#HowWeListen: The Future of Music Discovery – 2023 & Beyond!
Wednesday, December 14th, 11M EST / 4pm GMT
A live and online panel featuring:
Head of Music, FORT Agency
GM, Nvak Collective
Executive Board, The Recording Academy
Global Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, Women In Music
VP Community, AWAL
Moderated by Marc Brown
Founder & CEO, Byta / byta.com
Live music, festivals, and conferences, all of a sudden people are back in the same room listening to and talking about music and the business surrounding that ecosystem again. 2022 was the year music finally came back from COVID.
Our last #HowWeListen Live: In Conversation event of the year brings a top-drawer panel together. Hosted by Byta’s Marc Brown, they will dissect the music ecosystem’s recent past and what the future looks like. Where we are, still standing, after having circumnavigated the epidemic and what should we expect for 2023. Three bright stars. Each of our guests, who have a unique perspective, will weigh in on where we are and where we might be headed when it comes to music.
Mira Silvers the Head of Music at FORT Agency.
Originally from Atlanta, Mira Silvers is a young music executive & polymath, who serves as the General Manager/Co-Founder of VICEVERSA, an emerging social-based record label and artist incubation platform. Additionally, she is an artist manager and the Head of Music at FORT, an independent female-led and Brown-owned agency focusing on a highly curated roster of artist for live development.
Phil Loutsis AWAL’s VP of Community.
Phil focuses his energies on helping indie artists build their careers. Part of his role at AWAL includes curating content to help creators and managers make the best use of their resources. A big part of building and sustaining those music careers – harnessing community with artists, creators and their teams. He enables artists and their teams to better tell their stories.
Nikisha Bailey GM of the Nvak Collective, Founder of Win Win Coffee Bar, and on the Executive Board of The Recording Academy.
Forbes “Next 1000 list 2021” honoree, Nikisha Bailey is a community-driven entrepreneur, entertainment executive, and philanthropist with a lifelong commitment to music. Professionally, she is the General Manager for the Nvak Collective – a next-generation record label & artist advocacy collective that embraces web3 to drive change for creators and intellectual property. She also serves as Vice President for The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter and is an Ambassador for the Academy’s Black Music Collective (BMC).
#HowWeListen Live: In Conversation is a monthly online event that will be presented in two parts:
- A workshop: Tips & insights for tomorrow’s artists & music industry leaders with Byta founder Marc Brown.
- An in-depth conversation with our three panellists about the state of the music ecosystem, and what the future holds in 2023 after having just barely survived the COVID Pandemic.
About the Event
This series is designed to deliver the knowledge to enable tomorrow’s artists and industry leaders to better manoeuvre their way through the music ecosystem. Providing fun and insightful Q&A along the way!
#HowWeListen Live: In Conversation is hosted by Byta’s founder, Marc Brown, whose deep music business background and digital audio knowledge have helped him deliver unique insights to audiences from Tallinn to Toronto. Marc is a former label owner, A&R, manager and radio plugger.
- The state of the music ecosystem post-COVID?
- Have things changed when it comes to launching your music and career?
- What does the future hold for live music?
- What technologies are most going to affect music today and going forward?
- Tips and tricks on recording, releasing and touring your music?
- Streaming vs Vinyl: has music discovery evolved?
- What to look forward to in 2023?
- How will emerging technologies such as web3 and AI shape music discovery in the future?
#HowWeListen Live (part 1):
The workshop will introduce industry insights that Marc has picked up from his work in A&R departments, running his own radio promotion company, plus years of experience managing artists and significant large-scale projects. Some of the topics he will touch on include artists’ teams, timelines and connecting the web of the music industry. Plus, most importantly, tips on what you can do yourself to better increase the chances of your success.
#HowWeListen In Conversation (part 2):
Each event usually features an in-depth one-to-one conversation. This time around we have three guests: Nikisha Bailey GM of the Nvak Collective, Phil Loutsis AWAL’s VP of Community and Mira Silvers the Head of Music at FORT Agency. The conversation will revolve around how the music ecosystem faired in 2022 and what to look forward to in 2023
Byta (“Bee-tah”: the Swedish word for exchange) is unrivalled in taking advantage of the unique properties found in audio files. By simplifying the reading and writing of file metadata, conversion of file formats and delivery of fast yet secure streaming, the platform enables everyone to send and receive digital audio in a clean, simple and secure way. Byta has also launched #HowWeListen, a not-for-profit organisation that complements the company’s ultimate goal: providing artists and their teams with the tools and knowledge needed to move their careers forward.
About our three guests
Phil Loutsis is the VP of the AWAL Community Team looking after the platform business and developing artists and labels. Having moved to London in 2016 to help develop what are now the Artist & Label Development teams for the company, his focus over the last few years has been AWAL’s platform business where the company empowers artists with great support and tools.
Nikisha Bailey is a community-driven entrepreneur, entertainment executive, and philanthropist with a lifelong commitment to music. Professionally, she is the General Manager for the Nvak Collective – a next-generation record label & artist advocacy collective that embraces web3 to drive change for creators and intellectual property. Here, she provides an invaluable creative perspective to the facilitation of A&R, marketing, and label operations for the company’s diverse and highly innovative roster of artists. Extending her influence throughout music and culture, she also serves as Vice President for The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter and is an Ambassador for the Academy’s Black Music Collective (BMC). She is also the Global Co-Chair of Women in Music’s Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Mira Silvers is a young music executive & polymath, who serves as the General Manager/Co-Founder of VICEVERSA, an emerging social-based record label and artist incubation platform. Additionally, she is an artist manager and the Head of Music at FORT, an independent female-led and Brown-owned agency focusing on a highly curated roster of artists for live development. At FORT, she’s worked with a range of artists like rapper bbymutha, 2020 Polaris Prize Winner Backxwash, British multidisciplinary artist GLOR1A, Amapiano-duo Zandoli II, Baltimore rapper Butch Dawson (Asylum Records), LA-based pop singer Ryahn, French Neo-Soul singer-songwriter Imane, and more. She divides her time between Chicago + Montreal and has collaborated with folks like Dianne Garcia (for TDE/Kendrick Lamar), Ashley Weston (for the late Chadwick Boseman/Variety), COLORSXSTUDIOS, Red Bull Music (US), Highsnobiety, SSENSE, Savoir Faire, Adidas, SXSW, Kitsuné, and Tidal, to name a few collaborators.
About Marc Brown
Marc is the founder of Byta / byta.com. Run as a distributed team across three continents, Byta enables sending and receiving of digital audio in a clean, simple and secure way. Built for everyone working with music today.
His extensive music business background and considerable digital audio knowledge have helped him deliver unique insights to audiences from Tallinn to Toronto.
Marc got his start at murderecords, Canada’s premier artist-owned label, during the mid-90s. After working in A&R at the legendary London indie, Creation Records, and then at Alan McGee’s Poptones, Marc started his own boutique UK radio promotion company off the back of his success with The Hives. For over ten years, Marc worked with an impressive list of indie rock luminaries, including Wilco, Bloc Party, Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes, Spoon, and Refused as well as legends such as Tom Waits, Yoko Ono, Booker T and Mavis Staples.
Marc currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden.