Play MPE; Vice President / Label & Radio Relations
Michael Becker is the Vice President of Label and Radio Relations for Play MPE, based in Los Angeles. A California native, Michael started in the music business in 1983. While working to obtain his Bachelor's degree at UCLA, he supported himself by DJing in some of LA's top nightclubs, and then moved on to work in LA radio- first as a consultant for the legendary KROQ, and later at POWER 106 and KIIS FM, where he assisted in programming, production, and doing some of their first on-air mix shows. He quickly connected with some of the top execu… Read more
In her role as an Executive Director for Trendera, MaryLeigh is able to use her captivation with design, entertainment, food, writing and people watching to help create comprehensive studies that touch on all of these things, while working with clients to educate and consult on the access, engagement and analysis of consumer behavior. Formerly, MaryLeigh worked as Trend Coordinator for The Intelligence Group, where she researched and contributed to The Cassandra Report and daily trend newsletter trendcentral. She has also presented to and worked on consulting projec… Read more
In January 2009, Millie was appointed to the newly created position of Export Music Producer, Sounds Australia. The role, jointly funded between APRA|AMCOS and the Australia Council for the Arts, overseas the management and implementation of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA - the national export platform specifically developed for the contemporary Australian music industry's representation at key music markets, promoting Australian artists and musical repertoire to the world at events such as MIDEM, SXSW, The Great Escape, CMJ Music Marathon, Music Matters, Americana, F… Read more
eMusic/Simple Social Graces and Kitchen; Sr. Director Label Relations/ Artist Manager/ Whole Foods Chef
2845 MOLLY NEUMAN began her career in music first as a founding member of feminist punk band Bratmobile and continued on into nearly every job imaginable from there from label owner, to artist manager to label relations executive for digital retailer & she's done it all! Now she's added natural foods chef and nutritional consultant to her resume and hopes to connect all these dots into a scalable health and wellness program for young women and artists.
Monee` Perry got her start in the entertainment industry working at various Los Angeles radio stations from 1997 to 2005 in all capacities including: On air personality, Assistant Program Director, Community Director, Programming Coordinator, Production Assistant, Board Op and Promotions Assistant. Using radio as her foundation Monee eventually moved over to the management side of things at Music World Entertainment in 2005. Music World was her training ground for all things related to working with huge artists like Destiny's Child and Beyonce along … Read more
Pandora ; Director, Artist Partnerships & Programming
As Director of Artist Programming, Matt Ostrower is instrumental in driving Pandora's success across multiple elements of artist development, ad sales marketing and strategy. With his unique expertise combining new media and a deep knowledge of the music industry, Matt is highly skilled in creating and managing effective campaigns, which ultimately connect artists, fans and brands. By building and leveraging strategic partnerships with artists, record labels and management, he develops innovative solutions that increase engagement, generat… Read more
MusicMicks Inc; Music Supervisor/Executive Music Producer
Music Supervisor, Matt Sullivan, has overseen the music on such major motion pictures as 'Chicago,' 'Hairspray,' 'Dreamgirls,' 'Nine,' 'Rent,' and 'Idlewild.' One of his current projects is the film 'Rock Of Ages,' starring Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Mary J. Blige and others. Sullivan's accomplishments were recognized in his contribution to the Oscar¬¨√Ü award winning film 'Chicago,' whose soundtrack garnered both Oscar¬¨√Ü and Grammy¬¨√Ü nominations and wins. Sullivan also contributed as a m… Read more
Monika Tashman has discovered, developed and worked with a broad range of clients in rock, hip-hop and pop. She specializes in multi-platform talent, child performers and creating dynamic new model deals. She negotiates and counsels clients on a diverse range of agreements and transactions in new media, internet, film and television, among others. She is also well versed in brand and enterprise development and her clients include gold and platinum musical artists, prominent actors, authors, producers, directors, writers, entertainment entrep… Read more
Marc Fort is the publications coordinator and webmaster for the Texas Music Office, an economic development program for the state of Texas within the Office of the Governor. Annual publications Fort co-edits for the Texas Music Office include the Texas Music Events Calendar, the Texas Music Education Primer, the Getting Started in the Music Business reference guide and the Texas Talent Register. Fort also maintains the TMO website - EnjoyTexasMusic.com - which annually attracts more than 350,000 unique visitors resulting in more than 1,000,000 page vi… Read more
Neeta Ragoowansi is Director of Artist-Label Relations at SoundExchange, the performance rights organization that collects/distributes royalties on behalf of recording artists and record labels for streaming of their sound recordings. She is also a musician/songwriter and entertainment attorney. Neeta was Assistant General Counsel for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Symphony Orchestra as well as on the Board of Songwriters Association of Washington DC. She currently serves on the Record Academy/NARAS NY Chapter Board, is V… Read more
Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer and producer, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987, including: The GRAMMY-Award winning album "AURA" -- which he co-produced; "Decoy" - which he also co-produced; "You're Under Arrest", and the 2008 GRAMMY nominated "Miles From India" - which hit #8 on the Billboard jazz charts and helped se… Read more
After years as a band manager, promoter, and restauranteur, Nic took the helm at The Roxy in 1998. An entrepreneur and community builder, Nic was drawn to the cutting edge concepts he found in the burgeoning field of social media. In 2007 he launched a blog that went on to win The VH-1 Rock Honors Award for Best Music Venue Website. Always an early adaptor Nic began tweeting in 2008 and is now the #1 Music Venue on Twitter and Facebook in the world. As his social media program grew, Nic began to see the importance of being a part of the larger community of the Sunset Str… Read more
Nick Chakalos is President of Catch Media. In this role, he leads worldwide business development, sales and all North American operations. Mr. Chakalos brings more than twenty years of business leadership, product management, and business development experience in technology, Internet, and consumer electronics companies. Prior to assuming his current position, Chakalos held several executive positions within Motorola where he led internet video, on-demand video, content management, and set top software businesses. He joined Motorola through the acquisition of Ucentric Sys… Read more
With over 12 years experience in innovating marketing technologies through several successful startups to date,Nihal Mehta, is a noted expert in the emerging adoption of mobile technologies for media properties and consumer brands. Named a top 10 NYC 'game changer' in the 2010 New York Enterprise Report, one of twenty RCR Wireless News 'mobile movers and shakers' in 2008, a BusinessWeek 'M-Commerce Baron' in 2006 and named one of AdAge's 'top 20 marketers in their 20s' in 2005, Nihal is currently CEO and co-founder of LocalResponse, Inc. which helps brands and businesses rea… Read more
Panos is the founder and CEO of Sonicbids, the leading matchmaking site for emerging bands and music promoters. Sonicbids current membership consists of 325,000 bands and 25,000 promoters from over 100 countries. Last year, the site facilitated some 80,000 deals between its two groups of users. The idea for Sonicbids came to Panos while reading the book "Blur" and he decided to go for it in September of 2000. Before that, he was a talent agent for seven years, working as Vice President of the International Division at a boutique Boston-based agency and representing lege… Read more
Jason Pascal is currently Vice President & Associate General Counsel at The Orchard, a physical and digital distributor of independent music and video. The Orchard has been in business for 14 years, and distributes recordings by 12,000 labels via 600+ retail outlets worldwide, with offices in 25 countries. Jason's prior experience included his own film/music/telecommunications law practice from 2002-2005, running the music division at the 1st ad-supported, digital distribution model, called PlayJ, from 1999-2001, and Legal and Business Affairs at BMG … Read more
Relapse Records; Director of Sales and Retail promotions
With over 20 years in the music business, from store clerk to retail promotions to sales and now all of the above and more the music business has been a roller coaster and Pat Egan has had a front row seat. Having worked with such diverse artists as MASTODON and BARONESS, Public Enemy, Ringo Starr, and The Wu Tang Clan, Carole King, Brian Poeshn, and RED FANG he has seen it all.
Patrick Sullivan is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property and copyright management for both physical and digital media and is the co-founder, President and CEO of RightsFlow. He helped pioneer a service that offers a single, cost-effective channel through which rights-holders and companies that sell or distribute music can connect, ensuring proper licensing, accurate accounting and timely payment of royalties for publishing (mechanicals). The company's proprietary licensing, accounting and royalty payment technology makes it easy for businesses selling… Read more
Peter Wright has spent his entire career in the music business in the independent sector including stints as VP of Operations at Mute, GM at Rykodisc and GM at Instinct Records. In 2003 Peter set up Virtual Label LLC - a service company for artists and indie labels offering access to physical and digital distribution, marketing and consulting services. Peter is also chairman of the American Association for Independent Music's New Media Committee.
Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro's eclectic and wholly individual career path has led to acclaimed and ground-breaking projects like the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the annual Jammys awards show, America's Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival, the leading 3D technology company, 3ality Digital, celebrated venues, Wetlands, Slipper Room, and Brooklyn Bowl, and publisher of Relix Magazine. Founding Board member of the voter registration group, Headcount, and member of the Arts Committee of the City Parks Foundation's Bo… Read more
Peter Katsis is a partner and cofounding member of Prospect Park as well as a twenty year veteran of the entertainment business. At the age of 23 Peter managed his first group, the infamous Chicago alt-rock band Ministry. While in Chicago during the mid-80's Katsis was closely involved with the birth of house music as he acted as the main agent for Chicago house acts, sending artists like Marshal Jefferson and Adonis to London and New York. In 1990, Katsis moved to Los Angeles to start managing bands with partner Jeff Kwatinetz. This lead to the formation of The Firm, of… Read more
Peter McCarthy is Senior Vice President of Marketing at The Orchard. In this role, Pete leads the strategic marketing efforts across The Orchard's global marketing and distribution platform. Additionally, McCarthy contributes to driving growth and innovation by identifying market trends and opportunities, developing new business models, identifying third party partnerships, and working with the Product Development and Engineering teams to expand The Orchard's core marketing services, products, and capabilities. Prior to joining The Orchard in 2011,… Read more
Dr. Portia Sabin got her Ph.D. at Columbia University. She is the President of the legendary independent label Kill Rock Stars, and currently serves on the boards of two independent label trade organizations: A2IM (the American Association of Independent Music) and WIN (the World Independent Network).
Prashant Bahadur is Vice President, Strategy at The Orchard, where he's responsible for corporate level business initiatives for the company. As part of this role, he looks at growing The Orchard business in Asia and South America. Bahadur began his career with PepsiCo in marketing, and later moved to EMI where he worked across the sales, marketing and new media areas. Bahadur holds an MBA in marketing and has a Masters of Arts from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.
Born to a middle-class family in White Plains, NY, BRIAN ELLIS spent most of his life in New Jersey and Connecticut (where he moved right before high school). It was in Connecticut that he first began to get interested in hip-hop, constantly writing rhymes and working on beats as often as he could. Nicknamed "Raydar" by his friends because of his habit of researching and tracking down information, Ellis enrolled in North Carolina A&T State University to study electrical engineering. However, after two years Raydar decided he wanted to pursue music seriously, and t… Read more
Rhapsody Managing Editor Rob Harvilla has come to digital music after years in the alt-weekly salt mines, having written and edited for papers in Columbus, the San Francisco Bay Area, and most recently the Village Voice in NYC. He writes for Deadspin, SPIN and a few other places, too. He lives in Oakland with his wife and a generally amusing newborn son.
American Association of Independent Music ("A2IM"); President
Rich Bengloff is the President of The American Association of Independent Music ( 'A2IM') which is a not-for-profit trade organization fighting for and protecting the rights of the Independent music label community. Rich also serves as a board member on the boards of the SoundExchange and the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies ("AARC"). Rich has spent much of his career in the music and entertainment industry, having worked at both music labels and music distributors at both independent (RED, Combat/Relativity/In Effect) a… Read more
Richard Gottehrer is Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard. He began his career in the music industry as a songwriter, penning classics such as "My Boyfriend's Back" and "I Want Candy" and was an artist in the 1960s pop group, The Strangeloves. In 1966, he co-founded leading independent record label Sire Records with fellow luminary Seymour Stein. Sire was later sold to the Time Warner Corporation, and Mr. Gottehrer went on to make a name as a multi-platinum producer for well-known music acts, including Blondie, The Go-Go's, The Raveon… Read more
Way over there is a small Melbourne based independent music programming operation representing local venues and national Australian music festivals. Current clients - FALLS FESTIVALS, VIC and TAS SOUTHBOUND FESTIVAL, WA 3 shows in the late Dec-early Jan timeframe (Australian summer). Each show is in a separate state in holiday locations. 50,000 tickets across the shows. PARKLIFE National touring pop / dance / electronic festival in 5 cities through late Sept / early Oct. 120,000 tickets across the shows. GTM FESTIVALS 5 single day shows based in regional towns in fi… Read more
CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT (CI); NORTH AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVE
Rob Weitzner brings a rich strategic perspective gained during a 20 year career that has successfully traversed the traditional and digital dimensions of the music industry. As the North American Representative for Consolidated Independent (CI), Rob is charged with overseeing the expansion of the company's digital supply business in the territory. Rob has served in key leadership roles prior to CI, including the VP, Global Business Development at IODA; the founding Head of Membership & Development for the American Association of Indep… Read more
Robbie has always been busy. He's been in bands. Released two records of debatable quality. Toured America. Written about music for over a dozen publications, both small and large. Won an AAN award. Worked for a boutique marketing company. Worked at one of the world's largest distributors, driving marketing strategy for clients, and was named "not old and somewhat relevant" by Billboard during his time there. He recently made the move to an independent record label. He just got his first iPhone, and his Fantasy Football team is a surprising 5-0.
Currently Director of Programming for Sirius XM's Independent music focused Sirius XM U, Robert spent four years in college radio at the University of Arizona's KAMP. He has worked in radio since 1994 both on the air and in programming. Robert has served as Operations Manager at WXRK (K-Rock), NY, an on-air personality at KROQ, Los Angeles, and Program Director at KFMA Tucson, AZ.
Lyric translation pioneer, focused on bringing international music into China, RS has vast experience in the music biz over 30+ years. He's helped create top labels, many superstar artist careers, for profit and non-profit businesses. He's run the French Music Export Office, NA, European Music Office US, and now directs Brazil Music Exchange, US. He speaks at music conferences globally, consults CMJ, CMW, Ignis Tech and co-owns and licenses cutting edge tech and companies, including 88tc88, in the lyric translation and dubbing business.
Ron Faris is head of Brand Marketing at Virgin Mobile USA. He is responsible for managing the brand's strategic evolution, as well as all aspects of creative and consumer-facing engagement, including advertising, merchandising, branded entertainment, viral initiatives, sponsorships, and cause marketing. Prior to this, he was responsible for managing all lifestyle marketing, including key sponsorships with Lady Gaga, Travis Pastrana, Britney Spears, UFC, and the New York Knicks. He was also responsible for managing the Virgin Mobile Festival franchi… Read more
Ron Schneier leads Base79 U.S. and Canadian efforts to help content owners maximize their revenue opportunities across all IP connected devices including PC, tablets, and connected TV. Schneier has extensive experience in marketing and distributing quality content. For 17 years he ran both ad sales and affiliate sales, at A&E Television and was instrumental in building four successful networks including A&E, The History Channel, The Biography Channel and History International. Schneier joined Base79 as COO North America in the fall of 2010. Through actively managing … Read more
Ruby Marchand is a global A&R professional who has discovered, developed and nurtured artists across a multitude of genres during her career at Warner Music Group. Currently, she is Head of A&R and oversees Ryko, where she's signed such artists as Keb Mo, Will Hoge, Fran Healy, Allison Moorer, The Posies, Sam & Ruby, Matt White and Matt Duke. Previously, as VP of A&R at Warner Music International, Ruby worked with both prominent and emerging artists throughout Europe, Southeast Asia, Latin America, Canada and Australia/New Zealand. Ruby is a Trustee of NARAS, a Governor of th… Read more
Ryan got his start in the music business at the age of 19 as a partner at the LA-based indie label Record Collection where he focused on marketing and A&R, working closely with The Walkmen, John Frusciante, Har Mar Superstar, Murs, as well as on the Spiderman 3 Soundtrack and the Sprout surf film soundtrack in conjunction with Brushfire Records. He left Record Collection to start Science Records, a record label and marketing consulting firm. There he signed and developed Blessthefall, Murs, Beat Union, and helped bring Against Me, Lights, My Chemical Romance, and Th… Read more
Live Nation Entertainment; Senior Manager of Marketing Solutions/Digital Business Development
Samantha Sichel leads Digital Marketing Solutions for Live Nation Entertainment. This includes working with the Live Nation Sales and Account Management teams to conceptualize and budget strategic partnerships & creative revenue streams for Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, HouseofBlues.com and our social channels, and often extend them into the offline/venue/touring landscapes.
Roadrunner Records USA; Senior Vice President - New Media
Jon Satterley has worked in the music industry for over twenty years - first in retail at legendary Melbourne indie stores Greville Records and Missing Link, later for independent distro company Siren Records and ultimately for Roadrunner Records where he was Managing Director of Roadrunner Australia for 12 years before being asked to move to New York in 2007 to head up New Media and Global Strategy for the US and International Roadrunner companies. During his time in the industry Jon has also completed a law degree (JD) with honours, a… Read more
Simon was the Director of Digital Entertainment in the US for 19 Entertainment for the past 4 years representing the digital efforts for the television brands American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, musical acts including Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Adam Lambert and the icons Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali and more. This includes the development of mobile apps, multi-platform games, sponsorships and exclusive online content that extends the 19 brands. Previously Simon worked in digital for Fox and Showtime over a seven year period worki… Read more
Over the past 15 years, Scott LeGere has played key roles in the ownership and operation of audio recording facilities, independent record labels, and commercial music production companies. As a musician, engineer, and producer, Scott's work has been critically acclaimed and contributed to Grammy nominated albums and numerous advertising awards. With a BA from Carleton College and a Masters in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University, Scott is excited to combine his professional experience with media focused educational strategies a… Read more
Scott Sellwood, SVP and General Counsel at RightsFlow, oversees the company's business operations and legislative affairs. A former litigator and counselor for an international array of companies and with a wide-ranging experience in licensing, publishing, and digital distribution, Scott applies his substantial experience drafting and negotiating complex agreements and implementing strategic business initiatives. Additionally, he's also been the manager of a vinyl-only record label (Pedal Bark Records), an independent promoter, and a well-traveled musician, h… Read more
Scott Macaulay is a New York-based producer and the Editor-in-Chief of Filmmaker Magazine, the leading American magazine devoted to independent film. In this position, he directs the magazine's editorial content, including special features such as its annual 25 New Faces. With his partner, Robin O'Hara, and their production company, Forensic Films, Macaulay has produced or executive produced many award-winning features. They include: Peter Sollett's Raising Victor Vargas; Harmony Korine's Gummo and julien donkey-boy; Alice Wu's Saving Face; Tom Noonan's What Happened… Read more
Steve Ellis serves as co-Founder and CEO of WhoSay, a social media management platform built exclusively for famous artists, athletes and other personalities. Prior to WhoSay, Ellis served as founder and CEO of Pump Audio Inc, a US-based music licensing company that represents independent artists and their music worldwide for placement in TV, advertising, video games and film. Pump Audio created an original marketplace for music by managing the rights and content of musicians while serving the needs of media companies worldwide through the effective use of database and search techno… Read more
Primary Wave Music; Partner & Director of Marketing / Artist Development
Seth Faber is a partner in Primary Wave Music, one of the largest music publishing & marketing companies in the US, where he has served as Director of Marketing and Artist Development since June 2008. Faber is responsible for generating unique remunerative opportunities for several of Primary Wave's iconic catalogues including Steven Tyler, Chicago, Graham Parker, MGM Films, & Steve Earle. In this capacity, he also oversees Primary Wave Records, a joint venture with EMI, whose artist roster includes Jessica Simpson, Eric … Read more
Sibley is serial entrepreneur, founding innovative companies working on virtual worlds & social games as well as natural language processing. Sibley currently works as the Chairman & Founder of The Electric Sheep Company, known for its work on games & virtual worlds for major brands & entertainment companies, including two Emmy Award winning projects. ESC has most recently built StreamJam, a virtual venue for experiencing very social live music broadcasts.
Munsey Ricci is the president of Skateboard Marketing Ltd. One of the industries leading Independent metal radio promotion companies. Now in their 20th year, Skateboard Marketing Ltd. has been on the forefront of record promotion and marketing for all the major and many Independent labels. Prior to Skateboard Marketing Ltd. Ricci was the Dir National Metal Promotion for PolyGram Records. He also spend a brief stint at Combat/In-Effect Records. Ricci was also a former CMJ staff member from 1986-1989.
Regarded as the ultimate tastemaker in music, Nic Harcourt has helped launch the careers of KT Tunstall, Ting Tings, Sigur Ros, Damien, Rice, Death Cab for Cutie, Franz Ferdinand, Interpol, Adele and countless others. He has been described by music writer Mark Weingarten as The most influential DJ in America. After 10 years as KCRW Music Director, Nic stepped down to pursue other opportunities. Currently a DJ at KCSN-FM (88.5), Nic also serves as the host of the award winning Guitar Center Sessions on DirecTV's 101 and n3D channels and works in Television & Film as a co… Read more
As founder of Song Stew Entertainment, Jonathan McHugh has spent 25 years in the music, Film & TV business, producing and music supervising films. Most recently as Sr. Vp. at Island/Def Jam Music he co produced the Morgan Sprurlock Sony Pictures Doc. "Greatest Movie Ever Sold" & the Paramount film "Justin Bieber's Never Say Never." Currently he music supervising the films "Crush"and "Beyond the Mat."
Steven Scharf Entertainment/Carlin America; President/Sr. V.P. Creative
Steven Scharf's 42 years in the recording industry has covered areas of record producing, A&R, music publishing, and management. In 1991, he founded Steven Scharf Entertainment, a producer management company, and ventured with legendary music publisher Freddy Bienstock of Carlin America serving as their Sr. V.P. Creative. Since then, SSE has represented a wide array of international producers and film composers and licences over 100 artists for film and television. Steven is also a founding member and V.P. of the Music Man… Read more