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2020 Program & Speakers

All timings are in EST

*All timings are subject to change

Day 1: Monday, June 15

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How do companies manage time, resources, and keep pace? How can companies expand their infrastructure, thrive, and prosper while not creating an environment of burn-out?
  • Dr. Mathew Knowles (Music World Entertainment)
  • Ghazi Shami (Empire)

Commissioner Anne del Castillo of The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment discusses New York City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to Small and Medium sized businesses in particular the music business.

  • Anne del Castillo (The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment )

Senior Policy Analyst and Global Team Leader, Media & Entertainment Industries, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce Andrea daSilva sits down with A2IM’s Senior Director, Member Services and International Relations, Lisa Hresko to discuss the federal government’s resources for the music and entertainment industry.

  • Andrea DaSilva (International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Lisa Hresko (A2IM)

CPA, Joe Romano, President of Romano & Associates sits down with A2IM’s Senior Director of Culture & Oversight, Sheryl Cohen to discuss tax issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include The CARES Act, the HEROS Act, and how they pertain to businesses and individuals.

  • Joe Romano (Romano & Associates)
  • Sheryl Cohen (A2IM)

Chariman of GoDigital Group, and A2IM Board Member, Jason Peterson discusses market intelligence in the COVID-19 era and what you should be doing to future proof your business.Topics covered include what advertising categories are going up, going down, finances, continuity plans, IT, and succession plans.

  • Jason Peterson (GoDigital Media Group)

When to Release? What Worked? What Didn’t? How Do You Support An Artist When Performing Live Isn’t an Option?

  • Liz Erman, Moderator (Nettwerk)
  • Bina Fronda (Ultra Records)
  • Francesca Harvey (Partisan Records)
  • Jackie Otto (Dangerbird)

An in-depth, beyond the basics look at the issue of working remotlely. What programs best connect teams, and how do you ensure best practices in remote communication, and more.

  • James Celentano (EnterGain)
  • Mikal Celentano (EnterGain)

Neighboring Rights are an important source of income for labels and artist yet for many they remain shrouded in mystery. Pull back the veil on Neighboring rights and learn how to collect your income.

  • Ryan Lehning (SoundExchange)
  • Ali Lieberman (SoundExchange)
  • Brad Prendergast (SoundExchange)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Carlos Mills (ABMI)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Trisha Carter (CIMA)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Michele Amar (France Rocks)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Joerg Heidemann (VUT)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Takashi Kamide (ILCJ)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Paul Pacifico (AIM)

A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s largest music markets.

  • Kodi McKinney (Maruader)

Independent record stores shape our culture. How are they adapting to our new reality. Success stories; solid take-a-ways

  • Nabil Ayers, Moderator (4AD)
  • Gerald Hammill Jr (AudioSalad)
  • Anna Lundy (Grimey’s)
  • Dave Martin (Omnian Music Group)

A look at where Bandcamp is now, plus a dive into new and upcoming artist and label features, and a guide to get your music featured in the Bandcamp Daily. 

  • Andrew Jervis (Bandcamp)
  • J Edward Keyes (Bandcamp)

Spotify Artist & Label Workshop

Spotify will present a look at how it’s evolving – from new formats and playlists to tools artists and their teams can use to understand and engage their fans. Whether you’re an artist, manager, songwriter or label, come learn about strategies for growing your fanbase. Spotify shares tips for using its artist and label tools, including Spotify for Artists. 
  • Jeff Stempeck (Spotify)

David Stuart (Amazon)

Day 2: Tuesday, June 16

Kris Ahrend, Chief Executive Officer of the MLC in conversation with Dr. Richard James Burgess, A2IM’s President and CEO to discuss the MLC

  • Kris Ahrend (MLC)
  • Dr Richard James Burgess (A2IM)

Join Dr. Richard James Burgess, President, and CEO of A2IM, Team A2IM and Special Guests for Indie Week 2020’s Annual General Meeting. Meet the newly elected A2IM Board of Directors, learn about A2IM’s current and future initiatves, and hear from featured speakers Helen Smtih (IMPALA), Jeremy Sirota (Merlin), Charlie Philips (WIN), and Rosie Lopez (Tommy Boy Entertainment and A2IM’s Executive Commmitte President).

  • Dr Richard James Burgess (A2IM)
  • Rosie Lopez (Tommy Boy Records)
  • Charlie Philips (WIN)
  • Jeremy Sirota (Merlin)
  • Helen Smith (IMPALA)

Featured Speaker, Glen Barros, leads a conversation on the financial structure of a business. Where does value come from? How do you determine it? Learn the financial tools to assess your company’s worth, to keep it strong, and to set up your future so that, if you decide to expand or exit, you can.

  • Glen Barros (Exceleration Music)

Do labels, who are no longer beholden to narrow radio formats, but must please the algorithmic gods, have wider latitude to categorize their artist’s music? What does genre mean in 2020?

  • Jacqueline Schneider, Moderator (current mood)
  • Harrison Green (Soundcloud)
  • Brandon Hixon (Symphonic Distribution)
  • John Stein (Spotify)

Data is essential for survival. This panel will discuss the most effective methods to cut through the noise and make technology work for you.

  • Evan Plake, Moderator (A2IM)
  • Matt Brinkworth (Omnian Music Group)
  • Mariah Czap (Redeye Worldwide)
  • Lindsay Schapiro (Mom + Pop Records)
  • Rasty Turek (PEX)

The music industry’s metadata problems are preventing rights’ holders from earning revenue. Why is this process so fragmented? How can our systems be improved?

  • Dae Bogan, Moderator (The MLC)
  • Ali Lieberman (SoundExchange)
  • Rob Weitzner (CI)
  • Bill Wilson (Entertainment One)

What music are companies looking for? What are the music licensing trends for the new decade.

  • Zeli Berusch, Moderator (Point Records)
  • Evelin Garcia (Mob Scene)
  • Kathryn Matt (ABCKO)
  • Toddrick Spalding (Sonic Ritual Recordings)

Lightning Talk | Indie⚡️is a format where experts in our community speak for 5-10 information-driven, dynamic minutes on a specific topic related to the Independent sector. Lightning Talks, designed to give attendees the maximum amount of information in the minimum amount of time.

Our “Fresh Takes” series highlights A2IM Members who have “fresh” and/or innovative business models.

  • Robert Perlick-Molinari (YouTooCanWoo)

“Lightning Talk | Indie⚡️is a format where experts in our community speak for 5-10 information-driven, dynamic minutes on a specific topic related to the Independent sector. Lightning Talks, designed to give attendees the maximum amount of information in the minimum amount of time.

Our “Fresh Takes” series highlights A2IM Members who have “”fresh”” and/or innovative business models.

  • Bas van Leeuwen (ChillHop)

How do you influence success, monetize, and succeed on hybrid platforms, which are part social media and part streaming, such as Tik Tok, Facebook/Instagram.

  • Heather Johnson, Moderator (Ninety9lives)
  • Tracy Gardner (TikTok)
  • Jamie Sampson (Facebook)

DDEX is an organisation focused on setting standards to make the exchange of data and information across the music industry more efficient. We will give a brief introduction to DDEX standards of special interest to indie labels: the Recording Information Notification Standard (RIN); the Media Enrichment and Description Standard (MEAD); and the Recording Data and Rights Standards (RDR).

  • Charlie Phillips, Moderator (WIN)
  • Mark Isherwood (DDEX)

IFPI and WIN came together in 2019 to create the first ever centralised industry data exchange system. The Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx) platform aims to make it easier for record labels to register their repertoire and rights data with all participating collective licensing companies, which in turn makes the payment of royalties more efficient. Join us to understand its functioning and how can the independent music community make the most out of this service. Note that this session will draw on some of the content presented in the “DDEX for Dummies” presentation. We therefore recommend attending both sessions.

  • Richard Gooch (IFPI)
  • Charlie Phillips (WIN)
  • Matt Phipps-Taylor (PPL)

Independent music trade associations exist to develop and share knowledge, best practice, and to strengthen community for their members. We will discuss some of the benefits and services that they provide to draw in new companies and improve engagement and membership value.

  • Noemí Planas, Moderator (WIN)
  • Sheryl Cohen (A2IM)
  • Stuart Johnston (CIMA)
  • Oliver Knust (IMI CHILE)
  • Jude McArdle (AIM)
  • David Stuart (Amazon)

Day 3: Wednesday, June 17

James Thornton, CEO of ClientEarth will deliver an address on the organisations work to protect the planet using the power of law. ClientEarth has a history of meaningful support from within the music industry including artists Brian Eno, Coldplay and David Gilmour and the Q&A will explore ways for our creative industries to become involved.

  • James Thornton (CEO, Client Earth)

A2IM’s Washington DC lobbyist Josh Hurvitz, partner at NVG and A2IM President & CEO, Dr. Richard James Burgess, update the A2IM community on advocacy related matters and their effect on the Independent Community.

  • Josh Hurvitz (NVG LLC)
  • Dr. Richard James Burgess, Moderator (President & CEO of A2IM)

As our industry globalizes, reciprocal rights and the conversation surrounding the lack of a U.S. terrestrial, radio performance right, becomes more and more pressing. What effect do global trade agreements have on these conversations? How is safe harbor being exported?

  • George York (RIAA)

What opportunities are you missing to make money, broaden your company’s fanbase, and grow your listenership? Learn what is unique in content creation collaboration and marketing in the Latin market.

  • Yvonne Drazan (Peer Music)
  • Alina Escarcega (Altafonte Corporation)
  • David Hernandez (Colonize Media)
  • Andres Salce (Moderator, FaroLatino Media Network)

MS&K’s Eric German goes head to head with Better Noise Music’s Alexandria Hock to debate the ins and outs of modern recording contracts. Moderated by Secretly Group’s General Counsel, Kari Boston.

  • Kari Boston (Secretly Group)
  • Eric German (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp)
  • Alexandra Hock (Better Noise Music)
  • Hannah Carlen, Moderator (Secretly Group)
  • Tyson Haller (Concord)
  • Krystal Robbins (Epitaph Records)
  • Stefanie Santana (Bayonet Records)
  • Jessica Weber (co sign)

Playlisting is the end result of a successful marketing campaign, not step one. Hear from experts who have found success on streaming platforms, grown their fanbase organically, and captured the imagination of their fans to create hits.

  • Steve Kline, Moderator (Better Noise Music)
  • John Franck (ADA)
  • Ian Harrison (Hopeless Records)
  • Jen Masset (Spotify)

In part 1 of 2, Russ Crupnick takes a statistical look at consumer trends: who are the consumers? how is music consumed? what are the trajectories?

  • Russ Crupnick (MusicWatch)

Serona Elton follows, in part 2 of 2, with an academic take on how the money gets distributed among labels and artists

  • Serona Elton (University of Miami, Frost School of Music)

Blockchain could streamline accounting, reduce administrative costs, and lead to efficient royalty payments. Huge, right? Why hasn’t Blockchain been embraced by the music community?

  • Kelcey Gosserand, Moderator (IBM)
  • Chris Estes (Bethel Music)
  • Bruno Guez (Revelator)
  • Merida Sussex (Stolen Recordings)

How is consolidation affecting the current state of the music industry?

  • Ron Knox (Moderator) (Institute for Local Self Reliance)
  • Josh Hurvitz (NVG LLC)
  • Rachel Stilwell (Stilwell Law)

Now in the fifth year of its involvement in the A2IM Indie Week, the Reeperbahn Festival presents a podium discussion, including an opportunity for open Q&As, exploring the question of whether global music streaming is an economically robust business that can weather any crisis.

Four industry insiders from Europe and the USA will seek answers and present those within the topical context. A recently published analysis by the international investment bank Goldman Sachs predicts that the streaming market will grow from 300 million paying subscribers to 1.2 billion over the next ten years.

This view is shared by numerous other market observers. And indeed, the boom of the major streaming platforms currently appears to be impervious to even a global pandemic – after all, music can be streamed from almost anywhere on Earth. But does this prediction stand up to closer inspection? How can the profits from growing streaming figures be shared more fairly so that indie artists, labels and promoters can survive in the medium term? Or should we expect some industry consolidation after the current crisis?

Following the panel discussion and Q&As, there will be an opportunity for participants – in a number of break-out rooms – to join open networking receptions with the heads of European labels, distributors, publishers, management agencies and marketing experts.

  • Patrick Danie (Facebook)
  • Ramona Kappmeyer (Facebook)

Join Qobuz USA’s Dan Mackta and Sujan Hong for a look at the service and how you can get your music heard in the best possible quality. Q+A following the presentation.

  • Sujan Hong (Qobuz)
  • Dan Mackta (Qobuz)

Day 4: Thursday, June 18

Writer and Analyst, Cherie Hu provides an overview of the emerging technologies and business models that have gained new ground amidst the pandemic (e.g. livestreaming, membership/fan-club tools like Patreon, “tipping” culture, virtual avatars, remote collaboration) and their systemic long-term impact on how the music industry works

  • Cherie Hu (Water & Music)

Silvio Pietroluongo provides an overview of Billboard’s chart changes. AQ&A with Tommy Boy President and A2IM Board Chairperson, Rosie Lopez on how the charts impact us will follow.

  • Rosie Lopez (Tommy Boy Records)
  • Silvio Pietroluongo (Billboard)

Peppa Pig has 11.2 million subscribers on YouTube and Kidz Bop has sold over 22 million albums. Children’s music is a certified money maker with an audience that refreshes every four years. Are you paying attention to this audience?

  • Vic Zaraya, Moderator (Concord)
  • Michael Chase (Metropolitan Groove Merchants)
  • Karen Lieberman (Disney)
  • Chris Moncada (Entertainment One)

Learn the nuts and bolts, of how to set up an international arm from those who’ve been successful in this area

  • Eric Tobin, Moderator (Hopeless Records)
  • Richard Hannan (Big Indie)

How do recommendation algorithms work? How can you make them work for you?

  • Sam Cope, Moderator (FUGA)
  • Brandon Brecker (Beggars Group)
  • Marie Clausen (Ninja Tune Records)
  • Danny Gallardo (Disney+) 
  • Livia Tortella (Black Box)

An overview of how machine learning will impact my business

  • Rob Abelow, Moderator (Roll Call Records)
  • Irena Cronin (Infinite Retina)
  • Taishi Fukuyama (Amadeus Code/Evoke Music)

Consumers today listen to streaming music that is lower quality than CD audio, which has been available since 1982. But Hi-Definition (HD) streaming audio (CD quality or better), has been around for some years. How might HD streaming affect your business and what’s in it for you?

  • Mike Jbara (MQA)
  • Jeff Lanier (Chesky Records)
  • Dan Mackta (Qobuz)

Learn about best practices for artists and labels to stay connected with fans on YouTube at a time when in-person events and touring are on pause. We will present updates on features like merchandise, live streaming, Super Chat and Super Stickers, and YouTube Premieres, and offer ideas of how to use them creatively to grow your audience or market new releases.