Agenda

2017 Digital Music Forum Agenda

*Schedule and speakers are subject to change
Day 1
26 Sep 2017
8:30 - 9:30

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

SPEAKER:
Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting

Karen Allen

VIEW FROM THE TOP: STREAMING REVENUE MILESTONES AND GOALPOSTS

In 2016, music streaming services officially accounted for over half of all major label revenue, and overall global music revenue growth was 7%, the highest since Napster launched. Have we successfully transitioned digital music to a solid revenue source, or do we still have a long way to go?

PANELISTS:
Michael Abitbol, SVP, Business & Legal Affairs, Digital, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Jem Aswad, Senior Editor, Billboard
Richard Conlon, Chief External Affairs Officer, SoundExchange
Lars Murray, SVP Strategic Partnerships, Pandora
Julie Swidler, Executive Vice President Business Affairs and General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment

Richard Conlon
Jem Aswad
Julie Greifer Swidler
Michael Abitbol
Lars Murray

OPENING PRESENTATION: THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Visionary presenters give their perspectives on the future of the music business followed by Q/A.

PANELISTS:
Bill Colitre, Vice President & General Counsel, Music Reports

Bill Colitre

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH EYELLUSION & ZAPPA FAMILY TRUST

FIRESIDE CHAT:
Jeff Pezzuti, CEO, Eyellusion
Ahmet Zappa, Co-Trustee, Zappa Family Trust
INTERVIEWER: Bruce Wheeler, General Manager, Babylon Productions

Bruce Wheeler
Ahmet Zappa
Jeff Pezzuti
11:00 - 11:30

MORNING BREAK

FEATURED PRESENTATION

  • TiVo Presents: Rights Management: Turning Machine Learning into Artist Revenue
    Machine learning is more than just the industry catchphrase of the moment. Find out how this new technology can revolutionize the music industry by improving royalty transparency and advancing new business models.
    PRESENTED BY: Kyle Smetanka, Senior Product Manager, Metadata, TiVo
  • MusicWatch Presents: Description coming soon
    PRESENTED BY: Russ Crupnick, CEO, MusicWatch
Kyle Smetanka
Russ Crupnick

WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT VR AND MUSIC

Virtual Reality (VR) has been both heralded as the new, hot platform and passed off as hype, but the truth is that 6.3 million headsets are in the market, and film, TV, and games companies are pouring serious resources into building experiences. Music VR companies are one of the few digital music startups getting solid funding. What’s possible now with VR and what should you be planning?

PANELISTS:
Kevin Chernett, Executive Vice President – Global Partnerships & Content Distribution, Live Nation Studios
Jeremy Gruber, Head of Digital, Friends at Work
Juan Santillan, Founder and CEO, Vantage.tv
Nicole St. Jean, VP of Content, 8i
MODERATOR: Coutney Harding, Founder, Friends with Holograms

RJ Bentler
Jeremy Gruber
Juan Santillan
Nicole St. Jean
Cortney Harding
Kevin Chernett

TECHNOLOGY, HUMANS, PLAYLISTS AND THE FUTURE OF MUSIC DISCOVERY

In the ongoing drive to create the perfect music discovery solution, services are trying to strike a balance between data-based algorithms and human recommendation. The impact of getting a song on a playlist is tangible – it increases the artist’s mindshare, market share, and revenue. How much of it is math vs. marketing and how does one best navigate it?

PANELISTS:
Justin Barker, Founder/Director, Slice Music ltd.; Group Director of Streaming Strategy, PIAS
Kavi Halemane, GM of Digital Programming, iHeartRadio
Lucie Watson, Head of Music, Platoon
Damon Williams, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy and Partnerships, Music Choice
MODERATOR: Wesley A’Harrah, Head of Training and Development, Music Ally

Wesley A’Harrah
Justin Barker
Damon Williams
Lucie Watson
Kavi Halemane
12:30 - 13:45

LUNCH BREAK

BANDS & BRANDS: THE QUESTIONS THAT SHOULD BE ASKED

Red Light Management’s / GreenLight Media and Marketing’s Bruce Flohr moderates this interactive session focused on brand/music campaigns. The panel will take questions from audience members and incorporate them into the dialogue, which will look at campaigns from the artist, brand, and label perspectives.

PANELISTS:
Lori Feldman, EVP Strategic Marketing, Warner Bros. Records
Alissa Pollack, EVP, Global Music Marketing, iHeartMedia
Chris Sampson, EVP, Programming, Superfly
Amy Sorokas, Director Strategic Partnerships, Brand Strategy, Microsoft
MODERATOR: Bruce Flohr, Chief Strategy Officer/ Executive Vice President, Red Light Management; Partner, GreenLight Media and Marketing; Partner, ATO Records

Chris Sampson
Alissa Pollack
Lori Feldman
Bruce Flohr
Amy Sorokas

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH JOEL AND BENJI MADDEN

PANELISTS:
Joel and Benji Madden, Artists, Good Charlotte
INTERVIEWER: Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO, NUE

Joel and Benji Madden
Jesse Kirshbaum

THE NEXT GENERATION OF FAN ENGAGEMENT

Simply reaching a fan is only half the battle. One you have their attention, how do you measure their level of interest and deliver the right experience or content? What information can you collect along the way and how can it be repurposed for the lifecycle of the release?

PANELISTS:
Nate Auerback, Partner, Versus Creative
Aaron Ford, Digital Advertising, The Orchard
Megan Berry, Head of Product, Octane AI
Seth Schachner, Managing Director, Strat Americas
Zeeshan Zaidi, SVP & General Manager, OnTour with Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster

Nate Auerbach
Aaron Ford
Megan Berry
Zeeshan Zaidi
Seth Schachner

STARTUP PITCHES

Quickfire 5-minute pitches from digital music startups.
MODERATED BY: Jon Vanhala, Founder, Crossfade Partners

  • Soundcharts | Presenter: David Weiszfeld, CEO & Co-Founder, Soundcharts
    Following the performance of any artist is now very easy with Soundcharts, the real-time intelligence solution for the Music Industry made for artists and their managers, record labels, publishers, live producers, and advertising agencies of all sizes.
    Soundcharts enhances decision-making by bringing together real-time and historical music consumption data (from charts, airplay, playlists and social networks), improving project management, reporting and artist scouting.
    After 8 months of monetization, Soundcharts works with over 300 users from 200 different companies in 14 countries.
  • Vertigo Music | Presenter: Greg Leekley, CEO & Co-Founder, Vertigo Music
    Vertigo Music’s mission is to connect the world of music. We have a vision for what it looks like when people are free to legally share life through music, because life is better with music. We want a more lean forward social experience with music given every song has a story and every story has a song.
Jon Vanhala
David Weiszfeld
Greg Leekley

FANS TAKE CENTER STAGE

Social media platforms became massively successful by putting their users in the spotlight. While music has always been an element of the content created, now platforms have emerged that provide music as a main, if not sole, category. How can music companies work with creators and platforms authentically, and what can be gained?

PANELISTS:
Kevin Carson, VP, Global Artist and Industry Relations, Smule
Chad Marcum, Founder and CEO, VideoBomb
Josh Ong, Director, Global Marketing, Cheetah Mobile
Justina Valentine, Creator, Live.me
MODERATOR: Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting

Josh Ong
Chad Marcum
Justina Valentine
Kevin Carson
Karen Allen

STATE OF MUSIC STARTUPS

Music is one of the hardest categories of startups to get funded, even when music licensing is not a factor. Which companies are finding investment, what has made them attractive to investors, and what are the best practices for getting a music startup funded?

PANELISTS:
Greg Leekly, CEO, Vertigo Music
David Porter, CEO & Founder, 8tracks
Dan Rowe, Managing Director, Sword, Rowe & Company
Betsy McHugh, Founder & CEO, Hurdl Inc.
Russell Rieger, VP Media, Entertainment Magna; Vice Chairman PledgeMusic
MODERATOR: Dick Wingate, Principal, DEV Advisors

Russell Rieger
Betsy McHugh
Dan Rowe
Dick Wingate
David Porter
16:00 - 16:30

AFTERNOON BREAK

MUSIC AS AN ORIGINAL VIDEO CONTENT STRATEGY

Original content has long been a differentiation strategy for HBO, Netflix, and Hulu, and now video shows about music are doing the same for Apple Music, Spotify, and other streaming services. Where is this content category headed and what are the implications for licensing revenue and artist marketing?

PANELISTS:
Andy Cohn, President & Publisher, The FADER, Inc.
Richard Johnson, President and Co-founder, Qello Concerts
Simon Kellman, Global Head of Music, Dailymotion
Alexander Kisch, EVP & General Counsel, Vevo
MODERATOR: Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

Ted Cohen
Richard Johnson
Alexander Kisch
Andy Cohn
Simon Kellman

FIRESIDE CHAT WITH HOWIE SINGER OF UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP

SPEAKERS:
Howie Singer, Special Technology Advisor, Universal Music Group
Interviewer: Larry Miller, Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt

Larry Miller
Howie Singer