Digital and Mobile Music: What's Next?
Since Napster's initial release in 1999, the music industry has endured one business disruption after another, and the digital music space continues to evolve to this day.
Now that we are well into the "mobile age" of computing, distribution, and consumption of music; startup entrepreneurs, artists, marketers, music labels, and technology companies are all vying to carve out a place in the new (and largely independent) music space.
On July 31st at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, the next Mobile LAVA program will explore the digital music landscape today and attempt to shed some light across the next 3-5 year horizon. We have recruited a panel of industry "rockstars" representing the venture, startup, music label, artist, and technology points-of-view who will share their experience and expertise with our growing, innovative local tech and entrepreneur community.
SPECIAL ADDITION TO OUR PROGRAM!
Live musical performance by L.A.-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw!
LA based recording Artist Lily Kershaw will perform beginning at 7pm following our general networking. If you happen to be a Criminal Minds fan you will recognize her music - her songs have been played in a few season finales. More at lilykershaw.com.
Serial Entrepreneur & Digital Music Industry Executive (Sony Corporation of America, EMI, Universal, Musicmaker, Loudeye, Pressplay)
Accomplished executive with 25 years experience launching new ventures and implementing strategies for global technology and media companies. Innovative team builder who empowers others to achieve their best work while building lasting loyalty. Reliable partner who develops and maintains long-term relationships with key industry and government leaders. Proven forecaster in financial analysis, project management, and strategic planning. Trusted consultant to leading private equity firms on major media M&A transactions. Honest, hard-working go-getter who promotes social responsibility in every aspect of corporate life.
Brad SpahrRobin Bechtel
Vice President, Product Development, Global Digital Business at Sony Music Entertainment
Brad is a seasoned digital media executive with an expertise in mobile content distribution, mobile gaming, content licensing, digital policy/DRM, business development, strategic development/business planning and product development.
Mr. Spahr oversees global digital product P&L and strategy at Sony Music with an emphasis on mobile/tablet applications, games and new business incubation strategy.
Former head of digital at Capitol and Warner Bros. Records, Angel Investor, Startup Development
Robin Sloan Bechtel is a Grammy-nominated new media pioneer best known for "introducing the music industry to the Internet” in the early ‘90s. Robin is widely recognized as a matchmaker of Silicon Valley and Hollywood. She’s credited for discovering, what were then, unknown startups like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify and being the first to partner them with entertainment. For the past two decades, Robin’s built unprecedented strategic partnerships between the entertainment world & startups, fueling growth and mainstream success for tech companies.
Director of Network Development and Entertainment at Maker Studios
Julia is a creative and digital strategist specializing in music and entertainment content with extensive experience working with new and traditional media including digital, film/television, and radio. She was a YouTube professional with proven track record of partnering and growing music channels and brands, and she's been an industry taste maker with music knowledge and expertise in both established and emerging artist in all major formats, including rock, indie, hip-hop, EDM, and Top 40.
Ms. Moonves has experience throughout the music space, including management, label, consulting, journalism, radio, and marketing. In addition, she has social media expertise with all major platforms, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Founder and CEO of Snapcuts, a digital music app
SnapCuts founder Bee Ottinger is a world renowned pioneer in editing. She invented modern video editing to music—quick cuts, jump cuts, visual effects, nonlinear montage—whose syntax is now the ubiquitous visual language used in commercials and music videos. Previously, she founded cutting-edge Skylight Productions, acquired by Mad River Post, and was head of the National Avid User Group.
Currently with SnapCuts, users can combine video clips, add text and share custom messages via email, Facebook, twitter and mobile text: a place to create, communicate and share thoughts with video.
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