A high-powered panel of industry insiders explore the massive effects of the music industry's online presence.
It's nothing short of revolutionary. Within minutes, and with little upfront cost, today's budding rock star can go online to sell CDs and downloads on Amazon; submit music for play on Pandora internet radio; aggregate fans on the hip social network imeem alongside chart-topping megastars; and become involved with the myspacemusic/spinmagazine community.
Industry experts discuss the democratization of the music industry, digital pathways to fame, and the business and legal issues facing this new societal phenomenon.
Steve develops and drives partnerships, product management, and community marketing for imeem. Prior to joining imeem he worked in digital media, business development, and marketing at EMI Music, Kyocera Wireless, XUMA, and Salon.com. At the same time, Steve remains involved in the indie community by working on film festivals, music videos, and live show production. Steve has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Riaz Karamali is a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP in the firm's Silicon Valley office.
Dana LoPiccolo-Giles is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Amazon's CreateSpace.
Nion McEvoy serves as Chief Executive Officer of Spin Media LLC. Mr. McEvoy served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chronicle Books. Mr. McEvoy serves as Member of Board of Advisors at Common Sense Media, Inc. .
Martine Paris is Head of Content Acquisition and Video Monetization, PlaySpan Inc.
Tim Westergren founded Pandora in January 2000 and now serves as its Chief Strategy Officer. Tim is an award-winning composer, an accomplished musician and a record producer with 20 years of experience in the music industry. He has recorded with independent labels, managed artists, owned a commercial digital recording studio, scored feature films, produced albums, and performed extensively. His main instrument is the piano, but over the years he has played the bassoon, drums and clarinet and his musical background spans such genres as rock, blues, jazz and classical music. Tim received his B.A. from Stanford University, where he studied computer acoustics and recording technology.
A musician's musician, he is obsessed with helping talented emerging artists connect with the music fans most likely to appreciate their music. In addition to guiding Pandora's overall strategy and vision, Tim now spends most of his time as Pandora's chief evangelist - traveling the country to meet with listeners to collect feedback, research local music, and spread the word of the Music Genome Project.