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Musician Scholarships Available To Attend Future of Music Policy Summit


The Future of Music Policy Summit is a two-day annual event in Washington DC that brings together musicians and composers, managers and artist advocates, labels, publishers and music societies, tech innovators, legal experts and policymakers to discuss the most pressing issues facing the music business, all centered on the needs of musicians themselves.

Hosted by Future of Music Coalition and Georgetown University, this year’s event takes place on October 26-27.

As FMC’s Communications & Outreach Manager Kevin Erickson explains, “There are so many musicians who want to get involved in working for fairness and transparency, but it can seem daunting.  Our event breaks down these complicated debates and makes them accessible to all; whether you’re an industry veteran or a young musician at the earliest stages of your career, there’s a lot you can learn.”

Topics this year will include: debates over how streaming royalties are calculated, the role of data and discovery, new developments in arts education, time management tips for busy musicians, artist organizing strategy, transparency for songwriters and composers, new technological tools, an overview of music cities and local policies in a global context, and much more.

After each day of dynamic discussion, there will be evening events for networking and fun, including concerts, cocktails, and a listening party hosted by NPR’s All Songs Considered.

To ensure that musicians get to be active participants in the debates about the issues that impact their lives and livelihoods, a limited number of musician scholarships are available at a sliding scale price beginning at just $25.

Full speaker lineup, schedule, and registration information is available at

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