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Wednesday, March 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Beyond Genre: How To Better Connect Fans w/ Music

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In the very near future, genre will no longer be the primary way of classifying music. Not only are both fans and artists chaffing against the limitations of an archaic system designed for physical stores with limited shelf space, music services are competing with each other to find new ways to intelligently deliver the right music at the right time in ways simple genre classifications can’t provide. The metadata and tagging capabilities of digital files to classify music by mood, activity, location, and even crowdsourced custom definitions allows for far greater flexibility. This panel will examine the technical possibilities and execution of moving to a post-genre music world.

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Glenn McDonald

Data Alchemist, The Echo Nest/Spotify
Glenn McDonald is a Principal Engineer and Data Alchemist for the Echo Nest at Spotify where he spends his time turning interesting data into meaningful and useful data, or sometimes vice versa. He believes music is the thing humans are best at, and that computers and data ought to... Read More →
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Ty Roberts

Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Gracenote
Ty is the Chief Strategy Officer for Gracenote and is tasked with developing long-term strategy and identifying new areas of growth for the company. Ty co-founded Gracenote when his company ION merged with CDDB in the late 1990s. Prior to Gracenote, Ty produced the industry’s first... Read More →

Terry Weerasinghe

VP of Music Svcs, Beatport
Terry Weerasinghe became Beatport’s first VP of Music Services in late 2013. He oversees all label supplier relations and global supply chain operation responsibilities. Additionally, he is charged with creating new relationships and strengthening existing ties with key label suppliers... Read More →
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Bill Wilson

VP of Digital Strategy & Business Dev, Music Business Association
As Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association (Music Biz), including initiatives such as metadata. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

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