Roundtable Discussion: Get Up, Stand Up: What’s Ahead for Music?


What lies ahead for music? How will it be created and disseminated? And how do creators see their future in the ever-changing digital economy? On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organising a roundtable discussion entitled 'Get Up, Stand Up: What’s Ahead for Music?', on 21 April at 17:00-18:30, at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The roundtable, chaired by WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, will explore different perspectives from across the global music industry on the future of music in the digital market place.

The panelists are:

  • Chris Ancliff, who joined Warner Music Group (WMG) in 2009 as General Counsel, and is is responsible for the Group's legal and business affairs outside the US, working closely with WMG's recorded music and music publishing affiliates throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America.
  • Didier Awadi, a pioneering rapper on the African hip-hop scene. Born in Dakar, Senegal, with roots in Benin and Cap Verde, Mr. Awadi – as a solo artist and with his bands Syndikat and Positive Black Soul – has achieved fame well beyond West Africa.
  • Bendik Hofseth, a composer, saxophonist and singer. He has released eleven CDs of his own music and has written numerous commissioned pieces for film, TV and concert, crossing genres and mixing ensembles. He is a Professor of Music at The University of Agder in Norway.
  • Lee Knife, Executive Director of the Digital Media Association (DiMA), a US trade organisation based in Washington DC that represents digital media companies including Apple’s iTunes, Amazon, Google/YouTube, Microsoft, Pandora, Rhapsody, Live 365 and many others.
  • Alexandre Lombard, a Masters of Law student at the University of Geneva. He offers a consumer’s perspective on the pros and cons of the way in which music is made available today. He has a deep interest in intellectual property and new technologies and, in particular, legal issues related to the Internet, including free speech, personal data and online privacy.
  • Susana Rinaldi, who has been described as 'one of the greatest tango singers of our time'. Since 2004, Ms Rinaldi has served as Director of International Relations and Vice President of the
    Argentinian Association of Musical Performers (AADI). Since October 2014, Ms Rinaldi has been Cultural Attachée and Minister for the Embassy of Argentina in France.

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Register for the event; webcasting will be available. More details are available on the event brochure, or the event website.