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February 21, 2008

Time: 11:30am-1:45pm

A View from the Top 2008

In our annual tradition to kick off the New Year, join us as we welcome the leaders of independent and multinational music publishing companies sharing their views on the current state of the worldwide music publishing industry.  Learn what innovations and adjustments are being made artistically, technologically, financially and legally to address the challenges facing our industry.

David Renzer, Lionel Conway, Cathy Merenda, Kathy Spanberger, John Rudolph
from left David Renzer, Lionel Conway, Cathy Merenda, Kathy Spanberger, John Rudolph

Kathy Spanberger

all photos by Janet Landrum


John Rudolph
CEO, Bug /Windswept / T/Q

Lionel Conway
President, Stage Three Music (US) Inc.

Kathy Spanberger
President & COO peermusic Anglo American Region

David Renzer
Chairman & CEO Universal Music Publishing Group


Cathy Merenda
VP, Music Publishing, Fox Music,

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Additional Speaker Information

John Rudolph is the Chief Executive Officer of Bug Music, Inc., ranked #5 in the 2007 Billboard music publishers. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the NMPA. Prior to Bug, Mr. Rudolph founded and served as CEO of Music Analytics in 2001, the leading strategic advisor to music publishers and record companies, and also founded Sherpa Ears, LLC, a technology company involving social networks, in 1999. Previously, Mr. Rudolph was CFO of Windswept Pacific where he engineered the sale of Windswept to EMI for a reported $200 million in what was one of the largest music publishing transactions at the time. Mr. Rudolph began his career in corporate finance with IBM and as a consultant at BDO in Atlanta. Mr. Rudolph received his Bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and passed the Tennessee Certified Public Accountants examination in 1992. He grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee, just outside Nashville; he is the son of a professional musician, worked in record stores for most of his teenage life, and is an avid snowboarder and mountain climber, having climbed the highest mountain on five different continents.

Born and educated in London, England, Lionel Conway began his publishing career with Dick James Music in London. During his tenure with James, Conway had the enviable job of placing Beatles songs with British artists. In the late 60s, while still with DJM, he worked with Elton John and Bernie Taupin, culminating in a brief spell as manager of Elton in 1970. Shortly thereafter, Conway was ready to run Chris Blackwell's Island Publishing Company. During his 21 years with Island, he personally signed some of the worlds finest writing talent; Cat Stevens, Dave Stewart, Robert Palmer, Ian Hunter, Tom Waits, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Paul Rogers (Bad Company), Andy Fraser (Free), Steve Bray (Madonnas Co-Writer), Garry Wright, Jimmy Cliff, Trevor Horn, and U2. In 1975, Conway moved to North America, starting Islands U.S. office in Los Angeles. After Island was purchased by Polygram in 1990, he stayed with the company, overseeing Islands writers. In 1992, Conway joined Madonnas new company, Maverick, as president of publishing, working very closely with both Madonna and manager, Freddie De Mann. During his 7 years with Maverick, Conway signed Grammy winner, Lucinda Williams, and platinum acts, Vertical Horizon and Candlebox. In 1999, Maverick was acquired by Warner Chappell, Conway continued to consult and oversee Mavericks writers until 2001, when a very interesting opportunity came about to create and build a new publishing company with Mosaic Media Group. During the 4 years, he acquired Hamstein Music, which included all songs written by ZZ Top and over 40 Country #1 hits, and the Daksell Selldak Catalog containing over 100 Aerosmith songs, including the well known Dream On, Walk This Way, and Sweet Emotion. In 2005, Mosaic sold its publishing company to Stage Three Music, a U.K. company run by Steve Lewis in London, and lead by Lionel Conway in North America. Lionel has been on a Board Member of the NMPA since 2006.

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