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Producer,
Vertabrae Productions

San Francisco, CA, USA

Count is a San Francisco based producer who has been involved in just about every aspect of the music business. He has worked for indie and major labels, scored films, and has worked as producer, engineer, mixer, and remixer for artists such as DJ Shadow, Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, John Cale [Velvet... read moreCount is a San Francisco based producer who has been involved in just about every aspect of the music business. He has worked for indie and major labels, scored films, and has worked as producer, engineer, mixer, and remixer for artists such as DJ Shadow, Frank Sinatra, Radiohead, John Cale [Velvet Underground], No Doubt, New Order, Tycho, Zoe Keating, Galactic, Trombone Shorty, Thievery Corporation, and many more. Count has toured and performed live at shows such as Seattle's Bumbershoot festival, The San Francisco International Film Festival, the SF Museum of Modern Art, Filter Magazine's Culture Collides Festival and more. Count is currently directing the documentary Unsound, about the impact that internet revolution is having on creators. He is a co-founder of the Content Creators Coalition, and has become a vocal advocate on artist rights issues, speaking at The Future of Music Summit, C2SV, SXSW, Grammys on the Hill, and several international summits.... show less

Rapper, Essayist, Educator,
Doomtree Records

Minneapolis, USA

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard... read moreSinger, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations—her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, co-compositions for 100-voice choir, performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her album Parts of Speech. She contributed to the #1 album The Hamilton Mixtape; her track, "Congratulations," notched over 5 million streams. As a writer, she’s been published by The New York Times Magazine, broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, published two literary collections of her own, and is set to release her first hardcover collection with Dutton Books in the fall of 2018. She's been covered by Pitchfork, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal amongst others. The LA Times says Dessa “sounds like no one else.” The Utne Reader calls her a “one-woman powerhouse.” On the stage and on the page, her style is defined by a ferocity, wit, tenderness, and candor. Dessa’s third full-length album Chime (Doomtree Records) was listed by NPR as one of 2018’s most anticipated albums. In March, she embarks on a world tour through the US, Europe, and Asia.... show less

Founder • CEO,
411 Music Group

Burbank,, CA, USA

Kristen Agee is the CEO and Founder of 411 Music Group. 411 provides synchronization licensing, publishing, administration artist development and digital distribution for music rights holders. Three years after starting 411, The Coca-Cola Company featured Agee in a Q&A with the head of global... read moreKristen Agee is the CEO and Founder of 411 Music Group. 411 provides synchronization licensing, publishing, administration artist development and digital distribution for music rights holders. Three years after starting 411, The Coca-Cola Company featured Agee in a Q&A with the head of global music marketing, Joe Belliotti. Agee secures global partnerships for 411 and oversees creative and
strategic business development. She is a classically trained violinist, bassist and sound engineer who resides in Los Angeles.

Read the full Coca-Cola interview at Coca-Cola Unbottled.

Agee has spoken on panels and hosted workshops across the world. She grew up in Oklahoma as a Classical violinist and started writing, recording and playing multiple instruments when she moved to Los Angeles at 18. After a stint at the LA Recording School, she built and opened a studio in Silver Lake and recorded Punk bands and developed writing partnerships. She started touring with multiple indie acts as a violinist and bassist before transitioning to full-time writing. After writing for publishers in the sync world, Agee crossed over to the business side of music and started 411 Music Group. As a music business owner, Agee has a fundamental understanding of the creative process across multiple musical genres and provides insight to the inner-workings of sync deals, publishing, and varied TV, film and interactive music models. At 411 Music Group, she negotiates worldwide partnerships with artists, catalogs, publishers, TV networks and brands, as well as videogame, digital and production companies.... show less

President,
MAC Presents

New York, NY, USA

Marcie Allen leverages her more than 23 years of music industry experience to negotiate high-profile partnerships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Allen has brokered and executed multi-faceted programs on behalf of brands including: Sony, Southwest Airlines, YouTube, Microsoft,... read moreMarcie Allen leverages her more than 23 years of music industry experience to negotiate high-profile partnerships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Allen has brokered and executed multi-faceted programs on behalf of brands including: Sony, Southwest Airlines, YouTube, Microsoft, Verizon, Samsung, Citi, Capital One, Delta, AT&T and artists including Chance the Rapper, Khalid, Foo Fighters, Rolling Stones, Green Day, Lady Antebellum, Billy Joel, John Legend, Imagine Dragons, and Keith Urban. She has been nominated as a finalist for Billboard’s “Concert Marketing and Promotion Award” twelve times and has won seven times. Allen has been named to Billboard’s “Women in Music” list every year since 2010. Allen was included in Billboard’s “Power 100” list in 2018, “Branding Power Players” list in 2016 and 2017, named to the first-ever “Hip-Hop Power List” in 2017, honored on the publications “40 Under 40” list in 2013 and has also received Billboard’s Humanitarian Award.” Variety selected Allen to its 2015 “Power of Women: New York Impact List,” representing the most powerful women in entertainment.
Prior to starting MAC Presents, Allen owned and operated Nashville/ Atlanta based MAD Booking & Events, which produced more than 100 music festivals across the country including On the Bricks in Atlanta. Allen is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt and Clive Davis Music Institute of Recorded Music; sits on the board of directors for The Country Music Association, serves on the advisory board for Berklee College of Music and recently completed terms with the board of directors for Global Poverty Project and Musicians on Call. Marcie was a member of the 2016 Cannes Lions Entertainment Music jury and served on the 2016 Clio Music jury, was named to Nashville Business Journal’s “Women in Music City” list every year since 2014 and was recognized by Nashville all-girls college preparatory school Harpeth Hall as their Distinguished Alumna of 2017.... show less

Consul General,
U.S. Consulate General Toronto

Toronto, ON, Canada

Mr. Alsace is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with 31 years of service. Prior to assuming his current position in August 2015, Mr. Alsace was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (Eisenhower College, 2014-2015). He was previously Director of the Office of Caribbean... read moreMr. Alsace is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with 31 years of service. Prior to assuming his current position in August 2015, Mr. Alsace was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (Eisenhower College, 2014-2015). He was previously Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2012-2014) and Chief of the War Crimes, Democracy and Human Rights Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2010-2012). Mr. Alsace returned to Washington service following several years of overseas postings, including in Iraq as Team Leader of an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (2009-2010), Economic and Political Counselor in Santiago, Chile (2006-2009), and Consul General in Barcelona, Spain (2003-2006).

Mr. Alsace is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College (2003). He has also served in Istanbul, Turkey as Deputy Principal Officer (1999-2002) and in several other Washington assignments, including as desk officer for Lebanon and for Kazakhstan, as a staff assistant to the NEA Assistant Secretary, and as Pearson Fellow in the office of Senator Russell Feingold, who was then on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Alsace has also been posted to Karachi, Santo Domingo, and Quito.

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mr. Alsace is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He practiced law for three years before joining the Foreign Service. Mr. Alsace has received several State Department Awards, including three Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards. He is married to Nancy, a nurse practitioner, and has two children. He speaks Spanish and remembers a few useful Turkish phrases.... show less

Senior Vice President of Film & TV,
PeerMusic

Burbank, CA, USA

Joining in January 2016, Carter Armstrong is the Senior Vice President of Film & TV at peermusic. Based in the company's Los Angeles/Burbank office, Carter oversees the entire department in the United States as well as liaising with all 32 of peer's worldwide offices.

Carter also owns... read moreJoining in January 2016, Carter Armstrong is the Senior Vice President of Film & TV at peermusic. Based in the company's Los Angeles/Burbank office, Carter oversees the entire department in the United States as well as liaising with all 32 of peer's worldwide offices.

Carter also owns and runs Strong Music, providing creative and administrative music department support for clients such as VRWERX and NBCUniversal.

Previously, Carter was the Head of Music at Lionsgate Entertainment where he oversaw more than 20 films including La La Land, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, Divergent and Insurgent. Carter has also served as Senior Vice President, Music at Warner Bros. Pictures where he oversaw the music and negotiation for more than 70 Warner Brothers films including Argo, The Hangover series, Syriana, and Contagion.... show less

Prevention Educator,
Rape Victim Advoactes (RVA) USA

Maggie Arthur is a sexual violence prevention educator with Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, IL and co-director of OurMusicMyBody. She has been advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence for nearly ten years. In 2016 she joined the OMMB team in order to end sexual harassment... read moreMaggie Arthur is a sexual violence prevention educator with Rape Victim Advocates in Chicago, IL and co-director of OurMusicMyBody. She has been advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence for nearly ten years. In 2016 she joined the OMMB team in order to end sexual harassment and violence at concerts and music festivals. Maggie’s experiences in the DIY punk community inform her value of community mobilizing she uses in her social work practice today.... show less

Co-Founder,
Big Deal Music Group USA Over 35 years as a manager, music publisher and A&R geek at seminal ‘80s Minneapolis independent Twin/Tone, and later, monolithic major Capitol, Dave Ayers has discovered and developed some of the most unique and important artists to emerge during his time. The Jayhawks, Ween, Soul Asylum,... read moreOver 35 years as a manager, music publisher and A&R geek at seminal ‘80s Minneapolis independent Twin/Tone, and later, monolithic major Capitol, Dave Ayers has discovered and developed some of the most unique and important artists to emerge during his time. The Jayhawks, Ween, Soul Asylum, Babes in Toyland, Uncle Tupelo/Wilco/Son Volt, Helmet, Sparklehorse, Vic Chesnutt, The Jesus Lizard, Britpop super star/brat Robbie Williams are all signings in 20th Century portfolio, as well as 18-months working alongside the incomparable Yoko Ono on her “Rising” LP, "The Lennon Box," and a revival of the the historic Times Square "War is Over" effort.

Following a lengthy music business sabbatical, marked by a turn writing for ill-fated leftist radio network “Air America” (for “Unfiltered,” the morning show hosted by Rachel Maddow, Lizz Winstead and Chuck D), Ayers was enlisted by longtime friend/colleague and future Big Deal Music partner, Kenny MacPherson to join him at legendary independent Chrysalis Music Publishing. Before the company was sold in 2011, Ayers had signed and helped develop Bon Iver, the Black Keys, TV on the Radio, St. Vincent, The Black Angels, Dr. Dog, and Andrew Bird, and more.

MacPherson, Ayers and fellow Chrysalis exec James Ceretta launched Big Deal in the fall of 2012. In addition to some key ex-Chrysalis talent (Annie Clark/St Vincent notched Big Deal’s first Grammy in 2015) Ayers has to date inked the likes of Sleater-Kinney, Kamasi Washington, Sharon Van Etten, Sylvan Esso, Nick Lowe, Charles Bradley, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the Flight of the Conchords. In just five years, Big Deal has managed to attract this remarkable collection of iconic talent while also enjoying extraordinary chart success with global hits written for Shawn Mendes, One Direction, Travis Scott, Old Dominion, and Thomas Rhett. In serving both these masters, the company seeks to honor a tradition of honesty, hard work, patience, and very old-fashioned artist and writer development.... show less

SVP of Client Development and Industry Insights,
Nielsen Entertainment

Los Angeles, CA, USA

David Bakula is SVP of Analytics and Client Development for Nielsen Entertainment. In this role, he leads all analytical initiatives within music for the Nielsen entertainment group. He has 20 years of analytical experience in media analytics and consumer research in the entertainment industry.... read moreDavid Bakula is SVP of Analytics and Client Development for Nielsen Entertainment. In this role, he leads all analytical initiatives within music for the Nielsen entertainment group. He has 20 years of analytical experience in media analytics and consumer research in the entertainment industry. Bakula began his career with Musicland Group, Inc. as a Merchandise Planner and Inventory Management Analyst. Following his time at Musicland, he spent eight years with Universal Music Group Distribution's Sales Analysis team, including the last two years as VP of Business Analysis. He joined Nielsen in August of 2008 and has been working with Nielsen clients to deliver actionable analytics and creative business solutions.... show less

Former Manager of Taylor Swift & Social Media Mentor For American Idol,
Rick Barker

Nashville, TN, USA

Current Social Media and Artist Development Consultant to Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Label Group.
Former Manager of Taylor Swift.
Social Media Mentor for American Idol.

Would you believe that a person with no formal music business education or previous management experience would... read moreCurrent Social Media and Artist Development Consultant to Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Label Group.
Former Manager of Taylor Swift.
Social Media Mentor for American Idol.

Would you believe that a person with no formal music business education or previous management experience would become the day-to-day manager and help launch the career of Superstar Taylor Swift?

Well believe it! That is what happened to Rick Barker. After leaving Taylor in 2008 he went on to consult Sony Music, Live Nation Merchandise and currently consults Big Machine Label Group and is the Social Media Mentor for The American Idol Contestants.

Rick also co-wrote “The 0,000 Music Degree” and created The Music Industry Blueprint, which now has over 600 clients in 16 countries in 9 genres of music. He also created “Social Media For Music” the first program specific to helping Musician’s use and understand how to engage and build a fan base with Social Media.... show less

CEO,
Beasley Media Group Inc

Naples, FL, USA

Caroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning... read moreCaroline Beasley was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. on January 1, 2017, previously serving as interim Chief Executive Officer from March 18, 2016 until December 31st, 2016 and as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary beginning in 1994. She has served as a Director of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. since she joined the Company in 1983. Over her tenure prior to 1994, Ms. Beasley was employed in various positions, including Business Manager, Assistant Controller and Corporate Controller.

She currently serves as the Joint Board Chair of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Board of Directors and is a past Chairman of the NAB Radio Board. In addition, Ms. Beasley is a member of the BMI Board of Directors and the Broadcasters Foundation of America Board of Directors.
In 2017, she was honored by Radio Ink magazine as “Radio Executive of the Year”. Ms. Beasley was named one of the “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” in 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2017. In addition, she has been recognized in the magazine’s “Most Influential Women in Radio” listing on an annual basis since 2003.

Ms. Beasley received the 2016 “Distinguished Service Award” from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and was the 2012 recipient of the “Frances Preston Trailblazer Award” from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW), a national organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of women to senior positions in the radio industry.

She is a member of the Board of Visitors at her alma mater, the University of North Carolina, where Ms. Beasley earned a B.S. degree.... show less

Director, Office of Film + Music,
City of Seattle

Seattle, WA, USA

Kate Becker has been the director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music for two years. She considers it a great privilege to spend her days working to grow Seattle's creative economy in this extraordinary City of Music. Prior to working with the city, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle... read moreKate Becker has been the director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music for two years. She considers it a great privilege to spend her days working to grow Seattle's creative economy in this extraordinary City of Music. Prior to working with the city, Becker served in leadership roles at Seattle Theatre Group, Art Share LA in Los Angeles, and The New Art Center in Boston, MA. She co-founded Seattle’s Vera Project and the Old Fire House in Redmond, WA, legendary all ages venues that have helped build Seattle’s music and creative industries talent pipeline. Becker has produced more than 1,000 all ages shows.... show less

CTO,
Create Music Group

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Richard Billis is the Chief Technology Officer for Create Music Group, a next generation music company whose foundation is built on the evolving global digital music marketplace. Prior to joining Create Music Group, Rich toured the world and topped various electronic dance music charts as Lazy... read moreRichard Billis is the Chief Technology Officer for Create Music Group, a next generation music company whose foundation is built on the evolving global digital music marketplace. Prior to joining Create Music Group, Rich toured the world and topped various electronic dance music charts as Lazy Rich, a prominent DJ in the EDM scene. In his downtime, he built Label Engine, a cutting-edge music distribution company and royalty management portal which services over 1,200 labels around the world. After Create Music Group acquired Label-Engine, Rich became CTO for Create and currently oversees a team of 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.... show less

Director of Licensing & Brand Partnerships,
411 Music Group

Burbank,, CA, USA

Georgette Bivins has had a 20-year career in entertainment, music, and advertising. She started in the music department at Walt Disney Studios clearing music for television and movies of the week. After her stint at Disney, Georgette worked with Corbis/GreenLight where she was instrumental in the... read moreGeorgette Bivins has had a 20-year career in entertainment, music, and advertising. She started in the music department at Walt Disney Studios clearing music for television and movies of the week. After her stint at Disney, Georgette worked with Corbis/GreenLight where she was instrumental in the success of several musical video games and Hallmark's "Play it with Music" greeting card line. After 7 years with Corbis/GreenLight, Georgette joined the world of advertising and worked with such agencies as Deutsch, Saatchi & Saatchi and most recently 72andSunny. At 411, Georgette spearheads creative brand strategy for ads and connects writers and artists to create custom music and new releases on the commercial publishing side.... show less

Artist,

With the release of his major-label debut Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc moved and inspired audiences across the globe through his powerful fusion of soul, folk, R&B, and pop. Arriving in 2014, the Grammy Award-nominated album spanned from feel-good anthems like the platinum-selling single “The... read moreWith the release of his major-label debut Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc moved and inspired audiences across the globe through his powerful fusion of soul, folk, R&B, and pop. Arriving in 2014, the Grammy Award-nominated album spanned from feel-good anthems like the platinum-selling single “The Man” to intensely charged tracks like Blacc’s acoustic version of “Wake Me Up”—the massive hit he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii, which topped the charts in more than 100 countries. In his new film America’s Musical Journey, opening on June 23rd at the Ontario Science Center, Aloe Blacc traces the roots of American music and explores the great musical cities—places like New Orleans, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, New York City and more—where such electrifying art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll were born. Guests of Canadian Music Week will be treated to a special advanced screening of the film and private performance from Aloe Blacc himself.... show less

Managing Director,
Secretly Group

Bloomington, IN, USA

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President,
The Bloom Effect

Brooklyn, NY, USA

With over 20+ years in the entertainment industry- music industry maven Fiona Bloom launched The Bloom Effect in 2007. A unique one stop that specializes in branding for artists, labels, and lifestyle companies. The Bloom Effect brings a huge rolodex of global contacts from around the world to... read moreWith over 20+ years in the entertainment industry- music industry maven Fiona Bloom launched The Bloom Effect in 2007. A unique one stop that specializes in branding for artists, labels, and lifestyle companies. The Bloom Effect brings a huge rolodex of global contacts from around the world to its clients providing a wealth of insight/knowledge and consultation for getting your project seen and heard. The Bloom Effect specializes in launch parties, international music events, live shows, album publicity, digital marketing, A&R consulting, and promotion. The Bloom Effect has produced over 1000 shows, consulted on 200+ album projects and has been a part of over 300 artists’ careers. Clients past and present include The Zombies, Lyricist Lounge, BMG, BabyGrande Records, Tommy Boy, Spectre Music, Lowdown Brass Band, Raul Midon, Penalty Recordings, MIDEM, AverySunshine, Timothy Bloom, Water Seed, Hollis Brown, Sharon Carpenter, MarzLovejoy, StonesThrow Recordings, Mixtape Riot, Game, Bloomsbury, Simon and Schuster, Nelson George, Mudville, Aloe Blacc, Maya Azucena, Wayna, Bill Laswell, SOB’s, The Renaissance Hotel, Anthony David, Ninet, Roxy Cottontail, Erin Barra, Terry Poison, Sway Dasafo, Saian Supa Crew, and others. The Bloom Effect has always prided itself in having its fingers on the pulse and always being ahead of the curve. The Bloom Effect understands and appreciates real and innovative talent without compromise. Whether you just need consulting, advice, publicity, social media, want to put a listening party together or need some help with direction overseas--- The Bloom Effect is at your service. Just ask the clients. Creating The Buzz, Spreading The Bloom.... show less

Radio Host,
The Bobby Bones Show

Nashville, TN, USA

Born and raised in Arkansas, Bobby Bones began his radio career at Henderson State University’s KSH 91.1 The Switch at the age of 17, where he graduated with a degree in Radio/TV. During that time, he also worked at KLAZ 105.9 in Hot Springs, Ark., as a part-time air talent. In 2002, Bones was... read moreBorn and raised in Arkansas, Bobby Bones began his radio career at Henderson State University’s KSH 91.1 The Switch at the age of 17, where he graduated with a degree in Radio/TV. During that time, he also worked at KLAZ 105.9 in Hot Springs, Ark., as a part-time air talent. In 2002, Bones was hired by Q100/KQAR in Little Rock, Ark., and The Bobby Bones Night Show was born. The following year, he moved to Austin, Texas where he began hosting The Bobby Bones Show Monday through Friday from 5-10 a.m. CT on 96.7 KISS FM. Joined on-air by Lunchbox and Amy, they attracted listeners in droves, as well as top rankings in the market. For his work on the program, Bones was named “Austin Radio Personality of the Year” in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and Austin’s Alliance of Women in Media honored the program with their “Radio Personality of the Year” award seven years in a row.

The Bobby Bones Show joined Premiere Networks’ national lineup in 2011 and was nationally syndicated on CHR radio until February 2013 when the program transitioned to a Country format. Today, the program originates from WSIX in Nashville and can be heard on more than 100 Country radio stations nationwide by millions of listeners. In 2014 and 2016, the program was honored with the Academy of Country Music Award in the “National On-air Personality of the Year” category. Bones was also voted “Best Radio DJ” by readers of The Tennessean in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and he made Nashville Lifestyles’ “25 Most Beautiful People” list in 2013. In 2017, he took home a CMA Award for “National Personality of the Year,” and he was the youngest personality to be elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame.

In addition to his weekday program, Bones added a weekend Country countdown show to his resume. Country Top 30 with Bobby Bones, a four-hour music program, airs nationwide on approximately 130 affiliates and features hosts Bones, Lunchbox and Amy as they showcase the top Country songs and go beyond the music to share conversations with the artists.

Bones is also half of The Raging Idiots, a comedy band with his radio producer Eddie that plays shows all over the U.S., and has raised millions of dollars to benefit various charitable causes. The duo has performed with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith. Signed to Black River Entertainment in 2015, the band’s first full-length album, The Critics Give It 5 Stars, debuted at No. One on the Comedy Albums Chart and landed in the Top 5 of Billboard’s Country Album Chart. The group’s superstar friends Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Charles Kelley, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and more are featured on the album that takes satirical and deliberate cues from today’s popular music. The band also released The Raging Kidiots: Kiddy Up! in 2016, which debuted as the top downloaded children’s album and was born from the success of the No. One EP, The Raging Idiots Presents - The Raging Kidiots.

In May 2016, HarperCollins released Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book, a touching, funny, heart-wrenching, and triumphant memoir. The book takes fans on an
authentic, raw and hilarious tour of his journey from growing up in Mountain Pine, Arkansas to
becoming one of the leading Country radio personalities in the U.S. It spent four weeks on the New York Times Bestsellers List and claimed the No. One spot on multiple lists including USA Today and Wall Street Journal.

With no signs of slowing down, Bones takes his Funny & Alone Stand Up Comedy Tour nationwide in 2017, and has already sold out more than 15 venues. A passion project, the tour follows a handful of dates in 2016 that allowed Bones to express his quick-witted, pop-culture stacked brand of comedy. With an innate ability for being at the forefront of breaking new artists, and recently honored by ASCAP with the “Partners In Music” Award, Bones is taking special guests Carly Pearce and Nikita Karmen along for the second leg of the tour. For more information visit: www.BobbyBonesComedy.com.

Bobby Bones has been dubbed "the most powerful man in country music" by Forbes magazine, and he puts that star power to good use by supporting numerous charitable initiatives. He was elected to the Board of Directors for Musicians On Call in 2016, and has helped raise more than million for various charities including St Jude’s Children’s Hospital®.

Bones has appeared in both movies and on television, including Bandslam with Vanessa Hudgens, the TODAY show, The Talk on CBS, Fox & Friends, CNN, Live! with Kelly Ripa as a guest host, and Headline News and FOX Business’ Kennedy as a recurring guest.

Outside the studio, Bobby spends a lot of time with his dog, Dusty, and is very active on social
media, constantly engaging and interacting with listeners via Twitter and Facebook. He also enjoys exercising, reading, shopping and going to sporting events. His favorite artists include John Mayer, Darius Rucker, Ben Kweller, Zac Brown Band and Ben Folds Five.... show less

Co-Founder,
Music Policy Forum

Washington, DC, USA

Michael Bracy is an advocate, strategist and connector in Washington, DC. A partner in the Public and Government Affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Michael has worked on a wide range of public policy issues including telecommunications, media, energy assistance and urban policy. As... read moreMichael Bracy is an advocate, strategist and connector in Washington, DC. A partner in the Public and Government Affairs firm Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Michael has worked on a wide range of public policy issues including telecommunications, media, energy assistance and urban policy. As cofounder of the Future of Music Coalition he was central to expanding and protecting noncommercial radio, holding the line on commercial media consolidation and elevating net neutrality as a widely recognized public policy concern. An expert at the intersection of culture and policy, Michael has represented and advised a wide range of leading arts and cultural institutions including NPR, American Ballet Theatre, Fractured Atlas, Colorado Creative Industries, the International Documentary Association, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Albuquerque and Native Public Media. He presents often at conferences and in the media. Michael stepped down from his leadership position at the Future of Music Coalition in 2015 to focus on two new initiatives: Policy in Focus and the Music Policy Forum.

Policy in Focus is a specialized consultancy that works with documentary filmmakers and their teams to maximize their effectiveness in the Nation’s Capital. Policy in Focus recognizes that each film and filmmaker approaches Washington with widely different films and priorities; it is Policy in Focus’ role to understand the filmmaker’s goals, ambitions and resources to develop and implement a customized strategy intended to meet the projects’ needs. Working with a wide range of films, Policy in Focus utilizes a tool kit including direct engagement with policymakers, coalition building with advocacy networks, mentorship with other filmmakers and activists and large or small scale screenings. Policy in Focus integrates with broader public relations and impact plans to ensure any engagement in Washington takes place with strategy, intentionality and purpose.

The Music Policy Forum provides advocacy, strategy and connections for policymakers, advocates, artists, academics, nonprofits and industry leaders working at the intersection of music and public policy. Working off the philosophy that a healthy and sustainable music ecosystem requires active collaboration across public, philanthropic and private sectors, the Music Policy Forum aims to strengthen networks and facilitate innovative partnerships through conferences, retreats and other convenings. We also resource governments, advocacy groups and nonprofits who are eager to understand how their mission intersects with the music community through strategic planning and issue-related campaign work. The Music Policy Forum looks to build off the legacy of the Future of Music Policy
Summit, including co-hosting the first US-based Music Cities Convention in 2015 and the Building the Music Capital conference in 2016.

Michael is a graduate of Georgetown University where he serves as Music Industry Advisor/Lecturer. He is a co-founder and co-owner of Misra Records, and independent record label that has released 95 albums over the past 19 years.... show less

CEO,
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)

New York, NY, USA

CEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and performed on many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He was previously head of business at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings where he produced Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,... read moreCEO for the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Richard James Burgess Ph.D. has produced, recorded and performed on many gold, platinum, and multi-platinum albums. He was previously head of business at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings where he produced Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, chronicling the history of jazz. His career path includes: studio musician, recording artist, producer, manager, and label owner. He is known for his pioneering work with synthesizers, computers, sampling, EDM, New Romantics, early house music, as the inventor of the SDSV drum synthesizer and for coining the music genre terms EDM and New Romantic. His current books are, The Art of Music Production: The Theory and Practice, 4th Edition and The History of Music Production (Oxford University Press). Burgess has received awards as a producer and musician from Music Week, the British Arts Council, the Greater London Arts Association, the Park Lane Group, and most recently he won the 2016 British Council’s Education UK Alumni Award for Professional Achievement.... show less

Vice President of AIMP and President,
Reel Muzik Werks, LLC

El Segundo, CA, USA

Ms. Carpenter is a music industry veteran. Her executive experience includes a background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio and network television music departments. Ms. Carpenters experience in creating, protecting and monetizing music copyrights is well known and has... read moreMs. Carpenter is a music industry veteran. Her executive experience includes a background in performing rights management and overseeing major studio and network television music departments. Ms. Carpenters experience in creating, protecting and monetizing music copyrights is well known and has earned her the highest level of respect worldwide Ms. Carpenter is currently the President & CEO of Reel MuzikWerks, LLC. A Full Service Music Rights Management Company that specializes in Global Writer/Publisher Administration, Licensing & Clearance and Music Supervision for all Media. RMW services include management of Performance, Mechanical, Neighboring and Secondary Rights.
As the executive in charge of network television music at Fox Family Worldwide/SabanEntertainment, Ms. Carpenter was responsible for overseeing the Fox Family/Saban'sglobal music business. Prior to that Ms. Carpenter served as a Music Administration & Production Executive at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM Studios).Before that she was the Director of Music at Academy Award Winning Indie Company, HemdaleFilm Corp. Ms. Carpenter began her career at Broadcast Music Inc. in Film/TV relations. She spent much of her time at BMI working directly with composers, publishers and content creators in providing assistance with their global performing rights concerns.
Ms. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance & Composition from Cal State Long Beach where she graduated with honors.Her post graduate studies at UCLA were in International Business and currently she is a guest lecturer in the music department at UCLA. Ms. Carpenter is a recent two-term President of the California Copyright Conference and Finance Chair of the Board of Directors of the Copyright Alliance in Washington, D.C. Currently, Ms. Carpenter serves as a member of the Independent Publishers Advisory Counsel for the NMPA. She is also the Vice President of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and serves as a member of the Joint Project Lead at CISAC which governs all X-Industry music projects. Ms. Carpenter is an active member of the Society Publisher Forum where she lends her experience in many groups including the A/V working groups along with serving on the Steering Committee & Working Group for CIS-Net a FastTrack / CISAC global music database project.... show less

Director, Emerging Partners,
NBCUniversal | Telemundo

Miami, FL, USA

Andrea Castillo is the Director of Emerging Business Partnerships for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. In this role, she is responsible for corporate relationships and increasing product revenue opportunities for the Telemundo Enterprises portfolio of innovative digital products such as... read moreAndrea Castillo is the Director of Emerging Business Partnerships for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. In this role, she is responsible for corporate relationships and increasing product revenue opportunities for the Telemundo Enterprises portfolio of innovative digital products such as augmented & virtual reality and conversational interfaces. Castillo is tasked with strategically analyzing, launching and optimizing new audience and revenue streams by collaborating with various NBCUniversal and other stakeholders.

Previously, Castillo was Manager of Digital & Social Media Partnerships for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. In that role, she was responsible for leading the monetization of digital and social media branded initiatives on multi-platforms, including desktop, mobile, VOD and social TV. She managed the delivery of program elements and served as the liaison between clients and internal stakeholders.

Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Castillo worked as Master Control Operator and Production Assistant at a local Telemundo affiliate in Texas (KTLM-TV) Telemundo 40. In this role, she participated in the production of the local newscast as camera operator and floor manager and was in charge of ensuring a successful transmission of local programming and commercial spots and served as substitute news and weather reporter for the local newscast.

Castillo holds a B.A. in Communications & Broadcast Journalism from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly known as University of Texas Pan-American) and an M.A. in Communication Arts & Hispanic Media from St. Thomas University.... show less

Global Head of VR,
Framestore Studios

New York, NY, USA

As a co-founder of the VR Studio, she has actively grown the department from an interactive arm of the company, into a dedicated studio focused on virtual and augmented reality, building an infrastructure to support this exciting new technology while still in its infancy. Notable projects have... read moreAs a co-founder of the VR Studio, she has actively grown the department from an interactive arm of the company, into a dedicated studio focused on virtual and augmented reality, building an infrastructure to support this exciting new technology while still in its infancy. Notable projects have included the highly-awarded Game of Thrones ‘Ascend the Wall’ experience, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them VR, 'Escape from Avengers Tower' and Merrell's ‘Trailscape.’

In 2016 Framestore won the Grand Prix in Mobile at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity for their innovative VR content with General Electric as part of New York Time's first foray into the medium, '#nytvr.'

Christine has recently shared her VR expertise with publications including Contagious, Wired, AdAge and Shots, and made Business Insider's 30 Most Creative People in Advertising list for 2015. She has also given talks on Virtual Reality at the Web Summit in Dublin, SXSW and the Most Contagious event in London.... show less

Founder/Director,
Music Export Memphis

Memphis, TN, USA

Elizabeth Cawein is a publicist, strategist and music advocate. She founded Signal Flow Public Relations, a boutique media firm dedicated to serving the Memphis music industry, in 2011. Her portfolio of clients includes the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy, Royal Studios and more.... read moreElizabeth Cawein is a publicist, strategist and music advocate. She founded Signal Flow Public Relations, a boutique media firm dedicated to serving the Memphis music industry, in 2011. Her portfolio of clients includes the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, The Recording Academy, Royal Studios and more. In 2014, she launched a not-for-profit initiative called Music Export Memphis, which leverages public and private support to function as an export office for Memphis music, creating opportunities for musicians and driving economic development through music and culture. Elizabeth is an adjunct professor of music publicity at the University of Memphis. In 2015 she was honored by the British Council at its inaugural Education UK Alumni Awards, celebrating outstanding U.S. alumni of British institutions, and in 2016 the Greater Memphis Chamber selected Signal Flow PR as one of its ’10 to Watch’ companies in 2017. Elizabeth has moderated panels at international music conference SXSW and has presented showcases at Folk Alliance International, SXSW and AmericanaFest. She is dedicated to the belief that smart cities are music cities.... show less

Thomas E. Caestecker Prof. of Music,
Georgetown University

Washington, DC, USA

Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in jazz history, radio journalism and the music industry. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a writer/commentator for NPR’s Performance Today. She has published an array of... read moreAnna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses in jazz history, radio journalism and the music industry. Before coming to Georgetown, she was a writer/commentator for NPR’s Performance Today. She has published an array of books including the award-winning Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra and eight children’s books. Her advocacy work includes her position as Co-Director of the DC JazzHubs organization and a founding member of the Music Policy Forum.... show less

Business Development Manager,
Songtrust

New York, NY, USA

... read moreJason Cerf is the Business Development Manager at Songtrust. He works with a wide variety of music business models to utilize the Songtrust platform.... show less

Head of Programming,
KNX AM

Los Angeles, CA, USA

2015 – present – Director of Programming, KNX 1070 Newsradio Los Angeles

1998 – 2015 – Clear Channel then IHeart Radio, My final position was National Brand Manager for Spoken Word. Also was Director of Programming and News for KFBK and KSTE and Sacramento market OM; Director of... read more2015 – present – Director of Programming, KNX 1070 Newsradio Los Angeles

1998 – 2015 – Clear Channel then IHeart Radio, My final position was National Brand Manager for Spoken Word. Also was Director of Programming and News for KFBK and KSTE and Sacramento market OM; Director of Programming WIOD and WINZ in Miami; Operations Manager iHM Houston plus PD for KTRH, KPRC and KBME; Director of Programming and News for WGST-F and Georgia News Network.

Prior to 1998 I worked in Syracuse, Houston (yes I worked there 2 times), Orlando and Tampa where I got my start in 1983 as a board op.

My early goal was to be a lawyer but got into radio by accident, fell in love and have been in the biz for 35 years.... show less

The Soundskilz Group USA

Born in Toronto, Steve Clayton (http://iamsteveclayton.com/) began his entertainment career as a small DJ company playing weddings and corporate shows. Today, Steve Clayton has built himself to the foremost producer of large festivals and slays corporate brand creation. Steve has involved himself... read moreBorn in Toronto, Steve Clayton (http://iamsteveclayton.com/) began his entertainment career as a small DJ company playing weddings and corporate shows. Today, Steve Clayton has built himself to the foremost producer of large festivals and slays corporate brand creation. Steve has involved himself in numerous cannabis-related activations within California.
Steve and his company, The Soundskilz Group (http://soundskilz.com/), have been involved in many different Cannabis Cups; most notably in collaboration with High Times. They have produced both the first Blazers Cup and the Gold Cup. This year, the EOOS festival; in collaboration with Easy E’s Son from Ruthless Records, has retained the Soundskilz Group to ease their transition to cannabis-friendly festivals. Steve and his team work closely with law enforcement, venues, talent, and festival owners to encapsulate an experiential environment that brings the free-flowing nature of these festivals to the forefront; in a safe and profitable manner.
In 2007, with a contract from USC and the Rose Bowl, Steve carefully cultivated his business. Five years later, Steve collaborated with a colleague who invested in The Neon Run. A pioneer in The Night Time Glow Run movement, The Neon Run boasted over 11,000 attendees at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, and has registered over 10,000 attendees on a regular basis. In
2014, Steve purchased the remainder of The Neon Run and continued to produce events from Orlando, DC, Phoenix, and Canada.
In 2015, Steve joined a then one-year-old Chalice Festival outside of Los Angeles, CA. Steve has helped grow Chalice from 8000 attendees its first year to almost 40,000 in year 4. Steve manages a million dollar budget and books headline talents such as Wu Tang Clan, Migos, and Ice Cube just to name a few. With the aid of his venue knowledge and negotiation, talent selection and vision, Chalice has catapulted into the largest Music, Glass, Hash and Art Festival in California, and very possibly the country.
When Steve dove into entrepreneurship, he had no guarantee he’d make it, no one telling him how to succeed, and yet he was determined to follow his dream and do what he loved. As Steve had his first taste of success in 2007, he never imagined he would be where he is now. He never thought he would have an abundance of time to spend with his family or for himself. He always thought he’d be on the grind, up early and home late. Today, he wants to bring his experience to those in the event and entertainment industries to help them build their business to its fullest potential in the hope that they too can obtain the privilege of time.
Slated for Spring 2018, Steve is releasing his new book and coaching program designed to give DJs a blueprint in the “how-to’s” of growing their DJ business.
Connect with Steve on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @iamsteveclayton... show less

Managing Partner,
TAG Strategic

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Known throughout entertainment and technology as “part connector/part evangelist,” Ted Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consultancy based in Los Angeles. Previously, as SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development for... read moreKnown throughout entertainment and technology as “part connector/part evangelist,” Ted Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic, a digital entertainment consultancy based in Los Angeles. Previously, as SVP-Digital for EMI Music, Cohen led global digital business development for this iconic label & was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the iTunes Store and Rhapsody/ Napster services were built. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing & exploiting new tech & business models such as digital downloads & streaming music subscriptions, wireless services, hi-definition audio & Internet radio. Prior to EMI, Cohen co-founded and Chaired the groundbreaking Webnoize conferences. Ted also led Consulting Adults, with clients such as Universal Studios, Amazon, Microsoft, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio and Napster. Cohen also had senior positions at both Warner Brothers & Philips Electronics. A 40+ year entertainment media industry veteran, Cohen conceived, created & chaired MidemNet and also served on the Grammy LA Board of Governors & Grammy National Trustee Board. Additionally, Cohen served as Chairman of Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas. He currently on the board of Mouse.org, an innovative computer literacy program,. Ted received the 2013 NARM Presidential Award, previously awarded to Ahmet Ertegun & Dick Clark, among others. Ted continually looks for the next innovative technology & his next challenge, he really loves his life.... show less

Music and Tech Consultant/Music Supervisor/Publisher/Producer,
B Cole Music

New York, NY, USA

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Program Director, Country 102.5 (WKLB),
Beasley Media Group, WKLB

Boston, MA, USA

David Corey has been a radio programmer for over 20 years. He started his career at the legendary KISS 108 in Boston, and moved to Toronto in 2006 to become Program Director for another legendary station, 104.5, CHUM FM; Canada’s most listened to radio station. In 2008, David became the Vice... read moreDavid Corey has been a radio programmer for over 20 years. He started his career at the legendary KISS 108 in Boston, and moved to Toronto in 2006 to become Program Director for another legendary station, 104.5, CHUM FM; Canada’s most listened to radio station. In 2008, David became the Vice President of Programming for CHUM Radio’s 35 stations across Canada. That grew to 104 stations when CHUM Radio was purchased by Bell Media in 2012, and then when Bell Media acquired Astral Media a year later. David has won numerous programming awards including International Program Director/Controller of the Year at the 2017 World Wide Music Summit in Los Angeles. David returned to Boston last May to program Beasley Media Groups, WKLB.... show less

Managing Director, Enterprise Radio Solutions,
Veritone

Newport Beach, USA

Paul Cramer currently serves as Veritone’s Managing Director of Enterprise Radio Solutions. His tenure with Radio spans over two decades, the last 16 of which include working with broadcasters and audio publishers to grow revenue and engagement using established and emerging digital tools and... read morePaul Cramer currently serves as Veritone’s Managing Director of Enterprise Radio Solutions. His tenure with Radio spans over two decades, the last 16 of which include working with broadcasters and audio publishers to grow revenue and engagement using established and emerging digital tools and strategies. During his career, Cramer has had first-hand experience leveraging almost every digital asset available to Radio including artificial intelligence, content management systems, loyalty marketing programs, online contesting, online research, email marketing, SMS, format-specific web content, daily-deal commerce programs, podcasting, live streaming, online audio ad platforms, programmatic ad exchanges, streaming metrics, crowd-sourced radio, mobile applications, and more.

Before joining Veritone, Cramer spent 10 years with Triton Digital, as Executive Vice Present of Publisher Development for North America. Prior to Triton, Cramer was VP of Sales for MJI Interactive, one of the pioneering companies founded during the dot-com boom to provide SaaS media convergence solutions to the Radio industry. He has also held a number of positions in local radio including on-air work, sales, and management. He built his first radio station website in 1995.

Cramer received his MBA from St. Bonaventure University and currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.... show less

Writer/Rapper/Producer,

Richmond, CA, USA

Writer/rapper/producer Armani Jackson aka Mani Draper is from Richmond Calif. Make no mistake Draper is all Hip Hop, but he is driven to highlight the bloodline the genres share and tear down the walls that continue to segregate them. The fusion of hard hitting drums, jazz piano, heavy(tasteful)... read moreWriter/rapper/producer Armani Jackson aka Mani Draper is from Richmond Calif. Make no mistake Draper is all Hip Hop, but he is driven to highlight the bloodline the genres share and tear down the walls that continue to segregate them. The fusion of hard hitting drums, jazz piano, heavy(tasteful) bass all accompany Drapers pain driven melodic flow to create a unique world of sound and color.... show less

Founding Partner,
D’Alessio Law Group

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Founding partner of D’Alessio Law Group, Lorraine D’Alessio was named the 2016 Los Angeles Century City Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year. A former Ford model turned legal powerhouse, Lorraine is a multi-award-winning, immigration expert that regularly contributes to the Los Angeles Times,... read moreFounding partner of D’Alessio Law Group, Lorraine D’Alessio was named the 2016 Los Angeles Century City Bar Association’s Lawyer of the Year. A former Ford model turned legal powerhouse, Lorraine is a multi-award-winning, immigration expert that regularly contributes to the Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter, LA Business Journal, Playback and other leading outlets in the U.S. Lorraine serves on the board for Artists for Change and is the author of “Going Global: Investing in U.S. Immigration,” a guide to U.S. immigration that is being published Fall 2017. Lorraine has provided counsel to hundreds of prominent and award-winning entertainment agencies, unions, private companies and academic institutions including: Next Models, Food Network, SubPac, Pepperdine University, ACTRA, and New York Film Academy. In addition to these clients, Lorraine has worked on highly successful refugee and deportation cases earning awards for her work with immigrant communities across Los Angeles.... show less

Artist and Label Services,
eROI.com

Portlan, OR, USA

Daryl Faulkner began his career in the music industry in 1999 with Nettwerk and went on to join the Promo team at EMI in 2006 where he helped break early singles from Serena Ryder, Katy Perry, Lily Allen and many others. In 2009, Daryl shifted focus to Digital Media Management and relocated to... read moreDaryl Faulkner began his career in the music industry in 1999 with Nettwerk and went on to join the Promo team at EMI in 2006 where he helped break early singles from Serena Ryder, Katy Perry, Lily Allen and many others. In 2009, Daryl shifted focus to Digital Media Management and relocated to Portland, Oregon where he currently works with eROI, an marketing communications promising agency, helping clients like Yamaha and Taco Bell develop stronger 1:1 communications with their customers and business partners.... show less

Agent,
United Talent Agency, USA

New York, NY, USA

Ken Fermaglich is part of the music leadership team at the global talent and entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). Currently he oversees the booking and touring for internationally acclaimed artists which include Guns N’ Roses, Paramore, Robin Thicke, 3 Doors Down, Muse, Lenny... read moreKen Fermaglich is part of the music leadership team at the global talent and entertainment company, United Talent Agency (UTA). Currently he oversees the booking and touring for internationally acclaimed artists which include Guns N’ Roses, Paramore, Robin Thicke, 3 Doors Down, Muse, Lenny Kravitz, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Steel Panther, Alter Bridge, and Reel Big Fish.

Fermaglich joined UTA in 2015 when the company acquired the world’s largest independent booking agency, The Agency Group (TAG). Previously, he spent 18 years at TAG where he played a pivotal role in managing a team of agents while cultivating the careers of many acts he represents to this day. Prior to that, Fermaglich worked at Artists & Audience Entertainment after a stint at ICM. His music career began shortly after he graduated from Skidmore College and started as an assistant at William Morris in 1990.

Recognized as a leader in the industry, Ken has been named to the Billboard Power 100 list consecutively for the last two years and was nominated for the Agent of the Year award at the International Entertainment Buyers Association Awards in 2016.... show less

Director, Member Services,
A2IM (American Association of Independent Music)

New York, NY, USA

Patrick Ferrell is the Director of Member Services at A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music). A2IM is a trade organization that is committed to protecting the value of America’s Independent music community and their interests in the marketplace.

Representing 570 independent... read morePatrick Ferrell is the Director of Member Services at A2IM (The American Association of Independent Music). A2IM is a trade organization that is committed to protecting the value of America’s Independent music community and their interests in the marketplace.

Representing 570 independent record labels, A2IM helps its members improve
business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education, and connection building with one another and affiliated business.

Prior to A2IM, Patrick held positions at Capitol Records (Radio Promotions and A&R), Spirit Music Group (A&R), Jeffery Drag Records (GM), and managed a roster of artists.... show less

Ex Magic Leap FL, USA

For almost two decades, Michael Fitch has been at the cutting edge of interactive entertainment. Having served in a variety of leadership roles (Studio Manager, Executive Producer, Director of Creative Management, Design Director) for some of the world's top companies (Magic Leap, Gameloft,... read moreFor almost two decades, Michael Fitch has been at the cutting edge of interactive entertainment. Having served in a variety of leadership roles (Studio Manager, Executive Producer, Director of Creative Management, Design Director) for some of the world's top companies (Magic Leap, Gameloft, Tencent, THQ, Ubisoft) on titles ranging from small social games to monstrously huge MMO's and experiments in Mixed Reality, Michael has a unique perspective on the future of entertainment and what it’s going to take to build it.... show less

A&R Team Lead, Senior Creative Advisor,
Marmoset Music

Portland, OR, U.S.A.

A passionate musician at heart, Ryan brings more than 15 years of experience in music and branding to Marmoset's creative team. As a longtime music supervisor and producer for New York-based creative agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ryan spent more than 10 years orchestrating big brand licensing... read moreA passionate musician at heart, Ryan brings more than 15 years of experience in music and branding to Marmoset's creative team. As a longtime music supervisor and producer for New York-based creative agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, Ryan spent more than 10 years orchestrating big brand licensing deals, while working closely with thousands of different artists, labels and publishers.

After Saatchi & Saatchi, Ryan moved on to BMG Chrysalis to lead the TV and Film Team, representing a prestigious catalog of more than 1 million songs. In his free time, he kept busy by occasionally touring with bands like Son Lux and Mitten – always at home away from home behind a drum kit.

Ryan joined the Marmoset Music team in 2016, where he wears many hats throughout the company. He leads Marmoset’s A&R Team, reinvigorating efforts to have the strongest, best performing and most wonderfully obscure music licensing catalog on the planet. In addition to leading the A&R Team, Fitch also serves as a Senior Creative Advisor, lending his vast agency experience to Marmoset’s Music Supervision and Original Music Teams. He regularly works with bands and artists to produce exciting new original music for the catalog.

Over the years, Fitch’s client list has included the world’s largest international brands such as CocaCola, Lenovo, Microsoft, Miller, P&G, General Mills, and countless others. During his tenure at Saatchi & Saatchi his production prowess help the agency win many awards including the international award “Agency of The Year” at the coveted Cannes Film Festival.... show less

President,
Lava Records

New York, NY, USA

American music industry executive Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde. The... read moreAmerican music industry executive Jason Flom is the CEO of Lava Records and Lava Music Publishing. Flom previously served as Chairman and CEO at Atlantic Records, Virgin Records and Capitol Music Group and is personally responsible for launching acts such as Kid Rock, Katy Perry, and Lorde. The New Yorker described him as “one of the most successful record men of the past 20 years…known for his specialty in delivering ‘monsters.’”
Flom began his career at Atlantic Records as a Trainee Field Merchandiser when he was 18 years old. He rose through the ranks and was named Chairman and CEO in 2003. Artists who he discovered and developed during his time there included Kid Rock, Matchbox 20, The Corrs, Hayley Williams, Skid Row, Tori Amos, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Jewel, and Stone Temple Pilots. Flom became Chairman and CEO of Virgin Records in 2006 where he discovered and signed Katy Perry. In 2008, he was appointed Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group, where he oversaw the careers of such artists as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, and 30 Seconds to Mars.
In 1995, he founded Lava Records as a joint venture with Atlantic Records, which turned out to be one of the most successful startups in music business history. In 2009, Flom reclaimed Lava Records, forming a partnership with Republic Records and signing Lorde and Jessie J. In 2015, Flom created Lava Music Publishing.
Jason Flom is a leading philanthropist who has long championed various political and social causes. He has demonstrated his commitment to social justice as a founding board member of the Innocence Project and a board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums, The Legal Action Center, The Drug Policy Alliance, The Anti-Recidivism Coalition, NYU Prison Education Program, Proclaim Justice and VetPaw. Jason Flom is known as a leading civilian expert on clemency and is personally responsible for dozens of clemencies including 17 that were granted by President Clinton, all of whom were nonviolent drug offenders serving between 15 and 85-year mandatory sentences. He founded the Life After Exoneration Program and the Innocence Network Conference to provide support and social services for exonerees. In 2007 Flom co-founded the Freedom Fund at the Bronx Defenders. In 2011, he donated million to the Innocence Project to establish a senior litigation position in honor of his late father Joseph Flom.
Flom is the host of the hit podcast Wrongful Conviction, now in its fourth season, which features interviews with men and women who have spent decades in prison for crimes they did not commit. Within two weeks of its release, the podcast shot to #7 on the iTunes charts and raised over million to benefit the Innocence Project.... show less

CEO,
Sync Summit/Sync Exchange

Jersey City, NJ, USA

Mark Frieser is a serial entrepreneur and global thought leader in entertainment and interactive content.

He has been responsible for the development, creation and mass-market adoption of numerous live, online, interactive and mobile services. His expertise spans music, technology,... read moreMark Frieser is a serial entrepreneur and global thought leader in entertainment and interactive content.

He has been responsible for the development, creation and mass-market adoption of numerous live, online, interactive and mobile services. His expertise spans music, technology, telecommunications, marketing, e-commerce, event production, public speaking and journalism.

As the Founder and CEO of the SyncSummit (http://syncsummit.com) event series, Mr. Frieser brings together thousands of people annually to share ideas, knowledge, and to make deals between buyers and sellers in the music for visual, interactive and branded media market.

As the Founder and CEO of the music licensing agency, Sync Exchange (http://syncexchange.com), Mr. Frieser works closely with the world’s largest music labels, publishers, artists and management companies to sell their music for usage in television, film, video games, advertising, Internet video and mobile projects, content and applications.

As a market research analyst and industry expert, Frieser and his market research data have been quoted extensively in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Billboard, Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, the New York Post, The Economist, the LA Times and Wired.... show less

Nashville Creative,
Roughtrade Publishing

Nashville, TN, USA

Lynn Gann is a Nashville native, born in the shadow of Music Row. Gann opened the Nashville branch for NYC-based Rough Trade Publishing in 2017, and has been the RTP rep in Nashville since 2012. The Rough Trade Publishing roster includes over 300 acts including Mac McCaughon (Superchunk),... read moreLynn Gann is a Nashville native, born in the shadow of Music Row. Gann opened the Nashville branch for NYC-based Rough Trade Publishing in 2017, and has been the RTP rep in Nashville since 2012. The Rough Trade Publishing roster includes over 300 acts including Mac McCaughon (Superchunk), Telekinesis, Grizzly Bear, Sweet Spirit, White Reaper and The War on Drugs. RTP acts based in Nashville, working closely with Gann include Brandy Zdan, Elise Davis, Laura Cantrell and The Delta Saints. RTP entered into a joint-venture with Primary Wave in 2017, for which Gann provides creative services for acts signed under this venture.
Gann also founded Lynn Gann Music Enterprises, LLC, in 2014. LGME!, with writer Jack Williams scored a #6 Canadian country hit with "Dirt Road In'em" on Aaron Pritchett in June, 2016. This team also has “Get Me Over You” on the upcoming Blackstone Cherry release, (scheduled for April, 2018). Currently, LGME! also has singles, “Love Shine” on Kevin Costner & Modern West and “Dirty South” on Lucas Hoge.
From 2003-2012, Gann held the position of Vice President/Partner at Full Circle Music Publishing.
Best known Full Circle hits include seven country #1 singles: “When I Get Where I’m Going”, "Anything Like Me' & "Old Alabama" (Brad Paisley), "Fly Over States" (Jason Aldean), “Homewrecker” (Gretchen Wilson), "Boys Of Fall" (Kenny Chesney) and "Ladies Love Country Boys" (Trace Adkins).
The 29-year Nashville publishing veteran, began his career at Tom Collins Music, and later churned out hits at MCA Music Publishing and Zomba Enterprises.
Gann attended Middle Tennessee State University, receiving his B.S. in Recording Industry Management.... show less

Manager of Music,
Dreamworks Television CA, USA

Experience
DreamWorks Television – Music Supervisor & Manager of Music May 2014 - Present
• DreamWorks Television is the largest producer of family entertainment, with twenty-two series in production and over sixty in
development. The company is based in Glendale,... read moreExperience
DreamWorks Television – Music Supervisor & Manager of Music May 2014 - Present
• DreamWorks Television is the largest producer of family entertainment, with twenty-two series in production and over sixty in
development. The company is based in Glendale, California.
• Responsibilities include: crafting the creative direction and overseeing original song and score production for all series, placing
licensed music, building and maintaining series music budgets, creating musical marketing assets (ie. soundtracks, music videos,
trailers, etc.), and overseeing a team of four employees.
Turbo F.A.S.T. – Music Editor & Score Coordinator July 2013 – June 2014
• Turbo F.A.S.T. is the first original children’s program on Netflix. It is based on the DreamWorks feature film Turbo, about a snail
who dreams of being a racecar driver.
• Responsibilities included: attending spotting meetings, editing audio, liaising with the composer, director, picture editor, producer,
and team at DreamWorks, as well as preparing cue sheets and deliverables for mixing.
Sacred Tiger Music – Chief Operating Officer & Score Coordinator May 2011 – November 2013
• Sacred Tiger is the music studio of film composer Henry Jackman (Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain Phillips, Wreck-It
Ralph, Puss In Boots, and X-Men: First Class). The company is based in Santa Monica at Hans Zimmer’s Remote Control
Productions.
• Responsibilities included: supervising team members, handling project budgets, and assembling the necessary logistics for the
scoring process, ie, booking and scheduling the orchestra, stage, and mix room, and liaising between the music team and the film
studios. I also worked closely with Mr. Jackman’s agent and publicist to find and pitch for new projects.
Remote Control Productions – Studio Assistant February 2011 – May 2011
• Remote Control Productions is the music studio of legendary film composer Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Inception,
Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King), based in Santa Monica, California.
• Responsibilities included: assisting in the day-to-day needs of the creative team.
Education
New York University September 2007 – January 2011
• Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.
• Major: Music Theory and Composition.
• Graduated: Bachelors of Music, Cum Laude.
Skills and Activities
I currently serve as the Chairman of the Emerging Leaders Council at Outfest, the Los Angeles’ based LGBTQ Film Festival, and
oversee a board of 25 volunteers to raise money for and awareness of the organization.
I am proficient in ProTools, Cubase, and Logic. With my training in music composition, I can read and analyze sheet music, and play
piano. I enjoy getting to know new people and developing relationships.... show less

Music Supervisor,
little ears new york: little ears los angeles

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Maxwell Gosling started his music career booking, managing and touring with artists. After moving on from being on the road, Gosling parked himself back home in Detroit, serving as music supervisor for, ironically, Chevrolet as well as other national brands. In 2008, shortly after relocating to Los... read moreMaxwell Gosling started his music career booking, managing and touring with artists. After moving on from being on the road, Gosling parked himself back home in Detroit, serving as music supervisor for, ironically, Chevrolet as well as other national brands. In 2008, shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, little ears was born to serve music supervision needs across film, television and advertising.

Since opening its doors outside of Los Angeles back in Detroit as well as New York, little ears has been decorated with prestigious awards such as Cannes Lions & even an Emmy while working with blue chip clients like Nike, Samsung, NBA and most recently Delta Airlines and Calvin Klein.

Outside of the commercial space, Gosling also music supervised “The Invisible Front” (now on Netflix) working with Icelandic artist & composer Olafur Arnalds on the score. He has a number of upcoming films in production due for release in 2018 and beyond.... show less

Founder,
Westcott Multimedia Inc.

Santa Monica, CA, USA

​Kristin Westcott Grant is the founder of Westcott Multimedia, an entertainment software firm that builds tools for businesses that develop and support artists. Previously, Westcott worked as the Manager of Global Playlist Strategies at Universal Music Group, as well, as an entertainment analyst... read more​Kristin Westcott Grant is the founder of Westcott Multimedia, an entertainment software firm that builds tools for businesses that develop and support artists. Previously, Westcott worked as the Manager of Global Playlist Strategies at Universal Music Group, as well, as an entertainment analyst at Magna Investments in New York City. Westcott currently contributes to Forbes.com​​, writing about the Business of Music Tech, Media and Entertainment.... show less

Co-owner & Program Director WNEX/Creek Media,
Macon Georgia GA, USA

Macon, Georgia entrepreneur and music lover Wes Griffith owns the Moonhanger Group, the parent company of music venue The Hargray Capitol Theatre, four restaurants and a catering group, and he also serves as Program Director of Creek Media, a company he co-founded which operates WNEX, an Americana... read moreMacon, Georgia entrepreneur and music lover Wes Griffith owns the Moonhanger Group, the parent company of music venue The Hargray Capitol Theatre, four restaurants and a catering group, and he also serves as Program Director of Creek Media, a company he co-founded which operates WNEX, an Americana roots-based radio station; the 11th Hour, an alternative bi-weekly newspaper; and Star Motel Records, a recording studio and record label. Wes was born in Macon, where his father worked at Capricorn Records as a young man and his parents owned a store called Falling Star Records while they attended Mercer University. Wes earned a graduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans before returning to Macon to focus on celebrating and revitalizing his hometown’s influential musical heritage. In addition to buying the landmark Rookery restaurant and adding menu items like the Gram Parson’s Cosmic Club and the Little Richard Pennimelt, in 2014 he purchased and resurrected H & H, the soul food restaurant started by Mama Louise Hudson and Mama Inez Hill that has become an indelible part of the history of the Allman Brothers Band, to save it from closure and ensure it remains a Macon destination. He served many terms on the Bragg Jam Music Festival board of directors, and last fall, he opened Falling Star Records as an extension of The Creek radio station and as a tribute to the business his parents operated together in the 70s. Wes is constantly lauded for his passion and investment in projects that have helped launched a renaissance of music and creativity in downtown Macon. The comparative literature major told Georgia Music magazine in 2014, “…when you study and write poetry, you develop a strong sense of place and you tend to be a romantic.” He said that he is driven to preserve the cultural lore, “which is what Macon is all about” and that he’d rather “be part of something special than in a business that focused only on the bottom line.”... show less

Executive Director,
Denver Housing Authority

Denver, CO, USA

Ismael Guerrero has served as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA), since June 2007. Under Ismael’s leadership, DHA has undertaken an ambitious plan to transform public housing in Denver. Creating vibrant, sustainable, mixed-income communities of... read moreIsmael Guerrero has served as Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA), since June 2007. Under Ismael’s leadership, DHA has undertaken an ambitious plan to transform public housing in Denver. Creating vibrant, sustainable, mixed-income communities of choice, the award winning Benedict Park Place, Mariposa District, future Sun Valley community transformative initiative, and revitalization of aging housing stock through innovative financing.... show less

CEO & Founder,
Gupta Media

Boston, MA, USA

Gogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media, a digital marketing agency that specializes in media buying, creative design and technology solutions. Headquartered in Boston, Gupta Media proudly employs more than 50 people.
A graduate of Cornell University, Gogi started his company over 12 years ago,... read moreGogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media, a digital marketing agency that specializes in media buying, creative design and technology solutions. Headquartered in Boston, Gupta Media proudly employs more than 50 people.
A graduate of Cornell University, Gogi started his company over 12 years ago, with the goal of creating a better way to buy ads online. As digital advertising has evolved to include mobile, video and social media, among other things, Gogi and his company have been at the forefront of maximizing advertising effectiveness for clients in a number of different industries.

In 2011, Gogi launched smartURL, a global redirect service that automatically send users to the right place based on their location and device. It has revolutionized and streamlined the process of digital marketing, particularly in the music industry, where smartURLs are frequently used by major artists to announce their new albums to the masses.
Gogi is passionate about the ability of data and technology to power solutions that make marketing more efficient and more effective. He has shared his passion and wisdom at industry events for Apple, Sony, Billboard and others.
Gogi lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid sports fan, holding season tickets to the Red Sox while also remaining loyal to the Bills and the Sabres from his former hometown.... show less

Program Director,
REVOLT Media & TV

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ebony is a born and raised Los Angeles native. A rare millennial- obsessed with being organized with an enthusiasm for the impossible.
Gradually, as her network and experience expanded, Ebony scored a amazing opportunity working alongside entertainment mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the... read moreEbony is a born and raised Los Angeles native. A rare millennial- obsessed with being organized with an enthusiasm for the impossible.
Gradually, as her network and experience expanded, Ebony scored a amazing opportunity working alongside entertainment mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs and the legendary music man, Andre Harrell at REVOLT TV & MEDIA. Ebony works as a Producer on REVOLT’s breakout hit show, “Music Talks” and “RMC Presents”, she also heads up the hottest music conference in the industry, RMC (REVOLT MUSIC CONFERENCE) in Miami since its inception in 2014. Working along side Grammy Winners & Nominees, Award winning actors & actresses, Music & Television Execs, Fortune 500 CEO’s, Politicians, Presidential Campaign Leaders, and Presidential Advisors. Ebony is highly sought after and strategic in consulting with celebrities and small businesses. Leading operational development teams, television production, branding, content creation, talent
relations, and creative partnerships. This inspired her to launch BOSS LIKE ME in 2015 – A platform highlighting millennial executives, celebrities, and influencers across all industries. Haley holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, specializing in organizational development and Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. As a Consultant, Producer, and Project Manager. She has collaborated with major brands like Apple, Atlantic Records, Def Jam Records, NAN, to name a few.... show less

Music Supervisor,
Mothlight Music

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Malia Hall is a Music Supervisor at Mothlight Music in Los Angeles and she works in film, television, and advertising. Malia currently works on The Blacklist (NBC) and SMILF (Showtime) which was recently nominated for Best Television Series – Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards. She has... read moreMalia Hall is a Music Supervisor at Mothlight Music in Los Angeles and she works in film, television, and advertising. Malia currently works on The Blacklist (NBC) and SMILF (Showtime) which was recently nominated for Best Television Series – Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards. She has previously worked on The Bridge (FX), State of Affairs (NBC), and The Player (NBC). In addition to television, Malia has worked on numerous films and documentaries and film highlights include Lowriders, Fallen, and Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around The World. She also works on various ads and clients include Gap, Old Navy, Chobani, and Tom Ford. Prior to music supervision, Malia started her career in Music Management working with Spoon, Explosions in the Sky, Washed Out, and Future Islands.... show less

Editor,
Variety Magazine USA

Shirley Halperin is Executive Editor of Music at Variety, where she spearheads music coverage for the print magazine and Variety.com. Through her 20-year career, she has held staff positions at Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and Us Weekly and was also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone.... read moreShirley Halperin is Executive Editor of Music at Variety, where she spearheads music coverage for the print magazine and Variety.com. Through her 20-year career, she has held staff positions at Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and Us Weekly and was also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. Shirley joined the Hollywood Reporter (THR) as Music Editor in 2010, later adding sister magazine Billboard to her resume. Until 2017, she oversaw music news coverage for both publications, and in 2011, won a Best Personality Profile award from the Los Angeles Press Club for her THR cover story on Trent Reznor.... show less

President/Owner,
Worldhaus

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Myla Hardie was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of the bustling
live music scene of Austin, Texas. Since childhood she has been influenced by father and
Texas singer-songwriter, Michael Hardie, who started her on piano before she could walk
or talk.
Moving to New... read moreMyla Hardie was born in Hollywood, California and raised in the middle of the bustling
live music scene of Austin, Texas. Since childhood she has been influenced by father and
Texas singer-songwriter, Michael Hardie, who started her on piano before she could walk
or talk.
Moving to New York City at an early age of 17, she formed her first band of original
compositions, “The Myla Hardie Band” in 2000 where she lived the next 10 years
performing, recording and producing her material as well as her father’s. Their album,
“Waiting for Perfection” with audio engineer/producer Marc Urselli, who won a Grammy
for his work with guitarist Les Paul, got them on the ballot for the Grammy nomination. On
this record, Myla also recorded piano next to studio greats such as bassist Chuck Rainey. It
was during that time that she took over the administration of her father’s independent
record label and changed the name to Worldhaus Music, LLC.
Now with 25 years of professional music experience on stage and off, having lived abroad
for years in Berlin, Germany and in the Southern Brazilian capital of Porto Alegre, Myla
divides her time administering her family-owned, independent record label, Worldhaus
Music, through which she represents four international artists and continues to perform in
Brazil, Argentina, Europe and North America. She strives as an artist and entrepreneur to
unite cultures through the creation of cultural exchange programs for ambassador
missions, facilitate investment and trade missions, produce content for media broadcasting
and funding solutions for the independent artist to be able to have an influential voice
through culture.... show less

Vice Chairman,
REVOLT Media & TV

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Andre Harrell serves as Vice Chairman of REVOLT Media & TV, a post he assumed in 2014 after being appointed by REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs. An entertainment powerhouse with credentials spanning film, television, music and branding, Harrell has helped influence and create urban and Millennial... read moreAndre Harrell serves as Vice Chairman of REVOLT Media & TV, a post he assumed in 2014 after being appointed by REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs. An entertainment powerhouse with credentials spanning film, television, music and branding, Harrell has helped influence and create urban and Millennial culture around the world. In this role, Harrell oversees the REVOLT Music Conference (RMC), now in its fourth year, which welcomes 70+ speakers and hosted 800 attendees during October in Miami Beach, FL. In his role, Harrell also creates new opportunities for REVOLT with technology companies, brands, and the music industry, as well as helps reinforce the network’s position as the #1 name in music, largely focusing on business development, music television specials, and strategic partnerships.

For four decades, Harrell has been one of the leading entertainment entrepreneurs and cultural ambassadors of our time – as a member of the early 80s pioneer rap duo Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde; a film and television producer; founder of Uptown Records; Chairman of Motown Records; and founder of Nu America advertising agency.

With the founding of Uptown Records and Management, Harrell launched the careers of not only Mary J. Blige, Heavy D and the Boyz, Father M.C., Jodeci, Al B. Sure, Anthony Hamilton, The Lost Boyz, Teddy Riley and Guy, but also mentored the hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs. Known to have the midas touch when it came to discovering and developing talent, Harrell was responsible for changing the sound of R&B music and crossing artist and executives over into what was then known as "pop culture". By the end of 1994, Billboard Magazine ranked Uptown second amongst all the major labels for the number of charted R&B singles and fifth for the number of R&B charted albums.

While serving as the chairman of Uptown Records, Harrell also created and produced “New York Undercover,” the first multicultural major network television drama ever, starring Malik Yoba, Michael DeLorenzo, and Lauren Velez. He also simultaneously executive produced STRICTLY BUSINESS, famous for being one of the first films to showcase the socio-economic diversity among African Americans, starring Halle Berry in her first leading role.

In 1995 Harrell became the president and CEO of Motown Records. During his five-year tenure, he not only oversaw the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and Queen Latifah but also launched the careers of Mario Winans and 98 Degrees, and is credited for increasing the scale of executive compensation for black music executives throughout the industry.

After leaving Motown, Harrell became president of Bad Boy Records overseeing the careers of Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, 112 and breaking new artist like Black Rob, Shyne Po, The Dream, and Carl Thomas. While at Motown, Harrell worked with Bono and Bobby Shriver to introduce the (RED) campaign for HIV/AIDs awareness among the urban market in addition to producing Urban Aid for LifeBeat at Madison Square Garden, a benefit concert televised on BET and MTV.

Harrell founded Nu America Records and launched the career of one of today's leading vocalists and chart-toppers, Robin Thicke. After four decades, having a hit record in each, Harrell continues to have his hand on the pulse of music, recently executive producing the biggest single in the history of radio with Robin Thicke and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines," the most played radio song in 2013.

As part of his Nu America vision, Harrell produced the hit movie HONEY where once again he launched the career of another famous actress, Jessica Alba, by casting her in her first starring role. Harrell also produced and appeared in the MTV hit reality series “Making the Band.”... show less

Producer,
Linnette Harrigan Media Inc.

New York, NY, USA

LINNETTE HARRIGAN is a music industry expert, supervisor, publisher, producer and entrepreneur.
Harrigan began in Promotions at MJJ Music – the record label of late King of Pop Michael Jackson in the early 1990’s. She later gained further work & experience with such music giants as Sony... read moreLINNETTE HARRIGAN is a music industry expert, supervisor, publisher, producer and entrepreneur.
Harrigan began in Promotions at MJJ Music – the record label of late King of Pop Michael Jackson in the early 1990’s. She later gained further work & experience with such music giants as Sony Music Entertainment, ASCAP & Billboard magazine.
She started her own creative agency, “Linnette Harrigan Media Inc.” in 2009 to continue her passion with music industry and media.
Linnette transitioned into television around 2011 working with music departments and providing soundtracks for such TV reality and dramas as “The Game” (CBS/BET), “Catfish” (MTV), “So You Think You Can Dance” (Fox), Rouge (Direct TV) & many more
In addition, she is producer of music for various big budget Commercials broadcast on Japanese Television.
Her roster and music catalog currently include such Grammy winning songwriter legends as Chris Jasper of the The Isley Bros. She also represents various composers who have contributed to Beyonce’s, Grammy-winning “ Lemonade “ Album & the 2017 Oscar winning Best Picture “Moonlight.”
Linnette Harrigan is also a mentor and publisher of up and coming artists and songwriters providing education, workshops and events in the New York City area and beyond.
Upcoming Podcast, “Let’s Talk Music With Linnette” Website: www. Linnetteharriganmedia.com... show less

Founder,
DLH Marketing

New York, NY, USA

David Hazan has consistently conceived and executed breakthrough marketing campaigns for his festival, tech, brand, agency, and entertainment clients including Fulldome.pro, Vitality Gear, Fest300, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Festicket, Mobile Backstage, and more than a dozen other startups based... read moreDavid Hazan has consistently conceived and executed breakthrough marketing campaigns for his festival, tech, brand, agency, and entertainment clients including Fulldome.pro, Vitality Gear, Fest300, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, Festicket, Mobile Backstage, and more than a dozen other startups based throughout Europe and North America. As a specialist in the festival sector, David is Co-Founder of UltimateFestival Guide.com, advisor to uphoric.tv and serves on the Advisory Board of FestForums. In addition to establishing his consulting business David has previously held senior positions at the The Orchard, MTV Networks, Universal Music Group, Warner Music, Wind-up Entertainment and Putumayo World Music. Before settling in Nyack, NY where he lives with his wife and 2 sons David has lived and worked in Montreal, Toronto, and London UK.... show less

Entertainment Lawyer,
Hertz Schram PC

Detroit, MI, USA

Howard Hertz formed the law firm of Hertz Schram PC with Bradley Schram in 1979. He specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney for Hertz Schram's Entertainment Practice Group. Since 1976, he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors,... read moreHoward Hertz formed the law firm of Hertz Schram PC with Bradley Schram in 1979. He specializes in entertainment law and is the lead attorney for Hertz Schram's Entertainment Practice Group. Since 1976, he has represented numerous artists and entities in the entertainment field, including authors, screenwriters, recording artists, radio personalities, producers, production companies, record labels, agents, artist managers, music publishers, songwriters, and athletes. Among others, his most well-known clients have been George Clinton, Sippie Wallace, The Romantics, The Bass Brothers, Eminem, Marilyn Manson, Jack White, Rodriguez (Searching for Sugarman), The GO, Marcus Belgrave, Mike Posner, Elmore Leonard, Insane Clown Posse, Jeff Gutt (X-Factor finalist), Jena Irene (American Idol finalist), the Marshall Mathers Foundation, Warner Tamerlane, and Atlantic Records. Services provided to entertainment clients range from contract negotiation and litigation to entity formation and estate/tax planning. Mr. Hertz also serves as local counsel to Los Angeles, New York and Nashville firms, as well as a mediator, arbitrator and expert witness regularly in entertainment related disputes. Hertz travels to MIDEM, the International Music Festival in Cannes, France, annually, on behalf of his clients.

Among the many organizations and honors to Hertz's credit, he is a member of the board of directors and president of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation, a founder and board chair of the Detroit Music Foundation, a member of the Recording Academy’s Advocacy Committee, a former member of MusiCares' Program and Services Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the Sphinx Organization, a former member of the board of governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Recording Academy/Grammy Awards) Chicago Chapter (2004-2012), a former member of the Michigan Film Advisory Commission (2006-2008), a member of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers, the 2018 Honoree of the Wayne State University CFPCA Arts Advocacy Award and the 2004 recipient of the John Hensel Award for significant contributions to the arts community. Mr. Hertz is also recognized by "Best Lawyers in America" and "Super Lawyers" annually and was the subject of a feature in "Super Lawyers".

Hertz has participated on panels and lectured on various entertainment-related topics for conferences, organizations and schools such as SXSW, Yellow Phone Music Conference, Launch Music Conference, MIDEM, the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences, Detroit Music Awards Foundation, Wayne State University Law School, Cooley Law School, Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan Law School, MOBfest, and the Detroit Historical Museum. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching a course in entertainment law.

Hertz graduated from Wayne State University in 1972 with distinction and received his law degree from Wayne State University in 1976, where he graduated cum laude.”... show less

Writer,
A Closer Walk with the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation

New Orleans, LA, USA

Jordan Hirsch was born and raised in New Orleans, where he is a writer and an advocate for the city’s cultural tradition bearers. He was a co-founder and Executive Director of Sweet Home New Orleans, a non-profit organization that aided the post-Katrina recovery of the city’s music community.... read moreJordan Hirsch was born and raised in New Orleans, where he is a writer and an advocate for the city’s cultural tradition bearers. He was a co-founder and Executive Director of Sweet Home New Orleans, a non-profit organization that aided the post-Katrina recovery of the city’s music community. In this capacity he wrote the definitive study of the effects of the flood on local musicians. He consulted on and wrote for the HBO series Treme, and his writing on New Orleans music has appeared in Slate magazine and other outlets. Through the Ponderosa Stomp Foundation, he helped develop A Closer Walk, an interactive map of New Orleans music history sites, which he now edits.... show less

Partner,
Type A Group

San Francisco, CA, USA

Bob Hoffman is a best-selling author, speaker, and advisor. He is one of the most sought-after international speakers on advertising and marketing.

Time, Inc calls Bob “fabulously irreverent.”

The Wall Street Journal calls him “caustic yet truthful.”

The Financial... read moreBob Hoffman is a best-selling author, speaker, and advisor. He is one of the most sought-after international speakers on advertising and marketing.

Time, Inc calls Bob “fabulously irreverent.”

The Wall Street Journal calls him “caustic yet truthful.”

The Financial Times says he's responsible for "savage critiques of digital hype."

Fuel Lines calls him "The most provocative man In advertising."

Bob has written several successful books. His most recent, "BadMen: How Advertising Went From A Minor Annoyance To A Major Menace" was selected as #1 new release in advertising by Amazon. Bob's other books include "Marketers Are From Mars, Consumers Are From New Jersey" and “101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising” which became Amazon’s #1 selling advertising book.

He is author of the popular “Ad Contrarian” blog, named one of the world's most influential marketing and advertising blogs by Business Insider.

Bob has been the ceo of two independent agencies and the US operation of an international agency. He has created advertising for McDonald’s, Toyota, Pepsico, Bank of America, AT&T, and more companies than he cares to think about. Through his company, Type A Group, Bob advises advertisers, agencies, and media.

In 2012 he was selected Ad Person of the Year by the San Francisco Advertising Club.

Bob has served on the boards of the Advertising and Marketing International Network, the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education, and spent one year as Special Assistant to the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences.

In recent months, Bob has spoken in Canada, UK, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Poland, France, the Czech Republic, and all over the US.... show less

CEO & Co-Founder,
XLIVE

Cambridge, MA, USA

Mr. Hoover is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the live event and media industries across the music, film, sports, festival, esports, healthcare and tech sectors. A strategic and passionate leader, Mr. Hoover has been involved in numerous start-ups, capital raises,... read moreMr. Hoover is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in the live event and media industries across the music, film, sports, festival, esports, healthcare and tech sectors. A strategic and passionate leader, Mr. Hoover has been involved in numerous start-ups, capital raises, acquisitions and divestitures.

In his current role he is the co-founder and CEO of XLIVE, an organization transforming the way live events and festivals share expertise, learn and revolutionize experience. XLIVE convenes industry leaders at the intersection of music, sports, film, culinary, beverage, esports, technology, brands and the experiences that culminate at festivals and live events.

Mr. Hoover is also a partner with the MichaelBass Group, an investment firm focused on live event, tech and media properties. The MBG event portfolio includes over 35 live events and media properties across tech, live events, esports, brand activations and festivals.

Prior to starting his professional career, Mr. Hoover served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a demolitions and anti-armor squad leader, infantry scout and assistant chief instructor, managing combat water survival training for Marine and Naval Forces stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and forward deployed forces in southeast Asia.

Mr. Hoover graduated cum laude from New York University, holds a MBA from The Florida State University and completed the Harvard School of Public Health’s certificate program in Leadership Strategies for Information Technology in Health Care.

He is a board member of Irreverent Warriors, a non-profit dedicated to preventing veteran suicide and is an investor and board member of Jelly Skateboards. Mr. Hoover is an avid surfer, diver, skier and schedules as many mountaineering trips as possible when he’s not kicking around with his two yellow labs, Cooper and Tucker.... show less

VP of Technology,
Snap Inc. USA

Steve Horowitz is currently Vice President of Technology for Snap, Inc. in Venice, California. He brings vast technology expertise including the development of world-class products at Google, Microsoft and Apple. Steve's career has spanned decades and he has led teams responsible for industry... read moreSteve Horowitz is currently Vice President of Technology for Snap, Inc. in Venice, California. He brings vast technology expertise including the development of world-class products at Google, Microsoft and Apple. Steve's career has spanned decades and he has led teams responsible for industry shaping mobile products, computer operating systems, television, and wearable technology.... show less

Executive Producer, The Combat Jack Show,
Loud Speakers & The Combat Show

Brooklyn, NY, USA

A visionary and a student of music and media, Aaron” A-King” Howard thrives on creating new ideas and executing them. "A-King" is the Creator,, Executive Producer of The Combat Jack Show which has amassed over 15 million streams since inception and has become one of the leading and... read moreA visionary and a student of music and media, Aaron” A-King” Howard thrives on creating new ideas and executing them. "A-King" is the Creator,, Executive Producer of The Combat Jack Show which has amassed over 15 million streams since inception and has become one of the leading and trendsetting podcasts. He also assists in the developing of content at Loud Speakers Network. He has helped to build formidable programming in the digital media landscape. This Brooklyn native has eyes set on the present and future of the content and media. If it’s not consulting for artists or entertaining on your favorite podcast, best believe A-King is always in the mix.... show less

Live Music Producer,
OnstageSuccess.com

Nashville, TN, USA

Author of the book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and the All Roads Lead to the Stage DVD series, Tom Jackson is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging... read moreAuthor of the book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and the All Roads Lead to the Stage DVD series, Tom Jackson is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable and teaching them to exceed their audiences’ expectations and to create fans for life.

Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Magic!, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli and many more. Tom has also brought his innovative, fun, and unique speaking and teaching skills to conferences, colleges, and music events around the world.... show less

Partner,
Maverick Mangement

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Maverick Management's latest and youngest partner, Nick Jarjour has become one of the most powerful new voices in the music business today. Recently named one of Variety's New Leaders in music, Jarjour represents top-tier songwriters and producers (Starrah, Alex Da Kid, and Cirkut are clients) and... read moreMaverick Management's latest and youngest partner, Nick Jarjour has become one of the most powerful new voices in the music business today. Recently named one of Variety's New Leaders in music, Jarjour represents top-tier songwriters and producers (Starrah, Alex Da Kid, and Cirkut are clients) and pairs them up with artists like Halsey, Nicki Minaj, and Calvin Harris. Behind Jarjour's musical matchmaking abilities are smash hits like Camila Cabello's "Havana," Maroon 5's "What Lovers Do," Rihanna's "Needed Me," the Weeknd's Starboy, Drake's "Fake Love" and many more. As of February 2018, his clients have accumulated around 20 billion streams on Spotify alone. Last year, he founded his own company JarjourCo, a full service management, publishing, creative agency, and A&R enclave. In addition to consistently empowering his clients and aspiring musicians, one of Jarjour's main goals is to ensure that songwriters, producers, and other underdogs of the industry are given greater recognition and more diverse opportunities.... show less

SVP Immersive,
Technicolour

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Marcie Jastrow is an industry veteran with over 20 years in the Entertainment business. Currently the SVP of Immersive Media at Technicolor, as well as the Head of the Technicolor Experience Center (TEC), Marcie is dedicated to bringing artists, technologists, and partners together to build the... read moreMarcie Jastrow is an industry veteran with over 20 years in the Entertainment business. Currently the SVP of Immersive Media at Technicolor, as well as the Head of the Technicolor Experience Center (TEC), Marcie is dedicated to bringing artists, technologists, and partners together to build the future of immersive media. Since the opening of the TEC in July, 2016, Marcie has consulted on many immersive projects and has provided her insights in dozens of interviews, published articles, and speaking engagements. Focused on igniting VR, AR, and beyond, Marcie sits on several boards including the Interactive Emmys, Periscope, and BAFTA. In 2018, she was honored with the Advanced Imaging Society's 'Distinguished Leadership Award', which recognizes creative, productive and forward-thinking efforts in visual technology and emerging content. Prior to her current role, Marcie was responsible for growing Technicolor's post production sales pipeline as SVP of Sales. Before joining Technicolor, she served as EVP of Sales at Laser Pacific, which Technicolor acquired in 2011, as well as SVP of Sales at Modern Video Film for over eight years.... show less

Co-Founder,
The ELLA Project

New Orleans, USA

Ashlye Keaton practices intellectual property and entertainment law, and she also works in cultural advocacy and policy. Ashlye is the Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that serves Louisiana artists, musicians and culture bearers with direct legal, business and... read moreAshlye Keaton practices intellectual property and entertainment law, and she also works in cultural advocacy and policy. Ashlye is the Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a nonprofit based in New Orleans that serves Louisiana artists, musicians and culture bearers with direct legal, business and advocacy services. Ashlye is also faculty at Tulane Law School and the University of New Orleans Graduate School in Arts Administration. She received the distinguished teaching award by Tulane Law class of 2015. Along with other legal successes, Ashlye helped the Mardi Gras Indians by arguing that their elaborate suits qualified for copyright protection as works of sculpture. She is also noted for her work on the City of New Orleans municipal noise ordinance, and she helped to secure a declaration by the New Orleans city attorney’s office that the 8pm city-wide curfew on musical instruments is considered unconstitutional. Ashlye is the Chair of the community advisory board for WWOZ 90.7 FM radio station. Ashlye has also served on other boards, including as an officer for the Recording Academy’s Memphis Chapter. Ashlye is currently serving on
the creative industries sub-committee for Mayor-Elect LaToya Cantrell’s transition team.
Ashlye is the head choreographer and instructor for the New Orleans Children’s Ballet.... show less

Director, Content Innovation,
Spark Foundry

New York, NY, USA

Andrew leads Spark Foundry’s Content Innovation practice. Bridging the gap between Ad and Consumer Technology with Branded Content Experiences. He works with top tier brands such as Citi, Comcast, Mondelez, New York Life, Audible, Wendy’s and Miller-Coors in the conception and production of... read moreAndrew leads Spark Foundry’s Content Innovation practice. Bridging the gap between Ad and Consumer Technology with Branded Content Experiences. He works with top tier brands such as Citi, Comcast, Mondelez, New York Life, Audible, Wendy’s and Miller-Coors in the conception and production of innovative end-to-end brand experiences across a variety of media platforms. He works in close partnership with clients, brand product teams, media vendors and creative teams to ideate and create first-to-market and award winning branded consumer experiences.... show less

Founder,
Extension Music

Los Angeles, CA, USA

LA-based Rachel Komar has been working in various aspects of the music industry for the past 15 years, including A&R, Management, Licensing, Supervision, and more. Komar has worked with companies like Atlantic Records, American Recordings, and FREEFORM, to name a few. She currently wears two... read moreLA-based Rachel Komar has been working in various aspects of the music industry for the past 15 years, including A&R, Management, Licensing, Supervision, and more. Komar has worked with companies like Atlantic Records, American Recordings, and FREEFORM, to name a few. She currently wears two hats - running a music supervision and consultation service, Extension Music, and heading up HyperExtension, her own music licensing company, which represents artists from all over the world.... show less

Composer,
Jesper Kyd

Los Angeles, CA, USA

BAFTA award-winning and Billboard / MTV VMA nominated Danish composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. His original soundtracks feature an immersive blend of styles ranging from the epic symphonic and dark, hybrid... read moreBAFTA award-winning and Billboard / MTV VMA nominated Danish composer Jesper Kyd is renowned for creating unique scores with a diverse array of live instrumentation and manipulated sounds. His original soundtracks feature an immersive blend of styles ranging from the epic symphonic and dark, hybrid scores for the HITMAN series (British Academy Award for Original Music) recorded with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Choir and anthemic choral score for cult favorite FREEDOM FIGHTERS (“Vangelis on steroids” – Film Score Monthly), to his iconic period scores for Ubisoft’s blockbuster franchise ASSASSIN’S CREED (“Jesper Kyd defines the series for fans around the world” – Official PlayStation Magazine) and the post-apocalyptic, fantasy, sci-fi themes of STATE OF DECAY, DARKSIDERS 2, and BORDERLANDS series. Kyd also scored the Chinese #1 box office fantasy/sci-fi feature CHRONICLES OF THE GHOSTLY TRIBE, based on the best-selling Chinese novel ‘Ghost Blows Out The Light’ and directed by Lu Chuan (‘City of Life and Death’, ‘The Last Supper’). Most recently he composed and produced the Norse mythology inspired tribal acoustic score for WARHAMMER: VERMINTIDE 2, based on the popular Games Workshop fantasy universe, and atmospheric guitar and analog synth score for Microsoft/Undead Labs’ highly anticipated zombie survival sequel STATE OF DECAY 2 releasing in 2018.... show less

Singer/Songwriter/Teacher,

Oakland, CA, USA

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Vice President, Integrated Marketing,
The Brand USA

Washington, DC, USA

Tracy is Vice President, Integrated Marketing for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States' first ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort. In this role, Tracy directs the development and implementation of the strategic marketing plan and... read moreTracy is Vice President, Integrated Marketing for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States' first ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort. In this role, Tracy directs the development and implementation of the strategic marketing plan and supporting programs designed to advance the mission of Brand USA. These programs include traditional, digital, and social media initiatives.

Tracy joined Brand USA in March 2016 and is no stranger to our team, having worked and collaborated with us since 2012 as the Vice President, Global Account Director on behalf of J. Walter Thompson and Geometry Global (Part of the WPP portfolio of agencies). In this role, Tracy was responsible for managing a team of 40 colleagues located in ten offices around the world. Her
responsibilities included omni-channel media planning and creative campaign execution with a significant focus on digital channels. She led the development of an online activation strategy and a device-agnostic media solution designed to increase consumer engagement on Brand USA's website. She created and executed the Great American Road Trip campaign, which has been seen by almost 3 billion viewers around the globe. Tracy brings to Brand USA insight gained over the course of more than 20 years in the advertising and marketing industry including the past 11 years with a wide variety of WPP portfolio holdings including Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, Mediacom and the aforementioned J. Walter Thompson as well as several agencies affiliated with the Omnicom Group. In Tracy’s experienced marketing career she has developed some of this country’s most well-loved and award-winning campaigns including, among others, Ray Charles & the Uh Huh Girls (Diet Pepsi) and Plan A Family Game Night (Hasbro). Her industry recognition includes Pro & Globe Awards, Ex Awards, Halo Awards, Reggie Awards, Addy Awards and Clios. Indicative of her recognized leadership, she has also chaired the Judging Panel for the U.S. Travel Association’s annual ESTO awards recognizing top destination marketing campaigns since 2013. Tracy holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tracy will be relocating to the DC Area with her husband, Matthew. They have four children: Moss, Katherine, Noah and Elizabeth. She is interested in travel, theater and literature, enjoys knitting, and completing The New York Times Crossword puzzle every morning.... show less

Publisher,
THE LEFSETZ LETTER

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Bob Lefsetz, Santa Monica-based industry legend, is the author of the e-mail newsletter, "The Lefsetz Letter". Famous for being beholden to no one, and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: streaming, touring, ticketing and the music... read moreBob Lefsetz, Santa Monica-based industry legend, is the author of the e-mail newsletter, "The Lefsetz Letter". Famous for being beholden to no one, and speaking the truth, Lefsetz addresses the issues that are at the core of the music business: streaming, touring, ticketing and the music itself. His intense brilliance captivates readers from Steven Tyler to Kid Rock to Quincy Jones to music business honchos like Michael Rapino, Irving Azoff and Rob Stringer. In these days of turmoil, "The Lefsetz Letter" is a must-read. Never boring, always entertaining, Mr. Lefsetz's insights are fueled by his stint as an entertainment business attorney, majordomo of Sanctuary Music's American division and consultancies to major labels.... show less

US Editor,
Music Week

Washington, DC, USA

Emmanuel Legrand is a Washington, DC-based journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He is currently the US editor of British trade magazine Music Week, and worked in the past for such publications as Billboard, Music & Media,... read moreEmmanuel Legrand is a Washington, DC-based journalist, blogger and media consultant, specialising in the entertainment business and cultural trends. He is currently the US editor of British trade magazine Music Week, and worked in the past for such publications as Billboard, Music & Media, Impact and One Movement for Music. He is the author of the 2012 report "Music Crossing Borders" on the circulation of European repertoire.... show less

Program Manager Immersive Experiences,
Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Philip Lelyveld runs the Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center ([email protected]), a think tank within the School of Cinematic Arts. The [email protected] is funded by the six major Hollywood studios plus related service,... read morePhilip Lelyveld runs the Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality Initiative at the University of Southern California’s Entertainment Technology Center ([email protected]), a think tank within the School of Cinematic Arts. The [email protected] is funded by the six major Hollywood studios plus related service, technology, telco/internet, and consumer electronics companies to advise them on emerging technology-related opportunities, connect them with start-ups and communities of interest, help accelerate adoption of promising technologies, and work to drive standardization and avoid format wars.

His VR/AR Initiative studies and works to influence the creative, technical, social, and business issues that will shape this new, emerging art form. Phil is currently working on the rapidly evolving ecosystem that includes immersive media, IoT, AI, and blockchain. He has produced events that brought communities of hands-on practitioners together to discuss and document the current states of ‘the emerging language of VR storytelling,’ ‘live VR production workflow,’ ‘the business of VR,’ and ‘Spatial Audio,’ as well as AR Salons. He presented ‘The Dark Side of AR’ at 2017 Augmented World Expo, ‘Legal Questions Raised by Immersive Media’ at the Law and Culture in Virtual Worlds Conf. at Case Western Law School, and Entertainment Technology and ‘fake news’ before the European Union at their 2018 commission hearing; “Preserving Democracy in the Digital Age.”

Prior to joining the [email protected] Mr. Lelyveld spent 10 years coordinating multi-business unit and multi-studio efforts related to entertainment technology including technical lead in major negotiations as Disney’s corporate VP of Digital Industry Relations. He has a BS in Civil Engineering (Tufts), an MS in Applied Geophysics (Stanford), and an MBA (UCLA).... show less

Owner,
Planetary Group

Boston, MA, USA

Adam Lewis heads Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based out of Los Angeles that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and blog exposure in the US and Canada. Recently Adam has worked with such acts as The Decemberists, Soccer... read moreAdam Lewis heads Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based out of Los Angeles that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and blog exposure in the US and Canada. Recently Adam has worked with such acts as The Decemberists, Soccer Mommy, Courtney Barnett, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Orwells. In addition Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. Great Northeast is responsible for producing 20 shows a year throughout New England. Prior to Planetary, Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records, working with Sevendust, The Black Crowes and Snoop Dogg.... show less

Entertainment Lawyer,
Liebenson Law

New York, NY, USA

Jeff Liebenson is President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.

He concentrates his practice in music, digital entertainment and intellectual property law at Liebenson Law in New York City.

Jeff represented EMI in the first iTunes negotiations with Apple, Sony... read moreJeff Liebenson is President of the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers.

He concentrates his practice in music, digital entertainment and intellectual property law at Liebenson Law in New York City.

Jeff represented EMI in the first iTunes negotiations with Apple, Sony in establishing its Pressplay online service with Universal, and Gracenote in obtaining digital lyric licensing rights from the music publishing industry.

He previously was chief legal/business affairs executive for the international division of BMG Entertainment overseeing music, video, videogame and digital activities in 53 countries.

Jeff negotiates complex rights agreements, acquisitions, international joint ventures and distribution agreements. He consults on copyright and trademark issues, including those relating to digital entertainment.

Jeff is the Editor of "User-Generated Content: New Business Models and Legal Issues," published by the IAEL.... show less

Music Industry Marketing Manager,
Visit Austin - Austin Tourism

Austin, TX, USA

Omar Lozano is the Music Industry Marketing Manager for Visit Austin. Serving as a liaison for the Austin music community and the tourism and hospitality industry, Omar creates marketing programs and campaigns to promote Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World® internationally. Previously,... read moreOmar Lozano is the Music Industry Marketing Manager for Visit Austin. Serving as a liaison for the Austin music community and the tourism and hospitality industry, Omar creates marketing programs and campaigns to promote Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World® internationally. Previously, Omar ran music marketing programs for Red Bull North America, and has created experiential brand event campaigns for big music and art moments around the U.S., such as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Art Basel, Voodoo Experience, and SXSW. Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Omar was also on the founding team for Neon Desert Music Festival, now one of the largest festivals in the Southwest U.S.... show less

President,
4Fini, Inc, & Vans Warped Tour

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Best known as founder and producer of the Vans Warped tour which will make its 24th and final cross-country run in 2018. He has been an industry professional for 37 years working his way up from throwing backyard concerts to producing festivals like Rockstar Mayhem, Country Throwdown, Sprite... read moreBest known as founder and producer of the Vans Warped tour which will make its 24th and final cross-country run in 2018. He has been an industry professional for 37 years working his way up from throwing backyard concerts to producing festivals like Rockstar Mayhem, Country Throwdown, Sprite Liquid mix, It’s NOT Dead amongst numerous others.

He is co-owner of Sideonedummy records, and has managed acts like Less Than Jake, H20, and the Ataris.

His philosophy has always been to include 3 things in all events he produces, “Music, Education & Philanthropy.”

For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund gala (2011),[25] and was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012).[26][27]
In 2009, Billboard awarded Lyman the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropic work, which has included founding the Unite the United Foundation, a charitable organization that has raised over million for various non-profits.[26][28]
In 2014, Lyman’s Vans Warped Tour attempted to set a Guinness World Record title for Largest Food Drive in 24-Hour period at a single location.[29] In 2013, the tour collected 33,000 pounds of food.
In 2016 Lyman was given the Humanitarian of the year award, by the Tj Martell foundation at their annual Family Day.
In 2018 He is focusing own an Opioid Education Initiative FEND “Full, Energy, No, Drugs.”... show less

Co-President,
FestForums

Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Present:
Co-President, AboutFest LLC
Co-President & Co-Founder, AboutFest LLC
AboutFest produces FestForums℠ NYC & Santa Barbara. These interactive festival conferences and networking events are for music, film, food + beverage festival organizers. FestForums Festival... read morePresent:
Co-President, AboutFest LLC
Co-President & Co-Founder, AboutFest LLC
AboutFest produces FestForums℠ NYC & Santa Barbara. These interactive festival conferences and networking events are for music, film, food + beverage festival organizers. FestForums Festival Convergence takes place in the Spring at Time, Inc. in NYC and in November at the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California. These events bring together festival and entertainment leaders for collaborative networking, professional development and to discuss industry innovations and technology. Speakers and attendees include top industry influencers from festivals such as Glastonbury, SXSW, Lollapoolza, Bonnaroo, Vans Warped Tour, Coachella, EDC, Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, New York City Food & Wine, Toronto International Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, and hundreds more.

Events include a dynamic exhibition hall showcasing the latest and greatest, SponsorFest where attending festivals can win a Delta Air Lines sponsorship worth,000, dozens of panels addressing current industry issues, and Best of The Fests, an awards program celebrating festival industry innovation, charity and sustainability. Live music, yoga, wine tasting and other exciting events are planned for each event.

FestForums is designed to provide guidance, networking, training & sharing of solutions for industry professionals that result in safer, higher yield and better organized festivals.

PREVIOUS:
CEO & President/Founder - Leading New England Advertising Agency
America House Communications, Rhode Island
Founded America House Communications, an integrated advertising & marketing agency which generated average annual sales of million in capitalized billings. Corporate branding work produced on behalf of such clients as UConn, IMAX, United Healthcare, Delta Dental, Mass Mutual, Krispy Kreme, Bess Eaton, Salve Regina University, Providence College, Newport Creamery and Rhode Island Tourism. Creative work earned numerous national and regional industry awards and recognition, and strong financial results. Creative panache and vision spawned the highly successful collaboration between the State of Rhode Island and Hasbro Corporation that resulted in the much-heralded Mr. Potato Head campaign in 2000 and 2001. That self- liquidating marketing bonanza brought the State of Rhode Island unprecedented amounts of national and international media exposure. Other highlights include:

• Guest lectured at three Universities and at national events, trade shows and conferences
• Developed & implemented marketing plans
• Developed and implemented brand strategies
• Focus group organizer & facilitator
• Provided PR crisis management to top executives & was official media spokesperson
• Produced numerous PR 3-D direct mail campaigns with outstanding results
• Organized unique special events and industry trade shows for clients
• Managed staff of 40 in three locations
Development /Event Management Experience
Development/Fundraising & Marketing Consultant for numerous non-profit client agencies
Wrote case statements, development plans and marketing programs for fundraising capital and annual campaigns
Have personally made solicitations & presentations (donations ranging from 5k to 5mm) to raise millions of dollars
Taught monthly marketing seminars for Non-Profits 2007-2009
Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Aquidneck Land Trust, 2004-2008 (exceeded million goal)
Capital Campaign Committee Member, The Pennfield School, 2000 -2002 (exceeded.6 million goal)
Capital Campaign Committee Member, Child & Family, 2007-2009 (.5 million)
Annual Fund Chair, Aquidneck Land Trust, 2003 (4k)
Annual Fund Chair, The Pennfield School, 2000 - 2003 (0k)
Annual Fund Chair, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2005
Event Chairman, Taste of Newport, 2003 - 2008 (0k to 0k raised each yr.)
Event Chairman, Newport Int’l Film Festival Fall Fundraiser, 2005-2008 (k & k)
Event Chairman, Spring Fundraiser, Dr. Martin Luther King Cmty Ctr, 2007 (k)
Event Committee member of numerous events including: IMC Nuit Blanche, Newport 2013, Redwood Library Annual Gala 2007 & 08, Newport Art Museum Annual Gala 2007 & 08, ALT Fiesta Verde 2003-2008, etc.
Work Experience:
Co-President - AboutFest, LLC
Innkeeper/General Manager - Escobar's Farmhouse Inn, Portsmouth, RI
President & Creative Director – America House Communications, Ltd., Newport, RI Director Business Development – Aquidneck Management Associates, Middletown, RI Marketing & Merchandising – Hecht’s Department Stores, Washington, DC
Non- Profit Governing Board Experience:
Board Chair & Trustee, Aquidneck Land Trust, 2003-2009
Co-President & Trustee, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, 2005-2008
Trustee, The Pennfield School, 2000-2004
Trustee, Child & Family, 2002-2009
Board Chair & Trustee, Newport Area Career & Tech School, 1993-1998
Trustee, Newport International Film Festival, 2005-2007 Board Member, Newport County Arts and Cultural Alliance, 2000-2009
Board Member & Volunteer, RI Land Trusts Council, 2011
Education:
1983 B.A History, Brown University, Providence, RI
1979 High School Graduate, Providence Country Day, East Providence, RI
1977 Ordinary Level Exams, The King’s School, Canterbury, Kent, England
Award Highlights:
The State Pell Award for “Friend of Education for Rhode Island,” 1998 -Honored for “Revolutionizing the Relationships Between Business and Education”
14 Adrian Advertising Awards
9 Creative Awards
4 Bell Ringer PR Awards
The Brown University Book Award 1979... show less

Chief Strategy and Communications Officer,
Brand USA

Washington, DC, USA

Anne Madison is chief strategy and communications officer for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States in order to fuel the nation's economy and enhance the image of the USA worldwide. In this role,... read moreAnne Madison is chief strategy and communications officer for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States in order to fuel the nation's economy and enhance the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Anne is responsible for developing and directing the organization's strategy and planning in addition to leading the global communications strategies that advance Brand USA’s mission and funding, raise its visibility worldwide, and build engagement with industry and other business leaders.

Her specific areas of responsibility include oversight for strategy, research, information technology, public affairs and public policy communications, global corporate communications and media relations, stakeholder engagement, and strategic meetings and events.

Since joining Brand USA in 2012, Anne has established the strategic foundation on which Brand USA is succesfully achieving its mission, as well as developed compelling communications strategies that have significantly raised awareness of Brand USA and helped increase international visitation to the United States.

Through the course of her career, Anne has led and supported a number of areas from strategic planning to business development, B2B marketing and multicultural marketing to media relations, digital marketing and public relations, to media and crisis communications to investor relations, events, and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining Brand USA, she was senior vice president for Choice Hotels International (one of the world’s largest hotel companies) and previously led the communications strategies as vice president, marketing and communications for Enterprise Community Investment (a leading provider of community development capital for affordable housing) and as vice president, communications of The Ryland Group, one of the nation’s largest homebuilders (now CalAtlantic Homes).

Anne is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women's Leadership Board and has previously served on the board of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and the Leadership Council of the IMPACT Center in Washington, DC. Her community involvement has included board member positions with The National Family Resiliency Center, The Domestic Violence Center of Howard County, and The Norbel School.

She has won numerous awards, including those from the Public Relations Society of America, Financial World magazine, and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. In addition, she has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, and has twice been named one of the Top Women in PR by PR News, and was honored by Women in Travel and Tourism International as one of the Top Women in Travel Industry Leadership.

An inspirational, collaborative and innovative leader, Anne has mentored others along their career paths, and is a passionate advocate for building diverse teams as an essential element for creating strategies that drive results.

Anne is a graduate of Wittenberg University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in English and journalism and is currently pursuing her master’s degree at The George Washington University. She and her husband, Dave, have four children.... show less

Executive Director,
KEXP

Seattle, USA

Tom Mara is the executive director of KEXP, a Seattle non-profit arts organization at Seattle center with a mission to enrich your life by championing music and discovery at 90.3 FM and around the world at www.KEXP.org.

Tom spent his first twenty years of life in Germany, thanks to his... read moreTom Mara is the executive director of KEXP, a Seattle non-profit arts organization at Seattle center with a mission to enrich your life by championing music and discovery at 90.3 FM and around the world at www.KEXP.org.

Tom spent his first twenty years of life in Germany, thanks to his American father’s dedication to teaching oversees and his mother escaping from East Berlin. After a stint as a club DJ in Munich, Tom completed a journalism degree at the University of Washington. Tom began his radio career at KCMU 90.3FM at the University of Washington in the late 1980s and became station manager in 1993. Later, he managed the joint corporate support programs for KUOW 94.9FM and KCMU 90.3FM. In 1999, Tom headed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to manage the corporate support program at WXPN-FM. Tom came back to Seattle a year later to build what is now known as KEXP, formerly KCMU. Tom is a founding member of the Seattle Music Commission and currently serves on the Community Development Round Table (CDRT).

Tom has two grown daughters and his wife Mary is the director of libraries for City University of Seattle in South Lake Union which is where Tom recently completed his Masters of Arts in Leadership.... show less

Director of Content Strategy,
Travel Portland

Portland, OR, USA

Karen Martwick is the director of content strategy for Travel Portland (TravelPortland.com), the destination marketing organization for Portland, Oregon, USA. She is editor-in-chief of the organization’s annual visitors guide, named the United States’ best in 2014, and manages content for... read moreKaren Martwick is the director of content strategy for Travel Portland (TravelPortland.com), the destination marketing organization for Portland, Oregon, USA. She is editor-in-chief of the organization’s annual visitors guide, named the United States’ best in 2014, and manages content for TravelPortland.com, which attracts 4 million visits annually. Her specialties are information architecture, taxonomy, user experience design, content marketing and editing. Karen holds a Bachelors degree in English from Portland State University and worked with digital content since 1998. She’s lived in Portland for 25 years, served for four years on the board of the American Copy Editors Society, and is an avid karaoke singer and novice skier. Her favorite music festival is Pickathon and her favorite musician is Kristin Hersh.... show less

Partner,
Masur Griffitts + LLP

New York, NY, USA

Steven Masur has over 24 years of experience advising emerging and established businesses on new opportunities and business challenges, most recently blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, entertainment, emerging... read moreSteven Masur has over 24 years of experience advising emerging and established businesses on new opportunities and business challenges, most recently blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation. He focuses his practice on corporate finance, M&A, intellectual property, entertainment, emerging businesses and strategic guidance. Steve has extensive experience in angel and venture capital finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and cross-border transactions in Europe and Asia. He is passionate about helping new businesses plan a path to success, and helping older businesses bridge the gap to new markets.

Steve brings a unique mix of legal, business, and strategic experience to bear on client matters. He has counseled enterprise level clients including Shazam, Virgin Mobile, Liberty Media, Yamaha, Nielsen Buzzmetrics, Bob Vila and Conde Nast Publications in corporate, digital media, and new business matters. He has also helped emerging businesses in a wide variety of sectors, and is especially knowledgeable in media, entertainment, advertising, consumer products, food and technology, including mobile, games, digital music, social media, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain and cryptocurrency regulation.

Steve has been recognized as a “Rising Star” and a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers. He serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards and industry associations, and lectures and writes about major issues in venture capital, emerging businesses, entertainment law, technology and corporate strategy.... show less

CCO,
NHL Steve Mayer joined the NHL in December 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Programming & Creative Development. In September 2016, Mayer was promoted to Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Events and Entertainment.

Prior to joining the NHL,... read moreSteve Mayer joined the NHL in December 2015 as the Executive Vice President and Executive Producer of Programming & Creative Development. In September 2016, Mayer was promoted to Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President of Events and Entertainment.

Prior to joining the NHL, Mayer spent 20 years with IMG Productions. Most recently, he served as IMG’s Executive Producer and SVP of IMG, the world’s largest producer of sports programming.

Mayer was the producer of several network variety specials, including NHL Awards (NBC), NBA All-Star All-Style (TNT), Hall of Game Awards (Cartoon Network), Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular (CBS), Super Bowl’s Greatest Commercials (CBS), Tony Awards Preview Show (CBS), Miss Universe (NBC/FOX), World’s and Year’s Funniest Commercials (TBS/ Spike), and Christmas at Rockefeller Center (NBC).

Mayer also has a number of highly acclaimed reality and documentary shows on his production resume, including ‘A Season With Notre Dame Football,’ Hoops U (Showtime), NHL Revealed (NBC/ CBC), Race to the Altar (NBC), I’d Do Anything (ESPN), Manhunt (Bravo), Battle of Network Stars (NBC), Better Half (Bravo), Battle of the Gridiron Stars (ESPN) and Beer Money (SNY).

The native of Union, New Jersey has produced hundreds of live sporting events, including the NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, NHL All-Star Skills Competition, the NHL All-Star Game, the NHL Awards, the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement, the Ryder Cup Opening and Closing Ceremonies and numerous halftime shows for the NFL.

A winner of 10 Emmys and 3 Ace Awards, Mayer has produced five Olympic games, including Bravo’s Olympic coverage from London in 2012, as well as producer of the Morning Show at the Olympic games in Sydney for NBC. Over his career, Mayer has produced hundreds of tennis events and has been lead producer for the Australian, French and U.S. Opens. For ten years, Mayer was the Executive Producer of the New York City Marathon for ESPN.

Mayer is a graduate of Ithaca College. He lives in West Caldwell, N.J. with his wife and two daughters.... show less

Audiotree USA

Jess McCauley is the Program Director of Audiotree, a music discovery platform and production company based out of Chicago. She manages the booking of over 150 live sessions, music video shoots, and other production work per year as well as managing operations at the Audiotree Music Festival in... read moreJess McCauley is the Program Director of Audiotree, a music discovery platform and production company based out of Chicago. She manages the booking of over 150 live sessions, music video shoots, and other production work per year as well as managing operations at the Audiotree Music Festival in Kalamazoo, MI. Throughout her 10 year music industry career, Jess has worked in booking for Live Nation - New England as well as the boutique talent agency International Music Network and many other freelance positions in ticketing, booking, VIP experience, and operations management.... show less

Research Analyst,
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Alan McQuinn is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research areas include a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as intellectual property, cybersecurity, privacy, e-government, and emerging technologies. His work... read moreAlan McQuinn is a research analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. His research areas include a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, such as intellectual property, cybersecurity, privacy, e-government, and emerging technologies. His work has been quoted and cited in numerous media outlets, including the Washington Post, the National Post, and TechCrunch. McQuinn graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in public relations and political communications and a minor in Mandarin Chinese.... show less

Agent,
Paradigm Agency

New York, NY,

Paradigm Music Agent John Duffy McSwiggin has nearly 2 decades of experience in the live music industry. After spending 12 years at Paradigm’s Monterey office (originally Monterey Peninsula Artists), Duffy relocated to New York City in 2015 to continue to develop and grow many prominent &... read moreParadigm Music Agent John Duffy McSwiggin has nearly 2 decades of experience in the live music industry. After spending 12 years at Paradigm’s Monterey office (originally Monterey Peninsula Artists), Duffy relocated to New York City in 2015 to continue to develop and grow many prominent & influential artists' touring careers, including Brandi Carlile, John Butler Trio, OK Go, SOJA and more.... show less

The ELLA Project

New Orleans, USA

Gene Meneray is Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a pro bono legal, business development, and cultural advocacy organization. A native New Orleanian and graduate of Tulane University, Gene worked for more than a decade as Director of Artist Services at the Arts Council of New Orleans. He has also... read moreGene Meneray is Co-Founder of The Ella Project, a pro bono legal, business development, and cultural advocacy organization. A native New Orleanian and graduate of Tulane University, Gene worked for more than a decade as Director of Artist Services at the Arts Council of New Orleans. He has also worked for Thomas Mann Design and for Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YAYA). He has served multiple times as a grant reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and as a juror for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Festival Internationale de Louisiane, and numerous other art shows and festivals. Gene is also the Director of the Louisiana Crafts Guild, and serves as on the Louisiana State Arts Council.... show less

Stewardship & Donor Engagement Manager,
WWOZ 90.7 FM

New Orleans, USA

Melanie Merz is the Stewardship & Donor Engagement Manager at WWOZ 90.7FM, New Orleans' volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station. Melanie graduated from Oberlin College in 2005 and then worked as a SEC licensed brokerage manager for an Shariah Compliant mutual fund adviser... read moreMelanie Merz is the Stewardship & Donor Engagement Manager at WWOZ 90.7FM, New Orleans' volunteer-powered, listener-supported community radio station. Melanie graduated from Oberlin College in 2005 and then worked as a SEC licensed brokerage manager for an Shariah Compliant mutual fund adviser before walking into WWOZ to be a "super volunteer". The station decided to keep her around first as a digital content editor, and then as WWOZ’s sponsorship manager where Melanie worked with businesses and non-profits to build station-community partnerships connecting them to WWOZ’s audience around station program initiatives. Melanie is now responsible for creating and implementing the station's first stewardship program to recognize and engage donors and volunteers while enhancing WWOZ’s brand and listener loyalty. Her role draws together WWOZ development and programming departments' shared goals of audience-donor engagement and station community building. Melanie is a co-leader of the ReFresh Walls Project mural arts initiative, a volunteer mediator with Community Mediation Services New Orleans, and a member of the the Organ Grinders Mardi Gras dance krewe. She and her husband are enjoying attempting to train Taj the dog and wrangling backyard landscaping in New Orleans' Seventh Ward.... show less

President,
New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council

New Orleans, LA, USA

Chief Howard Miller is the Chief of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian tribe and the President of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council. Chief Howard has been a Mardi Gras Indian since 1969, when he began the masking tradition as a Spy Boy for the Apache Hunters. After becoming Big Chief... read moreChief Howard Miller is the Chief of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indian tribe and the President of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Council. Chief Howard has been a Mardi Gras Indian since 1969, when he began the masking tradition as a Spy Boy for the Apache Hunters. After becoming Big Chief for the Apache Hunters, in the late 1970's, Chief Howard oversaw a merger of the Apache Hunters with the Creole Wild West, which is the oldest and largest Mardi Gras Indian tribe. He continues to serve as Chief of the Creole Wild West to date. Along with his duties as Chief of the Creole Wild West, Chief Howard administers his Mardi Gras Indian youth educational program. Each Saturday, Chief Howard and other members of the Mardi Gras Indian community teach children the traditions, heritage and practice of the Mardi Gras Indians, including how to sew beadwork and create the suits that the Mardi Gras Indians are known to wear on Mardi Gras and during festival season. Chief Howard's own suits have been on display in various exhibitions and museums. Chief Howard performed around the world as a Mardi Gras Indian, and he has lectured on Mardi Gras Indian tradition at numerous universities, schools, museums, the National Endowment for Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, and many other conferences and institutions. Chief Howard has been interviewed and featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Washington Post, the Associated Press, and numerous other publications and journals. Chief Howard makes regular appearances on New Orleans local radio station, WWOZ 90.7 FM. Chief Howard has been recognized with the State of Louisiana Governor's Arts Award for lifetime achievement in Folklife Heritage. Chief Howard was also given the HeartBeat Award by Offbeat Magazine for his contributions in continuing the Mardi Gras Indian legacy with his youth sewing program. Chief Howard has performed for many years at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and in 2009, he recorded the single "Here Come the Saints" with the late Dr. Wardell Quezergue and with the help of lifelong friend Dr. John.... show less

Owner/Manager,
Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios

Memphis, TN, USA

Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell is a GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, producer, composer, award-winning movie producer and studio owner. Born January 14th, 1971, Boo is the son of legendary Hi Records and Al Green producer, Willie Mitchell. Boo began his storied musical career in 1987 at the young... read moreLawrence "Boo" Mitchell is a GRAMMY Award-winning engineer, producer, composer, award-winning movie producer and studio owner. Born January 14th, 1971, Boo is the son of legendary Hi Records and Al Green producer, Willie Mitchell. Boo began his storied musical career in 1987 at the young age of 16 honing his chops song writing and playing keyboards. His first paid session as a keyboard player was in 1988 on Al Green’s GRAMMY Award-winning “As Long as We’re Together." That same year, he formed a rap group called the M-Team. The M-Team was the first rap group from Memphis to release a full length album. The M-Team was also Memphis' first rap group to have a video played on MTV (Can You Kick It Like This).

In 1993, Boo put his rap career on hold to work as manager and talent coordinator at his family's club, "Willie Mitchell's Rhythm and Blues Club" located on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. As the club’s manager and talent coordinator, he orchestrated performances by iconic artists such as Michael McDonald, Johnny Taylor, Warren Zevon, Montell Jordan, Ollie Woodson of the Temptations and a host of others. By the year 2000, the family closed the club and Boo moved on to be the manager of his father's legendary Royal Studios.

Over the next three years, Boo managed the studio while moonlighting as producer and engineer working with various artists. In 2002, Boo was project coordinator and associate producer for Al Green's first soul/R&B album in almost two decades, "I Can't Stop." By the end of 2004, Boo’s talent and ear for award-winning music led him to become the chief engineer at Royal Studios. One of the first sessions he engineered in his new position was for John Mayer's Continuum album, "I'm Gonna Find Another You."

Spanning the next six years, he worked closely with his father doing projects for chart-busting artists such as Al Green, Buddy Guy, Rod Stewart, Solomon Burke and Anthony Hamilton. Sadly, Boo's father Willie Mitchell passed away in 2010. Boo continued to engineer and run the studio working with artists such as Sir Cliff Richards, Lamont Dozier, and Cody Chesnutt.

In 2011, Boo was approached by Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars to collaborate on a music documentary called "Take Me to The River," a storytelling film about the music of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta. Boo worked as a producer of the film as well as music producer and engineer for the film’s music which featured performances by a multi-generational mix of great artists including Mavis Staples, William Bell, Booker T., Snoop Dogg, Otis Clay, Al Kapone, Bobby Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Blue Bland, The North Mississippi Allstars, Hi Rhythm, Hubert Sumlin and others. Released in 2015, "Take Me to The River" has become a critically acclaimed documentary winning multiple film festivals around the world including SXSW and Raindance in London.

Adding to his list of many talents, Boo is also a producer of award shows and concerts. In 2013, he produced the concert for the Memphis GRAMMY Chapter's 40th Anniversary. For this show, he worked with a renowned mix of artists from multiple genres spanning across the chapter’s various regions. The show highlighted unique collaborations such as pairing Roddie Romero & Eric Adcock with the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, as well as performances by artists like Shannon McNally, Al Kapone, Rebirth Brass Band, the great Sheri Jones Moffett and others.

For the past four years, Boo has produced and music directed the Memphis Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Bringing the very best in music and entertainment together, he has been able to curate appearances and performances by Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon, BJ Thomas, Carla Thomas, Steve Jordan, Jim Keltner, Melanie Fiona, Paul Rodgers, Jimmy Jam, The Bar-Kays, Master P and others.

For more than a decade, Boo has worked his magic in the studio culminating in several GRAMMY nominated and award-winning projects along with recordings for a who’s who of phenomenal artists such as, Al Green, Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, Boz Scaggs, John Mayer, Trombone Shorty, U2, Elton John, Bobby "Blue” Bland, The Neville Brothers, Edwin Hawkins, Keb Mo, William Bell, Dave Stewart, Isaac Hayes, Anthony Hamilton, Robert Cray, George Porter Jr., Angie Stone, The Bar-Kay's, Bobby Rush, Doug E Fresh, Melissa Etheridge, Paul Rodgers, Mannie Fresh, The Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Lauderdale,
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Snoop Dogg, The North Mississippi Allstars, Mystikal, Sam Moore, Eric Benet, Bruno Mars, Robert Plant, Robert Randolph, G Eazy, Drake, Jeff Bhasker and Mark Ronson and others.

In 2016, Boo won his first GRAMMY Award Record of the Year, for the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit "Uptown Funk." It's the first time a record made in Memphis has won a GRAMMY for Record of the Year.... show less

Co-Founder,
Global Citizen

New York, NY, USA

Simon is a campaigning and community education expert who is obsessed with creating ways for global citizens to contribute to ending extreme poverty by 2030. As a Co-Founder of Global Citizen, he has aided the creation and development of the Global Citizen platform and Festival, and overseen the... read moreSimon is a campaigning and community education expert who is obsessed with creating ways for global citizens to contribute to ending extreme poverty by 2030. As a Co-Founder of Global Citizen, he has aided the creation and development of the Global Citizen platform and Festival, and overseen the more than 100 campaign victories that the organisation has been a part of.He holds a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, lives in New York with his wife Rachel.... show less

President,
AEG Presents

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rick Mueller serves as President of AEG Presents North America. His responsibilities include oversight of AEG Presents’ fifteen regional offices on matters of programming, operations, and development of new business ventures. AEG Presents’ North American division produces over 10,000 shows... read moreRick Mueller serves as President of AEG Presents North America. His responsibilities include oversight of AEG Presents’ fifteen regional offices on matters of programming, operations, and development of new business ventures. AEG Presents’ North American division produces over 10,000 shows annually grossing in excess of 0 million. Throughout his tenure at the company, he has helped acquire or develop venues including the Santa Barbara Bowl, the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and the Iconic Agora Theatre in Cleveland. In addition to setting the booking strategy for AEG Present’s regional offices, he has worked on national touring projects with Artists such as Hall & Oates, Tear For Fears, Avicii, and Enrique Iglesias.

Prior to joining AEG Presents in 2008, Rick managed the concert operations for Live Nation in California. During his tenure he oversaw the restoration of the classic Hollywood Palladium and revitalized the concert programming and attendance at the iconic Universal Amphitheater.

Rick started his career working for the legendary San Francisco concert promotions company, Bill Graham Presents. He was responsible for programming hundreds of concerts annually, booking BGP’s arena, amphitheater and stadium shows across the Bay Area. He worked closely with artists including Green Day, Radiohead, Bruce Springsteen, and Beyoncé.

Mueller began promoting concerts while he was a student at U.C. Santa Barbara. During his college career he interned for Coachella founder Paul Tollett at Goldenvoice.... show less

Vice President, Head of Performing Arts,
APA Agency for the Performing Arts

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

18 years as a booking agent
Clients include: The Plain White T’s, Peter Cetera, Daniel O’Donnell, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, The Fab Four, Micky Dolenz, Chef Robert Irvine, Illusionist Rick Thomas, Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell, We Will Rock You – The Queen Musical
In... read more18 years as a booking agent
Clients include: The Plain White T’s, Peter Cetera, Daniel O’Donnell, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, The Fab Four, Micky Dolenz, Chef Robert Irvine, Illusionist Rick Thomas, Last Fan Standing with Bruce Campbell, We Will Rock You – The Queen Musical
In addition to booking the US, have handled Canada throughout career
Helped create live touring shows including “Robert Irvine Live”
Married to an exec at Universal Music, beautiful six-year old daughter, two terriers
Likely the tallest agent of all time, certainly the coolest... show less

West Coast Editor,
Billboard - LA

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Melinda Newman is the former West Coast Bureau Chief for Billboard Magazine, with more than 20 years of experience covering culture, entertainment and travel. She has contributed to Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur,... read moreMelinda Newman is the former West Coast Bureau Chief for Billboard Magazine, with more than 20 years of experience covering culture, entertainment and travel. She has contributed to Rolling Stone, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, and Entrepreneur, among others, and has reported from Cuba, Peru, Lebanon, Poland, and other corners of the world, but her favorite location is in the front of the pit at a Bruce Springsteen concert.... show less

Label Head,
XL Recordings

New York, NY, USA

Originally from Vancouver, Patrick North has been working in NYC since 2010 when he moved to head up Australian label Modular Recordings’ North American operation. There he led campaigns for Grammy Award nominated acts including Tame Impala and Cut Copy, while developing his own boutique label... read moreOriginally from Vancouver, Patrick North has been working in NYC since 2010 when he moved to head up Australian label Modular Recordings’ North American operation. There he led campaigns for Grammy Award nominated acts including Tame Impala and Cut Copy, while developing his own boutique label and management company, Acéphale. After leaving Modular in 2015, Patrick joined the Domino Recording Company, where he worked with bands including Hot Chip, Julia Holter, and Bob Moses. In 2016, North began his present role of US Label Head for XL Recordings, home to established acts including Radiohead and Adele, as well as developing artists such as Kaytranada and Arca.... show less

Attorney,
Law Office of Dani Oliva

Long Beach, CA, USA

Dani Oliva is the owner of Law Office of Dani Oliva: an Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Business, and Civil Litigation firm based in Los Angeles area. Dani externed in the legal department at Live Nation in Beverly Hills, California.
In 2004, Dani also founded a music award show and... read moreDani Oliva is the owner of Law Office of Dani Oliva: an Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Business, and Civil Litigation firm based in Los Angeles area. Dani externed in the legal department at Live Nation in Beverly Hills, California.
In 2004, Dani also founded a music award show and showcase series for independent musicians, Toronto Independent Music Awards now known as TIMA, which is free to apply to for Ontario, Canada residents. The TIMA is a coveted award shared by independent musicians who have gone on to sign with major and independent labels, top charts, secure major motion picture placement, and win Juno Awards.
Dani writes for The Huffington Post, and is “Of Counsel” for Thomson Gabriele Ollunga LLP, a firm based in Toronto and New York.
Dani started his career in guerilla street-based marketing for labels he loved like Sub Pop, Fat Wreck Chords, and more. Dani has been featured as a judge and music expert at Canadian Music Week and has spoken at colleges such as California State University, Fullerton. Dani's past music management clients include: Sumo Cyco fronted by Juno Award nominee Skye Sweetnam, and double-platinum and Juno Award winning artist Carole Pope of Rough Trade.
He’s passionate about empowering independent artists and musicians, and coaching them on the tools they need to achieve success. Dani graduated from the University of Toronto earning an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art History. After college, he moved to Southern California to attend law school.... show less

Finance and Marketing Intern,

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CEO, Former Commanding Officer, NYPD Counterterrorism,
MSA Security USA

A 22-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, Mr. O’Neil had the honor of serving as the first Commanding Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Division, which he helped create after 9/11. In that role, Mr. O'Neil was responsible for the daily operation and implementation of all... read moreA 22-year veteran of the New York City Police Department, Mr. O’Neil had the honor of serving as the first Commanding Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Division, which he helped create after 9/11. In that role, Mr. O'Neil was responsible for the daily operation and implementation of all aspects of the NYPD counterterrorism program, directing the NYPD’s mission of critical infrastructure protection, global terrorist threat analysis, CBRNE programs and policies, special event security planning, and counterterrorism training. He holds a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice from SUNY Empire State College and Top Secret security clearances granted through the FBI and the Department of Energy.... show less

A&R/Business Affairs Coordinator,
Redeye Worldwide

Hillsborough, NC, USA

Based in Hillsborough, NC (near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), Redeye and Yep Roc Records began in 1996 and 1997 respectively by focusing on the rich independent music of the southeast and providing the artists that made up the scene with a distribution option to give them access to all retail... read moreBased in Hillsborough, NC (near Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill), Redeye and Yep Roc Records began in 1996 and 1997 respectively by focusing on the rich independent music of the southeast and providing the artists that made up the scene with a distribution option to give them access to all retail accounts located in their region. Since then, Yep Roc and Redeye have charted a course of steady, sustainable growth by developing a strong physical and digital distribution network both nationally and internationally and providing a multitude of services to our partners. We currently are distributed in Canada by Outside Music for physical. Redeye is direct to all Digital Service Providers for the World.... show less

Director Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality,
University of Maryland

College Park, MD, USA

Lucien Parsons is Founding Director of MAVRIC - the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center at University of Maryland. Bringing 20 years of technology and strategy consulting and 10+ years in video game company management, including as a founder and GM of Zenimax Online Studios, Lucien... read moreLucien Parsons is Founding Director of MAVRIC - the Mixed/Augmented/Virtual Reality Innovation Center at University of Maryland. Bringing 20 years of technology and strategy consulting and 10+ years in video game company management, including as a founder and GM of Zenimax Online Studios, Lucien is working to build the Mid-Atlantic Region into a center of gravity for the Immersive Media space. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at UPenn and a Master's from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Relations (SAIS). He serves on the Board of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and as an advisor to multiple startups and entertainment companies.... show less

CEO,
Concord Music

Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Scott Pascucci is the Chief Executive Officer of Concord Music and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to Concord, Mr. Pascucci was President and COO of Exclusive Releasing. From 2001-2010, he was President of Rhino Entertainment, a division of Warner Music Group, and also served as... read moreScott Pascucci is the Chief Executive Officer of Concord Music and a member of its Board of Directors. Prior to Concord, Mr. Pascucci was President and COO of Exclusive Releasing. From 2001-2010, he was President of Rhino Entertainment, a division of Warner Music Group, and also served as Co-Chairman of Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Mr. Pascucci is also Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors of LAANE, a Los Angeles advocacy organization, and a past Chair of MusiCares, the music industry’s most respected source of assistance to musicians. Mr. Pascucci is a GRAMMY® Award-winning producer for the Ron Howard-directed documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (2016). Mr. Pascucci is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School.... show less

Deputy Chief Executive Officer,
peermusic

New York, NY, USA

Based in New York, Mary Megan Peer is responsible for peermusic’s US and worldwide business development and is a key member of the company’s strategic planning team. Founded by her grandfather Ralph S. Peer, peermusic is an independent global music publishing company with 32 offices in 28... read moreBased in New York, Mary Megan Peer is responsible for peermusic’s US and worldwide business development and is a key member of the company’s strategic planning team. Founded by her grandfather Ralph S. Peer, peermusic is an independent global music publishing company with 32 offices in 28 countries. With well over a quarter of a million titles in its catalog, peermusic works in all genres, including pop and rock, urban, Latin, classical, country and blues.

For 90 years, peermusic has consistently and relentlessly broken new ground by becoming home to some of the best and brightest talent in music. peermusic proudly represents songwriters as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael (“Stardust”), Jimmie Davis (“You Are My Sunshine”), Perez Prado (“Mambo #5”), Donovan (“Mellow Yellow”), Liam Sternberg (“Walk Like an Egyptian”), Morten Lauridsen (“Lux Aeterna”), Tricky Stewart (“Single Ladies”), the Audibles (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Sam Smith) and Jaron Boyer (“Somewhere On A Beach).

peermusic takes pride in its extensive global network of local offices and the close collaboration of its writers and staff across international borders. The company provides boutique-like attention to its writers while offering a global reach no other independent company can provide. Mary Megan’s responsibilities include overseeing peermusic offices in Asia and Brazil.

From 2011 to 2013, Mary Megan was the Managing Director of peermusic’s Buenos Aires office, representing both local and international writers in Argentina. peermusic’s first office in Latin America was in Argentina, and today the company has more offices on the continent than any other international music publisher. peermusic proudly represents a wide range of works from this influential region, from classic 1930s tangos to today’s Rock en Español and urban bachata.

Before joining peermusic in 2009, Mary Megan worked in investment banking, advising media and entertainment companies on their M&A and financial strategies at Piper Jaffray and Jefferies.

Mary Megan holds a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.... show less

VP, Entertainment & Sports,
Fish Technologies, LLC

Addison, TX, USA

Stephen heads up the Sports & Entertainment verticals at FISH Technologies, helping design powerful fan engagement and sponsorship activation strategies for large marquee events. FISH is a leader in the event marketing world with innovative experiential technologies that engage consumers, drive... read moreStephen heads up the Sports & Entertainment verticals at FISH Technologies, helping design powerful fan engagement and sponsorship activation strategies for large marquee events. FISH is a leader in the event marketing world with innovative experiential technologies that engage consumers, drive actionable data, and create new revenue streams for many of the world's leading professional sports leagues/organizations, major festivals, and top corporate brand activations... show less

CEO & Founder,
Bulldog Digital Media CA, USA

John Petrocelli is CEO and founder of Bulldog DM, a live streaming agency specializing in best practices for live streaming of premium content events and experiences. Bulldog DM helps brands, agencies, content owners and platforms deliver impactful live streamed engagements. Bulldog DM connects... read moreJohn Petrocelli is CEO and founder of Bulldog DM, a live streaming agency specializing in best practices for live streaming of premium content events and experiences. Bulldog DM helps brands, agencies, content owners and platforms deliver impactful live streamed engagements. Bulldog DM connects today’s digitally engaged consumer and millennial to the world’s best live content and represents the world’s top live streaming content portfolio including over 40 music festivals. The Bulldog DM’s work includes live streaming experiences for Coca Cola, Snickers Superbowl commercial, Nestle, American Express, Hilton, Facebook, Nissan, Taco Bell, AT&T, HP, Turner, Delta, the NFL, Sony and more. John has been instrumental in helping major media companies establish optimal strategies to both distribute and monetize their online video content for over 15+ years. These companies and brands include: NBA, NHL, NBC/Universal, Disney, Sony, Coca Cola, YouTube, VEVO, Twitter, Universal Music Group, Microsoft and music icon Prince – helping Prince develop the first major artist owned and operated direct to consumer digital music store and ticketing platform that garnered Prince a Billboard Award for Best Use of Technology by an Artist and a Webby Award. Previously John was VP, Sales and Bus Dev at AEG after selling his company to AEG where he led live streaming engagements for Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Rock In Rio, the Grammys, the Oscars, and the Masters. His previous companies were acquired by Google and Akamai.... show less

Music Program,
Sound Music Cities, LLC USA

Promoting positive community and economic growth in music cities around the world.
After 25 years in the music and entertainment industry, Don Pitts launched Sound Music Cities, Inc. to help emerging and established music and entertainment cities find practical solutions to sound issues and... read morePromoting positive community and economic growth in music cities around the world.
After 25 years in the music and entertainment industry, Don Pitts launched Sound Music Cities, Inc. to help emerging and established music and entertainment cities find practical solutions to sound issues and growing their music economy.
Having garnered the nickname “The Sound Whisperer” from his tenure as the head of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department’s Music & Entertainment Division where he reduced sound complaints by 70%, Don brings his experience and passion for creating vibrant music cities to Sound Music Cities.
When it comes to the music industry, Don has done it all, including managing bands and venues, handling entertainment relations for Gibson Guitar, co-founding the North American Music Cities Summit, and working in the public sector. This unique background has given him the ability to communicate effectively with various partners to find common ground.
While with the City of Austin, Don led innovative programs to increase prosperity for musicians, music businesses, and music venues, which helped establish a sustainable economic engine for the city.
When he’s not advising clients on music-related business or devoting his time to enhancing the quality of the Austin music/musician experience, Don is adding to his collection of rare and vintage western shirts or walking the trails with his family.... show less

Culture & Content,
Tidal NY, USA

Adelle Platon is the editor of culture and content at TIDAL, where she produces the series 'Side Hustle' and 'In Conversation.' She also serves as co-host for the 'Inside My DNA' podcast. Her previous roles included spearheading hip-hop/R&B coverage and covering red carpets at Billboard and... read moreAdelle Platon is the editor of culture and content at TIDAL, where she produces the series 'Side Hustle' and 'In Conversation.' She also serves as co-host for the 'Inside My DNA' podcast. Her previous roles included spearheading hip-hop/R&B coverage and covering red carpets at Billboard and VIBE Magazine. She is also the co-founder of her sweat., a fitness lifestyle site for women.... show less

General Manager of Music, Theater & Performing Arts,
StubHub

San Francisco, CA, USA

Jeff Poirier is the General Manager of Music, Theater & Performing Arts for StubHub, leading a team focused on the overall strategy, partnerships, marketing, supply and event operations in North America.

Poirier most recently led StubHub's Canadian business, serving as Country Manager... read moreJeff Poirier is the General Manager of Music, Theater & Performing Arts for StubHub, leading a team focused on the overall strategy, partnerships, marketing, supply and event operations in North America.

Poirier most recently led StubHub's Canadian business, serving as Country Manager for the last two years. Among their accomplishments, his team launched StubHub into the French Canadian market, signed various partnerships, including a multi-year ticketing integration and marketing partnership with TD Place and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and has been instrumental in policy discussions regarding consumers' ticketing rights in the region.

Poirier joined StubHub in 2012, at which time his initial role was in Global Strategy & Corporate Development and where he acted as Head of Corporate Development on an interim basis in 2014. His overall responsibilities were evaluating and leading investments for a number of M&A opportunities, while also leading annual strategic planning cycles and strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining StubHub, Jeff was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in their San Francisco-based Technology group.

Poirier has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, having served seven years in the nuclear submarine community.... show less

Artist Manager,
C3 Management

Austin, TX, USA

Dean Raise is an artist manager at C3 Management. The artist management partners of festival producers for Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, C3 is a full service artist management company that represents The Strokes, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Phoenix, The Head and The Heart, Justice... read moreDean Raise is an artist manager at C3 Management. The artist management partners of festival producers for Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits, C3 is a full service artist management company that represents The Strokes, Rebelution, The Revivalists, Phoenix, The Head and The Heart, Justice and Sylvan Esso, amongst others. Dean was instrumental in launching a partnership between his longtime client Rebelution and Flav, to release multiple strains and products of cannabis vape cartridges, battery pens and vaporizers in retail outlets throughout multiple states.... show less

Tour Manager/Tour Accountant/Tour Director,
Alice in Chains & THE CULT USA Background spans over 30 years of international tour experience working with many of our Industry’s leading artists. His experience and expertise has earned him a reputation as one of the leading touring professionals.
Expertise includes: Tour Direction, Tour Management and Tour... read moreBackground spans over 30 years of international tour experience working with many of our Industry’s leading artists. His experience and expertise has earned him a reputation as one of the leading touring professionals.
Expertise includes: Tour Direction, Tour Management and Tour Accounting.

Analyzed tour routing and vetted venues with management and agents. Developed tour budgets and analyzed costs. Conducted nightly show settlements. Maintained comprehensive tour accounting. Administered salaries and per diem. Evaluated production requirements and costs.

Supervised tour staff. Hired tour personnel and production vendors. Coordinated sound, lighting, staging, bus and truck companies. Advanced all tour dates with promoters and venues. Planned and negotiated travel arrangements. Prepared itineraries. Organized all press, media and record company obligations. Negotiated endorsements and industry relationships. Supervised band merchandising and merch accounting.

Clean and sober over 30 years. active in the entertainment industry recovery community. Worked with dozens of recovering artist. Works with managers to help create sober support systems around recovering artist while on the road. Map-MusiCares- Road Recovery

TOUR MANAGER- TOUR ACCOUNTANT- TOUR DIRECTOR
• ALICE IN CHAINS
• THE CULT
• KORN
• GOO GOO DOLLS
• GARBAGE
• 311
• SCOTT STAPP – CREED
• GRATEFUL DEAD PRODUCTIONS
• TOUR MANAGER, TOUR ACCOUNTANT - THE DEAD
• TOUR MANAGER, TOUR ACCOUNTANT - BOB WEIR AND RATD
• DURAN DURAN
• KENNY LOGGINS
• MICHELLE SHOCKED
• LITTLE FEAT
• HUEY LEWIS AND THE NEWS
• THE NEVILLE BROTHERS... show less

Founder and Editor in Chief,
She Shreds Magazine

Portland, OR, USA

Fabi Reyna is a Mexican born, Texas raised guitarist as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of She Shreds Magazine—the world's first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. At 26 years old Reyna has built what was a small Portland based zine into a media company... read moreFabi Reyna is a Mexican born, Texas raised guitarist as well as the founder and editor-in-chief of She Shreds Magazine—the world's first and only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. At 26 years old Reyna has built what was a small Portland based zine into a media company with a print circulation of over 40k distributed in 28 countries, a dedicated digital presence with over 2 million annual website visitors, as well as an events and creative agency. Outlets such as Mic.com, Bitch media, Fender, New York Magazine, Stereogum, and many more have praised the editor for her passionate work to create an inclusive community within the guitar industry that transcends the boundaries of gender and genre—supporting radicalism, respect and revolution.... show less

CEO, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, 3-Time Grammy Award Winner,

Grammy/Multi-Platinum Music Producer/Composer/Arranger/Songwriter/Recording Artist and Music Scientist Teddy Riley has one of the most intriguing and solid legacies in the music industry for a bit over 30 years. Since age five, he was a multi-instrumentalist child prodigy playing at church in his... read moreGrammy/Multi-Platinum Music Producer/Composer/Arranger/Songwriter/Recording Artist and Music Scientist Teddy Riley has one of the most intriguing and solid legacies in the music industry for a bit over 30 years. Since age five, he was a multi-instrumentalist child prodigy playing at church in his hometown of Harlem, NY.
He formed a music group called "Kids at Work" in his early teens, composed and produced must have tracks and compilation albums for numerous rappers and several for recording artists including the human beat box icon Doug E Fresh. By age 17, his first 12" Single production made the Billboard 100 hit list "Go See the Doctor" by Kool Mo Dee in 1986 and shortly thereafter another major Billboard hit titled "Wild Wild West."
In late 1987, the dawn of a brand new genre called New Jack Swing was created by Teddy Riley with the No.1 R&B Billboard smash hit LP "Make it Last" by Keith Sweat selling over 3 million copies, No.5 on the Billboard Pop chart and was certified Triple Platinum. His New Jack Swing sound was the new epic lifeline that forever changed the design of R&B music even to this day. During the early era of New Jack Swing, Riley composed, produced and/or wrote Billboard chart topping, award winning RIAA certified hits for his Multi-Platinum R&B hit group Guy. (Groove Me, Let’s Chill, I Like, Teddy’s Jam, A Piece of My Love) from the Guy LP. This album reached No.1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and remained there for five consecutive weeks. In addition, Guy was the highest charting R&B album on the Billboard Year End chart for 1989.
On a special note, he recorded most of the Guy album at his mother’s house Mildred Riley due to budget issues and more importantly, Riley felt the sound was crisper and warmer. This is mainly due to his profound ear for music and his following accolades prove that.
An additional short list of his RIAA Certified greatest productions include No.1 Hits by the following icons: The late Johnny Kemp (Just Got Paid) The song hit No.1 on the U.S. R&B & Dance charts, U.S Billboard Hot Dance Club Play, reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy nomination.
Bobby Brown, (My Prerogative) Peaked at No.1 US Billboard Hot 100, US Billboard Hot Black Singles and also was nominated for Grammy as Best R&B Urban Contemporary Single. (Get Away) No.1 US Billboard Hot Dance/Maxi-Singles.
High Five, (The Kissing Game) No.1 US Billboard Hot 100, US Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles and remained No.1 on the US Billboard Year End Charts.
Wrecks N Effect (Rump Shaker) No.1 US Billboard Hot Rap Singles & Canada Dance Chart. Note his brother Markell Riley was a vital part of this hit making group.
He was founder of the R&B Multi-Platinum/Grammy winning group Blackstreet best known for their No.1 Hit song " No Diggity” Featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen.
Other Billboard chart topping Heavy D, (Now that We Found Love) The Winans, (It’s Time) Wreckx-N-Effect, (Rump Shaker) SWV, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Al B Sure, MC Hammer, Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, NSYNC, Big Daddy Kane, New Kids on the Block, Joe, Kenny Lattimore, Robin Thicke, Boys II Men, Lady Gaga, an extensive list of others.
He was founder of the R&B Multi-Platinum/Grammy winning group Blackstreet best known for their No.1 Hit song "No Diggity." It was No.1 in four different categories on Billboard, several European charts and is one of the top licensed songs in today’s market for film, television, commercials. The late Pop/Funk Icon Prince also performed it in Washington DC.
At age 23, Teddy Riley Produced the "Dangerous" LP by Michael Jackson which sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, debuted at No.1 on Billboard 200, remained on the Billboard 200 chart 117 weeks. He also won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical. The album also received three Grammy Nominations for Best Pop Vocal Male, Best R&B Vocal Male and "Jam" as Best R&B Song. Nine singles were released coupled with hit song “Remember the Time” and it was Michael Jackson's fastest selling album in the United States with gross earnings for Sony at a bit over a billion dollars. The RIAA certified "Dangerous" seven times platinum. This was the most successful New Jack Swing album of all times. Riley also produced four songs on the "Invincible" LP by Michael Jackson in 2001. In 2006, he was inducted into the Hip Hop Hall of Fame.
Some of his guest television appearances include The Steve Harvey Show, Moesha, Rugrats, Arsenio Hall, Oprah, HLN and VH1’s hit show Love & Hip Hop. To his credit film scores/compositions for "Do the Right Thing" "Rugrats The Movie" "House Party" "CB4" "Money Train" "Panther" "Get on the Bus" "Preacher's Wife" "Wild Wild West", "Two Can Play that Game" "King's Ransom" and a list of others to most recently "American Reunion" along with television shows including "New York Undercover" are major accolades to his extensive arsenal.
To date he has been on worldwide tours, on the radar in major magazines from Billboard, Rolling Stone, Vibe, Ebony to the front cover of Keyboard Magazine twice among countless others.
Teddy Riley is the first African American music producer from the U.S. to produce K-Pop (Korean Pop Music) and bringing it to America, and spends part of the year working in Korea with S&M Entertainment for their top recording artist in his studio in Seoul, Korea.
In late March 2015, he produced another world-wide No.1 K-Pop hit titled "Call Me Baby" by EXO which has over 18 million YouTube views within a month, the song reigns on the Billboard charts in 9 categories and is holding the No.1 position on World Album charts. He has more than 1000 credits to his name. He continues to chart on the 2016 rosters in K-POP music.
Teddy Riley has respectfully earned the title "The King of New Jack Swing” which was coined by the iconic writer/author Barry Michael Cooper. There is an innovative and technical driving force that continues to flow within this musical genius architect bringing only the most prolific legendary signature sound to the multi-genre masses historically and in today's music market place.
From composing and producing R&B, Hip Hop, Pop and K-Pop hit songs, his schedule remains non-stop in the studio and continues to perform with his group Blackstreet aka BS2 coupled with solo engagements. He performed the on the Tom Joyner Cruise coupled with the Tom Joyner Family Reunion and has been a guest on major radio stations.
As a music technology scientist, he conducted technical education demonstrations for several years at the NAMM show, the world’s largest music merchant’s trade show for companies such as Yamaha, PreSonus, AKAI among others and has made major technical contributions to products on today's market. As an expert panelist he was invited to speak in Dubai twice among other global music technology summits.
Academically since 2014, he has served on the Advisory Board at Piedmont College, a recipient of the esteemed Sankofa Award and was Commencement Speaker at the 2015 Graduation Ceremony at The World Congress Center.
Between his studios in Seoul Korea, Los Angeles, Atlanta and most recently Las Vegas, this iconic force stays creative in the lab working on tracks for numerous artists and special projects. He was commissioned by The Harlem Globtrotters Association to remix their historical theme song which will be played on their 2016 national tour. He is involved in l philanthropic entities including a partnership with music executive Shanti Das serving over 500 homeless at the Atlanta Mission, he has gifted upcoming music producers with studio equipment and special sounds, supports and encourages their endeavors.
Currently, Mr. Riley is on a multi city tour with the legendary group “GUY”. Together they are spreading the joyous sounds of 90’s RnB with hits such as “Groove me” “Piece of my love” “I Like” and “Let’s Chill”... show less

CEO,
HelloSugoi USA Jason Robert is co-founder and CEO of HelloSugoi. He launched the world's first blockchain powered event ticketing platform. He co-founded the popular "Real World Blockchain” meetup and is the founding instructor at Product School's "Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies" course. Jason... read moreJason Robert is co-founder and CEO of HelloSugoi. He launched the world's first blockchain powered event ticketing platform. He co-founded the popular "Real World Blockchain” meetup and is the founding instructor at Product School's "Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies" course. Jason has facilitated numerous public speaking engagements on the topic of blockchain and the entertainment industry, including appearances at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, BlockCon, SF Music Tech Summit, XLIVE, and SXSW.

After years as a touring drummer, he founded Lost Midas, a music production company. While there, he negotiated recording, publishing, and live event agreements. He released several albums to critical acclaim by the BBC and NPR, and performed extensively across North America and the UK. Jason has also composed original songs at BMG Production Music for high-profile TV shows on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, Netflix, and Showtime.... show less

Producer/Composer, Musical Icon, Multiple Grammy Award winner / Producer / Compo,
Nile Rodgers Productions LLC

New York, NY, USA

Nile Rodgers is a multiple Grammy Award winning musician, composer, arranger, guitarist and co-founder of the band CHIC. Additionally, Nile is considered one of the most influential producers in the history of popular music and has produced some of the biggest hits in the careers of Madonna, David... read moreNile Rodgers is a multiple Grammy Award winning musician, composer, arranger, guitarist and co-founder of the band CHIC. Additionally, Nile is considered one of the most influential producers in the history of popular music and has produced some of the biggest hits in the careers of Madonna, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Diana Ross and most currently, Daft Punk, among other artists.

With Nile’s iconic stature as a true “hit maker” he has brought the world such classic songs as “Dance, Dance, Dance”, “Everybody Dance”, “I Want Your Love”, “Le Freak (Aw Freak Out!)”, “Good Times”, “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, “We Are Family”, “I’m Coming Out”, “Upside Down”, “Like A Virgin”, “Let’s Dance”, among others. Most recently, Nile won 3 Grammy Awards for his work with Daft Punk on their global hit album “Random Access Memories” as well as their massive hit single, “Get Lucky”, which has broken records for being the first song in history to go #1 on iTunes in 106 markets around the world.

In addition to Nile's own work with CHIC and other notable recording artists, he has also produced music for the critically acclaimed video games Halo (series) and Gears of War.

Nile Rodgers and CHIC continue to tour all over the world and bring smiles, music, dance and "the funk" to people of every age.... show less

Sr. Talent Buyer & GM,
React Presents

Chicago, IL, USA

In 1998, Matt Rucins was sick of seeing an empty stage from the DJ booth he spun in every week at a Columbia, Missouri basement bar, so he asked the bar owner if he could hire bands. He wasn't aware at the time, but Rucins started a twenty-year career as a talent buyer and promoter, which included... read moreIn 1998, Matt Rucins was sick of seeing an empty stage from the DJ booth he spun in every week at a Columbia, Missouri basement bar, so he asked the bar owner if he could hire bands. He wasn't aware at the time, but Rucins started a twenty-year career as a talent buyer and promoter, which included time at Columbia's The Blue Note and fifteen years at Schubas in Chicago, where in 2009, he helped open and book Lincoln Hall.
In 2015, shortly after the sale of Schubas and Lincoln Hall, Rucins was hired by React Presents to work on the company's Mamby On The Beach Festival and continue to diversify their electronic leaning programming. At the beginning of this year, React promoted Rucins to General Manager and Sr. Talent Buyer. He now leads on Mamby and recently helped negotiate a partnership with Chicago's longtime independent concert promoter, Jam Productions, gaining access to their Park West, The Vic and The Riviera venues.... show less

Senior VP Digital Strategy & Partnerships,
Universal Music Group

Santa Monica, California, CA, USA

Oana Ruxandra is Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at Universal Music Group, where she works closely with UMG’s senior management team and label leadership to develop digital strategy and implement critical business priorities into the company’s... read moreOana Ruxandra is Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy and Partnerships at Universal Music Group, where she works closely with UMG’s senior management team and label leadership to develop digital strategy and implement critical business priorities into the company’s partnerships.

Over the course of her career, Ruxandra has successfully negotiated digital agreements with some of the biggest technology companies in the world that resulted in the creation of entire new categories of business in the music industry and ensure the entire music ecosystem continues to benefit from increased access to music.

Ruxandra was most recently Vice President of Digital Strategy and Business Development at Warner Music Group, where she was responsible for generating, structuring, negotiating, and maintaining strategic partnerships with global partners as well as leading the strategy and analysis team in defining WMG’s long-term digital vision. Ruxandra joined Warner Music in 2012 as Director of Digital Strategy and was promoted through the years.

Prior to Warner Music, Ruxandra worked in finance over a span of seven years, most recently leading quantitative portfolio management of the global fixed income desk at BlackRock Inc., the world’s largest asset manager.

Ruxandra holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.... show less

Program Manager IMTour,
Western States Arts Federation

Denver, CO, USA

Madalena Salazar is the program manager for IMTour and grants manager for TourWest. She is responsible for administering grants that support performing artists and presenters. Madalena has spent her career building inclusion and equity in the arts as an arts educator, independent consultant and... read moreMadalena Salazar is the program manager for IMTour and grants manager for TourWest. She is responsible for administering grants that support performing artists and presenters. Madalena has spent her career building inclusion and equity in the arts as an arts educator, independent consultant and administrator at institutions like the Denver Art Museum, where she was the first Latino cultural programs coordinator, the Brooklyn Museum, and the University of New Mexico. Madalena currently is a member of Denver’s Commission on Cultural Affairs, and the Denver Art Museum’s Latino Alliance. She was a founding member of Denver’s LatinasGive! philanthropic group; an alumnus of WESTAF’s Emerging Leaders of Color; and co-authored a chapter in Multiculturalism and Art Museums Today. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in art history from the University of New Mexico.... show less

Co-Founder, Executive Producer,
Two Goats

New York City, USA

Johanna Salazar is an Executive Producer and Partner at Two Goats VR. With over 17 years of experience in TV Production, Content Strategy and Format Development, she has a history of launching Linear and Digital networks for US and Global Audiences. Johanna has produced and developed multi-million... read moreJohanna Salazar is an Executive Producer and Partner at Two Goats VR. With over 17 years of experience in TV Production, Content Strategy and Format Development, she has a history of launching Linear and Digital networks for US and Global Audiences. Johanna has produced and developed multi-million dollar productions, integrated new and emerging technologies into creative storytelling, and loves making sense of data. Formerly, Vice President of Production Planning & Operations for the Content Management & Production Technologies Group at Viacom, for the following brands: MTV, VH1, LOGO, Comedy Central, SPIKE, CMT, TV Land & Paramount Network. Johanna has also worked with Youtube, Cirque Du Soleil, Food Network, launched the Miami Chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs and in 2010 received an MBA from Florida International University.... show less

EVP, Programming,
Superfly Presents

New York, NY, USA

Chris joined Superfly in 2010, where he currently leads the talent booking and music and comedy programming team on behalf of Superfly’s festival properties including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Clusterfest, Lost Lake and Grandoozy. Additionally, Chris oversees the development of value driven... read moreChris joined Superfly in 2010, where he currently leads the talent booking and music and comedy programming team on behalf of Superfly’s festival properties including Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Clusterfest, Lost Lake and Grandoozy. Additionally, Chris oversees the development of value driven partnerships between brands and artists for strategic entertainment based initiatives. Prior to Superfly, Chris worked as an artist manager at Red Light Management. He graduated from New York University in 1997 and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.... show less

PhD/ARIVAL Chairman,
ARIVAL

San Diego, CA, USA

From Harvard/MGH neuroscientist to internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, digital imaging expert & visual effects (VFX) pioneer, Dr. Sandrew has over 33 patents and decades of feature film & TV accomplishments including productions for all the major Hollywood studios, TV networks... read moreFrom Harvard/MGH neuroscientist to internationally recognized serial entrepreneur, digital imaging expert & visual effects (VFX) pioneer, Dr. Sandrew has over 33 patents and decades of feature film & TV accomplishments including productions for all the major Hollywood studios, TV networks & several cable networks. Sandrew is founder of 2 production studios that became gold standards for color VFX.

In 2007 Sandrew invented a process for converting 2D films to 3D and subsequently founded Legend3D. Beginning in 2010, Sandrew oversaw creative and technical teams in the 3D conversion of Alice In Wonderland, the Shrek Trilogy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and many more tent-pole films at the height of the 3D phenomenon. In subsequent years the teams Barry Sandrew led have worked on the 3D conversion and VFX of more than 50 of the highest grossing 3D feature films of the past 7 years.

An invited keynote speaker at many international conferences focused on new media, Barry Sandrew is considered a thought leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality with an significant online following. Dr. Sandrew is also a consultant to Fortune 5000 companies in the mobile space, focusing on emerging opportunities in augmented reality, the Internet of Things and 3D Sensor Technologies – Converging our Real and Digital Worlds.... show less

President,
Steven Scharf Entertainment

New York, NY, USA

Over his four decade career in the music industry, Steven Scharf has worked in nearly every possible aspect of the business. In 1991, after nearly 20 years of working as an independent record producer and head of A&R at Private Stock Records, he launched his own management and consulting firm... read moreOver his four decade career in the music industry, Steven Scharf has worked in nearly every possible aspect of the business. In 1991, after nearly 20 years of working as an independent record producer and head of A&R at Private Stock Records, he launched his own management and consulting firm Steven Scharf Entertainment as a joint venture with legendary music publisher Freddy Bienstock. Through this venture Steven has managed many highly successful record producers, film composers and indie licensing. Currently after 27 years at Carlin America serving as Sr VP Creative, Steven is now expanding his company with the addition of Film & Television production along with his composers, producers and licensing. www.stevenscharf.com... show less

Director: Creative & Business Development,
Reel Muzik Werks, LLC

El Segundo, CA, USA

Samantha Schilling Robinson earned one of her degrees in International Business and Commerce from UCLA School of Business. She exercises her international expertise as the Director of Creative and Business development at Reel Muzik Werks, a full rights management company with a strong worldwide... read moreSamantha Schilling Robinson earned one of her degrees in International Business and Commerce from UCLA School of Business. She exercises her international expertise as the Director of Creative and Business development at Reel Muzik Werks, a full rights management company with a strong worldwide reach. Samantha is an experienced and motivated professional with years of strong industry experience – six of them specifically in international Ad/Film/TV licensing with special focus on artist development, creative pitching, clearance, negotiation and execution. Previously from Reel Muzik Werks, Samantha worked as a music consultant and synch agent for clients around the world.

Samantha Schilling Robinson earned one of her degrees in International Business and Trade from UCLA School of Busines. She exercises her international expertise as the Director of Creative and Business development at Reel Muzik Werks, a full rights management company with a strong worldwise reach. Samantha is an experienced and motivated professional with years of strong industry experience – six of them specifically in international Ad/Film/TV licensing registration & Copyright management with special focus on artist development creative pitching clearance negotiation and execution. Recent placements include: Guardians of galaxy 2 Spiderman Home-Coming Geostorm American crime Story The Resident and many more! Before joining Reel Muzik Werks,Samantha worked as a music consultant for clients around the world.... show less

Executive Music Producer,
McGarry Bowen

NY, USA

I'm an executive music producer and supervisor at mcgarrybowen ny and have been here for almost nine years. I spent several years at BBDO ny before that, and have worked on the music company side as well as, sourcing and directing composers for bespoke music production for film/tv/advertising.... read moreI'm an executive music producer and supervisor at mcgarrybowen ny and have been here for almost nine years. I spent several years at BBDO ny before that, and have worked on the music company side as well as, sourcing and directing composers for bespoke music production for film/tv/advertising. Throughout my career I've worked on music (and sound design) for brand campaigns for United, Intel, Verizon, Crayola, JCPenney, JPMorgan Chase, Sunkist, AT&T, Havaianas, amongst others... show less

Head of Industry Relations,
Live Nation

Beverley Hills, CA, USA

Joey Scoleri is currently Head of Industry Relations Live Nation Canada. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing Live Nation Entertainment US. He creates marketing strategies which promote superstar artists along with newer talents to connect directly to fans through Live... read moreJoey Scoleri is currently Head of Industry Relations Live Nation Canada. Prior to this he was Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing Live Nation Entertainment US. He creates marketing strategies which promote superstar artists along with newer talents to connect directly to fans through Live Nation’s vast array of direct and partner fan connection channels. Joey has worked on tours with Coldplay, Jay Z, Aerosmith, The Weekend, One Direction and many more. Joey spent 12 years at The Disney Music Group working with artists such as Queen, Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Breaking Benjamin, Rascal Flatts and more in his capacity as VP of promotion and sports marketing. Joey also worked at Elektra Records and orchestrated campaigns with artists including Metallica, AC/DC and Motley Crue. Before moving into the management side of the music business he spent over 10 years at Q107 Radio in Toronto as Program Director, Afternoon Drive Host and as a National Television Personality for many years. Joey currently guest hosts The Jim Rome Show on CBS Sports Radio across North America, NBC Sports Radio and Sportsnet radio nationally and has interviewed everyone from Jerry Bruckheimer and Mark Cuban to Sidney Crosby and Demar Derozan on the shows.... show less

Founder,
SnapchatDaily.com USA

Inna is a marketing strategist, Snapchat creator and influencer who helps brands tell their story on Snapchat. She’s the founder of SnapchatDaily.com, a blog about the best-kept Snapchat secrets, and a creative marketing director at InnavationLabs, a marketing communications agency based in San... read moreInna is a marketing strategist, Snapchat creator and influencer who helps brands tell their story on Snapchat. She’s the founder of SnapchatDaily.com, a blog about the best-kept Snapchat secrets, and a creative marketing director at InnavationLabs, a marketing communications agency based in San Francisco. Inna worked with Facebook, Skype, eBay, Calm meditation app, Starbucks, NBC Universal, Turner Broadcasting, Visa, DeveloperWeek and many other companies. She hosted Snapchat takeovers for Startup Grind, Women in Tech, Hackapreneur, and as an influencer collaborated with Google, Virgin Mobile, Bloomberg.org, lululemon, SoulCycle, and others. Inna is an alumna of Singularity University and SingularityU San Francisco Chapter founder.... show less

Sound Design/Production Director,
Rogers Radio, Canada - KROQ FM, USA

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Trevor is based in Los Angeles and works with Rogers Radio exclusively in Canada providing voiceover, hosting duties and special production nationally for their entire chain. His clients include creative imaging and writing for KROQ for over 13 years, where he has been known to creep on air once in... read moreTrevor is based in Los Angeles and works with Rogers Radio exclusively in Canada providing voiceover, hosting duties and special production nationally for their entire chain. His clients include creative imaging and writing for KROQ for over 13 years, where he has been known to creep on air once in a while. He is one of the network voices of Disney XD across the U.S. and The Outdoor Life Network in Canada. His voice has appeared on campaigns and character work for Mattel, Disney Junior, Disney Channel, Adult Swim’s “Mr.Pickles” and more. He co-hosts and produces a number of podcasts including the horror-themed “Boo Crew” and the upcoming music/interview web channel “The Speakeasy”... show less

Owner/Artist Manager,
Shaub Entertainment, LLC

New York, NY, USA

Christa Shaub has built an 18-year career in numerous aspects of the entertainment industry, most notably managing the career of international superstar, Rihanna. Christa co-owned and operated music management firm, Rebel One, taking an extreme hands-on approach to crafting the career and image of... read moreChrista Shaub has built an 18-year career in numerous aspects of the entertainment industry, most notably managing the career of international superstar, Rihanna. Christa co-owned and operated music management firm, Rebel One, taking an extreme hands-on approach to crafting the career and image of Rihanna for the first 5 years of the superstar’s career. Rebel One’s roster also included names like Alex Da Kid, K’Naan and Jazmine Sullivan. Prior to Rebel One, Shaub was the Senior A&R Director at Cherry Lane Music Publishing (now BMG) where she was instrumental in cultivating new business and played a pivotal role in the signings of major pop/r&b artists and songwriters such as the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Toby Gad and West Indian Girl. Christa’s passion, diligence and keen music sensibility helped the company achieve its highest profitability and notoriety in 40 years. She managed a thriving A&R/Creative Services department by obtaining promotional opportunities and original music production for major clients such as NASCAR, Electronic Arts (EA) and NFL Films.

In 2013, Shaub put her extensive experience in the music industry into creating Shaub Entertainment; an entertainment company specializing in music management, music publishing and management/A&R consultation. Shaub Entertainment’s first signing was global pop star and Albanian native, Bleona, whose dance hit, “Take It Like A Man” climbed the dance charts both in the US and the UK. Christa also helped secure Bleona as one of the star cast members of Bravo’s newest show in 2013, Euros of Hollywood.

Shaub Entertainment’s most recent focus project is rising rock & roll star, Luke Elliot whose debut album Dressed for the Occasion has garnered extensive international critical acclaim. With a strategic focus on thriving music markets like Scandinavia, France, Germany and the Australia, Shaub is dedicated to help create another international success with Luke Elliot.

Shaub is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a degree in Marketing and Music Business.... show less

CEO & Founder,
Manic Monkee Mgmt & Mktg

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Allison owns Manic Monkee, which works with artists and record producers and does consulting and brand alignment, experimental marketing and creative activations for all kinds of brands, produces festivals/events and aligns brands with sponsorship/partnerships. Shaw also produces new media... read moreAllison owns Manic Monkee, which works with artists and record producers and does consulting and brand alignment, experimental marketing and creative activations for all kinds of brands, produces festivals/events and aligns brands with sponsorship/partnerships. Shaw also produces new media content for commercials and does the music supervision for them. Shaw has built out several crowdfunding campaigns which have successfully raised over 1.5 million dollars. Shaw also produces events for Whole Foods/Whole Planet. Allison is also on the Board of Directors for Non-Profit music charity Sweet Relief. Allison is the Executive Director for LA’s first all solar powered music festival Sunstock Solar Festival where all the proceeds go to children with cancer. Allison is the manager of partnerships for Muzooka that manages artist assets for festivals/ticketing companies/venues and does simplified setlist reporting and verfication for proper royalty distribution.

Shaw started her career in music writing for MTV/VH1. Allison also founded Hyperactive Music Magazine which was in over 1200 locations nationally. She also started Hyperactive Conference and Music Festival with 200 bands and 60 speakers annually, and was the executive director for Santa Fe Muzik festival with over 65k in attendance over 3 days. Allison headed up the music division for Rachael Ray’s entertainment company Watch and was co-creator and producer for the Rachael Ray Feedback SXSW. She also ran the label Listen Records/Sony. Shaw is also co-creator for the Whole Foods/Quantum Collective SXSW showcase. Allison also was Director of Brand Strategy for Rock and Roll Inductee’s Public Enemy. Shaw is also the Director of Marketing for famed LA rehearsal and production studio Swinghouse Studios which is also a live venue and does sound and staging for festivals including Desert Daze.... show less

Managing Partner,
Venue Solutions Group

Brentwood, TN, USA

For more than 36 years, Russ Simons has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment facility industry including design, construction and management & operations. At Venue Solutions Group (VSG), Russ directs the firm’s safety, security, risk and crowd management... read moreFor more than 36 years, Russ Simons has been involved in nearly every facet of the sports and entertainment facility industry including design, construction and management & operations. At Venue Solutions Group (VSG), Russ directs the firm’s safety, security, risk and crowd management operations. He works with operators at every level from performing arts & theaters to colleges and universities and every major professional sports league.

Russ currently serves as the chairman of the Department of Homeland Security Commercial Facilities Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council.

Russ is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAVM), and has served on their Board of Directors. He is a current member of the organizations Safety & Security Committee leading the Cyber Security working group. He is a founder and former instructor of the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety and Security. He is a 24-year Instructor and former Chairman of the Board of Regents of IAVM’s Venue Management School. He serves on the
Board of Advisors for the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, the Sports Facility’s and the Law publication and the TEAM coalition for responsible alcohol management. Russ continues to work on industry Safety and Security issues worldwide having recently lead webinars on Ebola and Civil Disobedience, Protests and Demonstrations. He is a 2004 recipient of the GIGI Award of Excellence and member of the Event, Sales and Marketing Association Hall of Fame. He is currently an independent security consultant to the National Hockey League. Russ is also a member of IFMA and the Stadium Managers Association.

He is a former volunteer firefighter, instructor at the Hartford County Fire Training Center and Emergency Medical Technician.

Russ is the architect of the Walmart “Black Friday” crowd management plan, including the development and training of over 1.6 million Walmart Associates in more than 4,000 Walmart stores in the United States. Russ’s plan is now standard operating practice for all Walmart “Retailtainment” events.

Prior to creating Venue Solutions Group, Russ was a Senior Principal with the global design firm Populous. There he managed the firms’ facility operations, evaluation and analysis group, which assisted public assembly venues in the renovation and development of new facilities. He works closely with designers, architects and engineers as they created functional and secure sports and entertainment facilities.

Russ’ previous positions include: Senior Vice President and General Manager of Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, home to the NHL Nashville Predators also Russ was a Senior Vice President of Powers Management and President of Powers Solutions, a professional sports and entertainment facility consulting company. Russ has provided services to over 90 colleges and universities.... show less

Head of Experiences,
Oculus

Oakland, CA, USA

Colum Slevin leads the experiences group at Oculus VR, overseeing a portfolio of groundbreaking live-action narrative, and real-time virtual reality experiences. His early background in production for animated TV and features led him to Industrial Light + Magic, where he was Director of Computer... read moreColum Slevin leads the experiences group at Oculus VR, overseeing a portfolio of groundbreaking live-action narrative, and real-time virtual reality experiences. His early background in production for animated TV and features led him to Industrial Light + Magic, where he was Director of Computer Graphics, and later Vice President/Head of Studio Operations at Lucasfilm, where he was responsible for the animation divisions in California and Singapore. Colum joined Oculus in 2015 from Telltale Games, where he was Studio General Manager. He lives in San Rafael, California with his wife Marie. He is mildly over-obsessed with movies and wants to help people make amazing things.... show less

Director & Founder, Annenberg Inclusion Initiative,
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at USC Annenberg and the Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. AII research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and... read moreStacy L. Smith, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at USC Annenberg and the Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. AII research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. She was the principal investigator of the CARD report, examining Hollywood’s hiring practices on screen, behind the camera, and in the executive ranks across the major media companies and digital distribution platforms. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a TED Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax and LUNAFEST. Dr. Smith’s work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film’s Gender Problem.
Dr. Smith is the intellectual heft behind the content based research of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (2005-2014) and the qualitative and quantitative research sponsored by the Sundance Institute and Women in Film (2012-2015). Her work has set the national conversation on employment practices on screen and behind the camera in film. Dr. Smith’s research was cited in the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) letter petitioning the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to investigate exclusionary hiring practices behind the camera in film. Senator Barbara Boxer also cited Dr. Smith’s work in an open letter that asked entertainment executives to account for their poor track record hiring female directors. In terms of the popular press, Dr. Smith’s research has been written about in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, fivethirtyeight.com, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Newsweek, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Wired, and USA Today, to name a few. She has a co-edited essay in Maria Shriver’s book, A Woman’s Nation Changes Everything (2009). In addition to research, Dr. Smith shares solutions on inequality built on research and practices from academia, law, and organizational communication. She introduced the idea of the Inclusion Rider to the entertainment industry and worked with Kalpana Kotagal and Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni to develop and disseminate contract language to interested actors, directors, and other industry stakeholders. In 2015, LA Weekly named Dr. Smith the most influential person in Los Angeles.... show less

Chief Operating Officer,
Pollstar

Fresno, CA, USA

Gary Smith began his career in the music industry in 1968 while still a student majoring in broadcast communications at Fresno State University. His earliest productions included The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Smith produced concerts independently with artists like Creedence... read moreGary Smith began his career in the music industry in 1968 while still a student majoring in broadcast communications at Fresno State University. His earliest productions included The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin. Smith produced concerts independently with artists like Creedence Clearwater and Deep Purple and eventually moved to San Francisco and worked with a number of Bay Area bands. In 1974 he produced some of the early Aerosmith dates and did a string of national tour dates for the Guess Who. After becoming tour manager for the Average White Band in 1975 and later an associate in the AWB management company in 1976 Smith handled every aspect of world and national tours for AWB through 1979. After several years of extensive touring he returned to his home town of Fresno and in 1982 joined the fledgling Promoters-On-Line Listings (P.O.L.L.) later to become known as POLLSTAR.

POLLSTAR Chief Operating, Gary Smith, has overseen every aspect of the growth and development of the publication from a small quick printed tip sheet to a glossy full-color magazine with more than 12,000 readers internationally. POLLSTAR has carved out a niche for itself concentrating on concert industry news, itineraries, and statistical tour data. POLLSTAR now has music business clients in more than 40 foreign countries. The publication has grown far beyond the original tip sheet with numerous syndication and consulting deals. PollarPro.com is one of the top music business web sites and Pollstar.com is one of the highest rated music information sites in the world. Pollstar also produces the annual Pollstar Live conference. This February, in Nashville, TN the event attracted the largest gathering of Concert Industry professionals in the world for an event of this type.

During his tenure at Pollstar, Gary Smith has also served on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and is currently serving on the board for the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA).... show less

President, North America,
Ticketmaster

Hollywood, CA, USA

Jared Smith was named President, Ticketmaster North America in December 2012. In this role, Jared is responsible for Ticketmaster’s world-leading business-to-business ticketing software platforms. He provides strategic oversight of the product development teams and leads the company’s support,... read moreJared Smith was named President, Ticketmaster North America in December 2012. In this role, Jared is responsible for Ticketmaster’s world-leading business-to-business ticketing software platforms. He provides strategic oversight of the product development teams and leads the company’s support, sales, distribution and marketing operations that provide service to more than 2,000 key customer accounts in North America.

Jared most recently was Ticketmaster’s Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership Ticketmaster revolutionized the company’s approach to client engagement and transformed the client-facing sales and support organization. Always an instrumental part of innovative initiatives, Jared also led the team to focus on data-driven products and services and technology-driven marketing tools.

Prior to joining Ticketmaster in 2003, Jared oversaw the administration, sales and marketing departments of the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Georgia, and served as the Executive Director of the Quad Cities Sports Commission in Moline, Illinois. He holds of Bachelor’s of Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Iowa.... show less

CEO & President,
Nightclub Security Consultants

San Diego, CA, USA

Robert C. Smith is the President and CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. In 1998, while still a San Diego Police Officer, he formed his company after an incident surrounding the use of force by a security guard at a San Diego bar. This incident compelled Robert to create the first... read moreRobert C. Smith is the President and CEO of Nightclub Security Consultants, Inc. In 1998, while still a San Diego Police Officer, he formed his company after an incident surrounding the use of force by a security guard at a San Diego bar. This incident compelled Robert to create the first training program in the country designed specifically for the “in house security guard” or Bouncer.

His company has trained over 7000 hospitality industry employees and worked with over 1000 bars, clubs, restaurants and other alcohol service venues in the United States. Robert is called upon to provide expert guidance for insurance companies, law enforcement officials, industry trade associations and attorney's surrounding areas of liquor and premise liability. His training programs and expertise have been discussed on the floor of the U.S. Congress and were the basis for California's new law that mandates all in house security guards be licensed and trained to a true standard. He was issued the first license in the State of California to offer this licensing training.

In 2009 a national insurance broker approached Robert about using his training programs as a way to help mitigate premise liability and assault and battery issues with restaurants, clubs and bars across the country. This relationship now allows liquor licensed businesses to receive premium discounts for using a security training program for their employees. This type of insurance program has grown to be used by multiple insurance brokers and carriers.

In 2011, Robert and his company developed the first job specific online training program based on his hugely successful in person training sessions. The online session is dynamic, interactive and includes all video based learning with associated quizzes after each video or set of videos.

Now retired after 20-years as a San Diego Police Detective, Robert continues to travel the country training and consulting with bar and club operators who are looking for a smarter way to train their security employees and create a safer nightlife.... show less

CEO + Record Producer,
Joe Solo Music+Entertainment, Inc.

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Creating Hit Music Of The Future - And The Birth of Spherical Audio Record Producer Joe Solo, (Credits) has developed a fascinating keynote exclusively for Canadian Music Week. It is centred around the marriage of the future of sound, instrumentation, songwriting & producing with his new... read moreCreating Hit Music Of The Future - And The Birth of Spherical Audio Record Producer Joe Solo, (Credits) has developed a fascinating keynote exclusively for Canadian Music Week. It is centred around the marriage of the future of sound, instrumentation, songwriting & producing with his new technique for achieving spherical mixes that can be enjoyed on a simple set of regular stereo headphones. Imagine immersing yourself in a complete spherical sound experience! Helicopters flying over your head or the bass guitar is is coming up behind you while a single note sustains in the distance far behind your right shoulder suddenly shoot forward toward you and breaks into a flurry of guitar solo shread while swirling around your head a couple times before coming to a screeching in-your-face halt dead center in front of your eyes. And then ends on a single sustained note that slowly morphs into a flutter of echoes that suddenly drift up and to the left as if heading for their final resting place in the distant stars.. Joe’s keynote is centered around future sonic trends within the context of the song, and the next generation of sonic motion which Joe had dubbed Spherical Audio. He will explain the psychoacoustic principles and techniques that will allow you to go home that night and mix your own material in a Spherical Audio mix... using only 2 speakers to output sound! Spherical Audio will eventually be used in a wide and deep range of music + entertainment environments including gaming, music & sound design for the cinema, television, home theatre systems, VR/AR set-ups, theme park rides $ attractions, automotive sound systems, portable devices, and of course, your god ole living room stereo. Joe Solo is CEO of Joe Solo Music+Entertainment, Inc. and is founder of the Music Success Workshop. This is were he coaches artists, singers, musicians, songwriters, producers and DJs on how to achieve success on their own terms in the music industry. Through books, videos, live talks, weekend retreats, and a new TV show in development, Joe’s mission is to help aspiring professionals realize their music dream. Hear Joe’s work and see his professional history: JoeSoloProductions.com For info & tickets to the Joe Solo Malibu Beach House Music Success Retreat (May 25-28, 2018): MusicCareerSuccess.com To get Joe Solo’s Music Success Video Nuggets and tips - FREE: JoeSolo.com... show less

COO,
Westwood One

New York, NY, USA

As the Chief Operations Officer, Charles Steinhauer has full oversight of all of WestwoodOne’s business. He is responsible for supervising the management of the company's day to day operations--including programming, technology, distribution, sports, marketing, affiliate services, research,... read moreAs the Chief Operations Officer, Charles Steinhauer has full oversight of all of WestwoodOne’s business. He is responsible for supervising the management of the company's day to day operations--including programming, technology, distribution, sports, marketing, affiliate services, research, compliance, and strategy. Steinhauer has been instrumental in guiding the company as it incorporated the former Cumulus Media Network into the WestwoodOne portfolio. He has overseen the seamless merging of operations, processes, and development of the combined companies.

Prior to moving up to COO, Steinhauer was most recently WestwoodOne’s President of Operations, where he managed all sales support divisions for the company. In 2007 he was promoted to Executive Vice President and also elected to Chair of the Network Radio Research Council (NRRC). He is a Board Member of the Media Ratings Council.

In 2005, while working as the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Steinhauer was instrumental in launching Dial Global’s (now WestwoodOne) first RADAR rated network, the first by an independent network firm.

Steinhauer began his career as an Account Executive with Venture Direct Worldwide, a business-to- business direct marketing firm. In 1997, he took a position as research analyst at Winstar Global Media, which eventually merged with Dial Communications to form Dial Global.

In addition to his role at WestwoodOne, he is one of the leads on an industry wide research initiative working to improve how radio is incorporated into Marketing Mix Models, which are widely used by advertisers to evaluate how product sales are influenced by advertising.... show less

USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jonathan Taplin is an author and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy was published by Little, Brown & Co. in April of 2017. The book was nominated by the... read moreJonathan Taplin is an author and Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab. Taplin’s book Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy was published by Little, Brown & Co. in April of 2017. The book was nominated by the Financial Times as one of the Best Business Books of 2017. Taplin has produced music and film for Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Gus Van Sant and many others. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming Video On Demand Platform in 1996
Mr. Taplin graduated from Princeton University. He was a Professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism from 2003-2016. He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He currently sits on the boards of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, Medium, The Washington Monthly and the Wall Street Journal.... show less

Partner,
Fox Rothschild LLP

New York, NY, USA

Monika is a skilled and savvy lawyer for clients in the entertainment and music industries who are seeking to maximize their brands and capitalize on opportunities via an array of new distribution channels and technologies. From talented artists to dynamic entrepreneurs, independent record labels... read moreMonika is a skilled and savvy lawyer for clients in the entertainment and music industries who are seeking to maximize their brands and capitalize on opportunities via an array of new distribution channels and technologies. From talented artists to dynamic entrepreneurs, independent record labels to new media and technology companies, Monika provides strategic and informed counsel that not only builds but transforms the careers and companies of some of today’s most cutting edge and influential music and entertainment entities.

Having worked at a major label and as a promotion representative for a major film studio, Monika has a unique perspective and comprehensive understanding of her client's needs. Monika knows how to surmount the legal and business challenges they encounter as they look to protect their assets, broaden their opportunities and ensure career longevity. As a seasoned transactional attorney well-versed in the nuances of the industry, Monika is also fluent in brand development and in navigating the traditional and nontraditional channels to reach new audiences and earn new streams of revenue. For clients with unique and complex legal and business issues to tackle, Monika is the attorney they want on their side of the table.

For Monika, success is defined when she is able to call upon her experience representing talent and her insight into the cutting-edge work of independent labels and pair that with the endless opportunities offered by new media and technology companies, formulating deals that move each party’s business goals ahead and into new and ground-breaking industry territory. Monika is also a certified executive coach and is skilled in guiding her clients in strategic decision making.... show less

Head of A&R,
Roughtrade Publishing NY, USA

If you've attended a show in NYC, chances are AJ Tobey was there too. As Head of A&R for Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music, AJ has been busy curating the best new sounds to join the already impressive publishing roster that includes artists like Grizzly Bear, Superchunk and The War... read moreIf you've attended a show in NYC, chances are AJ Tobey was there too. As Head of A&R for Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music, AJ has been busy curating the best new sounds to join the already impressive publishing roster that includes artists like Grizzly Bear, Superchunk and The War On Drugs, and labels such as Merge, Mute, and Polyvinyl, among many others. In the music publishing business, you are only as good as your last sync. Luckily for AJ, and the rest of his cohorts at Bank Robber, they consistently land big pay days for all of their artists by placing music in top tier shows like “How To Get Away With Murder,” “You’re The Worst,” “Orange Is The New Black” promising engagement halo design collection 2018 and “Fargo,” in recent films “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” "How To Be Single," "Bad Moms" and “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates,” as well as in commercial campaigns for internationally renowned brands, including Apple, Volkswagen and Sunkist.... show less

Director of Customer Service,
City of Detroit - Coleman A. Young Municipal Center

Detroit, MI, USA

A dynamic entrepreneur and humanitarian, with exceptional skills in the key areas of leadership, management, organization, finance, public policy, social impact and detailed customer service.

Adrian Tonon has trained and mentored numerous individuals and corporations
in the art of... read moreA dynamic entrepreneur and humanitarian, with exceptional skills in the key areas of leadership, management, organization, finance, public policy, social impact and detailed customer service.

Adrian Tonon has trained and mentored numerous individuals and corporations
in the art of building a customer satisfaction culture and attaining company and/or personal goals.

Born in Michigan, Tonon grew up in the restaurant business starting with his family's original restaurant, Rina's of Detroit, located for decades on Detroit's west side.

In 1995 Adrian joined his mother at their family-owned Cafe Cortina. Its nearly four decade long history, Cafe Cortina started out as a best kept secret restaurant that turned into a globally acclaimed culinary destination.

Tonon attended Detroit Country Day School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. In addition to his entrepreneurial responsibilities, in 2007 Tonon established the Adrian Tonon Project (ATP) a non profit 501 C-3 to promote his grass roots message that everyone has something to offer to make this world a better place. ATP follows the philosophy that anyone can be a philanthropist, despite social or economic status.

Adrian's relentless pursuit to bring people together and provide a helping hand to those around him inspiring and contagious. Through the years, he has often been seen gathering community-minded people together while discussing solutions to area issues, resulting in action plans and cooperative bonds for the common purpose of doing good work.

After serving on the then Detroit Mayoral Candidate Michael E. Duggan's Executive Campaign Team to help promote world-class customer service in the public sector and raise awareness of Mike's ability to lead the City.
Adrian is now the founding Director of Customer Service for the City of Detroit.

As co founder of the Detroit Music Foundation, Sick Em Records and member of Detroit's creative community Mayor Duggan appointed Adrian to lead the City of Detroit's Film, Music and Night Time Economy initiatives. Adrian has bridged government and the arts in an effort to advocate for a thriving and sustainable creative culture.... show less

Producer,

New York, NY, USA

Gus van Go is a JUNO-nominated Canadian record-producer, mixer and musician best known for his work with the Montreal band The Stills. He has credits for producing, mixing, writing, and arranging on all three of the group’s albums, including 2009’s Ocean’s Will Rise, which won the JUNO award... read moreGus van Go is a JUNO-nominated Canadian record-producer, mixer and musician best known for his work with the Montreal band The Stills. He has credits for producing, mixing, writing, and arranging on all three of the group’s albums, including 2009’s Ocean’s Will Rise, which won the JUNO award for Best Alternative Album. Gus was nominated for Recording Engineer of the Year JUNO award in 2018 as well as in 2016, both times for his work with the group Whitehorse. Also in 2018 the album New Mistakes by Terra Lightfoot, which he produced and mixed, was nominated for a Best Album Adult Alternative JUNO award.
In 2016, he produced five songs on the Arkells’ hit album Morning Report. Some of his other noteworthy credits include Hollerado, Sam Roberts, Said The Whale, The Trews, Priestess, Jill Barber, Remi Chasse, and Australian indie-pop group The Grates, among many more. Most notably, Gus mixed selected tracks of the critically acclaimed Wintersleep album The Great Detachment.
In 2016, he and his co-producer Werner F won Quebec’s ADISQ award for Best Rock Album for Les Cowboys Fringants’ album, Octobre. They were also nominated in the same category for the album, Les Dauphins et les Licornes, by the Quebec band Les Trois Accords. In 2013, they received an ADISQ Producer of the Year nomination for their work on the album J'Aime Tas Grandmere, also by Les Trois Accords.
Other French-Language successes include the 2008 Vulgaires Machins album, Compter Les Corps, which was nominated for Best French-Language Album JUNO award.
Other JUNO nominations include The Glorious Sons’ The Union, which was nominated for Rock Album of the Year and had three top 10 singles (one of which, “The Contender”, reached #1 in Canada), and Jeremy Fisher’s The Lemon Squeeze, nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year. Also, Rah Rah’s album Poet’s Dead was also nominated for a Best Album JUNO in 2013, and was on the long-list for the Polaris Music Prize.
Gus van Go began his musical career as a founding member and singer of the seminal Montreal band Me Mom & Morgentaler. He is currently working on projects with Robert Charlebois, Trois Accords, Cowboys Fringants and Guillaume Beauregard.

DISCOGRAPHY (P = Produced, M = Mixed)
2018: Lowell, Lone Wolf - Arts&Crafts (P/M)
2018: Jill Barber, Metaphora – Outside (P/M)
2018: Remi Chasse, Les Cris Et Les Fleurs (Musicor) (P/M)
2017: Terra Lightfoot, New Mistakes – Single (P/M)
2017: Matt Mays, Once Upon A Hell Of A Time – Sonic (M)
2017: Whitehorse, Panther In The Dollhuse – Six Shooter(M)
2017: Hollerado, Born Yesterday – Royal Mountain (P/M)
2017: Fast Romantics, American Love – (Light Organ) (P/M)
2016: Sam Roberts, If You Want It single (Universal) (M)
2016: TUNS, Mind Over Matter (Royal Mountain) (M)
2016: Wintersleep, The Great Detachment (Dine Alone) (M)
2016: Fast Romantics, Julia – Single (P/M)
2016: Les Trois Accords, Joie D’Etre Gaie (La Tribu) (P/M)
2016: Les Cowboys Fringants, Octobre (La Tribu) (P/M)
2015: Terra Lightfoot, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (Sonic Unyon) (P)
2015: Rah Rah, Rah Rah, Vessels (Hidden Pony) (P/M)
2015: Simon I, Simon I (La Tribu) (P/M)
2015: Whitehorse, Leave No Bridge Unburned (Six Shooter Records) (P/M)
2015: Michael Rault, Living Daylights (Burger Records) (M)
2015: Sun K, Northern Lies (Maple Music Recordings) (M)
2015: Hollerado, “Firefly (Single)” (Royal Mountain/Universal) (P/M)
2015: The Elwins, Play For Keeps (Hidden Pony) (M)
2014: The Glorious Sons, The Union (Black Box/Universal) (M)
2014: The Lazys, The Lazys (Pheremone) (P/M)
2014: Guillaume Beauregard, D’étoiles, de pluie, et de cendre (La Tribu) (P/M)
2014: Royal Tusk, Mountain EP (Hidden Pony) (P/M)
2014: In Flight Safety, Conversationalist (Night Danger) (M)
2013: Michael Rault, Living Daylights (Burger Records/Pirates Blend) (M)
2013: Teenage Kicks, Spoils of Youth (Rezolute/Universal) (M)
2014: Jeremy Fisher, The Lemon Squeeze (Hidden Pony) (P/M)
2013: Said The Whale, Hawaiii (Hidden Pony) (M)
2013: Wildlife, On The Heart (Wax/Universal) (P)
2013: Xavier Caféïne, New Love (Indica) (P/M)
2013: Hollerado, White Paint (Royal Mountain/Universal) (P/M)
2012: Les Trois Accords, J’aime Ta Grand Mere (La Tribu) (P/M)
2012: Rah Rah, Little Poems (Hidden Pony) (P/M)
2012: GrimSkunk Set Fire (Indica Records) (P/M)
2012: The Junction, Grievances (P/M)
2012: Amos the Transparent, Goodnight My Dear (M)
2011: Kamakazi, Rien a Cacher (Indica Records) (P/M)
2011: The Grates, Secret Rituals (Vagrant/Dew Process) (P)
2010: Monster Truck, The Brown EP (Dine Alone) (P/M)
2010: Neverending White Lights, Title TBA (M)
2010: Ariel, Après Le Crime (Tacca) (P/M)
2010: Hollerado, Record In A Bag (Royal Mountain) (P/M)
2009: Vulgaires Machins, Requiem Pour Les Sourds (Indica Records) (P/M)
2009: Low Level Flight, “Title TBA” (P/M)
2009: Les Trois Accords, Dans Mon Corps (Indica Records) (P/M)
2009: Chinatown, Cité d’or (Tacca) (P/M)
2009: The Junction, Another Link In The Chain (P/M)
2008: The Stills, Oceans Will Rise (Arts & Crafts) (P/M)
2007: The Shakes, Faces We Make When We Dance (P/M)
2007: The Trews, No Time For Later (Bumstead/Universal) (P/M)
2006: Xavier Caféïne Giselle (M)
2006: Vulgaires Machins, Compter Les Corps (Indica Records) (P/M)
2006: The Stills, Without Feathers (Vice Records) (P/M)
2005: Priestess, Hello Master (P/M)
2003: The Stills, Logic Will Break Your Heart (Vice Records / Atlantic) (P/M)
2001: Smitty’s Burnin’ & Shakin’ (P)
1999: The Undercovers, Some People (P)
1997: The Kingpins, Watch Your Back (P)
1995: The Kingpins, On the Run (P)... show less

Co-Lead,
OurMusicMyBody Campaign

Chicago, IL, USA

Matt Walsh works as an educator in Chicago, focusing on prevention of domestic & sexual violence. As an educator, he primarily leads conversations with young people in middle schools and high schools around the city about healthy relationships, consent, systems of oppression, and teen dating... read moreMatt Walsh works as an educator in Chicago, focusing on prevention of domestic & sexual violence. As an educator, he primarily leads conversations with young people in middle schools and high schools around the city about healthy relationships, consent, systems of oppression, and teen dating violence. He enjoys eating pizza and biking through the Chicago winter. Matt is a co-lead to the OurMusicMyBody campaign, which has engaged with over 10,000 music fans in chicago to discuss consent and sexual harassment.... show less

Senior Vice President,
Edison Research

Somerville, NJ, USA

Tom Webster is Senior Vice President of Edison Research, a custom market research company best known as the sole providers of exit polling data during US elections for all the major news networks. He has more than 20 years of experience researching consumer usage of technology, new media and social... read moreTom Webster is Senior Vice President of Edison Research, a custom market research company best known as the sole providers of exit polling data during US elections for all the major news networks. He has more than 20 years of experience researching consumer usage of technology, new media and social networking, and is the principal author of a number of widely-cited studies, including The Smart Audio Report, The Social Habit, The Podcast Consumer, and the co-author of The Infinite Dial, America’s longest running research series on digital media consumption. He is also the co-author (along with Tim Hayden) of The Mobile Commerce Revolution.... show less

Manager - Planning,
SXSW-South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals

Austin, TX, USA

Catlin Whitington is a senior event and urban planning professional with SXSW Conference and Festivals. Through his focus on facility, infrastructure and logistics development Catlin applies crowd dynamic theory, policy and land use analysis for the strategic planning of this global event. He also... read moreCatlin Whitington is a senior event and urban planning professional with SXSW Conference and Festivals. Through his focus on facility, infrastructure and logistics development Catlin applies crowd dynamic theory, policy and land use analysis for the strategic planning of this global event. He also has extensive involvement with Austin’s public, private and non-profit sectors for the enrichment of Austin's music, parks and tourism economy.... show less

Music Business Association

Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships,
Downtown Music Publishing

London, UK

As Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships at Downtown Music Publishing, Wilson drives collaborations with advertising agencies, music supervisors, and brands to leverage inspiring opportunities in Europe both creatively and commercially for Downtown’s client roster.

Wilson joined Downtown... read moreAs Head of Sync & Brand Partnerships at Downtown Music Publishing, Wilson drives collaborations with advertising agencies, music supervisors, and brands to leverage inspiring opportunities in Europe both creatively and commercially for Downtown’s client roster.

Wilson joined Downtown after nearly five years as Senior Creative Manager at Warner Music UK where he successfully led various brand partnerships and advertising campaigns with artists including Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Royal Blood, and Ed Sheeran. His career began at independent labels Beggars and Domino before moving to BBH, where he worked as a music supervisor across brands such as Audi, British Airways, Google, and Lynx.... show less

CEO,
Songtradr

Santa Monica, CA, USA

Founder and CEO of Songtradr, Inc, the curated global music rights marketplace platform, Paul is a music technology entrepreneur and creative across the music and media industries with over 25 years experience. He is an award winning record producer and songwriter having produced and/or composed... read moreFounder and CEO of Songtradr, Inc, the curated global music rights marketplace platform, Paul is a music technology entrepreneur and creative across the music and media industries with over 25 years experience. He is an award winning record producer and songwriter having produced and/or composed music with sales in excess of 15,000,000 records including twelve number #1 albums and singles. Paul has collaborated with many Australian celebrity household names such as Vanessa Amorosi, Delta Goodrem, Human Nature, Guy Sebastian and Marcia Hines, as well as international stars such as the Backstreet Boys and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Paul founded the PLW Productions business in 1996 which specialized in contemporary music production and had early success with Vanessa Amorosi's debut album, The Power, reaching #1 on the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) charts and eventually selling over a million albums internationally. Over the following decade Paul and PLW dominated Australian pop music production with 12 x #1 chart topping albums/singles and 28 x top #20 albums/singles, an unmatched achievement for an Australian music production company.

in 2006, PLW expanded into a 360 degree boutique music company with record, publishing and management divisions developing its own artists including TV star Sam Clark, who's debut single “Broken” reached #1 on the ARIA physical singles chart.

PLW was eventually acquired by ASX (Australian Stock Exchange) listed company Goconnect limited in 2010.

Paul's focus is now Songtradr, which officially launched in 2016 and today has over 175,000 artists, songwriters and catalogs utilizing its content and rights management features, licensing marketplace and distribution services. With offices in both Los Angeles and London, Songtradr licenses music to film, TV, brands, video games and many other forms of media. Paul works closely with his creative teams to ensure the needs of music supervisors are both respected and satisfied.... show less

Senior Executive,
Paradigm Talent Agency

Los Angeles, CA, USA

TOM WINDISH is the founder of The Windish Agency, a three-time winner of Pollstar's Independent Agency of the Year Award. Prior to joining Paradigm as a Senior Executive in 2017, Windish had grown The Windish Agency from his Chicago apartment with two employees to more than 80 employees with... read moreTOM WINDISH is the founder of The Windish Agency, a three-time winner of Pollstar's Independent Agency of the Year Award. Prior to joining Paradigm as a Senior Executive in 2017, Windish had grown The Windish Agency from his Chicago apartment with two employees to more than 80 employees with offices in six cities.

He is known for developing the touring careers of such artists as Lorde, alt-J, The xx and Hot Chip. Working with these musicians from the early days of their careers, Windish has seen clients grow from playing small local venues to dominating stages at major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival. Many have earned Grammy nominations and wins.

Windish leads the agent team that developed Lorde’s Melodrama World Tour, which played to sold-out crowds at Coachella, Governor’s Ball, among many others. The album itself hit number one on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammys.

He has been recognized on Billboard’s Power 100 list both individually and as a member of Paradigm’s Music Executive Group in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.... show less

Chief Publishing Executive,
Concord Music

Nashville, TN, USA

Jake Wisely is Chief Publishing Executive of Concord Music, where he oversees the creative operations, business affairs, licensing, and administration of the recently consolidated music publishing operations of The Bicycle Music Company, Imagem Music Group, (including Boosey & Hawkes, Rodgers... read moreJake Wisely is Chief Publishing Executive of Concord Music, where he oversees the creative operations, business affairs, licensing, and administration of the recently consolidated music publishing operations of The Bicycle Music Company, Imagem Music Group, (including Boosey & Hawkes, Rodgers & Hammerstein) and Tams-Witmark Music Library. Prior to his time at Bicycle Music and then Concord, Wisely was Director of Membership at ASCAP and worked in the creative departments of both EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing. He was also Director of Artists, Labels and Soundtracks at eMusic.com. Wisely is a Director on the Boards of the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP). He is a member of the California Copyright Conference.... show less

Koral Young USA

Andrea Young is Co-Founder and Chief Playlisting Officer of the Koral Young Group, serving musicians worldwide via label and marketing services to get their music heard. Curation and playlisting are longtime passions, and Young and her team are heavily invested in best practices of promoting... read moreAndrea Young is Co-Founder and Chief Playlisting Officer of the Koral Young Group, serving musicians worldwide via label and marketing services to get their music heard. Curation and playlisting are longtime passions, and Young and her team are heavily invested in best practices of promoting artists and their music online now. Young’s management and marketing experience includes working for a major label and distribution company, co-owning a music retail chain, co-founding the company that computerized the retail and wholesale music industry, running a public radio station, and managing and advising numerous startups over the years. With a long and deep history in the music business, she continues to be passionate about bringing music out into the world. Besides her work with artists at Koral Young, she also produces and hosts a weekly news and music radio show on Aspen Public Radio called ‘Aspenbeat’.... show less



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