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The publisher plays an important role in today’s music industry. Robet Ott of ole and Jodie Ferneyhough of Universal Music Publishing Canada explain the roles and functions of a music publisher. In addition to providing valuable advice, Ott and Ferneyhough explore both the current and future challenges in the world of music publishing.

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Robert Ott, ole

Robert Ott is co-founder, Chairman & CEO of ole Music Publishing. Prior to founding ole, he was Vice President and General Manager of BMG Music Publishing Canada. Robert is five-time past President of the Canadian Music Publishers Association and is a current board member. Robert also sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency (CMRRA).

Jodie Ferneyhough, Universal Music Publishing Canada

Jodie Ferneyhough is Managing Director for Universal Music Publishing Canada, as well as President of the Canadian Music Publishing association, where he is active in lobbying, copyright reform and media relations. He is a member of the board at SOCAN and the CMRRA. He is also responsible for the amalgamation of BMG music publishing Canada to UMPG Canada.

Jodie has been instrumental in the careers of Sam Roberts, KOS, and most recently, Mobile and Hedley. He has been named Canadian Music Publisher of the year at the annual CCMA awards, as well as Publisher of the Year at the annual CMW Industry Awards.

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