The World’s Most Important Music Conference Comes To LA
With Daniel Ek, Found of Spotify.com, As Keynote Speaker
Full schedule of events at www.newmusicseminar.biz
The Return of the New Music Seminar
What are some of your favorite memories of the first incarnation of NMS?
So many memories. The violent confrontations on the panels were the best theater and thus most memorable. Nona Hendryx calling Madonna slutty. The DJ and MC battle for world supremacy…Racial call outs on the rap panels. The fights, the drugs, the sex and the rock ‘n’ roll. You had to be there. – from Big Shot Magazine’s recent interview with New Music Seminar co-founder, Tom Silverman.
New Music Seminar Is Back With Sold Out Conference Following The Grammy's
Shows Once Again Why NMS Was The Premiere Conference Of The 80s And 90s
Convening the Leaders of the New Music Business
February 3rd, New York, NY – Music and technology leaders convened yesterday at the sold out New Music Seminar at the Music Box at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles. During the intensive one-day conference, New Music Seminar laid out a vision for a new music business that forges a union between artists and their managers, labels and support teams along with web technologies to help artists achieve maximum exposure and maximum revenues, in service of their fans.
CEOs, Founders and heads of the most important music technologies, the architects of the next music business were all present at NMS including: Keynote speak Daniel Ek; Spotify, Christina Calio; Microsoft, Joe Kennedy; Pandora, Courtney Holt; MySpace Music, Mike Doernberg; ReverbNation, Eric Garland; Big Champagne; Derek Sivers, Ian Rogers; TopSpin, Remix Galaxy, and principals of Electric Sheep, Nimbit, RemixGalaxy, SoundExchange, Fanscape, OurStage, OwnGig, Audiolife, and many more.
Also in attendance were a cross section of key indie labels including Nettwerk, Vagrant, Dangerbird (Silversun Pickups), Concord, Century Media, Stones Throw, Thrive, Tommy Boy, Big Cat, Mack Avenue, Fontana, ADA, CBS, Side One Dummy, Hopeless, Rockingale (Carol King), ABB, Nacional, Delicious Vinyl and RaSa .
The conference kicked off with a private NMS opening night “After Grammy Jammy” party at The Roxy with a hot line up of bands including headliner Semi Precious Weapons as well as U-N-I, Family of the Year and DJ Dan Morrell spinning between sets.
Mountain Dew, who is partnering with NMS as part of a larger, growing relationship to develop new platforms and educational tools for independent artists to advance their careers in the music industry, also sponsored the conference.
“Mountain Dew is proud to partner with New Music Seminar to sponsor the Reflection Award, which celebrates talented, emerging artists and offers musicians much-needed assistance that brings them closer to recognizing their professional goals and personal dreams,” said Frank Cooper, SVP, chief consumer engagement officer, PepsiCo Americas Beverages. “We’re thrilled to be in on the ground level supporting new music and today’s up-and-coming artists.”
Other sponsors and media partners included: NARAS, SESAC, LA Weekly, Music Connection, Billboard, Digital Music News, Yahoo Music, MySpace Music, Hypebot, Filter Magazine, OurStage, Rainbo Records, Remix Galaxy, ReverbNation, Echonest, Mozes and A2IM
NMS was covered by over 30 major music and tech bloggers and press.
About The New Music Seminar
From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference for the Next Music Business. Artists have never had so much power to control their own careers and build their success. This affordable, one-day event gives artists and their representatives the knowledge, tools and connections to step into the tomorrow’s music business today. Delegates get an intense program including a keynote speech and four Movements with an incisive curriculum redefining the music business from the artists’ perspective. Delegates all receive the New Music Business Guidebook filled with important do’s and don’ts by the experts, tips, information, forms and essential websites and blogs. The NMS Schmoozatorium will have important exhibits by companies to help artists with their careers and amazing networking opportunities.
Artist on the Verge Finalists at New Music Seminar
L to R Top: Brett O’Brien, Mountain Dew; Tom Silverman, NMS Co-founder; Chris Sita, OurStage; Derrick Brown, OurStage. L to R Bottom: Artist on the Verge finalists 1st Place winner Loomis & the Lust, 2nd Place winner Nikki Lynette, 3rd Place winner Admiral Twin.
Tom Silverman, co-founder of NMS (L) and Daniel Ek (R) CEO of Spotify during keynote address at New Music Seminar LA at The Music Box at Henry Fonda Theater
*Photo Credit – Julianna Young
Below: Madonna at the New Music Seminar, 1984.