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Spotify Hosting 'Secret' Meetings to Sway Performers in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville


Perhaps you've heard. Of course you've heard: Some musicians just don't like the concept of music streaming very much. Thom Yorke has been among the most hardcore of opponents for sites such as Spotify, even while releasing his new solo album largely for free on a torrent site. That's how much he hates streaming. Spotify is trying to win some of the doubters over to its side and it seems to be having super-private meetings with the performers themselves to do so. 

Digital Music News acquired a flyer for a series of events that will be occurring in three of the country's biggest music industry cities. October 6 will find representatives from the company in New York City at the Soho House, on October 8 they'll travel to Nashville and by October 10 they'll be in Los Angeles. 

The events are collaborations between Spotify, the music Managers' Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) as an opportunity "to get artists together in a casual environment to discuss and debate streaming." They aren't kidding about the "casual" part. The Nashville event will take place at a City Winery location and the L.A. event will be at a private home in the hills. No word on who all is invited or who'll show up but you know the "secret" part is for a reason. 

The attendees will enjoy "drinks and canapés" before having the opportunity to engage in Q&A with panelists. 

The FAC organized a similar event in London last year, featuring Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and others on its panel. 

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