We’re proud to be celebrating our 15th year of serving the independent music sector through advocacy, education, and fostering community.Thank you for being a part of Indie Week 2020, our inaugural virtual conference. To start viewing panels and participating in live Q&As, hit the appropriate “DAY” button. For the full daily schedule, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Don’t forget to RSVP for the Libera Awards on a2imliberaawards.eventbrite.com, happening this Thursday at 6:30PM!
AgendaWednesday, June 17
- 11:55 AM - 12:00 PM ET Opening Remarks
- 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM ET Why Is "How Do I Get On A Playlist?" The Wrong Question?
- 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.
Speakers:Ian Harrison (Hopeless Records), Jennifer Masset (Spotify), John Franck (ADA Distribution), Steve Kline (Better Noise Music)
- 12:50 PM - 1:30 PM ET DALE! Expand your Audience through Latin Music
- 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.
Speakers:Alina Escarcega (Altafonte), Andres Salce (Farolatino), Yvonne Drazan (peermusic)
- 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET Introducing Qobuz: HD Music for Everyone
- 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.
Speakers:Dan Mackta (Qobuz USA), Sujan Hong (Qobuz USA)
- 2:10 PM - 2:30 PM ET James Thornton, CEO, Client Earth
- 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.
- 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET "Global Music Streaming in Times of Crisis – Resilience, Risk, Hope?"
- Now in the fifth year of its involvement in the A2IM Indie Week, the Reeperbahn Festival presents a live panel discussion exploring the question of whether global music streaming is an economically robust business that can weather any 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.
A Panel + Reception hosted by Reeperbahn Festival International
- 2:30 PM - 3:10 PM ET How Can Indie Labels and Non-Comm Radio Help Each Other
- How can labels and non-comm radio collaborate and support one another.
Speakers:Hannah Carlen (Secretly Group), Jessica Weber (co-sign), Krystal Robbins (Epitaph/Anti Records), Stefanie Santana Bannister (Bayonet Records), Tyson Haller (Concord)
- 2:40 PM - 3:03 PM ET Politics in Music: Equitable Global Performance Royalties
- 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?
Speakers:George York (RIAA)
- 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM ET What are the Concerns with Consolidation
- How is consolidation affecting the current state of the music industry?
Speakers:Josh Hurvitz (NVG LLC), Rachel Stilwell (Stilwell Law), Ron Knox (Institute for Local Self-Reliance)
- 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET Why Hasn't BlockChain Taken Off?
- 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?
Speakers:Bruno Guez (Revelator), Chris Estes (Bethel Music), Kelcey Gosserand (IBM), Merida Sussex (Stolen Recordings & Envoke)
- 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET Advocacy Update; A2IM in Action
- 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.
Speakers:Josh Hurvitz (NVG LLC), Richard James Burgess (A2IM)
- 4:20 PM - 4:45 PM ET Call To Order; Navigating and Negotiating an Indie Record Deal
- 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.
Speakers:Alexandria Hock (Better Noise Music / 10th Street Entertainment), Eric German (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP), Kari Boston (Secretly Group)
- 4:40 PM - 5:30 PM ET Part 1 & 2
- 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? Serona Elton follows, in part 2 of 2, with an academic take on how the money gets distributed among labels and artists
Speakers:Russ Crupnick (MusicWatch Inc), Serona Elton (University of Miami; Frost School of Music)
Part 1: What is ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) and Why Should I Care?
Part 2: ARPU and the Path that Revenue Takes
- 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET Happy Half Hour