Country Radio Seminar Announces Its 2nd Annual Streaming Summit

CRS is presenting its second annual Streaming Summit with a focus on music industry streaming and digital education initiatives.

The following was developed in conjunction with CRS, part of a new partnership with DMN. Stay tuned for more upcoming coverage from CRS, including continued details from its upcoming event in February.

This one day, in-person conference offers a laser focus on streaming in the music industry with eight targeted, informative sessions. At least 21 confirmed digital industry speakers will be on hand, along with artist showcases and lunch served. The Streaming Summit was born out of the CRS: The Virtual Experience that took place in February 2021. 

Participation in that event was so successful, CRS organizers and agenda committee leadership expanded the program to a full day with a focus on streaming. Country Radio Seminar will return as a live, in-person industry event for 2022, with its broader focus on the music industry as a whole. 

Streaming Summit 2022 will provide a proactive, educational experience thanks to greater participation from digital service providers like Spotify. Here’s a quick overview of confirmed sessions that will be available at this year’s Streaming Summit.

  • Streaming Summit Networking Breakfast
  • Introducing Chart-metric
  • Twitch/Live Streaming for Music
  • Music Discovery Through Streaming: Spotify Fan Study
  • Warner Music Nashville Lunch & Performance
  • Talk Data to Me: 2021 in Review
  • Road to the Next Big Thing: The Connected Car

“I can confidently say the amount of talent and wide-reaching expertise found in every session at this summit would be difficult to find under the roof of only one conference,” CRS Streaming Summit Committee Chair Annie Ortmeier told Digital Music News. “Our Streaming Summit team of Sarah D’Hilly, Ali Matkosky, and myself are thrilled with the lineup for 2022 as we align with new partners and new boundary-pushing perspectives, making this day a no-miss.”

Country Radio Seminar remains committed to broadening the appeal of its annual event by expanding its focus on digital, streaming, touring, and spoken word content creators who may target country music consumers. “Country music consumption via streaming platforms saw record-breaking, exponential growth during the pandemic quarantine,” says CRS Executive Director RJ Curtis.

“At the same time, Country continues its dominance as the most programmed music format on terrestrial radio. Thanks to a technological revolution, there are many more seats at the table for stakeholders in our format now.”

Confirmed Speakers for CRS Streaming Summit 2021

  • Timothy Babbitt | General Motors
  • Lauren Black | Country Now
  • Sung Cho | ChartMetric
  • Emily Cohen | Amazon Music
  • Patch Culbertson | Big Loud
  • Tim Foisset | Warner Music Nashville
  • Haley Jones |  MRC Entertainment
  • Alison Junker | Spotify
  • Soy Kim | Spotify for Artists
  • Allison Laughter | Red Light
  • Ali Matkosky | Big Loud
  • Annie Ortmeier | UMG Nashville
  • Ashton Pierre | AT&T
  • Vipin Reddy | UMG Nashville
  • Steve Stewart | Cox Media Group
  • Jonathan Tarlton | Spotify
  • Alina Thompson | Pandora
  • Taylor Viegut | UMG Nashville


How do I sign up for CRS Streaming Summit?

A one day Streaming Summit pass for February 23rd is $249. A one-day pass is also included in the three-day CRS 2022 registration fee of $649. You can register for the event here. 

Country Radio Seminar Streaming Summit 2021 | Panels

  • Streaming Summit Networking Breakfast | A welcoming event from the Streaming Agenda Committee, DSPs, and label partners in the streaming, digital retail, and e-commerce world. 
  • Introducing ChartMetric | A look at how country music is represented in the radio and streaming platforms today. Music consumption habits have changed over the last few years, country music included. Radio is still huge, but services like Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube are huge parts of the ecosystem. This panel examines how those services compete or complement each other based on data collected by ChartMetric. 
  • Twitch/Livestreaming for Music

    Allison Laughter (Head of Digital Marketing & Streaming at Red Light and Lauren Black (Editor of Country Now) explore how Twitch works, if you should care about it, and how music is expanding its presence on the previously gaming-focused platform.

  • Music Discovery through Streaming: Spotify Fan Study | Spotify helps music listeners discover new artists around 16 billion times each month. Soy Kim (Product Marketing Spotify for Artists) shares more about the Spotify Fan Study to help artists and their teams decipher the data available via the Spotify for Artists service. 


  • Talk Data to Me: 2021 in Review | CRS’ popular Talk Data to Me panel has returned to address streaming growth in country music compared to the rest of the music industry. This panel will feature a focus on more robust streaming data, consumer data, and radio data, asking attendees if they can pick the hit. 


  • Road to the Next Big Thing: Connected Cars | Americans spend hours in their vehicles, which means listening in the car is a huge market. This panel full of industry leaders across the automotive, audio streaming, and connectivity space discuss what’s in store for streaming in the car. Panelists will offer a deep dive into how consumers listen to their favorite music in the car, transforming listening as a whole.