Berklee College Of Music and music biz forum midem have announced their second annual Rethink Music Conference, an event designed to bring together minds from all facets of the music industry to examine emerging industry issues and discuss new solutions moving forward. Topics include innovative business models, copyright challenges in the digital era and technological innovation in music and its distribution, as well as media convergence, branding, devices and mobility, direct-to-fan business and discovering audiences and artists.
 
The conference will take place in Boston April 23-24, produced in association with the fellow Bostonians of Harvard University’s Berkman Center For Internet And Society, which has been researching music industry trends for some time. Additionally, the conference will be preceded by the Rethink Music Impact weekend, a series of musical events, a developer’s conference and the Music Deconstruction Experience, occurring throughout April 21-22, also around Boston.
 
Rethink Music isn’t just about businesses and its stakeholders, though. In addition to speakers representing technology, brands and start-ups, students and artists “will take center stage this year,” says Bruno Crolot, director of midem. “[W]e intend to hear the voice of the new generation and its ideas for supporting the music industries and the future of the music business.”
 
Registration information will be announced in the coming weeks at Rethink Music’s website.