Got back yesterday from O'Reilly's DIGIFOO conference where about 150 Video, Photo and Music people got together for a self-organizing conference.
Most of the attendees were from the video/photo world, with about 10 people from music (almost half of them from Microsoft -- though Sumit, from Microsoft Research showed some very cool tech for automatically mashing two pieces of music together, adding a drumbeat too a beat-less track). O'Reilly's publishing a bunch of photo/video books, which explains the emphasis the DIGIFOO.
Robert and Lucas and I decided that a conference dedicated to "what's going to replace the major labels ?" is sorely needed, and we could gather all the various wacky Internet-music ideas together, do some networking, come up with a game plan, and plan for world domination. (grin). The 3 of us are making initial plans, getting a location secured and a date (in January/February). It'll be a weekend 2 day affair, in the style of CodeCon, very low cost (so that poor starving webmasters can attend).
More news on this Replacing-the-music-industry convention as we settle it...