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Billboard FutureSound Conference Next Month In San Francisco

Screen Shot 2012-10-14 at 10.17.06 PMBillboard is set to put on its second annual FutureSound conference in San Francisco next month, taking place November 15th and 16th from the Terra event center. FutureSound focuses on defining problems and finding actionable solutions in the areas of entrepreneurship, music licensing, as well as leveraging the social web in the digital music marketplace. New to this year’s conference is an “Innovators Showcase”a music startup competition in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP that will provide a unique opportunity for digital music startups to pitch their company or product to a panel of high profile judges and in front of conference attendees.

The Innovators Showcase will include judges Larry Marcus (Managing Director of Walden Ventures Capital), David Kusek (Managing Partner at Digital Cowboys), Brian Zisk (Executive Producer at SF MusicTech), and YiPing Ho (Senior Director of Digital Strategy & Business Development at Warner Music Group). Eligible startups must be pre-revenue with a working demo or prototype to present that is in some fashion directed at the music industry.

In addition to the Innovators Showcase, the two-day FutureSound program will discuss the latest innovations and technologies driving the convergence of the digital and music industries. Topics will include finding solutions to the ongoing debate between rightsholders and developers about innovation in regards to the Internet and copyrights, the economics of digital music, music and the social web, and new technologies, business models and content strategies.

Confirmed speakers include a Keynote with Don Was (CEO at Blue Note Records), as well as presentations from Nic Adler (owner of The Roxy), Vince Bannon (VP of Entertainment Partnerships & Development for Getty Images), Ted Cohen (Managing Partner at TAG Strategic), Jason Feinberg (VP of Digital Strategy for Epitaph), artist Zoe Keating, Hany Nada (Founding Partner of GVC Capital), Ian Rogers (CEO of Topspin), Marc Ruxin (Founder of Tastemaker X), Ashley Simon (Manager of Media Partnerships at Foursquare), Emily White (Co-Founder of Whitesmith Entertainment), and Bill Wilson (VP Digital Strategy & Business Development for More speakers and the complete schedule will be announced as the event draws nearer. 

Hypebot's Hisham Dahud will be in attendance during FutureSound to provide live coverage of the two-day event, so be sure to follow @Hypebot on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest. 

Hisham Dahud is a Senior Analyst for Additionally, he is the head of Business Development for Fame House and an independent musician. Follow him on Twitter: @HishamDahud