Where have I been? Hard at work.
The FMC team has been sooooo busy putting the final touches on the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit (Oct. 4-6, Georgetown University, Washington, DC). Dudes, we got Senator Al Franken keynoting (after which he’ll sit down for a chat with Mike Mills of R.E.M.), Brian Message of Radiohead‘s management (who will talk shop with Eliot Van Buskirk of WIRED) and Daniel Ek of Spotify (who will converse with yours truly).
That’s in addition to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Mac McCaughan of Merge Records and about a zillion other incredible speakers, panelists and moderators. Plus a movie screening, two cocktail parties and a rock show. Oops, I almost forgot about “Critical Condition: The Future of Music Journalism” — a working group that I’m co-moderating with journalist extraordinaire Fiona Morgan. That conversation has some music crit star power. Check it.
So anyway, I’m very proud of how this event has come together. Proud and exhausted.
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The only thing I’m bummed about is that I’m gonna miss Sandy Pearlman‘s breakout presentation, “The Cloud vs. The Paradise of Infinite Storage (Or, When Infinities Collide),” ’cause it’s during one of my other things. Sandy’s session will be like the Singularity for music. Thankfully, I’ve talked with him about it on other occasions.
So if you don’t hear from me again until, say, Thursday, it’s because I’m knee-deep in hot Summit action.
I’ll see ya on the other side. . .