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April 19, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm


The digital/streaming world is changing the music business in radical ways.  See how this impacts publishers, artists and the record companies in the shifting landscape.


Marc Geiger
Partner, WME Entertainment

Jeffrey S. Harleston, Esq.
General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Universal Music Group

Clark Miller
Executive VP, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.


Donald S. Passman, Esq.
Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown

AIMP Panel

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

From left, Michael Eames/PEN Music Group & AIMP President, Marc Geiger, Clark Miller, Don Passman and Jeffrey Harleston.

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

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Marc Geiger is William Morris Endeavor’s head of music. He supervises over 100 agents globally while also representing the likes of Janelle Monae, Nine Inch NailsLCD Soundsystem, Jack White, Outkast, David Byrne, Neil Diamond, The Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction, Steve Martin, Pixies, Trent Reznor, Rihanna, Lindsey Stirling, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tom Waits, and Hans Zimmer. Geiger has been head of WME’s music division since 2009. Under his direction, Geiger’s department has thrived, with more dates booked than any other agency in 2015, and over 35,000 appearances globally. Thanks to his musical instincts, Geiger led WME to form an EDM division well before other agencies followed suit. He was also instrumental in landing partnerships with music festivals like Lollapalooza, which he co-founded in 1991. He also led the charge to acquire successful Australia music booking agency Artist Voice in 2015. Geiger got his feet wet in the industry as a concert promoter and eventually transitioned into working at Triad Artists as an agent. Shortly after founding Lollapalooza in 1991, he was named Executive Vice President of A&R, Marketing and New Media at Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. In 1994, Geiger launched ARTISTdirect, which grew to include a talent agency, two record labels, a marketing division, and a popular website, of which he was Chairman and CEO before he joined William Morris Agency in 2003. Geiger is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.

Jeffrey Harleston is General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group. The Universal Music Group, a division of Vivendi, is a worldwide leader in recorded music with companies in over 40 countries. In the United States, the Universal Music Group is comprised of a collection of record labels including Capitol, Interscope, Republic, Motown, Island, Def Jam, Decca and Verve, as well as a music publishing company, Universal Music Publishing and a merchandising company, Bravado Entertainment. Mr. Harleston is a key member of the senior executive team and responsible for overseeing all business transactions, contracts, and litigation for UMG's operations worldwide. Mr. Harleston has been with Universal for twenty-five years. Before joining Universal, Mr. Harleston was the Associate Independent Counsel during the investigation and prosecution of the Iran/Contra scandal. For the past several years, Mr. Harleston has been recognized as one of the “Power 100” by Billboard Magazine, as well as one Billboards “Top Music lawyers.” In 2017, he was recognized as one of the “Power 100” by Ebony Magazine. And in 2015, he was the recipient of the National Bar Association’s “Entertainment Attorney of the Year” award. Mr. Harleston is a member of the Board of Directors of Musicares, the Recording Industry Association of America, and SoundExchange, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Williams College. Mr. Harleston received a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College and his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley.

Prior to Warner/Chappell Clark Miller served as Executive Vice President of International Business Affairs and Global Opportunities for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a post he had held since Sony/ATV acquired EMI Music Publishing in 2012. He previously spent 19 years with EMI Music Publishing, where he was named General Counsel and Executive Vice President in 2005. An accomplished guitarist, Miller holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and earned his law degree from the University of Toronto Law School.

Donald S. Passman is a graduate of the University of Texas, and of Harvard Law School. He practices law with the Los Angeles firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, specializing in the music business. Don has lectured extensively, including Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, USC, and UCLA, and is the author of “All You Need To Know About The Music Business”, published by Simon & Schuster, which is now in its Eigth Edition. He is also the author of three novels, the latest of which is entitled The Amazing Harvey and was published by St. Martin’s Press in February, 2014. Don has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, as well as the Top 100 Lawyers in California, the Top 500 Attorneys in America, Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Entertainment Attorneys, and Southern California's Super Lawyers.

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