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GRAMMY® futureNOW At W Hotel Austin

“Technology is driving the ever changing business of music,” said Theresa Jenkins, Senior Executive Director of The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter.  “It’s important to not just keep up with these changes but to be in the forefront of what is happening in today’s market.  We’re delighted to host and share with our music community GRAMMY® FUTURENOW, featuring innovators and professionals presenting compelling topics that our members can apply to their careers.”

(Photo Credit: The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter)

(Photo Credit: The Recording Academy® Texas Chapter)

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, The Recording Academy’s Texas chapter will present GRAMMY® futureNOW at the W Austin Hotel from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.  The conference will reflect on the past, evaluate the present and discuss the future of music with insightful and inspiring presentations by trail blazers, innovators and leaders in entertainment, business and technology.

The conference will feature keynote speaker Joel Katz, leader in the field of entertainment law and former Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Entertainment & Sports Law section whose clients included Akon, Jimmy Buffet, Sheryl Crow, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Justin Timberlake and George Strait as well as Billboard, Country Music Association, Gospel Music Association, the TONY Awards and many more.  Katz will speak on the music business and industry reactions within the last 25 years.

GRAMMY® FUTURENOW will host also include the following panel discussions:

  • Micro Pennies From Heaven: The Battle Over Digital Revenue Streams Continues – This panel will examine how artists and songwriters are making money from new media and explore the many complex issues that seem to change on a weekly basis in the fast-changing digital marketplace.  Featuring John Simson, former Executive Director of SoundExchange and current Special Consultant Artist Relations and Business Development at Kobalt Music Publishing, and Michael Drexler, Executive Director of Business, New Media & Strategic Development at BMI.
  • Digital Revenue Streams Part II: The Next Great Copyright Act – This panel will be a dissection of the political interests and energy regarding music policies and law.  Featuring Lee Knife, Executive Director of Digital Media Association, and Jay Rosenthal, Sr. Vice President of the National Music Publishers’ Association.
  • What Has Technology Done For Me Lately? – This panel will center on a case study regarding the Austin City Limits brand and how the entity is evolving the fan experience with technology.  Featuring Ed Bailey, Vice President of Brand Development for Austin City Limits, Joel Korpi, CEO of Rockify, Lisa Martin-Louro, Dell’s Brand Experience Manager and Cultural Engineer, and Sharilyn Mayhugh, Director of Marketing for ACL Live.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

W Austin Hotel
200 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701
Ph. 512-542-3600

TICKETS: Admission is free for Voting, Associate and GRAMMY U® members of The Recording Academy.  Non-members are invited to attend the conference for $75.  To RSVP, please visit GRAMMY® FUTURENOW.

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