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The Interactive Music Xpo (IMX) (www.imusicxpo.com) is set for its inaugural gathering with more than 150 participating companies and exhibitors expected to draw thousands to the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City on August 9th and 10th.

Hilary Rosen, President and C.E.O. of The Recording Industry Association of America and Thomas Dolby Robertson, musician and Chief Beatnik of Beatnik, Inc. are scheduled to deliver the keynote addresses to an audience expected to be comprised of predominantly musicians, technology company representatives and music industry luminaries. Phil Ramone, Nile Rodgers, David J. of Love & Rockets and Bauhaus, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Tony Visconti, and John "Jelly Bean" Benitez will also be part of the roster of panelists.

"We are extremely excited and look forward to providing a compelling forum to the industry to exchange thoughts, ideas and business cards," said Paul Sitar, Founder and President of ISG, LLC producers of IMX. "We hope to learn a lot from our first year and are looking forward to augmenting the already incredible support that we have received from both the music and technology industries."

Microsoft, Lucent Technologies, MCY.com, AT&T's a2b music, Sonic Foundry, ASCAP, RIAA, the MIDI Manufacturers Association, Vibe Magazine, J-Bird Records, Spin Magazine, Blaze Magazine, Gig Magazine, Electronic Musician Magazine, Digital River, Bass Player Magazine, Guitar Player Magazine, Keyboard Magazine, Pro Sound News, EQ and The New York Chapter of the Recording Academy round out a who's who of sponsoring companies.

Nearly two dozen panel discussions will address a wide range of topics which will lend advise, counsel and guidance to musicians in all musical genres. Copyright Protection, Managing Your Band's Online Business, Learning From The Pros: The Producer's Clinic and Unsigned Artists: How To Make It Happen will juxtapose guidance from the experts on new technologies available to artists. Learning From The Pros: Technology On Tour, Transcending MIDI To Living Music and Software Tools Mastermind. However the conference is sure to heat up when the pros discuss Digital Distribution: The Content Game, Where's Technology Headed (The Label Panel) and Streaming Audio And Video: The Right's Game.

IMX participants include high level executives from some of the nation's leading companies including AT&T, Microsoft, Lucent Technologies, EMI Records, BMG Records, BMI, ASCAP, Yahoo! Inc., Broadcast.com, Liquid Audio, Forrester Research, Yamaha, CDNow, Customdisc.com, emusic.com, Amazon.com, CDKnet, UBL, Steinberg, Opcode, Apple Computers, Real Networks, Loud.com, Korg USA, Fortune Magazine, BMI, audiohighway.com, Launch.com, Reciprocal Music, CMJ, Billboard Talent Network, Dreamworks records, Cakewalk, The Virtual Music Vault, Segasoft and more.

IMX is produced and managed by ISG, LLC, a company which provides knowledge and experience in all areas of conference and event management, along with the focus and integration of Web site technology to all aspects of business processes and initiatives.

Keynotes, speakers, conference session, times and room assignments are subject to change. Please check the IMX Web site for event updates and complete information. Registration for IMX (which includes the Exhibit Showcase, Keynotes, Workshops, and Networking Lounge) is $30 on site. The IMX Backstage Pass provides access to more events and features, and now costs $250. For more information, visit the IMX web site at www.imusicxpo.com.

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