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The Recording Academy® Pacific Northwest Chapter In Association With The Producers & Engineers Wing Hosts Second Annual MusicTech Summit In Seattle

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Music and Technology Industry Architects Examine Forces Defining Next Decade

Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride To Give Keynote Address

SEATTLE, Wash. (Oct. 18, 2007) — The Recording Academy® Pacific Northwest Chapter in association with the Producers and Engineers Wing is hosting its second annual MusicTech Summit, a two-day conference examining the intersection of music and technology with an emphasis on how the changing landscape can empower artists and further their careers. The conference will consist of seven panels with top-level music and technology leaders, hands-on demonstrations, and a keynote address by Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group. The MusicTech Summit will be held at the Experience Music Project’s JBL Theater and Learning Labs on Friday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. — 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Closing receptions will be held following each night at Solo Bar.

“Seattle is quickly becoming ground zero for the music industry so it makes perfect sense that we should build a conference of this nature in a city where technology is currently challenging the way major labels do business,” said Pacific Northwest Chapter Executive Director Ben London. As a region we are defining the future of how people will listen to, purchase and share music, so we are extremely excited to once again host the conference.”

The event will focus on how artists can make the most of the changing technological landscape. Panelists will address seven topics: the look of the new label; monetizing music in the digital age; the future of digital distribution; the effects of congressional policy on the music business; touring and technology; social networking; and mobile devices and music.

CEO and founder of the Nettwerk Music Group, McBride, will give the keynote address at 10 a.m. on Saturday Nov. 3. Founded in his basement in 1984, Nettwerk now has major corporate offices around the word and has released more than 400 albums with worldwide sales over 100 million. Nettwerk Management exclusive clients include such artists as Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, Dido, Stereophonics, Sarah McLachlan, All Saints and Jamiroquai. Most recently, McBride has turned his attentions to advances in digital technology, intellectual property rights and the future of music distribution.

The conference will feature leaders from the music and technology fields from artist Dave Allen (Gang Of Four) and manager Randy Irwin (Arctic Monkeys) to Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy and SoundExchange Executive Director John Simson. Additionally, there will be demonstrations on how to create a podcast, among other crucial skills (9:30 a.m., Friday Nov. 2).

Cost of the summit is free for members of The Recording Academy as well as members of the GRAMMY® University Network. Tickets are $100 for the general public for a two-day pass, or $75 for a one-day pass.

List of Participants:

  • Dave Allen, Gang of Four
  • Scott Ambrose Reilly, Amazon
  • Kevin Arnold, IODA
  • Aric Berquist, Synchronicity Live
  • Christina Calio, Zune
  • Brian Camelio, Artist Share
  • Dean Carlson, Muzak
  • Charles R. Cross, Author
  • Peter S. Davenport, XBOX
  • Dave Dederer, Melodeo
  • Tom DeSavia, ASCAP
  • Mark Donovan, M:Metrics
  • Michele Fleischli, Silva Artist Management
  • Daryl Friedman, The Recording Academy®
  • Andy Gadiel, Jambase
  • Jordan Glazier, Eventful
  • Jeff Heiman, PlayNetwork
  • Dan Hou, Motorola
  • Randy Irwin, Manager, Arctic Monkeys
  • Ted Kartzman, Rhapsody
  • Joe Kennedy, Pandora
  • Jim McDermott (D-WA), US House of Representatives
  • Steve Mack, Lux Media
  • Karen Manning, T-Mobile
  • Tom Mara, KEXP
  • Rachel Masters, Ning
  • Josh Michaels, vSide
  • Dee Dee Murray, Purple Ribbon Records
  • Nadia Prescher, Madison House
  • Josh Rosenfeld, Barsuk Records
  • Joe Schneider, Pump Audio
  • Dan Sheeran, Real Networks
  • John Simson, SoundExchange
  • Derek Sivers, CD Baby
  • Beth Tallman, EMT Consulting
  • Shane Tobin, Imeem
  • Tracie Verlinde, BMI
  • Adam Zacks, Live Nation

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. In its 50th year, The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter, founded in 1997, works closely with local music organizations to support the region’s flourishing arts community and collaborates with regional technology corporations at the forefront of the digital age. It represents music industry professionals from Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
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