A little less moderation, a lot more conversation; that’s the goal of a series of events hosted by CASH Music, a non-profit organization that creates free, open source tools for artists. This weekend, CASH Music will hold a two-day summit of one-on-one conversations between musicians and technologists at the Bell House in Brooklyn, New York.
Beyond writing code for customizable downloads and email collection embeds, the two person Portland-based organization (expanding to three full-time employees soon) focuses on artist education and community outreach. The organization has raised over $50,000 on Kickstarter to launch a series of summits across the country to act as a launch pad for collaboration in the music and technology space.
After two events in Portland, one in Los Angeles and another in Chicago, the free (but limited capacity) event makes its way to New York over two days: day one will be hosted by independent musician and CASH Music board member, Jonathan Coulton on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17 and day two will be hosted by journalist and co-host of the Low Times podcast, Daniel Ralston on the evening of Sunday, May 18.
“The best part of any conference you go to is when you talk to people backstage or after a panel,” says Co-founder Jesse von Doom. “So we were thinking, how can we get the conversations to happen as the thing?”
The idea is to pair music people with technology people, like Jerri Chou, co-founder of All Day Buffet, The Feast and TBD, and El-P and Run The Jewels manager Amaechi Uzoigwe, who will speak at the summit on Saturday. “I have a crush on both of their brains,” von Doom says.
Other speakers include Executive Director of Mozilla Mark Surman, Das Racist member Dapwell, creator of jQuery John Resig and Dismemberment Plan front man and Shoutabl co-founder Travis Morrison and others.
How does the summit differ from other music tech conferences? “For one thing we have musicians attending,” says von Doom. Co-founder Maggie Vail adds, “I’m a musician. I’ve been surrounded by musicians for 20 years. If I mention San Francisco Music Tech or other events like that to people they are like wait, what is that?”
“This is a low key kind of thing about getting a room of great people together,” says von Doom. Adding, “Obviously this also raises awareness and lets us reach out to people and show why we do this as a non-profit and open source organization” Although the main goal they say is to build a bridge between the music and technology communities “What we want to see is two people who met at one of these summits collaborating,” says von Doom.
CASH Music’s 16 member board includes Beats Music artist advocate and Gang of Four member Dave Allen, Union Square Ventures partner Andy Weissman and musician Zoe Keating.