Open Source Music Festival: Panel and Reception

Get the full Open Source Music Festival experience! Click here for our $50 ALL-Festival pass, which includes the all –day concert on Saturday 11/18 from noon – 10 PM, VIP cocktail party Friday evening 11/19 and the Tracking Creative Digital Rights panel and reception on Thursday 11/18.

Tracking Creative Digital Rights: Exploring the Impact of the Blockchain on Music and the Arts
This event is part of the Open Source Music Festival. Co-presented with Creative Tech Week.

Abrons Playhouse | 7 PM | $15 ($50 ALL-Festival Pass).

Join panelists Ken Umezaki, Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer, Dot Blockchain Music; Daniel Doubrovkine, Chief Technology Officer, Artsy; Jennie Rose Halperin, Communications Manager at Creative Commons; Steven Masur, Partner and intellectual property expert at MG+, and Isabel Walcott Draves, President of Creative Tech Week (Moderator) to learn about new ways to manage digital creative intellectual property with the emergence of the blockchain, a tamper-proof distributed record keeping system.

We’ll combine a user-friendly discussion with an audience-driven conversation that makes the importance of the blockchain and new opportunities for labeling creative work easy to understand. Artists, collectors, musicians, listeners, software engineers, industry professionals and people who have never heard of the blockchain are all welcome to attend.  Enjoy wine, beer and appetizers with speakers and guests after the panel discussion at an upstairs reception.

Programming provided by Leaders in Software and Art and Creative Tech Week.

About the Open Source Music Festival:
The Open Source Music Festival explores groundbreaking creativity and collaboration in today’s contemporary music. The Festival features Artistic Director, pianist Joel Fan, premiering new works from composers Augusta Read Thomas, Bernard Rands, Evan Ziporyn, Christine Southworth, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and others. Also performing are the NYC band Cellar and Point, electronic luminaries Teengirl Fantasy and ADR, the JACK Quartet, jazz guitarist Ben Monder, and cellist Jeffrey Ziegler. The Festival also provides for thought-provoking discussions on technology and musical innovation.

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Open Source Music Festival: Extended Play Concert: Joel Fan, JACK Quartet, Ben Monder, TIGUE, ADR, Jeffrey Ziegler, Teengirl Fantasy, and much more
November 18, 2017 | Open hours for ticket holders from noon to 10 PM | Read more »

Panelist Bios:

Daniel Doubrovkine (aka dB.) is a seasoned entrepreneur, technologist, CTO at in New York, the largest online fine art marketplace and publication. Daniel graduated from University of Geneva in late 90s with a degree in Computer Science, and founded and sold Vestris Inc., an early stage technology start-up right after college. He joined Microsoft as Development Lead, was Director at Visible Path, then Architect and Development Manager at Application Security. Daniel is the creator and maintainer of many popular open-source projects and a lifetime artist. Twitter: @dblockdotorg

Jennie Rose Halperin is the Communications Manager at Creative Commons. She makes the CC communications and brand sparkle and works with communities to tell their stories through a variety of media. As a freelance writer an editor, Jennie is currently working with MIT’s CoLab, where she is assisting in the creation of a book and multimedia series on social justice for SAGE Publishing and the SEIU.  Before joining Creative Commons, Jennie worked for Safari Books Online/O’Reilly Media as the Product Engagement Manager where she managed community marketing and test-driven product growth with a mighty team of technologists dedicated to innovation in online learning. She was previously at Mozilla on the Community Building Team and earned her masters degree in Library Science.

Steven Masur has over two decades of experience advising emerging and established businesses on new opportunities and business challenges. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, entertainment, emerging businesses and strategic guidance. Steve brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications in corporate, digital media, and new business matters. He has also helped emerging businesses in a wide variety of sectors, and is especially knowledgeable in media, entertainment, advertising, consumer products, food and technology, including mobile, games, digital music, social media, augmented and virtual reality, software and hardware.

Ken Umezaki is an independent investor and business advisor for music startups and artists, through his company Digital Daruma, with a specific focus on artist facing music and media service companies. Digital Daruma has made select direct investments in music artists and songs, and has also co-founded Dot Blockchain Media, a public benefit corporation that has introduced a new music file technology architecture to modernize copyright management and the music supply chain fit for the digital music age. Ken currently is the Chief Business Officer of dotBC. His past experience includes 25 years in financial services trading, asset management and senior management positions. He is also an experienced musician, and currently plays bass in the band Fifth of Bourbon. Lastly, he is involved in a number of music foundations and academic organizations, including serving on the boards of Little Kids Rock, and Future of Music Coalition, as well as advisory board position for programs at New York University and Berklee College of Music.

Isabel Walcott Draves (moderator) is the founder of Leaders in Software and Art (LISA) and President of Creative Tech Week. She is an Internet entrepreneur with over two decades of experience organizing technology communities, conducting research and managing large projects.  In 2015, she started Creative Tech Week to create a network of creative and business professionals originating new technology-driven content in media, entertainment, advertising, music and the arts.  Since 2009, Draves has convened Leaders in Software and Art, bringing together cutting-edge software and electronic artists, curators, collectors, and coders to share their work in conferences, shows and salons.  Draves founded the first website for teen girls,, from 1995-2001; managed content publishing systems at Bertelsmann and directed an elite think tank for cybersecurity executives at Gartner in the 00’s; and has provided expert consulting to dozens of startups and Fortune 100 companies nationwide, from IBM, Edelman and Digitas to Second Life. Twitter: @creativetechwk @softwareandart

About Creative Tech Week
Creative Tech Week, founded in 2015, is held annually in May in over 70 venues across New York City.  We bring together 3000-5000 professionals working at the intersection of art, business and tech to meet each other and discover the latest talent, strategies and product developments in the field of creative technology. The 10-day convention covers media from VR, 3D printing and software art to interactive installations, data visualization, fashion tech and electronic music.  Our theme for 2018 is Code Dependent.  We’ll showcase exhibitions, performances, talks, panels and parties highlighting how culture, creativity and the arts are being influenced and altered by technologies like cyptography, the blockchain, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of things.

About LISA
Leaders in Software and Art, founded in 2009, is an exclusive community of cutting-edge software and electronic artists, curators, collectors, and coders who meet to share their work in monthly salons and occasional art shows and conferences.  Over 200 past presenters are listed at the softwareandart website.