Head of A&R Rough Trade Publishing NYC, US If you've attended a show in NYC, chances are AJ Tobey was there too. As Head of A&R for Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music, AJ has been busy curating the best new sounds to join the already impressive publishing roster that includes artists like Grizzly Bear, Superchunk and The War On Drugs, and labels such as Merge, Mute, and Polyvinyl, among many others. In the music publishing business, you are only as good as your last sync. Luckily for AJ, and the rest of his cohorts at Bank Robber, they consistently land big pay days for all of their artists by placing music in top tier shows like “How To Get Away With Murder,” “You’re The Worst,” “Orange Is The New Black” and “Fargo,” in recent films “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping,” "How To Be Single," "Bad Moms" and “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates,” as well as in commercial campaigns for internationally renowned brands, including Apple, Volkswagen and Sunkist.
CEO Planetary Group Los Angeles, US Adam Lewis heads Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based out of Los Angeles that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and online exposure in the US and Canada. Recently Adam has worked with such acts as Soccer Mommy, Courtney Barnett, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Portugal, The Man. In addition Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. Prior to Planetary, Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records, working with Sevendust, Guided By Voices, The Black Crowes, Snoop Dogg amongst others.
GM CEN NYC, US
Digital Engagement Director Innocence Project NYC, US Alicia Maule is the Innocence Project’s first Digital Engagement Director. Since 2015, she has lead a team that has contributed to exponential audience and revenue growth as well as the passing of dozens of wrongful conviction reform laws. Alicia began her career on former President Barack Obama’s 2012 election campaign and in MSNBC’s digital newsroom. She is a graduate of Brown University. Alicia has been a DJ for a decade and enjoys playing Reggaeton, Dancehall, Bailefunk, Hip-Hop and Disco around New York City.
Owner No Plus Ones Productions Brooklyn, US Amelia Trask is the co-owner of Brooklyn-based production company No Plus Ones and recently completed her first feature-length documentary 'I'll Be Gone'. Trask previously managed marketing and press at the now-defunct Glasslands Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and from 2013-2016 Trask co-owned her own PR firm ILIUM MEDIA where she represented an international roster of independent bands, artists and labels.
Musician/Composer NYC, US Annie Hart is a New York City-based composer, songwriter, and performer. She made her name with , synth trio Au Revoir Simone, and has since branched into a swift-moving solo career. After the critically-acclaimed release of her first solo album, Impossible Accomplice, Hart embarked on several world tours and opened for the likes of Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Torres, Slow Club, Porches, Girl Ray, and more. The minimal album explored the fringes of new wave, pop, and drone-core, and has been called “sumptuous synth-pop’ by Vogue. Her reputation developed from the record as a unique master of composition on analog synthesizers and led her to compose the score for two feature films coming to wide release in 2020: Olympic Dreams, starring Nick Kroll and Alexi Pappas, and Banana Split, featuring Dylan Sprouse, Hannah Marks, and Liana Liberto. Annie continues to break boundaries by composing music for patient listeners in her own distinctive self-taught style. Her new album, A Softer Offering, explores deep emotional content with a paradoxically lush spareness in sound that is the perfect winter warmer.
Music Supervisor / Producer bcolemusic.com NYC, US Barry Cole and Spot Music stand at the threshold of music supervision for film and television. Based in New York City, Spot Music is an independent music supervision and consulting firm with more than 90 film and tv credits, including The Chi, Living With Yourself, American Psycho, Sling Blade, Brown Sugar, Belly and Super Troopers. Barry Cole's exceptional talent and artistry, as a music supervisor, is evidenced by looking closely at any of his projects. Cole has worked on films in every genre and has produced over 20 soundtrack albums. The soundtrack album to the documentary “Marley” earned Cole and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell a Grammy nomination for "Best Compilation for Visual Media".
Rhythm & Clues 77 Vienna, AT Rhythm & Clues 77 is an artist/projectmgmt company based near Vienna, working closely with bands, labels and agencies focusing on post punk, dreampop and everything noisy. Or simply your gateway to the Austrian music scene.
Creative Alliances & Music Outreach Manager Oxfam Summit, US Bob Ferguson manages the Creative Alliances and Music Outreach program for Oxfam America, where he is responsible for Oxfam’s relationship with some of the world’s most respected music artists, and at whose concerts Oxfam connects their hunger, poverty, and social justice campaigns with hundreds of thousands of music fans every year. He has twice been nominated for Emmy Awards, and won for his work on Oxfam’s collaboration with The New Pornographers for the “Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk” music video about the Gulf oil spill in 2011. He spends way too much time in record stores.
Public Market Advisor Fulton Market Association NYC, US Co-Founder Greenmarket, Regional, Environmental and Food System Planning
Creative Sync RoyNet NYC, US Britt does sync pitching for TV, films, ads, and video games, as well as communicates with clients to gather assets. She oversees reviewing, tagging, and saving incoming client songs, and maintains Synchtank. She has two subjectively adorable pet reptiles, dabbles in the art of pinning butterflies and collects taxidermy. She's also an avid show-goer.
Music producer / Supervisor Wunderman Thompson NYC, US Dan Burt has been supervising and producing music at Wunderman Thompson (formerly J Walter Thompson, part of WPP - one of the world’s largest ad organizations) for 16 years and has worked on thousands of commercial spots for global and national clients. He has brought groundbreaking music there, even for the most unexpected clients / working on campaigns that have won some of the top awards in the industry.
Co-Founder/Head of A&R 22Twenty Brooklyn, US
Sirius XM Radio/Freelance writer NYC, US Host of the Writer's Block on Sirius XM Radio; writer for MOJO,Jazz Times and other publications; wrote for Rolling Stone for over 30 years; have written liner notes for new albums and reissue packages for over 30 years
VP Creative Shapiro Bernstein Music Publishing NYC, US David Hoffman is the VP of Creative at Shapiro, Bernstein & Co., Inc., one of the industry's most respected music publishers, where he has signed and developed artists/songwriters like Joywave, Photay (whom he also manages), Sego, Savoir Adore, Deidre & The Dark and Cape Weather. He also oversees creative pitching of the entire SB catalog to TV/Film/Ads/Games. In addition to the talented artists mentioned above, the legendary catalog includes standards like IN THE MOOD, ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET and RING OF FIRE along with modern hits by David Guetta and Trippie Redd. Prior to becoming an ""industry suit"" David was a professional drummer touring upwards of 220 nights a year all over the USA in the popular jamband, ulu. David has also been a music supervisor for major brands, including Apple & Puma, as well as the documentary film “Still Bill,” about legendary singer/songwriter, Bill Withers.
Artistic Director Coney Island USA Brooklyn, US Founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and known to many as the Mayor of Coney Island, Dick Zigun has not only been a spokesman for Coney Island Amusement Park since 1980, Astroland Amusement Park and the Coney Island Chamber of Commerce, he also an authority on American Popular culture, amusement parks, American popular theater and the history and tradition of the American sideshow. Dick not only produces the Sideshow, but the Mermaid Parade, America’s Largest Art Parade as well as many other events.
Agent, Tour Marketing Paradigm Talent Agency NYC, US
Co-founder Wharf Cat Records NYC, US Doug Warner is the co-founder and Label Manager of Wharf Cat Records, a New York City-based independent record label inspired by the No Wave movement's focus on experimentation, creative freedom and the abandonment of rock and roll cliches.
Photographer Brooklyn, US
Executive Artistic Director CityParks Foundation/ SummerStage New York, US
Founder/ Publicist The Bloom Effect NYC, US Music publicity, brand development, digital marketing and tour strategy with an impressive wide reach of industry experts, influencers, and talent across the Globe. The Bloom Effect specializes in building artists' careers from the ground up! Founded by Industry vet Fiona Bloom.
Music Attorney Savur Threadgold LLP NYC, US Gandhar Savur is a transactional music attorney based in NYC, and a founding partner of Savur Threadgold LLP; a boutique firm that represents individuals and businesses on matters related to music and startup companies. Gandhar has a wealth of experience in the music industry, particularly in the areas of licensing, recording agreements and publishing. Gandhar’s roster of music clients includes artists, labels, publishers, producers, managers, songwriters, music supervisors, and publicists. His artist roster includes Cigarettes After Sex, Built to Spill, Jeff Rosenstock, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Rentals, and Generationals.
President Declared Goods Brooklyn, US record label, tastemaker, music junky, champion of the new and obscure.
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Editorial Director Bandcamp Brooklyn, US Bandcamp editorial director J. Edward Keyes has been writing about music for over 20 years. His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, SPIN, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, and several other outlets. His piece “Where’s The Party? 13 Hours with the Next Franz Ferdinand” was included in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing 2006.
Director Mystic Sons PR / Silent Kid Records London, UK James the director and founder of Mystic Sons, a Music Press and Radio company and online magazine based in London and has recently founded a new London-based Record Label called Silent Kid Records, focusing on Digital and Vinyl releases. Mystic Sons PR focuses on Traditional National Press and Radio services in the UK, alongside Digital Marketing including Tastemaker Online blogging and Spotify Playlist Plugging. Over the years James has history of working with artists such as Gary Numan, Squarepusher, Swim Deep, Ladytron, Pendulum, The Bloody Beetroots, The Dead South, Ladytron, Andrew Bayer and Leftfield to name a few. James' background is in Music teaching and lecturing at the University of Sunderland, supported with a complete Master Of Arts Degree in Music Business and ducation.