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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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Thursday, May 18 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Be Your Own Publisher

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Today’s music industry landscape and new technology have allowed artists and musicians to find success completely independently, from recording to distribution to promotion. Until recently, however, independent songwriters (including artists, bands, and producers who write their own songs), labels, managers, lawyers, and others could not collect the music publishing royalties their compositions earned without a publishing deal. We’ll walk through the benefits of being your own publisher and the resources independent songwriters and their agents can utilize to make it happen.

We’ll briefly discuss the basics of music publishing and the different types of royalties and sources of revenue songwriters should exploit. Then we’ll dive deeper into what a songwriter needs to do to make sure they’re set up to collect everything they are owed, and how exactly a service like Songtrust, CD Baby Pro and others can help. Then we’ll discuss ways that independent songwriters can get the coveted “creative services” they want, without giving up creative control to a publishing company.

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Joe Conyers III

Chief Strategy Officer, Songtrust
Joe Conyers III is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Songtrust , and the VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust, an online service that helps music makers and rights holders collect their royalties, is Downtown’s rights management platform. Conyers... Read More →

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Jon Bahr

VP, Creator Services, CD Baby
Jon Bahr serves as the VP of Creator Services at leading independent music distributor and artist services company, CD Baby. Bahr leads CD Baby’s Artist Relations, Music Service Relations, Publishing Administration, and Music Licensing of 3 million pre-cleared songs. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Robert Clement

CEO, Songspace
Robert Clement has worked in music, media and technology for over 12 years. As Co-Owner of American Songwriter, he transformed the publication into a nationally recognized media brand, prior to selling in 2012.  Clement founded Songspace in 2013 and has raised over $2.6 million in... Read More →
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John Raso

SVP, Client Services, HFA
John Raso is the SVP of Client Services for HFA and Rumblefish, where he oversees the teams who provide support to thousands of publishers and Rumblefish clients. Raso oversees the identification and distribution of music publishing royalties generated by Rumblefish administration... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
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