Los Angeles, CA, September 29, 2017 – The Production Music Association (PMA,) the leading advocate and voice of the global production music community, has announced that renowned music industry executives Romano Di Bari, Alison Smith, and Dr. Lynne Lummel will each receive a special Mark Award during the upcoming 2017 Production Music Conference (PMC). Di Bari (PHOTO AT LEFT) will be the honorary recipient of the Mark Awards “Hall of Fame” Award, Alison Smith will be the honorary recipient of the Mark Awards “Ambassador Award,” and Dr. Lynne Lummel will be the honorary recipient of the Mark Awards “Visionary Award”. The announcement was made by Adam Taylor, Chairman of the PMA, and the president of APM Music.
In addition, the PMA has announced the Nominees for the 2017 Mark Awards, across 28 categories. Please see: http://pmc.pmamusic.com/mark-awards-nominees/
This year’s PMC will take place October 4-6 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel, with the Mark Awards event taking place during the evening of October 4th. Currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary Year, 2017 also marks the PMA’s Fourth Annual Production Music Conference and third presentation of the Mark Awards. The event presents industry leaders from the production music industry joining forces for an evening awards event, along with two days of panels, sessions, state of the art presentations, and networking. Please see: http://pmc.pmamusic.com/ And for the full schedule of PMC events, please see: http://pmc.pmamusic.com/schedule/
For fuller biographies on the 2017 Honorary Mark Award Recipients, please see:
ABOUT ROMANO DI BARI: Honorary recipient of the 2017 Mark Awards Hall of Fame Award
Born in Rome in 1936, Romano Di Bari, at 24 (1960) began his career working for RCA Italiana, at the time the top record company of Italy and among the biggest ones in the world. In 1966, Di Bari accepted the direction of Ariston Records in Milano, and in 1968 he launched his independent business: Canopo Music Publishing in Rome, shortly to become Flippermusic Publishing. To this day, Flippermusic is the leader of Italian and international dealings in production music.
Over the years, the Flippermusic catalogue has spread all over the world and today reaches 39 countries where its repertoire is exploited. Today Flippermusic owns a catalogue of about 20,000 original titles and releases seventy to eighty new albums each year, with over 1,000 new titles. Flippermusic also represents more than 100 foreign libraries with over 400,000 titles in total. The company maintains a continuous flow of original music ideas to match the new requests of production music in domestic and international markets.
ABOUT ALISON SMITH: Honorary recipient of the 2017 Mark Awards Ambassador Award
Alison Smith is Executive Vice President of Distribution, Publisher Relations & Administration Services at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, Smith works closely with BMI’s publishers on their royalty distributions and administration needs, while streamlining the flow of information and developing new data streams, bonus structures and payment methodologies across all music delivery platforms. She oversees all of BMI’s domestic and international royalty distribution and administration services to its more than 750,000 members.
As an expert on performing rights administration, Smith has been a featured speaker at events by groups including the Society of Composers & Lyricists, the Association of Independent Music Publishers (New York and Los Angeles), the California Copyright Conference, the Church Music Publishers Association, the Production Music Association, as well as many performing rights organizations around the world.
ABOUT DR. LYNNE LUMMEL: Honorary recipient of the 2017 Mark Awards Visionary Award.
Dr. Lynne Lummel recently retired from ASCAP after 28 years. Her last assignment was as EVP and Chief Transformation Management Officer, responsible for supporting the execution of ASCAP’s six-year plan and strategic objectives. Prior to that, she was responsible for Distribution and Repertory, overseeing the matching of hundreds of billions of TV, radio, Internet and other musical performances to ASCAP repertoire and the distribution of hundreds of millions of dollars each year. She was honored in Billboard’s 2013 Women in Music edition
Dr. Lummel has been instrumental in bringing video and audio pattern recognition technologies to ASCAP, expanding ASCAP surveys, streamlining operations, improving accuracy and reducing costs. Papers on her work creating self-managing, virtual licensing teams at ASCAP have been published in the JOURNAL OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS and REWARD AND RECOGNITION FOR TEAMS (Jossey-Bass).
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION MUSIC ASSOCIATION:
Founded in 1997, the Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community. A non-profit organization with over 40 member companies, plus composers and industry professionals, the mission of the PMA is to elevate the unique value of production music and to ensure the viability of the production music industry.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, the PMA strives to fulfill its mission by:
► Working with performing rights organizations, legislators, legal counsel and broadcasters with the aim of improving the reporting, monitoring, collection and distribution of performance fees and royalties for PMA members;
► Providing its members with a forum in which issues of common concern and interest can be discussed;
► Educating its members and the marketplace about music rights and other issues affecting the production music community; and
► Enhancing the value of PMA members' music through research, education and public relations.
For more information about the PMA, please visit: http://pmamusic.com/
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