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Essential Music Royalties

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The five separate royalty income streams that are essential to music producers, recording artists, and songwriters are: Music Publishing Royalties, Master Royalties, Sound Recording Royalties, Home Taping and Rental Royalties. Find out how these separate royalties are generated and collected.


MODERATOR Tiffany Almy Assoc Reed Smith LLP

Tiffany Almy recently joined the Media and Entertainment Industries Department of the multi-national law firm, Reed Smith LLP. She was formerly an associate at Sedlmayr & Associates, PC, a boutique music firm in New York City. This will be her 5th SxSW, but her first time as a panelist. She will moderate "Essential Music Royalties" on Friday, March 15th at 11am, Room 15, Austin Convention Center.

Scott Cupolo Assoc Dir Royalties Warner Music Group

Currently an Associate Director of Royalties for Warner Music Group, Scott has been divvying up money to major recording artists for over ten years now. From Arista Records to Universal Music Group to Sony Music and now at Warner Music Group, Scott has handled royalties for major musical acts such as Outkast, Notorious B.I.G., John Legend, B.O.B., Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and the Doors; just to name a few. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Scott is also musician and producer, who prays you sing in tune and grab the proper harmony!

Lauren Danzy Marketing Mgr SoundExchange

Lauren Danzy manages the artist/label outreach marketing strategy for SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization that collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels, and similar platforms for streaming sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, which is appointed by The U.S. Library of Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties on behalf of featured recording artists, master rights owners (like record labels), and independent artists who record and own their masters. It takes a myriad of outreach efforts to get artists and copyright holders registered to claim their digital performance royalties and Lauren assists SoundExchange’s Communications & Marketing department to realize this goal by increasing visibility of the SoundExchange brand and raising awareness of the organization’s mission among the recording industry via conference participation, webinars, sponsorship negotiation, advertising campaigns and other marketing initiatives. Lauren holds an MBA in Marketing from Howard University and a BA in English from Spelman College. She brings to the table years of sales and marketing, project management, and program implementation experience. Her professional background includes fulfilling account management roles for industry-leading powerhouses like Philip Morris USA and Clear Channel, developing and implementing programs for media giant, Cox Communications, and managing promotions for the youth-focused marketing muscle, Alloy Media + Marketing. While admittedly not musically inclined, Lauren is a self-professed music junkie and drummer wannabe, claiming she’s “Sheila E. in [her] head.” Her favorites range from hometown heroes Outkast (she’s a Georgia peach) to Dixie Chicks with a million stops in between.

Travis McFetridge Pres Great South Bay Music Group Inc

Great South Bay Music Group Inc. is a New York based corporation specializing in A&R, music production, worldwide music publishing, master royalty collection, sound recording royalty collection, home taping and rental royalty collection, song pitching, and music industry consultation. Great South Bay Music Group Inc.'s founder Travis McFetridge is an executive with over a decade of professional music industry experience.

Travis graduated from Fordham University Lincoln Center in Manhattan with a BA in Communication and Media Studies and began his career in the music industry as coordinator of Publicity with Elektra Records. At Elektra he worked on national print and television publicity campaigns for a variety of artists including Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Third Eye Blind, Metallica and Pantera. After learning the intricacies of Publicity Travis made the move into A&R and worked as coordinator of Urban A&R at Virgin Records. At Virgin he developed new projects for Grammy Award winning dancehall/reggae artist Beenie Man, N.E.R.D., Kelis, Dwele, and Gang Starr. While working in the A&R department at Virgin, Travis quickly realized his love for creating great music with artists translated to building great relationships directly with artists, producers and songwriters.

Travis’ next step in his career path led him to artist management. He began working with New York based Empire Artist Management handling daily operations for Beenie Man, Gang Starr, and a sleuth of upcoming music producers. It was during his management experience Travis acquired the vital knowledge of all aspects of music publishing as he began to forge a publishing division of New York based Ultra Records. As Sr. Director of A&R at Ultra International Music Publishing, Travis in a seven-year span garnered the company multitudes of ASCAP, BMI Urban Awards, and Grammy Awards. He signed countless artists and producers to worldwide co-publishing deals. Some of his top signings at Ultra were Dorrough ("Ice Cream Paint Job"), Butta Beats (Ne-Yo & Jamie Fox "She Got Her Own"), Zaytoven (Usher "Papers"), Ginuwine, Gorilla Zoe, B.G., Kidd Kidd (Lil Wayne "Mrs. Officer"), Nate Walka (Jamie Foxx "Blame It" featuring T-Pain, Trey Songz "Say Aah"), Nigel Staff (Sean Paul “Give It Up To Me” featuring Keyshia Cole), Delano Thomas (Sean Paul “We Be Burning”), J-Vibe (Keyshia Cole “Heaven Sent”).

Following his tremendous success at Ultra International Music Publishing, Travis created Great South Bay Music Group Inc. as a haven for upcoming artists, producers and songwriters. Some of Great South Bay Music Group Inc.'s current clients are YoungStarr Beatz (2 Chains “I Luv Dem Strippers” featuring Nicki Minaj), Rico Brooks (Y.C. "Racks"), BWheezy (2 Chainz "Birthday Song" featuring Kanye West), Michael Snoddy (Lupe Fiasco "Out Of My Head" featuring Trey Songz), Kinky B (Young Jeezy "Ballin" featuring Lil Wayne), Beautiful Lou (A$AP Rocky "Trilla"), Tami Chynn (Jennifer Lopez "Hypnotico"), Trouble (Waka Flocka Flame "Everything I Love" featuring Future & Trouble), D.Rich (Young Jeezy "SupaFreak" featuring 2 Chainz), Big Gates (Plies "Bust It Baby Part 1"). Offering top-notch services in worldwide music publishing, royalty collection and music placements, Great South Bay Music Group Inc. and Travis McFetridge are building the careers of future generations of music creators. Travis’ dedication to his clients, passion for music and knowledge of all aspects of the music business make him an asset to anyone he works with. “Finding and developing the next great artist or producer from ground up” is the motto of Travis McFetridge and Great South Bay Music Group Inc.

Ashley Calhoun Creative Mgr Rondor Music Publishing