Maximo Aguirre, Board Member
President, Maximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc.
CEO, Alvani Tunes Music Library
Native of Argentina he started his entertainment business career in 1975 at Discos CBS Argentina (later Sony Music), follow by Microfon de Argentina an independent record label in Buenos Aires.
Transferred to Mexico in 1979 by Microfon as Managing Director. In 1981, became International Manager for Ariola Mexico (Bertelsman record arm).
Moving to the United States in 1983, he founded and was named Managing Director of Ariola America, the first Latin division of Bertelsman in the U.S. In 1986, he founded and was promoted to Managing Director of WEA Latina, the first Latin Company of today—Warner Music Latina. In 1988, he became Managing Director of BMG, the company created after the merger of RCA and Bertelsman Music Group. In 1992, he founded his own Music Publishing companies in Los Angeles: first, Maximo Aguirre Music Publishing, Inc (BMI) and then Pacific Latin Copyright, Inc. (ASCAP) and Alvani Music Publishing,Inc (SESAC).
Advocate of songwriter rights his companies have become one of the most successful independent Latin Music publishers in the U.S. He represents many of the most successful songwriters of the Latin business administering very important music catalogs such as SACM, the Society of Authors and Composers of Mexico and many of the top Latin American Pop and Regional Artist publishing catalogs. In 2011 and 2012 Pacific Latin Copyright was named Independent Music Publisher of the year by ASCAP.
Today, his companies administer over sixty thousand copyrighted works. Member of the Association of Independent Music publishers (AIMP). In February 2019 he launches Alvani Tunes Music Library, a production Music Library specialize in Latin Music and became a member of the Production Music Association (PMA).
WALLY BADAROU, Board Member
ISHE sarl Music
Wally Badarou was born in Paris, France, in 1955. At the age of 7, he discovered French-speaking Benin (formally known as Dahomey), West Africa, his family’s country of origin. Wally spent about ten years there immersed in African, European and American music (popular, traditional and classical. Wally and his family moved back to France in the 70s when the birth of a musical spell via amateur bands began for Wally. Wally’s first recording contract was with Barclay Records and with them he discovered the magic of the recording studio. During this time Wally forged a solid reputation as a local synth session player, involved in the most popular French singers’ records as well as Afro & West-Indies projects of the time. He also released his first album: “Back to Scales Tonight” (Barclay), and worked with Myriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Daniel Vangarde (Gibson Brothers’ “Cuba”) and Robin Scott (M’s "Pop Musik").
1980: Chris Blackwell (Island Records) asks Wally to join Barry Reynolds (Marianne Faithfull’s guitar player and co-writer) and Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare for two Grace Jones albums recorded at Compass Point studios, located in Nassau, Bahamas: “Warm Leatherette” and “Nightclubbing”. Encounter with Jean-Paul Goude, G. Jones (friend).
As one of the "Compass Point All Stars,” other works and artists Wally is involved with include Joe Cocker (“Sheffield Steel”), Jimmy Cliff (“Give The People What They Want”) Marianne Faithfull (“A Child’s Adventure”), Talking Heads (“Speaking In Tongues” featuring “Burning Down The House” and “This Must Be The Place”), Tom-Tom Club (“Genius Of Love”), Gregory Isaacs (“Night Nurse”), Black Uhuru (“Chill Out”), Foreigner (“Agent Provocateur” featuring “I Want To Know What Love Is”), Mick Jagger (“She’s The Boss” his first solo album), Power Station (“Some Like It Hot”), Robert Palmer (“Riptide” featuring “Addicted To Love”), Gwen Guthrie, Junior Tucker, and even the godfather of soul, James Brown.
Rehearsing M’s "Pop Musik" for the BBC’s “Top Of The Pops” program Wally met drummer Phil Gould and his new-born brit fusion-pop band "Level 42.” Wally joins them to work on all of their recordings of the 80’s and early 90’s, constantly shuttling between Nassau and London to perform as a session player, co-composer, co-writer and even co-producer of all of their major hits (“Something About You”, “Lessons In Love”, “Running In The Family”, “The Sun Goes Down”, etc.).
Throughout the decade, Wally Badarou establishes himself as one of the pioneers in computer music as a digital synthesist and tapeless home studio advocate. He becomes a New England Digital Synclavier system specialist, a self-taught software developer, and begins promoting pre-Internet forums and email communications (PAN “Professional Artists Network”, “BBS”, “Compuserve” and French “Calvacom”).
ica Music Awards, Sun City, South-Africa, with Nelson Mandela and Michael Jackson attending in 1999.
In 2012: Wally was elected to the board of Sacem, France; He was Vice-President of Sacem between 2017 and 2018.
DAVID BANDER, Committee Member
Currently is the Senior Manager of Royalties & Finance for Ultra Music responsible for income tracking and collection. Previously, he was a Senior Auditor for Prager Metis analyzing complex writer/ artist contracts and Identifying royalty compliance issues and the calculation of underpayments. As the Associate Director of Royalties for EMI Music Publishing/ Sony ATV he managed writer audit examinations as well as royalty accounting, licensing, copyright, income tracking, domestic and foreign income processing and royalty statement distribution. He has also held the positions of Royalty Director for Bourne Co. Music Publishing, Royalty Manager for The Harry Fox Agency and was the Assistant Vice President/ Director Radio Licensing for ASCAP. He has also consulted for the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI.org) Washington, DC where he Co-authored a paper presented at Gaborone, Botswana “Implementing the Copyright Society Provisions of Botswana’s New Copyright Office”, establishing COSBOTS, the National Collecting Society for public performance and other related rights.
John C. Barker, Board Member
ClearBox Rights, LLC
John Barker is the founder, President & CEO of ClearBox Rights, LLC, an independent IP rights managements company, based in Nashville, TN. (www.clearboxrights.com) John also founded ICG (Integrated Copyright Group) in 1990, which sold to BMG Rights in 2010. Before co-founding ICG, John was General Manager of Publishing and Copyrights for The Benson Company (1985-1989) and A&R Director for Word Records (1983-1985). John has worked with a wide variety of clients, including the catalogs of Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, Brad Paisley, Ray Stevens, Craig Wiseman, Mike Reid, Jerry Chesnut, Bill Monroe, John Anderson, Loretta Lynn, Allen Shamblin, Don Schlitz, Songwriters Guild of America, Senator Orrin Hatch, Music & Media International, Albert E. Brumley & Sons, Manna Music, Seals & Crofts, and many others.
ClearBox Rights' mission is to transform the management of intellectual property for owners and creators through transparent and efficient administration services, and to connect and empower creators and owners directly into the complex digital and physical rights and revenue environment.
He is past President and current board member of the Copyright Society of the South, a member of CMA, NARAS, Leadership Music 2012, ACM, Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and AIMP. In 2014, John co-organized IPAC (Interested Parties Advancing Copyright) to provide comments to the Music License Study, and participated in all three copyright office roundtables that year, and frequently visits congressional offices in D.C.
Carlos Martin Carle, Committee Member
Carlos Martin Carle is a musician, composer, producer and partner at Mayimba Music, Inc. Mayimba, is an award winning wide spectrum independent music company, founded in 1999, with expertise in music publishing, digital distribution and general producer and artist management. Mayimba has been, from inception, self-administered with no major label participation, but has collected and paid on a par with the majors due to its vision of adapting to the changing face of our industry. As a composer, Carle’s work has been featured on HBO’s Latino List. As a producer and composer, Carle is in demand with many up and coming artists while his guitar playing has been featured on multiple international tours (Zacarias Ferriera). Additionally, Carle’s expertise extends to multi-cam live concert shoots where he’s served and an Associate Director for Aventura’s Sold Out at MSG concert shoot as well as the streaming Billboard Live series. Carle's varied mix of creative and industry experience make him and ideal candidate for the AMLC.
Rick Carnes, Board Member
Multi-platinum hit songwriter Rick Carnes has earned 40 platinum albums with songs recorded by artists Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Steve Wariner, Pam Tillis, and Dean Martin. His song, “I Can't Even Get the Blues No More” was Reba McEntire's first number one single, and “Long Neck Bottle” recorded by Garth Brooks, set a record on the Billboard charts by entering the charts at number 10.
Together with his wife, Janis, Rick has recorded for RCA, Elektra Asylum, Warner Bros. and MCA records. They also work as a co-writng team and have co-written three top ten recordings for Bluegrass icons, the Whites. They penned the jazz ballad, Irresistible which was recently featured in the Sony Pictures Classic movie Saving Face, and the swing song, “I'm Hangin' Around”, which was recorded by Dean Martin.
Rick has served as President of the Songwriters Guild of America since 2004.
Gian S. Caterine, Committee Member
American Music Partners West
My background is a unique blend of journeyman songwriter and entrepreneur, with deep subject matter knowledge in digital music and copyrights.
I am excited to work with the AMLC where I can apply my skills in finance, intellectual property and music.
I attended college after several years of touring with a jazz fusion band, which included a performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, where we were deemed “the future of jazz” by jazz great Herbie Mann.
I graduated college with an accounting degree and became a Certified Public Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) where I specialized in entrepreneurial services and venture capital.
After 7 years in public accounting, I started my first company which became public, followed by a management buyout of a former client, during which time I returned to music as a songwriter.
Applying my skills in both music and business led me to become a founding principal with eMusic (GoodNoise) where I consummated the first digital rights license for music in history (WSJ January 1999) with Rykodisc. I also authored the $.99 download at eMusic with Bob Kohn which was based on the price of the Beatles’ first American single.
At this time I also secured a publishing deal with Heavy Hitters Music, as well as a P&D deal with Blue Rose Records in Germany for my 5th and 6th albums. My songs have been used extensively in television and film. I have approximately 200 earning titles.
Subsequent to my work with eMusic and additional touring, I established TuneCore with Jeff Price as a founding principal. At TuneCore we democratized music distribution, initially for artists who were unable to get direct deals with the online stores.
I later served as an expert in copyright futures for the Communications Futures Program at MIT, a think tank sponsored by several telcos.
I am currently serving as Advising CFO for two music-related companies, including DistroKid, as well as an advisor to several other media-based start-ups.
Stewart Copeland, Committee Member
Stewart Copeland has spent three decades in the forefront of contemporary music as a rock star, acclaimed film score writer, and composer in the disparate worlds of opera, ballet, world music and chamber music. In 1977, Stewart formed The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music. He spent twenty years as a successful film and TV composer, working for the likes of Francis Ford Coppola on Rumblefish and Oliver Stone on Wall Street. His first of five operas, “Holy Blood and the Crescent Moon” was commissioned for the Cleveland Opera in 1989.
Awards include the keys to the city of Milan, New York, Dallas and Melpignano. Knighthood (Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters) in France, five Grammys and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through it all, a sense of humor and appreciation for his utterly unique career has shone through as he has enjoyed working in a remarkable array of genres.
Awards include the keys to the city of Milan, New York, Dallas and Melpignano. Knighthood (Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters) in France, five Grammys and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Through it all, a sense of humor and appreciation for his utterly unique career has shone through as he has enjoyed working in a remarkable array of genres.
Marti Cuevas, Board Member
Marti Cuevas is a musician, composer and founder/President of Mayimba Music, Inc., a wide spectrum independent music company since 1999. Mayimba’s main areas of expertise include music publishing, digital distribution and general producer and artist management. Mayimba has been, from inception, self-administered with no major label participation, but has collected and paid on a par with the majors due to its vision of adapting to the changing face of our industry. In addition, Marti has been Director of Business Affairs at J & N Publishing/J & N Records since the 1990s, and has been, since 2002, General Manager of Premium Latin Music, the indie label that signed the international phenomenon, Aventura, among many others. Marti has enjoyed grass roots involvement in all areas of the music business, both on the publishing and record side. She personally set up Mayimba Music and Premium Latin’s accounting software, created CWR files, personally accounting and personally interfacing with writers. On the label side, Marti has undertaken all functions, including the creation of label copy and identification and licensing of copyrighted works, as well as negotiating and drafting all contracts in English and Spanish, managing litigation, among MANY others, bleeding into all aspects of label function. Her emphasis on the Hispanic market and her continual advocacy for Caribbean and Latin American writers in general, provide an advantage for outreach to the indie Hispanic market, a huge market, where writers are negatively impacted by their general lack of access to education. Therefore, based upon decades of practical experience that saw the music business morph from “cassettes” to “streaming,” Marti is a perfect candidate for the AMLC.
Hakim Draper, Committee Member
Boogie Shack Music Group
Hakim Draper is an experienced business development executive and strategist with 20+ years of success working in both the tech and entertainment industry. Mr. Draper was founder of Cage Music, a full-service recording studio and artist development house, which led to building the Caged Creations publishing catalog that he later sold to a major U.S. publisher. Mr. Draper is an entrepreneur and investor in several technology, music, music tech, and blockchain technology startup companies, as well as founder of Boogie Shack Music Group, a modern music industry incubator, production and rights management company. Mr. Draper is also co-founder and Managing Partner of Link Media Partners LLC, which provides consulting, copyright, and business development services.
Mr. Draper has also served as Director of Licensing at Warner Music Group. Prior to that, he was VP of Affiliate Relations at Wilbur Entertainment and Director of Software Operations at Agile Software and he was recently named to the board of directors for Green Cures & Botanicals Distribution (OTC: GRCU).
Mr. Draper was born into the music business. His father, Ray Draper, worked as a composer and performer with other jazz legends like Max Roach, Jackie McClean and John Coltrane. Mr. Draper and his team have worked as independent artist development consultants, strategists, and operated high level professional recording studios providing production, writing, and composition services. Over the years Mr. Draper has worked with endless artists in their early and critical breakout phase of career development.
Joerg Evers, Board Member
JE is a songwriter, composer, guitarist, arranger and music producer for different musical genres. He studied musicology at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, as well as orchestration and music arrangement at the Richard Strauss Conservatory. He was a member and released albums of various rock-groups such as Amon Düül II, Embryo, Peter Maffay Band, The Pack etc. JE has scored many gold and platinum records and had countless #1 hits all around the globe i.e. with Montell Jordan, Da Brat, Claudja Barry, Ronnie Jones, Sylvie Vartan, Joe Dassin, Die Jungen Tenöre etc. and composed film scores for feature films, TV series and advertising (for global brands). In 1980 he won the "Best Composer's Award" at the 9th Tokyo Music Festival and has received 2 ASCAP Awards (Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, 2001).
In addition, he has owned and managed an independent publishing company, EVERSONGS, that includes a record label and recording studios, since 1980. In 2006-2007 he completed a course for specialist solicitor in international copy and media rights at the IUM (Institute für Urheber- and Medienrecht, Munich ).
Since his election in 2000, JE has been a member of the supervisory board of GEMA, the German Collective Management Organization (CMO). He served as Chairman between 2009 and 2012. GEMA administers the licensing, collection and distribution of both the performing rights and mechanical rights in Germany. From 2007 until 2012 he was also President of the Deutscher Komponistenverband, the German Composers‘ Association, and became board member of ECSA (European Composer & Songwriter Alliance) 2013-2016.
Since 2005, JE has served on the Executive Committee of CIAM ("International Council of Authors of Music" in CISAC) and is currently its Vice President. Beginning in 2008 he has represented both CIAM and ECSA as a Metadata & Tech delegate in the negotiations between CMOs, digital platforms, creators and publishers in respect to the building of a GRD (Global Repertory Database). Later he became and still is a representative of music creators (CIAM and ECSA) in the various recent CIS-Net Cross-Industry Projects like "Rights Holders Access" with "IPI Lookup Service" and "Musical Works Information" (introducing worldwide acess for all creators and publishers alike to their works' global data) and other projects by CISAC and rightsholders. Joerg Evers has unique and valuable skill sets that would bring both technical and administrative expertise to this new enterprise. Backed by international music creators’ organizations, his combination of insights in CMO’s processes as well as his creative background would add much to the important work of the nascent Music Licensing Collective.
Brownlee Ferguson, Board Member
Bluewater Music Corp.
Brownlee Ferguson founded Bluewater Music in 1985, and continues to serve as its president. Through the years the company helped launch the careers of numerous successful songwriters including Jim Lauderdale, David Lynn Jones, Kim Richey, and Chris Knight. Besides building a successful catalog containing numerous hits, under Brownlee’s guidance Bluewater joined PRO and mechanical rights societies throughout Europe and South America for the purpose of building a copyright administration company. Today, the company administers tens of thousands of copyrights for hundreds of clients both domestically and internationally.
Before founding Bluewater Music, Brownlee attended the University of Houston where he graduated in 1979 with a MS – Accountancy % Taxation and BS – Economics in 1977. He also worked for Arthur Young, became a CPA in Texas, and worked in the oil and gas industry. Bluewater Music is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
Henry Gradstein, Board Member
Law Firm of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano; Independent Publisher
Henry Gradstein is a veteran entertainment and business litigator with the Los Angeles music law firm of King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano. In addition to numerous seven and eight figure jury verdicts over the decades, including a top five verdict in California, Mr. Gradstein is widely regarded as a leader in music class actions litigating against online and satellite digital music services including his widely reported cases championing the rights of artists and record owners against Sirius XM, Spotify and Pandora. His successful class actions against Spotify for unlicensed use of compositions and against Sirius XM and Pandora on behalf of the Turtles for unlicensed use of pre-1972 recordings, were precursors to the Music Modernization Act ("MMA") and Classics Act. For the each of the last four years, Mr. Gradstein has been named by Billboard Magazine as one of Music's Most Powerful Attorneys. He has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of its Top 100 Power Lawyers, by The Daily Journal as one of California's Top Entertainment Lawyers and a Leading Intellectual Property Attorney and he has received the California Attorney of the Year award from California Lawyer for his work on behalf of The Turtles.
With a legal career dedicated to collecting digital royalties owing to songwriters, publishers and record owners from online and satellite music services, and prosecuting cases which have addressed the problems in the law long before the enactment of the MMA, Mr. Gradstein is uniquely qualified to ensure matching of streamed recordings to compositions and the payment of digital royalties to those who are owed the money.
Imogen Heap, Board Member
Driven by fairness, creativity, deep connections and humanity, Imogen Heap is an award-winning orchestral arranger, composer, recording artist and technology entrepreneur. Among her many honours and accolades are five Grammy nominations, two Grammy wins for engineering and for her contribution to Taylor Swift’s album 1989, an Ivor Novello Award, The Artist and Manager Pioneer Award, the MPG Inspiration Award, the Drama Desk Award for outstanding music in the hit Broadway show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and two honorary doctorates. Her work has been featured in TV shows, film, theatre, games, live and album releases and she has even sung to the moon. Most importantly to her, she is mother to her four-year-old daughter who often acts as a source of inspiration for her work.
Classically trained in the piano, clarinet and cello, Heap began programming on her Atari at the age of 12, and six years later at the age of 18, signed her first record deal with Almo Sounds before signing with Island Records. In 2002 she formed Frou Frou with Guy Sigsworth, producing songs which featured in hit films including Garden State and Shrek 2. In 2004, at just 26 years old, when it wasn’t the norm, Heap set up her own record label, Megaphonic Records and funded her seminal album Speak for Yourself, which she wrote, produced, engineered, performed and Mixed. This risk paid off with her first two Grammy nominations and three MTV U Awards. She has been a self-published artist for the last 10 years and has released around 200 songs during her career. Her songs have been remixed and covered by Ariana Grande, Deadmau5, Tiesto, Kelly Clarkson and Jason Derulo, whose song Watcha Say based on Imogen’s cult hit song Hide and Seek, reached no.1 in The USA, Canada, UK and Australia.
In just her first 2 years in the industry, Heap worked with some of the biggest names in music including Jon Bon Jovi, Dave Stewart, Nick Kershaw, Randy Jackson, Jeff Beck and Urban Species. She has been sighted as an inspiration by global superstars Ariane Grande, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Pharrell and A$AP Rocky, and shared the stage with music icons such as The Who, Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Alanis Morrisette and Miley Cyrus.
Heap’s third solo album Ellipse won her the first Grammy for best engineered album, non-classical, she has sold out concerts both at the Royal Albert Hall and the Greek Theatre in LA, had her songs streamed billions of times on YouTube and her song Tiny Human, released in 2014, was the first song in the world to distribute payments via a smart contract as part of her exploration into the potential of using blockchain in the music industry.
Her charity work has played a key role throughout her life and career, ranging from taking part in huge events such as the One Love Manchester concert to playing for her local hospice next door. With Sir Richard Branson supporting and launching Heap’s Live 4 X series, she has empowered a host of music celebrities such as Ben Folds, KT Tunstall, Amanda Palmer, Josh Groban, Zoe Keating and Jamie Cullum to give spontaneous concerts from their living rooms, inviting fans online to watch in order to raise awareness and funds for disaster relief.
It is not only music that has driven Imogen to where she is today; the intersection of music and technology has also inspired her work. She has pioneered multiple innovations in the tech space such as Mycelia – a think and do tank designed to empower a fair, sustainable and vibrant music industry ecosystem; The Creative Passport, a digital identity standard, which holds verified profile information including IDs, electronic press kits, acknowledgments, credentials, business partnerships and payment mechanisms designed to link music makers with their data; and MI.MU gloves the world’s most advanced wearable musical instrument, allowing musicians to compose and perform music using their gestures and movements.
Furthermore, Heap created the first holographic Virtual Reality (VR) concert, working with Austin-based The WaveVR. She has also spoken and performed at world-renowned tech and music conferences including TED, Midem, Web Summit, and at events hosted by Google, Spotify, IBM, the Founders Forum, TechCrunch and Twitter. Whether it’s generate and reactive music, immersive audio, blockchain or machine learning, Imogen continues to explore and deepen her knowledge, collaborating on diverse projects with leading consumer technology brands including Sennheiser, Dolby, Intel, and most recently IBM both musically and technically, as well as being recognised for her contribution to technology by well-respected technology figureheads such as Sir Tim Berners Lee.
With her Creative Passport project prompting Forbes to celebrate her as an innovative woman in AI / blockchain, Heap has written for and been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, Wired, NY Times, The Independent, The Guardian, New Scientist and Fortune Magazine, and she has appeared on chat shows hosted by David Letterman and Jools Holland, and Channel 4’s Ways to Change the World. Heap has experience from several boards, including the PRS for music, The Featured Artist Coalition and is one of the advisors for the Creative Industries Federation.
Peter G. Jessel, Committee Member
Professor of Practice and Director of Masters of Engineering Program, Cornell University
Dr. Jessel is currently a Professor of Practice and Director of the Masters of Engineering Program in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. His primary interest are corporate information systems and technical management. From 1995 -2002 Peter was a Managing Director and Chief Information Officer at Towers Perrin responsible for the development, implementation and management of the Firm's technology worldwide. Prior to joining Towers Perrin, he was Senior Vice President of Information Technology and CTO at EMI Music. While at EMI he:
- led a three-year $40M project to develop a new custom contract/royalty management system which enabled effective tracking of revenues/expenses from 100,000 albums sold in 40 countries.
- selected/implemented leading logistics automation systems across 10 distribution centers in North America, Europe, and the Far East that improved fulfillment rates from 65% to 90%.
- developed EMI’s first common global product ID and sales tracking system that cut sales reporting cycle from 90 days to 10, improving marketing and manufacturing effectiveness.
Before that, he was at McKinsey & Co. as one of the leaders of their IT/S practice. From 1977 to 1986, he held a number of executive positions at Data General and Digital Equipment Corp. in planning, operations and development. Dr. Jessel has been a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He hold a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT; an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and BEE and MS degrees from Cornell University.
Zoë Keating, Board Member
Zoë Keating is a self-published cellist and composer. Her albums have several times been #1 on the iTunes Classical charts and her album “Into The Trees” spent 47 weeks on the Billboard Classical Charts. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, the podcasts RadioLab and OnBeing, the TV series Elementary, Manhattan, Crisis, Teen Wolf, So You Think You Can Dance, Dateline, countless documentaries and more than than 20,000 unauthorized third-party Youtube videos of everything from dance performances to live gaming sessions. Prior to her music career, Keating was a data-analyst and information architect for the Cultural Materials Initiative of the Research Libraries Group (now OCLC) and the Database of Recorded American Music.
Keating’s experience as a successful self-published artist gives her a hands-on understanding of copyright revenue streams and the obstacles that often stand in the way for unrepresented artists. She has become a vocal advocate for the rights of creators, was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and elected a governor of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy. In 2015 she was invited to participate in a copyright review event coordinated by the US House Committee on the Judiciary and in 2016 she participated in a panel discussion on health care and data portability with President Barack Obama at the Frontier’s Conference. Keating also serves on the board of CASH Music, a nonprofit organization that builds open source digital tools for musicians and labels.
Anna Rose Menken, Committee Member
Anna Rose is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The fiery dynamo has been working in the music industry for over a decade. Whether as an artist, a label head, a songwriter for film and TV, or behind the scenes alongside her father, legendary composer Alan Menken, Anna puts her passion for music into everything she creates. Defined as “bluesy rock-n-roll” by Paper magazine, Rose is walking, singing proof that big things most definitely come in small packages.
Anna Rose’s most recent single, Nobody Knows I’m Here, featured on NBC’s hit show This Is Us, announces an exciting shift in her artistic career as she moves closer to her roots in the singer-songwriter world. It’s the first track from her highly-anticipated album, produced by Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak. Due out later this year, the project is the result of 2 years of writing & redefining in Nashville, TN. “Throughout a time of deep turmoil and sadness, I found myself in Nashville a lot, writing not just for myself but for other artists and for film and television. That city slowly began to feel like home. Working there, making art there… really helped me heal a lot of the wounds that I had collected along the way in my life,” shares Rose. “I’m eternally grateful to the city of Nashville for opening their arms to me. As a bit of an outsider, it gave me a place where I felt like I belonged for the first time really…ever.”
To date, Rose has toured all over the world, sharing stages with a variety of notable artists, including Ron Pope, Marc Cohn, Joan Osborne, John Waite, Howie Day, Teddy <3, Tony Lucca, Tyler Hilton and founding member of Live, Ed Kowalczyk. Anna has also been a part of many shows with Sofar Sounds and Communion Music, as well as doing specialized recording projects with both Leesta Vall Sound Recordings and Daytrotter. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is proud to be a member of the Resistance Revival Chorus, a collective of more than 60 women who come together to sing protest songs in the spirit of inclusive joy & resistance.
Anna is very passionate about giving back, both through music & service work. Green Chimneys, Daniel’s Music Foundation and MILE (Music Is Love Exchange) are three organizations she works with often. Additionally, she is devoted to volunteering at various animal rescues & homeless shelters around the country.
Lisa Klein Moberly, Board Member
As the founder and president of the 18-year old music licensing company Optic Noise, Lisa Klein Moberly works closely with a roster of independent songwriters and publishers for TV and film licensing. Moberly also provides publishing administrative rights and copyright catalogue management for clients including recording artist Thomas Dolby, and Grammy winning artists Jon Cleary and Lost Bayou Ramblers, and music clearance and research consultancy for ongoing film, TV and theatrical projects. Her diverse music business background includes record label and distribution positions and a decade as an artist manager.
Hélène Muddiman, Committee Member
Hélène Muddiman is a multi-award winning composer, multiple hit songwriter and published poet.
Hélène most recently wrote the full score to Bliss, the title song for the new Metabook entitled "I'll Be There" and poems in the book of poems entitled "Remapping the Territory". Before, Hélène wrote the score to the Cartoon Network series The Cramp Twins and additional music for John Powell on the score for Happy Feet Two and Ice Age 4 and Danny Elfman on the score for Tim Burton’s new Disney movie Frankenweenie. As an artist, Hélène was signed to EMI Records and Music Publishing at the age of 18. She is now signed to Sony/ATV. She is classically trained and plays a range of instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards and piano. Her singing has featured on many of Hans Zimmer's film scores and several pieces for television, and various hits for other artists. She has two albums for EMI through KPM produced by Harry Gregson-Williams and has written two top 5 hits, including the title track from the Gold selling album 'FREE ME' by Emma Bunton. (one of the Spice Girls).
She has also worked with Elvis Costello, Gary Numan, King, and Alison Limerick. She is working with Pam Sheyne (Genie In A Bottle, Christina Aguilera) Tim Palmer (U2), Yak Bondy (Craig David), Marcella Detroit (Shakespear’s Sister and Eric Clapton) The Lewinson Brothers (Eurythmics) Ronnie Wilson (Eternal) and Shelly Poole (Alicia's Attic) who is now enjoying a successful solo career.
Hélène founded the 501c3 charity Hollywood Elite Music & Media, whose mission is "To Protect IP". She made a film called "Free@WhatCost" interviewing songwriters and composers and a broad selection of creators from photographers to journalists from around the world advocating for IP copyrights. She travelled to Washington with "The Grammy's on the Hill" and the World IP summit.
Juca Novaes, Committee Member
Juca Novaes is a Brazilian composer, singer and producer, based in São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America. Novaes also works as a lawyer, specialized in copyright, with work in several Latin American countries. As an artist, he recorded 17 albums, with relevant recordings and partnerships with important names of modern Brazilian music, such as Lenine and Danilo Caymmi. For 12 years he was a board member of Abramus (Brazilian Association of Music and Arts), one of the largest collective management societies in Brazil. Novaes is currently the Secretary General of the Abramus Board of Authors and Vice President of the Alcam (Latin American Alliance of Authors), based in Santiago, Chile. He is a member of the Exco of Ciam (International Council of Music Authors), since 2011.
Ricardo Ordoñez, Board Member
Union Music Group
Ricardo Ordonez has twenty-five years of extensive experience structuring and negotiating music deals throughout Latin America, United States and Spain. At the beginning of his career he had the opportunity to be part of the Copyrights Royalty Tribunal hearings in Washington D.C. and successfully collected royalties on behalf of independent publishers. He is an expert in international copyright law, being one of the international consultants of intellectual property laws passed in various countries in Latin America in the 90’s. Also, he is an expert in media marketing, new technologies including metadata support and digital distribution. Throughout his career, he has been known for advocating for Latin American composers and their catalogues. He has a strong relationship with all the PRO’s in Latin America which made him key for any integration process in the region. His extensive and well-known experience has given him the opportunity to consult, support and develop strategies for many music companies including PRO’s, digital distributors and major music publishers. His vast knowledge in all aspects of the music industry and his strong international connections make Ricardo a key member of the AMLC and its efforts to distribute equitably to every copyright owner around the world. This knowledge combined with his relationship building expertise is the formula for success in ensuring copyright owners are collecting as much as possible.
erican Alliance of Authors), based in Santiago, Chile. He is a member of the Exco of Ciam (International Council of Music Authors), since 2011.
Jeff Price, Board Member
Founder CEO Audiam
President / GM / Co-Founder spinART Records
In June, 2013, Jeff launched Audiam. Audiam is a digital Reproduction collection agency for publishers and songwriters for all interactive streaming entities including: YouTube, background and foreground services, digital jukeboxes, digital Karaoke, Apple Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon, Slacker, Tidal, Pandora, SoundCloud, scan & match lockers services and all other interactive digital streaming services. Audiam created unique proprietary technology to map, match, audit, license and distribute payments on behalf of music publishers and songwriters around the globe.
Audiam represented and works for millions of compositions including the publishing catalogs of SonyATV, Bob Dylan, Round Hill Music, Third Side Music, House Of Hassle/Rough Trade, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jason Mraz, Jack White, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Tori Amos, Aimee Mann, Pretty Lights, Mike Campbell, Ruthless, Epitaph, Sumerian, Puscifer and thousands more.
In July, 2016 it was acquired by the Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN.
On January 26th, 2006, Jeff Price launched TuneCore. As CEO, over the next six years, he raised over $13MM in venture and strategic capital and built TuneCore into the world’s largest music distribution and publishing administration entity while simultaneously changing the global music industry business model. For the first time, artists could have access to distiburtion, keep ownership of their copyrights and receive 100% of the revenue generated from the sale of the recordings. Its’ customer base consisted of hundreds of thousands of self-published songwriters and music publishers that also recorded their own songs. They sold over 1 billion units of music generating over $700,000,000 in Gross music sales and $100,000,000 in mechanicals. In 2010, Jeff launched the first of its kind global publishing administration entity allowing any self-published songwriter to gain access to license and collect their second income as music publishers from around the world. TuneCore was acquired by Believe digital in July, 2015.
Mr. Price also consulted for the Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN from 2012 - 2014.
In 1990 Jeff co-founded and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Apples In Stereo, Richard Thompson etc) for seventeen years – his label was in strategic relationships with Sony, Warner Bros., Sire, Polygram Music Publishing and others.
spinART records was the first record label in the music industry to offer its catalog of releases via paid download as mp3s.
Jeff contributed to the founding charter and organization of The American Association of Independent Music (AAIM) – a non-profit non-governmental trade organization representing the interests of its independent label members.
From 1997 – 2001 Jeff Price worked with EMusic serving first as a consultant, next as interim VP of Content Acquisition and finally as the Senior Director of Music/Business Development. He contributed towards the creation of EMusic’s initial business model, played an active internal team role in EMusic’s successfully completed $30MM private placement in March 1999 and $90MM second round financing in September 1999 and created and implement the first subscription-based music sales and distribution structure.
Mr. Price has appeared on numerous panels including CMJ, In The City, WebNYC, ECMA, Midem, Winter Music Conference, New Music Seminar, Billboard Music and Money Symposium, Independent Music Festival, Music Biz 2005, Audio Soft, MP3 Summit, South By South West, Digital Distribution and the Music Industry and countless others as well as teaches occasionally at New York University, Pace University, Berklee College of Music and more.
In addition, he has appeared on Nightline, CNBC, ABC News, CNN, MSNBC, CW11, and has been interviewed, quoted and featured in publications ranging from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Fortune, Spin, Crain’s, London Daily Mirror, NPR, National Geographic, Wired News, Business Week, The Industry Standard, Boston Globe, Stereophile, to Salon.com, ON24.com, ZDnet, and CNET to many others.
At the request of a congressional panel, he supplied a written deposition in the SEC investigation of Time Warner’s failed acquisition bid of EMI and has provided a witness statement for the SoundExchange arbitration relating to the royalty rate for webcasting. More recently he has been asked by the Congressional sponsors of the Music Modernization Act to provide input and mark ups to their current proposed legislation.
He recently testified to the Canadian House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in view of its study of the Statutory Review of the Copyright Act.
Mr. Price has an established track record of understanding copyright law and building technology and successful companies for the digital music industry. In his career, he has worked with all the major music publishers, a large constituency of independent music publishers as well as hundreds of thousands of self-published songwriters.
thors), based in Santiago, Chile. He is a member of the Exco of Ciam (International Council of Music Authors), since 2011.
Peter A. Roselli, Board Member
Bluewater Music Corp.
Peter Roselli is a summa cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and Mathematics. Before joining Bluewater Music in 2001, Peter worked as an auditor for a regional CPA firm where he was responsible for analyzing and auditing client books, performing review engagements and drafting financial statements. Peter’s love for music led him to Bluewater in 2001 to fill the position of Financial Director in Bluewater’s royalty department. Since that time, his proven strength in leadership, attention to detail and strong vision for Bluewater’s continued success afforded him his current position of Chief Operating Officer, where he oversees all day-to-day activities for the company. Peter’s efforts have been instrumental in helping grow a diverse administration client base for Bluewater, signing talented clients such as G. Love, Bonnie Raitt, Filter, Fuel, Citizen Cope, Black River Entertainment, Gene Autry Music Group, Josh Mosser (songwriter of Imagine Dragons’ ”Radioactive” and “Demons”), Sarah Jaffe, The Toadies, Blue Man Group, Dan Penn, ISpy Music, Signature Tracks and many others.. Peter is proud to be a key part of Bluewater’s dedicated efforts to consistently and thoroughly collect all sources of royalty income throughout the world for its extensive client base.
Maria Schneider, Board Member
Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization.” She and her orchestra became widely known starting in 1994 when they released their first recording, Evanescence. There, Schneider began to develop her personal way of writing for what would become her 18-member collective, made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. The Maria Schneider Orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls worldwide. She herself has received numerous commissions and guest-conducting invites, working with over 90 groups in over 30 countries.
Schneider’s music blurs the lines between genres, making her long list of commissioners quite varied, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center, to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, to collaborating with David Bowie. She is among a small few to have received GRAMMYS in multiple genres, have received the award in both jazz and classical categories, as well as for her work with David Bowie.
Schneider and her orchestra have a distinguished recording career with twelve GRAMMY nominations and five GRAMMY awards. Unique funding of projects has become a hallmark for Schneider through the trend-setting company, ArtistShare. Her album, Concert in the Garden (2004) became historic as the first recording to win a GRAMMY with Internet-only sales, even more significantly, it blazed the "crowd-funding" trail as ArtistShare’s first release. She’s been awarded many honors by the Jazz Journalists Association and DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES Critics and Readers Polls. In 2012, her alma mater, the University of Minnesota, presented Schneider with an honorary doctorate. ASCAP awarded her their esteemed Concert Music Award in 2014. And in 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed on Schneider the nation's highest honor in jazz, naming her an NEA Jazz Master.
Schneider has become a strong voice for music advocacy and in 2014, testified before the US Congressional Subcommittee on Intellectual Property about digital rights. She has also appeared in CNN, participated in round-tables for the United States Copyright Office, and has been quoted in numerous publications for her views on Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Google, digital rights, and music piracy. Most recently, she and concerned colleagues in New York have launched a widespread campaign on behalf of music-makers, MusicAnswers.org.
A collaboration with her orchestra and David Bowie resulted in his single called, "Sue (Or In A Season of Crime),” and brought Schneider a 2016 GRAMMY (Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals). Schneider and her orchestra also received a 2016 GRAMMY for The Thompson Fields (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album). Their next recording project, Data Lords, is underway (2019) through ArtistShare and is set to be released April 1, 2020.
Rhonda L. Seegal, Committee Member
Risk Management, Finance
Rhonda L. Seegal has extensive experience in global Corporate Finance roles across major Fortune 500 companies, including a focus on the telecommunications and technology industries. She has held executive positions most recently at Amtrak, at Xerox Corp., Avaya and General Electric. With a successful record of structuring, negotiating and closing complex transactions, she raised more than $25B in capital markets, banking and financing transactions, and developed innovative multi-billion funding for a government-owned entity. In her public company roles, she focused on reducing financial and operational risks, identifying control gaps and developing policies for financial reporting, investments and global banking and cash systems. She managed global enterprise risks, including foreign exchange exposures, insurance and business interruption. Prior to joining a company, she was a high tech lender at Citibank, N.A. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she is active with the HBS women’s alumni group in Washington, D.C.
With a focus on risk management and fiduciary responsibility, Rhonda understands the importance of internal controls and accountability, and she will provide leadership in all financial aspects of the new MLC, including ensuring the timely and accurate payments to all classes of songwriters and copyright holders.
Jonathan Segel, Committee Member
Jonathan Segel is a musician, songwriter and composer, composing and performing professionally for over 35 years. His discography of recorded music includes not only the albums of his band Camper Van Beethoven, but many other solo releases and a huge array of side projects and sideman work. He has been both self-published and runs a publishing company for others, has ran independent record labels, worked in clubs, record stores (when they existed), taught music theory and technology at college level, and even worked for the streaming service Pandora as a listener advocate. Jonathan has written several articles online about the transition to digital streaming in the music world and the effects it has had on musicians at all levels. He continues to be the go-to guy for music licensing and collection questions, as well as computer help, for every other band member he has played with.
Caleb Shreve, Committee Member
Caleb began his professional career in 1998 at Sony Music Studios in New York. As part of the Sony Music Special Projects team in NYC, he began working alongside artists such as Michael Jackson, Ricky Martin, Destiny’s Child and Marc Anthony. In the early 2003, Caleb left Sony to work independently as a producer and engineer. Quickly he was hired almost exclusively by music producer and executive Sean "Puffy" Combs. During this time and soon after Caleb reconnected with beginnings as a songwriter. Over the next decade and a half, Caleb wrote, produced and mixed countless records. His discography includes songs and albums by artists Jennifer Lopez, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, and Switchfoot to name a few.
Since 2014 Caleb has been working as a manager at his company Killphonic with partner Jon Siebels of the band Eve 6. They have helped many artists navigate their careers (both independently and with labels/publishers) and have garnered admiration in the industry for their originality and leadership. Caleb is using his experience and expertise to administrate many of Killphonic’s clients mechanical and performance royalties as well as their neighboring and master rights. Caleb is uniquely qualified to sit on almost any position within the MLC due to his dynamic background in the music industry and his 20+ years of experience. His expertise and relationships within business, production, songwriting and the partnerships this work requires includes many among major and independent labels and artists.
His company, Killphonic, manages 12 different artists and 3 additional fulltime writers and producers. He heads the operations for Killphonic’s management division and oversees operations for all of the artists and producers on their roster. The responsibilities for management operations include strategy development, budgeting and monitoring across multiple campaigns simultaneously for the company and all the artists that are represented by it. Additionally, Caleb is Head of Operations and Development for the rights management division of the company which includes managing, collecting and distributing royalties between many artists and organizations. This division also includes international outreach for development of strategic relationships with foreign CMOs like SACM in Mexico and PPL in the UK.
Business development, strategizing and growth have been ingrained in the company’s business core values that Caleb and his partner have built. At Killphonic, Caleb has developed his ability to think strategically and futuristically while keeping a steady hand on the day to day operations of multiple simultaneous projects. All this achieved through the growing and leveraging the strengths of the internal team at Killphonic and outside relationships. These skills and experience are essential for building any sucessful organization in the Music Industry and especially suitable for the tasks ahead of the MLC.
Jon Siebels, Committee Member
Jon Siebels is an artist, songwriter, producer and manager. He got his start in the music business at the age of 16 signing a recording contract with RCA records for his band Eve 6. They went on to have multiple hits, sell upwards of 3 million albums and continue to be active today. He has co-written and produced for artists such as Switchfoot, Dreamers, Bleached and more. He is now a co-owner of Killphonic artist management and right administration in Los Angeles, CA. Killphonic manages careers and oversees the rights administration of 15 independent artists and producers.
experience in all sides of the business. As an artist who signed deals before downloading and streaming existed, he has been involved in multiple re-negotiations with labels and publishers to resolve issues related to new streaming royalties. He would be a great candidate to serve on any board or committee that’s purpose is to resolve disputes for artists with regards to their royalties.
Al Staehely, Committee Member
Al Staehely was a singer/songwriter in the 1970s. He was featured in Spirit, The Staehely Brothers, The Nick Gravenites / John Cipollina Band and recorded with labels such as Epic and Polydor. He is now an entertainment lawyer based in Houston, Texas. He has specialized in legal matters pertaining to the music and film industries since 1979. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1970, Staehely moved to Los Angeles and joined the already established band, Spirit, as lead singer, bass player, and principal songwriter. He recorded the album Feedback with that band which contained seven originals by Staehely. Two years later he wrote ten songs for a Staehely Brothers album also released on Epic Records ("Sta-Hay-Lee"). Later, Polydor released a solo album by Al Staehely. As a writer, his songs have been recorded by Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Dahlstrom, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Marty Balin, Peter Cox, and Hodges, James & Smith.
In an interview, Staley said, "Law didn't lead me to music. Music delivered me to law. Like so many others, I played in bands while in high school (Austin, Texas), in university (The University of Texas) and in law school (The University of Texas School of Law). Unlike most others, I didn't practice law for almost ten years after graduating. I joined the group Spirit, wrote songs, recorded for Epic records and toured the world.
His clients include musicians, record labels, music publishing companies, and distribution companies. He handles various matters related to recording, publishing, sub-publishing, and licensing both domestically and internationally. Staehely has represented film production companies, optioned life-story rights, and cleared music rights for films including the Academy Award-nominated documentary For All Mankind. He also represents clients with respect to litigation in all matters related to the entertainment business, including copyright and trademark issues.
In addition to his practice, Staehely has taught music publishing and music business law at both the Art Institute of Houston and St. Thomas University, also in Houston. He has also served as adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center, teaching entertainment law.
Staehely is also a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, and the entertainment and sports law section of the Texas Bar and the American Bar Association.
David Wolfert, Committee Member
David Wolfert is a Grammy®- and Emmy®-nominated songwriter, composer, educator, arranger, orchestrator, producer, and instrumentalist who has worked in all areas of music, including records, film, advertising and television.
David's songs have been recorded by Whitney Houston , Barbra Streisand, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Dolly Parton, Dusty Springfield, Eddie Murphy, the Four Tops, Cher, Lynn Anderson, Julio Iglesias Jr. and many others. They appear on the Greatest Hits collections of Whitney Hou-ston, Barbra Streisand, and Dolly Parton.
David has also worked as a producer, arranger, and guitarist with many icons of the music business, including Rod Stewart, Bette Midler, Whitney Houston,
Elton John, Peter Criss, Jimmy Cliff, Johnny Cash, Harry Nilsson, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Judy Collins, Brenda Russell, Don Covay, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Dr. John, and many others.
He has written and produced music for thousands of Television and Radio commercials for virtually every major advertiser and has won 2 Clios for his work. His scores have appeared in numerous documentaries, television shows, and independent films. David teaches Undergraduate and Graduate Songwriting at the Steinhardt School of New York University. He is a founding member of the Council of Mu-sic Creators and
MusicAnswers, advocacy groups for composers, songwriters, performers, and producers. He lives in New York and has studios in New York City and Bridgehampton, Long Island.
Frank Liddell, Committee Member
Juan Hidalgo, Committee Member
Juan y Nelson Entertainment