Music Biz 2017 has ended
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.  
Tuesday, May 16 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Beyond the 1%: Democratizing Music Industry Funding

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Historically, there have been two music industries — the 1% enjoyed the rockstar life, while the other 99% struggled to survive. But it’s a new day. The Internet has democratized music discovery and consumption, and with it has come an explosion of alternative financing and funding opportunities outside of the traditional label/publisher system. These options include royalty investment options, to crowdsourcing, to microfinancing. This panel will explore how alternatives to label/publisher advances are leveling the playing field for artists/songwriters looking for new ways to fund their career, as well as how labels and distributors can leverage their catalog in new ways to compete in today’s digital economy.

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Antony Bruno

Director of Communications, Royalty Exchange
Antony Bruno is the Director of Communications for Royalty Exchange, an online marketplace for buying and selling royalties. In this position, Bruno oversees all marketing, PR, social, events, and other communication activities. Prior to this role, he worked at Beatport, an online... Read More →

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Eli Ball

CEO & Founder, Lyric Financial
Although he got his start on the creative side of the music business, for the past decade in his role as Founder and CEO of Lyric Financial, Eli Ball has been serving the global music community by creating a variety of financial products tailored just for them.  His most recent venture... Read More →
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Molly Neuman

Head of Music, Kickstarter
Molly Neuman is the Head of Music at Kickstarter. Prior to joining Kickstarter, Neuman was Interim President and VP of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM). Before A2IM, she held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. She also worked... Read More →
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Matt Smith

CEO, Royalty Exchange
Matt Smith is an experienced entrepreneur, investor, and advisor who has founded and led multiple successful businesses. He is a passionate free market advocate dedicated to providing rightsholders and creative professionals with fair financial options, and has extensive experience... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
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