The event will feature presentations and panels around these seven key topics: The Adolescence of Streaming; Global Copyright & Rights Management; Technology: Smart Speakers, AI, and Next Gen Music; The Modern Music Company; International: Spotlight on Emerging Markets; and Innovation: Investing In Music and Startup Showcases. 

These themes will set the scene for the two-day NY:LON Connect conference and are detailed below. 

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Technology: Smart Speakers AI and Next Gen Music sponsored by 7digital [clear filter]
Tuesday, January 23

2:25pm EST

Presentations: Smart Speakers & Voice Interface — What’s the Reality for the Music Biz?
Amazon’s Echo and other devices such as Apple’s HomePod and Google Home have the potential to change the way we discover and consume music. It’s safe to say we all have a sense that voice and smart assistants will be an important interface for music in the future — but will they really change discovery and consumption habits? What should the music industry be doing to make the most of the opportunities? During these presentations, we will hear from companies at the forefront of these trends.

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Pete Downton

Deputy CEO, 7digital
Pete Downton joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role. Prior to 7digital... Read More →
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Ryan Redington

Director, Music, Amazon
Ryan Redington is the head of Amazon Music in the U.S., reporting to Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. Throughout his time at Amazon, Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services — Prime Music in June 2014 and Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016. He... Read More →
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Ryan Taylor

Director of Partnerships, Sonos
Ryan Taylor is the Director of Partnerships at Sonos. He works with global brands to co-create and deliver enhanced music experiences to the home. Ryan has led partner projects with Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, and many more. Taylor joined Sonos in 2013 as Senior Product... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

3:00pm EST

Looking Forward — Watch Out Ed Sheeran! Making Music With Artificial Intelligence

AI is becoming an increasingly important tool for the modern day music business in improving music recommendation and aiding marketing campaigns. On the other hand, the role of AI in music composition is less developed, all while being potentially even more significant and more controversial. Therefore, this panel will discuss:

  • Will AI begin to put some composers and production music libraries out of a job?

  • Will we see AI start to populate Spotify’s mood playlists?

  • How do copyright laws need to adapt to keep up with the new possibilities of working with AI in music creation? Are AI generated songs based on producer’s new derivative works?

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Cherie Hu

Contributing Writer / Editor, Billboard / Forbes
Cherie Hu is an award-winning music journalist, keen on unveiling how emerging music markets, technologies and tastemakers make their dent in the status quo. She is a contributing writer and editor for Billboard and Forbes, and has also written regularly about the music industry for... Read More →

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Inderjit Birdee

Stratagist, A.I. Music
Inderjit Birdee leads within Strategy as part of the core team at A.I. Music. The mission of A.I. Music is to dynamically shape change music by applying the latest techniques in AI to the song itself. Within his role, Inderjit works closely across the business including areas such... Read More →
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Gregor Pryor

Partner & Co-Chair, Entertainment and Media Industry Group, Reed Smith LLP
Gregor Pryor is the leading digital music lawyer in Europe and serves as co-chair of Reed Smith’s global Entertainment and Media Industry Group. For more than 15 years, Pryor has been involved in advising many of the world’s leading companies in the music industry. He regularly... Read More →
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Peter Berg Steffensen

CEO & Founder, Moodagent
Peter is the co-founder of Moodagent, a market pioneer in music discovery that provides solutions for advanced audio search, automated playlist programming and music recommendations to the World's leading enterprises in the entertainment industry. Moodagent's competitive edge is... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

4:05pm EST

Innovation in Streaming Audio
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Mike Jbara

Mike Jbara is the CEO of MQA, an audio company that converts high resolution recordings into file sizes which are small enough to be downloaded or streamed. Previously, Jbara worked at Warner Music Group, where he held roles as Head of Studios, President of ADA Worldwide, President... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 4:05pm - 4:15pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel