2021 Program Set To Feature 1 on 1 interview with Marky Ramone (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee — The Ramones), Steve Stewart (CEO, Vezt, Inc.), Margaret McGuffin (CEO, Music Publishers Canada) & Michael Anthony Alago (Former Elektra Records Exec Who Signed Metallica)

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Indie Week, a leading conference and community platform for the independent music community since 2003, is excited to announce its first lineup of featured speakers for its Indie Week 2021 virtual conference, set to take place online November 9 – 13.

Indie Week NOV 9 – 13

5 days, 100+ speakers, 50+ sessions

Covering artist development • sync licensing • live streaming songwriting • production • royalties • publishing • and more.

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The five-day program is led by Marky Ramone’s 1 on 1 interview (Member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Ramones), as well as featured talks from Steve Stewart (CEO of Vezt, Inc.), Margaret McGuffin (CEO, Music Publishers Canada) and Michael Anthony Alago (author, speaker and former Elektra Records executive who signed Metallica). More info and tickets (just $60 for a week-long pass) are available now at

Marky Ramone’s 1 on 1 interview is scheduled for Wednesday November 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET will feature insights and highlights from the legendary drummer’s five-decade career, including the 15 years he spent as a member of The Ramones. Among The Ramones’ many career achievements: induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and a 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Marky’s current ventures include touring with his globally acclaimed rock group Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg and hosting his SiriusXM show “Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg,” which recently celebrated its eighth year on the air. The conversation with Marky will be moderated by David Hazan.

Steve Stewart, who’ll join the virtual stage on Wednesday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET will discuss best practices for artist development through management. He’ll be drawing from his many years of experience with successful bands, including five albums and 40 million records sold with Grammy-winning, multi-platinum rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Steve is also the CEO of Vezt, Inc., a blockchain-based app that makes it easy for artists, writers, producers, labels and publishers to monetize their IP directly from music fans. Steve has negotiated and secured approximately 20 lucrative major label and publishing contracts for different bands in his career, as well as helped his acts earn numerous industry awards and accolades.

Margaret McGuffin will lead a panel on Music Publishers Canada’s Women in the Studio program on Thursday November 11 at 2:00 p.m. ET. The Women in the Studio National Accelerator is a program hosted by Music Publishers Canada that provides 10 female and gender non-confirming producers from across the country with access to resources and community to help advance their careers and help close the staggering gender gap in music production. As the latest research from USC Annenberg on female representation in popular music showed, females accounted for just 2% of all the producing positions on 2020 Billboard U.S. Hot 100 hits, a figure that was actually down from 2.6% in 2019.

Michael Anthony Alago, whose talk is slated for Friday November 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET, will share his inspiring story as a legendary music industry A&R exec who’s also survived an AIDS diagnosis and overcome a longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol. Michael’s many achievements include signing Metallica to Elektra Records as a 24-year-old A&R exec, executive-producing albums for Cyndi Lauper, Nina Simone and White Zombie and publishing three best-selling books as a photographer. He was also the subject of the 2017 documentary Who The Fuck Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago, directed by Drew Stone, and authored the 2020 autobiography I AM MICHAEL ALAGO: Breathing Music, Signing Metallica, Beating Death.

As the music industry continues to navigate the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Indie Week 2021 will also feature a variety of discussions focused on topics directly relevant to helping independent artists and businesses survive and thrive in the current marketplace. Panel themes include mental health & wellness, diversity, community and new methods of music monetization. Breakout sessions for mentorship, B2B meetings and one-on-one meetups will be offered to inspire additional collaboration and connection. Companies confirmed to speak on these sessions include CD Baby,, Bandzoogle, CMRRA (Canadian Rights Recording Association), CIMA (Canadian Independent Association), Global Affairs Canada, LyricFind, ACTRA RACS and many more. Sessions will be streamed live with access to Q&A with speakers, and will be archived online for an additional six months.

Indie Week 2021 is the latest in a series of successful online conferences hosted by the Indie Week team, including Indie Week 2020, the inaugural ScreenxScreen Summit and virtual versions of the indie101 Conference and Music Pro Summit. These events have left a hugely positive impact on the global music community, and helped opened doors in key international markets for the first time via new partnerships in Taiwan, Korea, Africa, Peru, Chile, Spain and more.

Indie Week 2021 is sponsored by Slaight Music, CD Baby, CMRRA, Bandzoogle, LyricFind, SENECA college, City of Toronto, CIMA and SOCAN Foundation, with additional support from Global Affairs Canada, FACTOR Canada and Ontario Creates.