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Head of A&R
Rough Trade Publishing
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.
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.
Digital Engagement Director
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.
No Plus Ones Productions
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.
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
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
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
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
Co-Founder Greenmarket, Regional, Environmental and Food System Planning
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
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
Sirius XM Radio/Freelance writer
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
Shapiro Bernstein Music Publishing
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.
Coney Island USA
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
Wharf Cat Records
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.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
New York, US
Emma Frean, Esq. is the Legal Services Coordinator at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. She advises artists on a range of legal issues, including contracts, copyright, and dispute resolution. Emma received her J.D. and B.A. (Honors) from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section) and is admitted to practice law in New York and New South Wales, Australia. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is New York’s leading legal aid and education organization for artists. VLA strives to protect livelihoods, businesses, and creative works within the creative community by providing low-cost access to dedicated legal representation and focused education programs.
Executive Artistic Director
New York, US
The Bloom Effect
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.
Savur Threadgold LLP
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.
record label, tastemaker, music junky, champion of the new and obscure.
J Edward Keyes
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.
Mystic Sons PR / Silent Kid Records
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.
Director of Advertising
Spirit Music Group
Executive Creative Producer
Jean grew up in New York City's West Village surrounded by art and artists. With a jazz musician for a father and manager-producer for a mother, she's always had an aptitude for balancing creative and administrative roles.
Prior to her current role as the Executive Creative Producer at Mophonics, Jean began her career with ad agency BBDO, followed by a nearly decade-long tenure at mcgarrybowen.
With nearly twenty years as a working music supervisor and producer, a bedrock in the creative industries, and music in her blood, Jean's knowledge and industry relationships are vast, defining her as an authentic and committed resource. She has had the enjoyable privilege of working on diverse projects covering many disciplines: top-line advertising campaigns, brand/artist partnerships, original song and cover production, remixes, mnemonics, transactional sound-families, supervision and licensing, interactive experiences, installations and live performances. A to Z basically.
She resides in Brooklyn with her director husband and their three diminutive creatures: two humans and one canine.
Vice President, Music for Ads & Brands / Licensing
Sony Music Entertainment
Jessica Shaw, Vice President of Music for Brands & Advertising at Sony Music, has fourteen years of experience in the world of music licensing. In her current post at Sony Music, Jessica oversees the brands & advertising licensing team that services all Sony labels, representing Sony’s vast catalog and roster of artists for commercial licensing opportunities. During her time at Sony, she has worked on placements for countless artists (from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé) and brands (from Apple to Applebee’s, and everything in between). Prior to joining Sony, Jessica spent several years in the music publishing world, working in both the creative and clearance side of licensing at Universal Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell, and classical publisher, Boosey & Hawkes.
Booking Agent / Podcast Host/Producer
on the moon arts / mixtape memories
Agent / Manager
Ground Control Touring / Another Management Company
Hastings on the Hudson, NY
Currently an agent at Ground Control Touring and a manager at Another Management Company, I have been working in the entertainment industry for 14 years. Previously I worked at Inland Empire Touring and ICM.
Head of Artist and Label Strategy
Founder, Other Music
Josh Madell founded Other Music in 1995, and until 2016 he ran their iconic
NYC-based record store, as well as the Other Music Recording Co. label. He has
been Head of Artist and Label Strategy at Secretly Distribution since 2018,
working with the Secretly Group labels as well as a diverse roster that includes
Captured Tracks, Ghostly International, Sacred Bones, The Numero Group,
Colemine Records, Big Crown, RVNG, Smalltown Supersound, Asthmatic Kitty,
Run For Cover, Awesome Tapes From Africa, and many more. In 2017, Josh
founded the annual Come Together Label Market at MoMA PS1 in NYC, and in
2019 added the Get Together Label Market at MoCA Geffen in LA.
Kali Bradford is label manager at Lovers Music where her role includes artist and label development, product management, digital and physical distribution, and brand development. After graduating with a degree in Music Industry from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, Kali moved to New Orleans to start her career. She began as an independent manager and then was hired as the youngest Music and Talent Coordinator for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. From there, Kali moved over to London to continue her education with a Masters in Music Industry Management, from which she graduated with Distinction. During her studies she founded her own management company and worked as Social Media Coordinator for Fierce Panda/Club Fandango. From there she was hired as Label Manager for Distiller Records. Kali continued her education further with an LLM in Entertainment Law and MBA in International Business. She currently resides in London.
Content Editor/Writer, UKNY Host
Kara Manning is a digital editor and writer for WFUV, the host of UKNY, and an on-air interviewer for WFUV. While at WFUV, she's chatted with Damon Albarn and Blur, PJ Harvey, Liz Phair, Little Simz, Ride, Elbow, Laura Marling, New Order's Bernard Sumner, Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos, Courtney Barnett, Vagabon, Temples, and many others.
SVP, Sync & Creative Services
Warner Chappell Music Publishing
Keith D'Arcy is SVP, Sync & Creative Services at Warner Chappell Music Publishing. With 24 years of professional experience as a music producer and supervisor at Warner Chappell, Kobalt, SONGS Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and ad agency Bates Worldwide, Keith has placed hundreds of songs and artists in campaigns for global brands like Apple, Coca Cola, Nike, Miller Beer, Cadillac, Google, Reebok, Hershey’s, Mercedes, BMW, Intel, Fidelity, American Express, Pepsi, Victoria’s Secret, Fisher Price, Northwest Airlines, Verizon, Corona, Heineken, and Viagra. In his spare time he’s an avid record collector, reissue producer, and author of liner notes.
President & Founder
Founded by LJ Malberg in 2017, Compassionate Muse is a 4-Stage Career Development Learning Community for Music Business Professionals offering Coaching, Consulting, Training and Networking for Individuals and Teams, laser-focused on making work BETTER for good. Our philosophy is steeped in the transformation through the application of Compassion-based Work strategies and creating true “Win-Win-Win” outcomes; redefining what it means to be successful in the Music Business. Our mission is to holistically support the career growth of Music Business Professionals and to facilitate understanding, joy and inspiration into everyday work.
Founder / EVP Artist & Music Industry Relations ReverbNation
Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation in 2006 and since then has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers with its powerful career management and online marketing tools. These tools, combined with its A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging Artists from around the world access to the global music industry. Plaia dedicates most of his time brokering valuable opportunities for the 5 million artists on ReverbNation by connecting them to record labels, talent buyers, 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 dozens of the largest festivals in the world including Summerfest, Warped Tour, Sunset Music Festival, as well as hundreds of other high profile events.
Manager, Digital & Social
VP, Marketing and Business Development
As the VP of Marketing and Business Development at The Syndicate, Marni oversees the department’s campaigns involving social media, digital activations, strategic partnerships, advertising and more. Prior to her current position, Marni was the president and founder of Sneak Attack Media, which was acquired by The Syndicate in 2018.
Marni is also a certified holistic health coach, and she sits on the advisory board for NY-based integrative health center Tournesol Wellness. She's the co-creator Equilibrium, an initiative that focuses on bringing wellness resources to the music industry.
Head of Artist Relations
Matt Vogel is the Head of Artist Relations at Amnesty International USA. For the past 3 years, he has overseen pop culture integration for the organization across all areas of work, including priority campaigns for Refugee & Migrant Rights, and Ending Gun Violence. Matt started his time at Amnesty with the project to lead the U.S. section’s 112 “living room” concerts on Sept 20th 2017, as part of the global Give A Home event supporting refugee rights; artists included Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, and Maren Morris. Matt has since led on Amnesty’s TV script integration work which has led to numerous TV collaborations in support of the asylum seeker / refugee communities. He also has overseen production and artist relations for Amnesty’s Ambassador of Conscience Award, which has included presentations to Colin Kaepernick and Greta Thunberg. Matt began his career as an account executive in advertising receiving a crash course in marketing and branding. He then went on as a partner of a boutique artist management firm for 10 years, providing musical artists with day-to-day and long-term strategic planning.
Meg is the Director of [PIAS] Australia, overseeing releases across Inertia Music, Pod, Different, [PIAS] as well as co-op labels Astral People Recordings, Transgressive, Witchita, Heavenly and more.
Record executive, author, photographer, actor, producer
Alago grew up in Brooklyn, New York.Through his early passion for music, art, theater, and photography, he found himself rubbing elbows with many downtown NYC scene makers, from Stiv Bators to Jean Michel Basquiat, Cherry Vanilla and Wayne County to Deborah Harry and Robert Mapplethorpe. As an underage teenager going to Max's Kansas City, CBGB, and various art galleries, Alago also began running The Dead Boys fan club.
A few years later, he became the assistant music director for legendary nightclubs the Ritz and the Red Parrot. At age twenty-four, he began a storied career as an A&R executive at Elektra Records that started with signing Metallica in the summer of 1984, changing the entire landscape of rock 'n' roll and heavy metal.
Sonic Strategist, Executive Producer
Mike Heyliger (Joseph) has over 25 years of experience as a music industry employee, journalist, DJ and media personality. He is the founder of the Mindful Vinyl initiative, which has released 8 records to bring awareness to mental health issues. He also hosts the JCC show on Radio Free Brooklyn every Wednesday from 8-10 PM.
Storyteller & Researcher
University of Pennsylvania
Mike Rosen is an award-winning poet addressing addiction without stigma. In addition to appearances at The Whitney Museum, Fortune 100 companies, Ivy League schools, and venues on three continents, Mike's poetry videos have been viewed over one million times. He is an ambassador for The Jed Foundation, and is a master's student at the University of Pennsylvania.
Co-Founder / Director of Business Development 22TWENTY / Feature.fm