Make the Most of Your Catalogue: Music Publishing Deep Dive

Wed 25th April 2018
ildsjel, 4 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, M4M 2R5
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CIMA, professional development, publishing, Toronto

Make the Most of Your Catalogue: Music Publishing Deep Dive

When: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 

Where: ildsjel, 4 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto, M4M 2R5 

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm 

Price: $15 for CIMA members with discount code; $25 for non-members

The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and Canadian Music Publishers Association have teamed up to demystify the topic of Music Publishing, an area that continues to see huge growth within the music industry. We'll not only cover the basics of publishing, we'll also dig deep into the trends of the sector, international opportunities, relationship building, and models for success. This day-long workshop is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to set up their own publishing companies, businesses (such as labels) contemplating opening a publishing division, and artists thinking about self-publishing. Join us for a day of learning and development featuring panels, presentations, roundtables and networking! Bonus: lunch is included.


10:00am: Welcome 

10:10am: An Overview of Music Publishing in Canada 

10:30am: A Day in the Life of a Music Publisher (The Business) - Panel 

11:15am: CMPA Export Study - Presentation 

11:30am: Case Study: Road to Success - Interview 

12:00pm: Networking lunch 

1:00pm: A Day in the Life of a Music Publisher (The Creative) - Panel 

1:45pm - 3:00pm: Roundtable Breakouts 

Speakers will include:
Jennifer Mitchell (Red Brick / Casablanca Music Publishing) is a co-founder of Casablanca Media Publishing, a leading independent Canadian music publisher representing such publishers as 20th Century Fox, Carlin America, Bug/BMG, Chrysalis/BMG, Arc Music, Imagem, Barton Music, the estate of Roy Orbison, AC/DC, and many songwriters such as Steve Miller, Jimmy Webb, Michelle Wright, and Melissa Etheridge among others.  As President of Red Brick Songs, she represents such prestigious catalogues as Concord Music Group, Abkco, Disney Music Group, Fairwood Music, Budde Music, Bucks Music Group, Round Hill Music, and the estate of John Lennon. She is a member of the Board of Directors for SOCAN, CMRRA and CMPA, and also sits the advisory committee for the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Red Brick/Casablanca is also a member of the Independent Music Publishers’ Forum.

Vincent Digiorgio (CYMBA Music / Chapter 2  Productions Inc.) is President of Cymba Music Publishing, a division of Chapter 2 Productions Inc. He also serves as President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association. Cymba, originally formed as a production and publishing house,  has become one of the most active, creative music publishing entities in Canada. With unprecedented global reach and a focus on the international market for recorded music and synch, it is home for Davor Vulama, Aileen de la Cruz, Ari Rhodes, Ian Smith, Olivia Wik and multiple award winner, Dennis Ellsworth. Vincent is also a multimillion selling song writer, who’s most recent work with Dutch pop star Caro Emerald recently eclipsed the two million album threshold.

Jodie Ferneyhough  (CCS Rights Management) After years as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group and peermusic Canada, Jodie founded CCS Rights Management; a company built on the philosophy of hard work, dedication and an artist-first attitude. The new company is meant to be a place where writers, artists and performers not only receive outstanding administrative service but are provided creative service that suits their individual needs. Each deal is as unique as each artist, and CCS prides itself on providing a distinctly hands-on approach. Jodie sits on the Boards of Directors of CMRRA and  the Canadian Music Publishers Association. In 2013, he was elected to sit on the ICMP Board (International Confederation of Music Publishers). Jodie is the co-founder of the Unison Benevolent Fund.

Vivan Barclay (Warner Chappell Music Canada) is the General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada. She works with a diverse roster of songwriters including Jully Black, Producer Lantz, Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Barenaked Ladies, Michael Bernanrd Fitzgerald and is also responsible for the administration of the 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and Ira Gershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Michael Buble, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Vivian is a classically-trained musician with a degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University. Experienced in radio, artist management, publicity, and promotion, she has composed music for television commercials and won awards for her film sound production and digital audio editing talents. Vivian sits on the Boards of the Canadian Music Publishers Association and SOCAN.

Amy Eligh (Arts & Crafts, Publishing & Licensing) began her career in publishing at Casablanca Media / Red BrickSongs in the copyright and royalties department, before moving into Creative where she successfully stationed herself for over a decade before moving to Arts & Crafts Music. Within her role as director of publishing and licensing, Eligh pitches large-scale catalogue of songs for film, trailers, advertising, video games, and TV (US and Canada) as well as oversees the day-to-day within the department. In addition to pitching, Eligh organizes showcases for clients / songwriters with TV networks, music supervisors, and advertisers. She also develops new writers, arranges co-writing sessions, coordinates and hosts song-writing camps, and scouts for talent. At Arts & Crafts Music, Eligh works with Broken Social Scene, Timber Timbre, Reuben and the Dark, Overcoats, The Darcys, Lowell, Taylor Knox, and many more.

Lisa Freeman (Executive Director, Canadian Private Copying Collective) has a private practice providing research, strategic planning and program and project management to clients in the cultural industries, including Access Copyright, Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Canadian Private Copying Collective, Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Media Development Corporation and Screen Composers Guild of Canada. She was previously Acting Manager of Research, Strategic Planning and IT for the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and worked as a Consultant with the Paul Audley and Associates Ltd. (PAA) team. Lisa completed her Master of Business degree in Arts & Media Management at the Schulich School of Business.

Margaret McGuffin (Executive Director, Canadian Music Publishers Association) Margaret McGuffin is the Executive Director of the Canadian Music Publishers Association. Margaret has held management positions with the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency , Musicians’ Rights Organizations Canada and Access Copyright and has served on the Board of Directors for Re:Sound and the Canadian Private Copying Collective. She started her career at Music Canada and Connect Music Licensing and later worked as a consultant with a wide range of cultural organizations and collective management organizations. Margaret holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA in Arts and Media Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business. Margaret volunteers extensively and currently is on the Board of Directors of Work in Culture and the Advisory Board of MusiCounts.

Cheryl Link (Senior Creative Director, Peermusic Canada) has worked in the Canadian music industry for over 20 years; holding various positions in publishing including Copyright and Royalty Administration, Creative Management, and International Relations. Peermusic Canada represents many of Canada’s top artists and writers, including The Tragically Hip, Sarah McLachlan, David Hamelin, Hawksley Workman, Kathleen Edwards, The Jerry Cans, Brendan Canning, Royal Wood, The Girl on a Horse catalogue, and Hannah Georgas; as well as sub publishing many international stars and catalogues such as Tom Waits, the Music Sales catalogue, Big Deal Music, Beggars Music, Mothership Music, and Four Jays (Harry Warren).  Peermusic Canada is the Canadian office of the global independent publishing company Peermusic. Cheryl has also held positions on the board of NDN Talent Collective (bridging the gap between the Indigenous arts community and the mainstream industry), The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, CARAS (15+ years of chairing the Songwriter committee) and is presently on the Programming Committee at the Canadian Music Publishers Association.

Marty Simon (Director, MRD – Music Revenue Data) is the founding director of MRD-Music Revenue Data Inc. administering publishing catalogues and providing composer royalty management service worldwide for hundreds of Film and TV programs including Moneyball, Little Miss Sunshine, The King’s Speech and  Academy Award ® winner for Best Score, Life of Pi and best picture, Moonlight. MRD composer/publisher clients include Mychael Danna (Life of Pi, Moneyball, Little Miss Sunshine), Hans Zimmer  (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight), James Newton Howard (The Hunger Games,) and Andrew Lockington (Journey To The Centre of the Earth, San Andreas, Rampage) and Pink Sky-Avamor (Flashpoint TV series), among others. Marty has written and published hit songs for Rapper Rick Ross, Michel Pagliaro, Wilson Pickett, Julien Clerc, Serge Gainsbourg, Luc Plamondon (“Des Mots qui Sonnent” for Céline Dion) among others. Simon has composed and published music for more than 25 films, has been twice nominated for Canada’s CSA Gemini music awards, and has served on the board of SOCAN.

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