Music Biz To Offer Music Startup Educational Event in Nashville

Music Biz logoThe Music Business Association (Music Biz) will host its Music Startup Academy event on Tuesday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel during the annual Music Biz 2015 conference.

The Academy will feature a variety of sessions aimed at teaching aspiring startups, app developers, and entrepreneurs everything they need to know about creating and maintaining legal and sustainable music businesses.

“Game-changing ideas can come from anywhere, and we’re thrilled to bring the Music Startup Academy to Nashville to empower local innovators who may have the next big thing in music floating around in their head,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “With licensing and copyright issues, partnership contracts, and all manner of other complications, it can be easy for potential innovators to turn their attention away from the music business and focus on something else. We need to address these complications head-on so our industry can continue to evolve, and the Music Startup Academy will aim to do just that.”

The currently confirmed agenda for the Music Startup Academy:

9:00 AM – 9:10 AM

Welcome & Introduction to Music Biz’s Startup Services
Speaker: Nicole Hennessey, Music Biz

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM
Keynote Presentation: Customers Before Code
Speaker: Shawn Yeager, Back Porch Group / Endorsee

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
The Licensing Vortex Explained: How to Get Your Startup Service Rightsholder-Approved
Kyle Pierce, 7digital
Stephen Relph, TheOverflow

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
What Can Build vs. Buy API Services Do for Me?
Shachar Oren, Neurotic Media
Chris Webb, GhostTunes

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
How to Get the Best Biz Dev Deal and Work with
Artists and Managers to Make the Most of It

Cameo Carlson, Borman Entertainment
Jon Vanhala, Thesis Ventures

2:00 PM – 3:25 PM
Elevator Pitch Shark Tank
Elizabeth Chan, Merry Bright Music
Tony Grotticelli, Universal Music Group Nashville
Dave Kusek, New Artist Model/Digital Cowboys Consulting
Shachar Oren, Neurotic Media
Shawn Yeager, Back Porch Group/Endorsee

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