New Music Seminar Starts Sunday in New York

Seymour Stein, Kenny Gamble, Al Bell, Craig Kallman, Nile Rodgers, Peter Asher will be among the panelists.

The New Music Seminar actually predates the likes of SXSW. The industry gathering has memorably hosted keynote speeches by the likes of Malcolm McLaren since being co-founded by Tommy Boy’s Tommy Silverman in 1980.

The Seminar lasted until 1994 as the go-to get-together for the then-emerging indie business, but took a 15-year hiatus, returning in 2009.

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“The Beginning of a Brand-New Music Business,” is the theme to this year’s three-day affair, beginning Sunday night at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan.

Some of the must-attend panels are as follows:

SoundExchange president/ceo Michael J. Huppe will deliver the keynote address on Monday morning before the NMS kicks in big-time with “Turning the Stream into a River,” examining subscription models and moderated by Bloomberg Television’s Cristina Alesci, including Google director of international partnerships Sami Valkonen and Sirius XM svp music licensing George White.

Silverman and Jerry “The Geator” Blavat will be “The Conductors” for “Music Business Legends: It’s Still About the Music,” featuring an impressive panel featuring legendary Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Philly International’s Kenny Gamble and Stax Records Al Bell, which will take place at the Grand Ballroom at 12:45 p.m.

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Glassnote’s Daniel Glass, Shazam vp head of music and west ad sales Peter Szabo will take part in “MIDEM Presents: The Globalization of Music,” a look into how music’s worldwide ubiquity affects the marketing of developing artists, at the Crystal Ballroom.

Atlantic chairman/ceo Crag Kallman and Nile Rodgers will moderate “The Producers Movement,” featuring knob-twisters Howard Benson, Andy Kipnes, Mike Caren, Luke Laird, Peter Asher, Tor Hermansen and David Bendeth.

S-Curve’s Steve Greenberg, Razor & Tie’s Craig Balsam, Wind-Up’s Edward Vetri, Mom + Pop’s Michael Goldstone, Average Joes’ Shannon Houchins, ATO’s Jon Salter and Domino’s Kris Gillespie will hold forth on “Independent Labels Coming to Power,” extrapolating on their 35 percent marketshare, making the case for artists as preferable homes to the majors.

DigSin’s Jay Frank will lead the discussion on “Online Media Music Discovery” featuring such journalist types as Billboard’s Andrew Flanagan, Pitchfork’s Mark Richardson, Republic svp publicity Joe Carozza, The Fader’s Andy Cohn and Your EDM’s Elliot Sachs.

Sirius XM president/chief content officer Scott Greenstein, the man who brought Howard Stern to satellite radio, will sit for a Q&A in the Grand Ballroom at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Lava Records music biz vet Jason Flom will lead the charge for “Label Heads: The Gamblers,” sharing “success stories,” “mistakes made” and “lessons learned” with RCA’s Tom Corson, Republic’s Monte and Avery Lipman, Atlantic’s Julie Greenwald, Entertainment One’s Alan Grunblatt and Warner Bros’ Cameron Strang.

Billboard’s Ray Waddell will moderate the discussion for “The Billboard Touring Conference Presents: The Live Music Business and Emerging Artists” with Paradigm’s Marty Diamond, House of Blues’ Ben Weeden, AEG Live’s Casey McCabe and Photo Finish Records’ Matt Galle.

Tuesday’s highlights include sessions on Music Videos, High Resolution Audio, a digital radio workshop and a session with Spotify’s director of economics Will Page.

Danny Goldberg will be among the participants in “The Managers Movement,” Peter Asher will moderate “The Songwriters Movement,” while Island Records president David Massey will oversee “The A&R Movement.”

Republic Records evp Charlie Walk will moderate “Radio: The World’s Best Discovery Engine” with Sirius XM’s Steve Blatter, CBS Radio’s Michael Martin, Power 106’s Jimmy Steal, Radio One’s Jay Stevens and Shazam’s Peter Szabo.

The NMS closes with the “Artist on the Verge Awards” and a final “New Music Nights” party featuring a variety of new performers.

For a complete listing of events, go here