Panel Details


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

Fireside Chat

Q&A: How Did Ghazi Shami create an ‘EMPIRE?’

He got into music label, distribution and publishing business 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 – 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 label, distribution and publishing magnet for names and players - from Kendrick Lamar to Cardi B to Robin Thicke 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 the digital music era.
Featured Speaker
Ghazi Shami
San Francisco, USA
Vivian Barclay
General Manager
Warner Chappell Music Canada
Toronto, Canada

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