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The New Music Seminar To Return This July
April 26, 2009

By Ed Christman, N.Y.

The New Music Seminar is returning as a one-day event this summer. It was an event that created the template for music conferences by combining business and shows.

The New Music Seminar, to be held July 21 at the New York University Steinhardt’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, will be presented in association with the music business program at New York University Steinhardt. The programming will consist of a keynote, four educational sessions on how to combine new and old methods with technology for career success, and an artist’s showcase.

Tommy Boy founder Tom Silverman, one of the original New Music Seminar founders, is reviving the New Music Seminar, which ran from 1980-1995. Dave Lory, a former NMS colleague, who has worked in the touring and managing sides of the music business, is also helping revive the event.

"I have been asked many times over the last 15 years to bring back the New Music Seminar," Silverman say, "but it wasn't until the end of 2008 that I could finally see the new business begin to emerge. The trends are clear now and the future can finally be foretold."

Catherine Moore, director of the Music Business Graduate Program at NYU's Steinhardt School said in a statement: "The purpose and the philosophy of the NMS is a perfect fit for the music business program. We are honored to be part of the launch. I know the delegates will gain valuable information and insight that will allow them build a successful career in the changing music business landscape."

During its 15-year run, the first New Music Seminar became one of the industry's most influential music business gatherings, attracting more than 8,000 people from 35 countries, according to a news release. The seminar has since spawned almost every important music event worldwide, including South By Southwest, Winter Music Conference, In the City, and Canadian Music Week.

Silverman says the New Music Seminar is different from other conferences. "It is not a debate about DRM, how to get signed or the politics of the music business," he said. "It is about seeing your music business opportunities in new ways, learning to create the music and master the tools you need to put your career into overdrive."

Tickets, which are limited and are only $99 in advance, can be purchased online at As part of the event, delegates will also receive the New Music Seminar Guide Book, an invaluable guide filled with vital information, including forms, contacts and discount offers worth well over $150.

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