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.
“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.