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Monday, May 11
 

12:00pm

Registration
Monday May 11, 2015 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Sheraton Lobby
 
Tuesday, May 12
 

7:30am

Registration
Tuesday May 12, 2015 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Lobby

8:00am

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


Tuesday May 12, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Legislative Terrace

8:30am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music

The Meeting/Networking 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 have never met. You just may find your next business partner, right here.

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo their recently launched mobile version of Nielsen Music Connect. With a new iPhone and iPad version, Nielsen Music Connect is your complete music measurement solution. Get artists stats on sales, streaming, airplay, social media, Billboard charts, industry trends and more. Whether you’re in a meeting or at a show stay connected with what’s happening in music, anytime or anywhere. Come check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nielsen-music-connect/id947027016.



Tuesday May 12, 2015 8:30am - 6:00pm
Legislative Terrace

9:00am

Welcome & Introduction to Music Biz’s Startup Services
Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Hennessey

Nicole Hennessey

VP, Communications, Music Business Association



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:00am - 9:10am
Davidson B

9:00am

Welcome To Music Biz's Third Annual Metadata Summit
Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Biz
Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the trade organization the Music Business Association, working to explore and resolve objectives related to enterprise-level digital music commerce. He has driven the creation of user-friendly resources to facilitate the adoption of industry standards, and resources such as the API Directory, the Music Startup Network, and the Music Startup Academy to help newcomers to the industry create... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:00am - 9:15am
Capitol 1

9:10am

Keynote Presentation: Customers Before Code
To build a music tech product that sells and a startup that wins, founders must first deeply understand their market and the customers they intend to sell to. What do they want and need? What problems do they need solved or jobs do they need done? How much would they pay for something that does the job better? How many of them are there and how will you reach them? Until you can answer these questions, it's not yet time to code. In his talk, Shawn Yeager, partner with music tech venture-builder, Back Porch Group, and co-founder of Endorsee, will address how to turn a shiny object into a salable product, applying principles from Lean Startup and Evidence-Based Entrepreneurship.

Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.



Speakers
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 →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:10am - 9:30am
Davidson B

9:15am

Information Flow: Speed, Responsiveness And Scale Follow Smart Data Practices
Metadata enables innovation and efficiency or hobbles organizations depending on the level of understanding and commitment of its importance at the most senior levels. Yet, it can be difficult for an organization to reach that level of commitment because it requires an appetite and capacity for working at a detailed level … something many senior leaders may not do on a regular basis. This keynote will discuss the impact on the business and show the cascading value of managing the ‘small data’ very well from the beginning. Proper management will eliminate the noise and help migrate music companies to being media services organizations with relevance across consumer lifestyle categories and beyond current core businesses.

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Jbara

Mike Jbara

EVP, Technology & Business Processes, Warner Music Group
Mike Jbara is Exec. VP of Technology & Business Processes and Warner Music Group and leads the company's global information technology strategy and functions. He is responsible for developing solutions, systems, and procedures that serve the creative and commercial needs of WMG’s employees, artists, and business partners. Jbara previously served as President of Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) Worldwide, where he led the growth... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:15am - 9:45am
Capitol 1

9:30am

The Licensing Vortex Explained: How to Get Your Startup Service Rightsholder-Approved
Need or want to use music for your app or game? The landscape to license downloads, streaming, radio, video, and games is complicated at best. This session will take attendees through various rights for recorded music and underlying composition, as well as where and how to obtain licenses.

Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.


Speakers
avatar for Raoul Chatterjee

Raoul Chatterjee

SVP Music, 7digital
Raoul works closely with music industry partners to support the ongoing development of 7digital. Previously, he ran the commercial strategy and operations for Warner Music UK, enjoying a successful time working with artists such as Ed Sheeran and Michael Bublé, and overseeing partnerships with services such as iTunes, YouTube and Spotify. He always has been a pioneer of the development of new digital business models. Raoul was... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Friedman

Bryan Friedman

Co-Founder/COO, Rithm
Bryan Friedman is Co-founder and COO of Rithm, the world’s leading music messaging platform and winner of Best in Mobile at the 2014 FlashFWD Awards. Through its unique music chat interface, Rithm is reinventing the social music experience, while simultaneously pioneering an innovative low-cost subscription model targeted at mainstream users. Prior to Rithm, Friedman co-founded MavenSay, a popular social recommendations app. In addition... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Pierce

Kyle Pierce

VP, Music Partnerships, 7digital
Kyle Pierce is VP of Music Partnerships at 7digital, a leading global B2B platform for digital music services. In this capacity, Pierce works to develop and drive 7digital’s existing and prospective rights holder relationships in North America. Since joining 7digital in 2012, he has also worked closely with 7digital’s third party clients, licensing the 7digital API, assisting in product cultivation, and guiding the strategy to bring... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Relph

Stephen Relph

CEO & Co-Founder, The Overflow
Stephen Relph is the CEO and co-founder of TheOverflow, the world’s first genre specific subscription streaming music service focused on Christian and Gospel music. TheOverflow launched on iOS and Android in January 2015. He wears many hats at the company, but primarily focuses on business development, merchandising, licensing, and finance. Relph is passionate about driving a tighter connection between the artist, their music, and the... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
Davidson B

9:45am

Prepping for the Music Datapocalypse
While it’s not time to grab your crossbows and stockpile the canned goods, legacy information infrastructure systems and teams are already stressed to their limit handling current levels of data and transactions. In addition, new business models and a growing global marketplace require exponential increases in systems, standards compliance, and raw computing power. Analysts and industry experts will discuss the current state and size of the market, highlighting transaction volumes and the potential solutions.

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.


Moderators
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 →

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Jim King

Jim King

Sr. VP, Business Operations & Technology, BMI
Jim King is Sr. VP of Business Operations and Technology at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing all areas of technology innovation, operations and product development to deliver cutting-edge business processes that provide the highest possible value to BMI’s songwriters, composers, music publishers and licensees. In addition, he has developed strategic partnerships and key relationships with many firms in... Read More →
avatar for Jim Lucchese

Jim Lucchese

CEO, The Echo Nest
Jim Lucchese has worked at the intersection of music and technology for nearly 20 years. Today, Lucchese is CEO of the industry’s leading music intelligence company, The Echo Nest, acquired by Spotify, the world’s largest subscription streaming music service. He currently oversees all aspects of The Echo Nest, with a recent focus on integration with Spotify. As part of Spotify, Lucchese is also exploring ways to apply technology, data... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Capitol 1

10:30am

Music Pub Works: One-Stop System For Your Entire Music Catalog Needs
Speakers
avatar for Denise Zavitson

Denise Zavitson

President/Owner, Music Pub Works
Denise Zavitson is founder/president of Music Pub Works, LLC, a SaaS (software as a service) platform serving the metadata needs of music catalogues and royalties administration for songwriters, publishers, administrators and independent labels.   Music Pub Works was designed to be applicable to all facets of the music industry. A tiered structure provides both cost-efficiency as well as various levels of engagement respective to a... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:30am - 10:35am
Davidson B

10:35am

What Can Build vs. Buy API Services Do for Me?
Join us as we review the depth of API services available for any startup seeking to establish a new business model in music and enter the market quickly and affordably, outsourcing the “heavy lifting” involved in building an enterprise-class music business.

Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.


Moderators
avatar for Shachar Oren

Shachar Oren

Founder/President/CEO, Neurotic Media
As founder, Shachar Oren is responsible for Neurotic Media’s business strategy, sales and marketing, product, and operations. Neurotic Media’s leading technology and services empower businesses to create custom digital experiences across multiple devices to promote their brands using the universal power of music. Its customers include retailers, mobile carriers, consumer brand marketers, record companies, and innovative music... Read More →

Speakers
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Bob Fleming

Product Management Director, Rovi Corporation
Bob Fleming is the Product Management Director for Rovi’s Advanced Discovery solutions, providing highly personalized Search, Recommendations, and natural language Conversation solutions for entertainment discovery. | | Rovi is leading the way in the discovery and personalization of digital entertainment. Rovi helps power top brands around the world with market-leading guides, metadata, recommendations, audience analytics and advanced... Read More →
avatar for Chris Webb

Chris Webb

COO, GhostTunes
Chris Webb is currently the COO of GhostTunes and is responsible for growing the brand. Webb, a veteran of the digital landscape, started 10Acious, Inc. in 2007, which was a company which focused on creative mobile marketing solutions and software to some of the largest brands including Pepsi, Verizon, NFL, NBC, Churchill Downs, YUM brands and many others. Webb has also achieved significant success in worldwide television distribution and event... Read More →
avatar for Denise Zavitson

Denise Zavitson

President/Owner, Music Pub Works
Denise Zavitson is founder/president of Music Pub Works, LLC, a SaaS (software as a service) platform serving the metadata needs of music catalogues and royalties administration for songwriters, publishers, administrators and independent labels.   Music Pub Works was designed to be applicable to all facets of the music industry. A tiered structure provides both cost-efficiency as well as various levels of engagement respective to a... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:35am - 11:35am
Davidson B

10:45am

Acronym Salad: Digital Standards & Identifiers Status Report
Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.

DDEX Update
Mark Isherwood, DDEX

ISRC Update
David Hughes, RIAA

ISNI Update
Paul Jessop, County Analytics

Speakers
avatar for David Hughes

David Hughes

Sr. VP, Technology, Recording Industry Assoc. of America (RIAA)
David has over 20 years’ experience in digital technology focusing for the last 17 years on the online distribution of music. He joined the RIAA in Washington, DC in 2006, where he is currently Sr. VP of Technology. Hughes represents the recording industry’s technology interests and coordinates technology efforts. His responsibilities include the development and promotion of identifier and metadata standards, new technologies and... Read More →
avatar for Mark Isherwood

Mark Isherwood

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

Paul Jessop

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



Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:45am - 11:15am
Capitol 1

11:15am

Interoperability: Less Talk, More Action
The music business has its own particular way of extracting defeat from the jaws of victory.  It seems that every few years, there’s the announcement of a colossal boondoggle, and the clock gets set back to zero on solving problems. This panel will perform a post-mortem on industry initiatives of the past and examine what can be done to further interoperability in the future.

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.


Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Read

Chris Read

VP, Enterprise Operations, Isolation Network, Inc.
Chris Read has over 15 years product data and digital distribution experience. He joined Isolation Network/INgrooves in July 2014. Currently, Read heads up Enterprise Operations for Isolation Network and provides digital distribution support services to Universal Music Group in North America, overseeing Applications Support, Support Engineering, Business Analysis and the International Operations teams. He held similar positions with Warner... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm
Capitol 1

11:30am

Attendee Tour of United Record Pressing

TOUR IS FULL. PRIOR SIGN-UP WAS REQUIRED.
 

*Adding this event to your Sched profile does not gurantee a spot on the tour.

Shuttle boarding begins at 11:15 AM and shuttle leaves promptly at 11:30 AM.

Tour is limited to 25 attendees per tour, so prior sign-up is required.

Join us for a 45-minute tour of United Record Pressing, Nashville’s one-stop record-making shop since 1949. From working with Vee Jay Records to release the first 7” Beatles vinyl in America to pressing Jay-Z’s The Black Album, United Record Pressing is a working museum that pays homage to the breadth of artists and genres that have helped shape its history. The tour will include the infamous Motown Suite. With few accommodations for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown Suite became the go-to for Motown execs. This apartment, located above the factory, still features novel ’60s décor. Also included in the tour is the Party Room. Once used as event space, this room hosted record label signing parties for folks like Wayne Newton, The Cowsills, and a then-16-year-old Hank Williams Jr.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
United Record Pressing

12:00pm

Grab & Go Lunch
Hungry, but not enough time between meetings to enjoy one of the many delectable restaurants featured in our Restaurant Guide? Stop by Speakers Bistro for a specially priced boxed lunch. Sandwich or salad, chips and a beverage are included. Sit and eat in the Bistro or
take the lunch with you to your next meeting.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Speakers Bistro

1:00pm

The Empowered Artist
The music industry requires artists at the early stage of their careers to develop their own fan bases and formulate their own development and marketing plan to create enhanced awareness to move their careers forward. This session will look at how artists can knowledgeably approach this challenge and empower themselves, as well as the “team” that artists need to assemble to help move their music business forward. The panel will also touch on the need and the opportunity for the industry to "incubate artists" to support future catalog development.

Click here to read more about the Artists, Management & Touring program.


Moderators
avatar for Dave Kusek

Dave Kusek

CEO, New Artist Model
Dave Kusek is a business advisor, mentor, entrepreneur, digital music pioneer and CEO of the New Artist Model online music business school. | | The New Artist Model provides music business training for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers and songwriters. It is an alternative to the traditional music business degree providing affordable, real-world education online to people active in the music industry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Clifford

Patrick Clifford

VP, Music Publishing and A&R, Disney Music Publishing
Patrick Clifford is VP of Music Publishing and A&R for Disney Music Publishing in Nashville. He is responsible for exploiting the company’s extensive catalog of existing songs, as well as providing creative direction, leadership and growth of the writer roster of Disney Music Publishing. Clifford was most recently VP of A&R for Ten Ten Music Group in Nashville, a post he held since 2005. His career began with artists James Taylor... Read More →
avatar for Stewart Halcomb & Holly Helms

Stewart Halcomb & Holly Helms

Artists, The Springs
What do you get when you pair Stewart Halcomb and Holly Helms together? You get “The Springs”. The versatile multi-award winning duo delivers Country/Southern Rock and traditional favorites, offering something for the whole family powered by tight harmonies, sure-footed songwriting, high energy shows, authenticity, and undeniable chemistry. The standout duo are a fine example of modern independent artists, tirelessly performing 150... Read More →
avatar for Gerald Moss

Gerald Moss

VP Marketing, Entertainment One
Gerald Moss is the VP of Marketing at Entertainment One Distribution. After stints at radio, booking, music retail and wholesale, he joined Koch which became eOne in 1994 as a field sales rep handling a four state territory in the Midwest. After seven years in the field, he moved to Koch's corporate headquarters in Port Washington, New York to do East regional sales management. In 2007, he moved from sales to marketing and today he heads up... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Capitol 2/3

1:00pm

How to Get the Best Biz Dev Deal And Work With Artists & Managers To Make The Most Of It
After we help you determine if you need content or access to get your new music product up and running, we’ll get you ready for your meeting with the biz dev folks, making sure you know the answers to the important questions that they will be looking for you to answer. We’ll give you pointers to hone your pitch and discuss how aligning with an artist can help take your startup or app to the next level.

Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.



Speakers
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 Jon Vanhala

Jon Vanhala

Co-Founder, Thesis Ventures
Jon Vanhala is self-described as "always creating, building, and curating teams of creators and builders." He's co-founder of Thesis Ventures, an early-stage, hands-on company builder that invests intellectual, financial, and network capital in unique startups. He's former Head of Digital & New Business at Universal Music's largest label group (275 artists across Island/Def Jam, Republic, Motown...) where he oversaw new digital business... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Davidson B

1:15pm

Next Generation Listener Experiences: High Quality Assets & Images
The new customer acquisition battleground is context. Enhancing the listening experience is essential to differentiating the value of recorded music services in order to capture “earshare.” This forum will discuss the implications of the shift toward high quality audio, visual, and informational assets.  It is imperative that content owners future proof their assets, but what does that require in a market with disparate options? What are the costs and realities of retrofitting catalogue for the demands of the future? The cost of future proofing assets moving forward? What is the standard for HQA? How do you create 4000 x 4000 pixel images of album minis from catalogue created 25, 30, 40 years ago? What else are users looking for, and what data infrastructure is needed to support the needs of customers?

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.


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 Vince Bannon

Vince Bannon

VP, Entertainment Partnerships & Development, Getty Images
Vince Bannon, VP of Strategic Partnerships and Evangelist of Getty Images, is responsible for global entertainment business development. He is a seasoned music industry veteran. He founded Concert Company Ritual (later sold to Live Nation) and was Sr. VP of Sony Music. Bannon ventured into new digital pastures in the beginning of the new century with start-up image net, later acquired by Getty Images in 2004. Getty Images is a leading creator and... Read More →
avatar for Kristen Bender

Kristen Bender

Sr. Product Mgr., Music, Sonos
Kristen Bender is the Sr. Product Manager of Music at Sonos. She is responsible for the product strategy for music and content, managing both partner relationships and product integrations. Bender has been working in the music business focusing on the developing digital music space since 2003. She began her career at Warner Music Group in the digital sales team originally set up to manage the digital download and streaming music service business... Read More →
avatar for Barak Moffitt

Barak Moffitt

Head of Strategic Operations, UMG Global Finance, Universal Music Group
Barak Moffitt is Head of Strategic Operations, UMG Global Finance at Universal Music Group, where his responsibilities include improving processes and technology related to the company's content and rights. Moffitt also oversees the legendary Capitol Studios and Mastering. In this capacity, he is focused on balancing the studios iconic heritage with state of the art developments, and leveraging the studios as strategic business units for UMG... Read More →
avatar for Julien Simon

Julien Simon

VP, Music Rights and Label Relations, Deezer
After working in various roles in the music industry for years, Julien Simon went on to develop digital strategy and sales development at BMG Music in 2004 and then at Sony Music for four years, with partners including iTunes, Amazon and Orange. In 2008, he took the opportunity to join Deezer, an innovative and dynamic music startup, as VP of Music Rights and Label Relations. After negotiations with rights holders and business partners, Deezer... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Capitol 1

1:45pm

Fan Clubs/VIP Packages: Old School or Great Fan Experience?
Years ago, every act had a fan club and offered “VIP packages” to fans for an increased cost. These fan clubs collected important fan data, and these acts knew a great deal about their spur fans and what they wanted. Today, few acts have fan clubs. They rely on third-party companies to handle their fans and their email lists. These acts are not taking advantage of the fans’ desire for a greater experience — an experience for which they are willing to pay top dollar. We will discuss the pros and cons to both artist and fan and the replacement of simple things like early tickets and T-shirts to sitting on stage or fly-aways.

Click here to read more about the Artists, Management & Touring program.



Moderators
avatar for Nick Lippman

Nick Lippman

Partner, Lippman Entertainment
Nick Lippman is a Partner at Lippman Entertainment. He's focused on guiding the company's impressive artist and producer roster in today’s multi-faceted music business. His industry experience started with an internship at EMI Records at age 15. After, he enjoyed a successful stint at Interscope, before joining Lippman Entertainment in 2004. He was named a partner at Lippman Entertainment in 2014. | Combining innate "record biz" acumen, a... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dan Berkowitz

Dan Berkowitz

Founder/CEO, CID Entertainment
As Founder and CEO of CID Entertainment, Dan Berkowitz oversees the creation and execution of “enhanced experiences” travel packages, VIP ticketing packages and transportation for a wide array of major live events. Berkowitz and his team have developed immersive, amenity-stuffed audience experiences for fan-friendly touring acts like Pearl Jam, George Strait, Metallica, Luke Bryan, and Skrillex, as well as North America’s most... Read More →
avatar for James Blades

James Blades

Artist Manager, McGhee Entertainment
James Blades is an artist manager at McGhee Entertainment. Since joining McGhee in 2003, Blades has worked with A-list musical artists including KISS, Guns N' Roses, Slipknot, Ted Nugent, Hootie & The Blowfish/Darius Rucker, Blues Traveler, Down, Toto and Night Ranger, amongst others.   Blades’ expertise covers a wide range of each artist’s career, from touring and merchandising, to licensing, branding and... Read More →
avatar for Brice Turner

Brice Turner

Director, Sales, Wonderful Union
Brice Turner is the Director of Sales at Wonderful Union.  Wonderful Union is a collective of software engineers, record industry professionals, event managers, designers, customer specialists, and music nerds. Brice and his team focus on a suite of services and solutions that aim for true fan engagement. The Wonderful Union team brings expertise in web development, ticketing/event strategy and e-commerce for range of artists from... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Capitol 2/3

2:00pm

Elvisualization & More

By weaving together enormous sets of data, we're now able to explore and enjoy music in ways that were never possible before. We're packaging up our data research and sharing it not just as data stories, but also as simple apps that can help fans and the industry listen to and learn about music and how people listen to it. In “The Elvis Influence,” we looked into how The King lives on, by tracing his influence on just about any other artist you enter into the app. That's just the beginning of what we're up to. In this talk, Spotify data storyteller and editor of insights.spotify.com will lay out the theory and science behind data storytelling in a straightforward way, with concrete examples and listening samples. Don't be fooled by the word "data" -- in this case, it's another word for "how people listen to music and what that can tell us."

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.


Speakers
avatar for Eliot Van Buskirk

Eliot Van Buskirk

Data Storyteller, The Echo Nest/Spotify
Writer and editor Eliot Van Buskirk has covered digital music since the beginning, leading online music coverage for CNET and its MP3.com division (1998-2005), and then Wired.com (2005-2010), writing and editing books for McGraw-Hill and appearing on television and radio to discuss digital music along the way. Van Buskirk joined The Echo Nest in 2010, launching the widely-syndicated music app publication Evolver.fm and contributing data stories... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Capitol 1

2:00pm

Elevator Pitch Shark Tank
Now that we’ve taught you all about meeting with the label’s biz dev folks and marketing your products, it’s your turn to incorporate what you’ve learned and pitch our team of experts on your product. The team and the audience will critique your pitch, offering constructive tips that everyone in the room can carry with them as they take their products and their pitches to the next level.

After you register for the event, sign-up to pitch your idea/company by completing the short form linked here as well as your profile on our Music Startup Network. Please complete as much detail as possible on the profile. Profiles without robust information will not be awarded a pitch slot. Slots (3-5 minutes in length) are limited, so please complete the forms as soon as possible. You will be contacted 2 weeks before the event with pitch details.

Click here to read more about the Music Startup Academy program.


Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth  Chan

Elizabeth Chan

CEO, Merry Bright Music Enterprises
Elizabeth Chan is a Billboard charting artist and CEO of Merry Bright Music Enterprises. Merry Bright Music Enterprises is an international entertainment company focused on holiday content, distributed in partnership with Sony/RED, Believe UK, 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. She... Read More →
avatar for Tony Grotticelli

Tony Grotticelli

Director of Digital Content & Analysis, Universal Music Group Nashville
Tony Grotticelli has nearly a decade of experience in the music industry focusing on digital marketing and technology. As a previous musician and graduate of Belmont University School of Music, he has been on both sides of the industry. Currently working at Universal Music Group Nashville, he sits in the digital marketing department as the Manager of Digital Content & Analysis, overseeing new technology development, digital advertising, and... Read More →
avatar for Dave Kusek

Dave Kusek

CEO, New Artist Model
Dave Kusek is a business advisor, mentor, entrepreneur, digital music pioneer and CEO of the New Artist Model online music business school. | | The New Artist Model provides music business training for independent musicians, performers, recording artists, producers, managers and songwriters. It is an alternative to the traditional music business degree providing affordable, real-world education online to people active in the music industry... Read More →
avatar for Shachar Oren

Shachar Oren

Founder/President/CEO, Neurotic Media
As founder, Shachar Oren is responsible for Neurotic Media’s business strategy, sales and marketing, product, and operations. Neurotic Media’s leading technology and services empower businesses to create custom digital experiences across multiple devices to promote their brands using the universal power of music. Its customers include retailers, mobile carriers, consumer brand marketers, record companies, and innovative music... Read More →
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 →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:25pm
Davidson B

2:30pm

Digital Tool Kit: Effective Music Marketing in 2015
The digital era has changed the way business is done in every industry and the music business is no exception. This panel will go through real world tools and tips to help effectively manage and market the music of your artist. From how to manage music files to the best sites to market music to the masses while collecting valuable data. Sites and topics covered will be SmartURL.it, populr.me, Bandsintown, ArtistGrowth, E4M campaigns, Email management, etc.

Click here to read more about the Artists, Management & Touring program.

 

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 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 →
avatar for Alec Steinfeld

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.


Tuesday May 12, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Capitol 2/3

2:30pm

Beyond the Stream: Future Business Models In Metadata
Metadata has been a staple in managing the day-to-day digital supply chain and operations for the music industry for over a decade. However, advances in technology and thought leadership in this space have it poised to build the business models for the future of music. Join our panelists to discuss what’s happening in  today’s world of metadata and contextual assets and how artists can expect to have new and/or improved revenue streams because of these advances.

Click here to read more about the Metadata Summit program.


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 Kevin Arnold

Kevin Arnold

Founder/CEO, OpenAura
Kevin Arnold is a San Francisco-based music and technology entrepreneur who dreams big, and knows how to put together the structure to make those dreams reality. As the founder of the Noise Pop Festival, IODA, and now OpenAura, he has looked at the music business in new ways, finding solutions that create more opportunities for artists, whether with events, distribution, or the completely new field of digital identity. Arnold founded San... Read More →
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 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 →
avatar for Chris McMurtry

Chris McMurtry

CEO, DART
Chris McMurtry is a Classical composer, Rock guitarist, and tech geek. He learned the hard way that it was much easier to publish Rock and other music genres to online stores than it was to publish Classical music. So he decided to do something about it and created DartMusic.com, the first automated platform to handle all styles of music. Before DART, McMurtry ran an independent Classical record label, headed up digital for the largest... Read More →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Capitol 1

3:15pm

Digital Marketing Mixer
Calling all artists, managers, label staffers, students, and more! Here’s your chance to mix and mingle with professionals behind the digital marketing tools of the future that can take you or your artist’s career to the next level.

Confirmed participants:
  • ArtistGrowth
    ArtistGrowth is a groundbreaking mobile platform that puts the business of artist development directly in the artist's hands by providing streamlined career management tools to track daily business tasks and coordinate team projects, all in one place.

  • BandPage
    BandPage is a fully-featured solution that helps musicians manage their music, tour dates, photos, bio and videos across their entire online presence including Facebook, websites and blogs.

  • Bandposters
    Design, print, and ship posters to every gig on your tour in 90 seconds or less. No hassles, no design skills needed, and no waiting in line.

  • DART
    DART is a new music distribution platform designed specifically for creators of music in genres that were poorly supported or unsupported by other distribution platforms. DART generates better metadata, finally allowing all styles of music to be offered in major online stores.
  • Merch Cat
    Merch Cat is the one stop solution to merch sales and inventory management, allowing artists every opportunity to turn stage-front into storefront. Simply upload inventory, set prices and immediately connect fans to your latest goods, all before sound check.

  • Populr.me
    Communicate your business and sales messages beautifully with web pages you can assemble as easily as powerpoint slides. With Populr, you don't need a programmer or designer to make an impact on the web.

  • Tunespeak
    Tunespeak is a loyalty platform for musicians whose mission is to help artists identify and reward their most passionate fans. Clients include Dave Matthews Band, Miranda Lambert, Kings Of Leon, Maroon 5, John Mayer, My Morning Jacket, Linkin Park, Lionel Richie, Iron & Wine and many more.

Tuesday May 12, 2015 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Speaker's Bistro

3:30pm

ISRC Working Session
Join Paul Jessop, Executive Director of the US National ISRC Agency and Principal of UK-based County Analytics for a training session on the efficient and effective assignment of ISRCs in the current system. The session will provide tips on getting a registrant (prefix) code; assigning codes; justifying when a new code is needed; recovering from error; and registering the data.

Moderators
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 →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Suite 4A

3:45pm

Review of 2014 US Music Industry Revenues
Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.

Speakers
avatar for Josh  Friedlander

Josh Friedlander

VP of Strategic Data Analysis, RIAA
Joshua Friedlander is the 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 US music industry, and are commonly referenced in news publications. Prior to joining the RIAA, Friedlander worked in equity research at Prudential Securities, and received his MBA from the Johnson... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 3:45pm - 3:55pm
Capitol 1

3:45pm

Gospel/Christian Music Meetup
God’s Not Dead: A Spotlight on Today’s Christian/Gospel Music

Join a panel of label execs and top managers as they discuss the state of the Christian/Gospel Music industry, sharing the latest data about the genre. The discussion will also touch on the success of Hip Hop, touring, and the rise of faith-based films and how they impact the industry.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Patillo

Jackie Patillo

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

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson

Co-Founder/President, True Artist Management
Laurie Anderson is the co-founder and President of True Artist Management. Her reputation goes before her and speaks of a professional with broad expertise. She not only has a proven track record in artists development and management, but she is esteemed in the area of  touring, commerce, festivals and leading a team essential to supporting platinum selling artists. Anderson and her partner, have been a part of one RIAA double Platinum, five... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Phil Thornton

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 12, 2015 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Davidson A

3:55pm

The Fan: Understanding How They Drive Change
The music business is undergoing big changes and music consumption is only part of the story. To see the big picture, we must recognize what’s driving change — the fan. This session offers an overview of the state of music — past, present and future and highlights changes in the industry. Nielsen will take a rich view of fans, including insights across specific genres, consumer segments, talent analytics, case studies and cross-channel consumption to understand how they are engaging with music.

Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.

Speakers
avatar for David Bakula

David Bakula

Sr. VP of Analytics and Client Development, Nielsen Music
David Bakula is Sr. VP of Analytics and Client Development for Nielsen Entertainment. In this role, he leads all analytical initiatives within music for the Nielsen. He has 20 years of analytical experience in media analytics and consumer research in the entertainment industry. Bakula began his career with Musicland Group, Inc. as a Merchandise Planner and Inventory Management Analyst. Following his time at Musicland, he spent eight years with... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 3:55pm - 4:15pm
Capitol 1

4:15pm

Performance Analytics Using Sales, Streams and Airplay
New analytical tools utilizing physical and digital sales, streaming and airplay provide unique views as to artist, album and song performance. Border City Media, creators of the new BuzzAngle Music service, will explore some of the ways these tools are helping make decisions in radio airplay programming, touring and A&R.

Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.

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 →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 4:15pm - 4:35pm
Capitol 1

4:35pm

Eight Shades of Grey: A Consumer Perspective on Music
Industry conversations are heating up around the value of free streaming, payment, windowing and exclusives. We hear the perspectives of artists and executives, but where does the consumer stand? The MusicWatch talk will explore a variety of today's issues from the perspective of consumers, based on their opinions and behaviors, and how these should play into growth strategies.

Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.

Speakers
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 →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 4:35pm - 4:55pm
Capitol 1

4:55pm

Rockonomics for Music Biz 2015
Will Page, Director of Economics at Spotify, will provide a crash course in the state of the global industry and will shed light on the latest economic tools and insights that are being developed to provide better analysis of a market that is in an unprecedented period of transition.

Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.

Speakers
avatar for Will Page

Will Page

Director of Economics, Spotify
Will Page is the Director of Economics at Spotify. He was previously the Chief Economist at PRS for Music. Since joining Spotify, he has presented new insights on Spotify’s impact on music piracy, revealed how hits happen in a digital age and demonstrated the effect Spotify and social media has on the festival experience. His work has been covered in the Financial Times, The Economist and all major broadsheets and blogs. He is a... Read More →


Tuesday May 12, 2015 4:55pm - 5:15pm
Capitol 1

5:00pm

Americana Music Meetup
Founded in 1999, the Americana Music Association has helped foster a community of artists and industry professionals dedicated to bringing together all who share a passion for it’s music under a wide and diverse tent. Americana artists have moved from tiny clubs to festival main stages. From the Americana Music Festival show on PBS, to multiple GRAMMY categories, recognition of the genre and its artists continues to build.  Join our industry professionals on May 12th as they discuss an evolving genre and the community committed to its future.

Moderators
avatar for Nate Rau

Nate Rau

Press, The Tennessean
Nate Rau has worked as a journalist in Nashville since 2002, previously reporting on sports and politics. In 2013, he landed his dream job covering Nashville’s music industry. He has won several Tennessee and national awards for investigative and project reporting. Last year, his special project on the reunion of the Indie Rock band the New Dylans and Nashville’s musical middle class was profiled on Rolling Stone, Lightning 100 and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Colliton

Carrie Colliton

Crew Chief, 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 Jed Hilly

Jed Hilly

Executive Director, Americana Music Assoc.
Jed Hilly is the Executive Director of the Americana Music Association, where he serves as Executive Producer of their annual Music Festival & Conference and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards show. He has been instrumental in raising the genre and community profile, during which time the term Americana, has been adopted as a GRAMMY Album of the Year category and included in Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. Over two... Read More →
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 →



Tuesday May 12, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Davidson B

5:15pm

Q&A: Live With Larry Miller
Larry Miller, former MediaNet GM and now professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School, will be joined on stage by the data providers as well as reps from the label and manager community. The group will react to the data presented earlier and discuss how top decision-makers use and analyze data about music, music discovery, and music consumption in an effort to drive competitive advantage.

Click here to read more about the Metrics & Sales Analysis Town Hall program.


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 →

Tuesday May 12, 2015 5:15pm - 6:00pm
Capitol 1

6:00pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by WEA
The first day of meetings has ended and it's time to celebrate! Come preview some of Warner Music Group's hottest artists and upcoming releases while enjoying cocktails and hors d'oeuvres compliments of WEA.


Tuesday May 12, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Capitol Ballroom

8:00pm

Third Man Records Event
SEPARATE TICKET REQUIRED ALONG WITH MUSIC BIZ 2015 BADGE

Music Biz is teaming up with its new member company Third Man Records for a special live-to-acetate performance from critically-acclaimed Country music singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe during Music Biz 2015. The concert, held at Third Man’s Blue Room venue, will be recorded live, mixed in real-time, and instantly cut to acetate for distribution.

Tickets are SOLD OUT.


Tuesday May 12, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Third Man Records

10:00pm

Live Music presented by Universal Music Group

Performances

  • Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear

  • Muddy Magnolias

  • Honeyhoney
  • Gavin James

Tuesday May 12, 2015 10:00pm - Wednesday May 13, 2015 12:00am
Session's Lounge (Lobby Bar)
 
Wednesday, May 13
 

7:30am

Registration
Wednesday May 13, 2015 7:30am - 6:00pm
Sheraton Lobby

8:30am

Breakfast & Business Session
Doors open at 8:15 AM. Program begins promptly at 9 AM.

Enjoy breakfast sponsored by LaunchTN and hear CEO & President Charlie Brock discuss the partnership’s statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee. As entrepreneurs, investors and businesspeople, the LaunchTN team supports local entrepreneurs by focusing on five key areas:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Commercialization
  • Capital
  • Corporate Engagement
  • Outreach

At the start of the Business Session, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will welcome Music Biz to Music City. With the highest concentration of music jobs in the country, Dean will discuss how he and the Music City Music Council work to attract and retain music industry professionals in Nashville. Wind-up Records will present Civil Twilight. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, this four-piece Rock band now resides in Nashville and is set to release their third studio album, Story of an Immigrant, in June. Music Biz President James Donio will take the stage to offer an update on Association initiatives. Board Chairman Fred Beteille, of YouTube, will announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2015 and welcome the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Rounding out the morning, Donio will present the 2015 Independent Spirit Award to John Kunz, Owner and President of Austin’s iconic independent record store Waterloo Records & Video Inc. and an over 40-year music industry veteran.


Speakers
avatar for Fred Beteille Fred Beteille

Fred Beteille Fred Beteille

-, Google
Fred Beteille is Chairman of the Music Business Association, where he works to advance and promote music commerce by finding common ground across a diverse industry and membership.  As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the... Read More →
avatar for Charlie Brock

Charlie Brock

President/CEO, Launch Tennessee
In his role as CEO & President of Launch Tennessee, Charlie Brock takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee. In 1998, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the nation’s leading mall advertising companies. As the CEO and largest shareholder, he structured three rounds of private financing before selling the company in 2006 to Australia-based... Read More →
avatar for Karl Dean

Karl Dean

Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism... 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 →



Wednesday May 13, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am
Capitol Ballroom

10:30am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music

The Meeting/Networking 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 have never met. You just may find your next business partner, right here.

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo their recently launched mobile version of Nielsen Music Connect. With a new iPhone and iPad version, Nielsen Music Connect is your complete music measurement solution. Get artists stats on sales, streaming, airplay, social media, Billboard charts, industry trends and more. Whether you’re in a meeting or at a show stay connected with what’s happening in music, anytime or anywhere. Come check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nielsen-music-connect/id947027016.



Wednesday May 13, 2015 10:30am - 6:00pm
Legislative Terrace

10:45am

How Music And Data Work Together To Drive Discovery, Attribution And Royalties

Metadata is all that information that identifies and describes your music. In some cases, metadata is text; composer and musician names, recording dates, genre. In other cases, it’s numeric data; 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. Here we will describe what data is necessary, how to acquire certain codes, where and when to embed data, and what musicians need to keep track of. The goal is to provide you with a better understanding of how your music and data work together to power discovery, attribution and monetization.

Click here to read more about Metadata for Artists.


Speakers
avatar for Alison Booth

Alison Booth

Vice President, A&R Administration, Sony Music Nashville
Alison Booth has been associated with Nashville’s music industry for 39 years and with Sony Music Nashville for over 26 of those years, At Sony, she is currently responsible for the development and supervision of policies and procedures regarding company assets (recorded masters and associated metadata), verification requirements, contractual delivery and the long-term storage and preservation of recorded masters and metadata. She is... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Calhoun

Bryan Calhoun

Digital Strategy, The Blueprint Group/Maverick
Bryan Calhoun has worked in the music industry in various capacities including A&R, marketing, digital licensing, radio promotions, business development and concert promotions for over 20 years including time at Relativity Records, RED Distribution, Warlock Records, Serchlite Music, as COO of Kanye West's GOOD Music and most recently as VP of New Media and External Affairs for SoundExchange. Currently, he provides digital strategy and... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Thomson

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.
avatar for Bill Wilson

Bill Wilson

VP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Music Biz
Bill Wilson leads the charge on all things digital at the trade organization the Music Business Association, working to explore and resolve objectives related to enterprise-level digital music commerce. He has driven the creation of user-friendly resources to facilitate the adoption of industry standards, and resources such as the API Directory, the Music Startup Network, and the Music Startup Academy to help newcomers to the industry create... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 10:45am - 12:15pm
Suite 4A&B

11:30am

Attendee Tour of United Record Pressing
TOUR IS FULL. PRIOR SIGN-UP WAS REQUIRED.
 

*Adding this event to your Sched profile does not gurantee a spot on the tour.

Shuttle boarding begins at 11:15 AM and shuttle leaves promptly at 11:30 AM.

Tour is limited to 25 attendees per tour, so prior sign-up is required.

Join us for a 45-minute tour of United Record Pressing, Nashville’s one-stop record-making shop since 1949. From working with Vee Jay Records to release the first 7” Beatles vinyl in the America to pressing Jay-Z’s The Black Album, United Record Pressing is a working museum that pays homage to the breadth of artists and genres that have helped shape its history. The tour will include the infamous Motown Suite. With few accommodations for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown Suite became the go-to for Motown execs. This apartment, located above the factory, still features novel ’60s décor. Also included in the tour is the Party Room. Once used as event space, this room hosted record label signing parties for folks like Wayne Newton, The Cowsills, and a then-16-year-old Hank Williams Jr.

Wednesday May 13, 2015 11:30am - 12:30pm
United Record Pressing

12:00pm

Grab & Go Lunch
Hungry, but not enough time between meetings to enjoy one of the many delectable restaurants featured in our Restaurant Guide? Stop by Speakers Bistro for a specially priced boxed lunch. Sandwich or salad, chips and a beverage are included. Sit and eat in the Bistro or take the lunch with you to your next meeting.

Wednesday May 13, 2015 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Speakers Bistro

12:15pm

Uncoding the Money-Making Magic of Metatagging
In today’s digital music age, most musicians underestimate the importance of metadata in helping increase revenue and music discovery on music and video streaming platforms. Metadata is crucial for helping artists cut through the clutter of the crowded content pool, and although being a tech whiz isn’t necessary, artists should learn the correct ways to metatag. Hear these industry experts discuss the importance of music metadata, how metadata can be a spoke in the revenue wheel, and what to avoid.

Click here to read more about Metadata for Artists.

Moderators
avatar for William Gruger

William Gruger

Social/Streaming charts manager, Billboard
William Gruger works at Billboard as the Social/Streaming charts manager, where he analyzes data from Vevo, YouTube, Spotify (via Nielsen BDS) and social analytics (via Next Big Sound) to inform and produce weekly editorial and video content for Billboard Magazine and Billboard.com. His works can be found in Billboard Magazine and all over the Internet, and he has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Post, and Reuters.  His... Read More →

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 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 Jessica Myers

Jessica Myers

Director of Administration, Big Machine Label Group
Nashville native Jessica Myers is a 15-year veteran of the music industry. Myers specializes in music licensing and domestic and international copyright administration. As the Director of Administration at Big Machine Label Group and Big Machine Music, Myers oversees all aspects of asset licensing and establishing systems to manage metadata for both the record label and publishing company. Prior to Big Machine, Myers had an eight year run as... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Suite 4A&B

2:00pm

EVENT CANCELLED: Death of Parking Lots
While the growth of streaming services has sparked debates about royalties, sales impact, and music's value, very little discussion has occurred on how consumers use these services and how this impacts all aspects of music sales and marketing. Jay Frank, noted music business author and industry expert, has independently examined the elements of what has made records successful on streaming services and has identified six key points on how to grow value and revenue in this new ecosystem. This presentation focuses on how streaming is a more disruptive technology than previously experienced by the music industry. By comparing this to other disruptive technologies, he guides the audience thru the various elements of sales and marketing that need to change in order to financially succeed in music moving forward.

Moderators
avatar for Jay Frank

Jay Frank

Owner & CEO, DigSin
Jay Frank is the Owner and CEO of DigSin, a new singles-focused music company that allows subscribing fans to obtain music for free. DigSin signs new artists to deals that leverage new platforms, social networks and analytics that expose music to a wider audience, building popularity outside of traditional methods. Frank is also the author of two books. His first book, Futurehit.DNA, is a No. 1 Songwriting book on Amazon and part of the college... Read More →

Wednesday May 13, 2015 2:00pm - 2:35pm
Davidson A

2:00pm

The Role of High Resolution Audio in the Industry

Digital music streaming adoption continues its global assent. On-demand access to music grew by 54 percent to 164 billion paid-for streams in the US alone and may have helped the record business break even in 2014. As the streaming industry heats up and becomes ever more competitive, differentiated product offerings that reproduce the full range of sound from recordings, exactly as the artist intended, are a new and compelling option for an increasing number of music fans and electronics consumers. The last 12 months has seen new High Resolution Audio (HRA) music service launches and the creation of a formal definition for HRA by the industry to help consumer electronics manufacturers and retailers in their efforts to market the latest compatible devices and help provide more clarity for consumers. From a commercial perspective, HRA offers the prospect of attractive new revenue streams and allows providers to tap into audiences who would normally shun digital music services due to audio quality. With various service providers now claiming to offer high quality tracks at premium prices, how does one know the difference in quality and is it good enough to convince the consumer to pay extra? This panel draws on the knowledge of industry experts including audio engineers, label execs, music technologists, consumer electronics experts and the producers responsible for creating some of the world’s best loved music. It seeks to answer the key questions, break down the jargon and de-myth High Resolution Audio. Questions this panel aims to answer include:

  • What is true High Resolution Audio?
  • What are the record labels doing to make more HRA tracks available for fans to enjoy?
  • What are the licensing implications for service providers?

  • Quality versus convenience – have we reached the point where we can have both?

  • Are service providers equipped to offer HRA in response to increasing consumer demand?

  • How important is hardware in the HRA ecosystem?

  • Realistically how easy is it for users to access HRA tracks over carrier networks?

  • What should the consumer look for when searching for services offering true High Resolution Audio tracks?

  • What are CE manufacturers, music companies and service providers doing to promote hi-res audio to consumers?

  • How soon will hi-res streaming services become a reality?

Moderators
avatar for Marc Finer

Marc Finer

Sr. Director, 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 Chuck Ainlay

Chuck Ainlay

Music Producer/Engineer
Multiple Grammy and ACM Award-winning Producer/Engineer, Chuck Ainlay has recorded and/or mixed well over 300 albums, including work with legendary and current Country music artists such as George Strait, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Steve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks. He has placed his distinctive production and engineering stamp on projects with mainstream Pop artists such as Dire Straits and... Read More →
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 Bruce Botnick

Bruce Botnick

VP, Content Acquisition, Pono Music
Bruce Botnick is an American audio engineer and record producer, best known for his work with The Doors, and with Love. He engineered Love's first two albums, and co-produced their third album, Forever Changes, with the band's singer-songwriter, Arthur Lee. | In November 1970, he took over production of The Doors' L.A. Woman album - their last with lead singer Jim Morrison - Bruce also has a credit as assistant engineer on the Rolling Stones... 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 →
avatar for Matt White

Matt White

Director of User Experience, Omnifone
Matthew White joined Omnifone in 2005 as part of the content and product team to originally manage and advise on audio and catalogue metadata bringing industry experience into the technology startup. His background covers 18 years in the music industry as a recording and mix engineer and record producer. He currently serves as Director of User Experience, covering all major aspects of product design and music technology from the psychology of... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Davidson B

2:40pm

Selling Music Through Sight, Sound, Motion (& Timing)
In the dawn of music television, music videos were invented as promotional “commercials” for songs and albums. Fast forward 35 years to the digital age and music videos have proven to be an important revenue stream for artists. But their place in an album’s promo campaign has gotten even stronger with many artists choosing to release music via video at the same time the audio is heard for the first time. In this session, we’ll explore some real data demonstrating how music videos have become more popular than ever with artists and fans, and how they have become one of the most important marketing components for an album release. We’ll also look at the rise of “sleeper” videos – and how they contributed to the organic development of artists like Meghan Trainor and Iggy Azalea. Finally, we'll look at the monetization opportunities music videos create for artists and brands and why more opportunities for brands = greater revenue for artists.

Speakers
avatar for John Brauer

John Brauer

Director of Metrics & Analytics, Vevo
John Brauer serves as Director of Metrics & Analytics for Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Based in Vevo’s NYC headquarters, he oversees the collection, processing and analysis of data from Vevo’s 11 billion monthly video views. Brauer’s team leads business intelligence within Vevo and produces data to drive a number of Vevo’s key programs, including Vevo Certified... Read More →
avatar for Adam Smith

Adam Smith

Regional VP & National Automotive Sales, Vevo
Adam Smith is Regional VP & National Automotive Sales at Vevo, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Based in Playa Vista, Smith, one of Vevo’s top individual sales performers, was promoted to his current role in 2014. Since joining Vevo in 2010, Smith, previously VP, West Coast & National Entertainment Sales, has helped guide the company’s west coast sales team. While at Vevo, he has established key... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 2:40pm - 3:15pm
Davidson A

3:15pm

Where Does The Streaming Road Lead? A Case For A New Generation Of Streaming Business Models
2014 was a big year for streaming. 2015 is going to be bigger. But most of the big questions of 2014 remain unanswered and the disruption will intensify. A comprehensive reassessment is required of what role streaming should play, of how to balance out the marketing and revenue capabilities of the rapidly growing marketplace. But with the discovery end game now often another stream instead of a sale, new monetization opportunities and pricing models need to be explored. In this presentation MIDiA analyst Mark Mulligan will present a vision for a next generation of streaming business models and how streaming can best be harnessed to drive growth across music’s value chains.

Moderators
avatar for Mark  Mulligan

Mark Mulligan

Co-Founder, MIDiA Research
Mark Mulligan is the founder and lead music industry analyst of MIDiA Research, a unique music industry focussed syndicated research and analysis service. MIDiA Research reports provide unrivalled insight into the rapidly changing global music, digital content and technology markets. MIDiA Research makes sense of the disruption and transformation that occurs where technology and the creative industries meet. Mulligan has 15 years of analysis... Read More →

Wednesday May 13, 2015 3:15pm - 3:55pm
Capitol 2/3

3:55pm

Don't Fear The Streamer

Some people are worried about streaming revenues, but there's reason to see hope in today's access-based models. On a per-hour basis, subscription services pay rights holders better than radio, Internet radio and satellite radio. The big opportunity is listeners' switch from radio to digital services that pay better. As consumers spend more time with digital services and less time with radio, rights owners will benefit from a huge economic shift. And if digital services can make their way into the American mainstream, the dollars flowing due to the radio-to-digital transition will be even greater.


Moderators
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 →

Wednesday May 13, 2015 3:55pm - 4:10pm
Capitol 2/3

4:10pm

Music Listening in 2015 and Beyond
Triton Digital and representatives from leading streaming services will discuss what we can expect from this next generation of music listening – where everything from the types of services we use, where we use them, content ownership, music curation, and monetization are primed for disruption. Revealing real-time statistics on listening trends from Triton’s Webcast Metrics, panelists will break down what the numbers mean for the businesses and artists looking to turn up the volume on streaming

Speakers
avatar for Les Hollander

Les Hollander

Sr. Director of Audio Sales, US, Spotify
Les Hollander is Sr. Director of Audio Sales, US at Spotify. In this role, he is responsible for developing the Spotify audio monetization strategy across the United States, evangelizing the Spotify digital audio platform to brand partners, as well as coordinating all measurement, insights and data solutions for Spotify’s advertisers. Prior to joining Spotify, Hollander served as VP of Digital Sales at Gannett, where he was responsible... Read More →
avatar for John Rosso

John Rosso

President, Market Development, Triton Digital
Appointed as President of Market Development in May of 2012, John Rosso promotes Internet audio platforms to marketers and advertising agencies, and spearheads efforts to grow the internet audio advertising industry. Previously, he served as President of Citadel Media Networks, one of the largest commercial radio networks in the United States. Under Rosso’s leadership, Citadel’s networks reached over 110 million weekly listeners. A... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 4:10pm - 4:45pm
Capitol 2/3

4:30pm

Country Music Meetup
Country music continues its widespread popularity and ranks as one of today's healthiest music genres. From coast to coast, across income brackets, demographics, and in big and small towns, it is clear that Americans connect with Country and this shows in the numbers. Over 42% of Americans are considered Country music fans! Who is this Country music consumer and how do they discover music, how much do they purchase, and what is their preferred music format? CMA’s Research department will share a current snapshot of these fans. The music discovery platform, Shazam, will share case studies from partnerships with CMA's successful TV show integrations including the #1 rated CMA Awards that include best practices and music sales drivers. CMA staffers will also share how the organization continues to heighten the genre globally and how you can become involved with this exciting segment of the music industry.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Fishbaugh

Nick Fishbaugh

Director, Music Partnerships, Shazam
Nick Fishbaugh is Director of Music Partnerships at Shazam. He comes from over nine years of music management experience where he was fortunate enough to work with multi-platinum selling artist The All-American Rejects among other talented groups at Pat Magnarella Management and The Collective.
avatar for Brandi Simms

Brandi Simms

Sr. Director, Membership & Balloting, Country Music Association
Brandi Simms serves as the Sr. Director of Membership & Balloting for CMA. She joined the CMA Executive Department in 2001, as Assistant to Ed Benson (now retired Executive Director). She became Sr. Manager of Membership & Balloting in September 2010, Director of Membership & Balloting in 2013 and was promoted to Sr. Director in December 2013. Simms is responsible for CMA Membership Recruitment and Retention of the organizations 7,000... Read More →
avatar for Karen Stump

Karen Stump

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



Wednesday May 13, 2015 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Capitol 1

5:00pm

The Next Frontier Of Personalization: Context

Last year’s personalization debate was about the balance of man and machine. With the rise of the Internet of Things, the next wave of personalization will understand the context of the listening experience in order to serve up the best song for the circumstance regardless of music source. Contextual information about where you are, what you’re doing, and who you’re with will drive future recommendation engines to play you the right song at the right time to match the right mood. This panel will explore how the Internet of Things will drive next-gen personalization efforts and why context is the next frontier for the perfect playlist. 


Moderators
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Joe Armenia

Joe Armenia

Head of Artist and Label Relations, Rdio
Joe Armenia leads music industry relations for Rdio, one of the world's largest music streaming services. In this capacity, Joe is responsible for building and maintaining high level symbiotic content marketing relationships with all major and independent record labels, distributors and other content providers; with key artists and management firms; with high-profile influencers, celebrities and brands; and with others in the music and... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Greg Consiglio

Greg Consiglio

President/COO, Viggle
Greg Consiglio is President and COO at Viggle, the entertainment marketing and rewards platform, and is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations. He joined the company as a member of the founding management team in April 2011 as Exec. VP and Head of Business Development. Previously, Consiglio was Exec. VP of Business Development at Ticketmaster, the diversified live entertainment and marketing company. While at Ticketmaster he... Read More →
avatar for Ty Roberts

Ty Roberts

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Gracenote
Ty Roberts is tasked with developing long-term strategy and identifying new areas of growth for Gracenote. Roberts co-founded Gracenote when his company ION merged with CDDB in the late 1990s. Prior to Gracenote, he produced the industry’s first interactive music experiences on CD for artists like Brian Eno and David Bowie. Connected to practically everyone in the business, from labels and artists to technologists, Roberts is a frequent... Read More →


Wednesday May 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Suite 4B

6:00pm

Grab a Drink on Emma
Decompress from a busy day — the perfect start to another fun and eventful evening in Nashville. 


Wednesday May 13, 2015 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Legislative Terrace

9:00pm

Live @ The Wildhorse sponsored by YouTube
Doors and complimentary bar open at 8:30PM.

Performances

- Casey James, Sony Music Entertainment
- Jana Kramer, WEA
- Mike Posner, Universal Music Group
- Jackie Greene, Redeye

Wildhorse Saloon

120 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201


Wednesday May 13, 2015 9:00pm - 11:30pm
Wildhorse Saloon
 
Thursday, May 14
 

8:00am

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

Thursday May 14, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
Legislative Terrace

8:00am

Registration
Thursday May 14, 2015 8:00am - 12:00pm
Sheraton Lobby

9:00am

Making the Most of Publishing Deals Through YouTube
Understand best practices that will help maximize the revenue of YouTube publishing deals. Learn the basics of Content ID, data management and more…

Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Manager, Music Partnerships, YouTube
Chris Potter serves as Manager of Music Partnerships at YouTube with a strong focus on engaging the independent music publishing community. Prior to joining YouTube, Potter was the Director of Marketing at Google-acquired RightsFlow, where he drove online interaction for the company's consumer-facing music licensing service, Limelight. Previously, he served as Director of Lifestyle Marketing and Web Services for The Orchard, a leading digital... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
Suite 4A&B

9:00am

Music Educators Meetup
Leaders of prominent music business university programs will discuss the changing needs of the modern music industry and how educators can best prepare emerging leaders for a cutting-edge career through higher education. Includes a discussion of the state of university record labels, new curriculum initiatives, and best practices for preparing students for a global, digital music environment. This is an interactive session, so please come prepared to share your teaching methods and reactions from your student bodies.

Moderators
avatar for Jackie Otero

Jackie Otero

Program Director, Entertainment & Music Business, Full Sail University
Jackie Otero began her career promoting artists in San Francisco in 2001, and has since worked with artists including Ian Axel of A Great Big World, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Aimee Mann, Marc Cohn, Stroke 9, and Speech of Arrested Development. In 2006, she co-founded artist management and music licensing company Front Burner Music in Brooklyn, NY. She has authored a music licensing-focused “Industry Insider” column for alternative... Read More →

Speakers
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 →
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 →
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 and directs the Music Industry Program. 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 helped build Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Agency, Music... Read More →
avatar for Sarita Stewart

Sarita Stewart

Assistant Professor, Belmont University
Sarita Stewart is an assistant professor of entertainment industry studies in the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville. Stewart has extensive music industry experience, having served in various executive capacities throughout her career, including Director of Marketing at Curb Records and U.S. Marketing Manager at AKG Acoustics. Her research interests focus upon the relationship between music... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 9:00am - 11:00am
Suite 7B

9:00am

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music

The Meeting/Networking 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 have never met. You just may find your next business partner, right here.

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo their recently launched mobile version of Nielsen Music Connect. With a new iPhone and iPad version, Nielsen Music Connect is your complete music measurement solution. Get artists stats on sales, streaming, airplay, social media, Billboard charts, industry trends and more. Whether you’re in a meeting or at a show stay connected with what’s happening in music, anytime or anywhere. Come check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nielsen-music-connect/id947027016.



Thursday May 14, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Legislative Terrace

9:00am

Record Store Day Town Hall
Since its first event in 2008, Record Store 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 across the world. While the 2015 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!

Thursday May 14, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Davidson A&B

9:30am

Songspace: Online Catalog Management
Songspace helps music people collaborate, networking professionals, artists, and songwriters via the projects they share. Like an Evernote-meets-Dropbox platform for music teams, Songspace improves the creative process and aggregates content and data like recordings, lyrics, and copyright ownership details for music enterprises.

Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

Speakers
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 Jesse Feister

Jesse Feister

Co-Founder/Analyst, Songspace
Jesse Feister is a Songspace co-founder and oversees business and product strategy for the company. He has over 10 years of experience in the music business and early stage startups. Previous to Songspace, he helped launch the education technology startup LiveSchool, overseeing a period of growth that included being named a Wall Street Journal "Top 10 Startup of 2013." As an artist and songwriter, Jesse has written and recorded music both... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 9:30am - 9:45am
Suite 4A&B

9:45am

How to Grow Revenue with Music in Online Video

In the early days of MTV and for several years following, music videos were primarily utilized as a promotional tool to enhance revenue streams for the recording artist. Today, they are an ever-growing monolith for all parties involved and increasingly so for publishers and songwriters. In today's landscape, every penny matters. So, how does one make sure every cent is being captured in every way possible? How are revenue models changing for existing platforms? What new platforms are worth investing time and energy? Join our panelists to learn about these issues and much more.

Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

Moderators
avatar for Maurice Russell

Maurice Russell

Sr. VP, Client Services, Harry Fox Agency
Maurice Russell is the Sr. VP of Client Services for the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), overseeing all client support functions including client services, licensing, data management, marketing and communications. In his role, he is responsible for all relationship management activities associated with publishers, music distributors and HFA’s Slingshot rights administration clients. Previously, Russell was Sr. VP of Licensing, Collections and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for J. Gibson

J. Gibson

Head of Content Acquisition, Rumblefish
J. Gibson’s music career began at IODA and Royal Artist Group. When IODA merged with The Orchard, Gibson continued his position as a Sr. Client Manager until 2013. A lifelong musician with a love of numbers, Gibson’s tenure working in finance on Wall Street allowed him to develop a keen business and managerial sense that he now uses as Head of Content Acquisition at Rumblefish. 
avatar for Scott Jungmichael

Scott Jungmichael

Sr. VP of Royalty Distribution and Royalty Research Services, 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 & Analysis.
avatar for David Levin

David Levin

VP New Media, BMI
A pioneer in digital media and entertainment, David Levin has been creating and enabling markets for digital content since the earliest days of the platform. He currently oversees BMI's Digital Licensing business as a key member of the global leader in music rights management's executive team. Levin's team sets the vision to address digital market needs, negotiating agreements which capture value for the company's 550,000 plus songwriters and... Read More →
avatar for Chris Potter

Chris Potter

Manager, Music Partnerships, YouTube
Chris Potter serves as Manager of Music Partnerships at YouTube with a strong focus on engaging the independent music publishing community. Prior to joining YouTube, Potter was the Director of Marketing at Google-acquired RightsFlow, where he drove online interaction for the company's consumer-facing music licensing service, Limelight. Previously, he served as Director of Lifestyle Marketing and Web Services for The Orchard, a leading digital... Read More →
avatar for Jim Selby

Jim Selby

Sr. VP, Digital, ole Digital/Majorly Indie
Jim Selby serves as ole Digital's inaugural Sr. VP. Under his leadership he will ensure that ole is at the forefront of online rights management, collections, content and business development by actively representing the interests of the company's clients and owned assets across all online platforms. Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Selby spent 16 years at Naxos of America and was named the company's CEO since 2007. Since the late 90s, he... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Suite 4A&B

10:45am

The Mechanics Of Publishing At Spotify

As the streaming model continues to develop and grow, it is imperative that songwriters and publishers understand the operations and mechanics of the platforms they leverage to get music to fans. Join newly appointed Global Head of Publisher Relations James Duffett-Smith for a look at how Spotify licenses the rights to stream your compositions on the Spotify platform. He’ll also discuss the global implications for publishers and how to be sure you are making your money.

Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

 


Speakers
avatar for James Duffett-Smith

James Duffett-Smith

Global Head of Publisher Relations, Spotify
James Duffett-Smith is Global Head of Publisher Relations, where he is responsible for Spotify’s relationships with music publishers, collecting societies, PROs (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and GMR) and songwriters. Previously, Duffett-Smith served as the Head of Licensing Business Affairs at Spotify, where he focused on global music licensing issues on the master and publishing side. Prior to joining Spotify, Duffett-Smith was Director of Legal... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
Suite 4A&B

11:00am

SynchTank: Automating The Licensing Process
SynchTank creates powerful cloud software to help rightsholders maximize revenue, improve catalog management, and efficiently organize licensing and synchronization processes. SynchTank has over 100 clients across 5 continents, from top music publishers and record labels, to composers, distributors, managers, advertising agencies, film and TV production companies.

Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

Moderators
avatar for Joel T. Jordan

Joel T. Jordan

Founder/CEO, SynchTank
Joel T. Jordan, Founder/CEO SynchTank Ltd. [www.synchtank.com] | | Joel T. Jordan is the founder and CEO of SynchTank, a Brooklyn and London based software company that creates powerful cloud software to help rights holders maximize revenue, improve catalog management, and efficiently organize licensing and synchronization processes. SynchTank has over 100 clients across 5 continents, from top music publishers and record labels, to... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2015 11:00am - 11:15am
Suite 4A&B

11:15am

From the Copyright Act to the Songwriters Equity Act, What’s New?
Click here to read more about the Songwriters & Publishers Town Hall program.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline  Charlesworth

Jacqueline Charlesworth

Attorney, U.S. Copyright Office
Jacqueline Charlesworth, General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights, oversees the legal affairs of the U.S. Copyright Office. As General Counsel, she has primary responsibility for the legal interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act. In addition to supervising the litigation-related and rulemaking activities of the Office, she advises Congress, the Department of Justice, and other agencies on a wide range of copyright-related law and... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 11:15am - 11:45am
Suite 4A&B

11:45am

Songtrust: Simplifying Music Publishing Administration
Speakers
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 →


Thursday May 14, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
Suite 4A&B

12:15pm

Attendee Tour of United Record Pressing

TOUR IS FULL. PRIOR SIGN-UP WAS REQUIRED.
 

*Adding this event to your Sched profile does not gurantee a spot on the tour.

Shuttle boarding begins at NOON and shuttle leaves promptly at 12:15 PM.

Join us for a 45-minute tour of United Record Pressing, Nashville’s one-stop record-making shop since 1949. From working with Vee Jay Records to release the first 7” Beatles vinyl in the America to pressing Jay-Z’s The Black Album, United Record Pressing is a working museum that pays homage to the breadth of artists and genres that have helped shape its history. The tour will include the infamous Motown Suite. With few accommodations for African Americans in the 1950s and 1960s, the Motown Suite became the go-to for Motown execs. This apartment, located above the factory, still features novel ’60s décor. Also included in the tour is the Party Room. Once used as event space, this room hosted record label signing parties for folks like Wayne Newton, The Cowsills, and a then-16-year-old Hank Williams Jr.

Thursday May 14, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm
United Record Pressing

12:30pm

Awards Luncheon

Open seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

sponsored by Sony Music Entertainment

Our favorite time of the year … recognizing career excellence and creativity in our industry with the prestigious Music Biz Awards! This year we will honor Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta with the Presidential Award for Sustained Executive Achievement. Throughout his years in the music business, Scott has demonstrated a keen ear for talent that has led to more than 40 million albums sold by Big Machine artists, not to mention #1 Country and Pop radio smashes (165 in all) in every year over the course of his career. His drive for innovation has also led to Big Machine’s ground-breaking deal with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights.

Also taking the stage will be Martina McBride to accept the 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her work on behalf of domestic violence, which includes being the spokesperson for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Tulsa Domestic Violence as well as uniting with Loveisrespect and the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline to create the “My Time to Shine” program to educate teens on how to have healthy relationships.

The Doobie Brothers will accept the 2015 Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement from Board Chairman Fred Beteille of YouTube. The group has sold more than 48 million albums, including three multi-Platinum albums, seven Platinum albums, and 14 Gold albums. In addition, their greatest hits record, Best of the Doobies, has sold over 11 million copies, earning a rare RIAA Diamond certification. The band also landed 16 songs on the Billboard Top 40 – including five Top 10 singles and chart-toppers “What a Fool Believes” and “Black Water” – and won four Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for “What a Fool Believes” and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for the album Minute by Minute.

Epic Records’ newly-minted Pop star Meghan Trainor will be honored with the 2015 Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award. Prior to achieving massive success with her album, Title, and its smash singles “All About That Bass” and “Lips Are Movin,” Trainor was a high school prodigy who came to Nashville after scoring a publishing deal at the age of 17. While there, she co-wrote tracks for major acts such as Rascal Flatts and Hunter Hayes before breaking through on her own after deciding to record “All About That Bass” herself.



Thursday May 14, 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Capitol Ballroom

2:00pm

Music Biz Lounge sponsored by Nielsen Music

The Meeting/Networking 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 have never met. You just may find your next business partner, right here.

The Lounge is sponsored by Nielsen Music, who will be on hand during Lounge hours to demo their recently launched mobile version of Nielsen Music Connect. With a new iPhone and iPad version, Nielsen Music Connect is your complete music measurement solution. Get artists stats on sales, streaming, airplay, social media, Billboard charts, industry trends and more. Whether you’re in a meeting or at a show stay connected with what’s happening in music, anytime or anywhere. Come check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nielsen-music-connect/id947027016.



Thursday May 14, 2015 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Legislative Terrace

2:15pm

It’s Still Music City USA: Doing Deals In Nashville
Organized by Tom Truitt, MusicRowSearch and WHO KNEW Nashville

Nashville is an unusual place. Doing business here is not the same as it is in NY, LA or London. This town is still all about the song and the changes taking place in music industry globally are being felt here differently than other music centers. This diverse panel will discuss how things have changed here in Nashville, how deals get done and why it’s still Music City USA!

Moderators
avatar for Blair Garner

Blair Garner

America's Morning Show Host, NASH-FM
Discovered by a local radio executive in his hometown of Canyon, Texas, Blair Garner has been on the radio waves since age 17. Working on local radio stations all through college, Garner quickly climbed the ranks as his voice caught the ear of program directors from many major markets. He quickly found himself working for legendary stations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. It was in the early 1990s, though, that Garner... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Holly Bell

Holly Bell

Sr. VP and Team Manager, Entertainment Division Nashville, City National Bank
Holly Bell is a Sr. VP and entertainment team manager for City National Bank. Bell leads specialized teams of entertainment bankers in City National’s Nashville, Atlanta, and Daytona Beach offices. She has over two decades of entertainment business banking experience nationwide. Prior to joining City National, she was an entertainment and private bank manager with Wells Fargo. She also spends countless hours mentoring and coaching young... Read More →
avatar for Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum

Senior Director, Artist and Industry Relations, SoundExchange
Linda Bloss-Baum is the Sr. Director for Artist and Industry Relations at SoundExchange. In that role, she drives awareness and visibility for SoundExchange across multiple channels related to performance and music entertainment. Prior to joining SoundExchange full time, Bloss-Baum served as an independent consultant for SoundExchange and recording artists through her agency, LBB Creative Strategies. Prior to establishing LBB Creative Strategies... Read More →
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Marc Dennis

Agent, Music & Touring, CAA
Marc Dennis is an agent in the music department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), based in Nashville. He specializes in CAA’s Country clients, providing strategic counsel on concert tours and event bookings worldwide. Dennis has been instrumental in directing agency activity for CAA clients Shania Twain, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Willie Nelson, Billy Currington, Rodney Atkins, Kellie Pickler, Randy Travis, Montgomery Gentry... Read More →
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Mark Montgomery

Founder, FLO | CO
Mark Montgomery is Nashville's most well-known music and tech entrepreneur. He has been working in the digital and web space since 1992, when he launched one of the first five companies in the U.S. that sold music on the web. In 1999, co-founded the firm echomusic, which managed the digital businesses of some of the biggest entertainers in the world. | | echomusic was sold to IAC in 2007, and post his exit in 2009, Mark worked as the... Read More →
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Steve Savoca

Head of Label Relations, Spotify
Steve Savoca is VP of Content and Distribution at Spotify, where he oversees the global label relations and content operations teams. In this role, Savoca manages Spotify’s day-to-day relationships with record labels, directs all music content across the service, and oversees artist marketing and promotional activities. He has worked in the music industry for nearly 20 years with a focus on innovating in the digital space. Prior to his role... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Davidson A&B

2:15pm

EDMTCC (EDM: Technology, Culture, Curation)
Join Robby Towns as he walks through more than a year's worth of research on the business and culture of EDM. This presentation and panel discussion will provide an in-depth look at data and technology in EDM and growing areas like metadata, licensing, research, and app development. Curious how to make money from DJ mixes? This session will provide cutting-edge insights into topics like this and much more.

Moderators
avatar for Robby Towns

Robby Towns

Director, Digital Strategy & Community, Music Biz
Robby Towns currently serves as the Director of Digital Strategy & Community for the Music Business Association (Music Biz), in addition to being the founder of NestaMusic and EDMTCC. Towns is a 12-year managerial and professional services veteran. 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... Read More →

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 Justin Golshir

Justin Golshir

Founder & CEO, JustGo
Justin Golshir is CEO and Founder of JustGo.com and JustGoMusic.com. He quit his corporate day job to return to his true passion - music. He is a huge fan of electronic dance music and has traveled the world seeing some of the world’s greatest DJs.  
avatar for Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence

CEO, Association For Electronic Music (AFEM)
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 →
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Kamaal Malak

Owner, KM Entertainment
Kamaal Malak’s list of accomplishments as a musician and producer directly reflects his desire to create music with integrity without regard for convention and genre. In 1993, his most notable success came when he joined Grammy award-winning music group, Arrested Development. His personal highlights while part of Arrested Development were the opportunities to perform with Peter Gabriel on his WOMAD Tour, at Woodstock 94’ and on The Late... Read More →
avatar for Kerri Mason

Kerri Mason

SVP, Integrated Marketing, SFX Entertainment
Kerri Mason is Sr. VP of Integrated Marketing at SFX Entertainment, the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused exclusively on electronic music culture (EMC) and other world-class festivals. SFX was born out of the technology revolution and produces and promotes a growing portfolio of live events that includes leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Stereosonic, Electric... Read More →
avatar for JT Myers

JT Myers

Co-Founder/Partner, mtheory
JT Myers is Co-Founder and Partner at mtheory, which provides marketing and operations support to artist managers.  mtheory supports managers across all aspects of their business, providing extra resources, expertise and bandwidth to allow managers to address the increasingly demanding and complex set of responsibilities placed on them in the modern music industry.  mtheory works with nearly 20 managers, representing over 100... Read More →
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Ken Sorrell

‎Production & Accounts Manager, Media Visions
Ken Sorrell is Production & Accounts Manager at Media Visions, an audio, video, lighting, streaming and broadcast solution provider based in Birmingham, AL and Nashville, TN.


Thursday May 14, 2015 2:15pm - 4:00pm
Suite 4A&B

3:30pm

Big Data Means Big Opportunities
The music industry has seen a big shift with an increasing amount of brands and agencies activating around artists. From festivals to award shows, brands want in with music consumers… but they also want proof of ROI. This presentation will cover how brands, agencies and artists are leveraging biig data to plan, measure and maximize music campaigns. Includes case studies, talent analytics and brand affinity insights across key demographics and across fans of specific music genres and activities.

Moderators
avatar for Tatiana Simonian

Tatiana Simonian

VP, Branded Music, Nielsen Entertainment
Tatiana Simonian is VP of the new Branded Music division at Nielsen Entertainment. She is the former Head of Music for Twitter, where she developed global marketing campaigns for the biggest brands, artists and music companies in the world. She has also worked for Disney Music Group and Hot Topic LLC, as well as written for Rolling Stone, LA Times, Anthem Magazine and LA Weekly. As an artist, she has played in front of thousands and toured the... Read More →

Thursday May 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Capitol 2/3

3:30pm

The Rules of the Road: An Examination of the Current State of Touring
As the record business has faced incredible challenges, the live sector has become increasingly vital for artists in all musical genres, with tie-ins involving movies, TV, sponsors, and other brand partnerships. We will examine recent contracts, assess the various income streams, and discuss how the various involved parties interact, as their interests align or differ.

Click here to read more about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference program.


Moderators
avatar for Judy Tint

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 Nick Ferrara

Nick Ferrara

Partner, Serling Rooks Ferrara McKoy & Worob
Since his undergraduate days at New York University in the early 1980s, Nicholas Ferrara has been involved in the music industry. He credits NYU classmate Jason Flom (founder of Lava Records and former CEO of Atlantic Records) with giving him his start in the music business. During a 1983 West Coast trip, Ferrara discovered an independent EP by the band RATT. Shortly thereafter, he facilitated the signing of the band by Atlantic’s President... 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 →
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Tom Rashford

Rashford Kruse & Associates
avatar for John Strohm

John Strohm

Sr. Counsel, Loeb & Loeb
John Strohm is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney in the Nashville office of Loeb & Loeb, LLP. His practice focuses on the representation of musicians, songwriters, producers, music publishers, record labels, and entertainment-focused technology companies. Strohm counts several Grammy winners among his clients. He has recently taught classes in Entertainment Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama School of... Read More →
avatar for Don VanCleave

Don VanCleave

Business Development, Flo | Thinkery/Made In Network
Don VanCleave left the industrial engineering business in Dallas in 1988 to open Magic Platter CD in Birmingham, AL. For 14 years, Magic Platter (and Birmingham) became known as a national starting point for many acts. Magic Platter received NARM’s Small Retailer of the Year in 1998 and 1999. In 1995, VanCleave was a founding member of The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and served as its President until 2008. CIMS, now in... Read More →



Thursday May 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Capitol 1

4:00pm

Changing World Of Music Consumption & Brand Advocacy
Known in the UK as much for their use of state-of-the-art technology to derive deep and meaningful consumer insights as they are for their excellence in data visualization, Audiencenet is making their entrance into the US metrics market with Audiomonitor —  a new and democratic measure of all audio consumption across the United States. The data presented here will reveal the true relationship and share of ear between music streaming, digital downloads, broadcast radio (on and offline) and physical formats, before going on to look at specific behaviors of music consumers in relation to social media and brand advocacy. 

Speakers
avatar for Robert Delmonte

Robert Delmonte

Music Industry Analyst, Audiencenet/Audiomonitor
After graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with first class honors in Music and Entertainment Industry Management, Robert Delmonte joined Audiencenet as a Music Industry Analyst in early 2014. Under this role, he collects, investigates and analyses music, entertainment and lifestyle consumer research data, from both domestic and global territories, in order to build a succinct understanding of consumer wants and needs, market... Read More →
avatar for David Lewis

David Lewis

CEO & Founder, d.lewis@audiencenet.co.uk
Founder of Audiencenet, David Lewis has more than 20 years experience of providing full-service consumer research, his specialization being in the music and entertainment industries. Lewis has been involved in research projects on literally hundreds of recording artists from the most established (Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Eagles etc.) to a plethora of newly signed artists/acts in development. He has been closely involved with the... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Capitol 2/3

4:30pm

Brands & Streams Align
The panel will address how we leverage music in the cloud to better serve the industry, musicians, writers, and consumers. We know that music on mobile devices is the most consumed content category. We will explore and better contextualize the experience via brand alignment, resulting in new revenue for artists.

Moderators
avatar for Nico Perez

Nico Perez

Co-Founder, Mixcloud
Nico Perez is co-founder of Mixcloud, an award-winning Internet radio company based in London, UK. He decided to start Mixcloud to help people find great radio shows online. As an experienced DJ and radio presenter, he saw the need to re-think traditional radio and podcasting, and develop a new solution for the "socially networked" generation. Today, Mixcloud is growing fast and reaches over 12 million people each month, powering listen again... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nate Auerbach

Nate Auerbach

Music Evangelist, Tumblr
Nate Auerbach is the Music Evangelist at Tumblr, where he works closely with the music community to help artists engage their audience and bring more exceptional content to the platform. Prior to Tumblr, he was a digital executive at The Collective Music Management and spent three years at MySpace Music.
avatar for Tatiana Simonian

Tatiana Simonian

VP, Branded Music, Nielsen Entertainment
Tatiana Simonian is VP of the new Branded Music division at Nielsen Entertainment. She is the former Head of Music for Twitter, where she developed global marketing campaigns for the biggest brands, artists and music companies in the world. She has also worked for Disney Music Group and Hot Topic LLC, as well as written for Rolling Stone, LA Times, Anthem Magazine and LA Weekly. As an artist, she has played in front of thousands and toured the... Read More →
avatar for Kwame Taylor-Hayford

Kwame Taylor-Hayford

Head of Digital, Sid Lee
Born in New York City but raised in Africa & Europe, Kwame's acute sensitivity to the creative potential of technology has fueled his career in emerging media. At Sid Lee, he leads the agency and clients on innovation and technology, impacting structure and process to ensure designers, developers, producers, and data experts are well integrated into the creative process to deliver ideas that elevate the consumer experience. Before... Read More →


Thursday May 14, 2015 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Capitol 2/3

4:45pm

Music’s Middle Class: An Endangered Species?
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.

Click here to read more about the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference program.

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 Heath Baumhor

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 →
avatar for Steve Markland

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 →
avatar for Chip Petree

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 →
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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

5:30pm

Closing Reception
Thursday May 14, 2015 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Legislative Terrace