New Music Seminar 2014 Panel Picks

June 3rd, 2014

New Music Seminar is right around the corner! The NYC conference will be held June 8 – 10 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.

The full schedule is available here and it’s pretty fantastic all around, but I wanted to share my picks for highlights of the conference.  Say hi if you see me at one of these great panels!

Sunday, June 8:

The Artist is a Business (3-4 pm) – Learning how to run your business (and yes, being an artist is definitely a business) from business managers.  I hope there are talks of numbers – budgeting and tax concerns – and organization.  Not the sexiest of topics but a must-see for artists and other creatives who are unsure of how to manage their business.

CLE: The Legal Big Four (4:30 – 5:30 pm) –  Of course most of the CLE’s are on my list but this one should give a great overview of basic artist agreements.

Monday, June 9:

Independent Labels Coming to Power (3 – 4:14 pm) – Indie labels give themselves a (much deserved) pat on the back and discuss why they may be a better choice for artists than the majors. Panelists are from WindUp Records, Razor & Tie, Mom + Pop Records, S-Curve Music, and Domino, among others.

Women in Music Meetup (4:15 – 5:15 pm) – Round table discussion on how we can recognize and encourage female leaders in the music industry.

Label Heads: The Gamblers (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – Since we’ve already heard from the indies earlier that day, I think it makes sense to give the majors a little attention.  Label heads from Lava, RCA, Republic, Atlantic, Entertainment One, and Warner will discuss how they making signing decisions.

Tuesday, June 10:

CLE: The Music Publishers Movement (10:30 – 11:45 am) – This should be a high level discussion of the impact of technology and globalization on the music publishing industry.

NMS IntensiveWill Page, Director of Economics at Spotify (12:25 – 12:45 pm) – The topic of this quick talk isn’t clear from the program, but I’m hoping he’ll touch upon trends in streaming royalties.

The Venture Capitalist, The Banker, The Record Company, The Music Publisher: Reexamining the business models for the music industry (12:45 – 2:00 pm) – The very length title of this panel speaks for itself.  I’m eager to hear words of wisdom from VCs and a banker on how to develop music company and structure deals and partnerships.

Music Distribution in Transition (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – The distribution company is evolving and emerging as a major player in the music world, as artists now often go direct to digital distribution companies and the distribution companies increasingly offer services outside of their traditional role.

There are also New Music Nights featuring NMS Artist on the Verge Performers and other acts.  The Festival Schedule is available here.  The NMS opening party is Sunday, June 8th @ Webster Hall.