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Wednesday, May 8 • 11:30am - 1:30pm
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?

Neeta Ragoowansi, NPREX

Steven Ambers, SOCAN
Vickie Nauman, CrossBorderWorks
Abby North, North Music Group LLC
Colin Rushing, SoundExchange

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?

Kevin Casini, Casini Law Firm LLC

Jon Bender, SoundExchange
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music
Leighton Linning, The Gordon Group
Steven Marks, RoadNation
Erin McAnally, Small Drink of Water

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Kevin Casini

Founder, Casini Law and Ecco Artist Services
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 twenty years.Kevin is an active member of the Blues Foundation, the Recording Academy, the Americana... Read More →
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Neeta Ragoowansi

President (MMF-US) & Global Co-Chair, Chapter Expansion (WIM), Senior Counsel (GC), Music Managers Forum - US, Women in Music, and Global Citizen
Neeta Ragoowansi has been an entertainment attorney, music business professional and musician for over 25 years, dedicated to growing the music industry and connecting it with mission based initiatives. She is Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs for Global Citizen and serves... Read More →

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Steven Ambers

Director of International Business Development, 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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Jonathan Bender

Chief Operating Officer, 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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Steven Marks

Founder and CEO, RoadNation
Steven Marks is the Founder and CEO of RoadNation, a new platform for artists and fans to create tours together. Artist benefits include optimized tour planning through real-time market demand; revenue opportunities beyond tickets to provide upfront capital to tour; connection to... Read More →
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Erin McAnally

Consultant and Writer, Small Drink of Water
Erin McAnally is a Consultant and Writer for Small Drink of Water, where she helps artists, brands, and non-profits with marketing & advertising, fundraising, education, events, and operations. One of her main focuses in the past few years has been developing and teaching an education... Read More →
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Vickie Nauman

Principal and Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Vickie Nauman is the founder and owner of CrossBorderWorks, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in music tech. Her focus is the intersection between technology and music, particularly regarding licensing and music data/rights, product/device integration, and international... Read More →
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Abby North

Principal, North Music Group LLC
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 →
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Colin Rushing

SVP & General Counsel, SoundExchange
Colin Rushing is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SoundExchange, a non-profit collective rights management organization. Rushing oversees the company’s legal, regulatory, and corporate affairs, supervises rate setting proceedings, directs the company’s enforcement... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 11:30am - 1:30pm CDT
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