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We hope to see you Sunday in Vegas for RAIN Summit West!

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:50pm

We hope you've planned to join us this Sunday for RAIN Summit West at the LVH Hotel in Las Vegas.

As you probably know, our Las Vegas Summit is our annual full-day Internet radio conference and a co-located education program of the NAB Show. Now in its 12th year, it's the premiere learning and networking event for the industry focused on radio and the Internet.

This year RAIN Summits is very happy to have partnered with online radio tuning service and mobile listening app maker TuneIn to stream live audio from the event (using Backbone Networks technology). If you're not able to attend, you'll be able to listen to live audio of RAIN Summit panels, presentations, and keynote speeches during the event. TuneIn will also archive the audio for later listening. (We'll post the link to the live audio stream here on Sunday.)

One of the industry thought leaders joining us will be Targetspot CEO Eyal Goldwerger (pictured left), to give a "POV" (point of view) address. TargetSpot is the nation's largest digital audio ad network, with nearly 40 million unique listeners to its more than 85 radio group and pureplay affiliates, nearly two-thirds of the online listening population. TargetSpot recently added six new partners to its network, including Songza and Radionomy (see RAIN here). Goldwerger is a board member of Galil Software, and was CEO of XMPie, Inc., which Xerox purchased in 2006.

One topic which will undoubtedly be on many Summit-goers minds is Apple's nearly-certain entrance into the Net radio field. Today we hear Apple may be close to label deals affording them royalty rates at half what Pandora pays!

Our panel "The Song Plays On" is dedicated to the issue of webcasting royalties, and ways services and the industry might work together better. We're very happy to welcome to the panel and to RAIN Summit composer, arranger, and performer Patrick Laird (pictured right), cellist and founder of the group Break of Reality. Last fall when multi-platinum artists signed on to an "open letter" ad critical of webcaster Pandora's efforts for royalty reform, Laird took his own stand and wrote an op-ed for The Hill in strong support of our medium.

He wrote: "It is clear that the effectiveness of internet radio with regard to both product sales and promotional power is overwhelming, and the success and expansion of these companies are of the utmost importance for the future of our group. Internet radio creates an unparalleled opportunity for us to reach millions of people who otherwise might not discover music like ours" (see our coverage here). Laird's an Eastman School of Music graduate with a Performer's Certificate. (Listen for Break of Reality music during breaks at the Summit!)

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) is one of three "performance rights organizations" in this country that collects license fees from businesses that use musical compositions, and distributes royalties to songwriters, composers, and music publishers. David Levin (left) was named BMI VP/New Media & Strategic Development in October, and he leads digital revenues efforts for BMI. Prior to his current position, Levin spent 12 years at Sony Music Entertainment, where he rose to SVP/Digital Sales. He was also VP/New Media and Senior Director/Online Marketing at Sony. He was Director of Marketing at GetMusic.com, a joint venture of Bertelsmann and Universal, and managed market research for BMG.

"The Song Plays On" will be moderated by attorney David Oxenford (more here), widely-regarded as one of the foremost experts on the matter of webcasting royalties. Our other panelists include Brad Prendergast of SoundExchange, Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic, and Rusty Hodge from Soma FM (more info on these three here).

Our RAIN Summit keynote speakers on Sunday will be RAB president and CEO Erica Farber (more in RAIN here) and Rhapsody International president Jon Irwin (more here). More information, including a complete agenda and list of speakers, is available on our RAIN Summit West page.

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