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November 15, 2007

Time: 11:45 AM - 2:00 PM

Subpublishing from Home - Do It Yourself?

Considering the pros and cons of direct affiliations with foreign societies. 
This month’s panelists represent very different views on how to handle foreign collections: While many choose to go the traditional route of using subpublishers based in each local territory, the opportunity to affiliate directly with foreign societies is an attractive new approach for some.

Our panel will discuss the role of subpublishers in today’s music publishing business, as well as address specific issues such as collection time, copyright registration errors, licensing and black box money.

Members with any questions or inquiries regarding direct affiliation with foreign societies may contact Dan Ekbäck directly:

Dan Ekbäck
Senior Director, Administration and International Affairs
Murrah Music Group
1109 16th Avenue South
Nashville, TN  37212

Email: Dan.Ekback@murrahmusic.com
Phone: (615) 329-4236

photos by Janet Landrum


Dan Ekback
Senior Director, Administration and International Affairs, Murrah Music Group

Randall Wixen
President, Wixen Music Publishing, Inc.

Michael Eames
President, PEN Music Group, Inc.

Jake Wisely
Co-President, The Bicycle Music Company


Erik A. Steigen
Director, Publishing & Royalties

AIMP Panel

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House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site $7. Call 323-848-5100 for directions.

Additional Speaker Information

Dan Ekback has worked successfully in the music industry for over 38 years. Along with having worked in the United States and Europe, Ekback is a longtime fan of country music, and moving to Nashville in 1990 was a dream-come-true for the Swedish-born music executive. As Murrah Music Groups Sr. Director, Administration & International Affairs, Ekback is responsible for the day-to-day administration side of the independent music publishing company including negotiating and preparing songwriter and publisher contracts, negotiating administration deals, issuing of mechanical and sync licenses, overseeing songwriter contracts and overseeing the companys ever-growing foreign activities. His knowledge and experience have been instrumental in his ability to establish direct relationships with the Mechanical & Performing Rights Societies in Germany, Scandinavia, Great Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Italy, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands.

Randall Wixen formed his first publishing company in 1978, which was eventually incorporated in 1984 and is now known as Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. Wixen Music Publishing, Inc. administers publishing rights for hundreds of companies and copyright earnings well into tens of millions of dollars per year. WMP has provided consultation and expert witness testimony in prior cases. Randall Wixen has lectured on music business topics and royalty issues for Cal State Northridge, UCLA Extension, USC Entertainment Law Symposium, the Association of Independent Music Publishers, Songwriter Resource Service (predecessor to the National Association of Songwriters), Northeastern University, and the Musicians Institute. His article on music publishing royalties was published by L.A. County Bar Association and he is the author of Plain And Simple Guide To Music Publishing (Hal Leonard, 2005).

Michael Eames is President of PEN Music Group, Inc., a full-service independent music publishing company he co-founded in April 1994 with Colorado-based partner Pat Hoyman. PEN Music Group, Inc. was created as an effective alternative to the multinational music publishing companies. With an emphasis on efficiency and personal attention, PEN has enjoyed increasing success each year since its inception, especially in the area of film & TV song placement (with 200+ placements each year) and with songs covered by Christina Aguilera, Corinne Bailey Rae, Santana, Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Luther Vandross, Macy Gray, Paulina Rubio and numerous others. Immediately prior to PEN, Michael oversaw the international activities and film & television department of Don Williams Music Group where he was responsible for song catalogues such as Jimi Hendrix, Chicago and Roy Orbison among numerous others. He has also worked with the catalogue of Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and a Santa Monica-based music supervision firm.

Jake Wisely joined The Bicycle Music Company as Co-President in 2004, where he currently co-manages day-to-day operations of the independent music publishing company. Wisely is responsible for catalog acquisition and new songwriter signings, as well as managing catalog administration. His experience includes positions in the creative departments of EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing and as Director of Artists, Labels and Soundtracks at eMusic.com, where he was responsible for licensing rights and marketing the sites Soundtracks feature. Wisely managed the Midwest membership office of ASCAP and owned and operated an independent record label and custom imprint with Sony Music. The Bicycle Music catalog includes works by Dwight Yoakam, Foghat, Jose Gonzalez, Third Eye Blind, Night Ranger, Killswitch Engage, The Fixx, Steve Dorff, Marty Balin, Michael Brook, Montell Jordan, Josh Kelley, Jimmy Tamborello, Hatebreed, Ice Cube and much more.

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