Midem, the home of the global music community, has announced the powerhouse pairing of keynote Sylvia Rhone with Dina LaPolt at the 53rd annual industry conference. Sylvia Rhone will receive the Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, during a dedicated event on Thursday, June 6.
In her first ever keynote address, Chairwoman and CEO of Epic Records Sylvia Rhone, will be interviewed by Dina LaPolt, owner of LaPolt Law. P.C. This is event will take place on Wednesday, on June 5 and is considered a unique conversation between two of the most powerful female influences in today’s music business.
Sylvia Rhone, who is the first African-American woman to lead a major record label, will share insights from her illustrious career with Dina LaPolt, who was named one of Billboard’s ‘Executives of the Year in 2018’, in recognition of her contribution to the Music Modernization Act.
Midem Director Alexandre Deniot comments, “Sylvia Rhone is at the helm of one of the most exciting and dynamic labels in today’s ever-evolving music ecosystem. The Midem 2019 Hall of Fame Award in association with Billboard, recognizes her outstanding contribution to the international music business and her ability to build such an artist-driven label culture. Both she and Dina are two of the most inspiring and essential music executives on the global stage. As the artist and creativity are at the very heart of Midem, so Sylvia and Dina never cease in their efforts to protect creativity and generate the best environment possible for artists to thrive. So there is a great synergy between us and we can’t wait to hear what promises to be a hugely charismatic and enlightening conversation.”
Taking on the position of President at Epic in 2017 and newly named Chairman and CEO, Sylvia Rhone has reshuffled the executive ranks and diversified the label’s roster, with signings including: Tyla Yaweh, Peruvian singer; A. CHAL, pop singer-songwriter; AJ Mitchell and rapper G Herbo.
An advocate of equality and promoting women in music, she drives a label with an incredible stable of artists from: Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, 21 Savage and Zara Larsson to Future, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor, French Montana and Sara Bareilles.
Sylvia’s interviewer, Dina LaPolt, is one of the most prominent music lawyers in the business, representing many of the biggest names in music. In addition, Dina is a fierce advocate for music creators and was not only a catalyst for the creation of the Songwriters of North America (SONA), but currently serves as the group’s attorney advisor.
Sylvia and Dina’s keynote discussion will explore the ways in which artists and labels can navigate today’s complex music ecosystem. Paying special attention to the protection of artists and creativity, from two relevant and important viewpoints - Sylvia as a label exec, representing the recording side of the business, and Dina, representing the artist’s voice from a legal point of view. The speakers will look at the implications of the perpetual rise in tech and streaming and the corresponding potential to break geographical barriers and create a truly global music marketplace. Further, the speakers will discuss how these elements and other factors will influence the future shape of the industry.
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