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July 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m. PT

It's A Mystery: Music Royalties – Almost Hiding In Plain Sight

While we are distracted by a dazzling array of bright, shiny objects in the music business these days, few people may be aware of the huge amount of royalties that may be sitting out there for them practically right under their very noses. It may not be as sexy as megabucks catalog deals or NFT’s, but you won’t have to sell your soul to get these monies. And they’re yours practically just for the asking, if you know how to follow the clues and avoid the red herrings. Our panel of industry experts will talk about neighboring rights (SoundExchange can be your friend…so can PPL), social media ad revenue, escheated royalties, audits (including the regular kind and their little cousin of the desktop variety), income tracking, PRO/MLC registration, royalty suspense files at the labels & publishers, sub-publishing deals, and much, much more.

Please join us after the presentation, as our panelists have graciously offered to stay in the Zoom to network with you!


Abby North
President, North Music Group, LLC & LA Chapter Board Member

Eric Palmquist
President, Recognition Songs, Inc.

Diane Snyder-Ramirez
VP Royalty Accounting & Administration, Royalty Review Council


Eric Polin
Sr. VP, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures & LA Chapter Board Member

AIMP Panel

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via Zoom


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Additional Speaker Information

Abby North is principal of North Music Group LLC and a founder of Unchained Melody Publishing LLC. Abby began her music career as a songwriter and composer, and launched her first production music library approximately 15 years ago. In 2005, Abby began working with her father-in-law Alex North's songs ("Unchained Melody") and film scores, including "Spartacus," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Viva Zapata" and others. Abby has experience in all areas of music publishing, from creative to administrative. She has vast experience in works registration, a strong knowledge of music publishing data and databases, and a background developing rights management technology.

An industry veteran of more than 20 years, Eric Palmquist has held executive, Vice President positions with BMG Rights Management & Warner/Chappell Music, as well as dual executive roles at Disney Music Group & Quincy Jones Productions (Records & Publishing). A pioneer & industry leader in audit & income tracking, he is a 2 time recipient of NARIP’s Best in the Biz award. He is also a composer of various songs used in Film & Television productions, including uses on Lifetime, Nickelodeon, & NBC. In addition, he has performed with various bands, including the legendary group The Tokens. He is past President of The California Copyright Conference, and a frequent guest lecturer at The SCL, CCC, & AIMP, in addition to USC, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, Musician’s Institute, ASCAP Expo & SESAC Songwriter’s Boot Camp. He currently serves as President of Recognition Songs, continuing to perform audits, income tracking & Neighboring Rights administration for a variety of clients, as well as assist in the negotiation of music publishing agreements and recording contracts.

Diane Snyder-Ramirez has over 25 years of experience with copyright administration and music royalties. She is currently Vice President, Royalty Accounting and Administration for Royalty Review Council, an independent music royalty administration organization. Diane is responsible for managing and providing a variety of royalty services for a number of record label, digital service and music publishing royalty accounts. Prior to her current position, Diane was a music consultant as well as an advocate for digital music rights issues. She was a key team member in the development of a rights administration and royalty system for one of the largest online US music service providers. Additionally, Diane worked closely with her clientele to prepare for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on digital rights presenting extensive research and documentation. Previously, Diane was Director of Member Relations for ASCAP (NY), and played a role in furthering several of the department’s outreach programs, increased membership and handling high-profile clientele. She began her music career at CMJ (College Media Journal) handling sales and marketing for the trade and consumer magazines as well as the annual music convention. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Diane holds a BA in radio, television and film. She is a current board advisor and past president of the California Copyright Conference and speaks at industry events and universities.

Eric Polin is currently Sr. Vice President of Music Publishing at Universal Pictures where he oversees the administration of their film and TV music catalog dating back to 1928. Previously, he was a partner at Wixen Music Publishing where he oversaw the publishing administration of some of the top songwriter/artists in the industry. Mr. Polin serves on the Los Angeles chapter board of directors of the Association of Independent Music Publishers. He is also a past president of the California Copyright Conference and is the founder of their scholarship program. He has moderated CCC panels on artist managers, independent music publishing, film music, digital distribution, and “weird” music rights. Mr. Polin has been quoted in The New York Times, and his opinions have been published by Billboard magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and the U.S. Copyright Office. He is a frequent guest speaker at the music industry programs of Northeastern University, Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Northridge, having also participated in industry events at those schools as well as at USC and UCLA. He holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA in Economics from UCLA.

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