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June 3, 2014

Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

SOLD OUT :: Business Managers Talk Music Publishing with AIMP Nashville


Join us for a publishing conversation with a few of Nashville's top business managers - Kella Stephenson Farris, Charles Sussman, and Dwight Wiles.  Moderated by David Crow, topics will include - 

- Catalog evaluations

- Capital Gains Tax / expiration

- Emerging income streams

- Tracking income / collection 

 - New legislation / Songwriters Equity Act


Charles Sussman
President/Sussman & Assoc

Kella Stephenson Farris
Owner/The Kella Stephenson Company, LLC

Dwight Wiles
President/Smith Wiles & Co


David Crow
Milom Horsnell Crow Rose Kelley PLC

AIMP Panel

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ASCAP - Connie Bradley Board Room
2 Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203




Additional Speaker Information

CHARLES SUSSMAN, President and Founder of Sussman & Associates, is a prominent entertainment business manager who specializes in world-wide business and financial management, royalties and tax planning. With over 30 years experience, Sussman has become one of the entertainment industry’s leading financial advisors. Prior to founding Sussman & Associates in 1994, Sussman had an accomplished career as the managing partner at Prager and Fenton’s California office. During his 15-year tenure with Prager and Fenton, Sussman specialized in accounting and business management. He performed or supervised over 150 royalty and participation examinations in recording, music publishing, infomercial, direct marketing, and motion picture industries. Sussman has acted as litigation support for divorce, accident and royalty cases. He has also testified at the California State Senate Hearings on record company accounting practices. Sussman is an active member of the American Institute Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Tennessee Society Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), California Society Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), California Copyright Conference (CCC), Academy of Country Music (ACM), Country Music Association (CMA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). Currently, Sussman is Chairman of the Outside Audit Committee for MusiCares and the GRAMMY Foundation. He is on the boards of the non-profit organizations Women Rock for The Cure and The New York Restoration Project. He previously served as President and Treasurer of the California Copyright Conference. Sussman chaired the California CPA Society Entertainment Conference in 1990 and served on the California CPA Society Sports and Entertainment Committee from 1985-1994. He is also an alumnus of Nashville’s prestigious Leadership Music program. Sussman has been a guest lecturer and featured speaker on royalty, tax and business management at several universities and conferences including: UCLA, University of Southern California, Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, California CPA Society, Beverly Hills Bar Association and Tennessee CPA Society. Sussman is a Certified Public Accountant who studied at Northeastern University, University of Miami and West Coast University, earning his undergraduate degree in accounting and business. When not working, Sussman enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and collecting cars.

KELLA STEPHENSON FARRIS, a CFP®, formed this boutique business management and financial planning company in 2006. Prior to receiving her MBA from Auburn University, she worked with superstar group Alabama in Fort Payne, Ala. Collectively, her clients have cuts on more than 100 million albums sold and 60 No. 1 songs. Clients include Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird, Dallas Davidson, Natalie Hemby, Rodney Clawson and Nicolle Galyon. Farris has served on Auburn University’s, College of Business, Dean's Advisory Board and Barefoot Republic Camp Board of Directors. She enjoys hot yoga, triathlon training, spending time with husband DJ and being on the family farm in Eufaula, Ala. Memberships: Member--ACM, CMA, The Recording Academy, Financial Planning Association, Leadership Music Class of 2014

DWIGHT WILES' music industry career spans thirty years and is as varied as it is accomplished. His diverse experience has allowed him to cultivate a wide array of skills that lend a unique perspective to his work as one of the music industry's best known and most trusted business management advisors. His first interaction with the music industry began when he booked and promoted performances for national acts as Concert Committee Chairman while a student at Ohio Wesleyan University. After graduation, he put his urban planning education on hold to become a road manager and later co-manager for the Ohio-based Atlantic Records group McGuffey Lane. Unique in his current field, Dwight's first hand experience as a personal manager with his hands-on knowledge of the road along with his technical accounting experience singularly qualifies him to advise his clients through the various stages of their careers and lives. Dwight is also Chief Operating Officer of Copyright Exchange and co-owner, with Marghie Evans of Do Write Music. Formed in 2005 with the late Gary Smith, Copyright Exchange provides marketing, negotiating, accounting and administrative services to buyers and sellers of music-related copyright catalogs. Do Write Music is a full service administration company providing royalty collection and licensing services for songwriters, publishers, record companies and producers. Moving to Nashville in 1987 as a manager, Dwight made the transition to business management by starting his own firm in 1992, and partnering with Gary Smith in 1995 to form Smith Wiles & Co., PC. Born in Painesville, Ohio, outside of Cleveland (self-proclaimed rock 'n' roll capitol of the Universe), Dwight is a Certified Public Accountant with an undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of Dayton. He is a member of the CMA, ACM, NARAS and TSCPA. He is also a Leadership Music Alumnus 2001(and a former Board Member and Secretary. He presently serves on the board of the ACM and Lifting Lives. When he is not at the office, he is usually bicycling around the hills of Tennessee and the winding roads in the Rockies, Alps, Pyrenees, and Himalayan Mountains.

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