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

8:30am EST

Registration & Breakfast
Tuesday January 23, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

9:30am EST

Welcome & Introduction
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Fred Beteille

Head of Product, Music & Rights, Facebook
Fred Beteille is Head of Product, Music & Rights at Facebook, and is responsible for leading the company's music and rights management products and strategies. Additionally, he is a member of the Music Business Association Board of Directors, serving in various board roles since 2015... Read More →
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Paul Brindley

CEO & Co-Founder, Music Ally
Paul Brindley is the co-founder and CEO of Music Ally. He has a background as a musician, having played bass guitar with The Sundays, a band who sold over two million albums worldwide. Brindley also worked briefly in the private office of Rt Hon Tony Blair MP before the 1997 General... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 9:30am - 9:40am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

9:40am EST

Keynote Panel: Growth Hacking Global Streaming

Streaming has become the dominant revenue driver in the music business in many major markets with continued growth expected. This keynote panel will dive into these global opportunities and discuss what the industry is doing to get more people streaming worldwide including: adapting to the shifting meaning of “world” music; niche markets; mix culture; the proliferation of connected devices; and emerging voice technology.

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Bill Wilson

Digital Programming & Industry Relations, Music Business Association (Music Biz)

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Jonathan Dworkin

SVP, Digital Strategy & Business Development, Universal Music Group
Jonathan Dworkin is SVP of Digital Strategy and Business Development at UMG, the world leader in music-based entertainment.Jon works closely with the company’s senior management team to develop digital strategy, cultivate key partnerships and advance business development globally... Read More →
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Tracy Gardner

SVP, Global Business Development & Strategy, Warner Music Group
Tracy Gardner is SVP of Global Business Development & Strategy at Warner Music Group (WMG), based in London. In her role, Gardner is charged with evolving WMG’s global strategy for the audio and video streaming space. She leads digital strategy and policy relating to developments... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 9:40am - 10:20am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

10:20am EST

The Future of Ad-Supported Streaming
Ad-supported streaming is an important, but often controversial, part of the new music business. It’s an important component for more radio-like services such as Pandora and acts as a vital funnel in bringing in paid subscribers to full on-demand services. When it comes to services like YouTube, the issue of the comparative value which ad-supported brings in, compared with subscription, is still one of the industry’s hottest topics. This panel will aim to answer the following:
  • How sustainable is the ad-funded model?
  • Is there a value gap, and if so, what can be done to improve the situation?
  • Will there always be a role for ad-funded in driving premium paid subscriptions?
  • How does the role of ad-funded vary according to different regions and countries?

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Vickie Nauman

Principal and Owner, CrossBorderWorks
Vickie Nauman is the founder and owner of CrossBorderWorks, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in music tech. Her focus is the intersection between technology and music, particularly regarding licensing and music data/rights, product/device integration, and international... Read More →

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Noah Becker

President, AdRev
Noah Becker serves as CEO at AdRev - a global leader in YouTube and Facebook monetization, administration and strategy, music distribution, and proprietary music and media software development. AdRev administers over 10 million copyrights and is on pace to paid out over $20M to its... Read More →
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Vivien Lewit

Global Head of Artist Services, YouTube and Google Play Music
As Global Head of Artist Services at YouTube and Google Play Music, Vivien Lewit directs a team of music ambassadors focused on developing and executing strategies to support the growth of artists’ careers on YouTube and Google Play Music. She also oversees the company’s live... Read More →
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Tracy Maddux

CEO, CD Baby
Tracy Maddux joined the CD Baby team in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and became CEO in May of 2012. He has led the company during a period of rapid growth, focusing on rolling out new platforms that enable artists to self-manage their music careers, make money from their music... Read More →
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Jeff Zuchowski

Vp, Artist Marketing & Industry Relations, Pandora

Tuesday January 23, 2018 10:20am - 11:00am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

11:00am EST

Networking Break
Tuesday January 23, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

11:30am EST

Featured Discussion: Fireside Chat with Seth Farbman, CMO, Spotify
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Wesley T. A'Harrah

Head of Training & Development, Music Ally
Wesley T. A’Harrah develops and delivers Music Ally’s b2b digital strategy and marketing training, with clients including all of the major record labels, independents such as Beggars Group and Domino, numerous publishers, brands such as Red Bull, and other media and entertainment... Read More →

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Seth Farbman

Chief Marketing Officer, Spotify
Marketer. Brand builder. Music fan. Simplifier. Sustainability thought leader. Hopenhagen creator. Movement maker. Currently bringing all the world's music to all the world's people as Spotify’s CMO. Previously CMO at the Gap, making the Gap brand shine again.

Tuesday January 23, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

12:00pm EST

The New Face of Global Rights Management

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

12:45pm EST

Lunch sponsored by Georgia Music Partners (GMP) in conjunction with ChooseATL
From New York to London to ... Georgia! During this networking lunch, you'll hear more about Georgia Music Partners (GMP) — the primary driver behind 2017’s Georgia’s Music Investment Act (HB-155) whose mission it is to promote, grow and improve the music economy in Georgia. As of January 2018, qualified music business spending in the state of Georgia will receive a 15-20% tax incentive. GMP is now focused on educating the global music industry on how this incentive applies to their business and best next steps to leverage it in 2018 and beyond. www.georgiamusicpartners.org

ChooseATL is one of GMP’s Atlanta partners and serves as the leading platform to attract and retain emerging millennial talent by showcasing the heartbeat of Atlanta through its unique community, inclusive culture and expanding business opportunities across the 29-county region. The platform serves as an intentional and genuine storyteller of the city through digital, social and experiential programs to position Atlanta as a top-tier globally competitive metropolis. For more information, visit www.chooseatl.com. 

Tuesday January 23, 2018 12:45pm - 1:40pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

1:40pm EST

Copyright Reform in the EU and US: What Business Leaders Need To Know

In both the EU and US, there are various legislative issues being discussed that will affect the publishing community. In the EU, a complete overhaul of the system was proposed, including "Copyright In The Digital Singles Market" which is examining safe harbor and exceptions for derivative works. In the US, Rep. Sensenbrenner recently introduced the “Transparency in Music Licensing Ownership Act”, which would have a material effect on the current music business. A panel of experts and policymakers will weigh in on the legislation and provide background.

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Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt

Policy Advisor, International Music Managers Forum (IMMF)
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt advises The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF) on copyright and new business models. IMMF is an organization that brings together artist and artist representative associations from 50 countries, for networking, sharing, and discussion of trading terms... Read More →

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Jacqueline Charlesworth

Attorney, Covington & Burling, LLP
Jacqueline Charlesworth is Of Counsel at the law firm Covington & Burling, where she practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on music copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served as General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights at the... Read More →
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Mary Megan Peer

Deputy CEO, Peermusic
Based in New York, Mary Megan Peer is responsible for peermusic’s US and worldwide business development and is a key member of the company’s strategic planning team. Founded by her grandfather Ralph S. Peer, peermusic is an independent global music publishing company with 32 offices... Read More →
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Dr. Eleonora Rosati

Associate Professor, IP Law/Editor, University of Southampton/Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice
An Italian-qualified lawyer (avvocato) with experience in intellectual property (IP) and internet laws, Dr Eleonora Rosati is a tenured associate professor in IP law at the University of Southampton (UK), a guest lecturer in copyright law at EDHEC Business School (France), and an... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 1:40pm - 2:25pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

2:25pm EST

Presentations: Smart Speakers & Voice Interface — What’s the Reality for the Music Biz?
Amazon’s Echo and other devices such as Apple’s HomePod and Google Home have the potential to change the way we discover and consume music. It’s safe to say we all have a sense that voice and smart assistants will be an important interface for music in the future — but will they really change discovery and consumption habits? What should the music industry be doing to make the most of the opportunities? During these presentations, we will hear from companies at the forefront of these trends.

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Pete Downton

Deputy CEO, 7digital
Pete Downton joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role. Prior to 7digital... Read More →
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Ryan Redington

Director, Music, Amazon
Ryan Redington is the head of Amazon Music in the U.S., reporting to Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. Throughout his time at Amazon, Redington has overseen the launch of two Amazon Music streaming services — Prime Music in June 2014 and Amazon Music Unlimited in October 2016. He... Read More →
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Ryan Taylor

Director of Partnerships, Sonos
Ryan Taylor is the Director of Partnerships at Sonos. He works with global brands to co-create and deliver enhanced music experiences to the home. Ryan has led partner projects with Amazon, Apple, Google, Pandora, Spotify, and many more. Taylor joined Sonos in 2013 as Senior Product... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 2:25pm - 3:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

3:00pm EST

Looking Forward — Watch Out Ed Sheeran! Making Music With Artificial Intelligence

AI is becoming an increasingly important tool for the modern day music business in improving music recommendation and aiding marketing campaigns. On the other hand, the role of AI in music composition is less developed, all while being potentially even more significant and more controversial. Therefore, this panel will discuss:

  • Will AI begin to put some composers and production music libraries out of a job?

  • Will we see AI start to populate Spotify’s mood playlists?

  • How do copyright laws need to adapt to keep up with the new possibilities of working with AI in music creation? Are AI generated songs based on producer’s new derivative works?

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Cherie Hu

Contributing Writer / Editor, Billboard / Forbes
Cherie Hu is an award-winning music journalist, keen on unveiling how emerging music markets, technologies and tastemakers make their dent in the status quo. She is a contributing writer and editor for Billboard and Forbes, and has also written regularly about the music industry for... Read More →

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Inderjit Birdee

Stratagist, A.I. Music
Inderjit Birdee leads within Strategy as part of the core team at A.I. Music. The mission of A.I. Music is to dynamically shape change music by applying the latest techniques in AI to the song itself. Within his role, Inderjit works closely across the business including areas such... Read More →
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Gregor Pryor

Partner & Co-Chair, Entertainment and Media Industry Group, Reed Smith LLP
Gregor Pryor is the leading digital music lawyer in Europe and serves as co-chair of Reed Smith’s global Entertainment and Media Industry Group. For more than 15 years, Pryor has been involved in advising many of the world’s leading companies in the music industry. He regularly... Read More →
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Peter Berg Steffensen

CEO & Founder, Moodagent
Peter is the co-founder of Moodagent, a market pioneer in music discovery that provides solutions for advanced audio search, automated playlist programming and music recommendations to the World's leading enterprises in the entertainment industry. Moodagent's competitive edge is... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 3:00pm - 3:45pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

3:45pm EST

Coffee & Networking Break
Tuesday January 23, 2018 3:45pm - 4:05pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

4:05pm EST

Innovation in Streaming Audio
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Michael Jbara

Mike Jbara is the CEO of MQA.  Previously, Jbara worked at Warner Music Group, where he held roles as Head of Studios, President of ADA Worldwide, President of WEA Corp., and most recently Corp EVP of Technology. Before joining Warner, he was part of the New York-based Media and... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 4:05pm - 4:15pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

4:15pm EST

Investing & Innovation: Where’s the Money?

New ideas and innovation aid the music industry’s combative efforts against the adverse conditions it’s been presented with throughout history. Embracing startups and new technology is the new norm to the drive positive change in the business. As Day 1 of NY:LON concludes, join us for Part 1 of ‘Innovation’ where experts on the topic will present the latest trends and updates in the music startup-osphere. This panel will set the scene for two startup showcases set to act as the finale of NY:LON on Day 2.

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Dave Haynes

Head of Business Development & Partnerships, TheWaveVR
Dave Haynes has extensive startup experience, as both a founder and an investor. He was most recently part of the investment team at Seedcamp and at SoundCloud for 5 years prior to that, helping them grow from launch to 250m users. Haynes is now focused on immersive tech, working... Read More →

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Katherine Cheung

Founder and Managing Director, Open Road Holdings
Katherine Cheung is the Founder and Managing Director of Open Road Holdings, which is a technology consultancy and investment vehicle to explore, develop, launch and foster start-up ideas and companies in emerging markets. Open Road Holdings offers the knowledge capital and resources... Read More →
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Rishi Patel

Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners
Rishi Patel is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Plus Eight Equity Partners, a global venture capital firm that has partnered with electronic music industry leaders to invest in groundbreaking music technology companies. He has 10 years of experience working with corporations and... Read More →
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Gillian Ryan

General Manager, TMWRK
Gillian Ryan is the General Manager of TMWRK, the international management company responsible for guiding the careers of international superstars including Diplo, Major Lazer, Justice, A-Trak, Flosstradamus and many more. Ryan oversees operations and financial management for TMWRK... Read More →

Tuesday January 23, 2018 4:15pm - 5:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

5:15pm EST

NY:LON Connect Cocktail Party
Join us in the Rock n' Roll-themed Electric Room for lite bites and cocktails as we conclude the first-day of NY:LON Connect and cheers to the celebratory week of music ahead. 

Entry is limited. Attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Tuesday January 23, 2018 5:15pm - 6:15pm EST
Electric Room (Dream Downtown)
Wednesday, January 24

8:30am EST

Registration & Breakfast
Wednesday January 24, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

9:30am EST

Keynote Conversation: Willard Ahdritz, Founder & CEO, Kobalt Music
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Paul Brindley

CEO & Co-Founder, Music Ally
Paul Brindley is the co-founder and CEO of Music Ally. He has a background as a musician, having played bass guitar with The Sundays, a band who sold over two million albums worldwide. Brindley also worked briefly in the private office of Rt Hon Tony Blair MP before the 1997 General... Read More →

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Willard Ahdritz

Founder & CEO, Kobalt
Willard Ahdritz is the Founder & CEO of Kobalt, a global independent music services built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model. Ahdritz founded Kobalt in 2000 with a relentless pursuit to create a more transparent... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

10:00am EST

What Makes A Modern Day Music Company?

From alternative business and funding models to next generation analytics, transparency and quick pivots into underserved markets — the definition and dividing lines between a “record company”, “publisher” or “artist manager” are perpetually evolving and blurring. This session will discuss these changing roles and how the economics of streaming and new technology has impacted them.

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Megan Healy

Head of Digital, Patriot Management
As Head of Digital for Patriot Management, Ron Laffitte’s artist management firm, Megan Healy specializes in digital strategy, social media marketing, online promotions and strategic partnerships for Patriot’s diverse roster of clients, including Pharrell, Charlie Puth, OneRepublic... Read More →

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Diluk Dias

Co-Founder & CEO, AEI Group
Prior to founding AEI, Diluk Dias designed websites for entertainment industry clients, as well as promoting live music and club nights. He founded AEI Group together with Drum & Bass music specialist James Cotterill in 1998. Dias is responsible for coaching and leading the AEI music... Read More →
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Paul Sinclair

EVP, Digital Strategy & Innovation, Atlantic Records
Paul Sinclair has led the digital media strategy at the Atlantic Records Group for more than a decade. He leverages a diverse skillset from his history of building and leading large, innovative teams in varied industries ranging from national defense to web software development. Far... Read More →
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Simon Wheeler

Director, Beggars Group
Previously a musician, engineer, producer, remixer and promoter, Simon Wheeler has been with The Beggars Group since 1990. Starting work with online distribution in 1997, he has since worked with almost every significant entity in digital media. He has spoken at most music conferences... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 10:00am - 10:45am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

10:45am EST

Networking Break
Wednesday January 24, 2018 10:45am - 11:00am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

11:00am EST

Keep Your Eye on the Prize: 2018 Global Music Trends
How does consumer confidence globally, and specifically in India & Latin America affect potential music spending? How do fans around the world consume music via streaming - and is this different in Latin America? How is mobile phone usage impacting music purchases and consumption, especially in a market like India? Nielsen Music will show how today's trends will impact the music industry tomorrow. You'll walk away with a deeper understanding of how to use insights to best position your business in the changing global music industry in 2018. 

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Helena Kosinski

VP, Global, Nielsen Music
Helena Kosinski leads business development in Nielsen's expanding global music business.  For more than two decades, Nielsen’s consumer research, sales, streaming and airplay data have been a trusted  resource for companies wanting a complete music market picture in the US and... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 11:00am - 11:20am EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

11:20am EST

India Goes Global
Join us for a session dedicated to the culture and music economy of India, and how the global proliferation of Indian culture and music resonates on a global basis in live, recorded and soundtrack music. Experts will present an overview of the market, as well as discuss successes of Indian music overseas, particularly in the US and Europe.

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Ed Peto

Managing Director, Outdustry Ltd
A native of London, Ed Peto moved to China in 2006 to serve on the front lines of the music industry. He now owns and runs Outdustry, a unique, market-leading music industry services business specialising in the Chinese recorded music industry, representing labels, publishers, CMOs... Read More →

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Priyanka Khimani

Anand and Anand & Khimani
Priyanka Khimani is one of India’s young and thought-provoking Entertainment and Intellectual Property lawyers, and leads the Mumbai-based practice of the illustrious, Anand and Anand & Khimani. Her celebrity clientele includes a distinguished line up of award-winning songwriters... Read More →
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Neeta Ragoowansi

President (MMF-US) & Global Co-Chair, Chapter Expansion (WIM), Senior Counsel (GC), Music Managers Forum - US, Women in Music, and Global Citizen
Neeta Ragoowansi has been an entertainment attorney, music business professional and musician for over 25 years, dedicated to growing the music industry and connecting it with mission based initiatives. She is Senior Counsel, Legal & Business Affairs for Global Citizen and serves... Read More →
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Tom Rettig

VP of Product, Music, Gracenote
Tom Rettig is the VP of Product for Music at Gracenote. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the development and management of the company's music data, content recognition and recommendation products which power the next-generation music experiences offered by the world's... Read More →
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Gaurav Sharma

COO, Saavn
Gaurav Sharma is the Chief Operating Officer at Saavn. As COO, Gaurav is focused on business operations, administrative and reporting procedures, as well as policies that promote company culture, vision, and operational efficiency. Prior to leading operations, Gaurav led Saavn’s... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 11:20am - 12:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

12:00pm EST

Keynote: Streaming — The Democratization of Music
This keynote will focus on the ways streaming is making various types of music accessible to everyone, thus giving Latin music the exposure it didn’t have before ... with audiences around the world.  

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Jesús López

Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Latin America & Iberian Peninsula
Led by Jesús López, Universal Music Latin America & Iberia has consistently been at the forefront of the industry transformation, developing 360 business models including artist management and co-management and creating alliances for the production, recording, marketing, touring... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 12:00pm - 12:20pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

12:20pm EST

Don’t Build That Wall: Latin America as the New Global Hitmaker
Latin America is a large and rapidly growing streaming market that creates and spreads hit music globally, but also provides a platform for American and European repertoire. This session will discuss the landscape of rights and promotions both in and from Latin America.

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Leila Cobo

Executive Director, Latin Content & Programming, Billboard
A Fulbright scholar from Cali, Colombia, Leila Cobo is the Executive Director for Latin Content and Programming for Billboard as well as a classical pianist and successful novelist and biographer. She oversees Billboard’s suite of Latin content in all its platforms and programs... Read More →

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Ricardo Chamberlain

Digital Marketing Director, Sony Music US Latin
Ricardo Chamberlain joined Sony Music in 2005 in his hometown of Costa Rica and took on a wide range of roles in digital business, sales and marketing, which caught the attention of Sony Music U.S. Latin. He arrived in Miami in 2014 and quickly adapted to the larger market and began... Read More →
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Adel Hattem

Founder, DMusicMarketing
A bilingual marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience in the music marketing industry, Adel Hattem has brought visibility to many non-Latin artists seeking wider audiences in the Latin American region.  After a successful marketing career holding senior positions with... Read More →
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Juan Paz

Founder, M3 Music
Juan is a recognized international expert in the Latin music industry, Founder, Strategist and Artist Manager at M3 Music, the Miami-Bogota based artist management agency behind the careers of the global electro-tropical sensation Bomba Estereo, the Latin Grammy Winner Monsieur Perine... Read More →
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Colleen Theis

COO, The Orchard
Colleen Theis is COO of The Orchard, the industry’s largest independent music distributor.  In this role, she oversees the company’s core business activities across The Orchard’s 30 offices globally. The company represents labels such as Red Bull Records, Som Livre, as well... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 12:20pm - 1:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

1:00pm EST

Lunch & Networking
Wednesday January 24, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

2:00pm EST

Fan Relationships 3.0
In a digital, paperless, mobile world — what does a concert ticket become? Take a look at some of the innovations going on around ticketing from Ticketmaster/LISNR automatic scanning to Dice’s refunds and waiting lists. How a ticket becomes more than just ‘the way you get into a gig’ and more about a relationship between the seller, artist, and buyer from the moment of purchase, through the concert, and beyond?

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Matt Young

EVP, Warner Music Artist Services
Matt Young is a 20 year music industry veteran. In his current role as EVP Warner Music Artist Services, he oversee’s WMG’s global Merchandising, E commerce, Consumer product licensing, VIP, Ticketing, CRM and Fan Club teams. His group services Atlantic Records, Warner Bros and... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

2:30pm EST

Emergence of Artist Services
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Karen Allen

President, Karen Allen Consulting
Karen Allen is a business development executive specializing in emerging platforms for the entertainment industry. She helps entertainment tech startups understand what they’ve built and where it fits in the market, devises strategies for B2B adoption of their product/service, and... Read More →

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Vanessa Ferrer

Founder and CEO, Merch Cat
Vanessa Ferrer is the founder and CEO of Merch Cat, a musician-friendly platform for music artists to sell and manage merchandise at live shows. With an artist-facing tool, a direct-to-fan app, and merchandise services under its umbrella, Merch Cat’s vision is to create a full-stack... Read More →
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Patrick Mahoney

COO, Manhead Merch
Patrick Mahoney has been involved in music and entertainment merchandising for over 20 years. His wide range of experience in the industry is inclusive of artist relations, production, licensing, sponsorships, finance and administration. Outside of merchandise, he has worked in artist... Read More →
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Donagh O'Malley

SVP, Strategy & Business Development, UnitedMasters
Donagh O'Malley is SVP Strategy & Business Development at UnitedMasters, the recently-launched artist services company, backed by Alphabet, Andreesen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox. He oversees the company's external partnerships, business planning and strategy. He has worked for over... Read More →
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Dominic Pandiscia

CEO, PledgeMusic
Since joining PledgeMusic in April 2016, the company has experienced aggressive growth including +26% for calendar year 2016. The home page and logo were relaunched in March of 2017 leading into the SXSW conference where over 48 bands played the PledgeMusic stage presented by Clif... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

3:15pm EST

Networking Break
Wednesday January 24, 2018 3:15pm - 3:45pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel

3:45pm EST

International Startup Showcases

NY:LON will conclude with a very special selection of some of the most relevant and interesting music related startups that have the music business buzzing. Join us as this finale will further underscore the importance of innovation in the future health of the industry.

The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:

  • Marcus Cobb, CEO, Jammber

  • Chris Cox, Co-Founder & CTO, MyMelo

  • Ryan Star Kulchinsky, Co-Founder, Stationhead

  • Andreas Mahringer, Co-Founder & CEO, Record Bird

  • Tom Nield, Co-Founder, Landmrk

  • Rahul Rumalla, CTO, Paperchain

  • Jesper Skibsby, CEO & Founder, WARM

  • Sony Theakanath, Co-Founder & CEO Asaii






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Marcus Cobb

Co-Founder and CEO, Jammber
Marcus Cobb is the CEO and Co-founder of Jammber, a workflow and payment platform for the entertainment industry. Through Jammber, Cobb has brought his passion for creatives to solve complicated legacy issues. He has designed finance technology for Fortune 50 companies and has also... Read More →
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Chris Cox

Co-Founder & CTO, MyMelo
A music obsessive, artist,and technologist, Chris Cox is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer for MyMelo global. Bringing a diverse background across multiple industries ranging from music, broadcasting, TV/ digital video, and investment banking, he delivers unique solutions for... Read More →
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Ryan Star Kulchinsky

Co-Founder, Stationhead
Dubbed "the alt-rock Frank Ocean" by Paper Magazine, Ryan Star is an alternative rock artist from Brooklyn, New York. His decorated career in music is the inspiration for his other job- the co-founder of Stationhead, a music tech startup that he created with his childhood friend... Read More →
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Andreas Mahringer

Co-Founder & CEO, Record Bird
Andreas Mahringer is Co-Founder & CEO of Record Bird, a free service which notifies music fans of new releases by their favorite artists with the ultimate goal of creating an automated, free and frictionless information channel between an artist and their fans. In May 2017, Record... Read More →
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Tom Nield

Co-Founder, Landmrk
Tom is a Co-founder of Landmrk, a platform that allows artists and brands to place digital content into specific locations in the physical world. Landmrk, dubbed “Pokémon Go for music”, was born out of a campaign with chart topping UK band, alt-J; where 2,000 listening hotspots... Read More →
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Rahul Rumalla

CTO, Paperchain
Rahul Rumalla is a technology professional turned entrepreneur building products & services for the music industry. With a Master's in Music Business from Berklee College of Music and having been a Fellow at the Open Music Initiative in the past, Rahul is currently the CTO, Head of... Read More →
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Jesper Skibsby

CEO & Founder, WARM
Jesper Skibsby is the CEO & Founder of WARM - the first large-scale radio monitoring service focusing on the individuals in the music industry. WARM delivers insights and realtime data about when and where songs are played on a radio station, anywhere in the world. The vision behind... Read More →
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Sony Theakanath

Co-Founder & CEO, Asaii
Sony is CEO and Co-Founder of Asaii. Asaii is the A&R and music​ analytics platform capturing, contextualizing and connecting all data on the internet. Asaii is used to automate A&R departments, and ​understand ​impact analysis events across the web affecting artists and tracks... Read More →

Wednesday January 24, 2018 3:45pm - 5:00pm EST
Dream Downtown Hotel
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