Music and Technology Converge at Leadership Music Digital Summit

Posted in News on April 23, 2006
The second annual Leadership Music Digital Summit, staged April 18 in the Curb Event Center at Nashville's Belmont University, attracted more than 400 registrants, panelists and participants to its day-long seminar dedicated to the business, creative and legal issues of digital music.

Roundtable panelists included Jon Potter, Executive Director, Digital Media Association-DIMA; Andy Moss, Senior Director/Technical Policy, Entertainment & Devices Division, Microsoft; panel co-moderator Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, Digital Development & Distribution, EMI; Mitch Bainwol, Chairman & CEO, RIAA; panel co-moderator Tamara Conniff, Executive Editor, Billboard; David Israelite, President & CEO, National Music Publishers Association; Fred Cannon, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, BMI; Marybeth Peters, Register of Copyrights, U.S. Copyrights Office; Bart Herbison, Executive Director, NSAI; and Jay Cooper, entertainment lawyer, Greenberg Traurig LLP and representing RAC. Photo credit: Belmont University

Through seven panels and presentations, dozens of national authorities on the subject of technology as it directly relates to music addressed intellectual property issues, digital broadcasting and new radio models, online music marketing, wireless mobile music and entertainment, new products and consumer trends.

BMI's Fred Cannon, Senior VP of Government Relations, participated in the "Ins and Outs of IP" roundtable devoted to intellectual property policies, digital rights management and governmental involvement.

According to conference co-chairs Lori Badgett, Vice President of SunTrust Bank, and Fletcher Foster, Senior Vice President of Capitol Records Nashville, the theme of the day emerged in the opening roundtable devoted to intellectual property, with representatives from content creators, distribution companies and rights organizations engaging in a lively discussion of ownership, royalties and legislation.

The Leadership Music Digital Summit was produced in partnership with the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University's Curb Event Center. Microsoft Corporation on behalf of Windows Media Playsforsure was Platinum sponsor of the event for the second year.

Leadership Music is an educational non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to nurture a knowledgeable, issue-oriented community of music industry professionals through an annual educational program and events.

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