Microsoft Accelaerator


320 Westlake Ave. N.

Important Venue Notes

3rd Floor



A division of Microsoft dedicated to the acceleration and bringing together of member startup companies for their mutual growth and success.

Future Events

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Past Events

Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 1-5pm
Creating a startup company or deploying a successful app in the digital music space can be daunting. There is a complex web of rights and legal requirements, and a seemingly infinite number of players. These obstacles may seem insurmountable, especially to a bootstrapped young company. Several years ago, the Music Business Association recognized this information gap and created the Music Startup Academy. The event’s coursework was designed to provide an educational platform on the key topics of licensing, business development and technology to entrepreneurs at all levels. Preliminary Agenda 1 PM Welcome & Introduction To Music Biz Resources - Bill Wilson, Music Biz 1:15 PM Introduction to Microsoft API And Other Resources - Christina Calio, Microsoft 1:30 PM Keynote - Brian Hirsh, Lively 1:45 PM Label and Publishing Basics Explains the economics of the music industry, including the licenses required for master recordings and songwriting. - Joleen Hughes, Hughes Media Law Group 2:45 PM Networking Break 3 PM Business Development The “dos and don’ts” of content licensing, including best practices for honing a pitch, and insight into navigating around roadblocks. 4 PM Basic Technical Operations An overview of the music operations and various enterprise software systems and core procedures that any aspiring CEO or CTO must be aware of. - Jeff Wallace, MediaNet 4:45 PM Closing Remarks & Networking Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed.