Indie Week Presents-THE FUTURE IS NOW! The Music Business Moving Forward-February 2nd at 4 pm
I joined Indie Weekly Tuesday upon its return on Feb. 2nd, 2021, where Indie Week Canada’s founder Darryl Hurs talked about what will take place for Indie Week Canada during 2021 and shared that once again Indie Weekly will be active every Tuesday online with various sessions, also that ScreenX Screen Conference will be running Feb. 16-20 and the 1st IWC event in 2021. April, the second event will host a virtual Indie 101 session that will educate on the creation of songwriting, production, publishing, distribution, song royalties, and the third event will be on April 22nd (Earth Day), where IWC starts Artist Showcasing. Darryl Hurs mentioned briefly about the 4th conference in October that is in the works, which will include a virtual Canadian showcase at one of the largest UK music festivals which in turn will see the UK showcase virtually at Indie Week Canada in 2021.
As well, guest speakers shared some HUGE details of what’s rocking in their realm and some of their accomplishments, announcements, and what will occur at Indie Week’s online music + tech conference ScreenXScreen running Feb. 16-20, Tickets are on sale now at http://www.screenxscreen.com
The Future Is Now: The Music Industry Moves Forward seminar was insightfully informative as we heard from guest speakers Darryl Hurs (host and founder of Indie Week) who is also from CD Baby who has a 25+ year history in the music business including launching and running one of Canada’s largest indie music festivals and conference, Indie Week. Recently hired as the director of market development for CD Baby in Canada. Past positions include design and branding/marketing for Live Nation as a freelancer (projects included a corporate rebrand and logo design, launching VIPNATION.com, work for U2, Nickelback, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Dave Matthews) retail buyer at HMV, and booker for one of Toronto’s top live music venues (The Rivoli). Darryl introduced the 1st guest speaker, music giant, Robert Singerman of LyricFind who is known for developing talent and new music business technologies as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer and music supervisor. FYI, did you know that Singerman represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists and record companies such as Roadrunner in their US launch. LyricFind and legal lyric translations are his main focus, while he is also the EVP Global Music Partnerships for Dotmusic, (.MUSIC) and consults Canadian Music Week, SIM SP, and is on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Songtradr, Marcato, and Make Music New York. Also, that Robert’s a partner in LyricFind, Dotmusic, Mondo, imusic-school iberoamerica, Heaven11, YouBloom, and SyncSummit, among other music and tech companies.
2nd guest speaker was the awesome Allison Shaw from Los Angeles California and she spoke as the founder/CEO of Manic Monkee, a firm that does strategic business development, artist development, brand partnerships, sponsorships, and produces and talent buys for festivals/events/live-streams. Allison has worked with many companies across the music/tech/brand space. Shaw worked with and developed Rachel Ray’s music division including co-creating the SXSW Annual feedback party and was the head of brand development for Public Enemy. Allison currently works with Ursa Live, a Livestream platform, and MDIIO. Allison is also on the Board Of Directors for Non-profits Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and Charity Bomb.
The final speaker was David Hazan who is the Head of North America for Midem, a leading industry event serving the global music community, held in Cannes, France. David’s deep music marketing experience includes senior positions held at The Orchard, Universal Music Group, Wind-up Entertainment, Warner Music Group, MTV Networks, and Putumayo World Music. He has consulted with more than 2 dozen tech, brand, media, event, and festival clients, including CID Entertainment, Festicket, and Ottawa Bluesfest, as well as the O’Cannabiz, GrowUp, and Canadian Music Week conferences, where he produced multiple events, panels, and hackathons. Earlier David held senior positions at leading experiential marketing agencies such as US Concepts/MKTG; UG Strategies; and ground-breaking sponsorship agency EMCI / Rock bill, where he ran their London UK office. He is a frequent speaker, interviewer, and moderator at leading industry events around the world including IEG, SXSW, MusicBiz, Canadian Music Week, Mondo, Music Tectonics, XLIVE, FestForums, SF Music Tech, and MU:CON, among others.
The Future Is Now: The Music Industry Moves Forward seminar was insightfully informative so stay tuned for further Tuesday Indie Weekly sessions and hurry don’t delay, get your ScreenXScreen Conference tickets today by visiting http://www.screenxscreen.com/tickets and stay up to speed at https://www.indieweek.com take a peek at the ScreenXScreen schedule – it is simply loaded!
February 9th How To Build A Professional Website for Your Music. Create the most effective website by Bandzoogle. Tens of thousands of artists around the world use Bandzoogle every day
to build their website and promote their music online. As we move onto the digital age, your online profile is more important than ever. Serving more than 45,000 clients, Bandzoogle is the go-to resource for website design and hosting for artists and businesses. We speak with Melanie Kealey (Bandzoogle/title) about how artists can achieve maximum results by creating an impactful website. Melanie Kealey is the Communications Manager at the music website platform Bandzoogle. She regularly writes blog posts with helpful website tips for musicians, as well as manages the company’s social media. Melanie is also an artist manager, managing the career of the singer-songwriter (and husband) Tyler Kealey.
Tuesday, February 16th at 4 til 5 pm is Indie Weekly presented by Indie Week, Co-Presented by Seneca Producing in a Pandemic: Producers on the Technical and Interpersonal Challenges of Remote and “Physically Distanced” Recording. Speakers will be Dale Penner Mixer/Producer, Paradise Alley Productions, Derek Hoffman Producer / Songwriter / Engineer, Fox Sounds. and Michael Wojewoda CEO and Chief… actually the only guy., BOP Inc. They will be talking about how do you make a record when you can’t be in the same room at the same time? How do you accommodate the limitations of sync and audio resolution in a Zoom session? How do you coach and inspire a great performance over the phone? Join the conversation as top Music Producers discuss their strategies and techniques for pandemic production.
Then at 5-6 pm session Be Present Everywhere session will be presented by LyricFind, CAB introductions, and Connections, with guest speakers:
- Robert Singerman (Speaker) SVP, International Publishing, LyricFind
- Piyapong Muenprasertdee Co-founder/Director Educational, Governmental Overseas Partnership, Fungjai Co, Ltd
- Noemí Planas (Speaker) Network Development Director, WIN Worldwide Independent Network
- Eric de Fontenay (Speaker) Founder & CEO, MusicDish*China
- Sarah Guppy (Speaker) Chief Operating Officer / Owner Director, Gig Life Pro / This Much Talent
- Mattias Tell (Speaker) Manager, Westside Music Sweden
- Luciana Pegorer (Speaker) CEO, Trends Brasil Conference
- Apryl Peredo (Speaker) Founder / Artist Manager, Inter Idoru Artist Management
- Ariel Hyatt (Speaker) Founder, Cyber PR
- Elia Mssawir (Speaker) Managing Director, Big Beards Entertainment
- Martin Atkins (Speaker) Owner, Invisible Records
- Adam Lewis (Speaker) CEO, Planetary
- Allison Shaw (Speaker) CEO, Manic Monkee
- Fabian Alsultany (Speaker) SVP Business Development, Bitfury Surround
- Jose Celso Guida (Speaker) CEO, CulturaXchange – Sync Agency
- David McLoughlin (Speaker) Director, Brasil Calling
- Jose Velasquez (Speaker) CEO, VELTRAC MUSIC
- Darryl Hurs (Speaker) Founder, Indie Week
- Lina Ugrinovska (Speaker) International Booking, Password Production
- Pedro Suarez (Speaker) CEO, Bunkamericas
- Tom Truitt (Speaker) Partner, Buffkin Baker (MusicRowSearch)
- Tony Boden (Speaker) Booking agent, label partner, consultant, Northern Music/Akela Agency
- Mike Bell (Speaker) co-founder, The New Colossus Festival
- Jonathan Campbell Head of Outreach & Strategic Initiatives, Global Toronto/Small World Music
- Brian Penick (Speaker) CEO & Founder, Music Career Map, Inc.
As well, Meet and Greet Breakout Sessions for delegates running 6-7 pm
Wednesday, February 17
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm TBA
1 pm – 2 pm International Tech: Meet emerging online tech companies
2 pm – 4 pm Speed Meetings (Invite Only)
4 pm – 5 pm TBA
5 – 6 pm TBA
Thursday February 18th, 2021
12 pm – 1 pm Embrace, engage and monetize online through lyrics Presented by LyricFind which artists, songwriters, managers, labels, publishers, media, organizations, conference and platform execs are encouraged to learn how to get their message across in order to reach more people globally and monetize more effectively their own songs, creations, rights, and efforts in collaboration with LyricFind. Learn how to earn more income and make a change by being present everywhere and communicating with an ever-growing audience. Panelists will discuss all aspects and present new opportunities where lyrics can make a difference, expand minds and audiences, and generate increased income across all music revenue streams.
1 pm – 2 pm Live Streams are big business for all artists from upstarts to global superstars Presented by MIDEM with guest speakers John Petrocelli CEO and Founder, Bulldog Media, Ty Roberts CEO, FANTRACKS, Stephen White Chief Executive Officer, StageIt, Fabrice Sergent Co-Founder, and Managing Partner, Bandsintown.
2 pm- 3 pm TBA
3 pm – 4 pm Online Concerts – Agreements, Publishing Royalties and Rights – Everything you Need to Know! Speakers Byron Pascoe (Speaker) Entertainment Lawyer, Edwards Creative Law, and Jeff Liebenson Principal, Liebenson Law where they will share A discussion about the evolving legal considerations for musicians getting involved in commercial concerts, as it relates both to Canadian and U.S. laws and audiences. The lawyers will cover agreements, royalties, and more.
4 pm – 5 pm Music Distribution Q&A presented by CD Baby with guest speakers Kevin Breuner VP of Marketing, CD Baby, and Chris Robley Senior Content Manager, CD Baby where they share how do you get your music on all the major platforms? How do I make the most of my music release? What’s the deal with YouTube content IDs? How do I monetize a TikTok presence? The world of music distribution can seem like a daunting prospect, you have questions – and we’ve got answers. Get started on monetizing your music effectively, building release strategies, and all things distribution in this in-depth presentation by CD Baby.
Friday, February 19th, 2021
10 am – 11 am TBA
11 am – 12 pm TBA
12 pm – 1 pm Utilizing Tagger: Promote your music on social media using a data-driven social listening tech and influencer marketing platform where Utilizing Tagger, an end to end Social listening and Influencer Technology Platform with 9 Billion Data points tracking Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, and various social platforms to make decisions on how to promote your brand, music, merchandise, and performances in social media.
1 pm – 2 pm Livestreaming on Twitch: How to Succeed with guest speaker Karen Allen Author, Livestream Strategy Consultant, Twitch For Musicians shared if there was one silver lining from 2020 for artists, it was live streaming. Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, and more have kept artists performing, fans watching, and money flowing. We’ll discuss the strengths of each platform, what’s working regardless of platform, and how to grow the audience and make money live streaming.
2 pm – 3 pm TBA
3 pm – 4 pm TBA
4 pm – 5 pm TBA
5 pm – 6pm, New Apps and Tech with Steve Waxman (The Creationists Podcast) with guest speaker Steve Waxman Entertainment Career Guidance, The Creationists Podcast.
Last day, Saturday, February 20th, 2021
11 am – 12 pm Artist Profiles and Tools Presented by Work Hard Playlist Hard with guest speaker Mike Warner Author, Work Hard Playlist Hard where he shares about most streaming platforms offering tools for artists to claim their presence and provide a “home” for their audience. In this session, we will be walking through tools from a number of these platforms, covering how to request access, the features available, and why they are so important. Platforms covered include Amazon Music, Anghami, Apple Music, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, and more.
12 pm – 1 pm Foster your Fanbase with Found.ee Marketing Tools with guest speaker Rebecca Helgeson as she speaks about how it’s used by more than 25000 artists, managers, and labels worldwide, Found.ee provides a range of tools to build, target and optimize promotional campaigns and “The technology, tools, and access Found.ee offers creators and their teams yet another example of how the music industry continues to evolve.” – Justin Kalifowitz – Downtown Music. Learn how Found.ee marketing tools can help you on your journey, with easy to use tools that allow you to reach new and current fans. Learn how fan data can help you better understand your audience, boost streams, and keep fans engaged!
1 pm – 2 pm Internet Radio – The Best Way to Get Your Music Heard! Presented by Cashbox Radio with guest speakers Peter Åstedt Manager, Lyricfind / Cashbox Radio / Future Echoes, Paul Saunders Host DJ, Cashbox Radio, Don Graham DJ Host, Cashbox Radio, and Sandy Graham Prog. Director, Cashbox Radio. Come meet a seasoned group of host DJs from Cashbox Radio who have had decades of experience in radio, live shows, performing, and songwriting. Covering all genres from new Indie, Soul, Country, Retro, and Rock, the discussion will be about the best way to present yourself to internet radio and to be heard in a global market.
2 pm – 3 pm !earshot Distro – Submitting to Campus/Community Radio In Canada with guest speaker Barry Rooke Executive Director, National Campus and Community Radio Association and in this session, NCRA/ANREC executive Director Barry Rooke will introduce the !earshot Distro platform and show you how to use it to service campus and community radio stations across the country (over 75). He will also outline some best practices and tips to engage with stations and get the best out of the experience.
3 pm – 4 pm Artist Entrepreneurship with Riff – Learn & Action your Data where we’ll help you focus on your key metrics for Audience Growth, then give you proven actions to build those metrics. At useriff.com, we act as your digital personal assistant, providing relevant guidance & proven roadmaps to success. Also in an effort to provide industry knowledge to everyone: all our tutorials are free; so go learn how to plan your long-term marketing strategy or learn how to get sync opportunities.