Seattle, WA (October 30, 2006)–The Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy in association with the Producers & Engineers Wing is hosting the first-ever MusicTech Summit, a day long gathering that will focus on the intersection of music and technology with an emphasis on how the changing landscape can empower artists and further their careers. The day will consist of a keynote address by Thomas Dolby, three informative panels, interactive demonstrations during lunch and a closing address by J Allard. The Summit will be held at the Experience Music Project’s JBL Theater and Learning Labs on Saturday, November 11 from 10-6.
“Here in the Northwest, we’re longtime international leaders in both music and technology,” said Pacific Northwest Chapter executive director Ben London. “We’ve spawned Nirvana and Microsoft, Death Cab For Cutie and McCaw Cellular. It makes sense for us to take the lead on this very important topic–we’re ground zero on this issue.”
The event will focus on how artists can make the most of the changing technological landscape. Panelists will address three topics: marketing musical artists online, making sure that artists know how to get paid for selling their recordings, and chronicling how new technologies already are being used by individuals in the music industry.
Thomas Dolby will be the opening speaker (10 am); Dolby is best known for his massive 1982 hit, “She Blinded Me With Science.” Among many other behind-the-scenes successes since then, Dolby founded Beatnik Inc., the company that created the polyphonic ringtone software used in more than 100 million mobile telephones.
J Allard will be the closing speaker (5 pm). Allard has overseen the creation of the much-anticipated Zune product from Microsoft, scheduled to launch a few days after the conference on November 14.
The program will feature leaders from the new paradigm of music distribution and Web marketing, from artist Dave Dederer of the Presidents Of The United States of America to CD Baby founder Derek Sivers to uber-blogger Chris Pirillo (www.gnomedex.com and www.chrispirillo.com).
Cost of the summit is free for members of The Recording Academy as well as members of the Grammy University Network. Tickets are $40 for the general public, $35 for EMP members and $25 for students.
List of Participants:
J Allard–Corporate VP and Chief XNA Architect, XBOX/Zune
Kevin Arnold–CEO, IODA
Tim Bierman–Manager, Pearl Jam’s Ten Club
Christina Calio–Director of Music Marketing, Zune and Microsoft
Kevin Cole–Program Director, KEXP
Dave Dederer–Presidents Of The United States Of America
Thomas Dolby–Recording artist, digital entrepreneur
Jason Fiber–President, Cordless Recordings
Michael Hausman–Manager, Aimee Mann and Suzanne Vega
Tony Kiewel–A&R, Sub Pop Records
Steve Mack–CEO, Lux Media
Chris Pirillo–Founder, Gnomedex
John Simson–Executive Director, SoundExchange
Derek Sivers–Founder and President, CD Baby
Jessica Stoner–VP of Business Development, Pandora
Tim Quirk–Executive Editor, Rhapsody
Bill Valenti–Founder and Executive VP, Melodeo
The Pacific Northwest Chapter represents 450+ Recording Academy members from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii. For more information about the Chapter, please go to www.grammypnw.com .
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