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Wednesday, May 8 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
The MMA: Streamlining the Process

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We know the big MMA decisions come later in the year, but that won’t stop us from bringing MMA leaders to the stage to share their views on how the MLC can create a streamlined process of logging and distributing royalties. Join us as we discuss how the groundwork laid by the MMA’s passage looks to address the concerns of publishers and songwriters as the industry continues its dramatic shift towards music streaming as its primary revenue generator.


11:30 AM - 12:25 PM    What Do Publishers Expect from the MLC, and Will It Be Able to Deliver?
According to the RIAA’s 2018 year-end report, streaming now comprises 75% of total music industry revenues. Publishers and songwriters have supported the MMA and its MLC as a path toward earning more royalties from streaming mechanicals and performance royalties. However, what obstacles threaten this reality? How will the MLC more accurately and comprehensively license, collect and distribute to publishers compared to how MRI or HFA currently do the job? What effects might the DSPs' appeal regarding the CRB's decision to increase the streaming mechanical rate have on the MLC?


Moderator
Neeta Ragoowansi, NPREX


Panelists
Steven Ambers, SOCAN
Allen Bargfrede, dotBC
Abby North, North Music Group LLC


12:30 - 1:30 PM    The MMA in Action: Writer’s Edition
The passage of the MMA opens the door to honest accounting for songwriters. What does a transparent view of songwriter royalty flow look like and how might it change the songwriter landscape? How can the creators and artists be best served, and how can the industry be counseled or consulted?


Moderator
Kevin Casini, Casini Law Firm LLC


Panelists
Jon Bender, SoundExchange
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music
Leighton Linning, The Gordon Group
Erin McAnally, Small Drink of Water
Vickie Nauman, CrossborderWorks

Moderators
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Kevin Casini

Principal, Casini Law Firm LLC
Kevin Casini is Principal of the Casini Law Firm and founder of Ecco Artists Services, a consulting company servicing performers and creators. He has been in entertainment for more than 20 years. Casini is an active member of the Blues Foundation, the Recording Academy, the Americana... Read More →
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Neeta Ragoowansi

Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development & Legal Affairs/Board Member, NPREX/MMF-US
Neeta Ragoowansi is Co-Founder and SVP of Business Development & Legal Affairs for NPREX (National Performing Rights Exchange), the first-ever online marketplace for direct licensing of performance rights with the ability to bundle mechanical and sync between music copyright owners... Read More →

Speakers
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Steven Ambers

Director of International Business Development & Compliance, SOCAN
Steven Ambers is the Director of International Business Development & Compliance at SOCAN, Canada’s largest rights management organization. In this role, Ambers fosters U.S. publisher and key influencer relations and supports strategic investment opportunities, including mergers... Read More →
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Allen Bargfrede

Board Member and Chief Legal Officer, dotBC
Allen Bargfrede is an entertainment attorney and strategist who focuses his work on the intersection of art and technology. He is Board Member and Chief Legal Officer of Dot Blockchain Media (dotBC), a firm focused on the use of blockchain technology to solve content rights problems... Read More →
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Jonathan Bender

COO, SoundExchange
Jonathan Bender is the COO of SoundExchange, a non-profit collective rights management organization that has distributed more than $5 billion in digital royalties for sound recordings to recording artists and rights owners since its inception in 2003. Bender has 25 years of experience... Read More →
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Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Course Author and Professor, Berklee College of Music
Dr. E. Michael Harrington is a Course Author and Professor at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online. Harrington has also served as a consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters involving The We Shall Overcome Foundation, Pharrell Williams, Taylor... Read More →
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Leighton Linning

Attorney At Law, The Gordon Group
Leighton Linning is an Attorney at Law for the Gordon Group. He has extensive experience in Nashville’s entertainment industry working on a variety of projects with Billy Block, CMT, Sony/ATV, Musicians' Hall of Fame Awards, K-Love Fan Awards, Camp Electric, Winter Jam, Kirk Cameron’s... Read More →
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Vickie Nauman

Principal and Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. She founded the boutique consulting and advisory firm CrossBorderWorks in 2004 and since 2014 has been advising and consulting full-time... Read More →
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Abby North

Principal, North Music Group
Abby North is Principle of North Music Group LLC, worldwide publishing administrator for more than twenty catalogs with approximately 80,000 commercial and film and TV works. She is also Founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC, which she started after she began working with her... Read More →


Wednesday May 8, 2019 11:30am - 1:00pm
Symphony D

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