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September 17, 2015

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME (Debunking The Legal Myths Of Sampling)

The practice of sampling is alive and well - from urban records to the concert hall and to many genres and destinations in between.  And with the recent “Blurred Lines” decision, the lines are, well, getting even more blurry!  Join us for a wide-ranging discussion from multiple perspectives on the various issues and complications of sampling - from the legal to the moral to, ultimately, the financial.
All attendeees will be entered in a drawing to win one free pass to the new Guild of Music Supervisors State Of Music In Media 2015 Conference!!


Rhonda Bedikian
President, Heavy Harmony Music

Kevin Gilliam
DJ & Producer, p/k/a 'BattleCat'

Laura Karpman

Joy Lin
Licensing & Sampling, Alien Music

Adam Weitz
Key Account Executive, TV & Film, APM Music


Michael Eames
President, PEN Music Group/AIMP President

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Laura Karpman, Adam Weitz, Joy Lin, Michael Eames, Rhonda Bedikian and Kevin Gilliam (DJ BattleCat).  

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

Additional Speaker Information

Rhonda Bedikian has been in the music industry since graduating from USC. Rhonda started her career at Motown and has worked for Chrysalis, EMI, PolyGram, IRS and Virgin. Rhonda started Heavy Harmony in 1992. Heavy Harmony is a music publishing, music supervision, licensing, clearance and placement company based in Los Angeles. Rhonda has represented writers and artist/writers including but not limited to Skip Scarborough “Lovely Day”, “ Can’t Hide Love”, “Love Ballad”, “Giving You The Best That I Got”; Hanson “MMMBop”; Howard Hewett, as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire, whose song “Sounds Like A Love Song” was sampled by JayZ . Keyshia Cole and The Dream. Rhonda works with Smokey Robinson, Alan Parsons, Howard Hewett, and co-manages producer, writer DJ BattleCat (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube), Rhonda works with various film composers such as Aaron Kaplan, Jeff Porter, Aaron Embry, Chris Hayzel and others. Rhonda was music supervisor for the films “Bank Robbers” and ““Shadows of The Past”. Rhonda has placed songs in various movies such as “Pulp Fiction”, “Dangerous Minds”, “Soul Plane”, “Soul Food” et al and numerous television shows. Currently Rhonda is producing several Television and films with Sennet Entertainment as well as a Broadway production based on Edgar Allen Poe. Rhonda, owns the Heavy Harmony Music Library and also co-owns R&B music and R&B Studios with Ken Rose who represents The GRAMMY Awards, Latin GRAMMY Awards and The American Music Awards.

DJ BattleCat, is an American Producer, Musician and DJ from South Central Los Angeles. His album production credits date back to 1990. BattleCat is considered the Godfather of the West Coast Sound. His trademark production style has often been characterized by fat synth bass lines, soulful keys and melodic melodies . His musical talents have been featured on various Hip-Hop and R&B recording artists. He has produced for artists such as Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, 2 Pac, Ice Cube, The Game, Xzibit, Talib Kweli, Faith Hill, Tyrese, Brian McKnight, Deborah Cox, Faith Evans, Kenny Latimore, RL (Next), Truth Hurts, Lucy Pearl (ft. Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip), 213 (Snoop Dogg, Warren G & Nate Dogg) and West Coast Rappers such as: WC, E-40, Above the Law, Domino, Dru Down, Rass Kass, Boo-Yaa TRIBE, YoYo, Kurupt, Tha Eastsidaz, Tash (Tha Alkaholiks), Doggy’s Angels, Chico N’ Coolwada, Jayo Felony and more. BattleCat has been the Musical Director for Snoop Dogg for several years. BattleCat has been a Co-Musical Director for the Soul Train Awards for the past 2 years. Currently BattleCat is working with Dre, Puffy, The Game, YG, TY$IGN, Redman Busta Rymes and new featured artists Toni Monroe, Mykstro and Janice Freeman who are all signed to his new label, NUSHOE’Z Records. BattleCat has spent the last few years touring and in the studio preparing for the launch of NUSHOE’Z Records later this year. BattleCat was seen spinning for the Red Carpet at the premiere of “Straight Outta Compton”.

Four-time Emmy award winning composer Laura Karpman maintains a vibrant career in film, television, videogame, concert and theater music. Her distinguished credits include the upcoming series UNDERGROUND, where she will be collaborating with Rapheal Saadiq and John Legend, scoring Kasi Lemmons’ BLACK NATIVITY, Spielberg’s miniseries TAKEN, the Showtime series ODYSSEY 5 and MASTERS OF SCIENCE FICTION (both Emmy-nominated). She has received two GANG awards and an additional nomination for her videogame music which has been performed by orchestras internationally. Commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Karpman collaborated with soprano Jessye Norman and The Roots on ASK YOUR MAMA, a multimedia opera on a text by Langston Hughes, which received its sold out premiere at Carnegie Hall in March 2009, and its West Coast premiere at The Hollywood Bowl and was revived at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Karpman is now working on an opera for Glimmerglass for 2016 and a work in collaboration with Rebecca Walker for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus to premiere on 2015. She has just been awarded a grant from Opera America to develop an opera with NY Times columnist Gail Collins called Balls! based on the match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. She has served as an advisor for the Sundance Documentary Lab, and is a new member of the Academy of Motion Pictures.

Originally setting out to pursue a career in Finance after graduating from UC Berkeley, Joy Lin relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco to pursue a career in the music industry. In addition to Alien Music, Joy has worked alongside major labels and publishers including; Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Chappell Music, Warner Music Group, and Rhino Entertainment. Her publishing and label experience were merged when she went to work with the owner of Alien Music, Danny Zook. Alien Music has cleared samples, provided publishing administration, and serviced sync licensing for over 2 decades. In the last 2 years, Joy has worked on over 200 albums for labels such as Atlantic Records, Warner Bros Records, Interscope Records, Entertainment One, Fool’s Gold, Mad Decent, OWSLA, and countless others. Some of our recent projects include releases by Skrillex, Diplo, A-Trak, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, Cee-Lo Green, The Game, Common, and Rihanna. Prior to Alien Music, she was also the Assistant Manager of Domestic Licensing and Sampling at Warner Music Group, where she oversaw the negotiation and licensing process for the use of the Warner Music catalogue.

After working as a composer and attorney, Adam Weitz combined both passions into creative licensing at APM Music, where his focus is TV, film and theatrical marketing. Recent projects include: Ant-Man, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Fantastic Four, Furious 7, Inside Out, Magic Mike XXL, Minions, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Spy, Trainwreck, Vacation, and We Are Your Friends. He is also the go-to at APM for sample clearance. APM tracks have been sampled by Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Nas, Cee-Lo, Fatboy Slim, MF Doom, and Danger Mouse. He received a B.A., Film/Media Studies from Fordham University and a J.D. from Syracuse University, where he wrote his dissertation on sampling law.

Michael Eames is President of PEN Music Group, Inc.  Founded in April 1994, PEN is a full-service independent music publishing company with a worldwide presence who is celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2015. PEN offers efficiency and personal attention as a boutique company.  With PEN’s A-list music contacts in film, TV and advertising, and a success rate that continues to grow (with 100+ placements each year), it is an effective alternative to the large multinational publishing companies. Eames and PEN proudly represent the catalogues of writer/artists as diverse as: JOHN FARRAR (legendary producer of Olivia Newton-John who wrote many of her biggest hits);  DON FELDER (formerly of The Eagles who co-wrote the classic copyright “Hotel California”); Oscar®-winner DONNY MARKOWITZ (including  the smash hit "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" from DIRTY DANCING); OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN herself; Grammy®-nominated artist/producer WENDY WALDMAN (who co-wrote “Save The Best For Last”); Emmy®- nominated lyricist AMY POWERS; GINA SCHOCK of the Go-Gos; the estates of late composers EARLE HAGEN and ALLYN FERGUSON who between them co-wrote classic TV themes such as The Andy Griffith Show, Barney Miller (and its spinoff Fish), Mod Squad, I Spy , Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and many others.  PEN is also well known for supporting and developing indie buzz artists such as Kimberly Cole and ShyBoy (both of whom have over 1 million followers on Twitter), as well as many other up-and-coming artists and writers.  PEN has also recently begun to represent the videogame scores owned by Zenimax Media which include the Elder Scrolls franchise. PEN’s songs have been recorded by artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, the cast of GLEE, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Cazzette, kd lang, Santana, Christina Aguilera, Corinne Bailey Rae, Faith Hill, Paulina Rubio, Macy Gray, Kenny Rogers and Luther Vandross, among countless others. In the current climate of change in the music business, PEN has also partnered with various independent labels such as Oglio Records and Cheap Lullaby Records to leverage collective strengths. PEN has similarly been entering into joint ventures with respected music executives who start their own companies, most notably Eddie Gomez (formerly of Bug Music) who launched his Little Brother Music in 2012 and Lynn Grossman whose Secret Road Music Services manages Ingrid Michaelson and is a very successful company licensing music to film/TV/ads. PEN also manages the publishing venture of the hit R&B/Pop producers THE UNDERDOGS.

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