A2IM Spurs Global Dialogue w/ Indie Week in NYC
Victoria Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, to Keynote
Independent music’s brightest minds will converge in NYC for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)’s 7th Anniversary Indie Week (June 19-21), an unparalleled networking event. As the central voice of indies in the U.S., A2IM is bringing together over 300 executives from around the world for the international conference, presenting diverse, interactive panels, think tanks, and one-on-one discussions aimed at networking and maximizing the global impact of independent music. The three-day conference, a main event of the first-ever “New York Music Week,” will be anchored by a keynote from United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, a panel featuring a special government delegation from China and an interview with speaker Robert Levine, author of ‘Free Ride.’ Ms. Espinel’s keynote will focus on the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat Intellectual Property Rights violations through a combination of voluntary best practices, domestic legislation, and international cooperation.
Beginning Tuesday, June 19, A2IM will provide members access to full day sessions at Slate (54 W. 21st Street), capping off the week’s activities with the inaugural A2IM Libera Awards ceremony – honoring independent music labels and their artists for excellence as acknowledged by their independent music peers – to be held Thursday, June 21 at NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge. Read more HERE.
Exchanging ideas with independent music colleagues from around the world is a key goal of Indie Week, and true to this mission, Licensing & Publishing Day (Tuesday) will feature a panel discussion with delegates from the China Audio-Video Association (CAVA) on “Exporting to the Emerging Music Market in China.”
During Wednesday’s Digital Media & Emerging Technology Day, Robert Levine, author of Free Ride and former Billboard executive editor, will be interviewed by Eric German of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. A2IM will examine the convergence of traditional and social media in a panel moderated by Shore Fire Media’s Elizabeth Lutz that includes Wall Street Journal music critic Jim Fusilli, “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” music booker Jonathan Cohen, SPIN Media’s Matt Kiser and NPR Music’s Amy Schriefer. A2IM’s Digital Media & Emerging Technologies Committee will present case studies from a label (Beggars Group), an aggregator (Virtual Label), and a distributor (Redeye Distribution) showing specific examples of how companies are adapting their approach and becoming better organized to embrace innovation and monetization. Closing out the day, A2IM will host an open bar and networking event for attending members.
Thursday will kick off with A2IM’s 4th Annual Think Tank where members of the independent music community join breakout group discussions focusing on current issues that impact their businesses related to social media, radio access, data issues, promotion-versus-commerce with results of the discussions reported to the full assembled group. The Think Tank will be followed by United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel’s keynote during A2IM’s annual meeting. The Obama administration notes that the small businesses creating intellectual property, music, and jobs are the future growth engine of the U.S. economy, including improving our balance of trade overseas. As an Obama administration appointee, Ms. Espinel accordingly understands the A2IM community and defends its interests. Joining Ms. Espinel as speakers at A2IM’s annual meeting will be Alison Wenham, chair of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN)/Association of Independent Music (AIM), who will give her international perspective on the music industry and A2IM president Rich Bengloff who will close out the meeting with his perspectives on the U.S. music market with his annual A2IM State of the Union.
Licensing & Publishing Day – Tuesday, June 19
1:00PM – 2:00PM: Panel Discussion on Video Monetization (continued from Indie Week 2011)
A panel discussion led by Scott Sellwood of RightsFlow / YouTube, Isaac Bess of YouTube, and Maggie Argyros of The Orchard will discuss best practices and practical strategies for monetizing music copyrights on YouTube.
2:00PM – 3:00PM: Exporting to the Emerging Music Market in China
A discussion presented in conjunction with a panel of delegates from China Audio-Video Association (CAVA) on methods for accessing the Chinese market.
3:15PM – 4:15PM: Discussion on Pan-European Licensing
Panelists to include Vickie Nauman of 7digital, Stan Schneider of BMG Rights Management and Simon Wheeler of Beggars Group. This panel will be moderated by Chris Castle.
4:30PM – 6:00PM: Licensing Services / Music Supervisors: Executive One-on-Ones with Labels, Publishers & Distributors.
To participate in the One-on-Ones, contact email@example.com
Digital Media & Emerging Technology Day – Wednesday, June 20
2:00PM – 3:00PM: “Publicizing Your Press: How Social Media Partnerships Are Amplifying Coverage”
A discussion on how media outlets (and the artists they cover) are using social media platforms to cross- and self- promote coverage. Moderated by Shore Fire Media’s Elizabeth Lutz, the panel will include Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Cohen of NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” Matt Kiser of SPIN Media and Amy Schriefer of NPR Music.
3:00PM – 4:30PM: “Get Your Digital House in Order” Case Studies
This event will feature case studies from a label (Beggars Group), an aggregator (Virtual Label), and a distributor (Redeye Distribution) showing specific examples of how companies are adapting their approach and becoming better organized to embrace innovation and monetization.
4:30PM – 6:00PM: Digital Marketing / Digital Revenue / Data Management Services: Executive One-on-Ones with Labels, Publishers & Distributors.
To participate in the One-on-Ones, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6:00PM – 9:00PM: Cocktails and Hors D’oeuvres Networking Reception
Thursday, June 21
10:00AM – 1:00PM: Think Tank Roundtable Discussions
2:00PM – 5:00PM: A2IM Annual Meeting
A2IM business/board meeting to include State of the Union for Independents and presentations from our sponsors, Consolidated Independent; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP; Rdio and Section 101. Keynote speaker will be United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel; Alison Wenham of WIN/AIM will also speak.
For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.A2IM.org.
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, 2012, the organization’s board of directors will be composed of the following: Daptone Records General Manager Cathy Bauer; Sub Pop VP of Business Affairs Eric Brown; Epitaph General Manager Dave Hansen; Yep Roc Records Co-Owner Tor Hansen; Alligator Records Founder/CEO Bruce Iglauer; The Beggars Group Founder/CEO Martin Mills; Glassnote Records General Manager Chris Scully; Naxos of America CEO Jim Selby; Tommy Boy CEO/Founder Tom Silverman; Jagjaguwar/Dead Oceans/Secretly Canadian Founder/Co-Owner Darius Van Arman; Razor & Tie COO Victor Zaraya.
For press information on A2IM, please contact Elizabeth Lutz [email@example.com], David McTiernan [firstname.lastname@example.org], or Rebecca Shapiro [email@example.com] at Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171.