Past Conferences and Workshops

►Intellectual Property and the Making and Marketing of Music in the Digital Age

April 23-24, 2010: Co-sponsored by the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) and the Department of Music at Princeton University. Over the last few decades, certain developments have challenged traditional notions of intellectual copyright in music. Invited artists, academics, and media and policy experts participated in conversations that we hope will aid in the formation of public policies and private strategies and will aid artists, companies, and institutions adapt to contemporary musical practices. Panel discussions centered around many of these issues, including:

  1. The popularity of musics that are sampled, improvised, or handed down orally has called for re-conceptualizations of copyright in the absence of written scores.
  2. Digital technologies, particularly web-based resources, have enabled independent artists to take control of their production and distribution, but they have also made the enforcement of traditional copyright difficult.
  3. The development of alternatives to copyright has helped to foster a free-art subculture, thus becoming not only a means of maintaining artistic control but also a matter of identity.

►Research on Orchestras Meeting

Friday, April 11, 2008, Mountain Lakes House, Princeton, NJ: Full-day meeting to advance research on orchestras. Sessions addressed the major issues confronting orchestras:  organization and finances; artistic preservation and innovation; and the audience; and discussion of the role of the orchestra in the future of classical (and serious contemporary art) music. A research agenda based on extensive notes from the meeting is available in pdf form: Notes Toward an Agenda for Research on Orchestras. Meeting participants and other experts in the field were invited to a blog discussion of the first iteration of the agenda notes. The blog discussion is also available: Orchestra Blog

►Princeton University - Microsoft Intellectual Property Conference

May 18-19, 2006: Co-sponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Center for Information Technology Policy); “Creativity and I.P. Law: How Intellectual Property Law Fosters and Hinders Creative Work” – for sessions, speakers, and times, please see the Conference web site.

►Princeton University - Microsoft Intellectual Property Conference

May 12-14, 2005 Academics and industry leaders from four fields (information technology, biotech, art/music/videogames, and literature & humanities) shared ideas and information and identified key themes to be followed up at a larger, public conference in May 2006. The first of these two IP conferences focused on the consequences of IP law for the actual practices of creative workers, while striking a balance between issues confronting creators and those confronting users.

►Museums in Presidential Libraries

April 2004 – A dozen individuals from across the country came to Princeton to discuss the performance of presidential libraries regarding their museums and public and educational programs and to consider the policies and practices influencing them. The Princeton group discussed three broad areas: strategic planning in individual libraries and for the system; the quality and character of museum programs; and resources for such programs. Conclusions and recommendations were published in a brief first report in February 2005.

►Public Symposium on "The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications"

May 6, 2004: This symposium examined and debated the arguments put forth in a new book by Paul Starr. Speakers: Paul Starr, Princeton University; Nicholas Lemann, Columbia University; Eli Noam, Columbia University; Annabel Patterson, Yale University; and Michael Schudson, University of California, San Diego.

►What Can Economists Say About Happiness?

October 6, 2003: Bruno Frey, University of Zurich; response by Daniel Kahneman.

►Taking the Measure of Culture Workshop

June 7-9, 2002

►Culture, Contention and Conflict

October 11-12, 2002

►Research on Artists: A Working Conference at Princeton University

May 24-25, 2000

►What is Cultural Policy? A Dialogue for an Emerging Field

April 29, 1999