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When Maria Schneider was in graduate school in the 1980s, she was mildly interested in her required music-business courses, but her focus was the music itself. Little did she suspect that, decades later, along with having risen to the top of her profession as a big-band jazz composer and conductor, with five Grammy awards and high-profile commissions throughout the world, she also would emerge as a leading figure in debates about the business of music in the Digital Age.

Blazing a trail in the world of "crowd-funding," testifying before Congress in 2014 about digital piracy, speaking out about the inequity of legal streaming, co-founding a new advocacy organization for music-makers - Schneider, 55, has amassed enough business smarts for a bookcase full of MBAs, along with her many Grammys, DownBeat magazine and Jazz Journalists Association awards. (Schneider will perform - and also participate in a panel discussion on "Digital Rights and the Artist " - when she visits Hanover later this month. 

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