Aug 18, 2005



Join us for the Fifth Annual Future of Music Policy Summit

5th Annual Future of Music Policy Summit
September 11 – 13, 2005
George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium • Washington, DC

Be one of over 500 musicians, lawyers, academics, policymakers and music industry executives who will gather to hash out some of the most contentious issues surrounding digital technology, artists’ rights and the current state of the music industry. Go here to register online

Widely praised by advocates and industry alike, our Policy Summits have gained a reputation as "a kind of Geneva where all sides in any number of contentious music industry fights can get together and play nice for a few days. Even more importantly, it offers pinstriped Washingtonians a rare opportunity to hear musicians articulate their concerns in person instead of relying on competing lobbying groups that claim to espouse their interests." (Washington Post, May 6, 2004)

Each year, FMC organizes panel discussions that go beyond the typical conference fare, digging into the complex problems and challenges that crop up as emerging technologies meet traditional music industry structures, federal legislation and copyright law. This year’s topics include:

Whether digital distribution is a good deal for artists
How managers and labels are guiding artists through tremendous change
Whether indecency regulations are censoring performers and stifling non-commercial speech
Sampling and shared art
The changing face of terrestrial distribution
Podcasting and music blogs: the effect of citizen critics and creators on music industry
Intellectual property in a post-Grokster world
How musicians can engage in the policy debate
In addition to panels, FMC is adding twelve breakout sessions to this year’s event. During lunch hours, you’ll be able to choose among breakout sessions like: how to work with the PROs, how to sell and promote your music online, or how to participate in the grassroots media ownership campaigns. See schedule here.

Through FMC’s partnership with the Entertainment & Sports Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Inc. (MICPEL), practicing attorneys can also have their Summit attendance count towards CLE credit (pending Bar approval). Attorneys can attend breakouts that cover the proposed changes to Section 115 of the Copyright Act, or get a rundown of what’s happening with Canadian copyright issues.

We've already confirmed over sixty top-notch panelists and speakers including:

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Representative Rick Boucher (D-VA)
FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
Marybeth Peters Register, US Copyright Office
Hank Shocklee Producer and Founder, Public Enemy
Shawn Fanning Co-founder, Snocap (creator of original Napster)
Bertis Downs General Counsel and Manager, REM
Mike Mills Bass player, REM
Don Verrilli Partner, Jenner & Block
Matthew Shipp avant-garde jazz pianist
Joe Henry artist/producer
Melissa Ferrick Artist and CEO, Right On Records
Fred von Lohmann Senior Staff Attorney, EFF
Mike Marrone Program Director, The Loft, XM Satellite Radio
…and so many more! Check out the entire list here

Regular registration: $149 for three-day pass/$99 for one-day pass
Student rate:$99 for three-day pass/$66 for one-day pass
CLE (Continuing Legal Education) rate: $599
Secure registration here

Scholarships Available for Working Musicians
Thanks to some generous contributions from foundations, technology companies, sponsors, musician advocacy groups and law firms, we are able to offer scholarships for working musicians. This way, many of the audience participants will be those who hold the biggest stake in the policy debate – musicians themselves. First come, first served, so fill out an application online now!

It is our belief that by continuing to organize events like the Summit, we will help the media, citizens, creators and policymakers have a more sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and effects of these new technologies on the guarding the value of music for musicians, and guarding access to music for citizens. Join us for this important discussion.

Hey kids - we even got George Clinton to record a PSA for the conference. Click that link to get a whole page of ways you can help pass the word around!

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