Tessa Rae Butler (Creative Manager, Kobalt Music Publishing), Mark Gartenberg (A&R Executive, Sony Music, SXSW)
Of all the professions that make up the music industry ecosystem, publishing is generally regarded as the most solid, with business practices that are fundamentally unchanged since its earliest days. But COVID had a devastating effect on artists and their income sources, and publishers were well. placed to step in and offer a helping hand. Did they choose to do so? And if they did, on what terms, and how did that affect the publisher/artist dynamic? How has the business of being a publisher changed post-COVID?