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DTP invites Vegas artists to licensing event ‘Putting Music to Work’

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Michael Stratton, the new Bunkhouse’s GM.
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Downtown Project is inviting local musicians to get an inside look at the world of publishing and licensing during the Downtown Music Series event “Putting Music to Work” on June 27 at the Window inside the Ogden.

Led by Matt Messer, founder of El Camino Media and former Vice President of Creative at EMI Music Publishing, the talk will cover music licensing, song placement, royalties and the pros and cons of streaming services like Spotify. Messer was “responsible for signing Blink 182, Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot,” and has worked with artists on both grassroots and major-label levels, according to a DTP press release.

Following this week’s reports that YouTube will launch a music subscription service later this year, the DTP discussion couldn’t come at a timelier moment. The Google-owned company’s new platform could potentially change the way independent artists interact with the growing music streaming landscape.

Bunkhouse GM Michael Stratton will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a question and answer segment.

Putting Music to Work 7 p.m., free, The Window inside the Ogden, 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd., #140.

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