34th Annual Administrators of Gospel Music Conference
Nashville, TN - October 13th, 2016

The Administrators of Gospel Music fosters standards of excellence in Christian music rights administration through education, professional relationships, and the sharing of information.

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The Administrators of Gospel Music (AGM) held it’s first conference in 1982 at the Shoney’s Inn in Nashville. The idea to organize a group of gospel administrators is attributed to Helen Pool of Singspiration Music and Waverly Conlan of Word Music. The organization was born out of necessity to help its members solve common problems in the music publishing industry and to build a network of community within the gospel music genre. The organization focused on areas of licensing, performing rights, television rights, and copyright law. The first meeting was held for two days with approximately 17 representatives from companies like Benson Company, Sparrow Records, The Baptist Sunday School Board, Cherry Lane Music, Maranatha! Music, Dawn Treader, Straightway Music, Word, Singspiration Music, Lorenz Creative Services, and Triune Music, and Purifoy Publishing.

Since the first AGM meeting in 1982, AGM has grown to a group of approximately 60 -80 gospel music administrators from around the world. In addition to providing important networking opportunities to its members, AGM continues to keep its members apprised of changes in the music industry. The once a year conference is packed full of topics that educate its members so they can continue to provide excellent music publishing administration services.

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Courtney Karnes

Licensing Manager, Capitol CMG Publishing

Courtney joined Capitol CMG in April 2016, making the leap from litigation attorney to Capitol CMG’s Licensing Manager.  She handles the negotiation and execution of all commercial license agreements, from single-song licenses to blanket licenses for Capitol CMG’s entire catalog and everything in ...
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Challey Legg

Director of Client Services, Songspace

Challey graduated from Auburn University in Auburn AL in 2013 and immediately following graduation she interned for Songspace, a music social network that powers the creative workflows of professionals, artists, and songwriters via the projects they share. After only five months as an intern with Songspace she was ...
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Chris Cylke

SVP, Government Affairs NMPA

Chris Cylke joined NMPA in 2013 to lead its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch. Prior to joining the Association, he served as Director of Government Affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America and Director of Government Affairs for the United States Chamber of Commerce. His ...
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Scott Patty

Pastor, Grace Community Church

Scott is the founding pastor of Grace Community Church. Before he began Grace in 1993, he served as a youth pastor for ten years. He was raised in Nashville and came to faith in Christ as a high school student. He graduated from Belmont University in 1985 and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1989. Scott...
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Aaron Blanton

Worship and Arts Pastor, Fellowship Bible Church

Aaron is a Grammy nominated, 3 time Dove Award winning recording artist. After learning to play drums in his local church, he went on to become a founding member of SONICFLOOd. In 2000, Aaron joined By the Tree as the drummer and, eventually, became the lead singer and primary songwriter in 2005. After a long ...
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Chris Janecek

Manager of Music Works Department, BMI

Chris Janecek is Manager, Works Registration at Broadcast Music, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for developing and overseeing new applications, training programs and procedures for registering and submitting musical and publishing data. Based in the Company’s Nashville office, Janecek began his career at ...
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Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson

Digital Rights Administrator, CCMG

Since February 2014, Erin has played an important role managing YouTube’s content management system at Capitol CMG. She has been responsible for research, trouble-shooting, and organizing the publishing platform via YouTube’s CMS tool. Recently, Erin has been involved with Capitol’s new multi-channel network ...
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Cody Carpenter

Cody Carpenter

Digital Rights Administrator, CCMG

A recent Music Business graduate from Belmont University, Cody works for Capitol CMG Publishing as a Digital Rights Administrator predominately in the YouTube space. In addition to coordinating content strategy and monetization optimization around Capitol CMG’s Multi-Channel Network, Cody is also responsible for ...
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Stuart Rosen

Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BMI

Stuart Rosen is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of BMI, overseeing global operations of the Legal Department, directing the organization’s legal affairs, as well as all attorneys working within the company. Rosen joined BMI in 1996 as an Associate Attorney. He was promoted to Senior Attorney in ...
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Dennis Lord

Executive Vice President, SESAC

Dennis Lord is the Executive Vice President of SESAC, the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization. Known as a music industry executive with a special affinity for creative talent, Lord is also an entertainment lawyer who has a knack for writing hit songs himself. Earning his Bachelor of Arts ...
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Vincent Candilora

Vincent Candilora

Executive Vice President of Licensing, ASCAP

Vincent Candilora began his tenure in the performing rights industry 45 years ago as a licensing representative for SESAC, Inc. In 1985, Candilora was promoted to Executive Vice President and was responsible for moving SESAC’s Headquarters to Nashville, TN. He was later elected President of SESAC and was ...
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Nate Scott

Intellectual Property Manager, CCLI

Nate Scott is the Intellectual Property Manager of Christian Copyright Licensing International, Inc. (CCLI). Reporting to the Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Gary Christensen, Nate manages an IP staff with team members located in Australia, South Africa, the UK and US. He started with CCLI in 2014 after seven ...
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Linda Bloss-Baum

Senior Director, Artist and Industry Relations at SoundExchange

Linda Bloss-Baum comes to SoundExchange with over 20 years of experience in the entertainment and technology related industries. She began her career in Washington DC at the Business Software Alliance while attending Catholic Law School in the evenings. After four years as Counsel for the powerful House Energy and ...
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Jonathan Bryce, Christian Copyright Solutions

Manager of INDIEadmin Services

Jonathan Bryce is a musician, songwriter and copyright administrator currently serving as Manager of INDIEadmin Services with Christian Copyright Solutions (CCS). He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile (2011) and has been working in the music industry for 4 years. At home, he is privileged ...
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Lisa Stutts, Capitol CMG Publishing

Director of Licensing

Lisa’s first music industry position was at ForeFront Records where she worked in A&R and Publishing Administration.  She took an intermission to be a stay at home mom while her children were young.  She is now the Director of Licensing at Capitol CMG Publishing where she has been the last 16 years.  ...
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Christopher K. Stedman, Right Angle Music


Christopher K. Stedman founded Right Angle Music in 2011 to provide tailored rights management solutions to the growing independent music community. Right Angle’s diverse roster includes artists, songwriters, churches, labels, and film companies. Before launching Right Angle, Christopher served as Director of ...
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