The A to Z of Transparency
Thursday, March 17
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Austin Convention Center
531 E 4th St
Transparency. It’s a word that gets thrown around a lot in the music industry. But what does it actually mean? The historic music business was opaque, inefficient and didn’t always serve the needs of actual creators. But now, with better tools available to the industry at large, there’s a real opportunity for a more open and equitable path. We’ll examine the importance of transparency to investment in music and how data and best practices can increase trust and coherence amongst industry participants while contributing to the growth of the digital marketplace. We will also discuss how transparency can serve consumers who want to know that their participation is returning value to creators.
Future of Music Coalition
Casey Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business...Show the rest
Casey Rae is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future of Music Coalition. He is also a musician, recording engineer, educator and author. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as emerging business models, creators' rights, technology policy and intellectual property at major conferences, universities and in the media. He has testified before Congress on artist rights and is committed to building bridges across sectors in order to identify possible solutions to common challenges. Casey has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community in scholarly journals and other publications, and is a regular commentator on the impact of technology on creators in media outlets such as NPR, Washington Post, New York Times, Politico, Billboard, L.A. Times, Gizmodo, The Hill, Ars Technica, Sirius XM Radio and more. Casey is a media professor at Georgetown University, an instructor at Berklee Online and the President of the Board of the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He is the principal of Heru.us, a media, technology and policy consultancy. In his "spare time," he runs the DC-based label Lux Eterna Records and publishes The Contrarian Media.Hide the rest
Darius Van Arman
Darius Van Arman founded the independent record label Jagjaguwar in 1996. He is currently co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group (the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group and Secretly Ca...Show the rest
Darius Van Arman founded the independent record label Jagjaguwar in 1996. He is currently co-owner and co-founder of Secretly Group (the labels Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Numero Group and Secretly Canadian) and co-owner of affiliated companies Fort William Artist Management, SC Publishing and SC Distribution, an independent distribution company headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana.
Highlights for the label group and the distribution company include Jagjaguwar recording-artist Bon Iver being awarded two Grammy Awards in 2012 (Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album) and Secretly Canadian recording-artist Antony & the Johnsons being awarded the highly-coveted Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for the album "I Am A Bird Now."Hide the rest
Jim Mahoney is the US General Manager of Merlin (www.merlinnetwork.org) the not for profit, global digital licensing agency representing the world’s leading independent music labels including but n...Show the rest
Jim Mahoney is the US General Manager of Merlin (www.merlinnetwork.org) the not for profit, global digital licensing agency representing the world’s leading independent music labels including but not limited to Alligator Records, Beggars Group, Curb Records, Domino, Dualtone, Epitaph, Merge, Secretly Label Group/SC Distribution, Sub Pop and Yep Roc Records/Redeye Distribution. He joined Merlin in September of 2014 after spending 7 years as the vice president of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM; www.a2im.org) the non-profit trade organization representing the rights and interests of U.S. independent music companies. Mahoney has spent his 20+ year career in music working entirely within the independent music sector having also served as president of Fat Beats Records & Distribution (working with Atmosphere, Black Milk & RJD2), senior director of urban product development at Roadrunner Records (working with MC Breed and producer Domingo) and national director of marketing and promotions at Profile Records (working with DJ Quik, Camp Lo, Smoothe Da Hustler, Nine, Special Ed & Run DMC).Hide the rest