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May 21, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m. PST


Join us for this informative panel discussion on the latest developments with the MLC.

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 member, you may also register via email.   

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.   


Kris Ahrend

Tim Cohan
SVP Legal & Business Affairs, peermusic / MLC Board

Alisa Coleman
COO, ABKCO / MLC Chair / NY Chapter President

Bart Herbison
Executive Director, NSAI / MLC Board

Regan A. Smith
General Counsel & Associate Register of Copyrights, US Copyright Office


Danielle Aguirre
EVP & General Counsel, NMPA

AIMP Panel

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via Zoom (details emailed to registrants)


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Attention attorneys: this activity may be approved for 1.0 hour of self-study Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California.  Our AIMP LA provider number is 1870 for your self-study log.  


Additional Speaker Information

Kris Ahrend serves as Chief Executive Officer for The MLC, where he leads the organization’s mission to ensure songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers receive their mechanical royalties from streaming and download services in the U.S. accurately and on time. Most recently, Ahrend led the development and launch of Warner Music Group’s Center of Excellence for Shared Services in Nashville, where he oversaw the operations of fifteen different functional teams providing a variety of administrative, financial, and legal services to Warner Music’s U.S.-based publishing teams, record labels, and corporate divisions. Prior to launching the Center of Excellence, Ahrend held a senior executive role within Warner Music, where he led a large legal, financial, and administrative shared services organization that he helped to create. Ahrend began his career in the music industry working in the Law Department at Sony Music, where he provided legal services to all of Sony’s US divisions, including its publishing company. He subsequently worked in the business and legal affairs department at Sony BMG Music Entertainment before accepting a senior executive role at Rhino Entertainment. A graduate of Binghamton University and the Washington & Lee School of Law, Ahrend worked as a law clerk for the Western District of the Virginia District Court and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals before joining the Intellectual Property & Litigation Group of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP in New York. Ahrend is a valued member of the Nashville community. He serves on the boards of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Downtown Partnership, and is a member of the Music City Music Council. A lifelong musician, Ahrend and his wife, Karen, have two children and live in Nashville.

A member of the New York State Bar and California State Bar, Tim Cohan serves as counsel to peermusic’s Chairman and CEO, Ralph Peer, II, oversees all legal and corporate matters for peermusic’s U.S. companies, and heads all global negotiations with respect to the firm’s digital and online agreements. Tim is also an active representative of Peermusic in various industry associations and committees, including as a member of the Board of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. Tim joined the firm as a legal assistant in 1997; following a period of work overseas, Tim returned to New York and enrolled at Columbia Law School. While at Columbia, Tim worked for the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts; served as the Executive Notes Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts; and was a Stone Scholar and co-recipient of the Andrew D. Fried Memorial Prize. Tim relocated to peermusic’s Los Angeles office in 2011.

Alisa Coleman is the Chief Operating Officer of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc., overseeing the day-to-day operations as well as the business development and global licensing of the music publishing, record, and film catalogs for one of the foremost independent entertainment companies in the world. ABKCO’s catalog includes compositions, recordings, and films by Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, and The Kinks; the Cameo Parkway master recordings; and the works of cult director Alejandro Jodorowsky. Coleman first joined ABKCO in 1985, as an assistant in the licensing and royalty departments, and has gone on to work in every division of the company. In 2016 she was named the company’s first COO. During her tenure at ABKCO, she has greatly expanded the exposure of the company’s legendary catalog, increasing its reputation and value, and is known for her innovative deal structures that focus on the long-term value of intellectual property and licensing partnerships.

NSAI is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization dedicated to the songwriting profession. Established in 1967, the organization’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States and may other countries. With 140 chapters, NSA is dedicated to protecting songwriter’s rights and serves aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music. Under Bart Herbison’s leadership NSAI gained prominence in the national legislative arena. A Paris, Tenn., native, Herbison worked as a reporter and spent 14 years in radio before joining the staff of former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter in 1987. Herbison joined the staff of U.S. Rep. Bob Clement (D-Nashville) in 1988. During the next 10 years, Herbison served as the Tennessee Congressman’s Press Secretary, Campaign Manager and Chief Administrative Officer before leaving Capitol Hill for Music Row in 1997. Herbison is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Music and served on the Leadership Music Board of Directors. He serves on the board of the national musicunited.net campaign, the Nashville Mayor’s Music Council, the Tennessee Governor’s Board for Economic Growth and Development the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Advisory Board and the Nashville State Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

Regan Smith is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office. In her position, Smith provides legal guidance to the Office’s divisions and programs and is frequently called upon by Congress, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies for legal advice. She has primary responsibility for formulating and promulgating regulations and adopting legal positions governing Copyright Office policy and practices. Smith joined the Copyright Office in 2014 as Assistant General Counsel and advanced in 2015 to Associate General Counsel and in 2016 to Deputy General Counsel. Before the Office, Smith was in private practice in Chicago, where she represented a variety of clients in matters concerning copyright, technology, media, and other issues. Smith earned her JD from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She earned her BA in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan.

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.

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