Tinzar Sherman, CEO & Co-Founder, Digital Media Wire
Peter Schwinge, Founder & Executive Director, Moving Target Group
Visionary presenters give their perspectives on the future of the music business followed by Q/A.
PRESENTER: Russ Crupnick, Managing Partner, MusicWatch
Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio?
In a world obsessed with music streaming and podcasts does broadcast radio get enough respect? Radio remains one of the most important modes of music consumption. Radio trumpets how it serves local audiences and advertisers, offers engaging personalities and drives music discovery. Is anyone listening? We’ll take a quick tour through a few key metrics for radio, see how radio stacks up against music streaming options and explore what radio needs to say to stay competitive with pure play music streaming services.
PRESENTER: Jeff Bronikowski, SVP, Business Development, Head of Innovation & Emerging Tech, Warner Music Group
Still The OG of Innovation and Cultural Relevance
Music has always been at the center of innovation in content consumption. From ringtones, to downloads, to music videos being the first online video category to generate billions of views, to subscription streaming and Hologram concerts, music is the OG of content Innovation. And despite mass fragmentation of most other forms of media, it remains incredibly powerful and culturally relevant.
The overture to the Digital Music Forum. Hear from the people who are leading the charge, staying ahead of the curve, and forging new pathways to a greater music economy.
Lori Feldman, EVP of Strategic Marketing, Warner Bros. Records
Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents
Jim Mahoney, General Manager, US MERLIN
Moderator: Jason Lipshutz, Editorial Director, Billboard
From AI developed songs to smart speakers and in-car dashboards, the evolution of AI and voice-powered systems are changing the way artists can create music to how consumers can access music. What is the effect these services and devices have on artists and the end user. How can labels and artists make sure they’re on the right playlists to be called upon, and what does the future hold for for these platforms.
Sean Gibbons, SVP Product & UX, SiriusXM
Kyle Smetanka, Senior Product Manager, Metadata, TiVo
Drew Silverstein, CEO, Amper Music
Scott Ryan, Vice President, Music, Gracenote
John Rosso, President, Market Development, Triton Digital
MODERATOR: Howie Singer, Special Technology Consultant, Universal Music Group
Investing in music has always come with a set of challenges, but with the upswing in global revenues, we’ve seen numerous mergers and catalogue acquisitions, IPOs, and startups. What are the services helping the artist and label royalty payouts? Where is the industry headed, what do you have to give up, and what type of ROI can be seen?
Andrew McInnes, CEO & Owner, TMWRK Management
Nari Matsuura, Partner, Massarsky Consulting Inc.
Hale Boggs, Chairman, Investment Committee, Manatt Venture Fund
Jason Sklar, Managing Director, Shamrock Capital Advisors
Moderator: Allen Bargfrede, Managing Partner, PDX Media Partners
No longer is it a just posting an image. No longer is it a link to view. These days video has taken center stage in connecting with your audience. Whether you’re an artist, venue, festival, service, or influencer, this is the new era of content creation and audience engagement. What type of investment is required, how can you generate revenue, and what can you do to stand out?
Ina Burke, Vice President, Original Content, iHeartMedia
Brandon Martinez, Vice President,Live Nation Video Network, Live Nation Entertainment
Grace James, Vice President of Marketing, Atlantic Records
Jacob Pace, CEO, Flighthouse
Moderator: Brian Anthony Hernandez, Senior Editor of Music & Culture, ONE37pm.com
Fireside Chat with Shahendra Ohneswere, SVP Content Development, Columbia Records
Chris Denson, Founder, Crush Industries, Host, Innovation Crush
Nearly every platform offers some sort of insights to your posts, videos, downloads, streams, et. al. With so much information to acquire, knowing what you’re looking at, and how to interpret it can sometimes be overwhelming. How can you best breakdown the key data points to understand your audience and how something is performing?
Sheryl Allen, Director, Next Big Sound, Pandora
Fabrice Sergent, Managing Partner, Bandsintown
Jeff Ratner, Chief Media Officer, iCrossing
Jon Bahr, VP, Creator Services, CD Baby
MODERATOR: Joan Solsman, Senior Writer, Digital Media, CNET
Picking up from the Investing in Music Disucssion, you will learn more about the current market for Music Startups. What are the challenges, how to generate a sustainable user-base when there is so much competition out there, what are investors looking for, and types of exit strategies?
John Funge, CEO & Co-Founder, The Music Fund
Damian Manning, Founder & CEO, Hifi
Dick Wingate, Principal, DEV Advisors
Mike Jbara, CEO, MQA
Moderator: Wesley A’Harrah, Head of International Development and Marketing, Musical.ly
Streaming services have been expanding their core operations to include more types of content. We now see music streaming services offering tickets, artists analytics, original video content and video services adding music. How are companies and labels leveraging these new formats to create more marketing opportunities and adding value for artists, services, and fans alike?
Jorge A. Rincón, VP, North America, Deezer
Tony van Veen, CEO, AVL Digital Group / CD Baby / Disc Makers
David O’Brien, CEO & Founder, Humbolt
Jordan Bromley, Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips
Jeff Zuchowski, Vice President, Artist Marketing & Industry Relations, Pandora
Moderator: Seth Schachner, Managing Director, Strat Americas
Digital ReLab Presentation:
Travis Tucker, Partner and Head of Production US, Overcoast Music & Sound
Nate Casey, VP Business Development, Digital ReLab
Moderator: Peter Schwinge, Founder & Executive Director, Moving Target Group
Cross-partnerships can help an artist or a brand reach a wider audience, but what is involved in the storytelling era. What unique ways are artists, labels, and brands working together to create a genuine engagement strategy. What works, and where is it going?
Jeff Clyburn, Managing Director, Mass Appeal Records
Danielle James, Head of Fashion & Beauty Partnerships, iONE Women’s Division, Founder, Model Citizen
Matthew Yazge, VP, Head of Brand Partnerships, Nielsen Entertainment
Raymond Roker, Head of AEG Studios, Global Partnerships, AEG
MODERATOR: Jesse Kirshbaum, CEO, NUE
Tokens, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Ethereum are words that are becoming more mainstream in today’s lexicon. Learn how new platforms are simplifying distribution and revenue generation and how companies and artists can best utilize these services.
Matt Medved, Founder, Billboard Dance
Christoffer Wallin, CEO, Pindify
Allen Bargfrede, Managing Partner, PDX Media Partners
Jesse Grushack, Co- Founder, Ujo Music
Moderator: Alexandra Bear, Associate, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP