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March 20, 2014

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

The Brave New World Of The Mini-Major

An in-depth look at independent publishers who are challenging the major publisher power structure. 


Robert Ott
CEO, ole

David Renzer
Chairman, Spirit Music Group

Jake Wisely
President, The Bicycle Music Company


David Hirshland
Executive VP Client Services, BMG Chrysalis/AIMP President

AIMP Panel

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


From left, Robert Ott/ole, David Hirshland/BMG Chrysalis and AIMP President, Jake Wisely/The Bicycle Music Company and David Renzer/Spirit Music Group.

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib.


Additional Speaker Information

Robert Ott founded ole, which is now one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishing and rights management companies and has 50 staffers in offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, New York and Nashville. The company has completed over $280 million in acquisitions in recent years and continues to acquire. Ott previously worked as VP/GM of BMG Music Publishing Canada. He is a five-time past president of the Canadian Music Publishers Association and sits on the Board of Directors of CMRRA.

David Renzer is a veteran music and entertainment executive whose career has included leadership positions with the world’s largest and most well-known music publishing companies. With over 25 years of experience in music and entertainment, Renzer is currently Chairman of Spirit Music Group, a leading independent publisher that represents such names as Pete Townshend (the Who Catalog), T Rex, Alan and Marilyn Bergman and songs by Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Billy Squire, Right Said Fred, Scissor Sisters and many more. Spirit has their own offices in NY, LA, UK and the Netherlands with aggressive expansion plans underway. Prior to Spirit, Renzer served as Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), responsible for overseeing the activities of the company’s 57 offices in 47 countries. After Renzer joined UMPG (then called MCA Music Publishing) in 1996, the company grew exponentially through direct signings and catalogue acquisitions, including the BMG Music Publishing, Zomba, Polygram, and Rondor catalogues. Under Renzer’s tenure, UMPG also became the global leader in the areas of Production Music, Christian, and Classical Music. Renzer began his career at Zomba Music Publishing, where he rose to SVP & GM. During his decade-long career there, Renzer helped Zomba achieve ASCAP’s R&B Publisher of the Year and Pop Publisher of the Year awards. Renzer’s civic commitments have included sitting on the Boards of ASCAP, NMPA, the International Music Publishers Association, and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. He has also served as the Chairman of the Music and Entertainment Division of the City of Hope, and founded Songs of Hope, raising over $1,750,000 for the City of Hope Hospital. Renzer is also a frequent speaker on several entertainment industry panels.

Jake Wisely is a partner and co-president of The Bicycle Music Company, an independent music publisher, record label and rights manager 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 day-to-day operation, business affairs and administration of an ever-expanding catalog of evergreen songs and recordings, spanning all genres and eras, along with intellectual property rights in name and likeness, books, trademarks and merchandise. Since Wisely and his partners took the helm at Bicycle, the company has amassed hits and modern standards as broadly diverse as “Always On My Mind”, “Bust A Move”, “Cross Road Blues”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Guantanamera”, “Hang On Sloopy”, “Hurt”, “I Swear”, “Lady Sings The Blues”, “Let Your Love Flow”, “Man In The Mirror”, “Sister Christian”, “Slow Ride”, “Stand By Your Man”, “Time After Time” and the songs from A Chorus Line, as well as catalogs and ancillary rights from such legendary songwriters and artists as Glen Ballard, Sammy Cahn, Wes Farrell, Marvin Hamlisch, Billie Holiday, Robert Johnson, Cyndi Lauper, Nine Inch Nails, Pete Seeger, Tammy Wynette and Dwight Yoakam. Wisely is jointly responsible for catalog acquisition and new songwriter and artist signings. 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 during the mid-1990’s. Wisely is a member of the California Copyright Conference and the Association of Independent Music Publishers, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. The Bicycle Music Company is the AIMP's 2013 Independent Publisher of the Year.

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