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Press Release by AIMP organization
Press Run Date - January 25, 2012

THE ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHERS AND
THE CALIFORNIA COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE PRESENT
SECOND ANNUAL MUSIC INDUSTRY TOOLBOX

The Free Event Will Showcase All Three PROs Plus Companies That Provide Digital Music Marketing, Software and Essential Services for Music Publishers Record Labels and the Industry at Large
 

LOS ANGELES, January 25, The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) and The California Copyright Conference (CCC) will co-host the second annual MUSIC INDUSTRY TOOLBOX, a business-to-business event featuring all three performing rights organizations, plus leading firms in digital music marketing, music management software and services essential to music publishers, record labels and other sectors of the music business.

The event, which is free of charge, will be held at The Sportsmen’s Lodge (12825 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City), on Wednesday February 22, from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM and will give the music industry professionals an opportunity to meet with these providers in an intimate setting, including demonstrations and workshops. There will be a cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Attendees will be able to speak to representatives from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, as well as learn about the latest in digital music marketing; software for rights management, royalty accounting and product licensing; software for music management including leading sound recognition companies and leaders in search, distribution, meta-tagging and cue sheet production; and services to uncover mechanical and performance royalties.

Exhibitors will showcase their software and services in the main room as well as offer workshops in a private demonstration room. Last year’s highly successful inaugural Music Industry Toolbox drew more than 400. Attendees are encouraged to register for workshops, as space is limited. Register at: www.AIMP.org.

Exhibitors include ASCAP, BFM Digital, BMI, Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., Counterpoint Systems, Dashbox, Harry Fox Agency, IODA, Royalty Share, SESAC, Simplified Systems Inc., soundmouse, Soundminer Inc., Source Audio, SynchTank and Zoe Graye Consulting.

“The AIMP is thrilled to present The Music Industry Toolbox for a second year,” said AIMP President Richard Feldman. “As we move further into the digital age, it is essential for music industry professionals to be aware of the innovative software and services available in the marketplace. Our exhibitors are leaders in their respective fields, and provide a wide range of products and services to the industry. We hope that both members and non-members will take advantage of this informative, free event.”


ABOUT THE EXHIBITORS:

ASCAP:
ASCAP, an organization owned and run by its members, is the leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization, representing over 390,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. 
 
BFM DIGITAL:
BFM Digital is a digital distribution, marketing, and promotions company for select music, film, and eBook content.  BFM distributes its diverse catalog on all of the leading digital and mobile platforms throughout the world.  We work with clients one-on-one to develop a strategy to increase revenue and maximize exposure of our client’s content. BFM also works closely with the leading digital services to promote our content on their storefronts through featured placements or product promotions. 

BMI:
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), a global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

CINEDIGM DIGITAL CINEMA CORP.:
Founded in 2000, Cinedigm is a publicly-traded software development and services company that delivers enterprise software applications for the business and financial management of media and intellectual property (IP). Cinedigm’s primary mission is to provide the critical technological links between licensors, rights owners, distributors and consumers. Our solutions manage the increasingly complex business rules and processes surrounding the distribution of media and IP and provide unprecedented market access to both established and independent players. The Cinedigm Software Group develops, installs and supports all of the technology offered throughout the company’s various media and IP product lines.

CMRRA:
The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) is Canada's largest music licensing agency. Founded in 1975, CMRRA counts all the major publishers and thousands of independents and individual copyright owners as its clients, issuing licenses and collecting royalties for the reproduction of their songs on CD, via the Internet and otherwise. Representation by CMRRA is open to any music copyright owner, including those in the USA. Canada's statutory mechanical license ended in 1988. Since then, CMRRA has negotiated and administered the industry-wide Mechanical Licensing Agreement (MLA), significantly increasing mechanical royalties. On the Internet front, CMRRA acts through CSI, its joint venture with Montreal-based SODRAC. CSI licenses Internet music distributors such as iTunes directly, rather than allowing record companies to interfere. CMRRA's President and CEO, David Basskin, will be in attendance at Music Industry Toolbox 2012 and will be happy to meet with you.

COUNTERPOINT:
Founded in 1987, Counterpoint Systems is the world leader in software solutions for rights management, royalty accounting and product licensing for the music, media, and brand licensing industries. The company’s specialized software products employ the most sophisticated and up-to-date technologies and its dedication to research and development ensures that Counterpoint keeps pace with changes in legislation and industry practices. The company services over 500 active customers in over 25 countries worldwide.

DASHBOX:
Dashbox is a web-based, business-to-business workflow management system developed to simplify the process of procuring and managing synchronization licenses for entertainment content and advertising. Dashbox uses technology to streamline the synch licensing process to significantly reduce the time and administrative cost associated with securing these licenses. Dashbox has been designed with input from key people in the synch licensing field and improves existing processes without requiring significant changes to user behavior.

HARRY FOX AGENCY:
HFA is the nation’s leading provider of rights management, licensing and royalty services for the music industry. With over 46,000 music publishing clients, HFA issues the largest number of licenses for the use of music in both physical and digital distribution formats. HFA also serves the D.I.Y. market with Songfile®, the company’s fast and easy online licensing tool. HFA’s service offering includes a suite of outsourced technology solutions designed to facilitate the administration of intellectual property rights. As a technology innovator, HFA is leading the industry in establishing global data standards and is a founding member and Board member of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX). 

IODA:
IODA, an industry-leading digital distribution company for the global independent music and video community, provides comprehensive services to record labels, physical distributors, artists, and filmmakers. These services include license negotiations; media encoding and metadata management; royalty payment administration and reporting; and marketing and promotional support. IODA represents a rapidly expanding roster of more than two million music tracks and thousands of independent film and video titles. IODA distributes its catalog to hundreds of digital storefronts worldwide, including all major digital music services such as Amazon MP3 and iTunes®, new access services such as Deezer, MOG, Rdio and Spotify, and mobile carriers including AT&T, Orange, Rekochoku, Verizon and Vodafone.

ROYALTY SHARE:
RoyaltyShare provides key technology and services to dozens of entertainment companies, helping them deploy state-of-the-art technology and transform key business processes to address the radical shift from physical to digital distribution. Having a management team with over 30 years of experience in technology development and providing specialized services for the entertainment industry, RoyaltyShare works with some of the world’s largest entertainment conglomerates.

SESAC:
SESAC is the second oldest and most progressive of the nation’s performing rights companies. Founded in 1930, SESAC today stands as the clear technological leader among the nation’s performing rights organizations, utilizing cutting-edge technologies to provide accurate service on behalf of our affiliates successfully licensing music use across all platforms.  SESAC offers a unique and efficient digital distribution platform, allowing affiliates' performance royalties and digital media revenues to be tracked and paid through one convenient source.  Through its partnership with INgrooves, a leading provider of digital distribution services, SESAC can deliver musical content to digital music service providers such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and hundreds of other outlets worldwide.  SESAC collects any revenues generated from these sites and passes them along via regular quarterly royalty statements. SESAC has built a repertory of unusual quality that spans all musical genres and includes today’s most popular music.

SIMPLIFIED SYSTEMS/SIMPLY ROYALTIES
Simply Royalties has filled the need for an affordable comprehensive administration software package for music publishers.  With our over 15 years of experience in the music publishing industry we have created an application technically savvy and publishing sound.  Our software gets its name from the easy to use interface that gives you quick access to all your information. Our customizable features allow you to do business the way you want to.  What sets us apart from our competitors is we feel like we are employed by all our clients.  We don't want to just sell you software we want to be hired us as part of the team.  Our knowledgeable staff has worked in the Music industry and understands your needs.

SOUNDMINER:
Soundminer Inc. is the leading professional audio aggregator and audio search engine in North America. Soundminer provides complete solutions for music file distribution from tagging with enriched metadata to distribution on the web. The world’s top broadcast and film facilities use Soundminer to manage their audio assets, serve them up and distribute them throughout their production environment. Soundminer also provides critical tools for music publishers that allow them to enrich their files with metadata, batch convert to multiple formats, help with cue sheeting, embed their branding and artwork, and even provides out of the box solutions to host and distribute those assets on the web or on hard drives to their clients.

SOUNDMOUSE:
Soundmouse is a music cue sheet platform that is used by more than 450 Networks worldwide to manage, distribute and report cue sheets to Performing Rights Organizations (PROs). Soundmouse has integrated its groundbreaking music recognition technology into its music cue sheet solution. This technology was engineered specifically to address the complex task of automated recognition of music in difficult audio environments such as music buried within television broadcasts.

SOURCE AUDIO:
Source Audio is a music-licensing search & distribution platform that connects publishers, libraries, labels, artists, and composers with commercial media creators.

SYNCHTANK:
SynchTank is highly configurable cloud-based software that provides your business with a customer facing interactive portal and an internal management system to control, pitch, deliver, and license your creative digital assets and catalogues from anywhere.  SynchTank is a monthly subscription service that allows you to operate more efficiently, reach customers and licensees directly, address more than one opportunity at once and keep 100% of your revenue.

ZOE GRAYE CONSULTING:
Zoe Graye Consulting is in the business of designing and developing custom software solutions.  Our client base spans a broad range of industries, but in the last 10 years, we have focused primarily on developing and enhancing our royalty accounting solutions (RAMP, Core, CoreAX and CoreOnline) for music publishers. We deliver comprehensive solutions that go beyond design and development.  As consultants, we assess and identify business needs; we assist with legacy data conversion and third party interfaces, we implement software solutions and train the appropriate personnel.


ABOUT THE AIMP:
The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) is a non-profit organization providing education and information on the most current topics, trends and practices in the music publishing industry. Formed in 1977 by a group of Los Angeles music publishers, the AIMP has chapters in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York that host regular panel discussions, workshops, networking opportunities and special events. Its membership is comprised of professionals in the music publishing and entertainment industries, including independent music publishers and publishers affiliated with record labels, motion picture and television production companies, music supervisors, songwriters, artist managers, marketing executives, as well as legal and accounting professionals.

ABOUT THE CCC:
The California Copyright Conference was established in 1953 for the discussion of copyright-related areas pertaining to music and entertainment. Today, the scope of the CCC has expanded to cover all matters pertaining to music industry issues. The organization has grown to over 300 members from all areas of the music and entertainment industry, including publishers, songwriters, attorneys, representatives from trade publications, performing rights societies, motion pictures, television, multimedia, Internet, and record companies.
 

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