FutureSound LogoThe following post is sponsored by Billboard.

Billboard’s FutureSound conference, in association with Loeb & Loeb, LLP is coming up fast: November 17 & 18 in San Francisco. There will be no looking backward. No rehashing of clichés. Speakers and attendees will be too busy defining the future of the digital music market for the artist, entrepreneur and rights-holders alike. All sides will be at the table. Among those already confirmed:

RON CONWAY, Investor, SV Angels
SETH GOLDSTEIN, Chairman/Co-Founder, Turntable.fm
JACK ISQUITH, SVP, Strategic Development, Slacker

FutureSound will also include newly confirmed panels featuring a festival pundit, social media rockstar, veteran music producer and more. Steve Jang, founder and CEO of SoundTracking developer Schematic Labs, will be revealing some interesting data collected by the location-based music app over the course of the year, and will be joined by Ryan Sarver, Head of Platform at Twitter, to discuss social music engagement. S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg will be joined by Travis Clark of roster act We The Kings to discuss the future of interactive music videos, based on the technology created by Interlude. Rick Farman, the Bonnaroo mastermind and Co-Founder of Superfly Presents will give a presentation on how they’re working to merge the digital and physical music worlds, with details on how the developer community can help. Seasoned music industry executive Daniel Glass discusses the creation of his Glassnote record label (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix), and how he evaluates new digital services that want his catalogue, rights management, digital marketing and other topics.

Every conference needs keynotes and executives that everyone attending knows and wants to hear from and speak with. But a good digital music conference should also be about discovering new companies and services not yet heard of or had the chance to fully understand. That’s why Billboard has put together the Visionary Showcase panel, which will bring together five startups doing new and innovative things in the digital music business.

Here are the chosen companies:
Bckstgr @bckstgr
Tracktrack.it @tracktrackit
Rexly @rexly
ThingLink @thinglink
Music Mastermind @makeyourmusic

Several of these exciting new startups will be making announcements of new developments exclusively for FutureSound attendees.

After a day and a half of ideas and discussion, Billboard staffers will present an outline of the solutions agreed upon during the Keynotes, Solution Sessions and Workshop Roundtables, which will be used as the foundation of a series of articles in a future issue of Billboard magazine that will offer a roadmap for the digital music future.

VentureBeat readers can take an extra 15% off their FutureSound ticket. Use promo code VENBEAT11 when registering at www.futuresoundconference.com .


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