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Digital Music-Streaming [clear filter]
Tuesday, March 17

11:00am CDT

New Ways for Artists to Make Money
Come debate the newest music monetization platforms, including the big platforms such as BandPage, Spotify and SoundCloud, to emerging models such as freemium, downstream and fan segmentation. Hany Nada, a top investor in music startups, will discuss ways artists can combine monetization methods to generate optimum revenues. Find out how to take a “whales, dolphins, and minnows” approach to monetization, using free recorded music to reel in minnows (a large fan base), and then offering special content to convert some fans to dolphins (regular paying customers) and others to whales (super fans willing to pay for premium experiences).

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Hany Nada

Managing Partner, GGV Capital
Hany Nada is a founding partner of GGV Capital and has worked as a long-term partner with more than 150 companies over the past decade. He is a trusted resource to CEOs on global market development, customer introductions, and M&A/IPO guidance across US and Asian markets. Hany was... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A

5:00pm CDT

Streaming Is Creating A Better Music Experience

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Alex Kisch

EVP, Business Dev & Affairs, VEVO
As Executive Vice President, Business Development & Business Affairs, Alex Kisch is responsible for developing and executing upon the company’s growth strategy, with oversight over global content acquisition, licensing, syndication and distribution efforts. He also oversees Vevo’s... Read More →

Scott Rosenberg

VP Business Dev, Roku
Scott Rosenberg is VP of Business Development, Content & Services at Roku, where he is responsible for developing content and advertising partnerships for the platform. Prior to Roku, Scott co-founded and led Umami TV, a VC-backed startup in NYC that enabled companion TV experiences... Read More →

Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT

5:00pm CDT

Content, Copyright and Commerce
Many entrepreneurs face the challenge of acquiring content and the necessary rights to use it. This panel will boil it down to the essentials: who are the rights holders? What are your options? How do I get to key decision makers?
We will discuss hot button topics such as direct licensing vs. blanket licensing, the pros/cons of safe harbor/DMCA protection, specific right clearances needed for each type of content use (e.g. synch/mechanical/performance), international issues, current industry trends and the legal environment.

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Peter Downton

Chief Commercial Officer, 7digital
Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. Prior to this Pete spent four years at Imagination Technologies, one of Europe's fastest growing and most respected technology businesses. During this period Pete helped spearhead the launch... Read More →
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Michael Drexler

Exec Dir Business Dev Digital Licensing, BMI
Michael Drexler is Executive Director of Business Development within Broadcast Music Inc.’s New Media and Strategic Development team. In this role, Michael oversees BMI’s New Media business development while managing efforts to open up new revenue streams for writers and publishers... Read More →
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Sam Gilchrist

CEO, Pluravida
Sam founded PluraVida to help digital media companies realize their full potential in reaching their audiences, managing their partners, and effectively monetizing content and engagement. He has over 20 years of media and telecoms technology and business experience. At PluraVida... Read More →
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Gary Greenstein

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Gary Greenstein is a partner with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He specializes in intellectual property, licensing, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the digital exploitation of intellectual property. He represents a wide range... Read More →

Mark Piibe

EVP Global Business Dev & Digital Strategy, Sony Music

Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon A
Wednesday, March 18

11:00am CDT

Next Phase of Digital Discovery & Content Curation
Discovery is still broke, with arguments both for and against human and technological curation, a successful balance exists that incorporates both methods to create the ultimate digital jukebox. Learn more about the continued conversation on creating the best methods for content curation.

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Steve Blatter

SVP/GM Music Programming, SiriusXM
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Patricia Parra

CMO, Shazam Entertainment
Patricia Parra is responsible for driving the brand vision, crafting the marketing and communications strategies and leading the overall marketing function for the company. She brings more than 15 years of experience in consumer marketing for entertainment and digital brands. Parra... Read More →
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David Porter

CEO/Founder, 8tracks
David Porter is the CEO and Founder of 8tracks, the best place for people to make and discover playlists. 8tracks is the third largest online radio app on iOS, and among college students 18-24.
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Marc Ruxin

COO, Rdio
Marc is the Chief Marketing Officer at Rdio where he is responsible for the company's corporate marketing, business development, programming and advertising efforts.
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Stephen White

Chairman, Dubset Media Holdings
Rising through the ranks at Gracenote, Stephen has played a critical role in shaping the company into a digital entertainment leader. He spearheaded the development of Gracenote technologies for top entertainment platforms and brands, including Apple, Ford and Sony. Today, he oversees... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

12:30pm CDT

Talent and Tech: Navigating the New Music Economy
The shift from physical to digital music catalogues has not been a universal cause for celebration. Like all truly disruptive innovations, streaming music has upended established business models and drawn loud complaints from entrenched stakeholders in the music industry. But today’s streaming ecosystem offers new opportunities for both musicians and techies. Learn how the new music economy is transforming industries, empowering emerging artists and inspiring passionate fan bases around the world.

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Maura Corbett

CEO & Founder, Glen Echo Group LLC
Maura Colleton Corbett is the CEO and Founder of the Glen Echo Group, with over two decades of communications, media, public affairs and coalition building experience with companies and organizations building the New Economy.

Anthony Ray

Pres, Rhyme Cartel Records
Sir Mix-A-Lot, known best for his 1992 hit “Baby Got Back”, has been involved in technology since he was 14.  Mix began his career as a DJ, was heavily influenced by Kraftwerk, Gary Numan and DEVO.  He has built 4 studios and was a geek before geek became chic.  His new... Read More →
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Gary Shapiro

Pres & CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and owning and producing the world’s largest annual innovation tradeshow, the International CES®.

Hank Shocklee

Sonic Architect, Shocklee Entertainment
As a DJ, producer, composer and record company executive, Shocklee has worked with and developed artists and musicians across many genres all while keeping a very innovative approach and a distinction for high-quality productions. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:30pm CDT

Why Curation Will Save the Music Industry
With over 20 million songs available instantly to all of us through various streaming and download services, the way we consume music has changed drastically. The average user is confronted with an abundance of music at their disposal with limited means to navigate. We will highlight why we need human editorial guidance in times of algorithms and automated recommendations.

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Chris Becherer

SVP, Product, Rdio
Chris is the Head of Product at Rdio, where he oversees the design and management of Rdio’s entire suite of products. Chris has over 12 years of experience in the tech/internet/mobile space. Before joining Rdio, he spent 7 years in Apple’s product group working on iPhone and iOS... Read More →
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Scott Cohen

Founder, The Orchard
Scott Cohen is the co-founder of digital distribution company The Orchard. He started the company with music veteran Richard Gottehrer in 1997. The Orchard is the largest digital distributor in the world with offices in 25 countries. As a well-recognized public speaker and lecturer... Read More →
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Gary Stewart

Founder, Trunkworthy
Gary Stewart's lifelong passion for music led to a 30-year career that took him from a part-time record store clerk to a reissue producer for Rhino Records, musical director at iTunes to his new venture trunkworthy.com. Gary's obsession with unearthing hidden gems in pop culture led... Read More →
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Tim Stickelbrucks

Pres, Saint Elmo's Entertainment
As a digital native with a strong background in the entertainment, music and marketing industry I have been working in leading positions for international clients and agencies such as Apple iTunes, BMW, MINI, Microsoft, Philip Morris, BBDO Interone Worldwide and the Serviceplan G... Read More →

Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 15
Thursday, March 19

12:30pm CDT

The Devil You Don't Know: Artists & Direct Deals
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 CDT
ACC Room 18D

2:00pm CDT

Indie Revenue Streams Breaking Through: Real Data
Check the pulse of how independent artists and labels are generating revenue in the music industry with leaders in very different roles: DIY distributor, royalty collection service, and music business analyst. Find out which traditional revenue streams are holding their own and which are in decline. Understand emerging revenue streams and how to get started with firing them up. See where streaming revenue has come so far and where it is projected to go. Find out some unexpected and underreported trends in music revenue. All backed up with real data.

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David Bakula

SVP Client Dev, Nielsen Entertainment
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Justin Kalifowitz

Pres, Downtown Music
Justin Kalifowitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Music Publishing, a global music rights management business with offices in New York, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles and Nashville.
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Tracy Maddux

CEO, CD Baby
Tracy joined the CD Baby team in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and became CEO in May of 2012. He has led the company during a period of rapid growth, focusing on rolling out new products and services that enable artists to self-manage their music careers; make money from their music... Read More →
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Glenn Peoples

Sr Editorial Analyst, Billboard
A Senior Editorial Analyst at Billboard since 2009, Glenn has over 16 years experience in the music business. He has held sales and marketing positions in distribution -- Valley Media and Caroline Distribution -- and an MBA internship in finance at Warner Music Group. At Billboard... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

2:00pm CDT

Music Curation Through Festivals and Streaming
Festivals and streaming services are two of the biggest manifestations of music curation which continues to have vast influence. As audiences redefine and split musical genres, the importance of examples like Outkast as a festival headliner, Lana Del Ray and Disclosure as multi genre artists and the emergence of EDM pop artists all involve both streaming service and festival curation. We'll dive into the secret sauce behind these areas as well as the influences on them with representatives from both areas as well as discussing the role of data interpreters and disruptors whose work is crucial to the topic.

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Nick Farkas

VP of Concerts & Events, Evenko
Nick Farkas has been booking shows in his home town of Montreal for over 20 years. He started with punk and metal acts in the late 1980’s, eventually co-founding Greenland Productions in 1993. Four years later, he was recruited by legendary Montreal promoter Donald K. Donald. Nick... Read More →

Delphine Ferre

Agent, Deezer

Matt Hickey

Agent, High Road Touring
Matt Hickey Agent, High Road Touring
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Mark Kates

Founder/CEO, Fenway Recordings

Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 15

2:00pm CDT

Redefining 'Radio' for the Digital Age
This panel will discuss the implications of the increasingly blurred lines between different radio platforms: Broadcast (AM/FM), satellite and Internet. No longer can radio be defined solely as "the wireless transmission of signals through free space by electromagnetic waves of frequency." How are new services in the car, mobile devices, set top boxes and even wearables changing the nature of radio? How will radio listeners experience music in 5 years? What is radio in the digital age? Is it time for a "new" definition of radio?

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Paul Brenner

SVP/CTO, Emmis Communications/NextRadio
As SVP/Chief Technology Officer of Emmis Communications, Mr. Brenner focuses on technology business development, industry partnerships, broadcast engineering strategy and the development of new broadcasting and Internet content distribution systems.
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Owen Grover

Senior Vice President and General Manager | iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia
Owen Grover is Senior Vice President and General Manager of iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s industry-leading digital radio service.
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Deborah Newman

Founder, MusicStrat
Recognized as a digital music and entertainment thought leader, Deborah Newman founded MusicStrat in 2008 to combine her 20+ years of senior level experience in the music, television, home video and online/digital businesses with her interest in copyright and digital media. MusicStrat... Read More →
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David Porter

CEO/Founder, 8tracks
David Porter is the CEO and Founder of 8tracks, the best place for people to make and discover playlists. 8tracks is the third largest online radio app on iOS, and among college students 18-24.

Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:30pm CDT

Gear Up, Lean Back: Linear Radio Becomes Dynamic
This is the pivotal moment for linear radio and streaming music services to come together. Consumers currently have the option to use a completely lean back experience found in traditional radio, a semi-lean-back algorithmically curated experience, or the fully lean-forward, highly active search and discovery of on-demand products. Most services either focus on one of these or offer a mixture of models often sitting uncomfortably next to each other. With so much talk about ‘radio style services’ entering the market, what experience sets the standard? This panel will facilitate a sophisticated discussion of how and what to blend from linear radio and new digital music services.

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Simon Cole

CEO, 7digital
Simon brings 25 years of executive leadership to 7digital, having led UBC Media as a public company for over a decade. After studying Drama at Manchester University, Simon joined the BBC for his initial training in the radio medium. He moved rapidly to commercial radio, joining Manchester’s... Read More →
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Kristin George

VP Prod, TuneIn
Kristin George, an award-winning product designer and serial entrepreneur, has been focused on designing and creating every TuneIn product and feature since the company’s launch in 2010. From the desktop site to the mobile apps and next-generation connected automotive dashboards... Read More →
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Chris Kimber

Executive Product Manager, BBC Future Media
Chris is Executive Product Manager for BBC Music and BBC Playlister in BBC Future Media, overseeing the delivery of these products across web and native apps. Previously Chris worked in interactive commissioning within BBC Radio and Music, and prior to that worked as a Sony Award... Read More →
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Damien King

CTO, Guvera
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Chris Williams

Chief Prod Officer, iHeartMedia
Chris Williams joined iHeartMedia in 2005 and was named Chief Product Officer in December 2014. As such, he oversees all digital content programming, station curation, marketing, and product strategies for iHeartMedia's all-in-one digital radio service, iHeartRadio. Williams brings... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10B

3:30pm CDT

The Marriage of Radio & Online Listening
Hear how listeners and artists are benefiting from the unity of traditional radio and music streaming services. As doors are opening up for radio conglomerates to venture into streaming music, what options exist for streaming music on traditional radio? Join us as we discuss the future for merged relationships between the radio and online listening.

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Anthony Bay

CEO, Rdio
Anthony Bay currently serves as CEO of Rdio. Bay was formerly head of Amazon’s global video business, and also served as chairman at Loudeye, where he led its B2B digital media content division before it was sold to Nokia. At Microsoft, Bay was in charge of the company’s e-commerce... Read More →
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Lew Dickey

CEO, Pres & Chairman, Cumulus Media
Lew Dickey is Chairman & CEO of Cumulus Media. He co-founded the company in 1997 and has built the company through over 150 separate transactions to become the largest audio content company and second largest radio broadcasting company in America.
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Daniel Glass

Pres/CEO, Glassnote Entertainment Group
Daniel Glass is Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group, a full service independent music company which began in 2007. Glassnote is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy nominated and double platinum selling Mumford & Sons, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema... Read More →
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John McDuling

Reporter, Quartz
John McDuling is a reporter for Quartz, the global business news outlet from Atlantic Media, based in New York City. He has written extensively about the music industry, with a particular focus on emerging streaming business models. Prior to joining Quartz he was a reporter for The... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:30pm CDT

Tools + Tech for the New Generation of Musicians
Today’s musicians are increasingly uploading their songs to streaming platforms, but many lack awareness of the tools and information necessary to protect their rights and make money. Luckily, there is a rising crop of technology companies rolling out products and creating a digital music ecosystem to support and protect these artists. Hear innovators discuss how they’re building the network needed to support the music industry of the future.

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Rob Bonstein

SVP Operations & Business Dev, The Windish Agency
Rob Bonstein is an executive at The Windish Agency, the leading independent North American music agency, where he is responsible for digital initiatives, marketing, operations, and business development. Previously, Rob held a leadership position at music management firm The Creed... Read More →

Juan Bruce

CEO Co-Founder, Epoxy

Andrew Hampp

Sr Correspondent, Billboard
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Brandon Martinez

Co-Founder & CEO, INDMUSIC
Brandon Martinez is the Co-Founder & CEO of INDMUSIC, the largest independent music YouTube Multi-Channel Network. Current Channel Partners include Mad Decent Records, Stones Throw Records, Robbins Entertainment, Okayplayer, Brendan Benson, Major Lazer and Soul Khan. INDMUSIC was... Read More →

Mike Montali

Artist, Hollis Brown

Brendan Wypich

UX Lead, Epoxy

Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

5:00pm CDT

Access to Affinity: The Future of Digital Music
For the last decade, digital music services have existed primarily to provide access to music—be it downloads, Internet radio, or on-demand streaming. The successful digital music services of the next decade, however, will be defined by how well they connect fans with the music and artists they love. Access to music is just a part of that equation. Fans are looking to establish an identity with their favorite music and artists. To provide that, digital music services must enable more fan/artists experiences, integration with live events, and more.

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Mike Fiebach

Founder & CEO, Fame House
Michael Fiebach is the Founder and CEO of Fame House, with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Michael started Fame House in January, 2011. Fame House grew as an independently funded, one-person company, to a multi-city, 25+ person operation in 2 and a half years... Read More →

Kerri Mason

SVP/Music Group, SFX Entertainment

Liz Miller

VP Artist Rel, Beatport
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J Sider

CEO & Founder, BandPage
J Sider is the Founder & CEO of BandPage, which is the central profile that over 500,000 musicians use to engage and sell to their fans on Spotify, YouTube. VEVO, Rdio, Rhapsody and most major streaming services. He has been named 30 Under 30 by Billboard, Inc Magazine and Forbes... Read More →

Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 17B
Friday, March 20

2:00pm CDT

Curating the Stream: Reaching 1M Spins Before Radio
The importance of the homepage is declining, streaming is increasing, and sharing across many different platforms is becoming the one of the only ways (if not the only way) consumers discover entertainment, news, and music. Curation is becoming more critical as users encounter a firehose of content.
Hear how representatives from three major streaming platforms, management companies, and record labels work together to expose music to different types of music fans, what moves the needle for streams, and what curation means for the future of music and the artist's career.

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Joe Armenia

Head Label & Artist Rel, Rdio
Joe Armenia leads Label, Artist & Influencer 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... Read More →
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Lars Murray

SVP Music Industry Group, Pandora
In July 2014, Lars moved from the label side to Pandora to help further leverage its scale and unique technology to create new opportunity and value for artists, labels and the entire music ecosystem.
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Annie Ortmeier

Dir of Digital Mktg, UMG Nashville
Annie serves as the Director of Digital Marketing for Universal Music Group Nashville, the largest Country music label in the world. She straddles the fine line of revenue based marketing in this role by navigating the ever changing waters of audio and video streaming for the label... Read More →
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Rachel Whitney

Dir of Digital Mktg, Borman Entertainment
Rachel Barnhard works in digital marketing at artist management firm, Borman Entertainment. She helps manage interactive marketing and partner promotions, with a passion for fan experience, for the Borman roster including Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, and Mickey Guyton.

Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

2:00pm CDT

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You - Music Licensing
In the old economy pricing was set by labels. In the new access economy, with interactive services such as Spotify and semi-interactive custom radio services such as Pandora, the revenues received are based upon advertising sales and/or subscription revenues. When a digital service earns revenue by either charging a subscription fee or by selling advertising, it ends up with a fixed revenue pie from which it shares revenue with all rights holders. Artists and labels compete for those revenues as well as promotional opportunity access. Join us to learn details of the new music economy, as well as what artists and labels need to know to get their fair share of access and compensation.

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Darius Van Arman

Co-Owner, Jagjaguwar
Darius Van Arman founded the record label Jagjaguwar in 1996 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since then, he has become a co-owner in the labels Dead Oceans, Secretly Canadian and Numero Group. These four labels are now known as Secretly Group, a label group that is headquartered in... Read More →
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Rich Bengloff

Pres, American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
Rich Bengloff has been A2IM President since January 2007, A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization that represents over 300 dues paying Independent music labels located across the country stretching from Hawaii to Florida, that have banded together to form a central voice advocating... Read More →

Charles Caldas

CEO, Merlin BV
Charles Caldas is the CEO of Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, representing over 20,000 independent labels from 41 countries. Merlin, which operates on a not-for-profit basis, focuses purely on protecting and enhancing the strength, diversity and unique... Read More →
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Chris Harrison

Asst General Counsel, Pandora Media Inc
Chris is Assistant General Counsel for Pandora Media, Inc. (“Pandora”) where he focuses on Pandora’s music licensing issues. Prior to joining Pandora, Chris worked for commercial music service provider DMX, Inc. (“DMX”) where he held a number of positions, including General... Read More →
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Jim Rondinelli

SVP Head of Content Licensing & Catalog, Rdio
Jim Rondinelli, Global Head of Content Licensing and Catalog, Rdio, Inc.

Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

3:30pm CDT

Derivative Work: Copyright or CopyWrong?
We live in a thriving culture where creation of derivative work is inevitable. Similar to software developers, music creators continually borrow, mix, and enhance each other's sounds. Evolution in music comes from continual experimentation and inspiration from the past and present. This evolution of collaboration and the freedom to share these creations is now in danger of being compromised by outdated Copyright laws. Whether you're a famous DJ or a die hard fan, nobody is immune. Join our discussion as we share grass roots insights about the challenges, advantages and the future of user generated music from the perspectives of services, labels, creators and consumers.

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Kahlil Ashanti

Entrepreneur, Ashanti Enterprises Inc
After sifting through many titles, I've decided to accept the title of adaptor. Born in Germany, raised in Japan, finished school in Iowa - culture shock. Performed magic in Japanese at Caesar's Palace for three years, and I only barbecue with charcoal. I don't belong here, but since... Read More →
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Erik Ashdown

CEO/Founder, Indiloop Media Inc
Erik Ashdown is the Founder and CEO of Indiloop a music technology company based out of Vancouver BC.

Conor Clarke

CEO, Wavo.me Inc
Conor Clarke is the founder and CEO of wavo.me, a venture backed micro-blogging platform that empowers the crowd to share and break new music.

Pete Ganbarg

EVP A&R, Atlantic Records

Edward Jones

Performance Dir, Air Force Entertainment

Jeff Levin

A&R, Atlantic Records
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Clark Warner

Exec Creative Dir, Beatport

Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 15

3:30pm CDT

Everything You Know is Obsolete: Units vs ARPU
When it comes to interpreting music revenue numbers, everything you know is obsolete. Some countries are adopting streaming and digital quickly, and some continue to be dominated by physical sales. These changes lead to new deal terms. Artists and businesses will need to understand this new model to fortify a sustainable growth trajectory for the next ten years.

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Chris Carey

EVP, Digital Strategy & Business Dev, Media Insight Consulting
Chris is CEO of Media Insight Consulting, a London based research consultancy specializing in consumer surveys and big data analytics for the music industry. Chris started his career as an Economist at PRS for Music, moving to be Global Insight Director at EMI and subsequently Un... Read More →
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Jonathan Dworkin

EVP, Digital Strategy & Business Dev, Warner Music Group
Jonathan Dworkin is Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Warner Music Group. In this role Dworkin helps to develop and implement global digital strategy. His responsibilities include forging relationships with digital start-ups, negotiating with new services... Read More →
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Mark Eisenberg

SVP/Strategic Initiatives, SoundExchange
Mark Eisenberg is the Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at SoundExchange. Mark is responsible for identifying and executing new applications for SoundExchange’s world-class distribution platform, while developing new commercial relationships with existing and potential... Read More →

Mark Mulligan

Co-Founder and Analyst, Midia Consulting
Mark Mulligan is a media and technology analyst and co-founder of Midia Consulting, a boutique, media industry focused consultancy that delivers practical, results-driven outcomes for media companies and technology companies with content strategies. Mark helps companies build purposeful... Read More →
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Tom Silverman

Founder & Exec Dir, The New Music Seminar
Tom Silverman is the founder and CEO of Tommy Boy Entertainment and founder of the New Music Seminar. He co-founded Dance Music Report magazine, which ran from 1978 to 1992 and co-founded the Dance Music Hall of Fame, (2003 - 2005). Tommy Boy is actively seeking urban and hip hop... Read More →

Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 12AB

5:00pm CDT

Controlling Content & Digital Distribution
A targeted discussion on the evolving issues over control and management of content distribution. We will discuss industry hot topics relating to the migration of content to the hands of new players, as well as large entities that historically were not content creators and the resulting effects it has on the content ecosystem. We will also discuss how independent content creators are building and harnessing the power of their content and brand in ways that could never be possible in the recent past. Discussion will also assess how the variations in pricing of digital goods across different platforms affects content distribution, the benefits (or lack thereof).

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Brandon Dorsky

Lyynks Inc., Lyynks Technologies Inc.
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Jason Zone Fisher

Founder & CEO, In The Zone Productions
Jason Fisher is not only an award winning filmmaker, but also the co-host of a popular Big Ten Network show and coveted host of creative content for brands. Mr. Fisher has worked closely with Skype, Progressive, Butterfinger and Gillette to develop unique and engaging brand driven... Read More →

Jennifer Lee

Creator, Plympton
Jennifer Lee AKA "TOKiMONSTA" is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, mNET recruited her to be part... Read More →

Kendrick Nicholls

Founder & CEO, Two Fresh

Sherwyn Nicholls

Founder & CEO, Two Fresh

Chris Sievernich

Founder & Pres, Lyynks Music
Chris Sievernich is in charge of company operations and partnerships in addition to managing the software design and system wide engineering teams and technology strategies for Lyynks. He is a music lover and musician who, along with his development team, designed the Lyynks Music... Read More →
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Jason Spitz

Head of E-Commerce, Maker Studios
Jason Spitz has spent his career at the intersection of music, marketing, and E-commerce. While working at Rhino Entertainment (a division of Warner Music Group), Jason oversaw direct-to-consumer E-commerce for The Grateful Dead. He ran the official online store, coordinated direct... Read More →

Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 13AB