This week (tomorrow) is the San Francisco Music Tech conference which is a must attend event for anyone that loves music and/or technology. The event brings together entrepreneurs, developers, musicians, investors, and service providers for a full day to talk about how the music industry is evolving and how technology is playing a role in that evolution.
The speaker lineup this year is also quite impressive, here are just a few of the folks that are going to be in attendance:
- Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind 3eb!
- Tom Conrad – Chief Technical Officer, Pandora
- Zahavah Levine – Chief Counsel, YouTube
- Tim Quirk – VP of Music Programming, Real Audio / Rhapsody
- Dave Ulmer – Sr. Director, Multimedia, Motorola
- Jeff Yasuda – CEO & Founder, blip.fm
- Jean Cook – Interim Executive Director, Future of Music Coalition
- Michael Masnick – Founder, TechDirt
As you can see it’s going to be quite an eclectic event with a lot of interesting discussions. I’m really interested in the back story behind a lot of the companies such as Pandora and Blip.fm so hopefully I’ll get time to chat with both Tom and Jeff. We can see that the music business is greatly evolving. With the evolution of sites such as Youtube, Blip.fm, Pandora, and Imeem; the indy artists now have a chance at stardom. We are also seeing a huge difference in how musicians are interacting with their fans, many of them are actively engaging on sites such as twitter interacting and building relationships with people that love their music. None of these things were possible even a few years ago. Legal is also a hot topic in the music business as more and more people are starting to download their music for free on the web. These are just a few of the interesting topics that are sure to be covered.
These are the details on the time and location of the event:
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
Monday, December, 7 2009
9am – 6pm + cocktail party
Brian has graciously offered a discount of 15% for all the readers of BUB, thanks Brian!
If you want to register for the event visit the registration page and enter in the code “bub” to receive the discount.
Hope to see all of you there!