Summit Breakout Submission

: the new music industry landscape that no longer adheres to traditional sales models and has shifted to include new technology and unique content partners across industries.

The Upstream Summit is looking for industry thought leaders from our region and beyond to lead optimistic, music-focused, breakout sessions that explore the new music economy. If you are an artist or industry leader with an idea for a breakout session that dives into our Summit themes and offers solution-driven insights on how artists and industries can succeed in the new music economy, review our themes and session format and submit to lead a breakout session.

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Breakout Session Format
  • Sessions will be roughly 40 minutes speaking + 10 minutes Q&A
  • Sessions will repeat for both morning and afternoon breakout time frames for a single day (Example: Thursday Breakout Session #1 will be held at 11am and again at 2pm)
  • 12 total Breakout Sessions per day
  • 2 moderators per breakout session (think more fireside chat than panel format)  
  • Target attendees include artists and those working or pursuing careers in the music, tech and creative industries

Many Rivers to Cross: How the Music Industry is Adapting to the Streaming Model and Beyond
Music consumption is higher than it has ever been, and streaming surpassed physical album sales for the first time in 2015, but artists are not seeing that translate to royalties. One of the biggest issues in the new music economy is how the industry adapts to the current streaming model so that artists can continue to make a living creating music, technology can continue to innovate, and audiences can continue to discover new music.

Digital Witness: How Data Drives Creativity
Industries across the world are taking advantage of the growing ability to leverage data and analytics, but the music industry, from artists and labels to promoters and venues, has been slow to adopt these new technologies. How should the music industry use the world of data to increase artists’ revenue and exposure, and how can artists in the face of metrics retain their creative spirit?

In A Future Age: Industry Collision in the New Music Economy
The music economy has changed dramatically as traditional sales models have been replaced with new technologies and unique content partners. The music community continues stretching into new spaces and connecting with other industries, and artists must take advantage of any opportunity.

World Town: How Local Artists Go Global and Global Artists Stay Local
In a world where music is increasingly accessible, what are the tools artists need to make the most of this potential global audience and how does the music industry cultivate relationships and business practices across borders?

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