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Sunday, May 15
 

12:00pm

Registration
Sunday May 15, 2016 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Music City Ballroom Foyer (2nd Fl)

9:00pm

Industry Jam: A Pre-Music Biz 2016 Event
Doors open at 8:30pm. A ticket is required to attend. Click here to purchase.

Planning to arrive in Nashville on Sunday before Music Biz 2016 kicks off? Enjoy friends, colleagues, and recording artists before getting down to business on Monday.

Benefiting our Scholarship Foundation & featuring special tributes, signed instrument raffles, celebrity book signings, and performances by:

House Band "The R.A.T.S (Rock Against Terrorism)"

  • Adam Kury (Candlebox, Legs Diamond)
  • Dave Dederer (Amazon Music, Presidents of The United States)
  • Mike Aquino (Performed with Kevin Cronin, Jack Blades & More)
  • Marty Silber (Performed with Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck & More)
  • Randy Antlept (Off-Broadway, Performed with Todd Rundgren)
  • Vince Szydlowski (Capitol Music Group)
  • Mike Gillespie (Concord Music Group)
  • Fred Beteille (YouTube)
  • Steve Harkins (Baker & Taylor)
  • Judy Tint (Counselor-at-Law, Performs with The Four Tops)
  • Kevin Quigley (Cinedigm)
  • John Trickett (Immergent)

and Special Guests...

  • John Densmore of The Doors
  • Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osborne, & More)
  • Jim Peterik (Ides of March)
  • Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam, Candlebox)
  • John Esposito (Warner Music Nashville)
  • Duane Eddy (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
  • Mike Deasy (The Wrecking Crew)
  • Joe Osborn (The Wrecking Crew)
  • Jim Horn (The Wrecking Crew)
  • Don Randi (The Wrecking Crew)
  • Joe Rapolla (Monmouth University)

Plus a special Outstanding Achievement Award presentation to legendary studio musicians - The Wrecking Crew - James Burton, Jim Horn, Joe Osborn, Don Randi, Mike Deasy (inperson) & Tommy Tedesco (posthumous)

Click here for more information about the Industry Jam.


Sunday May 15, 2016 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Grand Ballroom West
 
Monday, May 16
 

7:30am

Registration
Monday May 16, 2016 7:30am - 7:00pm
Music City Ballroom Foyer (2nd Fl)

8:00am

Networking Breakfast
sponsored DDEX, Openplay & TGiT

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so be sure to stop by the Music Biz Lounge to fuel up for a day of productivity.


Monday May 16, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music
The Lounge is a centralized hub for all Music Biz attendees to congregate. The seating areas are designed for small group meetings or one-on-one conversations. Stop by between meetings or educational sessions to rest, catch up on email, or strike up conversations with someone you’ve never met. You may just find your next business partner right here!

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo Nielsen Music Connect. Nielsen Music Connect gives you access to airplay, sales, social and streaming data for all your artists, albums and songs in an easy-to-use, web-based tool. Nielsen Music Connect is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android. Stop by the Lounge to see Nielsen Music Connect in action. 


Monday May 16, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Metadata Summit Introduction
With its cutting-edge Metadata Summit, Music Biz has created a rare opportunity for discussion of digital data issues, drawing record crowds of attendees whose passion it is to ensure high quality data, decrease revenue loss, and guarantee that consumers can easily find and discover music.

We are happy to bring our fourth annual Metadata Summit to Nashville as part of Music Biz 2016. Our discussions will aim to identify the roadblocks standing in the way of solutions to these common metadata issues both here in the U.S. and beyond.

For more information on the Metadata Summit program, click here

Speakers
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

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As VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association. He previously ran Blackout Records, a haven for NYC Hardcore that evolved to feature acts such as Guided By Voices and H2O. Wilson is a member of A2IM’s New Media Committee and has spoken at CMJ, South By Southwest, Bandwidth, New Music Seminar, and more.



Monday May 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am
Grand Ballroom West

9:00am

Music Startup Academy Welcome & Agenda

After traveling to NYC, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, Philadelphia, Florida, and other cities around the country, the Music Startup Academy returns to Nashville during Music Biz 2016. Originally intended for startups and entrepreneurs, this program has grown to welcome all enthusiasts looking to break the barriers of entry into the music biz. You’ll hear about labels, publishing, business development, content acquisition, and more.

Building a music startup? Be sure to take close listen as we tie in venture capitalist, PR, and branding advice to take your product or service to new heights in today’s flooded app-isphere.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy Program, click here


Speakers
avatar for Dmitri Vietze

Dmitri Vietze

Founder & CEO, Rock Paper Scissors
Dmitri Vietze is the Founder and CEO of music tech PR firm rock paper scissors, inc. (rps) and startup StoryAmp.com. Clients at rps include CD Baby, LyricFind, AccuRadio, GigSalad, Music Xray, Project Music, CrucialCustom, Songtradr, New Artist Model, Naxos Music Library, and dozens of international artists, festivals, and record labels. Vietze's startup StoryAmp allows artists, managers, and publicists to create journalist-friendly press kits... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:15am
209/210 (CC)

9:00am

Bridge Bar Branding & Meetings sponsored by Border City Media/BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar is the most unique venue for a memorable Music City experience with its 42-foot bar, eight 60-inch flat screens and open atrium overlooking downtown Nashville.

The Bridge Bar Lounge is branded and features a meeting and demonstration area hosted by BuzzAngle Music, one of the industry's leading analytics and reporting services. BuzzAngle Music 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, powered by Gracenote. BuzzAngle Music has just released its 2.0 version which adds a whole host of new features. Come get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music 2.0 at The Bridge Bar!


Monday May 16, 2016 9:00am - Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:00am
Bridge Bar

9:15am

Keynote: The Royalty Conundrum - Digital Payments With A Vinyl System
All around the world, the current digital music royalty payment system is in chaos. The race is on to bring order to the confusion. Those who made the music must be paid fairly and fast. Music rights owners, administrators, and licensors all want to see royalties get to those who earned them. The heart of the music/tech discussion has suddenly evolved from “How much should the artists be paid?” to “How effective are the pipes through which the money and data flow?” The system, after all, was built for another era. Today, we are witnessing a profound change in the copyright world. Transparency without accountability is meaningless. This keynote will focus on how to fix the system on a global scale, examining royalty flow, the role of metadata, and the need for modernization.

For more information on the Metadata Summit program, click here.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeff King

Jeff King

COO, SOCAN
Jeff King is responsible for strategy, licensing, distribution, international,  information technology and corporate planning. He is accountable for SOCAN’s revenue and expense management for key operations. Since joining SOCAN in 2001, King has held a number of senior positions throughout the organization and lead initiatives that significantly heightened member and licensee satisfaction. As VP of Licensing, he developed a robust... Read More →
avatar for Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty

Chief Membership & Business Development Office, SOCAN
Michael McCarty is responsible for leading innovation in the membership department while creating and delivering cutting-edge, 21st Century services to current and future SOCAN members. His mandate is to ensure that SOCAN extends its place as a vital leader among global music rights organizations and the choice of Canada’s music creators. Prior to joining SOCAN, McCarty served as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada and President of... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 9:15am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom West

9:15am

Label and Publishing Basics for Entrepreneurs
A deeper dive into the economics of the music industry, including performance rights, and understanding the various rights for master recordings and songwriting. We will also go over the various legal issues surrounding music product development.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Speakers
avatar for Aileen Atkins

Aileen Atkins

Partner, Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Aileen Atkins is a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP, where she provides business, legal and strategic advisory services for a variety of digital media, software/technology, advertising and creative entities. Her practice includes structuring, negotiating and drafting all forms of business arrangements, including content and IP licensing, distribution, technology and marketing partnerships, corporate structure, venture... Read More →
avatar for Ben Vaughn

Ben Vaughn

Exec. VP, Warner/Chappell Music
Ben Vaughn was appointed Exec. VP for Warner/Chappell Nashville in 2012. Previously, Vaughn had already become the youngest executive to head a major publisher in Nashville (Exec. VP & GM, EMI), but now claimed the rare distinction of having overseen two major Nashville publishers. At Warner/Chappell, Vaughn’s duties are varied, including managing the Nashville operation; overseeing the A&R team; working with songwriters to secure... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 9:15am - 10:00am
209/210 (CC)

9:50am

Acronym Salad: Digital Standards & Identifiers Status Report
DDEX Update
Mark Isherwood, DDEX

ISNI/ISRC Update
Paul Jessop, County Analytics

EIDR Update
Kip Welch, MovieLabs

For more information about the Metadata Summt program, click here.  

Speakers
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 Kip Welch

Kip Welch

VP, Business Development, MovieLabs
A 20-year veteran of the tech industry, Kip Welch leads business development and outreach for MovieLabs, a non-profit technology lab founded by the Hollywood motion picture industry. His work includes formation and evangelization of cross-industry initiatives; investigating new companies and technologies; analyzing technology trends in digital media distribution; and outreach to labs, universities, entrepreneurs, and venture investors. Since... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 9:50am - 10:40am
Grand Ballroom West

10:05am

Music Industry Content Acquisition and Business Development
Trying to attract an investor, strategic partner, powerful label, or a megastar like Lady Gaga for your startup? A cool product isn't enough. Learn what makes your business more attractive to those that can help you breakout. Learn about the third rails and how to manage navigating around the barriers to entry. What are the “dos and don’ts” in licensing vast libraries of major content, etc.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Speakers
avatar for Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Founder, Barefoot Media
Bill Campbell, a veteran digital executive with over 25 years of experience, is the Founder of Barefoot Media, LLC, a consulting firm focused on assisting companies with funding, digital strategy, business and financial modeling, licensing and negotiations. Barefoot’s clients extend across a wide range of verticals including, digital music, streaming video, media, beauty and fragrance, packaged food products, clean energy, film and TV... Read More →
avatar for Jon Vanhala

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 →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:05am - 10:50am
209/210 (CC)

10:45am

Delivering Globally: International Infrastructure Opportunities & Challenges
With US & European markets maturing -- how does one capture the exponential growth coming from the BRICS? Are you globally focused with a supply chain integrated across Asia, Africa and South America? What are the economic, technological and cultural challenges to growing your digital business (and properly delivering your assets) to partners with burgeoning digital opportunities?   This panel will explore the best path to global market reach and consider the infrastructure and demands that go hand-in-hand with expansion.

For more information on the Metadata Summit program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Rob Weitzner

Rob Weitzner

Head of North America, Consolidated Independent (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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Siegel

Anna Siegel

Director, Marketing and Communications, 7digital
Anna has been working with 7digital for over 6 years and is in charge of the company’s global marketing and communications. Prior to 7digital, Anna oversaw international marketing and sales for the independent compilation label, Putumayo World Music. She holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and is Co-Ambassador for NYC Geekettes. 
avatar for Timothy Trudeau

Timothy Trudeau

Founder, Syntax Creative
Timothy Trudeau began his professional journey in the music business in 1997. Since then, he has used his experience as an artist signed to a label, a label with signed artists, a distributor with signed labels to build Syntax Creative, a company that boasts the worldwide rights to over 50,000 songs through deals with Central South, Crossroads Music Group, Daywind Records, Mountain Fever Records and Pinecastle Records, among others. He has... Read More →
avatar for Simon Wheeler

Simon Wheeler

Director of Digital, Beggars Group
Previously a musician, engineer, producer, remixer and promoter, Simon Wheeler has been with the Beggars Group since 1990. Starting work with online distribution in 1997 — licensing the group's catalogue for download sales — he has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media. He chairs AIM's New Media Committee in the U.K., has spoken at most music conferences around the world on digital music and media strategy, made... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom West

10:55am

Investor Chat: Proof of Idea Required
You may think your idea is completely fleshed out, but when you meet with a potential funding partner you are suddenly bombarded with a myriad of questions that you never really thought about. But don’t worry, you’re not the only one. Learn what investors look for in startups and entrepreneurs today and how you can be sure that you have the proof that you can fully actualize on your idea.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Professor & Director of the Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt School/Musonomics Podcast
Larry Miller is a Professor and Director of the Music Business program at NYU-Steinhardt, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the business structure of the music industry, entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and music analytics. Previously, he was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He later served as Exec. VP and General Manager of MediaNet. He founded... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Marc Ferrari

Marc Ferrari

Entrepreneur/Investor
Marc Ferrari is an American musician, author, entrepreneur and investor. He is best known for his work as a guitar player in the 80s and 90s rock bands Keel, Cold Sweat, and Medicine Wheel. An in-demand writer, he also co-authored the track “5 Card Stud” with original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley’s on Frehley’s solo release “Trouble Walking.” In fact, he is credited in over 125 film and television soundtracks. In... Read More →
avatar for Dick Wingate

Dick Wingate

President, Artist & Entertainment Services, Crowdmix
Dick Wingate is President, Artist & Entertainment Services for Crowdmix, a soon-to-launch new home for social music, built for fans and creators, enabling people to discover and build relationships via music. Crowdmix removes the friction in listening to and sharing music across the many music streaming platforms and its business model allows artists, entertainers and influencers to earn real revenue from their Crowdmix following. Previously... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 10:55am - 11:30am
209/210 (CC)

11:00am

The Organizers’ Journeys
It's always important to hear from professionals who chose a path similar to the one you want to follow. How did they end up where they are today? What hurdles did they encounter along their adventures? What advice can they offer you as you set out on the career of your dreams?

The overall meetup will take place from 11AM to 1PM framing the conversation around the following ideas: Working in the music business is as popular a goal as ever with new graduates, even with the challenges, contraction and shifting revenue streams the business is experiencing. Do you have what it takes and is course selection alone enough to give you what you need to be successful in your pursuit? During this meet up, we'll discuss what shifts universities are exploring in their music programs, real life paths successful executives have followed, and the importance of internships. Finally, we'll play drop the needle and test your knowledge, as well as enact some role playing scenarios to see if you are a student of the music business.

Speakers
avatar for Gloria Green

Gloria Green

Assistant Professor, Recording Industry Department, Middle Tennessee State University
Gloria Green is an Assistant Professor in the Recording Industry department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where she teaches Live Entertainment courses including artist management, concert promotion and touring, and music publicity. In 2013, she helped to develop MTSU’s first-ever talent agency fundamentals course, which she currently teaches. After working as the Public Information Officer for SC State Parks for five years, she... Read More →
avatar for Stacy Merida

Stacy Merida

Assistant Professor, 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 →
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 Six Entertainment and YouChoose Music. Philp, who graduated from William Paterson... Read More →
avatar for Donna Ross

Donna Ross

Independent Sales Strategist, INgrooves Music Group
Donna Ross, is the Independent Sales Strategist for INgrooves in Los Angeles. Over the course of her career, she has been instrumental in the careers of such artists as Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Radiohead and more. Ross worked in the music business for her entire career beginning as on-air radio host and retailer in Detroit. She worked in independent and major label distribution in Cleveland and New York and ran a department at... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am
206 (CC)

11:20am

Bridging The Gap To Success: What The 21st Century Music Business Executive Is Looking For In College Graduates
This panel of music industry experts has been gathered to help students learn how to up their game in competing for internships and job opportunities. With representatives from the Recording, Publishing and Live Entertainment side of the business, students will hear from executives about ways they can build their resumes and be better prepared -- beyond their academic progress -- for successfully getting a job in the music industry.

The overall meetup will take place from 11AM to 1PM framing the conversation around the following ideas: Working in the music business is as popular a goal as ever with new graduates, even with the challenges, contraction and shifting revenue streams the business is experiencing. Do you have what it takes and is course selection alone enough to give you what you need to be successful in your pursuit? During this meet up, we'll discuss what shifts universities are exploring in their music programs, real life paths successful executives have followed, and the importance of internships. Finally, we'll play drop the needle and test your knowledge, as well as enact some role playing scenarios to see if you are a student of the music business.

Moderators
avatar for Gloria Green

Gloria Green

Assistant Professor, Recording Industry Department, Middle Tennessee State University
Gloria Green is an Assistant Professor in the Recording Industry department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where she teaches Live Entertainment courses including artist management, concert promotion and touring, and music publicity. In 2013, she helped to develop MTSU’s first-ever talent agency fundamentals course, which she currently teaches. After working as the Public Information Officer for SC State Parks for five years, she... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Butler

John Butler

VP, Promotions, Curb Records
John Butler began playing in bands in his early teens and studied in the music business program at William Paterson University. While at school, he hosted a number of radio shows on the campus FM station and also took an internship at Z100, a Top 40 station in NYC. While there, he was approached to do college radio promotion for TVT Records which was in the middle of launching the career of Nine Inch Nails. Afterwards, he segued to work at Jive... Read More →
avatar for Carrie Colliton

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 →
avatar for Devon DeVries

Devon DeVries

VP, Creative Film & TV/A&R, Big Yellow Dog Music
Devon DeVries has had a 15-year career in the music/media business ranging from his current position as VP of Creative – Film/TV Music A&R at Big Yellow Dog Music and past stints at CBS/Paramount Pictures, Extreme/Sony/ATV, and Sony Music Entertainment. His knowledge and experience of copyright development/management and international sub-publishing have led him to thousands of connections into the film/TV sync market, A&R... Read More →
avatar for Abby Wells-Baas

Abby Wells-Baas

Talent Agent & Agent Trainee Program Coordinator, WME
Abby Wells Baas is an Agent at William Morris Endeavor, where she has booked Country music tours for over 17 years. She currently handles all bookings for WME’s extensive Country music roster in the Central Midwest territory. Baas’ clients include Dean Alexander, Ruthie Collins and comedian Ralphie May. She has also helped guide the careers of Brandy Clark, Jason Jones, Craig Morgan, Maggie Rose and Lee Ann Womack. Baas began her... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:20am - 12:10pm
206 (CC)

11:35am

Starting Up In Music Tech: The Agony & The Ecstasy
This panel will explore the promise and the reality of building and growing a startup in music tech – the good, the bad and the ugly. We'll cover topics such as moving from idea to business model, from business model to customer discovery, to product development, to business creation and growth.  Across this spectrum, we'll discuss the opportunities and challenges of innovation in the music industry, forming partnerships with majors, tackling the tough problems of licensing, data sharing and the like. The goal is to present a complete picture, warts and all, informing attending entrepreneurs and industry players, alike, with information that helps us all build a more vibrant, viable music tech startup community. In addition to the industry-specific matters noted above, we'll also look at how to solve the pressing problems of bootstrapping versus raising capital, developing the right product for the right market, acquiring first customers and scaling.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Shawn Yeager

Shawn Yeager

Partner, Back Porch Group
Shawn Yeager is a Partner with music tech venture-builder, Back Porch Group (BPG), and Co-Founder of Endorsee. At BPG, he leads customer and business development for their portfolio companies, and consults to startup and enterprise clients on business model design, product strategy, customer acquisition and growth. Previously, Yeager founded and led a management consulting firm whose clients ranged from indie game developers to multi-billion... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Amburgey

Michael Amburgey

-, karaoQ 
Michael Amburgey is CEO and Co-Founder of hiVolume Media Company and leads the company's flagship product karaoQ, a new, modernized, digital way to enhance any karaoke experience for venues across the U.S. and, eventually, the world. Amburgey’s passion for music stems from a long family history in the music industry starting with his great aunts who composed the first all-female Bluegrass/Gospel string band called The Sunshine Sisters and... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

Founder & CEO, ear.IQ
Stephen Davis is Co-Founder of Ear.IQ, a patent pending mobile app that improves audio quality for streaming music and MP3s. Once installed, the app guides the listener through a simplified hearing test and then applies a correction algorithm to the music in real time that "maps" the audio signal to the listener's unique hearing. The result is a substantially improved listening experience customized to each individual. Davis has over 17 years... Read More →
avatar for Chris McMurtry

Chris McMurtry

Founder & CEO, Dart Music
Chris McMurtry is the Founder and CEO of Dart Music, Inc., the first automated distribution platform built specifically to handle the complex music metadata of genres such as Classical. As an independent musician, composer, Classical label president and former Apple technologist, McMurtry spend extensive time researching the distribution challenges of independent Classical musicians. When he did not find a “fair to the artist&rdquo... Read More →
avatar for Channing Moreland

Channing Moreland

Founder & CEO, EVAmore
Channing Moreland grew up in Boston and made her way to Nashville to complete a degree in Entrepreneurship and Songwriting. She will graduate Belmont University in May of 2016. During her time in school, she launched EVAmore with her business partner Makenzie Stokel. They were awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the NEXT Awards in 2015 and Startup of the Year at the VCIC in early 2016. Channing plans to go full-time with EVAmore after... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 11:35am - 12:15pm
209/210 (CC)

11:45am

Metadata Summit Morning Wrap-up
For more information about the Metadata Summt program, click here

Speakers
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

-, -
As VP of Digital Strategy and Business Development, Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the Music Business Association. He previously ran Blackout Records, a haven for NYC Hardcore that evolved to feature acts such as Guided By Voices and H2O. Wilson is a member of A2IM’s New Media Committee and has spoken at CMJ, South By Southwest, Bandwidth, New Music Seminar, and more.



Monday May 16, 2016 11:45am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom West

12:00pm

Digital Operations & Metadata Workgroup Lunch Meeting [PRIVATE SESSION]
This is a closed session. Prior RSVP is required for this workgroup meeting.

The meeting will feature the following discussion facilitated by Pandora’s Tony Brooke:

Duplicates: Let's Stem the Tide
Duplicates, duplicates, duplicates. We all know they are a problem, and there are many ways to handle them. Duplicate data is rampant for releases, tracks, artists, and labels. In this working lunch, we'll discuss the scope of the problem, the types of duplicates we encounter, methods to identify them, and concrete ways to manage them. Tony Brooke will lead the conversation with his research and lessons learned from Pandora, Rdio, and Next Big Sound. Then, an open discussion to share ideas and solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Brooke

Tony Brooke

Product Specialist, Pandora
Tony Brooke is a Product Specialist on the Content Operations team at Pandora. Before that, he was Lead Librarian on Pandora's Curation team, which is responsible for managing the most listened-to collection of music in the world. He is also working to fix metadata problems in the digital music supply chain. He is a board member of DDEX, on the board of the Recording Academy's San Francisco Chapter, and on the Recording Academy's national credits... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom Center

12:10pm

I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself: The Internship/First Job Role Play
Led by William Paterson University music management professors Dr. Steve Marcone and David Philp, this session will feature role plays between students, panelists and moderators.  Questions will be answered about 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, what the right way to network with people in the industry is, and what the proper etiquette is in following up.

The overall meetup will take place from 11AM to 1PM framing the conversation around the following ideas: Working in the music business is as popular a goal as ever with new graduates, even with the challenges, contraction and shifting revenue streams the business is experiencing. Do you have what it takes and is course selection alone enough to give you what you need to be successful in your pursuit? During this meet up, we'll discuss what shifts universities are exploring in their music programs, real life paths successful executives have followed, and the importance of internships. Finally, we'll play drop the needle and test your knowledge, as well as enact some role playing scenarios to see if you are a student of the music business.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Marcone

Stephen Marcone

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


Monday May 16, 2016 12:10pm - 12:40pm
206 (CC)

12:40pm

Moving Forward: Beyond Your First Job

This segment will cover the skills necessary for success in the workforce, some of the most common issues for students transitioning to the workforce, and strategies for short and long term goals. The presenters will give you tips on becoming a perennial “student” of the music industry — always read trade magazines and music business books; stay alert and ahead of what the competition is up to; stay interested in trends/consumption/ways people discover new music; attend trade conventions, and more.

The overall meetup will take place from 11AM to 1PM framing the conversation around the following ideas: Working in the music business is as popular a goal as ever with new graduates, even with the challenges, contraction and shifting revenue streams the business is experiencing. Do you have what it takes and is course selection alone enough to give you what you need to be successful in your pursuit? During this meetup, we'll discuss what shifts universities are exploring in their music programs, real life paths successful executives have followed, and the importance of internships. Finally, we'll play drop the needle and test your knowledge, as well as enact some role playing scenarios to see if you are a student of the music business.


Speakers
avatar for Stacy Merida

Stacy Merida

Assistant Professor, 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 →
avatar for Donna Ross

Donna Ross

Independent Sales Strategist, INgrooves Music Group
Donna Ross, is the Independent Sales Strategist for INgrooves in Los Angeles. Over the course of her career, she has been instrumental in the careers of such artists as Silversun Pickups, Fitz and the Tantrums, Radiohead and more. Ross worked in the music business for her entire career beginning as on-air radio host and retailer in Detroit. She worked in independent and major label distribution in Cleveland and New York and ran a department at... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 12:40pm - 1:00pm
206 (CC)

1:00pm

Back To The Drawing Board: New Business Models In Global Metadata
Data, like water, is going to be the most valued commodity in the 21st Century. But what kind of data are we talking about? And can data ensure that all rights holders will be fairly remunerated? Hear from some of the world’s most forward-thinking data miners about new initiatives and business models shaped around data.

For more information on the Metadata Summit program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Emmanuel Legrand

Emmanuel Legrand

Press, 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
avatar for Jean-Robert Bisaillon

Jean-Robert Bisaillon

Founder & President, Iconoclaste - TGiT
Jean-Robert Bisaillon is a music composer, Founder and President of Iconoclaste Musique Inc., a music marketing and software design company based in Montreal. He is a board member of SOCAN, of the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) and the secretary of Fair Trade Music International. As early as 2008, Bisaillon published an extensive guide on A2F marketing for self-produced musicians. He has recently completed a masters degree on the... Read More →
avatar for Chris McMurtry

Chris McMurtry

Founder & CEO, Dart Music
Chris McMurtry is the Founder and CEO of Dart Music, Inc., the first automated distribution platform built specifically to handle the complex music metadata of genres such as Classical. As an independent musician, composer, Classical label president and former Apple technologist, McMurtry spend extensive time researching the distribution challenges of independent Classical musicians. When he did not find a “fair to the artist&rdquo... Read More →
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Benji Rogers

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, PledgeMusic
Benji Rogers is currently Chief Strategy Officer of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade. In 2014, he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand Ballroom West

1:15pm

New Listening Experiences: How Services Differentiate From The Streaming Standard
Organized by 7digital

We have seen an unprecedented amount of overhaul in digital music consumption over the past ten years. More recently though, a rigid set of service features have been wrapped into what we might need to start calling the on-demand streaming standard. Where is the innovation happening, what can be licensed, and in which ways are new offerings successfully diverting from the standard? This panel will explore the concepts, services and business models that provide users, entrepreneurs and developers with new and alternative ways of accessing content. We will look at ways in which the listening experience is transforming and who in the industry is well placed to truly address underserved markets.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for James Priestley

James Priestley

GM, North America & VP, Business Development, 7digital
James Priestley has worked for 7digital since 2006. In his current role, Priestley leads operations and business development for the company in the United States, Canada and Latin America. He and his team are responsible for securing new business and managing relationships with existing B2B clients and partners. Prior to joining 7digital, he worked at Warner Music Group and The Guardian.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Campbell

Bill Campbell

Founder, Barefoot Media
Bill Campbell, a veteran digital executive with over 25 years of experience, is the Founder of Barefoot Media, LLC, a consulting firm focused on assisting companies with funding, digital strategy, business and financial modeling, licensing and negotiations. Barefoot’s clients extend across a wide range of verticals including, digital music, streaming video, media, beauty and fragrance, packaged food products, clean energy, film and TV... Read More →
avatar for Eugene Mauro

Eugene Mauro

CEO, Rithm Messaging
Gene Mauro is the CEO of Rithm Messaging, Inc., a music sharing service for millennials. Under his leadership, Rithm has emerged as a social music innovator with licenses from Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and The Orchard.  Prior to Rithm, Mauro spent 15 years in media and entertainment in various leadership positions at companies big and small including NBCUniversal and Pearson Education, as well as... Read More →
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Sam Tarantino

Founder, Chromatic.fm
Sam Tarantino is a passionate musician who founded streaming music service Grooveshark in 2006. For 10 years, he and Co-Founder Josh Greenberg pioneered the streaming space introducing several innovations that are the standard today in streaming. At its height, the company grew to 35M users, 140 employees and reached reached profitability despite battling major lawsuits. The team closed Grooveshark in early 2015 to focus on radio startup... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:00pm
209/210 (CC)

1:15pm

Streaming Data: Valuable Insights Visualized For The Artist
Artists and their teams are always searching for new ways to access more information about their fan bases. Music streaming services, aside from providing new ways to listen to music, are now at the top of this data funnel. These streaming services and their back-end platforms are able to leverage this data to provide a valuable detailed look at each fan segment, from the die-hards to the casual listener. During this panel, we will showcase these services and how artists, managers, and labels can unlock streaming music data that can be converted to new business opportunities.

For more information on the Artists Management & Touring Town Hall program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Jon Romero

Jon Romero

Director, Digital Marketing, Vector Management
Jon Romero has been pushing the envelope in the digital music space since 2007. As head of the digital department at Vector Management, one of the most formidable artist, lifestyle and brand management companies in the entertainment business today, Romero is responsible for overseeing the digital landscape for the entire roster. He and his team supervise clients’ digital marketing and social media campaigns, create VIP experiences and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jason Feinberg

Jason Feinberg

Head of Artist Marketing, Pandora
Jason Feinberg is Head of Artist Marketing at Pandora, where he develops and markets products for the artist community. He is currently focused on the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), a suite of insights, marketing tools, content programs and experiences to connect artists to their fans on Pandora. Previously, Feinberg spent 15 years on staff or consulting to record labels as a digital strategist and marketer. Most recently, he was VP of... Read More →
avatar for Shane Tobin

Shane Tobin

Head of Creator Partnerships, Spotify
As Head of Creator Partnerships for the Creator Team at Spotify, Shane Tobin is focused on creating and delivering new opportunities, data insights, and additional value for artists, managers, labels and the entire music ecosystem. Previously, Tobin ran Business Development and Partnerships for The Echo Nest from 2011 until they were acquired by Spotify in March of 2014. Before that, he ran music teams and partnerships for MobiTV, imeem, House of... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 1:15pm - 2:05pm
205 (CC)

1:50pm

Composition Of A Composition: Data Challenges, Strategies And Best Practices In The Global Publishing Environment
Publishers and digital music companies alike can generally agree on the importance of music metadata, but the transfer, management, and use of that data is often the topic of spirited debate. In the extremely fragmented world of digital music rights, the exchange of information needed to license, track and account for music usage is critical for music startup operations — and sensitive or highly confidential for rights holders. This panel opens a conversation about issues related to sharing, organizing, and leveraging information about songwriters, song owners, and song ownership shares. In addition, this panel highlights the surprising challenges faced by both music publishers and digital music companies in the metadata-driven business of modern rights management.

For more information about the Metadata Summit program, click here.

Moderators
avatar for Annie Lin

Annie Lin

Senior Counsel, Loudr
Annie Lin is Sr. Counsel at Loudr, a company that builds products and services that make it easy for content creators, aggregators, and digital music services to identify, track, and pay music publishers. As Loudr's attorney, Lin addresses complex issues relating to digital music rights, music publishing, copyright licensing, metadata management, and music technology. Prior to joining Loudr, Lin helped launch and expand The Orchard's rights and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Paul Dilorito

Paul Dilorito

Director, Operations, PRS for Music
Paul Dilorito, Director of Operations for PRS for Music, is responsible for the delivery of all of data, royalty distribution and third-party services to and from PRS for Music.  Prior to PRS for Music, he has had careers with both blue chip FMCG and government organizations. In his seven years at PRS for Music, he has spearheaded many transformational projects and has most recently been involved in the development of the ICE digital... Read More →
avatar for Larry Logan

Larry Logan

CMO, Digimarc Corporation
Larry Logan is CMO at Digimarc and enjoys more than 30 years’ experience as a noted marketing and brand executive. Through the years, Logan has been intimately involved in artists rights and monetization as a professional magazine photographer, as the VP/Creative Director at PLAYBOY Entertainment Group, and in his early role at Digimarc working with the leading artists rights organizations for copyright protection. He career is eclectic... Read More →
DL

Dennis Lord

Executive Vice President, SESAC, Inc.
avatar for Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty

Chief Membership & Business Development Office, SOCAN
Michael McCarty is responsible for leading innovation in the membership department while creating and delivering cutting-edge, 21st Century services to current and future SOCAN members. His mandate is to ensure that SOCAN extends its place as a vital leader among global music rights organizations and the choice of Canada’s music creators. Prior to joining SOCAN, McCarty served as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada and President of... Read More →
avatar for Gandhar Savur

Gandhar Savur

Sr. VP, Legal Affairs, Rough Trade Publishing
As Sr. VP of Legal Affairs for Rough Trade Publishing (Formerly House of Hassle), Gandhar Savur oversees the legal and business affairs department of the company. This includes supervising the negotiation and issuing of TV/film licensing agreements, sample agreements, and mechanical licenses. As part of this process, Savur works very closely with the company’s administration department. He has also signed over 250 bands to publishing deals... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Grand Ballroom West

2:00pm

Free Your PR and Your Brand Will Follow
In this one hour workshop, music tech companies will learn the basics of PR in the music business. Fifteen year veteran publicist Dmitri Vietze will give you an overview of the PR process, how to develop compelling story angles for your product or service, how PR and marketing work together, and what it takes to capture the interest of journalists at trade publications, business press, tech press, and consumer press. There will be time to answer lots of questions.

For more information on the Music Startup Academy program, click here.  

Speakers
avatar for Dmitri Vietze

Dmitri Vietze

Founder & CEO, Rock Paper Scissors
Dmitri Vietze is the Founder and CEO of music tech PR firm rock paper scissors, inc. (rps) and startup StoryAmp.com. Clients at rps include CD Baby, LyricFind, AccuRadio, GigSalad, Music Xray, Project Music, CrucialCustom, Songtradr, New Artist Model, Naxos Music Library, and dozens of international artists, festivals, and record labels. Vietze's startup StoryAmp allows artists, managers, and publicists to create journalist-friendly press kits... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
209/210 (CC)

2:10pm

Artist Management Now: Today's New Structures & Services
The ever-changing landscape of the music industry has created an opportunity for managers to be more involved in an artist's career than ever. Negotiating record contracts and providing expert advice has evolved to include devising an artist's digital strategy, providing marketing support, as well as seeking branding, synch, sponsorship, and touring opportunities. Contemporary management companies are structuring themselves accordingly and providing new services to keep up with these important revenue streams for their artists. This panel will highlight how managers are operating today and how they can work with labels and various partners to ensure their artist's career is ready for 2017 ... and beyond.

For more information on the Artists Management & Touring Town Hall program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Cameo Carlson

Cameo Carlson

Head of Digital Business Development, Borman Entertainment
Cameo Carlson, Head of Digital Business Development for Borman Entertainment and former Exec. VP of Universal Motown Republic Group, has been at the forefront of the digital music revolution from its earliest stages. From terrestrial radio to online radio to digital and mobile commerce, she has demonstrated an ability to stay one step ahead of the industry throughout her career. Her roles have included mobile, online and digital sales, product... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James Blades

James Blades

Artist Manager, 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 →
avatar for Zack Gershen

Zack Gershen

Exec. VP, Mtheory
Zack Gershen is the Exec. VP for Mtheory. Mtheory is an artist development, marketing, strategy and operations infrastructure designed for artist managers. The company was formed to provide managers with the additional manpower and specialized knowledge required to be successful. Mtheory currently works with approximately 15 artist managers, representing over 100 artists across a diverse range of genres including Skrillex, Mumford & Sons... Read More →
avatar for Faithe Parker

Faithe Parker

Managing Partner, Marbaloo Marketing
In 2010, Faithe Parker founded full scope entertainment marketing firm, Marbaloo Marketing. Marbaloo generates and facilitates multi-platform marketing campaigns with special emphasis on digital activation & stunting supported by revolutionary digital publicity and stellar creative branding. Current clients include Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Kelsea Ballerini and many more. Parker continues to personally be involved in the... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 2:10pm - 2:50pm
205 (CC)

2:55pm

Music Biz + AFEM = Global Data Transformation
In November of last year, a global partnership was announced between Music Biz and AFEM (Association for Electronic Music). The joint Electronic Music workgroup is set to serve as a vehicle to help educate DJs, producers, artists, songwriters, and more to make sure they are getting paid for their creative works, as well as discuss the transformative challenges necessary to make these processes better on a global scale. The electronic music community has an excellent track record for being forward-thinking regarding data and operations. When coupled with the depth of metadata and supply chain experts at Music Biz, we see this as an opportunity to move the needle on Global Data Transformation. Details and next steps for the workgroup will be discussed during this session.

For more information on the Metadata Summit program, click here

Speakers
avatar for Bob Barbiere

Bob Barbiere

President & COO, Dubset Media
Bob Barbiere currently serves as President and COO of Dubset Media Holdings, a New York based rights technology company. Dubset operates music’s first digital distribution platform for fully cleared derivative content. Making this content available to legal music services in the form of mixes and unofficial remixes now has the potential to double the size of music streams and royalties. Prior to Dubset, Barbiere developed and led four... Read More →
avatar for Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

CEO, Association for Electronic Music
Due to his long association with the Dance and Electronic music genres, the Association for Electronic Music appointed Mark Lawrence as its first CEO. Lawrence previously spent 10 years at UK collection society PRS For Music. He became Director of Corporate Planning in 2009. He was promoted to Director of Membership and Rights in 2010, leading a team of 120 staff serving a membership of over 100,000, ranging from major international publishers to... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Muirhead

Elizabeth Muirhead

Head, Legal & Business Affairs, BMAT Music Innovation
Elizabeth Muirhead is Head of Legal & Biz Affairs at BMAT Music Innovation in Barcelona. BMAT helps all music professionals equally - from artist to the performing rights organisation. Founded by a bunch of music-loving scientists who met at the Music Technology Group of the Pompeu Fabra University, they were researching music technologies, then got excited by them and decided to start BMAT. Monitoring the music played in radio, television... Read More →
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Robby Towns

Director, Digital Strategy & Community, Music Business Association
Robby Towns currently serves as the Director of Digital Strategy & Community for the Music Business Association. He got his start in the Advisory Services practice of KPMG, one of the largest professional services companies in the world, where he managed multi-million dollar engagements for a diverse portfolio of private and publicly held clients. Towns founded NestaMusic in 2010, a consultancy focusing on strategy, research, and new media... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Grand Ballroom West

2:55pm

On Tour? What You Should Do With All That Fan Data
Organized by OnTour with Ticketmaster

The fan data flood gates have opened - you have access to streams of data and insights about who your fans are, what they like, their purchase behavior, and much more. How can artist managers, agents and artist representatives activate these insights to increase a fan’s lifetime value? We’ll take a look at the current sources of touring data and the tools to help turn an abundance of data into meaningful and actionable insights. This session will be sure to cover general ticket commerce, artist fan clubs, VIP packages, merch, marketing, and more. Come prepared to share new techniques and we’ll address the topic from different perspectives for artists at all stages in their careers.

For more information on the Artists Management & Touring Town Hall program, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Sloane Logue

Sloane Logue

Client Relations Manager, OnTour with Ticketmaster
Sloane Logue serves as Manager of Client Relations for Ticketmaster’s OnTour team, which support over 400 North American tours annually. OnTour works with artists and their representatives to leverage Ticketmaster’s technology platforms, data, and marketing. Their services and products help artists identify, reach, engage, and transact with their fans —  maximizing revenue, driving fan engagement, and opening up new... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Kozak

Lucy Kozak

Marketing Executive, CAA
Lucy Kozak is a Music Marketing Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency CAA. Kozak works in the Nashville office and works with many of the world’s leading musicians, including Zac Brown Band, Tim McGraw, Brantley Gilbert, Jason Derulo, and Steve Winwood, among others, helping to guide their tour marketing strategies. Kozak began her career at Punch Enterprises, an artist management company in Detroit, MI. In 2006, she joined CAA... Read More →
avatar for Joey Lee

Joey Lee

Partner, WME
Joey Lee joined William Morris Endeavor as a Partner in 2010. He works with artists including Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Maddie & Tae, Randy Rogers Band, Danielle Bradbery, Ryan Hurd, Tucker Beathard and The Robertson Family. Prior, he formed 360 Artist Agency in 2007 after serving as CEO of Buddy Lee Attractions, which was founded by his father.
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Berkley Myers

Exec. Assistant To Narvel & Brandon Blackstock, Starstruck Management Group
Berkley Myers is the Executive Assistant to Narvel & Brandon Blackstock at Starstruck Management Group, the artist management home for Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and Caroline Kole. Her 8+ years in the music industry have included experience in digital & mobile media/marketing, artist management, talent booking, and show promotion with positions previously held at LiveWire Mobile, TKO Artist Management, and APA.
avatar for Tom Pernikoff

Tom Pernikoff

Co-Founder & CEO, Tunespeak
Tom Pernikoff is the Co-founder and CEO of Tunespeak, an artist-to-fan loyalty platform. Before starting Tunespeak, Pernikoff, along with his brother, co-founded Silicon Valley startup, Loopt. While the brothers were in California, they formed their own band and began touring. They built Tunespeak to answer the question, “How can we identify and reward our most passionate fans?” Tunespeak has now answered that same question for... Read More →
avatar for Jennie Smythe

Jennie Smythe

CEO, Girlilla Marketing
Jennie Smythe is the Founder and CEO of Nashville-based digital marketing agency, Girlilla Marketing. Girlilla Marketing has served music, brand and entertainment clients in the digital space since 2009. Smythe’s background includes positions previously held at Disney, Yahoo!, Clear Channel and several music labels and management companies. She sits proudly on boards for St. Jude Research Hospital, Music Health Alliance and the Country... Read More →



Monday May 16, 2016 2:55pm - 3:45pm
205 (CC)

3:45pm

Fighter: How I Worked My Way Up the Music Industry Ladder

We’re thrilled to celebrate some formidable women in the music industry and help to inspire those looking to break into the biz with a forum to share ideas and discuss ways to overcome and eliminate inequality. It is amazing to see more and more women rising to positions of power and being recognized. We hope this event will play a part in encouraging even more young women to make their mark in this business.

The event will kick off with a keynote interview with Vivien Lewit, Global Head of Artist & Label Relations for YouTube and Google Play, conducted by music industry veteran Cindy Charles.

Moderators
avatar for Cindy Charles

Cindy Charles

Head of Business Developmet, Video Shorts, Amazon
Cindy Charles has been working in the digital media space since 1997. She is currently Head of Business Development, Video Shorts at Amazon and has been licensing short form video content from studios, television networks, MCNs, labels and other short form content providers for the last two years. Prior to that, she was handling business affairs and business development consulting in the digital media space for clients who have included Beats... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Vivien Lewit

Vivien Lewit

Global Head, Artist & Label Relations, YouTube/Google Play
Vivien Lewit is YouTube and Google Play’s Global Head of Artist and Label Relations. She directs a team of music ambassadors focused on developing and executing strategies to support the growth of artists’ careers on YouTube and Google Play Music. Lewit also oversees the company’s music content programming, including international live music events, music projects within YouTube Spaces, and special fan engagement activations... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 3:45pm - 4:15pm
Grand Ballroom Center

3:45pm

Music Management & Marketing Mixer
Artists, managers, label staffers, and more … back by popular demand … here’s your chance to mix and mingle with representatives from the music management platforms, marketing tools, and promo apps that can take you or your artist's careers to the next level.

Presenting sponsor:
  • ONErpm

Companies participating in the mixer include:
  • Aloompa
  • Applauze
  • ArtistGrowth
  • AuDIGENT
  • Dart Music
  • ear.IQ
  • EVAmore
  • karaoQ
  • Jammber
  • Merch Cat
  • Revelator
  • Shimmeo
  • Songspace
  • SongSplits
  • Synchtank
  • Tunespeak


Monday May 16, 2016 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Convention Center Lobby

4:00pm

Project Music Startup Showcase
RSVP was required for this event. There are no available tickets left. 

Music Biz has partnered with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center & Project Music to provide 2016 convention attendees access to the accelerator's Startup Showcase finale on Monday, May 16.

Project Music is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to support innovation within the music industry by bringing music, tech and business leaders together to nurture startups companies. Startup companies presenting at the finale include: Concert.Expert, Moodsnap, MyFansDemand, nicechart, notetracks, Upnext, Recordgram, and intersection. Read more here.

The event will take place at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Transportation will not be provided by Music Biz.



Monday May 16, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CMA Theatre @ Country Music Hall of Fame 224 5th Ave. South Nashville, TN 37203

4:20pm

Independent Women: The Life of a High-Powered Female Music Exec
Hear from a panel of successful women — all of whom fill seats on the Music Biz Board of Directors — about their lives and experiences in the music business. Topics will explore what led them into the music business, the challenges these women experienced early in their careers, how they became comfortable with technology, what it’s like managing teams of people (including men), and how they balance life and work in their demanding schedules.

Moderators
avatar for Deborah Newman

Deborah Newman

Consultant & Attorney, MusicStrat
Recognized as a digital music thought leader, Deborah Newman founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her deep experience in the music, television and video businesses with her interest in copyright and digital media. MusicStrat advises music/tech companies on copyright, content licensing and digital distribution. Newman was an early pioneer in digital music in the mid-90s, serving as VP of Marketing & Sales at online retailer Music Boulevard and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Candace Berry

Candace Berry

Exec. VP & GM, Commercial Partnerships, Universal Music Group
Candace Berry is the Exec. VP and General Manager of Commercial Partnerships, the award-winning account management, sales and marketing division of Universal Music Group. She oversees all of the sales, marketing, and operations functions, and leads all of the sales efforts for key partners including Apple, Spotify, Amazon, Google, YouTube, Vevo, Target and WalMart, to name just a few. Berry works very closely with Universal Music’s family... Read More →
avatar for Christina Calio

Christina Calio

Director, Partner Marketing, Microsoft Groove
Christina Calio is the Director of Partner Marketing at Microsoft Groove. Microsoft Groove includes the music player which ships with Windows 10, the Groove Music Pass for on-demand streaming, and a catalog of over 40 million songs for sale in 23 countries from the Windows Store. Since 2000, Calio has been responsible for business development and industry relations in music and entertainment for Xbox, Windows Phone, Zune, MSN, and the Windows... Read More →
avatar for Amy Dietz

Amy Dietz

Exec. VP, INgrooves Music Group
Amy Dietz is a veteran player in the independent music and distribution space with a wealth of expertise in both traditional and emerging music revenue streams. Since 2012, she has overseen the day-to-day management of global distribution operations at INgrooves, while ensuring the company’s independent label partners are provided with the custom services they need to successfully market, promote and monetize their music. Prior to... Read More →
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Dilyn Radakovitz

Owner, Dimple Records
Dilyn Radakovitz attended both American River College and Sac State before marrying John Radakovitz in 1967. With rack jobbers and music retail experience, John opened his own retail store and rack jobbing business in 1974. Today, Dimple Records has seven retail stores and a Internet division. Dilyn has been working alongside John since the beginning and today, specifically focuses her efforts on buying and promotions. She serves as Treasurer for... Read More →
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Kelly Rich

Sr. VP, Sales, Marketing & Interactive, Big Machine Label Group
Kelly Rich joined the Big Machine Label Group in 2006 and now oversees and implements sales, consumer marketing, and digital initiatives for the entire label group. Her efforts have contributed to more than 48 million album sales, more than 196 million digital track sales, and more than 11 billion streams from artists including Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Eli... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 4:20pm - 5:10pm
Grand Ballroom Center

5:00pm

Jesus, Music & Money: The Rising Impact Of Faith-Based Media And Its Consumers
Hosted by Gospel Music Association

The Christian and Gospel music industry is a diverse and global community whose impact has a storied history and bright future. From sold out arenas, to festivals and TV shows, our creative community serves as gatekeepers to millions of consumers who are loyal and influential. Dozens of brands have already been able to connect via integrated partnerships targeting this dynamic community.  During this session, the Gospel Music Association’s Jackie Patillo will set the stage with new findings from the Association’s recently updated “Christian & Gospel Music 2015 Industry Overview,” giving insights on genre sales in the U.S., demographics of today’s fans, and the impact of brand partnerships on the genre. A panel of genre experts will round out the session, diving deeper into today’s trends as well as touching on touring and artist development. 


Moderators
avatar for Jackie Patillo

Jackie Patillo

President & Exec. Director, Gospel Music Association
Jackie Patillo’s professional journey tells the story of one who is consistent; determined and committed to serve those called to music ministry. Since 1989, she has risen in major music companies, including Star Song Communications, Benson Music Group, and Integrity Media. Her journey led to New York in May of 2006, as Patillo accepted the position of VP of A&R and Artist Development for Verity Gospel Music Group, boasting a roster... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Greg Bays

Greg Bays

Exec. VP, Capitol Christian Distribution
Greg Bays started his career in Christian retail and has over 25 years of experience in the sales and marketing sector of the Christian music industry. Bays currently serves as Exec. VP of Capitol Christian Distribution, an extremely diverse organization with components including but not limited to international sales and marketing, digital sales and marketing, a flourishing home entertainment division, and an exciting new partnership on books... Read More →
avatar for Ed Leonard

Ed Leonard

President, Daywind Music Group
Ed Leonard is President of Daywind Music Group and VP of New Day Christian Distributors, leaders in Christian entertainment products, services, and distribution. In the music space, New Day’s client roster includes Reach Records, Tooth and Nail and BEC Records, Daywind Records, and Fuel Music, as well as indie artists like Ellie Holcomb, Trent Von Lee, JJ Heller, Twinkie Clark, and many more. New Day also serves as a one-stop distributor... Read More →
avatar for Rod Riley

Rod Riley

President, Word Entertainment
As President and CEO of Word Entertainment, Warner Music Group's Christian division, Rod Riley oversees Word's entire operation, including A&R, sales and marketing, music publishing, distribution, church resources, films and live events. Riley previously served as COO of Word Entertainment from 2008 to 2010, and was responsible for all business operations of Word Label Group, Word Music Publishing, Word Distribution and Word Music. Since... Read More →
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Mitchell Solarek

Founder & President, Maximum Artist Group
Founder and President of the music firm Maximum Artist Group, Mitchell Solarek is a well-known name in the music industry. Solarek discovered his first client, Natalie Grant, singing in a church in Washington, and now she is one of the most recognizable faces in the Gospel community. Following this discovery, he received a call from music legend David Foster asking him to put together a boy band in the era of Teen Pop. That group, Plus One... Read More →
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Phil Thornton

VP & GM, Urban Inspirational, eOne Music
Phil Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm in 2013. At Bright Star, he represented artists such as Bad Boy Records’ GRAMMY award-winning group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo. In 2007, Thornton settled in Los Angeles and partnered with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form the successful Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia, television production, artist management conglomerate... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
206 (CC)

5:15pm

How To Earn Respect As A Female Creator
Entertainment attorney and musician Judy Tint will sit down with legendary Supremes co-founder and vocalist Mary Wilson and songwriting trio the Love Junkies, who won a GRAMMY Award this year for “Girl Crush” recorded by Little Big Town, to discuss how female creators navigate their way through the business, from “back in the day” to the present day and beyond.

Moderators
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Judy Tint

Counselor-at-Law
Judy Tint has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Rutgers College and Columbia Law School, Tint represents a variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers, engineers, managers, radio personalities, independent labels and others, from unknowns to icons. She is an Adjunct Professor in the NYU Music Business Department, serves on the Board of Governors of The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hillary Lindsey

Hillary Lindsey

Songwriter, Love Junkies
One of Nashville’s most respected songwriters, Georgia-native Hillary Lindsey has 15 No. 1 songs under her belt. She has had songs recorded by Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Gary Allan, Lady Antebellum, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Lindsay Lohan and countless others. Her many awards include a GRAMMY for the song, “Jesus Take The Wheel” (Carrie Underwood) in 2007 for Best... Read More →
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Lori McKenna

Songwriter, Love Junkies
Not many songwriters can credit their first album cut as one by iconic superstar Faith Hill, much less the title track to a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts. But then again, most songwriters aren’t Lori McKenna. Her credits include the 2x platinum Billboard No. 1 hit, “I Want Crazy” (Hunter Hayes), “God Made Girls” (Raelynn), “Your Side of the Bed” and “Sober” (Little Big Town). Her... Read More →
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Liz Rose

Songwriter, Love Junkies
Liz Rose is a GRAMMY award-winning songwriter, 2007 SESAC Nashville Songwriter of the Year, and Founder of music publishing company Liz Rose Music. Her song “Girl Crush” performed by Little Big Town won Song of the Year and Single of the Year at the 49th annual CMA awards. Most recently, the song also won Best Country Song at the 2016 GRAMMYs. The song was also voted Song of the Year at the 45th Annual NSAI Songwriters Hall of Fame... Read More →
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Mary Wilson

Founding Member, The Supremes
While growing up in Detroit’s Brewster Projects, Mary Wilson’s love for singing blossomed when she befriended Florence Ballard, Betty McGlown and Diana Ross at age 13. Fueled by their mutual love of music and their ambition for stardom, the quartet formed a singing group, The Primettes. Together they auditioned for the then fledgling Motown label and were eventually signed. Betty and her replacement Barbara, both dropped out of the... Read More →


Monday May 16, 2016 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Center

6:00pm

WEA Welcome Reception with The Monkees
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. The Association will also present an Outstanding Achievement Award to The Monkees to celebrate the group's iconic 50th anniversary. Fresh off the announcement of a new album titled “GOOD TIMES!” to be released by Rhino Entertainment in June and a remastered Blu Ray release of “The Monkees” TV series, this is sure to be an exciting year for the band. Making a Music City appearance before they kick off their world tour a few days later, band members Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork will conclude the reception with an artist meet-and-greet.


Monday May 16, 2016 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Bridge Bar

7:00pm

Women in Music & Women in Digital Media's Women Who Rock Mixer
RSVP is required for all Music Biz 2016 attendees. 

Join Women in Music and Women in Digital Media for an official Music Biz 2016 event celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion in the industry! Mingle with colleagues and enjoy complimentary light bites, local live music programmed by City Winery, and signature cocktails poured by Women & Whiskies.

This event is open to all Music Biz attendees. Admission will be on a first come, first served basis.  

SPONSORS: Women & Whiskies, City Winery


Monday May 16, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
City Winery Nashville 609 Lafayette St, Nashville, TN 37203

9:00pm

Pandora Presents KONGOS and The Strumbellas
Doors open at 8:30 PM. Performances begin at 9PM.

RSVP is required here. Badges must also be worn when entering the venue. 


Pandora kicks off the week with Pandora Presents: Music Biz 2016, an opening night party at the famed Cannery Ballroom. Join the rest of the convention attendees for complimentary drinks and performances from KONGOS and The Strumbellas!

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Monday May 16, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Cannery Ballroom 1 Cannery Row, Nashville, TN 37203

11:00pm

Late Night with UMG Nashville & Jon Pardi
Get ready for a rocking honky-tonk night out in downtown Nashville with Capitol Nashville recording artist and often described good time, Jon Pardi as your experienced tour guide at Legends Corner. Kick up your proverbial boots to new music from Jon’s upcoming sophomore album, California Sunrise coming June 17 including his smash hit “Head Over Boots” plus classics like “When I’ve Been Drinkin’” and more. This is the way you do Nashville.

Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Music Biz badge is required for entry.

Festivities begin at 11PM. Performance to begin at 11:30PM.

 


Monday May 16, 2016 11:00pm - Tuesday May 17, 2016 1:00am
Legends Corner 428 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
 
Tuesday, May 17
 

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday May 17, 2016 7:30am - 6:00pm
Music City Ballroom Foyer (2nd Fl)

8:30am

Awards Breakfast & Presentations

Enjoy breakfast sponsored by the Country Music Association (CMA). They will celebrate the 50th anniversary of honoring Country music’s top stars — from legends to breakout artists — through their CMA Awards, the longest running annual music awards program on network TV.

At the start of the Awards Breakfast, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry will welcome Music Biz back to Music City. With the highest concentration of music jobs in the country, Barry will discuss how she and the Music City Music Council work to attract and retain music industry professionals in Nashville. Music Biz President James Donio will give an update on the state of the industry and highlight Music Biz’s top initiatives of 2015 and what to expect from the Association in 2016. Music Biz Chairman Fred Beteille of YouTube will welcome the 2016-2017 Music Biz Board of Directors and announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2016.

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 John Esposito, President and CEO of Warner Music Nashville and Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors. 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 Redeye’s Glenn Dicker and Tor Hansen.

Rounding out the morning will be a featured performance from Country music star Brett Eldredge. Eldredge has had four combined #1 singles from both of his albums, and his latest album, Illinois, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, and #3 on the all genre Billboard 200 Album Chart.


Speakers
avatar for Megan Barry

Megan Barry

Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Megan Barry is the seventh mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Her election in the September 2015 runoff represents a historic milestone as she is the first female mayor of Nashville. Barry's election is also historic in that she is the first Metro Council member to ascend to the office of mayor. First elected in the runoff election of 2007 for the position of Council at-large, Barry went on to receive the... Read More →
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Fred Beteille

Head of Product Content Strategy, YouTube
As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Fred Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the COO of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the company’s licensing and royalty administration functions and technologies. Earlier in his career, he held the positions of Sr. Director of Strategic Technology and Director of Business Affairs at The Harry Fox... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). 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. This expanding membership vision... Read More →
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Sarah Trahern

CEO, Country Music Association
Sarah Trahern has more than 29 years of experience in the television business, including 21 years producing or overseeing Country programming. Today, she is the CEO of the esteemed Country Music Association, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade group to promote a single genre of music. Her role at CMA is to collaborate with the CMA Board of Directors to expand the mission and strategic objectives of CMA while being mindful of the unique... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Grand Ballroom

9:00am

Bridge Bar Branding & Meetings sponsored by Border City Media/BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar is the most unique venue for a memorable Music City experience with its 42-foot bar, eight 60-inch flat screens and open atrium overlooking downtown Nashville.

The Bridge Bar Lounge is branded and features a meeting and demonstration area hosted by BuzzAngle Music, one of the industry's leading analytics and reporting services. BuzzAngle Music 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, powered by Gracenote. BuzzAngle Music has just released its 2.0 version which adds a whole host of new features. Come get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music 2.0 at The Bridge Bar!


Tuesday May 17, 2016 9:00am - Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:00am
Bridge Bar

10:30am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music
The Lounge is a centralized hub for all Music Biz attendees to congregate. The seating areas are designed for small group meetings or one-on-one conversations. Stop by between meetings or educational sessions to rest, catch up on email, or strike up conversations with someone you’ve never met. You may just find your next business partner right here!

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo Nielsen Music Connect. Nielsen Music Connect gives you access to airplay, sales, social and streaming data for all your artists, albums and songs in an easy-to-use, web-based tool. Nielsen Music Connect is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android. Stop by the Lounge to see Nielsen Music Connect in action.


Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:30am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

10:45am

Welcome: The Art of the Pitch
Every attendee, whether seasoned professionals or newcomers, needs a quick framework and playbook for how to approach strategic partnerships with brand, agencies, OEMs, and technology partners. This top line view will set the stage for the sessions that round out of Brand & Strategic Partnership Summit and point attendees to online follow-up resources that have proven valuable to those working in this field every day.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Vanhala

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 →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 10:45am - 11:00am
206 (CC)

11:00am

Unlocking the Value of Fans for Labels: Leveraging Data for Big Marketing Bucks
presented by Nielsen Music
At a time when consumers have unprecedented choice in how and when they engage with content, brand marketers continue to champion entertainment activations as a way to connect with consumers. Data is playing an increasingly bigger role on both sides of brand-artists equation – whether it is identifying the right artist, the right brand, the right event, or even what the activation might look at. In this case study, we look at why music fans are so valuable to brands, and how label marketers are using data to leverage valuable creative partnerships for their artists.

Speakers
avatar for Erin Crawford

Erin Crawford

GM, Music, Nielsen
As General Manager of Nielsen’s Music business, Erin Crawford leads the commercial organization and strategy for the industry’s leading music sales, streams and airplay measurement. Further, Crawford has established Nielsen as a premier source for music fan research and ROI measurement for many brands’ music activations. In her current role, she has led several successful and innovative initiatives including the launch of... Read More →
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Andrew Hampp

VP, Brand Strategist, MAC Presents
Andrew Hampp is VP Brand Strategist at MAC Presents, a leading music sponsorship and experiential agency based in NYC. He helps MAC clients build award-winning music strategies and experiences, and also oversees MACRO, a new blog dedicated to big-picture insights into music sponsorships and brand alliances. Prior to joining MAC, Hampp spent four years as Sr. Correspondent at Billboard, where he led coverage of music business, advertising and... Read More →
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Brad Turcotte

VP, Marketing, Universal Music Group Nashville
Brad Turcotte joined Universal Music Group Nashville as VP of Marketing in 2014 and oversees brand partnerships, music supervision for film and TV, international marketing, and general marketing strategy duties for Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Most recently, Turcotte oversaw International for Big Machine Label Group and worked with artists including Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
206 (CC)

11:00am

Metadata Is Money: Helping Artists Manage Their Music’s Identity

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!

Music Biz invites musicians, composers, producers and artist managers to this workshop where digital music experts will describe the function of a quartet of numeric identifiers -- ISRC, ISWC,  ISNI and UPC codes -- including how to acquire them, and how to associate them with your creative assets. The workshop will also cover the important data-related actions you can take -- from properly documenting recording session participants to registering your works with your PRO -- to facilitate discovery, attribution, and monetization in today’s digital ecosystem.


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. She co-directs FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, which is examining changes in musicians’ sources of income. She is co-owner of Simple Machines, an independent record label, which released over 70 records and CDs from 1991-1998. Thomson plays guitar in the band Tsunami.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP 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 →
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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 →
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Helienne Lindvall

Head of Business Relations, Auddly
Helienne Lindvall is an award-winning professional songwriter, musician and music and media writer for publications including the Guardian. She is also Head of Business Relations for music rights management hub Auddly, co-owned by hitmakers Max Martin, Abba’s Björn Ulvaeus and Avicii manager Ash Pournouri. Hailing from Sweden, she worked as a session singer, recording artist and performer in Stockholm and NYC before settling in London... Read More →
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Lauren Ryan

Lead Channel Manager, Live Nation TV Network, Live Nation
For the past 3 years, Lauren has worked Channel Management at INDMUSIC, a global rights administration network and YouTube MCN with digital tools and services to increase revenue and audience development on emerging platforms including YouTube, SoundCloud and Dailymotion. Acquired in 2016 by Live Nation, INDMUSIC is now known as Live Nation TV Network and still helps its partners monetize their content on multiple platforms without sacrificing... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
205 (CC)

11:30am

Fan Insights & How They Fuel The Future of Brand Partnerships

As the Summit continues, we build upon the previous label case study and explore the role valuable data plays in giving insights to agents, tour promoters, management companies, and other music biz marketers. Who are your fans? What do they want? How do they want to be engaged? Savvy partnership marketers from all sectors of the music industry will walk you through their process for building upon the foundations of data and insights to define a working strategy for your partnership or campaign.


Moderators
avatar for Wayne Leeloy

Wayne Leeloy

Head of Brand Partnerships & Digital Strategy, G7 Entertainment Marketing
Living at the intersection of brands, music and technology, Wayne Leeloy is the Head of Brand Partnerships and Digital Strategy for G7 Entertainment Marketing, the entertainment vertical for project:worldwide. In this role, he leads the charge on entertainment strategies and new business development, providing high-touch client services and relationship management and integrated digital expertise, activation, analysis and actionable data for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Barry O'Connell

Barry O'Connell

Marketing Professional
Barry O’Connell is an entertainment marketing professional specializing in the modern alliance of music, brands, media and technology. He has had the privilege of developing and executing strategies for an incredible collection of global brands (including Burger King, Coca-Cola, General Mills, MillerCoors, P&G, PepsiCo Foods), recording artists (Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, B.B. King, Lady Antebellum, One Direction, The Who and... Read More →
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Eric Scheirer

Director, Business Strategy, Consumer Electronics, Bose
Eric Scheirer, Ph.D. is the Director of Business Strategy for Bose’s Consumer Electronics Division. He works with the product-line General Managers in CED to establish long-term plans that build competitive advantage and maintain leadership positions throughout the CE industry.  In addition, he spearheads Bose’s initiative in Connected Products and Customers, building cross-category capabilities and plans to deliver exciting... Read More →
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Jim Stabile

Head, Strategic Marketing, Vector Management
Jim Stabile leads strategic marketing at Vector Management, one of Live Nation Entertainment's most venerable artist management companies. In this role, Stabile is responsible for the development of integrated marketing platforms and brand partnerships which include levels of sponsorship, endorsement, licensing and promotion across media channels for Vector’s client roster. Stabile navigates the value chain of the music industry to... Read More →
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Megan Sykes

Music Partnership Agent, CAA
Megan Sykes is a Music Partnership Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Sykes works in the Nashville office and helps develop innovative partnerships between artists and corporate brands that go above and beyond traditional tour sponsorships and endorsement deals. She has created successful programs for major brands such as Frito-Lay, AT&T, Yoplait, Infiniti, Kia, Patagonia, HGTV, Pandora, that... Read More →
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Brad Turcotte

VP, Marketing, Universal Music Group Nashville
Brad Turcotte joined Universal Music Group Nashville as VP of Marketing in 2014 and oversees brand partnerships, music supervision for film and TV, international marketing, and general marketing strategy duties for Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville. Most recently, Turcotte oversaw International for Big Machine Label Group and worked with artists including Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm
206 (CC)

12:15pm

The Power Of Social Metrics: Maximize Revenue Without Selling Out

In addition to artists appearing in commercials or simply posing with a product, branded content also includes digital endorsements and unique social advertising opportunities. As these outlets become more and more relevant revenue streams for artists, the fear of “selling out” follows. Brands are most attracted to bands and artists who are well established with social metrics, and it’s the artist’s job to make sure these valuable fan followers understand this strategic partnership. This one-on-one conversation will address how artists and their teams can maximize reach and fan engagement, but still remain faithful to the brand. We will also explore where social marketing is headed and what that means for the future of brand partnerships.


Moderators
avatar for Jon Vanhala

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
avatar for Mike Fiebach

Mike Fiebach

Founder & CEO, Fame House
Mike Fiebach is the Founder and CEO of Fame House, a digital marketing and strategy agency focused on the music and entertainment industries. Fame House services include digital brand management, social media marketing, web design and development, creative services, online advertising, e-commerce, and merchandising. Clients have included Interscope, Universal, Beatport, Corona, AB InBev, Mastercard, T-Mobile, Atlantic Records, Eminem, Tiesto... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:15pm - 12:35pm
206 (CC)

12:35pm

Telling Ain’t Selling
Does all this data talk have your head spinning? Well, sit back, relax, and enjoy this entertaining sell-side fireside chat on the art of the sales pitch. The question in selling is not why people sell, but why people buy. Before we break for lunch, we’ll learn how to craft a sales pitch that meets a brand's needs in today's content and social media-fueled world of brand partnerships.

Moderators
avatar for Jon Vanhala

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
avatar for Laura Hutfless

Laura Hutfless

Partner, FlyteVu
Laura Hutfless is a Founding Partner at FlyteVu, an entertainment marketing agency founded in 2015, that creates pop culture platforms for brands at the intersection of music and technology. FlyteVu’s represents and works with corporate clients including Cracker Barrel, Red Cross, Snap Fitness, Anheuser Busch, Mary Kay and Tennessee Tourism to help brand clients build entertainment and music marketing strategies, broker talent and... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 12:35pm - 1:00pm
206 (CC)

1:30pm

Accelerating Acceptance: Music and the Importance of LGBT Fans

Nielsen Music and GLAAD partner to bring you this timely session on LGBT acceptance and the importance of LGBT fans to the music industry. Longstanding partners in the journey towards equality, these two organizations are uniquely positioned to provide insights around the current cultural acceptance gap for LGBT individuals in the United States and the role music can play in creating a more inclusive society. Learn how GLAAD is helping change hearts and minds throughout the country, and just how engaged, valuable, and trendsetting LGBT music fans are to the industry.


Speakers
avatar for Zeke Stokes

Zeke Stokes

VP, 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 Vice President 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... Read More →
avatar for Matt Yazge

Matt Yazge

Head, Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads brand partnership analytics at Nielsen Music. In his role, he helps consumer brands activate music fans to achieve brand objectives and drive sales. Yazge also co-leads the Nielsen PRIDE organization for Southern California and is a Nielsen Subject Matter Expert in LGBT research. He has penned the last three Nielsen Diverse Intelligence Articles on the LGBT Consumer.


Tuesday May 17, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
209/210 (CC)

2:00pm

Brand Building: How Cultural Marketing Can Lead To Success
This unique conversation will bring together branding expert Paul Jankowski and Daniel Miller, the manager of multi-Platinum Country group Lady Antebellum. Expanding a brand globally may be on many goal lists, but could targeting an audience that lives in a specific cultural region be as valuable? This chat will define the New Heartland (Midwest, Southwest, Southeast) cultural segment, home to 60% of US consumers, and discuss the role core values play in buying behavior. We’ll also discuss the process of building a measurable brand strategy and when/if brand/artist partnerships make sense.

Moderators
avatar for Paul Jankowski

Paul Jankowski

Founder & Chief Brand Strategist, New Heartland Group
Paul Jankowski is Founder and Chief Brand Strategist at New Heartland Group. He is the author of “Speak American Too: Your Guide to Building Powerful Brands in the New Heartland,” a hands-on guide to reaching the 60% of consumers living in the New Heartland. Jankowski previously served as CMO for Elvis Presley Enterprises and oversaw all aspects of global brand development and brand positioning. He was VP of Media Marketing with SFX... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

Owner & CEO, Fusion Music
Daniel Miller has spent the last 18 years in the Nashville music community guiding baby artists into superstars. Prior to joining forces with Red Light Management two years ago and launching his own management venture Fusion Music in 2013, he spent 13 years at Borman Entertainment, and was instrumental in the launch of Lady Antebellum (serving as Executive Producer for their four TV specials and three live DVD releases). In addition to Lady... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
206 (CC)

2:00pm

Catalogue Music In The Digital Age: How Can We Motivate Discovery And Continue To Revitalize The Classics

2015 was the first year in living memory in which catalogue album sales overtook those of ‘current’ releases as noted by Music Business Worldwide and yet, we still live in a world obsessed with next big thing and the newest superstar. How can labels and digital services aid discovery of the rich history of music? How can we surface this rich history in satisfying ways?

 


Moderators
avatar for Sara Jane Dempsey

Sara Jane Dempsey

Director, Sales and Marketing, ABKCO
Currently Director of Sales and Marketing at ABKCO, Sara Dempsey has over a decade of experience across the digital and physical sales landscape. She has worked in varied roles within both independent and major record labels as well as across distributors, both large and small. Beginning with independent radio promotion and producer management, before moving to Warner’s ADA distribution, Dempsey rose through the ranks in digital sales going... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ted Goldthorpe

Ted Goldthorpe

Supervisor, North American Publishing Administration, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Ted Goldthorpe is a 20 year veteran at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Originally recruited after the Sony/ATV merger to run the ‘ATV’ side, most notably the Beatles catalog, his role was expanded to manage all of the ‘pop’ catalogs from such legacy writers as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell to contemporary writers such as Lady Gaga, Pitbull, RedOne and Pink. After Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s 2012... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kauffman

Michael Kauffman

Marketing & Communications Executive
Michael Kauffman is a marketing and communications executive at the intersection of music and technology. Most recently at YouTube, he spearheaded the marketing team's music engagement strategy with a focus on industry outreach, events and education. Previously, he held senior roles at Google, RightsFlow (a licensing and rights management startup acquired by Google), the Verve Music Group at Universal Music Group, the Windham Hill label, and with... Read More →
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Cat Kreidich

VP, Global Account Management, The Orchard
Cat Kreidich is the VP of Global Account Management for The Orchard, the largest distributor of independent labels in the world, with offices in 29 cities worldwide. Working in both a strategic marketing and account development role, she is in touch with both the global account players, as well as niche accounts worldwide. Plus, she works with local teams to maximize The Orchard's audio content business. Kreidich has been in the music industry... Read More →
avatar for Tom Mullen

Tom Mullen

Director, Digital Marketing, Legacy Recordings
Tom Mullen is Director, Digital Marketing for Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music, based in New York, NY. He’s responsible for innovative strategic digital campaigns label wide. Legacy’s deep and rich catalog of artists that he’s responsible for include Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Loretta Lynn, Miles Davis, Elvis and Michael Jackson. Mullen has been in the music industry for 16+ years with time at EMI Music... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Phelps

Jessica Phelps

Head, Digital Sales & Independent Retail, Q Prime
With 10+ years spent in mobile entertainment, digital distribution and independent record labels, Jessica Phelps now heads Digital Sales & Independent Retail for Q Prime Management’s New York roster. She is the former Director of Retail for the largest distributor of independent labels in the world, the Orchard, as well as the Sales Director for popular label, Mom + Pop Music. In recent years, Phelps’ focus has moved to retail... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
208 (CC)

2:00pm

Your Fans — How They Learn, What They Think, And The Opportunities They Represent
We’ll set the stage for an in-depth look at the music consumer with an update on the state of the U.S. music market, focusing on U.S. revenue data for 2015, as well as 2016 mid-year consumption data. Turning focus to the consumer, we’ll explore how fans are engaging with music and learn how fan behavior varies by music genre, format and demographic and find out what fans really think about streaming, windowing, ownership, and devices. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of today’s evolving music landscape and the opportunities this affords to labels, distributors and technology companies.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Bakula

Dave Bakula

Sr. VP, Product Leadership and Analytics for Music, Nielsen
As Sr. VP of Global Product Leadership and Industry Insights for 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. Following his... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Joshua Friedlander

Joshua Friedlander

Sr. VP, Strategic Data Analysis, RIAA
Joshua Friedlander is the Sr. VP of Strategic Data Analysis at the RIAA. He joined the RIAA in 2005, and is responsible for data analysis and market research at the trade organization. The results of his work are frequently used as standard measures of the U.S. music industry, and are commonly referenced in news publications. Prior to joining the RIAA, Friedlander worked in equity research at Prudential Securities.


Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
205 (CC)

2:30pm

Brand Expert Activation: Coca-Cola & Absolut Weigh-In
Closing our Brand & Strategic Partnership Summit, we bring you two of the very best known brands on the planet, and two of the most active and valuable brands in music, experiential, and nightlife. Join us as they step up, collaborate,  and share valuable insights, best practices, key factors to close deals, real world activations, and more. We’ll take you inside how they think about the music industry & artist selection, touring, innovation, and new technologies. Most importantly, we will get them talking specifically about what works to achieve real world sustainable success with brand partnerships.

Speakers
avatar for Afdhel Aziz

Afdhel Aziz

Creative Director, Absolut Labs
Afdhel Aziz is a brand strategist and marketing expert who has worked for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Absolut and Nokia, in London and New York. He is currently Creative Director for Absolut Labs in the U.S., a think tank and idea incubator that uses art, music and technology to find ways to make nightlife more inclusive and innovative. He is an expert on how to deliver cutting-edge campaigns, content and experiences... Read More →
avatar for Joe Belliotti

Joe Belliotti

Head of Global Music Marketing, The Coca-Cola Company
Joe Belliotti is the Head of Global Music Marketing for The Coca-Cola Company. His passion is to expand and evolve the relationship Coca-Cola and music have had for over a century. His role is to create global music content, platforms, partnerships and strategies for brands across the company's portfolio. His most recent projects include a partnership with iHeartMedia to create “First Taste Fridays,” an on-demand radio show... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
206 (CC)

3:00pm

Social Music Monetization: Meet The New Class
It’s no secret that artists, managers, and labels are looking for new ways to get their music heard, and ultimately monetized. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are key to building and maintaining an artist's career, but it's the new wave of platforms that has the industry buzzing. Between Snapchat reporting it gets billions of daily views and Flipagram reaching label deals to incorporate more legal music, these new platforms are gaining traction in the music biz. How can the industry fully utilize these apps to promote music, and convert them, and others, into actual revenue streams?

Moderators
avatar for Gino Sesto

Gino Sesto

Founder, Dash Two
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 →

Speakers
avatar for John Bolton

John Bolton

VP, Business Development, Flipagram
John Bolton loves building businesses that make a significant and positive impact to people and culture. He is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience across the technology, digital media and wireless industries. At Flipagram, Bolton is focused on driving user scale globally and leading the efforts for all things music including strategy, licensing, product, partnerships, programming and operations. Prior to joining... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Maysonet

Matthew Maysonet

Music & Entertainment Partnerships, YouNow
Over the past 15 years, Matthew Maysonet has built an impressive career in brand marketing, tour and live event production, digital/mobile strategy, artist management, and talent relations. After several years at the Warner Music Group with Atlantic and Elektra Records, Maysonet began his tenure in the Global Digital Division of MTV Networks. Maysonet left his role at MTV Networks in June 2008 to join the NUE Agency as a partner. His time at... Read More →
avatar for Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips

Digital Marketing Manager, Universal Music Group Nashville
With nearly a decade of career experience within the entertainment industry, Nashville-based Doug Phillips offers expertise in digital strategies, interactive marketing, and online strategies, publicity and marketing. He currently serves as Digital Marketing Manager with Universal Music Group in Nashville, charged with the development and execution of the company’s digital marketing plan for its UMG Nashville roster. Phillips has worked... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Wineberg

Jeremy Wineberg

Co-Founder, Heard Well
Jeremy Wineberg is an innovator in the music space and has been curating up-and-coming artists for over a decade. His passion lies in finding new ways to discover, distribute and create trends in the music industry. Wineberg is currently the President and CEO of Opus Label, a music distribution and licensing company for social tastemakers, celebrities, artists, and brands with over 100 million monthly users. He is also a Founder of Heard Well... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
209/210 (CC)

3:00pm

Hi-Res Music: Expanding the Market
Learn from leading experts in the industry about the latest initiatives to expand the market  for Hi-Res Music and compatible services and devices. This panel will take a closer look at  the key differences between CD and Hi-Res Audio quality; the efforts being made to increase  Hi-Res Music production; and the best ways to educate and engage retailers and consumers.  

Moderators
avatar for Marc Finer

Marc Finer

Founder & Managing Director/Sr. Director, Communication Research Inc./DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Marc Finer is the Founder and Managing Director of Communication Research Inc. (CRI), a strategic consulting group that provides marketing support for the latest developments in digital entertainment, including a variety of emerging products, platforms and services. Prior to establishing CRI, Finer served as Product Communications Director for Sony Electronics, where he was responsible for coordinating the marketing and promotional efforts behind... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jim Belcher

Jim Belcher

VP, Technology & Production, Universal Music Group
Jim Belcher is VP of Technology and Production for Universal Music Group’s Global Digital Business division. A 16-year UMG veteran, he works with a global team to evaluate emerging technologies and identify new business opportunities on behalf of the company’s expansive roster of artists and labels. He also works closely with UMG’s key digital music partners Beats, Rhapsody, YouTube, Apple and Amazon. Among Belcher’s... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Van Driel

Jeff Van Driel

CEO, Naxos of America
As the CEO of Naxos of America, Jeff Van Driel’s leadership mandate is to sustainably grow the footprint of Naxos in the independent music space. This involves growth of Naxos' digital and physical distribution businesses, licensing representation, and its educational platforms - all of this for both Naxos the label, and the hundreds of classical, jazz and world-music labels it represents globally. An attorney by trade, Van Driel was the... Read More →
avatar for Maureen Droney

Maureen Droney

Managing Director, The Recording Academy P&E Wing
Currently Managing Director of the Producers & Engineers Wing and Recording Technology at The Recording Academy, Maureen Droney is a former recording engineer who worked with, among others, artists including George Benson, Whitney Houston, Herbie Hancock, John Hiatt, Tower of Power and Carlos Santana, including on Santana’s GRAMMY-winning album Blues for Salvador. Prior to joining The Recording Academy, Droney managed the Kiva Family of... Read More →
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Oles Protsidym

CEO, ProStudioMasters
Oles Protsidym is the CEO of ProStudioMasters, an online music download service focused on high-resolution audio. His background in classical music and music technology has led to over fifteen years of multidisciplinary professional experience in entertainment and media. His credits include production, management, audio engineering, composition and software development for music, film, theater, internet, and new media projects, during... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Stevenson

Jeff Stevenson

Sr. Director, Digital Accounts, Warner Music Group
Jeff Stevenson is Sr. Director of Digital Accounts for the Warner Music Group (WMG). He is a leading subject matter expert on the hi-res music download category having worked with the hi-res configuration since its launch into the digital marketplace. Stevenson is responsible for overseeing a team that account manages the entire hi-res music retail landscape as well as a variety of other digital music platforms and business models in the U.S... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
201 (CC)

4:00pm

Copyrights and Song Splits Made Simple: Where's The Money?

Despite more than 900,000 sources of royalty income worldwide, missing, incomplete and unverified song credits cost the music industry’s writers and publishers hundreds of millions of dollars each year, ultimately bottlenecking the flow of royalties within a song’s financial eco-system. In our time together, we’ll explore recent industry challenges in collecting royalties as well as solutions on how to limit a writer’s liabilities, increase communications and catalog value in today’s new music business.


Moderators
avatar for Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor

Director, Publishing/A&R, SongSplits
Sean Taylor is a GRAMMY voting member with 20 years of management experience working with artists, writers, independent and major labels, music publishers and radio stations contributing to bottom-line revenue success. Currently, Taylor is a SongSplits.com Advisor and was previously Director of A&R and Publishing at Reach Records. Day-to-day consists of managing licensing opportunities, production and business affairs for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Thomson

Kevin Thomson

Partner, Thomson Gabriele & Ollunga LLP
Kevin Thomson has spent the majority of his career servicing the careers of creators. Thomson has been knee-deep in the music industry since joining Bad Boy Entertainment in New York, under Francesca Spero and Sean “Diddy” Combs in 2008. As an A&R rep at Bad Boy,Thomson played an integral role in managing the Bad Boy catalogue and advising the careers of multi-platinum producers and songwriters, Seven Aurelius, Mario Winans... Read More →
avatar for Steve Thomson

Steve Thomson

Producer/Publisher/Director, Backstage Productions International
As a record producer, Steve Thomson has produced recordings for some of the music industry’s giants including Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, The Band and Ronnie Hawkins. He has produced music in all genres including Classical with artists including Vienna’s Johann Strauss Orchestra and The Symphony Orchestra of Canada. As a director, producer and writer, he has seen success with three award-winning productions “Let It Rock At The Crossroads... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
208 (CC)

4:00pm

Getting Paid: By Stream Or Market Share?
Presented by MusicRowSearch and Hazen LLC

Bring your green-eye shades and spreadsheets for one of Hollywood's  hottest topics: How is music money paid? In a digital world of granular data, some money remains divided by market share. Today's interactive streaming debates center on the difference between getting paid per stream or taking a percentage-driven piece of a pie. This panel is a deep dive into revenue streams large and small, deep and shallow. Acronyms will abound, but we'll define them all. If you wonder how your money reaches your accounts, do not miss this panel.

Moderators
avatar for Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin

Managing Director, Hazen/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 Vickie Nauman

Vickie Nauman

Principle & 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 is currently 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 experience... Read More →
avatar for John Raso

John Raso

Sr. VP, Client Services, HFA & Rumblefish
John Raso is the Sr. VP of Client Services for HFA & Rumblefish. In his role, Raso oversees HFA’s and Rumblefish’s Client Services teams, which provide support to thousands of publishers and Rumblefish clients. Since joining HFA in 2009, he has been responsible for improving the quality and responsiveness to tens of thousand of inquiries from publishers and music users every year. He has also directed the implementation of Rumblefish... Read More →
avatar for Benji Rogers

Benji Rogers

Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, PledgeMusic
Benji Rogers is currently Chief Strategy Officer of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade. In 2014, he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of... Read More →
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David M Ross

President, BossRoss Media
In April 1981, David Ross founded Nashville’s MusicRow magazine which he sold in 2008 after a successful 30-year reign as Publisher/CEO. During his time at MusicRow, he pioneered and refined many of the email/social media marketing techniques revealed in his first book, “Secrets Of The List.” One of Country music’s highly read industry analysts, Ross covers the intersection between Nashville’s entertainment... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
205 (CC)

4:30pm

Nashville Is Not Just Country Music: Music City Rhythm Panel & Showcase
Organized by Muziqueen Music Group

Urban and Pop music have always been a part of Nashville, but it is most recently that the genres have become even more viable in Nashville’s growth and competitiveness in the overall music business. This panel will provide an open dialogue about the changing and growing music scene in Nashville and feature insight from industry professionals whose blood, sweat and tears are entrenched in Nashville’s Urban and Pop culture.

The session will showcase live music from:

D Powers
D Powers is very respected in his hometown of San Antonio, TX as a solo producer, artist and music ambassador. As an accomplished producer, songwriter and performer of EDM/Hip Hop; D is honing his craft with some of the industries most respected players, including signing a deal with Yellow Rhinestone/Soulful Records out of the UK. Some recent collaborations with great writers and producers include Nikki Williams platinum artist/songwriter and Latin Grammy Producer Femke Weidema.

Kiya Lacey
Originally from Nashville, TN, singer/songwriter, and one of Paper Magazine's Top Ten Artist to watch in Tennessee, Kiya Lacey has had one crazy year of growth and it is just getting started for this 20 year old artist. If it weren't for her mother pushing the young singer to sing in every grocery store, restaurant and competition the Young Jedi says she would not be here. Breaking boundaries as a multi genre artist, Lacey's career began with a top charting Jazz album in 2013. In April of 2015, the Young Jedi released her first R&B/Indie EP entitled, Fail In Love, landing her warm jazzy vocals, on numerous music blogs, online magazines and lineups with other amazing underground artist in both Nashville, TN and Atlanta, Ga.  Her voice, both soulful and hypnotic, demonstrates maturity beyond her years. Landing two opening acts for R&B Princess Brandy and Soul artist Goapele; Kiya lacey commands the crowd.

Laura Reed
S
outh African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter that makes an impact with her original neo-world, soul sound. Reed has won 3  Nashville Industry Music Awards, including 2014 & 2015’s Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and 2015’s Best Live R&B/Soul Performer. Reed earned a nomination at the Long Island International Film Festival, and  is a featured artist with Lee Oskar Harmonicas and recently joined Oskar at the 2015 Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Moderators
avatar for Thalia Ewing

Thalia Ewing

Founder, Muziqueen Music Group
Thalia Ewing’s background in the music business began in 2001 and covers an array of aspects including artist management, copyright clearance, mechanical licensing, and royalty processing to name a few. She has worked for some of the biggest names in music such as Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music Publishing. She currently works Sony/ATV Music Publishing in the North American Copyright Department and is the founder of Muziqueen Music... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shawn Carnes

Shawn Carnes

Co-Founder, Nashville Underground Entertainment
Shawn Carnes is a creative/A&R professional who has worked with the most relevant people in the music industry as an artist manager, publicist and consultant. He has held an artist relations position with the Chameleon/Universal/Island Def Jam Music Group working with notable producers like Max Martin, Dallas Austin, Timberland, Sandy Vie, and Sean Garret who have written for Britney Spears, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Katy Perry, TLC, Maroon... Read More →
avatar for Eric Holt

Eric Holt

CEO, Chiminus Enterprises
Eric Holt is a diversified lifestyle marketing and consulting expert, CEO of Chiminus Enterprises and Managing Partner of the subsidiary concert promotion company, The Lovenoise Group. Holt is considered an expert in branding and marketing, and is regularly sought after for speaking engagements at universities and business groups. He also offers consulting-based advice for individuals and business leaders. Holt has served as a board member on 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 →
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Shannon Sanders

President, Nashville Chapter, The Recording Academy
Shannon Sanders is a GRAMMY/Emmy/Dove award-winning producer, a profound songwriter, an amazing musician and gifted singer. He has had the privilege to create many works with long-time collaborator Drew Ramsey. Masterpieces have been created with India Arie (GRAMMY), Jonny Lang (GRAMMY), Robert Randolph (Emmy), Nicole C. Mullen (Dove), John Legend, Algebra Blessett, Leela James, Jonathan McReynolds, Heather Headley, Anthony David, Marc Broussard... Read More →
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Phil Thornton

VP & GM, Urban Inspirational, eOne Music
Phil Thornton started his first company, Bright Star Entertainment, an artist management/consultant firm in 2013. At Bright Star, he represented artists such as Bad Boy Records’ GRAMMY award-winning group 112 and singer Lil’ Mo. In 2007, Thornton settled in Los Angeles and partnered with Marcus Spence and Paul Coy Allen to form the successful Ten2One Entertainment, a multimedia, television production, artist management conglomerate... Read More →



Tuesday May 17, 2016 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom West

5:00pm

David & Goliath: Developing A Competitive Edge Within Streaming
Learn how the right tools and strategy are helping Christian artists and the CCM industry develop a competitive edge in a streaming landscape dominated by established brands and Pop consumers.

The Christian music industry has worked diligently in the last year to prove CCM user engagement and create a dedicated lane on Spotify with a variety of progressive campaigns and strategies. CCM Artists, Labels, Managers, and Publishers are investing resources to create their own-curated brands, directly educate and engaging industry tastemakers and fans, utilize Spotify’s robust Fan Insights, and develop exciting campaigns that reach beyond the typical CCM consumer. Learn how their specific approach could be applied and utilized against other valuable niche content.

Moderators
avatar for Copeland Isaacson

Copeland Isaacson

Label Relations Account Manager, Spotify
Copeland Isaacson started his music industry career as the Promotions Manager for Lincoln Financial Media’s San Diego radio station cluster that included KSON, KIFM, and FM 9.49. In 2009, he relocated to Nashville, TN to join Sony Music Nashville as the Digital Marketing Manager, driving initiatives for superstar artists including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and more. Isaacson then joined UMG... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Steve Blair

Steve Blair

VP, Streaming & Product Development, Capitol CMG
Steve Blair is a 20 year veteran in the music industry. He spent the early part of his career as a drummer in the band, Age of Faith, who garnered a #1 CHR radio single and toured the US and Canada from 1996-2000. In 2000, Blair began working for EMI CMG as a field sales and marketing rep, and then transitioned to a national account manager by 2004. In 2013, he was named VP, Sales and Catalog Development at Capitol CMG and then in the... Read More →
avatar for Tim Foisset

Tim Foisset

Sr. Director, Digital Sales & Marketing, Warner Music Nashville
Tim Foisset is Senior Director of Digital Sales & Marketing at Warner Music Nashville, overseeing the label’s streaming and direct to fan initiatives for artists including Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge, Hunter Hayes, Dan + Shay, and more. Foisset began his career in 1998 at Burly Bear Network, owned by Lorne Michaels’ Broadway video, where he supervised affiliate marketing and the distribution of college... Read More →
avatar for Josh Kotras

Josh Kotras

Head, Digital Marketing, Worship Together
Josh Kotras joined the marketing team at Worship Together in 2015. A division of Capitol CMG Publishing aimed at resourcing and marketing to the worship community - WorshipTogether.com is the world’s largest online resource for workship leaders and averages over 1 million visiotrs per month. With a unique mix of creative and marketing skills, Kotras oversees all things digital on the site as well as song promotions and marketing... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
201 (CC)

5:00pm

Virtual Reality: Is This the Business Model Beyond Streaming?
The music business is always looking for the next opportunity. It's not physical sales. Downloads have peaked. Streaming is a big question mark — and may not be the savior people hope it will be. What about virtual reality?    A recent study put the value of the virtual reality market at $16 billion by 2020. Much of that will be games. Some will be films of such experiences as flights over icebergs and dives in shark-infested waters. Music will undoubtedly command a share of this market. Music companies, artists and managers should start getting ready.

Virtual reality is a completely different entertainment distribution channel. It provides an immersive experience that transports a person to another reality: a concert, an art gallery on another continent, a video game that takes place in outer space. A headset and a computer, or a mobile phone, combine with software and content for a mind-blowing experience. This could be an incredibly powerful tool for the music business.

The presentation will walk through the components of virtual reality entertainment, the revenue possibilities for the music industry and what kind of content will be offered.

Speakers
avatar for Iain Catling

Iain Catling

Co-founder, AudioSalad
Iain Catling is the cofounder of AudioSalad, a software platform that provides metadata and media asset management and operational functionality for rights holders - record labels, artists and distributors. Prior to founding AudioSalad, Iain was a vice president and technology analyst at Goldman Sachs International (London) and Goldman Sachs and Co (New York).
avatar for Glenn Peoples

Glenn Peoples

Pandora
Glenn Peoples was previously Sr. Editorial Analyst at Billboard. After years working in marketing, sales and finance at various music companies, Peoples offered analysis and insight on the music business in Billboard magazine and its business website, Billboard biz. Based in Nashville, he is frequently quoted in the media on topics ranging from music royalties to general trends in the marketplace. He is a member of Leadership Music's class of... Read More →


Tuesday May 17, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
206 (CC)

6:00pm

Grab A Drink
Records will spin! Bob Irwin and Jay Millar of Sundazed Music (and the new Modern Harmonic imprint) hit the turntables and share their legendary collections of incredible, vintage 45s. Join us for a vinyl-filled Happy Hour!

Tuesday May 17, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge Bar

6:00pm

Redeye 20th Anniversary Celebration
RSVP is required for all Music Biz 2016 attendees. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Redeye, a leading physical and digital distributor and label services provider for some of the biggest independent artists and labels in the world! Redeye is set to receive Music Biz's prestigious Indepedent Spirit Award earlier in the day, and we cannot wait to keep the party going into the night. The event will feature a special performance from Eli Paperboy Reed with full band and a DJ set from Chris Wilson as he spins Studio One catalog classics! Food and drinks will be provided.

SPONSORS: Music Biz, Record Store Day, Insightly, Nielsen


Tuesday May 17, 2016 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The George Rooftop Bar @ George Jones Museum 128 2nd Ave North, Nashville, TN 37201

7:30pm

Spotify Presents: Anatomy of a Song
Doors open at 7:30PM. Performances begin at 8PM. 

RSVP is required for all Music Biz 2016 attendees. 

Get a unique perspective from some of the industry's hottest songwriters such as Luke Laird and busbee as they showcase original songs in an intimate, live format and share the great stories behind their work.  

Seating will be limited and up for grabs on a first-come, first-served basis. Spill over standing room is available.




Tuesday May 17, 2016 7:30pm - 10:00pm
The Cordelle 45 Lindsley Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
 
Wednesday, May 18
 

8:00am

Networking Breakfast
sponsored by Warner Music Nashville

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so be sure to stop by the Music Biz Lounge to fuel up for a day of productivity.


Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Grand Ballroom Foyer

8:00am

Registration
Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:00am - 4:00pm
Music City Ballroom Foyer (2nd Fl)

8:00am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music
The Lounge is a centralized hub for all Music Biz attendees to congregate. The seating areas are designed for small group meetings or one-on-one conversations. Stop by between meetings or educational sessions to rest, catch up on email, or strike up conversations with someone you’ve never met. You may just find your next business partner right here!

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo Nielsen Music Connect. Nielsen Music Connect gives you access to airplay, sales, social and streaming data for all your artists, albums and songs in an easy-to-use, web-based tool. Nielsen Music Connect is also available as a mobile app for iOS and Android. Stop by the Lounge to see Nielsen Music Connect in action.


Wednesday May 18, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom Foyer

9:00am

Keynote: Copyright, Copy-left, Copy-wrongs?

Although the business landscape has shifted drastically for the American songwriter, the world’s appetite for great original music is stronger than ever. Bogard will provide a brief overview of current copyright issues for songwriters, publishers and PROs from a legislative, DOJ and Copyright Office perspective. He’ll also recap positive signs in the recorded music market due to growth in streaming volume and income.

For more information on the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall, click here.  


Speakers
avatar for Steve Bogard

Steve Bogard

Staff Writer/Director, BBR Music Group/The Copyright Forum
Steve Bogard is the Director of The Copyright Forum, serves as ex officio advisor to the Board of NSAI, is on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. Previously, he worked closely with the NMPA, DiMA, the RIAA, BMI and ASCAP and SESAC on legislation affecting songwriters’ rights and income in the digital space, covering subscription services, interactive streaming, satellite radio, and future digital uses of music... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 9:20am
204 (CC)

9:00am

Student-run Record Labels: The Farm Teams for Indie and Major Labels

More than 40 student-run record labels operate today at universities and colleges in the US and abroad.  These labels provide students with valuable hands-on experience, and provide up-and-coming artists with a launch pad and the opportunity to begin transitioning from amateur to professional. This session will explore their operating models, their successes and challenges, and ways for them to better engage with independent and major labels in terms of artist and staff development.


Moderators
avatar for Serona Elton

Serona Elton

Associate Professor & Director, Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program/VP, Business Solutions, University of Miami/Warner Music Group
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 in areas related to royalties... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Brindisi

Jerry Brindisi

Music Business Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor, Columbia College
Jerry Brindisi is an Assistant Professor and Music Business Program Coordinator in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago. Previously, he was a Sales and Marketing Research Analyst for Sony Music Entertainment’s Global Digital Business Group in New York. He has also worked with Warner Music Group’s Asylum Records and was a studio manager for Anders Music (AMI). | |  
avatar for Storm Gloor

Storm Gloor

Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver
Storm Gloor, MBA, is an associate professor in the department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies in the College of Arts & Media at the University of Colorado Denver. He teaches courses in music marketing, the future of the music business, and other subjects. For eight years, he supervised the operation of UC Denver’s award-winning student-run record label, CAM Records. In 2010, he was the recipient of the College’s Excellence in... Read More →
avatar for Joe Rapolla

Joe Rapolla

Chair, 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 and Warner Music Group, where he introduced pioneering relationship marketing programs and platforms. He also... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
206 (CC)

9:00am

Bridge Bar Branding & Meetings sponsored by Border City Media/BuzzAngle Music
The Bridge Bar is the most unique venue for a memorable Music City experience with its 42-foot bar, eight 60-inch flat screens and open atrium overlooking downtown Nashville.

The Bridge Bar Lounge is branded and features a meeting and demonstration area hosted by BuzzAngle Music, one of the industry's leading analytics and reporting services. BuzzAngle Music 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, powered by Gracenote. BuzzAngle Music has just released its 2.0 version which adds a whole host of new features. Come get a personal demonstration of BuzzAngle Music 2.0 at The Bridge Bar!


Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:00am - Thursday May 19, 2016 2:00am
Bridge Bar

9:25am

Breaking The Mold: Modern Music Publishing
Almost every segment of the music industry has become a hybrid of what it used be at its inception. This is a trend that remains true and continues to gain momentum for publishers. From blockchain methodologies for artists like Imogen Heap to managing their own releases and distribution, the modern publisher is agile and forward-thinking. Our roster of expert panelists will expand upon these topics and much more.

For more information on the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Joe Conyers III

Joe Conyers III

VP, 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 Darryl Ballantyne

Darryl Ballantyne

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 the... Read More →
avatar for Robert Clement

Robert Clement

CEO, Songspace
Robert Clement has worked in music, media and technology for over twelve years. As co-owner of American Songwriter from 2004 to 2012, he transformed the 2,000 circulation magazine into a nationally recognized media brand with 500,000 monthly engagements, prior to selling the company in 2012. Clement founded Songspace in 2013. To date, he’s raised over $1.6M in strategic capital from angels, music companies and early stage venture capital... Read More →
avatar for Kenley Flynn

Kenley Flynn

Creative Director, Combustion Music
Kenley Flynn began his career in publishing right out of Belmont University in 2010, joining up with Chris Farren and Chris Van Belkom at Combustion Music. Now Sr. Creative, Flynn has worked closely with Combustion’s entire roster including hit writers Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins, Jerry Flowers, Zach Crowell, and Matthew West. In addition to his song-plugging and creative duties, Flynn also works with developing and managing the careers... Read More →
avatar for Scott Jungmichel

Scott Jungmichel

Sr. VP, Royalty Distribution/Research Services Department, SESAC
Scott Jungmichel is SESAC’s Sr. VP of Royalty Distribution and Royalty Research Services. Jungmichel is responsible for planning, organizing and directing the operations of the Royalty Distribution and Research Services department. He also oversees the performance of all department functions including content registration and optimization, royalty administration, A/V client services and research and analysis.



Wednesday May 18, 2016 9:25am - 10:15am
204 (CC)

10:00am

Record Store Day Town Hall
Since its first event in 2008, Record Stores Day has become an internationally celebrated day, with consumers lining the streets for exclusive products, in-store performances, and celebrations that embrace the true spirit of the indie culture. The success of Record Store Day is a true testament to the countless hours of planning and hard work on behalf of organizers and participants around the world. While the 2016 event is still fresh in our minds, let's review the year's achievements and begin discussing how to make next year's event even bigger.

Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
209/210 (CC)

10:05am

Best Practices in Connecting Industry & Education
In this session, we’ll explore how academic institutions can best prepare students seeking to enter the hyper-dynamic rapidly-shifting modern music business, through real-world, hands-on connections with the music industry. In a laboratory environment, students can experiment with and examine real world business concepts and challenges, while also providing mutual benefits to industry partners.  This panel will survey best practices in how leading educational programs are adopting experiential education, as well as provide the perspective from industry leaders on how they can wrangle the creativity of students for the improvement of their businesses.

Moderators
avatar for Rob Weitzner

Rob Weitzner

Head of North America, Consolidated Independent (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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Kautz

Andrew Kautz

COO, Big Machine Label Group
Andrew Kautz is the COO of Big Machine Label Group. As one of the original employees when Big Machine opened its doors on Music Row in 2005, Kautz has experienced a rich history within the organization. He has been instrumental in growing the then start-up with just 13 employees into one of the leading independent record labels across all genres of music today. Currently, with a staff of over 100, including employees in Canada and London, the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Martignago

Chris Martignago

Director, A&R Research, Atlantic Records
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 SXSW, Florida Music Festival, NBC's Million Second Quiz with Ryan Seacrest, Cirque Du Soleil, Disney, AEG Live, Pepsi, and more all between managing/developing talent with homework due at midnight.  Full Sail is... Read More →
avatar for Jason Ross

Jason Ross

CEO, TSM Studio
Jason Ross started his first business in high school launching his entrepreneurial mentality. Eventually, his passion for music led him to Full Sail University in Orlando, where he studied recording arts. After he graduated, he was hired full time at A.R.S. Recording Studio as the manager, but he decided he needed to follow his own path, and within 6 months Ross started Trusun Media Inc. (TSM). While TSM has rapidly grown over the past 12... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:05am - 11:05am
206 (CC)

10:20am

Indie Publishing 2016: How Artist and Songwriter Development is Changing for the Independent Publisher
With more and more opportunities for music placements popping up each day and many listeners discovering new artists and songs via this exposure, the role of music publishing companies has evolved to include many aspects of A&R, including songwriter and artist development. This focus is even more pronounced at independent publishing companies, many of which are responsible for developing the careers of promising songwriters and artists who have gone on to sign major label record deals and score chart-topping tracks. During this panel, executives from two of the top independent music publishing companies in Nashville will examine this new landscape, provide tips for publishers on how to successfully implement artist development programs, and explain how aspiring artists can use publishing deals to their advantage to take their careers to the next level.

For more information on the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for John Ozier

John Ozier

VP, Nashville Creative, ole
John Ozier is ole’s General Manager of Creative in Nashville. Ozier brings a wealth of experience in operating publishing and record label businesses to the role. He has been responsible for No.1s by Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, and Brantley Gilbert. He is also a hit songwriter, having co-written Lee Brice’s multi-week No. 1 and Platinum single, “Hard to Love” and Tyler Farr's No. 1 and Gold Single, "Whiskey... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ree Buchanan

Ree Buchanan

President & Owner, Wrensong
Guided by the leadership of President/Co-Owner, Ree Buchanan, and its own in-house administrative staff, Wrensong’s catalog contains over 3,000 copyrights with five staff writers and artists. Buchanan has focused on developing a catalog of unique, special songs like “Where’ve You Been,” “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” and “Whiskey Lullaby” which are all GRAMMY/CMA nominated Songs of the Year... Read More →
avatar for John Pisciotta

John Pisciotta

Founder /Managing Partner, MusicSynk/LoudLab Ventures
John Pisciotta is the Managing Partner at LoudLab, a venture studio that accelerates high potential, scalable companies in the media and entertainment technology space. LoudLab is a Multi-Company Network (MCN), whose companies are mutually reinforcing and synergistically working together. Through its two business units, technology ventures and artist ventures, LoudLab invests in, develops and manages life-cycles of the IP it creates. Pisciotta... Read More →
avatar for Kos Weaver

Kos Weaver

Exec. VP, BMG Rights Management
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 →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am
204 (CC)

11:10am

University Project Spotlights
Belmont's Pipeline Project: Achieving Consensus in an Evolving Music Licensing Landscape
presented by Belmont University students: Jesse Bobick, Alessandra Alegre, and Stephen Denninger
On behalf of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Belmont University commissioned a team of three students, as part of their Pipeline Project, to conduct research over the summer of 2015 regarding the current state of music licensing and consent decrees. In continuing this initiative, our team urges the music industry to present their viewpoints as a unified front to Congress and the DOJ; we aim to encourage discussion between the creators, owners, and distributors of music to develop effective and sustainable solutions. In this presentation, we will detail our multi-stage research process, observations, and insights, as well as the origin of the Pipeline Project itself as a model of forward-thinking music business education.

UCLA Music 2020 Project and Changing Futures
presented by Gigi Johnson, Inaugural Director, UCLA Center for Music Innovation
At the new UCLA Center for Music Innovation at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, we're working on a year-long project on what music futures are possible and engaging in conversations between communities on where we might/should/could be going. In this session, we'll share the insights and results so far as well as engage in ways that other programs students and faculty can get involved. We'll also share details on our new Music Innovation Summer Institute.

Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:10am - 11:45am
206 (CC)

11:15am

Forward-Thinking Business Models In Synch Licensing & Streaming Promotion
Today artists are being launched by publishers and synch companies with fuel from major synchs in TV shows, movies and advertisements. With the power of just one placement, labels then begin to circle with the hope of piggy-backing on this success. Additionally, streaming has created the ability for publishers to promote artists like Jessie James Decker through playlisting strategies with significant return. We'll discuss some of the various opportunities for synch and streaming and how the landscape continues to change for publishers.

For more information on the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall, click here.  

Moderators
avatar for Katie Jelen

Katie Jelen

Head of Artist Relations, Secret Road Music Services
Katie Jelen is Head of Artist Relations for Secret Road Music Services and one half of the creative team for Secret Road Music Publishing. Her responsibilities at Secret Road include setting up co-writes, coordinating the fulfillment of creative briefs for synch placements and pitching songs to the country and pop markets. A "recovering singer-songwriter," she is a classically trained vocalist with a degree in music industry, as well as a law... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Charles Alexander

Charles Alexander

Co-Founder & Director of Playlist Programming/Founder, Streaming Promotions/Outside The Box Music
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. He helps artists, musicians and songwriters create and extend their online... Read More →
avatar for Randall Foster

Randall Foster

Sr. Director, Creative Licensing, ole
Randall Foster is Sr. Director of Creative Licensing at ole. Prior to ole, Foster spent a decade working in licensing and copyright clearance for Naxos and MTV Latin America. Foster is responsible for developing ole’s licensing activities into a robust revenue stream placing music in Hollywood blockbusters, TV, independent film, advertising, consumer products, digital media and maximizing each and every business vertical. He specializes... Read More →
avatar for Hillel Frankel

Hillel Frankel

Partner, Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
Hillel Frankel is a Partner at Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC (LSG), and currently runs LSG’s Nashville office on Music Row. He represents producers and artists including Nashville-based producer and Big Yellow Dog writer Chris Gelbuda (Meghan Trainor’s “Love You Like I’m Gonna Loose You” with John Legend), Americana producer Jimmy Sutton (JD McPherson and Pokey LaFarge), as well as LA-based Pop and R&B producer and Sony /ATV writer... Read More →
avatar for Joel Timen

Joel Timen

Creative Director, Word Entertainment
Joel Timen has been working in music since his mid-teens. After starting a music venue in Southern Oregon, he spent close to 10 years touring the U.S., playing drums for various bands. He was able to co-write on and record drums on multiple albums in various genres including one album produced by Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace, Kelly Clarkson). He transitioned from the artist side to the management side a number of years ago and developed a... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:15pm
204 (CC)

11:45am

12:30pm

Awards Luncheon
sponsored by Dropbox

Open 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 – Astralwerks’ Halsey and MCA Nashville’s Sam Hunt. Halsey, an alternative singer/songwriter, recently sold out the iconic Madison Square Garden as a first-time headliner. Her critically-acclaimed debut album Badlands has been certified Gold, as well as her hit single ‘New Americana’. Hunt, a rising Country star, recently achieved double-Platinum status for his debut album, Montevallo. He has also score three consecutive chart-topping, Platinum-selling singles with “Leave the Night On,” “House Party,” and the double-Platinum “Take Your Time”.

The honorable Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award will be presented to the T.J. Martell Foundation in recognition of its four decades of peerless charitable and philanthropic contributions to leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research, among many other accomplishments. It will be accepted by T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly and feature a video message from Founder and Chairman Tony Martell.

This year's prestigious Artist of the Year Award will be presented to chart-topping Country singing group Little Big Town. Founded in 1998, Little Big Town (consisting of Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jim Westbrook) has seen huge success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and “Girl Crush,” which exploded in 2015. “Girl Crush” is their first Top 20 single on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, breaking the record for longest-running #1 on the tally by a group of three or more members. The song won both ‘Single’ and ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2015 CMA Awards, as well as ‘Song of the Year’ and ‘Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards. 

Pioneering powerpop band and 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick will close out the Music Biz Awards with the 2016 Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement. The band’s music has exploded around the world, leading to more than 40 international Gold and Platinum certifications, including the 3x Multi-Platinum live record Cheap Trick at Budokan and the Platinum albums In Color, Heaven Tonight, Dream Police, Lap of Luxury, and The Greatest Hits. 

Speakers
avatar for Fred Beteille

Fred Beteille

Head of Product Content Strategy, YouTube
As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Fred Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the COO of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the company’s licensing and royalty administration functions and technologies. Earlier in his career, he held the positions of Sr. Director of Strategic Technology and Director of Business Affairs at The Harry Fox... Read More →
avatar for James Donio

James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). 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. This expanding membership vision... Read More →
MK

Marshall Kurtz

Industry Solutions Architect, Dropbox



Wednesday May 18, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Grand Ballroom

2:15pm

BuzzAngle Music Direct-to-Fan Stats & Charts
Direct-to-Fan Engagement can be a critical component of an artist and debut album's success. Utilizing BuzzAngle Music's stats and charts, see which artists and albums have taken advantage of this strategy to maximize their potential to boost sales, chart position and fan relationships. We'll also review the year's top Direct-Fan Album Charts.

Speakers
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 →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:15pm - 2:30pm
206 (CC)

2:15pm

Modern Video Monetization: MCNs, Metadata & More
The days when artists made music videos simply for 'TRL' and 'Pop-Up Video' are long gone. Today's music biz covets creative content that can be monetized beyond the traditional methods *N SYNC and Britney Spears were once used to. Multi-channel networks (MCNs) and their ability to cross-promote, partner with brands, and increase views are just one way artists are profiting off music video content, whether it be original or covered. In addition, the combination of new ad revenue collection tools and precise metadata are important factors in how successful one is in monetizing their video content. This panel will explore the latest trends in improving your video footprint and give tips on how you can make money doing so.

Moderators
avatar for Larry Mills

Larry Mills

Co-Founder & CEO, We Are The Hits
A serial entrepreneur, Larry Mills has forged his way in the entertainment business over a 20-year career, which has seen him start record labels, marketing companies, management companies, and most recently a cover song video network. Mills’ career started with a company called Steam Records and was recruited to run Autonomous Records, another independent label that spawned the careers of Sister Hazel and Creed. The next step in his career... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bill Dolan

Bill Dolan

Partner, Business Development & Sales, Zype
Bill Dolan has over 20 years of design and technology experience, successfully building strategic business relationships with some of the largest and most innovative digital agencies, technology companies and Global 1000 corporations. Prior to helping found Zype, Dolan was VP of Business Development at Datapipe. He was responsible for creating and driving Datapipe’s cloud computing business globally. Dolan helped launch Datapipe’s... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Martinez

Brandon Martinez

VP, Live Nation TV Network, Live Nation
Brandon Martinez is the former Co-Founder and CEO of INDMUSIC, a global rights administration network and YouTube MCN with digital tools and services to increase revenue and audience development on emerging platforms including YouTube, SoundCloud and Dailymotion. Acquired in 2016 by Live Nation, INDMUSIC is now known as Live Nation TV Network and still helps its partners monetize their content on multiple platforms without sacrificing creative... Read More →
avatar for Ed Seaman

Ed Seaman

GM, MVD Entertainment Group
“Serving Artists and Audiences" is MVD Entertainment's purpose statement and has served as a guiding light for Ed Seaman throughout his career. Starting with MVD in 1989, Seaman joined the family business started by his father in 1987, longtime industry veteran Tom Seaman. Having learned every aspect of the business, by the early 2000s Seaman was running MVD and transformed it from being primarily a wholesale entity for music videotapes... Read More →
avatar for Emmanuel Zunz

Emmanuel Zunz

Co-Founder & CEO, ONErpm
Music business leader Emmanuel Zunz has emerged as a bold new voice for today’s music economy. He’s the Founder and CEO of fiercely independent ONErpm, a label services company with digital music distribution and one of YouTube’s fastest growing Multi-Channel Networks (MCNs). ONErpm grants artists and labels direct access to every major digital service provider while allowing total control over all parameters of the music... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:15pm - 3:05pm
209/210 (CC)

2:15pm

Promotional Distribution & Digital Security
In 2016, knowing how to securely share your new and unreleased music with industry professionals and journalists alike is one of the most important things you need to understand in order to succeed. There are a number of methods currently being used to share promotional music right now, from cloud storage services, to digital promotional platforms, streaming services like Soundcloud, and even file transfer sites. This panel will cover the status of the war on piracy and the best methods for promotional digital distribution today. We will also touch on which services allow for customization of presentation, as well as digital security (watermarking, automated takedowns, etc.).

Moderators
avatar for James Shotwell

James Shotwell

Digital Marketing Manager, Haulix
James Shotwell got his start in music by opening, booking, and promoting the sole music venue in his hometown. While studying music industry management at Ferris State University a few years later, he continued his promotional work by assisting regional venues, as well as numerous independent labels, including Victory Records. He also used this time to launch Under The Gun Review, a music blog he would later sell to SpinMedia Group. Following... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Appel

Jen Appel

Founder, Catalyst Publicity Group
Jen Appel got her start with several top South Florida-based PR firms working with a multitude of industries including automotive, hotel, restaurant, and local/national non-profits to name a few. Moving to the music industry was a natural progression for Appel, who began working for a local entertainment group, where she was the Public Relations Director overseeing the social media, graphic design, and branding departments. It was always her... Read More →
avatar for Maria Gironas

Maria Gironas

Publicist, Reybee
Most people never fully grasp what they want to do for a career until much later in life. For Maria Gironas, she knew she wanted to be a music publicist since the age of 12 after meeting a publicist at a concert. Since then, she has stopped at nothing to break into the industry, using her ability to write and report through sites such as Bandsintown, MindEqualsBlown.net, YouTellConcerts.com, InfectiousMagazine.com, and Substream Magazine. She has... Read More →
avatar for Will Pugh

Will Pugh

Lead Singer, Cartel
As the main songwriter in Cartel, Will Pugh has achieved much success. Records he has written have sold over 500,000 copies and he has notched two Top 40 hits under his belt. While Pugh has showcased his pop-rock writing talents with Cartel, he is plenty versatile, well-versed in alternative, rock, straight-ahead pop, electronic music, and more. In addition to writing, Pugh also produces — he has helmed the boards for Cartel’s last... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:15pm - 3:05pm
201 (CC)

2:35pm

The State of Direct-To-Fan
Fame House recently released its latest white paper via Music Ally—Owning Your Audience: Building a Direct-to-Fan Strategy in 2016. 

The report is broken into 4 sections:
1. The State of Direct-to-Fan
2. Cultivating an Owned Audience
3. Monetizing Your Audience
4. How New Tech is Changing Music Experiences

Download the full white paper for free here

Speakers
avatar for Mike Fiebach

Mike Fiebach

Founder & CEO, Fame House
Mike Fiebach is the Founder and CEO of Fame House, a digital marketing and strategy agency focused on the music and entertainment industries. Fame House services include digital brand management, social media marketing, web design and development, creative services, online advertising, e-commerce, and merchandising. Clients have included Interscope, Universal, Beatport, Corona, AB InBev, Mastercard, T-Mobile, Atlantic Records, Eminem, Tiesto... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:35pm - 3:00pm
206 (CC)

3:05pm

The Power of Direct to Fan Engagement: How to Build Relationships and Drive Revenue

In today’s music world the most valuable and profitable revenue stream an artist has is directly with their fans. Join this panel and learn how to increase fan engagement and maximize revenue streams through direct-to-fan sales online and at live shows. We’ll discuss driving acquisition of fan data, content, and product development across channels and venues.  

To make it interactive, we invite participants to present/submit their best merch to receive constructive/actionable tips. The attendees, acting as hypothetical fans, will vote on a winner for the best merch and receive a prize from our sponsors. To participate in the merch critique, bring it to the panel or submit via email to info@merchcat.com


Moderators
avatar for Bram Bessof

Bram Bessof

Partner, indiehitmaker
Bram Bessof, live music producer and Founder of indiehitmaker, started his career as the drummer for long-time touring and indie success band Soup. Now, he helps artists win more fans, sell more merch and speed up careers. With his company, indiehitmaker, artists can engage and sell direct to fans online or on the road while reporting weekly sales to Soundscan and BuzzAngle enabling any artist to chart on Billboard, Pollstar, MusicWeek... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Chan

Elizabeth Chan

CEO, Merry Bright Music Enterprises
Elizabeth Chan is a multiple Billboard charting artist and CEO of Merry Bright Music Enterprises, an international entertainment company focused on holiday content, distributed in partnership with Sony/RED, Kobalt and Viva Entertainment. Merry Bright Music has established a fresh brand of seasonal media that has garnered critical acclaim on a multi-platform level including television, radio and digital outlets. Chan worked as an executive for... Read More →
avatar for Vanessa Ferrer

Vanessa Ferrer

Founder, Merch Cat
Armed with the heart of an artist, a 15-year business career, the belief that she could make a difference, and the drive to make it happen, Vanessa Ferrer founded InFocus Artist Management in 2009. A Certified Public Accountant and alumna of NYU with an M.S. in Real Estate, she solidified her music industry acumen through Berklee College of Music's music business program and hit the ground running. After several years managing a local... Read More →
avatar for Stella Psaroudakis

Stella Psaroudakis

Sr. Director, E-Commerce, Artist Arena / WEA
As Sr. Director of E-Commerce at Artist Arena, Stella Psaroudakis oversees direct-to-fan marketing strategy and online commerce for both legendary artists (David Bowie, Keith Richards, D’Angelo) and emerging artists (Shawn Mendes, Logic). In partnership with clients, Stella Psaroudakis works to create and implement innovative marketing campaigns, compelling retail offers, and business strategies that grow audience, reach, and revenue. She has... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:05pm - 4:00pm
206 (CC)

3:10pm

New Investment Models In Songs & Talent
As artist business models are shifting and income streams are changing, new models of investing in artists and musical works are starting to take shape.  What is the thinking behind each new approach? What data do we have around initial returns?How will these models evolve? What are some of the most promising ideas in this space that are likely to generate wins for all parties involved?  Hear from some of the experts that are focused on new ways of investing in artists and songs.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Umezaki

Ken Umezaki

Founder, Digital Daruma
Ken Umezaki is an angel investor and business advisor for digital music startups, through his company Digital Daruma, with a specific focus on artist and B2B music and media service companies. He is also an experienced music business executive, focusing on business development, strategy and fundraising for the companies he works with. Digital Daruma has also made select direct investments in music artists and has co-founded Five To One Media... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mike McCready

Mike McCready

Founder & CEO, Music Xray
Despite some expensive early lessons, Mike McCready had some success as an entrepreneur. Later on, he had some success as a musician. Today, McCready combines his passions for business and music by leading the company he co-founded, Music Xray. Millions of songs are created and uploaded to the web each year, making it harder than ever for musicians to stand out. Hit songs and acts (and lots of other commercially viable music and bands) are out... Read More →
avatar for Michael Morrison

Michael Morrison

President & CEO, Wanduta Management
Michael Morrison is President and CEO of Wanduta Management and The Artist Advisors. He has a successful track record of grooming artists from inception and ushering those artists to the precipice of stardom. His management roster past and present includes Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Stolar, Animal Years, among others. Having begun his career as an attorney, Morrison achieved success as the President and CEO of a... Read More →
avatar for Molly Neuman

Molly Neuman

Head of Music, Kickstarter
Molly Neuman is the new and first Head of Music at Kickstarter. Prior to joining Kickstarter, Neuman was Interim President and VP of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade association for American independent record labels which represent over 35% of the U.S. market. 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... Read More →
avatar for Mike Strouss

Mike Strouss

Co-Founder, Chime
Mike Strouss is the Co-Founder and CEO of Chime, a platform that privately connects angel investors with opportunities in music. Prior to Chime, Strouss ran LivingSocial's 300 person music venue, and led the company's music efforts by providing custom marketing solutions for labels, management, and artists.


Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:10pm - 4:00pm
204 (CC)

3:30pm

Infringement or Homage? Copyright Fair Use in 2016
Organized by Bone McAllester Norton PLLC

Nashville has a special place in copyright fair use law, dating back to the seminal case involving 2 Live Crew’s use of Roy Orbison’s song Pretty Woman, which started here in Nashville and went all the way up to the Supreme Court – Campbell v. Acuff Rose. From this special vantage point in Music City, we’ll explore the elements of fair use, substantial similarity and de minimis copyrighting while listening to recent examples of similar songs, like (1) Sam Smith’s Stay With Me and Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down, and like (2) Robin Thicke’s and Pharrell Williams’ Blurred Lines and Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give it Up. In light of the 9th Circuit’s recent decision in the YouTube Dancing Baby case involving Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, whose burden is it to examine fair use? What are the best practices for content creators, songwriters, video producers, and users of social media? How can creators maximize the advantages of technology without running afoul of copyright laws?

For more information on the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference program, click here.  

Moderators
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Stephen Zralek

Litigation: IP & Entertainment Disputes, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC
A self-proclaimed artist trapped in a lawyer's body, Stephen Zralek helps clients resolve entertainment, intellectual property (IP) and business disputes, both in and out of court. He is a highly sought-after speaker on issues of copyright, rights of publicity, trademark and other forms of intellectual property. He was born and raised in Nashville, and is glad everyone else has finally caught on why Nashville is the "It" City. He is a... Read More →

Speakers
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Suzanne Kessler

Counsel/Adjunct Professor of Copyright and Entertainment Law, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Vanderbilt Law School
Suzanne Kessler is an entertainment and intellectual property law attorney, who provides counsel and consulting services to traditional and new media clients, including record labels, recording artists, music publishers, songwriters, artist managers, film and television production companies and independent producers, and digital music and media start-ups. This 20-year professional is also a documentary filmmaker, artist manager and music... Read More →
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Loren Mulraine

Counsel/Assoc. Professor of Entertainment Law & IP, Bone McAllester Norton PLLC/Belmont University College of Law
Loren Mulraine is a law professor, entertainment attorney, singer/songwriter/producer, and entrepreneur. A professor at Belmont University School of Law since 2012, he teaches copyright, entertainment law, entertainment practice, mass media, and intellectual property.  Prior to joining Belmont, Mulraine served 14 years at Middle Tennessee State University in the Department of Recording Industry. His law practice has focused on government... Read More →
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Jessie Smith

Songwriter
Jessie Smith is a swampy Soul singer/songwriter from Nashville. She has developed a sound that is unapologetically genuine, combining her passion for old Soul music and her natural, Georgia drawl. Her muddy river musicality courses through Al Green, Gladys Knight, Billie Holiday, Mavis Staple singers, Sam Cook, Otis Redding, the haunting tradition of field hollers, and the messy side of life for a dark, redemptive quality. “What I want in... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 3:30pm - 4:40pm
Grand Ballroom West

4:05pm

Production Music: The Music You Hear Every Day
Production Music is the music you don't know that you know. You hear production music every single day without realizing it. Did you watch the local news today? Then you heard production music. Did you see the latest trailer for your favorite movie? See a commercial advertising your favorite brand’s new product? Chances are the music you heard was Production Music.    This is a niche segment of the Music Industry, but a very important and profitable segment. Randy Wachtler is here to shine a light on an industry unknown by so many people in the Music Industry.

Moderators
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Randy Wachtler

President & CEO, Warner/Chappell Production Music
Randy Wachtler is currently the President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Production Music, a worldwide production music company with offices in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Paris and more. He was also the founder of 615 Music, which was acquired by Warner/Chappell in 2010. Wachtler is also a Co-Founder and past Chairman of the Production Music Association based in Los Angeles and currently serves as a Board Member. Under his leadership... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Fisher

Matt Fisher

Director, Licensing, The License Lab
Matt Fisher, is the Director of Music Licensing for The License Lab, a production music company specializing in library and custom music that supports concept messaging of all types. Before The License Lab, Fisher worked for 615 Music, Warner Music Group, and MCA Records. He has also been a drummer in the Nashville community for over 16 years.
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Paul Jones

President, Auralation Music
Auralation Music composer Paul Jones has a impressive composing career that spans 25+ years. After spending five years as the music supervisor for a small start-up media conglomerate, Scripps Networks (HGTV, FOODNetwork, DIY), he went on to score hundreds of hours of crime show programming (City Confidential, Snapped). Deciding to finally break onto the music scene, Jones started the Auralation Production Music Library. This composer friendly... Read More →
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Tom Snider

Composer
Tom Snider is a freelance composer specializing in custom news media packages and production music. His music is featured daily in more than 300 domestic markets, and his international roster of clients includes AT&T, CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and CCTV (China), as well as CNN-IBN and IBN7 (both in India). Born and raised to age 11 in Honduras, he earned his undergraduate degree at Wheaton College Conservatory and his... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 4:05pm - 4:55pm
201 (CC)

4:05pm

The All-Genre Marketing Brawl: EDM vs. Country vs. Pop vs. Rock vs. Hip Hop
In one corner we have Country Music.  In the other we have EDM.  Wait a minute! Rock, Pop, & Hip Hop wanted in on this, and just jumped the rope with folding chairs. Is this WWE? No, it’s Marketing!

Join us to discuss and contrast music marketing approaches across different genres and fan bases that might work for you.  We will explore the good, the bad, and everything in between using case studies from our clients, answering any of your questions as well.  

(Disclaimer- We are not responsible for any injuries sustained from folding chairs thrown during this session)

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Asare

Andrew Asare

Manager, Digital Marketing, Def Jam Recordings
Andrew Asare is the Digital Marketing Manager at Def Jam Recordings. He also works with Entertainment Weekly and Vibe Media to produce digital content as a freelancer. Asare has held past positions with Primary Wave Music, Sony Music Entertainment, Roc Nation, BET Networks, MTV Networks, Bad Boy Entertainment, and Atlantic Records. He received a BA in Journalism from Howard University.
avatar for Cameo Carlson

Cameo Carlson

Head of Digital Business Development, Borman Entertainment
Cameo Carlson, Head of Digital Business Development for Borman Entertainment and former Exec. VP of Universal Motown Republic Group, has been at the forefront of the digital music revolution from its earliest stages. From terrestrial radio to online radio to digital and mobile commerce, she has demonstrated an ability to stay one step ahead of the industry throughout her career. Her roles have included mobile, online and digital sales, product... Read More →
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 online, e-commerce, mobile, social, fan engagement, 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 →
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Alec Steinfeld

Artist Manager & Digital Development Lead, C3 Management
Alec Steinfeld is an artist manager and the digital development lead at C3 Management, an artist management division of C3 Presents. Steinfeld's current client roster includes GRiZ, Gramatik, Lettuce, Break Science, Goldfish, Chris McClenney, and Branx, and has worked on various marketing campaigns for Future, YG, The Head and The Heart, Bassnectar, Alina Baraz, Boots, Delta Spirit, Thievery Corporation, Mutemath, and others.


Wednesday May 18, 2016 4:05pm - 4:55pm
209/210 (CC)

4:50pm

From Sugarland to SFX and Beyond: The Legal Side Of Festivals And Touring
Organized by Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP

Once upon a time, an artist went on a tour for an album cycle, promoting one album for as long as the charts or their label would support it. Along the way, they might play a handful of one off festival dates, mostly in Europe. Today, music festival season is a global, almost year round, industry.  Artist, management, label and legal interests are still competing, but the forum for competition has changed. Multi-day, multi-stage events are now dominating the live music scene over tours, based on exposure to fans and potential for artist guarantee over what they’d receive for a regular concert date. Festivals can sell out before the artists are announced, giving the fests themselves a position of buying power that buyers didn’t have when live music was focused on touring alone. Artists can’t announce tours or certain dates, and have to contend with extensive radius clauses, in order to play the music festivals. 

Live music is now a community-based, full-spectrum experience of entertainment, luxury listening, artist/fan relationships and social connectivity.

This CLE panel discussion to include: the legal deal points and how they are changing each year due to expansion and consolidation; force majeure clauses post Sugarland; the annual “additional insured” debate each festival seems destined to have with the artists; the impact of the recent bankruptcy of SFX and others; the independent festival promoters merging or staying solo; the deal points agents are using to balance touring business versus festival business; and how managers are managing with this much change to the industry at once.

For more information on the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference program, click here

Moderators
avatar for Adam Ritholz

Adam Ritholz

Founder & 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. His practice consists of both new entrepreneurial and established entertainment, media and technology companies for which the firm provides a broad range of services, including development of business model strategies, financing documents, revenue modeling, corporate set up and documentation, trademark (including... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Cheek

Jamie Cheek

Entertaining Industry Business Manager, Flood Bumstead McCready & McCarthy, Inc.
Jamie Cheek is an entertainment industry business manager with Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy Inc., specializing in comprehensive business and financial management for a select roster of recording. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond and received his MBA from the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Cheek is former Treasurer for the Nashville Film Festival; a graduate, former treasurer and past president of... Read More →
avatar for Jaime Heller

Jaime Heller

Of Counsel, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Jaime Heller is an entertainment and corporate attorney in Nashville. Her experience, foresight, ability to dissect all facets of a situation, and knowledge of the law has made her a highly in-demand entertainment attorney for entertainment clients in a variety of different contexts. Her diverse group of clients includes artists, writers, music producers, record labels, publishers, and festival producers. She also offers general corporate counsel... Read More →
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AJ Niland

CEO, Huka Entertainment
Motivated by a lack of top-tier concerts in his small southern town, A.J. Niland cofounded HUKA Entertainment — a music production, talent-buying and promotion company – while attending college in 2003. After growing rapidly from a scrappy start-up of two individuals to a team of almost 30 full time employees developing and producing critically hailed multi-day, multi-stage events across the U.S. and Canada, Niland and his team at... Read More →
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Lane WIlson

-, WME
Lane Wilson is a 22 year veteran and Partner at WME Nashville.  Lane works in the Music Division at WME and is responsible for negotiating deals for amphitheatre, stadium and arena level touring Artists in the southeastern U.S.  Lane is also responsible agent for several clients in the Nashville office and handles day-to-day affairs for Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, and Tracy... Read More →



Wednesday May 18, 2016 4:50pm - 6:00pm
Grand Ballroom West

5:00pm

Data To Dollars: Adapting New Data To The Music Industry
Big data has become a major topic in leading industries and is starting to make its way into the music industry. Social Media sharing and data collection opt-ins are constantly increasing and the possibilities of learning audiences are endless. As users continue to provide a glance into their preferences, likes, spending habits, and identifying characteristics, a wealth of data is being collected that can in turn help predict future behavior. Now is the time to learn how to adapt the information to your industry. Whether you’re a promoter or an artist, data is available and valuable to the future of your business.

Moderators
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Glenn Peoples

Pandora
Glenn Peoples was previously Sr. Editorial Analyst at Billboard. After years working in marketing, sales and finance at various music companies, Peoples offered analysis and insight on the music business in Billboard magazine and its business website, Billboard biz. Based in Nashville, he is frequently quoted in the media on topics ranging from music royalties to general trends in the marketplace. He is a member of Leadership Music's class of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Drew Burchfield

Drew Burchfield

Co-Founder, Aloompa
Drew Burchfield co-founded Aloompa in February 2009 and is focussed on driving innovative mobile apps and software for music, food, conference and community events in the U.S. and abroad. Aloompa has created unique fan experiences for Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Coachella, Insomniac, Electric Forest, Rock in Rio, Rodeo Houston, Lollapalooza, 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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Jeff Cuellar

VP, Strategic Partnerships, AC Entertainment
Jeff Cuellar has been an integral part of the AC Entertainment team for 14+ years and currently serves as VP of Strategic Partnerships working out of AC’s Chicago office. In this role, he works to establish and build mutually beneficial relationships with all of the communities in which AC Entertainment does business, creating key connections with community leaders in government, business and civic organizations in order to ensure a lasting... Read More →
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Jonathan Wayland

Director of Talent, red frog events
Jonathan Wayland is a Talent Buyer at Red Frog Events, an event production company and pioneer of the experiential entertainment industry. Wayland has been Talent Buyer and Artist Relations Coordinator for two-time Pollstar “Festival of the Year” nominee Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE since its inception in 2012 and in the same role for one year with BottleRock Festival in Napa, CA.  For the past eight years, he has been... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
204 (CC)

5:00pm

The Vinyl Resurgence: ‘Hipster’ Fad or Here For the Long Haul?
Worldwide vinyl record sales continue to rack up impressive annual sales gains, driven in great part by a young demographic. But there are troubling signs in the mix, including poorly pressed records produced from questionable, often mislabeled sources and a confusing reissue marketplace wherein multiple versions of the same title at various price points can be found in the same bin behind an artist’s place card. In this panel industry pros who manufacture, distribute and retail vinyl records will discuss the successes and difficulties they’ve experienced over the past decade riding the vinyl wave that some predicted, others dismissed and of which many remain profoundly skeptical. Also on the agenda will be a discussion of how this unlikely phenomenon began and what will be required to assure its continued growth in the 21st century.

Moderators
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Michael Fremer

Editor/Sr. Contributing Editor, Analog Planet/Stereophile Magazine
Michael Fremer is the Editor of analogplanet.com, a Sr. Contributing Editor at Stereophile Magazine and Contributing Editor at Sound&Vision magazine. He’s also contributed to The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Consumer Digest, and The Bergen Record (New Jersey), among other publications and periodicals. Fremer has also appeared on the oft-run ‘History of Audio’ documentary on The History Channel. He’s... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ben Blackwell

Ben Blackwell

Head, Production, 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 fifteen years, he’s personally overseen the... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Judge

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. He went on to manage three of its locations and eventually purchased the store entirely in 2012, leading to its best sales year in a decade in 2014 and its best-selling day in history on Record Store Day... Read More →
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Don MacInnis

President, Record Technology Inc (RTI)
In 1983, a temp agency sent Don MacInnis to Record Technology Inc. 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 and... Read More →
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Ty Mattheu

Director, Product Development, Crosley Brands
Ty Mattheu is the Director of Product Development for Crosley Brands in Louisville KY. Crosley Brands is a consumer products company best known for its Crosley Radio brand, which is one of the largest producers of turntables in the world. With a customer base in over 30 countries, Crosley has been a key player in the resurgence of vinyl records in the marketplace. He has been with Crosley for 17 years, and over that time has worked in both... Read More →
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Jay Millar

Creative Director & Catalog Development, Sundazed Music
Jay Millar is a music industry veteran and vinyl veteran as well. Currently working with Sundazed Music and the newly minted Modern Harmonic label, Millar got his start in the industry in 1995 with PolyGram’s Detroit office. He spent eight years in New York split between BMG, Sony-BMG, and Universal. In 2007, United Record Pressing moved him to Nashville to help modernize the company and handle many facets of the business including... Read More →


Wednesday May 18, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
205 (CC)

6:00pm

Grab A Drink
Records will spin! Bob Irwin and Jay Millar of Sundazed Music (and the new Modern Harmonic imprint) hit the turntables and share their legendary collections of incredible, vintage 45s. Join us for a vinyl-filled Happy Hour!

Wednesday May 18, 2016 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Bridge Bar

7:00pm

WHO KNEW
WHO KNEW IS SOLD OUT.

Doors open at 6PM. Program will begin at 7PM sharp.


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:

  • James Donio, President, Music Business Association
  • Jeff Cuellar, VP, Strategic Partnerships, AC Entertainment
  • Ali Harnell, Sr. VP, AEG Live
  • Jeremy Holley, Co-Founder, FlyteVu
  • David Ross, BossRoss Media Consulting & Founder, MusicRow Magazine
  • Michael Weintrob, Entertainment Photographer & Creator of Instrument Head

 

The WHO KNEW after party will take place from 8:30 - 10:30 PM with performances from Them Vibes and The Mulligan Brothers. Click here for more info.
 
WHO KNEW is presented by MusicRowSearch, a Nashville-based executive-search firm for the entertainment industry.
 


Wednesday May 18, 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm
3rd & Lindsley 818 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210