Music! Technology! Cocktails! Bandwidth Music | Technology Conference Is This Week -- Bandwidth and Noise Pop to Announce Collaboration

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The Bandwidth Conference, which takes place August 14 & 15 in San Francisco, explores issues of interest to the music and technology communities and the continuing fusion between the industries.

At this week's Bandwidth Music | Technology Conference in San Francisco, the kickoff cocktail party will also double as a celebration of the launching of a collaboration between the Bandwidth Conference and Noise Pop, San Francisco's venerable music festival now in its 17th year.

The Bandwidth Conference is known for bringing together over 200 of the movers and shakers in the music, digital music, online music and media worlds in an intimate and unique gathering. This year's conference takes place this week on August 14 & 15 in San Francisco, and explores the evolving musical experience, with panels on marketing, fan behavior, trends and future forecasts, and an examination of the ways people discover, purchase, interact with, and are exposed to music. Keynote conversations are Jonathan Poneman co-Founder of Sub Pop Records; influential music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas of Chop Shop Music; and Susan Bonds, CEO/Founder, and Alex Lieu, Chief Creative Officer, of 42 Entertainment, the Pasadena-based agency that designed the groundbreaking experience to generate buzz around the much-anticipated Nine Inch Nails album "Year Zero."

Panels include "Brand" which looks at artist partnerships with companies and other entities, "Upcoming Releases" which forecasts the electronic devices that will influence the musical and fan experience, and "Master of Their Domain" which examines the possibilities and realities for established artists who bypass a label and create a central hub for their music and fans.

Current speakers include Craig Palmer, CEO, Gracenote; Richard Gottehrer, Founder and Chief Creative Office, The Orchard; Gannon Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Kyte; David Hyman, CEO, MOG; Steve Jang, CMO, imeem; David Krinsky, GM, Label Business Development, Rhapsody America; Randy Leasure, Sr Dir. Global Digital Business Group, Sony/BMG Music Entertainment; Jeff Price, Founder/CEO, TuneCore; Paul Resnikoff, Publisher, Digital Music News; Jay Smith, Managing Editor, Pollstar.com; Larry Weintraub, CEO, Fanscape and dozens of others - for a complete list please visit http://www.bandwidthconference.com.

At Thursday's cocktail party, Bandwidth and Noise Pop will celebrate a joint collaboration to be launched at 2009's Noise Pop Festival, which takes place in late February and early March. The Noise Pop Festival annually hosts six-nights of unforgettable performances by nationally-known indie rock, electronic, punk and cutting edge musical artists teamed up with the best local bands, transforming San Francisco into an almost week-long celebration of the finest that the underground and not-so-underground has to offer. In addition to the live music, Noise Pop Festival also offers films, art shows, and an indie designer trunk sale. The collaboration with the Bandwidth Conference will add a daytime conference and expo to the mix, and will feature educational panels and discussions featuring music industry professionals.

"We're very excited to be working with Noise Pop," says Bandwidth co-producer Ashli Lewis. "For one week each year, San Francisco becomes a major destination for music fans from all over to enjoy shows every night. With the addition of the conference and expo, this annual music event will be an all encompassing music festival and conference."

"The Bandwidth Conference explores the developing relationship between music and technology," says Chris Appelgren, General Manager of Noise Pop Industries. "All of us at Noise Pop understand how this is especially important to the independent and underground music communities that we champion, where many new concepts end up being tested. We are really happy to work with the producers of Bandwidth to bring a meaningful conversation between music and technology professionals and the music community to next year's Noise Pop Festival."

To learn more about the Bandwidth Conference or to purchase tickets for this week's conference visit http://www.bandwidthconference.com

To learn more about Noise Pop Industries, visit http://www.noisepop.com

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