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Recording Academy to Host MusicTech Summit in Seattle

The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter, in association with the Producers and Engineers Wing, is hosting its second annual MusicTech Summit in Seattle, a two-day conference examining the intersection of music and technology with an emphasis on how the changing landscape can empower artists and further their careers. The conference will comprise seven panels with top-level music and technology leaders, hands-on demonstrations and a keynote address by Terry McBride, CEO of Nettwerk Music Group.

The MusicTech Summit will be held at the Experience Music Project’s JBL Theater and Learning Labs on Friday, November 2 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closing receptions will be held following each night at Solo Bar.

“Seattle is quickly becoming ground zero for the music industry, so it makes perfect sense that we should build a conference of this nature in a city where technology is currently challenging the way major labels do business,” says Pacific Northwest Chapter Executive Director Ben London. “As a region, we are defining the future of how people will listen to, purchase and share music, so we are extremely excited to once again host the conference.”

The event will focus on how artists can make the most of the changing technological landscape. Panelists will address seven topics: the look of the new label; monetizing music in the digital age; the future of digital distribution; the effects of congressional policy on the music business; touring and technology; social networking; and mobile devices and music.

CEO and founder of the Nettwerk Music Group, McBride, will give the keynote address at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 3. Most recently, McBride has turned his attentions to advances in digital technology, intellectual property rights and the future of music distribution.

The conference will also feature artist Dave Allen (Gang of Four), manager Randy Irwin (Arctic Monkeys), Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy and SoundExchange Executive Director John Simson. Additionally, on Friday, November 2 at 9:30 a.m., there will be demonstrations on how to create a podcast, among other crucial skills.

Cost of the summit is free for members of The Recording Academy as well as members of the Grammy University Network. Tickets are $100 for the general public for a two-day pass, or $75 for a one-day pass.

To RSVP or purchase tickets, contact the Pacific Northwest Chapter office at 206/834-1000. For more information about the event, click here. For more information about the Recording Academy, visit For more information about Nettwerk Music Group, visit