Future of Music Policy Summit Comes to Town

Want to know what the music landscape will sound and look like in a few years? A decade? Two decades? Then the Future of Music Policy Summit, kicking off on Sunday at Georgetown University, is for you.

This year's summit hosts a boatload of speakers and panelists, including Daniel Ek (founder and CEO of Spotify), Senator Al Franken (being interviewed by R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills), Bob Boilen (host of NPR's "All Songs Considered"), Wayne Kramer (guitarist for garage rock icons MC5), Mac McCaughan (frontman for indie rock stalwarts Superchunk/founder of Merge Records), Seth Hurwitz (9:30 club owner/chairman of I.M.P.), Brian Message (Radiohead's manager), Greg Kot (music critic for The Chicago Tribune) and many others.

(Read more after the jump.)

The entire event will be webcast live, for free, in case you can't make it out. There's a benefit show for New Orleans musicians at Rock and Roll Hotel on Monday night featuring Wayne Kramer of MC5, Erin McKeown, Martín Perna of Ocote Soul Sounds / Antibalas and other special guests. On Friday there will be a screening of "Copyright Criminals" which will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Kembrew McLeod.

There's even a panel on Tuesday afternoon called "Critical Condition: The Future of Music Journalism." That features the likes of Greg Kot, Maura Johnston (editor, Idolator), Scott Plagenhoef (editor-in-chief, Pitchfork), Tom Moon (author of "1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die") and many others. Like me! Be sure to check out the webcast if you can't make it.

By David Malitz |  October 2, 2009; 5:03 PM ET Music Business
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