MMC 2018 Speakers & Mentors Bio’s
Speakers & Mentors in BOLD are confirmed for February 23 & 24, 2018.
Aaron Burton, Fizz Kicks http://www.fizzkicks.com/ Aaron founded SpinApp.com 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 FizzKicks.com
Ángela M. Capeles, Capeles Agency https://www.facebook.com/pg/capeles… The Capeles Agency helps clients achieve great business results by providing strategic media relations, marketing, crisis management, digital strategies, and overall communications support.
Ash Kernen, Esq., Kernen Law kernenlaw.com Ash is the founder and principal attorney at Kernen Law, a Philadelphia-based boutique Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law firm focused on the music and film industries. Having spent over 10 years as an independent musician himself prior to becoming a lawyer, Ash has built a niche transactional practice working closely with DIY, independent, and mid-stream artists, producers, publishers and labels in various facets of their legal & business affairs. Ash’s practice includes negotiating and securing recording & publishing agreements, talent & management agreements, rights licensing/clearances, endorsement & sponsorship agreements, copyrights, trademarks, and entity formation. Additionally, Ash is an active member the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals as well as the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences where he has taken a lead role in in the latter’s pro-Creator legislative advocacy efforts.
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.
Barry Coffing, Music Supervisor Inc. MusicSupervisor.com Barry Coffing is a Music Business Entrepreneur. He has been an artist (WB Records), a songwriter, composer, producer, engineer, music supervisor, and label owner (Sony RED distribution). Needless to say, there is not much in the music business he is not familiar with. In his 35 years in the music business, he amassed plenty of credits and awards. He has placed over 200 of his own songs placed in films and television, received BMI Songwriting Awards, Multiple #1 hits, and an Emmy nomination. Barry is a sought-after speaker and moderator. Currently, his licensing company Music Supervisor Inc. represents over 16,000 labels and artists for film and TV licensing. Nearly every major film company and TV network use his software. and as a result, they license a track every 48 hours.
Bob Waters, PD & Morning Show 92.1 WTPA www.wtparock.com 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 http://crobotband.com/wtfc/ 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.
Brian Cronin, Owner of Mirror Image Media, LLC; Publisher of THAT MAG! www.newmirrorimage.com 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 (thatmusicmag.com) 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 http://www.hacc.edu 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 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 Studios https://twitter.com/ThinkLoudEnt 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.
Chris Kurtz, The Mediatwist Group Five Finger Death Punch – Mercedes-Benz – Rock Lititz The Mediatwist Group – Inside Social Media Marketing Marketing The Biggest Brands in the World. A worldwide talent scout, producer, and industry whiz. 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 strategies for some of the biggest artists and brands in the world. The Mediatwist Group’s past and present projects include Five Finger Death Punch, Aerosmith, Shinedown, Patti Stanger, Nonpoint, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The RockBand Network, The Eagles, Jon Wilkes, REO Speedwagon, Coolio, Krewella and many more. Chris also toured as Executive Producer for Feld Entertainment, the company behind Barnum & Bailey Circus, Monster Jam, Nuclear Cowboys, Disney On Ice, AMA Monster Energy Supercross, ArenaCross, and Marvel Universe Live. While still scouting for new entertainment enhancements for these properties, Chris has a hand in placing artists in arenas and stadiums across the globe. Mediatwist’s most recent projects include, social media marketing and digital advertising for Mercedes-Benz and Rock Lititz, the backstage of the world. TMG recently created a geofence technology for the touring & out-of-home industries that is currently being used to marry traditional media with social media for the top grossing shows in all of music and entertainment.
Craig White, Sound Doctor Productions, LLC https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-w… Craig White’s career spans over 40 yrs. of working with artists of virtually every genre of music. As a professional musician, he toured the country and abroad for 12 years before entering the Recording Industry in the early 80’s. He worked in many of the top studios in the New York area prior to relocating to Philadelphia to become Chief Engineer and Studio Manager for Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records. Craig’s resume includes Engineering and/or Producing projects for a wide variety of artists, ranging from Celine Dion to Kool and the Gang, from Tito Puente to the Gamble – Huff roster, and many others. He has Engineered several Grammy Nominated and Grammy Award winning projects, and is a Former President of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy (The Grammys). He currently has several projects in development under his Sound Doctor Productions umbrella.
David Ivory – Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records http://www.ivoryproductions.com/ 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 http://musicbiz101wp.com/music-biz-… 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 linkedin.com/in/davidsherbow
Denise Troy – Sister Funk, Lead vocals, Keyboards http://www.sisterfunk.com/ 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 www.flexitonerecords.com 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, promotions, artist procurement and development, PR and radio campaigns. He is also the owner of New Rivals Architecture, where he consults with artists on A&R, marketing and promotion campaigns.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, Berklee College of Music http://www.EMichaelMusic.com/ 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 Music.com (www.emichaelmusic.com). 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.
Indian, Motor Media USA email@example.com James Shotwell, Director of Customer Engagement @ Haulix; Music Editor @Substream Haulix.com James Shotwell is the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix, the leading promotional distribution platform in music. He is also the Music & Film Editor for Substream Magazine, host of the Inside Music podcast, and a 10-year music industry veteran.
Jason Shaffer, Full Tilt Recording http://www.fulltiltrecording.com/ 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 www.jlsmgmt.com www.noblesteedmusic.com 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.
Jeff Snyder, Lebanon Valley COLLEGE OF PA http://www.lvc.edu/ 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. http://lostsurfer.net/
Jessica Garcia, Springwood Productions www.SpringwoodProductions.com 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 Logrando, Craft Services https://www.kickstarter.com/experts Jim Logrando is the founding partner of Craft Services, a music strategy agency specializing in Kickstarter project management, strategic marketing, music supervision, and brand partnerships. Prior to launching CS, Jim held senior roles in strategic marketing and brand development at Redeye Worldwide and Yep Roc Records, as well as an advisory role at Kickstarter. Jim’s career in music began on-air in radio and he continues to be a songwriter, blackjack player, t-shirt collector, and a baseball enthusiast.
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 Caviston, Electric City Music Conference electriccitymusicconference.com A NEPA native Joe Caviston graduated for East Stroudsburg University and is with Scranton PA’s music conference, festival and awards ceremony. The 5th Annual Electric City Music Conference and Steamtown Music Awards will be held September 14-16, 2018.
Joe Trojcak, Progressive Enterprises www.progressivestudios.com 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 http://www.joeywelz.com/ 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 celebrating 51 years at as recording artist, producer, label owner and publisher.
John Harris, The John Harris Group https://www.facebook.com/pg/johnharrisgroup John Harris Group is a Consultancy to the Entertainment, Sports and Hospitality Industries. We create, develop and maintain professional relationships. John is the founder of the Millennium Music Conference & Showcases and the Singer Songwriter of Cape May (NJ).
Keath Lowry, Groove Control Productions, Inc. Keath is one of Philly’s best kept “secrets” as a prime influencer in the positive, high quality, and internationally competitive music coming out of Philly. His versatile songwriting and production chops are apparent in his professional credits which include TKA’s Latin Freestyle hit “You Are the One” (“Lean On Me” soundtrack), Australian Electropop artist Anikiko’s single “Livewire”, and LektroMelodica’s electronic hip hop single “Mix It Up (feat. Khidar & Rob Diioia), featured on Vh1’s “K. Michelle: My Life” in early 2017. Keath claims a Top 20 Billboard Dance hit and 2 Billboard Hot 100 singles and generates consistent music licensing income through his company’s publishing efforts. In addition, his company Groove Control Productions, Inc. is both a songwriting/production and music licensing giant that represents writers including Austin Woodlin (2017 Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominee), Nate McNair-Rogers (music featured in “Bring It”, “Lille Soldat”), and FortuneWest (iStandard Producer Showcase Philly winner). Today Keath is an active Grammy voting member. He is currently working on projects with up-and-coming artists Mal!k and Clayton Brandt to be released on his record label Groove Control Recordings in 2018.
Keith Profeta, Indie Band Guru http://indiebandguru.com/ Keith Profeta founded Indie Band Guru a decade ago. IBG has helped propel unknown bands out of obscurity to a place where they can finally reach and connect with their fans. Keith has a love for discovering new music and writing reviews, but his real passion is in directing artists on the path to a successful career in music. Indie Band Guru is a rapidly growing online music magazine geared toward emerging independent artists–and their fans. Since 2009, we have featured everyone from festival headliners to bedroom rockers, providing a spotlight on great new music. IBG also helps independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve with promotion and marketing advice. Every artist needs a little help. We have the Knowledge to get you Known!
Kevin McCove, Entrepeneur & Singer Songwriter www.KevinMcCove.com Kevin McCove is a full time musician who has performed opening shows for Drake, Billy Joel, Kid Rock, One Republic, Backstreet Boys among other major names. Kevin McCove also has various music placements in television networks such as CBS, Fox, MTV and Telemundo as well as advertising placements with Delta Airlines, Gannett, Toyota and more. Kevin has inked performance contracts with LiveNation, worked on songwriting teams with artists from Atlantic records, UMG and RCA, and has spoken at over 10 different schools and universities about how to equip yourself to become a full time musician.
Larry E. Dà Chù, LLC http://da-chu.com/ Larry E. is Creative Director, Producer, Songwriter and Pro Tools Engineer for Dà Chù, LLC (pronounced dä-koo). Based in Philadelphia, he graduated with a BS in Music Industry/minor in Business degree from Drexel University and has produced and recorded at Philadelphia International Records, Dylanava Studios and Dà Chù Studios, among others. He is a member of the Recording Academy (Philadelphia Chapter) and continues to earn submission reviews/meetings with prominent A&Rs and publishing companies.
Lawrence Gelburd, Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania); Huffington Post, AOL Small Business. http://www.whartonsbdc.wharton.upenn.edu/ 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.
Leo Nessinger, Production Management 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.
Les Scott, Source Q Boutique http://www.narip.com/ Les Scott is a veteran of the music industry whose publishing company Source Q Boutique specializes in music placement in film & television and currently represents over 300 writers/artists. SQB is exclusively marketed through its alliances with Crucial Music Group,Fuze Artz LLC. and Expressive Artists. Recent SQB placements include; Red Widow (abc), Castle (abc), Breaking Bad (amc), Southland (tnt), The Glades (a&e), The Nine Lives Of Chloe King (abc family), Army Wives (lifetime), Cold Case (cbs), Ugly Betty (abc), Saving Grace (tnt), Prison Break (fox), Friday Night Lights (nbc), Californication (showtime), to name a few. As a producer, he is commissioned to produce master recordings for such companies as Universal Music Group, Killer Tracks, FirstCom Music, One Music and Network Music. Les has produced over 200 artists/bands in all genres wherein his writings and productions appear daily throughout the film/tv industries. Mr. Scott consults on intellectual property and other legal matters such as: music licenses, band agreements, producer and recording contracts, writer collaborations, performance releases, publishing agreements, cue sheets and is hired to draft custom agreements. Mr. Scott is available for private consultation – (602) 705-3554 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Louis deLise, deLise Studios http://www.delisestudios.com/ 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.
Logan Summey, Rock Mill Industries http://www.rockmillindustries.com Logan is president and co-founder of Rock Mill Industries, a multi-faceted one stop shop for musicians that offers Screen Printing and Embroidery, Professional Studio Recordings, Live Event Production, Videography, and Branding for Musicians, Artists, and Businesses. Logan has nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry and has performed and toured in a variety of bands ranging from rock, jazz, and blues.
Lou Plaia, ReverbNation http://www.ReverbNation.com/ 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 ReverbNation.com 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.
Major Cameron aka DJ Brother MANIAC, Feed-A-Million Project Brother M.A.N.I.A.C. is not afraid to express issues that truly affect society, and he does it well. “Hip-Hop music is not a thing of the past.” He declares. Brother Mainly Addressing Negative Information About the Community will not allow it to be. Born & raised in Washington, DC, this brother is on a mission to create awareness in his community by way of the hip hop culture; he is a brother who mesmerizes the ear with a sound that’s all his own; a brother who has a distinctive style of body moving beats and rhyme; a brother that’s not your conventional rapper. In 2007 and 2008 DJ Brother MANIAC Performed at the Millennium Music Conference as a performer. His goals are to continue to build Brother M.A.N.I.A.C. Music as a promotion company to assist artists in building their buzz and selling music either CDs and/or digital downloads along with merchandise, such as T-Shirts. He’ll tour and have chart singles nationally for Brother M.A.N.I.A.C. and many of my closest associates & clients. His intentions are to complete a Hip Hop for the Homeless National Tour in at least 8 cities and in at least 3 international cities. I want to increase sales of CD’s and digital downloads around the globe. I also would like to continue to build upon the DMV Music Awards. I am definitely looking to maintain a presence on the national scene for 2018 and beyond
Marcus Harris, Santander USA http://www.santander.us 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, Wix.com, Rock the Vote, LiNK (Liberation in North Korea), Operation HOPE, Foursquare, Kiva.org, and the League of Young Voters, MH has used his music and art to promote ideas and educate young artists.
Matthew Holmes, Holmes Music Management www.holmesmusicmgmt.com “With a music career spanning over 20 years, Matt Holmes is the quintessential ‘journeyman’. He is an accomplished producer, songwriter, artist manager, consultant, and entrepreneur. Holmes formed his first band at the age of 14. His passion for music soon turned into an obsession and he found himself touring nationally with well known artists before graduating high school. Soon after, Holmes formed The Underwater with his childhood best friend and within a year, the pair got their first taste of major label deals and international touring. The band got to work with multiple Grammy winning writers and producers and this experience was instrumental in Holmes’ personal development as a producer and songwriter. After three acclaimed indie releases, the group disbanded in 2008. Holmes spent the next period writing/touring/performing with many artists including a brief stint with the Grammy winning Zone 4/Interscope artist Timothy Bloom. In 2014, Holmes linked up with Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie aka SayWeCanFly. There was an instant connection and trust between the two and after several months, Barrie asked Holmes to manage SayWeCanFly. This quickly ushered him into the world of artist and producer management. The following 3 years would find Holmes managing and consulting for a slew of artists and producers including: He Is Legend, Lydia, Cute Is What We Aim For, Metro Station, Team Rowland, The Cinema, Matt Malpass, Matt Goldman and many more. He successfully secured and negotiated multiple major and indie deals with Spinefarm/Universal, Weekday/Sony, Epitaph, and Mothership Music Publishing all while simultaneously writing/producing 3 Billboard charting releases (SayWeCanFly, Front Porch Step).”
Michael Rathfon, American Music Theatre (AMT) http://www.amtshows.com/ 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 http://www.paulrapp.com/ 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, Small Tow Titans, Vocal Coach http://phillipnathanielfreeman.com/ https://youtu.be/rICrjR2o3Es 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 http://www.philnicolo.com/ 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
Richard Reinhardt , R Mobile Marketing http://www.RMobileMarketing.com/ 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 Eberle, Rick Eberle Agency RickEberleAgency.com Rick’s career in the biz began in new media working online initiative’s for Pink, Usher, Outcast, Dido and other Arista Records New York artists in 1999. In 202 he began working with several Long Island live music venues and also established a long running radio career at various stations including WLIR, WMJC, 94X and 94.3 The Shark. He founded the Rick Eberle Agency in 2013 handling label services, publicity, social media, and some talent and management agency duties for venues, festivals, conventions, TV and radio stations, bands, artists, actors, authors, chefs and other companies of all sorts he has successfully produced and promoted events.
Rob Hampton, Kick Music Group, Hampton Consulting https://www.facebook.com/hamptonconsulting 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.
Rob M Lyon, Without Excuses Coaching https://www.robmlyon.com Rob M Lyon spent many years touring the Eastern US with several popular bands. He used what he learned in the music business to build his first company to over a million dollar business. Now located in NYC, Rob coaches other businesses how to build their businesses and is responsible for several million dollar companies in the New York area. This year he will begin speaking at several conferences in the Eastern US in support of his new book “Services Without Excuses”!
Sarah Staub, Greenbelt Events (The Abbey Bar) http://www.greenbeltevents.com 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.
Septimius (Sep – tim – me – us) The Great www.SeptimiusTheGreat.com Septimius the Great, a Maryland based dance music artist, is an International Multi-Award Winning Entertainer, Actor, Model and Creative innovator. Known around the globe for his dance music in domestically and abroad, he has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names including Fantasia, Chrisette Michele, Lil Kim, Lil Mo, Pat Benetar, Patti Labelle, Crystal Waters, and Ultra Nate’ just to name a few. Confident and Charismatic, with an infectious boatload of charm felt by his team all the way to his fans is the foundation of Septimius’ brand. Working with a multitude of producers, Septimius creates infectious beats and catchy songs that continually repeat through a person’s mind that are inspired by ancient European style with a blend of dance, hip-hop, pop and rock
Shawn David Young, Ph.D – York College of Pennsylvania Dr. Shawn David Young 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 – Music Fortress, RDSD Publishing www.MusicFortress.com Sherri represents a diverse catalog of carefully curated music, has secured hundreds of placements in artist and media projects, supports a wide variety of content creation projects as a Music Supervisor, and she regularly works with individuals and companies as a Music Business Consultant, helping them to understand the complexities of music rights management. As a former Systems Engineer, Sherri utilized her technology skill set to develop music publishing software for RDSD Publishing and its clients, including a copyright management and royalty system (“CODA”) and an online music licensing platform (www.MusicFortress.com). Sherri is a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), an Adjunct Professor at Lebanon Valley College (Music Business Program), and has independently released six CD’s. Her passion is to support, empower, and unite those who create music and those who create audio visual content.
Dr. Stephen F. Marcone, Ed.D, William Paterson Univ. http://musicbiz101wp.com/music-biz-… 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.
Steve Soboslai, Craft Services https://www.kickstarter.com/experts Steve Soboslai is the managing partner of Craft Services, a music strategy agency specializing in Kickstarter project management, strategic marketing, music supervision, and brand partnerships. In addition to CS, Steve is a longtime member of the pop-punk band Punchline, who got their start on label Fueled By Ramen. Over the years, Punchline has toured nationally (and sometimes internationally) with bands like Fall Out Boy, Paramore, Less Than Jake, Bayside, Bowling For Soup, and Reel Big Fish. Punchline’s EP “So Nice To Meet You” also peaked at #1 on the iTunes Rock charts. Outside of music, Steve appreciates Netflix, coffee shops, and getting in a nice run.
Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate http://www.therockstaradvocate.com 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.
Terry Selders, Keystone Musical Arts Center (KMAC) KMACenter.org Terry began his career in New York City, managing recording studios, doing radio promotion and working weekends as a tour manager. He returned to Pennsylvania to manage The Badlees, a band that became hugely popular regionally. After releasing 3 albums on his own indie label, they were signed to Polydor/A&M Records and went on to tour the country several times and score two top-5 rock radio hits. Later clients achieved substantial national airplay on satellite and internet radio, reached top-10 in digital sales for a national distributor, and performed with many national acts. Terry has also promoted events in central PA including an Experience Hendrix show and a Steve Vai Master Class. Last year he opened the Keystone Musical Arts Center, a nonprofit school of music in Camp Hill, PA. He also taught the Intro to the Music Industry class at Lebanon Valley College last semester. He has written for Guitar Edge Magazine and continues to freelance for Hal Leonard Music Publishing.
Tyler Garrett, Seventh Wave Studio www.seventhwavestudio.com
Vanessa Ferrer, Merch Cat LLC & InFocus Artist Management http://www.merchcat.com 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. Merch is serious business if you want to sustain a career as an artist in today’s music world – it’s one of the only surefire ways to make “real” money; it’s a way of life. Whether you’re just getting started, already selling and need insight, or killing it and want to streamline, Merch Cat is here to make your merch life easier. Turning your iPad or iPhone into your merch manager with Merch Cat, is the best way to transact in both cash and cards (powered by Square or PayPal), track inventory, and get real-time reports that help unravel the mystery of what’s happening in your merch biz. Ferrer is a member of NARAS, A2IM, the Music Business Association, and Women In Music
Vincent James, Keep Music Alive http://www.KeepMusicAlive.org Vincent James is a lifetime songwriter and musician and founder of LoveSongs.com. 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.