January 2018 Newsletter

AIMP Events

January 9

Bulk Recordation Act of the Copyright Office

New York, NY

January 22

The Golden Triangle

New York, NY

January 23

How Publishers Will Fill The Artist Development Gap in Nashville’s Music Industry in 2018

Nashville, TN

February 13

Save the Date: AIMP NY Event TBD

New York, NY

February 22

State of the Music Industry

Beverly Hills, CA

Other Events

January 9

People’s Choice Awards

Los Angeles, CA

January 9-12

CES – International Consumer Electronics Show

Las Vegas, NV

January 9-12

Entertainment Matters @ CES

Las Vegas, NV

January 16

CSUSA Copyright + Tech

New York, NY

January 16

The CCC presents: Welcome To The Jungle, Then & Now – Music, Money & Legalities of Bands That Rules The Sunset Strip

Studio City, CA

January 17-20

Eurosonic Noordeslag

Groningen, The Netherlands

January 23-24

NY:LON Connect

New York, NY

January 24

NMPA Grammy Week Songwriter Showcase

New York, NY

January 25

CSUSA presents – Copyright and the California Coast: Register of Copyrights Annual Presentation

Beverly Hills, CA

January 25-28


Anaheim, CA

January 26

MusiCares Annual Person of the Year Tribute

New York, NY

January 28

Grammy Awards

New York, NY

February 4

Super Bowl

Houston, TX

February 5

Music Row Country Radio Meet & Greet and Country Breakout Awards

Nashville, TN

February 5

TJ Martell 10th Annual Los Angeles Wine Dinner

Los Angeles, CA

February 5-6

Digital Entertainment World

Los Angeles, CA

February 5-7

Country Radio Seminar 2018

Nashville, TN

February 6

NMPA L.A. Songwriter Showcase

Los Angeles, CA

February 6

Juno Awards nominees announced

Vancouver, Canada

February 6-8

Pollstar Live

San Francisco, CA

February 8-16

New York Fashion Week

New York, NY

February 9-25

Winter Olympics

South Korea

February 14-18

Folk Alliance Music Conference

Kansas City, MO

February 22-24

Durango Songwriters Expo

Ventura Beach, CA

February 22-25

Millennium Music Conference

Harrisburg, PA

February 26-March 1

Mobile World Congress

Barcelona, Spain

This Month: New York Tackles Bulk Recordation Act & ‘Golden Triangle,’ Nashville Addresses Artist Development

Now that the holiday season is over and 2018 has begun, the AIMP is back in full swing to help its members make the most of the year ahead.

AIMP’s New York Chapter is getting things started on January 9 at the offices of the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) with a premier-members-only event centered on the “Bulk Recordation Act of the Copyright Office.” Danielle Aguirre of the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) will be on hand to give attendees a deeper understanding of the new rule, which would allow Group Unpublished Registrations, providing songwriters and music publishers with additional protection regarding unregistered works. To attend, contact by January 8 to sign up or upgrade your membership.

The New York Chapter will keep things going during Grammy Week with a special panel, co-sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in New York, examining “The Golden Triangle” on January 22 at Interface. The event will gather a panel of experts from the U.S. and Canada to discuss how pop songwriters, publishing A&R, and music producers work together to craft hit songs. Stay tuned for panelist announcements and register for the event by clicking here!

Nashville will finish out the month with “How Publishers Will Fill the Artist Development Gap in Nashville’s Music Industry in 2018” on January 23 in the Connie Bradley Board Room at ASCAP’s Nashville offices. Livia Tortella of Black Box will address attendees and explain how Nashville publishers can improve their artist development practices. Registration is available by clicking here.

AIMP Los Angeles is also helping to promote the LA Copyright Society of the USA’s January 25th event “Copyright and the California Coast: Register of Copyrights Annual Presentation” at Lawry’s The Prime Rib. For more information, click here.

New York & Los Angeles Chapters Celebrate AIMP 40th Anniversary

The New York and Los Angeles Chapters of the AIMP both held their 40th Anniversary celebrations last month, with the New York event taking place December 4 at The Princeton Club of New York and the Los Angeles event following on December 7 at Candela La Brea.

In addition to commemorating the AIMP’s 40th anniversary, the NY party featured the presentation of 2017 New York Chapter Indie Awards to Congressman Jerrold Nadler and Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz. Congressman Nadler, who accepted via video presentation (which can be viewed by clicking here), was lauded as a leader for his sponsorship of national legislation supporting music publishers. Kalifowitz was selected for leading Downtown to explosive worldwide growth, founding online administration platform Songtrust, and helping organize the inaugural New York Music Month this past June via his advocacy coalition NY Is Music. The rock band White Denim also performed an acoustic set.

In a rare feat in LA, most of the AIMP’s past presidents gathered in one room to celebrate the 40-year milestone. The event featured the presentation of the Chapter’s 2017 Indie Publisher of the Year award to Kenny MacPherson’s Big Deal Music Group (with a surprise and heartfelt introduction by songwriter/producer and Big Deal writer Dan Wilson) and its 2017 Special Individual Award presentation to NMPA President & CEO David Israelite. While Israelite could not attend in person, he did send a recorded video accepting his award (which can be viewed by clicking here). There were also live performances from American Idol finalist Anthony Fedorov (with guest appearances by Jennifer Paz and Anthea), EDM duo Loud Luxury, and Frankie J.

For more pics from each event, click here for New York and here for Los Angeles. And don’t forget to check out HITS Daily Double‘s in-depth coverage of the events!

Barry Massarsky Talks Country Radio Performance-Based Income in Nashville

The AIMP’s Nashville Chapter welcomed Barry Massarsky, an economist and strategist for music industry revenue flows, for the “Outlook on Performance Based Income” event on December 5 in the Connie Bradley Board Room in ASCAP’s Nashville offices. Addressing a packed crowd, Massarsky delivered a presentation on performance-based income, specifically in regards to country radio, that focused on four key areas — the state of the radio industry and music’s role on radio, the license outlook for commercial radio, the country format’s share of commercial radio, and indexing chart position for country songs with likely outcome for lifecycle PRO earnings. Check out coverage in Music Row.

AIMP in the News

U.S Rep. Doug Collins (R-Georgia) and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced H.R. 4706, a.k.a. the Music Modernization Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 21, taking important steps toward fixing the broken mechanical licensing system in the United States. AIMP President Michael Eames lent his support to the endeavor, sitting for an interview with NPR to help them better understand the Act and leading to coverage on the main site and eight regional affiliates. Eames also issued a statement that was picked up in Music Row and the Creative Industries Newsletter.

AIMP Los Angeles Board Member Erin M. Jacobson, Esq., also made her voice heard regarding the Music Modernization Act. On January 5, she was interviewed on the Act as well as Wixen Music Publishing’s lawsuit against Spotify on the Business @Wharton show on Sirius XM channel 111. It is also available on Sirius OnDemand, so check it out if you’re a subscriber!

AIMP New York Board Member Keith D’Arcy of SONGS Music Publishing also made his voice heard in Variety. D’Arcy was consulted and quoted in an article regarding the last-minute music licensing push ahead of the Super Bowl on February 4. Read his insights at the link above.

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