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Thursday, March 19 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
The Devil You Don't Know: Artists & Direct Deals

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Major labels and publishers tout the benefits of “direct deals” and “free market rates.” But are they telling artists the whole story? While it’s possible that direct deals might lead to higher rates, it’s just as likely that the opposite will occur, as rightsholders rush to undercut one another. Artists would cede leverage to just a handful of powerful industry players, with no guarantee bigger paydays. At a time where we desperately need more transparency, are direct deals a step in the opposite direction? We'll examine the issues at play in Washington DC, and in the marketplace and what they might mean for the most important players in the space: music creators.

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Keith Bernstein

CEO, Crunch Digital
Keith Bernstein is the founder of Crunch Digital™ and CEO of Royalty Review Council. As founder of Crunch Digital™, Keith has created a new business model that facilitates more licensed content in the media & entertainment space, fueling more revenue opportunities for content... Read More →

Simon Dennett

SVP, Strategic Business Dev, Kobalt Music
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Vickie Nauman

Principal & Owner, Future of Music Coalition
Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. Nauman has a background that spans traditional and digital media, and varied insider experience in licensing, product management, marketing... Read More →
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Casey Rae

Interim Exec Dir, Future of Music Coalition
Casey Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 18D Austin Convention Center

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