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April 23, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m. PST

WEEKLY WEBINAR: Independent Music Publishers 'Town Hall' - Coping With The New Normal

Our weekly webinar is free for all Professional and Premier members of any chapter and only $5 for non-members.  

If you are a non-LA Professional member, you may register via email lainfo@aimp.org.  

Please note that the time for this webinar is 2:30 pm PST/4:30 CST/5:30 EST

There will be time for Q&A in the Zoom chat box near the end of the webinar.  


Richard James Burgess
President & CEO, A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)

Kay Hanley
Co-Executive Director, SONA

Kenny MacPherson
President, Big Deal Music Group

Tony Scudellari
Senior Vice President Television Music, Sony Pictures Entertainment


Emmanuel Legrand
Independent Journalist

Teri Nelson Carpenter
President & CEO, Reel Muzik Werks/AIMP Association Chair & LA Chapter President

AIMP Panel

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via Zoom (details emailed to registrants)


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Additional Speaker Information

Richard Burgess is the President and CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), an organization whose mission is to promote growth, awareness and opportunities for independent music. Burgess has been a major label recording artist, composer, studio musician, and artist manager. He also served as producer for many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. Known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers and sampling, he is credited as an inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer, as well as coining the music genre terms EDM and New Romantic. Burgess also authored “The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice” and “The History of Music Production.”

Kay Hanley is best known as the lead singer of Boston-based alternative rock band Letters to Cleo, which released three albums between 1990-2000, spawning such hits as "Awake" and "Here and Now.” After a 14-year hiatus, Letters To Cleo reunited in 2014 to appear as themselves on NBC’s Parks + Recreation. In the late 90’s, Ms. Hanley began expanding her work as a singer and songwriter, providing the singing voice for Rachael Leigh Cook's character Josie in Universal Pictures' feature film Josie and the Pussycats and performing cover versions of Nick Lowe's “Cruel to be Kind” and Cheap Trick's “I Want You To Want Me” in Touchstone Pictures' hit film 10 Things I Hate About You, a film in which Hanley also appeared on screen. The past decade has seen Kay laser-focused on a career writing and producing music for TV animation. After finishing a Peabody Award winning, five- season dream job composing music for Disney Jr’s groundbreaking hit series, Doc McStuffins, Hanley and longtime writing partner, Michelle Lewis have continued to pursue projects that inspire them. Their songs can currently be found on Disney Jr’s Vampirina and Muppet Babies, Netflix/Dreamworks’ Harvey Street Kids, Disney Channel’s Sydney To The Max, and Cartoon Network’s new DC Super Hero Girls. Ms. Hanley and Ms. Lewis are co-executive directors of Songwriters Of North America (SONA), a non-profit that advocates for the protection of songs and songwriters in the digital music marketplace.

Kenny MacPherson, Founder and President of Big Deal Music Group, is one of the most visible figures in the American music business—thanks in no small part to his gregarious personality, no nonsense reputation, and a Scottish burr as disarmingly apparent as the day he arrived in the States more than three decades ago. Founded in 2011 with his longtime colleagues Dave Ayers and Jamie Cerreta, along with Michael McDonald and his Vinegar Hill/Propel Music publishing operation, Big Deal Music Group is a company that was painstakingly built on a foundation that is nimble and flexible, one that can quickly adjust to the rapidly changing music marketplace. The company has its headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in New York, Nashville and London. At Big Deal, MacPherson and his colleagues have continued their long relationships from previous companies with acclaimed artists like Ray LaMontagne, My Morning Jacket, St. Vincent, Dan Wilson, Afghan Whigs, Dave Sitek and Ethan Johns, while continuing to build their roster with artists like Teddy Geiger, John Ryan, Sylvan Esso, Kamasi Washington, Blake Mills, Brad Tursi, Sleater-Kinney, Nick Lowe, FIDLAR, Local Natives, Sharon Van Etten, Brett Beavers, Beach House, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Shakey Graves and others. In 2016, the company acquired the Nashville-based administration company Words & Music, one of the world’s elite administrators.

Tony Scudellari oversees all aspects of music for the studio’s television programming. Responsibilities include hiring composers & music supervisors - as well as serving as a music supervisor himself on projects. SPT’s programming includes literally dozens of shows seen on 20+ content platforms in all genres including game shows, daytime dramas, syndicated series¸ unscripted, animation, comedies, dramas, limited series & MOWs. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Atypical, Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, The Boys, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, The Good Doctor, Jeopardy!, One Day At A Time, Outlander, Patsy & Loretta, SWAT and The Young & The Restless. During his tenure, SPT’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision in a Television Limited Series or Movie.

Emmanuel Legrand is a Washington, DC-based freelance journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He is currently the U.S. Editor for British music industry trade publication Music Week and the Founder/Editor of the Creative Industries Newsletter. He worked previously for Billboard and Music & Media.

Teri Nelson Carpenter is a music industry veteran. Her executive experience includes a background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio and network television music departments. Ms. Carpenter's experience in protecting and monetizing music copyrights is well known and has earned her the highest level of respect from composers and publishers worldwide. Ms. Carpenter is currently the President & CEO of Reel Muzik Werks, LLC. A Full Service Music Rights Management Company that specializes in Global Writer/Publisher Administration, Licensing & Clearance and Music Supervision for all Media. As the executive in charge of network television music at Fox Family Worldwide/Saban Entertainment, Ms. Carpenter was responsible for overseeing the Fox Family/Saban's global music business. Prior to that Ms. Carpenter served as a Music Administration & Production Executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM Studios). Before that she was the Director of Music at Academy Award Winning Indie Company, Hemdale Film Corp. Ms. Carpenter began her career at Broadcast Music Inc. in Film/TV relations. She spent much of her time at BMI working directly with composers and publishers providing assistance background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio and network television music departments. Ms. Carpenter 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 currently 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 as a member of the Independent Publishers Advisory Counsel for the NMPA. She is also the Association Chair and LA Chapter President of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and serves on the Executive Board of the International Independent Music Publishers Forum. Ms. Carpenter is a member of the Joint Project Lead at CISAC which governs all X-Industry music projects. She is also an active member of the Society Publisher Forum where she lends her experience in many groups including the A/V working groups along with serving on the Steering Committee & Working Group for CIS-Net a FastTrack / CISAC global music database project.

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