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June 28, 2018

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

Luncheon panel with SOCAN Executives

Join SOCAN executives as they discuss the global transformation of music rights, becoming multi-territory/multi-right with for-profit expansion into the United States and the potential acquisition of SODRAC, cutting-edge technology developments in next-generation portal products, AI, and blockchain – and how to keep creators at the center of everything!



Eric Baptiste

Geneviève Côté
Chief Quebec Affairs Officer, SOCAN

Jeff King

Michael McCarty
Chief Creative & Business Development Officer, SOCAN


Steven Ambers
Director, International Business Development & Compliance, SOCAN

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, Michael McCarty/SOCAN, Steven Ambers/SOCAN & AIMP Treasurer, Geneviève Côté/SOCAN, Eric Baptiste/SOCAN and Jeff King/SOCAN.

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

Additional Speaker Information

As the CEO of the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), Eric Baptiste is one of Canada’s most influential music ecosystem leaders. Under his direction since 2010, SOCAN has grown its revenues, membership base and the number of organizations licensed to use music to record-high levels. With more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Eric Baptiste has influenced broadcast media and cultural policy, and promoted new talent around the world. In 2016, he became president of the boards of SOCAN's newly acquired subsidiaries Audiam and MediaNet. Prior to joining SOCAN, Eric Baptiste worked for eight years in radio in France, including General Manager of RFI (French public international radio) and CEO of the commercial radio station, 95.2 Paris, and was afterwards Director General of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC). In addition to looking after the SOCAN group of companies, he serves as non-executive Chairperson of the board of CISAC and of the International ISAN Agency (ISAN-IA). He is also vice-chair of the board of Fast Track, the global technical alliance among 13 Copyright Societies as well as Vice-chair of the Canadian Private Copy Collective (CPCC). A graduate of the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and the École nationale d’administration, Eric Baptiste was awarded the French government’s Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2006.

Geneviève Côté is Chief Quebec Affairs Officer and manager of the Montreal office of SOCAN. Geneviève has 20 years of professional experience in the music and entertainment scene; during those years, she divided her time between artist management and music publishing, production and promotion. She also has worked as legal and business affairs with television production companies in Montreal. Genevieve sits on the boards of Caisse de la culture Desjardins and Unison Benevolent Fund and holds a law degree from Ottawa University.

Jeff King is responsible for strategy, licensing, distribution, international, information technology and corporate planning. He is accountable for SOCAN’s revenue and expense management for key operations. Since joining SOCAN in 2001, Jeff has held a number of senior positions throughout the organization and lead initiatives that significantly heightened member and licensee satisfaction. As Vice President of Licensing, Jeff developed a robust strategic plan to expand SOCAN’s customer base and increase efficiency. As Vice President of Membership, Jeff led the development of a number of industry-leading e-commerce tools and the creation of SOCAN’s Information Centre. Prior to joining SOCAN, Jeff was Vice President of Underwriting at Old Republic Insurance Company and helped to lead that organization from industry laggard to industry leader within 3 years. Jeff holds an BA Honours from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been keynote speaker at several international conferences on innovation and free-trade.

Michael McCarty is responsible for leading innovation in the Membership department while creating and delivering cutting-edge, 21st Century services to current and future SOCAN members. His mandate is to ensure that SOCAN extends its place as a vital leader among global music rights organizations and the choice of Canada’s music creators. Prior to joining SOCAN, Michael served as President of EMI Music Publishing Canada and President of Canadian rights management company, ole, where he played a key role in the development and international success of many notable SOCAN members. With more than 25 years’ experience in the music industry, including his service on the Board of Directors of SOCAN, he was a member of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), past director for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), and a founding director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Michael is a graduate of the Fanshawe College Music Industry Arts program.

Steven Ambers' career in music licensing and royalty compliance services spans more than 20 years, working worldwide for licensors of intellectual property, films, franchises and music recordings. Most recently he was Managing Director, Royalties at GSO Business Management, and before that owner of the Royalty Review Council, which he co-founded. Ambers also was with the accounting firms Moss Adams and the PWC- owned Gelfand, Rennert and Feldman. He holds a BSc from the University of Southern California and became a CPA in 1996.

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