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June 7, 2010
Once again hundreds of independent music community members will descend on New York City for Indie Week hosted by A2IM. The weeklong event features conferences, panels, meetings and sponsored events circling the main theme of how a music label business adapts to the evolving music market place. The annual event attracts international members from the World Independent Network, including the WIN chair Alison Wenham, president of the UK independent music label trade organization AIM, as well as an expected 300-plus person guestlist for the other events throughout the week.
Starting Wednesday, June 16, the A2IM Tech Day and Licensing Day will take over The Recording Academy’s offices in New York City (11 W. 42nd St, 27th Floor). The two separate panels will be followed by a beer & wine reception.
1:30-3pm ET – A2IM Licensing Day – Maximizing the Value of Your Repertoire: Panel discussion on how labels can successfully market and promote their content to licensees featuring representatives from Cherry Lane, Drew’s Entertainment / TUTM, Ghostly, and Rumblefish, moderated by the Licensing & Publishing Committee co-chair, Patrick Sullivan of RightsFlow. Representatives from Eos Music, Gray V, and Muzak will also give short presentations on getting paid for music playing in stores and restaurants, its marketing opportunities and business development. This event is organized by A2IM’s Licensing & Publishing Committee and the presentations will be led by committee co-chair Jeremy Peters of Ghostly International.
3:30-5pm ET – A2IM Tech Day – Social Media Marketing Strategies 2.0: Presentation and discussion with MySpace Music’s Director of Partner Relations Lisette Paulson to review new site features and to field questions generated by Dorothy Hui’s (tinyOGRE) white paper on MySpace. Experts from iHipHop, Razor & Tie, and tinyOGRE will lead a panel discussion on Facebook moderated by Garrett Shelton of Shelton Mediaworks.This event has been organized by A2IM’s New Media Committee.
Then on Thursday, June 17 there will be a three-hour Independent Music Label Think Tank (1-4pm ET) which is a continuation of the series of Think Tank sessions hosted by A2IM and features executives from independent music companies participating in a closed door discussion on the health and prospects of the independent music sector and updating the “Indies Road Map” document that emerged from the 2009 sessions.
Following the Think Tank is a two-hour annual business meeting for all members featuring a Keynote Presentation by Tim Westergren of Pandora (4-6pm ET) and a cocktail reception (6-9pm ET) at the Tribeca Grand Hotel (2 Avenue of the Americas) celebrating A2IM’s 5th anniversary and success on behalf of independent music labels.
The Worldwide Independent Network’s 2010 summer Board meeting will be held on Friday, June 18.
A2IM’s 5th Anniversary Indie Week events are presented by A2IM members EMI Label Services and Mitchell, Silberberg, & Knupp LLP.
A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization serving the Independent music community as a unified voice representing a sector that comprises over 30% of the music industry’s market share in the United States (and almost 40% of SoundScan digital sales). The organization represents the Independents’ interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. A2IM is headquartered in New York City.
As of July 4, 2010, the organization’s board of directors will be composed of the following: Concord Music Group President Glen Barros; The Beggars Group CEO Lesley Bleakley; Sub Pop VP Business Affairs Eric Brown; tinyOGRE Entertainment COO Jim Cooperman; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Razor & Tie Executive Vice President Dan Hoffman; Lookout Records co-owner Molly Neuman; Kill Rock Stars President Portia Sabin; Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman. A2IM thanks our outgoing board members, leaving due to A2IM term limits, for their active service to the organization and our members, Bruce Iglauer (Alligator Records founder and President), Doug Keogh (Roadrunner Records Executive Vice President), and Glenn Morrow (Bar/None Records owner).
For more information, or to become a member, please visit http://www.a2im.org/