Agenda

2017 Digital Music Forum Agenda

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

REGISTRATION

WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

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...
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Richard Conlon
Jem Aswad
Julie Greifer Swidler
Michael Abitbol
Lars Murray

OPENING PRESENTATIONS: 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
11:15 am - 11:30 am

MORNING BREAK

FEATURED PRESENTATION

PANELISTS Drew Silverstein, Founder & CEO, Amper Music
Drew Silverstein

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 Programing, iHeartRadio Lucie Watson, Head of Music, Platoon Damon Williams, Senior Vice...
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Justin Barker
Damon Williams
Lucie Watson
Kavi Halemane

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...
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Jeremy Gruber
Juan Santillan
Nicole St. Jean
Cortney Harding
Kevin Chernett
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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 Amy Sorokas, Director Brand Studios, Microsoft MODERATOR: Bruce Flohr, Chief Strategy Officer/ Executive Vice President, Red Light Management; Partner, GreenLight Media and Marketing; Partner, ATO Records
Alissa Pollack
Lori Feldman
Bruce Flohr
Amy Sorokas

STARTUP PITCHES

Quickfire 5-minute pitches from digital music startups. Gigwell | Presenter: Jeremie Habib, CEO & Co-Founder, Gigwell Gigwell streamlines the booking process between entertainers (Musicians, Comedians, Public Speakers) and live entertainment venues. Our platform makes it easy to send contracts, build tour itineraries and collect payments online. Gigwell is the first comprehensive solution to provide entertainers and their agents seamless, end-to-end workflow automation while leveraging data analytics – empowering agencies and talent buyers to save time, gain visibility and work smarter. Gigwell is revolutionizing the online entertainment booking experience one gig...
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David Weiszfeld
Greg Leekley
Jeremie Habib

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 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
Aaron Ford
Megan Berry
Zeeshan Zaidi
Seth Schachner

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 Khudor Annous, Head of Marketing and Partnerships, Live.me Kevin Carson, VP, Global Artist and Industry Relations, Smule Chad Marcum, Founder and CEO, VideoBomb Justina Valentine, Creator, Live.me MODERATOR: Karen Allen, President, Karen Allen Consulting
Chad Marcum
Justina Valentine
Khudor Annous
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
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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?