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September 19, 2013

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

DIGITAL AUDIO RECOGNITION: Disruption & New Revenue Opportunities

Digital technology continues to disrupt every area of the music business. One of the most interesting is the advent of digital fingerprint technology which creates fingerprints of music and can then recognize that music in a variety of environments.

This technology is helping generate new digital download revenues, is helping keep people honest, is disrupting the re-titling marketplace and is affecting PRO payments.  This exciting and important technology will be discussed at the panel.


DeDe Burns
Sr. Director Strategic Services, ASCAP

Steven Corn
CEO & Co-Founder, BFM Digital

Bobby O'Reilly
CEO, ProTunes

Jeff Price
CEO & Founder, Audiam

Hunter Williams
Executive Director, Production Music Association

Chris Woods
Co-Founder & COO, TuneSat


Randy Thornton
Chairman, Amphibious Zoo Music

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90211


From left, Jeff Price, Chris Woods, Steven Corn, Hunter Williams, Bobby O'Reilly, Randy Thornton and DeDe Burns.

Photos by Liz Redwing and Toni Koch, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib, Beverly Hills. 


Additional Speaker Information

DeDe Burns began working at ASCAP's New York office in 2004 and is currently the Senior Director of Strategic Services-Membership. In 2008 DeDe spent a year working at Warner/Chappell Music in Los Angeles before returning to ASCAP's Los Angeles office. Her role at ASCAP includes membership related duties for writer and publisher members, research and development of strategic initiatives and other activities focused on increasing ASCAP's effectiveness in performance royalty collection. She has been a guest lecturer at Cal Poly Pomona and CSULB. Ms. Burns is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, California Copyright Conference and the Association of Independent Music Publishers and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media/Recording Arts degree from Greenville College, Greenville, IL.

Steven Corn is the CEO & Co-Founder of BFM Digital, a global digital distribution company committed to serving the independent music community and delivering quality music, spoken word and video content to leading online retailers worldwide. Representing 650 labels, publishers and other content creators, BFM works closely with its worldwide network of digital services that includes iTunes, Spotify, Youtube, and Amazon, amongst others. Corn is also co-founder of BFM Jazz, a record label focused on releasing jazz albums from such well-known artists as Steve Gadd, Tierney Sutton, Steve Smith and others. Prior to forming BFM, he created Corn Music Services, Inc. an early licensor of audio and visual content to the cellular industry and providing strategic consulting services high profile online companies including MySpace, Fox Interactive, Universal Studios, Oddcast and kSolo. His experience includes Executive Vice President at Licensemusic.com, a pioneering online licensing site, and Vice-President/General Manager of Megatrax Production Music.

Bobby O'Reilly is an award winning radio production director and sound engineer. He founded Ireland’s first full service digital post production company and spearheaded the roll-out of international services and large scale international co-productions. He provided technical and creative solutions for many clients including BBC UK, BBC America, Channel 4, and advertising agencies and animation houses across the world. Awarded the Digital Media Award in 2006 he was also a double Gold and Silver winner at the International Advertising Awards in 2007. He was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year, and executive producer of a multi-BAFTA and multi-Emmy winning TV animation series. He founded proTunes in 2011 because of the deficiencies he experienced as a producer/engineer in finding relevant music quickly and as a direct response to the needs of his many clients. As a former executive trainer for the BBC and a fellow of the Ryan Academy at Dublin City University he has a specific interest in music and new media technologies, and particularly web solutions for the media industry.

In 2006, Jeff Price founded and launched TuneCore changing the face of the music industry by allowing artists to keep their copyrights and getting 100% of the revenue from the sale of their music. Over the next five years, TuneCore grew to become the world's largest music distribution and publishing administration entity. Jeff is also co-founder and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Apples In Stereo, Richard Thompson, etc.) From 1997 - 2001 Jeff Price worked with EMusic serving first as a consultant, next as interim VP of Content Acquisition and finally as the Senior Director of Music/Business Development. Jeff is currently consulting for the Canadian PRO SOCAN and has launched his new venture, Audiam. Audiam gets copyright holders paid from the use of their music on YouTube.

Hunter Williams is Executive Director of the Production Music Association, the leading voice of the production music community with over 550 music publisher members. Prior to the PMA, he spent 20 years at SESAC, most recently as SVP Strategic Development/Distribution & Research Operations where he was responsible for the development of SESAC’s royalty distribution systems, performance survey methodologies and tracking systems for all applicable media, the oversight of the company’s repertory and performance databases, and oversaw the company’s research and analysis division, which helped drive strategic development by identifying new business opportunities. Under his leadership, SESAC pioneered the use of digital fingerprint and watermark technologies to track and pay royalties for performances on radio, television, and new media. He has served on the boards of advisors of MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association) and the music industry committee of the College Music Society, and is graduate of Leadership Music Class of 2012.

Chris Woods is an accomplished composer, musician, producer and engineer with more than 15 years of experience in the music business and sound processing technologies. A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, he’s created music branding packages for numerous television networks, including Fox Sports, Versus and Big Ten. Since co-founding TuneSat in 2007, Woods has been instrumental in building the company’s technological portfolio, including the surveying, acquisition and development of audio fingerprinting algorithms. His personal knowledge of practical music royalty collection issues gives him unique insight into how and why the system for monitoring, reporting and collection of music on television, radio and the internet needs to change.

Randy Thornton is the Chairman of Amphibious Zoo Music, an in demand contemporary production music library and custom scoring house utilized by Hollywood film studios and major television networks worldwide. Randy also serves as the current chairman of the Production Music Association (PMA) and has over thirty years of celebrated industry experience. Randy Thornton cofounded Non-Stop Music in 1981 and became deeply entrenched in all areas of the music business including: producing, performing, marketing, composing, finance, legal, sales, licensing, acquisitions and business administration. Non-Stop was later acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2007, becoming the foundation for the Warner/Chappell Production Music operation. As Chief Executive Officer of Warner/Chappell Production Music, Randy became a worldwide leader in both original custom music and production music. His creativity, management experience, and love of music make him an invaluable part of Amphibious Zoo.

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