Navigating Accelerated Change in Music Industry

The recorded music industry used to have neatly defined functional silos - labels, publishers, PROs, distributors, artist management - while artists signed traditional label/pub deals. Now, we are seeing fundamental shifts in 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. 2020 was a year accelerated by yet another major shift of pandemic-fueled change in how artists perform and engage their fans, with ripples felt throughout the industry. In this panel, we will examine why these changes are happening and what the implications are for the industry and for artists. Join us!

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Bob Bruderman

Kobalt Music

Gigi Johnson

Maremel Institute

Vickie Nauman


Andrew Sparkler

Downtown Music Holdings

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