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March News

  • Like everyone, we are watching with concern the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic around the world. We have suspended AIMP’s March in-person events, but will have a free March 24 webinar open to all members: “What Is Password Sharing Costing Streaming & the Music Business at Large?,” presented by Glenn Peoples of Billboard. We are considering additional webinar member events through April.
  • View Webcasts of Panels – One of the many benefits of membership is our archive of past panels. If you missed the LA February Ladies Of Latin panel, Members can view the video, as well as all archives, here. All are welcome to view a sampling of video clips here.  
  • The AIMP Global Music Publishing Summit will take place over three days - June 8-10 - at the 3 West Club in New York City. Andrea Martin, the new Chief Executive of PRS for Music, is confirmed to keynote – more great speakers to come! In the meantime, don't forget to get your Early Bird ticket before March 31st on Eventbrite
  • AIMP Association Chair and Los Angeles Chapter President Teri Nelson-Carpenter issued the below statement on the NMPA's recent settlement with Peloton.

"The AIMP applauds the settlement between the NMPA and Peloton, and looks forward to seeing the results of their joint collaboration agreement.  Going forward, it is imperative that all publishers and songwriters be compensated for the use of their works, and we will be monitoring the situation closely to ensure that independents are treated fairly and equitably."

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  • MLC Metadata Showdown: What’s in a Name? Your money.  There is an unsurprising discussion going on about song titles in the metadata deliberations regarding the regulations mandating the conduct of the Mechanical Licensing Collective quango.  The least surprising part of the discussion is that the services change song titles as it suits them.  Click here to read more.  
  • ASCAP takes legal action against 15 venues nationwide that infringe on songwriters’ copyrights by performing their musical works without permission.  Read more here.  
  • BMI in collaboration with Secret Hit, a subsidiary marketing platform of VIP Music Records, held their first songwriting camp together last month at the legendary Quad Studios in Times Square in New York City.  Read more about it here.  
  • SESAC congratulates affiliates Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Jeremy Bussey, Adam Shoenfeld and Jenee Fleenor for their nominations at the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards™.  Read more here.  
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Mary Jo Mennella / Music Asset Management

As one of the most well-known and respected rights administration and licensing experts in the industry, Mary Jo Mennella is the owner and CEO of Music Asset Management, Inc. (MAM), a leading independent music publishing and consulting company she founded fourteen years ago.  Throughout her successful career as both a passionate entrepreneur, as well as a seasoned corporate executive, Mennella has always been committed to being of service to songwriters by providing the best-in-class rights management of catalogs that maximize value and income. With extensive worldwide relationships and broad experience, her company manages publishing catalogs for a multitude of rights owners and creators, including world-renowned songwriters and composers, independent music publishers, film and TV studios, and other media companies. During this transformational period of copyright reform requiring complex licensing solutions, music creators and talent representatives seek Mennella and her team’s expertise to successfully build and manage their catalogs while being instrumental in their growth and success.  

MAM’s recent signings include award-winning composer Mark Isham, two-time Emmy nominee Miriam Cutler, Nashville-based companies Purplebeat Music and MV2 Music, along with cutting edge indie publishing company, Arketek Music.  The company also represents the estate of Bobby Troup (“Route 66”), Evolution Music Partners and OSI Music, among many others.  In 2014 MAM entered into a partnership with leading LA independent Pulse Music Group as their exclusive publishing administrator which recently entered into a J-V with Concord Music.  

Prior to launching Music Asset Management, Mennella was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Music Publishing at Fox Filmed Entertainment as the executive in charge of the publishing and master recording catalogs of 20th Century Fox, Fox Broadcasting, and their affiliated production units. Mennella worked on many of the studio’s most successful soundtrack releases including TITANIC, THE SIMPSONS, HOME ALONE and X FILES.  Before Fox, Mennella held key senior executive roles at Saban Entertainment and at ASCAP, where she began her career in the entertainment business working in the Membership Department. At ASCAP she signed and nurtured many popular and legendary songwriters such as the GoGos, Dan Hartman, and George Michael Green.   

As an advocate for creators’ rights, a champion of songwriters, and as a musician herself, Mennella has served on the Board of Directors of the Songwriters Hall of Fame as West Coast Chair since 2010 and was elected Board Secretary in 2018.  Mennella is on the board of IMPEL, the independent music publishing collective for digital rights licensing, and she is Past President of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP).  Among her many philanthropic efforts and industry affiliations, Mennella is a Past Chairman of the Music & Entertainment Industry Group for City of Hope, a Lifetime Member of the Recording Academy, and an active supporter of MusiCares.  

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