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The PMA’s Production Music Conference is back for our sixth year! Join us on September 23rd through 26th, 2019 in Hollywood, CA, where industry leaders in the production music industry will join forces for a day of panels, learning, and networking. The PMC mission is to provide valuable information and share best practices in a positive and inspired forum to attendees involved in ALL aspects of production music. The Production Music Conference is an absolute must, for anyone in production music. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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SPEAKERS

Industry professionals from around the globe.
Paul Williams

Paul Williams


ASCAP

Pinar Toprak

Pinar Toprak



John Phelan

John Phelan

Director General
ICMP

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SESSIONS


September 23, 2019

Room: 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms

The PMA is providing various spaces at the venue for meetings on Monday, 9/23. Feel free to schedule meetings and utilize the meeting spaces provided!

Room: Mezzanine Foyer

Pick up your badge at the registration desk located on the Mezzanine level, anytime between 10am - 7pm. 

Room: Arena Cinelounge

Presenter: Hut29 Films

Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/246241529
Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer and Library Music enthusiast Shawn Lee has teamed up with HutTwenty9 Films to produce The Library Music Film.

Starring:

Shawn Lee
Alan Hawkshaw
Keith Mansfield
Barbara Moore
John Cameron
Norman Cook
Tim Love Lee
Strut Records
DeWolfe Music
Skeewiff
Jazzman Gerald
David Quantick
Mark Rae
Pierre Duplan
DJ Cherrystones
Jonny Trunk
Dave 'Champagne' Richmond
Warner Chappell

Directed By:

Paul Elliott & Sean Lamberth - HutTwenty9 Films

Produced By:

HutTwenty9 and Shawn Lee


September 24, 2019

Room: 3rd Floor Meeting Rooms

The PMA is providing various spaces at the venue for meetings on Monday, 9/23. Feel free to schedule meetings and utilize the meeting spaces provided!

Room: Mezzanine Foyer

Join us for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, live music and networking before the 2019 Mark Awards. 

Room: Mezzanine Foyer

SPONSORED BY:

Crucial Music

Production music is the sonic lifeblood of so many audiovisual productions, from television programs to promotional campaigns to major theatrical releases. With its proliferation across the gamut of media productions and distribution channels, companies responsible for its contribution to the creative process are worthy of recognition.

The Production Music Association is proud to present the fifth annual Mark Awards, an awards ceremony dedicated to honoring excellence in the production music community. Named in honor of the late Andy Mark, who was a library owner and founding member of the PMA, the "Mark Awards" recognizes the very best in production music in 30 categories.


September 25, 2019

Room: Studio C-D-E

Join us for an update on membership, PMA activities, developments and more information on the entirety of the production music industry.

Moderator: Ginia Eady-Marshall
Speaker: Barbie Quinn  |  Nate Hill  |  Lyndsie Chlowitz  |  Daniel Wickenheiser
Room: Solano

Make sure you get paid! This panel will explore the cue sheet process starting with production through distribution to the PROs for payment. We will also explore hot topics and issues.

Room: Studio C-D-E

Pitching to Library Catalogs: How to Get Yourself Noticed as a Composer/Writer

Room: Studio A-B

Join industry experts as they share world class production and mixing techniques in an insightful discussion about creativity, workflow, trade secrets and collaboration. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the essential roles of writing, producing and mixing impactful, marketable music. See how Composers, Producers and Mixers deliver some of the biggest hits in blockbuster movie Trailer Music.

Room: Preston's

Room: Solano

The program is geared towards future and current independent music producers to strengthen their finances through proper asset management.  The focus is on providing advice and insight to develop the discipline necessary to maintain a level of success. The program’s goal is to enrich the cultural life of the PMA - Production Music Association and provide the opportunity for financial education to the artist community. Through an informal and interactive session, attendees will gain first- hand and practical insights on— 

  • How finance affect the music industry professional
  • Learn how E&O insurance can help you address traditional music exposures while anticipating those that are emerging with new technology
  • The latest issues relating to the ongoing convergence of technology and content, including new technologies for distributing and monetizing assets
  • How musicians and music industry people effectively use both left and right brain
  • What professionals need to know to utilize compounding to protect their financial future
  • Planning for retirement, health insurance, E and O insurance specifically for composers. Also estate planning regarding music catalog. 
  • Taxes for composers

Speaker: Harris, Chris B  |  Carew, Christy  |  Rubino, Mike
Room: Studio A-B

SPONSORED BY:

BMI

In most cases, production music is used to sync with visuals on film, TV or the web. But it’s written in a very different way from traditional film and TV music written by a composer with a specific picture in front of them while they’re composing, along with direct input and collaboration from the visual content creators. How do production music composers write music for visuals with a blank visual canvas, knowing little about the visual content or its creators that may be using their music in the future, sometimes decades afterwards? This panel will discuss the intricacies of the unique creative process involved in creating production music, with five Mark Award nominated composers. We’ll discuss techniques to spark creativity and create music that works great with a wide diversity of visual material. 

Room: Solano

All too often, we get briefs and license requests and our music gets used but we don't understand the process that happens AFTER our music gets selected and licensed.  This panel is focused on what happens after you win the license.  How the music is edited, how the stems can be useful, how it is mixed by re-recording mixers into the final audio for the spot, etc.  By understanding what happens to our music as it is worked into the final spot, we can better prepare the audio and metadata for our clients, and help ensure what we deliver is as easy to use as possible.

Moderator: Martin Nedved
Speaker: Einar Helde
Room: Studio A-B

Neighbouring Rights royalties is one of the fastest growing revenue streams in the music industry and for many years production music has been left out of this stream. How can libraries and composers/performers get a piece of this pie?

Room: Studio C-D-E

Blake Neely and his writing team will break down the process to composing for the Arrow-verse (Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow) that include working collaboratively, creating unique sound palates and interacting with show runners.  

Room: Mezzanine Foyer


September 26, 2019

Moderator: Dan Brown
Speaker: Brad Segal
Room: Studio A-B

A presentation on the process of quickly writing 20, 30 or even more cues in 1 session. This panel will feature a live Pro-Tools rig, tips, tricks and methods for staying creatively fresh, composing in broad strokes and not sounding samey.

Moderator: Lazar, Alan
Speaker: Nordman, Ollie  |  May, Christina  |  Sean Mulligan  |  Willa Yudell
Room: Studio C-D-E

Three brave production music directors from top Hollywood libraries. Two extraordinary music supervisors. And one hour to find the perfect set of tracks for the supes, all in front of a live audience! In this exciting sequel to the event held at PMC2018, Megatrax’s Belinda Robles will defend her title against two new challengers! This panel will give insights into the processes central to the placement of production music: responding to briefs for music, and selecting the right musical choices for clients. 

Room: Studio A-B

Basic idea is to look at underpinnings of ww licensing (perf, sync AND mechanical) and examine all the implications for our industry along with who can do it, when, and why? 

Real world – how can we work with digital platforms? What if they ask for a global license, can I grant it? Should I?

Can libraries do ww sync deals?  Under what conditions?  Does it matter where the composer is from? What society they are affiliated with?  What if non-affiliated?

Same for performance and mechanical.

Room: Solano

SPONSORED BY:

BMAT

With more audio content being created than ever before, broadcasters have access to a vast universe of musical content to bring their audiovisual works to life. From the moment music is created in the studio to the moment it’s licensed for usage on TVs, for foreground or background, an ad, a jingle or a theme song, it must be properly registered in order to be tracked. We will cover areas such as cue-sheet generation, rights clearance, documentation, sales reports, usage reporting and the flow of royalty payments.

Room: Preston's

Speaker: Toprak, Pinar
Room: Studio C-D-E

Join us for a one-on-one interview with renowned composer, Pinar Toprak, who will be interviewed by the legendary Jon Burlingame. 

Moderator: Seireg, Mirette
Speaker: Heldman, PhD, Caroline  |  Parodi, Starr  |  North, Abby  |  Oei, Elisabeth
Room: Studio C-D-E

A shocking 3% of all media composers are women. Production music has the potential to help shift gender ratios meaningfully and systemically. Breaking the Sound Barrier will focus on identifying constraints and addressing solutions for underrepresented groups in the industry. We will hear from researchers, experts, end-users, and organizers in the industry who have looked at the problems, identified solutions, and deeply understand why inclusion is good for everyone.

Speaker: Cristina Bellido
Room: Studio A-B

SPONSORED BY:

Alvani Tunes

This exciting panel will explore the current state of production music in Latin America. Which countries offer the most growth potential? What are the risks and challenges of doing business in these markets? What are the differences between PROs in each territory? What can be done to protect our copyrights and combat piracy? These are just some of the questions that we will explore with the help of a dynamic roster of production music executives and publishers representing a cross section of the Latin American market.

Room: Studio C-D-E

SPONSORED BY:

SyncStories

Helping Composers make the right decisions on work that best fits their needs, debating and explaining the various deals out there and the pros and cons of each. 

This is a very worthwhile conversation for us to have as an open and transparent discussion about all the different ways in which publishers and companies are engaging with composers in the ever-changing landscape of work-for-hire jobs and the quest for copyright ownership of tracks. We will put together a panel of folks who are willing and able to open up and speak their truth without fear of judgment or “bashing.” 

We will chat with the impressive folks sitting with us about their own experiences in this space, either as an artist/composer or a publisher, as they navigate through the many different forms the deals can take in this current market. They represent a good cross-section of functions inside the way music is curated, produced, placed and ultimately, owned, and what those different scenarios mean in terms of all forms of income earned by the music. 

Moderator: Ron Goldberg
Speaker: Bill Brandt  |  Brooke Wentz  |  Manoj Gopinath  |  Richard Friedman  |  Stephanie Scarpulla
Room: Studio A-B

Find out everything you need to know about how production music is used and composed for various types of usages in the world of sports content.  An esteemed panel will be represented from the library, composer and end user sides.

Moderator: Andy Mesecher
Speaker: Inon Zur  |  Jesper Kyd  |  Sarah Schachner  |  Jack Wall  |  Nathan Whitehead
Room: Solano

Composing music for an interactive medium like video games usually requires a different approach than scoring linear forms of media such as film, television and advertising. Hear from some of the industry’s leading composers on their different creative and production techniques, the various technical challenges scoring games and their individual experiences collaborating with games studios on blockbuster franchises and indie titles alike. Featuring examples of their work from AnthemAssassin’s CreedBorderlandsCall of DutyDays GoneFalloutMass EffectThe Elder Scrolls.

Room: Mezzanine Foyer

SPONSORS

AdRev
Alvani Tunes
BMAT
BMG
BMI
City National Bank
FirstCom
Harvest Media
Human Music
Kaboodle Media
mewo
Musiio
SESAC
SyncStories
The Music Business Registry
TuneSat
Warner/Chappell Production Music