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Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  
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Tuesday, May 16 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Peak Vinyl? Lessons Learned & Strategies for Continued Growth

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While on track to become a billion dollar industry, the resurgence of vinyl has had a huge impact on our culture. However, for continued growth, the industry must analyze the emotional and tangible value of vinyl … which makes it the coolest drink in the icebox! Join us for a panel discussion on how the industry has revived this format, and how we can continue growing it in an environment that continues to evolve away from the physical acquisition of recorded music. 

Moderators
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Billy Fields

VP of Sales & Account Management, Warner Music Group/WEA
Billy Fields is VP of Sales & Account Management for WEA, the artist and label services arm of Warner Music Group. As the company’s resident vinyl expert, Fields serves as the day-to-day conduit for independent retailers and the three major independent music coalitions, overseein... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Tom “Grover” Biery

Tom “Grover” Biery

Sr. VP of Digital Marketing, Streaming, and Strategy, Concord Music Group
Tom “Grover” Biery has spent the majority of his life in the music industry. He began his career working in record stores and as a radio DJ. In 1990, he was hired at Warner Bros. Records (WBR) where his last position there was GM/Exec. VP. In 2005, Biery was an industry leader in re-launching vinyl at WBR, focused on the legendary artists on the... Read More →
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Ben Blackwell

Psychedelic Stooge, Third Man Records
Beginning his career in the vinyl business at age 17 running mail order distribution for Detroit-based Italy Records, Ben Blackwell would take what he learned from that concern and start his own Cass Records imprint out of his childhood bedroom at age 20. Five years later, Blackwell was tapped to oversee the vinyl production and distribution for Third Man Records in Nashville. In the past 15 years... Read More →
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Anna Lundy

Manager/Buyer/Indie Pop Princess, Grimey's New & Preloved Music
Anna Lundy has worked in independent music retail for almost 20 years, dating back to her part-time college job at The Disc Exchange in Knoxville in the late 1990's.  She's spent much of the last 13 years managing Grimey's New & Preloved Music in Nashville, helping the store move into it's current location on 8th Avenue South in 2004 and seeing Grimey's expand into it's second location, Grimey's Too, in... Read More →
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Don MacInnis

President, Record Technology, Inc.
In 1983, a temp agency sent Don MacInnis to Record Technology Inc. (RTI) on a three-day assignment and he never left. He and his wife purchased the company from founder Bill Bauer in March of 1992. RTI has grown into an around-the-clock operation producing over four million units... Read More →
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David Sax

Journalist & Author
David Sax is a journalist whose writing appears in publications including Bloomberg Businessweek and the New Yorker online. He is the author of several books, including last year’s The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, which chronicled the resurgence of the viny... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
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