Friday, September 29, 2000

Powerful Panels and Exciting Exhibits

Jennifer Toomey from Washington, DC's Coalition for the Future of Music spoke on "Web Basics: You got Internet on my Record Business." Margaret Saadi, owner of West Hollywood, CA-based Muscle Music, sat on the panel addressing heroin use and "Keeping the Band Alive." Portland, OR-based Willamette Week Editor Mark Zusman moderated a panel on sex and how the effects the new Digital Millenium Copyright Act has on all industries. Frank Sennett, features editor of Liberty Lake, WA,, spoke about who will survive the wake of the Napster decision. Paula Batson, of N2K history and now NY-based, spoke on a panel with SF-based Director Caroline Frye on "Analog to Digital Case Studies: Moving to a Wired Career." AOL/Spinner's VP Music Programming Chris Douridas spoke on "The State of Internet Radio." DreamWorks' A&R executive Luke Wood and Atlantic Records' director of A&R spoke on a panel entitled "A&R: Why You'll Need us Now More than Ever." Opening remarks came from's Jerry Harrison. This conference marked the inaugural Digital Video Festival, replicating SXSW's popular offerings of Film, Music and Interactive during the week in Austin. More than 40 videos (all under 15 minutes) from around the world were shown. The booths featured music-industry labels, CD-makers, streaming technology and local organizations. Sunnyvale, CA-based Preview Systems was handing out earpiece radios, and (which owns had free branded-disposable cameras. The most unique booth I had ever seen was the Sex Workers booth. It featured their zines (Danzine et al) as well as programs on safe sex and educating and raising the awareness of people who work in the sex industry. I was struck by the heroin and AIDs brochures and condoms on the table.