Music-Related Content at PRPD19

Cultural relevance is an essential part of your brand. Through conversation, live events and the panels, PRPD19 has so much cool stuff for music stations that if you don't already work at one you're going to wish you did when it's over.

Step lively, though, because the conference hotel is almost sold out. There are backup hotels nearby but you are going to want to be here for this one. Register today and reserve your spot. 

And now, on to the agenda update - it's PACKED.


Gaelynn Lea. Simply put - make your travel plans accordingly. You don't want to miss this closing session. Gaelynn Lea gained national attention when she won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Her unique mix of haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes captivates audiences worldwide and so far she has appeared in 43 states and 7 countries. In addition to performing and recording, Gaelynn speaks passionately about disability rights, finding inner freedom, and accessibility in the arts. In recent years, she has used her music as a platform to advocate for people with disabilities and to promote positive social change. Host of "The Local Show" on the Current Andrea Swensson interviews Gaelynn Lea about her career, her music and how public radio changed her life, followed by a short performance.


The Sound of Public Radio Music. Moderated by Nick Spitzer, host of “American Routes”, The Noncomm Music Alliance will share data from their latest report about the impact, reach and importance of music stations across the country. We’ll learn about the development of the new Urban Alternative format and the audience is serves with Mike Henry. Brian Newhouse from MPR Classical illustrates how it serves kids and families with an innovative education program.



Music Licensing Challenges and Opportunities. Join Lauren Onkey, Senior Director of NPR Music and John Riley, attorney with the US Copyright Office for a discussion of the current music licensing landscape and what it all means to public media.


The Philosophy Behind Music Scheduling
For most listeners, your station is only as good as the music they are hearing right now. As a programmer, your priority is to make sure every time someone tunes in they have a great listening experience. Scheduling software can help you improve the consistency of your sound, grow your audience and free up your host's time so they can focus on excellent presentation. From basic techniques like separation and rest to deeper concepts like sound or intensity, scheduling software keeps track of these things so you can focus on what you do best - sharing your insights with your listeners. No matter what music format you program, The W.I.Z.A.R.D. Jill Sorenson can answer your questions about music scheduling.


The Current Microshow, in partnership with Live From Here - Special PRPD Edition
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing. Featuring Son Volt, Chastity Brown and Chris Thile at the Fine Line Music Cafe. 
Just blocks from PRPD HQ, join The Current, Live from Here and New Belgium Brewing for a very special edition of The Current's Microshow event series, featuring three extraordinary acts in a once-in-a-lifetime lineup. Chris Thile, host of Live from Here, performs a special solo acoustic set to start off the evening; Minnesota's own Chastity Brown beguiles with her soulful acoustic folk; and Jay Farrar and friends perform in a rare intimate space - just for the PRPD attendees and Twin Cities fans who sign up for a first-come, first-served experience. Get your entry badge when you check in at the registration desk.