Country Radio Seminar Broadens Opening Day With Digital Music & Tech Summit — Here’s What to Expect

Country Radio Seminar 2022
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Anyone in the music business with a small stake in the country genre should check out Country Radio Seminar (CRS) this year. The 2023 CRS event is slated for March 13-15 at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The event has a 52-year legacy of bringing together all segments of the country music industry for education, entertainment, networking, and idea sharing. 

The following article was created with Country Radio Seminar (CRS), a company DMN is proud to be partnering with.

Country Radio Seminar was originally created to bring the radio and record industries together to help both sides achieve success. But as the music industry’s dynamic business model has changed alongside evolving technology, so too has CRS evolved to keep up. 

In 2021, CRS expanded its three-day education curriculum to include an exclusive one-day tract focusing on streaming and digital education initiatives. That program was so successful for CRS 2021, that the event’s agenda team has challenged itself to broaden the digital experience for CRS attendees. Now branded “Digital Music Summit at CRS,” the content planned for Monday March 13 will go beyond just streaming to include the metaverse, web3, NFTs, and other next-gen platforms that are emerging. 

The Digital Music Summit will serve as the kickoff to the annual, three-day CRS experience. In addition to a robust and progressive educational agenda, attendees will enjoy dozens of music showcases and endless networking opportunities with music industry leaders, peers, and aspiring music professionals. 

In addition to instructive sessions, the one-day, all-day Digital Music Summit will kick off CRS week by featuring a networking breakfast, the Warner Music Nashville kickoff luncheon featuring a large part of its artist roster, an interactive conversation with Garth Brooks, the Amazon ‘Country Heat’ showcase, and making its debut on the opening night of CRS the third annual ‘Paddle Royale’ ping-pong tournament. Country artists will face off against high-profile industry leaders for a spirited game. 

The three-person agenda team for Digital Music Summit at CRS is led by Tim Foisset of Warner Music Nashville, who succeeds UMG Nashville’s Annie Ortmeier in that role and includes Emily Cohen of Amazon and Beville Dunkerly of Pandora. 

“It’s been an incredible experience to see the lineup for 2023 come together, ” adds Tim Foisset. “Our Digital Music & Tech Summit team challenged ourselves to ensure that this year’s summit reflects the continuously evolving landscape of our digital music business. The talented experts in every session are pushing the boundaries of our industry, bringing new perspectives and ideas that will carry us into the future. We’re proud to present a conference day you won’t want to miss.”

CRS is proud to welcome a new collaborator for the 2023 Digital Music Summit. The team at Digital Music News, including publisher Paul Resnikoff and Noah Itman have provided valuable input, with Resnikoff set to moderate at least one session on Monday the 13th. 

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Confirmed Speakers for CRS 2023 Digital Music Summit

  • Cameo Carlson | M Theory Nashville
  • Chris McMurtry | Pex
  • Clark Mims Tedesco | Warner Music Nashville
  • Debra Herman | Apple Music
  • Doug Phillips | Q-Prime Nashville
  • Emily Cohen Belote | Amazon Music
  • Jade Driver | Crowd Surf
  • Johnny Chiang | Pandora
  • Katie McCartney | Monument Records
  • Lucia Kaminsky | Sandbox
  • Noah Itman | Digital Music News
  • Rachel Whitney | Spotify
  • Rahul Sabnisis | iHeartMedia
  • Robert Carlton | SmackSongs
  • Sean Peace | SongVest
  • Tim Foisset | Warner Music Nashville
  • Zach Blair | VNUE