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Thursday, May 14 • 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Music’s Middle Class: An Endangered Species?

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In a recent article in the Tennessean, the reporter analyzing the state of our industry came to the conclusion that you’re either Taylor Swift or you might as well go get a real job.  This generated a number of responses counter-posing the many opportunities available for unsigned and independently signed artists, and there are in fact many scenarios where the exact opposite is true.  This panel will provide an overview of how unsigned and independent artists are faring in the current music industry.  Panelists will discuss the various revenue streams for such artists and provide real life examples of local artists finding creative ways to generate income.  The panel will also review deal terms and weigh the pros and cons of recording and publishing deals with independent labels/publishers, pitching deals, production agreements and VC deals.

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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
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Heath Baumhor

Agent, APA
Heath Baumhor spent 2001 – 2005 at MTSU where he graduated with a degree in music business and a minor in marketing. Upon graduation, a quick relocation 30 miles West to Nashville and a few stepping stones along the way, Heath landed at APA (Agency for the Performing Arts) where he has been for over 7 years and is part of APA’s Contemporary Music department. APA represents musicians, comedians, brands, authors, directors actors and... Read More →
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Steve Markland

VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing
A 25-year veteran of the music publishing industry, Steve Markland has discovered and nurtured some of the most talented songwriters in Nashville including Brett James, who was named as the ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year” twice; Jeffrey Steele, who won multiple BMI and NSAI “Songwriter of the Year” awards; Randy Houser, Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses; and two-­time 2014 Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves. Prior to joining... Read More →
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Chip Petree

-, Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields LLP
Chip Petree opened the Nashville office of Ritholz Levy in June 2014 as a partner in the firm’s Entertainment Group after a decade heading up his own law practice, Petree Law.  As a practitioner specializing in transactional work in the music and entertainment industries, he represents a diverse group of individuals and companies in all areas of the entertainment industry, including #1 songwriters, critically acclaimed and... Read More →
avatar for Jessi Tichenor

Jessi Tichenor

Sr. Partner, Madhouse Management
Jessi Tichenor is a Sr. Partner at Madhouse Management, a boutique artist and production management company. Madhouse also offers artist development, branding assistance, publishing administration, booking services, publicity, merchandising, label coordination, radio promotion and media assistance. Her team is behind a diverse roster of emerging and innovative artists. Adept in their strategy, communication and negotiation, Madhouse's mission... Read More →



Thursday May 14, 2015 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Capitol 1

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