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SXSW 2019

Play Me, Maybe? Will the DOJ Silence Live Music?

To play music publicly, you need a license. Figuring out how can be almost impossible. Why? Because music data, who owns what, and who wrote what is a tangled mess. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Chief is threatening to remove the guardrails around the industry’s biggest music licensing duopolies, which could make this mess much worse.

Ensuring everyone can enjoy the music they love while guaranteeing artists get the money they deserve is at risk. Join key music industry stakeholders in exploring what the government should be doing to make music licensing easier and to bring transparency to this opaque system.

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  1. Is the future of live music at bars and restaurants under threat due to the lack of a centralized repository of music licensing information?
  2. Would a gov't mandated database lead to more music streamed online & in live venues, yielding greater royalties for recording artists and songwriters?
  3. How would removing the guardrails around the music industry’s largest Performing Rights Organizations impact the entire music ecosystem?



Tana Bosshard, Senior Associate, Glen Echo Group

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Cities, Government & Politics
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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