BMI, ASCAP, SESAC… huh? Understanding music licensing can be complicated and many meeting professionals don’t know where to start. However knowing the rules is an important aspect of ethical meeting planning and can keep you and your organization out of legal trouble. SongDivision CEO Andy Sharpe and leading music rights organization BMI’s Executive Director of Industry Relations, Jessica Frost will cut through the acronyms with practical advice on what licenses you need, how much they cost and where to get them. They’ll cover your responsibility for licensing, whether hiring a DJ, band, production company or playing music off your phone.
- Determine who is responsible for obtaining music licenses
- Identify where to get music licenses and how much they cost
- Obtain free resources for ongoing help with music licensing
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DOMAIN G: Meeting or Event Design
Presenter: Andy Sharpe
Andy Sharpe is the CEO of SongDivision, a global music team building and corporate entertainment business. His background as a professional songwriter, signed to AC/DC’s label during the 1990’s, combined with a decade of executive experience with IBM, led him to founding the business that Sir Richard Branson calls “a great business connecting employees and customers using the power of music.”
Presenter: Jessica Frost
Jessica Frost is Executive Director, Industry Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, she develops and cultivates relationships with industry associations and businesses across the country that use BMI music. Based in Nashville, Frost is a 17-year veteran at BMI.
Frost began her career at BMI in 1999 as a Customer Relations Executive for BMI’s licensing team and moved through the ranks holding various positions until she was promoted to Senior Director of Industry Relations in 2013. Her current responsibilities include representing BMI to various trade associations in the radio, television, hotel, restaurant, bar, retail, and fitness industries, as well as other business segments that use music across the United States. By creating and managing cooperative partnerships with these associations, Frost is instrumental in educating business owners about copyright law, music licensing and the service that BMI provides to all businesses and organizations that play music publicly. As part of this educational outreach, she is also responsible for sponsoring events that connect BMI songwriters with the businesses that play their music.
Frost currently sits on the board of the Nashville/Midsouth Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She holds a B.A. from the University of Florida.