Daytime Panels (Part II)


The Writing is on The Graffiti Wall: C2 and the Together Festival
Monday, May 13th from 12 – 1:30 PM
Moderated by: Kristen Standish (Boston Magazine Associate Publisher) with speakers: Leland Cheung (Cambridge City Council), David Dixon (Goody Clancy), Helena Fruscio (Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development), Meri Jenkins (Massachusetts Cultural Council), Robin Lapidus (Central Square Business Association), Jeff Lawrence (DigBoston) and Ken Reeves (Cambridge City Council).

What makes Central Square (C2) a natural place for the Together headquarters and the home of a Cultural District? Is it the grit and graffiti or the shared boundaries of public space that give C2 cultural resonance for so many people? Can open sharing and sourcing of culture create a sustainable economy? What economic models might work best in C2 to support the cultural traditions that people want to see enhanced and preserved here while at the same time fueling future-oriented businesses and creating an ideal environment for Live, Work, Play?

Polar Seltzer Presents: The State of Boston Music
Monday, May 13th from 2 – 3:30 PM
Moderated by: David Day (Together Festival, MMMMAVEN) with speakers Chris Faraone, Lauren Metter, Dave Wedge and more TBA.

These days, it seems like the only thing changing faster than the world of journalism is the music scene. With the EDM Explosion going on at the same time as the rise of Twitter, blogging, SoundCloud, and – jeez – the whole Internet basically, it can be tough to adapt and stay on top of things even just as a consumer. So what does it mean to be a music journalist right now? In particular, what does it mean to be a music journalist in Boston? Some of the city’s best will be on hand to discuss.

Can’t Knock the Hustle: Econ 101 for the Independent Musician
Friday, May 17th from 4 – 5:30 PM
Moderated by Max Pearl (Cluster Mag), with speakers Natalia Linares (Conrazón), Dan Hirsch (Independent music curator), George Machado and Matt Shadetek (Dutty Artz).

Is anyone making rent off of independent music? If the artists aren’t, who is? More importantly, how are they doing it? Keeping in mind various types of privilege based on class, race, gender, and disability, we’ll aim to discuss the ways in which independent artists and industry professionals have or have not made money, and why or why not. Where does money come from—licensing your single to Arby’s for their new ad campaign? Touring non-stop for three months? Selling branded USB sticks? What are the structural problems that make financial security impossible for independent musicians? We will discuss the relationship between independent music and the looming presence of the marketing world, the troubled distinction between “independent” and “commercial,” and the ways in which artists have successfully turned creative success into cash.

All panels are free and open to the public. For exact times please vist the 2013 schedule.


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