Music Biz 2018 Adds Pandora’s Roger Lynch As Keynote Speaker

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Pandora CEO Roger Lynch will keynote a Featured Presentation on May 16 at 5 p.m. CT at the Music Biz 2018 Conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel and discuss the impact that this shift will have on listeners, brands, artists, and the industry at large. He will also share key perspectives coming out of his first six months at Pandora, his vision for the company’s future, and his predictions of what the increase in music streaming means for the future of the music business.

“Roger has consistently had his finger on the pulse of what’s next throughout his career, having founded and grown multiple companies in the online TV space,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “We’re interested to hear how his experiences as a leader and entrepreneur in adjacent industries have informed his vision for Pandora and what he sees ahead for the future of the music business.”

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will also tackle some of the most important legal issues facing the music industry at its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, which will be held Monday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT during the Music Biz 2018 conference at the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Sponsored by law firms Dickinson Wright and Leavens, Strand & Glover, the event will feature an in-depth discussion of modern artist development; the Music Modernization Act, which was recently passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives; collective management of rights; and trademark protection for bands. Attendees will be able to interact with advocates and influencers such as U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL), John Johnson of ASCAP, Rick Carnes of the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), Ted Goldthorpe of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Colin Rushing of SoundExchange, and a variety of prominent attorneys.

“2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for legislation in the music space, and our goal for this year’s Law Conference is to give our attendees a road map to navigate the legal path ahead,” said Donio. “Our multi-faceted program will bring law experts together with major music industry players to discuss a range of issues faced by everyone from major and independent labels to publishers, artists, managers, entrepreneurs, startups, and attorneys. We’re looking forward to a lively discussion.”

Admission to the Law Conference is included with full registration to the Music Biz 2018 conference, which is available at with special student rates of $169 for Music Biz members and $219 for non-members. Those who only wish to attend the Law Conference can also sign up at a rate of $199 for members and $249 for non-members. Four CLE credits have been approved by the Tennessee State Bar Association.


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