After six weeks of planning, writing, editing and working toward the opening of the 2012 New Music Seminar in New York, the day at last dawned Sunday, June 17 (at left, the Mayor's Proclamation for New Music Week in NYC).
Packed into the event: some 160 speakers and panelists, 900 registrants and more than three dozen panels and tutorials guiding the industry away from a record business that no longer functions and into the future with an "Appetite for Disruption."
Following are pix from opening day and the wondrously raucous Opening Night Party. Meanwhile, following day one, all I want to do is soak my feet (in gin, of course). Stand by for tons more pics, conference coverage and perspective on the burgeoning new music business. Change is a'coming... at last. *
Attendees line up for 2 p.m. registration. Let the games begin.
And a packed room for the session... standing room only. Off to a good start.
The big bosses: Tom Silverman, Founder, New Music Seminar & Founder, Tommy Boy Entertainment (left) and NMS 2012 Executive Director Dave Lory... who had the wisdom to hire a meticulously detailed Editor for the New Music Seminar... Uh, that would be me.
Awesome moment as Tom Silverman told attendees that the most value they're going to get from the gathering is schmoozing. He had everyone at the official welcome turn and meet whomever was next to them. Reminded me of church in the South as a kid.
The Opening Party begins after Sunday's first three sessions... featuring Evan Shinners, who brings an electronica punch to classical Bach and Beethoven compositions.
To come Monday: the business of the New Music Seminar, with a massive 23 Movements and Intensives, all with the function of helping new artists understand the burgeoning business of a new era in music.