Music Biz 2017 has ended
Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  

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Thursday, May 18

3:45pm CDT

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.

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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... Read More →

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Richard Burgess

President and CEO, A2IM
Richard Burgess is the President and CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), an organization whose mission is to promote growth, awareness and opportunities for independent music. Burgess has been a major label recording artist, composer, studio musician, and... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 3:45pm - 4:15pm CDT
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4:20pm CDT

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.

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Chris Robley

Editor, Songwriter, Cookie-Eater, CD Baby
Chris Robley is the editor of CD Baby’s DIY Musician Blog, and has worked in various capacities for the industry-leading distributor for more than a dozen years. He is also an award-winning poet and songwriter, whose gothic Indie-Pop and mill-town Americana has been praised by The LA Times, KCRW, No Depression, Performer, and more. The Willamette Week called Robley’s music, “Beatlesy goodness featuring deft wordplay delivered through McCartneyish melodies with a Lennonesque rasp... Read More →

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

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.

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Jamie Starling

Director of Business & Legal Affairs, Music, 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... Read More →

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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... Read More →
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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... Read More →

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