CMJ 2013: 7 Panels That Will Make You A Publishing Wizard

Pat Whitrock on Oct 8, 2013

CMJ is right around the corner. If you’ve ever attended, you know what that means. For one week, aspiring musicians, music executives and everyone in between will be frantically running around downtown NYC trying to squeeze every drop of goodness out of the festival. But it’s important to remember they call it CMJ Music Marathon for a reason - a well-designed schedule is the key to getting the most out of any festival (and making it home in one piece).

We’ve hand-picked our favorite panels to help indie artists understand the complicated world of music publishing, copyright and royalties. Attend one to fill in the blanks or go them all and become a publishing master!


Tuesday, October 15

Paid In Full: Royalties in the Digital World

11:00am - 12:00pm

Digital platforms offer promising new revenue streams for artists and songwriters, but digital royalty collection is complicated and constantly changing. Get the latest on how to navigate these tricky waters from some of the best in the biz.

How To Survive as a Musician in 2013

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Making music your career isn’t easy, but it’s definitely possible. Find out how others have made their dream a reality and which partners can help you get there.


Wednesday, October 16

Copyrights and Wrongs

11:00am - 12:00pm

This panel will discuss the problems with current copyright law for content creators, users and service providers; what changes need to be made; and what effect these changes will have on the future of music and the business surrounding it.

Fair Play: Royalty Rates and Internet Radio

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Internet radio has arrived, but it’s fate is all but decided. iTunes Radio has negotiated direct deals, while Pandora and ASCAP are bogged down in rate court. How can internet radio providers succeed and compensate artists fairly at the same time?


Thursday, October 17

SoundExchange: What It Is, Why It Pays, and How to Get Your Share

11:00am - 12:00pm

SoundExchange is a digital performing rights organization that collects royalties for sound recording copyright owners and performers. It has the same purpose as ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, but for labels and artists, rather than publishers and songwriters. If you write and record your own music, don’t miss this one.

The Evolution of Indie Music Publishing

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Indie labels (even some indie artists) are starting their own publishing companies. Find out what it takes to make it in indie publishing and how the business is changing.


Friday, October 18

360 Me: DIY Theory and Application

2:00pm - 3:00pm

More and more artists are choosing non-traditional paths and experiencing success, but not all musicians are equipped to handle both the creative and business sides of the industry. Learn how to spot your strengths and choose partners to cover your weaknesses.



You can find the full list of CMJ panels here.

Which panels are you going to? Let us know in the comments.

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