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November News

  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels. If you missed the LA October panel Music Licensing$ Today: A Complex But Understandable World with the Brabecs, Members can view the video, as well as all archives, here. All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.  
  • The AIMP mourns the loss of a true friend to independent songwriters and music publishers. Jay Rosenthal was more than an attorney to most of us. He passionately represented the causes for independents championing the way on major issues that deeply impacted the community. Jay was an important educator providing detailed knowledge at our Washington roundups and his experience and expertise to our executive board. He will be deeply missed by family, friends and the community of songwriters and music publishers. 
  • AIMP leaders Teri Nelson-Carpenter, National Chair and LA Chapter President; Alisa Coleman, NY Chapter President; and John Ozier, Nashville Chapter President, issued an official statement on the passage of the CASE Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. The AIMP is glad to see the legislation moving forward and encourages the Senate to pass it as soon as possible. Read the full statement via HITS Daily Double and Digital Music News.
  • The AIMP Nashville Pubcast is back for its third season! Hosted by Tim Hunze, Senior Director of Creative at Anthem Entertainment and an AIMP Nashville Board Member, the now bi-weekly series, which will run year-round, will feature 30-minute interviews with some of the most prominent music and publishing industry figures in Nashville discussing all aspects of the music business.  This year’s inaugural episode, “Winning the Battle, Continuing the War,” features David Israelite.
  • Mechanical Licensing Collective Board Members Outline Challenges, Next Steps - The deadline for building the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) is on January 1, 2021. MLC board chairman, and NY Chapter president Alisa Coleman and non-voting board member Danielle Aguirre laid out where things stand now and the big obstacles before the board during an event for the Association of Independent Music Publishers New York Chapter.  Read more here.  
  • ASCAP Screen Music All-Stars Take Center Stage at Variety Summit - Variety brought out 11 major players in the ASCAP screen music community for its 2019 Music for Screens Summit, held October 29 at NeueHouse in Hollywood. ASCAP was a premier partner for the second annual event.  Read more about it here.  
  • BMI Band Rocks Annual Meeting of Licensing Executives - BMI brought the party to Denver and the annual gathering of the National Association of Licensing Compliance Professionals by providing the music at their opening night event. The 2019 NALCP annual conference kickoff party was highlighted by a performance from Dallas-based BMI band Northern National.  Read more about it here.  
  • Congratulations to the SESAC affiliates who were winners at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards which took place at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville on October 15th. 
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Mike Molinar / Big Machine Music

Mike Molinar is the General Manager of Big Machine Music (BMM) where he brings twenty-two years of music business experience to lead operations since launch in 2012. Molinar oversees all aspects of BMM which ranked Top 10 in Billboard’s 2018 and 2017 Top 10 Hot 100 Publishing Corps and Top Country Publishing Corps. BMM has scored over twenty-three #1 hits and over thirty Top 20 singles on the Country Airplay Charts. Among the dozen BMM singles climbing the Country, Hot AC and Top 40 charts are “Speechless” (Dan +Shay), “The Bones” (Maren Morris), “Beer Never Broke My Heart” (Luke Combs), “The Ones Who Never Made It Back Home” (Justin Moore, “What If I Never Get Over You” (Lady Antebellum), “To A T” (Ryan Hurd), “Catch” (Brett Young) and “In Between” (Scotty McCreery), among others.

BMM is home to such breakout, artist/songwriters as the reigning CMA and ACM New Male Artist of the Year winner, Luke Combs, 2018 ACM New Artist of the Year and ASCAP Artist Songwriter of the Year, Brett Young, Grammy nominees Jessie Jo Dillon, Brandy Clark, Eric Paslay and Jonathan Singleton, CMA nominee Josh Thompson, hit-maker Laura Veltz, newcomers Daniel Ross and Benjy Davis as well as artist/songwriters Maddie and Tae, Tyler Rich, and Trent Harmon, among others. The BMM catalog includes songs recorded by superstars across genres such as Maren Morris, Jason Aldean, Dan +Shay, Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Steven Tyler, Christina Aguilera, and many more.

In 2019, Molinar was elected to the boards of the National Music Publishers Association, and the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) designated by the Copyright Office.  He also serves on the board for the AIMP Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame Education Council. He is an alum of Leadership Music (2015) and was named a Rider Scholar while attending Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University where he was named a Distinguished Alumni in 2013. He is a member of the CMA, ACM, CCMA and The Recording Academy.

Molinar’s industry experience dates back to 1997 as a Songplugger with Starstruck Writer’s Group where he pitched the catalogs of Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Mark D. Sanders and BMI Writer of the Century David Malloy, among others. As Creative Director at Cal IV Entertainment, he managed 2007 Billboard/ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year Dave Berg, as well as Jim Collins and Odie Blackmon, to career heights. Molinar later opened his own boutique publishing and artist development companies, including Effusion Entertainment.

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