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June 23, 2016

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

It's A New Dawn, It's A New Day, It's A New ASCAP

The music industry is in the midst of a massive transformation and so is ASCAP.  We will hear from ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews, ASCAP Chief Strategy & Development Officer Alice Kim, and ASCAP EVP of Membership John Titta about changes in the industry and how ASCAP is working to shape the future in a way that supports, protects and serves songwriters, composers and music publishers while continuing to deliver excellent results in licensing and distributions. The ASCAP panel will share insights on a range of topics from data strategy and transparency to membership and advocacy initiatives.


Elizabeth Matthews

Alice Kim
EVP, Chief Strategy & Development Officer

John Titta
EVP, Membership



AIMP Panel

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

From left, Alice Kim, AIMP president Michael Eames/PEN Music Group, Beth Matthews, John Titta and AIMP VP Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks.

Photos by Marcus Colbert and Liz Redwing, courtesy of ASCAP and Lawry's The Prime Rib.  

Additional Speaker Information

Elizabeth Matthews is Chief Executive Officer of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP), a membership association of more than 575,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Beth joined ASCAP in 2013 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, overseeing the ASCAP Business & Legal Affairs department. In that role, she oversaw business affairs, litigation, strategic alliances, and legislative and copyright policy matters. She was instrumental in leading ASCAP’s advocacy efforts to modernize music licensing, including reform of its Consent Decree, spearheading a transformative six-year strategic plan to meet the future needs of ASCAP’s members and licensing partners, and closing major deals with licensees. Previously, Beth worked at Viacom Media Networks (formerly MTV Networks), where she held the position of Executive Vice President & Deputy General Counsel. She managed and oversaw the VMN Business and Legal Affairs teams covering Advertising, Content Distribution and Marketing, New Business Development, Global Digital and New Media and the VMN Mergers and Acquisitions Pipeline, Research and various Ancillary Businesses. Beth was also responsible for drafting, structuring, reviewing and negotiation of strategic and complex commercial transactions across Viacom Media Networks’ programming services, including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Spike and Nickelodeon, among others. Prior to Viacom Media Networks, Matthews worked in the Intellectual Property and Corporate Groups for Chadbourne & Parke and the Business Technology Group for Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. Beth received her B.A. from Purdue University and her J.D. from Emory School of Law.

Alice Kim has been at the forefront of the digital media revolution for almost 20 years with executive positions in a number of media and technology companies that range from fortune 500 to start-ups.  Alice has a unique and complementary blend of digital, mobile and venture capital experience with a special expertise and deep proficiency in digital transformation and monetization models.   Alice is responsible for key modernization and automation initiatives as part of the transformation process at ASCAP.  She has created and overseas several new teams at ASCAP - strategy & business development, digital product, data strategy & business intelligence and the administration business. Her team is creating new digital products and exploring strategic relationships to improve member experiences and leading innovation initiatives such as blockchain. Prior to joining ASCAP, Alice served as senior vice president, corporate development and strategy for a start-up division of Qualcomm, an $77B wireless technology company where she led strategic partnership strategies and special internal projects.  Prior, she served as senior vice president, digital distribution and partnerships for Viacom Media Networks where she was responsible for developing the strategy, establishing and building the mobile and digital distribution revenues across the 17 on-air and digital brands of the MTVN portfolio, including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.   Previously Alice led the business development efforts for two digital start-ups, Enpocket, a mobile marketing platform, and Precache, a distributed computing technology company, both of which were successfully acquired by Fortune 500 companies.   Alice has been named one of Billboard’s Digital Power Players, one of the “Top Women in Wireless” by Fierce Wireless and “Top 50 Women in Mobile Content” by Mobile Entertainment.   Alice started her career in Venture Capital at CIBC Capital Partners and Dolphin Equity where she focused on growth stage investing for Media and Telecom companies and Investment Banking at Dean Witter.   Alice received her MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Stern School of Business, New York University.  Alice is active in the start-up world and is a member of New York Angels.  She serves as a board observer for Modalyst, a global, online marketplace for independent brands.  Alice is a lifelong New Yorker and lives in Manhattan with her husband and three sons.

John Titta began his publishing career with Screen Gems/EMI Music as Professional Manager, signing such acts as Surface and The Smithereens. He worked with legendary songwriters Carole King and Lou Reed, and had songs covered by Tina Turner, Grover Washington Jr., Alice Cooper, Joan Jett and Dave Edmunds. He then moved to PolyGram Music Publishing as Vice President of A & R, signing artists Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Pearl Jam, Brian McKnight, k.d. lang, Billy Ray Cyrus and songwriter Jimmy Webb. He was also responsible for individual hit songs including “Save The Best For Last” by Vanessa Williams and “The Folks That Live On The Hill” by Tony Bennett. Titta was credited for his A&R work on the compilation album “Two Rooms, A Tribute To Elton John and Bernie Taupin” and multiple movie soundtracks, such as “Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory,” “Days Of Thunder,” “Scream” and more. From 1993 - 2006, Titta served as Senior Vice President / General Manager of Warner Chappell Music, Inc. in New York, where he signed such acts as Trey Songz, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott, Kid Rock, Collective Soul, India.Arie, Gavin DeGraw, Cassandra Wilson, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Uncle Kracker, Shaggy, Simple Plan, Duane Eddy and Bruce Hornsby. He has performed on albums by Ringo Starr and Gizelle D’Cole. He also scored success with individual hits such as the Grammy Award-winning “Smooth” by Santana, “Cry Me A River” by Justin Timberlake, “Lean Back” by Terror Squad,” “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez, “One Of Us” by Joan Osborne, “I Love You Always Forever” by Donna Lewis, “Pon De Replay” by Rihanna and many more, including songs recorded by Celine Dion, Ricky Martin, Patty Loveless and Marc Antony. In 2006, Titta struck out on his own to become President and CEO of his independent company, MPCA Music Publishing and Recordings, that featured the catalog of Blues legend Robert Johnson and songs by Sammy Cahn and Jack Wolf, among others. Always an avid supporter of songwriters and their rights, Titta moved to ASCAP in 2014, where he is currently EVP of Membership. Other accomplishments include his work with Bon Jovi keybordist David Bryan on the Tony Award winning musical Memphis, songs recorded by John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, M Ward, and A&R work on albums by Dionne Warwick, Todd Rundgren, Melinda Doolittle and Donny & Marie Osmond.

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