Conventions & Awards

#DMFE Highlights From Digital Music Forum East

image from www.hypebot.comMax Willens (@maxwillens) of We All Make Music was Hypebot's man on the ground Thursday in New York City at the annual Digital Music Forum East and share's the day's highlights.

  • Will Spotify debut in the U.S. this June? 4 of 5 State of the Digital Union panelists say no.
  • Will Google’s Music service be up by fall? 4 of 5 State of the Digital Union panelists say yes.
  • “If we’re here next year and it still takes six to eight months to license anything, we’re all dead.” – Carter Adamson, COO, Rdio

More Highlights From Digtal Music Forum East:

  • “Are any of you guys doing any marketing? I haven’t heard of any of you.” – Audience member to "Hey Hey, Get Off Of My Cloud" panel.
  • "[Lack of] awareness is still a major reason subscription services haven't worked." – Clear Channel Radio COO Gerrit Meier
  • "On average, a person attends 0.9 [Live Nation/Ticketmaster] shows/year." – Live Nation/Ticketmaster VP Jenny Connelly
  • “We do text campaigns for every one of our artists…new songs, new video, a media appearance, anything notable.”- Island Def Jam VP Allison Schlueter
  • “Even the Chamber of Commerce has been taken over by the content community.” – Consumer Electronics Association President Gary Shapiro
  • “If people actually clicked the ‘buy’ links on YouTube videos and Facebook posts, we’d all be rich men.” – Wiredset CEO Mark Ghuneim
  • Roadrunner Records SVP Jon Slatterley says sites like "Sign Me To Roadrunner Records" aren’t used for A&R. They’re designed to capitalize on amateur fans’ enthusiasm for the Roadrunner brand, and expand fans’ engagement.
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