Billboard created the FutureSound conference to encouragedialogue among the stakeholders in the traditional music industry,the nascent digital music business and the investors who findand fund new technologies. Only through understanding canthe industry move forward. The conversations at Terra in SanFrancisco on Nov. 15 and 16 showed these parties have witnessedgains during the last 12 months. Venture capital is more activein music. Licensing deals are moving in a positive direction.Innovations in product and process are helping consumersdiscover music in brand-new ways. Yet, as this white paper details,there is much room for improvement.
Licensing, data anddiscovery were themajor themes to comeout of BiLLBoard’sfuturesound conferencein san francisco. thiswhite paper examinesthe opportunities andproBLems of each