(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Canadian Music Week (CMW) has scheduled five Internationally acclaimed industry professionals who are slated to speak at the 2005 CMW Executive Conference at the Fairmont Royal York Toronto in Toronto March 3-5.
Charles Goldstuck, president and chief operating officer of BMG North America, will deliver a keynote address to CMW delegates on March 4. Goldstuck is responsible for overseeing the business operations of the RCA Music Group, including RCA Records, J Records, Arista Records; the Zomba Label group which incorporates Jive Records, LaFace Records and So So Def Records; and the RCA Victor Group. Goldstuck will share his views on the state of the industry and address issues including piracy, the future of the CD, publishing rights for digital distribution, DRM and the cautious anticipation of new markets.
Mathew Knowles, the manager of Destiny's Child, is the president of Music World Entertainment/Sanctuary Urban Group, Inc. As executive producer on every Destiny's Child album and single released to-date, he has overseen 13 #1 singles in the U.S. alone. In a keynote interview on March 5, Knowles will share his secrets to managing one of the most successful "girl groups" in the history of pop music, his latest ventures with urban artists in the UK and his new record label.
A noted visionary in his field, Strauss Zelnick is a recognized leader in the media and entertainment industries, having held top executive positions in recorded music, television, video, motion picture and entertainment software industries. Prior to forming ZelnickMedia, Strauss served as president and chief executive officer of BMG Entertainment, where he managed one of the world's largest music and entertainment companies with more than 200 record labels and operations in 54 countries, as well as one of the leading music publishing companies and the world's largest music club. Zelnick will discuss the future of the entertainment industry, where it's been, and how it's changing. He will speak on March 3.
Victory Records CEO Tony Brummel will be interviewed by Bob Lefsetz, author of the industry-wide e-zine The Lefsetz Letter, in a fireside chat at CMW 2005. Victory Records is unique as a truly independent label that's thriving amongst the major labels. Brummel will address the future of the industry and how a label like his can exist and show continued annual growth without considerable support from commercial radio and MTV, or a strategic alliance with one of the majors. The keynote will take place on March 4.
Jackie Freiberg is among the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today. Co-author of Nuts! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success and Guts! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business as Usual. Freiberg will deliver a keynote address on March 3. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen