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Treefort Panels Explore Industry Hot Topics

Saturday, March 23-Sunday, March 24 at The WaterCooler

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Aspiring musicians and interested fans can learn the fundamentals of making a music video, the ethical dilemmas of signing a contract and many other invaluable basics at this year's Treefort Music Fest panel series.

"For the panels, I envision a 20-year-old kid who likes to play in his or her band and doesn't know where to go from there," said Emily Walton, executive director at the Idaho Civic Engagement Project and a volunteer at Treefort.

Walton collaborated with festival director Eric Gilbert and responded to feedback from last year's panels to craft the lineup. Each panel will be about an hour long, with time after for an informal gathering and a Q&A.

One of this year's panels, To Kickstart or Not To Kickstart: Crowd-Source Funding, will explore the use of crowd-funding websites for music projects.

"Kickstarter has been a really big thing in Boise. ... The panelists will probably be a bit more biased toward what works, because it worked for them," said Walton. "We are in the process of getting a panelist who doesn't agree with it."

Another new panel, The Politics of Music, focuses on how musicians have influenced politics and what local musicians can do to get their voices heard at the state capitol.

"It's about what we can do as a local community to help our elected leaders know what we want from them," said Walton. "We are working on getting a City Council member on this panel to talk about the value of Treefort and what it can bring, and what music in general does for a culture."

Other topics include music publishing and licensing, as well as tour management and how to build a local music scene that includes underage music lovers.

"One of my big inspirations was that I wanted people in our community to see ways they can get involved or connect with other people that care about the things they care about," said Walton.

Admission is free and open to the public, although space is limited.