BMI was a sponsor of the Future of Music Conference, presented by the Future of Music Coalition on January 7-8 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. The conference, which is the Coalition's annual policy summit, featured BMI's Richard Conlon and David Sanjek as panelists and keynote addresses by Representative Rick Boucher, California State Senator Kevin Murray, Representative John Conyers, as well as key music industry participants including EMI's Ted Cohen, MSN Music's Colleen Anderson, NARM's Pam Horovitz, the Indigo Girls' Amy Ray, Ann Powers of the Experience Music Project, attorney Jay Cooper, Chris Israel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Commerce, Miles Copeland of Ark21 Records and Hilary Rosen of the RIAA.
David Carson, General Counsel, US Copyright Office; Charlie Sanders, Senior VP of Legal and International Affairs, NMPA; Chris Amenita, VP of New Media and Technology, ASCAP; John Simson, Director of Artist and Label Relations, SoundExchange; BMI's Richard Conlon; Rob Reid, Founder, Listen.com; and Ron Gertz, President, Music Reports
Attorney Jay Cooper; Johnny Temple Girls Against Boys/Akashic Books; Toshi Reagon, singer/songwriter; Moderator Dave Marsh, journalist and critic; BMI's David Sanjek; Dean Keay, ASCAP; and Bernice Johnson Reagon, Sweet Honey in the Rock.
California State Senator Kevin Murray during his keynote address
photos: Maria Tessa Sciarrino