The BIG Summit 2023 Agenda

The BIG Summit 2023 Preliminary Agenda

Bridge the Information Gaps

Co-produced by Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) and Susan Butler

Created and facilitated by Susan Butler

Kicker biographies available here


Thursday, 20 April 2023: 09:45 – 17:30 BST

Offices of Meta Platforms Inc. at 10 Brock Street, London, NW1 3FG, UK


1  Registration08:15 – 09:45

2  Welcome and introduction09:45 – 10:00

DDEX presents The BIG Summit 2023!

A series of interactive discussions with attendee participation, featuring select executives to Kick Off each topic. Expect to hear often passionate views from very experienced individuals working with record companies, music publishers, collectives, distributors, digital music services and technology companies.

  • Welcome by Mark Isherwood, DDEX Secretariat; and
  • Introductory remarks by Susan Butler, Executive Editor/Publisher, Music Confidential

3 Controlling Content10:00 – 11:15

Fraudulent streams or streaming fraud. Quality control. Music integrity. Ineligible content. Whatever you call the music that should not be available on a streaming platform, detecting and removing that music is even more challenging on social media and short-form video platforms. There must be better ways, right?

Dan Simpson: Head of Label Operations, Meta
Scott Ambrose Reilly: SVP of Content, The Orchard

   Break  11:15 – 11:45

4  And now……the Metaverse11:45 – 12:45

A dystopian future so promising that a company with nearly 3 billion users actually changed its name to Meta. A future so inspiring that reportedly more than 500 companies are focused directly on the metaverse, and practically every major tech company, brand, influencer, and gaming company is getting involved in the interconnected virtual worlds. But what is it?

Chris Sumner: Director, Label & Music Product Business Development, Meta

   Lunch  12:45 – 14:15

5  Another dimension of identifying and tracking14:15 – 15:30

Whether it’s music stems, music in short-form videos, NFTs or anything Web3, the need for identifying and tracking the use of music has reached a new level. Maybe even another dimension. What can or should be some of the best ways to follow the music here?

Ben Markowitz: Director, Music Data & Rights Management, TikTok
Phil Sant: Co-founder, Salt & Session
Matt Waters: CEO, Unchained Music

6  Ice, Ice, Baby!15:45 – 17:00

ICE and collective evolution.

Peter de Mönnink: CEO (and formerly CEO Talpa Network, TalpaTV, Talpa Media Services), ICE
Nigel Elderton: President Europe, peermusic (and formerly Chair, PRS for Music)

7  What’s on your mind?17:00 – 17:30

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).

   Cocktails will follow at the end of the Summit  17:30 – 19:00

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