When we talk about the future, we tend to talk about anticipated demographic trends or tech-driven science fiction. Instead of a given set of Futures, what Futures can we intentionally build within and between our communities? What are our intentions of where we would like to take our music communities — and how do we get there?
Larry Miller | NYU Steinhardt; Musonomics
Jim Griffin | Digital Rights, Pex
Lena Ingwersen | Music Cities Network; Hamburg Music Business Association
Meng Ru Kuok | BandLab Technologies
Michelle McKenzie | Urban Inclusion Community
Audio recorded from Session 21 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference
Northwest Arkansas is an up-and-coming, quickly growing music community. Join us as we speak with three leaders as they discuss the development of Northwest Arkansas and the impact the pandemic has had on the area. Northwest Arkansas has been a hidden gem only recently pushing to take its place on the world music and creative stage.
Anthony Ball | Smoothman Music Production; Professional Drummer; Marketing Consultant
Lia Uribe | Associate Professor at University of Arkansas; Principal Bassoon
Troy Campbell | The House of Songs NWA; City of Songs TV Series; Collection Agency Films, LLC
Thank you to the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) for sponsoring this episode!
Music is part of nightlife, but the nightlife industries are a lot more than music. During the pandemic, nightlife was further challenged, including restaurants, hotels, bars, and other venues. For some cities, nightlife became daytime or just closed with curfews — and bubbled out into unpermitted events. Where do we want to go for robust local nightlife? For the nightlife industries, what practical actions and strategies are needed and planned for recovery?
Michael Fichman | University of Pennsylvania; Urban Spatial Analysis; Solway Music, LLC
Scott Plusquellec | Office of Film and Music, City of Seattle
Mike Bell | The New Colossus Festival; Lorimer Beacon
Tara Duvivier | Pratt Center for Community Development
Audio recorded from Session 27 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference
In recovery, will careers and jobs look the same as before? Will there be new pathways or barriers in how we work together and what resources/assets are needed for live and recorded music? How might music and music industry college programs and continuing education change? Where will music jobs be? And will the jobs of the future look the same — or do we have a big bout of retraining ahead for the new-er music industries in cities across the world?
Armen Shaomian | Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), University of South Carolina
Emily White | Collective Entertainment, #iVoted
Nancy Tarr | Well Dunn
Tamar Kaprelian | Nvak Collective, Nvak Foundation
Audio recorded from Session 25 of our 2021 Amplify Music Conference.
As we return, we’re planning for unknown density, relationships with global touring, large vs small venue booking, increased costs, unknown appetites for tickets — what will the futures of live events be in the longer run, 2022 and beyond? Will the experiences change? Will concentrations of ownership change?
Eric Gilbert | Treefort Music Festival
Ben Johnson | Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles
Laura Wilson | Bohemian Foundation
Elia Mssawir | Big Beards Entertainment
Thank you to the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE) for sponsoring this session.
Audio recorded from Session 22 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
Our communities around the world have been challenged over the past year. How will we and can we rebuild? Our panelists will share potential strategies to begin to rebuild sociability, local nighttime economies, and music sectors within our communities.
Kim Wangler | Appalachian State University; College Music Society; Split Rail Records; MEIEA
Jim Peters | Responsible Hospitality Institute
Matthew Ché Kowal | Majestic Collaborations
Merlijn Poolman | Nightmayor of Groningen; Gateway to China; COSIMO Foundation
Nurit Siegel Smith |Music Forward Foundation
Audio was recorded from Session 19 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference
A panel of Gen-Zers will share their desires, fears, and what they are thinking about music and the music business. What is the job outlook? Are they going to go back to shows quickly or wait? What about festivals? What are younger fans and community members wanting and seeing in this live-recovery era?
Storm Gloor | Associate Professor, Music and Entertainment Studies
Sydney Peters | Citrusfest; Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts
Edwina Maben | CU Denver; Youth on Record
Celia Thomson | Musical Bridges Around the World; University of Texas, San Antonio
Weiler Harmon | Brick City Records; Ohio University
Audio recorded from Session 16 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference
How can we rebuild arts organizations this year? Many arts organizations were cobbled or crippled in the past year. How can we help these organizations rebuild in a changing environment? What has been successful in various regions and spaces? How can your organization find healing pathways and kindred spirits?
Kate Durio | CEO, North America, Sound Diplomacy
Matthew Che Kowal | Co-Founder and President, Majestic Collaborations
Mollie Quinilin-Hayes | Arts Consultant; Member, Alternate ROOTS
Audio recorded from Session 09 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
Music enhances social and emotional wellness within a city. The disappearance of live music venues pushed people into singing from their balconies and porches in different regions across the creative shutdown. What will the role of music continue to be in our civic and emotional recovery from the pandemic and beyond? How will music be part of the healing future?
Meara McLaughlin | Executive Director, MusicPortland
Ken Veerman | Strategic consultant for cultural venues and organizations
Laura Hutfless | Co-Founder, FlyteVu; Member, The Female Founder Collective; Board Member, The Onsite Foundation
Shannon Daut | Manager of Cultural Affairs, City of Santa Monica
Audio recorded from Session 18 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference
Where do we want to live if we have our choices? And where do we want to engage with music if we’re working and living in a hybrid or remote work world? Not all of us changed locations, but Central Business Districts are struggling with their futures and suburbs in many cities are the new normal. What does all of this do to permanently impact city centers and in many cases the locations of our music venues and city festivals? This session will discuss the past year’s transformations of city centers and suburbs.
Adam Behr | Director, Live Music Exchange; Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University
Elizabeth Cawein | Founder, Music Export Memphis; CEO & Founder, Signal Flow PR, Adj. Prof., Rhodes College
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett | James Irvine Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Kwende Kefentse | Executive Director, CKCU; Creative Director / General Manager, TIMEKODE
Theo Ellis | Founder, ProSound Media; VP Industry Partnerships, Digital Currensy
Audio recorded from Session 11 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
What a year in terms of buying and selling of music companies, despite the uncertainty and turmoil! Whole portfolios of music rights and entire companies have been rapidly being bought and sold. What will be the drivers for funding and acquisitions in the future? How are these acquisitions changing the music industry? We will discuss the basics behind how catalogs are valued, the importance of owning your own IP, and trends in global music finance.
Amy Baker | Co-Founder, Winston Baker
Anthony Martini | CEO, Royalty Exchange; Founder, Commission
Vickie Nauman | Founder, CrossBorderWorks Consulting & Advising
Audio recorded from Session 14 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
Government funding became a key factor in local venues and artists’ lives last year. Different cities, counties, and countries reacted differently — and had different infrastructures already in place or were entirely missing. Our guests will share stories of working with various government entities and how those relationships have changed over the past year — and where we need those relationships to continue to transform.
Mark Davyd | CEO, Music Venue Trust UK; Owner, Tunbridge Wells Forum; Music Supervisor, Outstanding
Michael Bracy | President, Music Policy Forum; Partner, Bracy Tucker Brown
Sipho Sithole | Director, Afrocentric Agency; Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg,
Audio was recorded from Session 07 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
We have asked extensively in the past year: what is the role of live music and music communities in our healthy cities and society? Music has found its way into all of our digital pores and spaces, and we’ve fought for its funding in the offices of government. Have we changed or made more visible the role of music in media and civil society? Do we want to change this in our moves ahead? What social roles and awareness do we need and want to change in music’s futures?
Gigi Johnson | Maremel Institute; UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
Laura Clark | Music Forward Foundation
Diana Raiselis | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; VibeLab
Kevin Erickson | Future of Music Coalition
Audio recorded from Session 29 of our Amplify Music Virtual Conference.
In the past year, both live music and tourism took a hit — so cities that held both were doubly damaged. How will music tourism change in a post-pandemic world? What does a healthy music tourism city look like going forward? Do we want or need to redesign our expectations, policies, and social systems?
David Hazan | DLH Strategic Marketing
Saria Tourbah | Music Cities Events, Sound Diplomacy
Jocelyn Kane | Responsible Hospitality; City of Coachella
Audio recorded from Session 26 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference.
2020 became a year of virtual creation and community. Will this stick as a permanent mode of creation and collaboration? What will this become in 2021 and beyond? Here we will discuss this challenge for creating in hybrid and virtual environments with a gathering of creators and composers.
Jeremy Peters | Wayne State University College; Quite Scientific Records
Jonathan McHugh | Song Stew Entertainment
Ritnika Nayan | CD Baby, India; Music Gets Me High; Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication; Sula Fes
Natasha Pasternak | UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; Desert Dreams Creative; Women in Music; Jail Guitar Doors
Robert Singerman | LyricFind; SyncSummit; The Chile, Argentina, Brazil (CAB)
A big thank you to LyricFind for sponsoring this session!
Audio was recorded from Session 13 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
We knew going into the pandemic that local musicians and venues usually lacked social support for healthcare, housing, and basic living and working support. Then the pandemic proved the challenges, and many communities then moved to step up. What will we expect and what have we built (or need to build) in our local communities to support creators, venues, and related industries? This session will look deeper into what makes local music so vital to a community’s support system. Over the next three years, how can our local sectors augment social safety nets for music creators all the related systems in need?
Nurit Siegel Smith | Music Forward Foundation
Renard Bridgewater | Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans
Elizabeth Stookey Sunde | Music to Life
Spencer Townshend Hughes | Music Minds Matter; The Hollow
Audio recorded from Session 24 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
To many people, New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz as well as the festival capital of the world, celebrating every kind of music in different ways. The entire live music scene, however, took a hit as the COVID pandemic swept the nation. Join us as we meet with 3 leaders from the music industry in New Orleans as they discuss the recovery post-pandemic of their music community.
Rachel Shields | Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Raj Smoove | DJ; The Gentilly Agency
Reid Wick | The Recording Academy
Audio recorded on 07.29.2021
This past year, we’ve seen NIVA and perhaps a dozen other new organizations bringing us together across sectors and geographies. We’ve seen political action around the globe get started or begin to move. We’ve seen new virtual festivals and gatherings. We’ve seen new virtual global organizations. What will we see in 2021 and beyond? Are we finding new ways of organizing in local music communities? Do we need organizations that don’t yet exist and that will emerge in recovery? Are there organizations we don’t need anymore?
Bryce Merrill | Bohemian Foundation
Lutz Leichsenring | Vibe Lab
Jeremy Peters | Wayne State University College
Shain Shapiro | Sound Diplomacy
Serona Elton | The Mechanical Licensing Collective
Audio recorded from Session 28 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
Last Spring, music education around the world suddenly went remote — or was severely disrupted at the very least. Many schools and educators pivoted and transformed how they taught music. Community education organizations already had pivoted in some cases and became global instead of just serving their local communities. Performers became online educators around the world, opening new doors and relationships. Will this continue in 2021? Will this five-years-of-change-in-one stick or transform expectations and global connections?
Frank Heuser | UCLA Alpert School of Music
Michelle Rocqet | Youth On Record
Kelsey Smith | Young Musicians Foundation
Richard Niles | American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers
Akira Nakano | LA Inception Orchestra
Audio recorded from Session 10 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
While venues and theaters were closed and opened and closed again — many people shifted to their streaming services and developed whole new habits in a time of challenging TV and film production. 2020 was the year of Streaming TV and online gaming growth during the time of COVID-19 and how the surge in sync for film, TV, and games changes the geographies and opportunities recorded music during the pandemic.
Jay Tucker | UCLA Anderson School of Management
Andrew Wallenstein | Variety Intelligence Platform
James Jacoby | Anthem Entertainment Group
Kristen Agee | 411 Music Group
Audio was recorded from Session 03 of the Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
How are artists making money in 2021? How do they piece together digital streams, virtual events, creating for synch, building/rebuilding relationships, and planning future directions? Who is taking the risk of uncertainty in future concerts happening and at what density? This panel will share its observations about how artists actually are making money in the current environment.
Justin Ruoff | Media Creek; Live 365
Jay Gilbert | Label Logic
Dave Ratner | Creative Law Network
Stacey Bedford | Bandzoogle
Wade Metzler | SoundExchange
A big thank you to Bandzoogle for sponsoring this session!
Audio recorded from Session 15 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
This session will focus on “The Virtual Where,” diving into how music technology has evolved through live streaming, gaming, supporting fundraising efforts, new creation/collaboration tools- and how has new tech helped artists and creators in their local communities? Lastly, will live stream experiences change expectations by artists and fans?
Seth Schachner | Strat Americas LLC; Pepperdine Graziadio Business School
Raymond Torres-Santos | RTS Music; California State University, Long Beach
John Petrocelli | Bulldog DM
Anne McKinnon | Overview Ark; The Boolean; VRScout
Audio Recorded from Session 05 of the Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
Thank you to Bandzoogle for sponsoring this conference session.
2020 also was a year of voices raised around diversity and inclusion in many areas of our lives, including music. When we talk about recovery, funding, and working together, whose music businesses are we looking to support? Does everyone have access to recovery funds? Are we looking to build back the local music business as it was or in ways to bring in more diverse voices and communities? Join us in a discussion about whose music businesses and communities we are building into 2021 and beyond.
Andreea Magdalina | SheSaid.so; HOO KOO E KOO
Karen Reece | Urban Community Arts Network; University of Wisconsin-Madison
D.O. Gibson | Northern Power Summit; Northstarr Entertainment Inc.
Ryan Butler | The Recording Academy
Audio Recorded from Session 12 of the Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
What dramatic changes in venue landscapes might we expect in 2021? Some changes may be as core as permanent changes to food & beverage, ticketing, and hygiene theater as a pre-show to events. Some may be as extensive as rethinking what is a venue or festival going forward. Will this change how we use and permit space in the future, changing the economics of venues and events? How does this change the future of Festivals and Mass Gatherings, in the short and long term? Lastly, How does resource allocation differ by geography?
Geoff Mayfield | Variety; Billboard; Music Business Worldwide
Don Pitts | Sound Music Cities
Chris Zacher | Levitt Pavilion Denver; University of Colorado
Anya Della Croce | Petzi; Pass Pass
Audio recorded from session 04 from our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference
Mental health is a challenge in normal times for the touring and creating musician, artist, recording engineer, and others in this field. Suddenly being challenged economically takes a fragile system and makes it challenged. Organizations have stepped up to help — but what is the long-term challenges and solution in an era of increasing uncertainty? We’ll talk about support systems and mental health challenges for music creators in local communities around the globe.
Eline Van Audenaerde | The Unicorn Mothership
Ace Piva | Over the Bridge
Angela Rose Whaley | Music Minds Matter
Sally Anne Gross | University of Westminster
Debbie Carroll, LCSW | MusiCares
Audio Recorded from Session 17 of the Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference