MMC Speakers

MMC 2018 Speakers & Mentors Bio’s


Speakers & Mentors in BOLD are confirmed for February 22 – 25, 2018.

(Speakers are subject to change)

Aaron Burton, Fizz Kicks
Aaron founded which empower artists to easily create & manage mobile web apps to promote, share, and distribute content anywhere plus the ability to sell digital content instantly. He began the service in 2010, and since then has expanded internationally into Tokyo Japan in 2011 along with


Adam Silverman, JLS Artist Management
Adam Silverman has been successfully navigating the world of entertainment for nine years. After obtaining a B.A. in music industry, he worked in sales and marketing for various major TV networks, including Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Today, Adam is able to combine his lifelong passion for music with his broad and diverse experience in the world of publicity. At Noble Steed Music, he is executing successful campaigns that include aggressive playlist marketing for singles, EPs and entire albums along with effective circulation of press services to key online outlets.


Andi Love, Love Music Limited
Andi Love, founder of Love Music Limited, specializes in artist management and publicity. Her career spans 15 years and includes work with #1 Billboard-charting and Grammy Award-winning artists and producers. Despite these experiences, her heart remains most passionate about developing emerging talent.


Dr. Barry Atticks, Millersville University
Dr. Barry Atticks teaches music technology courses at Millersville University. Dr. Atticks holds degrees in Business Management/Piano (B.S.), Commercial Music Composition (M.M), Intelligence/Terrorism (M.S.) and Music Education (Ph.D) from Elizabethtown College, California State University-Los Angeles, American Public University and Penn State University, respectively. Additionally, he has studied music technology at Berklee College of Music and the University of Oslo. He has worked as a sound designer and a music engineer in New York, a sound effects editor for Sony Television in Los Angeles on shows such as “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman” (CBS), and as an assistant to composer Jeff Rona at Hans Zimmer’s Media Ventures on television shows such as “Chicago Hope” (CBS) and Steven Spielberg-produced “Profiler” (ABC). He has also appeared in television shows such as “Power Rangers,” “Beetle Borgs” and Showtime movies. In 1999, Dr. Atticks was granted a prestigious Fulbright award to study surround sound and 3-D animation in Norway for his doctoral dissertation. He created the music industry program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, which became the most competitive and successful program of its kind in the country under his leadership. The curriculum he developed was recognized as one of the most innovative by Rolling Stone Magazine. He has also taught music courses at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, University of the Arts, Lincoln University and Elizabethtown College. Dr. Atticks has produced international videoconferences and developed Internet courses in music education technology. He is also a published author and an international presenter in the area of contemporary electronic spacemusic, 3-D animation and education. In addition, he has professionally served as a pianist, organist, choral director and music director for various congregations since age 9 and has performed professionally in hundreds of shows with various music organizations.


Bob Waters, PD & Morning Show 92.1 WTPA
Bob Waters has been in radio for 26 years, mostly in Central Pennsylvania, but also in the Baltimore, Washington DC, and Savannah Georgia areas. He’s worked in almost every format, and programmed Country, Adult Contemporary, Top 40, Classic Hits, Classic Rock, and, currently with WTPA, Active Rock. He’s been a Morning Show Host and/or Co-Host for almost 20 years, and has twice won the “Local Radio Show of the Year” award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.


Brandon Yeagley Wind-Up Records Artist’s CROBOT, Pro Hobo Comics
Crobot is an American hard rock band from Pottsville, Pennsylvania composed of Brandon Yeagley, Chris Bishop, Jake Figueroa and Paul Figueroa. They were signed to Wind-up Records in 2013. Albums: Something Supernatural, Welcome to Fat City, Legend of the Spaceborne Killer, Crobot, Corbot. Pro Hobo Comics is an independent comic book publishing company owned and operated by Crobot’s Brandon Yeagley & comic artist Sean Stramara.


Bhauraw Avhad, VRTIGO
Bhauraw Avhad (VRTIGO) is a cultivator of talent. A producer. A songwriter. A composer and multi instrumentalist sandwiched between two musically-enriched cities – NYC and Philadelphia. His musical journey began at the age of five playing classical piano, and by age seven he was performing live and very soon after wrote his first piece of music. He hasn’t stopped working on his craft since. A graduate of the Music Conservatory at Purchase College (NY), with a degree in Studio Production, VRTIGO refined the raw talent he had in high school into a professional and unique sound. He soon graduated and, while continuing to perform live, began a business as a private music tutor. After touring the country four times he has decided his passion lies in cultivating other talent through collaborative writing and recording sessions. His experience mentoring other artists created a natural path for him to crate 1Take Records, his privately-owned label that provides a foundation for new artists to write and record their own music, hone their craft, and grow as musicians in this ever-changing business. He works with singers, songwriters, and musicians of all levels to help them take their career and craft to the next level. He’s committed to this because for an artist to reach their full potential they need an objective, outside opinion and they need to be encouraged and challenged to grow.


Brian Cronin, Owner of Mirror Image Media, LLC; Publisher of THAT MAG!
Brian Cronin:Entrepreneur. Publisher. Self-starter. Music enthusiast. He’s a dedicated business mind, working unremittingly to develop and expand various projects that support local and regional artists, as well as professional businesses while connecting industry professionals through different networking events. In the past 10+ years he has owned Mirror Image Media, the best source for creative and corporate material distribution as a one-stop source of media reproduction specializing in disc duplication, full design, printing, web development and promotional products. The Publisher of Philly’s top monthly music publication, THAT MAG ( since 2007. In addition he is an artist manager, events promoter, Ambassador to various networking groups, partner in Elm City Music Fest (CT), Liberty Music Fest (PA) and is a good heart-ed family guy. When it comes to knowing the right person at the right time regardless of the industry, Cronin is the man to know. There is nothing more fulfilling to him then seeing the achievements of others through his many networking endeavors.


Carole Knisely, Harrisbuurg Area Community College; York College Of PA
Carole Knisely founded and has coordinated a program in Music Industry Studies for Harrisburg Area Community College since 1990. She is currently Discipline Leader for the Music Business Associate Degree Program which has over 150 majors. Carole also serves as adjunct for the York College Music Industry and Recording Technology Program which she founded in 1995. She continues to teach at York college as an adjunct professor. Carole serves as Music Director for Christ Lutheran Church, Dillsburg,PA. Ms. Knisely performs as a professional pop pianist for area hotels and resorts. She has worked many years as a music director for area professional music theater, West Virginia University and Penn State University and as a music director for various church denominations. Accompanying Music Theater and big band vocalists is a special interest for Carole Her more recent joy is working as a pianist, and special topics speaker for Celebrity and Princess Cruise Lines. She enjoys songwriting as a hobby. Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Music West Virginia University, a business degree from Elizabethtown University and a Masters in Music Business Education from Norwich University College of Vermont.


Chad Taylor – LIVE, Think Loud Holdings, LLC
Chad Taylor is a founding member and guitarist for the alternative rock legends LIVE. With more than 23 million albums sold and performances for more than 16 million concert attendees, Taylor is a bona fide rock star who has headlined the world’s biggest stages and graced the covers of Rolling Stone and Spin. As a key musical contributor to LIVE’s vast catalog of chart-topping, guitar-driven albums, his signature riffs are an indelible part of ’90s rock lore—Operation Spirit, Selling The Drama, Lightning Crashes, and Lakini’s Juice cemented LIVE’s legacy with contemporaries Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Smashing Pumpkins. Guitar Player Magazine heralded Taylor as the new “Titan of Tone.”
The Think Loud family of companies includes diverse interests in telecommunications, commercial real estate, healthcare, technology, publishing, and the entertainment industries — all oriented toward legacy planning and local economic impact. In 2013, Think Loud Development launched 210 York Street, a private initiative to restore a 56,000-square-foot warehouse with a multimillion-dollar investment in the most impoverished neighborhood in LIVE’s hometown, York, Pennsylvania. The Think Loud corporate headquarters has now become the epicenter of a technology park that will be anchored by a data center and multistate fiber optic network under the corporate banner of United Fiber & Data. Additionally, 210 York Street houses YRK magazine, Think Loud Studios, LIVE, and Think Loud Development.


Cheryl B. Engelhardt, CBE Music
Cheryl founded CBE Music, a music creation and sonic branding firm, after producing 3 of her own piano pop records, touring around the globe and placing over 35 songs on TV and ads. She writes music for commercials, films, and other digital media. Passionate about supporting musicians, Cheryl is a career coach and hosts popular workshops, video trainings and other valuable resources on her website In The Key Of Success. (Head there for free tips and insights into making it in the music biz!)


Chris Kurtz, Director of Marketing Five Finger Death Punch, MediaTwist
A worldwide talent scout, producer, agent, and industry whiz kid. Chris created and sold a communications technology for use in the entertainment industry and went on to start the MediaTwist Group, where he developed digital MARKETING and new media campaigns for artists, brands and celebrities.The Mediatwist Group’s past and present projects include Nonpoint, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Tantric, The RockBand Network, Judas Priest, The Eagles, Christina Aguilera, Jon Wilkes, Framing Hanley, REO Speedwagon, Coolio, MTV’s Jackass and Bam Margera, Secondhand Serenade, Krewella and many more. Chris also works as executive producer for the largest entertainment and production company in the world, Feld Entertainment, the genius behind Barnum & Bailey Circus, Monster Jam, Nuclear Cowboys, Disney On Ice, AMA Monster Energy Supercross, ArenaCross, and Marvel Universe Live. While scouting for new entertainment enhancements for these properties, Chris personally has a hand in placing artists in arenas and stadiums across the globe.


Chuck Treece, Producer; Professional Skateboarder
Chuck Treece is a session musician and professional skateboarder from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His credits include starting the 1980s skate punk band McRad, remixing songs for Amy Grant and Sting, playing the bass line on “The River of Dreams” by Billy Joel, filling in on drums at a Pearl Jam concert, and touring with Urge Overkill and Bad Brains. In 2010, he was awarded a Pew Fellowships in the Arts.


David Ivory – Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records
David Ivory is a producer as well as a GRAMMY-nominated and multi-platinum engineer. He currently serves as both a National Trustee and co-chair of their National Membership Committee for the Grammys in Los Angles as well as being the past president of the Philadelphia chapter. Among others, his gold and platinum RIAA awards include The Roots, Erykah Badu and Patti LaBelle. Ivory’s engineering skills landed him credit as one of the founders of the neo-soul sound in the early 90’s. Ivory’s producer credits include Patti LaBelle’s Timeless Journey (Island), Kindred’s Surrender To Love (Hidden Beach) as well as producing and developing Philadelphia’s own rock act Silvertide, resulting in their two releases American Excess and Show And Tell (J Records). Most recently Ivory produced the band’s long awaited follow-up material at his studio, the first of which being their single “Try Try Try” released October 2014. Ivory is also credited with discovering and producing the GRAMMY-winning rock band Halestorm, which he helped sign to Atlantic Records in late 2005. He predicted their first release on Atlantic entitled One And Done. One of the singled from their LP Halestorm (“It’s Not You” — originally arranged and produced by Ivory) reached Top 20 status on the rock charts in 2011. As a writer Ivory co-wrote on both Silvertide and Halestorm releases, as well as two songs for the CBS TV series “Hack” and the Columbia release Lightning Strikes Twice by Molly Hatchet. Ivory also hosted a television series on Comcast On Demand entitled “David Ivory Presents”, featuring live performances and interviews with up-and-coming independent local and national talent. Currently Ivory is writing and supervising the music for a documentary entitled Camden Love/Hate, a full-length film which depicts the day-to-day life of high-school seniors going to school in the most dangerous city in America. Filmed by the students themselves, Ivory creates raw and sublime musical landscapes to help illustrate the struggles and triumphs of these special kids growing up in a very difficult place. Ivory also owns and operates a record label, Flexitone Records, which releases over ten singles a year from regional, national and international artists. His in-house team secures radio play and helps with the group promotion of Flexitone’s talented roster. Academically Ivory is an adjunct professor at Montgomery County Community College as well as a guest speaker at both Drexel University and Millersville University. Ivory also belongs to the Communication Program Advisory Committee for MCCC and the Advisory Committee for the Community College of Philadelphia’s Music Industry department. Ivory’s Dylanava Studios is located in picturesque Gwynedd Valley, PA featuring a multi-room facility nestled in a country setting 30 minutes northwest of Philadelphia.


Professor David Philp (MBA), William Paterson University…
David Philp a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson. He has over 20 years of experience in the music & entertainment industry working in recorded music sales, home video, radio, and start-ups. Concerts produced under his company, YouChoose Music, have raised over $50,000 for New Jersey charities. Professor Philp graduated from William Paterson University and also earned an MBA in Marketing from Pace University. He has one wife and two children is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Steve Marcone.


David Sherbow – DAS Consulting


Denise Troy – Sister Funk, Lead vocals, Keyboards Since 1999, Sister Funk, a 5-piece all female band has been performing on national level playing their fresh funky originals and some of the best pop/rock/dance covers of yesterday and today. Sister Funk is best known for putting on high-energy shows and for their variety and adaptability. Their song repertoire ranges from classics like Crazy by Patsy Kline and Mustang Sally to current songs on the top 40 charts like Taylor Swift – Shake it Off and everything in between.


Doug Green, FlexiTone Records Doug Green is the Director of A&R and Business Affairs for David Ivory’s independent label Flexitone Records, based out of suburban Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating from Drexel University in 2007, he has worked closely with a number of regional and international artists on everything from booking and promoting shows to management, marketing, PR and radio campaigns.


Dr. E. Michael Harrington, SAE Institute Nashville; Berklee College of Music
Dr. E. Michael Harrington teaches entrepreneurship & other courses at the Berklee COLLEGE OF Music, has taught training sessions at Harvard Law School, and served on the faculty of Belmont University, UAB and William Paterson University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Future of Music Coalition, a member of Leadership Music and owner of E Michael ( He has worked as consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters for parties including the Dixie Chicks, Steven Spielberg, Steve Perry, Sting, Tupac Shakur, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Busta Rhymes, HBO, U. S. Postal Service and others, delivered lectures at law schools, organizations and universities throughout the U. S., and Canada including Harvard, Yale, GWU, NYU, BOSTON Bar, Texas Bar, Minnesota Bar, Future of Music Coalition, McGill, Experience Music Project and others, and been interviewed by media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bravo, CNN, the “Today Show,” Time, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, Bio Channel, Ovation, NPR, the Associated Press, Salon, PC Magazine, Billboard, PBS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and others.


Ebonie Smith – Atlantic Records, Producer, Engineer, Singer-Songwriter
Ebonie Smith is an award-winning music producer, audio engineer and singer-songwriter based in New York City. Ebonie is also the founder and chief executive officer of Gender Amplified, Inc., an organization that celebrates and supports women and girls in music production. Ebonie holds a master’s degree in music technology from New York University. She currently works as an audio engineer and producer for Atlantic Records.


Eric Davis, JLS Management
Eric Davis is an artist manager for JLS Artist Management and label manager for Noble Steed Music. After attaining his B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven, he worked as a millennial marketing specialist for three years before joining JLS and Noble Steed music. At JLS, Eric handles day-to-day management responsibilities for acts like Hey Monea, Paul Pfau, Brian Dunne and Constantine Maroulis. This includes booking, marketing, website development, social media management, and branding and imaging. At Noble Steed Music, Eric coordinates release and distribution for NSM releases across all platforms and DSPs. He also plans and runs music events such as the Off The Record Music Festival and the Little C Music Festival.

Gregg Barley, Chameleon Club
Gregg is the talent buyer and general manager of the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA The Chameleon is “the” the biggest and best venue in South Central PA.


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James Shotwell, Marketing Coordinator at Haulix
James Shotwell is the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix, the leading promotional distribution platform in music. He is also the Film Editor for Substream Magazine, host of the Inside Music podcast, and a 10-year music industry veteran.


Jason Shaffer, Full Tilt Recording
Jason attended Full Sail, the premiere audio recording instructional facility in the nation. It was there he began to hone his craft on the most current equipment and develop a feel for several genres of music. In late 2009, Jason created Full Tilt Productions In late 2009,. His role as producer has grown dramatically over the past several years. When you work with Full Tilt Productions you can expect to find a wide range of services.


Jason Spiewak, JLS Artist Managment & Noble Steed Music
Jason Spiewak is the President and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, whose current clients include FLAW, Constantine Maroulis, Hey Monea, Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello, Connor Zwetsch, and Elvio Fernandes of Daughtry fame. Prior to establishing JLS and Noble Steed, Spiewak served as President at Rock Ridge Music, a Warner Music-distributed record label and management company he co-founded in 2004. Spiewak learned the music business on the independent side of the record company world, with previous work experience at Artemis Records, Studio E Records and TVT Records. Spiewak, a NARAS (Grammy) voting member since 2003, is also an accomplished producer, studio musician, and songwriter. Please read his acclaimed blog “From the Plastic Hallway” and more.


Jay Reason, SoNo Recording Group
Jay Reason is an independent music professional with a focus on the digital landscape and independent artists. Producing over 100 projects for Sony Music’s largest artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Miles Davis; Sony DADC, RCA Records, Legacy Recordings, Google, Grand Visual and live events such as Diamond in The Rough powered by Reverb Nation. Prior to joining the majors, Reason was a frontman for Connecticut bands The Distance and Voice of Reason that were signed to Century Media, Bridge 9 and Triple Crown Records. In addition, he operated a seminal hardcore / metal label with Hatebreed frontman, Jamey Jasta. Reason was the driving force behind label expansion and e-commerce by initiating contacts which led to the label being distributed by Caroline from 2001-2007. Reason continues to strive creatively in the music industry presently splitting his time between his own creative agency, Brand Name Dude, and as a partner in Working Class Industry, the brainchild of musical artist and entrepreneur Chris Kirkpatrick (N*Sync).


Jeff Snyder, Lebanon Valley COLLEGE OF PA
Jeff Snyder is the Director of the Music Industry PROGRAM, as well as the Internship Director for both the Music Business and Music Recording PROGRAMS. He oversees LVC’s VALE Music Group which consists of the college record label – VALE Records, yearly music industry conference – VALE MIC, VALE Publishing, and VALE Booking. He teaches undergrad and grad classes on entrepreneurship, MIDI, digital Audio, and music industry, and has been asked to review books about the industry. He has worked in music industry retail for over 15 years, was a music columnist for a Fl. newspaper, and has been asked to give presentations at multiple conferences on subjects ranging from social media trends to circuit bending. As songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist, Snyder has played with multiple bands, ranging from jazz, country, rock, and reggae. He’s played with notables such as Bruce Crump and Earl Lett and been in multiple recording sessions, both as player and engineer. He also surfs and practices photography.


Jessica Garcia, Springwood Productions
Springwood Productions is a media production company that focuses mainly on Music Video and Audio Production. Jessica has more than 15 years of Live Audio experience and 5 in Video Production. This is one of the things that makes Jessica and her company stand out. They have been in the industry for a few short years and have taken it by storm with their high quality video production!


Jim Price
 Adjunct Professor Communications Penn State Altoona
Jim Price is a long-time contributing writer for the Pennsylvania Musician Magazine and a part-time adjunct instructor in Communications at Penn State Altoona. (The title is part-time, but I work close to a full-time schedule.) I teach two classes this semester, “News Writing” and “Mass Media and Society.”


Joe Trojcak, Progressive Enterprises
Joe Trojcak is the founder and president of Progressive Enterprises, an audio production company located in Elizabethtown, PA. He graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Management and attended Lebanon Valley College for additional course work in audio production. He has performed in a variety of bands ranging from jazz, blues and new wave. He composes music for radio, television and stage. Joe’s new book Focus on Your Light shares the practical experience of a self made entrepreneur that explains how to succeed in your professional and personal life.


Joey Welz, Canadian American Records
Joey Welz started out a singer and piano player for Bill Haley’s Comets in the mid 50’s. He’s written over 1000 recorded songs, made 75 singles, 35 vinyl albums and 60 CD’s. He’s ccelebrating 50 years at a recording artist, producer, label owner and publisher.
John L. Micek, Journalist, & The Patriot News Co.


John Henkel, Road Nation
John is a music industry veteran with 20+ years working with, and on behalf of, artists. He began his career at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) where he co-founded the association’s artist relations department, and was instrumental in shaping the artist relations component of the RIAA’s legislative agenda. In 1999, he was promoted to head up the RIAA’s Gold and Platinum award program where he developed and helped launch their Diamond award program, Los Premios de Oro y Platino recognizing Latin music sales and he created sales certification programs for digital tracks and ringtones. In addition, he established a live Capitol Hill music series that featured performances from John Legend, Buddy Guy, Alicia Keys, Gavin DeGraw, Big & Rich, Grandmaster Flash, Brandi Carlile, Common and Grace Potter among many others. Following his 12 years at the RIAA, John joined New York City based online studio For Your Imagination as the startup’s head of artist and industry relations. While at FYI, John helped produce and develop original web content such at The Patrice Oneal Show – Coming Soon, DadLabs and the groundbreaking music series Live@FYI. From there, John began working at the musicFIRST (Fairness In Radio Starting Today) Coalition as their head of artist relations. A grassroots organization created solely to ensure music creators get fair pay for their work on AM/FM radio and wherever and however it is played. His latest venture is the innovative touring platform RoadNation where he serves as both an artist campaign manager and develops the company’s artist relations and outreach program.


John L. Micek, Journalist & The Patriot News Co.


Kam Houf, Kam Houff Music, LLC
“I live for the Music and Song.” This would become something of a coat of arms for Kameron (Kam) Houff. While in high school, he started his own band at the age of fourteen. It was also at this time that he decided to write his own songs. However, with the end of high school came the dissolution of the band. It was during the summer of 1994 when Kam met Scott Storch and Chuck Treece. Together, they formed a group called “Madd Crop.” The group was signed to RuffHouse/Columbia Records. The idea behind “Madd Crop” was to combine Hip-Hop, Soul and Pop. Such a combination was revolutionary at the time. Today, this type of synthesis of genres has become mainstream. But it was Kam’s group that was one of the first to try such a phenomena. The “Madd Crop” experience was just a preview for what was going to become of Kam’s music life. Kam was hired to work at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia. While there he was an in-house producer and writer. It was during this time as a writer that Kam became interested in the technical side of the studio. This is when he started to hone his skills as an engineer/mixer. Kam is very fortunate to be blessed with such diversified talent. He is a writer, producer, engineer, mixer, singer and drummer. He has worked with artists such as Destiny’s Child, Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Mario, Janet Jackson, 50 Cent, Christina Aguilera, The Roots, Jessica Simpson, Beyonce, Floetry, and Busta Rhymes. Kam also went on to write, record and mix records that created sales of over 25 million worldwide. The record Kam co-wrote with Scott Storch and Ne-yo for Mario, “Let Me Love You”, held the number one position on Billboard’s Top 100 for 9 weeks, R&B/Hip-Hop charts for 11 weeks and the European chart for 13 weeks.


Kate Elfatah – HOM Consulting
Kate is the owner and designer behind HOM Consulting. Kate has been working with artists and small businesses with her expertise in on-line marketing and branding for several years by using proven techniques that have catapulted her business to a national level. An early social media pioneer, Kate Elfatah, mastered social media marketing and turned a weekend hobby into two growing and viable businesses. This was achieved with a small budget and a healthy dose of determination. Kate has paved the way, done the ground work and has a proven track record of success. She is now sharing her knowledge with others, setting them up for success in a market that is in constant change. With HOM she has produced Pop-Up Venues to Host Events, Parties, Media Junkets, Brand Activations and Influencer Gifting During Sundance Film Festival for 5 years. In addition she is the owner of The Looking Glass Revue, a Premier Burlesque and Comedy Troupe bringing the reemerging art form to a new generation. She is currently finishing her documentary for Cannes Film Festival 2017.


Ken Carson, Asheville Recording & Sound, Voice Over Management


Kurt Schmel, SSA Music
Kurt is a man of many hats. His primary responsibilities are in the business operations of Savastano, Schmel & Associates. Billing, Accounting, and Client Relations all fall under his care. Kurt also is very active in the creative process, identifying opportunities for our clients’ music in placements. By day, he is a Social Studies teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. This focus on EDUCATION allows Kurt to guide our clients through the sometime confusing world of licensing and royalties while empowering clients to become more active on their own behalf.


Lawrence Gelburd, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania);
Huffington Post, AOL Small Business.…
Lawrence Gelburd, is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he teaches the First Step and Strategic Business Planning workshops. Lawrence is on the Board of Directors, Huffington Post, AOL Small Business and is also an independent management consultant and an accomplished record producer, working with Grammy WINNER Phil Nicolo.


Lee Oskar, Lee Oscar Harmonicas
Acclaimed Melody and Hook Line Maker. Known for his unique, crossover blend of Blues, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Rock and Pop, legendary harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar has been connecting with musical audiences throughout the world for over 40 years. He began as one of the founding members of the band “WAR” starting in the late ’60s, when the West Coast group first backed Eric Burdon with the hit “Spill The Wine” and later went out on their own with #1 hits such as: “Low Rider”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”, “The Cisco Kid”, “Slipping Into Darkness” and many others, which have earned him gold and platinum albums.


Leo Nessinger, Production Manager
Leo got on the local scene in central Pennsylvania back in 1999 when he started playing guitar for the band Halestorm. He went on to play with the band for about a year and a half learning a great deal of knowledge and lessons about the music business and getting some experience playing over 150 shows with them. After leaving Halestorm Leo would continue to play with half a dozen local bands including The Underwater which were signed to Mega Force records and managed by Snake Sabo. It was with The Underwater the Leo got to cut his teeth touring and getting a taste of the road life across the United States. After years of band hopping in the central PA area Leo wanted more and decided Los Angeles was the next target to tackle. It was Super Bowl Sunday 2009 when Leo hopped on a airplane with a bag of clothes and about 20 dollars in cash and a ticket to Los Angeles. Leo wasted no time and had a job the very day with a rehearsal studio/cartage company that he would go on to work at for the next 3 years. That job would become one of the most important and pivotal moves for Leo allowing him access to hundreds of musical clients ranging from bands, producers, touring personnel, and managements. Through constant networking Leo eventually landed himself a job with the band Daughtry and went on to stage manage, production manage, and guitar tech. As years past and countless tours Leo would gain the knowledge and contacts to continue to grow his client base. Today Leo’s resume include some of the biggest artist in the world including Daughtry, Fall Out Boy, Incubus, and Limp Bizkit just to name a few. Leo now enjoys the life of world travel in a first class lifestyle having been to over 40 countries worldwide including working with the United States military on some of its overseas events.


Dr. Louis deLise, deLise Studios Louis Anthony deLise is an award-winning composer, record producer, arranger and conductor. His compositions for soloists and ensembles have been recorded and are often performed worldwide. His arranging and conducting work appears on albums alongside that of many of the world’s top pop artists including, Carlos Santana, Sheila E., Wynonna Judd, Kanye West, CeCe Winans and Paul Shaffer. Louis deLise was arranger and conductor for Robert Hazard (writer of“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”) and Grammy® winners Patti LaBelle and Halestorm in concert performances and recordings. He arranged and conducted on two albums for Miss LaBelle: Timeless Journey and her number one hit, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Additional songwriting, composing, arranging and producing credits include albums and singles on EMI, Vanguard, Def-Jam, Centaur and CBS record labels.


Lou Plaia, ReverbNation
Lou Plaia is the Co-Founder / EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations of ReverbNation. Since 2006, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging Artists build their careers. We’ve connected Artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. ReverbNation’s mission puts Artists First. Our powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging Artists from around the world access to the global music industry. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent and more than 10 million unique visitors come to every month. Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked 16 years at Atlantic Records of which the last 4 years were with Atlantic imprint Lava Records as the Head of Marketing & Artist Development, where he worked with Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matchbox 20, Unwritten Law, George Carlin, Mike Stern and many others. Plaia was also responsible for negotiating partnerships with Nascar, Schick and Disney.


Marc T. Levin, Esq.
Marc Levin represents and counsels major-label and Grammy-winning artists in the music industry in a variety of legal and business matters. As a part-time musician himself, Mr. Levin brings his personal experiences gained through working within the regional community of artists, venues, entertainment companies, booking agents, managers and producers. Mr. Levin has negotiated, drafted and provided advice and guidance in numerous facets of the music industry including contracts and agreements relating to band operation and partnership, A&R representatives, label-shopping, performances, management, artwork release, music and book publishing, administration, production, record labels, merchandising, touring, branding deals and licensing. Marc’s past or present clients include Grammy award-winning New Orleans blues musician and major motion picture actor Chris Thomas King (O Brother Where Art Thou), The Badlees, Bret Alexander (The Badlees, The Cellarbirds, Gentleman East), LIVE, Jeremy Hummel (Breaking Benjamin), Bret Scallions (FUEL, Riders on the Storm), Tantric, Fosterchild, Kira Willey (Dell “Colors” Commerical), MiZ, Simone (Daughter of Nina Simone), Pan.a.ce.a, The Niki Barr Band, Good Night States, and Reverse Order.


Marcus Harris, Santander USA
Marcus Harris (aka MH the Verb) is an independent multi-media artist, DJ, and producer based out of Philadelphia and New York City. An Urban Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh, MH has also worked in finance as a business development specialist for over 7 years with multiple institutions including PNC and Santander Bank. After multiple releases and years of touring across the US, MH launched his independent media company, balloonUP in 2013 as a vehicle to promote positive art and social change with a focus on financial success and education. Working with various organizations and brands such as,, Rock the Vote, LiNK (Liberation in North Korea), Operation HOPE, Foursquare,, and the League of Young Voters, MH has used his music and art to promote ideas and educate young artists.


Mariano Mattei, Philly Sound Studios Just like the foodie/chef he is, Mariano Mattei mixes his roles as musician, businessman, producer, engineer, entrepreneur, family man, and IT tech into a perfect blend. An active player in the Philadelphia music and recording scene for more years than he’d like to admit, Mattei has been a recording producer and engineer, songwriter and live sound man, guitarist, vocalist, and touring music artist, playing the original music scene along the east coast. Owner of Philly Sound Studios. Philly Sound Studios is a unique recording studio with boundless creative possibilities for your next production. Musical artists love the design and acoustics of our live room and our recordings consistently show it! Coupled to this space is a well-outfitted control room that features a Neve V55 console, SSL converters and racks of current and vintage outboard gear by Manley, Urei, Focusrite, Summit, Trident and more.


Mark Robinson , Storyboard Studios, Storyboard, LLC.
Mark Robinson and am the CEO of Storyboard, LLC out of Atlanta, GA. Storyboard is a hub for artist management and music recording. They focus on bringing mainstream record label ideologies to a language and a posture that makes sense for the independent artist. By keeping recording, booking and management under one roof, they equip their artists with and use “gorilla tactic” and grass roots marketing to further an artist’s career. Everything from funding, booking, touring, recording, distribution and management all happen under one roof. Mark has played drums for notable names as The Jonas Brothers, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, played drums, guitar and piano on over 30 albums and currently play with an active band Revel In Romance, represented by Mama Jan Smith of Atlanta. Therefore, I understand the needs and wants of the artists as I myself am a musician first and executive second.


Michael Caplan, Elm City Music


Michael Kealey, Motor Scout Music
Veteran industry executive, Michael Kealey, is owner of Motor Scout Music a music publisher, rights management and synch placement agency located in Pennsylvania. Michael previously worked in Manhattan for ten years at various record labels and publishing companies as well as night clubs and festivals. Go to to find out more about the company, its philosophy and to submit your best work.


Michael Rathfon, American Music Theatre (AMT)
Michael Rathfon advises American Music Theatre (AMT) on digital and traditional strategies and methods for achieving greater impact. Michael is responsible for the creation, development, and maintenance of AMT’s digital media initiatives as well as overseeing all marketing activities. In addition to spearheading AMT’s social-networking efforts, Michael manages a variety of creative projects including print and digital pieces.


Paul C. Rapp, Esq., The Law Office of Paul C. Rapp
Paul Rapp is an intellectual property lawyer and writer who lives and works in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts and represents musicians, indy labels, studios, music promoters, as well as artists of all types and businesses in the creative economy. Paul writes the column “Rapp on This” for the Albany, New York weekly Metroland, and appears regularly on Northeast Public Radio’s VoxPop program as a copyright expert. Paul lectures widely, including recent appearances at the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit in Washington and at the School for the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He’s also the drummer for the band Blotto and has the distinction of being the first person to appear on MTV wearing a Speedo.


Phillip Freeman, Vocal Coaching, Small Town Titans
Phillip Freeman brings over 15,000 hours of experience in singing, performance, and touring to dozens of his current voice students and frequent group seminars. From Opera and Theater Music to Americana and Metal, Phillip has performed and instructed in several genres while developing and maintaining a 4 octave range and the dangerous skill of screaming. Graduating Lebanon Valley College with degrees in Music Business and Digital Communications in 2011, Phillip has continued to maintain an intense schedule. He regularly tours the United States with his band Small Town Titans, and continues instructing students on a national scale through online lessons and in-person training. Phillip is also a co-founding instructor and co-web administrator of the Keystone Musical Arts Center (set to open in Spring of 2016), leader of the folk rock band The Lone Wolf Project, co-producer and on call session vocalist for Seventh Wave Studio and Full Tilt Recording, and is a co-writer with multi-platinum recording artist John Moyer, bassist for Disturbed. For this year’s MMC, Phillip presents his clinic: “The Vocal Blueprint: How To Build Any Voice For Any Style From Scratch.”


Phil Nicolo, Studio 4 Recording
Phil received a Bachelor of Science from Temple University. He and his brother Joe began their music careers as teenagers, fixing speakers at a nearby drive-in theater. In 1980, they founded Studio 4, a recording studio in Philadelphia. Mr. Nicolo has attained the most coveted form of success in the music business: he has succeeded in every music genre he has tackled. Credits include John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Amy Grant, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Santana, Pete Yorn, Luscious Jackson, Urge Overkill, the Pretenders, Jon Bon Jovi, and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. Phil is a national trustee of NARAS (the Grammy people) and is active in the community with various NARAS events. He has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, and won for mixing and mastering


Randy McQuay, Producer; Singer-Songwriter; Bluesman
Randy McQuay is an award-winning producer, singer/songwriter, storyteller, Bluesman, and a master interpreter of modern American roots music. Traveling solo or with his band around the Southeast region of the U.S. since age of sixteen, he has gained chops, experience, and notoriety. He has an aggressive, soulful, and sultry voice that lures the listener into original, heartfelt lyrics. His acoustic style is derived from claw-hammer and Travis picking styles with added percussion. Like an original troubadour, he harnesses the harmonica around his neck. Adding fast and sweeping single-note lines over rhythm guitar, he creates a full band sound. His idea is to push the boundaries of coordination, playing all the parts with no compromise. 2015 International Blues Challenge Winner Randy McQuay is the recipient of the prestigious Lee Oskar Top Harmonica Player Award from The Blues Foundation, and the reigning Cape Fear Blues Challenge Solo Champion. Randy’s band, RootSoul Project, performs throughout the Carolinas and he’s a sought-after soloist known for his evocative takes on rhythm & blues, folk, rock & roll, funk, and roots music.


Richard Reinhardt , R Mobile Marketing
Rich attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received two Bachelor’s degrees; one in Business Management / Entrepreneurship and one in Marketing. Out of college he started as a Bar Manager in running the bar and booking bands. In 2006 he started his first Marketing Company working with affiliate marketing. In 2011 he looked at what was happening in marketing and where it was going in the future. September 2011 he launched R Mobile Marketing a mobile marketing company. In 2014 teamed up with Mirror Image Media to offer any business mobile via Text Message Campaigns, QR Codes, Mobile Websites, Mobile Business Cards, Apps and More. They allow any size business to reach their customers on the device that they use the most, their cell phone.


Rick Goetz, Musician Coaching
Rick Goetz is a music business consultant and marketing professional with deep roots in the music industry. During his 20 years in the music business, he has been a major label A&R representative, a music supervisor, an artist manager, a professional bass player, and the head of a digital record label. His diverse experiences have given him insight into the complexities of making music and making a living making music from both the artist’s and executive’s perspectives. It was managing and playing in a group while at NYU that led him to his work within the major label system, developing talent and releasing, marketing, and distributing albums, singles, and music videos. He has worked for Lava/Atlantic, and Elektra, and EMI, with artists including Kid Rock, Matchbox 20 and Sarah Brightman, and on television shows including Sesame Street, and Psychic Detectives. Since leaving the major labels in 2007, he has handled music clearances for Mood Media / Musak and major marketing campaigns for a range of artists, from young, local, and aspiring bands, to multi-platinum, international superstars. In recent years he has been a guest speaker at SXSW, The Recording Academy, CMJ and The New Music Seminar.


Rob DiIoia, Diioia Beats


Rob Hampton, Kick Music Group, Hampton Consulting
Rob Hampton formed Kick Music Group in 1999 so he could look more professional while booking his first band Poptart Monkeys. They eventually were sued by Kellogg’s and gained national attention in 2001. He spent the next 15 years touring as a professional musician while booking and managing several bands. He currently runs Hampton Consulting a marketing company he started 10 years ago that has helped build dozens of brands, but he still finds time to manage bands, book bands and play in the band Light Up The Moon.


Sara Wenner, Content+Creativity
Sara Wenner is a certified Social Media Manager and Inbound Marketing Specialist. She is a Partner at Content+Creativity, a company specializing in integrating social media with offline marketing. By crafting and maintaining an ongoing, comprehensive narrative that creates brand awareness and builds a relationship with your customer base, Sara will extend your reach and build your brand. Her clients include musicians and music industry professionals.


Sarah Staub, Greenbelt Events (The Abbey Bar)
Sarah Staub’s day job as a real estate agent finds her reviewing and executing contracts on the regular. As the owner of Harrisburg-based Greenbelt Events – which serves as the exclusive talent buyer for The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Co. – Staub finds herself in similar territory, negotiating with booking agents and contracting bands to play The Abby Bar and more. For years, Staub worked alongside “Jersey” Mike Van Jura coordinating music at ABC and a handful of other regional festivals and events. But since Jersey Mike’s tragic passing in 2012, she has carried the mantle for Greenbelt Events in bringing a wide variety of musical talent to the Capital region.


Shawn David Young, Ph.D – York College of Pennsylvania
Shawn David Young, Ph.D. is director of music industry and recording technology at York College of Pennsylvania, where he is also the CEO for York Music Group. After touring and performing with the Army Band, Shawn went on to serve in management for MARS Music, Inc. and was involved in live performance and production for over twenty years. He is the author of Gray Sabbath: Jesus People USA, the Evangelical Left, and the Evolution of Christian Rock (Columbia University Press, 2015) and has published research on the counterculture of the 1960s, communal living, music festivals, the politics of popular music, and Christian rock music in a number of journals, including VOLUME! The French Journal of Popular Music Studies, Religion Compass, Religions, and the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.


Sherri Mullen, RDSD Publishing
Sherri Mullen is the President/Creative Director of RDSD Publishing, LLC which includes ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC publishing companies, representing a catalog of over 500 songs from talented artists/composers spanning the globe. As a publisher, Sherri has secured hundreds of placements in artist projects, film, television, commercials, and print. This former internet radio and TV show host is also a Music Supervisor, a Music Business Consultant, a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), and an Adjunct Professor at Lebanon Valley College, where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing. Sherri has performed on stages from Nashville to Pennsylvania, and has won awards for songwriting, performance, best new album, and female vocalist. Songs from her four independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio.


Dr. Stephen F. Marcone, Ed.D, William Paterson University…
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, as a trumpet player in a rock music group, he recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University and stayed until 1984. During that time, he was also Vice President of the Syracuse Musicians Association (Local #78). In 1984, he came to the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he was Chairperson of the Music Department for 15 years, and recently, for two years, was Interim Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication. He has written articles for numerous publications and has lectured at: the Hartt School of Music, NYU and many National and Regional Conferences. He is the author of Managing Your Band, in its 5th edition, and is a frequent lecturer for the NJ Council on the Humanities. Each summer Marcone conducts the university’s Summer Jazz Ensemble. Professor Marcone holds a B.A., M.M., and Ed.D. from Syracuse University and is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Dave Philp.


Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate
She’s a music-lovin, spreadsheet-makin, sweats-wearin former paralegal with a Master’s in Psychology. I started my career in my late teens, as an intern for Atlantic Records and college rep for WEA. As I finished my degree in Music Business (yes, that’s a real thing) at Drexel University, I helped create Mad Dragon Records with fellow classmates. Suzanne went onto manage the national street team & mid-west retail for Astralwerks (EMI), and founded IXiiV Records, LLC (later changed to IXiiV Artist Consulting) with my college roommate. Now, with The Rock/Star Advocate™, she’s able to live out her dream of helping musicians and their teams turn their passions into careers. I consult with music industry professionals of all levels to develop clear, manageable goals and equip them with the tools they need to achieve them, whether it be through role play, organizational planning, business consultations, or confidential S.O.S. calls for venting & support.


Vanessa Ferrer, Merch Cat LLC & InFocus Artist Management
Vanessa Ferrer has been a successful businesswoman for over 15 years in finance and artist management. Armed with the heart of an artist, the belief that she could make a difference, and the drive to make it happen, Vanessa Ferrer founded InFocus Artist Management in 2009. After managing several touring clients and consulting with high-profile industry professionals, Ferrer used her multi-faceted background to develop and launch (2015) Merch Cat, a musician friendly one-stop tool for artists to sell and manage merchandise at live shows. Ferrer is a member of NARAS, A2IM, the Music Business Association, and Women In Music.


Vincent James, Keep Music Alive
Vincent James is a lifetime songwriter and musician and founder of Over the last 15 years he has written and recorded dozens of custom love songs for couples and families all over the world. In August 2014, James launched Keep Music Alive, an organization whose mission to promote the value of music: for our children’s education, for the many types of therapy music is being utilized for, and for our overall happiness as a society. Together with his wife Joann, they have since published the book “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life”, founded Teach Music America Week and the 1st Annual Kids Music Day. Everything they do is with the intention of raising the awareness of how important music is to our world and the value the creators bring to our society.


VRTIGO / Bhauraw Avhad
Bhauraw Avhad (VRTIGO) is a cultivator of talent. A producer. A songwriter. A composer and multi instrumentalist sandwiched between two musically-enriched cities – NYC and Philadelphia. His musical journey began at the age of five playing classical piano, and by age seven he was performing live and very soon after wrote his first piece of music. He hasn’t stopped working on his craft since. A graduate of the Music Conservatory at Purchase College (NY), with a degree in Studio Production, VRTIGO refined the raw talent he had in high school into a professional and unique sound. He soon graduated and, while continuing to perform live, began a business as a private music tutor. After touring the country four times he has decided his passion lies in cultivating other talent through collaborative writing and recording sessions. His experience mentoring other artists created a natural path for him to crate 1Take Records, his privately-owned label that provides a foundation for new artists to write and record their own music, hone their craft, and grow as musicians in this ever-changing business. He works with singers, songwriters, and musicians of all levels to help them take their career and craft to the next level. ​He’s committed to this because for an artist to reach their full potential they need an objective, outside opinion and they need to be encouraged and challenged to grow.


Walter McDonough, Esq. – Future of Music Coalition