This panel will discuss the mechanical licensing role and how digital distributors have stepped up to ensure that publishers and songwriters get paid for online music distribution. Typical entities have not taken on this responsibility in the physical world, but with the digitalization of music, the business practice has changed. This group will explore the paper trail of policies and online reimbursement considering how some services don't pay publishers directly and pass-through mechanical royalties to labels and distributors with no accountability back to the publishers and songwriters. These experts will weigh in on these digital front-burner issues.
Some say D.I.Y. is the way to go, but the reality is that out of 105,000 records released last year, only 6,000 sold over 1,000 units! You can do it yourself, but can you make enough money to pay the rent? This panel will take you through the steps necessary to make a career out of a popular mantra and grassroots cause in the age of the self-employed arts professional.
These days everyone knows smart, motivated, talented people who have lost their job. But the classifieds will only get you so far. This panel focuses on some encouraging job-related topics and will cover everything that ambitious folks need to know from networking, to starting your own business, to submitting a resume that will get a call back from HR.
Take a minute to think of what goes on when you look at an advertisement. The cognitive process of visualization coupled with music is pretty powerful. It is proven through empirically tested heuristics that when these two components come together correctly, the outcome is very seductive. CMJ badge-holders have the opportunity to submit their own music as a score for filmed advertisements. Submit your music via the website link below to be heard by ad executives and possibly be included for discussion during this panel. http://greymusicnyc.com/cmj
New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority's Music Under New York program has been producing music performances in the subway system for over 22 years in an ongoing music festival. Musicians at this panel will tell their stories and highlights from their experiences in this unique underground music culture.
The modern day musician has a full plate. On top of the pressures of making and performing great music, one must also wear other hats including those of a marketing director, radio promoter, agent, lawyer, and publicist, but most importantly: the hat of a business owner. In a fluctuating market, with consistently evolving sales strategies, technology and elusive legal issues, how does one sustain their career's momentum and manage it all while leveraging their creativity as an artist?
Radio DJs, programmers, and managers can have just as much weight as label A&R reps. Spins on a big station still drive record sales. This discussion, listening session and critique featuring personalities from WRXP and other A&R will provide musicians with valuable feedback. Bring your demo!
Depending on your age, you may or may not remember the feeling of opening a CD jewel case or looking at a vinyl album cover with liner notes while listening to your new music purchase. The visual component of music is still just as important to the identity and sound of an artist. Here we discuss the visual aspect of modern day music and its future.
The state of the urban music genre is in flux and its players have a variety of opinions on its health. This meeting of the minds will table many tribulations while also shedding light on positive aspects of the genre's uncertain future.
There's way more that goes into an Off Broadway production than what you see on the stage. The work involved on all fronts is tremendous but it doesn't always pay off. This panel of cast members and production pros will bring you from back stage to the front row.
Even the most ardent commercial radio listeners don't understand the intricate components and variables behind a hit song. Here we follow the path and life cycles of some hit songs from conception, to the demo, to the recording, to the label, to the people who made it happen and the fans who demand it.
You know how soulless a pitch can be. Continuously sending your demo into a void can seem less than rewarding. But at this panel, don't expect to just play a demo - this is a full-on get-in-front-of-a-real-person-that-can-sign-you pitch session. And if you dare to pitch, you sure better have something fantastic to back up your act like sales, radio play, live shows, and online numbers - just to name some additional collateral. Be prepared to ante-up, and be ready for the truth.
Rights. What a significant and complicated word. From a student syncing music to video, to artists determining what royalties they have coming to them and from where. From file-sharing lawsuits to new business models, these seasoned industry members will discuss where intellectual property is headed.
From governments that grant musicians funding, to international booking agents looking for unsigned international talent - here we will cover the globe with these international gurus who will help us expose little-known opportunities and shed light on music in a connected world.
A good mastering job can make or break a record. But when budgets are concerned, is it worth it to spend money for professional mastering, or should you invest in new mastering software and finish the job yourself? This panel will cover and compare modern mastering techniques from a variety of perspectives and resources.