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MusicDish Founder Eric de Fontenay To Speak At Canadian Music Week

MusicDish Founder and President Eric de Fontenay has been invited to speak on the "The New Gold Rush: How To Make Money In The Digital Age" panel at this year's Canadian Music Week. The panel, being held on Friday March 9th at 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM in Salon A of The Fairmont Royal York, will assess how digital revenue streams work now (or don't) and how they might in the future.

Eric recently returned from MIDEM music conference in Cannes, France, where he gave a seminar entitled 'Are You Ready To Innovate in the Digital Marketplace?' "The music industry is moving faster than it ever has before," Eric was quoted in MIDEM 'The News' magazine. "You know need to innovate on a continuous basis, and not all music industry professionals are wired to do that. Music has been at the forefront of being challenged by technological change. It's like a game of chess: you always need to be two steps ahead."

MusicDish will also be hosting it's "10th Anniversary" official CMW showcase on March 8th at the Trane Studio, (964 Bathurst street - 2 blocks North of Bloor St. - Toronto). The line-up includes an impressive array of Canadian acts, including Kobo Town, Souljazz Orchestra, Rich Brown & rinsethealgorithm, Melissa Laveaux and Caroline Glass. Information and online tracks will be available shortly at

About "The New Gold Rush: How To Make Money In The Digital Age"
Sure, the "new economy" looks like peaches ready to be picked. Ringtones, video games, advertising commercials, record download sales, motion picture/TV song licensing, webcasting, music boxes, dolls, toys... the market for your music seems almost limitless. But our embrace of the digital music marketplace has stirred a hornet's nest of issues regarding pricing, royalties and mechanisms for licensing and payment. To a large extent, copyright law and contract language have become anachronistic. This panel will assess how digital revenue streams work now (or don't), and how they might in the future.

David Basskin - President, CMRRA, Toronto
Mario Bouchard - General Council, The Copyright Board of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Eric De Fontenay - Founder, MusicDish, Astoria, NY
Bob Kohn - Chairman & CEO, RoyaltyShare Inc.,
Kelli Richards - President, The All Access Group, Saratoga, CA
John Simson - Executive Director, SoundExchange, Washing DC
Darryl Ballantyne - President & CEO, LyricFind, Toronto

About Eric de Fontenay
Eric de Fontenay has spent his career steeped in what has been called the "digital revolution." As a telecom consultant, he worked on some of the most pressing regulatory & policy issues confronting major stakeholders from Europe to Australia/NZ. Making an early bet on the music sector, he built in 1997 what has become some of the leading voices in the growing debates shaping the entertainment industry through its trade e-publications MusicDish and Mi2N. He later expanded the company into brand development and artist management, while himself diving into management with World Calypso band Kobo Town. Eric is a regular speaker at forums ranging from MIDEM to the Harvard Law School and has been hosting showcases in New York city under the 'Listen Liberally' brand.

About MusicDish, LLC
MusicDish, LLC ( has been at the forefront of the digital music sector, publishing some of the industry's leading music magazine, including and Through the MusicDish Network (, it supports the development of artists and labels through saturated marketing and online brand development, whether online street teams or p2p viral distribution.

About Canadian Music Week (CMW) International
Celebrating 25 years, Canadian Music Week International is Canada's largest annual entertainment event attracting music, media and entertainment professionals from across the globe. Combining two information-intensive conferences; a cutting-edge trade exposition, five awards shows and Canada's biggest New Music Festival, CMW is the official meeting ground for those who shape the industry. March 7 - 10, 2007 in Toronto, Canada.

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