Mondo.NYC, the New York-based music, arts & technology conference, has announced several more panels, events and showcases taking place at this year’s edition, which takes place Oct. 12-15.

While Mondo 2021 has been announced as a virtual event, the organizers note, “We are extremely encouraged with vaccination progress and other COVID-related developments and expect to announce shortly that we will be able to concurrently welcome our attendees to a physical gathering in New York City for business, networking and live music showcases.”

Mondo – in partnership with HiFi, an independent business-management partner for creative professionals – introduces “The Future of Financial Rights,” a new series of panels, events and keynote discussions centered on innovation across financial transparency, independence and wellness.

“The Future of Financial Rights” kicks off this summer with three Mondo Conversations virtual events and culminates with an intensive four-track seminar on Thursday, October 14 featuring four panels: Innovation in Business Management; New Approaches to Working Capital; SPACs, Private Equity & More; and a Fireside Chat with Will Page (former chief economist at both Spotify and PRS for Music and HiFi advisor). HiFi was launched in July 2020 as a financial-rights organization for the music industry.

New this year is the debut of our The Future of Music Production track on Wednesday, October 13, featuring four panels analyzing how the broad impact of technology could dramatically change the music creation and distribution process in the coming years, from how creators make and monetize their works to how listeners experience music and engage with their favorite artists. Panels and concentration topics include The Producers Panel; The Impact of AI; NFTs & Music Creation; The Next Generation of Spatial and Immersive Audio.

The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) presents the 2021 Publishers & Songwriters program on Friday, October 15. This will be a multi-disciplinary suite of sessions focusing on Music Publishing: Industry Update 2022; COVID & the Songwriter Experience: Before & After; Bleeding Edge Tech for Publishers & Songwriters; and the return of Mondo’s beloved Songwriter’s Live Carousel.

Also on deck is NFT Bootcamp: How the Evolving NFT Market Will Impact Creators and Content Companies. In this panel session, attorneys from Covington & Burling LLP will lead panelists deeply involved in the NFT space through a discussion covering the evolving NFT market, including the technological and legal implications for content, the problem of counterfeit NFTs, the current state of NFT regulation, and common issues to be aware of when working with NFT platforms and partners.

Musiio, providing breakthrough Artificial Intelligence for the Music Industry, hosts our Using AI to Discover New Talent panel. Musiio’s Hit Potential Algorithm is a powerful music discovery tool, “listening” to and analyzing music at scale to evaluate, organize and even provide opportunities to improve music in pre-production. As part of its Mondo collaboration, Musiio will use its Algorithm to sort through showcase artist submissions and identify the entries that are most likely to achieve commercial success based upon multiple predetermined factors. Select artists will be included in a second-by-second breakdown session during the Mondo panel.

Mondo’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Music & Tech Law Symposium returns for its fifth year and its 2021 Steering Committee includes: Michael Poster, Chair, Michelman & Robinson, LLP; Adrian J. Perry, Covington & Burling LLP; Monika A. Tashman, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Angela N. Martinez, Esq.; and Chris Zheng, Harvard Law School.

New for 2021: In light of New York’s recent legalizing of recreational cannabis, the conference will soon be officially announcing Mondo.Cannabis, an immersive program taking place during Mondo.NYC. Specialized panels will focus on health & wellness, media & marketing, legal & investment concerns as well as the social, cultural and economic impact of this historic decision. Details to be announced soon.


Mondo 2021 has confirmed performances from eight additional artists running the gamut on background, genre and style.  Five among them are from NYC, of which we hope how to showcase some live IRL, bringing the total to 32 artists from 13 territories on five continents.

Mondo introduces you to the following new showcase artists: Zāna (NYC), Echezona (Boston), Krekhaus (Sofia, Bulgaria), Ryan Martin (NYC), Nenjah Nycist (Brooklyn), MOZIAH (NYC), Season of Ghosts, (London), January Jane (NYC).

2021 will feature previously announced content including programming collaborations with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Guild of Music Supervisors, Recording Artists Project @ Harvard Law School, Covington & Burling LLP and the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA).

Conference panels programs for 2021 focus on Post-COVID Financial Wellness & Survival; Music Supervision; MusicTech; Independent Live Music; Video Games, Esports and Music; CLE Music & Tech Law Symposium; Racial & Gender Equality in the Music Business; International Music Marketing; Music Creation & Production; Songwriters & Publishing; Music Policy; NFTs & Digital Currency; and Harvard Law School’s Recording Artist Project live virtual Pro Bono sessions.

Stay tuned for additional announcements in the coming weeks. For more info, please visit https://mondo.nyc.