The panel will feature four key music publishing executives from independent and major label publishing entities. Confirmed panelists include Monti Olson, Vice President, BMG Music Publishing and Dan Coleman, Head, A Side Music Publishing, who will be led by moderator Melinda Newman, Billboard's West Coast Bureau Chief & Deputy Editor. More panelists will be announced at a later date. Among the topics: the pros and cons of a publishing deal, what publishers are looking for when signing new writers and artists, and what their role is in working with and breaking new talent. There will also be a Q&A from the audience.
The second in a six-seminar series, the BMI "Industry Insider" series was created along with Gibson Guitar to provide BMI songwriters with an educational forum to assist them with their career development. Moderated by a rotating group of professionals from BMI, Gibson and Billboard, the series will take an in-depth look at several core areas of the music business that are integral to career growth and success. Scheduled topics include management, legal representation and songwriting; the inaugural panel focused on A&R. Offering a direct link to the inner-workings of the music business from the perspective of established music professionals, the program provides songwriters with a wealth of information at no charge.
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