The School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host the fourth annual Protect Athens Music Conference March 5 at the Melting Point in downtown Athens. Starting at 3 p.m., the conference will address issues relevant to the ever-evolving music scene and how to create a more sustainable music ecosystem. This event is open free to the public.
“What really makes this year’s conference unique is that we were able to attract high-profile speakers from out of state in addition to Athens and Atlanta panelists,” said Michelle Davis, conference organizer and second-year law student. “This event is great at bringing together creators, academicians and lawmakers to discuss the music industry in a proactive way.”
There will be three panel sessions: “Demystifying Digital Revenue Streams,” “Health Care for Artists” and “Athens Music Scene Town Hall.” Panelists include Casey Rae, an artists’ rights expert and the interim executive director of The Future of Music Coalition; Alex Maiolo, a health care reform advocate for artists; Danielle Bowker, a representative from MusiCares, a Grammy-run organization based in Nashville, Tenn.; Tatum Hauck Allsep, the founder and executive director of Music Health Alliance; and David Lowery, a musician and UGA Music Business Certificate Program lecturer; among others.
The UGA Terry College of Business Music Business Program assisted with the organization of this year’s conference.