Rethink Music Conference Hosts Business Model Competition, Call for Papers

Margot Edwards
November 18, 2010

Berklee College of Music and Harvard Business School are hosting a Music Industry Business Model competition, and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (in collaboration with Harvard Law School's Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law) is running a Call for Papers. Both are associated with the conference, Rethink Music: Creativity, Commerce and Policy in the 21st Century. The conference—to be held in Boston and Cambridge, MA, April 25-27, 2011—is designed to provide a forum for high-level deliberation among creators, industry experts, and academics about the future of the music industry.

Music Industry Business Model Competition

Berklee and Harvard Business School are accepting submissions for a music industry business model competition, seeking proposals that provide new or improved ways to encourage and monetize creativity in the evolving music industry. Participants should submit a 500-word executive summary of their proposal (in pdf format) to before February 1, 2011.

The proposals will be evaluated using three criteria: value creation, innovation, and viability. A group of finalists will be invited to submit a complete business plan, to be reviewed by a panel of venture capitalists, faculty from Harvard Business School and Berklee, and industry executives. Berklee will award $50,000 to the best business proposal, and $5,000 to the first runner-up. Finalists also receive the opportunity to present their plans at the Rethink Music conference. For complete submission guidelines and rules, visit

Rethink Music Call for Papers

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, in collaboration with Harvard Law School's Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law ("JSEL"), has put out a call for papers, seeking policy proposals that advance the interests of music creators, consumers, and entrepreneurs. Responses will suggest changes in existing intellectual property or other laws relating to the creation, production, distribution, performance, or other use of musical works.  

Papers will be reviewed on criteria including identifying problems with existing laws, recommending changes, and feasibility of implementation. Up to four authors will be invited to present their work at Rethink Music, with Berklee providing airfare and accommodations. Up to two of the papers will be considered for publication in JSEL. Submissions must be received by January 24, 2011. Applicants should adhere to the guidelines posted at and indicate that the submission is for the Rethink Music Call for Papers. A copy should also be sent to Complete details about the Call for Papers are available here.

Rethink Music, presented by Berklee and MIDEM, in association with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Harvard Business School, will focus on economic and policy concerns that dictate the viability of creative industries. The event is designed to provide a forum for high-level deliberation by experts, with input from creators and stakeholders from across the spectrum, about the future of creative works, their distribution, and the laws that regulate them. The event aims to differentiate itself from myriad other music and intellectual property conferences by focusing on law, economics, and emerging business models together; extensively involving creators; soliciting input from both within and outside of traditional music companies and organizations; and inviting submission of policy proposals and business models.