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Billboard Pro Spotlight Live Virtual Event: Songs for Sale

On Dec. 3, the Billboard Pro Spotlight Series tackles the current explosion in music publishing deals with “Songs For Sale,” a new Deep Dive package and virtual event featuring guests such as Primary Wave founder and CEO Larry Mestel, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited founder Merck Mercuriadis, Anthem Entertainment Group CEO Helen Murphy and more.

Even amid the economic uncertainty of the pandemic, the volume of publishing deals has continued to rise dramatically, driven by historically low interest rates, creators making up lost touring revenue and the prospect of changes in tax policy. Billboard Pro’s Deep Dive on the subject will offer information on how to sell publishing rights; a guide to lawyers and other professionals who can help; and a virtual video event featuring a presentation by MRC Data, panels with various publishing executives and an interview with Mercuriadis, whose Hipgnosis Songs has been behind some of the year’s biggest publishing deals.

The livestream will air at 12 p.m. EST with panel videos living here afterwards. If you're a Billboard Pro member, you already have access. If you're not a member, see Pro options and sign up today here.

See the list of panels and more below:

Panel: “Money Changes Everything”

Frank DiGiacomo, executive editor, investigation enterprise, Billboard
Larry Mestel, founder and CEO, Primary Wave Music
Peter Paterno, partner, King, Holmes, Paterno & Soriano
Sherrese Clarke Soares, CEO, Tempo Music

Executive Interview with Merck Mercuriadis

Rob Levine, industry editorial director, Billboard
Merck Mercuriadis, founder, Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited

Panel: “For What It’s Worth”

Hannah Karp, editorial director, Billboard
Nari Matsuura, partner, Massarsky Consulting
Helen Murphy, CEO, Anthem Entertainment Group
Roy Salter, founder, Salter Group

MRC Data Presentation: “Future Nostalgia: How Catalog Earns as it Ages”
Matthew Yazge, vp, head of research, MRC Data | Nielsen Music

Panel: “Pennies From Heaven, Regulation From Hell?”

Alisa Coleman, COO, ABKCO Music
Dewayne Ector, global head of partner relations and income tracking, SongTrust
Rob Levine, industry editorial director, Billboard
Michael Sukin, founder, Sukin Law Group

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