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Join us in DC to Discuss the Future of Music

Our good friends at the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) are hosting their annual Policy Summit next week in Washington, D.C. Several of us from Fractured Atlas will be attending and/or appearing on panels. This will be the third summit I've attended and I highly recommend it for anyone who likes to geek-out on topics at the intersection of culture, technology, and policy.

FMC’s 10th Anniversary Policy Summit takes place at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from October 3-5, 2010. The conference brings together musicians, technologists, policymakers, arts advocates, academics, legal professionals, industry reps and media mavens together for cutting-edge conversations about creative content in the digital age.

The celebrated three-day conference also features cocktail parties, a film screening and live concert.

Recently-added speakers include the legendary Chuck D (Public Enemy), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Jonny 5 (Flobots), Spott Philpott (label manager, Merge Records), Oddisee (hip-hop entrepreneur and MC), Meredith Chin (Manager of Corporate Communications at Facebook), Amy Blackman (Amy B MGMT/Cookman; Ozomatli), Christopher LaRosa (Project Manager, YouTube Music) and Dawn Barger (Post Hoc Management; The National, Nicole Atkins).

This is in addition to previously-announced speakers such as T. Bone Burnett (musician, producer, O Brother Where Art Thou; Crazy Heart; Alison Krauss & Robert Plant) in conversation with Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot, Damian Kulash (OK Go), Ian Rogers (Topspin Media), Eric Garland (Big Champagne), musician and “recovering” digital music executive Tim Quirk, singer-songwriter Erin McKeown and Fortune Magazine’s “smartest academic in tech” danah boyd; Tim Westergren of Pandora (in conversation with Wall Street Journal tech columnist Kara Swisher), independent label legend Tom Silverman of Tommy Boy Records, music managers Peter Jenner and Bertis Downs, Ariel Hyatt of Ariel Publicity/Cyber PR, Emily White of Whitesmith Entertainment, veteran music attorneys Jay Cooper and Dina LaPolt, US Copyright Register Marybeth Peters, Amaechi Uzoigwe of Definitive Jux Records, digital music visionary Jim Griffin, Google Senior Copyright Counsel Fred von Lohmann and many more.

Check out the full conference line-up.

Key highlights for creators will include:

A Musicians Education Day on Sunday October 3, which features a host of exciting panel discussions empowering musicians at every stage of their career. The day will kick off with a master class by music PR guru Ariel Hyatt, followed by "To-Do's And You: The New Artist Check List"  — a list of important career considerations for burgeoning talent. Information management through data tools will also be discussed, as well as the state of "Indie Labels in 2010".

On Monday and Tuesday, programming will include presentations, interviews, and panel discussions about the future of the music industry, government’s role in sustaining creative communities, artists as cultural ambassadors, and the viability of music delivery moving to “the cloud.” In addition, attendees will choose from nearly a dozen “supersessions” on topics ranging from international copyright issues to artist activism. Each day wraps with a cocktail party, and many attendees will head over to the Black Cat Monday night for an all-star benefit concert (lineup and on-sale info to be announced shortly).

There are a number of musicians scholarships available; apply here -