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February 16, 2012

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

A View From The Top - The Indie Edition

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 Every February the AIMP features our annual A VIEW FROM THE TOP.  This year, for the first time, we are focusing exclusively on independent publishers to get their input on where they see the industry heading, how they are taking advantage of current trends, and how they are preparing their businesses for the future.  Please join us for what will no doubt be a lively and informative conversation!


Michael Closter
President, Reach Music Publishing

Michael Eames
President, PEN Music Group, Inc.

Kathy Spanberger
President & Chief Operating Officer - peermusic Anglo American Region

Jake Wisely
Co-President, The Bicycle Music Company


David Hirshland
President, Bug Music

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood. Valet parking, on site: $7. Call for directions.

From left, Michael Closter, Kathy Spanberger, David Hirshland, Jake Wisely and Michael Eames. 


Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy House of Blues Sunset. 

Additional Speaker Information

Michael Closter is founder, President and owner of Reach Music Publishing (formerly Reach Global), which he started 19 years ago in 1993, in his New York City apartment. He has steadily grown the company through a combination of copyright acquisitions, administration agreements and foreign royalty collection deals. These include the representation of a diverse array of artist catalogs such as Public Enemy, Ice T, Danzig, The Misfits, Zakk Wylde and Lisa Loeb. Taking advantage of the available executive talent in the consolidating music publishing industry, Michael recently opened an office in Burbank, with its own recording studio, and has hired staff formerly from Bug Music, Cherry Lane and others. Reach Music is aggressively pursuing a strategy of growth and its recent signings include the publishing rights to Dangerbird Records (including Fitz and The Tantrums), Jon Fratelli of The Fratellis, M83 (through Justin Meldal-Johnson), Lyrica Anderson and The Knack, including its iconic song “My Sharona”. For more information: www.reachmusic.com

Kathy Spanberger, President & Chief Operating Officer, peermusic, is a true innovator who has taken the forward-thinking peermusic brand and expanded the vision to include iconic works from classic singer-songwriters as well as nurturing the growth and development of up-and-coming artists. A recognized leader in the Music Publishing industry, Spanberger is responsible for the firm’s operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia. Under her tutelage, peermusic has acquired several internationally recognized music catalogs that include the works of famed songwriter/producer David Foster (including all of Foster’s songs in Foster Frees Music, Air Bear Music and One Four Three Music), Hoagy Carmichael works (“Georgia on My Mind” and “Stardust”), Malaco Music (“Old Time Rock & Roll”; “Mr. Big Stuff”), Larball Music (“Tie A Yellow Ribbon”), Songcorp (Canada) and Caribbean Waves/Crossing Boarders “CWCB”, home to songs recorded by such artists as Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Marc Anthony. The success of the company owes much of its growth to Spanberger’s tenacity as well as her management style, which is simply to “hire the right people, let them do their job, take chances and flourish at what they do." Under her direction, peermusic is working an extraordinarily wide range of artists from around the world including Molotov (Universal), Victor Manuelle (Sony/BMG Norte), Tragically Hip (Canadian music icons), Chayanne (Sony), Esther Dean (writer of “Rude Boy” and “S&M”/Rihanna; “Firework”/Katy Perry), Traci Hale (writer of “What’s My Name”/ Rihanna), Vicki McGeeHee (Nashville songwriter/acquisition – “Wildflower,” “It’s Just That Way”), Choquibtown (Latin Grammy Award Winners), Glori Trevi (Universal), Anahii (EMI), Carolina La O, Horoscopos de Durango (Universal) Camera Can’t Lie (Word/Atlantic), Victor Manuelle, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Uno (Universal), Steve Mac (UK), Adam Argyle (UK), Renee Cassar (Australia and US), Hawksley Workman (artist/writer in Canada) and Kathleen Edwards (Concord Records, artist/writer in Canada). Peermusic also controls the catalogs of artists Juanes, (Universal), Tricky Stewart, Redzone Entertainment and Jason Ingram (SESAC 2007 Christian Songwriter of the Year). Spanberger is active in a number of industry organizations and is a former President of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). She has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Founded by Ralph S. Peer in 1928, peermusic is the world’s largest global independent publishing company and operates 35 offices in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in the company’s catalogue, and songs that vary from country, blues, jazz and pop to Latin, concert and rock ‘n’ roll, peermusic is the largest privately owned company of its kind in the world.

Jake Wisely is a partner and co-president of The Bicycle Music Company, an independent music publisher and rights holder based in Beverly Hills and New York City. Wisely was instrumental in the acquisition and funding of Bicycle in 2005, which had been a family business, established in 1974. Since then, he has helped to usher the company into a new age, overseeing the business affairs and administration of an ever-expanding catalog of evergreen songs spanning genres and eras. Since Wisely and his partners took the helm at Bicycle, it has amassed standards and hits as broadly diverse as “Let Your Love Flow”, “Time After Time”, “Slow Ride”, “Guantanamera”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “This Is How We Do It”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Sister Christian”, “Stand By Your Man”, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Lady Sings The Blues”, “How’s It Going To Be” and “One Thing Leads To Another”, as well as song catalogs by such legendary recording artists as Dwight Yoakam, Cyndi Lauper, Roy Ayers, Nine Inch Nails, Jefferson Starship, Pete Seeger and Tammy Wynette. Wisely is jointly responsible for catalog acquisition and new songwriter signings, and he also manages Bicycle’s catalog of master recordings, which includes the groundbreaking 1989 album by Nine Inch Nails, “Pretty Hate Machine”, which was remastered and reissued in 2010 with enhanced packaging under Trent Reznor’s creative supervision. Wisely has worked in the west coast creative departments of both EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing, and was Director of Artists, Labels and Soundtracks at eMusic.com. He was Director of Membership and managed the Midwest membership office of ASCAP in Chicago from 1996-97. Wisely is an art school dropout whose childhood passion for punk rock and heavy metal merged with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, resulting in a fanzine publishing empire during the thriving Minneapolis music scene of the 1980’s. Uncle Fester Fanzine and Sheet Metal Magazine gave way to Red Decibel, Inc. in 1990, Wisely’s independent label and production company turning out loud midwestern rock. Red Decibel, through Columbia Records, released albums by such stellar unknowns as Season To Risk, House of Large Sizes and Fat Tuesday, while it independently released albums by bands with names like The Coup de Grace, Glazed Baby and Cher U.K. Wisely is a member of the California Copyright Conference and the Association of Independent Music Publishers, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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