Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Registration opens for Future of Music Coalition's Annual Policy Summit

Registration is opening for the seventh annual Future of Music Policy Summit. The Policy Summit brings together an unprecedented mix of musicians, lawmakers, and technologists for cutting edge discussions on issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy (http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit07/index.cfm).

This year’s event will include more than a dozen panel discussions on topics ranging from performance royalties to net neutrality, to discussions about the technologies that are bringing musicians and fans closer together. Past speakers and panelists include musician David Byrne, rapper Chuck D., Sen. Russ Feingold, RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser, producer Hank Shocklee, and FCC Commissioner Michael Copps. A full list of this year’s speakers and panel topics will be released in the coming weeks.

As The Washington Post put it, the Future of Music Policy Summit has become "a kind of Geneva where all sides in any number of contentious music industry fights can get together and play nice for a few days." Even more importantly, the Policy Summits offer policymakers "a rare opportunity to hear musicians articulate their concerns in person instead of relying on competing lobbying groups that claim to espouse their interests," (Washington Post, May 6, 2004).

WHEN: Sept. 17-18, 2007 (Monday and Tuesday)

WHERE: George Washington University’ Betts Theatre in Washington, D.C.

HOW TO REGISTER: Summit attendees should register via the Summit web site at https://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit07/regform.cfm.

Tickets are $149 until Aug. 15. Registration will cost $199 starting August 16.

Members of the press can register for credentials at http://www.futureofmusic.org/events/summit07/press.cfm.

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