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Thank You FutureSound 2012 Attendees & Sponsors:

Thanks to all attendees and sponsors that attended FutureSound 2012. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Please check out all of the FutureSound coverage HERE.

Tunezy Wins Innovators Showcase:

Tunezy, the winner of the Innovators Showcase at Billboard's FutureSound conference, actually has FutureSound in its roots. On stage after being named winner of the Innovator Showcase, Derrick Fung told the audience how he took a few days off his finance job in Toronto, attended the 2011 FutureSound conference and was inspired to create what would become Tunezy. A month later, after receiving a bonus check, Fung quit his job.

Read more about Tunezy HERE.

Innovators Finalists Announced:

Congratulations to all of our finalists!




New Speakers & Presentations Added:

Context, Convenience & Serving a Community: Matthew Adell, Beatport

Going Direct to Fans with Social Commerce: Rory Felton, Chirpify

The Evolution of Digital Radio: Ezra Kucharz, CBS Local Digital Media

How Mobile is Changing the Future of Live Music Promotion: Jonathan Leone, ThrillCall

Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote:

Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference. Wilson is managing partner at New York-based venture capital firm Union Square Ventures. An expert in digital and social media and a leading voice in the venture-capital community, Wilson's thought leadership is captured at his popular blog, A VC, which has helped him earn 237,000-plus Twitter followers. Union Square has invested in such music technology companies as SoundCloud, TargetSpot and Its portfolio also includes well-known technology companies Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Kickstarter.

deadmau5 for Keynote:

Not only is he of the most recognized dance music artists in the world, Deadmau5 (aka Joel Zimmerman) is also an outspoken commentator on the state of music and the music business. His comments on the means of music production and its impact on dance music are well established. He refused to place latest album on streaming services like Spotify. At FutureSound, he’ll discuss these issues and more in a no-nonsense keynote interview that will be sure to have people talking for weeks to come.

Keynote Q&A with Marc Geiger:

Few industry executives have the breadth of experience and institutional knowledge about both the traditional and new digital music business as William Morris Endeavor’s Marc Geiger. As founder of artistDirect, he was one of the first to connect artists and fans via the Web. He’s co-creator of the venerable Lollapalooza tour, and has years under his belt as an artist manager and concert promoter. In this interview, he’ll bring his vast knowledge of the intersection of these two industries to set the stage for the day’s discussions of how to better merge them further.

Book Your Rooms Before October 15!: Discount room rates available

Limited discount room rates available for FutureSound conference attendees. To reserve a room, click here.

Don Was Confirmed For Keynote:

The president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A. Blue Note Records has created significant buzz in the music industry with the release of both its Spotify and its iPad apps in recent weeks, both of which delve into the rich history of the label with visually appealing and forward-thinking technology. Its iPad app was the first commercial product from OpenEMI, an initiative from EMI that gives app developers pre-cleared access to EMI music and other content in return for a portion of an app's revenue. Was will speak about the label's approach to app development, his thoughts on the app as a new album format, and other issues related to new technology as it relates to music distribution and artist development.

2012 Presentations:

Music Merchandising in the Digital Age: Tim Quirk, Google @tbquirk

The Music Funding Boom: Hany Nada, GVC Capital @hanynada

Gamifying Music: Marc Ruxin, Tastemaker X @ruxputin

Data/Metrics and Music: Jason Feinberg, Epitaph @jasonfeinberg

Merging Offline& Online Activity for Social Success: Nic Adler, The Roxy @nicadler

Pervasive Content IDs: Vince Bannon, Getty Images @pointer8708

Launching A Music Business in the Modern Era: Emily White, Whitesmith Entertainment @emwizzle


Artist Revenues and Digital Music Economics

-Zoe Keating @zoecello

-Ian Rogers, Topspin @iancr

And New For 2012: Introducing the Innovators Showcase Startup Competition

Discover tomorrow's innovators and disruptors, today. Billboard is now accepting submissions for the Innovators Showcase competition; interested digital music startups will have the opportunity to pitch their company or product to a panel of judges on stage during the conference, with one being named the winner at the conclusion of the event. Submission deadline is 10/12. Apply Now!

All details available HERE.

Innovators Showcase Judges:

-Larry Marcus, Walden VC @cyberlar

-David Kusek, Digital Cowboys @davekusek

-Brian Zisk, SFMusicTech @zisk

-YiPing Ho, WMG


Innovation is a hot-button topic in the digital music business today. There’s no doubt that innovation is important to the music industry’s turnaround, and to the growth of the nascent startups emerging in this space. But innovation means different things depending on whether you’re a rightsholder or a developer. The developer and tech community accuse rights holders on not “getting” the Internet. Rightsholders accuse developers of not “getting” copyright law. Yet both sides must work together to drive the innovation both needs to thrive. At FutureSound, we will not shrink from these debates, but we won’t waste our time pointing fingers or laying blame. Instead, we will be focused on solutions, ideas, and consensus with an eye towards the bold, the new, and the different.

Topics To Be Addressed:

-The Economics of Digital Music (costs of content, artist payouts, consumer models)

-Music and the Social Web (fan engagement, music distribution, new opportunities)

-Formats, Devices and Systems (apps, smartphones, tablets, videogame consoles, TV)

-Music 3.0 (using big data, metadata standardization, database management)

-Innovation (new strategies, bold visions, funding landscape, partnership developments)

Highlights from 2011 FutureSound:

Don't miss out this year! See what happened in 2011.

Check Out FutureSound Coverage from Last Year:

Visit the 2011 FutureSound hub HERE.

Our Approach:

FutureSound has multiple facets and formats designed to appeal to every attendee. On stage, there will be high-level keynote interviews between Billboard’s editors and the leading visionaries representing rightsholders, service providers, and investors alike. We will also feature short TED-like talks and presentations in which speakers must advocate for an idea, present an argument, or lead a discussion. On the sidelines will be private roundtable discussions where select attendees will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the issues and topics raised on stage. Billboard’s editorial staff will capture it all to create a white paper and feature package that will appear after the event. New this year is an expanded exhibit area, where startups and established companies alike can showcase their innovations, and give attendees the chance to experience what’s next in digital music first-hand.

How To Participate:

Hi Friends,

I hope you’ll take a minute to consider this message. I’ve helped program over 40 conferences in my time at Billboard and this is the first time I’m sending a note like this. I’d like you to come join me at this year’s FutureSound Conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP on November 15 & 16 in San Francisco.

Last year, we launched the FutureSound conference to bring together true decision makers from the entrepreneur, investment and music business realms, with the goal of advancing understanding and partnership across these sectors. We wanted to surface new companies and new ideas and do this in a solution-oriented format: How can we all make better business happen faster?

We stepped into a crowded space, confident that our brand and relationships could produce a superior quality of networking and conversation. We started with modest goals for a launch event, and then were gratified when registration literally overflowed the room. More importantly, we delivered on our objective: attendee feedback was through-the-roof enthusiastic. We published a white paper in Billboard magazine on key findings and trends in digital music. We hosted the key investors and executives from companies ranging from Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Pandora to content and rights companies like Island Def Jam, the National Music Publishers Association, EMI and Glassnote. You can review coverage of last year’s FutureSound by clicking here.

In the coming weeks we’ll begin to reveal our programming for this year’s event. I promise you it will only build on last year’s momentum and raise the bar. Whether you want to network with the most dynamic and visionary people in the music and technology sectors, or you want to learn about the trends and realities that are shaping your business, please, come take part in this important meeting of the minds. Learn. Share. Be inspired. Be the answer.

Bill Werde
Editorial Director, Billboard