Scion Music(less) Music Conference: Rob Swift, Municipal Waste, Dwid Hellion, Steven McDonald, and Finders Keepers Spread Information

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The Scion Music(less) Music Conference is an annual event held in Los Angeles, California. Participants include Rob Swift, Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste, Dwid Hellion of Integrity and Holy Terror Records, Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and OFF!, plus representatives from Finders Keepers and EMI Publishing. The Scion Music(less) Music Conference consists of panels, interviews, and workshops designed to offer insights and practical advice for those looking to enter or take their next step in the music industry. Each presentation is filmed in high definition and offered for free so it can exist as a digital resource to those who are interested in expanding their creative possibilities or improving their business approach.

In the three videos below, an assortment of artists and behind the scenes figures delve into how making informed decisions can help ensure financial success or stability for either yourself or those you’re representing when operating inside the music industry.

In the How to Deal With Record Labels panel, moderator Christopher Roberts of VICE Records speaks with turntable master Rob Swift, Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta, punk rock all-star Steven McDonald of Redd Kross and OFF!, and Integrity member and Holy Terror Records owner Dwid Hellion. Together they discuss what musicians should look for in a label and what warning signs they should look out for. They also explore managing expectations in the music industry’s current climate in terms of what artists should expect their label to do for them and what they should expect to do for themselves.

Amanda Berman, an A&R at EMI Publishing who works with songwriters and artists, leads a workshop titled Publishing & Masters 101. She relates the basics on how to make money by managing publishing and masters rights, as well as how artists can maximize the financial possibilities of these assets.

For the Reissuing Music workshop, Mahssa Taghinia of the beloved archival label Finders Keepers covers the process of reissuing out of print or hard to find music. She reveals some of the unifying commonalties and basic information behind this often complicated process.

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