Because of the tube strike in London we had to cancel this event but we have now confirmed a new date.

We look forward to seeing you on the 1st July 2009 at the William to discuss Videos & Music. You can find all details below:

In all our previous OpenMusicMedia sessions the focus has primarily been on music – we talked about recommendations, live music, different ways of consuming recorded music and of course how the whole ecosystem of music works (or not) and what has to happen to make it work in the future.

Radar Music VideosFor our next night we want to discuss an art form which has always been closely related to music: videos. We have invited Caroline Bottomley who is the founder of Radar Music Videos, “a music video commissioning platform and music video director network” to present us with her ideas on the future of music videos. She will be explaining why her website is important for musicians and video producers and from there we will try and explore how digital technology has been affecting visual content.

As always the conversation will kept very broad – topics we want to talk about include:

  • Do artists need music videos these days?
  • Is it easier of harder to get exposure for your music videos in the age of YouTube?
  • What makes a video ‘viral’?

As always this will be an open discussion and you will set the topics for this night. We’ll be starting the discussion at around 7pm but feel free to be there by 6pm and have a drink with us. You can find all the details below, if you have any questions, leave a comment or contact us via twitter.

The event is free to open to everyone but if you can please RSVP at our new Facebook group.

Wednesday, 10th June 2009
Wednesday, 1st July 2009
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

We’ve used a Kevin Kelly quote before as the basis for an OpenMusicMedia meetup. Back then it was his “1000 True Fans” hypothesis, now it’s his thoughts in ‘Better Than Owning‘ that we draw on:

Ownership is not as important as it once was. Very likely, in the near future, I won’t “own” any music, or books, or movies. Instead I will have immediate access to all music, all books, all movies using an always-on service, via a subscription fee or tax. I won’t buy – as in make a decision to own — any individual music or books because I can simply request to see or hear them on demand from the stream of ALL. I may pay for them in bulk but I won’t own them. The request to enjoy a work is thus separated from the more complicated choice of whether I want to “own” it. I can consume a movie, music or book without having to decide or follow up on ownership.

SpotifyA company that subscribes to this vision is Spotify, recently launching their new streaming music service that gives listeners free and legal access to millions of tracks via their desktop client.  It’s a service that has proved popular amongst early adopters and is already changing the way that many people access music. So we’re very excited to have Spotify as our special guests on March 10th extending the discussion to some of the fundamental points that they believe in:

  • Access will more and more replace ownership
  • The URL is the new MP3
  • It’s not about one business model, its about a plethora.
  • To compete with Piracy, content and speed are key factors
  • So what is Spotify’s business model? Will it succeed? Can access be funded by advertising? Are there times when ownership is important? What are main benefits off the access model? And what are the implications for the music industry?

    These are just some of the questions we’ll be asking each other. So come on down and join in the conversation! We’re expecting it to be very busy so make sure you get down early. We’ll be there from 6pm and we usually start upstairs at around 7pm-ish. Venue details below. Please RSVP at our new Facebook group

    Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
    6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    William IV

    7 Shepherdess Walk
    London, England N1 7QE
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    A belated thank you to all those who struggled through the snowy conditions to come down to OpenMusicMedia #5 the other week. Songkick’s Ian Hogarth led a great conversation on the live music industry, an area which we hadn’t covered much before at OMM. For any of you who couldn’t make it there is a full review over at The Music Void, which includes a whole bunch of stats that Ian presented for us on the evening.

    We were also very luck to have Dubber record an interview with Ian before we started the main session upstairs. If you don’t know Dubber already he (amongst other things) writes the excellent New Music Strategies blog. Make sure you check it out and stick it in your RSS reader.

    Look forward to information about our next meetup coming next week.

    Upcoming

    February 4, 2009

    Upcoming
    This isn’t a post about what we have upcoming at OpenMusicMedia. Although we do have some fantastic meetups already planned and in the diary. More on that very soon!

    It’s a post about RSVP-ing on Upcoming – http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/1512363/

    We’ve been using Upcoming as a way for everyone attending to let us (and others) know that you’ll be coming down on the evening. It’s not compulsory and usually only about half of the people who actually turn up will have RSVP-ed but it does help us plan and make arrangements in advance if we’re expecting a bit of a squeeze upstairs at the William IV. So if you are coming down and haven’t let us know via Upcoming then please do.

    We are looking to find a better way for doing this in the future so if you know of any other cool social tools that we could add to this actual blog maybe then we’re definitely interested in hearing about them!

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
    6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

    William IV

    7 Shepherdess Walk
    London, England N1 7QE

    We’re under a month into 2009 and we’re already close to finalising the topics and speakers for the next three OpenMusicMedia meetups. And it’s about time we started telling you about the next one. The date is Wednesday 4th February and leading the conversation will be Songkick‘s Ian Hogarth. If you haven’t heard about Songkick already then we think you probably will very soon. Based in East London, Songkick is a leading gig recommendation and ticket search engine that tracks concerts based on your listening habits.

    The theme set by Ian is ‘Live & Kicking’ and he’ll be talking about how the industry has boomed over past 9 years and where the concert industry is going to be in 5 years time. How start-ups and technology are going to accelerate that, and what you need to do to get on the train. With traditional recorded music sales in decline is the future of the music industry live? What can artists and bands do to monetize their live performances? Is it sustainable? What changes are we seeing in the live music sector? And what happens if the music doesn’t lend itself to the live arena?

    These are just some of the discussion points, so come down and get involved.

    As David Bowie once said:

    ”Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity…So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen.”

    More Details On OpenMusicMedia

    WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

    WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

    WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

    DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

    ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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    OpenMusicMedia Tweet

    December 4, 2008

    I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave up part of their busy December schedules to make it down to yesterday’s quiet but relaxed Xmas Drinks.  In the absence of a topic and speaker we took pleasure in food, ale and good conversation between friends and like minds! It was great to see some new faces as welll who braved the cold night to come down and introduce themselves!

    A lot of the talk during the evening turned to Twitter and I had several separate conversations discussing some familiar themes.  So I thought a nice follow up to the night would be to make a short list of some of OpenMusicMedia’s Twitterers. It continues the trend started by Jonathan Deamer and continued in excellent fashion by Sean Adams earlier this week.

    Hopefully you’re all familiar with Twitter by now… the micro-blogging, social-networking tool. Quite a few people I’ve spoken to have hesitated to get signed up and stuck in but hopefully the below list will make a good entry point and serve as an extension to our own little network that we are building up at OpenMusicMedia.

    In no particular order:

    @jonaswoost – Jonas Woost & I co-founded OpenMusicMedia back in May this year. He’s been at Last.fm since late 2005 and is Head of Music there. Jonas is a frequent speaker at conferences, and blogs at heutepopmorgen.com which also happens to be the name of his weekly radio show.

    @seaninsound – Sean Adams knows a thing or two about the music industry and regularly contributes nuggets of his musical wisdom to the discussion at OpenMusicMedia. He’s been blogging since 1996 and is the founder of DrownedInSound. Sean inspired this post so props to him!

    @dubber – I met Andrew Dubber at our first ever OpenMusicMedia. He is a Senior Lecturer of Music Industries at Birmingham City University, blogs about online music at NewMusicStrategies and also has a refined taste for jazz records and whisky.

    @soundboy – Ian Hogarth is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met about the live music scene and this passion shines through in his  gig  aggregator and recommendation startup Songkick. Ian himself organises several meetups and we hope to have him down to speak at ours in the new year for a discussion on the live side of the music industry.

    @fakesensations – Christian excels as PR for Last.fm. When he’s not busy calculating interesting stats on Last.fm listeners he’s asking thought-provoking questions at OpenMusicMedia, seeding P2P networks with his band’s album and working on his homegrown documentary on Eccentric Pop Music

    @fascinated – Anthony Volodkin is the inspired mind and nomadic entrepreneur behind the hugely popular music blog aggregator HypeMachine. He came all the way over from New York to be the speaker at our first ever OpenMusicMedia. And we love him for it!

    @haynes_dave – Well it’s me I guess… co-founder of OpenMusicMedia and the UK face of SoundCloud. Having started out in the music industry running a vinyl record store, a label and DJ-ing around Europe, I’ve been working in the music industry now for what’s seems like an age (but isn’t). I have a passion for digital music and I occasionly cobble some thoughts together over at my BytesizeMusic blog.

    @perreau – Having previously been at the NME, Ben Perreau now works at Sky but has recently formed a bright new startup called Gigulate. Still in beta, Gigulate promises to ‘deliver music news, blogs and the hottest gig listings at hyperspeed’. Make sure you check it out.

    @bbjazz – Adam Sieff is an all round nice guy and runs the UK operation for Sellaband. He was kind enough to hook us up with Pim Betist at Sellaband who came down to speak at the second OpenMusicMedia session on ‘1000 True Fans’.

    @nicklevine – Nick Levine is a member of Tack!Tack!Tack!, blogs at The Purpose Of All Media and has more connections to Sweden than an Ikea lorry.

    @theyoungpunx – One of OpenMusicMedia’s (and Twitter’s) newest faces, Hal Ritson heads The Young Punx, a London-based collective of eclectic electronic musicians who would sound just at good on Top Of The Pops as they would on the dancefloor.

    @coupde – James Darling is a web developer at the new and innovative PeoplesMusicStore. He occasionaly makes music on his way into work and is also partly responsible for the mind bending Vinyl Scrobbler.

    Honorable mentions should also go to other previous OpenMusicMedia attendees @atephoald, @grumblemouse, @JazCummins, @lewiswebb, @ericw, @sketchy1210, @nicoperez

    I’m sure I’ve missed a few out. If so add yourself in the comments!!

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    Tuesday, 2nd December. 6pm-11pm

    William IV

    7 Shepherdess Walk
    London, England N1 7QE

    It has certainly been a busy end to the year for myself and Jonas. Website launches, several conferences and a baby have meant not enough time to organize a speaker for the next instalment of OpenMusicMedia. But at the same time we’ve had a lot of people asking us when it will be.

    So with this in mind we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be having a simple yet festive OpenMusicMedia drinks session on Tuesday 2nd December. No official speaker or topic just good conversation between friends, colleagues and like minded people. Not forgetting the booze, music and fun of course!

    We’ll be meeting at the usual place, usual time, which means upstairs at the William IV pub after work from 6pm… till kicking out time. As a replacement for the speaker we’ll have a waitress service upstairs and if you’re planning to eat, there is a Christmas menu and the usual tasty bar snacks too. Hope to see you all down there!
    Xmas Cheer

    WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

    WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

    WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

    DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

    ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!