2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Why Publishing Is Key for Songwriters & Performers

Friday, March 18
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 10C
531 E 4th St

While many artists chase a record label deal to kick their career into high gear, they often overlook the less sexy but just as important publishing deal. These agreements ensure that the artist’s songs receive maximum exposure through TV, film, and commercial placements, and publishers are also taking an increasingly larger role in artist development, which can lead to that elusive record deal. In addition, for songwriters, a publishing deal is essential to find the best singer or band to bring their songs to life. This panel will explain why a publishing deal is so important for both performers and behind-the-scenes songwriters and reveal actionable tips for how to land one.

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John Ozier



John Ozier joined ole in May 2013. Ozier brings a wealth of experience in operating publishing and record label businesses to his role. Ozier's track record includes placing songs recorded by Tim M...

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Jordan Davis


Michael Sistad at SXSW

Michael Sistad

Sr Dir/Membership


Over his career, Michael Sistad has worked on both the creative and business sides of the music industry. As a musician, he has traveled most of North America including radio and TV performances o...

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Noah McPike at SXSW

Noah McPike


Almon & McPike, PLLC

Noah McPike is a partner with Almon & McPike, PLLC (a U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Tier 1. Law Firm in Entertainment Law – Music) practicing entertainment and intellectual property law on Nashville’s...

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