Tim Westergren

Co-Founder, Sessions

Highly regarded as one of the most influential figures in modern digital music, Tim Westergren is co-Founder of music livestreaming platform, Sessions. A musician at heart, Westergren graduated from Stanford University where he studied recording technology and computer acoustics. Westergren is perhaps best known for creating the Music Genome Project and co-founding Pandora radio in 2000. In doing so, he became the first to apply AI to the consumer internet and launched the first major online music service that paved the way for streaming. Trained as a jazz pianist, with extensive experience as a touring artist, Tim considers himself a musician's musician, and is dedicated to helping talented emerging artists find an audience. In 2010, Westergren was listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In February 2019, Sirius XM Holdings acquired Pandora for $3.5 billion in stock.

Tim is speaking at

April 22, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • Tim Westergren (Speaker) Co-Founder, Sessions
  • Mike Raine (Speaker) Editor-in-Chief, Canadian Musician
  • Darryl Hurs (Speaker) Owner / Partnerships / Programmer, Indie Week Canada
Sponsored By:
Canadian Musician


One of the most pioneering executives for digital music discovery, Tim Westergren has been a champion for independent musicians since he co-founded Pandora more than 20 years ago and spent years as its CEO. His latest venture, Sessions, is a live-streaming platform that launched a year ago this month that has helped emerging musicians participate in the digital touring economy during the COVID-19 crisis. In this exclusive keynote, Tim will share lessons learned from a year’s worth of quarantine concerts, plans for Sessions’ recently announced $75 million marketing fund for independent artists and what live events might look like after lockdown.

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