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Mondo Welcomes Reverend Al Sharpton for a Conversation Exploring the Intersection of Music & Politics

 Mondo.NYC, an annual Global Business Summit and Music Festival, announced today that activist, politician, minister and advocate, Reverend Al Sharpton will appear at this year’s conference, taking place in Brooklyn, October 15-18.  “Music & Politics: A Conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton”will be moderated by Osei The Dark Secret, host of the Tech This Out podcast on Thursday, October 17 at 10:00AM at the Williamsburg Hotel. 

As the conflicts and controversies of the upcoming presidential election intensify, Rev. Sharpton will examine the power of music in a political context.  According to Rev. Sharpton, “Music has the ability to shape perceptions among what is visible, thinkable and understandable. Music has been used as a political tool for protest, propaganda and resistance. As a genre, hip-hop has become increasingly more impactful in its political and cultural influence.” The conversation promises to be informative, lively and very timely.  

For over 40 years, Rev. Al Sharpton has been one of America’s most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton has held such notable positions as the Youth Director of New York’s Operation Breadbasket, Director of Ministers for National Rainbow Push coalition, and founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. Since its inception in 1991, NAN has expanded to encompass chapters throughout the United States and maintain important regional offices in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. 

Rev. Sharpton serves as the host of “PoliticsNation,” which airs weekends at 5 pm ET on MSNBC, and also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week. 

Mondo.NYC, one of the world’s premier music and technology conferences, is being held at the Williamsburg Hotel from October 15-18.  In addition to Rev. Sharpton, highlights of this year’s conference include a keynote fromDavid Israelite and a conversation with City Winery Founder and CEO Michael Dorf interviewedby Joan Osborne. Three days of panels are filled with some of the music industry’s most innovative and successful leaders, including artists like Hank Shocklee and DJ Spooky and executives including A2IM President and CEO, Richard James Burgess, Primary Wave Music Publishing President, Justin Shukat and Concord’s Head of U.S. Creative, Jeremy Yonai. The editors of Rolling Stone have curated an essential music business series of panels, and there is a day of panels catering to emerging independent musicians.  For the second year, the Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) will host an intensive day-long content program featuring the world’s top music supervisors and executives in film, television, gaming, advertising and emerging platforms, providing a unique opportunity for creatives to meet, network and learn from some of the leading names in the business. Among GMS speakers are Trevor Gureckis, composer of The Goldfinch, Charlotte von Kotze, director of music for Vice Media and James Armstrong, VP Creative Marketing for Sony/ATV. 

In the evening, more than 100 emerging artists from around the globe showcase their music to Mondo.NYC executives and NYC music fans at iconic venues all over the city including TAUK, Blackalicious, Calliope Musicals, Robert John Ardiff, the Accidentals, the Fleshtones, Rasha Nahas, Sun Cycles, David Keenan, Chris Canterbury and Gon. 

Registration is still available and can be accessed HERE.

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