2021 full program

MONDAY, June 14

How to build an audience by using the data to inform your marketing campaigns. Hear from those who have had success in digital marketing discuss what’s worked and what hasn’t.

Speakers:

  • Ricardo Avendano Vera, Dangerbird Records
  • Taryn Brown, Taryn Brown + Co
  • Erin Choi, Hopeless Records
  • Mike Greene, ADA

Spotify will present a look at how it’s evolving – from new formats and playlists to tools artists and their teams can use to understand and engage their fans. Whether you’re an artist, manager, songwriter or label, come learn about strategies for growing your fanbase.

 

Speakers:

  • Jennifer Masset
  • Jeff Stempeck

Launched in 2021, The Black Independent Music Accelerator (BIMA) is a fellowship initiative created by A2IM with the intention of fighting for social and economic justice within the music industry by amplifying independent, Black-owned music businesses. Join us at this panel to meet a select group of our BIMA fellows.

 

Speakers:

  • Court Moriarty, Pex
  • Aliem Jumpp, Spaced Out Studios Entertainment
  • Erinn Knight, BYOD Records

The music industry is in the midst of a transformation fueled by an explosion in indie creators who are empowered by new technologies that break down the barriers to entry to record and distribute music. As the economics of listening evolve, so must the industry. That includes building out the technology systems and services necessary to scale the industry as it reaches historic revenue levels and rethinking music fairness for artists, songwriters, publishers, and terrestrial radio alike. In an intimate fireside chat with Senior Reporter Max Willens of Digiday, SoundExchange’s Michael Huppe shares insights into how to position the global music industry for a decade of success.

 

Speakers:

  • Michael Huppe, SoundExchange
  • Max Willens, Digiday

A deep dive into Qobuz’s approach to music, plus an answer to the widespread question of how to pronounce our name! Join us as we cover studio quality, lossless streaming, exclusive artist and label partnerships, human-curated playlists, our Hi-Res download store, and more.

 

Speakers:

  • Rachel Silton
  • Sujan Hong

NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) What are they? How do they work? Everything you need to know. 

 

Speakers:

  • Steven Hill, Warp Records
  • Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., The Music Industry Lawyer
  • Daniel Dewar, Paperchain
  • Pouria Assadipour, Beatdapp

It used to be that audiences looked to music critics and DJs to dictate what music to listen to. We don’t see that as much anymore. These days, music discovery is through word of mouth, with social media being the vehicle. Music discovery is taking place through Instagram, IG reels, TikTok, YouTube Shorts, Clubhouse, even Twitter. And fans are able to unearth music that wouldn’t be discovered otherwise. It’s a true levelling of the playing field.

 

Speakers:

  • Andreea Gleeson
  • Charlotte Sands
  • David Nathan

Managers come into and leave the music ecosystem all the time rise to a part of the business that is in flux. Hear from young managers on their experiences what are their expectations around services, deals, and the business in general.

 

Speakers:

  • Ramya Velury, Delete Entertainment
  • Madeline Nelson, Heads Music
  • Mira Silvers, VICEVERSA & FORT Entertainment 

Leveraging data and technology to improve your royalty accounting.

Speakers:

  • Chloe Johnson, Verifi Media
  • Rob Bonstein, HIFI
  • Nina Stiener, Partisan Records
  • Golda Bitterli, Revelator

The current state of Amazon Music across Amazon Music for Artists, Merch, Livestreaming, Hi-Res Audio, and beyond.

 

Speakers:

  • Danielle Giles, Amazon Music
  • David Stuart, Amazon Music

What does it mean to be an indie in your market? A brief overview of the market, particularly how it relates to the indies. This will be part of a series covering some of the world’s fastest growing markets.

Speakers:

  • Ipek Ozsoy, Meta Artist Management & Consultancy UK – Turkey (2:30 – 2:45 PM ET)
  • Jade Leaf, TuneCore – Kenya (2:45 – 3 PM ET)
  • Adam Tiran, Africori – South Africa (3 – 3:15 PM ET)
  • Vera Kuipers & Marcel Albers, Dutch Culture USA & Dutch Music Exports – The Netherlands (3:15 – 3:30 PM ET)
  • Joey Akan, Columnist, The Guardian (Nigeria) and Host, Cool FM Nigeria 96.9 – Nigeria (3:30 – 3:50 PM ET)

Speakers:

  • Andrea daSilva, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Diane Farrell International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Brad Hess International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Marisel Trespalacios International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Cynthia Henderson International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • David Kellis International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Rachel Bae, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Tim from DISCO speaks with Alex Valenti (CEO 3V Method and manager of Peach Tree Rascals) and Shannon Kurlander (Head of A&R and International Strategy at Terrorbird Media) about the the shift toward flexible release timelines, the power of direct artist-fan relationships, managing global partners and other strategic insights.

Speakers:

  • Alex Valenti, CEO 3V Method and manager of Peach Tree Rascals
  • Shannon Kurlander, Head of A&R and International Strategy at Terrorbird Media;

Finding a successful brand partnership requires identifying your goals and those of the brand. What data can you use to optimize this process? Increase your awareness of what it takes to find the brand partner who will increase your exposure and your bottom line.

Speakers:

  • Matthew Yazge, MRC Entertainment
  • Jason Sprague, Red Bull Records
  • Lysa Cardenas, UnitedMasters
  • Evangeline Elder, EMPIRE

TUESDAY, JUNE 15

Join Dr. Richard James Burgess, President, and CEO of A2IM and Special Guests for Indie Week 2021’s Annual General Meeting. Meet the newly elected A2IM Board of Directors, learn about A2IM’s current and future initiatves, and hear from featured speakers Helen Smtih (IMPALA), Jeremy Sirota (Merlin), Noemi Planas (WIN), and Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop Records and A2IM’s Executive Commmitte President).

Speakers:

  • Dr. Richard James Burgess, A2IM
  • Noemí Planas, WIN Worldwide Independent Network
  • Helen Smith, IMPALA
  • Jeremy Sirota, Merlin
  • Tony Kiewel, Sub Pop

Who is listening, How are they listening, and how does this affect me?

Speakers:

  • Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch Inc

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries delivers (D-NY 8th District)  a keynote address in conversation with Madeline Nelson.

Speakers:

  • Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, United States House of Representatives
  • Madeline Nelson, Heads Music

Join Bandcamp for a rundown on all the latest features and learn how to connect with the Bandcamp community to grow a fanbase and successfully sell your music and merchandise to fans all around the world. We’ll take a look at Bandcamp Live and explain what makes the best streaming shows really tick. We’ll dive into our vinyl pressing service and share insight on how campaigns have succeeded and even exceeded expectations. We’ll also take a look at what’s cooking in the Bandcamp Daily and all the ways you can get your music featured on the site. Plus, we might just have some info about upcoming features! You’ll have to join us to get the scoop!

Speakers:

  • Hosted and presented by:
    Andrew Jervis (Director, Artists and Labels)
  • J. Edward Keyes (Director, Bandcamp Daily)
  • Suzy Bowes (Bandcamp Vinyl)
  • Zoe Minikes (Bandcamp Live)
  • Armit Nerurkar (Artists and Labels, Hip Hop Ambassador)

Metadata fundamentals and best practices. Don’t leave money on the table.

Speakers:

  • Anthony Stewart, AudioSalad

Hear directly from the Copyright Office; Understanding the basics of how to register copyrights and important updates on the process.

Speakers:

  • Regan Smith, U.S. Copyright Office

As an addendum to Russ Crupnick’s Indie Week 2021 lightning talk “Consumer Listening Trends”, Dr. Richard James Burgess of A2IM and Garrett Levin of DiMA join Russ to discuss the results. 

 

Speakers:

  • Russ Crupnick, Music Watch Inc
  • Dr. Richard James Burgess, A2IM
  • Garrett Levin, DiMA

Latin music across the board is experiencing growth like never before. To be sure, the DSPs have made an enormous trove of Latin music of all genres available to music fans. But it’s the kids and grandkids of immigrants, many of whom don’t even speak Spanish, that is fueling the growth of Regional Mexican, Reggaeton and other genres of Latin music in the United States.  This panel will explore the dynamics behind the rise of Latin music and the independent labels who support it.

 

Speakers:

  • Marcos Juarez, Head of Latin Music at Pandora 

  • Josh Mendez, CEO Rich Music

  • Alex Montes Flores, Director of Commercial Strategy, Latin, Ingrooves Music Group

  • Noel Torres, NT Records and Musician

  • Moderator: Leila Cobo, Billboard

How will companies adapt to new environments? We investigate the topic from both a business as well as psychological perspective

Speakers:

  • Molly Neuman, Songtrust
  • Moses Balian, Justworks
  • Debbie Stanley, Thoughts In Order Counseling and Consulting
  • Amadea Choplin, Pex
  • Jo Holder, Warp Records

Dr. Richard James Burgess and Josh Hurvitz update A2IM’s membership on the past year’s advocacy efforts. What were the success? Challenges? Where do we go from here?

 

Speakers:

  • Dr. Richard James Burgess, A2IM 
  • Josh Hurvitz, A2IM & NVG, LLC

The ability to adapt to a constantly shifting culture is key to the success of any modern business, especially as we have seen in the past year with the arrival of Covid-19. But with an unprecedented amount of people stuck at home, it was also the perfect ‘storm’ to capture a new audience with both the time and the eagerness to be taken on an adventure. Whether it was toying with new technologies, picking up scrapped ideas and quickly reshaping them, or simply reaching out in a personal manner, we’ll highlight 3 panelists that prospered during the pandemic and came out ahead in what could have been a disastrous year.

Speakers:

  • Blair Clark, Brooklyn Basement Records
  • Dmitri Vietze, Music Tectonics Conference
  • Jacquelle Amankonah Horton, Fave
  • Chris Colbert, DCP Entertainment
  • Stephen Tucker, The Control Room

While many Western countries have done quite a bit to support first nations artists, through educational programs and legislative directive, the US has neither the public funding programs nor the broader cultural awareness that would give Native Americans similar footholds within the wider American music industry. How have US-based Native American musicians have built their own careers? What networks exist to assist the next generation of US-based indigenous creators?

Speakers:

  • Raye Zaragoza, Rebel River Records
  • Quinn Christopherson, Artist
  • Katherine Paul, Black Belt Eagle Scout
  • Charles J. Sanders, Songwriters Guild of America, US National Music Counsel

The plight for artists and rights owner to be paid when their music is played on FM radio continues. After a year of economic hardship for music creators, the right to be fairly compensated for work is more important than ever. SoundExchange hosts a panel from Washington D.C.’s The Anthem featuring SoundExchange CEO Mike Huppe, Representative Ted Deutch (FL), and legendary musician Dionne Warwick, moderated by Alex Gangitano, White House reporter for The Hill. Together, Huppe, Deutch, and Warwick tackle the issue of fairness in the music industry and exchange viewpoints on the ongoing movement to push legislative action for a performance right for artists played on AM/FM radio.

 

 

Speakers:

  • Representative  Ted Deutch
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Michael Huppe, SoundExchange
  • Alex Gangitano, The Hill

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16

Navigating the world of physical, from product manufacturing, timelines, projections to distribution.

Speakers:

  • Joseph Abajian, Fat Beats
  • Sean Rutkowski, Independent Record Pressing
  • Jocelynn Pryor, AMPED
  • Alex Ashkenes, Redeye Worldwide

Over the past year, independents have adapted to develop new processes to support their businesses. This panel explores the lessons learned from the past 12 months, and the decisions powering how independents are setting themselves up for a more resilient future.

 

Speakers:

  • Katie Alberts, SVP of Operations at Reach Records
  • Whitney Dublin, Director of Digital at Mom+Pop Music
  • Zack Zarrillo, Owner of Many Hats Endeavors
  • Dan Nevin, Independent Music Consultant

How do we get back to a viable, live industry after the pandemic?

Speakers:

  • Rev. Moose, Marauder
  • Katherine Friedland, Mom+Pop Music
  • Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group
  • Tobi Parks, xBk

Hear directly from the representatives at global streaming platforms discuss how their services work and how they engage with international music in their markets.

Speakers:

  • Arun Sajjan, Anghami
  • Phil Choi, Transsnet Music Limited (Boomplay)
  • Anna Siegel, FUGA
  • Hiba Fatima Irshad, JioSaavn

The costs of the climate crisis will hit the music industry and its companies. It’s not just the touring and festival business anymore, as streaming and especially blockchain technology are also causing massive energy consumption. 

 

All those who build their business on it will have to deal with carbon taxes in the foreseeable future and with the fact that new, energy-conscious business models will have better chances in the market of the future and can arm themselves against disruptive effects. 

We want to discuss how the music industry can strive for carbon neutrality and play a leading role within the creative industries in the coming transformation. 


There is a need for action, not only to address the general climate crisis, but also to sustain our own business.

 

Speakers:

  • Helen Smith, Execeutive Chair, IMPALA, UK/BE
  • Tanner Watt, Director Partnerships, REVERB, US
  • Horst Weidenmüller, CEO, !K7 Music; Board Member, IMPALA, DE
  • Hosted by: Emily Whigham, journalist, D) & Jacob Bilabel, THEMA1, DE

Understanding Neighboring Rights; Don’t leave money on the table.

Speakers:

  • Sam Heerey, Domino Recording Co / Double Six Rights Management
  • Zena White, Partisan Records
  • Ryan Lehning, SoundExchange
  • Nicola Hedden, Kobalt Music
  • Noemi Planas, WIN

Pat Chin, a 60-year veteran and female trailblazer in the music industry, was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the A2IM Libera Awards (Chin took home the honor in 2015). As the co-founder of the Queens, NY-based reggae label and A2IM member VP Records, she nurtured the careers of artists such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Elephant Man, Estelle, Junior Reid, Raging Fyah, and many more. In January, Chin published My Reggae Music Journey, an autobiography documenting her groundbreaking, decades-spanning career. 

 

Speakers:

  • Patricia Chin, VP Records

Learn from some of the most actionable members of our community about how different platforms and unique ways of thinking can help to bring visibility to more artists from marginalized communities.

Speakers:

  • Shane Gill, Opposition
  • Andre Benjamin, Vydia
  • Janette Berrios, Symphonic Distribution
  • David Krinsky, YouTube Music
  • Melanie McClain, Secretly Publishing

Direct to consumer continues to be a viable and growing revenue stream. Learn how to Incorporate this revenue stream into your label from those having success in this area.

Speakers:

  • Trevor Peterson, Fire Talk
  • Mary Jurey, Blue Élan Records
  • Alyssa Austin, Dualtone
  • Jeffrey Smith, Discogs

The past year we’ve seen music synced across a number of mediums, broadening audiences for emerging and established artists. Learn what new opportunities are available for artists and labels.

Speakers:

  • Sophie Hopkins, Big Yellow Dog Music
  • Jim Leavitt, The Orchard
  • Lori Cromwell-Charron, VP Records
  • Catie Ginsburg, Partisan Records

How do you optimize your label to be competitive in a DIY world? What can labels offer that an artist might not otherwise be able to do on their own?

Speakers:

  • Jane Abernethy, Omnian Music Group
  • Rose Slanic, Better Noise Music
  • Darius Van Arman , Secretly Group

Are artist/label deal structures lagging behind the way the industry is moving or not?

Speakers:

  • Susan Busch, Domino Records/Domino Publishing
  • Tony Alexander, Made In Memphis Entertainment
  • Elliot A. Resnik, Esq. Herbsman Hafer Weber & Frisch LLP

Get a look behind the curtain on what goes into launching and growing a successful label. Vydia’s team of experts advise on how to strategically manage a culture and community of growing artists and compete with the majors on a global scale with the right technology and infrastructure.

Speakers:

  • Sara Munson, Vydia, Inc.
  • Nicolás Moreno, Vydia, Inc.
  • Jenna Nilsen, Vydia, Inc.
  • Liz Eason, Vydia, Inc.
  • Tony Girakhoo, Vydia, Inc.

In advance of A2IM’s Indie Week 2021, members were invited to submit questions on the topic of Radio, both commercial and nom-comm). Hear the experts answer your questions.

Speakers:

  • George Hess, Armada Music
  • Joe McGinnis, The Syndicate
  • Adam Lewis, The Planetary Group
  • Michelle Feghali, Sub Pop Records

THURSDAY, JUNE 17

Learn about all of YouTube’s new tools to help you connect with fans while supporting your music releases. From adding preview Trailers to your music Premieres, to gathering fans for your new videos with Live Redirect, to the new Shorts experience, there’s so much to take advantage of, so come and hear the latest!

Speakers:

  • Chris Rewak – Senior Strategic Partner Manager, Music
  • Amanda Guo – Partner Operations Manager, Music
  • Ted Kartzman – Independent Music Partnerships

Artificial intelligence plays a huge role in all of our lives, what is its role in music?

Speakers:

  • Martin Nedved, AIMS Api
  • SK Sharma, Ingrooves
  • Hazel Savage, Musiio

The selling and purchasing of rights is booming. What does the future hold? What do you need to know?

Speakers:

  • Amy Dietz, Exceleration Music
  • Paul Steele, Good Time Distribution
  • Richard Conlon, Catch Point Rights
  • Sean Hickey, Naxos

If your artist has no new front line releases but continues to have a steadfast fan base, what’s stopping them from taking their catalog and going to a DIY model? What can labels do to keep artists happy?

Speakers:

  • Rupert Skellett, Beggars Group
  • Slim Moon, Kill Rock Stars
  • Alexandria Hock, Better Noise Music

Influencers on YouTube, Twitch, Triller, and other hybrid services incorporate commercial music into their streams but want to avoid copyright claims. What steps can be taken to monetize this revenue stream legally? How does the DMCA help or hurt?  

Speakers:

  • Nathan Graves, SyncVault
  • Sam Seum, Twitch Content Creator
  • Heather Johnson, Ninety9Lives
  • Nate Beck, PretzelAux

At Spotify, Jeremy Erlich spearheads promotional campaigns and immersive experiences for both new and emerging artists such as Lauv and Alec Benjamin. Before his time at Spotify, Erlich spent three years at Interscope, rising from EVP of business development to CFO. A 2015 alum of Billboard‘s 40 Under 40 list, he came to Interscope from Universal Music Group, where ran corporate development and was heavily involved in the acquisition of EMI Records.

 

Speakers:

  • Jeremy Erlich, Spotify
  • Moderated by Brett Gurewitz, Founder | CEO Epitaph & ANTI Records

Even if you don’t plan on starting a music publishing division anytime soon, record labels in all genres encounter music publishers, publishing rights, and publishing royalties all the time. Whether it’s helping your artists with their YouTube channels, working on sync licenses, or keeping up with changing consumption technologies and what you may – or may not – owe your artists and their publishers, it’s essential for labels to have a working understanding of music publishing and the current industry landscape. Join Songtrust Manager of Business Development Alex Gershwin and Legal & Business Affairs Associate Peire Wilson as they dig into music publishing topics relevant to labels and everyone in the music industry – and as they make a case for why getting into music publishing may be the right business decision for your label.

Speakers:

  • Alex Gershwin, Songtrust
  • Peire Wilson, Downtown Music Holdings

A2IM’s next generation of leaders discuss the changes they’ve seen in the music business.

Speakers:

  • Maya Kalev, Stones Throw Records
  • Kim Umanoff, Blue Élan Records
  • Daslyn Colson YouTooCanWoo / toucan sounds
  • Alyssa Mark, A2IM
  • Fotemah Mba, Cinq Music

SoundCloud will lead a session on their industry-first fan-powered royalties payout model and more ways for independent artists to earn and build their careers on their own terms.

In recent years the DSP’s have created the position Head of Catalog but the area is still relatively new and growing quickly. What do you need to know?

Speakers:

  • John Smith, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • Rosie Lopez  Tommy Boy Music
  • Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group
  • Paola Marinone, BuzzMyVideos

No one path is right for everyone What are the upsides and downsides of each? Which pathway is best for my label?

Speakers:

  • Kathie Merritt, Epitaph / Anti Records
  • Victor Zaraya, Concord Music Group
  • Liz Erman, Nettwerk Music Group
  • Ian Harrison, Hopeless Records

Rate projections and analysis; Which direction are they going? What do the numbers tell us? Only public deal terms will be discussed.

 

Speakers:

  • Joe Jenkins, eOne Music
  • Hannah Silk Champagne, Ninja Tune
  • Katie Alberts, Reach Records

Everyone has a story to tell, and now they can. More than ever before storytellers demand access to high quality music. How does the indie sector find their seat at the table?

Speakers:

  • Jay LeBoeuf, Descript
  • Benjamin Verdoes, SyncFloor
  • Jon Mizrachi,  Bodega Sync
  • Nate Beck, Pretzel 

How can they help music creators?

 

Speakers: 

  • Josh Hurvitz, NVG, LLC
  • Kevin Erickson, Future of Music Coalition
  • Rachel Stilwell, Stilwell Law