Fellow Professionals,

Wanted to introduce you all to a panel being proposed in upcoming SXSW. The panel relates to giving credits to all professionals (not just lead performing artists) for their contributions at various levels. A publicly accessible vetted professional profile with all the credits, not only helps in getting recognition and new opportunities, but also directly associated to royalties and payments in many cases. Therefore, it is not just critical in the early stage, and reminder of the professional career, but also for the legacy beyond that.

Questions to be addressed:
Who is gaining and who is losing out by not having an authoritative music credits entity or database?
How will authenticating and standardizing one's music credits help a musician get discovered and get paid, or help a music organization pay them?
Why should a musician, songwriter, or music organization care about the accuracy of their credits when they are archived, or how they are dispersed?

I sincerely hope that many of the professionals here, will find this effort relevant, and if you would like to join the discussion please, support our panel idea with your vote at
We’ll never hide our appreciation for CBS stalwart announcer Verne Lundquist, and he was at his best during this wild play during today’s Georgia-Vanderbilt game when Commodores punter Tommy Openshaw mishandled the snap and managed to rumble for a first down. “WHAT THE HECK!?”