It's day one at SXSW Music, and Team FMC is on the ground in full force. Seeking guidance? Here's our hot picks for panel discussions happening today:
11:00 AM Successful SXSW: The Tao of the Conference FMC friend and CD Baby founder Derek Sivers will lead the way.
11:00 AM Evolution of Concert Booking and Programming Artist managers Mike Martinovich and Ian Montone will join promoters and booking agents for what's sure to be a lively discussion.
12:30 PM Caution Before Signing Includes FMC advisory board member -- and awesome artist attorney --John Strohm.
12:30 PM The Cloud vs. the Paradise of Infinite Storage Prepare to have your minds blown. Includes FMC board and advisory board members Bryan Calhoun and Sandy Pearlman, plus the brilliant Eric Garland from Big Champagne, and Mike McGuire from Gartner Research, *and* Peter Biddle, one of the first authors to describe the Dark Net.
02:00 PM Green Touring: Stupid, Dumb, or Best Idea Ever? Features our partner in activism Erin Potts from Air Traffic Control and the always-fun Sharky Laguana, founder of Bandago Van Rentals.
02:00 PM Social Networks and the Future for Musicians FMC's Brian Zisk has put together a kick-ass panel that includes Dave Allen Pampelmoose, Gang of Four, Raquel DiSabatino Facebook, Charles Fishman Cisco, and Ethan Kaplan Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Music
03:30 PM From the Stage - An Artist's Perspective Samantha Murphy and Rob Giles are joined by CEA's Michael Petricone.
03:30 PM Three Strikes You're Out: The ISP Debate This is sure to be an excellent discussion, given these panelists: attorney Steven Masur, attorney Chris Castle, FMC advisory board member Jim Griffin and Dina LaPolt.
03:30 PM Crowdfunding Music: Raising Money From Fans FMC advisory board member and TopSpin founder Ian Rogers will be joined by digital media wizard Dick Huey, Yancey Stricker from Kickstarter, and artists Allison Weiss and Jamin Brophy-Warren for a great discussion about how today's musicians are appealing to their own fans to fund their projects.
Looking for FMC folks after the panels are over? Head to Gueros Taco Bar at 1412 South Congress Avenue at 5 PM for happy hour!
Access and social network this entire schedule at my.sxsw.com