DDEX BIG Summit 2019
(Bridging the Information Gaps)

Hosted and co-produced by DDEX
Co-produced and moderated by Susan Butler

Thursday, 23rd May 2019: 09:15 – 17:30 (CDT)
Student Life Center, 132 Commodore Ballroom,
310 25th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 378240


08:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 09:30


DDEX presents The BIG Summit 2019 aimed at Bridging the Information Gaps, to identify who needs what, when and how, what collectively can be done when the information needed is not available at the time it is needed and how the digital music value chain is to manage the exponentially mounting transaction volumes.
A series of interactive discussions with attendee participation, featuring select executives to Kick Off each topic (Kickers), will explore these issues from various perspectives to ensure that money flows back to creators more efficiently and effectively. Expect to hear views ranging from experiences in the recording studio to those in the record company, publisher, collective, distributor and digital music service.

  • Welcome by Paul Dilorito (PRS for Music and DDEX Chair); and
  • Introductory remarks by Susan Butler (Music Confidential)

09:30 – 10:30

The New US Mechanical Licensing Collective: Meeting Global Needs Locally

So many companies and organizations want a say in how the collective will be developed and how it will work, so many individuals in different business divisions ranging from business development to legal to royalty administration to information technology want their needs met, so many rights holders from around the world will be impacted by the operations of the collective, but only a few voices can or will have a “say”. After speaking with people from around the world, we hone in on what we see as the highest priority needs and expectations from each of three different business divisions within multiple music sectors that are part of what makes a company and an industry profitable: commercial operations, business development and information technology systems/communication. We explore the thoughts gathered before the summit with everyone attending to find ways to help meet these needs and desires.

Susan Butler Kicks off this discussion in which everyone is invited to participate.

10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:00

Producer-Artist-Songwriter Cooperation: Meeting Industry-Wide Needs

Gathering and communicating essential information about performers, songwriters, rights holders and collecting agents in order to get people paid continues to be a huge challenge around the world. Often the reason is that the right people who can make something work or not work do not know the role they play or should play in this process or are not actively involved in making sure what needs to be shared is actually shared quickly and accurately.

We go to the beginning stages of a creative work (writing, recording and producing music) and get deep into the needs for certain types of information, how that is or could be communicated more effectively and how to get people to actually do it.


  • Bob Bruderman, EVP Global Digital Partnerships, Kobalt Music Group
  • Serona Elton, VP Product Management, Warner Music Group
  • Frank Liddell, Record Producer

12:00 – 13:30


13:30 – 14:30

Fireside Chat

David Israelite, President and CEO, National Music Publishers Association in conversation with Susan Butler.

14:30 – 15:30

Independent Music Companies: Meeting Operational Needs to Get People Paid

The challenges for independent labels and publishers to be able to claim rights in their music, track the use of their music and pay their performers and creators have been growing enormously.

Whether it’s collective rights societies and music licensing companies developing new or expanded services and databases to know who owns what rights in which works or recordings, the new mechanical rights collective now in development to handle US compulsory mechanical licensing, or digital music services reporting the use of music in multiple ways around the world.

Cries are becoming louder that the industry is not providing the necessary tools or technology for them to be able to do these jobs properly. We get into the nitty gritty of what are their needs and how they can be met more quickly, efficiently and effectively.


  • Mark Chung, Managing Director, Freibank Musikverlag
  • Alisa Coleman, Chief Operating Officer, ABKCO Music & Records
  • Andrew Kautz, Chief Operating Officer, Big Machine Label Group

15:30 – 16:00


16:00 – 17:00

Catalogue Transfer

Every week, rights in recordings and in songs change hands, sometimes all of the rights owned by a company and sometimes only specific catalogs of music. Sometimes the changes only affect certain territories as well. Whether the rights have been bought by another company or simply fall out from under an old contract (freeing up creators to strike deals with others), managing the pieces of information on this change in rights holders either slowly or ineffectively can create havoc. This havoc can cost everyone time, money and potentially loss of listeners and fans. This gap in communication needs fixing. We explore what is going on and hope to come up with some ideas for solutions.


  • Kim Beauchamp, SVP Process Innovation & Advanced Operations, Universal Music Group
  • Jay Gress, VP, Head of Copyright Licensing & Administration, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Jill Harwell, Senior Manager, Global Music & Book Operations, Apple Music
  • Sean McGraw, SVP Administration, Songtrust/Downtown Music Publishing

17:00 – 17:30

What’s on Your Mind?

Open Forum Discussion:

A time to bring up what’s on your mind on related areas of the business and propose possible solutions to challenges. Bring it up on your own or go through Susan to bring it up anonymously (speak with Susan before the summit or slip that idea on a note into Susan’s pocket the day of the summit). One topic will be music getting onto DSPs through legitimate distributors but not coming from the true rights holders.

17:30 – 19:00

Cocktail Reception

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