Conference Schedule by Date

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5 Minute Pitch

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Elm/Oak Ballroom
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

This session requires pre-registration, follow @nsmwfest on twitter or join our mailing list to be notified when pre-registration opens.

Type:  Pitch Session

Track:   Export Training

Here is your opportunity to “pitch” to music buyers attending the conference. Artists have five minutes on stage with only one microphone and one DI to showcase why they have what it takes to get booked, signed or played.


Publishing 101

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Panel: Jodie Ferneyhough, Patrick Zulinov, Vincent Degiorgio
Moderator: Serge Samson

Music publishing can be complex and confusing. In fact, it is one of the least understood aspects of the music industry but one of the most important forms of revenue. This session will introduce delegates to the business of song writing and publishing and the roles of both writers and publishers in the context of the bigger music industry picture. It will explain copyright basics and licensing. Specific royalties and revenues streams will be examined and the panel will review how to register and collect those royalties. Attendees will learn about the various types of publishing deals, their terms and conditions, and how they can advance a writer’s career. Emphasis will be given to the self-published writer and how they function in the world of publishing


A Day in the Life... A Music Publisher

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Interviewer: Tim Hardy
Interviewee: Jodie Ferneyhough

Jodie Ferneyhough is the founder and President of CCS Rights Management, a globally minded company rooted in the stability and business discipline of music rights management that extends to brand development and strategic management for content creators.

Before founding CCS Rights Management, Jodie was Managing Director for Universal Music Publishing Group. He had previously been General Manager for peermusic Canada. His artists have been nominated for or were awarded accolades from the Juno Awards, East Coast Music Awards, SOCAN Awards, Country Music Awards, Much Music Video Awards, Grammy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards.

Jodie is President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA) and sits on the Boards of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA) and the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). He is a founding patron to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is the co-founder of the Unison Benevolent Fund.


Performing Rights: SOCAN and PRO's

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Presenters: Tim Hardy , Vincent Degiorgio, Erin Benjamin

Are you a songwriter, composer, publisher or filmmaker and want to know how SOCAN works? Do you want to know how to earn money as a songwriter/composer? Chances are you’re not getting the most money out of your music, especially from live performances. We’re going to show you how SOCAN can help.


Mechanical Rights: What does the CMRRA do? Who do they work with?

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Presenters: Marianne Anderson, Brad Machry

Founded in 1975, the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd is a music licensing collective representing music rights holders who range in size from large multinational music publishers to individual songwriters. Together, they own or administer the vast majority of songs recorded, sold and broadcast in Canada. On their behalf, CMRRA issues licences to individuals or organizations for the reproduction of songs on various media, as described below. Licensees pay royalties to CMRRA, which we, in turn, distribute to our rights holder clients. The royalty rates are determined pursuant to negotiated agreements or tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada.

Join us to learn how you can collect royalties from the following sources:

1. Mechanical - reproduction of songs on physical media (e.g. CDs)
2. Online - reproduction of songs via digital distribution (including downloads and streams)
3. Broadcast Mechanical - reproduction of songs by radio stations, background music services, satellite broadcasters, and TV and online audiovisual services (including music videos and YouTube)


Irish and Celtic Festivals One-on-Ones

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Elm/Oak Ballroom
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

This session requires pre-registration, follow @nsmwfest on twitter or join our mailing list to be notified when pre-registration opens.

Type:  Speed Meetings

Track:   Export Training, AICF


Neighbouring Rights: What are they and why they matter?

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Presenters: Julia Train, Victoria Shepherd

If you are a musician or vocalist who has performed as a featured or background performer on a sound recording you may be entitled to neighbouring rights payments.

Neighbouring rights are the rights of performers and makers of sound recordings to be paid fairly for the broadcast and public performance of their works. How does an artist or record company sign up to receive neighbouring rights royalties? What is the difference between neighbouring rights and SOCAN? How are neighbouring rights collected? Who is eligible to receive neighbouring rights payments? What is the Rome Convention?


Song Plugging and Licensing: From a rights holder point of view.

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Panel

Track:   Business Academy

Panel: Jodie Ferneyhough, Patrick Zulinov, Vincent Degiorgio, Brad Machry

Moderator: Tim Hardy


Hotpoint Issues – International News, Consent Decree, GRD

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
4:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Round Table

Track:   Business Academy

Participants: Jodie Ferneyhough, Victoria Shepherd, Marianne Anderson, Patrick Zulinov, Tim Hardy, Vincent Degiorgio and Brad Machry
Host: Serge Samson

The past year has been a turbulent and challenging time for the music publishing world. The industry news cycle has been dominated by stories about the proliferation of copyright infringement cases; the battle over licensing and appropriate remuneration from streaming platforms; copyright reform; the roller-coaster ride of the global rights database and blockchain initiatives; and most recently the US Dept. of Justice consent decrees crippling PROs in the world’s largest music market. Join our expert panel’s discussion of the many pressing issues currently faced by the publishing industry and learn how to effectively navigate and respond to these challenges.


Opening Reception

Friday, November 04

Holiday Inn Truro - Maple/Aspen/Birch Ballroom
7:00 PM - 7:50 PM

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Mixer

Track:   Receptions


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We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.