The University of Georgia School of Law’s Sports and Entertainment Law Society will host the fourth annual Protect Athens Music Conference beginning at 3 p.m. March 5 at the Melting Point in downtown Athens. The conference will address issues relevant to the ever-evolving music scene and how to create a more sustainable music ecosystem.

Created in conjunction win the Terry College's Music Business Program, the event is free and open to the public.

“What really makes this year’s conference unique is that we were able to attract high profile speakers from out-of-state in addition to Athens and Atlanta panelists,” said Michelle Davis, conference organizer and second-year law student. “This event is great at bringing together creators, academics and lawmakers to discuss the music industry in a proactive way.”

There will be three panel sessions titled “Demystifying Digital Revenue Streams,” “Healthcare for Artists” and “Athens Music Scene Town Hall.” Panelists for these sessions will include: Casey Rae, an artists’ rights expert and the interim executive director of the Future of Music Coalition; Alex Maiolo, a health care reform advocate for artists; Danielle Bowker, a representative from MusiCares, a Grammy-run organization based in Nashville, Tenn.; Tatum Hauck Allsep, the founder and executive director of Music Health Alliance; and David Lowery, a musician and faculty member in UGA’s Music Business Certificate Program; among others.