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February 22, 2018

Time: 11:30 - 1:45 p.m.

State Of The Music Industry

With disruptors in our midst, how is the music industry handling the challenges of today and what is the future for our industry. 


Danielle Aguirre
EVP & General Counsel, NMPA

Michelle Lewis
Songwriter, ASCAP Board Member, SONA Co-Founder

Kathy Spanberger
President & Chief Operating Officer - peermusic Anglo American Region

Ann Sweeney
Sr. Vice President International & Global, BMI


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

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Danielle Aguirre/NMPA, Ann Sweeney/BMI, Teri Nelson Carpenter/Reel Muzik Werks & AIMP Vice President, Kathy Spanberger/peermusic and Michelle Lewis/SONA.

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

Additional Speaker Information

Danielle Malito Aguirre currently serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. She began serving as General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business Affairs in 2015. During the four years prior to this position, she served as Senior Vice President for Litigation and Business Affairs. Danielle currently oversees all of NMPA’s legal, business and policy objectives.Previously, as NMPA’s Senior Vice President, Aguirre managed all litigation and Copyright Royalty Board proceedings, handled business affairs, including the negotiation of model industry license agreements, and oversaw NMPA’s Anti-Piracy Program. Prior to joining NMPA, Mrs. Aguirre was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP in Washington, DC, where for nine years she litigated cases on behalf of corporate clients in federal and state courts, before arbitration panels and mediators, and in proceedings before federal agencies. She received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and her BA from Georgetown University, and is a member of both the New York and District of Columbia bars.

Michelle Lewis is a fierce New Yorker now based in LA, where she is a singer, songwriter, composer, and music creators’ rights advocate. From her early career as a recording artist signed to Irving Azoff’s Giant Records, to her first radio hit, Cher’s “A Different Kind of Love Song” in 2002, to the 2014 worldwide #1 single “Wings” by the British girl group, Little Mix, Ms. Lewis brings authenticity, grit, and heart to a diverse array of music projects. For the last decade, Ms. Lewis has branched out into the world of songwriting for TV and film projects, most notably as a Peabody Award-winning composer of all original music for Disney Jr’s hit show, “Doc McStuffins,“ now beginning production of its 5th season. She also received her first Emmy nomination in 2016 for her work as a composer on the Nickelodeon show, “Bubble Guppies,” and has composed the theme songs to many other beloved animated series. In 2014, Ms. Lewis co-founded the non-profit Songwriters Of North America (SONA). As its Executive Director, she is deeply connected to the music creator community and is committed to growing the number of informed songwriters and composers able to advocate on their own behalves. She regularly communicates with leaders from Silicon Valley to Washington DC, fighting for the protection of songwriters and the value of musical works in the digital age. She is not afraid of taking action - SONA is the songwriter organization that sued the Department of Justice over its 100% licensing ruling last fall.ew York University.

Throughout her career, peermusic President and Chief Operating Officer Kathy Spanberger's leadership and vision have earned her a reputation as one of the most talented, dynamic executives in the music industry. At peermusic, she's playing a central role in shaping the future of the company by guiding both its creative and administrative operations – she directly supervises all U.S. signings, acquisitions, synchronization and licensing activity, and she also oversees the firm's operations in Canada and Australia. Her work at peermusic makes Spanberger one of a rare few women on the business side of music with such broad responsibility and influence. Spanberger's contributions to the company's creative operations have helped make peermusic the preeminent independent publisher of some of the most acclaimed songwriters and catalogs in music. The company's current roster includes some of the most talented artists, producers and songwriters in the world, including 16-time Grammy winner David Foster; Salaam Remi (Alicia Keyes/Amy Winehouse; James Poyser (The Roots/Erykah Badu); The Audibles (Justin Bieber; Sam Smith); Tricky Stewart ("Umbrella"/Rihanna; "Single Ladies"/Beyoncé), Neil Thrasher (Lady Antebellum; Kenny Chesney), Ester Dean ("Firework"/Katy Perry); Prince Royce; The Tragically Hip; Chayanne; Kitaro; Juanes; Black Violin; Molotov; Family of the Year; Victor Manuelle; Dead Sara and Gloria Trevi, to name a few. Kathy has advocated tirelessly to protect the rights of music creators and their songs. She's helped lead multiple industry organizations, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), where she has served on its Board of Directors of for twelve years, and the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), where she served as President. Kathy is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame's West Coast Committee. For her achievements, Spanberger has been recognized as part of Billboard's prestigious "Top Women In Music."

Ann Sweeney is BMI’s Senior Vice President of International and Global Policy, responsible for the company’s Government Relations and International efforts, working to protect the rights of BMI’s songwriters, composers and music publishers at all levels of government around the globe. She also leads the company’s efforts to maximize the collection of global royalties on behalf of BMI’s affiliates and oversees the company’s relationships with foreign performing rights societies. Since joining BMI, Sweeney has led numerous initiatives advocating on behalf of BMI’s more than 800,000 affiliates, including BMI’s support of the Songwriter Equity Act (SEA), Congressional hearings on music licensing and supporting dialogue with governmental agencies. She is working to actively engage BMI’s songwriter and composer community in policy efforts, via a new online advocacy tool, as well as a new series of BMI “listening sessions” where BMI creators and executives discuss, in depth, the most challenging policy issues of the day. On the international front, Sweeney has focused her initial efforts on revenue growth and maintaining BMI’s leadership role in the global collection society network. Sweeney joined BMI from Warner Chappell, where she was most recently Executive Vice President, Digital Strategy and Policy where she oversaw worldwide digital revenue and policy, global corporate strategy, as well as the company’s legislative and industry matters. Sweeney joined Warner Music in 2007 and held a number of senior-level roles, including the management of the sale of that company by its private equity owners to Access Industries in 2010.Prior to Warner Chappell, Sweeney was SVP, Legal and Business Affairs for Sony/ATV Music Publishing for seven years, and before that, VP and Senior Counsel for Sony Music Entertainment. Sweeney previously served on the Board of Directors of The Harry Fox Agency and was a member of the NMPA Finance Committee, Negotiating Committee, and Legal Committee.

Teri Nelson Carpenter is a music industry veteran. Her executive experience includes a background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio & network television music departments. Her company, Reel Muzik Werks, LLC, is a full service music rights management company that specializes in global writer/publisher administration, licensing & clearance and music supervision for all media. Previously, she was Senior Vice President, Music at Fox Family Worldwide/Saban Entertainment. Prior to that Ms. Carpenter served as a Music Admin & Prod Executive at MetroGoldwyn-Mayer (MGM Studios). Before that she was the Director of Music at Hemdale Film Corp. Ms. Carpenter began her career at Broadcast Music Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance & Composition from Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with honors. Her post graduate studies at UCLA were in International Business and she is a guest lecturer in the music department at UCLA. Ms. Carpenter is a recent two-term President of the California Copyright Conference and Finance Chair of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Alliance in Washington, D.C. Currently, Ms. Carpenter serves on the CISAC Cross Industry Joint Project Lead, CIS-net steering committee and project team as well as the Society Publisher Forum and all A/V committees.

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