Mondo.NYC, New York’s Annual Music, Arts & Technology Conference & Showcase Festival will begin virtually tomorrow, October 13, 2020, through October 16, 2020. In its fifth year, the virtual event will showcase breakthrough artists, with panels featuring over 200 leading music, arts, media and tech executives and entrepreneurs, round tables, private one-on-ones and more. Given the in-person festival that has historically taken place in Brooklyn, the virtual rooms in which the panels take place will each be named for a Brooklyn neighborhood.
This year’s participants range from a wide array of music industry and tech leaders. Mondo.NYC 2020 will feature keynotes from Harvey Mason Jr., Chair and Interim President/CEO of the Recording Academy; GRAMMY-nominated recording artist Aloe Blacc; SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe, omalilly projects Founder Binta Niambi Brown in conversation with Ty Stiklorius, Founder & CEO of Friends At Work; Jason Flom, CEO of Lava Records, Founding Board Member of The Innocence Project; and Kevin Lyman, Founder/Producer of the Vans Warped Tours and Co-Founder of the 320 Festival.
2020 will also see a conversation on the “The Future of Streaming” between RIAA Chairman & CEO Mitch Glazier and DiMA CEO Garrett Levin; a conversation between BMG’s John Loeffler, internationally-recognized singer/songwriter/performer Rufus Wainwright and acclaimed songwriter/record producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis;plus appearances by Tim Westergren, Founder of Sessions; legendary recording producer/engineer Ron Saint Germain; six-time GRAMMY Award winning bassist/composer Christian McBride; entrepreneur and live entertainment executive Bill Silva; President of Music Business Association Portia Sabin; and dozens more.
Over four days of nonstop panels, Mondo.NYC will focus on key issues impacting the music business with global thought leaders from all facets of music and technology, from the heritage, heartbeat, and fight for the survival of independent venues presented by NIVA, to navigating the world of live-streaming to mindfulness in music and legal issues in the post-COVID world of live events.
Mondo.NYC Featured Panels:
Tuesday, October 13, will feature panels presented by the Black Music Action Coalition. Among the events are “Protest, Policy, Polls, BMAC & the 2020 Election,” a panel discussion moderated by Prophet, BMAC co-founder and CEO of 50/50 Music Group Inc. and featuring Jonathan Azu, Culture Collective Founder and CEO, and artist manager/music journalist Naima Cochrane, to be immediately followed by “Black Music Matters: The Case for BMCA,” a panel discussion with Prophet, Caron Veazey, Founder and CEO of Something in Common, and BLUEPRINT GROUP CEO Cortez Bryant, diving into pathways toward the eradication of racism in the music business.
On Wednesday, October 14, the RIAA will be presenting “Everything You Need to Know About Music Policy In About an Hour,” featuring representatives from 50/50, the Black Music Action Coalition, Manatt, Music Artists Coalition, Music Business Association, MLC, NIVA, SAG-AFTRA, and the U.S. Copyright Office.
Video Games, Esports & Music: Opportunities in the Digital World, Presented by Covington, also takes place on October 14th. The day’s immersive gaming-focused panel track explores topics that range from opportunities for the music industry within gaming and esports to emerging companies on the bleeding edge of this space. Panelists include Jeanine Cowen, Professor, Berklee College of Music; Matteo Stronati, Audio Director, Riot Games; Jarred Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer, Wave; and Ayush Sharma, Founder & CEO, MotoJeannie.
The Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) presents its third annual NYC Education Event & Film Festival on Thursday, October 15. Bryan Cosgrove, head of creative music licensing for TikTok, and Sam Hayflich from Viacom and +1 The Vote are among those participating. The event will also feature a three-night film festival featuring music-oriented full-length documentaries and Q&As with the music supervisors and directors who worked on the projects. “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,” “Mr. SOUL!” and “Long Live Rock…Celebrate The Chaos” will be screened.
Mindfulness in Music presented by Compassionate Muse, taking place on October 16, dives into forming sustainable, authentic and inclusive relationships in the music industry, offering insights and best practices regarding positive workplace culture, meditation, coaching, networking for good and more. The wide range of panel topics include compassion in the workplace, utilizing meditation, and how to go on a digital diet.
In addition, Mondo.NYC will feature “Business as Unusual,” the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Music & Tech Law Symposium taking place on Friday, October 16th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET, powered by Michelman & Robinson LLP and Covington & Burling LLP and sponsored by Recording Artists Project (RAP) at Harvard Law School, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and Moses & Singer LLP. The symposium lineup includes top music lawyers and thought leaders taking part in an all-day entertainment law meeting on some of the biggest legal developments affecting the music industry, including recent court decisions upending fundamental issues, the re-imagining of key policy matters and how multiple aspects of the industry are being affected by – and forced to adapt to – a post-COVID world. Plus Mondo and RAP@Harvard Law School co-host Pro Bono sessions for emerging artists.
Mondo.NYC is more than an engaging and transformative business conference; it’s also known for its diverse array of emerging artist talent from all corners of the globe.
Mondo is proud to host featured highlight showcases: Carpathian Peaks with Apey (Hungary), Ficture (Slovakia), IV-IN (Romania) and OIEE (Hungary) co-presented by Hungarian Cultural Center New York & Budapest Showcase Hub (10/13); Swiss Live Talents Showcase with Veronica Fusaro, Shana Pearson, Pat Burgener and Alejandro Reyes (10/13); and BMG x Mondo with Brother Hawk (Atlanta), Roanoke (Nashville), Sophie Auster (Brooklyn)and The Suitcase Junket (Amherst, MA) (10/15). This year’s lineup will also feature artists from Uzbekistan (NEEDSHES), London (Beans on Toast) and Portugal (Surma) to homegrown NYC talent such as Gangstagrass and Farrow as well as many more.