Industry experts share their knowledge and experience to empower youth to connect passions to professions in the music industry.
Abbey has spent the last decade in Learning & Development at Fortune 500 companies where she served as a corporate trainer, managed a team of educators, and now is Director of Talent Development at Live Nation Entertainment. Prior to working in talent development, she was a people manager in sales where she learned the art of finding the ‘spark’ in others. Abbey has influenced professionals around the world through 1:1 consulting, large-scale presentations for global conferences, digital learning content, and a variety of training sessions. As a lover of people with a thirst for curiosity, she is always eager to help folks become the best version of themselves.
French-Caribbean singer, bassist and producer Adeline spent most of 2020 soothing our frazzled nerves with a constant stream of soulful, heartwarming songs, including 2 EPs and several guest collaborations, including Mango with Kamau. Her unique blend of funk, R&B and soul, got us through the long hard months as we watched our world change dramatically.
As the VP of creative services, Akila is responsible for commissioning official music videos and other video content for the Warner Records roster. Working with artists like Saweetie, Wale, DSVN, and Andra Day she works with many different creatives to develop and execute content plans.
Originally from Chicago, Alexia Smith now resides in Los Angeles and works at REVOLT as a Senior Marketing Manager on the Integrated Marketing and Sales team. With an extensive background in developing partnerships within the product and content space, her focus and specialty has been connecting brands and companies authentically with young, black and brown audiences. Working within the gaming industry, music, television and film – Alexia believes that companies need to rise to the occasion in terms of marketing effectively and not apply a template like approach when it comes to young audiences of color.
Aliandro ”Ali” Prawl is a GRAMMY- nominated producer, a keyboardist, and a programmer. A Philadelphia native who grew up singing and playing in church, Ali ignited his professional career by playing for J. Cole. Ali was recognized by Adam Blackstone (one of the most prolific MDs in the world) and he has been utilizing Ali for his arranging and programming expertise. Ali has work on programming live shows for: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Keyshia Cole, Jojo, Neyo, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more.
Alonzo “Zo” Harris is making his mark within the music industry as a prolific musical director, arranger, educator and musician. Recent work includes performances for the 61st and 62nd annual Grammy Awards, “Aretha! A Grammy Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” as well as “Let’s Go Crazy! A Grammy Tribute to Prince” with new artist and 13 time Grammy nominated, 4 time Grammy award winning artist, H.E.R. As an advocate for education and a music scholar in his own right, he yet finds the time to also share his knowledge of such industry contexts with students in understanding the conceptual connection between both theory and practice/“written word” and “spoken word.” As an educator, his professional work also includes the position of professor of music for Berklee college of Music, State University of New York Oneonta, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, Boston College, and Apollo Theater Education series.
Amanda Berkowitz creates and develops opportunities between brands and talent. With 10 years’ experience in artist discovery, management, and branding—and a knack for generating real business value—companies and artists come to her when they want to connect with their audiences via simple and unique content and activations.
Amanda has witnessed the way the arts has the potential to create positive change since she was a teenager growing up New York. Her drive to become part of the music industry led her to study as a sound engineer after investing two years at Temple University. Realizing that she also needed to utilize her remarkable relationship management skills, Amanda landed an internship with Atlantic Records. She quickly proved herself to be an asset in learning all aspects of the music business and was promoted to A&R manager at age 25. For the next five years—while at Atlantic, Epic, and their joint venture record labels—Amanda sought and signed emerging urban artists.
Bronx native, Puerto-Rican/Jamaican representing artist Amanda Brown has built a career out of provoking intense reactions from the musical elite. Many music lovers discovered her after witnessing her complex soprano on season three of The Voice––an accolade that endeared Brown to millions of new fans and won over critics at Rolling Stone, Billboard, and many more.
The Voice established Brown to fans as a captivating front woman, however; the most established recording artists in the world have been drawing on her talent for years. After receiving exemplary training at New York City’s world renowned FAME school and esteemed HBCU Howard University, she began working on the road and in the studio as a backing vocalist for some of the biggest artists in music including Stevie Wonder, Adele, Alicia Keys, Tori Kelly, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J and Cynthia Erivo.
During 2018/19 she toured with The Killers as a supporting artist opening for the band to promote her debut album Dirty Water. She also provided live backing vocals for their global Wonderful Wonderful tour. Since returning from the road, she has gone on to perform in and compose music for both television and commercial broadcasting, receiving coveted placements on shows such as NBC’s new hit series Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and a commercial campaign for Nordstrom. Whilst enjoying successes on screen, she continues to lend her voice to highly-esteemed musical works, performing on multiple tracks for Tyler, The Creator’s grammy award-winning album IGOR and The Killers’ single ‘Land Of The Free’.
Brown released her anticipated single ‘From Here’ on October 23rd. The lyrics speak directly to the hearts of those standing at an emotional crossroads, calling for honest self-realization and empathetic engagement from anyone who hears it. Brown’s new and compelling ballad is a triumph of her risk-taking, pop-savvy, finely honed alternative rock sensibilities and acts as a catalyst for her musical metamorphosis. ‘From Here’ dares the listener to survey the broken fragments of their lives, take a chance on self-belief and begs the question: where are we headed – as lovers, as a nation, as people? It serves as a fiery foundation of what’s to come from this powerhouse vocalist and songwriter. Her sophomore project is slated for release in 2021.
AnAkA is a visual storyteller preserving how Spirit is ever-present in the process of creation. Pushing the limits of artistic expression, AnAkA sees through their lens with a focus on healing.
As a self-proclaimed “Artkivist”, Anaka is a master of finding the soft spots of creation where organic artistry is evoked by Higher Consciousness. She focuses on two specific ways Spirit is omniscient in art: first, how Spirit and ritual are an integral part of the creation process; and second, how oppressive systems affect the Spiritual creativity and resource accessibility of artists.
AnAkA’s creations within Film, Photography, Tattooing, Visual Art, Event Curation, Dance, and Herbal Healing is what encompasses the AKTIV8 Movement. AnAkA’s work brings global communities together through the common thread of creation in order to focus on the roots of infinite knowledge we share across the world.
Multi-hyphenate talent, Angel Haze is amping up to release her 4th studio album “I Talk To God” in 2022. The album will be proceeded by “Girl With The Gun” EP in 2021. Angel has played the main stage at Glastonbury, walked the runway for Versace and collaborated with artists including Sia, Ellie Goulding and Bastille. Nominated for awards including BBC Sound Of Poll, BET Awards and MTV Video Music Awards. Angel’s music has been featured in blockbuster movies including 22 Jump Street, Sisters and The Heat plus major TV shows like Girls, Euphoria, Catfish and Love Island UK.
Angela Asistio is a music supervisor and producer for MAS – Music & Strategy working on global brands such as Google, Ford, Ralph Lauren, Aerie, and more. On the film & TV side, recent projects include Oscilloscope Films’ VHYes and Underplayed, two movies with wall-to-wall music. Prior to her current position, she was a music coordinator on films such as A Star Is Born and the Pitch Perfect 3 and as an A&R coordinator on soundtracks for Mad Men, Hunger Games, and more. She is a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors and The Recording Academy and guest DJs on radio shows, most recently as a guest DJ on dublab, Mmarz, and Resonance Extra.
Anik Khan is a rapper/singer who makes Hip Hop that likes to travel. His company TFA (The Foreign Affair) has partnered with brands like Coca Cola & Beats. He’s been recognized on platforms like New York Magazine, Teen Vogue, NPR, and many more. Including praises from Elton John, Akon, & Hasan Minhaj. He’s also a co-owner of Kolkata Chai Co- the first Bengali owned chai cafe in NYC.
Anna has 20 years experience working in A&R across the music industry. Starting at EMI Records, she has subsequently worked for Zomba Publishing, Warner Records and EMI Publishing whilst also setting up her own writer/producer management company, AMC Music Management. Following a move to New York in 2017, Anna was hired by Concord Publishing as an International Creative Director where she currently overseas the global writer roster. Artists that her writers have worked with include Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Rihanna, Kanye West and Dua Lipa.
Anoush Kirakosian is the Corporate Philanthropy & Branded Events Manager at Concord. In her role, she manages Concord’s philanthropic and industry related initiatives in order to affect change internally (culturally) and externally. She facilitates the planning of all industry or public-facing Concord-branded special events and helps improve Concord culture by organizing company meetings that create a platform for face-to-face and digital interaction globally.
GRAMMY-winning artist/songwriter, Ant Clemons, moved across the country from New Jersey to Los Angeles only a couple of years ago in pursuit of his dream career. He started 2018 by writing a song a day in exchange for a floor to sleep on. By June of that year, he landed a feature as the iconic voice behind Kanye West’s hit single, “All Mine” and found himself atop the billboard charts. Clemons’ overnight success is years in the making. As the epitome of a “rags to riches” story, the artist spent nights on park benches, couch hopping, and using songwriting as a means of currency. Today, he is recognized as one of the most in-demand songwriters and upcoming artists, due to his work with Beyonce, Camilla Cabello, G Eazy, Pharrell, etc. In late Feb of 2020, Ant released his debut EP, “Happy 2 Be Here”. The project has already gathered over 10 Million streams, and landed on such editorial playlists as “Are and Be”, “Channel X” “R&B Now” “Me and Bae”, “Breaking R&B”, etc.
Antonique is an acclaimed actor and a 2015 GRAMMY-nominated singer and writer. She is most famous for her starring role of Faith Evans in “Notorious” where she received rave reviews and was praised by critics, including Jeffery Lyons who called her “one to watch”.
Antonique is one of the new stars of season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage which debuted on NETFLIX to amazing reviews. Antonique has a 8 episode arc as Detective Nandi Tyler.
Antonique first garnered attention in her buzz-worthy leading role in “RENT” on Broadway as Mimi Marquez. She became the international poster girl for the show. Antonique played CIA agent Sandra Burns in “Abduction” opposite Taylor Lautner and Alfred Molina, and in “Yelling To The Sky”, playing the starring role of Ola O’Hara, opposite Zoe Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe and Jason Clarke. Antonique recently starred in the TV One romantic comedy Stock Option, which premiered to record ratings for the network and she has a lead role in the NETFLIX film “Deuces”. She has also guest starred and recurred on numerous hit TV shows including “Law & Order”, HBO’s “Bored To Death”, the Sidney Lumet directed “100 Centre Street” on A&E and she has a role in the hit 2017 FOX drama series “Shots Fired”.
Antonique shocked the world in 2015 with the release of her first body of work, her EP “Love Is Everything”, stemming from her successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012 where Smith raised over $50,000 in 30 days from her fans. ‘Hold Up Wait A Minute (Woo Woo)’ is the Grammy nominated, edgy, uptempo, future meets retro, soul pleaser that is rising up the charts!
Antonique is also an accomplished songwriter. Having co-written her Grammy nominated single, she has also written songs for several television shows including Shots Fired, where she co-wrote the show’s theme song along with several other original songs featured in the show and composed a piece of the score with great Terrance Blanchard.
Having just completed a 20 city “Act On Climate” tour with the Hip Hop Caucus and also singing for the Pope’s climate rally for over 100,000 people on the National Mall in D.C., Antonique is a serious advocate for climate justice and human rights.
Sidney Lumet gave Antonique her first job. She played a teen drug addict. He heralded her as “an amazing actress with a great career ahead of her”.
Antonique is following the career path of Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston; pursuing a career in film and television while also continuing to make her dream of a Grammy-winning recording career into the most amazing of realities.
Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Ant started his own company Route Runna Management in 2009 as a vehicle to expose local talent. Ant was hired at Def Jam Records in 2012 as a street team rep and promoted to Lifestyle Marketing in 2015 along w/ Universal Music Group hiring Route Runna Management as the official college marketing coordinator for the HBCU initiative. He has conducted promotional campaigns for 2 Chainz, YG, Dave East, Rapsody, Dani Leigh, Jadakiss, Fredo Bang, Kaash Paige and many more. Independent projects include r&b superstar Chris Scholar and video production company By The Booc.
Ashley “Outrageous” Ocampo is a digital native who has been bringing visibility to music, arts, and culture for over a decade. Creative consultant, artist manager and event producer, Ashley has a human-first approach allowing her to seamlessly connect culture and commerce.
With an interest in technology and design, Ashley took to blogging in 2008, giving artists, labels, and brands exclusive access to music trends and stories before mainstream caught on. With a keen eye for spotting talent early, AshleyOutrageous.com was home to first-to-market interviews and behind-the-scenes videos and content from artists like SZA, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar before the rest of the world took notice.
Relocating from her native South Florida to New York City in 2014. Ashley has become a go-to media personality and connector for experiential – partnering with brands for unique advertising campaigns, live listening sessions, digital strategy, talent bookings, and event promotion and production.
Bennett Beckner is a Talent Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency. Beckner oversees the agency’s bookings on Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Music Midtown, in addition to representing The Band Camino, Sam Fischer, Mod Sun, 347aidan, Two Door Cinema Club, among many others. He also serves on the Executive Board for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
As an artist, songwriter, and activist, Bianca “Blush” Atterberry is profoundly passionate. In both music and method, The Emmy Award-Winner penetrates the surface. Recognized for her work on projects with diverse artists across genres and generations that include Demi Lovato, Meghan Trainor, Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Rick Ross, Elijah Blake, Macy Gray, and Angie Stone, among others.
Bill Ware is Prettybird Pictures’ Head of IT and the Director of Technology and App Development for Pipelines Mobile, a Diversity and Inclusion talent sourcing platform that just launched this Fall in LA, NY, and London.A lifelong tinkerer, Bill earned a degree in Biology in pursuit of a medical career, but he couldn’t resist the siren song of his beloved hobby. After obtaining a degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida, he moved with his wife Ellie to Los Angeles where he began work as the Head of IT for Prettybird Pictures.Bill has since expanded his dual passions for technology and media into a full-blown career, from creating and managing a transatlantic media network to a system of custom apps, servers, and websites in service to the company’s varied and expanding needs. His position as in-house tech guru has allowed him the opportunity to help the creatives and directors of Prettybird in achieving some of their more ambitious creative visions.
Bradly Palmer is currently a member of the A&R team at Concord Music Publishing. In his role he works to sign, develop, and seek placements for songwriters, producers and artists across multiple genres. Prior to Concord, Palmer worked as a Day-to-Day Manager at Forward Artist Management working with artists such as Jack Antonoff, Bleachers, Albert Hammond Jr, RZA, Sleater-Kinney, Moses Sumney, etc. Palmer began his career while attending UCLA, after holding internships at Red Light Management, Sony/ATV and Warner Records. He graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Music Industry.
NuYorican music artist/designer/ creative director raised in Hudson County NJ, BRBN (bourbon /bɜː(ɹ)bən/) is an eclectic and diverse blend of sounds and creative talents. BRBN’s agenda is to encapsulate some of her most vulnerable, relatable moments in a multidimensional way whilst uplifting the feminist and Latinx communities.
Brennen Bryant is a manager, A&R, administrative coordinator, and tour manager at Hallwood Media. A graduate from The University of Southern California, Brennen studied Business Administration with an emphasis in the music industry. Now handling day-to-day management for the company’s clients as well as Tour Managing Murda Beatz, Brennen has been able to expand his resume over time.
Born out of a mutual appreciation for soft synths and euphoric beats, Frenship are an electro-pop duo hailing from Los Angeles. Scoring a platinum hit with 2016’s “Capsize,” they issued their official debut full-length, Vacation, in2019. Frenship members James Sunderland and Brett Hite met while working at fitness store Lululemon and became fans of each other’s music. This led to the two stoking the creative embers, and they eventually began creating music together. Pursuing the avenue of summery, feel-good electronic pop, the duo made their debut on SoundCloud with the track “Knives,” created with Norwegian tropical house producer Matoma. The track quickly caught fire on the web and began to generate buzz, which led the duo to upload a second track, “Nowhere.” The song garnered comparisons to new wave pioneers Tears for Fears, albeit with overtones of modern house. Having generated a burgeoning fan base already, Frenship’s hype really took off when they premiered the track “Carpet.”
Brianna currently leads multicultural business development for Live Nation with a focus on Live Nation Urban (a venture in partnership with LNE boasting some of the top festival brands in culture, such as Roots Picnic, Broccoli City Fest, H.E.R.’s Lights On Fest, Kirk Franklin’s Exodus Gospel Fest, and more). Prior to this role, Brianna was responsible for the development and execution of global brand partnerships at the newly rebranded Warner Records, where she led multicultural and urban branding efforts for a roster of artists that included the likes of Saweetie, Wale, NLE Choppa, and Partynextdoor. She has additionally held roles at Cashmere Agency, an award-winning, LA-based multicultural marketing agency, and at Marriott International in their global entertainment partnerships division. Brianna has executed campaigns for a variety of clients such as Netflix, PepsiCo, Glossier, Capital One, Tinder, PayPal, and many more.
Brittany Lewis was born and raised in Dover, Delaware, and attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. She’s an Artist Relations Manager at YouTube Music. In that role she manages relationships with Black artists and their teams as it relates to YouTube Music marketing campaigns, programmatic partnerships, as well as Google-wide music initiatives.
Before joining the YouTube Music team, Brittany was the Creative Manager for Hip-Hop and R&B at Spotify. Where she produced and curated Spotify’s original video content, as well as served as the interim curator of Spotify’s flagship hip-hop playlist, RapCaviar. During her tenure at Spotify, she also was an integral part of RapCaviar’s brand marketing and live concert series. Brittany began her career as an editorial assistant at GlobalGrind. During her time at GlobalGrind, she was given the opportunity to run the entertainment company’s music channel as Senior Editor, where she spearheaded and produced a plethora of music content.
Andrew “Broadway” Williams is a Grammy nominated music producer – audio engineer born in Mandeville, Jamaica. With 15+ years of experience in the music industry. Landing his first major placement with Donnie Klang’s “Pick It Up” (2008), Broadway was invited to be featured on Sean Combs Making The Band 4 (2008). With his unique sound of blending Hip-Hop & R&B drums with Pop chords and melodies, he quickly caught the attention of music executives and was offered an opportunity to move to New York City. From Connecticut to pursue his musical career at Engine Room Audio (2009-2013) at the age of 22. This is where he grew as a music producer working with top-line songwriters like Andrea Martin, Jared Cotter, & Autumn Rowe. Catching the attention of music moguls Tim Blacksmith & Danny D who managed super-producers Stargate & Espionage, Broadway built a strong relationship with Danny D and decided to sign a management deal to Delirious Blacksmith MGNT, Stellar Songs. This was a pivotal point in his career landing him his Grammy nomination with Leona Lewis & Avicii “Collide.”
Broadway has since worked with artists such as Day26, Naughty By Nature, The Chainsmokers, Ryan Leslie, Jeremih, Chris Brown, Bad Bunny, Tory Lanez, LeToya Luckette, Kat Dahlia, Professor Green, The Vamps and Boyce Avenue to name a few. Broadway’s decorated catalogue helped land him a publishing deal with BMG in 2013 where he remains signed today. Broadway has produced and mixed for an array of genres that helped shape his sound over the course of his career. With his Caribbean background he gives you the rhythm of the islands that you feel throughout his music.
Bryce laid a concrete foundation within multiple genres. His production expertise has stamped an imprint on the recording careers of music superstars; namely Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton. Wilson’s collective work has resulted in 50 million sales
internationally. Most recently, he conceptually merged with legendary deejay Junior Sanchez to form the multimedia label, Brobot. The mission of Brobot is to develop and nurture emerging talent. Conscious of his global footprint, Bryce is active on social and entertainment related boards and committees including the Grammy Board (Los Angeles Chapter), Children Uniting Nations and Shine on Sierra Leone.
Caitlin Marino is the Associate Director of New Business for Sony Music Latin-Iberia where she identifies and develops strategic brand partnerships for the Latin regional artist roster across the U.S. and the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Prior to joining Sony, Caitlin spent eight years at the Latin GRAMMYs managing sponsorships with top global brands like ABI, Delta, Diageo and McDonald’s. Caitlin graduated from the University of Miami with majors in Public Relations and Economics and minors in Marketing and Music Business & Entertainment Industries.
Growing up with a passion for music, Carimei Smith has spent her whole life working in entertainment. Her background in vocal and piano performance led her to an interest in the music industry, which blossomed into a passion for A&R and artist management. Today, Carimei focuses on A&R and artist management at Rollon Ent. She has worked with artists, including Anomalie, Ashnikko, and Ben Wylen.
Celena Fields works as the VP of Artist Streaming & Strategy at Human Re Sources. Since her start in the business, Celena has developed a huge passion for Black and Brown creatives as well as independent and emerging artists. Additionally, Celena is a Co-Founder of The Nucleus, a creative consulting and management company, and helps oversee Brand and Artist Operations.
Celina Rollon is an Artist Manager from the UK. Celina started her career at Galaxy 102 Radio (Now Capital Manchester) in Manchester quickly working her way through the ranks to become a Radio Producer for the Galaxy Network at the tender age of 19. After being headhunted she moved to London to work for the first wave of UK dot com 1.0 plays, online radio, arts magazine Ammo City. In 2001, Celina landed the role of Junior Product Manager for Sony Music, as with all her roles, Celina climbed up the ladder to become Product Manager then Marketing Manager from 2001 – 2006. Rollon coordinated and managed the release of products from Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, John Legend, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Tony Bennett and many more. Following the merger of Sony & BMG in 2006, Celina started an artist & tour management company Rollon Entertainment where she managed & coordinated worldwide tour / production logistics for superstars including Paloma Faith, Gabrielle, The X Factor, Sean Kingston plus many more. Celina is currently global Tour Manager for Bishop Briggs. During the same time Celina started to develop brand new artists & released records under indie label Rollon Entertainment including records by Laura Steel and X Factor finalist Ruth Lorenzo. Ruth Lorenzo’s debut single “Burn entered the Spanish Singles Chart at number 16. Celina provides worldwide Product, Artist and Brand Management services to independent artists and management companies and has worked on huge global independent campaigns for Darren Hayes (Savage Garden) and Taio Cruz. Rollon has participated as a speaker at SXSW from 2014-2018
From Los Angeles CA, Cesar Alan is a Latin American SESAC Pop Award Winning Gold & Platinum Hit Songwriter/Producer and Multi-instrumentalist. From stage to studio, Cesar has worked with the likes of Kanye West, KCamp, Emile Sande, Tyrese, 50 cent, Akon, Tahj Mowry, Shadmehr and other international acts. Pop culture has continued to birth new talent, producers, and instrumentalists, but Cesar continues to push the envelope in all of these categories.
Cheyenne Beam is Director of Strategic Media Relations at Island Records where he’s worked for the past three years. Originally from Memphis, TN, Cheyenne has worked in the music industry for over six years. Outside of work, he enjoys hanging with family and friends, playing with his dog, visiting museums and traveling.
Chris Dunn’s entry to the music industry began in 1996 in the warehouse of the Bay Area record label Concord Jazz. He worked his way into the A&R department, where he currently serves as Senior Director, A&R. During his 24 years at the label, he has made many significant contributions to the artist roster, and has produced over thirty albums.
His signings over the years include Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Leela James, Kurt Elling, The Record Company, and Stokley. Most recently, he signed Virginia-based instrumental group Butcher Brown, and UK-rising star saxophonist Nubya Garcia.
A long-time voting member of the Recording Academy, Chris has produced projects that have received numerous GRAMMY Nominations, and projects with his contributions have won several GRAMMYs, including Ray Charles’ Genius Love Company, winner of 8 GRAMMY Awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
Chris brings to Concord Jazz an extensive knowledge of jazz, rock, R&B and hip-hop.
Chris Scholar is a Los Angeles-based, multi-talented creative from Richmond, VA. An independent recording artist, he also claims the titles of singer, rapper, writer, dancer, video director and editor.
At the age 18, he received his first taste of the music industry when Jermaine Dupri highlighted one of his music videos on his blog. After gaining some momentary notoriety, this same year Chris dropped out of college to pursue his music career full-time. Burdened by the everyday struggles of being an independent artist, his lack of financial resources led him to pick up skill sets behind the lens. Chris taught himself how to film, direct and edit his own music videos, establishing his own film production company – By The Booc. His innate gift behind the camera landed him opportunities to direct visuals with artists such as Trippie Redd, Wiz Khalifa, Tank, Lil Xan, BJ The Chicago Kid, French Montana & more.
Chris Smith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with The Actors Fund’s Looking Ahead program that provides support services to youth and families in the entertainment industry. Chris is also a therapist in private practice in Los Angeles.
Christian James Hand is a British musician, music producer, radio personality, and voice-over artist.
Storytelling is the driving force behind getting consumers to trust and pay attention to a brand. Using my background in market research and internal communications, along with my editorial experience, I am looking to narrate the stories of brands to create meaningful relationships between consumers and the brand. I want to work with brands to help them better understand who they are, how they can make an impact on the world, and how to create a strategy to make it happen.
“Earn Yo Sleep” is the motto GRAMMY-winning singer-songwriter, Cocoa Sarai lives by. Raised in a musical family, she has worked with Grammy Award-winning artists such as Dr. Dre, Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes and lending her song-writing skills to television’s Academy Award-winning director Lee Daniels and more recently Tiffany Haddish, has been performing since the age of two. Inspired by her West Indian heritage, her church roots and her love for hip-hop, the Brooklyn, NY-bred, Jamaican-American songstress with three independent albums under her belt is establishing herself as a creative force to take note of.
Craig E. Baylis has established an unmatched career track in both the private and public sectors of the music entertainment sphere. Having worked for majors, Warner Records (formerly Warner Bros. Records) and Epic Records in product management, artist development, relations and tour marketing, he is a professional music industry steady; Reputable amongst his peers for strategizing and mobilizing marketing stories behind a catalog of the recording industry’s most influential cultural luminaries. As a result of his fervent interests in the matters of artist rights and artist relations, he joined the staff of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) where during his five year tenure, he led the organization’s recording artists, professional singers and professional dancer outreach and organizing initiatives, which included marketing and social media campaigning, statutory and federal public policy events affecting the careers of existing and prospective membership.
Dae Bogan serves as Head of Third-Party Partnerships for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC), where he leads The MLC’s strategy for engaging third-party entities to support initiatives in rights administration, data management, operations, and membership services.
A passionate music creators’ rights advocate who enjoys exploring the global music rights landscape through the lens of business and technology, Bogan is also an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. In this role, Bogan develops and teaches the music industry entrepreneurship course for which he was recognized in Billboard’s “The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017.”
Prior to joining The MLC and teaching at UCLA, Bogan’s passion for innovation at the intersection of music and technology led him to found three companies: music rights administration technology company TuneRegistry, unclaimed music royalties and licenses search engine RoyaltyClaim, and in-store music video network Maven Promo. Each of these companies has since been acquired.
Early in his career, Bogan worked directly and more creatively with recording artists, songwriters, music producers, and DJs as the owner-operator of an independent record label, a music publishing company, and a boutique artist management firm before pivoting into technology in 2012.
Dae holds an MA in Music Industry Administration with a focus on music publishing and copyright administration from California State University, Northridge and a BA in sociology from the University of California. He resides in Los Angeles, California where he organizes SoCal Music Industry Professionals, an informal networking community of music industry professionals who live in Southern California.
Daniel Bearman is a music executive with over 10 years experience in Artist Management, A&R and Music Publishing.
Daniel has a truly global perspective having worked in London and Los Angeles. He’s A&R’d No 1 singles in the UK, Ireland and on the U.S. radio charts as well as having multiple Top 5 and Top 10 singles around the world, multi-platinum & gold-selling singles in over 16 countries including US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Canada & Australia.
Before taking his current position as A&R at Concord Music Publishing, he guided the careers of multi-platinum selling artist Snakehips. With them he won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Song and was nominated for MMF ‘Breakthrough Manager of the Year’ award. He orchestrated the collaborations between Snakehips and some of the biggest artist in the world including Zayn, Chance The Rapper, H.E.R, Anderson.Paak, Tinashe, DRAM, MØ, Tory Lanez and many more.
Deborah Klein, originally from Sydney, Australia brings over 30 years of experience in the music business to Primary Wave. Deborah graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston with a concentration in intellectual property and contracts. Prior to that she was a disc jockey at several major market stations and the program director for influential Boston radio station WERS. Deborah started her own law practice while simultaneously running the iconic punk label TAANG! Records, releasing over sixty albums in three years, from The Lemon Heads to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Deborah started her own management company in Boston in the early nineties, finding and developing indie icons Morphine, Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, Mia Doi Todd and others. During this time she worked with Interscope Records, Sub Pop, Matador, Domino Records, Rkyodisc, Sire Records, Sony/Legacy and Dreamworks.
Deborah moved to Los Angeles in 2001 to work for Spivak Sobol Entertainment
Debra Olshan Cooper has been a public relations and marketing expert for over 30 years working in all areas of businesses including music, fashion and luxury. Having worked with over 300 companies she has founded YourCareerDesignLab to help young adults find their passion and dream careers. She teaches young adults how to market and sell themselves and garner the recognition they deserve.
Olshan-Cooper architects, designs and curates young adults resumes, creates killer cover letters, role-plays, initiates interactive interviews and instructs today’s youth on how to play the connection game. As she states, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.”
She is a strong “storyteller” and works with young career seekers to find their unique story and teaches how “to tell and sell oneself to potential employers; seperating her clients from the pack.
As she states, “It’s about working smarter, not harder. Find something you love, get great at it and the money will come.”
I am the person among my friends who stops mid-conversation if I hear a song I love. I incessantly SHAZAM every great new song I hear. There’s very few pleasures like watching my favorite artist perform or seeing a new discovery artist for the first time. It’s a privilege working with artists to get their music exposed to loyal and new fans.
Dior Ashley Brown is a woman on a mission. Known for her broad range of creative roles, including community builder, humanitarian, activist, entrepreneur, and musician, she is a seasoned, respected member of the DC creative scene and beyond, committed to empowering all people, especially Black women and girls, and leaving a legacy of positive change. Dubbed the “Hip-Hop Polymath” by the Washington Post, Dior knows how to create impact. She is the founder of the DC Music Summit, a premier music conference, and exchange hub, featuring industry leaders, artists, influencers, and high-profile brand sponsors who join forces to help grow the music industry in the nation’s capital.
A fixture in New York nightlife, DJ M.O.S. has emerged as one of the most sought after DJs in the country. Driven by a passion for music, his knack for knowing how to keep the masses engaged has made him a favorite amongst celebrities and industry heavy-weights.
M.O.S. has developed an eclectic style that showcases his love of rock, soul, disco, electro, house, R&B, and hip hop, incorporating all of these genres into his sets. M.O.S. has lent his services to clients such as Russell Simmons, Diddy, Robert Deniro, Bill Clinton, Kanye West, Usher, Ben Stiller, Heidi Klum, Esquire Magazine, Nike, VEVO, Grey Goose, MTV, The Weinstein Company, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the U.S. Open.
A regular at A-list events, M.O.S. can also be regularly heard playing at exclusive clubs in New York, Las Vegas, Miami, Los Angeles, Paris, Oslo, and Tokyo. He is a resident at Miami mega club LIV, New York hotspots 1OAK and Avenue, 1OAK in Hollywood, Studio Paris in Chicago, and The Borgata in Atlantic City. M.O.S. has also lent his image to campaigns, appearing in ads and national television spots for Bud Light, Doritos, and Gillette. He has been featured in a breadth of national publications including New York Post, Vogue, Us Weekly, OK! Magazine, Star Magazine, New York Daily News, Gotham Magazine, Complex, and InStyle.
I’m a multidisciplinary creative focused on DJing, Music Programming/ Project Mgmt, and illustration. Raised in PG County, MD my work is strongly influenced by my upbringing in the DMV. Two years ago, I quit an unfulfilling government job to lean into my creatives passions and it quickly opened a path to places I could’ve never imagined.
I’ve recently collaborated on Cultural Programming centering Black Women in Go-Go and had my illustrations featured w/ the Hirshhorn Art Museum. I’ve DJ’d for former President Barack Obama; and alongside legends like Mannie Fresh & D-Nice. Toured cross country w/ Wiz Khalifa and BET. Performed countess festivals. And worked w/ brands I admire like: Nike, Adidas, Apple, Spotify, Fader, Live Nation , etc. My experiences led to creating, GIRLAAA, a team of diverse women djs, musicians, artists, PR professionals, and event producers who work together in deploying innovative social experiences that intersect music and art.
Andre “Dre” Pinkney is a producer, musician, bassist, guitarist, percussionist, and songwriter. Dré has performed live with various recording artists such as Jazmine Sullivan, Tyler the Creator, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, to name a few. His album credits include appearances on Bilal’s “A Love Surreal,” 2 albums from Kindred the Family Soul, Eric Roberson’s “The Box,” plus many more. Dré moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2016 and spearheaded the production of Bebe Rexha’s album entitled “Shining Star.”
Elijha Johnson, from Watts, CA, is an American Disc Jockey also known as “EJ the DJ”. On the turntables, he’s performed for more than 17 years & has worked with & helped develop an impressive catalog of artists spanning the globe. “EJ the DJ” has been hired to entertain events for former NFL & NBA players, entertained & worked with mega producers & recording artists such as Tyrese, Stix, Wyclef Jean & many others. EJ has toured with Snoop Dogg’s “Puff Puff Pass Tour” featuring Bone Thugs N Harmony, Warren G, The Dogg Pound & Too Short. He’s also been the highlight of 93.5 KDAY’s Krush Groove & How the West Was Won; Billboard Magazine’s Live Stream with artist “Stix”; YouTube Live With “Stix” and Wyclef Jean; and SXSW’s Atlantic Records Stage featuring Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert, OT Genasis, PNB Rock, Kyle, Stix, Cardi B. EJ is the former Resident DJ for the Get Down Radio Show with Pretty Ricci and NayNay Nice on HomegrownRadio.Net resident DJ for “The & Some More of It Show.”
Faith is the Senior Director of Brand Partnerships at Femme It Forward, a first of its kind female-led music company, where she manages sponsorship and marketing opportunities. She has worked with numerous reputable brands and Artists to curate strategic music marketing campaigns and bespoke music programs. Before Femme It Forward, Faith managed brand partnerships at Maverick Management and started her career at Universal Music Group.
Most known for creating, managing, and curating one of New York City’s most high profile weekly live music showcases, The Eclectic Ride, along with producing some of the biggest nightlife events in New York City from 2002 and beyond including for and/or with big names and brands like like John Legend, Grey Goose, Drake, J Records, J Cole, Heineken, Solange, HBO, Diddy, Columbia Records, Rihanna, VH1, Miguel, RCA Records, Nas and others, Forrest Renaissance has and does live up to his name.
A jack of many trades with an overall abundant creative spirit, Forrest has thrived well in each and every arena he has taken part in, and those are many. Marketing & Branding Specialist, Music & Film Festival Director, Concert & Event Producer, US Congressional Personnel, Club Owner, Photographer, Film & Video Producer, Screenwriter, Digital Media Manager, Music Artist Manager & Development, Actor, Web Publisher, Casting Director, Club/Event Promoter, Artist Booker, and Business Consultant
Gordan, a talented artists manager and entrepreneur with extensive experience at major record labels, television networks, and developing careers of emerging music artists, producers, and talent. Oakland, California raised, New York made – Gordan began his career at Universal Motown working in the A&R dept helping oversee Cash Money Records projects before joining BET to learn the world of television. After starting his own management company, The Untitled Group, he began managing a major label artist and two Grammy nominated producers. 13 platinum plaques, and 3 Grammy nominations later, he joined forces with SALXCO where he co-manages Doja Cat, Arin Ray, Dreezy, Gallant, Van Jess, and more. Currently he co-founded Lost & Found, LLC where he plans to continue building artists and growing opportunities for creatives and more.
Los Angeles native Hannah Kirkpatrick completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at Loyola Marymount University and began working at Live Nation (LN) Entertainment in Talent Acquisition. She then crossed over into the Marketing department for the Live Nation Merchandise division, managing the brand development of the 100+ roster of artists’ merchandise lines. Working with LN Merch allowed Hannah to find her passion for artist development, leading her to join the team at the independent label Rostrum Records. As their Manager of Social + Digital Marketing, she runs Rostrum’s social media platforms, executes digital marketing campaigns, collaborates with artists on content activations, and directs social marketing strategies around music releases.
Hannah Levitt is currently working in Artist Management at Shelter Music Group in Los Angeles, California. She joins Shelter Music Group with Brian Frank of BFrank Management. In addition to her role in Management, Hannah serves as a Marketing Director on the Shared Services team. Prior to BFrank Management, Hannah worked in both Radio and International at Interscope Records.
Harold Owens has a 30+ year career in field of substance abuse treatment and mental health. For the past 21 years he has served as the Senior Director of MusiCares specializing in direct treatment strategies for music people and to address the problems of addiction in the music community.
Henry Bordeaux has worked his way up to be an established Tour & Production Manager over 2 decades for artists such as Tyler, the Creator, Travis Scott, Nick Jonas, Jennifer Lopez, Fall Out Boy and more. He’s currently working as a Production Director on the Biden/Harris Campaign and co-hosts the Concert Industry web series “Tour Mgmt 101”.
HR Executive with music, entertainment media and big tech experience. Have acute experience in all areas of Human Resource leadership including Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion, Performance Management, Organizational Development, Employee Relations and Labor Negotiations, Compensation, Learning + Development, and Data + Analytics.
Ina Jacobs is an executive at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Ina works in the Los Angeles office and serves as a resident expert in the operational and financial logistics of global touring and live events. Ina provides deal analysis and financial forecasting as well as helps to develop best practices across CAA’s live business and initiatives. Ina is also the agent for Riot Games where she vets and negotiates their League of Legends live championship events globally.
Jae Deal is an award-winning composer, music producer and orchestrator known for his pop, gospel, and hip hop arrangements. Deal is also a session keyboardist, programmer, and bassist who has worked with several prominent artists including Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Ne-Yo, and Wynton Marsalis. Deal is a featured musician on the 2020 release of Ty Dolla $ign, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign. In 2019, he was the curator, music director and a producer of a Jammcard event that honored George Clinton and featured Ice Cube, Cee-Lo Green, Anderson Paak., and Flea.
In the DJ game now for over twenty years, Jahi Sundance is one of those unique figures that can take the crowd on an unforgettable musical journey. With the slightest flick of his wrist the foundation is forged for one wild night that people are sure to remember. Always at the cutting edge, Jahi Sundance can play everything from hip-hop, house, jazz, 80s, rock, reggae to punk, however, he is most known for creating unique and positive soundscapes. Jahi Sundance has created some of the most inventive DJ sets on the scene today; touring with Meshell N’degeocello & landing him DJ spots at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He is currently working on an album with a group he co-founded called, MoonMedicin, as well as DJing for jazz giants Robert Glasper and Christian McBride, respectively. Recently, Jahi has produced/written songs for Chris Brown, Danity Kane, Miguel, Common and The World Cup. He is also a professor at Scratch DJ Academy, started by Jam Master Jay, located in NYC/Miami/LA.
Jai Dior Hawkins is an Artist and Marketing Manager with the key mission to keep artists’ brands creatively genuine and cohesive – while maintaining organic growth. After spending a decade flourishing under the culture-driven Combs Enterprises umbrellas, Jai embraced his passions for artist relations, branded entertainment, and experiential marketing from his label and agency experience. Through his work with artists from Sean “Diddy” Combs to Mariah Carey, Jai honed in on his passion of keeping the creative vision of the artist alive, while maintaining synergies with brands and fanbases. Jai holds a B.A. in Business and Marketing and Music Management.
An artrepreneur and motivational speaker, of Dominican origin based in Hollywood. Jalen is an ex-original member/songwriter & co-producer of internationally famed Latin group Toke D’ Keda. Acosta has multiple credited roles on TV and Film. He is the founder and CEO of World Artists United & Co-Founder of Music Entrepreneur Conference & 555 technologies.
Born out of a mutual appreciation for soft synths and euphoric beats, Frenship are an electro-pop duo hailing from Los Angeles. Scoring a platinum hit with 2016’s “Capsize,” they issued their official debut full-length, Vacation, in 2019. Frenship members James Sunderland and Brett Hite met while working at fitness store Lululemon and became fans of each other’s music. This led to the two stoking the creative embers, and they eventually began creating music together. Pursuing the avenue of summery, feel-good electronic pop, the duo made their debut on SoundCloud with the track “Knives,” created with Norwegian tropical house producer Matoma. The track quickly caught fire on the web and began to generate buzz, which led the duo to upload a second track, “Nowhere.” The song garnered comparisons to new wave pioneers Tears for Fears, albeit with overtones of modern house. Having generated a burgeoning fan base already, Frenship’s hype really took off when they premiered the track “Carpet.”
Armed with a Master’s degree in Ethnomusicology, Jamie has dedicated her career to supporting artists and connecting them with the fans that love them. Currently she works on the Creator Services team at Pandora and programs Classical Music. She is also a classically trained vocalist, currently singing with the Resound Ensemble and Conspiracy of Venus in the Bay Area, even during lockdown!
Jaret Landon is a composer/arranger, music director, and educator. He’s composed and arranged music for film, musicals, and recorded albums. Chicago theater credits include Nativity and Sanctified (Congo Square Theatre), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Porchlight Music Theatre), The Gospel of Lovingkindness and Wonder in My Soul (Victory Gardens Theatre), Gem of the Ocean (Court Theatre), Crowns (Goodman Theatre), The Christians (Steppenwolf Theatre), Jabari Dreams of Freedom (Chicago Children’s Theatre). Other Regional credits include 15th-anniversary new production of Crowns (Co-Production – McCarter Theatre and Long Warf Theatre) Black Odyssey (Denver Theatre Center, Denver CO.), First Wives Club (Pre-Broadway production – Chicago), Born For This (Pre-Broadway production – Los Angeles), Motown The Musical (1st National Tour – Oriental Theater Chicago, IL), The Christians, Wonder In My Soul (Baltimore Center Stage), The Black Clown (American Repertory Theatre).
As part of the powerhouse management team for MBK Entertainment Inc for almost 20 years, Jeanine has garnered a reputation for being a hard- nosed business woman but with a nurturing spirit. Taking an artist from obscurity to fame is no small task and Jeanine is an integral part of the team that has created lightning in a bottle more than a few times. First with Alicia Keys whom she represented along with Jeff Robinson for 14 years+ and in that time Alicia has sold over 200 million records, won 14 Grammy awards, had sold out tours around the world grossing more than $900million in ticket sales and had multi million dollar endorsement deals with ProActiv, and Vitamin Water just to name a few. Elle Varner who was discovered on YouTube by Jeanine and the team was signed to MBK/RCA right after graduating from NYU and she went on to become a Grammy Award nominated artist with over 1million units sold and 3 sold out domestic tours grossing more than $3million dollars.
Jeff Juin is currently the VP of A&R at Warner Records. He started working in music as a intern at IDJ “IslandDefJam” in 2006. Juin has worked on projects from Rihanna to Michael Jackson. Right now his roster includes shordie Shordie, CJ, Lil Zay Osama and Curly J.
Growing up, Jen Park knew that her one true passion was music and considers hip hop her first love. Jen got her start working in the NY nightlife scene, listening to and learning about what type of music worked in nightclubs. Having worked across different companies within Warner Music, she currently works as an A&R rep at Asylum Records, ADA, and East West Records. She loves having a seat at the table in a field traditionally dominated by men and considers herself both analytical and creative in the field.
Driven by an innate passion for music and her belief in the medium’s incredible universal capability to unite and inspire, creative powerhouse Jenna Andrews has spent the large part of her outstanding career bringing out the best in the most promising talent around the globe.
As an artist (Island Def Jam) and a songwriter (Sony/ATV) herself, Andrews is sensitive to the challenges that both up and coming and seasoned singers and writers face in music today, and she carries that knowledge with her in her work as a consultant for industry veteran Barry Weiss’ RECORDS label, as well as in her joint venture with Weiss, publishing company Twentyseven Music at Sony/ATV.
The Calgary native has collaborated with some of the most renowned names in the market today, including heavy hitters such as Drake, Jennifer Lopez, Little Mix, Tori Kelly, Jessie J and Benee, as well as producers Noah 40 Shebib, Diplo, DJ Mustard, Max Martin, Illangelo and Stargate. Most recently, she has taken pop singer-songwriter Noah Cyrus under her wing, A&Ring her single “July” and writing the remix featuring Leon Bridges, which has garnered more than 160 million streams to date. She is also celebrating the stellar success of the hit song she co-wrote with New Zealand-born singer/songwriter Benee, “Supalonely,” which has produced over 10 million TikTok videos and has ranked #10 on the Spotify Global chart.
Jeremy Yohai is the SVP of A&R at Concord Music Publishing. He is charge of the current pop roster in the US and Concord A&R team in NY, LA and Miami. Concord’s roster includes artists and songwriters such as Mark Ronson, Jacob Collier, Denzel Curry, Noah Goldstein and Justin Parker among others. Prior to joining Concord, Jeremy was in charge of A&R at Downtown Music Publishing where he oversaw the US/ international A&R staff, new artist signings and the Downtown roster which included Andrew Wyatt/ Miike Snow, Santigold, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Sturgil Simpson. Before joining Downtown, Jeremy worked in Creative Services at ASCAP recruiting and developing the careers of emerging songwriters including Vampire Weekend, Animal Collective, Diplo and Dr. Dog.
Joel C. High is a music supervisor and producer who has worked on over 150 films, television projects and video games, and also is chief executive for a supervision, production and events company he co-founded in 2006. Over the last two decades, he created and supervised the music departments for two of the leading independent studios in the industry: Trimark Pictures and Lionsgate Entertainment. Joel has served as co-producer on several music intensive films including 3 with Mario Van Peebles. In addition to his acclaimed supervision work in motion pictures, television and video games, working with directors such as Tyler Perry, Marc Forster, Peter Bogdanovich, Don Roos, Roger Avary, James Foley, Bill Paxton, Billy Ray, Mario Van Peebles, Duane Adler and Rob Zombie, he is a eight-time nominee as outstanding Music Supervisor of the year (most recently winning for the film “Of Mind And Music”and the Warren G documentary “G Funk”).
Transitioning from a longtime fan to an industry figure, Jordan Mafi has given a voice to notable and up-and-coming artists alike and provided her own through a number of outlets. Serving as the former executive editor of NEST HQ and a host for Insomniac Radio, Jordan seeks to move the needle in electronic music. As a Beatport curator, Jordan acts as a community manager for nine genre categories.
Starting S+ MGMT in 2019, Jordan Smith aims to be a positive representation of paving your own path in the music industry. Having worked in the past for LVRN, The Shalizi Group & TREND PR, Jordan put his industry knowledge in making S+ MGMT a boutique firm for upcoming artists. The S+ MGMT roster now consists of Elyahu, Hoodie Mitch, The KTNA, Michael Garmany (pka The Holdup), Ruby Red & sagun.
Jordan Waré is a Grammy Award winning Producer/songwriter and violinist from New York City.
Broadway tours managed: Disney’s The Lion King, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple, Finding Neverland, Cabaret, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (starring Fran Drescher), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rent, The Producers, Grease (starring Taylor Hicks) and Monty Python’s Spamalot. Broadway tours performed: Oklahoma! Notable regional productions performed: Pacific Overtures, starring George Takei. Mr. Solivan also performed with the Dayton Opera. Jose Solivan is currently the co-chair of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) Industry Equity Committee. He is also a member of ATPAM’s Education Outreach committee. Formally, Mr. Solivan was the Actors’ Equity Production Stage Manager for Uptown Players in Dallas, TX. Jose proudly volunteers his time with Broadway Cares, The Actors Fund and the Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation.
Journee is known for her soft, yet strong voice and her versatile sound. her music is described as soothing and easy to VIBE to. with the ability to capture any mood with her voice, she can also translate many relatable situations within her content. her range goes beyond vocals where at any point she can rap and become poetic in her wordplay and delivery. she is in a lane of her own, with a work ethic that will never stop. her “journee” is a marathon. and she wont stop until the race is won.
Originally from Paris, I grew up with a passion for music and technology, playing in bands as I was learning about web development. I moved to New York in 2014 when I discovered about a company whose whole focus was music analytics called Next Big Sound. I worked there as a software engineer on data visualizations to help artists make better decisions with their data.
Since, Next Big Sound was acquired by Pandora and my role evolved into product management, working with designers, data scientists and engineers on how to help artists effectively reach millions of Pandora listeners, and on ways they can use Pandora data to grow their careers outside of the platform.
Justin “DJ Omega” Gaines is an LA based DJ, from Philadelphia, who has worked with music and entertainment heavyweights such as Kanye West, Wale, Lil Dicky, Amy Winehouse, Kevin Hart and Jerry Seinfeld.
His past professional sports clients range from the Philadelphia Eagles (DJing training camp and all the home games of the 2014 -17 season), 76ers (Production and In-Game Sound Design 2014-2015) and Washington Nationals ( Production / Player At-Bat Intros 2013) LA Rams Holiday Party (2018- 2019) NBC’s “World Of Dance” Premiere (2019).
Musically, he recently came off of a sold out 30 city international tour via Live Nation in November with Topaz Jones. When not on stage, he was working on Wale’s “Wow..That’s Crazy” & “The Album About Nothing” with Jerry Seinfeld. Aside from the games, album, and the tour he also appeared in guest DJ spots on BET’s Backroom, NBC, and Revolt Live.
I am a multi platinum writer and artist female from Chile. I started writing music back in New York City, where it found me throughout an incredible group of people. And since then have been blessed to share rooms with people I consider to be some of the best in this craft. Among them list David Guetta, Sofia Reyes, Kat Dahlia, Jenna Andrews, Kiesza, Cody Tarpley, etc. I am a strong advocate for females in this industry, to help them share their voices and find their own uniqueness.
Karriem (K-Mack) is a multiple Grammy Award winning music industry veteran who has more than 20 years of experience as a producer and label owner. He founded his first production company, SoulDiggaz in 1996. Since its inception, K-Mack has worked with top industry executives and collaborated with iconic recording artists such as Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Destiny’s Child. He holds numerous gold and platinum sales status certifications. “I entered the industry as a DJ, I loved the intoxicating feeling of someone loving my production
Karen is head of the global team that oversees sync marketing for Concord’s frontline and catalog labels. Before joining Concord, she was VP of Sync for music publishing company, Music Sales Corp (n/k/a Wise Music). Prior to working in sync promotion, Karen worked for several film production companies with offices located at Warner Bros Studios, Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. During this time Karen was responsible for all of the film and television project’s music needs including music supervision, music licensing, creating original songs and hiring the composer. Karen is a member of the Recording Academy which is the organization that produces the Grammys. Karen is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a B.S. in International Business. While attending school in Boulder, CO she worked for the local concert promoter. Karen is from Ann Arbor, MI.
Kasturi Shan has been an entertainment industry professional for almost a decade, specializing in branding, artist development and public relations. She has been at the helm of publicity and breaking artist campaigns both as an independent publicist (The Chamber Group, Press Here) and in her current role at Interscope Records where she is a leading voice in defining what’s next. Having worked with a dynamic roster of artists including Tinashe, Kelly Rowland, J. Cole’s Dreamville, Shenseea, Trevor Daniel, Oliver Malcolm and more, Kasturi has become known for her passion in building artists and powerful storytelling methods.
Ken Komisar currently serves as the President at Notting Hill Music Masters & Notting Hill Music Management. Ken is a dedicated, versatile and driven executive who draws from his years’ of experience working inside labels and from working alongside some of the biggest artists including Michael Jackson at MJJ Music & Justin Timberlake Tennman Records. As a creative executive, Ken has been deeply committed to discovering and developing the careers of diverse artists from every genre, and is holistically competent across all facets of this complex business.
Khari Cain was born on April 19, 1978 in Lansing, Michigan. He began to DJ while an undergraduate in Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and Florida State University. He majored in the graduate music business program at New York’s prestigious NYU and was to pursue a career in artist and repertoire (A&R).[ After attaining an internship with Bad Boy Records, he was inspired to begin a career in record production. With the help of A&R Folayan Knight, Needlz associated with Black Entertainment Television (BET) and MTV and created theme songs for Rap City and Suckafree Sundays, respectively. Fellow record producer Swizz Beatz assisted Needlz to “exposure” by collaborating in album production, including Cassidy’s I’m a Hustla and Swizz Beatz One Man Band Man.
Kidd Kenn, the 18-year old Chicago hip-hop sensation who was selected for GLAAD’s prestigious list of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping The Future of Media and Activism” (presented by Teen Vogue this past summer) has been explosive, with PAPER, Fader, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Office Magazine, Interview Magazine and other tastemakers all rallying behind him. Nylon called him a “rap phenom,” and Fader dubbed him “Chicago’s Next Teen Sensation.” Summer 2020 saw him perform at multiple virtual Pride festivals including MobiFest, Wynwood Pride, Pride South Side and more. His huge organically grown web following has over 240K Instagram followers, nearly half a million followers on TikTok and over 4.5 million likes.
Kristelle works at The Jed Foundation as a Senior Campus Advisor and Data Lead. She is a certified health education specialist and joined the JED team in July 2018 after working in higher education as a health promotion specialist in mental health and wellness. Kristelle received her BA, MSW, and MPH from Washington University in St. Louis.
Kristin Juel is the founder of Juel Concepts, an incubator and music marketing/management firm for emerging artists that encourages them to know their worth, value their craft and prepares them for a high stakes and data driven industry. Kristin founded Juel Concepts in 2013 following a storied career of building brands like Blue Cross, Nissan Automotive, Kahlua, KFC, Church’s Chicken, Hotwire.com, Herbalife, TiVo and Kaiser Permanente, for over two decades. She has designed strategies for integrated advertising campaigns, curated music playlists for brands, designed concert series, blogged for HuffPost, and advised boards on the use of emerging music technologies. Through Juel Concepts, she and her team have been passionately building the careers of artists like Melbourne’s Hamish Anderson (“Top 10 Best New Artists of 2016” – Yahoo! Music), Atlanta’s Billboard charting Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, and Los Angeles’ Jessica Childress (former Voice contestant) among many others.
Krysten Dean is a touring Sound System Engineer and Crew Chief working for Eighth Day Sound Systems. She has been working in professional audio for the last 17 years after quitting her corporate engineering job. She has toured with JayZ, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Earth, Wind and Fire, Drake, and Madonna to name a few. She is also an entrepreneur working to introduce more women and people of color to the technical side of the touring industry.
As a Visionary, Entrepreneur, Creative Spark and Kingdom Influencer Kym embodies the epitome of a Spontaneous Idealists, the creator of ideas. She is very much the one who is going to say “you could do this, that, or try that.” The Chaos Coordinator. Specializing in Experiential Marketing + Branding + Design and Project Operation Management she does everything from flyers, banners, websites, social events, gatherings, conferences, conventions + exhibits. She is know to mature Brands, Businesses and Events through design + experience towards ideal success proven through retention, growth and revenue. Her newest brand “People of God” hit fall of 2019 as she streamlined every social story with ” People of God, People of God, ahhh.” this signature intro has evolved into an apparel line that promotes Godly faith and assurance. Meeting Kym is an experience as she is full of contagious joy, motivation, love, and acceptance. She meets no strangers.
Kyn Fellows of Kennedy Rowe PR has a decade long history of representing a wide variety of entertainment and lifestyle clientele. She prides herself on bridging both worlds the gap between entertainment and lifestyle by bringing them to the intersection of pop culture. She has worked on a variety of talent PR campaigns including Cam’Ron, London on da Track, Dreezy, Britney Spears, Drake, Jordin Sparks, Chris Brown, and more. Prior to Kennedy Rowe PR, Kyn spent bit of time in New York at a variety of companies including Jive Records/RCA Records, Capitol Records, MTV Network, and The Chamber Group.
I’m a Product Manager for Ingrooves Music Group, which is owned by Universal as of early 2019. I’m responsible for conceptualizing and creating the suite of marketing software that we offer to our labels and artists. Previously, I was head of our Video Services Department, but transitioned to product Management after helping with the product process a few times and deciding that was an interesting new challenge for me. Prior to moving to LA in 2015 I had been in Denver for about 9 years. I went to school there at the University of Colorado – Denver, where I got a degree in Music Industry Studies & Audio Engineering. Straight out of college I was running a start-up that specialized in music & art event product and creative marketing, as well as doing freelance Audio Engineering, playing in bands, and soccer refereeing to help make ends meet. Eventually I took a position as an audio engineer at the Pepsi Center in Denver, which then lead me to heading up the Technical Production dept.
As C3 Presents International Director, Leca Guimarães handles all aspects of Lollapalooza internationally (with the exception of talent booking), while working with local promoters to maintain the Lollapalooza brand standards across the globe. Lollapalooza started its international expansion in Chile in 2011, then expanded to Brazil in 2012, Argentina in 2014, Germany in 2015, France in 2017 and Sweden in 2019 with additional locations to be added soon. Leca joined the C3 Presents family in 2012 after working as Project Director at Geo Eventos, the first and former Lollapalooza Brazil promoter, and is now a Brazilian living in Austin since 2014.
Raised in Dallas, Texas and of Dominican decent, Grammy Nominated Letta J’s presence in the music marketplace is armed with a powerful and distinctive international sound. The daughter of two pastors, with a catalog of over 100 records, her move to New York City ushered in numerous opportunitie including her first record deal under the Motown Record’s major subsidiary Muse Records.
She has had songs on reserve from some of the industries hottest recording artists like Kehlani, Christina Aguilera, K.Michelle and Jill Scott just to name a few. Her ability to deliver a song is the reason she has worked with producers like Timbaland, Mike City and Scott Storch and has opened in concert for artists like Atlantic Records’, Trey Songz, Lauryn Hill, Elle Varner and merits phone calls from Clive Davis himself!
She is currently the Co-Founder & CEO of COEXIST Gaming, a subscription based gaming community & Esports brand based in NYC and is truly changing the game.
Linda Septien is a music artist development professional with 25+ years of experience, whose success is measured by the number of successful pop icons she has prepared, trained and helped launch into thriving careers. With over 15,000 students to her legacy, including branded icons Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Kacey Musgraves, Kidz Bop Kids, Leggo Friends L2M Group, Ryan Cabrera, Ashley Boetcher, Malise Jow, and Jessica Simpson, among many more, Linda prides herself on her ability to recognize talent & create an effective development strategy to launch a branded long term career artist.
Lindsey is Essence Global’s Manager of Diversity Recruitment & Program Manager. Her goal in this role is to ensure that hiring across all levels and disciplines attracts and retains talent that is diverse in both background and experience. Lindsey’s role is multifaceted in that she partners across GroupM and WPP (parent companies) on various initiatives to improve, not only diversity, but also equity and inclusion goals.
Loretta Gadson is Senior Director, Administration and Publisher Relations at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in New York City. In this role, she is directly responsible for maintaining and influencing key business relationships with BMI Affiliates, business managers and other external parties to ensure the timely and successful delivery of solutions and royalties. In addition, she serves as a subject matter expert on various copyright and distribution related topics across BMI. Gadson holds a B.S. in Business Management from Walden University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Walden University. She is also a member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Women In Music, and Society of Composers and Lyricists (SCL).
Lydia Caesar is a singer/songwriter from Queens NY, now living in St.Louis, MO. Lydia has two albums released, her debut “Caesar” and her sophomore album titled “Queen of Hearts”. Lydia has appeared on major networks such as BET, Fox and the CW performing her music. She has also provided vocals for nation wide commercials and has had songs placed in major motion pictures. Lydia’s most recent placement was her original song “Through It All” being used for the season finale of season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta in April 2020. Lydia has been blessed to perform all over the country and overseas as well.
Lydia Fissihaie is an incredibly tenacious executive that originated from East African decent, raised in Stockholm Sweden, and then traveled to New York City for university. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in international business, and started her journey to executive status.
Lydia was introduced to the music business via Bobby Womack’s daughter, GinaRe, and Larry Lyons from Mosley music group with Timbaland. In 2007 she scored an internship at Columbia Records, working with Yvette Noel-Schure’s publicity team. Yvette introduced her to Matthew Knowles who then offered her a job at Music World Entertainment as a coordinator for Beyonce’s artist management, along with LeeAnne Callahan and Jennifer Turner.
After gaining that necessary experience, over the next few years Lydia found herself working with numerous successful companies such as Sony Music with LA Reid’s team, FENTY CORP with Rihanna, and became a very important and valuable team asset for the development and success of the artists Nico & Vinz.
Looking to find her own footing in the management arena, Lydia established her music management career working at Maverick as a Director of Artist Management, as well as a creative and senior manager for Jeremih and Nicki Minaj, and again found herself becoming a crucial team asset for the development and success of the artists Social House.
Today, she runs her own management company, THRSHLD MGMT, where she continues to work with Jeremih, and along with her partners, develops acts such as: Larissa Lambert, Hailey Orion, CJ Fly and Reese Youngn.
Broadcast Music, Inc. based in Atlanta, GA. In this role, she is responsible for signing and fostering the growth of songwriters and producers in the R&B, hip-hop and gospel genres. Butler also coordinates various BMI events, panels and special projects including the “Know Them Now” showcase, BMI’s “How I Wrote That Song®” series and the BMI Stage at ONE Musicfest.
Since joining BMI, Butler has been an integral part in the education and support of the Atlanta creative community. Some of her notable signings to BMI include NLE Choppa, Kodie Shane, Keyz (Producer) Sevyn Streeter and Yo Trane to name a few.
Prior to BMI, Butler served as project coordinator for Pulse Entertainment, working closely with the CEO, as well as the teams for talent and clients such as Antwan “Big Boi” Patton among others. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of both Pulse and Big Boi, she also organized marketing opportunities and events for each.
As founder of Cool World Agency, Marcus Logan’s career spans over 20 in creating global marketing strategies and branded curations. His work includes executive tenures with Sean Combs, Pharrell Williams, LA Reid, Clive Davis, Abigail Disney, Peter Edge and Tom Corson. Logan and his team have managed global marketing strategies for Notorious BIG, Pusha T, Kelis, 112, Danny Brown, A$AP Rocky, Derez Deshon, Lil Dicky, The Neptunes, Akon, Jamie Foxx, Tyrese, Atlantic Records, Def Jam, SONY Music and Universal Music His work is additionally highlighted with brand clients including ADIDAS, Nike, Hennessy, Tik Tok, Tribeca Film Festival, Sprint and more.
Margi is currently President of Fantasy Records (a division of Concord) and is responsible for the successful relaunch of the historic Fantasy label and building the current roster by signing Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, James Taylor, Prophets of Rage, Paul Simon, Lukas Nelson, Steve Perry, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Valerie June, Marcus King Band, Ry Cooder, and Grace Potter. The label recently achieved great success with the Tanya Tucker release, which won Grammy Awards for Country Album of the Year and Country Song of the Year.
Prior to this position, Margi was SVP Marketing at Concord Music and responsible for the successful and innovative marketing campaigns for Ray Charles Genius Loves Company, Paul McCartney, Sia, Paul Simon, James Taylor and Carole King. Before joining Concord, Margi worked at Virgin Records, marketing acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, Lenny Kravitz, Blur and Ben Harper. She began her career in sales and distribution at Warner Elektra Atlantic (WEA).
Marguerite Nguyen is an independent tour manager who has worked in the industry for 25 years and has been on the road since 2000. She got her start working as a production assistant and has done everything from Merch to VIP ticketing and Meet & Greets. She now tour manages some of the biggest names in the industry Coldplay, BTS, Janet Jackson and Charlie Puth.
Mariana Migliore is a synch executive with over 6 years of experience in the music industry, currently working as a Manager of Creative Synch at BMG.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she grew up surrounded by music and started playing drums at an early age. After graduating in 2014, Mariana decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music synchronization. At her current role she is responsible for procuring music placements for catalogue and frontline releases, with a focus on Sports TV, Video Games and Reality TV.
GRAMMY-nominated, Stellar Award-winning Gospel Artist Mark S. Hubbard has been sharing his love for music through ministry for the majority of his life. From having an interest in directing a choir at the age of 8 to organizing and forming The United Voices for Christ, which is now affectionately known as “The Voices” at the age of 19.Staying true to his Christian Faith and knowing his gift as young man Mark set the local Gospel Music scene a blaze through-out Chicago and now World Wide. To round out Mark Hubbard’s Gospel music credentials, for the past two years he has served as President, Chicago Chapter of The Recording Academy® “The GRAMMYs”, and now serves as Immediate Past President, Governor, and Co-Chair for the Gospel Advisory Committee. Also in 2017 Mark formed Next Showcase Chicago, an artist showcase offering artist an opportunity to perform in front of industry professionals. Providing them an opportunity to learn what’s necessary to move their career to the next level.
Mia LeBlon Noir has proudly served as the Lead of Product Development at Jammber since 2018. She oversees the entire product development process for Jammber’s Creator Suite of tools. From apps to desktop platforms, Mia leads her team through developing product ideas, designing product features and testing products. Most recently, Mia lead the creation and launch of Splits, the first-ever song splits app with song registration. With over fourteen years of experience in tech, Mia’s specialities lie within product management and designing user-centered tech products. She holds a Bachelors in Finance from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana). When Mia’s not in the office, you can find her mentoring at 2112, a startup incubator or supporting causes that are close to her heart, such as women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights and climate change.
Michelle has been involved in curating Pandora’s music collection for over 13 years and was part of the team that built Pandora’s Curation department. Michelle is currently on the Catalog & Creator Services team and program & curate our Oldies, Jazz, and Soundtracks/Showtunes stations. Outside of Pandora, Michelle is a professional DJ under the name Mexican Spitfire, Michelle illustrates her passion for music in a myriad of ways including writing music blog (Lady Plays The Fuzz) centered around obscure garage music from the 60s/early-70s, and contributed mixtapes featured on blogs like The Bold Italic and Unpiano Music.
Mikaela is a Digital Marketing Coordinator who supports BMG artists in promoting themselves and their music across all digital platforms. Her experience in music began as a UCLA student where she studied the music industry and later interned with Music Forward and Interscope Records before starting her role at BMG.
California-based Mike Warner is rapidly emerging as the new face – and voice – of the streaming music world. Mike’s multifaceted role as a freelance Streaming A&R has allowed him to develop and execute strategic streaming campaigns for a wide variety of artists and labels. Between advising clients on analytics and insights as part of the Chartmetric team, to spear-heading third party play listing strategies for artists, Mike’s mission is simple: to help the music industry find it’s feet on this new terrain. As an industry leader, Mike has shared his insights and experiences across every platform imaginable, from guest starring on numerous podcasts, to appearing live on CNBC, and being handpicked as a panelist for the Las Vegas Music Summit, SXSW, and Electronic Music Conference in Sydney, Australia. Between publishing a paperback book, hosting a podcast, and consulting numerous artists, labels and managers, Mike Warner has earned himself as reputation as the “Tim Ferriss of Streaming.”
Perry accepted a position of Marketing Director and Assistant Program Director at the legendary 93.5 KDAY in 2005, and enthusiastically revamped the station she loved and grew up listening to as a child. She turned small station idealism into big station action, garnering listeners, street and advertiser credibility. The following year, Monee` moved on to Music World Entertainment where she
quickly learned the ins and outs of A&R and management. She worked alongside Mathew Knowles, CEO and Founder of Music World Entertainment and Max Gousse, SVP A&R & Business Development. While at MWE, Monee’ contributed her expertise to Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning album, B-Day, and filled the position of Product Manager and A&R rep, rapidly gaining knowledge on producing and
In 2009, Perry started at Roc Nation and Iconix Brand as Senior Digital Marketing Manager, overseeing the digital department and strategy for S. Carter brands and partnerships. Monee’ had the opportunity to launch online platforms Roc4Life.com and LifeandTimes.com, and spearheaded various campaigns for artists and brands like, Jay-Z, Willow Smith, J. Cole, Ace of Spades, Decoded the Book, and Rihanna. RCA Records offered Monee` a Digital Marketing Director position in 2012 where she supervised the digital marketing efforts for a
roster of 50 including, Chris Brown, A$AP Rocky, Miguel, Kid Ink, Usher, launching a host of innovative campaigns. In 2017 Monee was vetted by long time mentor Max Gousse to run his entertainment conglomerate Artistry Worldwide, where she is currently the General Manager and EVP of Marketing and her marketing agency Taco Interactive acts as the marketing arm of the entertainment powerhouse. Monee’s passion for music and entertainment, along with her commitment to her clients’ success and well being drive her daily to leave her legacy for years to come.
Murdoc hardy is a Digital Marketing Manager with a strong background in globally relevant digital and social strategy. He is currently working across a roster of 35+ acts spanning R&B, Hip Hop, Rap, Kpop, and Latin Urban.
Nate spent the first 5 years of his career in creative marketing at Optimist, an agency that started small with 1 office and 30 people to 5 offices and 100 people by the time he left. He’s worked on Nike Entertainment Marketing, Jordan Brand, Facebook, Hublot, and others on experiential, digital, and PR. Nate left Optimist to manage global social media for Beats by Dre at digital agency, Laundry Service. At this time, he also joined two friends at 25/7 management where he works with growing artists. He transitioned off Beats by Dre to Amazon Music in April 2019 and now manages their global social media accounts along with paid media, content production, and influencer strategies.
Vanessa “Nettie” Wood is a producer, singer, songwriter, and vocal arranger with 20 years of experience in the music industry. Nettie embarked on her music career at the age of 15 under the mentorship of Durrell Bottoms & Jamar Jones (Boys 2 Men, Brittany Spears, Pattie LaBelle) and later moved on to work with various songwriters/artists Such as Pinksweats, Jozzy Dopey, & Ant Clemons; Producers and Production teams such as Oak Felder, Triangle Park, Adam Blackstone, and Artists Such as GOOD GIRL (RCA), and Bri Steves (ATLANTIC).
Nicole Erin Massey has been touring the globe with International Artists and Bands for nearly 23 yrs now. To name a few, she has worked for Beyonce, Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, Lionel Richie, Van Halen and The Chicks but spent most of the last 10 years as Coldplay’s Production Coordinator. In 2019, Nicole proudly made the jump to the Production Manager role working for famed singer-songwriter Billie Eilish.
The artist, songwriter, and producer, Nylo has been endorsed by Nas and featured by ZHU, G-Eazy, and Mac Miller to name a few. She was signed by Epic records in 2012 and has since had a diverse life as a solo artist, a songwriter and touring live multi-instrumentalist with acclaimed artists like SOHN, and Malaysian soul goddess Yuna, which were highlighted in performing at Coachella and on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Nylo’s music has been highlighted on KCRW and garnered repeat appearances on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday,’ as she’s been steady releasing music through 2020.
As Director, Creative, New York for Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), Omar Grant is responsible for discovering, signing and fostering the growth of songwriters and producers in the R&B, hip-hop and gospel genres. In addition, Grant oversees showcases, workshops and panels aimed at
educating and supporting the creative community. He reports directly to BMI Vice President, Creative, Atlanta, Catherine Brewton.
Since joining BMI in 2017, Grant has been instrumental in signing and fostering the growth of decorated songwriters and producers in the R&B, hip-hop and gospel genres, such as 2019 GRAMMY-Award winning producer Ayo, Ari Lennox, Pi’erre Bourne, TrifeDrew, Lil TJay,
Maddox Grayson, and STREETRUNNER. Grant has also spearheaded many of BMI’s signature programs including “How I Wrote That Song®” surrounding the 2018 GRAMMY Awards, “Songwriters Social Club”, and the hip-hop “Know Them Now” series where he was responsible for bringing the primarily Atlanta-based showcase to New York City.
Chollette is a Chicago based Director, Photographer, and Cinematographer. With his visuals, he provides brands big and small with exciting content that consistently helps them stand out.
As A&R Director for Concord Music Publishing, Pablo manages the signing and development of songwriters as well as creative licensing initiatives for Concord’s Latin music repertoire, including Salsa & Latin Soul label Fania Records.
Concord is the independent, worldwide leader in the development, management and acquisition of sound recordings, music publishing and theatrical performance rights. Its publishing division represents over 390,000 compositions spanning all musical genres including Mark Ronson, Daft Punk, George Harrison, and legendary catalogs like Stax Records and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
40 years in music biz. Began career as a runner at age 15. Toured with KISS, Ozzy Osbourne, The Judds & more *PLUS* 15 years in venue management before joining IEBA as Executive Director.
Poison Ivory is a recording artist, visual artist and musician from Los Angeles Ca. Previously with Sony ATV and also writing for many of our favorite artists. P. Ivory released her EP “The Filth” in 2015 gaining the attention of the likes of chris brown, Rihanna, and Willow smith. She has collaborated and released music with countless artists and combines her musicianship (guitar etc) with visual art (Art Poison)
Rachel Lynn Karry is the Co-Founder and President of World Artists United where she is leading and cultivating a team of Innovative Creators.
Raphaella Lima has been with EA for over 18 years. In her current role in Global Music Partnerships and Marketing, Raphi turns music content into international brand assets and culturally-rich campaigns. She explores the data, builds the partnerships, crafts the campaigns, secures the talent and oversees it all through streaming services, social media, trailers, commercials, press events, experiential activations and beyond. In her tenure position at EA and within the industry, she leverages her expertise, early access to artists, and data-driven consumer insights to build meaningful music marketing programs that deliver against product objectives, enhance the artist’s career, and drive organic impressions and engagement. In her role as a Music Supervisor, she is responsible for music programming and the creation of custom songs for several EA franchises, including global hits such as FIFA, NBA LIVE, Madden, Need for Speed and The Sims. While at EA, Raphi also oversaw the production
Rebecca Rienks’ career spans 15 years and 120 film, television and soundtrack credits, ranging from critically-lauded indie projects to worldwide ad campaigns and Oscar-winning films.
A graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Rebecca has steered projects as both an independent music supervisor and a key member of the NBC Television and Lionsgate music departments. She contributed to 12 films in Tyler Perry’s $1B catalogue, crafting soundtracks and original songs with artists like Beyoncé, Janelle Monae, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and the estate of Nina Simone.
In her 10 years at NBCUniversal, Rebecca guided over 500 episodes of scripted and unscripted programs, docuseries and live events, as either music supervisor or music executive. She led a team of music creatives in the execution of marketing initiatives for all NBCU networks, streaming and digital content and spearheaded original music or artist partnerships with artists of all genres.
Business manager for 10 years. I help artists, producers and writers in their day to day business and financial activities. Once an artist starts making money, I make sure we have a plan in place.
Roxy King is currently a member of the A&R team at Concord Music Publishing in Nashville. In her role there, she is responsible for setting up co-writing sessions, pitching songs for artist placement, catalog management and building/strengthening the Concord presence in the Nashville music community. Growing up, she was constantly singing, playing guitar and writing music. She was introduced to the industry side when she began attending songwriting conferences in her early teen years. Roxy graduated Summa Cum Laude from NYU with her degree in Music Business and took her first job in Publishing Operations at Songtrust in New York City. During her time at NYU, Roxy held internships in music supervision, management, publishing, live music, major and independent labels, but she always came back to music publishing as her favorite aspect of the industry. Roxy’s passion for music and the creative process is reflected in her dedication to songwriters and her desire to provide opportunities.
Salim Akram is a live sound engineer specializing in mixing monitors. He currently works as the Monitor Engineer for five-time Grammy Award winning artist Billie Eilish and five-time Grammy Award winning producer and artist Finneas. In 2019, he was featured in FOH Magazine and was a Parnelli nominee for the Monitor Engineer of the Year. After attending Art Institute of New England, Salim began to synthesize his technical skills in engineering with his life-long passion for playing music. He and his closest friends co-founded the band Bad Rabbits, where Salim would go on to not only tour with major artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Steve Aoki, Allen Stone, and Taking Back Sunday – but he would have the opportunity to work with producers Teddy Riley, Michael Elizondo, James Fauntleroy, et. al. in the studio. Bad Rabbits would go on to win numerous Boston Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, perform as guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Arsenio Hall, and Craig Ferguson as well as perform.
Scott “Robot Scott “ Carter is a GRAMMY-nominated producer, vocal producer, composer, songwriter, and violinist. Scott was born in Richmond, VA; moved to Philadelphia, and now resides in North Hollywood. He is known as the producer for Kanye West, Bebe Rexha Kehlani Keshia Chante’, Eva Avila, Good Girl, Kendrick Lamar and Noah Cyrus, He co-produced the single “All Mine” for Kanye West.
Scott “Robot Scott “ Carter is a Grammy-nominated producer, vocal producer, composer, songwriter, and violinist. Scott was born in Richmond, VA; moved to Philadelphia, and now resides in North Hollywood. He is known as the producer for Kanye West, Bebe Rexha Kehlani Keshia Chante’, Eva Avila, Good Girl, Kendrick Lamar, and Noah Cyrus. He co-produced the single “All Mine” for Kanye West
Serena Lloyd is currently an HR Business Partner with Concord, both supporting employees day-to-day and leading recruitment across North America. She has over ten years of experience in Human Resources and Recruitment. One of Serena’s passions is helping students gain the tools they need to kickstart their careers in the music and entertainment industry.
Celebrating 25 years in the music industry, Sha Money XL returns to his roots—producing artists that are built to last. “I like real talent,” says the man born Michael Jean Clervoix of his legendary ear. “I want authenticity and substance.” The executive producer crucial in the breakthroughs of 50 Cent, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Joyner Lucas, and Bobby Shmurda is back in the studio. At the top of 2020, he recorded his debut, Chain On The Bike. Released through Sha’s Teamwork Music, the 9-song collection involves Prodigy, Styles P, and Domo Genesis, along with emerging voices like Tedy Andreas, Sandy Benjamin, Chubbs The Dreamer, and Stargiela.
Su-Rmi currently works as an advanced Strategic Operations and Label Process professional at Interscope Records. Her role includes working with the different A&R teams at Interscope to ensure that departments our optimizing opportunities for artists, the label, and its consumers.
I am an independent Event Producer and Project Manager with a focus in Music Festivals, Experiential Marketing, Corporate Event Production and Artist Relations Management. I am currently in the process of launching my company W.O.Q.E.- Women of Qolor Entertainment and utilizing that space to work on social impact projects while also continuing to work on diversifying the teams and content within the spaces I am already working.
Terri Liebler has been part of the sports and entertainment industry for more than 25 years. Currently, as Senior Vice President of Sales and Strategy for Media and Sponsorships at Live Nation Entertainment (which includes Ticketmaster), she specifically manages the integrity of sales products for the company and its clients. Terri’s tenure with Live Nation spans more than 18 years from coast to coast in sponsorship, media and premium seat sales. Previously, she was part of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics management team when they played Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls in the 1996 NBA Finals; the Premium Seat Team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA and the San Antonio Alamodome venue operations team helping to open the venue in 1993 along with the NBA San Antonio Spurs. Throughout her career, Terri has helped to open and/or actively participated in the renovation of more than twenty-five major sports and entertainment venues – including legendary music venues.
The Kid Daytona is a Rapper / Songwriter raised in the South Bronx by way of Antigua. He was discovered in 2008 by hip hop pioneer and legendary DJ, Cipha Sounds. Later on Daytona was the flagship artist for the clothing brand LRG, where he released mixtapes The Interlude 1 & 2 as well as Summer Games.
Tiffany Tyson is the Culture & Creative Director at Versus Creative, an agency that works to connect fans to music and culture.With expertise in digital content, fan experiences, strategic partnerships and curation, Tiffany leads unique campaigns for her clients, achieving measurable growth in reach, revenue, and cultural importance in a noisy, fast-paced space. Tiffany has represented clients that include Goldenvoice Festivals, Facebook, Rockstar Games, Amazon, Monotone Management, and DanceOn, as well as dozens of top-tier artists, to develop and execute scalable on- and offline strategies.
Tim Blacksmith is a trailblazer.
He grew up in Brixton, South London, listened to a diverse range of music and started out recording, pressing and selling his records independently. This led to him landing his first record deal with Island Records at the age of 19 at a time when getting a major label deal as a Black Artist was more than a million to one shot in the UK.
In 1998, he founded “Delirious Blacksmith Management LTD” with producer and business partner Danny D, after discovering the fledgling Norweigen production team Stargate. Tim & Danny quickly got on with the job of getting Stargate production commissions with UK Major Label acts after producing many of the UK’s biggest acts,Tim decided it was time to go bigger Fast forward 21 years and they have been working with the duo and have gone on to receive 2 Grammy wins from a staggering 17 nominations.
Tim has formed a global music group of companies, made up of Delirious Blacksmith Management, Stellar Songs – Publishing, 45th & 3rd Music, and Tim & Danny Music. Their roster has collaborated with some of the world’s most prominent artists from; Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Michael Jackson, Mary J Blige, Elton John, BTS and many more.
Tim has worked tirelessly for over three decades in the music industry, and he lives by his own saying “You Have To Eat, Sleep, Drink And Live Music. You Just Can’t Half Step It.”
In 2010 Hyman moved to Los Angeles, California and began writing songs for other artists. In 2011 she wrote a song for Ahsan Watts which helped him get signed to Interscope, and gave Hyman recognition as a songwriter. She subsequently landed a publishing deal at Universal Music Publishing Group and went on to write songs with Alicia Keys, Diddy, Kanye West and Kelly Rowland.
Hyman’s first single, Subway Art, was released on March 3, 2015 and the video premiered on The Fader on April 27, 2015. The song, which describes the struggles of those who use the New York City subway trains on a daily basis, brought stylistic and vocal comparisons to Lauryn Hill. Her second single, “Home For Christmas”, premiered on Vibe and on Ebro Darden’s radio show on December 15, 2015.
She was featured on Fabolous’ 2015 single You Made Me and on Dom Kennedy’s 2015 single “2 Bad”. She was the first female rapper in 2015 to successfully complete the “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle challenge on Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM. She wrote Ty Dolla Sign’s “Horses in the Stable” off his 2015 album Free TC.
Hyman’s debut EP, Dedicated To, was released on July 12, 2016,with production by Bink, William Larsen, Timothy Bloom, Dave Kuncio, Nate Walka and others.
Todd Triplett is the TikTok Creative Lab Lead for North America – Eastern Region. He is an award-winning creative and culturalist who has developed and led globally-recognized creative, experiential, branded-content and social campaigns for some of the world’s most respected brands. His work is noted for organically melding insightful creative, culture and innovation. When not focused on developing new creative movements, Todd loves to travel and is an avid naturalist and hiker. In his down time he advocates for and speaks on behalf of multi-cultural inclusion in our National Parks and Forests and other environmental concerns.
After graduating from Stanford Law School, Anthony returned home to Los Angeles to begin an entertainment law career that spans over 2 decades as an attorney and entrepreneur in the entertainment and technology industries including gaming companies, internet media companies, record companies, music publishers, managers agents, film/tv producers, actors, writers, authors, musical performing artists, songwriters, and music producers. Notable previous music clients include Counting Crows, Toni Braxton, Tom Petty, The Traveling Wilburys, Matador Records, Bill Withers, Al Jarreau, James Ingram, Bebe Winans, Coolio, Pharcyde, Montel Jordan, Wale, Mike Posner, Metro Station, Mitchel Musso, Samantha Ronson, Peaches, Tapulous Video Games, Fantasy Records, Atlantic Records, Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Elektra Records.
Tony oversees all aspects of music for the studio’s television programming. Responsibilities include hiring composers & music supervisors – as well as serving as in-house music supervisor himself on projects. SPT’s programming includes literally dozens of shows seen on 20+ content platforms in all genres including game shows, daytime dramas, syndicated series, live programming, unscripted, animation, comedies, dramas, limited series & MOWs. He is also the lead creative executive for the division’s music releases. Current shows include Absentia, Atypical, Better Call Saul, The Blacklist, The Boondocks, The Boys, Cobra Kai, Dr. Oz, The Good Doctor, Jeopardy!, Patsy & Loretta, and One Day At A Time. During his tenure, SPT’s programming has been awarded for its music by the Guild of Music Supervisors, the Emmys and numerous ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Film & TV Awards. In 2017, the Guild of Music Supervisors nominated Tony for Best Music Supervision.
Tyler Scott is currently a Tour Promoter at Live Nation where he buys and develops national tours across North America. After tearing his ACL during his Division 1 dual-sport career at UCLA playing Football and Baseball, Tyler’s plans to play professionally shifted to pursuing his career in the music industry and eventually landed him at Live Nation. Since getting his first role as assistant to Omar Al-Joulani and Ryan McElrath in the Live Nation Touring office, Tyler has grown into an influential event producer, talent buyer, and promoter for some of the biggest and best tours and festivals in Hip Hop and R&B.
From South Philadelphia, Victoria Hamersky was able to use her passion for music to repeatedly beat the odds. Tori has been able to accomplish so much, all while juggling many chronic illnesses. With a deep love for the music industry, Tori used her knowledge to create her own artist management company at age 18 called VH Management Group. Through VH MGMT, Victoria’s dream is to contribute to making the industry more inclusive for women, BIPOC, Non-Binary, LGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities.
Wesam Nassar is a multi-disciplinary filmmaker, educator and artist with a history of producing films, music videos, stage plays and performances that illuminate voices of the most marginalized individuals and ideas in our societies. He aims to support, educate and learn from creators and communities guided by the principles of justice and spiritual harmony. He is of Egyptian descent and currently resides and works in Downtown Los Angeles.
Zac Garfinkel is a Los Angeles based talent buyer for Sterling Venue Ventures, booking shows for The Canyon venues all throughout Southern California. Zac started his career as a musician and transitioned over to the music business. Favorite artists include Tame Impala, Lil Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Neighbourhood, Norah Jones, John Mayer, Kid Cudi and Todd Rundgren.