Just a little uptown from downtown — 16th Street, to be exact — was the New York City headquarters for the Billboard Dance Music Summit 2003, Sept. 22-24. With 10 panels, an interview with BT and a select sprinkling of late-night DJ events at joints such as Webster Hall, the action wasn't exactly fast and furious, but it did provide solid networking, a consistent flow of helpful data and inspirational sounds.
The Music & Money session at the back of the schedule was, not surprisingly, well-attended; panelists included Todd Brabec of ASCAP, Queer As Folk music supervisor Michael Perlmutter and DJ/songwriter Jason Nevins. The big lessons: TV and film music supervisors may be the new A&R people, and understanding licensing can definitely help supplement your income — even if it won't pay all of the rent.
Many attendees were there in the same capacity as Igor Kissil, an A&R rep for New York's Nostalgic Records who was also promoting himself as an artist. “This year, it was not much of an artist presence there, mostly label representatives and promoters,” he observes. “I'd say I got six to 10 discs my label will listen to — I was expecting much more than that.” That means labels are out there looking, and for the artists who went to this year's Summit, it was a seller's market.