At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to introduce attendees to the emerging companies and entrepreneurs defining the mobile music market of tomorrow.

In that effort, we’ve established the Innovators Showcase program through which we’ve sought out the most exciting new and emerging companies to introduce themselves and their products/technologies/services, some for the very first time.

Our panel of six advisers helped sort through the many companies applying for the opportunity to settle on the following four: -- a service that lets fans and artists share music through Twitter by hosting the songs and providing link-shortening services. -- an online audition and collaboration platform for musicians.
Zoove -- replaces 800-numbers with shorter "StarStar Code" that uses the "star" button on the phone plus a unique sequence of numbers for direct-response advertising.
Songza Media -- a personalized streaming radio service from the founders of Amie Street.

Each company will have 10 minutes to give a presentation explaining who they are, what they do, and why you should care, after which our advisors will critique their plans “American Idol” style.

Our advisers are:
Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Brian Zisk, SFMusicTech
Tim Chang, Principal, Norwest Venture Partners
Alan Goodstadt, Partner, Redwood Capital
David Kusek, VP, Berklee College of Music
Paul Vidich, Media Consultant and Independent Advisor: ReverbNation, MediaNet, BrightCove, Melodeo, and more

For more information and to register for Mobile Entertainment Live: The
Music App Summit, go to