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May 21, 2015

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

A VIEW FROM THE TOP: The Indie Edition 2.0

Every year the AIMP tries to assemble the top executives from leading music publishing companies to talk about where they feel the industry (and their company) is now and where it is all headed.  This year we decided to re-visit THE INDIE EDITION where we sit down with the heads of independent music publishing companies, and we are focusing on independents that have some sort of funding so that we can explore (amongst a great deal of other topics) how that funding influences the deals that these companies do (or don’t do). Please join us for what will no doubt be an entertaining and informative panel!

From left, Monti Olson/Worldwide Music Publishing, Kenny MacPherson/Big Deal Music, Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks & AIMP Vice President, David Renzer/Spirit Music Group and Jake Wisely/The Bicycle Music Company.

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


Kenny MacPherson
President, Big Deal Music

Monti Olson
Managing Director of Worldwide Music Publishing/EVP, Global Entertainment

David Renzer
Chairman, Spirit Music Group

Jake Wisely
CEO, The Bicycle Music Company


Teri Nelson Carpenter
President & CEO, Reel Muzik Werks/AIMP Vice President

AIMP Panel

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



Additional Speaker Information

Kenny MacPherson, President of artist-friendly independent publisher Big Deal Music, is one of the most visible figures in the American music business—thanks in no small part to his gregarious personality and a Scottish burr as disarmingly apparent as the day he arrived in the States more than three decades ago. Following a stint in management, in 1989 MacPherson moved to New York to run the East Coast office of Warner/Chappell, later shifting to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters. During his 13 years at WCM, MacPherson signed and/or developed such prestigious artists as Radiohead, Underworld, Paul Westerberg, Afghan Whigs, BRMC and the Blue Nile. He assumed the post of President and Senior Executive of Chrysalis Music Division North America in 2001, revitalizing the company with the signings and development of such acts as Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, Underworld, OutKast, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, Afghan Whigs, Thom Yorke and Dan Wilson, as well as esteemed producers Daniel Lanois, Ethan Johns, Joe Henry, Larry Klein and Dave Sitek. MacPherson continued to head Chrysalis N.A. until the parent company was bought by BMG in late 2010. A little over a year later, he launched Big Deal Music with longtime colleagues Dave Ayers and Jamie Cerreta, as well as Michael McDonald and his Vinegar Hill/Propel Music publishing operation, headed by Pete Robinson. At Big Deal, which has offices in L.A., New York and Nashville, MacPherson and his colleagues have reunited with LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, Underworld, St. Vincent, Dan Wilson, Afghan Whigs, Dave Sitek and Ethan Johns, while signing and working closely with the likes of Sleater-Kinney, FIDLAR, Sharon Van Etten, John Ryan, Wye Oak, Sylvan Esso, Martie Maguire & Emily Robison, Brett Beavers, Shakey Graves and Bad Suns. The company has also formed an admin partnership with BMG Chrysalis. In a relatively short period of time, Big Deal has emerged as one of the most vital independent publishing companies, the home of cutting-edge and hitmaking writer/artists alike.

Monti Olson, formerly executive vice president/head of A&R, Global Publishing at Universal Publishing, has joined Global Entertainment as executive VP and Managing Director of Worldwide Music Publishing. He leads Global Publishing across both the LA and London offices. Olson's current roster includes Ellie Goulding,Corinne Bailey Rae, LMFAO, The Script, The Vamps and The Vaccines, among others. Olson leads the existing operation in London, which consists of a comprehensive team including A&R, administration, song plugging and sync, as well as building a team in the L.A. home office.

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 CEO of The Bicycle Music Company, AIMP’s 2013 Independent Publisher of the Year. He has helped to usher the company into a new age, overseeing the creative operations, business affairs, licensing and administration of an ever-expanding catalog of evergreen songs and recordings, spanning all genres and eras, along with rights in musical theater, name and likeness, books, trademarks and merchandise. Wisely also oversees the music publishing and licensing operations of the Concord Music Group, Bicycle’s sister company since 2013. Wisely was Director of Membership and managed the Midwest membership office of ASCAP in Chicago and has worked in the west coast creative departments of both EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing. He was also Director of Artists, Labels and Soundtracks at eMusic.com. He is a member of the California Copyright Conference and was elected to the Board of Directors of the AIMP in 2014.

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