Music Biz 2018 has ended
Color-coded sessions such as the Metadata Summit, Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, etc. are part of a larger program and can be viewed in full by clicking the options under ’Filter by Type’ to the right of this page. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Please note that simply using this event platform marks you as an attendee of the conference, but you are not an OFFICIAL attendee of Music Biz until you have registered through Eventbrite and received further email confirmation. 
Back To Schedule
Thursday, May 17 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Gospel Truth Behind Christian Music’s Influence and Trends

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Hosted by the Gospel Music Association’s Jackie Patillo and Administrators of Gospel Music’s Andie Rankins — attendees will experience a candid look at today’s Christian/Gospel music business. In this session, the journey of songs will be traced from their inception at the church, until they reach the digital arena. The discussion will focus on three key areas:

Songs, Publishing, and Administration
Do you ever wonder how the church manages music rights? This session will provide insight to the unique world of publishing, sync licensing, and streaming, as it relates to faith-based music.

Gary Christensen, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI)
Andie Rankins, Manager of Publishing Administration, Provident Music Group
Mike Murray, Sr. Creative Director of Song Publishing, Integrity Music

Recording, Marketing, Sales, and Promotion
Ensuring music is both heard and monetized is vital for all genres of music, including Christian/Gospel. Engage with expert panelists who will share ideas on leveraging the new media frontier, digital promotion, and marketing platforms.

Steve Blair, VP of Marketing & Commercial Partnerships at Capitol CMG / Universal Music Group
Ed Leonard, President/VP, Daywind Music Group/New Day Christian Distributors
Jimmy Wheeler, VP of Sales, Provident Music Group

Artists, Live Performance, and Management
No doubt the most exciting part of music is experiencing live performances. From the rumble of the bass, to the vigorous crowd, excitement is everywhere. Touring is not only fun, but also essential to an artist’s development and longevity. Here, a group of pros will discuss the diversity in faith-based music, along with its challenges and rewards.

Mike Snider, Agent, Christian & Country Music, WME
Stephania Andry-Wilkinson, Founder & President, Red Alliance Media
Penny Railey, Maximum Artist Management, Artist Manager

avatar for Jackie Patillo

Jackie Patillo

GMA President & Executive Director, Gospel Music Association (GMA)
Jacie Patillo is the President & Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association and Foundation, a nonprofit which aims to foster interest among the public in Gospel and Christian music. The foundation also builds community and cooperation among industry leaders, in order to address... Read More →
avatar for Andie Rankins

Andie Rankins

Manager of Publishing Administration, Provident Music Group
Andie Rankins is the Manager of Publishing Administration at Provident Music Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.  In this role, she oversees the administration of a growing catalog of award winning songs and songwriters. As manager, she has led the charge for the conception... Read More →

avatar for Stephania Andry-Wilkinson

Stephania Andry-Wilkinson

President & Founder, Red Alliance Media
Stephania Andry-Wilkinson is the Founder & President of Red Alliance Media (RAM), a full-service label specializing in Gospel music. Through a creative partnership with Fair Trade Services for distribution, RAM strives to strategically optimize opportunities for each product/service... Read More →
avatar for Steve Blair

Steve Blair

VP, Marketing & Commercial Partnerships, Capitol CMG / Universal Music Group
Steve Blair is the VP of Marketing & Commercial Partnerships at Capitol CMG/Universal Music Group. In this role, he oversees the streaming, D2C, physical, download and playlisting teams at Capitol CMG. Blair and his team created, launched and maintain the best in class, market leading... Read More →
avatar for Gary Christensen

Gary Christensen

Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI)
Gary Christensen is the Chief Intellectual Property Officer of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI).  In his role, he is responsible for the publisher and rights owner side of CCLI’s enterprise, and is actively engaged in global copyright matters, including... Read More →
avatar for Ed Leonard

Ed Leonard

President / VP, Daywind Music Group / New Day Christian Distributors
Ed Leonard is President of Daywind Music Group and VP of New Day Christian Distributors.  Daywind and New Day are leaders in the creation and distribution of Christian and Gospel Music, as well as family-friendly toys, gifts, films, and books. With over 35 diverse artists and songwriters... Read More →
avatar for Mike Murray

Mike Murray

Senior Creative Director, Integrity Music
Mike Murray is the Sr. Creative Director of Song Publishing for Integrity Music. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the Christian music industry and has spent the last nine at Integrity Music. While at Integrity, he has worked with artists and songwriters including All Sons... Read More →
avatar for Penny Railey

Penny Railey

Artist Manager, Maximum Artist Management
Penny Railey is an Artist Manager at Maximum Artist Management, where she co-manages Grammy nominated and “American Idol” graduate, Danny Gokey. Railey got her start in the music industry working at one of Nashville's largest recording studios, The Sound Kitchen, an independent... Read More →
avatar for Mike Snider

Mike Snider

Head of Christian Music Division, WME
Mike Snider is Head of the Christian Music Division at William Morris Endeavors (WME).  His career in the music industry spans more than 20 years in a multitude of roles, including musician, road manager, label executive, manager and agent.  Snider and his wife, Lisa Jones Snider... Read More →
avatar for Jimmy Wheeler

Jimmy Wheeler

VP, Sales & Distribution, Provident Music Group
Jimmy Wheeler is the VP, Sales & Distribution at Provident Music Group, a Christian label and division of Sony Music. Currently, he oversees sales and distribution for the label. Wheeler previously held the roles of Director of Christian Mainstream Sales, and VP of Mainstream Sales... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Music Row 3