This Sponsored post is by Anthony Bruno from the Billboard FutureSound Conference.

Innovation is a hot-button topic in the digital music business today. There’s no doubt that innovation is important to the music industry’s turnaround, and to the growth of the nascent startups emerging in this space. But innovation means different things depending on whether you’re a rightsholder or a developer. The developer and tech community accuse rightsholders on not “getting” the Internet. Rightsholders accuse developers of not “getting” copyright law. Yet both sides must work together to drive the innovation the other needs to thrive.

Billboard’s FutureSound conference was created to embrace this very debate. But rather than pointing fingers or laying blame, the conference is focused on solutions, ideas, and consensus with an eye towards the bold, the new, and the different. Topics include what’s new in technology, music, policy, investment, and more, with a specific focus on the following areas:

  • The Economics of Digital Music
  • Music and the Social Web
  • Formats, Devices and Systems

The format will be a mix of high-level keynote interviews, 15-minute thought leadership presentations, and a smattering of panels. There will also be an exhibit/demo area, a startup contest, and private side-room discussions where the ideas presented on stage are debated further with the key stakeholders of the business.
Confirmed keynotes include:

  • Deadmau5
  • Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures
  • Don Was, President & Chief Creative Officer, Blue Note Records
  • Marc Geiger, Head of Music, WME

Visit to view the entire lineup. VentureBeat readers can save $50 off registration using the code VB12.

Antony Bruno is Billboard’s former Executive Director of Content & Programming, now an independent consultant/advisor. He is the conference chair for the FutureSound conference. For more information, visit

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