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Blockchain: music without the middlemen?

May 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday 12th May, 2016, 6.00pm to 9.00pm, hosted By ReedSmith

– sponsored by CREATe, the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, based at the University of Glasgow


This Music Ally event will serve as both the launchpad or the first ever in-depth report on what blockchain really means for the music industry and a forum to help build a practical consensus around the next steps to enable the industry to take full advantage of blockchain technologies.

For tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blockchain-music-without-the-middlemen-tickets-5453666062

There’s been plenty of hype of late about the potential of blockchain technologies for music, allowing greater transparency and efficiencies in licensing and commercial transactions and helping to commercialise the long tail. But is it all coming down the pipe or really a pipe dream? Blockchain has the potential to radically reshape the current industry. But will it restructure collecting societies, distributors, labels and publishers? Or could the Blockchain in effect take out a huge chunk of the current industry?

This event will cut through the hype and look at the practical steps the music industry needs to take for potential to become a reality we can all, realistically, embrace.

The event features the following:

– Launch of the “Blockchain or the chaingang?” report authored by Dr Jeremy Silver, whose industry experience spans leading roles at Semetric, Musicglue, FAC, Sibelius, EMI, Virgin and the BPI, amongst others. Jeremy is also currently a CREATe industrial fellow.

– A panel of speakers including:

Simon Edhouse, MD of one of the world’s first bitcoin music platforms, Bittunes

Maria Forte, independent consultant who’s worked on everything from setting up EMI’s sampling department to Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ campaign

Benji Rogers, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, PledgeMusic and Blockchain evangelist (via Skype)

Alex Amsel, Blockchain consultant and co-founder of Ownage, an Ethereum based platform to distribute, collect and trade digital game content.

Mark Douglas,  CTO, PPL

– A survey taking the pulse of attendees’ views on blockchain

– Free post event report compiled by Music Ally assessing the viability and next steps for the industry to reach a necessary consensus

– Free email copy of “Blockchain or the chaingang?” report post event


The event begins at 6.30pm and ends at 8pm with complimentary drinks and nibbles to follow until 9pm. Registration begins at 6.00pm.

Thank you to our host sponsor ReedSmith

For tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blockchain-music-without-the-middlemen-tickets-5453666062




May 12, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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