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October 15, 2015

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

SESAC - The Future Of Music Rights Is Now!

SESAC has recently been the subject of articles in the New York Times, Music Week and other key media outlets, with one journalist saying "SESAC has quietly offered up solutions over the last two years to what plagues the music industry.” Find out why when SESAC executives convene at the AIMP panel.  SESAC is the only music rights organization in the United States with the ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights. This allows SESAC to drive greater efficiency in licensing for music users, as well as enhanced value for music creators and publishers.  The second oldest and most progressive performing rights organization (PRO) in the United States, SESAC is also the only PRO to pay monthly radio royalties and the first to pay songwriters and publishers for live performances in venues of any size. Its recent acquisitions of the Harry Fox  Agency and Rumblefish position SESAC as a leader across multiple platforms, including micro-licensing. Learn how the independent creator will benefit from SESAC’s groundbreaking innovations when SESAC leaders discuss the strategy and services that form the basis of SESAC’s expansion.  


John Josephson
Chairman & CEO, SESAC

Sam Kling
Sr. VP Creative Operations, SESAC

Dennis Lord
Executive VP, SESAC

Michael S. Simon
President & CEO, Harry Fox Agency



AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Pictured (left to right): AIMP president Michael Eames/PEN Music Group, SESAC’s John Josephson & Sam Kling (& AIMP Board Member), HFA’s Michael Simon and SESAC’s Dennis Lord.

Photos by Teal Moss

Additional Speaker Information

John Josephson is Chairman and CEO of SESAC, Inc., a leading music licensing company and the parent of SESAC Performance Rights. He has served as a director of the company since 1992, following its acquisition by Allen & Company Inc. in partnership with an investor group. Rizvi Traverse Management acquired a controlling interest in SESAC in December 2012. Previously, John was a Managing Director at Allen & Company LLC, a privately-held merchant bank based in New York City, where he was employed from 1987 to 2014. At Allen & Company, John’s focus was the general area of investment banking, including corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, in- and out-of-bankruptcy restructurings, financial advisory services and direct investments. Clients and portfolio companies that he worked with included Time Warner Cable, The News Corporation, Time Warner, Sony Corporation of America, AOL, Viacom, Reuters Group and The Chernin Group. John also served on the Board of Allen & Company Investment Advisors. From 1983 to 1985 John was employed by McKinsey & Company Incorporated as a senior business analyst. John received an M.B.A. with High Distinction in 1987 from Harvard Business School, where he was elected a George F. Baker Scholar. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree, summa cum laude, from Cornell University in 1983, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Sam Kling is SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Creative Operations. As part of SESAC’s senior management team, Kling is responsible for helping create and execute growth strategies for SESAC’s creative departments. He also manages the creative operations’ day-to-day department objectives. Kling is based in SESAC’s Los Angeles offices. Before his position at SESAC, Kling served as Vice President at peermusic and was in charge of overseeing the independent music company’s Pop A&R as well as Film & TV creative operations. He holds a an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Bachelor’s degree from the New School University in New York City. Kling is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), a national board member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) as well as a Los Angeles board member of the TJ Martell Foundation.

Dennis Lord is the Executive Vice President of SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization. Known as a music industry executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an entertainment lawyer who has a knack for writing hit songs himself. Earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Colorado State University, Lord attended both the University of San Diego and Vanderbilt University Schools of Law, completing his juris doctorate in 1987. After a stint with the law firm Jack, Lyon & Jones, P.A., Lord set up a successful entertainment law practice and served as the manager of the career of legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth. Drawn by this rare combination of creativity, business acumen and legal know-how, SESAC hired Lord as Vice President Writer/Publisher Relations in 1997. In 2005, Lord was named SESAC’s Executive Vice President, a position he currently holds. As Executive VP, Lord is a leader in all creative, business and legal aspects of company operations. Lord also proved himself as an A-list songwriter penning Travis Tritt’s first major hit, the award winning "Country Club”, as well as cuts for country artists T.G. Shepherd, Ruby Lovett and many others.

Michael S. Simon is the President and CEO of the Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA), a premier American music rights management organization. Since joining HFA in 2001, Simon has focused his efforts on creating ground breaking new opportunities for the company and the over 48,000 publishers it represents while also improving HFA’s traditional mechanical licensing business. Before joining HFA, Simon was the Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Razorfish, Inc. where he guided the company’s impressive growth from a small private company of 18 people to a public company of over 2,000 employees in five years. Prior to Razorfish, he founded Simon Ventures, an artist management and consulting company, whose roster included major and indie label acts.  Before that, Simon was Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Polygram Records. He also served as an associate in the entertainment and intellectual property law practice of Levine Thall Plotkin & Menin and the corporate, litigation and entertainment practice of Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman. Simon received his JD from the Columbia University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from Amherst College.  He lives with his wife and three children in New York and owns independent record label Simon Recordings. 

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