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Future of Music Policy Summit Begins Monday

The Future of Music Coalition is holding its 14th annual Policy Summit this week in Washington DC. The Summit features keynote presentations from FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Damin Kulash of the band OK Go, Jon Abodeely from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and comedian, writer and radio artist Harry Shearer.

Last year the Summit dedicated attention to low-power FM, since the most recent application window opened just after the event. Radio is less at the forefront this year, however the fortunes of musicians and music industry are always tied up with radio, in all its forms.

On Tuesday David Freedman from community radio WWOZ in New Orleans will join a panel to discuss “Building Connections Between Local Music Advocates and the Public Sector.” That’s followed by a panel on “Stopping Cable (and Telecomm) F*ckery,” which is something every internet listener and producer ought to be concerned with. At the end of the day NPR Music presents an All Songs Considered listening party.

Beyond these sessions, the whole schedule is chock full of panels and presentations that should be interest to anyone concerned with having a healthy and sustainable ecosystem for musicians and music.

Walk-up registrations are still available at the venue, the Lohrfink Auditorium in the Rafik B. Hariri building at Georgetown University.

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