Music as a Business – BDTH 2019

Bringing Down the House 2019 is under way and the Music as a Business industry session was full of knowledge and insight. The Class of 2019 artists connected with local experts and influencers to learn music business strategies and how to navigate the industry. Agents, managers, talent buyers, attorneys and other professionals discussed topics like networking, building an artist team and negotiating contracts during a panel and Q&A. Professionals then supported the artists in developing and delivering a promotional pitch to establish themselves as leaders in the industry. Here are the industry experts from the Music as Business sessions in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Chicago who helped make it all possible:


Music as a Business Panel (from left to right):

DeMarco White – Program Manager, Music Forward Foundation

Max Mason – A&R, Quincy Jones Productions

Brandra Ringo – Senior Director A&R, Warner/Chappell Music

Jermi Thomas – Senior Director A&R, Island Records

Adam Dorn – Film Composer, IMDB

Nurit Smith – Executive Director, Music Forward Foundation

Session Location: Live Nation Entertainment Hollywood






Music as a Business Panel (from left to right):

Shaun Fauntleroy – General Volunteer

Alex Donaldson – Artist, Crash Midnight

Paul Insinna – Entertainment Attorney, President/CEO, Poptrend Music

Marissa Goad – General Volunteer

Mike Xavier – Artist, Mike Xavier Music

Aaron Ameen – Talent Buyer, House of Blues

Julius Niskey – Founding Partner, Niskey.com

Jose Gonzalez – Instructor, Mariachi Nuestra Raices

Session Location: House of Blues Las Vegas



Music as a Business Panel (from left to right):

Bradford Roublow – Founder, Bentley Barz Entertainment

Kemic Smothers – Executive Director, New Orleans Media Arts Institute

Kareem Ratliff – Artist, Instagram

Ronjanique Steele –  Brand Manager/Public Relations, SYH Agency

Octarve Anderson, Jr – CEO, OAKSway Entertainment

Raion Ramsey – Artist and Director, Young Starz of NOLA

Session Location: House of Blues New Orleans






Music as a Business Panelists (with Class of 2019):

Alison Oliverio – VP Sales Operations-Venue Sales, Live Nation Entertainment (not pictured)

Dionte Durham – Senior Legal Counsel, Infosys Limited

Ken Burroughs – Management

Chinyere Achebe – Program Coordinator, Music Forward Foundation

Session Location: House of Blues Chicago


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