AES Names Chris Stone Keynote Speaker for 125th Convention

Jun 18, 2008 5:41 PM


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Chris Stone (pictured), who co-founded New York City's Record Plant 40 years ago with Gary Kellgren, has been named keynote speaker for the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco.

“As cofounder, past president and chairman of the Society of Professional Audio Recording Studios [SPARS] and cofounder of the Music Producers Guild of the Americas [now known as the Producers and Engineers Wing of NARAS], Stone has maintained a high profile as a recording industry ombudsman throughout his colorful career,” says Convention Co-Chair John Strawn. "Currently active as an educator and a consultant for online music entrepreneurship at, Stone is based in Los Angeles, and travels widely in his role as CEO of the World Studio Group."

Stone's keynote address is entitled “The Artist Owns the Industry,” and will highlight the AES 125th Convention opening ceremonies, which will take place on Thursday, October 2 in the Moscone Center's Special Events Hall. Stone will explore what it takes to succeed in today’s environment, in which artists with limited capital create their music in home (sometimes bedroom) studios, far removed from commercial facilities and the guidance of veteran producers and engineers.

An AES member for more than 30 years, Stone has witnessed the industry's transition from a time when major labels controlled musicians’ output, distribution and publishing, to more of a “cottage industry." Speaking from his strengths as a business/marketing entrepreneur, Stone will focus on the artist’s need to develop a sophisticated approach to operating their own business, and develop services to help reduce the risks of failure. He will also explore how traditional engineers can remain relevant and play a meaningful role in the music industry's ongoing evolution.

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