Music Publishing Today : Insight & Analysis
Date: 30th September 2015
Time: 11am – 5pm
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Anyone wishing to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE INCLUDE ‘PUBLISHING SEMINAR’ IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF YOUR EMAIL
(Limited availability | No admission charge).
Hosted by Stuart Worthington (MMF Training), this intensive event forms Part 1 of a publishing series aimed at individuals who are required to be on top of the latest developments in the fast-changing global music market – giving them a greater understanding of current systems and future challenges. Details of Part 2 of the series will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Panel includes: Stuart Worthington (MMF), Johnny Lappin (Evolving Music Co & MPAI), Victor Finn (CEO IMRO) and Colin Kavanagh (Arthur Cox).
This workshop has been developed and refined over time to ensure that all attendees become better equipped to take advantage of the new business opportunities that are central to the development of our industry.
Individuals from all sectors of the music and media industries who are involved in or interested in any aspect of music rights management and publishing will benefit from the programme’s varied and comprehensive content. The objective is straightforward: to provide practical information placed in the context of today’s music industry.
Collectively the whole modular programme provides a wide-ranging analysis of all the key issues, challenges and practical opportunities facing those involved or interested in today’s music publishing industry.
Topics covered in Part 1 include;
- The Journey of a Song/Composition: Music Publishing, Rights Management & Licensing Today
- Writer / Composer & Publisher Relationships, Contracts & Agreements
- Sub-Publishing, Co-Publishing, Publisher Relationships & Contracts; plus International Royalty Tracking
Details for Part 2 of this publishing series will be announced soon.
Starting out running a direct marketing agency, Stuart Worthington has remained an independent small business “owner-manager” for more than three decades. He now has over 25 years’ experience working in the music and media industries as a specialist provider of management consultancy and small business support plus professional training & development services for a range of clients and strategic partners, in territories and markets across five continents.
Specialising in the music industry since 1992, over in the UK Stuart has worked with both MMF (Music Managers Forum – since 1995 to date) and MPA (Music Publishers Association – since 2003 to date) to design, develop and deliver annual Professional Development Programmes in both Music and Artist Management and Music Publishing, aimed at and attended every month by industry personnel and practitioners ranging from new entrants to senior management and legal and financial professionals.
Stuart was made UK Head of Training and Education for the MMF in 1997, and in 2014 became Head of a new Training & Education Committee for the global umbrella organisation IMMF (International Music Managers Forum – servicing MMF chapter & network member national organisations in 22 countries).
As well as running production and licensing companies and a boutique music publishing business, for several eventful years Stuart also co-managed the band Happy Mondays. Having worked closely with artist manager members of the MMF around the world for many years (including a ten-year worldwide joint venture with MMF UK between 1997 and 2007) he has to agree with Manchester’s late great Tony Wilson: “my sympathies lie with the managers!”
Since 1989 to date Stuart has also continued to work with, and regularly moderate panels at industry events hosted by, an increasing range of clients and strategic partners in most sectors of the cultural and creative / arts and entertainment / media industries including music industry export offices, trade associations and unions as well as collecting societies around the world – including IMRO here in Ireland.
Johnny Lappin heads up the publishing division of the Liffey Group of companies, the hugely successful stable that includes Celtic Woman & The High Kings. Lappin also sits on the boards of Music Publishers Association of Ireland (MPAI), IMRO and Mechanical Copyright Protection Society Ireland Limited (MCPSI). He oversees the music publishing interests of MCD boss Denis Desmond’s Evolving Music Co which includes the highly successful duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan, Hozier, Wyvern Lingo, Little Hours, Otherkin, The Original Rude Boys, The Minutes, Funeral Suits, Leaders Of Men and Nottingham based April Towers to name a but few of their extensive writer roster. In early 2014 he negotiated one of the biggest deals in Irish sub publishing history when concluding a deal for the Evolving catalogue with Sony/ATV and EMI Music. He is regularly called upon to contribute to panels and to speak on radio programmes to discuss key issues concerning intellectual property, copyright and music publishing.
Prior to becoming CEO of IMRO, Victor Finn was Managing Director of The Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (Ireland), during which time he oversaw significant developments in the Irish music publishing industry, as income for publishers and songwriters shifted from traditional physical product to digital. A Chartered Management Accountant with a degree in Marketing from University of Limerick. Since joining IMRO he has positioned IMRO as the primary rights organisation in Ireland, with IMRO taking on the administration of mechanical rights thus allowing one-stop shop licensing for online, mobile and broadcast music services. Partnerships with European collecting societies ensure that IMRO’s international and online revenues continue to grow. Transitioning IMRO into an efficient licensing operation in Ireland has meant the organisation continues to thrive domestically as the economy recovers.
Colin Kavanagh is a Partner in the Corporate and Commercial Department and head of the firm’s Media & Entertainment Group. Colin provides corporate, commercial and regulatory advice across a range of industries but in particular the life sciences and creative industries. Colin works with both domestic companies and foreign companies with operations in Ireland.
The Arthur Cox Media and Entertainment Group is a leading practice in the area of media and entertainment law in Ireland. The Group works closely with the Technology & Innovation, Intellectual Property, Defamation and Finance Groups and draw on the expertise of other specialist lawyers in the firm as required. They advise the creative industries on all of their legal needs including finance and funding, contract law, regulation, music, film and television, advertising and sponsorship, publishing, defamation and commercial arrangements generally. They act for television and radio broadcasters, cable companies, production and distribution companies, publishers, advertising agencies, record companies and talent, as well as many digital and on-line media, content provision and telecommunications companies.
Allied to their existing expertise in music copyright, sound broadcasting, digital media and dispute resolution, the Media and Entertainment Group advises on recording contracts, contract law, music publishing, management agreements, merchandising and live performance agreements.