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Fair Music Workshop

  • District Hall Boston 75 Northern Avenue Boston, MA (map)

Rethink Music will host a Fair Music workshop on October 2, at District Hall in Boston's Innovation District. The workshop will consist of public discussion on the issues and recommendations we've raised in our report as well as an afternoon of facilitated discussions designed in conjunction with our partner IDEO, specifically to solicit feedback and input on how we can move forward to resolve issues related to transparency and fairness for creators.

Breakfast and lunch are provided with registration.


9:00 - 9:30am Breakfast and registration

9:30am Welcome

9:35 - 10:05am Keynote interview, Willard Ahdritz CEO, Kobalt Music Group, interviewed by Panos Panay (BerkleeICE)

10:05 - 10:55am Fair Music: Transparency and Payment Flows in the Music Industry

Vickie Nauman CEO, Cross Border Works

James Duffett-Smith Head of Global Publisher Relations, Spotify

Brian Message Partner, ATC Management (Radiohead, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey)

Casey Rae CEO, Future of Music

Phil Sant Founder, Omnifone

Moderated by Allen Bargfrede (Rethink Music)

10:55 - 11:05am IMOGEN HEAP (via Skype)

11:05 - 11:20am Break and Short Film: "Changing Frequencies"

11:20 - 12:10pm Educating Creators and Consumers to Care

Madame Gandhi, Artist

Eddie Schwarz President, Songwriters Association of Canada

Benjamin Costantini Founder, Creademy

Benji Rogers Founder, PledgeMusic

Joe Mendelson, Artist advocate

Alexander Ebert (Edward Sharpe), Artist and CEO, Skrapps

Moderated by: Nancy Baym (Microsoft)

12:10 - 12:20pm Musicians + Bits + Blocks: Matt Weiss, IDEO

12:20 - 1:10pm Blocks, Registries, and Technology's Role in Building the Future

Robert Ashcroft CEO, PRS for Music

Christophe Waignier Director of Strategy and Resources, SACEM

Jim Griffin Managing Director, OneHouse

Phil Barry, Edmund Hart

Harris Cohen, YouTube

Eddie Corral, PeerTracks

Moderated by: George Howard (Berklee)

1:10 - 2:00pm Lunch

2:00 - 2:10pm On Design Thinking: Michael Hendrix, IDEO

2:10 - 4:45pm Discussions, facilitated by IDEO

4:45 - 5:45pm Workshop Team Presentations

5:45 - 6:00pm Wrap-up, paths forward

6:00 - 7:00pm Cocktail hour

Facilitated discussions in partnership with IDEO.

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