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March 17, 2022

Time: 2:30 p.m. PT

Peeking Behind The Curtain: What Really Happens When You Issue An LOD?

An in depth conversation about LOD issuance, best practices and song registration nuances you may not be aware of.  With the amount of catalogs changing hands and new music being created LOD issuance and work registration volume is at an all-time high.  This part of the publishing business is often taken for granted or rushed and if not done properly can result in delayed or missed payments for everyone involved. 


Ashley Morey
Director Client Services, HFA

Aaron Partington
VP Product, Music Reports, Inc.

Maurice Russell
Head Of Rights Management, The Mechanical Licensing Collective


Frank Handy
VP Head Of Administration, Position Music & LA Chapter Treasurer

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Attention attorneys: this virtual activity is approved for .75 hour of Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California.  During the webinar, you will be given two codes to make note of for the email that will be sent out one day after the webinar takes place.  Once you confirm those codes in the follow-up email, and your attendance is verified with Zoom reporting, your certificate will be sent to the email provided at registration.  The AIMP certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. 

Additional Speaker Information

As Chair of the National YPC Committee, Ashley Morey, who has extensive experience supporting publishers and songwriters from her 8+ years at HFA, will be tasked with coordinating the YPC’s national meetings, handling communication on behalf of the committee, and mobilizing its members. She began her career in the music industry as an assistant roadie before earning her BBA in Music Business from Belmont University and interning in the Licensing and Membership departments at ASCAP Nashville. From there, she joined HFA as an Inquiry Agent in 2013 and worked her way up through the ranks, taking on the Director, Client Services role in September 2021. Over the past several years, Morey has also toured and released music with her husband, Justin Morey, as the duo Sunshine & The Rain.

Aaron Partington rejoined Music Reports in 2022 as VP, Product. He leads product strategy and implementation across the Company and serves as the connection point between Music Reports’ customer and internal technology teams, transforming and translating business objectives into technical requirements and functional, scalable products. Aaron has held a series of senior technology and product roles at SoundExchange, BMI and Music Reports (where he started his music business career in 1993) and has spearheaded numerous successful initiatives related to the architectural design, development and implementation of software systems and processes in support of synchronization, mechanical, public performance and neighboring rights in the USA, Canada and Europe. Prior to pivoting to a Computer Science and Music Licensing career path, he majored in Political Science at the University of Southern California.

Maurice Russell is the Head of Rights Management for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC). In this role, Russell supports The MLC's work to implement the first statutory licensing system for mechanical rights in the United States. Russell also leverages his operational and administrative expertise in order to help The MCL prepare to process digital music royalty payments to music publishers and songwriters globally. A senior executive in the music and entertainment industry with over 20 years of experience and a deep passion for intellectual property (IP) rights management, licensing, business development, strategy, client service and operations management, Russell was previously the founder of music industry rights management consultancy firm Media Rights Management (MRM). At MRM. Russell helped his clients navigate the music industry's growing licensing and data challenges. Prior to launching MRM, Russell held senior roles in operations and strategy at the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), where he directed the development and launch of numerous licensing and royalty solutions to transition the company to the high-volume digital music market. Russell holds a B.A. in American History from Columbia University and an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University Stem School of Business. He resides in New York City.

Frank Handy has worked in music publishing for over 17 years. Currently VP, Head of Admin at Position Music, Handy oversees copyright, royalties, licensing, A&R Administration teams, finds new revenue streams and looks after Position Music’s international interests. Handy started working at Position Music in early 2020 and made an immediate impact, giving Position Music the confidence and ability to explore and properly manage larger administrative deals with established artists and bands around the world. Prior to Position Music, Handy was Vice President of Licensing and Copyright at SONGS Music Publishing where he oversaw SONG’s copyright functions, including synchronization licensing, mechanical licensing, contract review, sample clearances and YouTube content management. He was also Head of Creator & Publisher Relations at AllTrack Performing Rights and spent five years at Bug Music as Senior Copyright Administrator where he oversaw catalogs for the Johnny Cash estate, Del Shannon, Wilco, and others. Frank is currently the Treasurer for the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Independent Publishers (AIMP) and has spoken on panels at The Musician’s Institute, The AIMP, and The House of Blues Foundation. A lifelong musician, Handy played guitar in bands for over twenty years and graduated from the Musician’s Institute of Technology guitar program with awards. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and enjoys playing golf.

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