Andrew Dubber is Reader in Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University. He’s a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and is an internationally-renowned lecturer, author, consultant, public speaker, broadcaster and blogger.
His research interests include digital media cultures, online music enterprise, and music as culture. Dubber is the founder of New Music Strategies and Music Think Tank, is a board member of Un-Convention, and is a member of the board of advisors for Bandcamp. His free e-book ‘The 20 Things You Must Know About Music Online‘ is required reading for musicians and independent music businesses.
What I'm really looking forward to about A2N is continuing the conversations we started last year about music as culture - and not simply as commerce, and I'm keen to discuss music as a tool for social change as part of that.
Jason Sigal manages the Free Music Archive, an interactive online library of free & legal mp3s picked by established independent music curators. The project is spearheaded by world-renowned freeform radio station WFMU, where Jason also hosts a weekly music program/podcast. Jason came to the FMA from the ad-supported digital broadcaster BreakThru Radio. While earning a degree in Computer Music & Multimedia from Brown University, Jason served as General Manager for bsrlive.com. His involvement with independent radio began at Princeton's college-community station WPRB, where he worked as Sales Manager and hosted World and Rock programming. Jason is also a semi-professional musician/songwriter/producer who has released music on several independent record labels, and has toured extensively throughout North America sharing the stage with artists including the Arcade Fire and Flipper.
We live in an innovative moment for music, as well as the surrounding industry and culture. At the same time, the disruptive effects of new technology can be extremely divisive, so I applaud all2gethernow's approach in bringing a full range of perspectives and stakeholders to the table to discuss the issues at-hand. The Free Music Archive's membership is similarly diverse, including musicians and the industry that supports their artistic pursuits, along with music fans and the cultural producers who give music a social value. We have united around the idea that free cultural forums are beneficial not only to the proliferation and sustainability of an artists' work, but to our society as a whole. I am looking forward to discussions concerning the influence of technology and social media on music culture, business models surrounding Creative Commons-licensed content, new ways to reach audiences through video/remixes/open distribution models, and the importance of cultural filters in this era where virtually all recorded music is at our fingertips.