Future of Music Coaltition examines how to improve the music ecosystem


2013 marks the 12th Future of Music Summit, which will again be held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. for academics, entrepreneurs, fans, lawyers, managers, marketers, musicians, policy makers, students, and technologists.

Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national education, research, and advocacy nonprofit for musicians, announced the summit with these words from Interim Executive Director Casey Rae:

Musicians everywhere are making their voices heard on the issues that impact them and Future of Music Summit 2013 is the perfect place for those voices to mingle with others who share a vision for a healthier music ecosystem. This year, we’ll be looking at proposed changes to US Copyright law, artist compensation and access to audiences, and fundamental issues concerning creators at the local level, like health care and infrastructure.

In order to ensure musicians are not left out conversations that affect their livelihoods, Future of Music Coalition offers artist scholarships that allow musicians to attend on a sliding scale basis, starting at $25.

To register for the Future of Music Summit 2013, visit futureofmusic.org.

Speakers, presenters, and panelists are being confirmed every day. The following is an early list of confirmed participants.

Keynotes Addresses:

• Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Appointed General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyright Office 
• Anton J. Gunn, Director of External Affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, FCC

Musicians and Music Industry Experts:

• Sandra Aistars, Executive Director, Copyright Alliance 
• Bob Boilen, Host, All Songs Considered, NPR Music
• Stephen Brackett, MC, Flobots
Ariana Delawari, musician
Rebecca Gates, musician
Melvin Gibbs, bass guitarist, composer, and producer
Storm Gloor, Music Business Professor, University of Denver
Peter Gordon, composer
• Benjamin J. Harbert, Assistant Professor, Music, Department of Performing Arts, Georgetown University 
Peter Jenner, music manager and producer
• Sanjay Jolly, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project 
• Crista Kende, Performing Arts Campaign Specialist, Indiegogo
Wayne Kramer, musician, MC5 and founder, Jail Guitar Doors USA 
• Greg Kot, Music Critic, Chicago Tribune 
• Josh Kun, author, Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, USC Annenberg
Erin McKeown, musician
• Bryce Merrill, Senior Associate Director, WESTAF
• Jeremy Peters, Director of Creative and Business Affairs, Ghostly International and Ghostly Songs  
• Tim Quirk, Head of Global Content Programming, Android
Paul Rapp, attorney specializing in intellectual property law, Adjunct Professor of Copyright and Art & Entertainment Law, Albany Law School
Tamara Saviano, artist advocate
Eddie Schwartz, musician
Jill Sobule, musician