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MusicBiz 2005

Futurist Music Conference

October 15-17, 1999

Well, this advance news item should prove once and for all that time is relative and that the world is passing us by at an ever-increasing rate. While we have yet to pop the corks of our next-millennial champagne stash, we get the announcement that the San Francisco Bay Area will host a unique conference this October called MusicBiz 2005. Billed as a futurist music conference, MusicBiz 2005 will take place on October 15-17, 1999 and is expected to draw top music business professionals to preview the music industry’s inevitable evolution. A common thread through the weekend’s discussions will be projecting how today’s dramatic developments and challenges will change the musical industry five years down the road when many of these controversial issues will have been resolved. MB-5 will include panel discussions, hands-on demonstrations, workshops and special events.

A sampling of conference topics include: MP3 downloading, intellectual property issues, connecting the artist and fan in cyberspace, redefining the record company, Internet radio, emerging technologies such as DVD multichannel audio, high resolution recording/playback formats, new stage performance technologies and advanced recording systems. According to event producer, David Schwartz, former editor-in-chief of Mix magazine, “We are in the most dynamic, exciting and critical time for music since the beginning of the record industry. The next five years will surely see a re-landscaping in how music is created, recorded, performed and sold. MB-5 will allow the movers and shakers at the forefront to share their visions, and test their ideas, in a forum with their peers who are shaping the future.”

Attendance to MusicBiz 2005 is limited to 250 people and will be held at the newly opened Ex’pression Center for New Media in Emeryville, CA; a high-end educational facility for audio and visual media production. The $20 million venue includes a large theatre, state-of-the-art recording studios, DVD mastering studios and digital editing labs for attendee demonstrations.

Ex’pression Center for New Media, 6601 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608

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