Music Biz 2017 has ended
Please note that Monday, May 15 consists of pre-convention meetings, digital service workshops, the Entertainment & Technology Law Conference, and the Industry Jam 2. The full program will take place Tuesday, May 16  through Thursday, May 18.  

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Career Development Workshops [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 16

9:00am CDT

Career Development Keynote: Dream in 3D by SaulPaul
Part rapper/part singer-songwriter, SaulPaul is a Musician with a Message who travels the world living his “Dream in 3D.” SaulPaul’s life looks a lot different than the humble beginnings shown in the film based on his life. Imagine being born into poverty without a mother or father. Picture growing up in the ghetto surrounded by drugs and murder. Visualize being incarcerated in prison, but then, see yourself going against all odds and graduating from one of the nation’s top universities. This was SaulPaul’s life. From juvenile incarceration, to college graduation, to international sensation, SaulPaul transformed his dreams into reality. SaulPaul will perform music from his album Dream in 3D and share his inspiring story and an insightful message about overcoming adversity and grasping greatness.

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Musician with a Message
SaulPaul is a Musician with a Message. He has been featured on America’s Got Talent and MTV and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Part rapper/part singer-songwriter, SaulPaul travels the world entertaining and inspiring audiences as he blends his voice, guitar and loop... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Grand Ballroom West

9:30am CDT

Careers in Music: A Survey of Jobs in a Fast-changing Music Industry
There are many ways that one can work in the music industry without being a musician, artist manager, agent, or record-label employee. In this session, you will learn about jobs in the field that you may have never heard about. Our panel of professionals will inform you about the almost limitless options that exist in our industry with an emphasis on how they arrived at where they are today.

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Ben Yonas

Manager, Yonas Media
Ben Yonas is both a producer and an artist manager having started his career in the Bay Area back in 2001. His diverse production/engineering credits include Rubén Blades, Making Movies, Mos Def, TV On The Radio, Ledisi, Mickey Hart, Sammy Hagar, Lenka Dusilova, Crystal Monee Hall... Read More →

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John Hazen

Product Management & Business Integration, INgrooves Music Group
John Hazen is the lead product manager for supply chain systems at INgrooves Music Group.  He graduated from New York University and spent a number of years working in distribution and audio production before moving to San Francisco and joining INgrooves in 2010.  After running... Read More →
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Lucia Kaminsky

Head of Digital, Borman Entertainment
Lucia Kaminsky is the Head of Digital at Borman Entertainment. In this role, she advocates on behalf of the Borman roster to secure programs with streaming and digital partners, such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, Google, Tidal, Amazon Music, Facebook, and Instagram. Kaminsky also... Read More →
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Lanita Smith

Singer, Songwriter & Publisher
Born in Fayetteville, raised in Memphis and now living in Los Angeles, Lanita Smith who grew up singing in the family church and went from performing locally to being featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live in under three years. A songwriter, musician and singer, Smith was handpicked by Don... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 9:30am - 10:10am CDT
Grand Ballroom West

10:15am CDT

The Entrepreneur Mindset: Resources to Get You Started
Ever wanted to be your own boss? Come discover what it takes to launch your own music business! Whether it is a new technology-venture, your own band, or a new music service company, you will have access to a large amount of useful resources to help you get started. Vast amount of information will be made available for incorporating, finding capital, marketing, TABC and tax details, insurance, and copyrights/trademark.

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Stan Renard

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Music Marketing Program, University of Texas at San Antonio

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Channing Moreland

EVAmore, EVAmore
Cofounder of EVAmore, a technology driven platform that connects events planners with vetted live entertainment.
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Brandon Vondera

Sales And Marketing Specialist, Event Escrow
Brandon Vondera began his entrepreneurial journey in hospitality operating a frozen yogurt shop. He followed that up with a move to Texas, where he began booking shows, organizing music festivals, and got hooked on the music life. After zeroing his focus, Vondera joined Ben Hodge... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:15am - 10:45am CDT
Grand Ballroom West

11:00am CDT

Kickstarting Your Music Biz Career

The music industry is a highly competitive field for recent grads to enter. How can you stand out in an already saturated market? What skills are prominent music companies in need of? What are the most effective ways of networking? We'll explore these questions and more with leading professionals across the business.

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Jackie Otero

Program Director- Music Business Degrees, Full Sail University
Jackie Otero is the Program Director of the Entertainment Business & Music Business Bachelor of Science Programs at Full Sail University. Otero previously working in artist management, supporting artists such as Aimee Mann, Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, Ian Axel of A Great Big World, Clap... Read More →

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Charity Lomax

Tour Manager/Artist Relations, JH Audio
As a tour manager/production coordinator, Charity Lomax has traveled the world with several well-known artists, including Aerosmith, Queen Latifah, and the Pussycat Dolls. Her job entails handling the logistics for a tour, taking care of everything from booking travel to overseeing... Read More →
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Joe Rapolla

Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department, Monmouth University
Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, where he oversees all student Performing Arts Programs, directs the Music Industry Program, and founded the university record label, Blue Hawk Records. A recognized music industry innovator, he... Read More →
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Steve Robertson

SVP of A&R, Atlantic Records
Robertson is the long-time Atlantic A&R exec who focuses on the signing and development of rock and pop artists. Since joining Atlantic, Robertson’s signings include Shinedown and Paramore, along with emerging artists such as Meg Myers and Vinyl Theatre. His first post at the label... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am CDT
Grand Ballroom West

12:00pm CDT

Generation Next: Networking in the 21st Century
Organized by YEP-Nashville

Like much of the music industry, technology has completely changed the game on how we network today. It's not enough to just make a good impression in person anymore. In fact, you rarely get the chance to make a first impression in person.  Networking today involves social and professional networks, email, text messages, and in-person meetings, and in a sea of millions, it is difficult to stand out online to your target audience. With young professionals constantly cold-emailing industry professionals for coffee meetings, how can someone stand out from the rest of the inbox, and what can you do to make sure that your information is found in their search? From perfecting your resume to networking beyond email, the Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) of Nashville — deemed “the twentysomethings changing Nashville’s networking tune” (Forbes) — has gathered a group of seasoned Nashville professionals to discuss the best practices and the top do's and don'ts of networking in the digital age. 

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Rachel Knight

Founder and President, The Knight Agency, Inc.
Rachel Knight is the Founder and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., a talent development and placement consulting agency that specializes in developing, placing, and advancing the entertainment industry’s workforce. She is also the COO of Turnipblood Entertainment, a full-service... Read More →

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Colin Kassekert

Business Performance Advisor, Insperity
Colin Kassekert started working in the banking industry at the age of 14. By the age of 17, he was creating and implementing new process to increase productivity. Since then, Kassekert has launched three companies. He is also a college national champion baseball player and an accomplished... Read More →
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Garrison Snell

CEO & Founder, Gyrosity Projects
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Lou Taylor

Owner and CEO, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group
For the last 25 years, Lou Taylor has sat at the head of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group, providing business management services to actors, artist and athletes. In this role, she leads two Tri Star offices, one in Los Angeles and one in Nashville. Tri Star provides all aspects... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT
Grand Ballroom West

2:00pm CDT

Tell It Like It Is: Role Playing For Your Internship or First Job Interview

Get up out of your seat and let’s play! Students will learn how to approach both phone and in-person interviews. Much emphasis will be put on how much knowledge of the industry a student seeking an internship or job should have; whether or not one should seek an internship or job just to get their band signed; and what the proper etiquette is in following up after the interview. 

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Stephen Marcone

Director, Music & Ent Mgnt Programs, William Patterson University
In the late 1960s and early 70s, as a trumpet player in a Rock music group, Stephen Marcone recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University... Read More →
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David Philp

Asst. Professor, William Paterson University
David Philp is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson University, teaching about music in social media, entrepreneurship, and music and entertainment industry structure. He has over 20 years of experience working for the Universal... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 2:00pm - 2:55pm CDT
Grand Ballroom West

3:00pm CDT

Snack Chat

Sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University. 

A "speed dating" InfoFest! Students, take this opportunity to sit and talk with members of the music industry and ask the questions you've been wanting to know. Up to a dozen music executives from various parts of the music industry will be present. Pull up a chair and spend time in a table setting learning from professionals who are doing what you're interested in pursuing after college. Then, hang around longer for some snacks, and chat more during the casual networking group time.

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Gloria Green

Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Gloria Green is an Associate Professor in the Music Business program at Middle Tennessee State University where she teaches Live Entertainment courses including Artist Management, Concert Promotions & Touring, Music Publicity, and Talent Agency Fundamentals. She also developed a new... Read More →

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Jeff DaMert

Operations Manager, Live Nation
Jeff DaMert has spent the past 10 years in live event operations and production, focused largely on amphitheaters and outdoor events.  While completing degrees in Business Management and Neuroscience at Kent State University, DaMert’s love of live music led him to pursue experience... Read More →
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Rush Davenport

Agent, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (WME)
Rush Davenport is an Agent in WME’s Nashville office.  In this role, he oversees the daily touring, television, literary and sponsorship opportunities for several well-known artists including Lillie Mae, Parachute, Birdtalker, Steelism, Sam Palladio, Black Stone Cherry, Quaker... Read More →
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Halie Hampton

Management Assistant, Maverick Management
Halie Hampton is in her fourth year as a Management Assistant at the Maverick Management in Nashville. Prior to Maverick, Hampton spent two years in Radio Promotion for Sony Music Nashville on behalf of an artist roster that included Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. A Middle Tennessee... Read More →
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Stacy Merida

Assistant Professor of Music Business, Middle Tennessee State University
Stacy Merida is an Assistant Professor of Music Business in the Recording Industry Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), where she also serves as the Faculty Advisor to Match Records, the student run record label.  Prior to joining MTSU, Merida was the President... Read More →
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Cheryl Moore

Project Manager, Thirty Tigers
Cheryl Moore is a Project Manager at Thirty Tigers, a Nashville-based entertainment company that offers music distribution, marketing and management services to independent artists.  She is responsible for overseeing marketing campaigns for artists on the Thirty Tigers roster including... Read More →
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Nathan Pyle

Administrative Assistant, The Recording Academy
Nathan Pyle has been with The Recording Academy for over two years working for the South Region and Nashville Chapter.  Prior to working for The Recording Academy, he worked as a freelancer for clients such as CMT and American Idol and managed his own entertainment event management... Read More →
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Pete Stormer

Digital Marketing, Vector Management
Pete Stormer discovered a passion for artist management while cutting his teeth as an independent artist and touring musician. Since graduating from Middle Tennessee State University’s Music Business program in 2012, he has been an integral part of Vector Management’s digital... Read More →
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Makenzie Williams

Global Royalties Processor, Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Originally from Rhode Island, Makenzie Williams graduated from the Recording Industry program at Middle Tennessee State University in 2013. During her time there, she found a love for music publishing, and quickly found herself on the Global Royalties team at Sony/ATV. In her current... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 3:50pm CDT
Grand Ballroom West