Evan Lowenstein to Keynote BMI’s ‘Content, Copyright & Commerce’ Symposium

Posted in News on September 29, 2010

Lowenstein to be interviewed by Bob Lefsetz of ‘The Lefsetz Letter’

Evan Lowenstein, Founder and CEO of StageIt and member of pop-rock duo Evan and Jaron, will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) “Content, Copyright & Commerce” symposium during the Digital Hollywood Fall in Santa Monica, CA. The one-day symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 20 as part of the Digital Hollywood schedule. Digital Hollywood will be held at the Loews Santa Monica (1700 Ocean Avenue).

Lowenstein will be interviewed by Bob Lefsetz, Santa Monica-based industry legend and author of the e-mail newsletter, “The Lefsetz Letter.” Lowenstein and Lefsetz will discuss the changing entertainment and music industry, Lowenstein’s vision for StageIt, and possible solutions to the challenges of creating successful businesses to serve the art of music.

The keynote discussion is slated for 9 a.m.

As a singer/songwriter and one half of “Evan and Jaron,” Lowenstein scored three Top40 hits (including the worldwide smash “Crazy For This Girl”) and has appeared on nearly every major talk show from The Tonight Show to The Today Show. Selected as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful,” he has also been featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, US Weekly and countless other outlets. As a TV writer/producer, he worked with Fox, MTV, Nickelodeon and USA Network. Additionally, he hosted Character Road Trip on USA Network for four seasons. As an entrepreneur, he founded HookUP Feed, a premier mobile-marketing platform used by clients such as American Airlines, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. He then spun off HookUP Media, an adaptive social media agency representing clients such as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

Now, Lowenstein has combined his tech knowledge with his passion for music to create StageIt, a web-based platform that enables performers to make money from live, interactive experiences while offering fans a front-row seat to a backstage experience.

“Evan has created an exciting technology platform for songwriters, musicians and creators in the entertainment space that we feel exemplifies the future of the digital space,” said Richard Conlon, BMI. “His keynote address will confirm how he took his passion and acumen and created business solutions to build a platform to build brands and careers. We’re happy to kick off the day with Evan’s insights.”

“Content, Copyright & Commerce” will feature conversations analyzing and predicting the evolution of entertainment in the digital world. The full panel agenda offers revolving discussions around hot-button topics and trend analyses including music downloads versus streaming; creating a game-changing digital media start-up; redesigning the music industry’s payment structure in the digital space; and an international, expert-led conversation about copyright protection.

Bob Lefsetz, Santa Monica-based industry legend, authors the e-mail newsletter, “The Lefsetz Letter.” Beholden to no one and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: downloading, ticketing and the music itself. He captivates musicians from Trent Reznor to Quincy Jones and music business honchos like Lyor Cohen and Irving Azoff.

Badges may still be purchased via There is a BMI member rate of $100 for the October 20 program, with access to all of Digital Hollywood’s programming that day. Digital Hollywood’s fall conference runs October 18-21.

Register and learn more about Digital Hollywood Fall.

Learn more about StageIt.

“Content, Copyright & Commerce” is sponsored by Music Connection.

BMI “Content, Copyright & Commerce” Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration

9 a.m. – Keynote Q&A: Evan Lowenstein, CEO, StageIt, interviewed by Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Music Downloads vs. Streaming: Who’s the Winner?
Moderator: Dan Kimpel, author and journalist, Music Connection
Vickie Nauman, Vice President, North America, 7digital
Max Pellegrini, CEO, Dada Entertainment
David Rosenberg, Legal Counsel, Live 365
Mark Piibe, EVP, Global Business Development, EMI Music

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Disruption and Innovation: How to Change the Model and the Market
Allen Duan, VP Global Digital Media, MTV Networks
Claes Loberg, CEO, Guvera
Evan Lowenstein, Founder & CEO, StageIt
Jeff Price, CEO, TuneCore

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. The Digital Globe: Copyright Landscape Around the World
Moderator: Christian Castle, Managing Partner, Christian L. Castle, Attorneys
Bruce Funkhouser, VP of Business Operations, Copyright Clearance Center
Ryan Lehning, Senior Counsel, SoundExchange
Maurice Russell, Senior Vice President of Licensing, Collections and Business Affairs, HFA (Harry Fox Agency)
Nancy Harkness, General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Bug Music
Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO, Rightsflow
Darren Briggs, Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Landmark Digital Services, LLC

4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Getting Paid, Getting It Made: Creating a Viable Music Business within the New Digital Media Ecosystem
Randy Himes, Assistant National Executive Director, Sound Recordings, AFTRA
Chris Lydle, Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS)
Sam Gilchrist, President, Tradescape
Thomas Reemer, Chairman, 88tc88


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