Women in Music Presented: Entrepreneur’s Playlist: Starting Your Own Record Label
 & Publishing Company

Nov 14, 2014

2014-11-13 18.42.46Women in Music presented the engaging panel: Entrepreneur’s Playlist: Starting Your Own Record Label
 & Publishing Company on November 13, 2014, to a crowd of industry professionals and entrepreneurs at the BMI headquarters in NYC.  The goal?  To dissect the entrepreneurial process and give detailed instruction on how to create and sustain a record label and publishing company in today’s market.   Esteemed speakers included Veronica Gretton (Owner, 401K Music), Justin Kalifowitz (President, Downtown Music Publishing), Rachael Sage (Founder/Owner, MPress Records & Recording Artist),  and Molly Neuman (Vice President, A2IM) who acted as the moderator.

Panelists delved deeply into topics like company management and decision-making, revenue sources and financial health, effective marketing and licensing strategies, pragmatic risks, client and catalogue acquisition, and relationship management (to name a few).  An impressive lineup of guests, they shared decades’ worth of experiences, alongside suggestions for best practices and common “do and dont’s,” all of which served to create a full picture of what it takes to start and maintain your own record label or publishing company.  As always, the floor was opened to our attendees to ask questions and engage in networking.

Many thanks and much respect to our panelists and moderator for sharing their wisdom, time and energy, and to all of you who came out!

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Women in Music and MMF presented the Music Managers Panel:

Oct 20, 2014



On September 17, 2014, BMI once again hosted Women in Music (WIM), along with partner organization, Music Managers Forum (MMF), for a panel that addressed the role managers play in today’s music industry, including strategies, stories, challenges, highs and lows, and the economics that go into managing artists and projects.  Panelists included Jessica Herman Weitz, Dawn Barger, Barry Bergman, and Alan Wolmark. The evening was moderated by Yaya Rey.  The panelists shared their advice, experience, tactics and wisdom generously, with pragmatism and honesty. Attendees also had the opportunity to engage directly with panelists by asking questions about anything from dealing with artists’ creativity to handling branding opportunities/partnerships, finding the right manager, and more.   The evening proved to be a powerful joining of the unique WIM and MMF communities, enhancing both communities’ collective knowledge and inspiring people on both the creative and business sides of the industry.

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WIM’s Master Session on Composing for Musical Theatre/Broadway

Sep 29, 2014

Women In Music presented yet another educational and inspiration-packed panel on July 10, 2014, this time focusing on the unique art and craft as well as the unique issues and challenges facing women writing for musical theatre.  The amazing panelists included Amanda Green (Tony-Nominated composer: Hands on a Hard Body, Bring It On, High Fidelity); Sara Cooper (composer of Loving Leo, The Memory Show, Emergency Contraception, Tenth Floor); Katie Kahanovitz (Composer of Breaking Through and Stage Moms); and Debra Barsha (Composer of Cookin’, Radiant Baby (Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award/produced at The Public), and Sophie, plus associate conductor for Jersey Boys).
Moderated by WIM President Neeta Ragoowansi, these expert panelists discussed issues ranging from the classic question “What comes first, the music or the lyrics?”, to the business of getting a show off the ground, finding the right collaborators, collaborator and producer politics, the creative process, and their approach to gender politics.  Genuine, generous, funny, and incredibly informative, these panelists shared tips and insider information into the craft and business of writing for musical theatre and explained what sets composing music and lyrics in this genre apart from other genres.  Their real-life anecdotes and opinions gave guests a behind-the-curtain look at what writers face when shooting for the Great White Way and other theatres.
Special thanks to our panelists and everyone who attended!
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