If you are a working musician, there are a limited number of scholarships available for the Future of Music Policy Summit.  Local artists (DMV Region) will also have the opportunity to perform at a showcase the night before conference begins.

The Future of Music Coalition is hosting the summit at Georgetown University in Washington, DC from October 3-4, 2011. If you’re wondering why you might want to attend, here a few reasons they provided:

  • Mentoring sessions: sign up for a speed date with one of our experts for one-on-one advice about licensing, touring/shows, marketing or legal issues.
  • Band as a Business workshop: a practical primer of what you need to do to protect what you have, avoid train wrecks, and get everything that’s coming to you. Two industry vets discuss forming a business entity, forming a publishing company, trademarks, copyrights, performing rights organizations, and digital aggregators and will be available throughout the conference to answer your questions about all of these things.
  • Networking, networking, networking: mix and mingle at our daily cocktail parties and in our dedicated networking space with all conference attendees, including managers, label reps, attorneys, app builders and more who can help you build your career.
  •  Burn to Shine film screening: Filmmaker and DC music stalwart Brendan Canty (drummer, Fugazi) and Christoph Green’s latest project will be showcased; Green will be on hand to discuss the new series of documentaries on local music scenes.

To get a taste of what goes on at these gatherings, check out our coverage of the 2010 Summit. You can register for the summit here, or apply for a scholarship here.

You need to submit an application by Friday, September 23 for an opportunity to perform at the local music showcase.  The showcase will be held on October 2nd at 8pm at IOTA Club & Café. Musicians selected for the showcase will also receive free admission to the summit for up to four band members.



Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure a diverse musical culture where artists flourish, are compensated fairly for their work, and where fans can find the music they want.