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Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  
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Thursday, May 18 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Investing, Incubation & Funding for Music Startups

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Startups, by their nature, are often business experiments, mixing funding issues with product development and learning to pivot along the way as the market changes and the product offering matures. In the music world, navigating entrenched relationships, licensing issues, and technology can complicate things for founders, and making strategic decisions about how to fund an organization with what type of capital is imperative yet vexing.

How can a music startup find angel investors or venture capital firms? Should a company sell equity or issue debt? Are incubators worth the time? What should a pitch include? How should the deal be structured? We'll dive into all of these critical questions, and more, in this discussion.

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Allen Bargfrede

Co-Founder, dotBlockchain Music
Allen Bargfrede focuses his work on the intersection of art and technology. He is the Founder and Head of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, and Co-Founder of the dotBlockchain Music initiative. A former lawyer, Bargfrede also leads Blue Tile Media, an investment firm for... Read More →

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Derek Crownover

Practice Leader, Dickinson Wright, PLLC - Music Row
Derek Crownover is the leader of the International Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Practice Group of Dickinson Wright, counseling various artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and C-Level executives. His songwriter, publisher, artist and producer clients have sold more than one... Read More →
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Phil Shmerling

CEO, InCrowd Capital
Phil Shmerling is the CEO of InCrowd Capital, a Nashville-based angel investment group and early-stage venture capital fund he founded in August of 2012. InCrowd invests in companies across a broad range of industries, with a current portfolio of music technology, gaming, IoT, green... Read More →
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Dick Wingate

Principal, DEV Advisors
Dick Wingate is Principle at DEV Advisors, a digital entertainment consulting firm that provides expertise to service providers, app developers, content owners and investors. With more than 40 years of experience in the music and interactive industries, Wingate has seen the intersection... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
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