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Wednesday, October 4 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Music startups in a rapidly changing industry

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The digital revolution has had a huge impact on the music business. In just few short years, the industry has evolved into something new entirely - musicians record on laptops, fans stream music, and traditional record labels are edging towards irrelevance. What does it mean to be a music startup in this landscape? Has it increased opportunities for entrepreneurs? What emerging trends are likely to become the new norm? What's in store for the future? 

8Stem founder Adam Farish hosts a panel to discuss the past and present with Bruce Pavitt of Sub Pop Records / 8Stem Interactive Music, Daniel G. Harmann of the digital distribution company DistroKid, and Meli Darby, Seattle producer, event promoter, music marketer, and artist manager of the Upstream Music Festival & Summit, ReignCity Productions, and PLZCOMEAGAIN Management.

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Meli Darby

Meli Darby is a long-time Seattle producer, event promoter, music marketer, and artist manager. She is is currently the lead programming curator of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. In addition, Meli is active with several music startups including PLZCOMEAGAIN Management and the independent... Read More →
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Adam Farish

CEO, 8Stem Interactive Music
Adam is the inventor, founder, and CEO of the 8Stem Interactive Music format and mobile remix platform. His background as a musician, producer, sound engineer, and tech entrepreneur has given him a unique perspective on the future of music. Founding 8Stem in 2015, Adam has guided... Read More →
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Daniel G. Harmann

Director, Artist Relations, DistroKid
Daniel G. Harmann partnered with Philip Kaplan in 2016 to help build DistroKid into the world’s fastest growing, and soon to be largest digital music distributor. Their artist-first approach gained momentum as digital technology enabled performers to release music directly to the... Read More →
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Bruce Pavitt

Creative Director, 8Stem Interactive Music
Bruce Pavitt is a music historian, critic, DJ, speaker, author, founder of Sub Pop, and Co-founder and current Creative Director of 8Stem Interactive Music. He is most famous for creating the Grunge rock phenomenon in the early 1990s. Bruce not only released the first albums by Soundgarden... Read More →