Event: SheTek Conference – June 1st NYC

May 2nd, 2013

On June 1, I’ll be speaking at the first SheTek Conference.  The conference is in New York City at 151 w. 26th street between 6th and 7th aves from 11 am to 6 pm.

Panel topics are:

-  Wendy Day Keynote Address

-  The Business of Music**

-  Music Streams - Distribution and Synchronization

-  Marketing, Branding & Social Media

-  Music Videos, Independent Films & Multi-Media

** I’m a panelist on “The Business of Music” panel

Tickets are available here.  Each panel is $25 or pay $100 for the entire conference.

Event: April 30 – The Business of Songwriting: Enhanced Music Publishing Made Simple

April 15th, 2013

Enhanced Music Publishing Made Simple is a workshop that informs independent songwriters and composers about how to monetize their original music in the new, changing digital marketplace. Taught by pro-songwriter and Berklee grad AmandaWilliams, Enhanced Music Publishing Made Simple covers what happens to your property (your songs) when you enter a publishing deal, answers common questions about licensing, royalties, contracts and collections, and provides food for thought about how to structure your independent songwriting business to suit your own needs. The workshop also discusses the exclusive rights related to your original songs (your copyrights) and shows you how those rights correspond to a particular royalty stream. Topics include:

  • ·         Copyrights – what are they & how do they correspond to royalties
  • ·         Publishing – what is the role of a publisher in the new market place
  • ·         Industry basics – terminology, common practices, & what to avoid
  • ·         Catalogue management – establishing good practices & habits


Amanda Williams is a Grammy nominated songwriter, performer, educator and philanthropist. A magna cum laude MusicBusiness from Berklee College of Music, she has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks, George Jones, Tyler Dickerson, Alecia Nugent, Jessie James and more. Her philanthropic work has led her to perform for the likes of Ambassador Andrew Young, President Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey. Amanda founded her own enhanced music publishing company in 2010 to provide education and mentoring to aspiring songwriters of all ages. To learn more about Amanda, visit songwritingandmusicbusiness.com or amandawilliamsmusic.com.


Women in Music is a dynamic group of individuals in music working together to support, cultivate and recognize the talents ofwomen in our field. Through educational seminars, panels, workshops, networking events, showcases, our annual Touchstone Awards, and other gala events, we provide camaraderie and tools for advancement to hundreds of members in all areas of music.

Tinderbox Arts produces music events, showcases, and workshops– most notably among them being the Tinderbox MusicFestival, which showcases emerging female artists producing innovative original music while giving back to NYC nonprofits empowering young women through the arts. In its three years, Tinderbox has brought CocoRosie, Jean Grae, Holly Miranda, Bitch, and Jenny Owen Youngs to its stages; partnered with Converse, Time Out New York, ASCAP, Red Bull Soundstage; and received press from The New York Times, Billboard, The New Yorker, and Glamour.


Curated by singer-songwriter Eleanor Dubinsky, an enthusiastic member of Women in Music and a Tinderbox Arts artist.


Women in Music Event March 7: An Evening with Allison Hagendorf – Make your Mark in Music

March 2nd, 2013

Event: Women in Music & ASCAP presents – Composers who Rock

February 14th, 2013

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a member of the organization Women in Music since 2007, a board member since 2011, general counsel since 2012, and most recently, I was elected Vice President!  I am so excited to be taking on a greater leadership role within the organization.  We have some great things planned for 2013.  Our next event is February 26th at ASCAP – a panel of female Composer that Rock.  Details below!

Event: Noteworking Meetup Thursday Oct 25 @ Idle Hands

October 22nd, 2012

Join fellow Noteworking musicians and friends at Idle Hands on Thursday, October 25 from 7-9pm.

We will hear brief presentations from the Harry Fox Agency and Songtrust.

Happy hour will be extended to 9 pm for us – $5 draught craft beers, $5 well drinks, $2 off all other drinks.

RSVP and get more info here:
If you aren’t yet a member… Noteworking is a group of over 200 New York musicians and music-industry professionals who use digital tools for promotion, marketing, sales and collaboration. http://www.meetup.com/noteworking/

CMJ Event Guide

October 12th, 2012

It’s that time of year again- the CMJ 2012 Music Marathon takes over New York from October 16-20.  Below is a list of what we think are the “must-see” panels, events, and shows that are taking place throughout the week!  Remember, for access to the panels, you must register and get a badge.  For more information on registration or schedules, check out the official CMJ website here.

Monday, October 15

  • Conflict of Interest New York- 7pm at Rebel NYC.  Hosted by Andrew W.K. Performances by Savoir Adore, Team Spirit, Pacific Air, and The Hounds Below.  RSVP here.

Tuesday, October 16

  • PANEL- Unturned Stones: Don’t Leave Money on the Table- 2pm at NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802 Shorin. The panel discusses an artist’s available revenue streams and which are more lucrative than others.
  • Official CMJ College Radio Mixer- 4pm at Le Poisson Rouge.
  • What’s the Smack Launch Party- 5pm at Site/109.  Numerous DJs will be playing, including Sean Glass and Luke Jenner (of the Rapture).  Tickets here.
  • Women In Music and Music Managers Forum Industry Mixer- 6-8pm at Bowery Electric.  Network with, learn from, and meet music managers.
  • The Outlet Collective’s CMJ Kick-Off Party- 3pm-2am at Bowery Electric. Performances by The Next Great American Novelist, I Am Love, Aly Tadros, Heyward Howkins, Lisa Jaeggi, Matt Simons, Wyatt, Sami.the.Great, Nightmare River Band, The Young Things, XNY, The Phuss, and Spacecamp.  For more information, click here.

Wednesday, October 17

  • PANEL- Becoming an Artist: Working Backwards From the Beginning- 11am at NYU Kimmel Center, Room 406.  Advice to artists from trusted professionals in the industry will be given.
  • PANEL- CMJ Fireside Chat: Tim Westergren and Matt Pinfield on the Future of Radio and the Music Industry- 12:30pm at the NYU Kimmel Center, 10th Floor Rosenthal.  Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren discusses with Matt Pinfield their views on the industry.
  • PANEL- Career Counseling Meetings: Artist Management- 2pm at NYU Kimmel Center, Room 909.  Maryelizabeth Carter, owner of The Underground Management and amazing tweeter, and Seth Kallen, manager at MCT Management, are just two of the professionals running this event.
  • Hype Machine Handpicked Party- 6pm at Brooklyn Bowl.  Performances by The Virgins, The Neighborhood Indians, Sua, Jjamz, Goldroom.  RSVP here.
  • Moodswing360 Annual CMJ Showcase 4.0- 8pm at The Studio at Webster Hall. Performances by Nina Sky, Maluca, Anjulie, Lady Starlight, Roxy Cottontail, Chippy Nonstop, and Jane Bang.  Tickets here.
  • Sneak Attack Media- 1pm at Bowery Electric.  Upstairs is the Music: Tech Meet Up and downstairs are performances by  Wojcik, Clementine & the Galaxy, The Tall Pines, Magmana, Ghxst, Dynasty Electric, and Psychobuildings.  DJ sets featuring Lloydski and MNDR. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 18

  • CMJ College Radio Awards- 4pm.  Anyone with a CMJ 2012 Badge can vote!
  • Official College Day Afterparty- 6pm at Solas.
  • PANEL- Real Breakdown Of the Branded Placement- 12:30pm at NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802 Shorin.  As more and more artists are realizing branded placements are a source of major income, this panel will discuss the ins and outs of one.
  • PANEL­- Replacing the Record Label- 2pm at NYU Kimmel Center, Room 802, Shorin.  This panel discusses how to be a successful artist without a record label.
  • Popular Recordings & MCT Management- 3:30pm at Bowery Electric.  Performances by The Ambassadors and Savoir Adore.  Information here.
  • CMJ Party- 7pm at Le Poisson Rouge.  Performances by Blackbird Blackbird, client Rioux, Rimar, Maria Minerva, AIMES, and Heathered Pearls.  Tickets here.
  • Vitalic Noise Launch Party- at 9pm at The DL.  Performances by Miami Horror, Goldroom, Viceroy, Flume, and Rufus. RSVP here.
  • CMJ Party- 6pm at Bowery Ballroom.  Performances by MNDR, MD MR, Deap Valley, IO Echo, Sky Ferreira, and Gabriel Bruce.  Tickets here.
  • The Walkmen- 8pm at Terminal 5.  Dum Dum Girls and Daughter open.  Tickets here.
  • BMI Showcase- 2pm-8pm at Rockwood Music Hall.  Performances by Grace Weber, Wild cub, Clementine and the Galaxy, Blondfire, and Beast Patrol. RSVP here.
  • CMJ Official Showcase- at 7pm at Spike Hill.  Performances by client Beca, Slowdance, MIracles of Modern Science, Alyson Greenfield, Sorne, and Hard Nips.  Tickets here.

Friday, October 19

  • PANEL- Protecting Yourself In a Wind-Up- 2:40pm at NYU Kimmel Center 10th Floor, Rosenthal.  This panel discusses the necessary steps when your business unfortunately fails.
  • PANEL- Beyond The Copyright Claim; Using All Your Ammunition- 3:50mp at NYU Kimmel Center 10th Floor, Rosenthal.  This panel discusses all aspects of IP law that may help a rights holder when someone infringes upon those exclusive rights.
  • Planetary Group CMJ Showcase- 12pm-6pm at Pianos.  Upstairs performances by Blessed Feathers, Dikta, Elephant Stone, Skipping Girl Vinegar, Tim Chaisson, The Trouble with Templeton.  Downstairs performances by Hot Panda, The Intelligence, The Orwells, Rah Rah, San Cisco, Turbo Fruits, Twerps.  RSVP here.
  • Windish Agency CMJ Showcase- 8pm at Brooklyn Bowl.  Performances by Penguin Prison, Icona Pop, BORN Ruffians, and Free Energy.  Tickets here.
  • Kimbra- 8pm at Webster Hall.  Tickets here.
  • Sea Wolf and Jim White- 6pm at Le Poisson Rouge.  Tickets here.
  • Berklee CMJ Showcase. 630pm at 92Y Tribeca.  Performances by Shea Rose, Measure Red Oblivious, Gina’s Picture Show, Bent Knee, Golden Bloom, and The Field Effect.  Event information here.
  • Miike Snow, Niki and The Dove- 7pm at United Palace Theater. Tickets here.
  • CMJ 2012- 4pm at Legion Bar. Performances by The Dunnie Bobos, Cosmonaut, Fast Yers, Boy Girl Party, Throw Vision, Little Anchor, Isle of Rhodes, and Those Mockingbirds.  Information here.


Event/MCLE: NYSBA Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section Annual Meeting

January 17th, 2012

Next week is the New York State Bar Association’s annual meeting.  On Monday, January 23rd, the Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section will be holding its meeting in conjunction with a 4-credit  MCLE.

The MCLE topics are:

NEW MODELS OF PUBLISHING: E-BOOKS, APPS, SELF-PUBLISHING AND OTHER CHALLENGES – This program will examine new developments in publishing that are challenging the accepted ways of doing business while also providing new revenue sources for both publishers and authors. Our panel will offer perspectives on digital rights and new distribution methods from the points of view of the publisher, literary agent and author. We will also discuss the impact of these developments on contract drafting and negotiations, rights licensing and other aspects of the publishing business.

CURRENT AND TRENDING TOPICS IN BRAND, FAMOUS PERSONALITY AND CHARACTER LICENSING: DEVELOPMENT TO BANKRUPTCY – This session will focus on two less discussed areas of licensing and intellectual property and trademark law: 1) the process of developing a brand and/or license platform for a celebrity, character, interactive property or existing corporate brand product from its initial negotiation from the owner of the underlying rights to licensee and retailer; and 2) the phenomenon of distressed brands, including the treatment of brands and accompanying licenses in bankruptcy, including the possible auction of that brand and licenses. Our experienced and distinguished panel will discuss real examples of both areas, giving the participant an understanding of the intricacies of developing and licensing nascent brands- both celebrity- or character- driven , as well as what occurs in bankruptcy situations- including the rudiments of an auction for different IP rights and the treatment of licenses of trademarks versus other intellectual property rights under U.S. bankruptcy laws.

Following the event, there will be a cocktail reception at UBS with live jazz music and a tour of the private art collection.

Registration information available here.

Event: Women in Music Holiday Party – December 6 @ Le Poisson Rouge

December 5th, 2011

Women in Music is having its annual holiday party tomorrow night, December 6, at Le Poisson Rouge from 7 – 11.  The event’s platinum sponsor is Oxygen Media.  Complimentary appetizers and beverages from PBR, Absolut and VitaminWater.  More info below!

Tickets are $15 in advance; $25 at the door for non-members.  Or become a member of WIM and attend for free.

Tickets – www.bit.ly/WIMHolidayParty


Upcoming Event: AIMP Holiday Party

October 31st, 2011

2011 has flown by – It’s almost November and that means holiday party season is already around the corner.

The Association of Independent Music Publishers is having a party and presenting producer Phil Ramone with an award on December 1.  More details below!

Date: December 1, 2011
Time: 5:30 – 7:30

NY Chapter Holiday Party and Indie Award Presentation

Please join us to celebrate the holiday season,

and to recognize the accomplishments of our

2011 Indie Award recipient

Phil Ramone

Master Music Maker

Reservation Cutoff: November 29, 2011

Register Now - Click Here

Place: View Map
The Princeton Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Open bar and buffet (Cutoff: November 29, 2011)

AIMP Members – $40.00 per person
AIMP Non-Members – $70.00 per person

This is a pre-paid event.   Please make your reservation on-line using your credit card or register on-line and mail your check to AIMP,  5 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10018 before the deadline of November 29th.

Register for this event now by clicking here.



New Pitchfork NYC Music Festival Announced for February

October 19th, 2011

Pitchfork, partnering with Bowery Presents and Kill Screen, is putting on a four day multi-media festival in NYC February 1 – 4.  The fest “celebrates and explores the interconnected and growing worlds of independent music, art, and gaming.”

What to expect:

Musicians will work with visual artists, game designers with musicians, game designers with artists. We’ll present bands in galleries, artists in clubs, games everywhere in between. Forms will surprise and bring new experiences to audiences by presenting musicians, artists, and game designers finding common ground and drawing inspiration from and beyond their primary field. Forms will take place February 1-4, 2012, with music performances focused across Bowery Presents venues, and additional art, music, and gaming programming happening at museums, galleries, and DIY spaces throughout the boroughs.

Details, including the line up, haven’t yet been announced.  You can read more about the event here.