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Music Startup Academy - Boston

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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On Thursday, November 8, digitalmusic.org will be bringing its popular Music Startup Academy to Boston for the first time in the Academy's two-year history. As the trade association for the digital music industry, digitalmusic.org has developed this program to specifically help entrepreneurs, app developers and music startups break the barriers of entry into the music business. The course is also a great industry primer and networking event for students, artists, and new staffers at music entities. The program aims to teach attendees how to better understand the interactions between labels and publishing, as well as the basics of product licensing and royalty reporting, content acquisition, business development and operations.


9 AM
Welcome and digitalmusic.org Introduction


9:15 - 10:15 AM
Label and Publishing Basics for Entrepreneurs’
A deeper dive into the economics of the music industry, including performance rights, including understanding the various rights for master recordings and songwriting. We will also go over the various legal issues surrounding music product development.

- Rachel Scarpati, Account Executive, Business Development, Harry Fox Agency
- Christopher Bavitz, Asst. Dir., Harvard University Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic 


10:15 -10:30 AM
Networking Break


10:30 - 11:30 AM
Music Industry Content Acquisition and Business Development
Want Lady Gaga for your music service? A cool product isn’t enough. What are the “dos and don’ts” in licensing vast libraries of major content. Learn the third rails and how to manage navigating around the barriers to entry.

- Yi Ping Ho, Sr. Dir. Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group 


11:30 - 11:45 AM
HFA Meetup
Join HFA as they explore the challenges of licensing music for today’s digital and mobile business models.  Learn how to streamline the licensing process so you can focus on your app development and target market needs.  


11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Lunch sponsored by Mailchimp


12:45 - 1:45 PM
Getting Under The Hood: Music Operations For CTOs and Developers
Once a deal is done on the legal side, technical teams need to work out content delivery and royalty reporting mechanisms. This course will discuss industry XML standards for content delivery, and royalty reporting, metadata, best practices, and troubleshooting.

- Josh Builder, CTO, The Orchard
- Darryl Ballantyne, Founder & CEO, LyricFind 


1:45 - 2 PM

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A note from our Media Sponsors ...

Music Hack DaysMusic Hack Day comes to Boston Nov. 10th & 11th. Hosted on MIT's campus, developers, musicians, music lovers and technology enthusiasts gather to see and build the future of music in an ever changing digital space. It's free to attend. For more details visit boston.musichackday.org

BREW Boston
Between now and October 26, 2012, Boston Region Entrepreneurship Week is shining a spotlight on the entrepreneurial spirit in and around Boston by highlighting local events that bring the community together. Our mission in 2012 is to also create awareness for three local non-profit organizations in Massachusetts that are encouraging entrepreneurship, as well as supporting the next generation of successful businesses in the Commonwealth! You can help by donating to the 2012 fundraising initiative to support these amazing organizations. To learn more, visit www.brewboston.org/brew-spotlight

11th Annual Babson Entrepreneurship Forum
November 9th 2012 at Babson College, Wellesley MA
Register now at a special NARM promo rate for a FULL DAY conference celebrating Entrepreneurship of all kinds, including this not to be missed Music Industry panel: "Disrupted: The New Face of the Music Industry" - It's an exciting time in the music industry! Traditional structures continue to crumble, new distribution channels have emerged, tastes change as the wind blows, and the economic ecosystem is in constant flux. While drastic changes pose challenges, with industry-wide disruption comes new opportunities for innovation.  Come hear the tales from those who dared to disrupt!

Buy Tickets Here: http://babsonforum12.eventbrite.com/.  Use Promo Code "NARM@BEF2012" for a $5 discount.

Have questions about Music Startup Academy - Boston? Contact the organizer

When & Where

1 Broadway
14th Floor
Cambridge, 02142

Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (EST)

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