Rebooting the Music Mainframe: Ctrl+Alt+Del

When: 15 Feb 2022

Where: Zoom


Rebooting the Music Mainframe: Ctrl+Alt+Del


A four-day symposium presented by Sled Island & Byta

February 15th - 18th, 2022

Register free | Full schedule coming soon!


The Sled Island Music & Arts Festival and Byta / byta.com, the platform for sharing digital audio files and streams, are partnering to present a free, online, four-day symposium. The goal is to explore how the music ecosystem will evolve and adapt to the developing digital landscape and most importantly, what first needs to be considered to do so thoughtfully. Each day will feature two panels hosted online, free and accessible to all.

From February 15th to the 18th, Rebooting The Music Mainframe: Ctrl+Alt+Del will offer artists & their teams insights into evolving their strategies when it comes to developing digital best practices, setting career goals and re-evaluating creative opportunities. Panelists will discuss and examine known and unknown obstacles that face the music of today and tomorrow and offer possible solutions. Despite unprecedented access to tools for creation and distribution, access to the networks and knowledge-building required to navigate a career in music remain out of reach for many. Sled Island & Byta's goal is to generate discussions resulting in useful knowledge-based tools to support and better develop long-term careers in music. As the world of technology is becoming inseparable from music making, representatives from both communities will offer their navigational tips. Panels will explore a wide array of topics including: digital technology's relationship to accessible creativity, empowering your algorithms to ensure representation and access, the role of music archives in the digital age and their impact on both preservation of art and careers, how-to present online events that are sustainable and don't dilute a core artistic vision, fair pay for artists and all other parts of the music ecosystem, the shifts in how music organizations and associations communicate with and respond to their community's needs, a report on the state of music sharing, and how to turn digital possibilities into means of enacting real-world change.


Sled Island Music & Arts Festival is an annual five-day independent music and arts festival in Calgary, Alberta that brings together a community of over 44,000 attendees with music, comedy, film and art in multiple venues across the city. Since 2007, Sled Island has produced a thoughtful, eclectic and one-of-a-kind festival that earns rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe. Visit SledIsland.com for more information.


Byta ("Bee-tah": the Swedish word for exchange) is run as a distributed team across three continents. Byta is unrivaled in taking advantage of the unique properties found in audio files – reading and writing file metadata, converting file formats and delivering fast yet secure streaming. Byta recently launched their #HowWeListen not-for-profit, dedicated to providing musicians and their teams with the knowledge required to move their careers forward. Sled Island and Byta acknowledges Calgary as the traditional territory of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut'ina and the Ĩyãħé Nakoda First Nations, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations. Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.