Music Industry Leaders to Gather in Portugal for Web Summit



The US and Europe’s leading music industry leaders and experts will gather at Web Summit from 8-10 November in Lisbon, Portugal, to showcase the impact of innovation on the music industry.

Global music artist and innovators speaking this year include:




Joel Zimmerman – Musician of deadmau5
Tinie Tempah – Musician
Ray J – Musician/Producer
Bruce Pavitt – Co-founder of Sub-Pop Records
Seth Fabman – CMO of Spotify
Chris Blackwell – Founder of Island Records
Marian Goodell – Founder and CEO of Burning Man
Eric Wahlforss – Co-Founder and CTO of SoundCloud

This year’s music track at Web Summit is focusing in on the increasing pace of disruption in the music industry.

In the interplay of artist, executive, startup, and consumer, speakers will debate whether technology will restore balance and create opportunities in the industry along with exploring the challenges for musicians and executives.

Previous speakers as part of Web Summit’s music track have included:

Bono – U2
Brian Message, Manager of Radiohead
Steve Angello – Swedish House Mafia

Era of Innovation

Global music revenues have increased by 3.2% as digital sales now account for 45% of industry revenues, overtaking physical sales of 39%. Listeners are now streaming more than ever and revenues are increasing to reflect this shift.

Featured topics on Music stage this year will include: How does the advent of the streaming age impact on artists? Will we see the extinction of record labels in their current form? How do we reform streaming and licensing regulations? How is the relationship between artist and manager evolving? How can we use blockchain for music rights? What tech innovations will have the most impact on listeners?

“The music industry as whole is seeing a massive shift and the impact technology is having on this sector has changed the face of the industry for good. It’s great to have such an impressive lineup of those in the music industry coming along to Web Summit this year to discuss the future of technology and how it will further shape the music we listen to.”Paddy Cosgrave, CEO Web Summit, said.