OK, we can admit it -- we're getting really excited about the upcoming Future of Music Policy Summit, which takes place at Georgetown University on October 4-6. How could we not be, with such a stellar range of speakers and visionary presenters lined up to talk about the future of music and the artists who will help shape it?
Visitors to our little corner of the internet may have stumbled across the news that we've confirmed U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to speak at our event -- very cool.
Then there's Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify -- the potentially game-changing music service that's sweeping Europe and generating incredible buzz in America, where the service is expected to launch this year.
We're also pleased to announce that Brian Message -- a partner in Courtyard Management, the team that represents Radiohead, Supergrass and the 22-20s -- will be joining us.
Throughout the Summit, prominent musicians from a variety of genres will also give their direct thoughts about how they're adapting to an increasingly networked (and noisy) world. Artist participants in Policy Summit 2009 include jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Wayne Kramer of MC5 and Mac McCaughan, co-owner of Merge Records and member of Superchunk and Portastatic.
Click here to see the list of confirmed speakers (so far).
Programming at Summit '09 will include both practical, musician-focused workshops and inspired panel discussions featuring the sharpest minds in the music/technology space. Visionary presentations will highlight new approaches to a sustainable music ecosystem. Breakout sessions, working groups and interactive technologies like webcasting and social media will give participants multiple ways to engage in these important conversations. Opportunities for networking will come via cocktail parties, a documentary film screening and a live music event.
Spaces are filling up fast, so make sure to reserve your spot now!
As with all FMC events, a limited number of musician scholarships are available.
Hope to see you there!