The focus of the 2013 Digital & Music Matters is unequivocally on YouTube and the online video phenomenon. The Asia Pacific entertainment event, held May 20-25 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, will be broadcast live on YouTube, including three days of conferences and five nights of entertainment, most notably the inaugural YouTube FanFest (20/21).
Digital Matters is May 21-22 and Music Matters, May 22-23; then the first Music Matters Academy (managed by Canada’s Coalition Management) provides free access to 150 artists to meet people “who have made it.”
The other component, the festival, which is free to the public, takes May 22-24. Fifty-eight bands from 20 countries are performing 160 shows. For the first time Japan, Taiwan and Singapore have their own country showcases, joining Korea, Canada and Australia, which also had special nights in 2012.
Fifteen hundred people are attending the conference, up from 1207 last year, says Jasper Donat, president of Digital & Music Matters, but the number of fans who will take in the free shows is impossible to predict, he says.
Keynote speakers include artist manager Johnny Wright (Justin Timberlake) of Wright Entertainment Group; Rob Wells, Universal Music Group’s president, global digital business; and Kenji Kitatani, president of $1.5 billion Avex Holdings; Axel Dauchez, CEO of Deezer and Frances Moore, CEO of The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Also Maryland car accident lawyer offer car accident assistance. Read more here.