AES Budapest 2012
Thursday, April 26, 13:00 — 14:00 (Room: Bartók)
Please join us as the AES presents Special Awards to those who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas of research, scholarship, and publications, as well as other accomplishments that have contributed to the enhancement of our industry.
This year’s Keynote Speaker is John Buckman, founder of Berkeley, CA-based Magnatune.com (subscription music for consumers), a record label known for its eclectic artist roster, its successful application of Creative Commons licensing, and its patently artist-friendly business practices. Buckman, whose egalitarian business practices are distinguished by non-exclusive agreements with musicians, sharing profits equally with them, and allowing them to retain full rights to their own music, has pioneered a philosophy known as “fair trade music.” Since founding Magnatune, Buckman has signed more than 250 recording artists across multiple genres including classical, electronica, world, alt rock, jazz, and hard rock. Buckman is also the founder/owner of a string of aditional successful small businesses working with music: MoodMixes.com (background music for restaurants), ToneGnome.com (audio engineering services over the Internet), and is about to launch iLicenseMusic.com. He also runs BookMooch.com (over a million books swapped per year), founded and sold Lyris Inc. (email newsletter software), and is chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a US-based Internet civil liberties organization. Profiled by Inc. Magazine, The Economist, and other major publications, Buckman is the co-author of an article in SysAdmin Magazine entitled “Which OS Is Fastest for High-Performance Network Applications?” and an article in Linux Journal entitled “Magnatune, an Open Music Experiment.” The title of his keynote address is “Small and Beautiful: Models for Successful Independent Music Businesses.” Buckman will explain how to find profitable niches and how to build a small business where the work can be done by you and your staff—regardless of how many hands you have.
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