The Vinyl Revolution: What the Research Shows
Portia Sabin, MusicBiz

What’s Going In At Retail
Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl • Doyle Davis, Grimey’s

Panel discussion: Meeting Demand When the Industry Is At Capacity
Michael Fremer • Mark Michaels • Brandon Seavers • Ben Blackwell • Piper Payne

How Not To Screw Up A Good Thing: The Three Things We Need To Do To Keep Vinyl Going
Billy Fields, WMX

Vinyl’s Next Frontier: NFTs
Bryan Ekus, Making Vinyl • Gar Ragland, VinylKey

NAPCO: Vinyl’s Best Kept Packaging Secret
Jerry Pearce

Why the Time Was Right to Launch a New Pressing Plant
Karlyn King, University of Birmingham • Connie Comeau, The ADS Group

Vinyl’s Recent Growth: It’s No Fluke
Alexandre Jornod, Futuresource

Vinyl Me, Please: Why We’re Building Our Own Plant
Cameron Schaefer • Gary Salstrom

Why You Should Join The VRMA
Yoli Mara, Welcome to 1979 • Dustin Blocker, Hand Drawn Pressing

Record Store Day the Book? The Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century
Larry Jaffee

Time Waits For No One: Tales from the Vinyl Pipeline
Moderated by Michael Fremer, Tracking Angle • Jay Millar, Sundazed Music• Micki Windham, Thirty Tigers

Counterfeit Vinyl- Enforcement in the eCommerce Age
Marcus Cohen, RIAA

Vinyl Saved Physical Media: View From a Label
Speaker: Donna Ross, Concord

Cutting from Tape: Stax Case Studies
Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl • Jeff Powell, Take Out Vinyl

Press Operators Talk Shop
Mike Elliott • Brie-Anne Andrews • Doc Holoweski • Michael “Oz” Osborn • Vince Slusarz

Electroplating explained for a new generation of platers and pressers
Speaker: Ron Greenspan, Digital Matrix

New Pressing Machines on the Way from Pheenix Alpha
Speaker, Scott Lamb, Pheenix Alpha

MAKING VINYL VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

December 8-9, 2020

WELCOME & INTRODUCTION
Bryan Ekus & Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl

NOTHING CAN STOP THE VINYL RESURGENCE
Speaker: Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

QUARANTINE = NEW VINYL SALES
Speaker: Duncan Stewart, Deloitte Global

MAKING TURNAROUND TIMES MORE PREDICTABLE
Moderator: Matt Earley, Gotta Groove
Panelists: Micki Windham, Thirty Tigers; Greg Reierson, Rareform Mastering; Terry Cole, Coleman Records

RECORD STORE DAY 2020 REPORT
Speaker: Carrie Colliton, Record Store Day

QUALITY STANDARDS WILL HELP US ALL
Moderator: Alex Cushing, Hand Drawn Records
Panelists: Dustin Blocker, Hand Drawn Pressing; Rob Mashund, Stoughton Printing; Mike Elliott, Independent Record Pressing

CUSTOMER SERVICE: HOW DOES IT FEEL, TO TREAT ME LIKE YOU DO
Moderator: Stacy Karp, AtoZ Media
Panelists: Mona Dehghan, Mute Records; Josh Madell, Secretly Group; Dan Kuster, Gold Shop

WHAT LACQUER SHORTAGE & OTHER CUTTING ISSUES?
Panelists: Adam Gonsalves, Telegraph Audio; J.J. Golden, Golden Mastering; and Clint Holley, Well Made Music

ANATOMY OF A DELUXE BOXED SET
Moderator: Susanne Savage, Rhino
Panelists: Jason Jones, Rory Wilson, Kristin Attaway

GREEN VINYL RECORDS
Speaker: Phillip Pounders, Green Vinyl Records

APPLYING LEAN PRINCIPLES TO RECORD PRESSING
Speaker: Mark Reiter, Furnace Record Pressing

THE ECONOMICS OF TOURING WITH VINYL
Speaker: Jeffrey Lewis

WHO’S BUYING VINYL
Speaker: Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch Inc.

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HOW ONE MAJOR DECIDES WHAT CATALOG ALBUM GETS THE VINYL TREATMENT
Interviewer: Larry Jaffee, Making Vinyl
Speaker: Harry Weinger, UMe VP of A&R

WHAT GOES INTO MAKING THE BEST SOUNDING VINYL RECORD POSSIBLE

Speakers: Scott Hull, Masterdisk; Kevin Gray, Cohearant

IT’S NOT WHERE WE’VE BEEN; IT’S WHERE WE’RE GOING
Speaker: Billy Fields, WMG

SURVIVING AS A CD MANUFACTURER IN A VINYL WORLD
Speaker: Justin Kristal, President, CopyCats Media

VINYL PRODUCTION PROCESS FROM THE CLIENT TO THE CONSUMER
Moderator: Sean Rutkowski, Independent Record Pressing
Speakers: Riley Manion, Secretly Group; Katy Clove, Merge Records; Rhonda Jessee Epitaph

EUROPEAN-STYLE VINYL QUALITY ASSURANCE
Speaker: Thorsten Megow, Optimal Media

KEEPING CUSTOMERS HAPPY WITH CREATIVITY
Speaker: Dustin Blocker, Hand Drawn Pressing

A CUTTING CAREER LAUNCHED
Speaker: Robyn Raymond, Lacquer Channel Mastering

VINYL EXCLUSIVES: SO MANY FLAVORS
Moderator: Jocelynn Pryor, AMPED Distribution
Panelists: Becky Wilson, Urban Outfitters; Carl Mello, Newbury Comics; and Jamie Beck, Merge Records

DEEPENING THE EXPERIENCE: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO CREATING FAN-FOCUSED PACKAGING
Speaker: David Gorman, 1021 Creative

PRODUCTION UPDATE: THE ‘PHONOCUT’ LATHE
Speaker: KamranV, PHONOCUT

CONFERENCE WRAP UP
Speaker: Bryan Ekus