2018 Program

Session 1: Monday 1:00pm-1:30pm - Introduction and Musician Survey Results

Introduction by Alan Krueger - Princeton University and President, MIRA

  • Musician Survey by Alan Krueger and Ying Zhen - Wesleyan College 

Session 2: 1:30pm-3:00pm - Diversity and Inclusion in the Music Industry

Moderator - Hilary Rosen (Partner and Managing Director at SKDKnickerbocker and former head of the RIAA) 

  • Tina Tchen - Recording Academy Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion Chair; Partner, Buckley Sandler LLP; Former Chief of Staff for Michelle Obama
  • Stacy Smith - Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Associate Professor - USC
  • Andrea Dominick - West Coast Editor, Noisey (VICE Media)

Session 3: 3:15pm-4:45pm - Female Artists/Secondary Market/Piracy

Moderator - Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota)

  • "Why Aren't Women Rocking? Gender Disparities in Music Festival Lineups" by William Donnelly - Cornell University
  • "Primary-Market Auctions for Event Tickets" by Eric Budish - University of Chicago 
  • "The Impact of Piracy Notice Sending on Consumer Behavior for Entertainment: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in the UK" by Michael D. Smith and Ruhal Telang - Carnegie Mellon University

Session 4: 4:45pm-5:45pm - Composer/Manager/Musician Panel

Moderator -  Melinda Newman (Billboard)

  • Raney Shackne - Composer
  • Anthony Improgo - Musician 
  • Seth Keller - Manager

Reception serving hors d'oeuvres and wine/beer in the Moroccan Room 

Session 5: Tuesday 9:00am-10:30am - Industry Professional Panel

Moderator - Shirley Halperin (Variety)

  • Tom Corson - Co-Chairman & COO of Warner Bros. Records
  • Don Passman - Partner, Gang, Tyre, Ramer, and Brown, Inc
  • John Josephson - Chairman (SESAC)

Session 6: 10:45am-12:00pm - Copyright/Streaming

Moderator - Alan Sorensen (University of Wisconsin)

  • "Platforms, Promotion, and Product Discovery: Evidence from Spotify Playlists"  by Joel Waldfogel* and Luis Aguilar - University of Minnesota and European Commission
  • "It was Fifty Years Ago Today: Recording Copyright Term and the Supply of Music" by Megan MacGarvie, John McKeon and Jeremy Watson* - University of Boston, Edgeworth Consulting and University of Boston
  • "Rethinking Copyright in Music Industry of China & the U.S. Using an Economic Analysis" by Ying Zhen - Wesleyan College

Break for Lunch served in the Auditorium 


Session 7: 1:00pm-2:30pm - Industry Trends

Moderator - Larry Miller (NYU)

  • David Price (IFPI)
  • Bonnie Nichols (NEA)
  • Josh Friedlander (RIAA)  

Session 8: 2:30pm-3:15pm - Industry Professional Panel #2

Moderator - Alan Krueger 

  • Jon Orszag - Senior Managing Director at Compass Lexecon, LLC
  • Barry Massarsky - Massarsky Consulting

Session 9: 3:30pm-4:45pm - Classical/Music Reviews/Managerial Influence

Moderator - Marie Connolly (Université du Québec à Montréal)

  • "Where Have the Great Big Verdi Voices Gone?" by Andrew Moravicsik - Princeton University
  • "The Impact of Reviews on New Products: Pitchfork’s Best New Music" by April Franco*, Luis Cabral and Matthew Mitchell - University of Toronto, NYU, University of Toronto
  • "Managerial Influence in Developing the “Well-Tempered Artist".by Aaron Williamon and Phillip Cartwright*.

Session 10: Conversation with Cary Sherman 4:45pm-5:30pm

Moderator - Larry Miller (NYU)

  • Discussion with outgoing Chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, including an update on the Music Modernization Act.


 *Speaker

**This program is subject to change