AVP, Digital Licensing, BMI
Evan Parness is the Assistant Vice President of Digital Licensing for BMI. He is responsible for overseeing BMI’s Digital Licensing groups in Nashville and New York. Together with his New York and Nashville based teams, he is responsible for the growth and diversification of BMI’s digital licensing revenues, addressing the needs of both major and emerging digital markets. He was elevated to this position in 2019.
Parness joined BMI in 2016 as Executive Director, Business Development - Digital Licensing. During that time, he helped the Company’s annual digital revenues grow from $159M to $262M. Prior to BMI, he spent 11 years at eMusic.com, where he first oversaw royalty accounting and systems for the music and audiobook services, working closely with both indie and major labels, and then expanding into managing the service’s global PRO and publisher agreements. Parness ended his tenure as Sr. Director of Finance & Administration, overseeing worldwide operations, which included significant internal restructuring and the 2015 sale of eMusic to Triplay, Inc. He began his career at Eagle Rock Entertainment, where he had a diverse set of responsibilities, including US royalties and mechanical licensing.
Parness holds a BM from New York University and is an active musician, producer, and songwriter. His music has been used for a variety of television and web series, advertising, professional sports teams, and featured on independent artist releases.
CLE: Rites of Passage: Licensing Rights for Emerging Platforms
October 14, 2022 at 8:00:00 PM
As gaming platforms, the metaverse, new social networks, and other innovative technologies gain prevalence, it is essential that these companies license all required music rights on a global scale and that rightsholders are able to collect the resulting payments. This panel will take a deep dive into the current global licensing landscape, exploring the challenges that technology companies face when launching new platforms and apps, best practices in licensing, opportunities for improvement in the market, direct licensing vs. CMOs, and issues with cross-border royalty collections. (Mondo attendees are welcome to attend all CLE panels.)