DMW Debuts Social Music Summit, Celebrates Innovation and Reinvigorated Business of Music, NYC (Feb. 22-23)

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New York, NY (PRWEB) February 15, 2012

Digital Media Wire today announced the final speaker list, keynotes and agenda for the Social Music Summit at the 12th Annual Digital Music Forum East (DMFE) to be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY, on February 22-23, 2012.

“The launch of Social Music Summit at DMFE is especially exciting as innovation at the intersection of music and the social web is driving more investment and opportunity in music-related businesses than we have seen in years,” said Ned Sherman, founder and CEO of Digital Media Wire. “The event features a diverse array of speakers ranging from some of the hottest start-ups from the ‘new’ music industry to the senior most executives from established entertainment companies and top brands. We are looking forward to a fun two days in NYC!”

The event is the industry’s most comprehensive digital music conference focused on the evolution and future of digital music. The conference agenda, which includes senior participants from major labels, leading indie labels, social networks, online music retailers, mobile companies, artists and association heads, includes top keynotes, discussions and panels on topics including mobile apps, music and social web, music, money and innovation, music in the cloud, online video, digital innovation, investments, the digital copyright debates, rights management, live music, touring & concerts, social networking and building music community.

Among the many highlights will include:

    Spotify’s Content and Distribution “Guru” Sachin Doshi will present on the topic of “Spotify and the New Artist Revenue”
    Red Light Management’s Matt Ringel will discuss “Gamifying Music and Culture” with Marc Ruxin, Founder and CEO, TastemakerX
    Tipping our hat to an industry icon, we are pleased announce that legendary record label executive and “NEA Jazz Master” George Avakian will join discussion on “Developing Non-Popular Music & Catalog Content for the 21st Century.”
    Google’s Senior Copyright Counsel William Patry joins Jim Griffin, Managing Director of OneHouse in a fireside chat on the how to reform copyright.
Confrmed speakers include:

Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & Business Development, Island Def Jam Music Group

Jason Herskowitz, Chief Product Officer,

Mike More, CEO & Co-Founder,

Chris Wiltsee, Director, Business Development, RootMusic

Dan Kantor, CEO,

Ned Sherman, CEO/Publisher, Digital Media Wire

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

Jeff Bronikowski, Head of Corporate Dev. & Strategy, The Echo Nest

Jesse Israel, Co-Founder, Technology & Creative Director, Cantora Records + Labs

Jonathan Axelrod, Partner, ER Accelerator, Entrepreneur, Founder/CEO,

MusicGremlin (SanDisk), Founder/President, Music123 (Guitar Center)

Howard Han, VP and General Manager of Reverb Live, ReverbNation

John Frankenheimer, Chairman, Music Practice, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Garth Holsinger, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Sales, Klout

Brian Silver, COO & Co-Founder, / Rockrena, Inc.

Chris Swain, CEO,

Sean O’Connell, Founder & CEO Creative Alies, Music Allies

Aimee Higgins, VP Strategy and Planning, Pandora

James Lively, COO, DIY Media

Shannon Connolly, VP, Digital Music Strategy, MTV Networks/Viacom

Brenda Walker, CEO & Co-Founder, Act Local Media

Jonathan Leone, Co-Founder, Head of Strategy and Finance, Thrillcall

Cortney Harding, Music/Entertainment Evangelista, ThingLink

Les Watkins, SVP, Bus. Affairs & Dev., Music Reports

Philippe Perreaux, CEO, Restorm

Michael Drexler, Executive Director, Business Development, BMI New Media

Cecily Mak, Vice President & General Counsel, Rhapsody

Michael Petricone, SVP, Government Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association

Jeff Price, CEO & Founder, TuneCore

Julie Samuels, Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Maurice Russell, SVP, Licensing & Bus. Affairs, The Harry Fox Agency

Barry Slotnick, Partner & Chair, IP & Entertainment Lit., Loeb & Loeb LLP

William Patry, Senior Copyright Counsel, Google Inc.

Jim Griffin, Managing Director, OneHouse LLC

Paul Campbell, Founder & CEO, Amazing Media

Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO, Livio Radio

Jim Cady, CEO, Slacker

Tom Brophy, CEO, Raditaz

Myk Willis, Founder, Myxer

Tres Williams, VP, Business & Legal Affairs, Clear Channel Digital

Kevin Straley, Vice President, Programming, TuneIn

David Oxenford, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP

George Avakian, NEA Jazz Master; Former Head of Columbia Records, Warner Brother Records & Founding Officer of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences

Carl Griffin, Former Head of A&R, GRP & N2K

Mike Brown, CEO, Cyber-NY

Erik Gilbert, CEO, Essential Music Services, USA / former head, Acquisitions & Content, IODA

Aaron Burton, CEO, Fizzkicks & SpinApp Mobile

Michael Corcoran, CEO,

Jerald Miller, CEO, Nu Jazz Entertainment

Sachin Doshi, Content & Distribution Guru, Spotify

Matt Ringel, Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing, Red Light Management

Evan Lowenstein, CEO & Founder, StageIt

Jenn Miller, CEO, Audiosocket

Vince Bannon, VP, Entertainment P’ships & Development, Getty Images

David Kohl, EVP Sales and Customer Operations, VEVO

Darryl Ballantyne, CEO, LyricFind

Yinka Adegoke, Senior Media Correspondent, Reuters

Vincent Borel, Co-Founder, Webdoc

Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN: Radio And Internet Newsletter, CEO, and

Eric Klinker, CEO, BitTorrent

Julien Mitelberg, CEO, Bandsintown

Aharon Weiner, CEO & Co-Founder, FanKix

Kelli Richards, CEO, All Access Group

Greg “Grouchy” Watkins, CEO & Co-Founder,

Kristin Thomson, Co-Director, Artist Revenue Streams, Future of Music Coalition

Kevin King, CEO, MusicHype

Gabe Spierer, Director of Media, Beggars Group

Event sponsors and media partners include Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Harry Fox Agency, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, Music Reports,, BMI, Flowd, DIY Media,, AudioSocket, Raditaz, LyricFind, Myxer, MOG, TuneIn, Rightclearing by Restorm, Knock Twice, Watchitoo, NVPR, Midem, A2IM,, EMF, Parks Associate, The Recording Academy, NY-Tokyo, Fusicology, TAG Strategic, AFTRA, Future of Music Coalition, Canadian Music Week, and PRWeb.

For complete agenda, registration and event details please visit:

Other prominent Digital Media Wire events include the LA Games Conference; NY Games Conference; Future of Television East; Future of Film Summit; Digital Music Forum West; Digital Media Conference; and Digital Media Insider. Digital Media Wire is also a programming partner for the annual Canadian Music Week, CES and the NAB Show.

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