The event will feature presentations and panels around these seven key topics: The Adolescence of Streaming; Global Copyright & Rights Management; Technology: Smart Speakers, AI, and Next Gen Music; The Modern Music Company; International: Spotlight on Emerging Markets; and Innovation: Investing In Music and Startup Showcases. 

These themes will set the scene for the two-day NY:LON Connect conference and are detailed below. 
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Tuesday, January 23 • 12:00pm - 12:45pm
The New Face of Global Rights Management

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Rights management remains one of the most crucial, but also most complex topics, for the global music industry. Despite the millions that have been spent on a variety of standards initiatives, the pressure for greater transparency and accountability continues to grow. At the same time, collecting societies are facing new entrants into the marketplace and are therefore having to find new ways to stay as relevant as possible. This panel will aim to tackle:

  • What are the latest initiatives to improve rights management across the international music business?

  • What role, if any, is there for new technologies like blockchain?

  • How are collecting societies responding to the demands of the new, more competitive environment?


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Bill Werde

Director, Syracuse University's Bandier Program for Music Business and the Entertainment
Bill Werde is Director of the Bandier Music Business Program at the Newhouse school of Syracuse University. For five years ending in 2014, he oversaw all content efforts at Billboard, evolving the historic B2B magazine into a global, digital, consumer brand. Werde has been a leading... Read More →

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Eric Baptiste

Eric Baptiste is one of the world's most accomplished music industry leaders. Under his direction since 2010, SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada – has grown revenues, membership base and the number of organizations licensed to use music substantially... Read More →
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Brian Hamilton

SVP & GM of Music & Auto, Gracenote
Brian Hamilton is the SVP & GM of Music & Auto at Gracenote, where he is responsible for delivering next generation music and automotive infotainment systems. He also manages relationships with all major automakers, suppliers, and music entertainment companies. His previous roles... Read More →
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Joe Conyers III

Chief Strategy Officer, Songtrust
Joe Conyers III is the Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Songtrust , and the VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust, an online service that helps music makers and rights holders collect their royalties, is Downtown’s rights management platform. Conyers... Read More →
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Alice Kim

EVP and Chief Strategy & Digital Officer, ASCAP

Tuesday January 23, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel