Sunday, September 13, 2015

Americana Music Festival to Offer Wide Range of Panels and Workshops from Sept. 16-18

     NASHVILLE -- The 2015 Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, offers one of the nation's most comprehensive slate of panels and workshops dedicated to the music business. This is Nashville’s must-attend event to learn and succeed in the music industry today. This year's Music Business Conference will feature more than 60 panels and workshops with approximately 200 experts representing the best and the brightest in the music biz today.  

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11a.m. – 1p.m.                                    
RCA Grand Victor Studio A • 30 Music Square W.  
Presented by NPR Music  

How do the songs performers treasure most contribute to their own processes? What turns an original composition into an artist's own most treasured possession? This writers round brings together three exceptional artists in a musical discussion of influences absorbed and writerly ambitions realized. Rhiannon Giddens, Patty Griffin, and Shakey Graves reach into the songbag, guitars in hand, to pull out their favorite songs by others, and to reveal which of their own compositions mean the most to them. NPR Music critic and correspondent, Ann Powers, moderates this special Midday event at Nashville's historic Studio A.
(Space is limited.)
2-3 p.m.
Midtown • Hutton Hotel  

Live critiques of band websites! In this interactive session, musicians submit their websites for review, then each site's design, organization, content, and functionality will be assessed. How does the website fit with the band's overall online strategy? How successfully does it achieve their goals? Reviews will be ruthless and diplomacy left aside, but everyone in attendance will learn how to improve their websites. Plus, one winner will be chosen to have their website redesigned and used for part 2 of this session on how to build an effective website!  
Moderator:  Dave Cool • Director of Artist & Industry Outreach • Bandzoogle
Charles Alexander • CEO & Founder • Outside The Box Music
Jay Coyle • Founder • Geek Music Services
Tommy Stalknecht • Director of Product Development • MCN Interactive

4 – 5 p.m.                                            
Hillsboro • Hutton Hotel

This popular annual panel will offer indie musicians, publishers, and serious fans inside knowledge on what makes the music industry tick, especially how it's changed and what to expect in light of digital progress. In addition to straight business talk, we'll add some career coaching/marketing speak to our discussion. Covered topics will include information for: the touring artist, singer songwriter, self-publishers, and those interested in international business deals. What should I be doing to promote myself? What options are available to me - the artist?  
Moderator: Allen Johnston • Executive, Educator, Writer • The Music Specialist
Ashley Hollan • Attorney • Hollan Entertainment Law Group
Alex Mallet • Business Development Manager • Folk Alliance International
Kendall Minter • Attorney • Minter & Associates, L.L.C.
7 p.m. sharp! (6 p.m. doors and please be in your seats by 6:45 as this is a LIVE TV TAPING)
Ryman Auditorium • 116 5th Avenue N.  

Join us at the historically cool Ryman Auditorium as we celebrate the year in music and honor Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Jim Lauderdale will again serve as master of ceremonies, while Buddy Miller will lead an all-star house band. Among the artists attending are: Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don Henley, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Ricky Skaggs, and Los Lobos.  


Whose Money Is It?  The Artist and the Music Business Economy
11 a.m. – Noon
Vista B • Hutton Hotel  

This panel addresses the tectonic shift in music and how musicians, creators, and performers get paid. A year ago, this conversation focused on whether musicians should be paid at all – today, the question has turned to how much they get paid. Nonetheless, there is much work to be done to shore up and return the music economy to a state of health. With essential legislation pending before Congress like the Fair Pay Fair Play Act and the Songwriters Equity Act, this is the perfect time for a distinguished panel to weigh in on what’s happening today and what tomorrow looks like.  
Moderator: Nate Rau • Music Business reporter • The Tennessean
Jeffery Boxer • Executive Director and General CounselContent Creators Coalition (c3)
Rosanne Cash • Songwriter and Performing Artist
Ted Kalo • Executive Director • musicFIRST Coalition
Julia Massimino, Esq. • Public Policy & Government Affairs • SoundExchange
John McCrae  • Content Creators Coalition (c3) 
Marc Ribot • Recording artist • Board member of Content Creators Coalition (c3)
2 - 3 p.m.
Hillsboro • Hutton Hotel
This panel will examine the complex and constantly evolving array of options that artists have to market their music in the digital age.  The panelists will relate personal experiences in building distribution, marketing, publicity, and promotion teams outside the traditional label system while still pursuing mainstream goals. They will discuss some of the recent successful Americana projects that have achieved success without conventional labels, including releases by Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Whitey Morgan, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. They will discuss the component parts and timing of a well-planned, well-executed independent release, offering advice to developing artists and managers regarding potential issues and pitfalls when planning such a commercial release.  
Moderator: John Strohm • Attorney • Loeb & Loeb
Paul W Brown • Founder & CEO • Red Hat 22
Jim Flammia • President • All Eyes Media
Arthur Penhallow • Artist Manager • Punch Enterprises
Traci Thomas • Artist Manager • Thirty Tigers

2 – 3 p.m.
Vista A • Hutton Hotel  

Moderator: Linda Bloss-Baum • Sr. Director of Artist and Industry Relations • Soundexchange
Moderator: Barry LeVine • Artist and Label Outreach • Soundexchange
9 - 10:30 a.m.
Hillsboro • Hutton Hotel
Over the last several years, the opportunity for "termination of transfer" has been cause for celebration, negotiation, and exasperation. The issues are complex and often contentious, as artists, their heirs, publishers, record companies, and other interested parties seek to obtain, retain, and protect their rights. The landscape is further complicated by the diverse rules applied overseas. This panel will explore the basic principles of termination, the use of termination rights as a strategy to renegotiate, and the pitfalls of reclaiming rights without the proper tools to administer them.  
Moderator: Lisa Alter, Esq. • Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP
Duff Berschback, Esq. • Senior Vice President • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Richard Busch, Esq. • King & Ballow Law
Dennis Lord, Esq. • Executive Vice President • SESAC
Denise Stevens, Esq. • Loeb & Loeb LLP

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Midtown • Hutton Hotel

The 2014 AMA panel on Music, Mental Health and the Frontiers of Brain Research was a hit, so we’ve expanded on the topic to explore how this wide and rapidly expanding area of science is being pursued right here in Music City. We’ll look at high points on the continuum of research from the micro to the macro. You will come away with a picture of how (and how fast) basic science about the brain is filtering up and out to applied uses in the real world, including development, education, psychology, and mental illness. Panelists are working on or are aware of work being done to ameliorate autism, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and other disabilities with music or with insights provided by the exciting field of music perception and cognition.  
Moderator: Craig Havighurst • Journalist • Music City Roots
Nicole Baganz, Ph.D. • Postdoctoral Fellow • Vanderbilt Univerisity
Marianne Ploger • Associate Professor of Music Perception and Cognition • Blair School of Music • Vanderbilt University
Mark Wallace, Ph.D. • Postdoctoral Fellow • Vanderbilt University
1:45 - 3:15 p.m.                                  
Hillsboro • Hutton Hotel
Having a song in a feature film, television series, or Internet program, whether it's a preexisting work and/or sound recording or a new song specifically written for the project, can result in great opportunities as well as substantial fees and royalties. At one time, these deals were straightforward with little to negotiate. In today's world, complexity reigns whether it's a major studio film, a documentary, a student film, a cable reality show or a network hit television series, or live in concert performances.  This panel will discuss the deals, the fees and the backend royalties involved in licensing pre-existing songs, sound recordings and new songs for film and television and current trends in the live in concert program platforms. Areas covered include film festival licenses, streaming royalties on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, overseas theatrical royalties, soundtrack guarantees, hit songs, trailers, work for hire contracts, option agreements for music centric shows, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC performance royalties, cue sheets, screen credit, step deals, Oscar and Golden Globe nominations and more.  
Moderator: Henry W. Root, Esq. • Partner • Lapidus, Root & Sacharow, LLP
Jeffrey Brabec, Esq. • Vice President, Business Affairs • BMG Chrysalis • Co-Author “Music Money and Success”
Todd Brabec, Esq. • Former ASCAP Executive Vice President • Co-Author “Music Money and Success”
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Hillsboro • Hutton Hotel

As the 21st century music industry continues to evolve, the role of the manager has become increasingly important and complex. This panel will discuss current issues in artist management, including the terms of management agreements, best practices in identifying and securing appropriate management, the shifting role of the manager as label involvement decreases and artist development becomes a "DIY" business, and cautionary tales about "what not to do."  The discussion will feature current managers, as well as attorneys representing talent and management companies.  
Moderator:  Judy Tint, Esq. • Judy Tint, Counselor At Law
John Beiter, Esq. • Shackelford, Bowen, Zumwalt & Hayes, LLP
Hillel Frankel, Esq. • Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC
Anasa Troutman • CEO • Eloveate

4 – 5 p.m.
Midtown • Hutton Hotel
Have rumors of the death of radio been greatly exaggerated? We will hear from veteran terrestrial programmers on how they maintain and gain new listeners despite ever increasing competition from Internet streaming services. Topics will include: using new media to enhance the old media, keeping on-air content compelling, and other tools of the terrestrial radio trade that make terrestrial radio as vibrant as the day Marconi first spoke into a microphone.   
Moderator:  Brad Paul • Brad Paul Media
Nelson Gullett  • WDVX 
Mike Henry • Paragon
Gary Kraen • WRLT
John McGue • WNKU
Jim McGuinn • KCMP
Jessie Scott • Sun Radio Network  

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