The UGA School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host the fifth annual Protect Athens Music Conference March 3, starting at 4:30 p.m., at the 40 Watt Club in downtown Athens.
Open free to the public, the conference will address issues relevant to the intersection of law, music and business for musicians, students, professionals and anyone interested in music or the music business.
There will be two panel sessions featuring industry professionals, local musicians, publicists and journalists. Discussions will center on issues related to publicity and promotion, with an emphasis on crowdsourcing and public relations, and the role of record labels today, with topics ranging from types of agreements to strengths and weaknesses of various sized labels to the role of labels in a largely digital area.
The panels, which will feature question-and-answer sessions after each discussion, will be moderated by David Barbe, director of the UGA Terry College of Business Music Business Program, and third-year law student Michelle Gilzenrat Davis, the former music editor for Flagpole magazine.
The Terry Music Business Program assisted with the organization of this year’s conference.