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Amplify Music Conversations

Rethink Next

Music is changing locally around the world. Enjoy our Community Conversations with music leaders in cities, regions, and countries throughout 2021. And please get inspired from the panel sessions from the Amplify Music 2021 conference that we will roll out over the next few months. What is Amplify Music? Amplify Music began as a quick virtual conference in April 2021 to capture stories and challenges of local music early in the pandemic. We gathered 39 sessions of conversations across 25 hours in April. In April 2021, we gathered conversations back together for AM21. Please enjoy past recordings and the future Amplify Music Communities episodes. This podcast was developed in part under grants from the U.S. Department of Education through its Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Colorado Denver. This content does not necessarily represent the policies of the U.S. Department of Education.

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Nashville - Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally
Dec 2 2021
Nashville - Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally
The history of music runs deep in Nashville, TN. The city is known as the Music City and is well-known for live music performances, music festivals, and songwriting.  Join us as we speak with two esteemed guests, Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally, about their unique music ecosystem and all that has happened over the past two years around the COVID pandemic. Speakers: Chris Cobb | Marathon Music Works; Special Events Plus; Sell Out Presents, LLC; National Independent Venue Association Erin McAnally | Artists Rights Alliance Interviews were conducted by Amplify Music in July 2021. (Support the show) (
Nashville - Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally
Dec 2 2021
Nashville - Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally
The history of music runs deep in Nashville, TN. The city is known as the Music City and is well-known for live music performances, music festivals, and songwriting.  Join us as we speak with two esteemed guests, Chris Cobb and Erin McAnally, about their unique music ecosystem and all that has happened over the past two years around the COVID pandemic. Speakers: Chris Cobb | Marathon Music Works; Special Events Plus; Sell Out Presents, LLC; National Independent Venue Association Erin McAnally | Artists Rights Alliance Interviews were conducted by Amplify Music in July 2021. (Support the show) (
FuturesCasting – Where Do We Want to Go?
Oct 14 2021
FuturesCasting – Where Do We Want to Go?
When we talk about the future, we tend to talk about anticipated demographic trends or tech-driven science fiction. Instead of a given set of Futures, what Futures can we intentionally build within and between our communities? What are our intentions of where we would like to take our music communities — and how do we get there? Speakers: Larry Miller | NYU Steinhardt; Musonomics Jim Griffin | Digital Rights, Pex Lena Ingwersen |  Music Cities Network; Hamburg Music Business Association Meng Ru Kuok | BandLab Technologies Michelle McKenzie | Urban Inclusion Community Audio recorded from Session 21 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Northwest Arkansas - Lia Uribe, Anthony Ball, Troy Campbell
Oct 12 2021
Northwest Arkansas - Lia Uribe, Anthony Ball, Troy Campbell
Northwest Arkansas is an up-and-coming, quickly growing music community. Join us as we speak with three leaders as they discuss the development of Northwest Arkansas and the impact the pandemic has had on the area. Northwest Arkansas has been a hidden gem only recently pushing to take its place on the world music and creative stage. Speakers: Anthony Ball |  Smoothman Music Production; Professional Drummer; Marketing Consultant Lia Uribe | Associate Professor at University of Arkansas; Principal Bassoon Troy Campbell | The House of Songs NWA; City of Songs TV Series; Collection Agency Films, LLC Thank you to the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) for sponsoring this episode! (Support the show) (
Rethinking Nightlife
Oct 7 2021
Rethinking Nightlife
Music is part of nightlife, but the nightlife industries are a lot more than music. During the pandemic, nightlife was further challenged, including restaurants, hotels, bars, and other venues. For some cities, nightlife became daytime or just closed with curfews — and bubbled out into unpermitted events. Where do we want to go for robust local nightlife? For the nightlife industries, what practical actions and strategies are needed and planned for recovery? Speakers: Michael Fichman | University of Pennsylvania; Urban Spatial Analysis; Solway Music, LLC Scott Plusquellec | Office of Film and Music, City of Seattle Mike Bell | The New Colossus Festival; Lorimer Beacon Tara Duvivier |  Pratt Center for Community Development Audio recorded from Session 27 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Rethinking Music Jobs
Oct 5 2021
Rethinking Music Jobs
In recovery, will careers and jobs look the same as before? Will there be new pathways or barriers in how we work together and what resources/assets are needed for live and recorded music? How might music and music industry college programs and continuing education change? Where will music jobs be? And will the jobs of the future look the same — or do we have a big bout of retraining ahead for the new-er music industries in cities across the world? Speakers: Armen Shaomian | Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), University of South Carolina Emily White | Collective Entertainment, #iVoted Nancy Tarr | Well Dunn Tamar Kaprelian | Nvak Collective, Nvak Foundation Audio recorded from Session 25 of our 2021 Amplify Music Conference. (Support the show) (
Rethinking Space - Futures of Live Events
Sep 30 2021
Rethinking Space - Futures of Live Events
As we return, we’re planning for unknown density, relationships with global touring, large vs small venue booking, increased costs, unknown appetites for tickets — what will the futures of live events be in the longer run, 2022 and beyond? Will the experiences change? Will concentrations of ownership change? Speakers: Eric Gilbert | Treefort Music Festival Ben Johnson | Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles Laura Wilson | Bohemian Foundation Elia Mssawir | Big Beards Entertainment Thank you to the Creative Arkansas Community Hub and Exchange (CACHE) for sponsoring this session. Audio recorded from Session 22 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Broken Puzzle Pieces – Ways to Rebuild Community
Sep 23 2021
Broken Puzzle Pieces – Ways to Rebuild Community
Our communities around the world have been challenged over the past year. How will we and can we rebuild? Our panelists will share potential strategies to begin to rebuild sociability, local nighttime economies, and music sectors within our communities. Speakers: Kim Wangler | Appalachian State University; College Music Society; Split Rail Records; MEIEA Jim Peters | Responsible Hospitality Institute Matthew Ché Kowal | Majestic Collaborations Merlijn Poolman | Nightmayor of Groningen; Gateway to China; COSIMO Foundation Nurit Siegel Smith |Music Forward Foundation  Audio was recorded from Session 19 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Youth/Fans – Where They See 2021 Ahead
Sep 21 2021
Youth/Fans – Where They See 2021 Ahead
A panel of Gen-Zers will share their desires, fears, and what they are thinking about music and the music business. What is the job outlook? Are they going to go back to shows quickly or wait? What about festivals? What are younger fans and community members wanting and seeing in this live-recovery era? Speakers: Storm Gloor | Associate Professor, Music and Entertainment Studies Sydney Peters | Citrusfest; Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts Edwina Maben | CU Denver; Youth on Record Celia Thomson | Musical Bridges Around the World; University of Texas, San Antonio Weiler Harmon | Brick City Records; Ohio University Audio recorded from Session 16 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Rebuilding Arts Organizations in 2021
Sep 16 2021
Rebuilding Arts Organizations in 2021
How can we rebuild arts organizations this year? Many arts organizations were cobbled or crippled in the past year. How can we help these organizations rebuild in a changing environment? What has been successful in various regions and spaces? How can your organization find healing pathways and kindred spirits? Speakers: Kate Durio | CEO, North America, Sound Diplomacy Matthew Che Kowal | Co-Founder and President, Majestic Collaborations Mollie Quinilin-Hayes | Arts Consultant; Member, Alternate ROOTS Audio recorded from Session 09 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Music in Civic and Emotional Recovery
Sep 14 2021
Music in Civic and Emotional Recovery
Music enhances social and emotional wellness within a city. The disappearance of live music venues pushed people into singing from their balconies and porches in different regions across the creative shutdown. What will the role of music continue to be in our civic and emotional recovery from the pandemic and beyond? How will music be part of the healing future? Speakers: Meara McLaughlin | Executive Director, MusicPortland Ken Veerman | Strategic consultant for cultural venues and organizations Laura Hutfless | Co-Founder, FlyteVu; Member, The Female Founder Collective; Board Member, The Onsite Foundation Shannon Daut | Manager of Cultural Affairs, City of Santa Monica Audio recorded from Session 18 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Relocation – Transformations of City Centers and Suburbs
Sep 9 2021
Relocation – Transformations of City Centers and Suburbs
Where do we want to live if we have our choices? And where do we want to engage with music if we’re working and living in a hybrid or remote work world? Not all of us changed locations, but Central Business Districts are struggling with their futures and suburbs in many cities are the new normal. What does all of this do to permanently impact city centers and in many cases the locations of our music venues and city festivals? This session will discuss the past year’s transformations of city centers and suburbs. Speakers: Adam Behr | Director, Live Music Exchange; Senior Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University Elizabeth Cawein | Founder, Music Export Memphis; CEO & Founder, Signal Flow PR, Adj. Prof., Rhodes College Elizabeth Currid-Halkett | James Irvine Chair, Urban and Regional Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California Kwende Kefentse | Executive Director, CKCU; Creative Director / General Manager, TIMEKODE Theo Ellis | Founder, ProSound Media; VP Industry Partnerships, Digital Currensy Audio recorded from Session 11 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Financial Bets 2021 – Investing and Trading in Music
Sep 7 2021
Financial Bets 2021 – Investing and Trading in Music
What a year in terms of buying and selling of music companies, despite the uncertainty and turmoil! Whole portfolios of music rights and entire companies have been rapidly being bought and sold. What will be the drivers for funding and acquisitions in the future? How are these acquisitions changing the music industry? We will discuss the basics behind how catalogs are valued, the importance of owning your own IP, and trends in global music finance. Speakers: Amy Baker | Co-Founder, Winston Baker Anthony Martini | CEO, Royalty Exchange; Founder, Commission Vickie Nauman | Founder, CrossBorderWorks Consulting & Advising Audio recorded from Session 14 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Government Action/Inaction Across the Globe
Sep 2 2021
Government Action/Inaction Across the Globe
Government funding became a key factor in local venues and artists’ lives last year. Different cities, counties, and countries reacted differently — and had different infrastructures already in place or were entirely missing. Our guests will share stories of working with various government entities and how those relationships have changed over the past year — and where we need those relationships to continue to transform. Speakers: Mark Davyd | CEO, Music Venue Trust UK; Owner, Tunbridge Wells Forum; Music Supervisor, Outstanding Michael Bracy | President, Music Policy Forum; Partner, Bracy Tucker Brown Sipho Sithole | Director, Afrocentric Agency; Research Fellow, University of Johannesburg, Audio was recorded from Session 07 of our 2021 Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Changing Roles of Music in Media and Civil Society
Aug 26 2021
Changing Roles of Music in Media and Civil Society
We have asked extensively in the past year: what is the role of live music and music communities in our healthy cities and society? Music has found its way into all of our digital pores and spaces, and we’ve fought for its funding in the offices of government. Have we changed or made more visible the role of music in media and civil society? Do we want to change this in our moves ahead? What social roles and awareness do we need and want to change in music’s futures? Speakers: Gigi Johnson | Maremel Institute; UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Laura Clark | Music Forward Foundation Diana Raiselis | Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; VibeLab Kevin Erickson | Future of Music Coalition Audio recorded from Session 29 of our Amplify Music Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Rethinking Music Tourism
Aug 24 2021
Rethinking Music Tourism
In the past year, both live music and tourism took a hit — so cities that held both were doubly damaged. How will music tourism change in a post-pandemic world? What does a healthy music tourism city look like going forward? Do we want or need to redesign our expectations, policies, and social systems? Speakers: David Hazan | DLH Strategic Marketing Saria Tourbah | Music Cities Events, Sound Diplomacy Jocelyn Kane | Responsible Hospitality; City of Coachella Audio recorded from Session 26 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference. (Support the show) (
Streaming: Composing and Creating Into the Social Vacuum
Aug 19 2021
Streaming: Composing and Creating Into the Social Vacuum
2020 became a year of virtual creation and community. Will this stick as a permanent mode of creation and collaboration? What will this become in 2021 and beyond? Here we will discuss this challenge for creating in hybrid and virtual environments with a gathering of creators and composers. Speakers: Jeremy Peters | Wayne State University College; Quite Scientific Records Jonathan McHugh | Song Stew Entertainment Ritnika Nayan | CD Baby, India; Music Gets Me High; Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication; Sula Fes Natasha Pasternak | UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; Desert Dreams Creative; Women in Music; Jail Guitar Doors Robert Singerman | LyricFind; SyncSummit; The Chile, Argentina, Brazil (CAB)  A big thank you to LyricFind for sponsoring this session!  Audio was recorded from Session 13 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
Rethinking Social Safety Nets and Shared Support
Aug 18 2021
Rethinking Social Safety Nets and Shared Support
We knew going into the pandemic that local musicians and venues usually lacked social support for healthcare, housing, and basic living and working support. Then the pandemic proved the challenges, and many communities then moved to step up. What will we expect and what have we built (or need to build) in our local communities to support creators, venues, and related industries? This session will look deeper into what makes local music so vital to a community’s support system. Over the next three years, how can our local sectors augment social safety nets for music creators all the related systems in need? Speakers: Nurit Siegel Smith | Music Forward Foundation Renard Bridgewater | Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans Elizabeth Stookey Sunde | Music to Life Spencer Townshend Hughes | Music Minds Matter; The Hollow Audio recorded from Session 24 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
New Orleans - Rachel Shields, Raj Smoove, Reid Wick
Aug 12 2021
New Orleans - Rachel Shields, Raj Smoove, Reid Wick
To many people, New Orleans is considered the birthplace of jazz as well as the festival capital of the world, celebrating every kind of music in different ways. The entire live music scene, however, took a hit as the COVID pandemic swept the nation. Join us as we meet with 3 leaders from the music industry in New Orleans as they discuss the recovery post-pandemic of their music community.  Speakers: Rachel Shields | Greater New Orleans, Inc. Raj Smoove | DJ; The Gentilly Agency Reid Wick |  The Recording Academy Audio recorded on 07.29.2021 (Support the show) (
New Ways of Organizing Between and Within Music Industries
Aug 11 2021
New Ways of Organizing Between and Within Music Industries
This past year, we’ve seen NIVA and perhaps a dozen other new organizations bringing us together across sectors and geographies. We’ve seen political action around the globe get started or begin to move. We’ve seen new virtual festivals and gatherings. We’ve seen new virtual global organizations. What will we see in 2021 and beyond? Are we finding new ways of organizing in local music communities? Do we need organizations that don’t yet exist and that will emerge in recovery? Are there organizations we don’t need anymore? Speakers: Bryce Merrill | Bohemian Foundation Lutz Leichsenring | Vibe Lab Jeremy Peters | Wayne State University College Shain Shapiro | Sound Diplomacy Serona Elton | The Mechanical Licensing Collective Audio recorded from Session 28 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference (Support the show) (
The Intertwining of Educational Disruption and Music Disruption
Aug 6 2021
The Intertwining of Educational Disruption and Music Disruption
Last Spring, music education around the world suddenly went remote — or was severely disrupted at the very least. Many schools and educators pivoted and transformed how they taught music. Community education organizations already had pivoted in some cases and became global instead of just serving their local communities. Performers became online educators around the world, opening new doors and relationships. Will this continue in 2021? Will this five-years-of-change-in-one stick or transform expectations and global connections? Speakers: Frank Heuser | UCLA Alpert School of Music Michelle Rocqet | Youth On Record Kelsey Smith | Young Musicians Foundation Richard Niles | American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers Akira Nakano | LA Inception Orchestra Audio recorded from Session 10 of our Amplify Music 2021 Virtual Conference (Support the show) (