Pan-Am Indie Summit 2021

Thu 15th April 2021

Date: April 15, 2021, 12:00PM - 6:00PM ET


Sponsors: Merlin, Distrokid

Happening on April 15, 2021, the inaugural Pan-Am Indie Summit will be held virtually, designed to connect the independent music communities from Alaska to Tierra Del Fuego. Jointly organized by A2IM (USA), ABMI (Brazil), A.S.I.Ar (Argentina), CIMA (Canada), IMICHILE (Chile), and WIN (global), participants can expect to engage with various trade organizations in the western hemisphere, meet other business owners through one-on-one networking meetings, and gain deep insight into the various markets across the Americas.

This full-day event will include panels, presentations, and one-on-one networking meetings. With the intention of creating a positive community and virtual social space for our members to collaborate, the Pan-Am Indie Summit will be held on a new digital platform that offers additional opportunities for spontaneous interaction, such as an event lobby and breakout rooms.

The full lineup is forthcoming.

Pan-Am Indie Summit is an event for members of the above trade associations. If you are not a member of an association and would like to attend, please contact your local association as listed below.

CIMA members interested in participating should e-mail Jenia Schukov ( for the registration link. Please note that the fee to participate is $20.00USD.


Full Schedule of Events:

[12:00 p.m. ET]: International Market Overviews

Industry experts provide the must-know details of their home markets across the Western Hemisphere in this series of short talks.

  • Argentina:Nicolas Madoery – Secretary, Director, and Country Manager, ASIAr
  • Brazil: Carlos Mills – President, ABMI
  • Canada: Trisha Carter – Music Export Manager, CIMA
  • Chile: Oliver Knust and Francisca Sandoval – IMICHILE
  • Colombia: Jorge Iván Cubillos – President, AIMCO
  • Jamaica: Jeremy Harding – Music Business Professional, Harding Music Academy
  • Mexico: Ana Rodríguez – Founder, Relatable Music/Co-chair, IMMF
  • Peru: Patricia López – President, APEMM
  • USA: Alyssa Mark – Director, Label Member Relations, A2IM

[12:50 p.m. ET] : OLMI (Observatorio Latinoamericano de Musica Independiente) Presentation

ABMI, ASIAr and IMICHILE are working together to create the first Latin American Independent Music Observatory to characterize the region’s independent music industry in its sociodemographic, economic, labor and digital aspects. The goal is to foster a competitive and collaborative musical ecosystem and deliver added value to hundreds of companies and their trade associations in the region.


Cristobal Dañobeitia – President, Digital Observatory of Chilean Music (Chile)

[1:05 p.m. ET]: Maximize Your Presence on DSPs through Marketing

What tools are available to maximize your artists’ visibility across digital services? Learn about best practices from leaders across North and South America.


Moderator: Rosie Lopez – Tommy Boy, (USA)

AJ Alvarez – Marketing Director, LATAM, Symphonic (USA)

Victor Schlesinger – Co-founder, Ronda Co-Op, (Chile)

Renato Vanzela – Business Development, FUGA (Brazil)

[1:55 p.m. ET]: Meet Amazon Music

A presentation by team Amazon Music.

[2:30 p.m. ET]: Bandcamp Workshop

Learn about the latest Bandcamp features (like Live and Vinyl), get the inside scoop on what makes Bandcamp tick for the most successful artists and labels on the site, and find out how to pitch the Bandcamp Daily editorial team.


Andrew Jervis – Director of Artists and Labels

Amit Nerukar – Artist and Label Ambassador

[2:45 p.m. ET]: Networking Carousel

Sign up for a carousel of three-minute B2B matchmaking meetings to meet potential business partners and peers.

[3:20 p.m. ET]: First Nations Independent Music in Panamerica

Key First Nations music industry executives and artists share experiences of developing the industry and making music in the independent sector.


Subhira Rodrigo Cepeda – Director, Mundovivo/Master in Composition (Chile)

Matthew Maw – Director, Lead Artist Manager, Red Music Rising (Canada)

Miesha Louie – Artist, Miesha and the Spanks (Canada)

Mauro Rodriguez – Regional Producer, TieneQueAndar Producciones (Argentina)

[3:55 p.m. ET]: Sync and Licensing Across Borders

Music supervisors, labels, and brand representatives discuss music licensing trends options across borders for the post-pandemic world. What’s happening in sync in 2021 and beyond?


Moderator: Kirt Debique – CEO & CTO, Sync Floor (USA)

Dan Burt – Music Supervisor, Wunderman Thompson (USA)

Everton Lewis Jr. – Music Supervisor, Wracket Music Supervision (Canada)

Yael Meyer – Owner and Founder, Kli Records (Chile)

Fabrizio Onetto – Head of Content and Artist Development, OCESA Seitrack (Mexico)

[4:45 pm ET]: Fireside Chat: Music & Games & Streaming

In the brief talk, music and technology experts Heather Johnson and Tom Riley discuss the music rights and licensing across an exploding sector: games and influencers.


Heather Johnson – CEO, Ninety9Lives (USA)

Tom Riley – COO, PretzelAux, Inc. (USA)

[5:00 p.m. ET]: Establishing an Overseas Strategy

How do you best promote your music across borders? When is it time to open an outpost outside of your home country? Learn creative solutions from independent companies who have successfully developed an international strategy.


Moderator: Ian Harrison – General Manager, Hopeless Records (USA)

Nando Machado – Founder/Director, ForMusic (Brazil)

More speakers TBA

[5:30 p.m. ET]: A Special Conversation with Camilo Lara, Tweety Gonzalez, and Adel Hattem


Tweety Gonzalez – Artist, Music Producer/Vice President, ASIAr (Argentina)

Adel Hattem – Founder, D Music Marketing (USA)

Camilo Lara – Musician, Mexican Institute of Sound (Mexico)

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