midem 2013 Reveals Program Details

CANNES, France (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The upcoming edition of midem is taking shape ahead of the conference, which is set to take place in Cannes, 26-29 January.

This year's music summits at midim will focus on several key aspects of the industry with segments dedicated to publishers, authors’ societies and lawyers. Willard Ahdritz, founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group will deliver a keynote on Jan 29th wherein he will address the opportunities and challenges facing music publishers today and business models that better service the needs of songwriters and rights-holders in today’s increasingly complex landscape of online music consumption.

Following the keynote, the Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Auteurs et Compositeurs (CISAC) and the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) will host a discussion of current trends in Collective Rights Managementand the latest moves towards the Global Repertoire Database (GRD) in a serie s of panels and discussions.

Sessions organised in partnership with the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL) include the launch of the book: "The New Economics of the Entertainment Industry: Creative Lawyering as a Growth Catalyst in a Global Market," co-edited by Flipboard’s Cecily Mak and French lawyer Anne-Marie Pecoraro.

Rounding off this focus on copyright, the European Commission Internal Market Directorate will hold a partners’ conference on the various reforms underway in the field of copyright management and pan-European licensing. This includes the participation of Michel Barnier, Commissioner responsible for internal market and services, and a panel with participants from across the sector.

On Jan. 28th, the sessions at midem will focus on innovation of all kinds, featuring a debate with music makers, rights holders and collection agencies taking part.

Once again, the Networking Village features a series of one-to-one speed meetings with managers, publishers, indie labels, lawyers, collecting societies and advertising experts, providing a chance to connect with industry professionals from around the world.

Major companies participating in this year's conference include: Downtown Music Publishing, peermusic, and BMG; and the music labels Ministry of Sound, Rostrum Records, Glassnote Entertainment Group, EMI Music, Warner Music Group, Atlantic Records, Sony Music Entertainment, [PIAS] Media, Virgin Classics, Naïve, Decca Classics, Naxos of America, and X5 Music. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers