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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 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Featured Presentation: Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out powered by Nielsen Music

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After the overwhelming response to our debut outing last year, Music Biz is thrilled to work alongside Nielsen Music to bring Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out to the program in 2017. The event was developed to empower the next generation of female executives in the music business and discuss ideas to overcome and eliminate inequality. The session will feature some of the music industry’s most influential female executives as well as GRAMMY Award-winning Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson, who will inspire attendees with stories from her experiences as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer, wife, and mother.

Grab some light refreshments from the back of the room and prepare yourself for this empowering discussion.

Nielsen Welcome: The Marketability of Female Artists
Erin Crawford, Sr. VP & General Manager of Nielsen Music, will kick off the Leading Ladies program by sharing exclusive insights on the marketability of female artists in this ever-evolving music world. The discussion will feature female-focused data as well as fan affinity analytics that can be leveraged to drive engagement and build meaningful brand partnerships for today’s women in music.

Creative Partnerships: An Interview with Julie Greenwald and Kelly Clarkson
Atlantic’s Julie Greenwald’s keen and often maternal instincts have helped her to uniquely nurture the careers of major artists such as Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Christina Perri, Janelle Monáe, Twenty One Pilots, Sturgill Simpson, Coldplay, Paramore, Rob Thomas, James Blunt, Jason Mraz, Death Cab for Cutie, Fun, Trey Songz, Flo Rida, and Wiz Khalifa. Today, her conversation with NPR Music’s Ann Power’s will illuminate how she achieved her success in a male-dominated business, as well as her views and approach on the many issues around work/life balance.

Greenwald will be joined on stage by GRAMMY Award-winning Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson. Clarkson will talk about her relationship with Greenwald and her decision to join Greenwald at Atlantic Records Group. The two will also share stories of their experiences in the music industry and explain how they were able to achieve success on their own terms.

Changing the Conversation: The Power of Women & Mentoring In Today’s Music Business
Our program will round as a group of successful female executives explore what led them into the music business, the challenges they have experienced early in their careers, the partnerships they have formed with other successful women in the business, and the mentoring roles they have taken within their companies, as well as within the industry, to educate and empower future female executives.

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Erin Crawford

SVP & GM Music, Nielsen
As the GM for Nielsen Music, Erin Crawford leads the business strategy for the industry’s leading source of music data, insights and analytics. Under Crawford’s leadership, Nielsen Music has evolved into a new era of data-driven fan research that is driving solutions for the modern... Read More →
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Leslie Fram

SVP Music & Talent, CMT
Leslie Fram serves as Sr. VP of Music Strategy and Talent for CMT, overseeing all music integration within the CMT brand, including original programs, CMT.com and music video airplay across all screens. Since joining CMT in 2011, Fram has negotiated key partnerships with major and... Read More →
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Ann Powers

Writer, NPR Music
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR.org and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music podcasts. Powers served as chief pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR. Prior to the Los Angeles Times, she was senior critic at Blender and senior curator at Experience Music Project. From... Read More →

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Kelly Clarkson

Recording Artist
Kelly Clarkson has released six studio albums, one greatest hits album, and one holiday album; has sold more than 21 million albums worldwide; and has had 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She is the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards, four American Music... Read More →
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Tracy Gershon

Manager, Red Light Management/Independent A&R Consultant
Tracy Gershon is a noted music business professional with a wide-ranging career discovering, nurturing and developing influential talent as an A&R and music publishing executive as well as an artist manager. During her A&R career at Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment... Read More →
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Julie Greenwald

Chairman and COO, Atlantic Records Group
Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO of The Atlantic Records Group, began her music career in 1992 at Def Jam Records, eventually being named head of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s marketing department after their merger with the Universal Music Group in 1998. Four years later, in... Read More →
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Jessica Sobhraj

CEO, Cosynd
Jessica Sobhraj is a 10+ year veteran of the music industry that currently serves as CEO of Cosynd — a cost effective, easy, and legal way for creators to create simple agreements to protect their content. She is also President of Women in Music — a 32 year-old non-profit that... Read More →
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Sarah Trahern

CEO, Country Music Association (CMA)
Sarah Trahern has more than 30 years of experience in the television business, including 21 years producing or overseeing Country programming. Today, she is the CEO of the esteemed Country Music Association (CMA), which was formed in 1958 as the first trade group to promote a single... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom East