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Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, Sept 11-13

This is big time stuff: the Future of Music Policy Summit, now in its fifth year, brings top-notch experts together with musicians, attorneys, advocates and policymakers to explore emerging music/technology issues through panels, guest speakers and robust debate, September 11-13 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Over the course of three days (oops, missed Sunday), 500 participants and 120 expert panelists participate in panel discussions that dig into the complex problems that crop up as emerging technologies meet traditional music industry structures, federal legislation, and copyright law.

Panel topics range from whether digital distribution is good for artists to the licensing challenges associated with sampling to intellectual property matters post-Grokster.

I am very excited to be moderating the panel on “HOW TO Podcast and Music Blog” in room 301 of the Marvin Center from 12:45 – 1:45 PM, tomorrow, Tuesday:

Eric Olsen Publisher/Editor,
Kyle Gustafson Information Leafblower Blog
Mike Holden Musician and
Glenn Peoples Publisher/Editor,

Please join us if you can – walk up registration is still available for the Summit.

The Policy Summit will also feature special conversations with industry leaders and legendary musicians. On September 11, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein participated in a one-on-one interview about media ownership and radio; on September 12, Rick Karr will sit down for a discussion about sampling with legendary funkmaster George Clinton and Public Enemy founder/hip-hop producer Hank Shocklee; On September 13, lead New York State Attorney General counsel Terryl Brown Clemons will discuss the impact of the recent payola investigation on the music and radio industries. FMC also welcomes Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Rick Boucher, both leading figures on media and technology policy, as keynote speakers.


GROKSTER: On June 27, the US Supreme Court handed down its decision in MGM v. Grokster. Now, on September 13, some of the major players in this lawsuit including the movie and music industry’s lead counsel Don Verrilli, EFF’s Fred von Lohmann and RIAA president Cary Sherman will debate the impact of the Supreme Court decision on musicians and the music industry.

PAYOLA: On July 25, NY State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced a settlement with Sony BMG in his payola investigation. Now, on September 13, Terryl Brown Clemons, Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Division of Public Advocacy and lead investigator, will explain the implications of the settlement as well as what we should expect from Spitzer and the FCC on payola in the near future.

RECLAIMING THE MEDIA: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, questions about communications and community-controlled local radio in a time of need are putting LPFM legislation into sharp focus. On September 13, advocates from the media reform community will discuss upcoming agenda items at the FCC and Congress including pending LPFM legislation and media ownership proceedings.

INDECENCY AND CENSORSHIP: Last week, hip hop musician Kanye West went “off script” during a live telethon in what was clearly an emotional statement about the federal response to Hurricane Katrina. The NBC network removed some of his statements from the broadcast before it was played on the West Coast, calling it “unfortunate.” On Tuesday, September 13, leading legal and legislative experts Michael Carroll and John Crigler will join with WFMU’s radio station manager Ken Freedman and media advocate Kathryn Montgomery to discuss the difficult balance between free speech, the First Amendment and community standards, as well as musicians’ rol in the public forum.

The complete schedule:

Monday, September 12
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Check-in at Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Streets NW

9:15 – 10:30 AM
Panel 04: State of the Union
Jim Griffin CEO, Cherry Lane Digital (moderator)
Mitch Bainwol Chairman and CEO, RIAA
Shawn Fanning Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Snocap
Joe Henry ASCAP artist and songwriter/producer
Andrew Moss Senior Director, Technical Policy, Microsoft
Marybeth Peters Register, US Copyright Office
Gary Shapiro President and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association

10:30 – 10:45 AM
Music by Brian Franklin

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel 05: Is Digital Distribution a Good Deal for Artists?
Walter McDonough General Counsel, Future of Music Coalition (moderator)
Kevin Arnold Founder/CEO, IODA
Slim Moon Owner, Kill Rock Stars
David Pakman Managing Director, eMusic/Dimensional Associates
David Printis President/CEO,
Tim Quirk GM, Music Content and Programming, RealNetworks

12:45 – 1:45 PM
Three Breakout Sessions
Marvin Center
Room 301: HOWTO Promote and Sell Your Music Online
Derek Sivers President and Programmer, CD Baby

Room 302: Developer’s Roundtable
Robert Kaye Executive Director, Metabrainz Foundation

Room 307: License to Cover: Section 115
Ken Kaufman Partner, Skadden Arps
David Jones Counsel, Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Senate Judiciary Committee
Jonathan Potter Executive Director, DiMA
Josh Wattles Entertainment and Technology Attorney

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Three Breakout Sessions
Marvin Center
Room 301: HOWTO work with PROs
Marcy Rauer Wagman Director, Music Industry Program, Drexel University (moderator)
Samantha Cox Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, BMI
Marc Hutner Associate Director of Membership Group/Creative Affairs, ASCAP
Gregory Riggle Director of Broadcast Licensing, SESAC

Room 302: O, Canada
Walter McDonough General Counsel, Future of Music Coalition (moderator)
David Basskin President, Canadian Music Reproduction Rights Agency
Hon. Sarmite D. Bulte, PC Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage
Michael Geist Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, University of Ottawa
Graham Henderson President, CRIA

Room 307: Ethics of Contract Negotiation
Duff Berschback Entertainment Attorney (moderator)
Barbie Baylis Attorney, LaPolt Law
Bob Kohn Chairman and CEO, RoyaltyShare, Inc. and Author, Kohn on Music Licensing
John Strohm Attorney, Bradley Arant Rose and White, formerly member of Blake Babies

3:15 – 4:30 PM
Panel 06: I Am The DJ: Podcasting, Webcasting and Blogs
Jon Kertzer Business Development Manager, MSN Music, KEXP-Seattle host/producer (moderator)
Atri Chatterjee Co-founder and VP Marketing, Mercora
Candace Corrigan songwriter and creator, “The Nashville Nobody Knows” podcast
Lucas Gonze Creator, Webjay
Chris MacDonald Co-founder, Indiefeed/Director of Legal Affairs and Compliance, Association of Music Podcasters
Steve Nelson Program Director, The Current
Ali Partovi CEO,

4:30 – 5:00 PM
Special Interview with legendary funk artist George Clinton and Hank Shocklee Music Industry Producer, Founder of Public Enemy, President of Shocklee Entertainment
Hosted by Rick Karr

5:00 – 6:15 PM
Panel 07: Sampling and Shared Art
Rick Karr former NPR cultural correspondent/Technopop (moderator)
Whitney Broussard Partner, Selverne, Mandelbaum & Mintz
Jeff Chang Author, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop
Shannon Emamali Exec Director, DC Chapter, The Recording Academy
Bob Kohn Chairman and CEO, RoyaltyShare, Inc.
Hank Shocklee Music Industry Producer, Founder of Public Enemy, President of Shocklee Entertainment

6:30 – 8:00 PM
Cocktail Party Hosted by ASCAP
Continental Ballroom in GWU’s Marvin Center

Tuesday, September 13
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Check-in at Lisner Auditorium, 21st and H Streets NW

9:00 – 9:20 AM
Featured Speaker: Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA)

9:30 – 10:45 AM
Panel 08: IP in a post-Grokster World
Preeta Bansal Partner, Skadden Arps (moderator)
Chris Amenita Senior Vice President, ASCAP Enterprises Group
Mia Garlick General Counsel, Creative Commons
Cary Sherman President, RIAA
Siva Vaidhyanathan Assistant Professor of Culture and Communication, NYU
Don Verrilli Partner, Jenner & Block
Fred von Lohmann Senior Intellectual Property Attorney, EFF

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel 09: The Changing Face of Distribution
Brian Zisk Technologies Director, Future of Music Coalition
Jim Donio President, NARM
Derek Sivers President and Programmer, CD Baby
Jim Urie President, Universal Music & Video Distribution
Don VanCleave President, Coalition of Independent Music Stores

12:00 – 12:30 PM
Keynote: Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)

12:45 – 1:45 PM
Four Breakout Sessions
Marvin Center
Room 301: HOW TO Podcast and Music Blog
Eric Olsen Publisher/Editor,
Kyle Gustafson Information Leafblower Blog
Mike Holden Musician and
Glenn Peoples Publisher/Editor,

Room 302: Reclaiming the Media
Lauren Coletta Director of Campaigns, Common Cause
Russ Newman Campaign Director, Free Press
Anthony Riddle Executive Director, Alliance for Community Media
Hannah Sassaman Organizer, Prometheus Radio Project

Room 308: Ethics of Innovation
Jim Burger Member, Dow Lohnes & Albertson
Jonathan Band Attorney, Jonathan Band PLLC
Chris Castle General Counsel, Snocap
Marty Lafferty CEO, Distributed Computing Industry Association (DCIA)

Room 310: Our AAIM is True
Don Rose Acting President, A2IM
Lesley Bleakley CEO, The Beggars Group
Glenn Morrow Owner, Bar-None Records
Molly Neuman Co-owner, Lookout! Records/Manager, Indivision Management

2:00 – 3:00 PM
Four Breakout Sessions
Marvin Center
Room 301: Get the HINT. Musicians and Health Insurance
Alex Maiolo Co-owner, Lee-Moore Insurance

Room 302: Remix, Reuse, Repercussions: Transformative Use
Whitney Broussard Partner, Selverne, Mandelbaum & Mintz
Lawrence Ferrara Professor and Chair, NYU Music and Performing Arts
Wayne Marshall UW-Madison, Harvard Extension School, Mashit Records
Kembrew McLeod Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Univ. of Iowa

Room 308: Music, Indecency and Censorship
Michael Carroll Associate Professor of Law, Villanova Law School (moderator)
John Crigler Attorney, Garvey Schubert Barer
Ken Freedman Station Manager, WFMU
Erik Huey Partner, Venable LLC
Kathryn Montgomery Professor, School of Communication, American University
Jan Schawkowsky (D-IL) Member, Congressional Arts Caucus

Room 310: Recommendation Engines and the 5 Cent Solution
John Nichols, Writer, The Nation (moderator)
Robert Kaye, Executive Director, Metabrainz Foundation
Daniel Levitin, Bell Chair in the Psychology of Information Science, McGill University
Mike McGuire Research Director, Media, Gartner Inc.
Sandy Pearlman, Visiting Scholar McGill University, Montreal: Producer Blue Oyster Cult, Clash; a Founder of EMusic
Derek Slater, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

3:15 – 3:25 PM

Remarks by Terryl Brown Clemons Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Division of Public Advocacy, NYS Attorney General’s Office on Payola Investigation

3:25 – 4:30 PM
Panel 11: Radio, Radio: a Discussion on Payola
Neda Ulaby Reporter, National Public Radio (moderator)
Jared Ball Educator and Journalist, FreeMix Radio: The Original Mixtape Radio Show
Thomas Hazlett Professor of Law and Economics, George Mason University
Jeff McClusky President/CEO, Jeff McClusky & Associates
Don Rose Acting President, A2IM
Andy Schwartzman President and CEO, Media Access Project
Jacob Slichter author/drummer, Semisonic

4:30 – 4:45 PM

Featured Speaker: Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)

4:45 – 6:00 PM
Panel 12: The “Unheard” Music
Elliott Adams Founder/Editor,
Heather Hitchens President, Meet the Composer
Suzan Jenkins President, Jazz Alliance International, IAJE
Matthew Shipp ASCAP artist/avant-garde jazz piano player
D.A. Sonneborn Ph.D. Assistant Director, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Brian Austin Whitney Founder, Just Plain Folks
Billy Zero Program Director, Unsigned, XM Satellite Radio

The Future of Music Coalition is a national nonprofit education, research and advocacy organization that identifies, examines, interprets and translates the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy. FMC achieves this through continuous interaction with musicians and through collaborations with other creator/citizen groups.

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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