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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Global Copyright & Rights Management sponsored by SOCAN [clear filter]
Tuesday, January 23


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 lead... 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. He has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted new talent around the world. In 2016, Baptiste became president of the boards of SOCAN's wholly-owned subsidiaries, Audiam and MediaNet, and worked for eight years in radio in France, including as General Manager of RFI (French public international radio); CEO of the radio station, 95.2 Paris; and Director General of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors... Read More →
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Brian Hamilton

SVP & GM of Music & Auto, Gracenote
Brian Hamilton is Senior Vice President and General Manager of Music and Auto for Gracenote. In this role, he is responsible for delivering next generation music and automotive infotainment systems and managing relationships with all major automakers, suppliers as well as music entertainment companies. Hamilton has served in several leadership positions with Gracenote since joining the company in 2000. Most notably, he served as President of Gracenote Japan where he established the... Read More →
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Joe Conyers III

VP, Technology/VP & General Manager, Downtown Music Publishing/Songtrust
Joe Conyers III is VP/General Manager of Songtrust and VP of Technology for Downtown Music Publishing. Songtrust helps music makers and rightsholders collect their music publishing royalties. Songtrust offers a one-year, global admin deal with simple terms, completely online working with 42 societies and 92+ countries around the world. They've made it easy to get paid publishing royalties from places like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, Terrestrial Radio, Movies, TV, and pretty much anywhere music is played worldwide. Since joining Songtrust just after the launch of its prototype, Conyers has assisted in growing the... Read More →
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Alice Kim

EVP and Chief Strategy & Digital Officer, ASCAP

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


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

Executive Director, 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

Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP
Jacqueline Charlesworth, an attorney at the law firm Covington & Burling, practices intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served for three years as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. While at the Copyright Office, Charlesworth had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act and oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters. Before joining the Copyright Office, she was in private practice, where she handled IP-related litigation and transactional matters. Prior to that, she served as Sr. VP and General Counsel of the National Music... Read More →
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Mary Megan Peer

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, 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 in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in its catalog, peermusic works in all genres, including pop and rock, urban, Latin, classical, country and blues. For 90 years, peermusic has consistently and relentlessly broken new ground by becoming home to some of the best and brightest talent in music. peermusic proudly represents songwriters as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael... 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 editor of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law... Read More →

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