Speakers & Mentors in BOLD are confirmed for February 22 & 23, 2019.
Alex McGinnis, Artists Manager, 10 and 8 Management
Alex is an Artist manager for 10 and 8 Management, a boutique artist management agency. We specialize in rock music working with artists of all sizes. Some of our clients include Billboard charting rock band Scattered Hamlet, Invouge Record’s Everyone Dies in Utah, Unique Leader’s Krosis, Award winning Falling Through April, and so many more. Our client roster has sold over 500,000 copies of their labum and have been streamed a million times over. Alex starts in the music industry working in Radio Broadcasting. In 2010, he attended Old Dominion University where he became general manager of their college radio station, WODU Studios. From there he entered the commercial and terrestrial radio industry. At the same time, Alex found himself work with Lucas Borza, owner of The Monarch Agency, another boutique management agency. After Borza decided to step down, Alex took over The Monarch Agency for 4 years before joined 10 and 8 Management
Amy Gaio Studio Manager, Rock Lititz
Philadelphia raised, Amy Gaio has an impressive and versatile career in the live event industry. She got her start with a co-op between Drexel University and Electric Factory Concerts, which introduced Amy to the world of live production. Across the two decades since, Amy has spent 10 years as a Production Manager at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, toured as Production Manager with Fifth Harmony, and worked as a promoter rep for both AEG and Live Nation. Her most recent project is managing Studio 2 at Rock Lititz, a 3,500 sq ft rehearsal room, ideal for club and theatre tours. The various vantage points of her industry experience allow her to not only book and run the space, but also to help connect on-the-rise acts to production packages, as needed. Starting 2019, Amy also serves as Executive Director for the Live Event Association of Pennsylvania. Learn more: www.rocklititz.com ; www.leaop.org
Ash Kernen, Esq.,Kernen Law
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 video conferences and developed Internet courses in music education technology. He is also a published author and an international presenter in the area of contemporary electronic space music, 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, Former 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.
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 (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.
Bridget Callahan, B2Wins Beyond the Music and Conscious Campus
Bridget is a booking representative for the B2Wins based out of Des Moines, IA and the Northeast Regional Account Manager for Conscious Campus. Bridget is based in Williamsport, PA and has over 17 years experiences in booking and promoting events. From Music to Educational programs, she has booked it all. Professionalism and Customer Service are two of her biggest strengths. Whether you are a corporation, college, or one of the many music venues the groups she works with will leave you begging for more! The B2Wins goes way beyond music. They view the music as their tool to make the world a better place. Conscious Campus’ mission is to provide inspiring programs that build social and cultural awareness in order to promote greater acceptance and respect in out communities. Bridget has worked both sides of the table as the music buyer for Penn College and Penn State Harrisburg and bring her own unique experience to the table.
Carole Knisely, Harrisburg 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 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.
Chris Kurtz, The Mediatwist Group Five Finger Death Punch – Mercedes-Benz – Rock Lititz
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.
Chuck Treece, Producer, Pro Skateboarder
Treece moved to Philadelphia in 1982 because, according to Treece, “I was sick of high-school and I knew I wasn’t going to college. I knew I wanted to do music and skate”. Between 1982 and 1990, he was a professional skater with endorsements by several companies, including Santa Cruz Skateboards, Powell-Peralta, and Airwalksneakers. Treece released two albums with his band McRad, Absence of Sanity in the 1980s (rereleased 2001) and FDR in 2007. He also played guitar with New York Hardcore band Underdog and recorded on their 1989 LP “Vanishing Point”. In 1991, he also released a solo album on Caroline Records titled Dream’n. Most recently, Treece joined producer Chris DiBeneditto at Philadelphonic Studios to record the drum tracks for The Movement‘s 2008 rock/reggae album Set Sail. After recording the album, fellow McRad bandmember Gary Jackson took on the role as drummer for The Movement. Treece continues to skate at FDR Skatepark in Philadelphia and works closely with legendary producer Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, In 2010 Treece joined Philly/NYC punk band Plastic Eaters as their resident drummer. In 2014 Treece continued his Long time musical connection with legendary singer [HR] of the Bad Brains writing and recording new tracks in the studio and performing live shows on Drums with HR and Philly Dub/ Reggae outfit I Yahn I Arkestra notably featuring Treece’s childhood Musical mentor, the original Dub Warrior Timi Tanzania. In January 2016 Treece played second guitar in the DC hardcore group Scream at the Black Cat in Washington DC for a benefit show for area musician Doc Night.
Consuelo Sayago, CribNote Entertainment LLC
Consuelo is currently the CEO/Founder at CribNote Entertainment which offers music business solutions for artists and songwriters at various stages of their careers and a music publishing model that is tailored to the needs of client. Recently, she left Mojo Music & Media as General Manager where she oversaw the day to day activities of the music publisher, she engineered a next generation global rights and royalty infrastructure and guaranteed that Mojo’s clients always received on-call personal service. Spending most of her tenure at BMI, culminating in the position of AVP of International, she was positioned to make her biggest impact on behalf of BMI’s writers and publishers by building unsurpassed relationships with more than 100 rights organizations around the world, convincing and inspiring sister societies to mutually improve service and payment to writers and publishers and helping international revenue triple, reaching nearly $300 million. Consuelo holds a Bachelor of Science in Music and a certificate from Columbia Graduate School of Business in Emerging Leadership.
David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions
David Avery founded Powderfinger Promotions (1994), which focuses on promoting new releases to AAA, Americana, College, Electronic, Jamband, Jazz, New World, and Reggae contacts at radio, press, and social media outlets across North America and Europe. David’s duties include overseeing Powderfinger’s operations and promoting new releases to radio. Some of the hundreds of artistsDavid has worked with include Primus, String Cheese Incident, Steve Winwood, Sting & Shaggy (Grammy nominee), Medeski Martin & Wood, Morgan Heritage (Grammy winner), Bootsy Collins, Gov’t Mule, Esperanza Spalding, and Slightly Stoopid. David grew up in a musical family with strong gospel & Americana roots. After high school, he earned a B.A. in music at Fresno Pacific University, spent a year studying at the University of Lancaster (England), earned a M.M. in Musicology from New England Conservatory, and spent two years studying Musicology at the CUNY Doctoral Center in NYC. David has also performed in numerous bands, choirs, ensembles, and musicals. He was also a DJ at NPR radio stations in Fresno and Boston, worked as a Music Editor at Schwann Publications, and was the AAA radio columnist at CMJ for over 4 years. He’s also a lecturer on the Music Industry at Northeastern University in Boston.
David Ivory – Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records
Between being honored as a Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum engineer as well as an award-winning producer, to developing some of Philadelphia’s most notable musical exports, David Ivory’s impact on the music industry has been undeniable. His recording and production talents have led to millions of albums sold and marked the beginnings of many high-profile artists. Ivory’s career, took off during his years as an independent producer at Sigma Sound-Philadelphia. There he would record the Roots first four albums ending in a Grammy Nomination for “Thing Fall Apart”. Ivory’s room at Sigma was a hub for Neo Soul artists. From Erykah Badu’s Baduizm ,Common, Patti Labelle. soul ledgend Bunny Sigler just to name a few.In early 2001 Ivory opened Dylanava Studios. Here Ivory began cultivating two young rock and roll bands from the Philadelphia area, Silvertide and future Grammy-winners Halestorm. Guided by Ivory’s direction, both bands were developed and produced by Ivory and ultimately signed to major label deals (J Records and Atlantic Records, respectively). Ivory has been a voting member of the Recording Academy since 1992. His experience through the Grammy organization ranges from serving as not only the president of the Philadelphia chapter from 2010 to 2012, but also as a two-term national trustee from 2012-2016 as well as co-chair of the National Membership Committee. Ivory currently is on the Board of Governors for the Philadelphia Chapter and is the Chair for the newly formed Music Industry Task Force for the city of Philadelphia.
Professor David Kirk Philp , William Paterson University
David Philp is 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.
Dennis Aganee Jenkins, Darkchild Studios
Dennis is a Producer, Musician & Writer and Harrisburg’s “King Of The Beatz”. His credits include: Grammy Nominated with Ariana Grande “My Everything” Best Vocal Pop Album. 6 Times Platinum: 3 times Justin Bieber “Believe”, 2 times Ariana Grande “My Everything” and Ariana Grande “Yours Truly”. He’s also worked with Meek Mill, jadakiss, Kxng Crooked & The Gamst just to name a few. Signed with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins his backround is Hip Hop, R & B and Pop music and from Darkchild Studios he puts a piece of himself into his production, surrounds himself with the best while giving opportunities to emerging talent.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington, 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 Music.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.
Geoffrey R. Scott, The Dickinson School of Law of the Penn State University, Director, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Clinic
Gino Caporale, Dj, Producer 418 Music
Gino Caporale is a DJ, producer, and owner of the #1 ranked record label 418 Music. He has produced several hit records on the main Billboard chart and contributed to several top-selling remixes for a variety of music talent such as Depeche Mode, De La Soul, and 69 Boys, whose remix was used on the soundtrack for the film Bad Boys II. In 2013, Gino launched 418 Music, an independent and innovative music label specializing in EDM, house and dance music. With distribution via INgrooves, and collaborations with some of the hottest talent in dance music, such as StoneBridge, Crystal Waters, Dave Audé as well as Hip Hop features from Rick Ross and Cory Gunz. 418 Music is having an impact. To date, four tracks have reached the Number One spot and 40+ others have charted on the Billboard Dance Club chart. And in 2018, 418 Musicwas ranked Number One in the nation as an Independent Dance Club Imprint by Billboard. Gino’s presence continues across the Internet and around the world with his weekly 418 Radio show, and monthly residency on Hollywood Hamilton’s Remix Top 30. Gino’s instinctive ability to bring the sound, whether in a club, over the Internet, or via his label, extends his influence to the dance music community and beyond.
Gloria Domina, Lehigh Valley Music Awards
Mimi Gloria is the recipient of three different organizations, Woman of the Year. Nominated 2xs and won a Grammy for Producing. Have received the Global Music Award, the NAPPA Award, and the Parents Choice Award , numerous times. I am a Songwriter. A producer and Director. The Lehigh Valley Music Award is in it’s 20th year and I have been the Director and Producer for 19 of those 20 years.
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.
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. http://lostsurfer.net/
Jeff “STRESS” DAVIS is an RIAA certified GOLD record awarded record producer that has official songwriting, production and remix credits with: Gym Class Heroes, Good Charlotte, Ghostface Killah, Tyga, Lil Wayne, Tim Armstrong, RANCID, Bring Me The Horizon, Sister Nancy, Bahamadia, The- Dream, Peedi Crakk, and many more.
Jen Mitlas is a sound designer, multi-instrumentalist, and mixed media artist based out of the greater Philadelphia area. She earned a BA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and is currently completing her Master’s of Music Degree in Music Production through Berklee College of. Jen was a 2015 Sundance Institute/ Knight Fellow for her work in sound design and music composition for film. She also serves as an instructor at Montgomery County Community College, where she shares her love of music by teaching in the College’s Sound Recording and Music Technology Program. Most recently, she has co-founded the first Pennsylvania chapter of Beats By Girlz. Jen is currently finishing up a concept album exploring different percussive instruments, techniques, and concepts represented around the world.
Jimmy Clark, JC Music & Wellness LLC
Jimmy is an MMC veteran that gas spent nearly 25 years learning and working within the music industry as a performer, band manager, JC Music And Wellness LLC business owner (currently) – his company provides music for hire services in stage and studio and he also teaches youth programs, recovery groups, special needs communities and more. Jimmy is a teacher, mentor, and wellness provider.
Jim Logrando, Craft Services
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.”
Jineea Butler, Hip Hop Union
Jineea Butler is the President and Founder of the Hip Hop Union since 2009. In her 10 years, Jineea has been on the front line fusing Hip Hop Culture and Education, Politics, and Sports. In 2008, Jineea joined Reverend Jessie Jackson Sr. and Rainbow Push Coalition as a consultant to bridge the gap between young adults and the Civil Rights movement. Under Reverend Jesse Jackson’s leadership, Jineea built a popular seminar series titled “The Business of Hip Hop”. She has sparked the revival of classic hip hop concerts, Boom Radio Stations, and respect for Hip Hop Legends, Jineea is a former 2018 congressional candidate for the 13th Congressional District in New York City and an Urban Analyst, Motivational Speaker, Innovator, Community Organizer, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and newly appointed Editor and Chief of The New American Newspaper for Black Press USA. Jineea has been featured in/on USA Today, Good Morning Britain, The New York Post Page Six, Fox News, Sirius Satellite, an countless other media publications.
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 celebrating 51 years at as recording artist, producer, label owner and publisher.
Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq., Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Marc Jacobson, P.C.
Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq., is currently working with the law firms of Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP and Marc Jacobson, P.C. providing counsel in various areas such as copyright terminations, music publishing, recorded music, touring, film production and minor contract court approvals. She advises artists, songwriters, music producers, musical estates and artist managers as well as companies ranging from start-ups to entertainment conglomerates on all aspects of their businesses. Before entering private practice, Ms. Dollinger enjoyed a successful career working in-house in the legal and business affairs departments at several prominent music companies, including both major and independent record labels and music publishing companies. As an entrepreneur, she co-founded and launched music management companies, record labels and concert promotion businesses. Further, with a passion for combining music, environmentalism and philanthropy, Ms. Dollinger works with Wear Your Music, a company that collects and recycles used guitar strings into bracelets for sale, from which net profits go to a charity of the musicians’ choice. Ms. Dollinger is an active member of the bar and has taken on leadership roles at several industry trade organizations, such as the Association of Independent Music Publishers and the New York State Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section.
John Harris, The John Harris Group
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).
Keith Profeta, Indie Band Guru
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 connect with their fans to create true fandom. 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 an 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 that needs to be heard. IBG also helps independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve with writing services, promotion, and marketing advice. Every artist needs a little help. We have the Knowledge to get you Known!
Kevin McCove, Entrepeneur & Singer Songwriter
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.
Keyzus, CEO Maschine Life Empire
Keyzus is a multifaceted producer and creative who has worked with such artists as Ravyn Lenae, Rick Ross, Maino and more. The Harrisburg native founded Maschine Life Empire in 2013. Currently, MLE boasts an 8 artist roster spanning 5 different cities including Los Angeles and Houston. Known as Keyz for his prodigal childhood keyboard skills and a knack for problem solving, Keyzus’ music has scored productions for companies like Champs Footwear, RoperRope Clothing, Stashed Boxes & STARZ Network.
Kurt Schmel, Owner, The Beard Music Group
Kurt took the scenic and winding route into the music business. With past experiences in sales, operations management, and education, he approaches copyright administration and licensing with a view toward the future. While the business of music is a people business, Kurt actively seeks out the latest in technology to provide his clients with every possible advantage and extract every possible payment. He founded The Beard Music Group as a home for songs and artists overdue to be heard, or in some cases to be heard again. TBMG works with rising artists bringing them above the clutter of the multitude of songs being released every day, as well as legacy catalogs that have been left by the wayside by their previous representation in favor of the next big thing. Kurt is a frequent speaker in the US and Canada on issues of publishing, administration, sync, data management, and the streaming ecosystem.
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.
Leo Nessinger, Production Management for Daughtry
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
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 email@example.com
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.
Logan Summey, Rock Mill Industries
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 & Hot Rats Entertainment
Co-Founder / EVP Industry Relations, ReverbNation Owner / CEO, Hot Rats Entertainment Music industry veteran Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation in 2006. Since that time, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers with its powerful career management and online marketing tools. These tools, combined with its A&R and Artist Development capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging Artists from around the world access to the global music industry. The company operates worldwide and more than 10 million unique visitors come to ReverbNation.com every month. Plaia dedicates most of my time brokering valuable opportunities for the 5 million Artists on ReverbNation by connecting them to record labels, talent buyers, music supervisors, publications, brands, and other music industry professionals. Plaia recently created alliances with more than two dozen major and independent record labels whereby ReverbNation has become an A&R source for the labels. Plaia also created partnerships in the live music space with Summerfest, Warped Tour, Sunfest, Pepsi Southern Gulf Coast Jam and many other high profile events. In addition to his role at ReverbNation, Plaia launched Hot Rats Entertainment in January 2016. At Hot Rats, Plaia manages New York based rock band, Midnight Mob. Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked twelve years at Atlantic Records where he was VP of Strategic Marketing and worked with Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul, Stone Temple Pilots, George Carlin, and hundreds of other Artists. Plaia then became the Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Atlantic imprint, Lava Records, where he worked for four years with artists such as Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matchbox 20, and many others. He was also responsible for negotiating strategic partnerships such as Nascar’s Chevy Rock n Roll 400, Schick’s Intuition Tour, Disney’s Grad Night and many other sponsorship deals.
Michael Rathfon, Digital Director at Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Mike Rathfon, Artisan Guitar Show & Vineyard at Hershey.
Mike has worked at regional rooms American Music Theatre (AMT) and Whitaker Center, where he oversaw the digital and traditional marketing and promotional strategies. Currently, he works on the boutique music festival, The Artisan Guitar Show, as well as directing the annual large-scale music festivals at the Vineyard at Hershey. Having performed in touring bands (with some shows at MMC in the 2000s), Mike continues to be a songwriter and live music lover.
Miguel Caraballo, Middle Theory
Miguel Caraballo has toured colleges throughout the US for the past 2 years with his former band Run With It. By leveraging social media and the college market they were able to tour to the Middle East and back. Now he is hitting the college circuits and beyond with his solo project Middle Theory.
Mike Sarge, Motivational Speaker
Mike Sarge is a multi-award winning music artist, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and active duty service member. Sarge, as he is better known, has taken the creative scene by storm with his lively personality, hard-hitting truths and high-energy messages. His words continue to impact & inspire thousands of people across the country looking to being successful and fulfill their purpose! Drawing from his own personal experiences as they relate to bullying, the absence of support, scholastic struggles, and various other obstacles, Mike Sarge allows his life to be an “open book” from which brings dynamic and inspiring messages that relate to many people.
Mitch Beer, Producer & Bassist
Mitch Beer is a Philadelphia-based Bassist and Producer. He has toured Internationally with the Grammy-Winning Digable Planets, and has spent the last 10 years performing with and producing for a number of artists from across many genres. His production and session credits include Hoodie Allen, Moosh and Twist, Stereo League, Oddkidout, 1403, Filson, and many other artists both locally and internationally. Mentored by legendary producers such as David Ivory, Joe “The Butcher” Nicolo, and Ivan Barias, Mitch focuses on cultivating young artist’s sounds and developing their career as much helping them create great records.
Nicholas Mishko, President of 10 and 8 Management Agency
Nicholas Mishko is is the President and founder of 10 and 8 Management Agency, whose current clients include Everyone Dies in Utah, Scream Blue Murder (Signed to Stay Sick Records), Alteras (signed to Revival Recordings) and many more. Prior to establishing 10 and 8 Management, Mishko started his music career at the legendary Abkco Music and Records, Inc. in New York City. He spent 5 years in their songwriter and artist royalties department. It was truly an experience in what one would call “old school music business.” Their artists included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Chubby Checker, ? and the Mysterians, The Kinks, Bob Seger, and the iconic Sam Cooke. After almost years of royalties, spreadsheets and learning every which way from Sunday you can license a Rolling Stones song for television, Mishko wanted to deal more directly with artists. He wanted to nurture and grow artists; he wanted to manage. Mishko already had the knowledge of record contracts and licensing so he felt confident that he could do it. Mishko scouted bands and after a bunch of meetings he landed his first artist. After a few months, his roster kept growing and he left his comfortable job with a 401k and benefits at Abkco Music and Records to launch 10 and 8 Management in 2012. (Crazy right? A record label job with great benefits and he leaves) Mishko left his job at Abkco to launch 10 and 8 Management and he hasn’t looked back since. Mishko’s roster had 18 full time bands, a full staff, he’s had bands on Warped Tour, negotiated many record deals and booked thousands of shows for his clients.
Phillip Freeman, Small Tow Titans, Vocal Coach
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.
Rachel Pfennig Hales Client & Community Development, Rock Lititz
Rachel Pfennig Hales has always loved “shows.” From theater as a child, to a brief stint in television production, she found her niche in live event production. Rachel was able to start her career touring around the world with the Black Eyed Peas, and then with Lynyrd Skynyrd. She moved to Lititz in 2014, and joined the small, dedicated team at Rock Lititz, just as they were starting out. Rock Lititz is a 96-acre production campus that is home to state-of-the-art rehearsal facilities, a beautiful boutique hotel, and over 30 top live event industry vendors. Rachel serves as the Client and Community Development Manager at Rock Lititz, where she leads hospitality initiatives on campus, manages marketing, and coordinates events for the Rock Lititz Community. She loves the diverse nature of her job, and is excited to add “Rock Lititz internship program” to the list this summer. Rachel is also a writer, within the live event industry and beyond. She has a BA from DePauw University, and MA from National University, and and MFA from Goucher College.
Richard A. Waller III ,The Walcom Music Group, LLC
The Walcom Music Group, LLC is the music production base for Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording, mixing and mastering engineer Richard A. Waller III. He has more than 25 years of experience in the music business as a musician, recording/mixing/mastering engineer, record producer, composer, educator, and label executive. Today, Richard is currently working on several different projects in many different capacities. He facilitates clinics for the companies he endorses (TAMA Drums, Amedia Cymbals, A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place Audio, Presonus, Warm Audio, Essential Sound Products and Accusound Cable Company). Additionally, Richard has formed a new music media/consulting company, The Walcom Media Firm, as well as a new record label, Grape Groove Recordings. He is also a Pro-Audio Application Specialist for Essential Sound Products, Inc. and a Product Specialist for Accusound Cable Company. He’s been a BMI Songwriter and Publisher for more than 25 years and a National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (The Grammys) member for more than 20 years, where currently serves on the Philadelphia Chapters Producers and Engineers board (The P&E Wing).
Rick Eberle, Rick Eberle Agency
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 Einhorn is the President of Promotions & Unicorns, Too.
He has been involved with the college market since 1987 when he joined the Concert Committee as a Freshman at William Paterson College (now University). He moved on to chair it the next year and then became the VP and then President during his final year at college. During those years he attended 3 National Conventions and 2 Regional Conferences for the National Association for Campus Activities. Upon graduating he opened Promotions & Unicorns, Too with the intention of primarily working in the college market. He became a volunteer with NACA in 2006 and has worked on the conference teams in three different regions and has given ed-sessions at dozens of conferences and conventions. He and his family live down in the NJ Bayshore region where he has hosted numerous entertainer friends who are looking for a home cooked meal or a bed for a night while touring. Rob loves sampling new beers and being exposed to new artists. He an authority on NACA, despite not being in the entertainment business.
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.
Robert Schwartz, CEO of WHOMAG Multimedia, LLC
Rob is the CEO/Founder of WHO?MAG Multimedia, LLC, which consists of the world’s largest independent international broadcast hip hop TV show “WHO?MAG TV”, the music video show “Video Vision”, and the dance music show “DMTV”. He has interviewed over 3,000 celebrities for his programs and websites. WHO?MAG TV has been on air since 2007 and reaches over a billion households worldwide. His channel iFame TV was the first dedicated hip hop channel premiering on Roku and Apple TV in 2012. His 2ndchannel “WHO?MAG Multimedia” airs on Roku, Apple TV, Google Play, an app on all cellphones, and www.whomagtv.com. Rob is also a multiple award winning movie and music video director, has worked on shows like “The Goldbergs”, “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, “The Four”, plus directed the return of the legendary show “Dancin On Air”/”Dance Party USA” on Fuse TV in 2016. Rob also owns WHOMAG Distribution through SONY Orchard. He has over 400 albums he distributes including a Grammy Award Winning Album and two #1 Billboard albums. For more information on Rob and his shows, visit www.whomagtv.com, www.chetownfilms.com, and www.whomagdistribution.com.
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.
Steve Sxaks, Marsten House Recording Studio
Steve Sxaks, owner of Marsten House Recording studio in Philadelphia, is also the founder of Marsten House Records, Cypher Circuit, & Let’s Go Guy Productions. Steve started the Marsten House Cypher series to give local artist a platform and since has received over a million views on the 600+ YouTube videos. Steve has released 9 albums on Marsten House Records And has produced / engineered for Malik B (Roots), Vinnie Paz, Slaine, Freeway, Rich Quick, King Magnetic, Jazz Fresh, DJ Too Tuff and hundreds more! Steve teaches audio engineer and speaks around the country at colleges (IE: Florida State University, Rice University) about Hip Hop and music production.
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.
Terry Selders, Keystone Musical Arts Center (KMAC)
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.
Vanessa Ferrer, Merch Cat LLC & InFocus Artist Management
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.
Vic Steffans, Horizon Music Group
Vic is music industry lifer of 40 years. His goals have always been to produce the best music possible and to help my friends and clients to grow into great careers. In 2016 voted “Producer of the Year”at the New England Music Awards. His production “Fall Your Way” by Frank Viele was voted Album of the Year. He’s worked on both sides of the glass as session musician, engineer, and producer. Vic has also managed several acts and mentored many more. Right now he’s trying to prepare myself for the changes that are overtaking our industry. He loves that he has the good fortune of being allowed to do, and is not planning on stopping soon. Vic’s Specialties: Producing and arranging, engineering, mixing and mastering, studio conceptualization and design, artist management.
Vincent James, Keep Music Alive
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.