Commonwealth National Podcast

On-line Music Panel: The Rock Star Revolution (2/5/09)

Tim Westergren, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora
Nion McEvoy, Chief Executive Officer, Spin magazine
Steve Jang, Chief Marketing Officer, imeem
Dana LoPiccolo-Giles, Co-founder and Managing Director, Amazon’s CreateSpace
Riaz Karamali, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Martine Paris, Director, Business Development, Strategic Content Partnerships – Moderator

It’s nothing short of revolutionary. Within minutes, and with little upfront cost, today’s budding rock star can go online to sell CDs and downloads on Amazon; submit music for play on Pandora internet radio; aggregate fans on the hip social network imeem alongside chart-topping megastars; and become involved with the myspacemusic/spinmagazine community. Industry experts discuss the democratization of the music industry, digital pathways to fame, and the business and legal issues facing this new societal phenomenon.

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on February 5, 2009.