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May 15 Conference Registration plus Updates

May 15 -- Amplify Music in Our LA Conference

Registration is now open for our Amplify Music in Our LA Conference on May 15, here at UCLA.  It will be both live at UCLA and live online for remote participation.  See more information below
  • This conference is a continuation of the February Future of Music in LA Symposium produced by the City of Los Angeles Dept. of Cultural Affairs, UCLA CMI, The Broad, and Bootleg Theater  Both events are part of our ongoing 2019 event series on the Future of Music in LA
  • Registration is now open in Eventbrite for both online and live audience attendance and participation. 
  • We continue to add speakers to the panels and event ahead of publishing the schedule later in April -- please let us know if there is anyone you would like to see on a panel or reach out to volunteer to speak or participate.  

SXSW Panel recordings

We often want to be everywhere at once at SXSW.  Panel recordings of session you may have missed are now up at and Soundcloud, including two including our Executive Director: 

New Podcast Episode

Please enjoy our most recent Podcast Episode:

Enjoy other UCLA opportunities


Work with our Students

  • If you would like to bring marketing projects with bands, brands, venues, and other music to The Lab, drop Gigi Johnson an email at  If you would like to speak or be part of these or other upcoming events, or suggest future guests for the podcast, please email us at this link.  


Amplifying Music in Our Los Angeles

A Conference Amplifying and Connecting the Music Scenes of Los Angeles

Hosts: The Center for Music Innovation at UCLA Alpert and UCLA Music Library

Location:  Charles E. Young Research Library Auditorium

Time: 9 am - 4:30 pm

Date:  Wednesday, May 15, 2019

How can we support Los Angeles’ music scene(s) and work together to continue to create something robust, diverse, and dynamic in this changing era?

This day-long conference expands the conversation of how Los Angeles can grow and connect/collaborate around its diverse music scenes.  If other cities are challenged by gentrification in having vibrant live music scenes, (a) why is Los Angeles seeming to be growing, despite these difficulties, and (b) how can we enhance and amplify this growth?


This Conference is the second in a series of events that UCLA Center for Music Innovation is holding with the Future of Music in LA focus across 2019 across LA, so we welcome you to be involved in those programs as well.

On February 6th, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs held a half-day Symposium as part of its February COMPOSE LA series of events.  With partners that included UCLA’s Center for Music Innovation, they brought together different voices across Los Angeles and music to talk about the future of Music in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is a complex environment. From panels and provocations, we came up with many things that weren't right within the overall ecosystems in terms of policy, permitting, and procedures. We also explored our very vibrant environment that seems to be growing -- despite the systemic challenges.

The Invitation

We invite the community gather again on May 15th at UCLA to both expand the conversation and to add new voices into the mix. We're going to include people joining us via video conference from other cities and locations. We're going to include new parties -- and parties with different perspectives. And we're going to include round table conversations, connecting the questions with the audience. .

We invite you to join us for this community event at the Charles Young Research Library at the UCLA campus. The event will be free, along with the support from our community and marketing sponsors.

The Schedule

Conference Schedule

To be shared here mid-April as it is finalized.  To share suggestions for participants to include in panels, please email before April 15.

SXSW Panel Adventures

We have a big sense of FOMO at SXSW -- you can't be everywhere!  Luckily, they post the audio recordings of sessions both at Soundcloud and at  Here's two panels we were part of in case you missed them:

In our recent podcast, Amadea Choplin, the COO from Pex, takes us down the online music data rabbit hole. She shares how official music distribution is just the beginning of the adventures of distributed songs, and how on average 99% of top artists' music use has moved beyond the original uploaded accounts to be reloaded into other spaces and purposes across the viral web. Pex tracks copies of fragments of songs across 30 online platforms across the global web. Amadea talks about her own journey from strategy and IPOs to Daily Motion to joining Rasty in this still new data company.

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