OpenMusicMedia is an informal meetup to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. Started by Dave Haynes and Jonas Woost the group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests. It provides a relaxed and informal environment to start conversations and promote openness and learning.
Originally started in London, OpenMusicMedia events are currently also taking place in Toronto, Belfast, Los Angeles, Montreal, Brussels and New York.
OpenMusicMedia focuses around a main topic of conversation and someone who can lead it. Guests are actively doing something in their field, rather than just talking about it. Previous guests at OpenMusicMedia London have included Anthony Volodkin (HypeMachine), Daniel Ek (Spotify), Ian Hogarth (Songkick) and Eric Wahlforss (SoundCloud).
The format is kept as informal as possible. There are no badges, mics, powerpoints or record anything that gets said. The guest is leading the conversation and starts talking about what they do and how it relates to the topic. This usually only lasts about ten minutes until the conversation starts moving around the room in a round-table like manner.