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February 22, 2007

Time: 11:45am-2:00pm


Leaders of independent and multinational music publishing companies will share their views on the current state of the worldwide music publishing industry and what innovations and adjustments are being made artistically, technologically, financially and legally to address the dramatic challenges facing our industry.

From left:  Jay Faires, President, Music & Publishing (AIMP Board), Lionsgate; Kenny MacPherson, President, Chrysalis Music Publishing; Cathy Merenda, VP Music Publishing, Fox Music, Inc. (AIMP President); Stephen Finfer, COO, Arthouse Entertainment; Ron Moss, Exec VP/Creative, Rondor Music

Steven Lowy, former AIMP President receives presentation from Cathy Merenda current AIMP President.

Photos by Janet Landrum



Stephen Finfer
COO, Arthouse Entertainment

Jay Faires
President, Music & Publishing, Lionsgate

Kenny MacPherson
President, Chrysalis Music Publishing

Ron Moss
Exec VP/Creative, Rondor Music


Cathy Merenda
VP Music Publishing, Fox Music,

AIMP Panel

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Wyndham Bel Age Hotel
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd., just south of Sunset in
West Hollywood. Valet parking, $5.00. Phone 310-854-1111 for directions.

Additional Speaker Information

Stephen J. Finfer has run Arthouse Entertainments day-to-day operations for the last 3 years. This includes managing A&R, Business Affairs, Legal Affairs, Copyright Administration and Licensing, Foreign SubPublishing, Song Plugging, Royalty Accounting, and the overall Creative Development of the company. Stephen contemporaneously runs his own management company, which handles the affairs of a variety of producer/writers including Kara DioGuardi, Eman, and Rob Wells, among others. These clients are consistently represented in the pop charts around the world, and have a continuous flow of high-profile single and album releases. Arthouse currently controls singles (production and writing) on songs by: Katharine McPhee, Christina Aguilera, Cassie, Jim Jones, Sugarland, Taylor Hicks, Hilary Duff, Kelly Clarkson, Jewel, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Nick Lachey, Pussycat Dolls, Bo Bice, Santana, Ryan Cabrera, Enrique Iglesias, Jesse McCartney, Ashlee Simpson, Mika, Backstreet Boys, and JC Chasez, and many more. Mr. Finfer also consults for various executives and entertainment companies, and renders creative services such as executive production and music supervision. Stephen brings 15 years of varied, music and entertainment industry experience to his position. Previous to Arthouse, he was the General Manager of TVT Music Publishing, which signed writers such as Scott Storch and LilJohn. Prior to starting TVT's operations, Mr. Finfer was Senior Director of Creative Affairs at Famous Music Publishing, a division of Paramount Pictures/Viacom. Preceding that, he was General Manager/East Coast for Universal Music Publishing, a division of UMG/Vivendi. Earlier in his career, Mr. Finfer operated his own law firm and management company, where his clients included Dr. Dre/Deathrow Records, Master P/No Limit Records, Sugar Ray, Fleetwood Mac, Capitol Records, Priority Records, LOUD Records, House Of Pain/Everlast, and Selena Quintanilla, among others. Mr. Finfer began his career as a litigator at the law firm of Shea & Gould in Los Angeles, before spending several years in the business affairs department of Capitol/EMI Music. Mr. Finfer is a graduate of Brandeis University, and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

In his first year heading up Lionsgate music, Faires brought new music to film & tv from John Legend, Elvis Costello, Anthony Hamilton, Death Cab, Snoop and Regina Spektor among others. Upcoming new music includes new work from Kirk Franklin, Chris Cornell and Whitney Houston with Dionne Warwick among others. Cementing new foreign collection deals with Fintage House, a soundtrack deal with RED and digital deal with The Orchard, hes doubled LGs NPS this year with continued growth for 2007. Prior to Lionsgate, Faires had Mammoth Records, a&ring 150 records, taking bands to gold and platinum as he sold 100 million in recorded music. He sold Mammoth for 64 times its initial investment. Faires currently serves on the board of the AIMP.

As President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music Division North America, Kenny MacPherson presides over one of the most diverse independent music companies in the US. MacPherson is currently working with Outkast, BRMC, Daniel Lanois, Joe Henry, Velvet Revolver, Ray LaMontagne and My Morning Jacket, to name a few. Chrysalis is also home to a legendary catalogue encompassing the hits of Blondie, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Paul Anka and Cy Coleman.

Most recently, Moss was Vice President, A&R for Rondor. In his expanded role, he will help shape Rondors long term strategies while continuing to work closely with songwriters, sourcing new projects, collaborations and television and film opportunities. He will also continue to interface with Universal Music Publishing (UMPG) and seek new catalog acquisitions and songwriter agreements. Moss has been with Rondor since 1994. Previously, he held the title of Vice President, A&R. During this time, he has worked with music catalogs belonging to Isaac Hayes, Al Green, Steve Cropper and Brian Wilson. Hes also worked closely with songwriters Rod Temperton and Will Jennings as well as artists such as Garbage, Janes Addiction and The Kaiser Chiefs, among others. Moss has personally signed Avril Lavigne, Mika, Patty Griffin Obie Trice, Saliva, Bump J and Twista.

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