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S P E A K E R S


CURRENTLY UPDATING SPEAKERS AND MENTORS FOR THE 2021 EVENT

Alex McGinnis

Artist Manager

10 AND 8 MANAGEMENT AGENCY

Alex McGinnis is an artist manager for 10 and 8 Management, a boutique artist management and development agency based in Cleveland OH and Nashville TN. Alex is based in the Nashville offices. 10&8 Management specializes in working with musicians and bands of all sizes. Whether they are just getting their start, or out on the road 300+ days of the year. Many artists on Alex’s roster have charted on Billboard charts, have sold thousands of albums, streamed millions of times, have toured nationally and internationally and performed at major US festivals. Alex has worked in music for 10 years starting as a radio DJ for Old Dominion University’s college radio station. He has also worked for top 50 radio station FM99 in Norfolk VA. Alex ran The Monarch Agency, a Virginia Beach based management agency, for 4 years before joining forces with Nicholas Mishko at 10 and 8 Management. Alex is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in Music Business. He is an avid metalhead, major pro wrestling mark, and a massive Philadelphia Eagles fan. Fly Eagles Fly.

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.

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

Harrisburg 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.

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.

Chuck Creekmur

Co-founder/CEO of AllHipHop.com

AllHipHop.com co-founder and co-CEO Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur has combined his outstanding journalism skills, artistic talents, and ability to envision the future to establish himself as a trendsetter and trailblazer creating a unique path in Internet content and technology. 

As a cultural critic and pundit, he’s been featured in VIBE, The Source, Complex, GIANT and has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR), BET, TVOne, VH1, The E! Channel, MTV, The O’Reilly Factor, USA Today, The New York Times, New York’s Hot 97 FM and numerous other outlets.

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.

Craig White

Craig White – Sound Doctor Productions

https://www.facebook.com/craig.white.1441810

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. 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.

 

Dan Navarro

http://dannavarro.com/

Dan Navarro has had an eclectic 40 year career as a songwriter, artist, singer and voice actor, spread over 17 acclaimed albums, thousands of concerts, singing in Oscar-winning films like Coco and Happy Feet, TV series, games, commercials, and writing hit songs like Pat Benatar’s Grammy-nominated “We Belong”. He’s the personification of the engaged Renaissance artist, even in COVID isolation, with over 200 livestreams since March. Dan insists that art is love, and sleep is for babies.

David Avery

Powderfinger Promotions

http://www.powderfingerpromo. com/

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

http://www.ivoryproductions.com/

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.

DJ Caesar

Philadelphia, PA

djcaesar.net

DJ Caesar is one of today’s most versatile DJ’s in the industry. You can hear him spinning some of the hottest hip hop records on SiriusXM on Shade 45 for “Sober Mix Tuesdays” at 12pm as well as reggae music on SiriusXM’s “The Joint” at 11pm EST for “Dancehall Saturday Night”. You can also hear on 98.5FM Uptown Radio in Philadelphia on Wednesdays from 5-7pm. Caesar used to work for Radio One and was DJ/On Air personality for both Boom 103.9 and Hot 107.9 in Philadelphia, PA. DJ Caesar also has his own TV show called “VIBIN HEAVY w/ DJ Caesar” which is sponsored by Sean John Clothing. DJ Caesar is also an established music producer with many hit songs through his label Heavy Waves LLC through Sony Orchard.

Dr. E. Michael Harrington

Berklee College of Music

http://www.EMichaelMusic.com/

Dr. E. Michael Harrington is Course Author & Professor at Berklee, Coursera and Berklee Online and has served as consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters involving The We Shall Overcome Foundation, Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Taylor Swift, Led Zeppelin, Katy Perry, Dixie Chicks, Adele, Steven Spielberg, Led Zeppelin, Steve Perry, 50 Cent, Tupac, Lady Gaga, Deadmau5, Danger Mouse, Jib Jab, Adam Levine, Busta Rhymes, Samsung, HBO and others.  As expert witness, he is responsible for freeing the iconic civil rights anthem, “We Shall Overcome,” which the Library of Congress called, “the most powerful song of the 20th century” on January 26, 2018:  nyti.ms/2Eiibuo.

He has been interviewed by media including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg Law, NPR, Bravo, CNN, BBC, CBC, The Guardian, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, the “Today Show,” Time, Huffington Post, Fortune, Esquire, Salon and others, and lectured at Beverly Hills Bar, Texas Bar, Boston Bar, Minnesota Bar, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business, the American Bar Association, GWU Law, Cardozo Law, BC Law, UNH Law, Vanderbilt Law, Penn State Law, William Mitchell Law, NYU, and more than 300 universities, festivals, conferences and organizations. He was the Jemison Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and has taught at University of Miami, Ohio State, University of Pittsburgh, Belmont and others. He has bicycled twice from Los Angeles to Nashville (2,500 miles) and once from Oregon.

Dr. Jonathan Gangi

Penn State Law

Assistant Professor of Music (Classical Guitar) & Arts Entrepreneurship

https://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/

Dr. Jonathan Gangi is Assistant Professor of Music (Classical Guitar) & Arts Entrepreneurship and founding director of the arts entrepreneurship program at Pennsylvania State University. He is a founding member and board member of the Society for Arts Entrepreneurship Education and has published articles in the Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, the Journal of Arts
Entrepreneurship Research, and Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, among others. Dr. Gangi is founding director of the guitar program at the Penn State School of Music, teaching classical guitar and coaching chamber music. As an artist, performances include the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra as Guest Soloist for Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, the Rantucci International Guitar Festival, and the ‘Classical Minds’ Guitar Festival. Currently, he is
working on a recording project of the guitar compositions, arrangements and transcriptions of Mario Gangi, the most important Italian classical/jazz guitarist of the 20th century.

Doug Green

New Rivals Entertainment

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Doug Green is the founder and president of New Rivals Entertainment, an artist management company and record label based in Philadelphia, PA.  After graduating from Drexel University, he got his start in music working with David Ivory running his independent label Flexitone Records.  There he worked with a number of regional and international artists on everything from artist development, management and marketing to touring, PR and radio campaigns.  He started New Rivals in 2019 and continues to develop artists in the pop and rock genres.    

Fantom of the Beat


Grammy Nominated Producer

New Rivals Entertainment

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Fantom of the Beat (aka Haas G – ½ of the hip hop legendary group The UMC’s) received a Grammy Nomination for his production on “Magic Stick” by Lil Kim ft. 50 Cent.  His single with The UMC’s “Blue Cheese” became a #1 Billboard rap single as well as their follow up single “One To Grow On” which became a Billboard #1 Rap Song (#2 Billboard Rap Single).  

Fantom of the Beat has also produced hits like “Apollo Kids” by Ghostface Killah, “Take It Off” by Busta Rhymes, as well as artists like Sadat X, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Pop Da Brown Hornet, RHYMRCKA, Snooze Daily, Worldarama, and more.  Fantom currently own FantoMusic with an incredible roster of artists and still heavily producing some of the elite names in hip hop and R&B.

Geoffrey R. Scott

Professor of Law, Director, Art, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic

http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/academics/clinics/arts_sports_and_entertainment_clinic

Professor Geoffrey Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests with a focus on intellectual property and the intersection of the worlds of artistic expression, scientific invention, and the law. He has given particular attention to domestic and international entertainment law issues with an emphasis on music and rights of personality, the protection of cultural properties in Europe and Asia, and the representation of the individual professional athlete. Professor Scott received a Fulbright Scholar Award in 2004-2005 to Japan for his research on the protection of cultural and ethnographic properties in Asia, including living national treasures of Japan, and he has been a visiting professor and scholar in intellectual property subjects at the Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia; the University of Bergen Faculty of Law, Norway; the Doshisha University Faculty of Law, Japan; the University of San Diego School of Law; Southwestern School of Law; and the University of Delaware Graduate College of Marine Studies at which latter institution he worked and lectured on the intersection of biotechnology and IP. Professor Scott has resided and taught courses in London, UK and Kyoto, Japan and has given lectures in a number of European venues including Florence, Rome, Venice, Brussels, Strasbourg and Vienna well as in Beijing, China and Seoul, South Korea. Geoff has served as a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Monash University Faculty of Law, Australia and an Erasmus Fellow and Scholar at the University of Bergen Faculty of Law, Norway.

In addition to his pedagogical responsibilities at Penn State Law he is founder and director of the Penn State Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic. Professor Scott has published in the fields of law and entertainment, sports, and the protection of cultural property. Among current scholarly projects, he is working on a second edition of “Entertainment Law on a Global Stage” and “Experiencing Intellectual Property,” both for West Academic Publishing. Geoff also has an appointment as a professor at The College of Art and Architecture of Penn State University through which he collaborates with artistic faculty to lecture on legal matters implicated in creative endeavors.

Gino Corporlae

CEO & Owner of 418 Music LLC

https://www.facebook.com/418Music

Gino Caporale has spent most of his life behind the turntables or a mixing board. He began his career at the age of 15 after stumbling upon his uncle’s turntables and mixed beats. Honing his skills in local nightclubs while working alongside other influential local DJs, he moved on to larger and higher profile venues where his true talent and ability were able to flourish. As demand for his talent grew, Gino moved into radio with a nationally syndicated show featuring his dance mixes. He worked as Billboard’s dance reporter in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, while at the same time becoming one of the top 50 DJ’s in the US to make Billboard’s dance music chart.

Having established his name and reputation in Philadelphia, Gino traveled the country from NYC to Miami, playing guest spots in the hottest nightclubs. Gino’s passion for music naturally progressed into producing, remixing and editing. Once in the studio, Gino produced several hit records on the main Billboard chart and contributed to several top-selling remixes for a variety of musical 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 Music was 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.

Helen Bruner & Terry Jones

Philerzy Entertainment

philerzy.com

Grammy® nominated duo, producers and songwriters of Grammy® winning projects Helen Bruner & Terry Jones individually and collectively have worked on many recording projects as songwriters, producers and vocalist. Jones has worked on recordings for
Grammy® winners Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, and is the featured vocalist on the Redman and Method Man’s platinum seller “How High”. Bruner wrote and produced her critically acclaimed album ‘Have You Heard About It” on the Cardiac/Virgin label. Bruner”s first
top 20 song was the now classic 90’s house record “Gimme Real Love”. Bruner & Jones song “Caught Up” recorded by DJ Disciple feat. Mia Cox on Strictly Rhythm records reached No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts in early 2000 and many of their songs have been featured on Film/TV soundtracks, most notable the blockbuster film The Score starring Robert DeNiro. Their voices can be heard on national commercials and their songs have been licensed to numerous international dance compilations. The ladies have worked over a decade with multi platinum Italian DJ/Producer Joe T. Vannelli of Milan. The ladies have pinned and performed many of Vannilli’s hits over the years and have written and co-produced his latest releases “Proud and Thankful” featuring the artist Zeek and the 2018. Everybody Loves A Winner featuring Philerzy Entertainment Chinahblac. Bruner & Jones have worked with numerous DJ/Producers over the years, Tommy Musto, Grant Nelson, The Basement Boys, Frankie Knuckles and the list goes on.  

As performers the duo was hand picked to perform on the inaugural 2014 Grammy Festival at Sea “Women Who Rock”, the lineup consisted of legendary performers, Heart, Emmy Lou Harris, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin, Estelle and a host of others. Bruner & Jones live show is filled with intense passion and energy with a fusion of soul, pop, and R&B. They’ve toured internationally performing in venues throughout the US, The Mann Music Center, SOBS, New York, NJPAC, Ministry of Sound in London, The New York Bar, Supalova Club in Milano Italy, Grammy Pre-Telecast , and performed at Club Yellow in Tokyo to list a few. The 54th Annual Grammy® Awards winners were announced and Bruner & Jones song Get To Know Me produced, written and performed by Bruner & Jones came away with a big win. Get To Know Me is featured on Grammy® winning All About Bullies…Big and Small.

Bruner & Jones own and operate Philerzy Entertainment a multifaceted music company located in Philadelphia, Pa . They have several artist signed to their label, have managed platinum producers and songwriters. Philerzy released the album “Soul Talkin” produced
by Bruner & Jones on legendary soul singer Linda Jones, who is Terry’s mother. Grammy® Nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards were announced and Philerzy basked in an emotional triple treat: The Empress of Soul Linda Jones, Terry Jones and Helen Bruner all earned a GRAMMY® nomination for “Baby I Know,” off the Linda Jones cd “Soul Talkin” for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance. Bruner & Jones journey as independent artist and women in the new music business model has been turned into a documentary film, Indie Soul by film maker Chakka Reeves and premiered at the Congressional Black Caucus Film Series in Washington DC. Both served a Presidents of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy, Helen was the first female President elected to serve and Terry the 2nd. Both ladies have served as National Trustees of the Recording Academy and Terry serves currently as Trustee and Helen is co-chair of Awards 
and Nominations.

Kevin McCove

Kevin McCove – Musician

https://www.instagram.com/kevinmccove/

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.

Jalen James Acosta

Artrepreneur & Motivational Speaker
   
Jalen James Acosta is of Dominican origin based in Hollywood. His stories travel the world from the United States to Asia, Europe and Latin America to encourage, instruct and motivate anyone who wants to live with his passion and overcome the obstacles of the road to success.

The shocking stories of his life from his humble beginnings, when he slept in a Miami park, to his recent article in Forbes magazine, are full of contrasts. From being on the brink of suicide, struggling to find regular sustenance, to working on global campaigns for NFL players, conducting regular business deals with tycoons, shaking hands with Bill Gates and producing New York’s biggest social festival in Times Square; make for some inspiring anecdotes about life, struggle, effort and success, that James has taught in some of the world’s most prestigious auditoriums, such as Harvard.

James is a blacktino who captivates everyone he meets. His experience as a music producer, singer and actor coupled with his natural intuition has driven him to become an architect of successful companies within the entertainment industry. “The path to success begins within oneself, I have a PhD in failure, I know what it is to lose everything, but I got ahead, and my mission is to light the way of those who do not see the light,” says Jalen James.

He is currently Founder and creative director of 555 Technologies, World Artists United (WAU) and cofounder of Music Entrepreneur Conference, working with top division athletes, artists and entrepreneurs who have helped and influenced him, such as Odell Beckham Jr., Dwyane Wade, Laz Alonso, Avicii, Common, Jason Derulo, Rosario Dawson, Will Smith, among others. The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, London and China, and holds events in Australia, France, Italy, Costa Rica, Japan and the United States. This year, Jalen Co- produced the Music Industry Essentials program with Yellowbrick.learn for NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for recorded music partnered with Billboard Magazine.
 

Jasmine Sandler

Founder, CEO and Lead Digital Strategist

Jasmine Sandler Media

Owner, Warrior Women in Business

Jasmine Sandler is a known Digital Marketing and Branding Thought-Leader to executive and entrepreneurial audiences. She holds over 20 years of related client and keynote speaking experience. As a speaker, Jasmine has led over 500 talks, keynote presentations and training workshops for major corporations, industry conferences, member-organizations and universities including: Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School, CEO Club International, Music Entrepreneur Conference, Thomson Reuters, AT&T, Salesforce and others.

She is the Founder, CEO and lead Digital Strategist of Jasmine Sandler Media, specializing in Online Branding and Marketing Strategies and consulting for executives, corporations and entrepreneurs. Jasmine has over 15 years of client experience, for brands and agencies, directing global digital marketing programs and campaigns for companies including IBM, AT&T, ISO, Medtronic, Roche Diagnostic and many more.

In her Digital Marketing work, she has been named (2012-2020) as a Google Small Business Leader in Social Branding, a Top 40 Global Digital Marketing Strategist in the industry, Top SEO consultant on Twitter and Top 17 Digital Influencers in Content Marketing. She is heralded by LinkedIn as a LinkedIn Sales expert and is a go to resource for industry media and conference leaders for insight on B2B Digital Marketing.

She has been interviewed and is a regular contributor on the subject of Social Branding and Social Selling to Fox News, CBS, BBC News, Russian News, WPIX, NBC, PRNEWS Digital Guidebooks, SES Global Conference, OMMA, The New York Times, Entreprenuer.com, Incisive Media, Fast Company, Branded.Me and LinkedIn.

Jasmine owns a niche area of Social Branding Training, Online Personal Branding. Through her own developed process, books, online courses, managed programs and trademarked workshops, Jasmine helps executives, entrepreneurs and artists build, grow and protect strong online reputations that lead to increases in market share, media visibility and sustained company gains.

She is the author of two well-known Digital Marketing books “How to Brand Yourself Online like a CEO, a manual for personal branding online for business professionals and creative professionals and “ Sales: The LinkedIn Way, a tool for using LinkedIn to drive sales.As an advocate for Women in Business, Jasmine owns Warrior Women in Business. as a subset of JSMedia. In this she host weekly podcasts, monthly events and an annual conference called #BRANDYOU – all supporting the development of female entrepreneurs, both in business and in the arts.

Jasmine has an unmistakable passion and talent for music as a singer, songwriter and band leader for a NYC rock band she founded, Silent Fury. In this, her songs have societal impact and support her mission to enable the growth of entrepreneurism and the end of violence issues in the world. With a drive to use music to enable change, Jasmine includes the needs of artists in all of her digital marketing education and events she hosts at JS Media.

She holds a dual MBA from the University of Miami in Marketing and CIS.. As a long-time hockey player, Jasmine volunteers as the active NYC Chapter President for The Hockey Players in Business non-profit, bringing together hockey players in networking and charitable programs.

Details of Jasmine Sandler’s Digital Marketing Consulting & Training programs can be found on www.jasminesandler.com. Live online courses developed by Jasmine are available on https://courses.jasminesandler.com/. Jasmine Sandler and her team are launching a new site at JSMediabusiness.com in February 2021.

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

LS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music 

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Jason Spiewak is the president and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music.  Spiewak is an accomplished music business professional, with credits and accomplishments on stage as well as in the office.  Spiewak was one of the youngest label presidents in Warner Music history, sitting at the helm of Rock Ridge Music at the age of 27, and then for 8+ years before transitioning into artist management. His production credits include Tony Lucca, Benjy Davis Project, Pat McGee and Ernie Halter, and his studio piano credits include “Perfect Strangers” featuring Bruce Willis and Halle Berry.  Spiewak has been a Grammy (NARAS) voting member since 2003 and maintains an affiliation with the CMA as well.

Jeff Hammer

Northwestern Mutual

jeffhammer.nm.com/

Jeff’s financial planning practice integrates personal, business, and philanthropic financial planning, with a focus on positively impacting 1,000,000 people through the planning executed with his clients. While Jeff maintains his ongoing role with Northwestern Mutual as a financial advisor, he also operates a national consulting firm, Hammer Forte Consulting. The consulting firm specializes in planned giving for non-profits, business transition planning, and intellectual property planning. Jeff has a prior background in leadership of Department of Defense organizations for the world’s largest supply chain, management of multiple IT divisions for Department of Defense and Capital One, mergers & acquisitions for Capital One, direction of multiple enterprise-wide initiatives for Fortune-100 sized organizations, and engagement with C-suite leadership in Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, military, and government organizations. Their team’s work has spanned industries ranging from music, publishing, climate change, software, AI, defense, legal, publishing, movie/TV, arts, climate change, and several other industries.

Jeff Snyder

The Chair of the Music Department at Lebanon Valley College.

He also serves as Director of the Music Industry Degree and is the Internship Director for the Music Business and Music Recording Programs. He oversees LVC’s student run VALE Music Group LLC 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, sound design, and the music industry. Before and during his stint in academia, he worked in the music industry for over 20 years, has been published in numerous newspapers and magazines, and has given presentations and workshops 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, Red Lane, and Earl Lett and has been in numerous recording sessions, both as player and engineer. He recently was awarded the first annual  “Educator of Note” award by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame.

Jim Logrando

Co-Founder of Craft Services

enjoycraftservices.com

Jim Logrando is a founder of Craft Services, a music strategy agency that specializes in crowdfunding campaign management. Prior to launching Craft Services, Jim held senior positions in strategic marketing and brand development at Redeye Worldwide / Yep Roc Records, as well as a leading member role on the Kickstarter Music team and working directly with many creators. By night he’s a songwriter, blackjack player, t-shirt collector, and baseball enthusiast.

 

Jineea Butler

President and Founder of the Hip Hop Union

https://www.hiphopunion.org

Jineea Butler is the President and Founder of the Hip Hop Union since 2009.  In her 12 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,

Joe Trojcak

Progressive Enterprises

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.

Jerry Wonda

Jerry Wonda – Multi-Award Winning Music Producer

instagram.com/princewonda

instagram.com/platinumsoundny

Jerry Wonda is a Grammy Award Winning producer with 4 total Grammy Nominations who has produced everyone from The Fugees, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Melissa Etheridge, Mary J. Blige, Santana, and many more. He won the
Grammy for Album of the Year with Carlos Santana for “Supernatural”. Jerry is Wyclef Jean’s cousin. His first major success as a producer was on The Fugees 1996 album “The Score.”

John Harris

The John Harris Group

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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).

Jon Weiss

Union Stage Washington, DC

unionstage.com/

pieshopdc.com

jamminjava.com

Jon is a Washington-DC born talent buyer, booking for Union Stage Pie Shop, Jammin Java Miracle Theatre and Capital Turnaround based in DC. Booking clubs and theaters alike, Weiss got started in booking by throwing house shows in basements after college before being invited as the founding talent buyer at Songbyrd DC in 2015. Union Stage then brought Weiss onboard as the founding talent buyer for Union Stage in 2017, with Pie Shop, Miracle Theatre, and Capital Turnaround following in 2018-2019. Weiss also co-founded and directs independent record label Babe City Records, and performs with several bands in his free time.

Karen Allen

Karen Allen – Creator, Twitch for Musicians
twitchformusicians.com

Karen Allen has held executive positions on the digital side of the music and entertainment industry at the RIAA, Mobile Entertainment Forum, TAG Strategic, and as a consultant advising startups on strategy and business development. She started streaming on YouNow in 2016 and hasn’t shut up about the power of livestreaming since. On Twitch, she produces MarinaVMusic and manages MeganLenius. Building a channel was more difficult to figure out than it needed to be, so she wrote Twitch for Musicians, a book and an online course that demystifies the process and gets artists live quickly and easily.

Keath Lowry

Groove Control Productions, Inc.

http://www.keathlowry.com

Keath Lowry is a prime influencer in the high quality, internationally competitive music coming out of Philly. His versatile songwriting and production chops are apparent in his professional credits, which include legendary Dance/Disco/Funk artist Wardell Piper’s (MFSB, First Choice) current top 10 charting single in the UK and France “Distant Star”, co-writing over 30 songs now airing on the hit Lifetime show “Bring It!” and co-writing and producing Kevin Savage’s (BET, Netflix) 2019 single “Giving You All” which was featured on VH1’s “Love And Hip-Hop Miami”. Keath claims a Top 20 Billboard Dance hit and 2 Billboard Hot 100 singles. His company Groove Control Productions, Inc. is both a songwriting/production and music licensing giant that represents a diverse roster of writers that have earned multiple placements in domestic and foreign films, cable and network TV series, major label and soundtrack releases, a Top 30 spot on the BDS Gospel Chart, and a Stellar Gospel Music Award nomination.


Today Keath keeps a busy schedule of co-writing and producing projects for both established and up-and-coming artists including for his Record Label, Groove Control Recordings,. Keath is also, an active, voting member of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY’s).

Keith Profeta

Indie Band Guru

http:/IndieBandGuru.com/

Keith Profeta founded Indie Band Guru over a decade ago for the pure love of music. IndieBandGuru.com is an online music magazine geared toward emerging independent artists–and their fans. They have featured everyone from festival headliners to bedroom rockers, providing a spotlight on great new music that needs to be heard.

Keith has a love for discovering new music, writing reviews and conducting interviews, but his real passion is helping propel nknown bands out of obscurity to a place where they can finally make a comfortable living in the new music industry.

In addition to helping independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve, IndieBandGuru now provides Artist Development Management and Independent PR as well as writing services and coaching consultations. Every artist needs a little help. Come ‘Get The Knowledge To Get Known’

Kelsey Kaufmann

Cactus Club Milwaukee, WI
 

Kelsey Kaufmann is a Milwaukee-based drummer, candlemaker and owner of the artist-run community venue, Cactus Club A queer that loves soup and Democracy Now, Kelsey has been organizing punk shows and dance parties in small clubs and renegade spaces for 16 years.

Kendell Smith

Co-Manager – Single By Sunday
 
 
Kendell is currently co-managing ‘Single By Sunday’ a melodic Pop Punk band from Glasgow, Scotland. Kendell has many years experience in the music industry, both as a Performer and Tour Manager. He worked as a Dub Poet with the London based Mad Professor before co founding one of the 90’s biggest Bhangra bands, Stereo Nation. He also worked closely with the reformed ‘Specials MKII’ recording and touring with them and additionally, recorded and toured with Ranking Roger from The Beat (RIP). Kendell also recently served on the Music Manager’s panel at Indie Week (Toronto).
 

Kristin Yasuda

Director of Artist Partnerships at Bandsintown

https://www.bandsintown.com/

Bandsintown is a global concert discovery platform connecting fans with their favorite artists, discover more shows and allow artists to message their fans directly.

Yasuda heads the Los Angeles office and leads all artist partnership efforts across the U.S., working directly with agencies, major and independent record labels and management companies to help their artists create and execute year-round campaigns to promote ticket pre-sales, album releases, music videos, merchandise and tour dates to new and current fans through the platform.

Prior to joining Bandsintown, Yasuda was Manager of Music Programming at Radio Disney where she programmed both their Top 40 and Country stations, and booked artists for live events across the country as well as the annual Radio Disney Music Awards. She began her career in music working at major labels such as Jive Records and Columbia Records in their A&R, Promotions and Content departments.

Kyle LaValley

Sleeping Village Chicago, IL

sleeping-village.com

Kyle LaValley is the programmer of Sleeping Village in Chicago, IL. Sleeping Village’s 350 capacity venue hosts an eclectic mix of concerts, comedy, and other events featuring local, national, and international talent. SV’s $1 Beer Night has become one of Chicago’s best showcases of emerging talent with an accessible $5 cover for audiences to discover new artists. Prior to her work at SV, Kyle routed artists as an Associate at The Windish Agency, was the Creative Director of 35 Denton Music Festival, and has programmed venues ranging from large ballrooms to small clubs in Nashville, TN, Columbia, MO and Madison, WI.

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.

Les Scott

Source Q Boutique

lesscott@fastq.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 400 writers/artists. SQB is exclusively marketed through its alliances with Crucial Music
Group, Expressive Artists LLC. & FuzeArtz, LLC.

A few of SQB placements include; Chicago P.D. (nbc), Shameless (show), American Idol (fox), Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (abc), House (fox), Shut Eye (Hulu), Love (Netflix), The Fosters (abc), Breaking Bad (amc), Castle (abc), Rizzoli &; Isles (tnt), Californication
(show), Weeds (show), Cold Case (cbs), Ugly Betty (abc), Saving Grace (tnt), Prison Break (fox), Friday Night Lights (nbc), Dancing With The Stars (abc), along with landing the theme song for the CW show, Life Unexpected.

As a Producer, Les is commissioned to produce master recordings for such companies as FirstCom Music, Universal Music Group, Killer Tracks, One Music and Network Music. Les has produced over 500 artists/bands in all genres wherein his writings and productions appear daily throughout the film/television industries.

As a Consultant, Mr. Scott consults on intellectual property and other music business matters such as: music licenses, producer and recording agreements, writer collaborations, performance releases, publishing agreements, cue sheets, copyright registrations and to
informally mediate between disgruntled songwriters or band members.

Logan Summey

Rock Mill Industries

Logan is an international touring musician and audio engineer. He is a founder and owner of Rock Mill Industries which features multi room Pro Tools HD recording with both vintage and cutting edge analog outboard gear. Logan has produced, tracked and engineered records for artists on several record labels including Victory Records, Solid State, Fueled by ramen and more. He has had music featured on MTV, terrestrial and satellite radio and currently has a record on the Billboard chart.

Lou Plaia

Founder, EVP Industry Relations (North America)
 

In 2006, Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation, the global leader in empowering independent artists to advance their careers through exposure to the music industry, connection to a worldwide audience, and access to powerful promotional tools. Plaia dedicates most of his time brokering valuable opportunities for the 5 million artists on ReverbNation by connecting them to record labels, festival and venue talent buyers, agents, managers, publications/blogs, brands, playlist curators, and other industry professionals. Plaia has created alliances with dozens of records labels to act as an A&R source and has also created partnerships with dozens of the largest festivals in the world including Summerfest, Warped Tour, Sunset Music Festival, as well as hundreds of other high-profile events. 


Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia was the Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Atlantic Records imprint, Lava Records, for 4 years. And before that position, he worked at Atlantic Records for 12 years and his last position there was the VP of Strategic Marketing. 


Plaia recently launched Hot Rats Entertainment, a management company/record label.


Plaia is also an Adjunct Professor at Five Towns Music College where he teaches classes on Artist Management and Concert Production & Promotion.


Plaia has been a guest speaker at SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week, Music Biz (f/k/a NARM), Americana Music Conference, Launch Music Conference, The Future of Music Summit, New Music Seminar, Dubai Sound City, and dozens of other music conferences throughout the world

 

Dr. Louis Anthony deLise

Bocage Music Publishing, LLC

louisanthonydelise.com

The career of composer Louis Anthony deLise has included assignments working as an orchestral and studio musician (in orchestras that accompanied Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Lou Rawls, Tom Jones, Bob Hope, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others), while simultaneously producing, arranging and conducting orchestras on recordings released on the CBS, EMI, Mercury, Centaur, Vanguard, and Def-Soul record labels. His string orchestra arranging and conducting work appears on albums featuring performances by many of the world’s top pop artists including, Carlos Santana, Sheila E., Wynonna Judd, Kanye West, CeCe Winans and Paul
Shaffer.
Louis was arranger and conductor on Grammy-winner Patti LaBelle’s number one hit album, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. Along the way, deLise has maintained an active career as a composer of concert music, most of which is published in print by Metropolis Music Publishers (Antwerp, Belgium) and ALRY Publications (Seattle, Washington).
In 2019, his Salone del Astor, a concerto written for flutist, Joan Sparks, was named, “Best Newly
Published Mix Duet” by the National Flute Association.
His most recent record release is Natural Light, an album of ambient instrumental compositions
played by the composer and his ensemble. Natural Light was recently in the top 10 on the ZMR
Top 100 “New Age Radio Play” chart.
Dr. deLise was formerly Adjunct Professor of Theory and Composition at the Boyer College of
Music and Dance and at Rowan University. He is the author of The Professional Songwriter, a
new textbook on songwriting.

Matt Kelly

Matt Kelly – We Know Podcasting

https://weknowpodcasting.com/
Matt Kelly has been podcasting since 2005. During that time he’s been the head of content for the Geekscape Podcasting Network, the host of Horror Movie Night and Produces the popular podcasts One Hit Thunder and My Favorite Episode Of… In 2020 he joined forces with Chris Fafalios (of the band Punchline and the producer of Chris DeMakes a Podcast) to create We Know Podcasting. We Know Podcasting provides editing for hire services, consultations as well as help new podcasters get off on a good start.

Nicholas Mishko

The President and founder of 10 and 8 Management Agency. 

Prior to establishing 10 and 8 Management, Mishko started his music business career in 2008.  His very first real taste of the music industry was an internship at Rock Ridge Music. He did marketing for bands such as Chris Volz, Psychostick, Reel Big Fish and Sister Hazel. That internship sealed his desire to work in the music industry.  After Rock Ridge Music, Mishko went on to be hired at the legendary ABKCO Music and Records, Inc. in New York City.  This is where he would spend the next 4 years learning the ins and outs of songwriter and artist royalties.  It was truly an experience in what one would call “old school music business.”  ABKCO Music and Records, Inc. is one of the largest Record Labels/Music Publishers in the world.  Their catalog consists of many renowned artists such as The Rolling Stones and the iconic Sam Cooke.  After years of royalties, spreadsheets and learning every which way 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, royalties and licensing so he felt confident that he could do it.  His first client “Butch Parnell” still works with him today.  Mishko’s roster slowly began to grow and after a few months, he left ABKCO to venture out on his own.  In 2007, Mishko officially launched 10 and 8 Management and hasn’t looked back since.  He went from one client and a laptop to a couple dozen clients, offices and a full team, in 7 years.  Mishko and his team have had many bands chart on Billboard, various sponsor partnerships, performances at Vans Warped Tour, Sturgis Bike week, Inkcarceration and The NAMM Show.  He’s negotiated numerous publishing and record deals in his career and in the last 12 months, 10 and 8 Management clients have performed over 1,000 shows.  He was also featured in Bobby Owinsky’s book: The Music Business Advice Book: 150 Immediately Useful Tips from The Pros.

The year 2021 will mark Mishko’s 13th year in the music business, but he still follows the advice given to him on his first day, “if you’re the easiest to work with and you can deliver results, you’re going to get picked every time.”

Pamela Keating

General Office Manager
Missing Link Music, LLC

Pamela is currently leading the Data and A&R teams at Missing Link Music, registering works domestically and internationally, as well as licensing works for television and film. She works closely withdomestic and international societies and vendors, settling counterclaims and data discrepancies, as wellas consolidating royalty statements for payments to clients. Prior to receiving her Bachelors in Music Business from Lebanon Valley College, Pamela mastered various roles in the student run entity VALE Music Group, LLC. She served as Vice President and Publishing Head, booking an artist performance and interview on Good Day, PA, and creating international publishing agreements for Brazilian songwriters. Her interest in music from a young age shaped the path to her current position at Missing Link.

Paula Savastano

Sr. Director Copyright & Royalties at Angry Mob Music

angrymobmusic.com

Specializing in Copyright, Licensing, Royalties, and Publishing, Paula Savastano has worked in the music business for more than 25 years. As a classically trained musician, she began her career in Opera Management, but quickly made the switch to the popular music realm. She has worked in administrative management, intellectual property, and royalty departments for several notable companies including Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), Spirit Music Group, RykoMusic, Cherry Lane Music, Musical Heritage Society, and Turn Up The Music.

For many years, Paula’s knowledge and experience has been sought after by publishers, record companies, and music creators to assist them with audits, royalty collection and processing, licensing, and copyright issues. After significant and continued demand, she started her own company, SSA Music, which provided licensing, copyright, financial, auditing, and royalty consulting services to a diverse clientele ranging from independent musician to major music publishers and record companies. In 2012, SSA Music expanded to a full-service publishing entity, providing full administration, royalty collections, catalog pitching and song placements. In 2018, SSA Music was disbanded, and Paula went back to her roots as a freelance service provider and worked with several notable clients including Angry Mob Music Group, PEN Music Group, Reach Music Group, and McJames Music.

In July 2019, she was hired full-time by Angry Mob Music LLC, as the Senior Director of Copyright and Royalties, where she oversees all of the Copyright and Royalty duties for the company. Paula has been an active speaker at educational conferences and universities around the country for more than 15 years. She has held the position of Adjunct Professor in the Music Industry Departments at Drexel University and William Paterson University. She currently serves on the board of the California Copyright Conference (CCC), and is an active member in Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP), Woman In Music (WIM), and Sigma Alpha Iota (Professional Music Fraternity). She is also an active musician who currently performs.

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.

Phllip Freeman

Phillip Freeman – Small Town 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.”
 

Rachel Karry

Co-Founder and President of World Artists United

https://www.worldartistsunited.com/

World Artists United is a 360 creative branding/marketing agency, record label and film company, Rachel is a creative brand and business development strategist, content producer and team leader, with a unique gift to connect and collaborate with business leaders.  Rachel has a passion for growth in life and leadership and transforming one’s dream into one’s reality.  She and her team created the Music Entrepreneur Conference (MEcon), which launched at Harvard University’s Science Center to help artists and entrepreneurs become ARTtrepreneurs. MEcon provides a missing link in the education of music: focusing on leadership, community

building and cultivating the mindset and attitude of a successful entrepreneur, while providing business strategy and brand building tools to connect one’s community and fanbase. She also co-produced the Music Industry Essentials program with Yellowbick.co for NYU’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music and is currently producing numerous film projects and is cofounder of a technology company for music IP protection that will launch later this year.

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

https://www.kickmusicgroup.com

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 highly successful marketing company he started 10 years ago that has helped build dozens of brands such as AT&T, Viasat and Deep Sentinel Home Security, but he still finds time to manage bands, book bands and play in the band Light Up The Moon.

Rob Schwartz

WHO?MAG Multimedia and Distribution
  
 

Rob is the CEO/Founder of WHO?MAG Multimedia which consist of the 3 music TV networks (iFame TV, WHO?MAG Multimedia, and Video Vision TV), the 3 music TV shows (WHO?MAG TV, DMTV, and Video Vision), his award winning film company Chetown Films, and his Grammy Award Winning music distribution company WHO?MAG Distribution/SONY Orchard.  


His company has interviewed over 3,000 hip hop artists and celebrities.  His music distribution company WHO?MAG Distribution/SONY Orchard has almost 1,000 releases including a Grammy Award Winning Record, multiple #1 Billboard singles, and some of the top names in hip hop & R&B.  Rob is a Voting member of the Grammys and has spoken to over 50,000 people about hip hop in South Korea, as well as Tampa FL, Tulsa OK, Los Angeles CA, Caroline’s in NYC, plus all over PA, NJ, NY, MD, and CT. 

He also spoke at multiple universities/colleges including Morgan State, Rowan, Temple, Drexel, Neumann, and many others.  As a film director and producer, Rob as won the Pocono Film Fest for Best Documentary for his “Hip Hop Document” as well as worked on many major motion films. 

He also directed 35 music videos, with his most recent (Papa Roach & The Hu “Wolf Totem”) almost reaching 20,000,000 views.

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 (Powered By: RDSD Publishing)

Sherri represents a diverse catalog of carefully curated music, has secured hundreds of placements in artist and media projects, supports content creation projects and live entertainment venues 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 where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing, and she is an advisor for the student run VALE Records label. Songs from her six independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio. Her passion is to support, empower, and educate music creators so that they can protect their copyrights and maximize their royalty streams.

Shine Delphi

Musician

shinedelphi.com

Shine Delphi travels this world with a resonator guitar and a few words to share. Born in Pennsylvania, raised in California, and rebirthed in the crescent city of New Orleans. Shine is a performer that will leave you feeling good and wanting more. From his technical ability on the guitar to his simple yet touching lyrics, he is an act that spans many genres and all ages. He has opened for such bands as The Carolina Chocolate drops, Reverend Peyton’s big damn band, and The Tony Rice unit just to name a few. Oh yeah, and there’s also that laugh… you can’t forget that! HA!

Suzanne Paulinski

The Rock/Star Advocate

http://www.therockstaradvocate.com

Suzanne is a mindset coach for music professionals and founder of The Rock/Star Advocate, helping them reach their goals with custom goal-setting and time management solutions that enable them to gain clarity on their next steps while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

She published her first book, The Rock/Star Life Planner, now in its fifth edition on Amazon, as a tool for creatives to find focus in their daily lives (www.therockstaradvocate.com/planner). Her teachings can also be found in her many guest posts for Huffington Post, Sonicbids, Tunecore, and Soundfly, as well as on her podcast, The Music-Preneur Mindset, which is available on all podcast platforms. 

 

Tommy Stalknecht

Founder and CEO of Single Music

https://singlemusic.com

After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University, Tommy got a job at Apple and eventually landed a job at an agency in Nashville. He  worked from being an account manager overseeing Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels, Sam Hunt and a lot of other artists to eventually overseeing digital for their music side.

With 10 years experience in the D2C side of the music industry, Tommy has had the privilege of working with artists at all stages of career success. 
Single Music is the first dedicated music app for the Shopify ecommerce platform. Direct-to-fan music tools for Shopify. Turn your store into a distribution powerhouse with Soundscan, private livestreams, digital pre-orders, bundling & more!

 

 

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.

Vic Steffans

Horizon Music Group

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Vic is music industry lifer of 40 years. In his long career he has worked with Harry Connick Jr, Bobby Brown, Sly Stone, SWV, the Blues Brothers and more. In 2016 he was voted “Producer of the Year” at the New England Music Awards, and his production “Fall Your Way” by Frank Viele was voted Album of the Year. More recently his production of The Breakfast’s “Phantasmagoria” sat at the top of the Relix magazine’s jam chart, peaking at number 1. Steve Rodgers’ “Count It All Joy” broke the Relix top 20 and is currently playing on 100 plus stations, while Viele’s follow up,

“What’s His Name” earned him New England Songwriter Of The Year honors. 2020 projects include jam band Creamery Station, alt rock acts Shame Penguin and Fiction, singer songwriter Hawkins French and new music from Beach Boy Blondie Chaplin, The Namedroppers, Carole Sylvan, and Me Like Many.

Horizon Music Group has recently launched an artist development wing to further the careers of new artists. Vic is always looking for the next record to produce and act to build. Look him up at the conference panels and showcases, or in the mentoring room. 

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