Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

Craig Aaron, President, Free Press
Curt Arledge, Content Manager, Creative Allies

Curt manages the community and digital content at Creative Allies (, a website that lets artists and designers create art for bands, festivals and films. Curt oversees the life cycle and marketing of each design project on Creative Allies and is the liaison between the site's community of visual creatives and the musicians, managers and labels who work with Creative Allies.

Creative Allies has given designers, illustrators, art students and fans hundreds of high-profile creative opportunities through campaigns with Beastie Boys, the Black Keys, M.I.A., Jack Johnson, Jane’s Addiction, Paul Simon, Bad Meets Evil, LMFAO, Passion Pit, Ween, Ellie Goulding, Bassnectar, Dr. Dog, Wale and many more.

Eric Baptiste, CEO, SOCAN

In 2010, Eric Baptiste completed a 12-year stint as director general of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) in Paris. Bringing together 225 authors’ rights collectives in 118 countries and representing 2.5 million creators and publishers from all creative repertoires (music, audiovisual, visual arts, photography, literature and drama), CISAC is an international organization promoting creators’ rights worldwide.

Beyond his role within CISAC, Baptiste has been deeply involved in broadcast media, cultural policy and new talent in music. He serves as general secretary of the board of Francophonie diffusion, and chairman of Radio NEO, a non-commercial FM radio network exclusively devoted to new musical talent. Baptiste is also the current chairman of ISAN-IA, the ISO-appointed agency managing the audiovisual works identification standard ISAN.

Baptiste previously served as general manager of French public international radio RFI, and CEO of French commercial FM radio station 95.2 Paris. He has also headed several trade associations and inter-industry groups, such as Musiques France Plus, the trade association Vive la Radio, and the working group on relations between radio and the music sector, spearheading a report on digital convergence.

Ivan Barias, Songwriter/Producer & Founder, Karma Productions (Carvin & Ivan)

Ivan Barias, Grammy nominated producer and songwriter. Co Owner of Karma Productions, a prolific song writing and production company in Philadelphia. His impressive list of credits include songs for Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Musiq Soulchild, Raheem Devaugn, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Jaheim, Anthony Hamilton, Mario, Faith Evans, Brian McKnight, and Will Smith for over 30 million records sold. Awards received: 6 Billboard awards, 2 SoulTrain awards ,1 ASCAP 2002 award for Just Friends, 1 ASCAP 2003 award for Halfcrazy ,1 ASCAP 2004 award for Don't Change and 2 ASCAP 2008 awards for TeachMe and BUDDY.

Erin Barra, Artist , MAMMA BARRA

If Alicia Keys and Nelly Furtado collided with Daft Punk and Esthero in the vast circuitry of an Akai APC 40, you’d probably end up with an experience as rich and soulful as Erin Barra. Joining the likes of MNDR and Tokimonsta, Erin is part of a brave new digital audio live performance armada of female artists riding a tech savvy wave of musical and electronic innovation.

Ulises Bella, Saxophone, Requinto Jarocho, Keys, Clarinet, Ozomatli
Jonathan Bender, COO, SoundExchange
Brendan Benzing, Chief Product Officer, Rhapsody
Fred Beteille, Sr. Vice President, Operations & Technology, RightsFlow
Fred Birks, CPA, Birks & Rice

Many years of assisting small businesses and individuals in tax planning and compliance.
Clients include musicians, small labels, venues, artists, and advocacy organizations from around the US.

Amy Blackman, Manager, Amy B MGMT/Cookman (Ozomatli, Money Mark, MIS, Tom Tom Club)
Michael Bracy, Co-founder & Policy Counsel, Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano

Michael Bracy is a partner in the government affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano. He also co-founded the Future of Music Coalition and currently serves as a board member and Policy Director and co-owns Misra, an independent record label.

Michael is known for his policy work in front of Congress and the FCC, including media consolidation, radio regulation (including Low Power FM), and ensuring public interest principles are at the heart of the legal structures that will help dictate new technological frameworks. Michael is a recognized public advocate both for the music community and for the need for increased citizen participation in the policy process. He has testified before the Congress and the FCC, and speaks often on these issues at conferences and in the media, including CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, Washington Post, New York Times, Billboard and elsewhere.

Bryan Calhoun,
Anna Celenza, Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music, Georgetown University

Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University. She is the author of several scholarly books – the most recent being Hans Christian Andersen and Music: The Nightingale Revealed (2005). In addition to her scholarly work, she has authored a series of award-winning children’s books with Charlesbridge Publishing: The Farewell Symphony (2000), Pictures at an Exhibition (2003), The Heroic Symphony (2004), Bach’s Goldberg Variations (2005), Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (2006) and Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite (2011). Before coming to Georgetown she worked for NPR. Her work has been featured on nationally syndicated radio and TV programs, including NPR’s “Performance Today,” the BBC’s “Music Matters” and “Proms Broadcasts,” and C-Span’s “Book-TV”.

Keith Center, Figmental Records
Chad Clark, Musician/Producer/Engineer,
Jean Cook, Director of Programs, Future of Music Coalition

Jean Cook is a musician, producer and Director of Programs for Future of Music Coalition. She is a founder and director of Anti Social Music, a New York-based new music collective. She currently records and tours with Ida/Elizabeth Mitchell, Jon Langford, and Beauty Pill. She has recorded on over 50 albums; recent appearances include projects by New York avant jazz artists Tom Abbs/Frequency Reponse, Assif Tsahar/KJLA 4Tet, and Taylor Ho Bynum/Spidermonkey Strings. Jean’s administrative background includes working as a publicist and curator for Washington Performing Arts Society, producing and hosting radio programs for 89.9 WKCR-FM, New York, and producing dozens of new music performance projects including a multimedia DIY opera called The Nitrate Hymnal. In 2004 Jean worked for Air Traffic Control, a political action group helping musicians to be more effective in the 2004 election cycle. For FMC, she currently project directs initiatives to fix jazz and classical music metadata, analyze what is actually played on jazz radio (and how to improve data collection), and understand how copyright impacts indigenous artists in places like Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Australia.

Michael Copps, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Shannon Daut, Deputy Director, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)

Shannon Daut is the deputy director at the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). In this role, she oversees WESTAF's work in the areas of cultural policy and technology. In addition, Daut works closely with the WESTAF-region state arts agency directors to help advance their work serving the citizens of the 13 western states. Prior to this, she administered WESTAF's presenting and touring grant program, TourWest, and also managed programs in folk and visual arts. Daut has been employed at WESTAF since 1999 and has experience in a wide range of artistic disciplines including film, visual arts, music, theater, and literature.

In addition to her work with WESTAF, Daut serves on the board of the National Performance Network and the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. She is a member of the Create Denver Advisory Committee, a creative economy initiative of the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, has served as a juror for numerous film festivals, and was chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art|Denver 2005 Film Biennial. Daut holds a bachelor’s degree in communication/film studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in communication/rhetoric from the University of Colorado Denver.

Peter DiCola, Associate Professor, Northwestern University School of Law

Peter DiCola is an associate professor of law at Northwestern University. He received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in May 2005. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He received his Ph.D. in economics, also from the University of Michigan, in 2009. His dissertation concerned regulation of the radio and music industries. While in graduate school, he worked with the Future of Music Coalition as Director of Economic Analysis from 2000–2004 and served as full-time Research Director from 2005–2006. He is the co-author, with Kristin Thomson, of Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians? (2002) and the author of False Premises, False Promises: A Quantitative History of Ownership Consolidation in the Radio Industry (2006). More recently, he has co-written a book with Kembrew McLeod of the University of Iowa called Creative License. The book is about the licensing of digital samples in the music industry and was published Duke University Press in March 2011. He is part of the team for the ongoing Artist Revenue Streams project, concentrating on analyzing the data from a nationwide survey about musicians’ revenue. His other current research focuses on copyright policymaking, licensing transactions in the music industry, and the relationship between the two.

Bertis Downs, Advisor, R.E.M., R.E.M./Athens, LLC

Bertis Downs, Athens, Georgia.

Since graduating from Davidson College in 1978, Bertis Downs has lived in Athens, Georgia, where he received his law degree in 1981 from the University of Georgia's School of Law. He continues to teach there as an adjunct professor specializing in entertainment law, and he has represented R.E.M. throughout their career. Downs has maintained his interest in teaching, both through the entertainment law course at the University of Georgia and speaking at various national continuing legal education groups such as the Practicing Law Institute and the American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. He has lectured widely at universities and law schools including William and Mary, Chicago, Harvard, Duke, Emory, Vanderbilt, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Milan, the University of British Columbia and University College Dublin. He married his wife Katherine in 1986 and they have two daughters, Adelaide and Eliza. His civic and sociopolitical interests include land use, historic preservation, human rights, public education and the changing legal and business landscape relating to the digital age. Downs is active in various organizations and over the years has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Georgia Conservation Voters, Georgia Appleseed, The Athens Grow Green Coalition, First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Georgia and the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

Brandy Doyle, Policy Director, Prometheus Radio Project
Andrew Dreskin, CEO, Ticketfly

Andrew Dreskin is the co-founder of Ticketfly, Inc., a next-generation ticketing and marketing company. He is the co-founder of the Virgin Mobile Festival, a multi-day music and arts festival. Mr. Dreskin was the co-founder, and president and C.E.O., of TicketWeb, the first company to sell event tickets over the Internet. TicketWeb was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2000. Prior to founding TicketWeb, Mr. Dreskin was the co-founder of Energy Media, an early web design firm. Prior to that, Mr. Dreskin was the executive vice president of Beserkley Records, an influential independent record label. Until its recent acquisition by Knitting Factory Entertainment, Mr. Dreskin was the largest outside shareholder in the Big Easy Concert House, a chain of concert venues in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University, where he is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council. He is also a member of the board of directors of Headcount, a non-profit voter registration organization.

Bruce Fife, International Vice President, American Federation of Musicians

Bruce had the trombone forced on him by his loving parents at the age of 9. At 10, he rebelled and switched to guitar (may have had something to do with Elvis). Turned professional in his early 20’s and spent the next 25 years as a fulltime freelance musician working 5 nights a week, 50 weeks a year. In 1999, he was elected to the Executive Board of Local 99 and then President in 2001. In 2010 he
was elected International Vice President of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. As such, he has been reintroduced to the charms of hotel rooms and life on the road as he works to better the professional lives of working musicians. He also sits on the Oregon State AFL-CIO Executive Board, is a founding member of the Oregon Alliance to Reform Media and serves on the Boards of MetroEast Community Media (KZME Radio), and the Music Education Assistance Project. He is an active member of Jobs with Justice, as well as other labor and justice organizations.

Dave Frey, Manager, Silent Partner Management
Dean Garfield, President & CEO, ITI

Dean C. Garfield is President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) a global trade association that is widely viewed as the premier voice, advocate, and thought leader for the information and communications technology sector (ICT). ITI advances policy in global capitals on behalf of the 50 global leaders in the ICT sector.

Dean is highly respected for his transformational leadership skills and for his vision and expertise in positioning the entities with which he has worked on a path of sustained growth. In his two years at ITI, Dean has moved the organization away from annual losses to achieving a significant fiscal surplus, successfully grown the membership by 20 percent, and dramatically improved the organization’s public presence.

Dean is also credited with bringing a new vision to policy advocacy by positing ITI as a convener of solutions to national problems. For example, ITI, through Dean’s leadership, helped to broker a solution on “net neutrality” that was ultimately adopted by the FCC.

Dean came to ITI after serving most recently as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Officer for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). While there, he was a member of the senior management team and was responsible for developing the association’s global strategies, securing accomplishment of key operational objectives, and forging industry alliances on behalf of the MPAA.

He was also in charge of MPAA’s Research and Technology Departments and represented the association before legislative bodies and at key conferences around the world, including the European Commission and at Oxford University.

Before that, Dean was Vice President of Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). He helped develop the organization’s comprehensive intellectual property policy and litigation strategies and managed several of the country’s most important intellectual property cases, including the Grokster/Kazaa case, from its filing to its resolution at the Supreme Court.

Dean has worked as an attorney in New York and Washington. He received a joint degree from New York University School of Law and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Administration and International Affairs at Princeton University. He was a Ford-Rockefeller as well as a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.

As one of the nation’s preeminent leaders in promoting innovation and education as the keys to American global competitiveness, Dean was awarded with the first REACH Breaking Barriers Award in May of 2010, recognizing him for his commitment to leading the world’s most dynamic industry in its efforts to support and inspire young people to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills they must have to become tomorrow’s scientific problem solvers. Dean has been featured has a young leader in many magazine’s, including LA Magazine’s top 40 under 40.

In addition, Dean is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has been featured in several national and international publications representing the ICT industry on the issues that matter most to the sector. Dean was recently featured in Investor’s Daily providing his perspective on driving job creation in the United States.

Dean lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children and serves on the Board of three educational institutions,

Rebecca Gates,

Rebecca Gates is an Oregon-based musician, artist, curator, and activist.

Peter Gordon, Founder/President, Thirsty Ear/Jazz Forward Coalition

Peter Gordon is the founder of Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has served as its Acting President. He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network - WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition (JFC), creating a leadership group to advance issues of advocacy and infrastructure for sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community. JFC presents in partnership with JazzTimes, Jazz Connect at APAP in NYC. Gordon is a musician and a Grammy nominated producer.

Gary Greenstein, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Gary Greenstein is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in the digital exploitation of intellectual property. He regularly represents companies in transactions with record labels, music publishers, and program suppliers. He advises companies on complex intellectual property matters and frequently assists in the development of new business models. In addition, Gary advises investors on due diligence in the digital media area and companies in all stages of their development cycle.

Prior to joining the firm, Gary served as the first general counsel at SoundExchange, Inc., and as the vice president of business and legal affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Before joining the RIAA, Gary was an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Arnold & Porter, where he represented, among others, the Officer of the Commissioner of Baseball, Universal Music Group and the RIAA.

Prior to his legal career, Gary was the Director of Planned Giving at The Wilderness Society and a fiduciary real estate asset manager at The Boston Company.

He received his B.A. from the University of Pennslyvania and J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

Jim Griffin, Managing Director, Onehouse

Jim Griffin is Managing Director of OneHouse LLC, dedicated to the future of music and entertainment delivery, and works as a consultant to absorb uncertainty about the digital delivery of art.

Today, Jim is focused on accelerating the pace of scholarly research, especially through collaborative tools, sharing and open access to knowledge. He works with Mendeley, a UK company that is changing the world of research.

In addition to serving as an agent for constructive change in media and technology, he is an author, serving as a columnist for magazines, and is on the boards of companies and associations. Jim started and runs Choruss LLC, incubated by Warner Music Group. He started and ran for five years the technology department at Geffen Records. Prior to Geffen he was an International Representative for The Newspaper Guild in Washington, D.C.

While at Geffen, Jim led a team that in June of 1994 distributed the first full-length commercial song on-line, by Aerosmith. Geffen was the first entertainment company to install a web server, and Geffen World was one of the first corporate intranet sites. Geffen was named by Network World in 1996 as one of the world's top 25 technology companies, and one of only seven in the United States.

While at Warner, Jim led a team the Choruss team that successfully built a new model for sound recordings: Sharing music with flat-fee access to unlimited music downloads for college students..

Jim is co-founder of the Pho group. Named after a bowl of Vietnamese soup, Pho is an organization that meets for discussion-oriented meals in cities around the world, electronically linked by the Pho mailing list. Pho's many thousands of readers enjoy dialogue on the digital delivery of art and the new economy in music, movies, books and all media.

Jim testified in July 2000 before the Senate Judiciary Committee at its oversight hearing on file sharing and music licensing. He regularly moderates video and television shows on digital entertainment. He is often a keynote speaker or moderator at conferences (Internet Summit, Giga Conference, Comdex, CES, Webnoize, and many others) and lectures annually at business schools (Harvard, USC, UCLA, Berkeley). He also serves as an expert witness in digital entertainment, and has presented many Continuing Legal Education courses.

In addition to work with music, his expertise includes wireless work in Europe, including at Nokia's Research Center in Helsinki, Finland, and with numerous companies in Finland and throughout Europe. He's moderated numerous panels on wireless and given speeches on wireless issues around the world, ranging from music conferences to parliament meetings in Europe. He is a regular speaker at entertainment industry events and corporate and association meetings.

"One of the sharpest minds in digital music." - CNN Money (Eric Hellweg, Thursday 23 January 2003)

"Entertainment Technology Visionary." - Los Angeles Times (Paul Karon, Monday 8 April 1996)

Craig Havighurst, Associate Producer and Writer, Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Café
Yolanda Hippensteele, Communications Consultant, Arts and Democracy Project

Yolanda is a strategist, advocate and communicator for social change organizations, artists, media projects and foundations. In her consulting practice, she helps clients run high-impact campaigns, promote innovative arts and media projects, build effective partnerships, and produce large-scale events. With the Arts & Democracy Project, Yolanda collaborates with a team that aims to catalyze and support cross-pollination among the cultural sector that links arts and culture, participatory democracy, and social justice.

Hays Holladay, Co-founder, Bluebrain
Ryan Holladay, Musician, Bluebrain
Seth Hurwitz, Owner, I.M.P. / 9:30 Club

Seth Hurwitz, Chairman of I.M.P.

As a teen all Seth Hurwitz wanted to do was put on shows. Though he tried to produce a concert in junior high, he was told he was too young. So he waited – but not for long. The first show he produced took place in his high school. Not long after, working out of his bedroom in his parents’ home, he and his high school teacher Rich Heineke launched I.M.P., which today is one of the most successful independent concert promotion and production companies in the nation.

In its 30 years, I.M.P. has presented 10,000 events, hosting millions of music fans. In addition to launching Virgin Festival in the U.S., and managing and programming Merriweather Post Pavilion, I.M.P. also own Washington, D.C.’s legendary 9:30 Club, the most attended club of its size in the world. The also company recently launched a new label: 9:30 Records.

Mark Isherwood, Director, Rightscom Limited

Mark spent 18 years working for the MCPS-PRS Alliance. Mark was one of the original founders of Rightscom, a UK based consulting firm focused on intellectual property rights management issues, encompassing commercial rights negotiations and the design and deployment of business, technology and process solutions for the management, protection and trading of intellectual property rights and content in the network environment. He has worked with major record companies and rights societies in the analysis of their system requirements in the management of digital music and participated in a project examining the intellectual property rights (IPR) consequences of using Creative Commons. Rightscom acts as the secretariat to DDEX developing digital supply chain standards for the exchange of information relating to the management of digital content and rights. In February 2010 Mark was appointed as the facilitator of the GRD Working Group focused on the development of a global repertoire database for musical works.

Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music

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Peter Jenner, Manager, Sincere Management
Cecilia Kang, Reporter, The Washington Post
Andrew Kaplan, Talent Buyer, JAM Productions
Candace Katz, Deputy Director, President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Ashlye Keaton, Professor and Attorney, Tulane Law School, UNO, ELLA Project

Ashlye M. Keaton, Esq. practices entertainment and intellectual property law concentrating on music licensing and arts advocacy. Keaton is an adjunct professor of Law at Tulane Law School and also an adjunct professor in Arts Law at the University of New Orleans Graduate School in Arts Administration. Keaton is Co-Founder/Supervising Attorney for the Entertainment Law Legal Assistance Project (ELLA), providing free legal services to artists and musicians, supported by Tulane Law School, Arts Council of New Orleans and the Tipitina’s Foundation. Keaton runs another pro bono legal clinic through Sweet Home New Orleans in partnership with the Ford Foundation. Among other boards, Keaton serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, better known as the Grammy’s. She is an elected officer and is serving her second term as Secretary of the Memphis Chapter Grammy Board. Keaton is the head instructor and choreographer in tap and ballet for the New Orleans Children’s Ballet. Keaton was awarded OffBeat Magazine’s 2011, 2010 & 2009 Best Music Attorney; Gambit Weekly’s 2009 40 Under Forty; 2008 Governor’s Art Award/ELLA Project; and New Orleans CityBusiness 2007 Leadership in Law.

Karen Kennedy, President, 24 Seven Artist Development
Greg Kot, Music critic , Chicago Tribune

Greg Kot is the Chicago Tribune's music critic and cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show "Sound Opinions."

Gail Kruvand, Officer, AFM Local 802

Double Bassist Gail Kruvand is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She began her musical studies with Henry Loew. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University she had further coaching in New York with Julius Levine. Ms. Kruvand has been a participant in the Marlboro and Aspen Music Festivals. In addition to serving as Assistant Principal Bass of the New York City Opera Orchestra, she is Principal Bass of the American Composers Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York and the Riverside Symphony. Recent collaborations have included "The Book of Longing", a chamber work by Philip Glass based on the poetry of Leonard Cohen.

Ms Kruvand represents the National Federation of Music Clubs, a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the United Nations.

As a recording artist, she can be heard on Sony, Bridge and New World Records in repetoire ranging from Hindemith to Whitney Houston. Ms. Kruvand has enjoyed a long association with the New York Philomusica Chamber Ensemble.

Christopher LaRosa, Product Manager, Music, YouTube

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Jessica Litman, Professor,

Jessica Litman teaches copyright law at the University of Michigan.

Mike Luba, President Global Music, S2BN Entertainment
Dan Lurie, Senior Advisor to the Chairman / Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Endowment for the Arts
Larisa Mann, UC Berkeley Law / Dj Ripley

Larisa Mann is an award-winning DJ, journalist, public speaker and legal ethnographer. She researches culture, copyright law, technology and power: her PhD at UC Berkeley Law School's Jurisprudence and Social Policy grounds those interests in an ethnographic case study of Jamaican music-making practices. Larisa performs in and organizes events involving djs, composers, scholars, artists, and community members, where musical and spoken conversations overlap and inform each other, creating conversations across social, professional and disciplinary lines.

Phil McCarty, Founder, TrackTrack.It

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Degree in English and a focus on computer science, Phil McCarty spent a number of years writing songs and playing in touring bands on the East Coast. He later shifted his focus to other aspects of the music industry.  

While working for a Grammy winning Top 40 producer/songwriter, he discovered a lot of the problems and vulnerabilities involved with handling sensitive pre-release material. In an effort to prevent and deter leaked materials, while simplifying the transfer of songs, he created is a simple and affordable way for artists to securely watermark and distribute their music, and for music and marketing professionals to track valuable information about what happens to that song after it's been sent.

Omid McDonald, Co-Founder and CEO, Legitmix

Omid McDonald is co-founder and CEO of Legitmix. In the early 90s, he founded VMI Medical, a company that pioneered the use of digital video for capturing cardiac ultrasounds. After VMI, Omid moved to France to commercialize a mobile phonebook backup solution (Simbit) that shipped in millions of phones worldwide. Both of his companies were acquired and generated positive investor returns. Omid was introduced to the problem facing remix artists after seeing his childhood friend fail to license the music used in his documentary. This lead Omid to invent the Legitmix algorithm and to co-found Legitmix to introduce the technology to the artistic community.

Walter McDonough, Co-founder and General Counsel, Future of Music Coalition

Walter F. McDonough
Walter F. McDonough is the General Counsel and one of the founders of the Future of Music Coalition ( and a board member of Sound Exchange and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (AARC). He is an attorney in Boston and a Professor of copyright law at Suffolk University Law School and a former lecturer at Northeastern University. Mr. McDonough is a former associate at Carroll, Guido & Groffman in New York City, a former assistant Massachusetts Attorney General and law clerk for the Honorable Edward F. Harrington of the United States Court for the District of Massachusetts. He has written for several publications, including Performer Magazine, and has been interviewed by National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Billboard, the Boston Globe, Music Business International and the Washington Post and many other newspapers and magazines. Mr. McDonough has spoken and lectured at many universities and entertainment conferences including Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Alberta, Canadian Music Week, CMJ, NEMO, South by Southwest and the Future of Music Coalition

Charles McEnerney, Principal, Layers Marketing

Charles McEnerney has worked in marketing and editorial roles at media and entertainment companies for more than 20 years, including at HBO, Fast Company, ArtsBoston, WGBH Boston, MovieMaker magazine, the Seattle International Film Festival, and in film, audio, and music production. Since 2002, he has been the Host + Producer of a music interview podcast, Well-Rounded Radio, with more than 15,000 listeners each month from around the world. He is also a social media educator and strategist for clients in the arts, healthcare, education, and technology industries. 

erin mckeown, Musician, Writer, Producer, TVP Records

Erin McKeown is an internationally known musician, writer, and producer. With 9 full length albums, 2 EPs, and numerous soundtracks to her credit, she has spent the last 15 years crafting a reputation as an original musical voice and compelling live performer. Recently, she’s added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio. A member of the board of the Future of Music Coalition, she also works closely with Air Traffic Control on immigration issues.

Rick Nielsen, Guitarist and Songwriter, Cheap Trick
Raul Pacheco, Guitar, Tres and Lead Vocals, Ozomatli
Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights and Director, U.S. Copyright Office
Patricia Polach, Counsel, Bredhoff and Kaiser
Dave Pomeroy, Bassist/President AFM Local 257, Nashville Musicians Association

Bassist Dave Pomeroy has been on the cutting edge of Nashville's music scene for more than 35 years. He has played on more than 500 albums and 6 Grammy winning recordings with a diverse range of artists such as Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, The Chieftains, Alison Krauss, Elton John, and Keith Whitley. Dave has performed in concert with Don Williams, Steve Winwood, John Hiatt, Mose Allison, and Willie Nelson. His songs have been recorded by Chet Atkins and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and he has produced numerous records by a variety of pop, rock, folk and country artists.

Dave has released over a dozen solo and band projects on his own label, Earwave Records, including "Three Ring Circle" with Rob Ickes and Andy Leftwich, his groundbreaking solo albums "Basses Loaded" and "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the All-Bass Orchestra's concert video "The Day The Bass Players Took Over The World." In December 2008, Dave was elected as the President of the Nashville Association of Musicians, AFM Local 257, representing over 2500 of Nashville finest musicians. He is also a music journalist and columnist for Bass Player Magazine and has contributed as a writer to a number of books about bass playing and the music business.

Jon Potter, President, Fan Freedom Project
Jeff Price, Founder, CEO, President, Tunecore
Casey Rae, Licensing, Sirius XM Radio

Casey Rae-Hunter is a musician, recording engineer, music journalist and public policy wonk. He regularly speaks on issues such as new business models for artists, telecommunications policy and intellectual property at conferences, universities and the media. He routinely works alongside leaders in the music, arts and performance sectors to bolster understanding of and engagement in key policy and technology issues, and has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community. Casey serves on the Board of Directors of the Media & Democracy Coalition and the National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture. He currently records and publishes under the moniker The Contrarian and is the Grand Poobah of Lux Eterna Records.

Paul Rapp, attorney, me
Chris Richards, Pop Music Critic,

Chris Richards is the pop music critic at the Washington Post where he covers White House concerts, DIY house shows, go-go and Gaga.

Zach Rogue, Rogue Wave/Release the Sunbird
Lissa Rosenthal,

Lissa Rosenthal is a dedicated champion of the arts and a formidable music fan. She is committed to improving the lives of musicians whose work enriches everyone. Lissa brings 20 years of experience in arts leadership, advocacy and nonprofit development to her role as Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition.

Prior to joining FMC, she was a marketing and fundraising consultant and the Development Director of the Pittsburgh Glass Center. As Director of Programs for the American Council for the Arts (presently Americans for the Arts), she spearheaded national Arts Advocacy Day and the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy in the mid-nineties. As Development Director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center — an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City — Lissa led fundraising and community outreach initiatives for the internationally renowned institution, produced its highly acclaimed Warm Up music series and played a vital role in the historic merger with MoMA.

As a social justice advocate, she has served as the National Program Director for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence where she directed its highly acclaimed national public health campaigns dedicated to reducing youth gun violence in America, including SPEAK UP — a teen violence prevention initiative in partnership with Teen People Magazine, MTVNetworks and Atlantic Records. She has also worked extensively in AIDS fundraising and event production, raising millions of dollars and awareness for AIDS service organizations nationwide.

Her volunteer service includes work with Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation program, ranking her among their most effective national advocates. A promoter of all things green, she has authored several “green” cover features for Pittsburgh Magazine.

Jessica Rosgaard, Booking Producer, Countdown with Keith Olbermann/Current TV
Colin Rushing, General Counsel, SoundExchange

As General Counsel of SoundExchange, Colin Rushing oversees the company’s legal, regulatory, and corporate affairs, supervises rate setting proceedings, and directs the company’s enforcement program. Colin was previously Senior Counsel for Licensing and Enforcement at SoundExchange, during which time he developed a comprehensive enforcement program, supervised rate setting proceedings, and played a key role in the negotiation and implementation of the Webcaster Settlement Act agreements. Colin graduated from James Madison University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, he clerked for the Hon. T.S. Ellis III in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Before he joined SoundExchange, Colin was an attorney at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Washington, D.C., where he focused on intellectual property and media law.

Andrew Schwartzman, SVP, Media Access Project

Andrew Jay Schwartzman has directed Media Access Project’s policy efforts since June, 1978. He is recognized as one of the leading media attorneys and has appeared on behalf of MAP before Congress, the FCC and the courts on issues such as cable TV regulation, minority and female ownership and employment in the mass media,”equal time” laws and cable “open access.” In recognition of his service as chief counsel in the public interest community’s challenge to the FCC’s June, 2003 media ownership deregulation decision, The Scientific American honored Mr. Schwartzman as one of the nation’s 50 leaders in technology for 2004. Mr. Schwartzman is also the 1994 recipient of the United Church of Christ Office of Communication’s Everett C. Parker Award and the 2004 recipient of the Media Matters Life Achievement Award. Mr. Schwartzman is a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Arts and Sciences, where he teaches in its Communication in Contemporary Society Program. He serves on the International Advisory Board of Southwestern Law School’s National Entertainment & Media Law Institute and was the Distinguished Lecturer in Residence at the Institute’s Summer 2004 program at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. His board memberships include the Advisory Board of the Center for Democracy and Technology, and the Board of Directors of the Minority Media Telecommunications Council. He was co-founder and President of the Board of the Safe Energy Communications Counsel from 1991 through 2003. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968, and its law school in 1971, Schwartzman was staff counsel to the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ. From 1974 until he took his current position, Schwartzman worked for the U.S. Department of Energy and predecessor agencies. He is married to Linda Lazarus, an attorney/mediator practicing in Washington, DC.

J Sider, Founder and CEO, RootMusic

J is the CEO & Founder of which makes the #1 Music app on Facebook called "BandPage". He is a musician and music lover at heart, who has performed around the world on the live stage. Most of his knowledge about the music industry was gained after getting into the "business of music" managing bands and venues around the country. This experience opened his eyes to the practical needs of the music community in the digital era, and the lack of a solution. Out of this realization J founded to provide an honest, social tool to help musicians take the next step, whether that is their first open mic, or on the big stage. Recently named to 2011’s BillBoard’s 30 Under 30, J believes in the future of the music community, and is out to build the most effective solutions for musicians to succeed. Follow on Twitter: @RootMusic/@JSider

Tom Silverman, Executive Director, New Music Seminar

Thomas Silverman is the founder of Tommy Boy and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1981. He has over 30 years experience in the hip-hop, urban, alternative, dance, rock and gospel music markets. He was a founder and partner in the legendary New Music Seminar, the world's seminar music industry convention during the 80s. He founded Dance Music Report in 1978, the preeminent newsletter for DJs for over 15 years. Mr. Silverman serves on the board of SoundExchange, A2IM, Merlin, and RIAA and has served for many years on NAIRD/AFIM board, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Dance Music Hall of Fame, as well as the NARM Manufacturer's Advisory Board. Tom was the recipient of the NARAS Heroes Award in 2000 and in 2013, he received the A2IM Lifetime Achievement Award. He has a degree in environmental science from Colby College and attended Graduate School at Western Michigan University in Environmental Geology.

Prior Speaking Experience: New Music Seminar, Music & Media (FI), ASCAP New York Sessions, Canadian Music Week, Trigger Creative Conference, Digital Music Forum, In the City, YouBloom, CMJ, NARM, Keynote Winter Music Conference, MIDEM, Leadership Music.

John Simson, American University

40+ years in the industry. Signed as a singer-songwriter, career has included stints as Personal Manager, Independent Label Owner, Entertainment Attorney, Executive Director of SoundExchange, Professor of Entertainment Law and Entertainment Business, Consultant on Neighboring Rights and Music Publishing issues, Lobbyist on behalf of recording artists and creators.

Stu Smith, Manager, Red Light Management

Stu Smith is a manager at Red Light Management, which represents Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, Phish, and Alicia Keys, among dozens of other rock, pop, country and roots acts. With his team, he helps manage The Decemberists, Punch Brothers, and Blind Pilot. He came to Red Light in early 2009 from Aimee Mann's management company. Stu is from Winnetka, IL and graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN.

Che "Rhymefest" Smith, Artist/Community Activist,
Gigi Sohn, President, Public Knowledge
Kristin Thomson, Co-director, Artist Revenue Streams Project, Future of Music Coalition

Kristin is a community organizer, social policy researcher, entrepreneur and musician. After graduating with a BA in Sociology from Colorado College in 1989, Kristin moved to Washington, DC where she worked for two years as a national action organizer for the National Organization for Women. She left NOW in 1992 to make a full-time commitment to Simple Machines, an independent record label she co-ran with Jenny Toomey. Over the label’s 8-year history, Simple Machines released over seventy records and CDs, published the Mechanic’s Guide to Putting Out Records, Cassettes, and CDs, and organized three high-profile music festivals in Washington, DC. While running the label, Kristin and Jenny also wrote, recorded and released four highly-acclaimed Tsunami records on Simple Machines, and toured the US, Canada and Europe extensively.

Kristin joined Jenny Toomey at the Future of Music Coalition in late 2000 to oversee project management, research and event programming, including Future of Music Policy Summits from 2002-2007. In 2011-13, Kristin became a consultant for FMC, and has served as Co-Director of the multi-method Artist Revenue Streams research project. She was also the main author of Arts Organizations and Digital Technologies, released by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project in January 2013, and works with consumer privacy expert Ashkan Soltani. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.

Judy Tint, Attorney / Consultant, Judy Tint, Counselor At Law

Judy Tint is a New York-based attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Rutgers College, and was an associate at Pryor, Cashman, Sherman & Flynn and Grubman, Indursky & Schindler before starting her own practice in 1984, specializing in music-related matters and representing a broad variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers, independent labels, radio personalities, and other music-makers, from newcomers to legends. She is an Adjunct Professor in the NYU Music Business Program, a member of the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and has lectured extensively on various topics in the entertainment field, for organizations including Practicing Law Institute, Women in Music, The New Music Seminar, CMJ, Columbia Law School, South by Southwest, North by Northwest, and Grammy In The Schools. She is also Vice-Chair of the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.

Judy has served as a consultant and producer in connection with numerous projects, and has devoted her time and energy to a variety of charitable endeavors. She is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed Capitol Records release, “The Rites of Rhythm and Blues”. She serves the Board of Directors of WhyHunger, and spent two years at the United Nations, where she oversaw the management and recruitment of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity spokespersons. She produced a concert series at Lincoln Center with best-selling author/lecturer Marianne Williamson, promoted and hosted the long-standing China Club “Pro-Jam”, and developed and produced (with musical director Paul Shaffer) the live entertainment program at “Sullivan’s” in New York’s landmark Ed Sullivan Theater. Other organizations she has helped support include The Starlight Foundation, The Nordoff-Robbins Foundation for Music Therapy, Feeding America, The Foodbank for New York City, the Oregon Foodbank, and The Community Foodbank of New Jersey.

While she has no intention of quitting her day job, Judy is also a musician and songwriter, and performs regularly as the percussionist for her longtime clients, The Four Tops. She is a firm believer in the power of music to change the world.

Jeff Toig, General Manager, Muve Music

Jeff Toig is the Founder and General Manager of Muve Music, a new state of the art digital music service that launched commercially in January 2011. Muve Music was developed and incubated within Cricket Communications/LEAP Wireless. Jeff joined Cricket in June 2008 as the company's Vice President of Product Management. In that role, Jeff was responsible for Cricket's end to end product offer, product development and product marketing. This included voice and data products, devices and accessories. Under Jeff’s leadership, Cricket’s Product team created the idea for Muve Music, built the business plan and led the developed of the technology platform that now powers the service. At the beginning of 2011 Jeff moved into a full time role running the Muve Music business.

Prior to joining Cricket, Jeff was a Partner with the strategy consulting firm CSMG that specializes in the Telecom & Media industries. At CSMG Jeff focused his client work in wireless strategy, marketing strategy, new product/business development, digital media/music and mobile content. His clients included: SK Telecom, NTT DoCoMo, Warner Music Group, Newscorp/Fox, NBC Universal, Disney and Nuance.

In 2001, Jeff joined Virgin Mobile USA as a member of company’s founding team. He spent 5 years with the business in a number of Marketing and Sales leadership roles where he helped build Virgin Mobile into a $1B+ business with 4m+ subscribers. During his time with Virgin, Jeff led the company's Messaging & Mobile Content business. He built and ran the Channel Marketing team. Jeff also developed the company's retail distribution strategy and led the National Retail Sales team.

Prior to joining Virgin Mobile, Jeff was an early member of Gap Inc's online team. During his time with the company, the group built and launched, and Jeff was responsible for business development across all 3 divisions. Jeff began his career as a consultant in Pricewaterhouse Coopers' strategy group. During that time he was based in New York for a few years and London for a few years.

Jeff holds degrees from Harvard Business School (MBA) and Northwestern University (BA, History).

David Touve, Assistant Professor of Business, Washington and Lee University

David is presently an Assistant Professor of Business at Washington and Lee University, where he teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship. Outside of the classroom, he works on and writes about issues of policy and strategy in the copyright industries. Previously, David founded or held management/advisory roles in a series of startups operating at the intersection of media and technology. His work has been cited by various sources (e.g., the Financial Times, WIRED, Billboard, and the Guardian) and he has spoken at a range of conferences (e.g., World Copyright Summit, Telco 2.0). More information about David can be found at, while the nascent features of his educational startup for and about startups can be found at

Heidy Vaquerano, Entertainment Law Attorney, LaPolt Law, P.C.

Heidy Vaquerano is an entertainment attorney at LaPolt Law, P.C. in Los Angeles, California. LaPolt Law is a boutique transactional entertainment law firm that specializes in representing clients in the music, film, television, merchandising and book publishing industries. The firm's clientele include recording artists, songwriters, producers, music publishers, managers, independent record companies, merchandise and apparel companies, film production companies, directors, writers, authors, and actors. For more information on Heidy or the law firm please log onto

Margo Varona,
Neil Vineberg, Chief Marketing Officer, Thinglink

As CMO at ThingLink, Neil is helping shape a transformation in how we engage with images. ThingLink turns images into a platform for rich media and social connection.

Neil has been PR guru and strategist both for startups and Fortune 100 brands. He held management and partner positions with leading communication firms including Middleberg Euro and Golin/Harris.

His successes include pioneering strategic work with visionaries in MP3 digital music, social media, online communities and technology. His experience spans the technology, B2B, consumer, digital entertainment and philanthrophic sectors, including engagements with 3taps, Applifier, ThingLink, Webshots, Jaiku, Sprint,, eMusic, UNICEF, UNDP, Texas Instruments, Procter & Gamble, Attention Span Media, United Airlines, IBM and Sony.

Marcy Rauer Wagman, Managing Partner, Wagman Dickman, LLC

Marcy Rauer Wagman is the Managing Partner of entertainment, media and technology law firm Wagman Hurwitz & Dickman, LLC, representing all types of artists, technology/software firms, entertainment industry professionals and media entrepreneurs. She is also an Associate Professor and former Program Director of the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. She gained international attention for the innovative Music Industry Program by creating and heading up the Drexel University-based MAD Dragon UNLTD, which housed MAD Dragon Records/ADA, BANTIC Media & Artist Services, DraKo Booking, MAD Dragon Publishing, MADKo Concerts and MADMerch. Before this, she was a songwriter and producer, co-writing hit songs with major label artists, including those with SONY & Atlantic Records, landing a #1 Billboard hit and other charted singles. She owns Shaney Divine Music Publishing, and her songs have been placed in numerous music outlets, such as films, TV shows, and broadcast ads. She was Executive Producer/Creative Director of FC&D, Inc., a broadcast music production company, where she composed and produced music for hundreds of national advertisers for over 15 years, garnering many local and national advertising industry awards. She serves on the Advisory Boards of Villanova Law Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, Future of Music Coalition, Music Resource Group/Independent Music Awards, Rock to the Future and Rock ‘n’ Roll Afterschool. She is an ASCAP and NMPA member for over 25 yrs. She is on the Editorial Board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association Journal. She served on the Board of Directors for Philadelphia Folksong Society. She is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy organization) and served five terms on its Board of Governors. Ms. Rauer Wagman is the author of numerous published articles on copyrights and the music industry, and she authors a blog,

Emily White, Co-President, Whitesmith Entertainment

Emily White is the co-founder of Whitesmith Entertainment, a music, comedy and sports management and consulting firm based in New York and Los Angeles. White is known for developing artists using the grass roots and modern tools of the internet. In 2012, White founded Readymade Records and Publishing with her artist Brendan Benson as a sustainable home for his music and production projects. Recently, White along with Cortney Harding partnered to form Dreamfuel, which specializes in crowdfunding for athletes.

Katie Willmott,
Yizhou Zhang, Grad student, CCT, Georgetown University