A2IM Indie Week is a four-day international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. Featuring keynotes, panels, exclusive networking sessions, and more, Indie Week has historically drawn an attendance of over 1200 participants from over 30 countries.
Pat Chin, a 60-year veteran and female trailblazer in the music industry, was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the A2IM Libera Awards (Chin took home the honor in 2015). As the founder of the Queens, NY-based reggae label and A2IM member VP Records, she nurtured the careers of artists such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Elephant Man, Estelle, Junior Reid, Raging Fyah, and many more. In January, Chin published My Reggae Music Journey, an autobiography documenting her groundbreaking, decades-spanning career.
As Vice President & Co-Head of Music, Jeremy Erlich oversees global editorial teams, strategy and operations as well as Spotify’s relationships with the creative community.
Jeremy joined Spotify from Interscope Records, where he was CFO and EVP, Business Development, and notably signed global K-pop sensation BLACKPINK to the label. Prior to that, Jeremy ran corporate development for Universal Music Group for nearly five years and was heavily involved in the acquisition of EMI Records.
Born in Paris, France, he currently resides in Santa Monica, CA. Jeremy holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a M.B.A. from London Business School. In 2015, Jeremy was named one of Billboard’s 40 Under 40.
Michael Huppe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SoundExchange, an organization that provides royalty solutions and advocacy to ensure all music creators are paid what they deserve. Under Huppe’s leadership, SoundExchange has distributed more than $7 billion in digital performance royalties and expanded its operations to serve both the recording and publishing communities. SoundExchange’s footprint has expanded to include two subsidiaries, SXWorks and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA), which provide a range of products and services for the publishing community.
Huppe began his career as a commercial litigator and joined SoundExchange as its General Counsel in 2007, helping to forge the policies that would move the organization forward through advocacy, efficiency and strong partnerships. He also oversaw rate proceedings that brought increases of over 300% to artists and labels for the use of their music on Internet and satellite radio. Huppe is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard Law School. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University teaching a course on Music Law, and has also lectured at Harvard Law, George Washington Law School, and George Mason University.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries has been the U.S. Representative for New York’s 8th Congressional district since 2013. Known for his genuine love of music (and for his tweets about the Notorious B.I.G.), the Representative is a co-author of the Music Modernization Act, a groundbreaking piece of copyright and royalty legislation that was signed into law in 2019.
As Vice President & Co-Head of Music, Marian Dicus oversees artist marketing and all industry support and partnerships. Marian previously served as Vice President, Global Head of Artist & Label Services and, since joining Spotify almost seven years ago, she and the Music team have shaped how artists’ stories are told through creative channels. From global superstars such as Khalid and Billie Eilish to emerging artists such as Alec Benjamin and Lauv.
Marian began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant, and has since worked with leading brands in fashion and music including VOGUE, as program management at Gilt Groupe, and in marketing at J.Crew. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marian holds a B.A. from Columbia University, and now resides in New York City with her husband and two children.