, CEO, AccuRadio.com and SlipstreamRadio.com

4:45pm – 5:00pm
"Emerging Models of Online Music Distribution: A BitTorrent-Pretty Lights Case Study"

Eric Klinker, CEO, BitTorrent

5:00pm – 5:15pm

5:15pm – 6:00pm
PANEL: PREDICTIONS & PROVOCATIONS: The Future of Technology & the Music Biz

Greg "Grouchy" Watkins, CEO & Co-Founder, AllHipHop.com
Kristin Thomson, Co-Director, Artist Revenue Streams, Future of Music Coalition
Kevin King, CEO, MusicHype
Gabe Spierer, Director of Media, Beggars Group
Moderator: Ned Sherman, CEO & Publisher, Digital Media Wire

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Have questions about Digital Music Forum East? Contact Digital Media Wire

When & Where

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, 10280

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)

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