Conference Schedule by Date

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5 Minute Pitch

Saturday, November 05

Holiday Inn Truro - Elm/Oak Ballroom
10:00 AM - 10:50 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.


Financial Management & Taxes

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Presentation

Track:   Business Academy

Presenter: Shane Matthewson

Matthewson will present an overview of accounting and income tax from the perspective of a typical band and music company - answering some frequently asked questions, discussing Canada Revenue Agency’s criteria for eligible expenses, and identifying areas many musicians miss deductions on their tax returns.

MKM Management Services', Shane Matthewson is a JUNO award winning Chartered Professional Accountant with 10 years of public accounting, income tax, and small business management experience. Through managing his own band KEN mode, he has gained the experience and expertise to assist musicians and record labels navigate the choppy waters of today’s music industry environment, with particular emphasis on budgeting, accounting, finance, and income taxation.


Canadian Music Publishers and Rights Management Professionals One-on-Ones

Saturday, November 05

Holiday Inn Truro - Spruce
11:00 AM - 12:30 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


The Manager's Huddle: The Role of the Artist Manager in Publishing & Rights Management Presented by: Music Managers Forum Canada

Saturday, November 05

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

Track:   Business Academy

Participants: Sheri Jones, Julia Train, Tim Hardy, Marianne Anderson, Brad Machry
Host: Serge Samson

Join artist manager Sheri Jones along with Julia Train, Tim Hardy, Marianne Anderson and Brad Machry for a conversation about the manager-artist relationship in relation to publishing and rights management. Space is limited. Re-registration is required.


Women in the Music Business Town Hall

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Panel

Track:   Deeper Issues

Moderator: Dana Beeler
Panelists: Heather Gibson, Anna Kopaniarz, Julia Train, Magdalena Jensen,

Music Nova Scotia is hosting a town hall to generate constructive conversation about gender issues in the music industry. The goal is to work towards collective solutions to overcome roadblocks and challenges.

This will not be just be about airing grievances, but identifying and acknowledging common gender issues within the local music industry, using real-life scenarios to propose action or change and offering support to each other moving forward.

All are welcome, however, this session is directed towards women working in the music industry and priority will be given to those from that group to speak.

This will be the third edition of this town hall and is now a regular running program for Music Nova Scotia.


Nova Scotian Presenters One-on-One Speed meetings

Saturday, November 05

Holiday Inn Truro - Elm/Oak Ballroom
1:00 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


A Professional’s Perspective on Sexism in the Music Industry – A Keynote Address with Stacie Huckeba

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Keynote Address

Track:   Deeper Issues

Keynote by Stacie Huckeba

Stacie Huckeba is an internationally recognized photographer and video producer. She is also a successful blogger for the Huffington Post and public speaker. Her 30-year career has spanned decades and genres, she has photographed icons such as Billy Joel, Dolly Parton, Barry Gibb, Brenda Lee, Percy Sledge, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Robert Plant, Lenny Kravitz, Merle Haggard, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Tom T Hall and countless others.

Her current client roster includes The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, The Americana Music Association, Sony Music Group, Yep Rock Music Group, Redeye Distribution, Gold Mountain Entertainment, Miktek Audio, CBRE and SOHO Myriad.

Her still photography has been featured on numerous album covers, national publications and websites worldwide. Her video productions have been premiered on Rolling Stone, USA Today, The Huffington Post, TNN, The Wall Street Journal and CMT.

She also currently has permanent installations at the Omni Hotel Nashville and The Hyatt Place, Downtown Nashville.


Fighting for Artist Rights in the Digital Age – A Keynote Address with David Lowery

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Keynote Address

Track:   Business Academy

Keynote by David Lowery

David Lowery is a mathematician, writer, musician, producer and serial entrepreneur based in Richmond, VA and Athens, GA.
While studying mathematics and computers at the University of California Santa Cruz in the early 1980’s, Lowery founded the critically acclaimed ensemble Camper Van Beethoven and associated record label Pitch-a-Tent Records. With these two entities, he helped jump start the Indie Rock movement.

In 1991, Lowery moved on to the ensemble Cracker, which produced five, top ten alternative/rock radio tracks and three platinum albums. During this time he produced a variety of albums, including albums for critically acclaimed and commercially successful artists, such as The Counting Crows and Sparklehorse. Lowery also founded Sound of Music Studios with John Morand. This long running endeavor has recorded tracks for a wide range of artists from D’angelo to Lamb of God. The studio later spun off Shockoe Noise LLC, which specialized in custom music for commercials, film, and TV.

In 2007, Lowery was appointed as an advisor to the collective action website www.ThePoint.com. This later evolved into the social deals site www.Groupon.com. One of the earliest groupon-like efforts involved selling tickets for the Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven Campout music festival in 2007. Groupon went public in 2011.

Lowery began teaching the economics and finance of the music business at the University of Georgia in 2011. With a few like-minded entrepreneurs, he helped establish The Athens Angel Investment Fund. He is also on the board of the incubator 4 Athens.

Recently, Lowery has been writing for www.thetrichordist.com. This blog examines Artists’ Rights in the digital age. He has become an outspoken critic of Silicon Valley and its aggressive attacks on artists and other content creators. Three of Lowery’s pieces have gone massively viral, Letter to Emily White Intern at NPR All Songs Considered And Meet the New Boss, Worse than the Old Boss? My Song Got Played On Pandora A Million Times And All I Got Was $16.89.

He has also testified to congress twice on behalf of artists. Most recently he penned an op-ed for Politico concerning copyright reform that was entered into the congressional record by Mel Watt D-NC.

August 25th 2016 Lowery released Conquistador a dramatic-musical work. It is a strictly limited edition of only 1000 copies. No additional copies will ever be made. As a dramatic work (as opposed to pure musical work) the authors exclusive rights are not subject to compulsory licenses, DOJ "consent decrees," or any other federal limitation on the author's right. All public performance, including (but not limited to) streaming, webcasting and radio broadcast require express written permission of the author.
At $25 each the author will net a little over $22,000. If this work were to be streamed on YouTube this would require approximately 24 million views to net this much. About the same on Pandora and any of the non-interactive service. On Spotify it would require a about 5 million views. Apple Music would require about 4 million.

Less is more. Ubiquity means nothing.


How the Blockchain Can Change the Music Industry – A Keynote Address with Benji Rogers

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

Type:  Keynote Address

Track:   Business Academy

Keynote by Benji Rogers

No new technology arguably encapsulates the potential for positive change for the music industry more than the Blockchain. PledgeMusic Founder & CEO Benji Rogers will state the case for Blockchain and lead the discussion on how this new technology has the potential to transform the way the music industry operates.

Benji Rogers is currently CEO of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade. In 2014 he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of the Year" award, and in 2013 he made the Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Players list. He is an instructor at Berklee College of Music, teaching the Music Business Trends and Strategies course for Berklee Online. Recent engagements include keynote addresses and panels at SXSW, Midem, European Culture Forum, SF MusicTech Summit, Canadian Music Week, MMF, BPI, Music Matters, GRAMMY Camp, and many more. In 2015 Rogers accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Future Of Music Coalition.


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