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Wednesday, March 18
 

11:00am

Micro-Licensing: The Fast Growing Future of Sync
Social video is being created at a massive scale with over 7 million UGC videos, a million animated .gifs, & 500k slideshows uploaded to online networks daily. In addition to YouTube, licensing music to user-generated videos exists in dozens of other online communities. Find out more about this growing revenue stream, that leverages the power of the-masses-as-filmmakers, looking for music to soundtrack their video creations and understand the flow of money, the importance of meta-data, how music gets ingested to phone apps & online marketplaces, & more.

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Speakers
avatar for Kevin Breuner

Kevin Breuner

VP of Mktg, CD Baby
CD Baby’s Director of Marketing, Kevin Breuner, has spent over 14 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. A San Diego native, Kevin went East to attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he studied Music and Music Business. After... Read More →
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Chi-Chao Chang

VP, Tango Labs
avatar for Laura Sydell

Laura Sydell

Digital Culture Correspondent, National Public Radio
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture... Read More →
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Paul Anthony Troiano

CEO, Rumblefish
A professional musician since his teens, Paul Anthony Troiano grappled early with the often opaque business side of the music industry. As Troiano pursued his passion for composition, film scoring, and music production (Sarah McLachlan, George Clinton), he discovered he was equally... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Mara Schwartz
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
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Mara Schwartz

Pres/Founder, Superior Music Publishing


Wednesday March 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center
 
Thursday, March 19
 

12:30pm

Give It Away Now: The “Value” In Free Music
Free music is everywhere. Music fans listen to Pandora and Spotify all day at no cost to them. Publishers grant gratis synch licenses to low budget productions for promotional value. Across the industry, artists, songwriters and those who represent them are bombarded with "opportunities" to give their intellectual property away, and many do for various reasons. Granting access to music for free or at rock bottom fees has become standard in the industry; whereas the significant implications of doing so remain largely unexamined. We’ll take a look at how giving music away can change the course of your career or business and how to use the practice to your advantage.

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Speakers
avatar for Cheetah Chrome

Cheetah Chrome

Owner and President, SSA Music
It's a long way from CBGB to the Grand Ole Opry, and Nashville might not be the first town that comes to mind when you hear the name Cheetah Chrome, but the iconic punk rocker has actually called Music City home for more than 15 years. Chrome, who rose to fame as the guitarist for... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Mannis-Gardner

Deborah Mannis-Gardner

Owner and President, DMG Clearances
For the past 20 years Deborah has gained recognition not only in the music industry but also in the video game, film, DVD, and television industries as well. She works with top labels such as Atlantic Records, Sony Music, Capitol Records, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Bad Boy Records... Read More →
avatar for Paula Savastano

Paula Savastano

Owner and President, SSA Music
Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 year. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Stilson

Jennifer Stilson

VP Of Creative Music Integration at VH1, VH1
Jennifer is currently Vice President of Creative Music Integration at VH1. She began her career at NBC as an assistant at Late Night with David Letterman but it wasn¹t until she worked on Jon Stewart¹s syndicated late night talk show when she began working in the music industry... Read More →
avatar for Heather Trussell

Heather Trussell

SVP, Memory Lane Music Group/Royalty Solutions Corp
Heather Trussell is Sr. Vice President of Memory Lane Music Group, a full-service, independent music publishing company representing a multi-genre catalog of songs that have been recorded by some of the industry’s finest artists including Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 15 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Jim Mahoney
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
JM

Jim Mahoney

GM USA, Merlin


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Julia Riva
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Julia Riva

Julia Riva

Pres, Harry Warren Entertainment
Julia Jo Riva is President of Harry Warren Entertainment. Julia is a veteran in Music Publishing with over 20+ years experience establishing Harry Warren Entertainment in 1991. Julia's background previous to the music industry as a set and costume designer for major motion pictures... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Rachel Jacobson
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson

Mgr Creative Licensing, Songs Music Publishing
Rachel came to SONGS in 2014 after three years in creative licensing at Atlantic Records. Prior to that she worked with an indie publishing/licensing company and interned in the music department at E! Entertainment. Wanting to go into music supervision/licensing since high school... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Sync in 2015: Newest Trends, Tools and Techniques
Sync licensing is a primary revenue stream for many artists. With the advent of new business models and technologies, artists can continue to generate revenue opportunities beyond just the original placement. We’ll examine the latest developments in synchronization licensing strategy and monetization. Get the details of content ID, micro syncs and multi channel networks, and the best ways to monetize content on YouTube and other online platforms. We will discuss innovative approaches to brand partnerships and strategic syncs as well as outline major deal terms, negotiation tactics, and potential red flags.

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Speakers
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Ben Kihnel

Dir of Content, Rumblefish
Ben Kihnel is the Head of Artist and Label Relations at Rumblefish Inc. Rumblefish is a groundbreaking music and technology company that provides music licensing services to social media and technology companies, movie and TV production studios, advertisers, video game makers and... Read More →
avatar for Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz

EVP/Dir of Music, GREY
Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music for Grey Group, has produced 5000+ tracks for commercials, film, TV and the web internationally. These include some of the most high profile initiatives to integrate compelling music with advertising, with such artists as Black Eyed Peas, Run... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Jennifer Newman Sharpe

Principal Atty, JNS Law Offices/Sparkplug
Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an entertainment, intellectual property, and start up business attorney based in New York. She works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to develop strategies and negotiate agreements in order to maximize their creative opportunities... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Sobhraj

Jessica Sobhraj

Mgr/Digital Content Licensing, SESAC
Jessica Sobhraj is the Manger of Digital Content Licensing for SESAC, the fastest growing and most technologically adept of the nation’s performance rights organizations. In her role at SESAC, Ms. Sobhraj analyzes SESAC’s proprietary data and licensing trends in order to improve... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center
 
Friday, March 20
 

12:30pm

Who’s Using My Music? Copyrights In Digital Era
Proper licensing of copyrighted music is one of the largest obstacles preventing artists from having their music monetized online. Consumers and brands have a lack of awareness around how to properly license music, and for artists there is a lack of transparency on where their music is being used. An outdated DMCA allows licensees to take advantage of existing "loopholes." Hear what some of the largest music licensing companies, technology companies, ISPs and the U.S. Copyright Office are doing to solve these issues, and discuss what the hold up is and where the solutions lie.

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Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Charlesworth

Jacqueline Charlesworth

General Counsel & Assoc Register of Copyrights, US Copyright Office
Jacqueline C. 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... Read More →
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Steven Marks

Chief, Digital Business & General Counsel, Recording Industry Association of America Inc
avatar for Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller

Pres COO Co-Founder, Audiosocket
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Kevin Montler

Dir Legal Global Music, Google/YouTube
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Mark Piibe

EVP Global Business Dev & Digital Strategy, Sony Music
avatar for Jason Stewart

Jason Stewart

Mgr, Jetty Rae LLC
By day, Jason is an Interaction Designer for General Motors, and by night he manages the Michigan-based singer-songwriter Jetty Rae. With one foot in a very technical and engineering-based organization and the other in the much more fluid and relationship based music scene, Jason... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 17A Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Mentor Session: Dasmarie Alvino
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Dasmarie Alvino

Dasmarie Alvino

West Coast Creative Director, Memory Lane Music Group/Royalty Solutions Corp
Dasmarie recently joined Memory Lane Music Group and will be working to strengthen Memory Lane’s synch presence and grow its catalog base. She began her career in the marketing department at Interscope, Geffen A&M Records where she worked on the US campaigns for artists such as... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Katy Wolaver
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
KW

Katy Wolaver

A&R, Songs Music Publishing


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

TV Blanket Licences: Stitch Up or Opportunity?
UK television broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Sky have instant access to nearly all of the world’s music under their blanket agreements with music collecting societies. To some, this is a great opportunity for songwriters and artists to promote their music, and it provides a democratic platform where all music receives equal rewards when it is used in television. To others, blanket licenses represent a loss of control and a missed opportunity to command individual synch fees. While blanket licenses in the UK generate significant revenue for music creators, they also generate confusion and debate.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicky Bignell

Nicky Bignell

Business Affairs Mgr, Music, BBC
Nicky's career in broadcasting in the UK spans 25 years. For many years she headed up the team responsible for music rights advice & clearance across all the BBC's services and commercial activities, is one of the foremost experts on commissioning original music for television and... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bradbury

Peter Bradbury

Head of Music, Sky
Peter's first career was as a songwriter and performer in the 1990’s. He lives in London and has worked in the UK broadcasting industry for the last 18 years specialising in music rights. His career has included ITV television and the BBC where he was responsible for all music licensing... Read More →
avatar for Chris Meehan

Chris Meehan

CEO, Sentric Music
Chris' career started when he co-founded Sentric Music in 2006 after brief stints as a music manager and promoter.
avatar for Gareth Smith

Gareth Smith

VP, Big Deal Music
Gareth started work at Chrysalis Music in London in 2003, running the Synch dept until it’s sale to BMG Rights management in 2010. He then spent three years running the Synch and Marketing team at BMG Chrysalis- overseeing the creative integration and exploitation of well over a... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Room 8C Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

That Sync-ing Feeling!

Speakers
avatar for Keith D'Arcy

Keith D'Arcy

Creative Licensing, Songs Music Publishing
Keith D'Arcy oversees Creative Licensing and Catalog Acquisition at SONGS Music Publishing. With 18 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide... Read More →
JG

JT Griffith

Music Supervisor, Nike
JT Griffith works in Portland, OR as Nike's internal music supervisor working globally within the company's brand connections group. Since 1993 he's experienced a variety of aspects in the music business. As a music supervisor, JT has over 12 years experience and played a creative... Read More →
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Andrew Kahn

Music Supervisor, Good Ear Music Supervision
Andrew Kahn works as an independent music supervisor at his company Good Ear Music Supervision (GEMS), focusing on ads for brands such as Nike, Apple, Google, Target, adidas, Southern Comfort, ESPN, Cadillac, and many more. From 2007-2011 he served as the in-house music supervisor... Read More →
avatar for Kasey Truman

Kasey Truman

Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music
Kasey Truman is a Music Supervisor for TV/Film at Chop Shop Music based in South Pasadena, California. Projects include: iZombie, Hart of Dixie, Veronica Mars (Film), Selfie, Suburgatory, Grey's Anatomy, Gossip Girl, Chuck amongst others. Kasey is excited for the new James Franco... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Room 10C Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 21
 

12:30pm

How and Why to Let Others Remix/Mashup Your Work
Remix and mashup media and culture are gaining prominence, but continue to face serious legal hurdles. That's because these artists rely on the ability to sample or build on the work of others, and most music isn't licensed in a way that lends itself to this purpose. Many musicians would be happy if their own work were used in remix or mashup, but just don't know how to make their work available for downstream collaboration while still maintaining ownership and the ability to profit. Learn about how to release your work under a Creative Commons license that allows others to use it, how to do so and still make money, and why it's important.

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Speakers
avatar for Jodie Griffin

Jodie Griffin

Sr Staff Atty, Public Knowledge
Jodie Griffin is a Senior Staff Attorney at Public Knowledge, where she specializes in telecommunications and copyright law, advocating for the public on issues that range from online music licensing to the technological transition of our phone network. Jodie is also a Professorial... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Larisa Mann

Dr. Larisa Mann

Asst Prof/Artist, NYU/Dutty Artz NYC
avatar for Timothy Vollmer

Timothy Vollmer

Mgr, Public Policy, Creative Commons
Timothy Vollmer is Public Policy Manager. He coordinates public policy positions in collaboration with CC staff, international affiliate network, and a broad community of copyright experts. Timothy helps educate policymakers at all levels and across various disciplines such as education... Read More →
avatar for Chris Zabriskie

Chris Zabriskie

Producer / Composer, Treehouse
I'm Chris Zabriskie and I'm a producer and composer.


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 13AB Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Eddie Gomez
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
EG

Eddie Gomez

Pres, Little Brother Music


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Room 8AB Austin Convention Center