Billboard FutureSound Conference 2011 Hub
Billboard FutureSound Conference 2011 Hub

November 21, 2011 | Photos
Backbeat: Billboard FutureSound With Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and More
Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference, held in San Francisco late last week, was a complete success by any measure -- Island Def Jam digital SVP Jon Vanhala tweeted on Saturday "#Futuresound was perhaps the best conference I've been at in ages." Here are some more photos of people at the event -- including reps from Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and many more -- and some of what people were talking about.

November 19, 2011 | PaneLS
Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox
The Billboard FutureSound Conference wrapped on Friday with the "Cost of Content" panel and an analysis of EMI and EchoNest's new "Developer's Sandbox."

November 19, 2011 | Photos
Backbeat: Topspin, RootMusic, Twitter, Loeb & Loeb, and More at Billboard's FutureSound Conference
Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco drew a who's who of digital-music luminaries -- check out photos of RootMusic's J Sider, Topspin's Ian Rogers,'s Seth Goldstein, Mobile Roadie's Michael Schneider and many more.

November 18, 2011 | Panel
Twitter, SoundTracking, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam and More on the Socialization of Music @ Billboard FutureSound
The worlds of social media and digital music are an almost ideal match, but the ways toward optimizing them aren't easy. Execs from Twitter, SoundTracking, Myxker, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam, Moontoast offered a wealth of information during presentations at Billboard FutureSound in San Francisco on Friday.

November 18, 2011 | Panel
Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age
The process of licensing music for digital services can be slow, expensive, and burdensome, to the point where many investors shun services that require label deals altogether. Today at Billboard's FutureSound Conference, NMPA's David Israelite, Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Music Reports' Les Watkins, Wolfgang's Vault's Bill Sagan and members of SoundExchange presented their challenges and solutions.

November 18, 2011 | Panel's Seth Goldstein, Glassnote's Daniel Glass Talk Business Models, Major-Label Resistance to Digital at Billboard FutureSound
At day two of Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco,'s Seth Goldstein and Glassnote's Daniel Glass talked about the challenges and rewards of their thriving companies.

November 18, 2011 | Technology Showcase
Billboard FutureSound Visionary Showcase: Bckstgr,, Rexly, ThingLink, Music Mastermind Show Off Their Wares
The first day of Billboard's FutureSound Conference featured the "Visionary Showcase": five demonstrations from new startup companies, as well as new technologies from existing companies, offering a peek forward at the services, models and technologies that define the digital music landscape of the future.

November 18, 2011 | Keynotes
FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy, Superfly Co-Founder Rick Farman, S-Curve Founder Steve Greenberg
The closing events of the opening day of Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference in San Francisco were keynotes from Pandora CEO and president Joe Kennedy, Superfly Presents Co-Founder Rick Farman and S-Curve Records Founder and CEO Steve Greenberg, who was joined by singer Travis Clark of We the Kings.

November 18, 2011 | Video
Video: Superfly Presents' Rick Farman Talks Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Interactive Festival Experiences @ FutureSound
Superfly Presents co-founder and partner Rick Farman speaks on his company and how they're looking to improve the festival experience.

November 18, 2011 | Photos
Backbeat: Photos From Billboard FutureSound Cocktail Reception
Players in the music and tech industries mingled Thursday night (Nov. 17) at a cocktail reception following the first day of panels at Billboard's FutureSound, held at Terra, in San Francisco.

November 17, 2011 | Discussion sessions
Digital Music Startups Outline Challenges, Lessons Learned @ Billboard's FutureSound
On the opening day (Nov. 17) of Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Francisco, executives from RootMusic, Mobile Roadie, Grooveshark and discussed some of the challenges and lessons learned in starting a new digital music company. Click through to the story for details on what was discussed at each of the afternoon sessions.

November 17, 2011 | Announcement
Billboard's FutureSound Conference Gets Underway in San Francisco
More than 250 tech company CEOs, music label reps, venture capitalists and major media have assembled near downtown San Francisco for the Billboard-hosted FutureSound music technology conference's two days of keynotes and sessions from the personalities at the center of the action. Royalties and equity, licensing and risk-taking dominated opening discussions Thursday afternoon.