Scion Launches Music(Less) Music Conference to Spur Thought and Discussion on the Future of the Music Industry

Forward-Thinking Automaker Brings Together Music Veterans and Emerging Talent to Discuss Industry Issues

Jun 14, 2010, 14:53 ET from Scion

TORRANCE, Calif., June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Scion's Music(Less) Music Conference will be held on June 17-18 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel to bring together aspiring artists and industry luminaries for a two-day immersion of music fueled conversation. Top players in disparate musical genres will drive debates, panels and workshops as influential members of the music community provide up-and-coming artists with valuable industry insights and resources.

"Scion's goal is to continually support influential and emerging artists with the opportunities and resources that otherwise might be unavailable," says Jeri Yoshizu, Scion sales promotions manager. "Much like our audiovisual initiatives, we hope this conference will serve as a stepping stone for musicians to gain crucial industry experience and exposure while spotlighting industry insiders who don't often get mentioned alongside new talent."

Invited speakers will discuss artist development, independent labels, touring and digital distribution, while panel moderators such as Billboard's David Prince and reporter Eric Ducker lead discussions on the future of the industry.  

Some of the debates and panels include the following:

  • Bloggers vs. A&Rs: The Smackdown
  • Integrity and Selling out in 2010
  • Event Promotion's Digital Future
  • Why is Now a Good Time to Get Involved in the Music Industry?
  • Do You Need a Manager?
  • Artists as Businesses
  • The State of Music Journalism
  • What is an Image Worth?
  • Beyond Record Stores: Digital Distribution Models of Music

For those unable to attend, the conference presentations will be filmed and will exist as digital resources on as well as Scion's other official social media and video sharing sites. For more information about the conference or any of Scion's other music initiatives, please visit

About Scion

Scion, from Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., was developed with a new generation of youthful buyers in mind. Scion's mission is to provide distinctive products, the opportunity to personalize, and an innovative, consumer-driven process at the retail level. The brand features three ground-breaking models with a wide array of standard features: the xD urban subcompact five-door, the iconic xB urban utility vehicle and the tC sports coupe.  Scion launches the all-new, premium micro-subcompact iQ in early 2011.  The Scion brand often applies new practices in all aspects of its business and pushes the creativity envelope with non-traditional advertising and marketing to engage young consumers. Scion also supports originality through its programs in the artistic community. For more information, visit