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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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Sunday, May 14
 

12:00pm

Registration
Sunday May 14, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fisk Room Foyer Second Floor
 
Monday, May 15
 

7:30am

Registration
Monday May 15, 2017 7:30am - 6:00pm
Fisk Room Foyer Second Floor

8:00am

Bridge Bar @ Music Biz with BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar offers an extraordinary view of the Nashville skyline. This open and airy meeting space is the perfect location to catch-up with colleagues and friends for a small informal meeting or a drink or two. While there, introduce yourself to the team at BuzzAngle Music, who have set up a meeting and demonstration area in the Bridge to showcase their innovative platform. Not familiar with BuzzAngle Music? You should be! The platform offers unique capabilities such as daily reporting of sales, streaming and airplay for both the U.S. and Canada, comprehensive report and dashboard queries and 1,000 selectable genres, and so much more. Come on by and get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music! 


Monday May 15, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Bridge Bar

8:00am

Jaxsta Lounge
The Jaxsta Lounge is a place to meet, network, relax and recharge. Jaxsta Lounge will serve tea, coffee, water and snacks to recharge you while you recharge your devices. If you need to catch up with a new potential business partner or simply converse with your office while on the go the Jaxsta Lounge is there for you. 

The Jaxsta business is about connecting the music industry, and the Jaxsta Lounge is about helping you connect. Jaxsta aims to enrich networking in the same way we aim to enrich the music industry. We welcome all Music Biz attendees and look forward to hosting you so please visit us at the Jaxsta Lounge or at jaxsta.com. 


Monday May 15, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Sip N’ Savor sponsored by Pandora
Stop by the Sip N’ Savor lounge, sponsored by Pandora, where you can enjoy a one-on-one conversation about the tools and programs found on Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) and Next Big Sound. Learn how you can incorporate these free tools into the marketing campaigns for your upcoming releases and tours.


Monday May 15, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Hotel Lobby

9:00am

Apple Music and iTunes Connect Workshop [SIGN-UP REQUIRED]
This workshop is open to those who currently have an iTunes Connect Apple ID. Please complete this form for approval to attend the workshop. Please complete the form by 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday, May 3. Final approvals will be emailed by Wednesday, May 10.  This workshop is not open to press.

Learn more about working with Apple to deliver, promote, and analyze your content on Apple Music. In these sessions, you’ll learn more about content operations and data analysis using the various tools in iTunes Connect, including Sales and Trends. The workshop will be broken down into the following three segments:

Operations (Approximately 9-10 AM)
Creating an effortless experience for customers to discover and fall in love with music is our goal. A lot of work goes into making this happen. We’d like to share some insights into how we curate music and the tools available for you to make the most of Apple Music.  We will also highlight things to consider when sending content as well as Learning Resources available.

Sales and Trends: Beginner Session (Approximately 10-10:45 AM)
Data in music is more important than ever and using it to understand new content and artist performance is a critical step in breaking new releases and artists. Sales and Trends puts the power of this data at your fingertips. This session will show you how to analyze your Apple Music and iTunes Store streaming and sales data using Sales and Trends through practical examples and a demo.

Sales and Trends: Advanced Session (Approximately 10:45-11:30 AM)
Ready to take your analysis to the next level? Building on the Sales and Trends: Beginner Session, this session will show you how to use your daily Apple Music and iTunes Store reports to create compelling and custom analyses. This session will focus on using the raw data from these reports in combination with business intelligence tools and will include practical examples and a demo.

Presenters:
  • Ryan Christo, Technical Product Manager
  • Jill Harwell, Sr. Manager of Global Music Operations 
  • Ben Lawrence, Operations Manager
  • Bryce McLaughlin, Partner Data and Analytics


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 11:30am
204 (CC)

10:00am

Law Conference Opening Remarks

The Music Business Association is excited to bring its popular Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series back to Nashville during the Music Biz 2017 convention. Known for debating hot topics, this is a must-attend event for anyone who wants the opportunity to interact with industry advocates and influencers, and earn much-needed CLE credits at the same time.

Six (6) continuing legal education credits have been applied for through the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Lawyers based outside of Tennessee can apply for credits according to their state’s regulations and guidelines.

For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hennessey

Nicole Hennessey

VP of Communications, Music Business Association



Monday May 15, 2017 10:00am - 10:10am
Music City Ballroom

10:10am

The DMCA, YouTube & You: Charting the Future of Music Online

For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

YouTube recently announced that it has issued more than $1 billion in advertising payments to record labels and artists for the use of music over the past twelve months. At the same time, however, numerous industry observers continue to question whether YouTube is doing enough to compensate the rightsholders for the use of their content and to protect copyright holders from piracy.  Just a few months ago, more than 200 recording artists and key industry figures, including Irving Azoff, Taylor Swift and U2, signed an open letter to Congress to decry the rampant exploitation of their work for profit by entities such as YouTube and to call for a re-examination of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the 1998 law that governs infringement liability for internet service providers.

This panel will also examine the history of the DMCA, the operation of its safe-harbor, takedown and liability regime and the critiques of its operation from the point of view of content creators, owners, users and internet service providers. In the process, the panel seeks to provide direction on navigating the DMCA’s murky waters, an understanding of various problems with the current law and an overview of the debate surrounding its reform. The panel will be of particular interest to artists and entities whose works are distributed and infringed upon online and will also provide guidance on digital rights management issues and best practices for developers and operators of online entities making use of “user-generated content.”


Moderators
avatar for John Tehranian

John Tehranian

Founding Partner, One LLP
John Tehranian is the founding partner of One LLP, a thirty-attorney intellectual property and entertainment firm with offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Del Mar, California. He is also Paul W. Wildman Chair and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School. Tehranian has litigated numerous high-profile lawsuits, including copyright, trademark and right of publicity disputes involving Madonna, Don Henley, B.B. King, Bettie Page, Jimi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

CEO, Digital Media Association (DiMA)
Chris Harrison is the Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Media Association, which represents the legal and policy interests of leading online distributors of digital music, movies and books including Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Napster, Pandora, and Spotify. Prior to his current role, Harrison has been the lead in-house lawyer/executive at companies successfully navigating complex music licensing issues among music publishers, record... Read More →
avatar for Don Nottingham

Don Nottingham

Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer and Attorney, Straight No Chaser
Don Nottingham is a former attorney and a professional a cappella singer. Nottingham has worked as a trial attorney, where he distinguished himself with his dramatic and engaging courtroom style. However, in 2010, he made the decision to leave the law and rejoin his college a cappella group at Indiana University, Straight No Chaser. Two years prior to Nottingham rejoining, the group had reformed after a video of one of its college performances of... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 10:10am - 11:40am
Music City Ballroom

11:00am

Google Play and YouTube Music Workshop: Label Tools Overview [SIGN-UP REQUIRED]
While this workshop is open to all, preferential seating will be given to labels, distributors and managers who currently have direct deals with YouTube. Please complete the form so the presenters have an understanding of the types of individuals attending the workshop. Please complete the form by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 9. This workshop is not open to press. 

Calling all master rightsholders — labels that currently deal directly with Google/YouTube, as well as labels who use distributors — the YouTube and Google Play Music business teams will be on hand to explain what's new with Google Play Music and YouTube. The session will include general product updates and more info about product features. There will also be a presentation on YouTube for Artists, including Content Strategy & Audience Development.

Presenters: 
  • Ted Kartzman, Head of Independent Music (Americas), YouTube/Google Play
  • David Krinsky, Music Partnerships, YouTube/Google Play
  • Jamie Sanchez, Manager, Music Partnerships Team, YouTube
  • Gwen Shen, Head of Music Label Partnerships (Americas), YouTube/Google Play
  • Lindsay Rothschild, Manager of Music Publishing Business Development, YouTube/Google Play



Monday May 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:50pm
205 (CC)

11:45am

Music Policies During the Trump Era
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

Considering that the positions of the Trump administration on copyright and royalty issues are largely unknown as he takes the highest office, this discussion between PROs, politicians and industry professionals will shed some light on what the industry might look for from them moving forward. The panel would address the possible Trump perspective on hot button issues such as the status of the PRO consent decrees, streaming royalty rates and the royalty courts, Fair Play Fair Pay, copyright act revisions, and more. 

Moderators
avatar for John Beiter

John Beiter

Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
John Beiter is a partner in the Nashville office of Leavens Strand & Glover, practicing entertainment and intellectual property law. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients, from recording artists and producers, record companies, songwriters and music publishers, to documentary filmmakers and authors. He has been selected by his peers to be included among the Best Lawyers in America in the category of Entertainment-Music; the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman, 7th District of Tennessee
As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to making America a more prosperous place to live. Whether it is was leading the fight to defeat the proposed state income tax during her time in the Tennessee State Senate, or her efforts in Congress to restore fiscal responsibility, she has fought tirelessly for the principles and values that unite conservatives... Read More →
avatar for Jacqueline Charlesworth

Jacqueline Charlesworth

Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, an attorney at the law firm Covington & Burling, practices intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served for three years as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. While at the Copyright Office, Charlesworth had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S... Read More →
avatar for Todd Dupler

Todd Dupler

Sr. Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, The Recording Academy/The GRAMMYs
Todd Dupler is the Sr. Director of Advocacy & Public Policy for The Recording Academy. In this role, Dupler works with Academy leadership to develop policy positions on issues affecting the music community, and represents the interests of the Academy’s 24,000 members before Congress and federal agencies. In addition, he manages GRAMMYs on the Hill Advocacy Day and GRAMMYs in My District, the Academy’s signature grassroots advocacy... Read More →
avatar for Dennis Lord

Dennis Lord

Exec. VP of Creative and Business Affairs, SESAC
Dennis Lord is Exec. VP of Creative and Business Affairs at SESAC Inc., where he oversees the company’s creative and business functions. During his 20 years with SESAC, Lord has managed some of the organization’s most prominent signings to include Zac Brown, composers Randy Newman and Jonathan Wolff, the Kurt Cobain Estate, among others. Known as a music industry executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an... Read More →
avatar for Julia Massimino

Julia Massimino

VP of Global Public Policy, SoundExchange
Julia Massimino is the VP of Global Public Policy for SoundExchange. Responsible for leading the organization’s public policy and government affairs activities, Massimino supervises legislative advocacy and guides overall policy strategy. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Massimino spent more than a dozen years working in Congress. Most recently, she served four years as Chief of Staff to Rep. Howard Berman (D-Los Angeles), a strong supporter... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 11:45am - 1:00pm
Music City Ballroom

1:00pm

Working with Spotify’s Creator Services Team [SIGN-UP REQUIRED]

While this workshop is open to all, preferential seating will be given to artists, managers, songwriters and labels. Please complete this form so the presenters have an understanding of the types of individuals attending the workshop. Please complete the form by 11:59 PM PST on Tuesday, May 9. This workshop is not open to press. 

Spotify is charting a new course in its engagement with the Creator community - prioritizing relationships across the community to generate more opportunities for artists & creators to build their careers while adding growth to the overall music industry. To do this, we’re focusing on 4 key pillars: artist marketing; servicing Artists, Management, and Labels equally; developing a collaborative relationship with songwriters; and educating Creators on the value of Spotify. 

Showing our commitment to this strategy, we’ve reorganized ourselves around these specific initiatives. Rob Harvey leads our Global Artist & Label Services Team responsible for strategic promotion of music and owning our relationships with Artists, Management, and Labels. Dave Rocco leads our Artist Marketing efforts and is responsible for how we elevate the Creators voice through our promotional channels. Mark Williamson, now Global Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships, leads our industry education programs along with partner opportunity development. Tiffany Kumar, Head of Songwriter Relations, is redefining our Songwriter strategy to open up more opportunities for this key constituency. We’ll also have Xavier “X” Jernigan from Spotify’s Shows & Editorial team on hand to discuss the utility and opportunity of our owned and operated playlists.  Finally, Tracy Chan from Spotify’s Creator team will talk about Spotify for Artists, a one-stop shop designed to guide artists through Spotify and provide access to audience insights, song data and tools to manage artist profiles. 

In this workshop, we’ll discuss Spotify’s “open for business” policy, how we’re leveraging the power of the Spotify platform to maximize value creation for Creators, and how we see our focus developing over the next year. This workshop will take a presentational format with lots of time for Q&A.

Presenters:

  • Tracy Chan, Product Director, Spotify for Artists
  • Rob Harvey, Global Head of Artist & Label Services
  • Xavier “X” Jernigan, Head of North America, Shows & Editorial
  • Tiffany Kumar,  Global Head of Songwriter Relations
  • Dave Rocco, Global Head of Artist Marketing
  • Mark Williamson, Global Head of Artist & Industry Partnerships


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:50pm
204 (CC)

2:00pm

Reclaim Your Copyright!
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

Organized by MusicRowSearch


Reclaim Your Copyright: After 35 years, if you follow the rules, copyrights you've signed away can be returned to you, or your family. Simplify otherwise complex issues, watch experts absorb uncertainty about the process. All sides explored, including how to deal with such requests when you receive one. Everyone involved with copyright needs to know how to handle terminations, recaptures, reversions. 

Moderators
avatar for Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin

Managing Director, Hazen, LLC/OneHouse
Jim Griffin is the Managing Director of Hazen, LLC and OneHouse, both dedicated to the digital delivery of art and its monetization. Griffin ran The Pho List for almost two decades and was CTO for Geffen, President of Network Licensing for Warner, ran Cherry Lane Digital for Cherry Lane, and has served as an advisor to WIPO on copyrights and music licensing.

Speakers
avatar for Duff Berschbeck

Duff Berschbeck

Sr. VP of Legal Affairs and Business Development, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville
Duff Berschback is Sr. VP of Legal Affairs and Business Development at Sony/ATV Nashville.  In that role, he is responsible for legal and financial due diligence and negotiating and closing all agreements, including songwriter contracts and acquisitions. Berschback also oversees copyright litigation and termination rights retention for the Nashville catalog. In his development role, he is responsible for devising, sourcing, vetting and... Read More →
avatar for George Howard

George Howard

Associate Professor of Management, Berklee College of Music
George Howard is the Co-Founder of Music 2020, a non-profit working to create a more utilitarian music industry. Additionally, Howard is the Co-Founder of Music Audience Exchange, which uses technology to redefine the fundamental structure of brand-artist relationships. He is an also Associate Professor of Management at Berklee College of Music and Brown University. He was awarded the Dean’s Award For Teaching Excellence in 2014 and the... Read More →
avatar for Linda Edell Howard

Linda Edell Howard

Partner, Adams and Reese, LLP
Linda Edell Howard is a partner with Adams and Reese’s Music Row office. She serves as the firm’s team leader for the Entertainment/New Media practice group and has almost 30 years of experience in the areas of entertainment, new media and technology, and domestic and international intellectual property law. Howard’s transaction-based practice focuses on entertainment and new technology contracts, practices and procedures, as well as new... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Novick

Daniel Novick

Attorney, Savur Threadgold, LLP
Prior to passing the California, New York, and Tennessee bar exams by the age of 26, entertainment attorney Daniel Novick already had a decade of experience as a recording and performing artist, songwriter, and music business entrepreneur. Novick now manages Savur Threadgold, LLP’s Nashville office, where he represents entertainment industry clients regarding intellectual property, transactional, and corporate matters. In 2016, he was named... Read More →
avatar for Eddie Schwartz

Eddie Schwartz

Co-Chair/President Emeritus, Music Creators North America/Songwriters Association of Canada
Eddie Schwartz is best known for writing such classic hit songs as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" recorded by Pat Benatar, "Don't Shed A Tear" by Paul Carrack, and "The Doctor" by the Doobie Brothers, as well as some 200 songs recorded and performed by artists such as Joe Cocker, Carly Simon, Peter Frampton, Robert Palmer, America, Jeffrey Osborne, Donna Summer, Rita Coolidge, Lawrence Gowan, Rascal Flatts and Mountain – among others. As a... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Music City Ballroom

3:00pm

Connecting and Engaging in the World of Pandora Premium
This workshop is not open to press. 

Join the Pandora team for a look into the new world of Pandora Premium. Discover the marketing opportunities across all tiers of service, including Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) and analytics on Next Big Sound. Explore the unique opportunities available on Pandora and learn how to connect artists with their fans to increase reach and revenue.

Presenters:
  • Heather Ellis, Manager of Music Services
  • Mike Fink, Sr. Director of Artist & Label Relations
  • Jamie Sampson, Head of Content Partner Management


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
205 (CC)

3:40pm

Developments in Copyright: The Year in Review
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

The legal landscape impacting the music business is continually shifting, moving forward in some regards, and backwards in others. This panel will examine important developments from the past year with respect to music and copyright, including the Songwriter Equity Act and other proposed legislation, cases involving sound recordings created before February 15, 1972, the DOJ consent decrees and fractional licensing, compulsory licenses under sections 114 and 115 of the copyright law, RMLC litigation and others. 

Moderators
avatar for Serona Elton

Serona Elton

Assoc. Professor & Chair,Assoc. Professor & Chair, Music Media & Industry, University of Miami
Serona Elton, Esq., is an associate professor, Director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program, and Chair of the Music Media & Industry Department at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She also works for Warner Music Group as VP of Business Solutions, and has previously worked/consulted for EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music Entertainment, and Universal Music Group, working in areas related to royalties... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Dimona

Joe Dimona

VP of Legal Affairs, BMI
Joe DiMona is VP of Legal Affairs at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). DiMona has handled a wide range of matters for BMI for over 20 years, including license fee litigation before the BMI rate court in the Southern District of New York, the negotiation and drafting of music performance license agreements, and handling Copyright Royalty Board compulsory license proceedings and copyright infringement actions against unlicensed music users. For three... Read More →
avatar for Gary Greenstein

Gary Greenstein

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Gary Greenstein is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions. He regularly represents a wide range of technology companies in licensing transactions with copyright owners in the music, film and television industries. Prior to joining Wilson Sonsini, Greenstein served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of... Read More →
avatar for John Simson

John Simson

Executive-in-Residence/Program Director, American University/Fox Rothschild
John L. Simson is a practicing entertainment lawyer and is currently of counsel to the firm Fox Rothschild. He has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing as a recording artist. His career has included stints as a manager; an entertainment lawyer; an executive, assisting in the creation, branding and launch of SoundExchange, which he ran from 2001-2010 and as a special consultant for artist and business development for Kobalt... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 3:40pm - 4:40pm
Music City Ballroom

4:00pm

Amazon Music Unlimited Workshop: How Voice is Revolutionizing Music Discovery
This workshop is not open to press. 

Amazon Music Unlimited is an on demand full catalog music streaming service with tens of millions of songs and thousands of hand curated playlists and personalized stations. Amazon Music is rethinking music listening through intuitive voice controls on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo. In this discussion, Amazon Music will give a glimpse behind the curtain, demonstrating how they are revolutionizing music listening and discovery through voice, a Q&A session will follow.

Presenters:
  • Sean Hallarman, Creative Producer & Content Strategist | Editorial for Alexa, Amazon Music
  • Ryan Redington, Director of Amazon Music, Amazon
  • Dan “Doc” Ryan, Sr. Technical Product Manager - Speech Integration, Amazon Music


Monday May 15, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
204 (CC)

4:50pm

Weighing the Options: A Mock Negotiation Evaluating and Comparing Modern Record Deals
For more information about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference series, please click here

With so many different types of innovative deals emerging with respect to master rights, how do you know what's the best option for you or your artist? This panel plays out the scenario of an artist considering two different offers for their latest EP: a net profit split / joint venture vs. a master rights administration / license agreement.

From the initial meeting between the artist's manager and attorney to the artist's attorney negotiating and evaluating the deal terms with each of the companies offering the deals, this presentation will give an in depth look into the pros and cons of different types of modern record deals and explore how these agreements have innovated and pivoted from traditional models. Learn what to look for in different types of agreements, understand what deal terms and business offerings matter most, and get a better sense of what modern record deals can look like.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Ritholz

Adam Ritholz

Founding and Managing Partner, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Adam Ritholz is Founding and Managing Partner of Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP, originally established in 1995. Ritholz’s practice consists of the representation of both individuals and new entrepreneurial and established companies in the fields of entertainment, media, technology, apparel, branded goods, merchandising and endorsements, in connection with which the firm provides a broad range of services, including... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Principal Attorney, Law Offices of Jennifer Newman Sharpe PLLC
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment attorney based in New York. Her clients include artists, producers, managers, record labels, publishing companies, digital distribution companies, and tech start ups. Newman Sharpe is also Co-Founder and CEO of Sparkplug (www.sparkplug.it), the sharing economy marketplace where musicians rent their instruments, gear, and space to and from each other. She also serves of VP on the board of directors of the... Read More →
avatar for Monika A. Tashman

Monika A. Tashman

Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Monika A. Tashman is a partner in the Entertainment Law department of Fox Rothschild, LLP. She has worked in publicity, promotion and management and has been a practicing entertainment lawyer and dealmaker for 18 years. Having worked at a major label and as a promotion representative for a major film studio, she is a skilled and savvy lawyer for clients in the entertainment and music industries who are seeking to maximize their brands and... Read More →
avatar for Kos Weaver

Kos Weaver

Exec. VP, BMG
Kos Weaver brings nearly 30 years of experience to his role overseeing Nashville operations for both BMG Publishing & Records with a roster that includes Alabama, Brett Beavers, busbee, Clare Dunn, Danny Gokey, Hillary Lindsey, Buddy Miller, JD Souther and John Paul White.  His management firm, Curo KR, oversees the career of Mercury Records breakout country artist Canaan Smith.  His previous tenures include VP posts at Disney Music... Read More →



Monday May 15, 2017 4:50pm - 6:00pm
Music City Ballroom

5:15pm

Amplify: SoundCloud for Creators
This workshop is not open to press.

SoundCloud is a catalyst for creativity, powered by a connected community of creators, listeners and curators. A powerful tool for artists whether they're just starting out, or on their second world tour — the platform enables creators to build an audience, share their work and create authentic connections between creators and fans.It's the home to a diverse, global audience who are setting the tone for what's hot now, and driving music culture forward.

Led by Joe Armenia, Director of Artist Relations and Marisa Jeffries, Sr. Manager of Label Relations, this workshop will help users at every level optimize how they use SoundCloud by sharing best practices, tips on the most important tools for creators and insights into enhancing your presence and reach on SoundCloud.

Presenters:
  • Joe Armenia, Director of Artist Relations
  • Marisa Jeffries, Sr. Manager of Label Relations

Monday May 15, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
205 (CC)

6:00pm

Music Biz Student Meetup: The Power of Networking

Get to know your peers at this informal networking event. William Paterson University’s David Philp and Nicole Hennessey of the Music Business Association will offer pointers on how to approach those you may not know and overcome your networking fears. They will emphasize the importance of the small things like smiling, listening, asking questions, saying a person’s name, and even where to place a name tag — all of which can make a huge difference in making a lasting impression. After a brief presentation, you’ll be set free to meet your peers from colleges and universities across the country.


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hennessey

Nicole Hennessey

VP of Communications, Music Business Association
avatar for David Philp

David Philp

Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
David Philp is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson University, teaching about music in social media, entrepreneurship, and music and entertainment industry structure. He has over 20 years of experience working for the Universal Music Group, PolyGram Video, Greater Media Broadcasting, and start-ups Game SixEntertainment and YouChoose Music. Philp graduated from William Paterson... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
CC Rotunda

8:00pm

Industry Jam 2 [TICKET REQUIRED]

Tickets are only $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Music Biz Scholarship Foundation. Admission is FREE for full-time music business students with proper ID. Click here to purchase tickets.

Back by popular demand, the Industry Jam will make its return to the Music Biz convention on Monday, May 15 at 8:30 PM! Doors open promptly at 8 PM. Join your friends and colleagues for an evening of live music, special tributes, awards presentations, signed instrument raffles, giveaways, and more!

SiriusXM ‘80s host Richard Blade will serve as the emcee for the evening, which will include:

  • Rare reunion of the original Alice Cooper band with Dennis Dunaway, Michael Bruce, and Neal Smith
  • Tribute to Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s legacy with band member Carl Palmer
  • Celebration of the Summer of Love’s 50th Anniversary featuring Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship, and Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge
  • Tributes to The Doors, Leon Russell and Joe Cocker, Chicago, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane
  • Nashville Symphony Quartet
  • Nashville Symphony Quartet Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Country star Mark Collie
  • The Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • Special Awards to the Alice Cooper band, Glen Campbell, and artist manager Toby Mamis
  • Honoring Music Biz’s former Board Treasurer John Trickett

The Jam will close with a live performance from house band The R.A.T.S. (Rock Against Terrorism), featuring a lineup of top musicians and industry executives:
  • John Esposito (Warner Music Nashville)
  • Adam Kury (Candlebox, Legs Diamond)
  • Mike Aquino (Kevin Cronin, Jack Blades, Jim Peterik)
  • Dave Dederer (Amazon Music, Presidents of the United States of America)
  • Mike Gillespie (Concord Music Group)
  • Vince Szydlowski (Capitol Music Group)
  • Music Biz Chairman Fred Beteille (Facebook)
  • Music Biz Vice Chairman Steve Harkins (Baker & Taylor)
  • Randy Antlept (Off-Broadway, Todd Rundgren)
  • Marty Silber (Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck)
  • Island Styles (Candlebox, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack)
  • Judy Tint (Counselor-at-Law, performs with The Four Tops)
  • Joe Rapolla (Monmouth University)
  • Hillel Frankel (aka Frankie Hill, Liquid Soul and Heavy Manners)
  • Scott Sellwood (Source3)
  • Adam Parness (Pandora)
  • Richard Storms (Record Archive)
  • Kevin Quigley (Cinedigm)
  • Steve Herrman (Delbert McClinton, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Chesney, Waylon Jennings)

Click here for more information.
 


Monday May 15, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Tuesday, May 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday May 16, 2017 7:30am - 6:00pm
Fisk Room Foyer Second Floor

8:00am

First-Time Attendee Meetup with Music Biz President James Donio
Is it your first time at Music Biz? Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices on the program schedule? Wondering how and where you may find the executives you came to meet? Don’t fret, you’re not alone! Grab your breakfast from the buffet and come join fellow first-time attendees as Music Biz President James Donio offers his tips on how to to make the most of the event. 

Speakers
avatar for James Donio

James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business, including digital distribution, mobile, games, video, applications, and other entities that monetize music. Prior to Music Biz, Donio held a variety of... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
CC Rotunda

8:00am

Networking Breakfast
Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Convention Center Foyer

8:00am

Bridge Bar @ Music Biz with BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar offers an extraordinary view of the Nashville skyline. This open and airy meeting space is the perfect location to catch-up with colleagues and friends for a small informal meeting or a drink or two. While there, introduce yourself to the team at BuzzAngle Music, who have set up a meeting and demonstration area in the Bridge to showcase their innovative platform. Not familiar with BuzzAngle Music? You should be! The platform offers unique capabilities such as daily reporting of sales, streaming and airplay for both the U.S. and Canada, comprehensive report and dashboard queries and 1,000 selectable genres, and so much more. Come on by and get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music! 


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Bridge Bar

8:00am

Jaxsta Lounge
The Jaxsta Lounge is a place to meet, network, relax and recharge. Jaxsta Lounge will serve tea, coffee, water and snacks to recharge you while you recharge your devices. If you need to catch up with a new potential business partner or simply converse with your office while on the go the Jaxsta Lounge is there for you. 

The Jaxsta business is about connecting the music industry, and the Jaxsta Lounge is about helping you connect. Jaxsta aims to enrich networking in the same way we aim to enrich the music industry. We welcome all Music Biz attendees and look forward to hosting you so please visit us at the Jaxsta Lounge or at jaxsta.com. 


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Sip N’ Savor sponsored by Pandora
Stop by the Sip N’ Savor lounge, sponsored by Pandora, where you can enjoy a one-on-one conversation about the tools and programs found on Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) and Next Big Sound. Learn how you can incorporate these free tools into the marketing campaigns for your upcoming releases and tours. 


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Hotel Lobby

9:00am

Career Development Keynote: Dream in 3D by SaulPaul
Part rapper/part singer-songwriter, SaulPaul is a Musician with a Message who travels the world living his “Dream in 3D.” SaulPaul’s life looks a lot different than the humble beginnings shown in the film based on his life. Imagine being born into poverty without a mother or father. Picture growing up in the ghetto surrounded by drugs and murder. Visualize being incarcerated in prison, but then, see yourself going against all odds and graduating from one of the nation’s top universities. This was SaulPaul’s life. From juvenile incarceration, to college graduation, to international sensation, SaulPaul transformed his dreams into reality. SaulPaul will perform music from his album Dream in 3D and share his inspiring story and an insightful message about overcoming adversity and grasping greatness.

Speakers
avatar for SaulPaul

SaulPaul

Musician with a Message
SaulPaul is a Musician with a Message. He has been featured on America’s Got Talent and MTV and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Part rapper/part singer-songwriter, SaulPaul travels the world entertaining and inspiring audiences as he blends his voice, guitar and loop pedal to create an entertaining live show. SaulPaul is also an author, speaker and filmmaker. He is featured in the mobile gaming app SaulPaul: Dream in 3D... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom West

9:00am

Metadata Summit Keynote: Barak Moffitt of Universal Music Group
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

With more than 25 years in technology and music, including stints at Capitol Studios in Hollywood and the EMI Music Group and now Universal Music Group, Barak Moffitt will share his expertise on the importance of standardized, high-quality metadata and explain how it can be used to power new experiences in digital music.

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo.

Speakers
avatar for Barak Moffitt

Barak Moffitt

Exec. VP of Content Strategy and Operations, Universal Music Group
During a career spanning 25 years in technology and music, Barak Moffitt has played a leadership role in innovating, modernizing and expanding the role of content production in the music industry across recording studios, audio-visual production and global distribution channels. At Universal Music Group, Moffitt is Exec. VP of Content Strategy and Operations, with responsibilities that include creating, facilitating, and maximizing the value of... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
206 (CC)

9:00am

LIVE — Experience, Engagement & Economy
Live entertainment has played an increasingly significant role in the way that artists and creators generate revenue streams in today's world of entertainment. In fact, Nielsen's Music 360 report states that music fans spend 57% of their money on live events such as concerts and festivals, the highest that number has been in the past three years. While these traditional live events provide a large source of income for artists and creators, it's also important to note that the term 'live' has evolved with the growing popularity of services such Facebook Live, YouNow, Periscope, and other streaming and on-demand video platforms. Together, these live platforms are engaging with fans better than ever by providing new interactive ways to connect with audiences, and they are garnering marketing support for other areas of commerce in the process. What do these new innovations, combined with traditional lucrative touring methods, mean for the future of the music business? And how can we as an industry leverage live opportunities to their full potential for the next generation? Join a panel of experts as we take a deep dive in live — what is has become, and what it means for YOU.

Moderators
avatar for Christina Holding

Christina Holding

Branding, Strategic Partnerships, Global Marketing & Business Development
Christina Holding is dedicated to helping artists and brands advocate, engage fans and express their unique digital identities through authentic storytelling and live experiences. Previously as Marketing Director at SonyBMG New Media, Holding developed campaigns for artists in all genres on labels such as Arista, Columbia, Epic, RCA, and many others. There, she managed teams; coordinated national, international and regional campaigns across... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Barnes

Nick Barnes

Agent, Digital, United Talent Agency
As Director of Fan Engagement, Nick Barnes works directly for Eric Church helping manage the digital space of his brand — overseeing his website, online store, fan club, digital partnerships, and social media accounts. While working for Church in the evolving live space, Barnes has recently executed strategies with the Facebook Live API, and on-demand virtual reality.
avatar for Kevin Chernett

Kevin Chernett

Exec. VP of Global Content Distribution, Live Nation
Kevin Chernett most recently was appointed Exec. VP of Global Partnerships & Content Distribution for the Live Nation. Prior to that position, he served as Exec. VP of Strategic Partnerships and Growth Development and headed up strategic alliances efforts for the Media & Sponsorship. Chernett has worked for Live Nation and its predecessors since 2003, when he joined the company as VP of National Sales & Marketing. In 2008, he became... Read More →
avatar for David Silbaugh

David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer & Production Supervisor, Summerfest
David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival," in Milwaukee. The 11-day festival books over 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the noted Emerging Artists Series for the festival. Silbaugh is also currently serving as an A&R Consultant for GMR Marketing, having previously spent four years in that role for... Read More →
avatar for Matt Yazge

Matt Yazge

Head of Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads the Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music. In his role, he helps brand advertisers activate music fans to achieve marketing objectives and drive sales. He brings rich experience with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and major film studios, as a former Nielsen consultant for Nestle's Wonka Candy portfolio, and leading the Nielsen’s relationship with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In his career at Nielsen, Yazge... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
204 (CC)

9:00am

Peak Vinyl? Lessons Learned & Strategies for Continued Growth
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
avatar for Billy Fields

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, overseeing all aspects of vinyl production, planning, marketing, sales forecasts, projections and strategy.

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 label’s roster. Under his leadership the focus of the vinyl pressed was sound... Read More →
avatar for Ben Blackwell

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, he’s personally overseen the production of... Read More →
AL

Anna Lundy

Manager, Grimey's New & Preloved Music
avatar for Don MacInnis

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 per year while maintaining it's reputation as manufacturer of vinyl record pressings of the highest quality. The company also provides metalwork (nickel masters, mothers... Read More →
avatar for David Sax

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 vinyl record business, among other analog goods and ideas. He is thrilled to return to Nashville for the first time since he visited to research the book.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
201 (CC)

9:30am

Careers in Music: A Survey of Jobs in a Fast-changing Music Industry
There are many ways that one can work in the music industry without being a musician, artist manager, agent, or record-label employee. In this session, you will learn about jobs in the field that you may have never heard about. Our panel of professionals will inform you about the almost limitless options that exist in our industry with an emphasis on how they arrived at where they are today.

Moderators
avatar for Ben Yonas

Ben Yonas

Assistant Professor of Music Business, The University of Memphis
Ben Yonas is both a producer and an artist manager having started his career in the Bay Area back in 2001. His diverse production/engineering credits include Mos Def, TV On The Radio, Ledisi, Mickey Hart, Sammy Hagar, Lenka Dusilova, Crystal Monee Hall, and Spencer Day. He currently manages a roster of artists that include Grammy Winner Lady Rizo and the San Francisco’s Jazz Mafia collective. He is owner of Yonas Media, an independent... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Hazen

John Hazen

Product Management & Business Integration, INgrooves Music Group
John Hazen is the lead product manager for supply chain systems at INgrooves Music Group.  He graduated from New York University and spent a number of years working in distribution and audio production before moving to San Francisco and joining INgrooves in 2010.  After running their digital distribution operations, Hazen relocated to Los Angeles and now focuses on INgrooves' new content management and distribution products and their... Read More →
avatar for Lucia Kaminsky

Lucia Kaminsky

Head of Digital, Borman Entertainment
In Nashville by way of Miami, Lucia Kaminsky received her B.A. in Music Industry and went on to work as a Live Production Coordinator for Walt Disney Entertainment in São Paulo, Brazil. She then joined the staff at the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and remained there for six years. As the Senior Project Coordinator, Kaminsky focused on event production, membership outreach, and digital content production for the GRAMMY... Read More →
avatar for Lanita Smith

Lanita Smith

Singer, Songwriter & Publisher
Born in Fayetteville, raised in Memphis and now living in Los Angeles, Lanita Smith who grew up singing in the family church and went from performing locally to being featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live in under three years. A songwriter, musician and singer, Smith was handpicked by Don Was as the winner of Guitar Center's Singer Songwriter 4. She has since worked with many award-winning artists and producers, such as Colbie Caillat, Jessica Sanchez... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:30am - 10:10am
Grand Ballroom West

9:35am

Acronym Salad Updates
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

Join leaders of various global metadata and information infrastructure initiatives for an update on their strategies and a discussion of upcoming plans.

OMI Update
Panos Panay

ISRC Update
David Hughes

ISNI and DOI Update
Paul Jessop

DDEX, ERN, RIN Update
Mark Isherwood

SoundExchange Update
Jonathan Bender

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo.   

Moderators
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

VP of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Business Association
As VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association, including initiatives such as metadata and startups. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association. Wilson was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender

Chief Operating Officer, SoundExchange
avatar for David Hughes

David Hughes

Chief Technology Officer, Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
David Hughes has 25 years’ experience in digital technology, focusing for the last 20 years on the online distribution of music. He joined the RIAA in Washington, DC in 2006, where he is currently the Chief Technology Officer. Hughes represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of technical standards, emerging technologies and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Isherwood

Mark Isherwood

Secretariat, Digital Data Exchange (DDEX)
Mark Isherwood spent 18 years working for the MCPS-PRS Alliance (now PRS for Music), the UK music rights collecting society and one of the biggest in the world. He was responsible for the development of strategies and policies for substantial rights negotiations with a range of licensee industries, including all the major UK television and radio broadcasters and the video industry. Since helping to establish Rightscom, Isherwood has undertaken... Read More →
avatar for Paul Jessop

Paul Jessop

Founder & Director, County Analytics
Paul Jessop is Founder and Director of County Analytics, Ltd., an independent consulting firm named for his 400-year-old home and office in rural England – County Cottage. County Analytics has a diverse range of clients in the media, entertainment and electronics industries, where it gives advice on strategy, market positioning, and the creation and exploitation of industry standards. Jessop is known for facilitation and consensus... Read More →
avatar for Panos Panay

Panos Panay

Co-Founder/Founder & Managing Director, Open Music Initiative (OMI)/ Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE)
Panos Panay is the Founder and current Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), as well as a passionate entrepreneur, educator and startup mentor. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:35am - 10:25am
206 (CC)

10:00am

Who Gets Paid for YOUR Music
Organized by MusicRowSearch

Who gets paid: the middle man or you? In what proportion and with how much accountability? During this panel, we'll review the latest on drilling money down to creators. Whether you share in a royalty pool or cash regular checks for a quarter, or negotiate new deals, you’ll want to join this discussion on how money travels from fan to artist. Part of the backdrop for this topic is a case working its way through German courts right now and will wash up on our shores before very long.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin

Managing Director, Hazen, LLC/OneHouse
Jim Griffin is the Managing Director of Hazen, LLC and OneHouse, both dedicated to the digital delivery of art and its monetization. Griffin ran The Pho List for almost two decades and was CTO for Geffen, President of Network Licensing for Warner, ran Cherry Lane Digital for Cherry Lane, and has served as an advisor to WIPO on copyrights and music licensing.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum

Sr. Director of Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Linda Bloss-Baum is the Sr. Director of Industry Relations at SoundExchange. In that role, she drives awareness and visibility for SoundExchange across multiple channels related to performance and music entertainment. Prior to joining SoundExchange, Bloss-Baum served as an independent consultant for recording artists through her agency, LBB Creative Strategies, and ran the Warner Music Group office in Washington, D.C. for six years. She is also... Read More →
avatar for David Boyer

David Boyer

Business Manager, Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy
David Boyer has over 21 years of experience in diverse areas of the music industry, including over 15 years in business management. He is currently the Business Manager for Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy (FBMM). In addition, Boyer is the Treasurer for the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) and a 2013 graduate of the Leadership Music. Prior to his position at FBMM, he was a Treasurer for the Nashville Film Festival and... Read More →
avatar for Bart Herbison

Bart Herbison

Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International
Bart Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization dedicated to the songwriting profession. Established in 1967, the organization’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States and many other countries. With 140 chapters, NSAI is dedicated to protecting songwriter’s rights and serves aspiring and professional... Read More →
avatar for Peter Jenner

Peter Jenner

Manager, Pink Floyd/The Clash
Peter Jenner is legendary in the music business. One time manager to Pink Floyd, The Clash, Ian Dury, Marc Bolan & Billy Bragg amongst many others, he is now at the forefront of the debates surrounding the digital use of music. With his late wife Sumi and partner Andrew King, Jenner set up Blackhill Enterprises. They staged the first ever concerts in London’s Hyde Park, including the Rolling Stones’ that re-launched them a live... Read More →
avatar for Will Page

Will Page

Director of Economics, Spotify
Will Page is the Director of Economics at Spotify.  He was previously the Chief Economist at PRS for Music, where he published pioneering works including Adding Up The Industry, the Long Tail and Radiohead's In Rainbows. Since joining Spotify, he has presented new insights on the 'Anatomy of a Hit' for artists like Lorde, Mr Probz and Meghan Trainor and recently published papers on the global value of music copyright.  Across both... Read More →
avatar for Gandhar Savur

Gandhar Savur

Attorney, Savur Threadgold
Gandhar Savur is a transactional attorney based in New York City, and a founding partner of Savur Threadgold, LLP, a boutique entertainment and IP firm with offices in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The firm represents individuals and businesses on matters related to entertainment, corporate, transactional, employment, intellectual property, and contract law. Savur focuses his practice in the music industry, particularly in the areas of... Read More →
avatar for Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Sr. VP of Operations, Distribution, BMI
Alison Smith is BMI’s Sr. VP of Operations, Distribution & Administration, based in BMI’s New York office. She is responsible for the oversight and timing of BMI’s domestic and international royalty distributions to its affiliated songwriters, composers, and music publishers, and the direction of all activities related to the administration of musical works contained in BMI’s repertoire. Smith also manages customer... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 10:50am
205 (CC)

10:00am

Stream the Studio: The Hi-Res Audio Pavilion
Visit the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the hotel lobby and experience firsthand the next wave in subscription music. You’ll also receive demonstrations of the latest devices and learn more about the Stream the Studio initiative from music company representatives.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Red Wall Hotel Lobby

10:15am

The Entrepreneur Mindset: Resources to Get You Started
Ever wanted to be your own boss? Come discover what it takes to launch your own music business! Whether it is a new technology-venture, your own band, or a new music service company, you will have access to a large amount of useful resources to help you get started. Vast amount of information will be made available for incorporating, finding capital, marketing, TABC and tax details, insurance, and copyrights/trademark.

Moderators
avatar for Stan Renard

Stan Renard

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Stan Renard is the Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Music Marketing Program in the Music Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Dr. Renard joined UTSA as part of the University's Goldstar Initiative, which supports its recruitment and retention of world-class faculty members. He has the unique background of someone who has taught business courses in business schools and music courses in music departments, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Channing Moreland

Channing Moreland

EVAmore, Founder & CEO
Channing Moreland moved from Boston to Nashville to study songwriting at Belmont University. Although creatively she loves writing and recording music, she was inspired to focus more on the business side of the music industry. Moreland and co-founder, Makenzie Stokel, met at Belmont and soon collaborated by producing and designing major college events. This led them to begin laying the foundation for EVAmore, an automated platform for booking... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Vondera

Brandon Vondera

Sales And Marketing Specialist, Event Escrow
Brandon Vondera began his entrepreneurial journey in hospitality operating a frozen yogurt shop. He followed that up with a move to Texas, where he began booking shows, organizing music festivals, and got hooked on the music life. After zeroing his focus, Vondera joined Ben Hodge with Event Escrow booking events for the Texas region. That spun into the need and creation of EEVET, an Artificial Intelligence booking platform. Together, along with a... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am
Grand Ballroom West

10:30am

Hello vs. Hello: Collecting Global Songwriting Royalties
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

As the industry continues to scale on the digital front, there are many cultural, procedural, technological barriers blocking fully transparent and accurate payments to artists and songwriters. This panel will discuss current friction points and the potential solutions that are being developed to resolve them.

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo.   

Moderators
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

VP of Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Business Association
As VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association, including initiatives such as metadata and startups. A music industry professional with over two decades of experience working in varied roles within independent and major record labels, internet ventures, and mobile content, he brings a well-rounded perspective to the industry trade association. Wilson was... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Conyers III

Joe Conyers III

VP of Technology & GM, Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust
Joe Conyers III is VP/General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rightsholders collect their music publishing royalties. Songtrust offers a one-year, global admin deal with simple terms, completely online working with 42 societies and 92+ countries around the world. They've made it easy to get paid publishing royalties from places like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Terrestrial... Read More →
avatar for Annie Lin

Annie Lin

General Counsel, Loudr
Annie Lin oversees business and legal affairs for Loudr, a company that builds products and services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators, and digital music services to identify publishing rights holders, secure licenses, and administer royalties. As Loudr's attorney, she structures, negotiates, and drafts of all forms of legal documents and business deals, and addresses complex issues relating to digital music rights, music... Read More →
avatar for Adam Parness

Adam Parness

Head of Publisher Licensing & Relations, Pandora
Adam Parness is Head of Publisher Licensing and Relations at Pandora. In this role, Parness is responsible for leading Pandora’s global relationships with songwriters and music publishers, including the development of broader product rights and internationalization in order to increase revenue, retention and customer engagement. Parness has over 15 years of experience as a digital media executive. Prior to joining Pandora, he was... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
206 (CC)

11:00am

How Artists Are Using Data to Succeed in Business and Connect with Fans
Artists and artist managers are using data more than ever to aid in marketing, promotion, touring decisions and to connect better with fans. A panel of well-known artist managers and data analysts will explain the types of data being used, the metrics being used and examples of how this analysis has helped make real-life business decisions affecting artists and their fans.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Lidestri

Jim Lidestri

CEO, BuzzAngle Music
Jim Lidestri is Founder and CEO of Border City Media, a New York-based music technology company that has developed an innovative service, BuzzAngle Music, that has radically changed the way businesses analyze entertainment consumption and related trends.  BuzzAngle Music provides a state-of-the-art music consumption service that analyzes the daily sales, streaming and airplay activity of albums, songs and artists to benefit labels... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Seth England

Seth England

Partner, Big Loud Mountain
Seth England runs the day-to-day operations of Big Loud Mountain, which is a partnership between Big Loud Shirt’s Craig Wiseman & Big Loud Mountain’s Joey Moi and Kevin "Chief" Zaruk, while also overseeing the operations at Big Loud Shirt Publishing. Additionally, England is a Partner at Big Loud Records — label home to artists Chris Lane, Morgan Wallen and Jillian Jacqueline. He is the manager to Florida Georgia Line, Mat... Read More →
avatar for Fletcher Foster

Fletcher Foster

President/CEO, Iconic Entertainment
Fletcher Foster's stints at labels in Los Angeles and Nashville have given him one of the most varied and eclectic backgrounds on Music Row, having worked with artists from Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton to Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. In early 2014, Foster opened Iconic Entertainment Group, an entertainment company providing management, strategic and creative services to the entertainment industry. The roster included CMA, ACM and CMT... Read More →
avatar for Nick Garvin

Nick Garvin

Fusion Music/Red Light Management, Manager
Nick Garvin is a Manager with Fusion Music/Red Light Management based in Nashville. He guides the careers of Ryan Kinder (Warner Bros.) and Lauren Jenkins (Big Machine Label Group).  After spending nearly a decade in the music publishing community working with a collection of Nashville hitmakers (Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne) and working under multi-award winning producer Keith Stegall (Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson), Garvin used that... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
204 (CC)

11:00am

Rethink The Remix: Open-Sourcing and Crowd-Sourcing Derivative Works
We live in a culture of remix where consumers have been transformed into creators while traditional recorded music has not kept up with technology. For an industry that was built upon and thrived on formats - there has not been a new format for more than 20 years. Streaming is said to be the saviour, but in an interactive world it remains a passive music experience.

What if music was treated like software? What if it was open-sourced? Made interactive and crowd-sourced? Allowing fans and music lovers to create new derivative works and publish them to streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube or Tidal all the while earning additional royalties for rights holders? Engaging fans through co-creation, turning them into a digital street team and making money? It's not just wishful thinking - it's all possible now. In this panel we'll look at how making music interactive can make music money.

Moderators
avatar for Craig Swann

Craig Swann

Founder, Looplabs
For 20 years, Craig Swann’s passion has been using technology to connect people and music through innovative, intimate and interactive experiences. In 2001, he developed the internet’s first online music studio, Looplabs. Millions of people have benefited from his innovations, including Steve Jobs, who demoed Looplabs for the launch of the Safari Browser at an Apple Keynote. Swann has since become an industry thought leader in the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Allen Bargfrede

Allen Bargfrede

Co-Founder, dotBlockchain Music
Allen Bargfrede focuses his work on the intersection of art and technology. He is the Founder and Head of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, and Co-Founder of the dotBlockchain Music initiative. A former lawyer, Bargfrede also leads Blue Tile Media, an investment firm for music, and is the author of “Music Law in the Digital Age,” now available in its second edition.
avatar for Stephen White

Stephen White

CEO, Dubset Media
Stephen White is the Chief Executive and Chairman of the Board for Dubset Media Holdings. White joined Dubset as CEO in February 2015. In this role, he leads the strategy, execution and delivery for the company. Prior to joining Dubset, White served as Chief Executive and President at Gracenote from 2012 to 2014. He held numerous roles for the company across 14 years and played a critical role in growing the company from a small start-up... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
208 (CC)

11:00am

Kickstarting Your Music Biz Career

The music industry is a highly competitive field for recent grads to enter. How can you stand out in an already saturated market? What skills are prominent music companies in need of? What are the most effective ways of networking? We'll explore these questions and more with leading professionals across the business.


Moderators
avatar for Jackie Otero

Jackie Otero

Program Director, Entertainment & Music Business, Full Sail University
Jackie Otero began her career promoting artists in San Francisco in 2001, and has since worked with artists including Ian Axel of A Great Big World, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Aimee Mann, Marc Cohn, Stroke 9, and Speech of Arrested Development. In 2006, she co-founded artist management and music licensing company Front Burner Music in Brooklyn, NY. As a music business consultant, recent credits have included music supervising the documentary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charity Lomax

Charity Lomax

Tour Manager/Artist Relations, JH Audio
As a tour manager/production coordinator, Charity Lomax has traveled the world with several well-known artists, including Aerosmith, Queen Latifah, and the Pussycat Dolls. Her job entails handling the logistics for a tour, taking care of everything from booking travel to overseeing the crew. She started her career in the studio, working as a manager at Los Angeles's legendary Westlake Audio. When she was offered the opportunity to put her... Read More →
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Joe Rapolla

Chair of Music & Theater Arts Department, Monmouth University
Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, where he oversees all student Performing Arts Programs, directs the Music Industry Program and founded the university record label, Blue Hawk Records. A recognized music industry innovator, he built and led marketing departments at Universal Music and Warner Music Group, where he introduced pioneering relationship marketing programs and platforms. He also... Read More →
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Steve Robertson

SVP of A&R, Atlantic Records
Robertson is the long-time Atlantic A&R exec who focuses on the signing and development of rock and pop artists. Since joining Atlantic, Robertson’s signings include Shinedown and Paramore, along with emerging artists such as Meg Myers and Vinyl Theatre. His first post at the label was Director of A&R, and he was named Sr. Director in 2000 and upped to Vice President in 2007. Robertson was promoted to Sr. VP of A&R in 2010... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am
Grand Ballroom West

11:40am

NPREX: A New Paradigm in Music Licensing
The National Performing Rights Exchange (NPREX) is the first-ever online platform for direct licensing of public performance rights (music compositions and sound recordings) between copyright owners and music users. The patent-pending NPREX facilitates the transactions through its proprietary price mechanism. NPREX CEO/President, Lee Greer, will introduce this new paradigm in music licensing and discuss the role music metadata plays in enabling systematic direct licensing that will finally put this area of the music industry on sound economic and legal footing.

Speakers
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Lee Greer

CEO/President, The National Performing Rights Exchange (NPREX)
Lee Greer is President and CEO of the National Performing Rights Exchange (NPREX). An economist and an attorney, Greer designed and built NPREX and its price mechanism.  Prior to NPREX, he spent seven years as head economist of performance rights organization, BMI, and prior to that, was an Assistant VP at PNC Financial Services Group, where he served as a financial economist and econometrician.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:40am - 11:45am
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11:45am

Some Day We’ll Find It: The Metadata, Playlist and Voice Search Connection
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

Research shows that music fans are now listening to more playlists than albums. Voice control and search is being rapidly deployed by the consumer electronics industry. This panel will discuss the role and types of metadata in scaling playlists, as well as providing the underlying information for accurate voice search.

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, OpenPlay, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo.   

Moderators
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Emmanuel Legrand

U.S. Editor, Music Week
Emmanuel Legrand is a journalist and consultant specialized in the creative industries and copyright issues. A former Billboard and Music & Media editor, he is currently the Washington, DC-based U.S. editor of U.K. trade magazine, Music Week.

Speakers
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Darryl Ballantyne

Founder & CEO, LyricFind
Darryl Ballantyne originally conceived LyricFind in 2000 with Mohamed Moutadayne and Chris Book at Ontario’s University of Waterloo to be the largest, most accurate destination for lyrics on the Internet. Officially launched in 2004, the company pioneered the licensed digital lyrics space, successfully negotiating the first-ever mass lyrics licensing deal with EMI Music Publishing in 2005. Since then, Ballantyne has grown LyricFind to be... Read More →
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Chris Frankenberg

VP of Business Operations, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment
As the VP of Business Operations at Sony Music Entertainment, Chris Frankenberg drives strategic and operational initiatives worldwide to foster innovation and grow the company’s digital business.  He leads global teams in media production, reporting integration, and project management.  He oversees initiatives in big data analytics, metadata and content optimization, new product types, asset management, and digital supply... Read More →
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Mike Pegan

Licensing Director, Quantone Music
Mike Pegan is the Sales & Licensing Director for Quantone Music, a London-based data aggregator and deliverer of cutting-edge music guidance solutions. He is a 25-year sales and licensing veteran of the book and music industries, having worked for Random House, Rovi and now Quantone Music. For Quantone, Mike is responsible for engaging with companies to understand their music data and exploration requirements, and providing solutions using... Read More →
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Ryan Redington

Director of Amazon Music, Amazon
Ryan Redington is the head of Amazon Music in the U.S., reporting to Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. Throughout his time at Amazon, Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services — Prime Music in June 2014 and Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016. He also spearheaded Amazon’s exclusive deal with Garth Brooks, to bring the Country superstar’s music catalog to streaming for the first time ever, with... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:45am - 12:45pm
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12:00pm

Fans, Consumers, Audience or Listeners: It's All Rock ’N’ Roll to Me

Take an in-depth look at today’s music consumer — how and where fans consume music; trends in purchasing both physical, digital and mobile formats; preferences for ownership or access; and so much more.


Moderators
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Russ Crupnick

Managing Partner, MusicWatch
Russ Crupnick is Managing Partner of MusicWatch, Inc., a company dedicated to marketing research and industry analysis for the music and entertainment industry. MusicWatch evolved from services formerly offered by the NPD Group, where he served in several executive roles. Crupnick founded NPD’s entertainment practice, leading the team that created a suite of research services for music, home entertainment, retailers and technology... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
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12:00pm

Generation Next: Networking in the 21st Century
Like much of the music industry, technology has completely changed the game on how we network today. It's not enough to just make a good impression in person anymore. In fact, you rarely get the chance to make a first impression in person.  Networking today involves social and professional networks, email, text messages, and in-person meetings, and in a sea of millions, it is difficult to stand out online to your target audience. With young professionals constantly cold-emailing industry professionals for coffee meetings, how can someone stand out from the rest of the inbox, and what can you do to make sure that your information is found in their search? From perfecting your resume to networking beyond email, the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) of Nashville — deemed “the twentysomethings changing Nashville’s networking tune” (Forbes) — has gathered a group of seasoned Nashville professionals to discuss the best practices and the top do's and don'ts of networking in the digital age. 

Moderators
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Rachel Knight

Founder and President, The Knight Agency, Inc.
Rachel Knight is the Founder and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., a talent development and placement consulting agency that specializes in developing, placing, and advancing the entertainment industry’s workforce. She is also the COO of Turnipblood Entertainment, a full-service booking and production company that specializes in creating exceptional event experiences.  A sought-after speaker on how to stand out in such a... Read More →

Speakers
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Colin Kassekert

Business Performance Advisor, Insperity
Colin Kassekert started working in the banking industry at the age of 14. By the age of 17, he was creating and implementing new process to increase productivity. Since then, Kassekert has launched three companies. He is also a college national champion baseball player and an accomplished composer/songwriter with over 150 songs placed in TV and film. Currently, he is a Business Performance Advisor for Insperity and is a mentor at the Entrepreneur... Read More →
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Garrison Snell

CEO, Gyrosity Projects
Garrison Snell may be only 23, but the Gyrosity Projects founder already is a music industry veteran. The Arkansas native started his first business to book his bands into local clubs while he was still in high school. He entered Nashville's Belmont University as an aspiring drummer, declaring a Music Business major when he didn't get accepted into the school's prestigious Commercial Music Performance program. Quickly realizing he was outgunned... Read More →
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Lou Taylor

Owner and CEO, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group
For the last 25 years, Lou Taylor has sat at the head of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, providing business management services to actors, artist and athletes. In this role, she leads two Tri Star offices, one in Los Angeles and one in Nashville. Tri Star provides all aspects of business management services, including accounting, financial statement preparation, royalty audits, participation rights audits, tour accounting, production... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom West

12:45pm

Metadata Summit Lunch sponsored by OpenPlay
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

All Metadata Summit attendees are invited to join us for lunch sponsored OpenPlay. OpenPlay solutions power workflow and process management for some of the world’s largest entertainment companies. Our industry leading asset relationship management system, OpenPlay Music, manages media assets from point of creation through to delivery. Our suite of complimentary products, like OpenPlay Workflow, OpenPlay Rights, and InTune, provides value up and down the digital supply chain, all seamlessly integrated and built to the same exacting standards. 


Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:45pm - 1:45pm
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1:00pm

Lunch Break
Information overload? You need a break! Take a look at our Restaurant Guide to find a nearby lunch hangout, grab a bite in the Commerce Street Bar & Grille located in the hotel lobby, or head upstairs to the Bridge Bar to enjoy a variety of hot and cold offerings with a gorgeous view of the Nashville skyline. 

Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

2:00pm

Digimarc Barcode: State-of-the-Art Audio Watermarking
Digimarc is the world leader in watermarking, and our technology is used by prestigious organizations and partners worldwide – licensed by Nielsen and Arbitron, along with Kantar Media, Nexguard by Kudelski, and 4C Insights. We currently enhance millions of production music tracks for broadcast monitoring and rights administration through one of our partners, SourceAudio. We have received a technical Emmy for our work in audio watermarking and our audio watermarking technology is the most robust, reliable, speedy and versatile offering in the marketplace. 

Speakers
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Cory Davis

Product & Segment Marketing Manager, Digimarc
Cory Davis is Product & Segment Marketing Manager for Digimarc where he is responsible for the development of positioning, messaging, competitive differentiation, and bringing Digimarc solutions to market. Prior to joining Digimarc, Davis oversaw product marketing at Ensequence, an interactive television provider. He also served in a product marketing role at Sony Computer Entertainment America’s now-defunct PlayStation Home, a... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:05pm
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2:00pm

All the World's a Stage: Marketing to International Live Music Fans
The world is getting smaller and more connected, but music fan engagement across the globe in many ways remains distinctive. Fan discovery, consumption and spend allocations can vary and understanding these distinctions is important not just for brands and promoters looking to optimize sponsorship dollars, but for artist managers and labels looking to build their own brands. Join Helena Kosinski, VP Client Services at Nielsen Music for a presentation of international fan analytics, a look at how fans are discovering and spending on live music events in different markets, and how that consumer behavior compares to the North American market.

Speakers
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Helena Kosinski

VP of Client Solutions, Nielsen Music
Helena Kosinski is VP of Client Solutions for Nielsen Music, based in New York. She is responsible for Nielsen's business internationally as the company expands its music and entertainment reach with major and independent music publishers and performing rights organizations. With Nielsen in Europe, she was responsible for business development, account management and the smooth end-to-end operation of the UK radio airplay measurement business. She... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
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2:00pm

How Niche Streaming Services Can Grow Your Profit Mix

While much attention has been paid to Spotify and Apple Music's growth, there are a handful of other streaming services making a mark in distinct niches. These services have the potential to significantly improve label AND artist revenue mix, drive overall category growth and provide a healthy dose of music first focused competition. From this panel discussion you'll learn more about how niche services improve the revenue mix and how they can turn non-paying users into subscribers and drive category growth. You'll hear more about how services are operating across the globe, ranging from The Overflow in the USA (Christian & Gospel) to Niche Streem (Liedje in S. Africa) and emerging EDM services in Europe. From this session, you'll walk away with actionable knowledge on how to create your own channel strategy for your label or artists, and greater knowledge of tools available to grow your business.


Moderators
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Stephen Relph

CEO & Co-Founder, The Overflow
Stephen Relph is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Overflow, the world’s first genre-specific subscription streaming music service. Launched in January 2015, The Overflow focuses on super-serving the unique needs of passionate Christian and Gospel music consumers. While Relph’s decade of experience in multiple senior management roles at Procter & Gamble prepared him to wear multiple hats at the company, he primarily focuses on... Read More →

Speakers
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Benson Curb

VP Of Revenue, Curb Records
Benson Curb’s involvement in the music industry began in 1993 when the California native accepted an offer from Mike Curb, to work for Curb Records. Curb started out as an assistant in sales and marketing and by 1995 moved into the position of Director of National Sales for the Curb Group, and, by 1997, assumed the position of VP of Sales for Curb Records. Curb has over 20 years of label experience in sales and marketing and has been... Read More →
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Vickie Nauman

Principal and Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. She founded the boutique consulting and advisory firm CrossBorderWorks in 2004 and since 2014 has been advising and consulting full-time with a mix of forward-thinking companies in consumer electronics and music. Nauman has a background that spans traditional and digital media, and varied insider... Read More →
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Timothy J. Trudeau

CEO, Syntax Creative
Timothy Trudeau began his professional journey in the music business in 1997. Since then, he's become a GRAMMY-nominated producer, Stellar-nominated designer and a Dove-nominated record label/distribution executive, taking home top honors from all three organizations. As the CEO of Syntax Creative, a digital distribution and marketing company boasting the exclusive worldwide rights to over 50,000 songs, Trudeau has the pleasure of working with... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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2:00pm

Using the Power of Direct-to-Fan Engagement to Build Artist Momentum & Fuel Success
Live performances and selling merchandise are some of the few ways that artists can make money in today’s music industry. In order to execute this successfully, an artist must first understand how to effectively engage and retain fans. Join this panel to gain actionable tips that can be immediately used to impact revenues and accomplish goals. We’ll discuss how to use existing data to find/discover your audience; properly plan your music release; connect and engage with fans using music technology; convert engagement into merch and music transactions; make sales count on industry charts; convert fans to super fans; and analyze your data to increase momentum and grow your audience.

Moderators
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Bram Bessof

Founder & President, Indiehitmaker
Ever since his start 20 years ago as a professional touring musician, Bram Bessof’s vision has been to provide artists the ability to control all aspects of their career from song creation to topping the charts. When not putting artists on the Billboard charts as Founder and President of Indiehitmaker, he helps artists produce winning live shows, speaks at conferences around the country, leads the Georgia Music Partners' live music advisory... Read More →

Speakers
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James Blades

President, Blades Entertainment
James Blades is the President of Blades Entertainment and just recently transitioned from his previous role as artist manager at McGhee Entertainment. Since joining McGhee in 2003, he has worked with A-list musical artists including KISS, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Ted Nugent, Hootie & The Blowfish, Darius Rucker, Blues Traveler, Down, amongst others. Blades previously managed TOTO and has managed Night Ranger since 2007. His expertise covers a... Read More →
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Vanessa Ferrer

Founder, Merch Cat
Vanessa Ferrer has been a successful businesswoman for over 15 years in finance and artist management. Armed with the heart of an artist, the belief that she could make a difference, and the drive to make it happen, Ferrer founded InFocus Artist Management in 2009. A Certified Public Accountant and alumna of NYU, she solidified her music industry acumen through Berklee College of Music's music business program and hit the ground running. After... Read More →
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Kristin Grant

‎Manager of Streaming Strategies, Universal Music Group
Kristin Grant currently works as the Manager of Streaming Strategies at Universal Music Group. Prior to her position with Universal, she founded Westcott Multimedia, a digital strategy consulting firm that worked with music associations in Toronto, consulting firms and independent artists to help integrate data into their day-to-day strategies. While living in New York City, Grant worked as an Entertainment Analyst at a boutique investment firm... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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2:00pm

Tell It Like It Is: Role Playing For Your Internship or First Job Interview

Get up out of your seat and let’s play! Students will learn how to approach both phone and in-person interviews. Much emphasis will be put on how much knowledge of the industry a student seeking an internship or job should have; whether or not one should seek an internship or job just to get their band signed; and what the proper etiquette is in following up after the interview. 


Speakers
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Stephen Marcone

Professor & Coordinator of Music Management, William Paterson University
In the late 1960s and early 70s, as a trumpet player in a Rock music group, Stephen Marcone recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University in 1973 and stayed until 1984. During that time, he was also VP of the Syracuse Musicians Association (Local #78). In 1984, he came to the William Paterson... Read More →
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David Philp

Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
David Philp is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson University, teaching about music in social media, entrepreneurship, and music and entertainment industry structure. He has over 20 years of experience working for the Universal Music Group, PolyGram Video, Greater Media Broadcasting, and start-ups Game SixEntertainment and YouChoose Music. Philp graduated from William Paterson... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm
Grand Ballroom West

2:05pm

Standards vs. Practices
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

The music industry has a great way of creating standards, but not necessarily implementing them exactly in the same way. How big is the disconnect? What causes problems? What is being done or can be done to resolve the disconnect? Mark Isherwood from DDEX will lead a thoughtful and provocative discussion with featured speakers and the audience.

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, OpenPlay, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo.   

Moderators
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Mark Isherwood

Secretariat, Digital Data Exchange (DDEX)
Mark Isherwood spent 18 years working for the MCPS-PRS Alliance (now PRS for Music), the UK music rights collecting society and one of the biggest in the world. He was responsible for the development of strategies and policies for substantial rights negotiations with a range of licensee industries, including all the major UK television and radio broadcasters and the video industry. Since helping to establish Rightscom, Isherwood has undertaken... Read More →

Speakers
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Deborah DeLoach

VP, VeVa Sound
Deborah DeLoach is currently the VP of VeVa Sound, which has worked for the past 15 years to define, create and implement the standards for how sound recordings are preserved and monetized for the major labels in the U.S. and Europe. DeLoach advises many label executives, producers, engineers and artists seeking archival and asset management solutions. She also plays an active role in the development and execution of VeVa Sound's ever growing... Read More →
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Michael Jeffrey

VP Client Engagement and Partnerships, TiVo
Michael Jeffrey has served as VP Client Engagement and Partnerships at TiVo since September 2015. He focuses on working with customers translating their strategic and technical needs into solutions TiVo brings to market. Having successfully designed and developed several high-end video and music metadata solutions, Jeffrey is a recognized leader in video and music technology. He comes to TiVo from Peel Technologies (Smart Remote used by over... Read More →
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Brian O'Leary

Executive Director, Book Industry Study Group (BISG)
Brian O’Leary is Executive Director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a U.S.-based trade association that works to create a more informed, effective and efficient book industry supply chain. He oversees the work BISG does to disseminate information, create and implement standards, conduct research and grow membership from companies working throughout the supply chain. Before being named to this role in 2016, O'Leary was Founder and... Read More →
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Dr. Vikram Sorathia

Co-Founder and Director of Technology, ProMusicDB
Dr. Vikram Sorathia is Managing Partner at Kensemble Tech Labs LLP, a tech startup on a mission to empower the service sector through emerging technologies. He is also a Co-Founder and Director of Technology of ProMusicDB, where he designs and develops Digital Identity Governance (DIG), the integration and analytics platform for music professionals and the music domain. Before co-founding Kensemble and ProMusicDB, he was a postdoc and project... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:05pm - 3:00pm
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2:30pm

The Changing Face of China's Music Market
Over the past few years, China has witnessed a transformation in its music market and industry. Led by government efforts to legitimize the market, the growth of legal streaming service and changing consumer behavior, the music industry appears to be reaching that 'inflection point' as illustrated by IFPI's number. But the backbone of China's music market is still live music with the maturing of its festival scene, expanding touring circuit and early tech adoption from live streaming to VR. The session will examine some of the major trends shaping the industry’s transformation and prospects for its future.

Speakers
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Eric de Fontenay

Founder, MusicDish
Eric de Fontenay founded digital media firm MusicDish, subsequently launching the largest music newswire Mi2N. In 2010, de Fontenay launched MusicDish*China to bridge greater China's music sector with the world. He has coordinated Taiwan cultural missions in France, Canada and the United States, serving as an international consultant for Taiwan’s Government Information Office. He is the international manager for the mainland China’s biggest... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:30pm - 2:45pm
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2:50pm

Streaming in the Scandinavian Charts
The advent of streaming is transforming the process of record chart compilation. In Scandinavia, the early adoption of streaming is leading to a virtual dominance of the retail music market. This streaming dominance is making the capture of music sales through traditional channels (physical, download and mail order) an even greater importance than in the past in order to preserve balance in the charts. It is also essential to capture live sales data from independent retailers who lack in-house automation as well as data from the rapidly re-emerging vinyl market. This session will not only discuss the use of entirely automated systems in several countries to capture both electronic (streaming and download) sales data and actual physical sales, but also describes solutions in employed in the large UK market, as well as in Scandinavia, to ensure that the live sector is properly represented in the official charts.

Speakers
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David Viewing

Director, Ranger Computers Ltd.
David Viewing is Founder and Managing Director of Ranger Computers Ltd. in Northampton, UK. In 1981, Viewing was the inventor of one of the very first portable computers, the ‘Husky.’ An early application for the Husky was sales data capture in the music business. In 1993, he was approached by the UK chart compilers and was awarded the contract to collect sales data from 1500 record stores. A new company, Ranger, was the result and... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:50pm - 3:05pm
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3:00pm

Beyond the 1%: Democratizing Music Industry Funding

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.


Moderators
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Antony Bruno

Director of Communications, Royalty Exchange
As the former digital editor for Billboard magazine, Antony Bruno followed the digital music industry's evolution since the launch of iTunes. He since has advised such music services as Beats Music, Beatport, Topspin, Xbox, Mixcloud and others. He is currently the Director of Communications for Royalty Exchange.

Speakers
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Eli Ball

CEO, 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 is called SNAP* vATM, an automated platform that enables creatives to tap into their revenue streams at their convenience, rather than wait for royalty and... 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 in both artist management and on the label side as both Founder of her own company, Simple Social Graces Discos, and as Partner at Lookout Records. 
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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 with alternative investment strategies. He is currently the CEO of Royalty Exchange.


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

Fad vs. Future: Biggest Digital Trends Shaping the Music Industry
2016 was a year of innovation — self-driving cars hit the roadways, an explosive phone launched, and Elon Musk announced his plans to visit Mars by 2020. All the innovation bled over into the music industry as well, where we saw VR, multiple streaming platforms launch, and so much more. With all the excitement, it's hard to differentiate between what's a fad and what's the future. In this session, a panel of music industry digital experts will break down the future of the harvesting and harnessing of consumer data to better track and target commercial activity, creating opportunities for marketing and sponsorships, as well as programming of future events and content.

Moderators
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Gavin Ivester

Consultant
Gavin Ivester designed Apple's first PowerBook, led Nike global product design, led PUMA footwear on a 400% growth spree, helped Kenny Chesney create Blue Chair Bay Rum, and once sold a bar out of beer playing originals with his band, the Toxic Sloths.  Working in sports, healthcare, fashion, and entertainment, he obsesses about the big picture, the future, and how they're impacting real-world consumer experiences.

Speakers
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Drew Burchfield

Co-Founder, Aloompa
Drew Burchfield co-founded Aloompa in February 2009 and is focused on driving innovative products for music, food, conference and community events in the United States and abroad. Aloompa has created never-before-seen insights and unique fan experiences for Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Coachella, Insomniac, British Summer Time, Rock in Rio, among others. Prior to Aloompa, Burchfield got his start in music working at 27 Tours, Inc. and the William... Read More →
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Kent Underwood

Principal, LEO Events
As Co-Founder and Principal of LEO Events, Kent Underwood oversees the company’s B2B programs and heads up LEO’s Public Events division, making sure that logistics, production, and digital strategy are all in place for dozens of large-scale private and public events each year. His ability to create innovative business and entertainment solutions are why companies like Walmart, ExxonMobil, Hilton, and Sherwin-Williams depend upon LEO for their... Read More →
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Rodney Williams

CEO & Co-Founder, LISNR
Rodney Williams, CEO and Co-Founder of LISNR, leads one of the most disruptive companies in the IoT space. He is the 2016 Black Enterprise Tech Entrepreneur of the Year and has been honored by Ad Age's Top 40 under 40. Prior to LISNR, Williams spent four years as a Procter & Gamble brand manager, noted for being the first marketer there to co-write digital patents. Before P&G, he was a Lockheed Martin and Department of Energy disruptor... Read More →


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

Snack Chat

A "speed dating" InfoFest! Students, take this opportunity to sit and talk with members of the music industry and ask the questions you've been wanting to know. Up to a dozen music executives from various parts of the music industry will be present. Pull up a chair and spend time in a table setting learning from professionals who are doing what you're interested in pursuing after college. Then, hang around longer for some snacks, and chat more during the casual networking group time.


Moderators
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Gloria Green

Assistant Professor, Recording Industry Department, Middle Tennessee State University
Gloria Green is an Assistant Professor in the Music Business department of the College of Media & Entertainment at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). She teaches the Live Entertainment curriculum including courses in Artist Management, Concert Promotion and Touring, and Music Publicity. In 2013, she helped to develop and currently teaches MTSU’s first-ever Talent Agency course. Prior to working in academia, Green was a music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jeff DaMert

Jeff DaMert

Operations Manager, Live Nation
Jeff DaMert has spent the past 10 years in live event operations and production, focused largely on amphitheaters and outdoor events.  While completing degrees in Business Management and Neuroscience at Kent State University, DaMert’s love of live music led him to pursue experience in the logistics and execution of large scale music events. He moved to Nashville in 2015 to help open Ascend Amphitheater, where he continues to serve as... Read More →
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Rush Davenport

Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)
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Halie Hampton

Management Assistant, Maverick Management
Halie Hampton is in her fourth year as a Management Assistant at the Maverick Management in Nashville. Prior to Maverick, Hampton spent two years in Radio Promotion for Sony Music Nashville on behalf of an artist roster that included Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. A Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) alumni and Nashville native, she completed internships in music video production and radio promotion during her time at MTSU, which... Read More →
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Stacy Merida

Assistant Professor of Music Business, Middle Tennessee State University
Stacy Merida is an Assistant Professor of Music Business in the Recording Industry Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where she also serves as the Faculty Advisor to Match Records, the student run record label.  Prior to joining MTSU, Merida was the President and owner of The MERIDA Group, a marketing and business consulting firm based in Brentwood, TN. Her corporate clients included Sony Music Entertainment, BET... Read More →
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Cheryl Moore

Project Manager, Thirty Tigers
Cheryl Moore is a Project Manager at Thirty Tigers, a Nashville-based entertainment company that offers music distribution, marketing and management services to independent artists.  She is responsible for overseeing marketing campaigns for artists on the Thirty Tigers roster including CeCe Winans, Clint Black, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Willis Clan and Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Previously Moore held executive sales distribution and label... Read More →
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Nathan Pyle

Administrative Assistant, The Recording Academy
Nathan Pyle has been with The Recording Academy for over two years working for the South Region and Nashville Chapter.  Prior to working for The Recording Academy, he worked as a freelancer for clients such as CMT and American Idol and managed his own entertainment event management company, Blue Monster Entertainment. Pyle currently is the SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) University Outreach Co-Chair and The University of Dayton... Read More →
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Pete Stormer

Digital Marketing, Vector Management
Pete Stormer discovered a passion for artist management while cutting his teeth as an independent artist and touring musician. Since graduating from Middle Tennessee State University’s Music Business program in 2012, he has been an integral part of Vector Management’s digital marketing team, where he is responsible for the creation and execution of digital marketing plans across the company’s roster. Utilizing strengths in... Read More →
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Makenzie Williams

Global Royalties Processor, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Originally from Rhode Island, Makenzie Williams graduated from the Recording Industry program at Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. During her time there, she found a love for music publishing, and quickly found herself on the Global Royalties team at Sony/ATV. In her current role, Williams works closely with Latin American and European countries to collect royalties for all of Sony/ATV’s songwriters. She is currently an active... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Grand Ballroom West

3:00pm

Increasing Efficiency and Reducing Errors: Programmatic Techniques for Predictive Metadata
The Fifth Annual Metadata Summit is for experts, by experts — the program will amplify the importance of data, provide a high level forum for discussion, and attract key participants. For more information about the Metadata Summit, please click here.

Led by Edward Ginnis of OpenPlay, this panel will discuss the use of analytics in metadata systems to make the content delivery process easier and less error prone, including the various processes currently used for optimization, and future considerations for industry solutions.

Metadata Summit Supporting Sponsors include Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship/Open Music Initiative, DataArt, Digimarc, NPREX, OpenPlay, Quantone, SOCAN, SoundExchange, and TiVo. 
 

Moderators
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Edward Ginis

Co-Founder, OpenPlay
Edward Ginis stands at the forefront of the fast evolving music technology space. He has spent the past ten years evangelizing an industry-wide shift to the cloud and has helped position OpenPlay as an industry leader in the media asset management, workflow, and global supply chain verticals. A calculated risk-taker with deep technology industry experience, Ginis has been a continual champion for solutions built for interoperability and scale... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Brady

Stephen Brady

Software Developer, Big Machine Label Group
Stephen Brady is a Software Developer at Big Machine Label Group. Big Machine Label Group is an independent record label specializing in country music artists based on Music Row in Nashville, TN.
avatar for Greg Delaney

Greg Delaney

Owner, Entertainment Intelligence
Greg Delaney boasts over 30 years IT experience. He created Entertainment Intelligence (Ei) in 2014 to answer the growing need for robust but affordable data collection, reporting and analytics in the rapidly expanding world of digital entertainment. Ei is now ingesting billions of streaming, video, retail and social metrics for high profile independent organisations such as Secretly Canadian, Domino Records, Raw Power Management and many... Read More →
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John Getter

Director of Product Strategy & Data Integrations, Songspace
John Getter came to Songspace from the Rumblefish/SESAC/Harry Fox Agency team where served as the Sr. VP of Product and Data Services. He spent the last 20 years leading teams in technology. Getter is a pioneer in the digital music industry starting at Rhapsody, and as one of the founding members of Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA)/Sony (the Orchard). He has an extensive background in data warehouse technologies and knowledge in... Read More →
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Jake Handy

Head of Metadata, Dart Data
Jake Handy is a composer and arranger with a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology who serves as Head of Metadata for Dart Data. He was a key contributor to the Music Business Association’s Music Metadata Style Guide V2.1 and the Music Business Association’s first Classical Metadata Style Guide. Additionally, he has authored metadata style guides for a variety of media from book publishing to podcasts. Handy is also the Founder and... Read More →
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Benji Rogers

Co-Founder/CEO & Co-Founder, PledgeMusic/dotBlockchain Music
Benji Rogers is a British-born, New York-based entrepreneur, technologist, musician, and the CEO and co-founder of the dotBlockchain Music Project. A pioneer of the direct artist-to-fan model of music distribution, Rogers founded PledgeMusic in 2009, which is now one of leading artist-to-fan platforms online with more than 4 million users and over 50,000 artists. In his current role heading dotBlockchain, Rogers is working to revolutionize the... Read More →
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Rob Weitzner

Head of North America, CI
Rob Weitzner brings a rich strategic and operational perspective gained over 20 years of experience at the nexus of music and technology. He has served in senior roles at several forward-thinking companies including VP of Global Business Development at IODA; founding Head of Membership & Development for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM); VP of Business Development & Digital Strategy at TVT Records; and VP & GM of New York for... Read More →



Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
206 (CC)

3:10pm

The Untapped Market: The Hispanic Music Consumer
With millions of people online and with fast streaming opportunities, the Hispanic music listener is set to become one of the most engaging in the industry. In fact, the Hispanic consumer spends the most on digital music consumption versus the average user. The challenge is how to cater to this increasingly engaging group, without falling into predictable marketing tactics like simple English-to-Spanish translation? Moreover, there will be an average of 908,000 Hispanic millennials more every year from now until 2028, becoming one of the highest spending groups.

This presents an opportunity not only for the US market in terms of new business and advertising opportunities, but also for expansion. With recent technological advancements in music apps, recommendation engines, marketing and live entertainment technologies, it is now possible to reach more people for a fraction of the cost in the LatAm region.

We gather with marketing and music industry professionals and discuss the future of the Latin American music industry and its relation to technology, advertising, music discovery, monetization, music festivals and even politics.

Moderators
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Tomas Uribe

Co-Founder & CEO, Stereotheque
Tomas Uribe is a music and media entrepreneur from Colombia, based in New York. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Stereotheque, a music platform for Hispanics to help them discover the music they love through music scenes and context. Previous experience includes Hugleberry Corp, United Nations and Soundacity, where his award-winning digital strategy led to a domestic and international tour as touring musician and composer.

Speakers
avatar for Amor Montes de Oca

Amor Montes de Oca

Director of Strategic Initiatives, 2112 Inc.
Amor Montes de Oca is Director of Strategic Initiatives at 2112, Chicago’s first business incubator focused on the development of entrepreneurs in music, film/video and creative industry technology. Through community, educational opportunities and access to capital, 2112 creates a truly fertile ground for the professional development and acceleration of its members. Montes de Oca is responsible for developing member engagement programs... Read More →
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Elena Sotomayor

Exec. VP of Marketing & Business Development, HENRY
Elena Sotomayor is the Exec. VP of Marketing & Business Development for HENRY, a division of Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc. Her unmatched leadership skills and expertise in experiential ideation make her the go-to guru for orchestrating and activating sponsorship campaigns and ideation platforms for Fortune 500 brands, including Wrigley, Anheuser Busch, Sprint, U.S Army, Diageo, Johnson and Johnson, among others. Aside from being a... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:10pm - 3:50pm
201 (CC)

4:00pm

Featured Presentation: Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out powered by Nielsen Music

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 in uential 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 af nity 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.

The Life and Work of a High-Powered Female Executive
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, and the partnerships they have formed with other successful women in the business.


Moderators
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Ann Powers

Critic and Correspondent, NPR Music
Ann Powers is NPR Music's critic and correspondent. She writes for NPR's music news blog, The Record, and she can be heard on NPR's newsmagazines and music programs. One of the nation's most notable music critics, Powers has been writing for The Record, NPR's blog about finding, making, buying, sharing and talking about music since April 2011. Powers served as chief Pop music critic at the Los Angeles Times from 2006 until she joined NPR. Prior... Read More →

Speakers
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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 Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one CMA Award. Clarkson’s sixth studio album, Piece by Piece, debuted at #1... Read More →
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Erin Crawford

Sr. VP & GM, Nielsen Music
As general manager 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 music industry ecosystem. She has spearheaded the development of new tools that track comprehensive consumer music engagement and built a... 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 2002, she was named President of Island Records/Exec. VP of the Island Def Jam Music Group, becoming one of only three women holding that title at a major record... Read More →



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

6:00pm

WEA Cocktail Party
The first day of meetings has ended, and it's time to celebrate! Enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while previewing some of WEA's hottest artists and upcoming releases.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge Bar

7:00pm

Women in Music & Women in Digital Media's 2nd Annual 'Women Who Rock' Mixer
Join Women in Music and Women in Digital Media for the second annual #WomenWhoRock Mixer at Music Biz 2017! Enjoy cocktails and snacks on the rooftop of The Valentine overlooking Broadway to celebrate #WomenWhoRock — capping off the day after the "Music's Leading Ladies Speak Out" featured presentation. For more information on Women in Music, visit womeninmusic.org, now celebrating 32 years in service to the music community!

RSVP link to be posted soon. 


Tuesday May 16, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Valentine Rooftop 312 Broadway
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

7:30am

Registration
Wednesday May 17, 2017 7:30am - 6:00pm
Fisk Room Foyer Second Floor

8:30am

Awards Breakfast & Presentations sponsored by CMA
Enjoy breakfast compliments of the Country Music Association (CMA). 

The Breakfast will begin as Music Biz President James Donio gives an update on the state of the industry and highlights Music Biz’s top initiatives of 2016 and what to expect from the Association in 2017. Music Biz Chairman Fred Beteille of Facebook will welcome the 2017-2018 Music Biz Board of Directors and Steve Harkins of Baker & Taylor will announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2017.

Music Biz will also recognize this year’s business award winners. The Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement, recognizing individuals for their exceptional vision, leadership, and commitment, will be presented to Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville. The Independent Spirit Award, recognizing significant contributors to the independent music community that embody the spirit of new thinking, entrepreneurship, and success in the industry, will be presented to Music Millennium’s Terry Currier.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Beteille

Fred Beteille

Product Manager, Facebook
Fred Beteille is a Product Manager on Facebook Live, responsible for public broadcasts and publisher verticals including News, Sports, and Entertainment. Prior to joining Facebook, Beteille was Product Manager at Google/YouTube, where he helped spearhead music and rights management products and initiatives, including Content ID, YouTube Audio Library, Music Charts & Insights, Consumer Apps and more. Prior to joining YouTube, he was Chief... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business, including digital distribution, mobile, games, video, applications, and other entities that monetize music. Prior to Music Biz, Donio held a variety of... Read More →
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Steve Harkins

VP/GM, Baker & Taylor
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Damon Whiteside

Chief Marketing Officer, Country Music Association (CMA)
Damon Whiteside, Chief Marketing Officer at the Country Music Association (CMA), oversees CMA's Marketing, Digital, Research, and Strategic Partnerships Departments. CMA's signature events include the top-rated CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival, and CMA Country Christmas, all of which air on ABC TV. Prior, Whiteside served as CMO at Nomad Entertainment Group, and Sr. VP of Marketing at Disney Music Group.



Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

10:00am

Stream the Studio: The Hi-Res Audio Pavilion

Visit the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the hotel lobby and experience firsthand the next wave in subscription music. You’ll also receive demonstrations of the latest devices and learn more about the Stream the Studio initiative from music company representatives.



Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 4:00pm
Red Wall Hotel Lobby

10:30am

Bridge Bar @ Music Biz with BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar offers an extraordinary view of the Nashville skyline. This open and airy meeting space is the perfect location to catch-up with colleagues and friends for a small informal meeting or a drink or two. While there, introduce yourself to the team at BuzzAngle Music, who have set up a meeting and demonstration area in the Bridge to showcase their innovative platform. Not familiar with BuzzAngle Music? You should be! The platform offers unique capabilities such as daily reporting of sales, streaming and airplay for both the U.S. and Canada, comprehensive report and dashboard queries and 1,000 selectable genres, and so much more. Come on by and get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music! 


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 6:00pm
Bridge Bar

10:30am

Jaxsta Lounge
The Jaxsta Lounge is a place to meet, network, relax and recharge. Jaxsta Lounge will serve tea, coffee, water and snacks to recharge you while you recharge your devices. If you need to catch up with a new potential business partner or simply converse with your office while on the go the Jaxsta Lounge is there for you. 

The Jaxsta business is about connecting the music industry, and the Jaxsta Lounge is about helping you connect. Jaxsta aims to enrich networking in the same way we aim to enrich the music industry. We welcome all Music Biz attendees and look forward to hosting you so please visit us at the Jaxsta Lounge or at jaxsta.com. 


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:30am

Sip N’ Savor sponsored by Pandora
Stop by the Sip N’ Savor lounge, sponsored by Pandora, where you can enjoy a one-on-one conversation about the tools and programs found on Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) and Next Big Sound. Learn how you can incorporate these free tools into the marketing campaigns for your upcoming releases and tours. 


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:30am - 6:00pm
Hotel Lobby

11:00am

TuneIn: Engage with Passionate Listeners
Join TuneIn’s Head of Marketing, Scott Parker as he discusses how brands can reach new audiences by leveraging the wide array of digital music platforms. The audio category is rapidly evolving and offering brands new ways to engage with passionate listeners. Parker will present listening trends by format and how brands can leverage data, new devices and platforms to drive their message home and connect with listeners around the globe. 

Speakers
avatar for Scott Parker

Scott Parker

VP of Marketing, TuneIn
Scott Parker is the VP of Marketing at TuneIn. In his role, Parker is responsible for building TuneIn’s strategy across customer acquisition, brand marketing, partner marketing and public relations. Since joining the company in October of 2015, he has developed multi-platform marketing strategies across TuneIn's five major content verticals of music, sports, news, podcasts and audiobooks. TuneIn's partners include the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:10am
206 (CC)

11:00am

CMA Welcome & Forever Country: Multi-Artist, Multi-Label, Multi-Generational

Global expansion of Country music is part of the year-round mission of Country Music Association (CMA). Today’s CMA staff will be on-hand to reveal international Country statistics and discuss their efforts to spread the genre throughout the world — from Mexico to Canada to Australia.

CMA and UMG Nashville’s Annie Ortmeier will team up to take you on an exploration of Forever Country — a first of its kind multi-generational, multi-artist, multi-label Country music single and video to commemorate the 50th CMA Awards broadcast. The song encompassed three timeless classics, ‘On The Road Again,’ ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ in a combined arrangement by award winning producer, Shane McAnally. The completed project featured 30 artists across all eras of country music and included a surreal video directed by award winning director, Joseph Khan. The release of the single and subsequent video coupled with the efforts of the entire industry escalated the song and the video to new heights internationally with distribution to new territories that helped propel the track onto several iTunes, Spotify and Amazon charts globally.

This session and case study takes a deeper look at Forever Country and the impact on overall International audiences and adoption of country music globally prior to, during, and since release with research from the CMA and Universal Music Group Nashville. 


Speakers
avatar for Annie Ortmeier

Annie Ortmeier

Sr. Director of Streaming & Digital Marketing, Universal Music Group Nashville
Annie Ortmeier is a revenue-focused digital marketing professional with expertise in digital sales, streaming strategy and marketing, data analysis, ecommerce and consumer data acquisition. She has 12 years of experience in prominent music and entertainment companies including, CMT/MTV, Ticketmaster/Live Nation, Big Machine Label Group and Universal Music Group — working with world renowned brands across artists as varied as Beyoncé... Read More →
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Karen Stump

Sr. Director of Consumer Insights, Country Music Association (CMA)
In her role as Sr. Director of Consumer Insights with the Country Music Association (CMA), Stump works with the Country music industry to define and execute a broad range of market insights and analytics initiatives to provide consumer insights and market trends to music industry groups and brand partners. She joined the organization in 2012. She has held advisory roles with media and research industry organizations such as Simmons Experian... Read More →
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Damon Whiteside

Chief Marketing Officer, Country Music Association (CMA)
Damon Whiteside, Chief Marketing Officer at the Country Music Association (CMA), oversees CMA's Marketing, Digital, Research, and Strategic Partnerships Departments. CMA's signature events include the top-rated CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival, and CMA Country Christmas, all of which air on ABC TV. Prior, Whiteside served as CMO at Nomad Entertainment Group, and Sr. VP of Marketing at Disney Music Group.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:35am
204 (CC)

11:00am

LGBTQ in the Music Business: Where is the Representation?
We know that the LGBTQ fan base for music across all genres is substantial. In fact, the LGBTQ fans outspend non-LGBTQ fans by 48% annually on music each year. Yet, the number of artists who openly identify as LGBTQ does not match that reality – nor the reality that millennials and younger generations are identifying as LGBTQ in far greater numbers than previous generations.  And behind the scenes in the industry, leaders report difficulty in identifying and recruiting LGBTQ talent at all levels. In its second year at Music Biz tackling timely issues, GLAAD asks some provocative questions. Are LGBTQ artists reluctant to come out in the industry? Are there appropriate efforts being made to attract and retain LGBTQ employees to the industry on the business side? Or are they working in the industry already and simply afraid to come out? Our panel of experts and influencers will weigh in.

Moderators
avatar for Zeke Stokes

Zeke Stokes

VP of Programs, GLAAD
A veteran of the fights to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the U.S. Supreme Court, Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as VP of Programs in 2014.  In that role, he oversees GLAAD's advocacy work to advance the stories of LGBT people that lead to positive cultural change in the United States and abroad. He leads a staff of media professionals in both Los Angeles and New York City charged with... Read More →

Speakers
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Cody Alan

Host/Producer, CMT/iHeartRadio
Cody Alan is the host of Hot 20 Countdown, CMT's signature weekly music TV show, delivered to 90 million homes. Heard as host and executive producer of CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live on over 250 stations, with nearly three million weekly listeners, Alan is undoubtedly one of the most recognized names in broadcasting. Three-time On Air Personality of the Year and named one of "Nashville's Most Beautiful People,” Alan connects the... Read More →
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Kristen Ellis-Henderson

Founding Member, Guitarist and Songwriter, Antigone Rising
Kristen Ellis-Henderson is a founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the all-female Rock band Antigone Rising. The band’s 2006 debut album, “From the Ground Up" was the Starbucks Hear Music First label debut. Selling upwards of 10,000 copies a week for most of 2006, the band was catapulted into the spotlight with appearances on the Tonight Show, The Today Show, and in regular rotation on VH1 and CMT. Ellis-Henderson, along... Read More →
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Ty Herndon

Singer/Songwriter
GRAMMY-nominated artist Ty Herndon has sold more than four million albums throughout his career and charted 17 singles, including three No. 1s and numerous Top 10 hits.  In November 2014, he became the first major male Country artist to come out as gay.  Shortly after, he made history when he hosted the first-of-its-kind country music event, The Concert for Love and Acceptance, during the annual CMA Fest in Nashville. The event... Read More →
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Matt Yazge

Head of Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads the Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music. In his role, he helps brand advertisers activate music fans to achieve marketing objectives and drive sales. He brings rich experience with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and major film studios, as a former Nielsen consultant for Nestle's Wonka Candy portfolio, and leading the Nielsen’s relationship with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In his career at Nielsen, Yazge... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
208 (CC)

11:00am

Stream the Studio – The Next Wave in Subscription Music
This panel will take a closer look at the key factors that are shaping the development and deployment of a new tier of studio-quality music services that support both Hi-Res Audio and advanced user features. Don't miss this dynamic session — sponsored by the DEG — that includes leading executives from the music and technology industries.

Moderators
avatar for Marc Finer

Marc Finer

Founder & Managing Director/Sr. Director, Communication Research Inc./The Digital Entertainment Group (DEG)
Marc Finer is one of the founders of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, a Los Angeles-based industry funded non-profit corporation that advocates and promotes the benefits associated with new entertainment platforms, including both physical and digital media. Currently, he serves as DEG’s Sr. Director, where he is responsible for the group’s new technology initiatives, including 4K Ultra HD and High Resolution Audio (HRA... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Richard Burgess

Richard Burgess

CEO, A2IM
Currently CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He authored “The Art of Record Production” in 1997 and the second, third and fourth editions now entitled “The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, fourth edition (Oxford University Press)”. His latest book is entitled “The History of Music... Read More →
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Maureen Droney

Managing Director, The Recording Academy P&E Wing
Currently Managing Director of the Producers & Engineers Wing and Recording Technology for The Recording Academy, Maureen Droney is a former recording engineer who worked with, among others, George Benson, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John Hiatt, Tower of Power and Carlos Santana. She has a degree in broadcast communication arts from California State University, San Francisco, and has taught seminars on the theory and practice of audio... Read More →
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Brian Ringer

Exec. VP of Operations & Chief Technology Officer, Napster
Brian Ringer serves as Chief Technology Officer and Exec. Vice President of Operations, responsible for Napster’s technology strategy and roadmap, systems, platforms, technical operations and service delivery.  Prior to Napster, he served as VP of Platform Systems and Music Engineering for RealNetworks, where he oversaw the development of the platforms supporting RealNetworks’ consumer and wireless carrier partner businesses... Read More →
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Ty Roberts

Chief Technology Officer, Universal Music Group
Ty Roberts oversees Universal Music Group’s (UMG) technology strategy.  He directs new initiatives that leverage the company’s extensive digital assets, infrastructure and data resources to develop new creative and commercial opportunities for the company’s artists and labels.  The intersection of music and technology is an extremely exciting space.  It is full of promise and opportunity for artists and labels... Read More →
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Howie Singer

Sr. VP and Chief Strategic Technologist, Warner Music Group
Howie Singer is Sr. VP and Chief Strategic Technologist at the Warner Music Group (WMG). As a leading expert on the implications of technology for the music industry, he is responsible for analyzing new models and services that could enhance or threaten WMG’s businesses. In 1996, Singer co-founded a2b music, a pioneering digital music delivery service using audio and security technologies from AT&T. While at Bell Labs, he led teams... Read More →
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Darren Stupak

Exec. VP and General Manager of Sales, Sony Music Entertainment
Darren Stupak is Exec. VP/GM of Sales at Sony Music Entertainment. In this role, Stupak leads Sony Music’s commerce strategy across all digital service provider, retail and distribution partners. He is responsible for maximizing sales and visibility for Sony Music’s frontline and catalog releases by working closely with companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Spotify and Target to bring music to consumers through a variety of... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
Music City Ballroom

11:00am

Student Preparedness: Straight Talk from the Industry

This session is part of the Music Business Educators Meetup — a time for professors, faculty members, and other higher-education enthusiasts to review the past semester, present new trends that can benefit the classroom, and discuss the future of music business education. 

Are students today prepared for the internships and entry level jobs that music business has for them? What are employers finding are the strengths and weaknesses of today’s college upperclassmen and recent graduates? What skills and knowledge can educators add to their curriculums to make students even more prepared for their real-world experiences? Hear from employers from all walks of the industry and their experiences with hiring today’s music business students.

Music business educators have the option to purchase a Meetup Only pass, a Wednesday, May 17 day pass (which includes the Music Business Educators Meetup), as well as a full registration to the entire convention, which includes all Music Biz 2017 events and activities Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18. Click here for details.   


Moderators
avatar for Donna Ross

Donna Ross

Sales Strategist, INgrooves Music Group
Donna Ross, is the Independent Sales Strategist for INgrooves Music Group in Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution and marketing services companies. At INgrooves, Ross’s focus is leveraging artist and label engagement with independent record retailers. Over the course of her career, she has been instrumental in the development of such artists as Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Radiohead and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander

Co-Founder & Director of Strategy & Promotions, Streaming Promotions
Charles Alexander is an independent singer/songwriter, digital strategist and artist manager. He co-founded Streaming Promotions with business partner Michael Sloane, formerly of Big Machine Label Group. They specialize in strategically placing music within streaming services. He is also the CEO/Founder of Outside The Box Music, an artist digital services company. Alexander helps artists, musicians and songwriters create and extend their online... Read More →
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Brandi Brammer

Human Resources Executive, CAA
Brandi Brammer is the Human Resources Executive at the leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  Based in the Nashville office, she manages the operations for the over 100-person team, which includes agents and executives from across the music, sports and licensing departments. In addition to Nashville, Brammer is also the Human Resources Business Partner and lead Recruiter for the CAA offices throughout the... Read More →
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Jamie Coletta

Director of Marketing, SideOneDummy Records
Jamie Coletta has worked in music marketing for nearly 10 years. She has experience in both the major and independent label landscapes, having spent time in the publicity departments for Capitol Records and RCA Records, as well as SideOneDummy Records, where she currently works as Director of Marketing.
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Todd Goodwin

VP of College & Lifestyle Marketing, Universal Music Group
Todd Goodwin joined Universal Music Group (UMG) in March 2015.  Appointed VP of College & Lifestyle Marketing, he oversees marketing strategy for the 18-24 demographic and created a national network of College Representatives charged with maximizing awareness of priority and developing artists.  The team of 80 reps in 50 markets provide services that include content creation, live events, experiential activations, college media... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
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11:10am

Branded Artist Content: Its Value, Purpose and Potential
In today’s multimedia driven world, rarely does even a mundane moment go by without someone capturing and sharing it to a variety of social platforms. You may have heard the phrase “photo or it didn’t happen” and the same applies to artist and brand partnerships. This panel will explore how adding content touch points enriches a strategic partnership. Select topics include the importance of building content into a deal, working with brands that have their own media channels and support those that don’t, thinking beyond the paid post, discussing ways to monetize content and making content that matters.

Moderators
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Marieke Bianchi

Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships & Activations, Warner Music Nashville
Marieke Bianchi is the Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships & Activations at Warner Music Nashville. Previously, she was VP at Hunter Public Relations in New York City, where she managed the Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and other wine and beverage accounts. During her tenure, Bianchi forged partnerships between her clients and talent (Brett Dennen, Ian Somerhalder, Vanessa Carlton, Mario Lopez, David Cook, Joshua Radin, Giuliana Rancic, Eric... Read More →
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Jamie Younger

Sr. Director of Content Strategy & Innovation, Warner Music Nashville
Tasked with producing compelling and engaging content to garner reach, impressions, and discovery, Jamie Younger has set her sights on establishing Warner Music Nashville as a leader in harnessing new content-based revenue streams. As Sr. Director of Content Strategy & Innovation, she takes programs from concept to creation to distribution, overseeing the development, execution, and placement of new content on socials, digital, and... Read More →

Speakers
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Parul Chokshi

Director of Talent & Brand Marketing, Vevo
As Director of Talent at Vevo, Parul Chokshi is responsible for booking artists for Vevo’s rigorous slate of original content, live productions, and branded content. As one of Vevo’s first employees, she has been with the company since 2009 and has executed over 400 campaigns. With over 11 years of experience in the music business, she has also held roles in digital/brand marketing with Interscope Records, as well as in licensing with... Read More →
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Steven Hancock

Co-Founder & COO, MelodyVR
Steven Hancock is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of MelodyVR. Prior to this, Hancock gained over 15 years’ experience at senior management level, within events management where he worked with music artists around the globe and also numerous The Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 companies, managing more than 150 staff on a daily basis. More recently, he was the Commercial Manager at Ibiza Rocks, one of the fastest growing youth... Read More →
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Robert Sanchez

Music Marketing Manager, YETI Coolers
Robert Sanchez is the Founder and CEO of Austin-based Group Therapy Studios and the Music Marketing Manager for YETI Coolers. In his role at YETI, he is responsible for how the brand is represented in the music community through a variety of artist engagement programs, original and licensed music for YETI films, and festival sponsorships. Sanchez is also responsible for booking talent for the venue at YETI’s flagship store and overseeing... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:10am - 12:00pm
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11:40am

Marketing McGraw: How Staying 'Humble & Kind' Sparked a Movement
With more than 50 million albums sold worldwide and 43 worldwide #1 singles, Tim McGraw truly defines what it means to be a global Country artist. In 2016, McGraw's management company, EM.Co reached new heights in his career with the song "Humble & Kind" by creating a marketing plan tailored to the message of the music — one that would go on to win an internationally acclaimed Clio Award for its integrated marketing campaign. This #1 Platinum-Selling single would also go on to spawn a New York Times Best Seller book and lead McGraw to become one of the Top 5 Most-Engaged Artists on Facebook, across all genres.

EM.Co fought industry norms by partnering with Facebook to premier the music video, launched websites and hotlines to create a community of fans from all over the world, and unleashed a massive social media movement so fans could easily engage with the song’s message. Millions of views and many thousands of shares led to a multicultural movement where fans felt encouraged to create original content and complete random acts of kindness — one that was also personified at the ACM Awards when 130 people from across the globe joined Tim in celebrating kindness and harmony on stage, creating one of the largest ACM performances in history.

Join EM.Co as they take you behind the scenes of creating and executing this one-of-a-kind marketing campaign, which has garnered wins for GRAMMY Country Song of the Year, AMA Favorite Country Song, CMA Song of the Year, CMT Video Of The Year, a nomination for International Video of the Year at the CMC Awards, and so much more ... all while staying humble and kind.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Kaplan

Brian Kaplan

VP of Marketing and Digital, EM.Co
Brian Kaplan is the VP of Marketing and Digital at EM.Co, a modern Entertainment Management Company representing superstar Tim McGraw in all areas of music, film, publishing, branding and partnerships. Having nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry, 12 of which have been in digital marketing and strategy in the music business, Kaplan has worked as the Director of Digital Strategy for Sony Music Nashville, Director of Digital for the Country... Read More →
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James Stewart

Sr. Director of Marketing, EM.Co
James Stewart is the Sr. Director of Marketing at EM.Co, a modern Entertainment Management Company representing superstar Tim McGraw. Before joining EM.Co, Stewart was the VP of Marketing and Artist Development for RPM Entertainment, Digital Manager for Universal Music Group Nashville, and Digital Manager for The Sun Record Company. As a recording engineer and musician, he has clocked countless hours in the studio and, among those projects, was... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:40am - 12:10pm
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11:55am

Students as Creative Disruptors: Leveraging the Current Generation's Talents & Values

This session is part of the Music Business Educators Meetup — a time for professors, faculty members, and other higher-education enthusiasts to review the past semester, present new trends that can benefit the classroom, and discuss the future of music business education. 

How do millennials (born 1977 to 1995) and Gen Z’s (born 1996 and later) think differently from current teachers, industry executives, and creative artists? As the industry completes the creative destruction process from album sales to clouds and streaming, how can faculty, employers, and others teach, employ, and sign the best industry leaders of the future? Wacholtz (author of Monetizing Entertainment, Taylor & Francis Publishing, 2017) and Schneller (Associate Provost and opera singer) provide insights gained from their team teaching of students who see the world differently; who have often conflicting assumptions about success and how to achieve it; and, yet, need to be cutting-edge thinkers who will sustain the entertainment and music business. A short presentation with time for discussion is planned.

Music business educators have the option to purchase a Meetup Only pass, a Wednesday, May 17 day pass (which includes the Music Business Educators Meetup), as well as a full registration to the entire convention, which includes all Music Biz 2017 events and activities Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18. Click here for details.   

Speakers
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Beverly Schneller

Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, Belmont University
Beverly Schneller is currently Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Belmont University and a Teagle Program Assessment Scholar with Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN.  She specializes in academic program development, with an emphasis in the college to career readiness needs of students. Beverly Schneller has always loved music. She trained as an opera singer with Dr. Isabelle Ganz, while an undergraduate student in Houston, Texas... Read More →
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Larry Wacholtz

Professor of Entertainment and Music Business, Belmont University
Dr. Larry Wacholtz is a professor of entertainment and music business at Belmont University in Nashville. A consultant to industry professionals, he is a member of NARAS, USASBE, MEIEA, IFBPA, and the Academy of Entrepreneurship. He is the author of eight bestselling books on the entertainment and music business, including Monetizing Entertainment: An Insider’s Handbook for Career in the Entertainment & Music Industry, Off the Record... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:55am - 12:25pm
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12:00pm

E-Commerce Marketing: Driving Connection & Revenue

E-Commerce sales growth continues to outperform traditional brick and mortar stores, as consumers grow increasingly comfortable with online purchasing. This rising shift presents greater opportunities for artists to market merchandise and special offers directly to their fans. The consumer-artist dynamic should be complimentary; driving revenue, developing the brand, AND bringing fans closer to the music.

From vinyl to t-shirts to VIP ticket sales, join us as we discuss tips and tricks of the trade including optimizing artist stores and websites, increasing email and social subscribers, developing customer service, determining the right products/offers/channels for your audience, enhancing your marketing and advertising, and creating product launch choreography. 


Moderators
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Stella Psaroudakis

Sr. Director of E-Commerce, Warner Music Artist Services
As Sr. Director of E-Commerce at Warner Music Artist Services (WEA), Stella Psaroudakis oversees direct-to-consumer marketing strategy and online commerce for both legendary artists (David Bowie, Blake Shelton, D’Angelo) and emerging artists (Shawn Mendes, Logic, RaeLynn). In partnership with clients, Stella Psaroudakis develops innovative marketing campaigns and compelling retail offers that grow audience, reach, and revenue. She has... Read More →

Speakers
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Katherine Aroca

E-Commerce Strategist
Katherine Aroca is an E-Commerce Strategist who has worked with Atlantic Records and the likes of Ed Sheeran, Shinedown and breakout artist Melanie Martinez. Aroca develops marketing campaigns and consumer products that not only drive revenue, but also bridge the gap between the artist and fan. She advocates for using merchandise as an artist development tool that continues to tell the artist's story.
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Scott Heuerman

VP of Marketing, BubbleUp
A Nashville resident since 1989, Scott Heuerman has worked with organizations including Warner Bros. Records, Musictoday & Live Nation, and Apple/iTunes. He is currently VP of Marketing at digital agency BubbleUp, an industry leader in website development, fan clubs, e-commerce and marketing strategy. With offices in Nashville, Houston and Hartford, BubbleUp customers include Jimmy Buffett, Luke Bryan, The Avett Brothers, KISS, Alan Jackson... Read More →
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Gino Sesto

Founder/Co-Founder, DASH TWO/flyt
With nearly two decades of experience in media and music/entertainment, Gino Sesto is the Founder and Head of Media at DASH TWO. He began his career at Sony Music, working on marketing and co-op with record merchandisers. He soon discovered his passion for working with vendors and negotiating media deals on their behalf. After earning his stripes in the agency world, Sesto finally opened the doors of his own boutique shop. DASH TWO was born out... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:50pm
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12:05pm

The Superfan Experience: Treating Every Customer Like an Influencer
According to a recent study by Viacom, 86% of millennials believe fans have some ownership of the brands and celebrities they support. The majority of those surveyed also believe it’s important for brands to have “personalities,” both online and off. With most millennials (61%) self-identifying as pop-culture influencers, how should brands communicate with them to convert casual consumers into superfans? This quick session will give tips for taking your message beyond experiential or influencer marketing directly into the hands, hearts and—most importantly—wallets of customers.

Speakers
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Brittany Hodak

ZinePak, Co-Founder
Brittany Hodak is Co-Founder of ZinePak, an entertainment company that partners with the world’s greatest brands, entertainers, and properties to create collectible products for superfans. ZinePak has partnered with hundreds of celebrities — including Katy Perry, KISS, and Taylor Swift — to create collectibles for millions of fans across the planet. Hodak has appeared on Under 30 and Under 40 lists from Billboard, Advertising... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:05pm - 12:10pm
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12:10pm

Telling a Story With Song and Fashion: The Story Behind Fair Child and Macy’s
Known as one of Country music’s most stylish women, in 2016, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town took her fashionable eye to the design studio to create her own clothing line, “Fair Child,” for Macy’s Department Stores. The collection combines Fairchild’s edgy trendsetting red carpet looks with her Rock-influenced concert outfits to create the ultimate chic high-end fashions.

Forever a fan of fashion, Fairchild fell for design early, mixing and matching pieces and patterns to create unique looks, including her own prom dress. Personally involved in every step of the design process, you can be assured her attention to detail will be passed on to every garment created in her name.

“Outside of writing songs and performing, fashion is definitely my passion. I view it a lot like telling a story in a song,” Fairchild remarked in an interview with Sounds Like Nashville. “I think an outfit tells a story, and I think when there’s something interesting or surprising or a little twist, that’s what makes a great song and it’s the same thing that makes a great outfit. I’m so grateful to Macy’s for giving me this opportunity.”

In an interview conducted by Warner Music Artist Services’ VP of Global Consumer Products, Alix Kram, Fairchild — joined by Kelly Jarrell from Sandbox Entertainment, the company responsible pairing Fairchild and Macy’s — we’ll hear how Fairchild found the perfect home for her clothing line, the considerations she made when choosing a brand partner, and how together Fairchild, Sandbox, and Macy’s continue to enhance their partnership and adapt to the demands of their followers.

Moderators
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Alix Kram

VP of Global Brand Licensing, Warner Music Artist Services
Alix Kram is VP of Global Brand Licensing for the Artist Services division of Warner Music Group. At Warner Music Artist Services, Kram and her team explore global consumer product, branding and integrated marketing opportunities as well as lifestyle collaborations and retail strategies for 360 artists across all of Warner's labels. Whether it is an original fragrance for Melanie Martinez or a whiskey for the Flaming Lips, she helps the vision of... Read More →

Speakers
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Karen Fairchild

Little Big Town
Fair Child, Karen Fairchild from Little Big Town’s clothing brand is a masterful mix of luxurious but balanced design that Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild lives by on and off of the stage. From the luxe over coats, vests, and biker jackets, to the essential basics of a great t-shirt, vegan leather skinnies, and feminine blouses; Fair Child is everything that should be easy to wear but full of personality. Dressing is the most fun when... Read More →
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Kelly Russell Jarrell

Sandbox Entertainment
Kelly Russell Jarrell started her career in the music business at Universal Music Group (UMG) in 2006 working in the publicity department with superstar artists including Lee Ann Womack, Sugarland, Shania Twain, Billy Currington, and George Strait among others. In 2010, Jarrell left UMG to join longtime boss and mentor, Jason Owen at his company, Sandbox Entertainment, where she served as VP of Publicity, Creative, and Branding as well as... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:10pm - 1:00pm
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12:15pm

Thomas Rhett: Breaking an International Act

The world is witnessing the rise of Thomas Rhett — the multi-Platinum singer/songwriter leading the pack as one of Country music’s elite artists with seven #1 songs and multiple awards under his belt including ACM, Billboard, CMA, and ACC Awards for his six-week chart-topping smash hit “Die A Happy Man," which was also nominated for a 2017 GRAMMY. This success has translated into sold-out shows throughout the U.S., and ultimately "across the pond" where Thomas Rhett is building a fanbase and breaking barriers of entry into the international marketplace.

Join us for a special worldwide case study set to explore the growth of Thomas Rhett’s groundbreaking career — which began as a Nashville songwriter and has led headlining shows in Belgium, Canada, England, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and Scotland. On the verge of a third album and a 2017 world tour, this timely discussion will give a current perspective on the challenges & opportunities of going global, as well as an inside look at the components necessary to do so, and much more.

 


Moderators
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Phyllis Stark

Columnist, Billboard
Phyllis Stark is a Nashville-based entertainment journalist who has been reporting extensively on the music business for more than two decades. Formerly the Nashville Bureau Chief and senior editor for Billboard, she continues to write a weekly column for Billboard Country Update. As a freelance writer, her work is seen regularly in several other publications and sites. Past experience includes stints as Executive Producer of National Content for... Read More →

Speakers
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Jimmy Chapin

International Director, Big Machine Label Group
Jimmy Chaplin has overseen major album releases in over 50 countries worldwide including Taylor Swift’s 1989 album rollout and tour. He began as an intern at Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) while attending Belmont University in 2008, and is now Director of International. During Chapin's tenure, BMLG’s International department has secured exclusive deluxe album releases in Japan for Cheap Trick and Steven Tyler; a Brazilian duet between... Read More →
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Virginia Davis

Founder and Managing Partner, G Major Management
Over the past 15 years, Virginia Davis has established herself as a rising executive and entrepreneur in the Nashville and greater music community. Davis oversees the careers of CMA and ACM winning, GRAMMY-nominated and current ACM Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett and emerging female vocalist Danielle Bradbery, winner of NBC's Season 4 "The Voice."  Davis is the managing partner at G Major, an artist management company she... Read More →
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Anna-Sophie Mertens

Promoter, Live Nation UK
Anna-Sophie Mertens joined Live Nation’s UK office in 2008, starting out as a promoter representative on the road. Mertens worked her way through the ranks via the ticketing department and the promoter’s office to become Promoter in 2015. Her roster includes a diverse array of talent including Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, Dierks Bentley, The Cadillac Three, A Thousand Horses, Whiskey Myers, Tucker Beathard, The Sisterhood, John... Read More →
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Akiko Rogers

Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)
Akiko Rogers is an agent at WME. She started her career as an assistant at APA Agency working under Jim Gosnell and Dick Gilmore. She booked the first American artist in Vietnam and then started booking the influx of American artists in Southeast Asia in the early 90s. Rogers has been with WME for 16 years and has spent the last three years in the Nashville office, where she is solely responsible for booking all of their Country roster... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:15pm - 1:05pm
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12:30pm

Tech Tools: Using Digital Tools for Teaching and Student/Industry Exploration
This session is part of the Music Business Educators Meetup — a time for professors, faculty members, and other higher-education enthusiasts to review the past semester, present new trends that can benefit the classroom, and discuss the future of music business education. 

Enjoy a buffet of tools to help you bolster your teaching and student engagement. Presenters will share current social media data tools and explore data mapping and sharing strategies that students can use for both career/job exploration and industry-related projects. Discussion will also provide top tips to automate your classroom and bring current articles and resources into your class webspace.

Music business educators have the option to purchase a Meetup Only pass, a Wednesday, May 17 day pass (which includes the Music Business Educators Meetup), as well as a full registration to the entire convention, which includes all Music Biz 2017 events and activities Monday, May 15 through Thursday, May 18. Click here for details.  

Speakers
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Gigi Johnson

Executive Director, UCLA Center for Music Innovation
Dr. Gigi Johnson founded the UCLA Center for Music Innovation in 2014 to explore how tech-driven innovations are transforming the music business. At the Music Industry Program at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, she teaches a popular Internet Marketing and Branding class where students craft full marketing plans, websites, and social media campaigns for startup and existing music brands. Previously, she led UCLA Anderson’s... Read More →
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Chris Muratore

Chief Business Development Officer, BuzzAngle Music
Chris Muratore is Chief Business Development Officer and Co-Founder of Border City Media, the company that developed the innovative music measurement and analytics service BuzzAngle Music. BuzzAngle Music is a state of the art platform and the only industry service that analyzes daily music consumption for sales, audio & video streaming activity and airplay for North America and beyond. BuzzAngle Music had been widely adopted by many... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:30pm - 1:00pm
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1:00pm

Lunch Break
Information overload? You need a break! Take a look at our Restaurant Guide to find a nearby lunch hangout, grab a bite in the Commerce Street Bar & Grille located in the hotel lobby, or head upstairs to the Bridge Bar to enjoy a variety of hot and cold offerings with a gorgeous view of the Nashville skyline. 

Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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2:00pm

Brand Partnerships That Sing: A Road Map to Creating Authentic Music Experiences
When it comes to creating emotional connections with consumers and building brand favorability, it's hard to beat music. Brands love music fans: they are passionate, loyal, social and there are multiple opportunities to reach them through sponsorship activations. The most successful partnerships start with data and insights that connect a brand's objectives with the right music partner, and most importantly offer something meaningful to fans. Matt Yazge, Head of Brand Sponsorships at Nielsen Music will lead a discussion with the global marketing team at Chevrolet on how understanding fans can help drive more successful brand music strategies. 

Get great insights on how brands are thinking about music, and discover how to leverage your artist's fans from the team at the forefront of strategic music partnerships.

Moderators
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Matt Yazge

Head of Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads the Brand Partnerships team at Nielsen Music. In his role, he helps brand advertisers activate music fans to achieve marketing objectives and drive sales. He brings rich experience with consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands and major film studios, as a former Nielsen consultant for Nestle's Wonka Candy portfolio, and leading the Nielsen’s relationship with Universal Studios Home Entertainment. In his career at Nielsen, Yazge... Read More →

Speakers
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John Gasloli

Sr. Manager of Global Marketing, Chevrolet
John Gasloli is a Sr. Manager in Chevrolet’s Global Marketing department.  He is responsible for integrated marketing platforms within Sports & Entertainment — harnessing consumer passions of football (soccer) and music.  In his role, Gasloli manages the largest sports sponsorship in history with Manchester United, successfully leveraging it to drive significant lifts in brand health and top ranking social followings... Read More →
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Susan Hommel

Global Marketing Manager, Chevrolet
After 20 years of agency life, Susan Hommel joined Chevrolet as a Global Marketing Manager in 2016. Her experience lies primarily in strategic planning and brand development. Having spent the majority of her career in automotive and healthcare, Hommel has led co-branded efforts in sports and entertainment, including the award winning Pontiac G6/Oprah promotion which was honored with a Cannes Gold Lion and Gold Effie.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 2:25pm
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2:00pm

Cultivating Independence in Digital Operations & Intelligence
Whether a steadfast indie, major or startup rights-holder organization, there is nothing minor about the decisions surrounding your digital approach. Rights-holder longevity and success is increasingly tied to digital initiatives and in many ways that means finding the right set of tools for maintaining or increasing independence and control. With the influx of affordable tools, the playing field has somewhat been leveled. But where does it make sense to cut corners vs when does one absolutely need to invest in enterprise solutions? What workflows or value propositions do rights-holders need to take ownership of and what does this all mean for the unique anatomy and relevance of a label and publisher?

This panel will look at the decisions a rights-holder needs to make when constructing their digital setup. From the economics of distribution to the technical requirements of delivery, DSP relationships, publishing, analytics, royalty reporting, marketing and everything in between, this group of experts will discuss their experiences with an independent setup that sees success on digital platforms.

Moderators
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Pieter van Rijn

CEO, FUGA
Pieter van Rijn is the CEO of FUGA, a leading technology and services partner for the recordings business. Developing flexible and adaptable technology with leading labels, FUGA’s sole role is to provide clients with the tools they require to run their changing businesses more efficiently. Taking up the CEO position in May 2014, van Rijn’s vision leverages FUGA’s tech and music expertise and is resonating with clients&rsquo... Read More →

Speakers
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Joey Elwood

Co-Founder & President, Gotee Records/Emack Music Publishing
Starting out of a basement in 1994, Gotee Records and Emack Music partners' Toby McKeehan, Todd Collins, and Joey Elwood began the label and publishing operations under one very simple premise: reach kids with the Gospel through music. As President of both entities, Elwood led the companies through many different seasons and has been a part of bringing to the market artists like Out of Eden, Grits, Jen Knapp, Sonic Flood, The Katinas, Relient... Read More →
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Mike Fabio

‎Director of Digital Marketing, New West Records
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Neeta Ragoowansi

Sr. VP of Business Development & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder, The National Performing Rights Exchange (NPREX)
Neeta Ragoowansi is Sr. VP of Business Development & Legal Affairs/Co-Founder of  the National Performing Rights Exchange (NPREX). She has been an entertainment attorney and music business professional for over 20 years, with the last 13 years focused on the music licensing/royalty administration space. She was formerly in senior management and Director of Artist-Label Relations at SoundExchange, Sr. VP of Business Development &... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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2:00pm

The Engine Room Perspective: A Peek Under the Hood of Artist SMEs that Drive our Business
Today’s commercial artists are also small- or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Artists assume creative control of these businesses and delegate the remaining business responsibilities. Today’s managers serve as an artist’s CEO and must have an understanding of all four areas of the music business: recording, live, publishing, and branding. During this session, we will check in with managers on the fine tuning they are making to their artist's businesses in 2017, asking which factors never change and what regular adjustments required to keep pace in 2017? We’ll explore whether the pace of digital means that artists are circulating the commercial track faster or whether lowered barriers-to-entry are resulting in an overcrowded track and slowing the pace at which sustainable careers are established? Our panel of experts will round out our discussion with a wider look at the music business, touching on non-music industry partnerships and which blends of fuel … Talent R&D and access to finance … are needed in 2017’s music industry engines.

Moderators
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Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Policy Advisor, International Music Managers Forum (IMMF)
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) on copyright and new business models. IMMF is an organization that brings together artist and artist representative associations from 50 countries, for networking, sharing, and discussion of trading terms and opportunities for artists. Beaumont-Nesbitt focuses on industry structural concerns including metadata issues, usage data opportunities, and B2B innovation. He has a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Fabrizio Onetto

Fabrizio Onetto

Head of Content and Artist Development, OCESA-Seitrack
Fabrizio Onetto is a music industry professional with over two decades of experience in artist management, label and publishing services. Onetto currently works as Head of Content and Artist Development at OCESA-Seitrack, Latin America´s leading artist management agency.  He is a founding member of MMF Latam and a member of the IMMF Advisory Board.
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Meg Symsyk

Artist Management/VP International Marketing/President, Last Gang/Entertainment One/MMF Canada
With experience in all facets of the artist business, Meg Symsyk has been a marketing executive at major and indie labels and worked in radio promotion, media, touring, publishing and merchandise. For the last decade, she has been an integral part of the full-service artist management, label & publishing company working with rock icons, Rush. In addition to her continued work with Rush in brand marketing and media, Symsyk has brought her... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 2:50pm
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2:00pm

Metadata is Money: Understanding How Revenue Flows
Metadata is all that information that identifies and describes your music. In some cases, metadata is text like composer and musician names, recording dates, genre. In other cases, it’s numeric data like UPC barcodes and ISRC codes. As the music landscape becomes increasingly digital and global — and where success is measured in streams and plays in addition to sales — proper metadata management is becoming an important part of every release workflow. Proper metadata ensures that you are compensated for your work. If your metadata isn’t correct, you aren’t getting paid! You already may be losing money!

Whether you are an artist, manager, songwriter or producer, come join us for a review of ISRC, ISWC, ISNI and UPC codes; a discussion of how you can take primary control of your metadata; and a demonstration of resources from Jammber, Music Reports and ProMusicDB that can help you properly document your assets. The balance of the session will review the revenue flow for digital downloads, on-demand streaming and non-interactive streaming.

An infographic co-produced by the Steering Committee for this session – Future of Music Coalition, Jammber, Music Reports and ProMusicDB – will be distributed during the session, providing revenue flow charts for those discussed today as well as public performances, synch and YouTube

Moderators
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Kristin Thomson

Consultant, Future Of Music Coalition
Kristin Thomson is a consultant for the US-based non-profit Future of Music Coalition (FMC), which advocates for musicians. From 2011-2016, she co-directed FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, which examined changes in musicians’ sources of income. From 2015-2016, Thomson contributed to the 2017 edition of Music Business Toolbox 2.0, authored by digital music strategist Bryan Calhoun. Thomson is co-owner of Simple... Read More →

Speakers
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Marcus Cobb

CEO and Co-Founder, Jammber
Marcus Cobb is a seasoned entrepreneur — having started or helped to start 16 companies — best known as the CEO and Co-Founder of the online music and tech platform Jammber.com, a place where raw talent can shine. Used by top record labels such as Sony Music and Big Machine Label Group, Jammber is becoming the tech platform to use in the entertainment industry. Previously, Cobb has deployed a unique methodology for developing... Read More →
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Bill Colitre

Vice President & General Counsel, Music Reports, Inc.
Bill Colitre serves as General Counsel and head of both Business Development and Royalty Services for Music Reports, Inc. He began his legal career in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb, LLP, where he was a founding member of the iLaw Group. He later served as counsel to the firm of Altschul & Olin, LLP; the Roll International Corporation (parent company of Teleflora LLC, Fiji Water LLC, and other enterprises); and CBS... Read More →
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Christy Crowl

Founder, ProMusicDB
Christy Crowl is the Founder of ProMusicDB.org, the first membership organization to build a data repository for music creators’ use that implements known metadata standards from both the music business and music archiving sectors, allowing musicians, producers, et al. to control their live and studio music credits, digital identity, manage their digital archives, and preserve their legacy. The mission of ProMusicDB.org is to serve as a... Read More →



Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:50pm
204 (CC)

2:30pm

Using Digital Firsts To Attract Big Brand $$$
Today's brand partnerships require a focus on innovation and creating digital, social, tech and data driven firsts. This panel highlights how to harness the power of digital innovations to attract, close, and activate on bigger and better revenue generating music brand partnerships. 

Moderators
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Jon Vanhala

Founder & Managing Partner, Crossfade Partners
Jon Vanhala is the Founder and Managing Partner at Crossfade Partners. He has created, led and curated multiple original works, talent, teams, and companies in media, entertainment, and tech. He’s instigated and executed wins for the world’s biggest artists and brands. Vanhala has helped launch emerging talent, as well as multiple emerging startups. At every step, he’s stayed focused on innovations that activate the chain from... Read More →

Speakers
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Bryan Calhoun

Digital Strategy and Business Development, The Blueprint Group/Maverick Management
Music Business Toolbox author and Freeform co-founder, Bryan Calhoun has more than 25 years of experience at the nexus of technology, business and music. Currently the head of Blueprint Group (BPG)/Maverick’s Digital Strategy & Business Development, Calhoun helps foster the online identity and business of GRAMMY Award-winning and multiplatinum superstars such as Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, T.I., G-Eazy, the Roots, Jill Scott and previous clients... Read More →
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Camille Hackney

Exec. VP of Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing/Head of Global Brand Partnerships Council, Atlantic Records Group/Warner Music Group
Camille Hackney currently holds the dual title of Exec. VP of Brand Partnerships & Commercial Licensing at Atlantic Records and Head of the Global Brand Partnerships Council for Warner Music Group headquartered in New York City. In her position, she is responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships for the company and Atlantic’s diverse roster of top-notch artists with the goal of marrying musical talent with prominent brands to... Read More →
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Meryl Johnson

Director of Digital Strategy, Country Music Association (CMA)
Meryl Johnson develops and manages Country Music Association’s (CMA) strategic digital presence, which includes the Association’s websites, mobile platforms, digital partnerships, video distribution, database development, and digital advertising initiatives of CMA TV properties and live events. With more than a decade in entertainment media, Johnson came to CMA from Warner Bros. Pictures where she was Director of Digital Marketing... Read More →
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Matthew Siegel

Chief Digital Officer, Roc Nation
Matthew Siegel is the Chief Digital Officer of Roc Nation, where he oversees digital operations, strategy and investments for the company’s three business verticals –– music, sports and luxury goods. Prior to joining Roc Nation, Siegel was the strategy lead and a founding member of the Ripcord incubator at Viacom, developing new consumer experiences for the future of media. Before that position, he was the VP of Music Strategy... Read More →
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Jeff Swierk

VP of U.S. Sponsorships, Mastercard
Jeff Swierk is currently the VP of U.S. Sponsorships for MasterCard, where he is responsible for overseeing the music, culinary, arts & culture passion verticals. Known for his innate ability to forecast trends, fuse marketing and innovation to connect brands with consumers and create customized, solution-based sponsorship and marketing programs that deliver maximum impact, Swierk is delivering on the passions for over two billion global... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm
206 (CC)

3:00pm

How to Build a Sound Streaming Strategy

Streaming music curators and playlisters have become instrumental in launching the careers of artists and musicians. Some of these success stories have occurred without or in spite of the lack of support at terrestrial radio, a traditional gatekeeper. Some notable examples include Hozier, Major Lazer, Sam Hunt, Maren Morris and the list goes on.

This panel will discuss how to build a sound and comprehensive music streaming strategy for your artist, band or brand.

 


Moderators
avatar for Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander

Co-Founder & Director of Strategy & Promotions, Streaming Promotions
Charles Alexander is an independent singer/songwriter, digital strategist and artist manager. He co-founded Streaming Promotions with business partner Michael Sloane, formerly of Big Machine Label Group. They specialize in strategically placing music within streaming services. He is also the CEO/Founder of Outside The Box Music, an artist digital services company. Alexander helps artists, musicians and songwriters create and extend their online... Read More →

Speakers
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Brad Belanger

Manager, Homestead/Red Light Management
At 15 years old, Brad Belanger started his own label, learned how to screen-print merch, booked/promoted shows and fronted a three piece Alternative-Rock band. After graduation from Middle Tennessee State University, Belanger started working as a booking agent at APA in Nashville. He spent a few years booking at APA before seeing a need in the music branding/visual marketing space.  A few months prior to YouTube launching, Belanger bought... Read More →
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Brian Hirsh

VP of North America, Soundtrack Your Brand
Brian Hirsh brings more than 20 years of experience in music, label relations and digital media.  As a business strategist, content and marketing thought leader, Hirsh has been both a founder/entrepreneur and senior executive within the music industry. He has played key strategic roles at DMX Music, R-E-D, PlayNetwork, Lively, SWTCH, Mirrored Media, and now serves as VP of North America for Soundtrack Your Brand, a Spotify-backed company.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
205 (CC)

3:00pm

The New Face of A&R – How To Find Hits and What Happens Next

A&R executives are being forced to change their game. Today, the search for talent is not only more reactive to market conditions, but also more reliant on data. Services like BuzzAngle, Next Big Sound and Crimson Hexagon are quickly becoming essential tools for music discovery as are social media metrics from the likes of YouTube, Spotify, and Pandora, and others. During this panel, we’ll talk about the roles of traditional A&R versus A&R research, showcasing how important each one is to the music business decisions being made on a day-to-day basis. We’ll touch on record label signing decisions; how playlists on Spotify are made; and how this data effects the live music space. 


Moderators
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Steve Robertson

SVP of A&R, Atlantic Records
Robertson is the long-time Atlantic A&R exec who focuses on the signing and development of rock and pop artists. Since joining Atlantic, Robertson’s signings include Shinedown and Paramore, along with emerging artists such as Meg Myers and Vinyl Theatre. His first post at the label was Director of A&R, and he was named Sr. Director in 2000 and upped to Vice President in 2007. Robertson was promoted to Sr. VP of A&R in 2010... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Howe

VP of A&R, Warner Bros. Records
Michael Howe is currently VP of A&R at Warner Brothers Records. He relocated to Nashville in the summer of 2016 after living and working for many years in Los Angeles. Previously, Howe has worked at ASCAP, Epic Records, Virgin Records, Downtown Records and Publishing, and Capitol Records.  Records over the last 18 years, he has worked with the following artists, among others, in no particular order: Prince, The Rolling Stones, Gnarls... Read More →
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Chris Martignago

Director of A&R Research, Atlantic Records Group
Chris Martignago started out as a musician/songwriter, touring in bands for several years before attending Full Sail University for a Bachelor's in Music Business. While at Full Sail, Martignago worked for companies including Florida Music Festival, Cirque Du Soleil, and AEG Live. Full Sail is where he met Sr. VP of A&R at Atlantic Records, Steve Robertson. Today, Martignago works with a team of four covering A&R Research for Atlantic... Read More →
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Matthew Morgan

Agent, CAA
Matthew Morgan specializes in Creative Artists Agency’s (CAA) contemporary client roster, providing strategic counsel on concert tours and festival event bookings in the Plains and Southeast of the United States. Along with his colleagues, Morgan oversees festival touring activity for the Los Angeles, New York, and London offices and works closely with other CAA agents in the motion picture, television and new media departments to create... Read More →
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Victoria Nugent

Sr. Director of Research & Analytics, Warner Music Nashville
Victoria Nugent is currently Sr. Director of Research & Analytics at Warner Music Nashville.  A graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, she began her career with the Nielsen innovation practice in Cincinnati, OH, focusing on new product development and volume forecasting for CPG companies including Kellogg’s, Del Monte, and Procter & Gamble. She moved to Nashville in 2010, where she joined Warner Music... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm
209/210 (CC)

3:15pm

Closing Keynote: Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel was founded just 30 miles east of Music City, Tennessee. The brand’s music and entertainment program has enhanced the experiences of its guests since 1969, and over the years, Cracker Barrel has partnered with legendary artists like Alabama, Brad Paisley, George Jones, Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton and Clint Black. In 2015, Cracker Barrel launched the Spotlight Music Program to target new audiences and enhance the guest experience through exclusive artist partnerships, exciting collaborations, and custom digital content.  Recent Cracker Barrel Music Spotlights from across diverse musical genres include Pentatonix, Rachel Platten, Anthony Hamilton, NEEDTOBREATHE, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and more. Today, Cracker Barrel continues to bring its legacy of artful curation to create meaningful pop culture moments at the cross section of music and technology. Most recently, Cracker Barrel powered the GRAMMY Award-winning collaboration between Pentatonix and Dolly Parton, which garnered over 22 million views on YouTube. Cracker Barrel VP of Marketing Don Hoffman will discuss how music is a powerful way for the brand to connect with new audiences and stay top of mind for guests, all while preserving what makes the music program special and making changes the guests of tomorrow will expect.

Speakers
avatar for Don Hoffman

Don Hoffman

Sr. VP of Marketing, Cracker Barrel
As the Sr. VP of Marketing, Don Hoffman is responsible for leading key strategies for the company including all of Cracker Barrel’s paid media, owned media, restaurant and retail marketing, gift cards, creative services, and the brand’s successful exclusive music program. Hoffman came to Cracker Barrel in November 2015 with nearly 30 years of advertising and marketing experience. He spent the last 20 years at DDB Worldwide... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:15pm - 3:55pm
206 (CC)

4:00pm

Featured Presentation: Keynote Conversation with Spotify's Troy Carter
Spotify's Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter will sit down with Nate Rau, Music Business Reporter of The Tennessean to discuss ways in which Spotify is supporting artists, delivering the best music experience to a global audience and contributing to the growth of the larger music industry ecosystem. Carter will reveal specifics around how Spotify partners with and amplifies artist stories, helps artists better understand their listeners to more effectively grow and engage their fan base, and drives discovery to break artists and connect fans to music around the world. 

Moderators
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Nate Rau

Music Business Reporter, The Tennessean
Nate Rau has been a reporter in Nashville since 2003, and spent over the last three years as a music business reporter for The Tennessean. His reporting has been recognized with various national and regional awards, especially for investigative and project reporting. The U.S. Copyright Office quoted Rau’s reporting in its 2015 report on copyright reform. 

Speakers
avatar for Troy Carter

Troy Carter

Global Head, Creator Services, Spotify
Troy Carter is a 20-year entertainment industry veteran who launched the career of Lady Gaga, and has managed a roster of superstar artists that includes Music Biz 2015 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Carter now serves as Global Head of Creator Services at Spotify. After beginning his career in the 1990s at Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Grand Ballroom East

4:30pm

Project Music Finale
Music Biz is happy to welcome Project Music and the accelerator’s Startup Showcase finale to Music Biz 2017. Project Music is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to support innovation within the music industry, a core business vertical in Nashville’s economy. To meet the unique needs of music-minded entrepreneurs building music-centric business, the Entrepreneur Center is providing a year-round music entrepreneurship focus that brings music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups desiring to grow music industry revenue. 

The companies presenting today were chosen to participate in a four month, music tech accelerator and the culmination of their work will be showcased here today. Presenting companies include Event Escrow, EyeBuy TV, Scripturally Sound, and HiKarl!

Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Music City Ballroom

5:10pm

Publishing & Songwriter Development in 2017
The approach to publishing has rapidly shifted over the last several years in terms of deal structure, strategy and artist development. This panel will include Nashville's most successful publishers in an effort to discuss the current landscape in the publishing world. The panel will also discuss the shifting streams of income, mainly to streaming, and how that affects the bottom-lines of top tier publishers.

Moderators
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John Ozier

VP of Nashville Creative, ole
John Ozier is ole’s VP of Creative in Nashville, where he has signed songwriters such as Tony Martin, Jeremy Stover, Tyler Farr, Jordan Davis and more. In 2016 alone, he led the Nashville team to over 25 singles including No. 1s by Randy Houser, Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, and Jason Aldean, as well as current singles by Tim McGraw, Dan + Shay, Chase Rice, Justin Moore, Craig Campbell, Mickey Guyton and others. Ozier is also currently the... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael McAnally Baum

Business Affairs & Management, SMACKSongs
Michael McAnally Baum handles all operations and business affairs across the SMACK publishing, production and management arms. He worked closely with the development of Old Dominion and Walker Hayes, independently releasing their buzz-worthy EPs prior to their major label signings. He is also currently managing breakthrough artists Hayes and JoSMITH. McAnally Baum is the secretary of the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Independent Music... Read More →
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Chris Van Belkom

VP, Combustion Music
Chris ”Falcon” Van Belkom is VP of the Nashville-based publishing and production company Combustion Music. Van Belkom oversees all aspects of the creative department and manages the writing staff, which includes songwriters Ashley Gorley, Matthew West, Matt Jenkins, Zach Crowell, Paul Moak and Mickey Jack Cones, as well as new artists Walker McGuire, Jameson Rodgers and Lukr. Previous notable songwriters signed to Combustion include... Read More →
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Rusty Gaston

General Manager and Partner, THiS Music
As General Manager and Partner of THiS Music, Rusty Gaston oversees all creative and day-to-day operations of the publishing company he owns with partners/songwriters Tim Nichols and Connie Harrington. The roster of writer/artists he manages included Nichols (Live Like You Were Dyin) and Harrington (I Drive Your Truck), as well as Ben Hayslip (2011 & 2012 ASCAP Songwriter Of The Year), Jessi Alexander (The Climb), JT Harding (Different For... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:10pm - 6:00pm
209/210 (CC)

5:10pm

The Record Store of the Future: Imagine What Could Be
Record Stores have been with us nearly 75 years. Is it possible that they could survive another 75? Not only is it possible, but we have the owners of some of the best record stores in the country and their wit, experience and imagination to take us into the future and get a peek at what a record store of the future could look like. We’ll also hear from some folks outside our industry — like successful bookstore owners — who have employed creative ideas to help their businesses thrive.

Moderators
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Donna Ross

Sales Strategist, INgrooves Music Group
Donna Ross, is the Independent Sales Strategist for INgrooves Music Group in Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution and marketing services companies. At INgrooves, Ross’s focus is leveraging artist and label engagement with independent record retailers. Over the course of her career, she has been instrumental in the development of such artists as Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Radiohead and... Read More →

Speakers
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Carrie Colliton

Co-Founder, Record Store Day
Carrie Colliton is the “Crew Chief” for Record Store Day, handling detail organization and the flow of information to the stores and the public. She has worked for indie record stores since college, and her day job is Director of Marketing for the Dept. of Record Stores, a coalition of indie record stores. The 21-year-old company, which traffics in all manner of physical media, has managed to adapt and grow its business in the age... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:10pm - 6:00pm
208 (CC)

6:00pm

The Orchard's 20th Anniversary Happy Hour
Unwind after a long day of meetings and enjoy drinks courtesy of The Orchard, celebrating 20 years in business. The Orchard is a pioneering music, film and video distribution company operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
CC Rotunda
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:00am

8:00am

Registration
Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 4:00pm
Fisk Room Foyer Second Floor

8:00am

Bridge Bar @ Music Biz with BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar offers an extraordinary view of the Nashville skyline. This open and airy meeting space is the perfect location to catch-up with colleagues and friends for a small informal meeting or a drink or two. While there, introduce yourself to the team at BuzzAngle Music, who have set up a meeting and demonstration area in the Bridge to showcase their innovative platform. Not familiar with BuzzAngle Music? You should be! The platform offers unique capabilities such as daily reporting of sales, streaming and airplay for both the U.S. and Canada, comprehensive report and dashboard queries and 1,000 selectable genres, and so much more. Come on by and get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music!


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Bridge Bar

8:00am

Jaxsta Lounge
The Jaxsta Lounge is a place to meet, network, relax and recharge. Jaxsta Lounge will serve tea, coffee, water and snacks to recharge you while you recharge your devices. If you need to catch up with a new potential business partner or simply converse with your office while on the go the Jaxsta Lounge is there for you. 

The Jaxsta business is about connecting the music industry, and the Jaxsta Lounge is about helping you connect. Jaxsta aims to enrich networking in the same way we aim to enrich the music industry. We welcome all Music Biz attendees and look forward to hosting you so please visit us at the Jaxsta Lounge or at jaxsta.com. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Sip N’ Savor sponsored by Pandora
Stop by the Sip N’ Savor lounge, sponsored by Pandora, where you can enjoy a one-on-one conversation about the tools and programs found on Pandora’s Artist Marketing Platform (AMP) and Next Big Sound. Learn how you can incorporate these free tools into the marketing campaigns for your upcoming releases and tours. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 6:00pm
Hotel Lobby

9:00am

Keynote: Booking & Breaking — The Art of Artist Development Through Touring
Score the best seats in the house and join us for a special keynote conversation with Creative Artists Agency (CAA)'s Jeff Krones and Hunter Williams — two of the top music agents behind developing the hottest touring acts such as Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, Tori Kelly, GRiZ, Catfish & the Bottlemen, Pretty Lights, among many others. Booking above and beyond the country genre, these Nashville-based execs are set to reveal stories, secrets, and strategies behind using touring to develop artist fanbases and advancing their clients' careers in the process. 

Krones, featured on Billboard's '40 Under 40' Power Players list, has been instrumental in co-piloting the multi-platinum Twenty One Pilots from playing tiny clubs to selling out virtually every date on their arena tour and scoring a headlining slot at Hangout Fest. Williams, a key player in developing CAA's electronic music arm and featured on Billboard’s EDM Power Players list multiple times, has helped transition The Chainsmokers from playing New York nights to achieving true global domination by developing their live show and capitalizing on their collection of hits. Together, these agents will draw parallels behind booking and developing their roster of breakout acts and leave attendees with expert insight on taking their live show to new heights in 2017. 

Moderators
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Glenn Peoples

Head of Music Insights and Analytics, Pandora
As Head of Music Insights and Analytics at Pandora, Glenn Peoples provides insight into the company, writing about everything from Pandora’s royalties to its innovative products and features. Previously, as Senior Editorial Analyst at Billboard, he covered the business side of the music business, focusing on digital trends, startups, finance and copyright. Peoples was an director-at-large for the Academy of Country Music from 2012 to 2014... Read More →

Speakers
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Jeff Krones

Music Agent, CAA
Jeff Krones is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA).  He began his career at CAA in 2004. Krones works in the Nashville office and represents many of the world’s leading artists, including Needtobreathe, Twenty One Pilots, Andy Grammer, Tori Kelly, The Band Perry, Judah & The Lion, David Nail, NF, Dan + Shay, A Thousand Horses, Ben Rector, and Catfish and the Bottlemen, among... Read More →
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Hunter Williams

Music Agent, CAA
Hunter Williams is a Music Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). One of CAA’s Nashville-based agents, Williams has helped identify and develop the touring careers of a wide variety of artists ranging from high profile producers and DJs to full live touring acts, including Pretty Lights, The Chainsmokers, GRiZ, 3LAU, Moon Taxi, and many others. Since joining CAA in 2012, Williams has helped guide the... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 9:35am
206 (CC)

9:00am

Likes, Spikes & Snaps: Licensing for Social

In the past decade there have been drastic changes in the way consumers listen and discover music. Although streaming continues to grow in dominance, social media is quickly becoming the latest outlet for music discovery and consumption. Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are designed to provide exposure for artists as well as a direct channel to connect with their fans around the world. Music adds indelible value to all digital services, delivering a more interactive and engaging space for users and followers. While this benefits both the consumer and the social platforms, this presents a challenge in establishing a fair and profitable music marketplace.

Can social media be more than just a means for artists to connect with their fans? What if features that incorporate music like Facebook Live and Snapchat's Discover page, also provided a revenue stream for music creators? With new platforms constantly emerging it is vital that songwriters and artists are properly acknowledged and compensated for the invaluable piece they provide to the puzzle. Do digital executives appreciate the value that music brings to their platforms? Do they understand the need to obtain a digital music license and how it helps the songwriters? Shouldn't songwriters and artists receive compensation, allowing them to generate a steady revenue stream? Music licenses can bridge this value gap and propel the music industry further into the digital age. This panel will raise these questions and more about fair compensation and the marketplace dynamics.

A panel of experts including representatives from all aspects of the music and tech industries will tackle these issues and provide insight from both the economic and creative perspectives.


Moderators
avatar for David Levin

David Levin

VP of Digital Licensing, Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
David Levin joined Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) as VP of Digital Licensing in 2012. In his current role, he is responsible for the growth of digital revenue and developing strategies to address digital market needs. Levin currently oversees BMI's digital licensing efforts and together with his team has consistently grown BMI’s revenue, culminating in a record-setting year in 2015 as the first U.S. PRO to exceeded $100 million in digital... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ted Suh

Ted Suh

Head of Content Licensing, musical.ly
Ted Suh is the Global Head of Content Licensing for musical.ly, an entertainment-based social network that has experienced explosive growth over the past few years. Suh’s focus is to introduce innovative models through the musical.ly platform that drive incremental value for the music industry. He has been involved in building innovative companies in the digital music space since 2002. Suh was a Co-Founder and CMO of the largest ringtone... Read More →
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Carter Winter

Singer/Songwriter
From behind his guitar and sleeves of tattoos, singer/songwriter from rural Ohio, Carter Winter, began playing local bars around his hometown and quickly grew an incredible fan base of loyal listeners from California to the Carolinas. First well-known for his cover songs of artists that inspired him early on, Winter’s ability to take three chords and his own truth and deliver a compelling live performance has contributed to the incredible... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
205 (CC)

9:00am

The Power of Music Videos: Artist Reach, Artist Discovery, & Consumer Engagement

Vevo is endeavoring in new, unprecedented research in understanding digital’s true reach. How does mobile play a part in its development? In our session, we’ll cover our findings across the three following topics, and showcase takeaways on how it can be leveraged across the industry.

  • Audience Reach Studies: New artist reach studies with Nielsen reveal that that the scale of music video reach is comparable to TV. We reveal results of these studies and what it means in terms of reaching key audiences.
  • Predictive Science: How does data help predict which artist videos are on the verge of breaking? How can brands use this to form valuable partnerships?
  • Consumer Insights: How are music videos relevant in a fan’s overall music consumption? How do they engage and connect with them? What role does video play in driving mobile consumption?

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Santos

Roberto Santos

Dir. Research, Vevo
Roberto Santos is the Director of Audience Research at Vevo. Since joining the company in 2015, he has helped bridge the gap between advertisement sales, product and market strategy at Vevo. Before joining Vevo, Santos was a key member of research at Hulu. Over the course of four years, he helped introduced Nielsen measurement at Hulu, and his analysis not only influenced content acquisition strategy, but also improved Hulu’s ability to... Read More →
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Adam Smith

Sr. VP, National Sales, Vevo
Adam Smith is a sales leader with a proven track record of revenue development and team building at Vevo. Having been a key sales contributor to some of the most successful publishers over the last decade, he brings expertise in video, social, mobile and emerging platforms. In his current role, Smith focuses on key account performance and development across the United States. He works closely with internal leadership teams to create opportunities... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 9:50am
208 (CC)

9:00am

Record Store Day Town Hall

For over 10 years, records stores, their customers, and artists across the world have come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. The success of this one-day celebration, has sparked the creation of a Black Friday event, as well as countless collaborations with both independent and and major labels to create contests, special releases and promotions throughout the year. While the 2017 event is still fresh in our minds, let’s review the year’s achievements and begin discussing 2018.


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
209/210 (CC)

9:00am

Career Day Part 1
Students and young professionals will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the top companies in music on at Music Biz's Career Day! Companies currently confirmed to participate include:

  • Alliance Entertainment
  • Baker & Taylor
  • BMI
  • CAA
  • indiehitmaker
  • INgrooves Music Group
  • ole
  • SESAC
  • Songtrust
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • SSA Music
  • Universal Music Group
  • Warner Music Group

Students will be notified of this opportunity after registering for the convention. Questions? Reach out to Evelyn Dichter at evelyn.dichter@musicbiz.org!


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
204 (CC)

9:40am

Getting Tickets to Your True Fans – An Actionable Discussion
Artists, venues, and promoters are taking back control of their tickets thanks to advances in ticketing designed to get tickets into the hands of real fans and away from the bots. Join Zeeshan Zaidi of Ticketmaster’s Artist Services Team, OnTour, as he leads a discussion on how the industry can use data and innovation to provide fans with the best ticketing experience. Learn what’s being done to fight bots and scalpers, and to protect your fans’ access to real tickets. Expect to walk away with real insights into new strategies and tools that you can take to market today.

Moderators
avatar for Zeeshan Zaidi

Zeeshan Zaidi

SVP/GM OnTour, Ticketmaster
Zeeshan Zaidi is Sr. VP/General Manager of OnTour with Ticketmaster, a division of Live Nation Entertainment. OnTour is Ticketmaster’s concerts and touring division — works with artists, managers, agents, promoters and labels to help make tours more successful through leveraging Ticketmaster’s marketing reach, data insights, and commerce opportunities. In this capacity, Zaidi also manages Ticketmaster’s Premium Ticketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Haley McCollister

Haley McCollister

Sr. Touring Manager, Messina Touring Group/AEG Presents
Haley McCollister is a Sr. Touring Manager at Messina Touring Group (MTG).  In her seven years with MTG, she has worked for some of the leading arena and stadium touring artists in the world, including Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, and The Lumineers. Recently, McCollister has been working directly with Ticketmaster to execute their new Verified Fan initiative, a program that helps get tickets into the hands of real fans, on a large... Read More →
avatar for Jon Romero

Jon Romero

Director of Digital Marketing, Vector Management
For the last 10 years, Jon Romero has lead the digital marketing team at Vector Management. Vector is one of the largest artist and brand management companies in Entertainment with offices in New York, Nashville and LA. Romero is responsible for strategizing the full promotional and marketing landscape across the Vector roster, maximizing not only digital/social efforts, but incorporating touring, brand partnerships, traditional press/media and... Read More →
avatar for Lonnie Wilkerson

Lonnie Wilkerson

Director of Ticket Operations, Bridgestone Arena
Lonnie Wilkerson is the Director of Ticket Operations for the Nashville Predators and the Bridgestone Arena, and has been involved in ticketing for several years. Prior to his position, he worked at various venues in Nashville doing everything from being a stagehand to merch seller and anything in between. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:40am - 10:30am
206 (CC)

10:00am

Be Your Own Publisher

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.


Moderators
avatar for Joe Conyers III

Joe Conyers III

VP of Technology & GM, Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust
Joe Conyers III is VP/General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rightsholders collect their music publishing royalties. Songtrust offers a one-year, global admin deal with simple terms, completely online working with 42 societies and 92+ countries around the world. They've made it easy to get paid publishing royalties from places like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Terrestrial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jon Bahr

Jon Bahr

VP, Music Publishing, CD Baby
Jon Bahr serves as the VP of Music Publishing and Rights Management at leading independent music distributor and artist services company CD Baby. Bahr leads CD Baby’s publishing administration business, which represents more than 600,000 compositions for 100,000 songwriters. Prior to joining CD Baby in 2016, Bahr worked at ASCAP for over a decade where he was most recently Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications overseeing ASCAP's... Read More →
avatar for Robert Clement

Robert Clement

CEO/Founder, 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 strategic capital from angels, music companies and early stage firms in L.A., Nashville, and NYC to fund Songspace.
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John Raso

Sr. VP, Client Relations, Harry Fox Agency
John Raso is the Sr. VP of Client Services for Harry Fox Agency. In his role, Raso oversees HFA’s and Rumblefish’s Client Services teams, which provide support to thousands of publishers and Rumblefish clients. He has also directed the implementation of Rumblefish administration services for online music and music video services, lyrics, guitar tablature and other new media opportunities. Prior to joining HFA, Raso worked at Live Nation’s... Read More →


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

The Startup Deal: What Happens After You Sign?
Congrats! Your company just scored a label or management deal for your music service or marketing app. But the deal is just the beginning. Now it's time to actually operationalize what's on paper. A panel of experts will discuss best practices in working with record companies and artist managers on building a long and profitable relationship. Topics include artist relations, reporting, big data, content ingestion, and more.

Moderators
avatar for Heather McBee

Heather McBee

VP of Operations/Program Director, Nashville Entrepreneur Center/Project Music
Heather McBee has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and operations in the music and radio industries with Sony Music and Cumulus Media. She’s now applying that experience to the world of innovation and entrepreneurship as the VP of Operations at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC). McBee also plays a leadership role in her passion-program at the EC — Project Music — providing year-round support for music tech... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Cates

Amanda Cates

Head of Marketing & Digital Strategy, Maverick Nashville
Amanda Cates is the Head of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Maverick Nashville, overseeing all artist online, e-commerce, mobile, social, fan engagement, new business development and marketing initiatives for the company's roster of high-profile country music clients. She began her career 14 years ago in Raleigh, NC for an artist management firm, then made her way to a Seattle-based, venture-funded mobile entertainment startup before heading to... Read More →
avatar for Chris Frankenberg

Chris Frankenberg

VP of Business Operations, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment
As the VP of Business Operations at Sony Music Entertainment, Chris Frankenberg drives strategic and operational initiatives worldwide to foster innovation and grow the company’s digital business.  He leads global teams in media production, reporting integration, and project management.  He oversees initiatives in big data analytics, metadata and content optimization, new product types, asset management, and digital supply... Read More →
avatar for Megan West

Megan West

Director of Client Relations, SoundCloud
Megan West is a Director of Content Relations at SoundCloud, the leading audio platform. West works with labels, artists and management partners to utilize SoundCloud's tools to share music and audio content with fans across the web and social platforms. She came to SoundCloud following time working at both Amazon MP3 and Zune Music, and managing numerous Los Angeles-based artists.


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

Stream the Studio: The Hi-Res Audio Pavilion

Visit the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the hotel lobby and experience firsthand the next wave in subscription music. You’ll also receive demonstrations of the latest devices and learn more about the Stream the Studio initiative from music company representatives.




Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 2:00pm
Red Wall Hotel Lobby

10:45am

Catalog vs. New Release Album Sales Trends
The panel will assemble today’s top sales analysts with representatives from the commerce and content communities for a candid discussion on the rise in catalog music sales and the notable decline in new music sales. The conversation will touch on the rational behind and implications as a result of embargoed releases and other day and date topics. 

Moderators
avatar for Robert Levine

Robert Levine

Author, Free Ride
Robert Levine is the author of Free Ride, which the New York Times Book Review called “a book that should change the debate about the future of culture.” He has been the executive editor of Billboard and a features editor at Wired and New York, and he has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Rolling Stone. He lives in New York and writes for Billboard, Businessweek, and the New York Times, among other publications.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Bakula

Dave Bakula

Sr. VP of Product Leadership and Analytics, Nielsen Music
As Sr. VP of Global Product Leadership and Industry Insights at Nielsen Music, Dave Bakula is responsible for developing products and insights for Nielsen clients and the music industry. He has 20 years of analytical experience and his core expertise includes strategic planning, business development, business strategy and analysis. Bakula began his career with Musicland Group, Inc. as a Merchandise Planner and Inventory Management Analyst... Read More →
avatar for Glenn Dicker

Glenn Dicker

Owner, Redeye
Glenn Dicker started in music business with Rounder Distribution/Records in 1988. In 1994, he started Upstart Records. In 1997, Dicker partnered with Tor Hansen in Redeye, now the exclusive physical/digital distributor in North America for many leading indie labels including Barsuk, Warp, Kill Rock Stars, Ninja Tune, Burger, Drag City, City Slang, Luaka Bop, Wichita, Soul Jazz, Daptone, Anitcon, and many others, and provides worldwide services... Read More →
avatar for Mike Gillespie

Mike Gillespie

Sr. VP of Commercial Sales, Concord Music Group
Mike Gillespie, Concord Music Group’s Sr. VP of Commercial Sales, is one of the industry’s most experienced and successful music marketers.  The industry veteran currently oversees Concord’s vast and varied new release and catalog sales programs for labels such as Concord, Fantasy, Razor & Tie, Stax, Loma Vista, Rounder, Milestone, Prestige, Kidz Bop, Specialty and Riverside. His deep knowledge and passion for great... Read More →
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Stephen Judge

Owner, Schoolkids Records
Stephen Judge began his career in 1990 as a part-time clerk at Raleigh, NC’s Schoolkids Records, his childhood record store, quickly working his way up to full-time status and becoming a buyer for several of the store’s locations while attending NC State University (where he received two degrees in Business Management and Accounting).  He also spent seven years in artist management, working with Black Park Management (The... Read More →
avatar for Jim Lidestri

Jim Lidestri

CEO, BuzzAngle Music
Jim Lidestri is Founder and CEO of Border City Media, a New York-based music technology company that has developed an innovative service, BuzzAngle Music, that has radically changed the way businesses analyze entertainment consumption and related trends.  BuzzAngle Music provides a state-of-the-art music consumption service that analyzes the daily sales, streaming and airplay activity of albums, songs and artists to benefit labels... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:45am - 12:15pm
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11:00am

Are Consumers Keeping Up With Today’s Music Discovery Landscape?

Amazon Alexa, Facebook, Google Home, Pandora, Spotify, Tumblr, YouTube… the list of today’s music discovery tools goes on and on. Although the landscape is changing, is consumer behavior keeping up? With all of these new tools, why does AM/FM and Family & Friends remain at the top of all recent consumer discovery studies? This panel, will look at historical data on how consumers have discovered music over the past decade, talk about the tools on the list today and discuss what they expect to see in the future.


Moderators
avatar for Russ Crupnick

Russ Crupnick

Managing Partner, MusicWatch
Russ Crupnick is Managing Partner of MusicWatch, Inc., a company dedicated to marketing research and industry analysis for the music and entertainment industry. MusicWatch evolved from services formerly offered by the NPD Group, where he served in several executive roles. Crupnick founded NPD’s entertainment practice, leading the team that created a suite of research services for music, home entertainment, retailers and technology... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for T. Jay Fowler

T. Jay Fowler

Director of Product Management, YouTube
T. Jay Fowler is the Head of Music Products at YouTube. He manages teams that are focused on creating amazing experiences for music fans, helping artists grow and engage their fanbase, and aiding them drive revenue on and off platform. Prior to YouTube, Fowler was the Head of Product at the award-winning music subscription service, MOG, which later sold to Beats Electronics in 2012. Then, he stepped into the role of Sr. VP of Product & UX... Read More →
avatar for John Shomby

John Shomby

Director of Nash Programming, Cumulus Media
John Shomby has been the Director of Nash Programming for Cumulus Media since March 2016 after 13 years in Norfolk/Virginia Beach, VA as Director of Programming and Operations for Max Media’s 5 station cluster including country WGH-FM, classic hits WVBW-FM, CHR WVHT-FM, All Sports WVSP-FM and Gospel WGH-AM. Shomby has held positions at  programmed stations in Birmingham, Portland, New Orleans, Dallas and Boston in CHR, Rock, Talk... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Shuford

Jonathan Shuford

Program Director, iHeartMedia
Jonathan Shuford is the Program Director for one of the most successful Top 40 stations in the country — iHeartMedia’s 107.5 the River in Nashville.  A 14-year radio veteran with previous programming stops in Mobile, AL; Tulsa, OK; and Louisville, KY, Shuford has been with iHeartMedia for nearly a decade and in Nashville since 2015. iHeartMedia has been instrumental in helping it’s quarter of a billion monthly consumers... Read More →
avatar for Tatiana Oliveira Simonian

Tatiana Oliveira Simonian

Head of Partnerships, Tumblr
Tatiana Oliveira Simonian is the Head of Partnerships at Tumblr, overseeing all media and entertainment verticals, including branded partnerships. In past lives, she built the music division at Twitter pre-IPO, was a digital marketing exec at Disney Music Group and created the social strategy for Hot Topic. Prior to that, she was a freelance music journalist (Rolling Stone, LA Weekly) and a touring artist.


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
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11:00am

Investing, Incubation & Funding for Music Startups

Startups, by their nature, are often business experiments, mixing funding issues with product development and learning to pivot along the way as the market changes and the product offering matures. In the music world, navigating entrenched relationships, licensing issues, and technology can complicate things for founders, and making strategic decisions about how to fund an organization with what type of capital is imperative yet vexing.

How can a music startup find angel investors or venture capital firms? Should a company sell equity or issue debt? Are incubators worth the time? What should a pitch include? How should the deal be structured? We'll dive into all of these critical questions, and more, in this discussion.


Moderators
avatar for Allen Bargfrede

Allen Bargfrede

Co-Founder, dotBlockchain Music
Allen Bargfrede focuses his work on the intersection of art and technology. He is the Founder and Head of Rethink Music at Berklee College of Music, and Co-Founder of the dotBlockchain Music initiative. A former lawyer, Bargfrede also leads Blue Tile Media, an investment firm for music, and is the author of “Music Law in the Digital Age,” now available in its second edition.

Speakers
avatar for Derek Crownover

Derek Crownover

Member/Entertainment Law Practice Leader, Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Derek Crownover is the leader of the International Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Practice Group of Dickinson Wright, counseling various artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and C-Level executives. His songwriter, publisher, artist and producer clients have sold more than one billion albums and singles. In the last three years, he has closed or been a part of the transfer of over $150 million in publishing catalog values. In the last 20... Read More →
avatar for Phil Shmerling

Phil Shmerling

CEO, InCrowd Capital
Phil Shmerling is the CEO of InCrowd Capital, a Nashville-based angel investment group and early-stage venture capital fund he founded in August of 2012. InCrowd invests in companies across a broad range of industries, with a current portfolio of music technology, gaming, IoT, green energy, healthcare and consumer goods businesses. Shmerling began his career in 2005 working as in investment banking as an analyst with Morgan Keegan in the merger... Read More →
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Dick Wingate

Principal, DEV Advisors
With more than 40 years of experience in the music and interactive industries, Dick Wingate is Principal at DEV Advisors, a digital entertainment consulting firm that provides expertise to service providers, app developers, content owners and investors. Wingate has been at the intersection of music and technology from its’ beginnings with in-store interactive systems, to the earliest online music download services to the first... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am
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11:00am

Fine Tuning the Engine: A Workshop for Artists, Managers & Students with Questions on Fine Tuning Artist SME's
Whether or not you attended yesterday’s "The Engine Room Perspective" panel, we are encouraging artists, managers, and students to join us today place to ask questions of our panelist and share our perspective on recording, live, publishing and branding in today’s music business. Experience and expertise are not a requirement, some of the best new ideas always come from the new generation.

Moderators
avatar for Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Policy Advisor, International Music Managers Forum (IMMF)
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) on copyright and new business models. IMMF is an organization that brings together artist and artist representative associations from 50 countries, for networking, sharing, and discussion of trading terms and opportunities for artists. Beaumont-Nesbitt focuses on industry structural concerns including metadata issues, usage data opportunities, and B2B innovation. He has a... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
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12:30pm

Awards Luncheon sponsored by BuzzAngle Music
Enjoy lunch compliments of BuzzAngle Music. 

Doors open at 12:15 PM. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our favorite time of the year … recognizing career excellence and creativity in our industry with the prestigious Music Biz Awards! 

The event will kick off as we honor two of the year’s hottest new stars with Breakthrough Artist Awards – Warner Bros’ Lukas Graham and Columbia Nashville’s Maren Morris. Lukas Graham, a Danish pop band, was crowned one of the biggest breakout act of 2016, earning three GRAMMY nominations for their smash single “7 Years,” including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The band, which is led by vocalist and songwriter Lukas Forchhammer, has reached the top of the charts with 2 billion streams worldwide and achieved Certified Gold status on their debut self-titled album. Rising Country star, Maren Morris, released her debut album for Columbia Nashville, HERO, on June 3, 2016, becoming the label’s first artist of the SoundScan era to top the Billboard Country chart with his/her first album. Morris’ Platinum-certified single, “My Church” also won Best Country Solo Performance at the 2017 GRAMMY Awards in addition to her nominations for Best Country Song, Best New Artist and Best Country Album for HERO.

The honorable Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award will be presented to award-winning choreographer and performer, multi-Platinum recording artist, and television personality Paula Abdul in recognition of her active roles as a spokesperson and advocate for national charity organizations. Selected to be an ambassador of We.org, she uplifts and empowers tens of thousands of youths in cities all over the globe as a speaker for We Day — a movement that brings together world-renowned speakers and performers to celebrate the power young people have to change the world. This year, Abdul partnered with Turnaround Arts to adopt a school in Brooklyn, NY, and to help foster arts education in impoverished schools across the nation.

This year's prestigious Artist of the Year Award will honor record-breaking Pop superstar, Adele. Her latest album, 25, was the first ever to sell more than 3 million copies in a single week (3.38 million total in traditional sales), blowing past the 15-year record previously held by NSYNC’s No Strings Attached. It was also the first album to sell more than 1 million copies in multiple weeks since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991, with 1.11 million traditional sales in its second week and 1.15 million in its holiday-bolstered fifth week. 25 has since been certified Diamond for 10 million in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the album and its single “Hello” earning Adele five GRAMMY Awards at this year’s 59th annual ceremony, including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Pop Solo Performance.

The Outstanding Achievement Award will celebrate the massive success of the Hamilton Original Cast Recording and the Hamilton Mixtape albums. The Hamilton Original Cast Recording, which has been certified 3x-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), scored the highest Billboard 200 debut week for a cast recording in over half a century at #12, became the first-ever Broadway cast album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, and was the best-selling Broadway cast album of both 2015 and 2016. The Hamilton Mixtape — produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots and featuring Busta Rhymes, Nas, Usher, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Common, Chance The Rapper, and more — posted the largest first-week sales for a compilation album since 2012, becoming the first compilation to top the Billboard 200 chart in two years. 

The multi-award-winning Country recording artist and multimedia entertainment mogul Reba McEntire will receive the 2017 Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. McEntire’s latest album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope, was released jointly through Big Machine Label Group’s NASH Icon Records and the Capitol Christian Music Group in February 2017, topping both the Billboard Country and Christian/Gospel charts for multiple weeks. The double-disc collection marks McEntire’s 13th ascent to #1 and features both traditional hymns and contemporary tracks. Fans from both genres and beyond continue to embrace the lead single, “Back to God,” whose music video has surpassed 6 million views to date. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom

2:30pm

Featured Presentation: NSAI Songwriters in the Round
There is nothing quite like hearing the songs you know and love, performed by the songwriters who wrote them, the way they were originally written. Songs are performed “in the round” fashion (with each songwriter taking turns singing a hit song they wrote). You will also be able to hear the stories behind the songs. Watch as people are transformed by the magic of songs that change lives and mark history.

Speakers
avatar for Rhett Akins

Rhett Akins

Singer/Songwriter
Rhett Akins found his way to a professional music career when Decca Records (which had been reactivated then) heard one of his demos. The label was impressed with the singer and quickly signed him in the mid 90s. He dropped his first album, A Thousand Memories, in 1995. The record was critically acclaimed and produced four chart singles including his first No. 1 hit, “That Ain’t My Truck,” which he also... Read More →
avatar for Bart Herbison

Bart Herbison

Executive Director, Nashville Songwriters Association International
Bart Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization dedicated to the songwriting profession. Established in 1967, the organization’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States and many other countries. With 140 chapters, NSAI is dedicated to protecting songwriter’s rights and serves aspiring and professional... Read More →
avatar for Rivers Rutherford

Rivers Rutherford

Singer/Songwriter
With a name like Rivers Rutherford, it's no surprise this soulful storyteller was destined to become one of Nashville, Tennessee's (and music's) most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters. Having grown up in the shadow of Elvis' Graceland homestead of Memphis, Rutherford came out of the gates swinging, landing his first cut with American legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson (aka The Highwaymen). What... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Music City Ballroom

3:30pm

Career Day Part 2
Students and young professionals will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the top companies in music on at Music Biz's Career Day! Companies currently confirmed to participate include:

  • Alliance Entertainment
  • Baker & Taylor
  • BMI
  • CAA
  • indiehitmaker
  • INgrooves Music Group
  • ole
  • SESAC
  • Songtrust
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • SSA Music
  • Universal Music Group
  • Warner Music Group
Students will be notified of this opportunity after registering for the convention. Questions? Reach out to Evelyn Dichter at evelyn.dichter@musicbiz.org!

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:30pm - 6:00pm
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3:45pm

Indie Music Forum Keynote: Richard Burgess, A2IM
From studio drummer, music-computer programmer, recording artist, record producer, composer, author, manager, inventor, educator, and label executive, Richard Burgess’s 40-year music industry career has truly spanned the spectrum of the industry, giving him the insight to now sit at the helm of A2IM to advance the voice of the independent label community. During this keynote, Bruce Houghton — Founder and President of Skyline Artist Agency, a national and international booking agency, and Publisher and Editor of Hypebot and Music Think Tank — will talk with Burgess about his deep roots in the industry and how those experiences help shape the decisions he makes day-to-day to be an advocate, educator and connector for A2IM’s over 400 label members.

Moderators
avatar for Bruce Houghton

Bruce Houghton

Publisher & Editor, Hypebot
Bruce Houghton is the Publisher and Editor of Hypebot.com and MusicThinkTank.com and the Founder and President of the Skyline Artists Agency, whose touring clients range from Roger McGuinn to The Smithereens and Poco to Zoe Keating. He serves on the Advisory Board of SXSW Accelerator and is a member of the Leadership Music Class of 2016.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Burgess

Richard Burgess

CEO, A2IM
Currently CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He authored “The Art of Record Production” in 1997 and the second, third and fourth editions now entitled “The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, fourth edition (Oxford University Press)”. His latest book is entitled “The History of Music... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm
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4:00pm

VR: The New Frontier
Ever watch a 360 degree concert from your couch? Or dreamed of being transported back in time to see The Beatles play a legendary gig at the now-demolished Shea Stadium in New York City? With advances in augmented and virtual reality technologies, these experiences are about to become mainstream. AR and VR will soon represent a very important income for the music industry. Revenues from advertising, membership subscriptions and pay-per-view are possible. There may be some growing pains along with way as technology improvements are made and the demand for lighter, smaller, cheaper more comfortable headsets increases. Today’s session brings together executives from the VR technologies with executives from the music companies to highlight some of these well-executed partnerships to date. The group will discuss the current state of consumer adoption and anticipate what the future may hold for this new entertainment format. Time will be set aside for attendees to experience the power of VR for themselves.

Moderators
avatar for Hugh McIntyre

Hugh McIntyre

Contributor, Forbes
Hugh McIntyre is a freelance journalist who covers music and the music industry, travel, social media, and more. He currently works primarily with Forbes, where he covers anything connected to the music industry. In addition to Forbes, McIntyre also writes for The Huffington Post, MTV, BuzzFeed, and various other blogs and magazines. He has previously written for Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Mashable, Noisey, and over two dozen other... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Facundo Martin Diaz

Facundo Martin Diaz

Co-Founder & CEO, VRTIFY
Facundo Martin Diaz is a tech entrepreneur, advisor and investor in digital startups. He is Co-Founder and the CEO of VRTIFY, a Palo Alto-based company that is defining how music will be experienced and distributed in virtual and mixed reality. Previous to VRTIFY, he was a digital consultant and founded several tech startups, with exponential growths and successful exits. Diaz became a virtual, augmented and mixed reality evangelist... Read More →
avatar for Chris Horton

Chris Horton

VP of Advanced Technology, Universal Music Group
Chris Horton leads Universal Music Group’s (UMG) Advanced Technology team, which is responsible for the technology aspects of digital partner deals, as well as long-term strategic technology research and concept development. He has worked on UMG’s digital distribution deals for more than 15 years, including the first successful download and subscription services. Horton and his team collaborate with technology companies on the... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Pezzuti

Jeff Pezzuti

CEO, Eyellusion
Jeff Pezzuti is CEO of Eyellusion, leading the company’s work to bring the most realistic hologram experiences to the live music market. He oversees Eyellusion’s collaborative work with artists and management to design, create and tour hologram-based productions that meet fan demand, open new revenue opportunities and preserve artist legacies. The Eyellusion team’s extensive live music experience across show design, booking... Read More →
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Mary Spio

CEO & President, CEEK
Digital cinema pioneer and global tech innovator Mary Spio has created content and technologies for global titans such as Universal Music, Lucas Films, Microsoft XBOX, Tribune News, Clear Channel, Emmis, The Coca Cola Company and over 200 radio stations. Spio is the CEO and President of CEEK VR Inc., a developer of innovative virtual and augmented reality experiences and solutions. CEEK VR's recent Megadeth Dystopia Virtual Reality Experience... Read More →
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Kevin Twitchell

Head of Business Development for Media, DataArt
Kevin Twitchell is the Head of Business Development for DataArt in Media and Entertainment. DataArt is global technology consultancy that designs, develops and supports unique software solutions, bringing together expertise of over 2,200 professionals in 20 locations worldwide. Twitchell is also the Managing Principal at TCO Advisors LLC and a founding partner in Wonderama Holdings LLC, where he leads the strategic direction of the newly formed... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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4:20pm

Authentic Artist Branding Bootcamp

Most musicians are terrible at telling their story and describing their sound. Why? We’re inside the music AND the mind that made it, so it’s easy to lose perspective. But a band that has a solid grasp on their branding has a huge advantage over acts that don’t. In this seminar, Chris Robley and Kevin Breuner lead you through a handful of exercises that will help you identify what makes you unique, and how to communicate it clearly to the world.


Moderators
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP of Marketing, CD Baby
CD Baby’s VP of Marketing, Kevin Breuner, has spent over 18 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. A San Diego native, Breuner went east to attended Belmont University in Nashville, where he studied music and music business. After college, he joined the Atlanta-based band Smalltown Poets, who later signed a recording contract with a major label under the EMI umbrella. Their self-titled debut... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Robley

Chris Robley

Editor of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog, CD Baby
Chris Robley is the editor of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog and a frequent guest on the DIY Musician Podcast. His orchestral Indie-Pop music has been praised by The LA Times, KCRW, No Depression, The Boston Globe, Performer and more. Robley has put out six albums of original material, successfully crowdfunded his latest release, appeared on numerous albums as a session musician or producer, and toured extensively both as a solo performer... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:10pm
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5:15pm

What's Your Deal? Understanding Recording Agreements in 2017
Entertainment lawyers are constantly amazed at the number of industry types that, at a fundamental level, have little to no understanding of how the music business actually works. Admittedly, a robust understanding of publishing agreements or copyright law aren’t necessarily requirements for, say, an effective marketing campaign. But, no matter our role in the industry, are we as lawyers doing our clients a disservice by not advising them against the backdrop of even a rudimentary understanding of how they earn their livelihood? 

Naturally, the successful creator may wear a number of hats, each of which may involve a wide array of complex legal or business concepts. In the rapidly-evolving landscape of today’s industry, the centerpiece of the (profitable) artist’s career is the still-all-important record deal. With that in mind, this panel will provide attendees with a 10,000-foot perspective on the most important contract they — or their clients — may ever sign.

Moderators
avatar for Jamie Starling

Jamie Starling

Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Entertainment One
Jamie Starling moved to Nashville to merge his passions for political science and music into a career in entertainment law. He joined Entertainment One shortly after graduating college, working with a number of talented creators within the eOne family, which includes a diverse spectrum of acts. Starling is well-versed in advising creators and entrepreneurs in the fields of entertainment and intellectual property and enjoys writing and speaking on... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Molly Shehan

Molly Shehan

Associate, Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC
Molly Shehan is an associate at Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley, PLC. She concentrates her practice in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property law. Shehan is the Vice Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Sports & Entertainment Law Executive Council and a regular contributor to Music Row Magazine.  She was the 2009 Copyright Society of the South scholarship recipient and received the John Williams Heart of Belmont Award for... Read More →
avatar for Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor

President, Entertainment One Music
Chris Taylor is the President of Entertainment One Music. Prior to eOne, he was Canada’s most successful music attorney representing Drake, Nelly Furtado, Avril Lavigne and many others. In 2004, he started independent music company, Last Gang, to launch the careers of Metric, Death From Above 1979 and Crystal Castles. Taylor sold Last Gang to eOne in 2016 and now oversees a music staff of over 100 in offices in New York, London... Read More →



Thursday May 18, 2017 5:15pm - 6:00pm
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6:00pm

Cocktails & Conversation

At the conclusion of the day's program, grab a drink in the Bridge Bar. Toast four days of great meetings, insightful programming and energizing music. Share a few more laughs with friends before taking the knowledge you gained and the connections you made back to your companies to build upon in the weeks and months ahead. 


Thursday May 18, 2017 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge Bar

7:00pm

WHO KNEW [RSVP REQUIRED]

WHO KNEW is presented by MusicRowSearch.

This is FREE to all Music Biz convention attendees with prior RSVP. Email tom@musicrowsearch.com to reserve your ticket. Reserved tickets will be held until 6:30 PM on the night of the event. After 6:30 PM your ticket may be given to others waiting for entrance to the event. A Music Biz badge is required even if you have reserved your ticket. Doors open at 6 PM.

WHO KNEW is a music-industry networking event mixing executives, powerbrokers, undiscovered mavericks and rising stars. Every two months at WHO KNEW, seasoned professionals share their stories, predictions and advice from all corners of the entertainment industry. This special edition will include the following industry professionals: 

  • Linda Bloss-Baum, Sr. Director of Industry Relations, SoundExchange 
  • Bob Farnsworth, Founder & Creative Director, Hummingbird Productions 
  • Laura Hutfless, Co-Founder, FlyteVu 
  • Tom Jackson, Producer & Author of “Live Music Method”
  • Peter Jenner, Manager of Pink Floyd and The Clash 
  • Annie Lin, General Counsel, Loudr 
  • Benji Rogers, CEO, dotBlockchain Music


Thursday May 18, 2017 7:00pm - 9:30pm
City Winery 609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203