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Panel Details


Saturday 05/11/2019
Osgoode Ballroom East
1:20PM - 2:05PM
(45 minutes)

Fireside Chat

How Did Ghazi Shami Create an ‘Empire?’ There’s an App for That!

He got into music distribution and publishing the old fashioned way, for the love of the sound. But Ghazi Shami – who turned his life-long love of hip-hop’s Bay Area sound into the aptly-named monster Empire Distribution – is a true 21st Century music mogul. He uses proprietary software to distribute directly to services like Apple Music and Spotify, with metadata of tracks, royalties and promotions. And his cutting-edge approach has made Empire a magnet for names and players, most but not all from the hip-hop world - from Kendrick Lamar to Cardi B to Major and PJ Morton. When super-producer L.A. Reid started his new label Hitco Entertainment, Empire was tagged to distribute. In this Q&A, we’ll pick the brain of Empire CEO Ghazi Shami, the master of digital distribution.
Featured Speaker
Ghazi Shami
San Francisco, USA