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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.

Chantal Epp

Founder and CEO of ClicknClear

Chantal is the founder of music tech company ClicknClear, the world’s only licensing platform delivering the power of officially licensed music to performance sports worldwide, an untapped $1Bn a year market.

She has a professional background in music licensing, and Cheerleading as a coach, music producer, and global ambassador for ParaCheer (disability inclusive cheerleading). Chantal combined her two passions in order to create a solution to a global problem which was highlighted by a lawsuit between Sony Records and the Cheerleading industry. Fun fact: Chantal is a World Champion Cheerleader!

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 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

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.

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.

Doug Green

New Rivals Entertainment

newrivalsent.com   

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.    

Geoffrey R. Scott

The Dickinson School of Law of the Penn State University, Director, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Clinic

Gine 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.

Hunter Scott

Trend PR & High Q Digital

 

Hunter Scott has established his reputation for innovation, integrity, and imagination in today’s ever-changing climate. It began with an idea: that the new digital era could empower forward-thinking musicians willing to partner in their own success.

Established in 2008, TREND is a full-service PR firm focusing on press outreach, lifestyle branding, and social media management. He also serves as Head of Brand Development for High Q Digital, TREND’s sister company that specializes in social media marketing for entertainment clients, non-profit organizations, and other brands.

In addition to running TREND and HighQ Digital, Hunter serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Musicians Foundation, a non-profit that provides scholarships for music and music business education.

An engaging panelist and speaker, Hunter shares his knowledge at seminars and panels produced by SESAC, ASCAP, SAG/AFTRA, Goldman Sachs, SxSW, The GRAMMY Museum, CD Baby, Cutting Edge Business Conference, and MIDEM, among others. Hunter is profiled alongside luminaries including former NARAS/Grammy president Neil Portnow and Gene Simmons (KISS) in the book It All Begins with the Music.

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 

http://www.jlsmgmt.com

JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music were founded in January of 2013 by entertainment industry veteran Jason Spiewak with a deep appreciation for the company’s slogan and mantra: great music will always find an audience. It is his unblinking passion for artist development and embracing of new technologies that has guided Spiewak for over two decades in music.  

Spiewak learned the music business on the independent side of the record company world, with early work experience at Artemis Records, Studio E Records and TVT Records.  At Artemis, Spiewak ran the company’s college radio program, scoring high-charting records for Warren Zevon, Steve Earle, Sugarcult, and a number one with “Loose Screw” by The Pretenders.  At TVT Records, Spiewak executed online marketing campaigns for artists including Pitbull, Ying Yang Twins, 213, Sevendust, and the double platinum “Crunk Juice” by Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz. 

Spiewak co-founded the Warner Music (ADA) distributed-label Rock Ridge Music in 2004, later to be named that company’s President.  While at Rock Ridge, Spiewak’s A&R credits included artists as diverse as Reel Big Fish, Kittie, Ingram Hill, Tony Lucca and Pat McGee.  The company’s online marketing clients included Atlantic Records, J Records, RCA Records, RUN DMC, Twisted Sister, Barry Manilow and Better Than Ezra.  Under Spiewak’s leadership, the label enjoyed the success of high-charting releases by Sister Hazel, Rachel Platten, Five.Bolt.Main, Psychostick, Reel Big Fish, and a #1 jazz record by former baseball great Bernie Williams. 


Spiewak has been a NARAS (Grammy) voting member since 2003, and is an accomplished producer, pianist, studio musician, and songwriter.  He has been writing a song a week since November of 2011, sparked by joining Bob Schnieder’s “The Song Game” at that time.  Additionally, Spiewak donates his time to the Music Is Love Exchange, a charitable organization that leads groups of musicians and fans to Guatemala annually for week-long service trips.

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.

Jimmy Clark

JC Music & Wellness LLC

JCMusicAndWellness.com

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

https://www.kickstarter.com/experts

Jim Logrando is the founding partner of Craft Services, a music strategy agency specializing in Kickstarter project management, strategic marketing, music supervision, and brand partnerships. Prior to launching CS, Jim held senior roles in strategic marketing and brand development at Redeye Worldwide and Yep Roc Records, as well as an advisory role at Kickstarter. Jim’s career in music began on-air in radio and he continues to be a songwriter, blackjack player, t-shirt collector, and a baseball enthusiast.

Jim Price

Adjunct Professor Communications Penn State Altoona

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

Joe 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.

Joel Haston

PinUp Artists Management 
 
 
Joel has been a promoter for 15 years under the monkier PinUp Productions and in that time we’ve expanded into doing events in 5 regions of California and over 20 different cities. He is one of only 2 completely independent promoters in CA that still put on events, most have all been absorbed by bigger companies or closed up shop due to the competition. In addition PinUp Artist Management is going for 4 years old with a staff of eight and roughly 30 artists, with a complete 6 or so years in the saddle developing artists independently. Prior to PinUp Joel was the VP of Process Records. In 2019 Joel started consultation services for brand new bands & for people/small business’ both locally and trying enter into the music industry. 

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.

Joshua Ansley

Truth Be Shone Films

Joshua Ansley’s career has been as diverse as his musical tastes and styles. As the original bass player for Streetlight Manifesto on their debut album ‘Everything Goes Numb’ his work was lauded as a lead bassist, helping to advance the emphatic sound that he had begun on his Victory Records debut with Catch 22 on the underground favorite ‘Keasbey Nights.’ As a Capitol Records Recording Artist in the band HURT he found a smoother, more mature style while working with drummer Evan Johns and learning a great deal from Evan’s legendary producer father, Andy Johns. Joshua has been main support on arena tours with Alice In Chains, Staind, 3 Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Army of Anyone and more.

Joshua is now working on his own project ‘The Least of Thieves’ as lead singer, bassist and guitarist with members of all his previous projects. The power and style of ‘The Least of Thieves’ is indicative of the wide range of flavors he has encountered living and touring in places like London, Mexico and all over the United States. ‘The Least of Thieves’ debut is set to be released in 2020.

John Harris

The John Harris Group

https://www.facebook.com/pg/johnharrisgroup

John Harris Group is a Consultancy to the Entertainment, Sports and Hospitality Industries. We create, develop and maintain professional relationships. John is the founder of the Millennium Music Conference & Showcases and the Singer Songwriter of Cape May (NJ).

Karen Allen

Creator, Twitch for Musicians

https://www.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’

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).
 

Keyz O’Donnovan

Maschine Life Empire

http://www.maschinelife.com/

Producer and CEO of Maschine Life Empire, Keyz Da Don is no stranger to the music scene. At the age of 12, Keyz started making music after a studio session where his older brother allowed him to record a small excerpt for the intro of a song. He “fell in love”, says Keyz and he has been making music ever since. Named Keyz for his love for the piano and his ability to unlock things in artists they didn’t even knew they possessed, he is the in house producer over all 6 artists of Maschine Life. Production work for Keyz outside of the Empire’s artists include Rick Ross, Maino, Fat Trel, Sha Stimuli, Dred Skeezy, and more.

Kurt Schmel

Owner, The Beard Music Group

www.tbmg.rocks

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.

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

http://www.narip.com/

Les Scott is a veteran of the music industry whose publishing company Source Q Boutique specializes in music placement in film & television and currently represents over 300 writers/artists. SQB is exclusively marketed through its alliances with Crucial Music Group,Fuze Artz LLC. and Expressive Artists. Recent SQB placements include; Red Widow (abc), Castle (abc), Breaking Bad (amc), Southland (tnt), The Glades (a&e), The Nine Lives Of Chloe King (abc family), Army Wives (lifetime), Cold Case (cbs), Ugly Betty (abc), Saving Grace (tnt), Prison Break (fox), Friday Night Lights (nbc), Californication (showtime), to name a few. As a producer, he is commissioned to produce master recordings for such companies as Universal Music Group, Killer Tracks, FirstCom Music, One Music and Network Music. Les has produced over 200 artists/bands in all genres wherein his writings and productions appear daily throughout the film/tv industries. Mr. Scott consults on intellectual property and other legal matters such as: music licenses, band agreements, producer and recording contracts, writer collaborations, performance releases, publishing agreements, cue sheets and is hired to draft custom agreements. Mr. Scott is available for private consultation – (602) 705-3554 lesscott@fastq.co

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. Since its founding, ReverbNation has remained committed to giving its 5 million Artists access to powerful promotional tools, connections to the music industry, and exposure to a worldwide audience. With the company’s industry-leading talent identification capability, ReverbNation plays a pivotal role in the development of the next generation of successful Artists. Plaia dedicates most of his time brokering valuable opportunities for ReverbNation’s Artists by connecting them to record labels, talent buyers, promoters, agents, managers, publications/blogs, brands, playlist curators, radio stations, and other industry professionals. Plaia has created alliances with dozens of labels to act as an A&R source and has also created partnerships with some of the world’s largest music festivals including Summerfest, Warped Tour, Sturgis Buffalo Chip, and hundreds of other live events.


In 2016, Plaia also launched Hot Rats Entertainment, a management/consultant firm.

Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked 12 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 4 years with Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matchbox 20, and many others.

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.

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.

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 2020 will mark Mishko’s 12 th  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.”

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.

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

WHOMAG Distribution
  
 
Rob Schwartz is the CEO/Founder of WHOMAG Distribution/SONY Orchard and WHO?MAG MULTIMEDIA.  His distribution company has over 500 releases including a Grammy Award Winning album and multiply #1 Billboard albums.  He has also placed over 100 songs in movies and TV shows.  

Rob is a voting member of the Grammy’s (Philadelphia Chapter) and one of the youngest members of the Broadcast Pioneers.  He owns 3 music TV shows that air worldwide on broadcast, smart TVs, set top boxes, satellite TV, and more.   His shows WHO?MAG TV, DMTV, and Video Vision have given hundreds of independent artists a new platform to be seen worldwide.

Rob also owns multiple TV networks including iFame TV (first channel on Apple TV and Roku to play hip hop and EDM), WHO?MAG Multimedia (called the Netflix of Music – watch on Apple TV, Roku, Google Play, an app in all cellphone stores, and whomagtv.com), and Video Vision (all genres of music videos – watch on Apple TV and Roku).  His networks are also built into 18 of the biggest international smart TVs.

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. 

 

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

https://www.facebook.com/Horizon-Music-Group-206992782007/

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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