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Publishing 101

Friday, November 04

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

Admission - Delegate Pass Holders

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

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

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

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)


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

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

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

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.


Financial Management & Taxes

Saturday, November 05

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

Admission - Delegate Pass holders

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.


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.

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.


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

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

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