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July 23, 2020

Time: 2:30 p.m. PST

Summer Educational Weekly Webinar: Working with Music Catalogs in the 21st Century

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Please join us for this week's summer educational webinar, presented by Exactuals.  

This webinar is free for all AIMP members and non-members, thanks to a sponsorship from Exactuals, but registration is required via Zoom.


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

This educational panel will focus on how to maximize publishing catalog revenue by smoothly ingesting accurate data, working with it efficiently, and then processing royalty payments to the rights-holders in a timely manner. This is especially important during the Covid-19 pandemic, as many independent publishers seek to enlarge their catalogs. Attendees will learn about the process of cleaning music metadata, calculating sales data, and processing royalty payments.


Joe DeCanio
Director of Royalty Administration, Exactuals

Michael Lau
COO/CTO, Round Hill Music

Bill Wilson
SVP Operations & Innovation, Music, Entertainment One


Chris McMurtry
Head of Music Product, Exactuals

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Place: View Map
via Zoom


Additional Speaker Information

Joe DeCanio, former President & CEO of Backlash Solutions, and his team have joined Exactuals, establishing a new office in New York City alongside the company’s existing hubs in Los Angeles and Nashville. The NYC office will introduce and oversee a cloud-based system that will provide clients with a new option for calculating royalties and generating statements. It will also streamline the process for submitting royalty payment data from any royalty system into Exactuals’ flagship product, PaymentHub, which helps companies handle complex payments such as residuals, royalties, marketplaces, and more. Together with RAI, an open API that uses machine learning to clean and enhance metadata by matching disparate data sets, these products will provide an integrated end-to-end solution for Exactuals clients, from data to calculations to payments. DeCanio got his start as an engineer, designing secure digital communication systems for the United States Military. After taking his knowledge to Maintech Inc., where he deployed call center systems for Verizon, AT&T, and other telecommunications companies, he enrolled in law school and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1995. DeCanio then joined Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser as a Patent Attorney. After being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, DeCanio founded Backlash Solutions in 2006. The company was created to build tools for music companies that would simplify data management and royalty reporting.

Michael Lau spent 7 years at Warner/Chappell music serving as the Sr. Director of Creative IT and Marketing Development, and previously the Director of Strategic Marketing. Throughout his tenure he helped build the advertising and video game division by pitching and licensing Warner/Chappell’s catalog; developed branding and marketing strategies; developed and deployed interactive promo kits; and was the designer of the company’s creative pitching system. Prior to Michael’s tenure at WCM, he was a music supervisor with credits ranging from CBS’ 94 and 98 Winter Olympic broadcast; Cartoon Network’s “Courage the Cowardly Dog”; Scholastic’s feature “Clifford’s Big Movie” to WBOL’s interactive Looney Tunes and Gotham Girls webisodes. Early in his career, Michael produced and managed a number of music libraries. Michael is a composer and a graduate of Berklee College of Music.

Bill Wilson is Senior Vice President Digital Operations and Innovation, Music, Entertainment One Wilson oversees all aspects of digital strategy across the company’s music business, including label service, talent management, music publishing and live entertainment. Wilson is based in New York City and reports to Sean Stevenson, eOne’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, Music. Wilson has held a wide variety of roles over the course of his career, most recently working as a consultant and as a co-founder of indie.ninja, a platform that connects labels, managers, and artists to creative freelancers. From 2009 until last year, Wilson worked for NARM (now the Music Business Association: “Music Biz”) as Vice President, Digital Strategy and Business Development to handle all things digital for the industry trade association. Prior to that, he held senior roles at Relativity Records, Caroline Distribution, and Earache Records, ultimately serving as an A&R Consultant for MCA Records in the mid-1990s. From 1989 to 2007, Wilson co-founded and operated the indie Blackout! Records.

Born and raised in Nashville, Chris McMurtry has been in music his entire life. His career officially began at age 15 as a session player and later as a touring musician. His passion for music is only equaled by the underlying technologies and data that drive its curation, discoverability, insights, and accurate payments. A veteran of Apple, Inc., label president, and most recently, Founder and CEO of Dart Music Inc., Chris has been fortunate to serve some of the greatest teams in music technology. Chris holds a degree in classical music composition from Middle State University and remains an avid composer.

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