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  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels.  If you missed the NY April panel Creative Session - Synch Pitch to ESPN, members may view the full panel here.  If you missed the LA April Evolution Of Music In Video Games panel, members can view the full panel here, as well as all other archived panels from all 3 chapters.  Select 'HD' for the best viewing quality!  All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.
  • Concord Music Group and The Bicycle Music Company merge, raise $100 million and acquire Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records. Read more here.  
  • NMPA Elections - AIMP LA Board member & Bicycle Music CEO Jake Wisely and AIMP NY Executive Director & Carlin America President/CEO Caroline Bienstock both appear on the NMPA 2015 Board of Directors election ballot sent out this week. Please vote!  A new NMPA Board will be announced at its Annual Meeting on June 17 in New York.  
  • The Performance Right: A World In Transition - You won't want to miss board member Todd Brabec's article in our Copyright Corner (parts 2 & 3 coming in June & July!).
  • 2015 ASCAP Pop Music Awards - KISS, The Doobie Brothers, St. Vincent and other top songwriters celebrated.  Read more here.  
  • Jay Z’s Tidal - A first look; definitely young, probably promising. Read more here.   
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Michael Simon/HFA


Michael S. Simon is the President and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier American music rights management organization.  Previously, Simon was HFA’s Senior Vice President of Business Affairs, General Counsel and Chief Strategic Officer.   

Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has focused his efforts on creating new opportunities for the company and the over 48,000 publishers it represents while also improving HFA’s traditional mechanical licensing business.  He has led the company’s expansion beyond its traditional mechanical licensing business and created its Slingshot rights management service, which provides customized, outsourced solutions for music distributors.  His team has developed groundbreaking licensing arrangements for online music and music video services, ringtones, Express Live recordings, lyrics, guitar tablature, background music, digital jukeboxes, and other new media opportunities.  
 
Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Razorfish, Inc. where he guided the company’s impressive growth from a small private company of 18 people to a public company of over 2,000 employees in five years. Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, an artist management and consulting company, whose roster included such major label acts as the Honeydogs and the Gigolo Aunts.  Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman. 
 
Simon received his Juris Doctor from the Columbia University School of Law, and he graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College.  He lives with his wife and three children in New York and owns independent record label Simon Recordings.  
 
 
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3/10/15 DOJ Hearing on ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees On the morning of March 10, 2015, the Department Of Justice (DOJ) held a hearing on the ASCAP and BMI Consent decrees.  The w …

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Copyright Office Report On Music Licensing Released On February 5, 2015, the Copyright Office released their 245 page report on their analysis and recommendations for how the U.S. Co …

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