Rob Christie is a two-time Grammy Award winning Music Producer and the Founder – President of A&R for Robo Records (a independent production company & record label, distributed by Universal/Fontana, based in Los Angeles, CA). He is an L.A. native and graduate of Cal State Northridge, with a degree in Music. While he is a classically trained musician, he has a true passion and appreciation for all the recorded arts. Rob handled production and A&R at EMI-CAPITOL RECORDS in Hollywood for 15 years. He has produced front-line and catalog projects for The Beatles, The Frank Sinatra estate, The Beach Boys, Joss Stone, Tina Turner, Dave Koz, Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi), the legendary Les Paul…and many more.
Rob is a former radio show host/producer for CBS radio in Los Angeles. He is currently living in Manhattan Beach, California, where he formed Robo Records & Waterfront Entertainment Group, LLC in 2008. Recently, Rob has produced Top-40 projects for country superstar Martina McBride, guitar superstar Orianthi…and catalog projects for The John Lennon estate, Ringo Starr, plus the acclaimed Dean Martin “Forever Cool” (featuring swinging new recordings with Kevin Spacey, Chris Botti, Joss Stone, Robbie Williams, Big Bad Voodooo Daddy and more). Rob is a member of NARAS and committee member for The Grammys.
President & Co-Founder, atVenu
After playing in bands and finishing college in Seattle, Ben moved to LA to work in music. He landed as an A&R guy/song plugger at BMG Music Publishing where the first song he pitched and placed received a Grammy award nomination. Ben started signing and developing artists to pub deals, one of which signed to RCA Records and asked him to manage them full time. He took the opportunity and for the next 8 years owned and operated an artist management company and indie record label overseeing the careers of 9 artists signed to both major and indie labels. Ben spent the first 4 years on the road tour managing and selling merch all over the world. After 12 years in the industry it was clear touring merch revenue was critical to an artist’s career, yet existing systems didn’t allow for better management of this business. Ben co-founded atVenu in 2012 to address this issue and now works with an incredible team building the industry’s only and best live event merch platform that to date has managed merchandise for over 2800 artists, 70,000 shows, and $250 million in sales.
Producer, engineer, and mixer Brian Virtue has been a highlight in the rock world since getting his start in the early 90s, and his since gone on to work on an eclectic set of projects. A Southern California native, he began working in studios soon after graduating high school, quickly building his reputation as an engineer. Virtue’s first break came when 30 Seconds to Mars tapped him to co-produce their self-titled album alongside legendary producer Bob Ezrin, whose schedule didn’t allow him to commit to the project full time. The pairing proved successful, and Virtue went on to produce, engineer, and mix for Jane’s Addiction’s 2003 album, Strays (Capitol), under the mentorship of Ezrin. Following his work with Jane’s Addiction, Rick Rubin called on Virtue to engineer Audioslave’s number one album Out of Exile (Interscope).
Since then Virtue has established a prolific career. He continued to work with 30 Seconds to Mars and received vocal production, engineering, and mixing credit on 2005’s A Beautiful Lie (Immortal), as well as engineering and mixing credit on 2009’s This Is War (Virgin Records). The success of Virtue’s work has led to an industrious and project-filled four years following on from 2009, with notable credits including Puddle of Mudd, Taylor Swift, Chevelle, Deftones, and All That Remains. Most recently, Virtue produced, engineered, and mixed Hawthorne Heights’ Zero (Red River Entertainment), and mixed and contributed additional production to The Weeks’ Dear Bo Jackson (Serpents and Snakes), both released in 2013. He is currently in the studio producing and mixing the forthcoming album from Finch (Razor & Tie).
Iconic American Artist manager, executive producer, production manager, television talent, Author, and Entrepreneur
As chairman of the board, founder and CEO, Steve Lobel is at the helm of A-2-Z Entertainment, a label, production, film and management company that Mr.Lobel founded back in 2001 and it is today one of top most prestigious and elite artist management and development corporation in the entertainment industry. Credits include Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony, Run-dmc, Mann with 50 Cent, Mariah Carey, Three-6-mafia, 2pac, Eazy-e and many more.
Managing Partner, TAG Strategic
Ted Cohen is an American digital entertainment industry executive. Having served in senior management positions at EMI Music, Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media, Cohen is currently the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic.
Founder/Guitarist of Grammy Award winning & multi-platinum iconic group MATCHBOX 20, with Rob Thomas became one of the biggest selling acts of the 90’s; now an new media/product/branding entrepreneur doing global innovations.
Adam’s entertainment marketing acumen is the result of his more than 25-year career in the motion picture industry. Through his experience in the physical production of 30 motion pictures, Adam has gained invaluable insight into all facets of the film industry, including development, financing, production, sales, marketing, promotions, and distribution. It is this insight into the inner-workings of motion picture production that has made him one of the key players in Hollywood for providing connectivity between brand marketing initiatives and intellectual properties.
Producer, Owner of poweredbyxyion.com
With a career in the music and entertainment business of 20 years, Adrian is helping to solve the digital divide with mentoring new business into website design and application development. A&R scout for Loud/Sony Records signing and developing successful artists. He created the category for World’s Fastest Rapper Tung Twista. As an artist/writer he signed as, DK with American Records CEO/Producer Rick Rubin. Working under the tutelage of Benny Medina and Quincy Jones at Warner Music Group, he was instrumental in securing artist deals and licensing content, as well as producing for many groups in both music and film placement: Cypress Hill, Funkdoobiest, De La Soul, Rage Against The Machine, Pharcyde, Outkast, Korn, Incubus, Coolio, House of Pain, Sugar Free, Black Eyed Peas, and Flo Rida. As a DJ/Record collector in Los Angeles, he soon found his service in high demand at Hollywood elite functions for NBC/Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Suzanne De Passé Productions, Norman Lear, Motown Records, Nike, and Emmis Broadcasting. Producing for music soundtracks: Waist Deep, Friday, Judgment Night, Thin Line, Rhyme & Reason, and Baby’s Mama. The management company handles a client list of: Sway (MTV, Shade45), Freedom (Haitian Vocalist).
CEO, The Spellbound Group
Alicia Yaffe launched The Spellbound Group in 2011 to execute unique campaigns for bands and brands to build sustainable markets. Alicia applies her years of expertise as the chief architect behind the integrated marketing department at Rocket Science, where she directed social media campaigns, digital sales initiatives, and on-and-off-line events to build successful campaigns for her clients at The Spellbound Group. Her experiences co-managing So-Cal Punk forefathers Unwritten Law honed her negotiation skills, and her ninja-like abilities to get in the heads of both niche communities and broad audiences. Currently, she co-manages Daniel Bedingfield, and directs digital marketing strategy for Jampol Artist Management’s roster – The Doors, Janis Joplin, Rick James, Peter Tosh, Henry Mancini, and Otis Redding.
CEO/Owner Manic Monkee MGMT
Shaw started her music career as a DJ for mainstream rock format station 94 Rock in Albuquerque. Allison also was a writer for VH1/MTV online from 1998-2002. In 2004 Shaw started nationally distributed Hyperactive Music Magazine and the Hyperfestival and Conference in New Mexico. Shaw has interviewed over 1000 performers from Elton John to Tina Turner to Lenny Kravitz and Green Day. In 2007 Allison was the Executive Director for the Santa Fe Muzik Fest which had bands like Public Enemy, Wu Tang Clan, The Fray, and many more,. Allison helped create awareness and built relations for the music.us/.music brand, going around the world educating people on the music extension that will be available in 2013. Shaw was the Director Of Operations for Listen Records/Sony, and is one the Event Producers and talent bookers for Rachael Ray’s Feedback parties at SXSW.
Over 25 years at ASCAP
Mr. Robinson’s neighborhood is among the music industry’s elite, and top guns. His knowledge of publishing, record production, TV, concerts, showcases and artist development keeps him in demand as a speaker at conventions all over the world. As Executive Producer of the 360 Jazz Series as well as the ASCAP R&S Awards from 1990-2010, ASCAP I Create Music Expo, Alonzo has proudly featured established artist such as Chingy, R-Kelly, Snoop Dogg, and countless others throughout the years.
ARNOLD ‘Big A’ WHITE
DPG RECORDS: VP A&R / PRODUCTION
Bigg A has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years. Born in Compton, California, he got under the wings of his childhood friend the late Eazy-E. Bigg A was the owner of Underworld Records & Tapes in the city of Compton. The store was dedicated to the memory of Eazy-E. Bigg A has been a driving force in the marketing, sales and promotion of some of the industries biggest artists.Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Dogg Pound, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, N.W.A, King T, Wiz Kalifa, Pharside, WC of the Westside connection, Lil Eazy E & many more. Currently he is the VP at Dogg Pound Recordz with Daz and Kurupt. He’s also the VP of A&R at Serious Pimp Records where he oversees the production of music for all up and coming artists. Arnold Bigg A White also is the CEO of Bigg A Entertainment music group LLC a label co-op distribution alliance That helps independent artist or indie labels with executive administration branding marketing digital and physical distribution
BARON KEVYN NELSON
BARON KEVYN NELSON – Entertainment Finance Director
In additional to being one of the top event promoters in the game and a well sought after consultant Mr. Nelson has a background that includes artist development, artist management, label development, radio/retail promotion, financial advisory and general business development. Recently given the moniker “Hip Hop Credit Doctor” by Hip Hop Weekly magazine because of his commitment to financial literacy and leveraging Other People’s Money (OPM), he continues to reinvent himself and leverage the combination of his entertainment experience, strong industry relationships, and cultural exposure in order to make a difference while providing quality services and mentoring to others.
Veteran Music Industry Attorney
Has represented DMX, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Keith Sweat, Guns ‘n Roses’, Bizzy Bone, Keith Sweat, LL Cool J and many more.
Benny the Breeze
SoCal Radio Personality
Benny is one of the most entertaining, passionate and fun-loving personalities to be found on the radio dial in Southern California and worldwide via the web. Benny has featured artists from around the globe and has also interviewed industry insiders, such as entertainment mogul Jay Warsinske. It’s no surprise that when he’s not at the station you’ll find him judging talent competitions, promoting music events or out and about on the music scene. Highly respected by his colleagues, he speaks at industry conferences and mixers. You never can be quite sure what to expect from Benny The Breeze or know who is going to appear on his show, so tune in to 89.5 FM in Orange County, California and join the fun.
REVOLT TV : Marketing Coordinator
It’s not easy to maket to millennials while navigating the digital space but Besidone
Amoruwa is experienced in doing so understanding music culture,
brandin and strategic planning.She first started in the industry
as an intern for aftermath/Intercope Records where she was able to see and contribute
to the beginning of Beats By Dre.After working
at BET Networks and Hidden Beach Recordings
she established her career in music and marketing.Creating JEYERE,
a music and branding consulting business Besidone has
worked with signed and unsigned artists to help promote and brand their music,
engage with fans and create abuzz. Contributing to her music and marketing background
Besidone was also a talent agent managing actors and models in the industry
which expanded her network and knowledge of the entertainment industry.
Besidone also holds a Masters in Business Administration
with a concentration in Entrepreneurship.
Currently Besidone works for “the new #1 name in music”,REVOLT TV
in the marketing department concentrating on community
outreach talks including the GRAMMY Foundations Career Day,
UC Riverside Career Day and continues to mentor
young marketers looking to gain experience in the industry.
BILL DERN – MANAGER TO THE STARS
I have been a musician since the age of 3, playing drums, piano, banjo and writing arrangements as well as producing records. /growing up in a suburb of n/y, I worked in jazz clubs and recording studios starting in high school. Always plying, I pursued a degree in economics and worked at a banjo night club called You Fathers Mustache. With this band we played the Ed Sullivan Show, NY Giants, Mets and Yankees. Weekends were spent on the road from New Orleans to Miami and a lot of colleges. I then attended the Wharton School of Finance studying for an MBA. After a five year Wall Street affair, I decided to go into music as a business. My first love was jazz, so I started managing jazz musicians starting wth flugelhorn great Art Farmer, pianist Dick Hyman and worked for CTI Records. I produced my first recrd in 1976 at Carnegie Hall and life was great. In 1978, I joined a major management/business management firm and developed clients Dr. John, Commander Cody, The Manhattans, Tangerine Dream, composer Michael Kamen and many other acts. In 1984, I started managing a new act on an indie label, New Edition. Marketing the act and building them into a real group, we took them to MCA Records, where they enjoyed a mu;ti platinum career. Forming my own company with two partners, we managed Ready for the World, John Waite, Colonel Abrams, the System and a number of other acts, produces, composers and had offices in Londn, NY and LA. I then signed an amazing 12 year old singer named Shanice and took her to a worldwide number 1 record, I Love Your Smile. I then got involved with the Acid Jazz scene, managing The Brand New Heavies and representing UK label Acid Jazz Records
At this time, I formed my own label through Motown called Taj Records. I also managed a number of acts on Motown and other labels. I was engaged as a consultant with MCA, Motown and RCA as well as with a number of publishers. I moved full time to LA in 1997and have never stopped. After losing a leg to diabetes in 2001, I was out of business until I formed an indie label called Hyena Records with multgrammy award producer /Joel Dorn and Henry Marx. We quickly became a leading grammy award winning indie. I currently manage a developing rock band called Rascallion and an amazing yourg singer named Cheynne Elliott. She is the gradbaby of icon Dionne Warwick and cousin of Whitney. I will be 70 in August and intend to keep in the business that I love.
Bass player for Ozzy Osbourne. Manager for Black Veil Brides and Zakk Wylde
Blasko has been a recording and touring musician since he was 16 years old. His credible career began with the seminal hardcore thrash band Cryptic Slaughter signed to Metal Blade Records in 1985. The band released 3 records for the label between 1986 and 1988. In time he eventually went on to become the bass player for such heavy metal heavy weights as Danzig, Rob Zombie and since 2003, Ozzy Osbourne. He co-founded the artist management and marketing company Mercenary Management, Inc in early 2005. He currently manages the career of Black Veil Brides and handles marketing for guitar icon Zakk Wylde.
Musician, Composer, Producer
A long-time music industry veteran, Bobby Owsinski started his career as a guitar and keyboard player, songwriter and arranger, eventually becoming an in-demand producer/engineer working not only with a variety of recording artists, but on commercials, television and motion pictures as well. One of the first to delve into surround sound music mixing, Bobby has worked on over a hundred surround projects and DVD productions for a number of superstar acts. Combining his music and recording experience along with an easy to understand writing style, Bobby has become one of the best selling authors in the music recording industry with 19 books that are now staples in audio recording, music and music business programs in colleges around the world, including the best selling “Mixing Engineer’s Handbook,” “The Recording Engineer’s Handbook,” “How to Make Your Band Sound Great,” and “Music 3.0:A Survival Guide For Making Music In The Internet Age.” Many of his books have also been turned into video courses that can be found online at lynda.com, and he continues to provide presentations, workshops and master classes at conferences and universities world-wide.
Current channel partners include Decon, Mad Decent, IAMSOUND, okayplayer, Baeble Music, Brendan Benson, and ClaraCMusic. Previously, Martinez was the Head of Digital Media at Abrams Artists Agency, a top 10 bicoastal talent & literary agency. Martinez has spoken at CMJ, SXSW, NATPE, NY TV Fest, LA TV Fest, Digital LA and Digital Hollywood. He was an inaugural member of the International Academy of Web Television as well as the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Streamy Awards. In 2012, Martinez was asked to join the board of Digital Music Forum East. He has been published in Billboard Magazine for his thoughts on music topics relating to YouTube. His company, INDMUSIC, is the largest YouTube Multi-Channel Network for unsigned and independent musicians and labels. Twitter: @Awesomeosity.
ADA Distribution VP, Label Development and Strategy, Digital Sales & Marketing
Brandon is responsible for managing the digital business and driving digital revenue, as well as providing strategic marketing opportunities and brand partnerships for 100+ records labels distributed by ADA. He oversees the Label Development department (liaisons between third party labels & distribution) and Synch Licensing, and provides incremental value by maximizing partnerships with online retail such as iTunes & Google (helped launched ADA’s third party content on Google Play), content aggregators like YouTube, social media outlets, and developing brand relationships with companies such as Philips and Xbox.
Ex President, CD Baby
Mr. Felsen is responsible for all business development, operations, customer service, marketing, and technology at the world’s largest online distributor of independent music. He also helms BookBaby, which digitally distributes the works of independent authors, poets, memoirists, and publishers, making their eBooks available to digital retailers worldwide (including Apple’s iBookstore, Barnes and Noble.com, Sony’s Reader Store, and Amazon.com). He first joined Disc Makers in 2003, launching and growing major new initiatives including the Merchandise and Film/DVD replication programs, before going on to head business development for CD Baby. Previous activities include founding and running one of the largest independent music conferences in the world.
Owner, RBC Records
After graduating UCLA in 1989, Shafton started his music career in the finance division at CEMA where they dominated the charts with acts, such as MC Hammer, Vanilla Ice, Garth Brooks, Wilson Phillips, and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Subsequently, Shafton left the major label in favor of the cutting edge Priority Records who would ultimately be the home to Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Master P, Westside Connection, Mos Def, Geto Boys, Jay-Z, and a host of who’s who in the rap game. Priority would ultimately blossom at $300 million per year in revenue. During his tenure at Priority, Shafton attended night school to get his MBA and refine his business skills. He used these to help propel him to VP of Sales and Distribution at Priority. The next move was entrepreneurial as Shafton opened shop as RBC Records. RBC acts as a virtual label to the hottest independent urban labels such as Strange Music (Tech N9ne), Mad Science (DJ Quik), Sick Wid It & Heavy on the Grind (E-40), Trill (Webbie and Lil Boosie), Dangerous (Too Short), and many more. Furthermore, RBC has its own in house label representing Krayzie Bone, Canibus, Layzie Bone, Pac Div, Dirt Nasty, the Rangers, and many more.
Artist, Executive & Educator
Bun B, along with his late great partner Pimp C, are music industry legends. With their group UGK, they are pioneers of Hip Hop from the South, often referred to as the ‘true King of the South’. His collaborations with Jay-Z (on the classic ‘Big Pimpin’), Lil Wayne, 2pac & others are legendary. An articulate industry leader, Bun has been a college professor, label owner & developer of major league talent. Bun B will be honored in this year’s IES HIP HOP HONORS.
Director/Producer (film/reality TV)/Actor
Carnetta Jones has directed, produced and acted in films screened in festivals worldwide from Los Angeles to Cannes.
Before focusing on directing films, Carnetta directed over 40 stage plays as the Artistic Director of Antelope Valley Christian Center; Also she acting coached celebrities, Macy Gray, Meagan Good, Tasha Smith and others for various films and television projects. She continued to hone her directing skills, while she taught college theater classes at Antelope Valley College.
Carnetta’s passion for cinema led to notable producing collaborations with Ty Hodges, and Russ Parr, independent film directors. She co- produced on Ty’s, Miles from Home, a participant in the 2008 Cannes film market and Russ’s,The Under Shepherd, the Centerpiece for Pan African Film Festival 2012. Another notable producing credit is K.O. High documentary. It’s about at-risk teens in the inner cites high schools of Los Angeles. The filmmaker, Marvin Columbus chronicles the lives of troubled teens involved in competitive boxing. Currently, she executive produced, a reality show on E! called,”Fame in the Family”.
Being a producer led to shadowing directors which led to her first directorial debut: A Mother’s Choice, a short film about a military family who struggles to regain emotional stability after the death of their father. Shortly after, she directed her second film, 1 800 Perfect Man, a short comedy film about dating and the social media. Recently, she wrapped her first directorial feature,called “Puzzled”.
Carnetta plans to director and produce more feature films, more television shows and more stage plays.
Entertainment Integration Director
Entertainment integration director, Casey Thomas, has spent over 22 years engaged in the fundamental sectors of the entertainment industry. Noted as a significant expertise serving as broker, event coordinator, brand integrator, sponsorship, NPO-501c (3), advisor, and talent scout for many projects; Bad Boy, Coast2Coast Mix tapes, Music Choice, Wu-Tang, Clear Channel, Snoop Lion, UMG, Interscope, Island/Def Jam, Calculated, Roc-a-fella, Shadyville, Sony, Hoo’Bangin, KNBC internet radio, Nate Dogg, Lisa Raye, Nappy Boy/Konvict, AEG, CD Digital, Flo Rida, Black Men’s Magazine, MTV, Hot 97, BET, Style, Disney, and Nickelodeon, some of many which benefited from her consultation, advisement, and/or supervision of their projects.
Cat is recognized for her experience and talent in the art of managing communications between brands, celebrities, and members of the press/media. Following a successful worldwide modeling career, she has become an exceptionally reputable player in the marketing efforts of numerous American consumer and European Luxury brands in the motion picture, television and live event entertainment marketing space. Cat has worked with numerous brands, private companies, vendors, designers, and venues to become further integrated into the world of entertainment while simultaneously achieving strategic goals and increased sales, all within their budgetary guidelines.
Vocal & Performance Coach | Vocal Producer TV Judge | TV Presenter | Artist Development
Often referred to as “The UK’s Vocal Whiz”, CeCe Sammy has been a leading vocal and performance coach for some of the biggest names in music. She’s also known for her TV appearances and behind the scenes contributions as vocal coach, advisor and trouble-shooter on various music and entertainment shows such as “Pop Idol”, “X Factor: Battle of the Stars”, “Just The Two of Us”, “The Voice UK”, “S Club Search”, “Xtra Factor”, “Your Face Sounds Familiar” Georgia” and much more.
CeCe has worked in many capacities with an impressive roster of talent and industry big wigs including Will Young, Leona Lewis, Spice Girls, Charlotte Church, Simon Fuller, Russell Watson, Simon Cowell, S Club, Sarah Brightman, Frank DiLeo, Frankie Sandford and Rochelle Humes from The Saturdays, Say Lou Lou, Gareth Gates, Amy Studt, John Martin (Swedish House Mafia “Don’t You Worry Child” & Avicii’s “Fade Into Darkness”), UB40, Beverly Knight, Diana Ross, Alexander O’Neal, Sony/BMG,
Polydor, Columbia Records, Sony/RED and many more.
In LA, CeCe teamed up with legendary manager Frank DiLeo (Michael Jackson’s long-time manager) until his death in 2011 to develop young talent. She has brokered deals for several young artists such as features with record label, Young Money (home to Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj) and going on tour with boy-band phenomenon One Direction.
She also has an established vocal coaching company in both the UK/US called CCA Entertainment providing private lessons, master classes, corporate training (motivational and team-building days) and more.
Founder of Guerilla Union (Rock the Bells Tour, Paid Dues Festival)
Chang Weisberg had a vision for growing the ultimate Festivals & Tours, and has succeeded with his company, Guerilla Union. Starting 18 years ago, he built the Smokeout Festival with Cypress Hill’s B-REAL as a partner (patterned after Lollapalooza & Smokin’ Grooves), as an alternative festival, mixing Hip Hop, Rock & the alternative lifestyle. Being a huge hit, he built the Paid Dues Festival, partnering with Murs from Living Legends, focusing on underground Hip Hop. This year’s festival sold out with over 28,000 tickets sold. His greatest accomplishment is the Rock the Bells Tour, the biggest Hip Hop tour in the World. Artists he has presented include NAS, Tech N9ne, Sublime, Linkin Park, DMX, Incubus, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, Wu Tang Clan, Rage Against the Machine & hundreds more!
Hip Hop Artist & Lyricist
Signed by the legendary Rick Rubin (co-founder DEF JAM, signed Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, producer of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Adele, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chino XL is world renowned as one of the most talented lyricists in Hip Hop history, having influenced legends like Eminem, & one of the most successful freestyle greats on the legendary Sway & Tech WAKE UP Show. He has collaborated with top artists Tech N9ne, Wu Tang, Cypress Hill, Immortal technique & countless others. Internationally known, Chino XL was one of the first artists inducted in the IES HIP HOP HONORS.
CJ Bruce is a Founder and the Managing Director of New Antics, an digital agency focused on video. New Antics has developed interactive video software as well as a YouTube ad targeting tool to monetize video content in a more meaningful way to benefit content creators, consumers and businesses.
CJ has been providing video marketing services for large brands, content creators, startups and medium size businesses for 7 years. He is deeply passionate about the intersection of entertainment and technology.
Courtney Manlove - Entertainment Manager & Publicist
Courtney is an omni-channel entertainment marketing strategist with experience leading brand growth and business development within music, television, and consumer electronics. She worked on the Beats by Dre marketing team during early brand development, and successfully introduced licensed product for Earth, Wind & Fire in to retail globally. Her skills include a strong understanding of public relations, event sponsorships, and brand licensing. She is also an alumni of The Young Marketers Academy at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.
CEO of ChazBo Music
Dae Bogan is the CEO and Founder of ChazBo Music, a visual music service that produces and broadcasts proprietary music channels in businesses across the US—and a member of The Recording Academy. Prior to founding ChazBo Music, Dae was the Vice President of Marketing at Shiekh Shoes (the leading urban contemporary footwear and apparel retail chain in the US) and the General Manager of Shiekh Music (the music retail and music activation division). Dae organizes music industry internship programs and speaks on panels at workshops and conferences targeting aspiring recording artists and music industry professionals.
Originally from Sacramento, Damian Love, founder of “The Program LA”, a Talent Branding Consultant and Media Strategist, has been getting talent on the right track for years. Mr. Love has a wealth of success to draw upon from a very successful sports & entertainment career. In track and field, Mr Love was a professional triple jumper, where he qualified for two Olympic trials in 2000 and 2004. He made it to the top 10 indoor nationals in 2003 and received numerous accolades of national titles out of college, along with a long list of accomplishments. Upon retiring from his successful career as a professional athlete, Mr. Love turned his sights to Hollywood.
Damian Love created and was executive producer of “Funniest Comic in the City”(FCIC), launched at the world famous BB Kings Blues Club in Universal City. FCIC, the comedy competition brought out some of the funniest up & coming comics in the country. He also created and was executive producer of “SNE Rhythm Nights”, one of the hottest R&B shows in 2009. Some of the hottest R&B celebrities and athletes from the around the country attended and participated. As a producer, he developed an extensive knowledge of talent and social media, and discovered that he was ideally suited to assist new as well as seasoned talent in the entertainment industry reach higher levels in their career. Drawing upon his 15 years experience in personal development training for corporate executives, professional athletes, and entertainers, he began The Program LA.
Some noteworthy talent Mr. Love has worked with:
2 Time Olympian turned Actor/Producer/Director Jamie Nieto,
Nicki Micheaux (Lincoln Heights),
Dorian Gregory (Charmed)
Yeniffer Behrens (General Hospital)
Frankee Razor (American Idol)
Supermodel/Producer Vince Allen
Alimi Ballard (Numb3rs, Fast and Furious 5)
Along with fresh face talent nationally and internationally.
Damien ‘Dame’ Ritter
CEO/Co-Founder Funk Volume Entertainment
One of Hip Hop’s stealth success stories of recent, Funk Volume was built out of necessity. In 2008, Stanford University MBA grad Damien “Dame” Ritter watched his younger brother SwizZz and pal Hopsin fight to gain recognition in the over-saturated music industry. Even with Hop — an actor with major credits, signed to legendary Ruthless Records — they were challenged to build a dynasty from scratch. Ritter invested along with bringing his experience from working abroad at companies such as Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs. Artists ranging from Tech N9ne to Joey Bada$$ to 2 Chainz have collaborated with the roster, now claiming two XXL Freshmen acts. 2013 promises full-length albums from Dizzy Wright (this year’s XXL FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR), SwizZz, and Jarren Benton following Hopsin’s long-awaited Knock Madness studio effort — the label’s biggest to date. Additionally, Ritter is at work on his first book, tailored to help independent artists better understand what it takes to build a career in music. With breakthrough releases ahead, the young outfit is about to make history.
Author, Journalist, and Music Business Guru
Acknowledged as a foremost authority on popular music and songwriters, Dan Kimpel contributes to books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites, documentrary films, television programming, videos and new media. His recent interview subjects include Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, Green Day, David Guetta, Usher, Alicia Keys, Jason Mraz, Ringo Starr and Black Eyed Peas.
DARNELL HODGES CEO DLH MEDIA GROUP
Darnell Hodges has worked with talent on YMCMB, MMG, Def Jam, Universal Music Group, & placed artist/producer songs with B.E.T, MTV, and LionsGate Ent Films. While studying at Columbia College Chicago Mr. Hodges worked with companies such as: Platform 1, Aware Records, Def Jam Records, and Slip N Slide Records. Mr. Hodges would later break into the the world of film and television by assisting in placing records on MTV, BET, and Music Supervising (3) Films one being distributed through powerhouse Lions Gate Ent.
DARNELL ‘OG CUICIDE’ PRICE
DARNELL ‘OG CUICIDE’ PRICE
Recording artist, motivational speaker, mentor and entrepreneur, Darnel “O.G. Cuicide” Price is on a mission to change lives. He is an established Rapper, Publisher of One West Magazine and the creator of One West clothing line. Cuicide is living proof that through faith, determination and positivity, you can be successful in anything you set your mind to.
The West Coast rapper, who’s name “O.G. Cuicide” is symbolic of a failed attempt at taking his own life at the young age of 22 years old. Thankfully, he lived through that and woke up out of a coma with a renewed sense of determination to make it. Just two years after his life-changing brush with death, Cuicide signed his first record deal and recorded his debut album “Final Exit.” The album reflected his life before the coma, including constantly living on the edge and opening the door for his future in music. Shortly after, he released a second album, “Wonder Why”, toured across Japan, France, and Germany as well as taking up acting. He then released his third album “Never Give Up” which gave listeners a true glimpse at overcoming the odds. “Looking back on my life from the past until now, I never gave up and know for sure there is a God and I’m here for a reason,” O.G. Cuicide reflects. Since that time, he has released two compilation projects, “Go Hard or Go Home Vol. 1 and 2” and most recently released the “One West Movement” Compilation Album available for purchase on iTunes which includes various West Coast artist.
Director of Partnerships for OmniaMedia
Darrell Andrews is a Sr. Partner-Manager at a YouTube partnership firm based in Culver City, known as Omnia Inc. He can partner YouTube channels with Google Ads so that channels can earn residual income from their videos, based on the amount of Views that the videos receive. Darrell was born and raised in Los Angeles and has traversed the US market promoting independent artists, radio stations and network and cable TV networks managing and monitoring sales, marketing, brand awareness and networking. His employment with began in 2012 and to date, he has partnered over 1000 YouTube channels with more than 1.3 billion combined views.
30 years, and hundreds of deals ago, David Blake Chatfield began his career as an attorney and manager, representing music artists and producers, and motion picture and television writers, producers, actors, and editors. He is currently the CEO of The United Music Group, C & A Management, and Chatfield Entertainment.
Current Music Representation and Consultation:
The Whereabouts – Cavan, Ireland
Dissolutes – Cork, Ireland
Sara Jase Dillan – Boston, Mass.
David Aldo – Los Angeles to South Africa
Sherri Abbate – Los Angeles
Abbey Scott – Los Angeles
Keith Chagall -Los Angeles
Kat Perkins – Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Black Delta Movement – Hull, England
Jon Byrne – England
Sol – Los Angeles
Mohawk Radio – Manchester, England
End of Ever – Los Angeles
Rasmus Fjeldsted – Denmark
Next Door to the Moon – Santa Barbara, Califorina
Lili Blake – New York
Karen Rubyn – Los Angeles
Whitemoor – England
Colorstone – Sweden
Ella – Los Angeles
Early career music projects included representation of remix engineers and producers on projects for various artists including U2, Madonna, Natalie Cole, Michael McDonald, Kenny “Babyface” Edmunds, LA Reid, and recording artists on major labels and soundtracks.
Also co-founded Sound Image Entertainment, a nationally distributed record label and publishing company.
Sound Image’s Client List included:
ARTISTS/ GROUPS: Macy Gray ·Jessica Simpson ·Dave Navarro ·LeAnn Rimes ·Ryan Cabrera ·Slipknot Raekwon ·Duran Duran ·Ozzy Osbourne ·Mr. Big ·Motorhead ·Lou Graham ·Gene Simmons ·Yes – Niacin ·Strife · ·Rick Springfield ·The Go Go’s ·Saga · Stroke 9
David is an active member in the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of Independent Music Publishers, the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals, the Guild of Music Supervisors, and the California Copyright Conference.
Founder/Chairman/CEO of iPayMobile/GEOPERKS MEDIA NETWORK
The i-PayMobile Interactive Sports & Entertainment Media Network turns any Entertainment Venue into a interactive shopping experience on “Mobile” device(s) Worldwide. Their patented location based technology allows Brands, artist and media producers to engage Fans and drive their Brand via our “Exclusive Mobile App Platform GEOPERKS Sponsored Deals” at Conferences, Concerts, Events, High Schools, Colleges, Grocery Stores and Shopping Malls directly to the consumer’s mobile device, creating a new revenue stream for monetizing their products and services at the same time generating revenue for retail outlets and giving back to local charities and non profits.
Prior to launching iPaymobile David Spent 10 years leading and deploying multi-million dollar projects in the Banking, Mobile, Telecom & Wireless Industries for Fortune 500 Companies. He clients included Anixter, Nortel Networks, Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of America, Sony Erickson, Cellular One, Avnet, Sprint, ASU, and Sky Harbor International Airport. David is an expert in Wide Area Networks, Local Area Networks, ATM Encryption, Security, Wireless/Wi-Max and has deployed Mobile GEO Location in Asia, India and Africa.
Elisa is an Aussie from Melbourne but living in the USA, in Philadelphia. She has built entertainment enterprises under the Melbadelphia™ name and her radio show is heard in both Melbourne and Philadelphia, and around the globe via the Internet. Her shows feature many dynamic artists from the world of entertainment, including those who work behind the scenes. The name “Melbadelphia” is a combination of the cities Melbourne and Philadelphia.
ERIC McLELLAN –A&R Director: SIRE RECORDS
A&R for: Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Cold Fronts. Worked on Born to Kill: WB indie retail compilation. Upcoming projects include Kill It Kid, Ben Fields, Cold Fronts, and Deniro Farrar. Eric McLellan began working in the music industry as an intern at Universal Motown Records in 2004. Upon graduating college Eric worked at Sony Music in Creative Services and video production for four years. He came onboard at Sire in 2008 and worked his way up the A&R ranks. Eric is currently Director of A&R at Sire Records / Warner Bros. Records and most recently ADA. His position entails discovering, signing and developing artists to re-establish the iconic Sire Records roster and handles all day-to-day at the label. Eric’s resume includes A&Ring projects for Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Kill It Kid, Ben Fields and Cold Fronts. Eric’s most recent signing and A&R project is rapper Deniro Farrar who he brought to Vice Records and Warner Bros. Records. Deniro’s debut EP Rebirth is out now and look out for him on tour this Sept.
Owner, Singleton Entertainment
Ernie owns his own entertainment consulting company, Singleton Entertainment Corp (S.E.C.), offering a broad range of services to include Artist and Label Multi-Level Marketing Campaigns, Artist Development, Brand Marketing, Music Promotion Strategy, Music Licensing, Label and Executive Consulting. Music Placement and Music Submission. Singleton also addresses, How to Extend Your Project’s Reach, and How to Extend the Life of Your Creative Work.
Founder/CEO of StageIt
Evan Lowenstein relies on his nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry to oversee all aspects of Stageit. With experience as a recording artist, award-winning writer and tech geek, Lowenstein fused together his passions to create Stageit, an online video platform that would allow artists to stream and monetize concert-like live performances while interacting with their fans in real time. Evan has been featured in many publications, including Forbes, Businessweek, Entrepreneur and Fast Company, which recently named Stageit as one of the world’s Top 10 most innovative companies in music in 2013. Lowenstein is a dynamic and sought after speaker who has lectured and/or mentored students at Harvard Business School, Wharton (U Penn), Tuck (Dartmouth), Emory University and more.
Danish Grammy-Winning Producer/Songwriter
Producer Songwriter multi instrumentalist Frederik Thaae has been making a name for himself winning a Danish Grammy for his own album and producer of the Eurovision awards winning song “Only Teardrops” in 2013. As a result of winning the Eurovision songwriting competition Only Teardrops went to #1 in over 11 countries. Not only does Frederik produce pop songs, this classically trained artist has scored movies and tv shows. He has appeared as a coach on the Danish version of the voice and musical director for the Danish version of X Factor. Frederiks productions have sold in the millions.
Gabrielle Kessler is the Head of Integrated Marketing for Omnia Media, the largest independent music and gaming-focused YouTube multi-channel network. She works directly with brands to create innovative influencer and branded entertainment campaigns utilizing Omnia Media’s expansive network of music, gaming and style creators. Prior to working for Omnia Media, Gabrielle was the Director of Business Development for the full-service digital creative agency Something Massive, where she focused on developing digital programs for some of the entertainment vertical’s biggest players including Sony Pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment, Open Road, Warner Music Group, Universal Pictures, UPPM, Yahoo!, The Nerdist, and Esquire.
Media Expert and Hollywood Correspondent, ABC News, BBC News, SKY News, E!
AKA The Celebritizer! Gayl is a Media Expert, sought-after Hollywood correspondent (ABC News, BBC News, SKY News, E!), media and presentational coach, speaker and the author of “Interview Tactics! How to Survive the Media without Getting Clobbered!” Gayl coaches musicians, giving the same interview tactics, media expertise and presentational skills that some of the biggest superstars in entertainment and business use to celebritize themselves and their brands. As a correspondent, she has interviewed over 15,000 celebrities for TV, radio, print and online; including Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, U2, Van Halen, Mariah Carey, AC/DC, Elton John, REM, Aerosmith, Carlos Santana, RUN-DMC, Slash, Sting, Rolling Stones, Chuck D and many more. Murphy says, “We live in a media-centric a world where a strong message, killer pitch and a winning strategy is like a rocket ship to your bottom line! Will you be ready to ‘tell it to sell it’ when your big break comes?”
Gino Sesto has been in media and music/entertainment for nearly 20 years. Early in his career, he started out at Sony Music working on marketing and co-op with record merchandisers. He later fell in love with working with vendors and negotiating media deals for them. Several agency jobs later, Gino started DASH TWO to assist his buddies at record labels to execute media plans that not only got better results, but were more affordable and transparent. It infuriated him to know that good people within his circle were getting ripped off or mislead. Now as head of the online department at DASH TWO, Gino is constantly refining our science and finding new ways for us to deliver campaigns effectively and efficiently. When Gino is not working, he is a weekend warrior in the skies. He enjoys teaching his students how to fly small airplanes around Southern California.
Co-Founder of MyLLC.com
Greg Monterrosa has helped thousands of entrepreneurs and artists like yourself get their businesses started. As the Co-Founder of MyLLC.com, helping people start and manage their companies for success is his passion. He has been featured in publications; Success Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine and Fast Company Magazine. Greg Monterrosa is ranked as one of the top 40 under 40 business people by The Pacific Coast Business Times. Based in Westlake Village, CA, MyLLC.com is one of the nation’s fastest growing business formations and corporate compliance companies. MyLLC.com are the authors of the best-seller “Limited Liability Companies for Dummies”. His latest venture DGPWorld (based in Malibu, CA), works with independent record labels and artists to help them build foundations and treat their music like the business it is. For more information visit DGPWorld.com
GRAMMY AWARD Winning Producer – Writer
Haskel Jackson is a seven time Grammy Nominee, and the Founder/CEO of Haskel Jackson Entertainment, Genesoul Productions, and the Genesoul Music Lab in Hollywood, CA.
Haskel Jackson Entertainment Is an Entertainment company that uses a diverse approach to reach the world. HJENT has been labeled by many as the “ONE STOP SHOP” network. From Music Production to Music Artistry to The Industry of Music Business, all can be serviced at HJENT. It has quickly become the Music Industries Entertainment resource.
Haskel ran the Kanye West Foundation for over six years where he was instrumental in providing opportunities for underserved students to be exposed to the music industry without compromising their education. Alongside the late Donda West (Founder), Haskel provided music opportunities to kids and resources that would not normally be offered due to their underserved communities.
Haskel recently founded the Hip Hop Choir. HJENT and Bellringer Productions, have come together to create a platform for new artists of all ages and ethnicities to make their presence known in the world. This innovative Hip-Hop Choir will showcase the elements of Hip-Hop culture with rappers, singers, dancers, visual artists, and various forms of musical expression with an urban foundation.
Haskel, along with, Aaron Spears, Marcus Armstrong, and Estella Spears, have created a film, television, and music platform called Henna TV. Each business and media endeavor that Haskel is a part of will leave a unique fingerprint in the industry by flooding it with high quality entertainment.
Haskel is the CEO/Founder of PAI Stations. P.A.I. Stations is a curriculum based youth initiative designed to equip students with the knowledge and experience necessary to work in the music industry, by focusing on Production, Artistry and Industry in an interactive way. The goal of the program is to use the love of music and the arts to motivate kids from Low to Moderate Income communities to pursue higher education as a means of reaching their goals.
In 2014, Haskel Jackson has been releasing projects under his development and production expertise artist such as Rebecca Crews “Can I Stay”, Laci Kay “Runnin’ Free”, Logan Arceneaux “Play Me” feat. Al D, Namirajj “Shine Your Light” and Wealthy Minds “Speak Dreams” feat. Scott Olds. Genesoul Productions has a wide range of Independent artist on his roster. Just to name a few in development While continuing on with his legacy he is in the process of developing Kellen McGee, Yair Bailey (YaYa), Dante Brown and a several more.
Jackson’s journey through the music industry has been amazing and steady. The 2008 release of the Billboard dominating jazz artist Wayman Tisdale’s album “Rebound” on which Haskel co-wrote the track “Grateful”, has been considered one of the hottest songs on the album. He has had the opportunity to write and produce for other artists such platinum gospel recording artist and Dove winner, Smokie Norful, highly acclaimed gospel recording artist Virtue, Hollywood Records recording artist and Disney acting phenom, Raven Simone, Helen Baylor and Joy Enriquez-Jerkins just to name a few.
Genesoul Productions released “Come On Baby Girl” on the historical Tortilla Factory featuring the peoples Champ Paul Wall. The Nevels Sisters release their debut album titled “It’s My Time” where Haskel produced (“Good To Me/Awesome God/Standing By The Grace/It’s My Time”).
Haskel has been using his production skills in such projects like Fawn Weavers (Happy Wives Club Trailer), Erin Sands (The Dunes Book Trailer) and Kieth O’Derek (Barak Obama’s Road To The White House) Haskel, in so many words, has been on the grind. From scoring and being the Music supervisor for the Upfront Productions newest release “Road To The White House” directed and filmed by Keith O’Derek movie to, re-mixing “Amazing” for the top charting hip hop phenom Kanye West, to working with American Idol Finalist Trenyce Cobbins.
Not to mention, the single “Everything About You” where Haskel Produced and co-wrote on Tony Williams debut album “King or the Fool” which is set to release soon and very soon, along with a possible 2nd single off of Tony’s album called “Im Not Mad”. Haskel is also a 2x Grammy Nominee. The latest nomination came in 2009 on the Tortilla Factory (an Austin Texas based group) for album of the year in the Tejano category. Tortilla Factory have the status of being called the top Texas Chicano band because of its high caliber musicianship. Genesoul is developing one of tortilla factories masterpieces, Tony “Ham” son, Alfredo Antonio.
Haskel’s production expertise has enabled him to do all the music on the Gospel Comedy Series, “Holla” and “Holla 2” DVD’s. Haskel also contributed 5 tracks to “Yoga Flava” a yoga workout DVD which is distributed nationally. He recently completed what could be one of the most creative projects he’s ever done for kids called “Multiplication Nation”…absolutely amazing. While Haskel works with many artists, he continues to build an impressive catalogue of tracks. He enjoys creating music that paints a picture. His music has been known to bring the images it accompanies to life. Lyrically his songs are filled with messages that encourage, enlighten, and edify. He is committed to creating, producing and writing songs that make you fall in love with music all over again.
Here is a list of artist that Haskel has had the pleasure of working with throughout his career.
Rebecca Crews from the BET hit reality show “The Family Crews” / Laci Kay / Kellen McGee / Logan Arceneaux / Shavasha “SDOT” Noel / Tony Williams / Pia Mia / Smokie Norful / Judith Hill (The Voice) / Emmett Skyy / Fonzworth Bentley / The Late Wayman Tisdale (Grateful) / Alyson Stoner / Israel Houghton / Kanye West / Chaka Khan / Boo Spence / Suriya / Angie Stone / Marvin Sapp (Grateful) / The World Famous Tony Williams / Paul Jackson Jr. / Nick Cooper / Vickie Mack Latiallade / Raven Symone (Just Fly Away) / The Nevel Sisters (Good to Me/Awesome God/Standing By The Grace/It’s My Time) / Derek “DOA” Allen / Virtue (Gotta Worship/Something About The Way) / Missing Link Music / Jasmine V / Sherrie Brown / Kurt Lykes / Kirk Whalum / Jamie Fox / Boys II Men / The Temptations / Smokie Robinson / Hellen Baylor / The Victory Praise Dancers / The Gap Band / Armand Sabal Lecco / Tony Maiden / Myron McKinnley / Ahmad / Yair Bailey
SVP of Business Development/Music Manager/A&R
Imani Waker is a seasoned business developer who is currently building strategic alliances and opportunities for AWE. To date, Imani brokered a partnership with the AWE Fontainebleau Hotel and AWE and from that alliance AWE produced and directed Dionne Warwick 50 years in Entertainment TV special. Moreover that television special was the catalyst in procuring a deal with HD Net for a series to be produced at the Fontainebleau Hotel titled, Bleau Live. Imani has also been instrumental in developing relationships with key show runners and entertainment lawyers that are currently negotiating transactions for additional AWE content to be placed on various networks.
Imani is also managing and building the business enterprise of super producer Damon Elliott. Damon has produced numerous albums and hit singles for various music artists including his mother, Dionne Warwick, as well as Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, P!nk, Gwen Stefani, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, Mýa, and Macy Gray to name a few. Damon’s production has earned him a Grammy and seven Grammy nominations.
Work directly with high profile artists and managers as the Product Manager to oversee the creative marketing initiatives of music releases. This includes creating and booking all traditional media and new media campaigns, and overseeing artist’s social network marketing initiatives.
Responsible for strategizing, creating, and implementing innovative ways for Damon Elliott Music Group to sell and market existing music, generate new revenue streams, and introduce new product lines to the marketplace.
Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relation, SESAC
Leach began his music career at Famous Music Publishing before landing with ATV Music Group where he was eventually named Director of Creative Affairs. Upon leaving ATV, Leach formed Leach Entertainment Enterprises where he consulted for several indie labels and placed music recording projects in various film/television projects. Leach rejoined Famous Music Publishing and was responsible for signing current million-selling artist/producer AKON and also served as Music Consultant/Coordinator for the groundbreaking TV show, “New York Undercover” as well as working for Fox Television before joining SESAC in 2001.
Senior Manager, Synch and Custom Product Licensing for ADA
Starting as a local DJ in Northern Arizona at the age of 14, Jason began his professional career as an audio engineer in 2001 before moving over to the business side of music as National Director of Radio Promotions for Straight Hits Entertainment in Oakland, CA. After stints at Capitol and Atlantic Records in their A&R departments, he went on to work for Warner Music Group Film & TV clearing synch licenses for the entire catalog of WMG artists and labels. In 2009 Jason created ADA Licensing, the synch division of ADA, where he has helped generate and secure placements for artists and labels such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Hives, Dropkick Murphys, Side One Dummy, New West Records, Rhymesayers Entertainment, Surfdog Records and more.
Grammy-Winning Writer, Producer, Manager
When Northern California based record label owner, writer, producer, manager & entertainer, Jay King, won a Grammy for his group Club Noveau’s version of “Lean on Me”, it was an exclamation point to his drive & talents. Previously he had recorded & released the song ‘Rumors’ by Timex Social Club that became a radio smash and ended up being one of the biggest selling 12” singles in history. Club Noveau ended up selling millions of units, toured with Madonna, and was sampled by countless artists including the hook behind hip hop classic “I Got 5 On It” by The Luniz. Today he manages multi-platinum R&B star Karyn White, consults labels & artists, runs popular radio shows, and is an all around entertainment entrepreneur.
President of ooVoo
Jay Samit is a leading technology pioneer with over 25 years experience in digital media. Prior to ooVoo, Samit was CEO of SocialVibe, the largest social media technology platform, reaching over 600 million consumers around the world each month for such major brands as Proctor & Gamble, Kraft, Nestle, Toyota, Pepsi, Microsoft, Visa, and Disney. Samit has held global senior management positions at Universal, EMI, and Sony. As Executive Vice President of Sony, Samit implemented a profitable global digital ecommerce strategy for Sony and built a new division from scratch — making Sony the #7 largest ecommerce site in the world. As Global President of Digital Distribution & Development for EMI, he broke new ground for the music industry launching digital businesses in over 30 countries. As Senior Vice President of Universal, Samit built one of the first on-line million member social networks in the 1990s and sat on the Studio’s overall steering committee. He received 2011 Pewter Owl for Social Media, the 2010 OMMA Award for Best Online Advertising, the first Gold Record for digital from the RIAA, won gold from the PMA for producing Sheryl Crow’s Concert in the Sky, and won Gavin Executive of the Year in 2000.
IES Founder / Chairman
40 year industry innovator & leader, in Marketing, Promotion, Branding, Artist Development & Breaking Artists; Founder/CEO of industry powerhouse INDIEPOWER; running Worldwide campaigns, helping break U2, Dr. Dre, Metallica, N.W.A, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Guns ‘n Roses, Snoop Dogg, AC/DC, Lil Wayne, The Ramones, Ice Cube, Black Eyed Peas & many more. Over 4 decades in Entertainment Marketing, Management, Radio, Touring & International business innovation.
President and COO of BandPage, Inc.
He oversees business development, artist relations, strategy, finance, operations and customer support. Jeff has a wide range of experience with industry-leading technology companies. He helped to grow Siebel Systems from a start-up into the world’s leading customer relationship management software company before being sold to Oracle for $5.8 billion in 2006. He also served as a founding board member of Veeva Systems, which is one of the top software companies serving the global life sciences industry, and was a founding executive team member of C3 Energy, a leading smart grid analytics software company. Jeff received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester, where he graduated summa cum laude. Jeff is an avid music lover and is thrilled to be working with BandPage to help artists leverage technology to make a better living.
Jeff Ponchick currently works with Fullscreen’s top Edm and Hip-hop talent. YouTube channels include Porter Robinson, Strange Music / Tech N9ne, Mtv’s Sway, & Majestic Casual. Prior to Fullscreen Jeff Ponchick is known for building the first processor to crowdsource fan shot concert footage, synchronize the angles, then auto-edit it all into a new video turning the fans into the cameramen for the artist. More info can be found at www.outlisten.com.
Since earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and breaking into entertainment as an intern at Motown Records in the mid‐90’s, Jerrold Thompson has molded the careers of dozens of the music business’ most elite and talented up‐and‐coming stars. As a manager of producers, songwriters, and artists, he is an expert at negotiating both publishing and label deals, injecting success into projects for Destiny’s Child, 50 Cent, TLC, Busta Rhymes, Janet Jackson, The Jacksons, Raven Symone and many more. In addition to being a stellar entrepreneur, he was also Head of Creative Affairs/A&R at Hidden Beach Recordings/Universal overseeing projects from Jill Scott, Unwrapped, Dr. Cornel West, John Densmore (of The Doors) BeBe Winans.
In 2008, Jerrold (on a small seasoned team of executives) became the first person to ever A&R an album by a US presidential candidate; the official Barack Obama Campaign CD ‘Yes We Can: Voices Of A Grassroots Movement’ features a galaxy of stars: Stevie Wonder, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Kanye West, John Legend, and more. During Jerrold’s tenure the company has received multiple Grammy wins and nominations as well as many other industry acknowledgements.
His expertise in negotiating the finer points of music contracts and anticipating the shifting music business makes Jerrold one of the most sought‐after mavens in urban music today. He has lent his perspective to many relevant industry gatherings; he’s been a featured speaker/panelist at UCLA undergrad, USC, Urban Network, BMI conferences, SXSW Festival, IMC (Independent Music Conference) and the prestigious Anderson School of Management at UCLA, to name a few.
Jerrold offers much‐needed insight on branding, marketing, media‐industry trends and how the music community can take advantage of the drastic changes in music today and the opportunities that are still emerging within (i.e. new media, merchandising, 360‐deals, gaming, widgets, mobile, and others).
Specialties:Business strategy, branding architecture & development
Contract negotiation & structuring
Project management & budgeting/forecasting
INGROOVES FONTANA Dir. Product Development
With over 16 years in the entertainment industry, Jesse Flores, Vice President of Business Development at INGROOVES, is considered to be a key influencer in strategic growth in today’s music industry. Based in Los Angeles, Jesse is credited with building the Urban Music division at EMI Label Services from its infancy to a formidable powerhouse. His rise through the EMI family began in 2004 when Jesse was named Director, Urban Marketing of EMI Music Marketing. Noted as a rising star within his industry, he became Director of Label Acquisition in 2009, serving in that capacity until he was quickly elevated to Vice President, Label Acquisition and Development, where he served for 3 years. Jesse came to EMI with a substantial background in music distribution, sales and marketing after graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. With a proven track record and a keen eye for talent, Jesse has mastered business development at the highest level and is poised to transcend to new heights within the music and entertainment industry.
Producer, Recording Engineer, Singer/Songwriter
Producer, Sideman, Recording Engineer & more, Jimi Yamagishi is not just another singer-songwriter. As the current director of the SongNet, Jimi brings over three decades of life in this industry to the table, helping other songwriters make those crucial connections while actively playing the circuit to keep current. A veteran session musician with a wide variety of genres in his pockets, his solo material features lyrical wit similar to Michael Franks, smooth James Taylor-esqe guitar lines, with a lil’ spritual sauce on the side.
Founder, Ledesma Music
Joanne Ledesma, founder of Ledesma Music, has placed the work of several SongNet members, is a master at networking, and is recognized for her ability to connect the dots in the diverse world of music entertainment. An advocate for musicians and artists in her community for over 15 years she learned to refine her musical ears and eyes by earning the respect and support of her fellow musicians and superb networking ability. Her years at Disc Marketing honed her skills as she worked in the Entertainment Programming division. As Production Coordinator for DMI, she participated creatively by capturing exclusive inter views with artists like Carlos Santana, Andrea Bochelli, Mana, Tom Petty, and others, as well as creating and programming music channels from Latin to Blues and more. Joanne’s placed composers and producers with key writing positions & signed numerous artists in to film & TV music agreements which can be heard on South Park, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, WB network, Tri-Star Pictures and more.
Producer,Engineer,Mixer and Songwriter Joe Marlett has been making records for over a decade. He first emerged on the scene in San Diego, California, engineering at a local studio working on several records with Blink 182 as well as Switchfoot and Fenix TX. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2001, he quickly built his reputation and credits recording with artists such as; Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Seal, Destiny’s Child, Relient k and many more.
Word about Joe soon spread across the border into Mexico and eventually into Spain where he spent the last several years producing and recording hit records for Latin artists Revolver, Paulina Rubio, Adammo, Nikki Clan, No Way Out and Delux. Nominated for his first Grammy in 2005 with Revolver for ‘Best Rock Album’ and his second Grammy in 2010 with the Peruvian group Adammo, Joe has become one of Latin Rock’s most sought after producer/mixer and recorded and mixed Revolver’s new record, ‘Argan’ in Marrakesh, Morocco and became Revolver’s most critically release to date.
Joe Marlett has gone on to Produce, Engineer and Mix for Relient k, The Bronx, Jewel, The Transit War, Delux, Nikki Clan, Allison, NoWayOut, and members of Nine Inch Nails, New Found Glory, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.
Joe is the Record Producer who developed Macy Gray and is founder of The Music Success Workshop. Known throughout the industry as a informative and entraining live speaker on a huge range of industry subjects, Joe is currently helping artists become successful though his instructional videos, hands-on career coaching, live seminars, and of course… songwriting & producing records.
Get his FREE Music Success Video Nugget Series at www.joesolo.com.
• Credits Include: Fergie, Macy Gray, Atlantic, MTV, Epic, HBO, Paramount, NBC, Universal, Sony, Apple, Famous Music Publishing, CBS, Killer Tracks, Fox Sports Music, BMG, Hasbro Games
• Seasoned Film / TV Composer & Songwriter; Songs heard on One Tree Hill, The OC, Major League Baseball, Dancing with the Stars, and many others
• Past speaking engagements include ASCAP’s “I Create” Expo, The Songwriter’s Guild of America, Expression College of Digital Arts, Billboard’s Film & TV Conference, The Producer’s Conference, UCSB, and The National Assoc. of Record Industry Professionals.
• Endorsements include Gibson, Apogee, Spectrasonics, Yamaha, Propellerheads, RME, Seymour Duncan, Overloud, MOTU, and Antares.
Working in digital video creation as early as 2007, John Carle acts as Director of Network Development at Collective Digital Studio. There he oversees process amongst the 700 content creators as well as works with a number of content creators directly including CinemaSins and XpertThief.
Justin “The Company Man” Hunte is the Editor-in-Chief of HipHopDX. He was the host of The Company Man Show on PNCRadio.fm and has covered music, politics, and culture for numerous publications. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Follow him on Twitter@TheCompanyMan.
Entertainment Manager, Marketing/Branding Expert & Consultant
Kandi Conda is an Entrepreneur, Hall of Famer, Brand Consultant, 6x Author and Mom Manager of Celebrity Radio Personality, Actress Demi Lobo. Kandi “KC” is also the CEO of KCbizBOSS Entre-Tainment which provides ala-carte Branding Solutions for Entrepreneurs, Entertainers, Authors, Athletes & Celebrites. This helps entrepreneurs to “Brand-Grow-Reinvent” their business. Kandi is a 6 time author and is prevailing her newest book on tour traveling the country speaking to women’s groups, athletic groups and entrepreneurs motivating and them to follow their dreams and complete the mission they started – by any means necessary. For her Hall of Fame induction, she was acknowledged by Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and recognized in an official ceremony at City Hall.
KANNON ‘CAVIAR’ CROSS
HIT PRODUCER: Cee-Lo/DMX/T.I.+more
If you have been listening to hip-hop for any period of time chances are you have heard the work of, Kannon “Caviar” Cross aka Cavie. The West Coast, Mega Producer is responsible for some of the hottest hits for a host of the most popular artist in the music industry and to date has become one of the most sought after music producers on the West Coast to produce for Artist in the South, East and Midwest. Growing up In Southside Compton, Caviar witnessed the genesis of the gangsta rap movement first and. At 12 years old he, was blessed to be mentored by Eazy-E and was a regular in the studio when (at the time) DJ Train was working with a little known rap group called, N.W.A. Caviar had a chance to see legendary artists at their craft, whether it was watching Ice Cube pen “Gangsta Gangsta” on a bunk bed, or seeing D.O.C. spit lyrics in the studio. By the time he was 13, N.W.A. had blown up around the world, and he realized just how powerful music can be. One night while watching Dr. Dre, DJ Train and DJ Yella at work, Caviar decided to quit gang banging for good and formed his own crew called, Torture Chamber. After that, he began rapping under the stage name “Cavie” and became intensely focused on solo production, shopping his beats to the likes of Mack 10, Ice Cube, and Xzibit.
In 2000, Caviar linked up with Blackground Records and began working on several projects with Aaliyah including songs such as “Back in One Piece,” featuring DMX. The song was a big hit on the “Romeo Must Die” soundtrack. Blackground also hired Caviar to work with R&B artist, Tank, producing songs such as “Street Life” and “My Freak.” In 2001, Caviar moved to Atlanta and began to produce tracks for T.I., beginning with work on “Urban Legend” and continuing to “King”, where he produced the menacing track, “Undertaker.” From 2002-2009, Caviar continued to produce and collaborate with artist such as T.I., Mike Jones, Tyra B., Lil Scrappy, Killer Mike, Nappy Roots, Pimp C, Crooked-I, Bun-B, Young Dro, Macy Gray, Gorilla Zoe, Xzibit, Too Short, E-40, Tank, Boyz N Da Hood, Alfa Mega, Jayo Felony, Frankie Jay, Lil Scrappy, Nappy Roots and many others. Caviar also had the privilege of producing some of the late Pimp C’s last recorded songs.
In 2010, is hit record with Macy Gray, “Beauty in the World”, generated several television placements including; “Ugly Betty”, “Law and Order LA”, “What Chilli Wants” and the Ashton Kutcher film “Killers”. The song also became the theme song for Microsoft Explorer9 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Other Macy Gray collaborations produced by Caviar also made it on the screens like “Kissed It” which became the Summer time theme song for the Bravo network and “Stand Up” which was in the movie “For Colored Girls”. In 2011, Caviar was featured on the television show, Dr. Drew “Life Changers” where be became an official Mentor/Life Changer for the show by offering internships to disadvantaged youth at his Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA. To date he continues to motivate, mentor and provide internships to youth who are in need of guidance and participates as a panelist at various conferences and speaking engagements. He has been featured in several publications including the November 2011 Issue of Vibe Magazine and has also released a single with Timbaland called “Bounce Down The Blvd”. He is currently producing projects for a wide range of artists including: Noriega, E40, Too Short, Slim, D. Woods, That Girl V, Goodie Mob, DMX, T.I., Macy Gray, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Genuine, Nelly, Akon, Keith Robinson, Sleepy Brown and Cee-Lo Green to name a few.
Most recently, Caviar came up with a tagline ”Artist Over Industry” and was named an advisor for Monkeybars.net, a socially-driven website which financially rewards independent artists and fans for distributing and recommending content online. Caviar, has also obtained multiple product endorsements To date, Caviar’s hit song “Be My Daddy” featuring Macy Gray from the “Gangsta and a Gentleman II” mixtape has been featured on the movie soundtrack, “White T”, which was released in theaters in February of 2013. His hit, “Beauty in the World” has once again received placements for Chobani Yogurt and the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Caviar aka Cavie is definitely a force to be reckoned with, his highly anticipated mixtape “Gangsta and a Gentleman III” was released in April of 2013 via Datpiff.com featuring: T.I., Keith Robinson, Sleepy Brown, Raheem De Vaughn, Too Short, Planet Asia, Shawn Chrys, Gorilla Zoe, Fly Kidd, Brasco, Chase L.A., T. Nelson, Young Dre and many others!
Caviar also produced tracks for DMX, Goodie Mobb, MC Lyte and many others who recently released albums this year. Currently, Cavie released the hot new mixtape “Racks Over Ratchets” hosted by none other than Comedian, Mike Epps which is a prelude to the full length album which features the likes of Too Short, Mistah F.A.B., E40, OG Cuicide, Kokane, N.O.R.E. Scoty ATL, Mac Lucci, Joe Moses, T.Nelson, Lil Scrappy, D-Lo, Edi Don, James Wade and newcomer Hashton Kushner. In 2014 his Macy Gray hit “Beauty in the World” was licensed once again by popular morning television shows, “Good Morning America” and “Kelly & Michael”.
Photographer, Videographer, Artist Rep & Promoter
Kat is a photographer, videographer, artist rep, promoter, and has been considered the “go-to” gal for many southern California indie artists.
Favorite subjects to photography: Live performance (website photo album “Music Through My Eyes.”
Background in event coordinating, marketing, graphics, and publishing it was only natural that she formed her own business El-Ey Promotional.(website www.eleypromo.com) Photography done by “ear, feeling, and instinct…not by rule.”
She is starting a new internet radio show in September with business associate Robb White. The show will be on L.A. Talk Radio and will be broadcasting from a variety of venues in Temecula Valley. Showcasing local artists and wineries.
Music Producer, Engineer & Composer
Kenji Nakai is an independent music producer, mixer, engineer, composer, founder of Sonic Lodge Studios, VP of A&R at C.A.D. Music Media Group with over 25 years experience in the business based in Los Angeles as well as a frequent lecturer of music productions at colleges in Japan for more than 15 years. After playing the bands and working at Roland Corp. as a SW/HW designer of digital keyboards, Kenji began working at recording studios in Tokyo, Japan in 1985 followed by moving to Los Angeles to pursue his music career in 1990, he’s learned from and worked with the best of the best producers and engineers in the business including Ted Templeman, David Foster, George Massenburg, Rick Rubin, Al Schmitt, Mick Guzauski, Jack Joseph Puig. He’s also extended his expertise to the Multi-channel Surround Mixing Projects including Final Fantasy XI & XII, Ridge Racer VI, Romancing Saga, Dragon’s Dogma which has been nominated for the Best Audio Mix of GANG Award. Kenji combines old-school recording engineering/production methods and the latest technologies available today to create the music contents with the best of the last few decades.
Kenny spent an amazing year with Dave Grohl (of Foo Fighters/Nirvana) making the award-winning film, Sound City. Filming scenes with rock royalty (Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Nirvana, Trent Reznor, Rage Against the Machine, Cheap Trick, & many more). He continues to make films, music videos, commercials, trailers, & other visuals arts. 13 year industry veteran.
Industry Executive, Producer, Songwriter
Kerry Gordy grew up in the legendary landmark Motown: House of Hits home in Detroit. He started in the mailroom, later being promoted to the position of Director of A&R, where he worked on projects with Gold and Platinum artists such as The Temptations, The Four Tops, Rick James and Billy Preston among others In 1991 Kerry consulted and invested in Al Bell’s (Former Stax Owner and Motown President) independently distributed label, Bellmark Records. This union yielded the year’s biggest smash hit, “Whoomp! (There It Is)” by the group “Tag Team”. In 1993, Kerry became the Vice President of two divisions for Paisley Park Records, A&R and Artist Development, (a joint venture between Time-Warner and the superstar “Prince”). He produced and co-wrote George Clinton’s comeback hit “Paint The White House Black” utilizing icons of the rap and rock community such as Platinum artists Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Kerry served as Vice President of A&R for Warner Bros. Records, where in 1995 the R.I.A.A. (Recording Industry Association of America) awarded him with Gold records on Zapp and Roger’s “All the Greatest Hits” and Prince’s “Come” Album. Kerry mentored his younger brother “Red Foo” (aka Stefan Gordy) of LMFAO, whose last two records have gone to #1. Kerry managed Rick James, who sold in excess of 25 million records and grossed over $40 million in concert revenue. Between 1998 and 2001 Kerry was awarded Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, and Triple Platinum sales awards by the R.I.A.A. in commemoration of licensing Rick James’ controlled compositions to Salt n Pepa’s “Brand New” Project, Erykah Badu’s “Live” Project and Mary J. Blige’s “Share My World” and “My Life” projects respectively. Kerry was also awarded the coveted diamond award for the sales of over 12,000,000 copies of Boyz to Men II.
CEO and Founder of Rocket Science
Following a 12 year tenure as a Sales and Marketing Executive with MCA Records-Geffen Records- Universal Music Group, Kevin Day developed a “new model” services company based on an accelerating trend of well-known or “branded” artists leaving the major label system. Rocket Science and its roster expanded rapidly. With an elegant solution of accountable and quality services under one roof, Rocket Science’s appeal expanded as a turnkey solution for labels, managers and artists to release their own content into the domestic, and eventually into a global music marketplace. Credits include Jackson Browne, Awolnation, Bruce Kulick (Kiss), John 5 (Rob Zombie), Don Felder (Eagles), Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and many more great releases.
Founder and CEO of Warped Tour
Founder of the Warped Tour (the longest running tour in America), co-founder of Mayhem Festival, and Country Throwdown; helped break artists such as Blink-182, Social Distortion, Sublime, No Doubt, Pennywise, Bad Religion, NOFX, & hundreds more.
International Multi-Platinum Mixing Engineer
Koen Heldens, born and raised in the Netherlands, attended the Venray School of Music and started composing and producing dance music at the tender age of 12. Solidifying his place in the industry as a rising talent, Koen reached number one on the Eastern European Top 40 charts for his production work for Hungarian Grammy Award nominated producer Tranzident and remained in the Top 20 for a five consecutive months, resulting in a Gold Award.
Parallel to his success as a music producer and engineer, Koen moved to The United States in 2005. Mentored by multi-platinum master mixer, Dave Pensado, a buzz generated around Koen’s engineering skills and signature style of mixing music. He became chief engineer at a major recording studio, training other engineers and was quickly known as “The Music Surgeon,” for his extensive technical background and creative approach.
Koen became an international muliti-platinum mixing engineer, working with such major artists as Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Jennifer Lopez and UK R&B sensation Keisha White.
Koen Heldens, previously managed by Cheryl Banks for J-VU Entertainment and (an independent management branch of super producer J-Roc of Timbaland Productions (Mosley Music Group), is currently being sought after as one of the industry’s emerging and notable mixing engineers by such producers as Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown) and Seven Aurelius ( Jlo, Ashanti, LL Cool J) for various projects.
Recently Koen has been busy in the studio working on projects for Ray J., Mario, K. Michelle, Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross, actress Taryn Manning, hit TV show X Factor Europe and the HBO hit TV series “How To Make It In America” among other projects.
Koen’s expertise in the audio engineering field has lead him to be hired as a member of Musicians Institute Hollywood California Industry Committee, devoted to improving the school’s audio engineering curriculum. Koen also teaches his own two hour “Getting A Good Mix” clinic for Musicians Institute and is a freelance writer for the word’s leading pro audio and sound production magazine “Mix”. Devoted to change the industry, Koen is actively involved in the Recording Academy (Grammy’s) Producers and Engineering Wing and freelance product developer and consultant (Waves Audio, Slate Digital and Yamaha).
Multi-Platinum Artist/Producer/Label CEO
Leader of the best selling Hip Hop group of the last 20 years, Bone Thugz ‘n’ Harmony, Krayzie Bone is a Grammy, BET, and American Music Award Winner. His albums have sold over 50 million units, has Diamond selling (10 million+) albums and has created classic songs, including “Tha Crossroads”, “1st Of The Month”, “Thuggish Ruggish Bone”, & “I Tried”. His group is the only one that recorded with both 2PAC, Notorious B.I.G. & Eazy-E. His collaboration with Chamillionaire “Ridin’ Dirty” won MTV’s “Video Of The Year” & many other awards. As he continues to make classic albums, World Tours & singles, Krayzie is a label CEO & developer of talent with his The Life Entertainment label. He is also receiving an IES Hip Hop Honor for his group Bone Thugz ‘n’ Harmony & a part of the Eazy-E/N.W.A Tribute to the legendary icon that signed & developed him.
Leo Corson has brought world-class
international talent to the United States
Leo Corson has brought world-class
international talent to the United States to perform exclusive sets. He has been
involved in the Southern California EDM scene since 1994. With his
entrepreneurial spirit; he has been a DJ, producer, promoter and record storeowner.
In 2007, Leo Corson decided to become a professional agent and established Corson Agency.
His love for all things music and his vast experience with all facets of the EDM industry have allowed him
to run a successful booking agency where working with both DJ/producers and event promoters and
being able to understand their individual needs, allows him to truly excel.
Over the last eight years, Corson Agency has strived to bring fans the music they desire in their
hometowns. With much collaboration domestically and internationally,
Corson Agency has become a successful and a trustworthy
brand that continue to grow, parallel with the North American EDM scene.
Corson Agency has brought a harder edge to many primary, secondary and
tertiary EDM markets across North American and continues to create a unique
blend of international acts with favorite local support.
In 2014, Corson took the next step and was acquired by Circle Talent
Agency. This acquisition/merger was a tactical choice to keep forging ahead
with opportunities. Corson was brought aboard with Circle as a senior agent
and this allows him to expand his roster and network while developing new acts
under Corson Agency with the powerful backend of Circle. While we cannot
predict the future of EDM, we do know one thing, music is ever evolving and
fans always want something new and interesting with an amazing beat; Corson
strives to deliver exactly that.
Director of Public Access Television for Long Beach, CA
Lisa is the Director of Public Access Television for Long Beach, California. She was first introduced to public access TV in 1999 at Community Television in Santa Cruz, California, where she was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007. Lisa’s many public access productions include award winning “Santa Cruz Indynewsreal,” a collaborative news show which she created and executive produced from 2003-2005. Her documentary work has been screened internationally in film festivals and on Free Speech TV, and has taken her across North America and abroad. Lisa earned a Master of Arts in Social Documentation at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009. Lisa has worked for television and film production companies, and in 2012 she became the Director of PADNET (Public Access Digital Network) for the international city of Long Beach, California.
CEO, LRT Entertainment
Lisa Thomas has been in the entertainment business for 20 years. She started at The Walt Disney Company in the motion picture department, later being promoted to interactive educational publishing. Thomas then moved on to Spelling Entertainment in the series department. She then found her home at Universal Music and video distribution for 12 years and was promoted to the Universal Television Distribution side for 8 years. With this experience behind her Lisa has made strong relationships within the industry from major producers to high profile artist and filmmakers as well as TV syndication and cable outlets.
CEO and Co-Founder of Buzztone Inc
As CEO and co-founder of Buzztone Inc Liz works to facilitate community building on behalf of brands in the cause, entertainment, media, and product industries. As chief visionary in charge of creative content, strategy, operations and funding her role on projects includes everything from shaping go-to-market brand and marketing strategy down to managing the details of technical execution. The most recent example of her influence in this arena includes her work on initiatives like the launch of the Stop Global Warming’s Virtual March. “Consumers today are sophisticated. They care about what they buy and they can fall in love with a product or a cause because of the story behind the brand. Our job is to bring that story to the surface in a way that resonates and builds engagement,” Heller says.
Buzztone’s success in telling brand stories has also resonated with clients like Microsoft, AOL, Sony Pictures and Bacardi.
Prior to founding Buzztone Heller served as Executive Vice President of Capital Records and led the charge in developing award winning websites such as Hollywoodandvine.com and Bluenote.com. Liz also oversaw Capital’s soundtrack department, executive producing hit records such as Hope Floats, Good Will Hunting and There’s Something about Mary. Liz began her career as VP of Artist Development for MCA Records.
In hopes of fulfilling her musical dreams, Lorraine Lewis moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Los Angeles with the perfect vehicle for her boundless energy as the leader & singer of the heavy metal outfit, Femme Fatale. Fueled by Lorraine’s megawatt performances, Femme Fatale signed to MCA Records just months after their L.A. debut at the Whiskey A Go-Go. The band’s self-titled debut album yielded a spot on the Billboard charts and two popular, top 10 videos on MTV including “Waiting for the Big One,” and “Falling In & Out of Love.” The band toured with Cheap Trick, scored soundtrack slots for films like “License to Drive,” “Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead” and the TV series “MacGyver.”
Fast forward 25 years and Lorraine Lewis is still the singer of a recharged, all female version of Femme Fatale – is enjoying a renewed popularity because of a resurgence in 80′s rock and has carved out a career for herself in the reality tv business. Lewis is the co-creator & executive producer of reality tv series “Ex Wives of Rock” which just wrapped a 3rd season, 54 episode run on Canada’s Slice Network & 2 seasons here in the U.S. on Fuse TV. “Ex Wives of Rock” is Slice’s number one non-scripted show to date. Lewis currently has 3 shows in development, & has produced 5 sizzle reels in the last 12 months. Her company LPL Productions is currently pitching 3 new shows, one of which was co-produced with Morgan Freeman’s company, Revelations. In addition, Lewis has just launched a new t-shirt, accessory line called Rock and Roll Vending, which donates a portion of every sale to animal rescue.
Maor’s credits include Sepultura, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many more. He teaches artists to how to best prepare music to maximize the mastering process and best possible sound.
After playing in multiple bands with major deals & arena tours (including BON JOVI, KISS, VAN HALEN) MARC FERRARI formed MasterSource, which has become one of the most successful independent music publishing companies in the USA, licensing over 350 songs to film and television in under 5 years. He has placed songs in many major motion pictures, including Steven Segal’s “Under Siege 2,” Disney’s “Man Of The House,” “Fatherhood,” “Life with Mikey,” “Money For Nothing,” “Blank Check,” “ and “Mighty Ducks 2,” as well as hit TV shows “ER,” “Lois and Clark,” “Sisters,” “X-Files,” “Guiding Light,” “General Hospital,” and “Mad About You,” among others. 1992 also saw the formulation of his current band, “Medicine Wheel,” which went on to release its debut album entitled “First Things First” via the Dream Circle label in Europe and Alfa/Brunette in Japan. The band played in Japan in November, 1994 and has since recorded its sophomore effort “Immoral Fabric.” 1995 saw the release of Marc’s first ever solo effort, entitled “Marc Ferrari & Friends: Guest List.” This exciting release features many of Marc’s friends from the rock community, and showcases his diverse writing and playing talents. It is an album which has been a long time in the making, and certainly one that bas been eagerly awaited. Including performances from MSG’s Robin McAuley, Autograph’s Steve Plunkett, Medicine Wheel’s Michael Mulholland, Blackthorne’s Bob Kulick, and Black n’ Blue’s Tommy Thayer, “Guest List” is a first-rate collection of first-rate talent, and another page in the ever-expanding book of Marc Ferrari’s illustrious career. In 1996, the Summer Olympics came calling, and Marc responded by writing 2 theme songs that were used in for video productions, “Capture The Dream”, and “Chance Of A Lifetime”. In addition, 9 other songs from his catalog were used in various athlete profiles and special segments. Later that year, he was presented with a special achievement award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contributions to the 1996 Emmy-award winning daytime soap opera “Guiding Light”. He has songs placed in over 1000 Movies & TV Shows & counting! Marc brings his success techniques & passion to see you succeed to IES! Be there or miss this golden opportunity!
Engineer, Producer, Publisher
Mix engineer, music producer, recording engineer, and music publisher with over 40 years experience in the business. His credits include Platinum-selling and Grammy-nominated artists: The Killers, Shakira and Chris Isaak as well as Fleetwood Mac, Neon Trees, Michelle Branch, Sick Puppies, and Blondie, as well as new artists like Vegas break-out bands Imagine Dragons and Loophole. For more information go to: www.markneedham.com
Composer, Producer, Arranger, Songwriter
Matt McGuire enjoys a successful career that spans over 28 years. He started primarily as a player, & worked for top stars, such as Engelbert Humperdinck, as his pianist and eventually Music Director/Arranger-touring around the world as well as making television appearances on “Joan Rivers”, “Pat Sajack” , “Jerry Lewis”, etc. Matt also worked as a session pianist for “Murder, She Wrote”, “Walker, Texas Ranger”, “Merv Griffin”, & many more. He founded MusicWerks Productions, Inc. in 1993 and has since written and produced music for all the major affiliates – ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX. He also composed for the animated shows “Extreme Dinosaurs”, “Pocket Dragon Adventures”, “Sabrina”, “Sonic X”, “Winx Club”, “G.I Joe”, “Shaman King”, “Chaotic”, “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s”, etc. He scored the movies “Titanic, The Legend Goes On”, “Monster Mash”, “Dennis The Menace – Cruise Control”, and wrote songs for many of those shows. Matt has contributed to the scores of the epic Bollywood releases “Lahore”, “Raajneeti”, and “Aarakshan”.
Matt Squire is an American multi-platinum music producer and writer. He is known for producing power pop, and has a knack for discovering underground bands and helping them refine their sound. Squire works very closely with his bands. He is known as a hands-on producer who often makes lyrical and musical suggestions. He also co-writes with artists and writers. Although Squire is mostly known for his successes in the pop-punk scene, he has branched out and worked on other musical styles with artists like Katy Perry, 3OH!3, Selena Gomez, New Boyz, The Used, HIM, and David Archuleta. He also works on the American version of the television show The X Factor.
Artist manager, specializing in developing new talent around the world. He discovered 3OH!3 in Boulder, CO after just four shows and helped guide them to four platinum records and international acclaim. Dia Frampton was a friend of a friend; Michael got her a lucrative deal at a major label, and a slot on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice”, where as runner up she placed #1 on Blake Shelton’s team and was the highest selling artist from the show.
Veteran Manager, Teacher
Industry veteran Mike Gormley, a 40+ year industry veteran, was President of the management firm, L.A. Personal Development (L.A.P.D.) for 24 years, before launching Yes, Dear Entertainment, which includes management and marketing. Later in the 70’s Mike joined Mercury Records, based in Chicago, as director of Publicity. He was instrumental in the signing of the legendary New York Dolls and ground breaking Kraftwerk. He also oversaw the PR campaigns for Thin Lizzy, Rod Stewart, The New York Dolls, Rush, BachmanTurner Overdrive, The Runaways, The Ohio Players and many others. Mike went to L.A. in the 70s & became head of Publicity for A&M Records, where he rose to the post of Vice President of Publicity and assistant to the Chairman, Jerry Moss. There he worked with The Police, Supertramp, Herb Alpert, Styx, Peter Frampton, Joe Jackson, Squeeze and others. Mike left A&M in 1982 to start L.A.P.D. with Miles Copeland, manager of The Police. Over the years, Mike has managed several major acts from their early days through to major international recognition including The Bangles and Oingo Boingo. Five years later, Miles left L.A.P.D. to produce movies. During this time he convinced Danny Elfman to write the score for Tim Burton’s first movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” setting up the beginning of Elfman’s climb to the top of the film composer world. Mike established the UCLA Extension’s continuing education program called, “The Insider’s Guide to Music Management.” The class covered, among other things, what music managers do, why they are important, and how to avoid management pitfalls.
Mike Lane is a 30-year entertainment industry veteran who has held key positions at trade publication Radio and Records, and artist management/entertainment consulting firm The Left Bank Organization. He is currently a partner at 4 Entertainment, an international business & marketing strategy firm and artist management company.
Lane has developed innovative marketing concepts for major and independent music labels, musical artists, entertainment retail outlets, film studios, technology companies, entertainment magazines, and trade papers. Music initiatives have included artists such as Blondie, Motley Crue, the Go Go’s, Heart, Yes, The Cranberries, and the Bee Gees. He has spearheaded some of the first successful entertainment-related digital marketing campaigns – including the first “Internet-only” concert ticket sales (the Cranberries), which sold out nationally, and became a key online marketing strategy for Ticketmaster.com.
As a partner at 4 Entertainment, he provides artist management, and business & marketing strategy for entertainment industry initiatives.
Lane holds a B.A. in Political Science, UC Berkeley. He was an advisor to the launch of the Entrepreneur MBA program at Azusa Pacific University; has been a Guest Lecturer for MBA courses at UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, and The Academy of National Economy under Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow); and was featured in the PBS broadcast of “Introduction to Marketing: Competing in the 21st Century.
Mike Repel is the author of The Music Industry Self Help Guide,
a staff writer at DigitalMusicNews.com, and owner of Repel Music Distribution.Mike has a history of working in several genres in Chicago’s independent music scenes including Hardcore, Metal, Punk and Rap. As an independent musician himself, Mike has made a positive effort to bring information and services to the hands of emerging musicians to help them create equity and leverage in their careers.
Artist Management/Talent Scout, BET’s 106 & Park
BmikeroB Management was founded in 2012 by Mike Robinson, an executive with more than 20 years experience in the music industry. BmikeroB Management is committed to redefining Artist Development, and its conception came from Mike’s passion for music.
BmikeroB Management specializes in Artist Management, Coaching & Consulting, Music Marketing (including Internet and Social Media Development), Music Supervision, and Talent Booking.
Mike’s years of experience have afforded him a unique perspective on this ever-changing industry. As an executive Talent Scout for Blaze the Stage a National Brand, BET’s 106, Park, CEO, and Founder of UGMX Development Studio for more than 7 years, Mike was fortunate to have dealt with and connected to just about every conceivable segment of the industry. He has spent years building and nurturing an extensive and invaluable network of artists, artist managers, agents, publicists, label execs, producers, etc.
Since forming BmikeroB Managemt, Mike continues to explore new horizons. He has managed artists and traveled around the world as a tour/road manager. He has immersed himself in the world of Web Marketing and Social Networking, helping to develop websites and marketing plans for several clients.
BmikeroB Management is built on the belief that the future of the music industry begins and ends with one very important thing – artist development. The company is committed to helping artists further their careers and to help bring a rebirth to this once thriving music industry.
MIKE ROBINSON aka BIG MIKE
specializes in Artist Management
Mike Robinson aka Big Mike Rob, an executive with more than 20 years experience in the music industry. Big Mike Rob is committed to redefining Artist Development, and its conception came from Mike’s passion for music.
Big Mike Rob specializes in Artist Management, Coaching & Consulting, Music Marketing (including Internet and Social Media Development), Music Supervision, and Talent Booking.
Mike’s years of experience have afforded him a unique perspective on this ever-changing industry. As an Executive Talent Scout for Big Mike Rob has given independent artists opportunities to perform on great platforms such as, Blaze the Stage a National Brand, BET’s 106, Park, BET Experience, School tours and Major label showcases. As CEO, and Founder of UGMX Development Studio for more than 7 years, Mike was fortunate to have dealt with and connected to just about every conceivable segment of the industry. He has spent years building and nurturing an extensive and invaluable network of artists, artist managers, agents, publicists, label execs, producers, etc.
Since forming BmikeroB Managemt in 2012, Mike continues to explore new horizons. He has managed artists and traveled around the world as a tour/road manager. He has immersed himself in the world of Web Marketing and Social Networking, helping to develop websites and marketing plans for several clients.
BmikeroB Management is built on the belief that the future of the music industry begins and ends with one very important thing – artist development. The company is committed to helping artists further their careers and to help bring a rebirth to this once thriving music industry.
MILES COPELAND – BIO
One of the music industry’s most influential figures, Miles Copeland’s career in management stretches back almost 40 years to when he put together a group of go-go dancers in Beirut. In London in the 1970s, he represented Wishbone Ash, Joan Armatrading and all sides of progressive rock until he jumped ship, landed in the turbulent ocean of punk, and worked with the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Blondie, etc.
In 1978, he became the manager for his brother Stewart’s band, The Police, one of the biggest bands of the 1980s. The success of The Police and the novel methods used to break them brought Miles to found I.R.S. Records. In the next few years, the company had hits with REM, The Buzzcocks, The Beat, The Cramps, Fine Young Cannibals Wall of Voodoo, Timbuk 3, and a number one album with the all-girl group, The Go-Gos.
He continued to manage Sting (solo) through seven blockbuster albums,along with The Bangles, Squeeze. He introduced Sting to Algerian Raï singer, Cheb Mami, in 1999. Their collaboration bloomed with “Desert Rose” whose worldwide success was attributed to Miles’ innovative corporate deal with Jaguar. Miles currently owns and operates CIA – Copeland International Arts, which is comprised of a record company, music publishing and merchandise company with worldwide deal with Universal Music Group Distribution and the emphasis is on World dance music.
Owner of World Famous Roxy Theatre, CEO of Adler Integrated
Social Media Mogul, Nic Adler, as firmly planted his feet as a social media aficionado. As owner of the world-famous Roxy Theatre (the number one most popular music club on Twitter), Nic preaches authenticity and generosity as his modus operandi for success. Nic has also been voted ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ by Gravity Summit.
Veteran Music Attorney
Los Angeles-based music lawyer and co-chair of the Entertainment & Media Group at Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner and Sloane, ALC. He is one of the music industry’s most respected attorneys with more than 40 years of experience representing high-profile artists and leading companies in the entertainment, Internet and music publishing businesses. He currently represents Chris Daughtry, the Frank Zappa Estate, Rob Thomas, Matchbox Twenty, Suzanne Vega, Chester French, the Jay Livingston Catalog, as well as many other major artists and companies. Owen is a frequent speaker and author on the state of the music business, copyright, file sharing, 360-degree contracts, and non-traditional distribution deals. He also serves as an expert witness and litigation consultant. Owen has been selected by his peers as a Southern California Super Lawyer for six consecutive years. Fewer than 5% of attorneys are chosen for this honor.
Hit Songwriter, Producer and Music/Movie Executive
Peter has landed twenty-three #1 singles and many top-tens in Billboard Magazine. Credits include Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jason Derulo, Robin Thicke, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Daughtry and many more.
Peter recently completed writing, producing and mixng David Guetta’s main artist, Chris Willis’ next single, “Can’t Stop Loving You”.
Peter also continues to write and produce for many major Asian hit artists, including latest hit group, “Brown Eyed Girls.” Most recently, Rafelson is writing, producing and mixing for various CASH MONEY label artists including Glasses Malone and Lil’ Wayne.
Artist, Aviator, Activist
Aside from “tasteful intelligent” songwriting, a “richly textured” voice, and “mastery” of the guitar, perhaps what separates Ravi most from other singer-songwriters is his command of the stage and rapport with the audience. A busy touring schedule incorporating both musical performances and motivational speaking engagements enables him to turn every stage into an intimate and inclusive experience.
Grammy-Award Winning and Multi-Platinum Writer/Producer
Reggie Calloway has written hits for N*SYNC (with Justin Timberlake), Gladys Knight, Teddy Pendergrass, Levert, Natalie Cole, his group Midnight Star & countless others. One of Calloway’s original compositions entitled, “I’ll Be Good For You”, was featured on N*SYNC’s multi-platinum CD, “No Strings Attached”, proving his ability to break age barriers by working with current artists and legends. He has penned songs for the chart toppling group, Levert, (“Casanova”), the sultry Teddy Pendergrass (“Joy”), the Grammy winning Gladys Knight, (“Love Overboard”) and “Jump Start My Heart” for Natalie Cole. Reggie is currently the Co-Founder and VP of West Coast Sales & Acquisitions for The Royalty Exchange, a centralized online platform for royalty owners seeking liquidity and buyers seeking alternative assets. Get more info at: http://www.theroyaltyexchange.com.
Owner, Heavy Harmony Library.
Rhonda has represented writers and artist/writers like Skip Scarborough Lovely Day. Love Ballad, Giving You The Best That I Got; Hanson MMMBop; Ralph Johnson of Earth, Wind and Fire Song Cry among others. She has represented songs in various movies such as Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Minds, Soul Plane and others. Rhonda has a BS degree from USC in Business Administration. Before starting Heavy Harmony Music, she was head of finance for Virgin Music in North America before its sale to EMI. Prior to that she was head of finance for PolyGram International Music Publishing in North America. She has worked with Motown Records, Chrysalis Records and Capitol/EMI.
Richard Lyne runs the PledgeMusic, LA office. He joined the company in London just before they launched in 2009. Prior to working at PledgeMusic he worked in International A&R at Sony Music, UK. He started at Universal Music, UK on their Graduate Training Program and has run his own label, promotions company and Artist/Producer Management company before that. He has worked in the music business for the past ten years.
Owner, Music Business Registry
From 1987 to the present, Ritch has been an instructor at The Musicians Institute, SAE, Trebas Institute of Recording Arts in Los Angeles, where he was the chief Instructor as well as at UCLA Extension, teaching several courses including: A&R The Heartbeat of the Record Company, which focused on the artist signing policies of major and independent record labels, Music Business Overview, a course designed to give students an understanding of the many aspects of the Music Industry. He was a member of the board of advisors for the Department of Performing Arts at UCLA for 3 years 1990 – 1993, and initiated full day seminars and discussion panels on the music business as well as created new course ideas and methods for expanding programs to keep students enrolled in the UCLA Extention program.
ROBERTO FISHER is a digital media and social media, and enterprise product development veteran known for his deep expertise in and passion about technology, and what it means to our collective future. He is a results-oriented leader who delivers best-of-breed products and services. Roberto is also a highly collaborative, creative and energized product guy with a detailed grasp of the business, technological and societal fundamentals required for executing innovative product offerings. He has more than two decades of experience across digital domains, supporting premium subscription, ad-supported, and shrink-wrap business models, as well as professional products and services industries.
Roberto has long been a recognized leader in digital media and social media, and had worked at Myspace Music, Yahoo! Music and LAUNCH Media where he had driven product strategy, managed key product and technology initiatives and partnerships, and had successfully grown numerous offerings to be number one in their categories. In addition to growing Myspace Music to the number two consumer Internet destination, Roberto also played a central role in the successful growth of Yahoo!’s music business from 2001 through to 2008 to be the web’s number one consumer music destination, and to be the leading provider worldwide of Music Videos and Internet Radio. During his time at LAUNCH Media prior to its acquisition by Yahoo! in 2001, Roberto served as both VP of Technology and Operations and also VP of Production and Operations for the innovative website. More recently Roberto was Chief Creative Officer and VP of Product at M-GO, an innovative eCommerce startup offering digitally distributed movies and TV shows. M-GO is a joint venture of Dreamworks Animation and Technicolor.
Before working in Internet music and video, Roberto worked on Internet, information, application and automation products and services for Citicorp, CB Richard Ellis and Oracle Corporation. At Citicorp, Roberto spearheaded global retail investment product management, and also participated as a member of Citicorp’s central data and messaging architecture team. At CB Richard Ellis, Roberto worked on a global IT plan for converging numerous, diverse business related to real estate into an integrated system for customer relationship management. Over the nearly 7 years he worked at Oracle, Roberto held various product, marketing, and technology roles in Oracle’s Global Operations, in Product and Product Line Division, and in the Applications Division. During his time at Oracle, Roberto championed some of the earliest effective efforts to apply database technologies to managing and retrieving documents and rich media with associated metadata, to the use the technology for knowledge management and improved organizational productivity, and use in conjunction with the delivery of content to various client types (including to PC, Internet, email, fax, and mobile clients). Roberto led product on one of the earliest builds of a database application to store and retrieve rich media documents, which would now be known as a CMS application. He was also a principal contributor to the launch of Oracle.com and led the build out out some of the first Internet hosted and database driven B2B services.
Education: Roberto graduated with Honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Values, Technology, Science and Society.
Roslynn Cobarrubias Co-founder & CMO mydiveo
Roslynn Cobarrubias is the co-founder and CMO of mydiveo™. She oversees all marketing & artist initiatives, ensuring that the company’s strategic objectives are met. With nearly two decades of experience in the music industry and social media arena, Roslynn brings deep knowledge of talent booking, integrated marketing & original content to to her role. Named to Billboard’s “30 Under 30″ and The Source Magazine’s “Power 30″ lists, she has long been a leader in the industry and will help drive the company forward.
Prior to mydiveo, Roslynn acted as senior director of artist relations and director of integrated marketing at Myspace. In these executive roles, she led the artist relations team in developing, managing and marketing the site to music artists like and integrating artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna, John Legend into digital integrated marketing campaigns with top brands like DJ Hero, Wendy’s and AT&T. Under Roslynn’s leadership the Hip Hop/R&B community grew from just 126 artists to more than 2 million, making Myspace the largest urban music community on the web. Also as a result of their work with artists, she was a part of the team that helped grow the company’s user base from its early start at 2 million to over 200 million, making it the #1 website in the world. Roslynn also oversaw strategic partnerships with the GRAMMYS, American Music Awards, XM Radio, BET and VIBE, building joint ventures that resulted in fully integrated programs and original content well ahead of their time.
Roslynn is also the founder of the Third Floor Network, an event/video production company & creative network for industry executives, high-profile and emerging artists around the globe.
As an executive producer for Killer Tracks, a division of Universal Music Publishing Group, Ryan has produced over 100 albums for TV and film licensing from concept to delivery. Ryan has had the pleasure of working with: Shiny Toy Guns, Alex Band (The Calling), Lamont and Beau Dozier, Jeff Cardoni, Lucas Vidal, Laney Stewart, Xandy Barry, Wally Gagel, Tamar Kaprelian, Ivan Neville, Terrance Simien, and many others.
As a composer and song-writer, Ryan has the incredible ability to create original music across a broad range of genres. In TV Ryan most recently created original music for the MTV hit show “BuckWild.” In Film, aside from scoring, Ryan is also known for creating custom songs and remixes to picture. He most recently remixed Neil Diamond’s “Holly Holy” for the Kevin James film “Here Comes The Boom” directed by Frank Coraci. He has also recently placed songs in “The Lucky One” as well as “Vampire Diaries”. Previous work includes two dance remixes and additional original music for the Will Gluck film “Friends with Benefits” starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Additional work with Will Gluck includes a remake of “We Go Together” for the film “Easy A” as well as two songs, “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” performed by Public Parking and “I Want Candy” performed by Danger Vaccuum, for the Sony Pictures film “Fired Up!”. Additional, clients include Bicycle Music, Sony/ATV, Oglio Records, Ella Records, Banshee Music, and Tekspacular.
Speaker, Strategist, Entrepreneur
Salim Ismail is a sought-after speaker, strategist and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He travels extensively addressing topics including breakthrough technologies and their impact on a variety of industries. Salim has spent the last four years building Singularity University based at NASA Ames and before that built and ran Brickhouse, Yahoo’s internal incubator. His last company, Angstro, was sold to Google in August 2010. He has a unique perspective and track record on how to innovate, how to turn cutting edge ideas into thriving startups and how to apply leading edge thinking to invigorate entire industries.
Sayaka Shiomi is an International Music & Entertainment business expert, specializing in Japan & Asia; she’s also a Japanese Radio Host, Artist Management exec, Coordinator and Professor of Music business Marketing and Promotion at Japanese Music college. She graduated UCLA, and worked with Planet LA Records, Premier Global Entertainment in USA. She’s well versed in helping IES attendees learn more about & how to do business in Japan & Asia, connecting the dots around the World.
Video Producer & Co-Founder of the SteamyintheCity Music Collective
Scott Tolleson is a music video producer and co-founder of the SteamyintheCity Music Collective with his insanely talented photographer wife Kristina. Over the past few years they have collaborated with 30+ musicians and artists to create hundreds of music videos, photos, & live streaming concerts across a wide variety of channels and platforms.
They founded the SteamyintheCity Music Collective in the hopes of creating a way for artists to freely collaborate not only on music videos and photos, but on all manner of production, planning, promotion, & distribution required now a days to have a successful independent music career.
In July of this year Scott & Kristina successfully raised $3,000,000 to officially launch their 3,300 sq.ft. live streaming studio and collective headquarters in Long Beach, California. They are planning for a grand opening in early 2015 with live streaming concerts, creative workshops, and all sorts of new opportunities & tools for artists to collaborate, create, learn, and build their career as an independent artist.
Shannon O’Shea Innovative founding manager of the Grammy nominated GARBAGE and , Shannon O’Shea is also one of the world’s first producer managers, whose groundbreaking clients have included Sean Beavan (NIN, MARILYN MANSON, NO DOUBT, SLAYER, CHURCHILL…), Butch Vig (NIRVANA, SMASHING PUMPKINS, GREEN DAY…), John Fryer, (COCTEAU TWINS, STABBING WESTWARD, THIS MORTAL COIL, NIN…), Danny Saber (U2, ROLLING STONES, BLACK GRAPE, DAVID BOWIE…), John X (PINK, U2, ROLLING STONES…), Jack Dangers (MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO), Stephen Lironi (HANSON, ALTERED IMAGES), Marc Waterman (ELASTICA), Tony Visconti (DAVID BOWIE) and the late Jimmy Miller (ROLLING STONES ’68-’72, STEVE WINWOOD, PRIMAL SCREAM…), to name a few.
O’Shea founded SOS Management in London in the late 80′s and became known as an enthusiastic advocate for artist’s rights. She was a member of the influential inaugural steering committee of the Intl. Manager’s Forum (UK) and was the only manager to be invited to participate on the producers-only Record Producer’s Guild (US) steering committee.
Influenced and mentored by luminaries such as Peter Grant (Led Zeppelin), Ed Bicknell (Dire Straits) and Paul McGuinness (U2), she became a lively panelist/speaker on the international field, appearing for South By Southwest, In The City (UK), Intl. Manager’s Forum, the Producer’s Guild (UK & US), San Diego Music Thing, USC etc., has made many radio appearances and was featured in VH1′s “Behind The Music – Garbage”.
Instrumental in creating GARBAGE, she moved SOS Management HQ to Los Angeles in ’95 to accommodate a worldwide strategy after breaking them in the UK.
In 2005, O’Shea joined forces with long-time superstar producer/mixer multi-instrumental client, Sean Beavan, to launch 8mm with his multi-talented wife, Juliette. One of the first artists to embrace DIY, 8mm became championed by luminaries such as Nic Harcourt, Geoff Boucher, Kevin Bronson, Jason Pettigrew and Antiquiet. One of the most licensed bands in the industry (“Underworld: Awakening”, “Dirty Little Liars”, “Mistresses”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Nip Tuck”, “Nikita”, “One Tree Hill”, “Shark”, “Cold Case”, “Moonlight”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” etc.), their powerful live performances and intriguing videos have earned them a hardcore following.
8mm’s current critically acclaimed album, “Between The Devil & Two Black Hearts”, has been described as Led Zepplin meets Massive Attack and Fleetwood Mac at a rave with June and Johnny Cash. The massive critical acclaim helped facilitate their debut national tour, together with a Kickstarter campaign, that attracted diverse support from a creative sector, ranging from Marilyn Manson to actress Jill Hennessy to acclaimed author and poet, Margaret Atwood.
Frontwoman Juliette Beavan’s flair for acting has landed two of her first films in 2014 film festivals, and she has been tapped to host her own talk show, “Drive Time”.
O’Shea maintains a credible and selective quality over quantity roster, which includes 8mm and producer / mixers / remixers / composers, Sean Beavan, John Fryer, and Ben Rosen (MARILYN MANSON, GRINSPOON, 8mm); and actor/director/producer Juliette Beavan.
Film / Video Director
!Drawn to the business from an early age, Shaun got his first film industry job after reading the infamous tale of Steven Spielberg sneaking onto the Universal Studios lot. At age 17 he
walked through the gate, past the guards and though he didn’t get signed to a director’s contract, after only three months of daily lot sneaks, he was offered a permanent job on the Spielberg production of SeaQuest, DSV, where he worked for the series’ first season. From there, he segued into feature films (including two with Spielberg himself!) and never looked back. Eventually, he began to seek work as a Personal Assistant. The career change proved a wise step and he soon found himself working for (and with) some of the industry’s most well- known and well-respected talent in front of and behind the camera, including Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken, Jack Black, Ben Stiller and acclaimed directors Joe Wright, Judd Apatow and Academy Award Nominee Peter Hedges.
!O’Banion soon began producing his own projects when he formed Ravenwood Films, first partnering with Desert Skye Entertainment to produce DAKOTA SKYE.
!DAKOTA SKYE became a festival hit, picking up top awards at festivals across North America. The film was distributed by E1 Entertainment following it’s successful festival run and is now available for purchase through all major retailers. The film was in the Top 100 most viewed on Netflix Instant for nearly 5 years with 80% positive reviews. In addition to Netflix, the film has aired on Showtime, Time-Warner On-Demand and Comcast. The film is also a regular topic of discussion among teen girls on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.
!Following the success of DAKOTA SKYE, O’Banion partnered with The Wayne/Lauren Film Company to produce GIRLFRIEND. The film made its World Premiere at the 2010 Toronto
International Film Festival where it made headlines for being one of 13 films sold in the first week! GIRLFRIEND went on to collect a handful of awards for Best Feature, Best Director and Audience Awards at various Festivals around the world as well as winning a prestigious 2011 IFP GOTHAM AWARD. The film saw a limited theatrical release in 2011 and debuted on DVD and VOD in the fourth quarter of 2012 from Strand Releasing.
!In 2013, he co-produced THE AUTOMATIC HATE, which reunited him with writer/director Justin Lerner (GIRLFRIEND) and teamed him with Academy Award-nominated producer Alix Madigan (WINTER’S BONE). The film is set to debut on the festival circuit in 2015, and stars Joseph Cross (LINCOLN, MILK), Adelaide Clemens (THE GREAT GATSBY, IFC’s Rectify), Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood), Richard Schiff (MAN OF STEEL, The West Wing) and Ricky Jay (BOOGIE NIGHTS, HEIST).
!In addition to films, Shaun has produced national commercials for Pepsi, EA Sports, Chevrolet and a live event for The White House – Office of the First Lady. He has also directed a variety of short films and music videos.
!Shaun is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has several films in development through both Ravenwood Films and his partnership with Broad Reach Films.
SHAWNDEL ‘JAZZY’ ROSA
Shawndel “Jazzy” Rosa, is an accomplished performer, manager and artist with over 25+ years of experience in the industry of entertainment. Jazzy is also an accomplished speaker and panelist, having served at countless conferences, educating attendees on the music industry and the business of management. Jazzy has provided a unique avenue to gauge what is best for his clients. His management firm, “Jazzy Management” offers its clients the best environment to achieve and surpass their goals. Everything within his company is guided by integrity, honesty, hard work, loyalty and excellence.
Jazzy Management also teamed up with Donald Trump’s Production Company during the former reality TV show “The Ultimate Merger”. The object of the show was to find a successful relationship for a major female TV personality. Already responsible for the hit NBC show “The Apprentice” the production company and Jazzy Management started a national search for a cast of successful, eligible bachelors who thought they could win the famous bachelorette’s heart. The show lasted 2 seasons with over 16 episodes staring Omarosa Manigault of The Apprentice and Toccara Jones of America’s Next Top Model.
Shawndel Jazzy Rosa, is highly respected in the industry by artists, fellow execs and labels throughout the business. He has represented or worked on projects involving Latoya Williams , Tha Eastsidaz and has provided music industry consulting to such clients as: League of Starz, Lady Of Rage, RBX, Glasses Malone, Productuon company Tha Teammates, and many more.
Shawndel “Jazzy” Rosa
Shawndel “Jazzy” Rosa, is an accomplished performer, manager and artist with over 20+ years of experience in the industry of entertainment. Jazzy is also an accomplished speaker and panelist, having served at countless conferences, educating attendees on the music industry and the business of management. Jazzy has provided a unique avenue to gauge what is best for his clients. His management firm, “Jazzy Management” offers its clients the best environment to achieve and surpass their goals. Everything within his company is guided by integrity, honesty, hard work, loyalty and excellence.
Jazzy Management also teamed up with Donald Trump’s Production Company during the former reality TV show “The Ultimate Merger”. The object of the show was to find a successful relationship for a major female TV personality. Already responsible for the hit NBC show “The Apprentice” the production company and Jazzy Management started a national search for a cast of successful, eligible bachelors who thought they could win the famous bachelorette’s heart. The show lasted 2 seasons with over 16 episodes staring Omarosa Manigault of The Apprentice and Toccara Jones of America’s Next Top Model.
Shawndel Jazzy Rosa, is highly respected in the industry by artists, fellow execs and labels throughout the business. He has represented or worked on projects involving Latoya Williams, Chynna Chameleon, K-Boy, Tha Eastsidaz and has provided music industry consulting to such clients as: League of Starz, Buzz Builderz, Glasses Malone, Crooked I and many others.
Musician, Songwriter, Producer
Shele’s recording and performing credits include Phil Collins, Natalie Cole, Little Richard, Billy Preston, Lola Falana, Wayne Newton, Flip Wilson and Roy Clark as well as extensive worldwide TV & Film credits. Most recently, Phil Collins’ Little Dreams Band, penning their title track Donne Le Moi on Capitol/EMI followed by the Phil Collins Limited Edition Swatch Watch campaign, with proceeds going to Little Dreams Foundation in Geneva.
Current: Shele functions in dual capacity as a successful songwriter/music producer and music entrepreneur. His company is engaged in the development of competitive materials and artists in pop, r&b, rock and dance. Their work includes the discovery, development and representation of young emerging artists both domestic and international, including growing sponsorship alliances with music industry leaders and brand manufacturers. The company participates annually at all the major music trade events whereby Shele facilitates unique opportunities for presenting original materials and artist to global industry contacts at record labels, tv & film, fashion music branding sponsors and multi-media cross platforms. Web site is: www.csmwordsandmusic.com
Shyan Selah is a rising star who embodies the essence of the most trendsetting music icons from his hometown of Seattle. Inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Shyan’s urban brand of rock music has created wide spread anticipation throughout the industry. As an artist who strives to reach the youth, he has been on the speaking circuit for years, working with various high schools and colleges around the nation. Shyan’s music and outreach has led to him being invited to act as an ambassador for musicians and music entrepreneurs from all over the world for the World Affairs Council’s International Leadership Conference series at the World Trade Center in Seattle, WA. In March of 2012 Shyan joined forces with Starbucks to bring the message of music and education to the community in Seattle, Wash. This collaboration has since grown to include the planning of a nation-wide tour with Shyan stopping at Colleges, Universities and Starbucks locations in key cities throughout the United States including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin and Houston, TX with more dates and cities to be announced via shyanselah.com.
A finalist on NBC’s The Voice and BMI’s Spotlight Indie Artist, Sonia Rao has had her songs featured on MTV, VH1, ABC, and E! Network on such shows as Jersey Shore, The Vineyard, Catfish, and several others. Classically trained on violin and piano, but encouraged to seek a career outside of music, Sonia went to UC Berkeley to study Psychology and didn’t write a single song until after graduating. The touring artist is living her dreams!
Across the course of a peerless career, Stephanie Spruill represents excellence in music, recording, performance, composition and education in a profound plethora of ways. Stephanie is the founder of Spruill House Music Inc., School of Voice and Artist Development. Also, Stephanie ’ s latest book, “ 17 Points to Longevity In Show Business ” , DVD and CD ’ s, are a big hit.
Recently Stephanie Spruill received the prestigious Living Legends of Jazz Award from the City of Los Angeles. She also appeared on the 87 th Academy Awards singing with John Legend and Common on the Oscar winning song “ Glory ” to rave reviews. Very few can righteously claim to have sung on hundreds of gold and platinum records as Stephanie Spruill. She toured and/or recorded with Julio Iglesias, Glen Campbell, Harvey Mason , Jeff Lorber, David T. Walker, Nancy Wilson, Placido Domingo, Rickey Martin, Elton John, Enrique Iglesias, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan, to being the sole woman wailing on the climactic Tom Petty ’ s “ Don ’ t Come Around Here No More ” and leading the chorus on Billy Idol ’ s rousing “ Mony Mony ” …to have sung, directed and contracted the 42 person choir for Michael Jackson & The Jacksons’ “ Can You Feel It ” and arranged and sung on the sultry, sexy backgrounds for Gino Vanelli ’ s “ I Just Wanna Stop ” …to have sung the stratospheric otherworldly scales of jazz trumpet legend Donald Byrd ’ s “ Stepping Into Tomorrow ” then played all that funky-funky tambourine on his Quiet Storm classic “ Think Twice ” . Steven Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd (The Rides) featured Stephanie ’ s vocals on 6 songs on their latest cd.
Stephanie ’ s cd “ It ’ s a jazz Day ” features her originals and soulful Jazz classics with a Latin spin. Also, Brenda Russell wrote the song “ It ’ s a Jazz Day ” & sang on the recording with Stephanie. Also, Patrice Rushen who plays keys on a few selections along with Stephanie ’ s band Peewee & Michiko Hill, Nolan Shaheed, Michael O ’ Neill, Stacey Lamont Sydnor and Zane Musa.
Clive Davis personally signed Stephanie Spruill to Arista Records. Stephanie notably added songwriting to her cache with winning results. She co-wrote the song “ I ’ ll Be Good To You ” by smooth jazz star Najee featuring guest vocalist Vesta – album, Tokyo Blue .
The very next year, Stephanie Spruill co-penned with Jeff Lorber two songs for the iconic Jazz vocalist Jon Lucien ’ s major comeback album Listen Love, including the single “ Sweet Control and Nothing Last Forever.
Stephanie has sung at the White House for three separate administrations and for The King of Spain, and The Queen of England.
Having spent half his life behind a mastering console, Stephen Marsh is a master of mastering. Artists welcome his musical, collaborative approach to mastering and his substantial credit list places him among the top of his field. His dual passions for music and technology continue to propel his career and facility into the future. His studio, Marsh Mastering, is located in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles California and is known worldwide for an exceptional customized processing chain, accurate clocking and conversion, and a finely tuned critical listening environment that is creative, private and professional.
With nearly two decades and thousands of commercial releases to his credit; Stephen’s track record mastering successful albums with a genre-diverse cross-section of artists includes work with Los Lobos, Boyz II Men, Ben Harper, Kenny Loggins, Megadeth, The Donnas, Ozomatli, Pharcyde, Incubus, Ginuwine, Keb’ Mo’s 2004 Grammy winner ‘Keep It Simple‘ and Jars Of Clay’s 2010 Grammy Nominee and Dove winner ‘The Long Fall Back To Earth‘. Stephen’s mastering with first-call composers includes albums with Alexandre Desplat (Argo), Mychael Danna (Life of Pi – Oscar® and Golden Globe® winner for Best Original Score), Aaron Zigman (Sex and The City), Christophe Beck (The Hangover), Rolfe Kent (Sideways), Mark Isham (42), John Powell (Rio), Cliff Martinez (Contagion), Blake Neely (The Mentalist), and Jon Brion (ParaNorman). Audiophile Remastering credits include Bob Dylan, James Taylor, The Byrds, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Crosby Stills & Nash, Heart, Bad Company, Dio, Yes, Phil Collins, Janis Joplin, Joe Walsh and Donny Hathaway.
CEO, Eggman Global; Entertainment Lawyer
Steve Eggleston is a law school Valedictorian, award-winning law professor (Remedies), best-selling author (“Labor and Employment in California”/Lexis-Nexis), and former entertainment, employment, music, and trial attorney. After an intense decade in the courtroom trenches, Steve moved from Sacramento to San Francisco in the ’90s, where he experienced and participated first-hand in the internet boom, served on the Board of Directors of Fillmspeed, the 3rd largest video streamer in the world, and launched his iiEntertainment franchise, embracing everything from music artist A&R to television & film. From there, he moved to Hollywood, founding and/or leading a handful of entertainment companies, including Cinetrax, Filmtrax, and One Roof Entertainment, at which he was President of Film, Television & Music. Using his global experience and connections, Steve now brings his diverse skills and worldwide connections to the helm of Eggman Global, where he specializes in artist management, multi-media, and music/business consultation.
Steve Martocci is a co-founder of Splice, a technology platform for music creators which streamlines the fragmented process of creating and sharing music, freeing musicians to spend their time and energy on the creative process. Previously he was a co-founder of GroupMe, a group messaging service that in August 2011 was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Prior to GroupMe, Steve was a lead software engineer at Gilt Groupe and founded Sympact Technologies and Bandwith.us. Steve helps lead SummerQAmp, a nationwide initiative to create tech jobs for American youth and train a new workforce in high-tech skills. Steve is actively involved in the New York tech startup scene, serving as a Techstars mentor, onSwipe advisor and an investor in companies including Codecademy, SmartThings, TransferWise and Timehop. Steve graduated from Carnegie Melon University in 2004 with a B.S. in Information Systems and currently lives in New York City.
Steve Rennie has worked in the music business for over 36 years. He has a broad range of experience as a concert promoter, record executive, internet entrepreneur, and artist manager. He has been deeply involved in the intersection of music and technology since the earliest days of the internet. Steve was the personal manager for multi-platinum rock band Incubus for16 years and guided them from the day they got signed to a record deal to being a hugely successful worldwide record selling and concert attraction. From 1998 -2000, he was a founding member of one of the early internet music startups, ARTIST DIRECT. From 1994 -1998 he was the Senior Vice President/GM of Epic Records/Sony Music where he worked with artists like Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Ozzy Osbourne, Incubus, and Celine Dion. At Epic Records he was deeply involved in the label’s artist development strategy including touring and the label’s internet and new media strategy. Prior to joining Sony Music he managed a number of Alternative Rock artists including Primal Scream, The The, Dramarama, The Wonder Stuff, and Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. From 1982-1990 he was the Senior VP at Southern California’s #1 concert promoter Avalon Attractions, which is now part of Live Nation, booking shows from clubs on the Sunset Strip to stadium shows at the Rose Bowl and Coliseum. He currently is working on Renman Music & Business where he mentors the next generation of aspiring artists and business professionals. www.renmanmb.com
Account Executive, DiscMakers
Music industry veteran, DiscMakers Account Executive, signed two major label deals, expert/speaker on professional artist presentation.
Director of Education for Barbizon Modeling and Acting Schools
Teri is a well respected acting coach in Hollywood South, helping artists develop their craft. As an actress she has been featured in television, film and on stage and has worked extensively throughout North America and around the world. Teri is also the Director of Education for Barbizon Modeling and Acting Schools, offering valuable career advice to those seeking to establish themselves in the competitive world of entertainment. Teri’s dedication to artist development keeps her in high demand.
Screenwriter & Television Producer
Tim Kring is an American screenwriter and television producer, best known for his creation of the drama series Strange World, Crossing Jordan, Heroes, and Touch.
He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1983. He got his start as a screenwriter writing for the TV show Knight Rider. One of his earlier projects was co-writer for an episode of Misfits of Science, which, like his later project Heroes, featured super-powered humans as a main theme. Another early project was Teen Wolf Too, co-written by Jeph Loeb. The two would later re-team when producing Heroes. Kring also co-wrote the 2010 book Shift: A Novel (Gates of Orpheus Trilogy) with Dale Peck.
Kring was an Emmy Award nominee in 2007 for Outstanding Drama Series as the producer for Heroes. He was also named one of the Masters of Sci Fi TV for his work on the series.
Former Executive VP of ASCAP, Author of “Music, Money & Success”
Former executive VP of ASCAP, signing Tom Petty, Green Day, Neil Young, Metallica, Marvin Gaye, Journey, Earth Wind & Fire, Jimi Hendrix catalog & many more, and co-author of best-selling, “Music, Money & Success”.
Industry vet Tom Callahan has held senior management and VP positions at Enigma Records, IRS Records and Virgin Records in the late 80′s and early 90′s. He started Tom Callahan & Associates management and consulting business in 1992. Tom has been involved with breaking some of the biggest artists in the world from Le Ann Rimes and Shania Twain to Bonnie Raitt and Lenny Kravitz. He has managed artists as divers as Phoebe Snow to Jeff Timmons (98 degrees). He was also founder of indie label Vellum Entertainment. His current artist development company focuses on helping up and coming artists navigate the new music business paradigm while helping them successfully launch into either a label situation or a self-sustaining independent band business.
TK Promotions / Pitch-A-Song
Toni is a native of Phoenix, AZ, with a lifelong passion for music, the songwriter/artist and a strong advocate for the arts. As a pioneer in the 1980′s for the indie music guerrilla marketing techniques as well as street team coordination, Toni worked with companies in various markets: Market Development Company (1998-2001), Evening Star Productions (1990’s), Clear Channel Entertainment (1999-2003), KABC/KLOS Radio Exec Admin for President John H. Davidson (2006-2007) and interim Facilities Manager for Electronic Arts in 2005.
Toni is a trusted professional, often a mentor/panelist for various music and film festivals/conferences including Arizona Songwriters (1980-present), Songsalive! (2002-2007), Indie Music Conference (IMC2003-IMC2011), COSMOCoalition.org, (2007-present), Australian Songwriters Conference (2008-2010), Music Director/Programmer for Methodfest Film Festival (2006-2010) and now the Indie Entertainment Summit (IES 2012-IES 2013). Since late 2012, Toni is organizing creative services teams for clients in tandem with other promotional companies (El Ey Promo, Gypsy Raven Productions, Manaja Music Productions).
Multiple GRAMMY Winning Hit Producer-Writer
**Tricky is a Multi-Grammy Award Winner**
Justin Bieber – “Baby”
Producer / Writer
Rhianna – “Umbrella”
Producer / Writer
Beyoncé – “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”
Producer / Writer
Mariah Carey – “Touch My Body” & “Obsessed”
Producer / Writer
Mary J Blige – “Just Fine”
Producer / Writer
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – “The Lorax”
Executive Producer/ Writer/ Producer
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – “Think Like A Man”
Executive Producer/ Writer/ Producer
Entertainment Promotion, Marketing, Branding Expert
As General Manager of New Nation Entertainment’s Recording Division, Troy Marshall carries a wide range of responsibilities from overseeing artist packaging (which includes photo shoots, video shoots), to marketing, radio and club promotions, and the label’s new media campaigns. Mr. Marshall, who joined the company in the summer of 2012, has the illustrious and vital role of guiding the New Nation staff into a new era; the 21st century model of the music business. Prior, he served as Vice President of Lifestyle Branding and Rap Promotion for Interscope Geffen and A&M Records (IGA), a post he held since 2007. His accomplishments as a record executive and influential music industry insider have made him one of the most respected professionals on the scene today.
Record Executive, Manager, Journalist, Filmmaker
Vicky Hamilton is noted for managing the early careers of Guns N’ Roses, Poison and Faster Pussycat; for being a management consultant for Mötley Crüe and Stryper, a 1980s concert promoter on the Sunset Strip, and a club booker at Bar Sinister from 2001 to 2010.
Hamilton did A&R at Geffen Records from 1988 to 1992, worked at Lookout Management, at Vapor Records from 1994 to 1996, and as an A&R consultant at Capitol Records from 1997 to 1999. She started her own record label, Small Hairy Dog, in 1997, a joint venture with Risk Records in 1998. The only artist signed to the label was June Carter Cash whose album Press On won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2000.
Legendary Music Industry Executive
Best known throughout the music industry as the Director of Urban Music for two of America’s largest and best known Entertainment retailers. She was the mind behind the purchasing and marketing of Urban Music at Wherehouse Music and F.Y.E. stores. During her time at these chains she was instrumental and known for high profile events and promotions that led to breaking new acts. Her music knowledge stretches far beyond her best known genre and she has the rare talent of picking hits and talent within many genres of music. Violet has been successful in other areas of the business with Executive Production on Top selling Gold and Platinum releases, Documentaries, Artist Management, Concert and Festival Production and as a Club DJ. Violet has received several high profile awards and accolades within the Music Industry. She was the first and only Retail Buyer to be presented with the Source Magazine’s prestigious “Source Power 30″ award for 5 consecutive years and the “Living Legend Award” from the Living Legend Foundation, alongside some of the biggest names in music. After more than 30 years of picking Hits that “broke” in her stores, picking singles for labels, spinning records at clubs, shopping projects to many labels and holding A&R consultant positions at Hollywood Records, Priority and Interscope Records, Violet assumed an Artist Management position with Regime Inc. Management. Regime Inc. manages artists of ALL genres from jazz greats, Pancho Sanchez and Christian Scott to Everlast, Kottonmouth Kings, Saigon and a strong roster of over 20 artists. Violet has recently joined the record label Strange Music INC. as V.P. of Label Development. Strange Music is best known as the #1 Indie Rap Label and home of Tech N9NE, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Prozak, Stevie Stone, Mayday, etc.
President, Zachary Cortes PR & Associates
Zachary Cortes is the founder and president of the full service PR agency, Zachary Cortes PR & Associates. The agency successfully increases the value and visibility of artists through the maim elements of PR: Endorsement Opportunities, Media Relations and Industry Referrals. Zachary enjoys working with the stars of today and tomorrow. Because many performing artists write memoirs, autobiographies or other works of interest, the agency also represents literary artists. With contacts throughout North America and abroad, including Australia and the UK, they are able to help artists enjoy a prosperous and fulfilling career.
*All speakers might not appear on every event, subject to availability.