19 Jul 2017

Visionaries at Future Music Forum

Here at the Future Music Forum we pride ourselves on being the most forward-looking conference on the calendar, our mix of attendees and contributors includes music industry futurists to those toiling at the sharp end of improving the lot of artists and consumers in the age of digital.

Why then, you might ask, does FMF’s agenda also dedicate time to the rich histories in this business of legends such as Brian Hardgroove, Brian Message or for this year’s event, Warner stalwart Seymour Stein and hiphop architect Dante Ross?

Music has arguably been a technology led industry since the invention of the printing press. George Howard of Music Audience Exchange, Brown University and Berklee Colllege of Music shared in an interview with The Drum in March that ‘doesn’t ‘believe there is a music industry anymore’ and that it is merely a tech industry offshoot.

With the minutae of our daily lives dominated by digital, and culturally our ideas of the future and progression being bound up in perpetual technological development, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there is more to the future of our industry than that.

Art like commerce and technology requires visionaries. The International Music Summit runs an annual competition actively looking for electronic music’s very own Mr Stein or Mr Ross.

Dante heard the future in Busta Rhymes and Ol Dirty Bastard. In a recent instagram post he confessed to Gang Starr’s Guru pointing out the potential of House of Pain’s Everlast and his subsequent bluesy turn as Whitey Ford.  He had the foresight to be open to that recommendation, and more recently to catch on to the immensely talented and digitally savvy Lil Dicky.

We study the past to understand the present and prepare for the future; our line-up of speakers and many of these individuals in their own right, reflect what we can learn and our hopes for the future of our business.


New York/Barcelona, October 14, 2021. The Future Music Forum: Barcelona has merged with Music Industry City. The two firms will pool their resources to form Nybac Media Inc., which will supervise digital broadcasting, live events, and digital communities for its Music Industry City division.

Founded by music industry veterans, Peter Schwinge, former Partner and General Manager of New Music Seminar, and Founder of Moving Target Group, Mike McCready, Co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, and Niall Doorley, founder of Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Nybac Media provides an international platform that includes a broadcast network with the flagship, Music Industry News at Noon; audio drop-in talk shows and podcasts; year-round digital events; community building on the Music Industry City (MIC) website; and live events including the Future Music Forum: Barcelona.

According to Peter Schwinge, CEO and President, “This merger is a great opportunity for both companies as it will allow them to work together on projects more efficiently while expanding their reach to other areas globally where they would not have had access before. We are able to provide more opportunities for our users and partners and provide them with an opportunity to reach new audiences through the network.”

Nybac Media will rely on their deep industry connections to provide musicians access to industry experts through the MIC platform; equip the next generation of the music industry with tools, education, and networks; foster high-level discussions to affect positive change; and increase partners' access and visibility to the industry. 

“I'm delighted to announce our new partnership. I've spent the last 12 years building the Future Music Forum into what it is today, and perhaps the last 5-6 years actively seeking the ideal partner. It's ironic that it emerged at a time when the events business was perhaps in its most fragile state in living memory. I'm excited to see what we can do to help so many people advance in their careers as the industry begins to bounce back.” said Niall Doorley, Vice President and Head of Global Events.

The Music Industry City website has features for artists and people in the industry to interact in real time through communities and forums, live events, and a metaverse. The site also provides educational resources, online courses, and talks from industry leaders; health and wellness topics specifically tailored to the music industry; a personal and professional development section; a music discovery zone; and a local media outlet showcasing members and partners.

Nybac Media has offices in New York and Barcelona. The next, in-person Future Music Forum conference is set to take place in Barcelona on September 20-22, 2022.