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Wednesday, May 17 • 11:00am - 11:50am
LGBTQ in the Music Business: Where is the Representation?

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We know that the LGBTQ fan base for music across all genres is substantial. In fact, the LGBTQ fans outspend non-LGBTQ fans by 48% annually on music each year. Yet, the number of artists who openly identify as LGBTQ does not match that reality – nor the reality that millennials and younger generations are identifying as LGBTQ in far greater numbers than previous generations.  And behind the scenes in the industry, leaders report difficulty in identifying and recruiting LGBTQ talent at all levels. In its second year at Music Biz tackling timely issues, GLAAD asks some provocative questions. Are LGBTQ artists reluctant to come out in the industry? Are there appropriate efforts being made to attract and retain LGBTQ employees to the industry on the business side? Or are they working in the industry already and simply afraid to come out? Our panel of experts and influencers will weigh in.

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Zeke Stokes

VP of Programs, GLAAD
A veteran of the fights to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and overturn the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) at the U.S. Supreme Court, Zeke Stokes joined GLAAD as VP of Programs in 2014.  In that role, he oversees GLAAD's advocacy work to advance the stories of LGBT people... Read More →

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Cody Alan

Host/Producer, CMT/iHeartRadio
Cody Alan is the host of Hot 20 Countdown, CMT's signature weekly music TV show, delivered to 90 million homes. Heard as host and executive producer of CMT After MidNite and CMT Radio Live on over 250 stations, with nearly three million weekly listeners, Alan is undoubtedly one of... Read More →
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Kristen Ellis-Henderson

Founding Member, Guitarist and Songwriter, Antigone Rising
Kristen Ellis-Henderson is a founding member, guitarist and songwriter for the all-female Rock band Antigone Rising. The band’s 2006 debut album, “From the Ground Up" was the Starbucks Hear Music First label debut. Selling upwards of 10,000 copies a week for most of 2006, the... Read More →
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Ty Herndon

GRAMMY-nominated artist Ty Herndon has sold more than four million albums throughout his career and charted 17 singles, including three No. 1s and numerous Top 10 hits.  In November 2014, he became the first major male Country artist to come out as gay.  Shortly after, he made history... Read More →
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Matt Yazge

VP, Head of Brand Sponsorship, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads the Brand Sponsorship team at Nielsen Music. Throughout his career at Nielsen, Yazge has helped leaders in global entertainment and partnership marketing with their music, film, fashion, and lifestyle marketing strategies. In his current role, he helps brands activate... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
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