The Evolving Music Ecosystem

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, invites you to a music law conference.

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The Evolving
Music Ecosystem

April 23-24, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Rosanne Cash

Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

Online Registration Coming Soon!


The past year has seen major changes to the music ecosystem and the laws and policies integral to its viability. For example, while the Music Modernization Act (MMA) provided a much-needed update to the way artists’ creative contributions are recognized and supported in the digital age, debates over royalties, infringement, piracy, and new distribution models remain. Diverse issues surrounding ownership and control of data, music festival arrangements, and the nature of artists’ roles in the gig economy also made headlines. Despite encouraging steps forward and seemingly unlikely partnerships, arriving at a place of balance in music—where respect for artists and others on the music production side is just as important as facilitating innovative models for listener access—requires more work and cooperation.

This unique conference continues a dialogue on the music ecosystem begun by CPIP Executive Director Sean O’Connor while at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. In its inaugural year in the DC-area, the conference aims to bring together musicians, music fans, lawyers, artist advocates, business leaders, government policymakers, and anyone interested in supporting thriving music ecosystems in the US and beyond.