Event

Jun 13 Indie Week 2016

NY Marriott East Side
525 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY

A2IM Indie Week 2016

Bigger, Better, Expanded Venue & Programming!
A2IM will celebrate its 11th Anniversary in NYC from June 13 – June 16, 2016 at NY Marriott East Side, 525 Lexington Ave @ 49th Street, NYC.

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View the full list of registrations to date here.

Contact Sheryl Cohen if you did not receive your VIP Member Code to register.

View the bios of foreign delegates here.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

If you have registered for Indie Week already, make sure to visit HERE TO REGISTER FOR WORKSHOPS. Space is limited! 

Please note, your Workshop RSVP does NOT guarantee admittance. Confirmation emails for each workshop session will be sent closer to the date based on capacity. Check out the full workshop schedule below.

Please let jen@a2im.org know if you will be staying at NY Marriott East Side.


 Indie Week Schedule

Monday, June 13: International + Backoffice Solutions

10:00AM – 5:00PM             Executive One-on-One Sessions on Distribution, Label Services, Digital Supply Chain, & Backoffice Solutions

10:00AM – 11:00AM  REGISTRATION & COFFEE (Located in Morgan A)

PANEL SCHEDULE:

11:00AM – 12:00PM        CRB: What’s At Stake?

Panelists: Colin Rushing (SoundExchange), Victor Zaraya (Razor & Tie) + more TBA

12:00PM – 1:00PM           Keynote – TBA

1:30PM – 2:30PM            Why Artists Should Make Indie Labels Their Top Choice

The word ‘Indie’ to many people connotes things like ‘small’ or ‘niche’ but today’s charts are saying otherwise. Independent labels continue to grow market share, and artists with independent labels are seen on every main stage across the country and the world. Come learn from top managers and indie labels why the indie label market is, and will continue to grow and compete across the world stage.

Moderator: Tim Mandelbaum, Fox Rothschild LLP

Panelists: Jane Abernethy (4AD), Allyson Coff (300), Amit Nerurkar (Mass Appeal), Eric Tobin (Hopeless)

2:45PM – 3:45PM            Cataloging the Past While Looking To the Future: Keeping Your                                                            Music Relevant

As the music industry continues to change and revenue streams morph continuously, the importance of being able to monetize and profit from both back catalogs and upcoming releases has become a tricky balancing act. This panel will follow the importance of mining the past, while maintaining relevance in the increasingly cluttered market.

Moderator: Portia Sabin (Kill Rock Stars)

Panelists: Nicole Blonder (Mute Records), Sara Dempsey (ABKCO Music & Records), Dave Martin (Omnian Music Group), & Jim Selby (Concord Music Group)

4:00PM – 5:00PM            Who Owns Live Performances?

There has been an explosion in the amount of recording of live performances in recent years, helped along by the expansion of the festival market. It seems that almost every time a live performance occurs, someone wants to record and broadcast it. Whilst we acknowledge that some of this coverage can contribute positively to our artists’ campaigns, we are very mindful that the proliferation of recordings, particularly online, can allow the market to be flooded with lots of low quality, free and substitutional recordings. Part of our role is to generate income for the artist as well as the label, so why would we, or the artist’s publishers, agree to the ‘free’ and, often requested, perpetual, use of our artists’ recordings, without some participation in that income for them and us?

Moderator: Ruth Barlow (Beggars Group)

Panelists: Alexander Schulz (Reeperbahn Festival), Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop), Grant Manship (Secretly Group)

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: 

1:00PM – 2:00PM            7digital with Anna Siegel

7digital is a B2B digital music platform and radio services company that powers music services for some of the world’s leading brands. Join 7digital’s Marketing Director, Anna Siegel at A2IM Indie Week to learn about the company. Find out about some of the services they power, the growing international demand for music streaming and where they see the real innovation coming from.

2:00PM – 3:00PM          SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your                                                             Share with Scott Berenson and Sean Glover

SoundExchange will explain how registering (free!) with them can earn you royalties for plays on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings.  SoundExchange is a non-profit, independent collective management organization and an important source of revenue for all recording artists and rights owners: they’ve distributed more than $3.5 billion to artists and labels so far.  Come learn about what you need to do to make sure you’re getting what you’ve earned.  Interactive and question-driven, this workshop will also cover need-to-know info on copyright, licensing, metadata, and legislation that will affect your career.

A2IM Indie Week Reception will be held from 6PM – 9PM at Slate, 54 W. 21st St @ 6th Ave, NYC.


Tuesday, June 14: Sync Licensing, Brand Partnerships & Publishing
10:00AM – 5:00PM    Executive One-on-One Sessions will put Content Owners face-to-face with Music Supervisors, Brand Partners, Publishing Services, and Royalty Accounting Platforms.

PANEL SCHEDULE:

10:00AM – 11:00AM        Sync Advertising

While traditional advertising undergoes its own changes, the world of sync, and its profitability continue to expand.

Moderator: David Riva (Ghostly International)

Panelists: Eric Johnson (McCann), Charlotte Von Kotze (Vice), Sam Walsh (Team One)

11:30AM – 12:30PM         Reality 101 in the Land of Sync

Getting music into a TV or Film can be a major game changer for artists and can sometimes launch the career of an artist. Get the blunt realities on why some artists make it, and others don’t in the world of sync, and how the landscape sync is changing, now more than ever, as the market becomes cluttered and the film industry evolves.

Moderator: Jonathan Finegold (Fine Gold Music)

Panelists: Michael Hill, Vanessa Jorge Perry

 

1:30PM – 2:30PM            Leaving Money on the Table: International Revenue Stream                                                                  Opportunities

The continuing transformation the music industry is going under has slowed traditional revenue streams while opening new ones. In today’s globalized world, knowing your rights and taking advantage of all revenue streams available can turn your pennies into a living.

Moderator: Charlie Phillips (WIN)

Panelists:  Adel Hattem (Dmusic Marketing), Ryan Lehning (SoundExchange), Ed Peto (Outdustry), Vickie Starr (Girlie Action) 

2:45PM – 3:45PM            What Labels Need to Understand About Publishing

Moderator: Eric German (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP)

Panelists: Jennifer Blakeman (Atlas Music Publishing), Jason Jordan (Imagem), Tim Lee (Tummy Touch Music Group) +more TBA

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

10:00AM – 11:30AM        We’re Kickstarter: How Can We Help? With Molly Neuman                                                                     and Hayley Rosenblum

Molly Neuman, Kickstarter’s Head of Music, invites you to a special presentation on Kickstarter at Indie Week. Since 2009, Kickstarter has helped to bring over 22,000 music projects to life. Music creators have worked with the community to make new LPs, music documentaries, and even brand new instruments. And in total, more than 10 million people have pledged over 2.3 billion dollars to Kickstarter campaigns.

During this discussion, Molly will share the Kickstarter Music team’s top priority –– helping artists, labels, distributors, and service providers connect with the fans that support their creative projects. Kickstarter’s recent acquisition of Drip is a new step in linking musicians with their fans, and we’d love for you to join this talk focused on how we can champion music together. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

1:00PM – 2:00PM            Social Media and Web Presence Workshop

Come watch experts from Acquia, Section 101, and Sneak Attack Media present on best practices for social media and web presence. Find out how to increase your reach and influence on the web!

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2:00PM – 3:00PM            SoundCloud with Megan West

3:00PM – 4:00PM            Bandcamp with J Edward Keyes and Andrew Jervis

D2C Best Practices. Fans have paid artists $154 million using Bandcamp, and $4.5 million in the last 30 days alone. Since launching accounts for labels in early 2015 over 2,000 labels have signed up. Chief Curator Andrew Jervis, Editorial Director J. Edward Keyes, Head of Strategy and Growth David Dufresne, along with guests discuss what’s new and next for the site, and how to make the most of being a label on Bandcamp.

4:00PM – 5:00PM            Vevo with Jordan Glickson and Dara Gelbtuch

An overview of Vevo’s global reach with an eye toward the footprint of indies on the platform. The presentation will touch on analytics, original programming, and product updates and how independent labels can work more closely with Vevo. Presentation will be followed by a Q&A.


Wednesday, June 15: Digital Marketing & Revenue
10:00AM – 5:00PM     Executive One-on-One Sessions put Content Owners together with Digital Services and Marketing Opportunities.

PANEL SCHEDULE: 

11:00AM – 12:00PM         Playlisting: How Does That Work Then?

Moderator: Simon Wheeler (Beggars)

Panelists: Zack Gershen (Mtheory) + more TBA

These days we read so much about the importance of playlists. Playlists are the new way to consume music, playlists are the new albums or playlists are the new vehicle of music discovery Or, maybe today’s playlists are just like radio playlists of old but in a new business model. Good or bad, it’s clear that everybody is talking about playlists. This panel discusses some of the facts and realities around playlists, how to make them work for your campaign, how to manage expectations of what is achievable with playlists and how to understand what being on a playlist means.

12:00PM – 1:00PM          Shrinking Sync

Moderator: Alisa Coleman (ABKCO Music & Records)

Panelists: Rell Lafargue (Reservoir Media), Jay Rosenthal (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP)

Sync rights are exclusive to music publishers and record companies; however, many of today’s audio visual digital deals don’t include that grant or include that grant for no additional fee. Due to changing licensing dynamics of user generated content and the DSPs are we selling ourselves short to collect micro pennies?

1:00PM – 2:00PM         How Shifting From the Sales Paradigm to the Attention Paradigm Will                                                Triple the Music Industry

Moderator: Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy)

Panelists: Charles Caldas (Merlin), Mark Eisenberg (SoundExchange), Jim Lidestri (Border City Media), Steve Savoca (Spotify)

Our business has been based on album sales since the late 60’s. Album sales are only 40% of revenue and dropping quickly yet our contracts and our marketing mentality are still based on album sales.  As the “units paradigm” shifts to “usage paradigm” we need to look at our business in an entirely different way.  Usage numbers and ARPU (average revenue per user) will be the way we measure the health of our business going     forward.  How can the independents lead the charge to build a new, more profitable and sustainable ecosystem?

2:00PM – 3:00PM            What’s Good For Indies at Radio?

Moderator: Daniel Glass (Glassnote Music Group)

Panelists: Allen Kovac (Eleven Seven Music) + more TBA

The conversation will discuss what radio stations are looking for, what works well at radio and how Indies can market themselves to maximize exposure in coordination with radio releases.

3:00PM – 4:00PM           Data Manipulation and Its Impact On the Independents

Data, and how it is sliced, diced, and presented, sits at the heart of nearly every issue that is important to the independent label community in 2016. Is the glass half-full or half-empty? Policy choices that have global ramifications, and front-line revenue for independents, are all impacted by our community’s effectiveness in telling our side of the story with data. We’ll discuss chart manipulation, independent vs. major market share based on ownership vs. distribution share, and tools that savvy independents use to directly impact revenue.

Moderator: Dick Huey (Toolshed)

Panelists: Matt Harmon (Beggars), Alison Wenham (WIN)

4:00PM – 5:00PM            SoundExchange: Fireside Chat with Mike Huppe

Michael Huppe, President and CEO of SoundExchange, hosts an industry thought leader fireside chat with industry visionaries to discuss important and controversial issues facing music.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

10:00AM – 11:00AM         Pandora with Marisa Fair and Mike Fink

Join Pandora’s Indie Label Relations team as they take a deep dive into the internet radio service. The presentation will include a look at Pandora’s music industry products and programs along with current marketing tools. (Labels/Distributors Only)

2:00PM – 3:00PM          SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your                                                             Share with Scott Berenson and Sean Glover

SoundExchange will explain how registering (free!) with them can earn you royalties for plays on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings.  SoundExchange is a non-profit, independent collective management organization and an important source of revenue for all recording artists and rights owners: they’ve distributed more than $3.5 billion to artists and labels so far.  Come learn about what you need to do to make sure you’re getting what you’ve earned.  Interactive and question-driven, this workshop will also cover need-to-know info on copyright, licensing, metadata, and legislation that will affect your career.

Reeperbahn Festival presents an intriguing line-up of new artists @ Santos Party House. As an official event of Indie Week, the showcase is open for all delegates to attend (full line-up tba).


Thursday, June 16: CEO Sessions + Annual Meeting

PANEL SCHEDULE:

1:30PM – 2:30PM               When Is It Worth It To Litigate? with Christine Lepera (Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP) and Monika Tashman (Fox Rothschild)

2:30PM – 5:00PM               Annual Meeting

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: 

10:00AM – 11:00AM        SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your                                                     Share (For Foreign Delegates) with Scott Berenson and Sean Glover

SoundExchange will explain how registering (free!) with them can earn you royalties for plays on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings.  SoundExchange is a non-profit, independent collective management organization and an important source of revenue for all recording artists and rights owners: they’ve distributed more than $3.5 billion to artists and labels so far.  Come learn about what you need to do to make sure you’re getting what you’ve earned.  Interactive and question-driven, this workshop will also cover need-to-know info on copyright, licensing, metadata, and legislation that will affect your career.

12:00PM – 1:00PM       Social Media and Web Presence (For Foreign Delegates)

Come watch experts from Acquia, Section 101, and Sneak Attack Media present on best practices for social media and web presence. Find out how to increase your reach and influence on the web!

*A2IM MEMBERS CAN PICK UP THEIR BADGES IN MORGAN A ANY TIME DURING INDIE WEEK*

A2IM Libera Awards
Thursday, June 16
NOTE: New, larger venue – The Grand Ballroom, 311 W. 34th Street @ 8th Ave, NYC.
More live performances
Optional Seated Dinner
Tickets on sale now.

Co-sponsorships for Indie Week and/or the A2IM Libera Awards still available, please contact Jennifer Masset.

Thanks To Our Associate Member Indie Week Co-Sponsors
BuzzAngle MusicCI; Kickstarter; Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP; Reeperbahn Festival; SoundExchange

Our International Trade Association Colleague Indie Week Delegations
AIMBureauExport/France RocksCanadian Independent Music Association (CIMA)
Music From Ireland; Music NorwaySounds Australia

Full recap of Indie Week 2015 here.

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