Maximizing International Performance Royalties
The value of revenues from performance rights is increasing steadily, and shows no sign of declining. In the U.S., these rights are managed by SoundExchange, while overseas the options are more complex. What if your track is getting airplay in the UK or Europe, Australia, Japan or elsewhere? Specialists in this area will give a very brief overview of what the rights are and how they work, and some starting points for how U.S. artists and indies can best manage these rights, both in the U.S. and internationally.
Colin Rushing is responsible for overseeing legal proceedings and handling the regulatory and legal issues necessary for SoundExchange’s daily operations. Before joining SoundExchange, Colin was an attorney at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., where his focus was intellectual property and media law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University and his Juris Doctor from the University Of Virginia School Of Law. After graduating from law school, Colin clerked for The Honorable T.S. Ellis III on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Casey set up R.A.A.P. in 2001 following the introduction of Copyright Legislation in Ireland in 2000, he had spent the previous 5 years as an advisor to the Government in International Trade,Intellectual Property Rights and Consumer and Labour affairs. Casey is a board member of SCAPR, the International umbrella Organisation for more than 50 C.M.O.'s in over 40 countries and collects Royalties for his Recording Artists in all territories that have established these I.P. rights.
American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)
Jim Mahoney is Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM; www.a2im.org) a non-profit trade organization representing the rights and interests of U.S. independent music companies. He has spent 20 years working in senior management capacities entirely within the independent music sector. Prior to joining A2IM in 2007, Mahoney served a seven year stint as president of Fat Beats, a tastemaker hip-hop company that operated a music label, a wholesale distribution company, and several retail locations. Earlier in his career, Mahoney held posts as senior director of urban product development at Roadrunner Records and national director of marketing and promotions at Profile Records.
VP, Digital & New Business
Razor & Tie
Mathew Reiffe is currently the Vice President of Digital & New Business at Razor & Tie. In his role he oversees digital sales and new business development for one of the largest independently owned music entertainment companies in North America. Over the last five years, Mathew has spearheaded the company’s digital retail growth and has played a key role in expanding new revenue streams.
Mathew was previously with Sony Music where he was a senior financial analyst for the RCA Music Group.