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Schedule

50+ unmissable sessions by inspiring speakers.

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Description

Group

  • Karyn Temple | Register of Copyrights
  • Keynotes
  • Richard Gottehrer | Co-Founder of The Orchard
  • Keynotes
  • Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke | Representative (D-NY 9th District)
  • Keynotes
  • Charles Caldas | Merlin
  • Featured Speaker
  • Helen Smith | Impala
  • Featured Speaker
  • Annual General Meeting featuring Team A2IM

Join Dr. Richard James Burgess, President, and CEO of A2IM and the Team as they kick off Indie Week 2019 with the Annual General Meeting. A2IM is the leading voice of independent music whose mission is to promote growth, awareness, and opportunities for independent music through advocacy, education, and community. Hear from the staff directly on how they achieve these objectives and what the future holds. Meet the newly elected board of directors, join us in thanking the departing board members and watch a short highlighting this past year’s successes.

  • The Business of Music
  • A&R "Humans vs Robots"

As artificial intelligence develops sophisticated algorithms, what is the role, if any, of AI in A&R? Where do machine innovations end and human creativity begin? As DSPs begin to develop models that rely on AI tools, should record labels’ A&R teams follow suit? This panel seeks to analyze current A&R techniques and trends.

  • The Business of Music
  • Creative Content Marketing: Working in Tandem w/ Agencies

You’ve identified your brand’s unique voice, now what? Learn how building relationships with agencies can amplify your message. Develop a strategic marketing plan and create meaningful content that optimizes your story.

  • The Business of Music
  • Credits - Why are they important?

Branded labels and creators have minimal visibility on digital platforms. This hurts their ability to survive and limits discovery. What actions can we take to make credits available in the streaming era?

  • The Business of Music
  • Data/Royalites - Money for Nothing

Black Box monies are real, are you collecting your fair share? Audit your royalty revenue sources. Where are you collecting, what more could you be collecting and what Black Box monies are still out there to collect? Don’t leave money on the table.

  • The Business of Music
  • Data State of the Industry (Morgan Stanley)

Morgan Stanley’s Managing Director of Research, Benjamin Swinburne sits down for a 1×1 conversation with Hannah Karp of Billboard to discuss the State of the Music Industry. Glean valuable information from the leaders in data collection and research analysis. This presentation will allow for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

  • The Business of Music
  • Distribution - "The Shifting Landscape of Distribution"

Distribution is changing. How is the disintermediation of distribution affecting the industry? How is the role of the distributor evolving?

  • The Business of Music
  • International Delegate Welcome: Introduction to the US Market

Connect and engage with representatives in the global marketplace. Moving past the theoretical, we take a deep dive and hear from established experts from abroad on practical steps to finding international success.

  • The Business of Music
  • The Intersection of Gaming and Music

According to the research firm Newzoo, the worldwide video game market could grow from $137.9 billion in 2018 to $180.1 billion by 2021 (globally). The music industry is valued at 17.3 B (retail). What opportunities exsist for indie labels to tap into this lucrative market? 

  • The Business of Music
  • Media & Publicity - Forward Focus

With the growth in streaming coupled with the loss of indie print and online media publications, how are media and publicity personnel adapting to this change? What does an effective, holistic publicity campaign look like in 2019? What are the new discovery platforms? Is the traditional album rollout dead? Where should labels dedicate their promotional resources to maximize exposure? Solid takeaways on what works today.

  • The Business of Music
  • Video - Video is King: How and Where to Use It; How to Keep it Cost Effective"

Video content; what works and what doesn’t. Learn from those who have created effective video strategies, explain their underlying philosophy.

  • The Business of Music
  • Streaming - Creative Catalog Streaming Strategies

Catalog is defined as releases that have been out for more than 18 months. What options for driving catalog are available to labels on streaming platforms? Hear directly from the DSPs and other rights owners on what avenues are available to monetize catalog on the streaming services.

  • The Business of Music
  • Streaming Manipulation - The Ethics of Streaming

Streaming manipulation, artificially boosting stream counts in order to improve chart positioning, increase market share, increase royalty payments, or for other non-legitimate purposes, is real. The problem is far-reaching, affecting more than just the Independent community. What can the music and/or tech industries, do to stop this abuse?

  • The Business of Music
  • Merchandise - Build a Brand and a Revenue Stream

Lifestyle curation, through the sale of merchandise, has the potential to expand and grow a label’s brand, point of view, and bottom line. Learn what techniques and products are most appealing to consumers and also reflect your label’s ideology.

  • The Business of Music
  • Retail - Crash Course; Vinyl

Five years ago, vinyl manufacturing could take up to eight months. Today, newly developed record presses have freed up the capacity to feed an exploding market. We will discuss the rapidly changing nature of the vinyl industry, and its effects on record labels, artists, and buyers alike. Optimize your future vinyl releases.

  • The Business of Music
  • Touring - Touring works

How can touring generate more sales for your label?

  • The Business of Music
  • Publishing - "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Indie Labels & Publishers

Independent labels and music publishers have more in common than not, yet they are often pitted against each other. With the overall independent market growing and more influential than ever, what are the keys to positive collaboration, whether for an individual album release or to amplify the global presence of the indie?

  • The Business of Music
  • Education Committee Mentor Program

Successful leaders are not only advocates of diversity, data-driven, strategic decision makers with creative acumen, they also give back to their community. Sharing knowledge of where you’ve been is crucial for helping to build tomorrow’s top executives. Panelists including some current mentor/mentees will share personal highlights of the program’s first year and delve into the larger topic of what it means to be a leader.

  • Industry Culture
  • Government Relations - "Decoding Advocacy"

Get updated on issues facing the music industry both in Washington DC and globally. In 2018 the music industry celebrated the passing of the MMA. What’s next? LRFA, MLC, Section 512, Article 13 and musicFIRST’s fight for a terrestrial right?

  • Industry Culture
  • Lasting Power - Lasting Power: A Conversation with Indie Music's Longest Lasting Labels

Hear the creation stories, of some of our most iconic independent record labels straight from the visionaries who founded them. How did these labels get started, what were the pathways to growth, what obstacles and hurdles did they face, and what continues to drive their passion? Learn from the best.

  • Industry Culture
  • Mental Health: "How To Combat Mental Health Issues Facing Our Industry"

Working in the music industry can be challenging for artists and industry workers alike. Industry burnout, suicide, and mental health are issues that need our attention. This will be an open conversation on ways we can address mental health issues and smash associated stigmas. How can we make sure our industry peers are protected and be responsible partners to the artists we represent.

  • Industry Culture
  • Lightning Talks

A2IM presents a new format we’re calling Indie⚡️ Listen as 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, are sprinkled throughout our programming and designated with an Indie⚡️

  • The Business of Music
  • Value Gap: "The Copyright Killer"
  • DDEX
  • Industry Culture
  • New Careers in Music
  • Independent Venue Week
  • Inclusion & Diversity

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