Hello Woodstock JPF friends:

Kristin from the Future of Music Coalition here. I wanted to let you about two fantastic opportunities for musicians coming up in the next few weeks.

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We're just three weeks away from the eighth Future of Music Policy Summit, set for October 4-6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Over the course of three days, through panel discussions, keynotes and breakout sessions, we'll be tackling some of the most thought-provoking and timely issues at the intersection of music, law, technology and policy.

Discounted registration for JP Folks members:
member code: JPFOLKS

If you're a musician, here's why you should attend:
  • Sunday afternoon's programming is chock full of practical advice to help you navigate the new digital landscape. We'll review of many new business models available to musicians, how to use social networking tools to build buzz, getting paid in the digital age, and a musician-friendly policy primer that will highlight the issues that affect artists.
  • On Sunday and Monday, FMC's HINT coordinator Alex Maiolo will be on hand to provide free, private, personalized advice to musicians without health insurance.

If you love to network...
  • Start at the Copyright Criminals screening on Sunday evening, followed by the not-to-be-missed Pho Dinner at Nam Viet in Arlington, VA, where you can share a crowded table and boisterous conversation with dozens of other panelists and attendees.
  • Make your Twitter followers and FB friends jealous by live tweeting or blogging from the Summit. #FMC09.
  • Rub elbows with other conference attendees at our cocktail parties and our Monday night rock show!

If you live on the bleeding edge of music/tech...
  • ...then get a front row seat on Monday morning when journalist/author Greg Kot leads a conversation on the new ways that musicians and indie labels are leveraging their multiple assets to take control of their careers, including Ian Rogers from TopSpin Media, Bertis Downs from R.E.M, Mac McCaughan from Merge Records, manager Emily White, and musician Erin McKeown.
  • You'll also love to hear the Tuesday morning presentations from Daniel Ek from Spotify and Brian Message from Courtyard Management (co-manager of Radiohead).
  • During Tuesday afternoon's breakout sessions, listen to Jim Griffin describe the Choruss music project, or let legendary producer Sandy Pearlman blow your mind as he discusses music in “the cloud” and the paradise of infinite storage. Then hop over to the breakout session featuring some of the most innovative ideas in the music/tech space, with reps from Kickstarter (microfunding startup), Band Metrics (cross-platform data analysis for musicians) and more.

That's why we want to invite you to take part in the Future of Music Policy Summit, set for October 4-6, 2009 in Washington, DC. This is going to be our 8th Policy Summit and, frankly, our best yet. http://futureofmusic.org/events/future-music-policy-summit-2009

Discounted registration for JP Folks members:
member code: JPFOLKS

We have some amazing panelists and speakers confirmed:
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA)
FCC Chair Julius Genachowski

Nicole Atkins singer-songwriter
Mitch Bainwol President and CEO, RIAA
Helen Bruner Producer, Songwriter, and Grammy-nominated artist, Phil’erzy Productions
David Carson General Counsel, U.S. Copyright Office
Bertis Downs Advisor, R.E.M.
Daniel Ek Founder and CEO, Spotify
Jordan Hirsch Executive Director, Sweet Home New Orleans
Ariel Hyatt Founder and Owner, Ariel Cyber PR
Vijay Iyer jazz pianist
Greg Kot Columnist, Chicago Tribune
Wayne Kramer Musician, MC5
Alex Maiolo HINT Program Coordinator, Future of Music Coalition
Brian Message, co-manager of Radiohead
Charlie McEnerney Founder and Producer, Well-Rounded Radio
Mac McCaughan Superchunk and Merge Records
Mike Mills R.E.M.
Tim Quirk VP of Music Programming, Rhapsody and member of Too Much Joy
Erin Potts Air Traffic Control/Artist Activism
Paul Rapp Drummer for Blotto and attorney
Ian Rogers CEO, TopSpin
John Strohm Associate Attorney and formerly of The Blake Babies
Kristin Thomson Education Director, Future of Music Coalition
Marcy Rauer Wagman Associate Professor, Drexel University; CEO and Founder, MAD Dragon UNLTD
Emily White Partner, Whitesmith Entertainment
Brian Zisk Co-founder, Collecta; Executive Producer, SanFran MusicTech Summit

...and many more! Check out the details here:

Registration is $199 for all three days, but we can offer Just Plain Folks members a 20% discount! Go to this page and use the member code JPFOLKS

And, as always, we have a limited number of musicians' scholarships. If you fill out the form here, registration is only $10. But act fast: we only have about 40 left.

We hope to see a lot of JP Folks members as this event, so sign up and spread the word today.

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On September 22 and 23, join us at the NYS Arts Summit in Schenectady, NY. FMC's Kristin Thomson and Casey Rae-Hunter will give a presentation called Music 2.0: a Look at the Modern Musician's Toolbox on Sept. 22. The next day, Kristin and Casey will talk about net neutrality and why the open internet is so important to musicians, fans and continued innovation in the digital realm. FMC associate Dejha Ti of web.illish.us (the folks who are producing the live webcast of Policy Summit) will also be on hand to talk about, you guessed it, webcasting and podcasting, and our HINT coordinator Alex Maiolo will be there to give musicians confidential, personal advice about their health insurance needs, for free.

NYS ARTS Summit 2009 is the largest gathering of arts leaders, presenters, decision-makers, artists and arts advocates from arts organizations throughout New York State. For more information and to register, visit: