“Money Talks: Strategies for Maximizing Collection of Music Royalties”

    • March 10, 2020
    150 150 The California Copyright Conference

    Date(s) -


    6:15 pm - 9:00 pm

    Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel



    Did you know that anywhere from 20–50% of music payments do not make it to rights holders? So said a 2015 study estimate from Berklee College of Music. How can you ensure you are collecting all the money to which you are entitled? Our panel of experts shares their insight on major income streams:

    • How royalties are earned and paid out,
    • Reviewing statements and identifying missing income,
    • Common problems that prevent rights holders from collecting and how to fix them. 

    Areas covered include, PROs, mechanical income, streaming, neighboring rights, black box income, and where and how to check for unclaimed and unmatched income.

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020

    6:15 PM Check-In ▪ 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Cocktail Hour ▪ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Dinner & Panel Discussion


    Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel

    12825 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 



       Diane Ramirez — Vice President, Royalty Accounting & Administration | Royalty Review Council

     Renee Jeske — Manager, Income Tracking | Disney Music Group



    Alex Gershwin — Business Development  / A&R Representative | Songtrust

    Shari Hoffman — CEO & Co-Founder  | Transparence Entertainment Group

    Vincent Leoni — Partner / CPA  | Miller Kaplan




    Diane Snyder-Ramirez | Royalty Review Council | VP Royalty Accounting & Administration

    Diane Snyder-Ramirez has over 25 years of experience with copyright administration and music royalties. Currently, she is Vice President, Royalty Accounting and Administration for Royalty Review Council, an independent music royalty administration organization. Snyder-Ramirez is responsible for managing and providing a variety of royalty services for a number of record label, digital service and music publishing royalty accounts. Prior to her current position, she was a music consultant as well as an advocate for digital music rights issues. She was a key team member in the development of a rights administration and royalty system for one of the largest online U.S. music service providers. Additionally, she worked closely with her clientele to prepare for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings on Digital Rights presenting extensive research and documentation.  

    Previously, Snyder-Ramirez was Director of Member Relations for ASCAP (NY), and played a role in furthering several of the department’s outreach programs, increased membership and handling high-profile clientele. She began her music career at CMJ (College Media Journal) handling sales and marketing for the trade and consumer magazines as well as the annual music convention. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, she holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film. She is a current board advisor and past president of the California Copyright Conference and speaks at industry events and universities.


    Renee Jeske | Disney Music Group | Manager, Income Tracking

    Renee Jeske is a member of the finance team of the Disney Music Group, where she is responsible for global income tracking for all of the Walt Disney Company’s music publishing companies and record labels. She has served on the board of Directors of the California Copyright Conference for the last seven years. She received her J.D. from Loyola University, New Orleans.




    Alex Gershwin | Songtrust | Business Development / A&R Representative

    Alex Gershwin is a 12-year industry veteran and currently serves as the Business Development / A&R Representative for Songtrust, a global publishing administration platform. Gershwin began his career at RightsFlow, a mechanical licensing agency in New York City. He transitioned to the creative licensing space in 2011, where he was hired as the Account Sales Associate at MusicBox, the former production music library of ole. From ole, Alex moved to ASCAP’s Global Services team as a Publisher Services specialist. He currently oversees business initiatives for Songtrust’s West Coast office.


    Shari Hoffman | Transparence Entertainment Group | CEO & Co-Founder

    Shari Hoffman is Co-founder and CEO of Transparence Entertainment Group (TEG), a music rights organization that collects and distributes worldwide performance royalties on behalf of recording artists, master rights holders, producers, and DIY music creators. A professional vocalist and seasoned industry professional, Hoffman’s credentials include record label promotion for multi-platinum recording artists, managing tour settlements for top-grossing concerts worldwide, and representing above-and-below-the-line personnel for two major entertainment unions. Prior to launching TEG, she served as Chief Operating Officer for the AFM and SAG-AFTRA Intellectual Property Rights Distribution Fund, a collective management organization responsible for the collection and distribution of neighboring rights from various foreign territories and royalties established by government statute under U.S. Copyright Law. Hoffman has participated on numerous panels and workshops and serves on various boards and committees in the entertainment industry including the Independent Alliance for Artist’s Rights (IAFAR), the Los Angeles Jazz Society, and the Environment of People Foundation. She is a prolific advisor and artist advocate who strives to ensure that music creators have the proper education and tools to flourish.


    Vincent Leoni | Miller Kaplan | Partner / CPA  

    Vincent Leoni is a partner at Miller Kaplan. He has more than 30 years of experience in entertainment, music, media, and technology—providing consulting, royalty and contract compliance, and profit participation examinations worldwide. Leoni assists buyers and sellers of music assets and provides litigation support services for profit participants and licensors. He also frequently analyzes income streams to determine damages and the appropriate share of profits, revenues, and royalties due to participants. 





    Questions? Email us at questions@theccc.org

    Advance RSVP (via PayPal by 5pm, Friday 3/9/20):

    CCC Members $50 per person | Non-members $65 per person

    Walk-Up Dinner (pay at the door, no prior RSVP):

    CCC  Members $55 per person | Non-members $70 per person

    Students: $50 per person — must show College ID at the door [contact us]

    – No refunds –


    Cash and Credit Card Bar


    Dinner Menu:


    California mixed green salad

    Your Choice of Entree

    Roasted chicken with garlic and rosemary

    Roasted vegetable stack

    Tortilla crusted tilapia


    Apple crumble pie


    Please make your dinner reservation by 5pm on Monday, March 9th, 2020.

    Walk-up guests are welcome, but may not be served their first choice of meal. We accept cash, check or credit card payment at the door. Reserve your meal with PayPal or credit card (PayPal account not required).


    Attention Attorneys: This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one and a half (1.5) hours. The CCC certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Attorneys who wish to register for MCLE Credit must include their state bar number with their reservation. Please remember to sign the sign-in sheet and obtain a certificate when you arrive at the meeting.

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