Navigating Today's Music Companies & Artist Choice

In the past, the recorded music industry had neatly defined functional silos - labels, publishers, PROs, distributors, artist management - while artists signed traditional deals with labels and publishers. Now, we are seeing fundamental shifts in industry roles, who does what for whom, and evolving power structures. Publishers are buying master recordings, rightsholders are investing in distribution and technology, management companies are acquiring labels and publishers, and artists are retaining their IP rights. Why is this happening and what are the implications for the industry and for artists? Join a panel of experts to understand the blurring lines of today's industry, how to get the most out of your intellectual property, and to choose your partners wisely.

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Bob Bruderman

Kobalt Music

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Gigi Johnson

Maremel Institute

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Vickie Nauman


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Andrew Sparkler

Downtown Music Holdings

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