Bill Caterini – Cat House Sounds LLC
Bill Pere – Connecticut Songwriters Academy
Originally from New York City, Bill Pere is one of today’s most sought-after songwriting mentors, workshop presenters, and song critiquers. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed “Songcrafters’ Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting”. He travels coast to coast and is committed to helping artists create the best possible songs and achieve their goals. He founded and runs the Connecticut Songwriters Academy.
Brian Cronin Mirror Image Media, LLC
www.newmirrorimage.com & www.thatmusicmag.com
No words describe Brian Cronin better. A former New Jersey-native, Cronin is a dedicated business mind, working unremittingly to develop and expand various projects that support local and regional artists, as well as professional businesses while connecting industry professionals through different networking events.In the past 9 years he has owned Mirror Image Media, the best source for creative and corporate material distribution as a one-stop source of media reproduction specializing in disc duplication, full design, printing, web development and promotional products. The Publisher of Philly’s top monthly music publication, Origivation since ’07 which was relaunched as THAT MAG in the Spring of 2012. He is the founder of the “InnerCircle”, a networking event for industry professionals in the Music, Media, Fashion and Film industries. In addition he is an artist manager, events promoter, member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (The Grammy’s), Ambassador to the Ultimate Networking Event and Guys Night Out Club, hosts THAT RADIO show on Gas House Radio.com and a good heart-ed family guy.When it comes to knowing the right person at the right time regardless of the industry, Cronin is the man to know. There is nothing more fulfilling to him then seeing the achievements of others through his many networking endeavors.
David Ivory – Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records
Philadelphia Grammy Chapter, Trustee (’12-’16) President (’10-’12). David Ivory is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi platinium engineer, and Producer. He is a Trustee for the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s)’ Philadelphia chapter, and also sits on their National Membership Committee. Among others, his gold and platinum RIAA awards include the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Patti LaBelle. Ivory’s engineering skills landed him credit for one of the founders of the neo-soul sound in the early 90’s. Ivory’s producer credits include Patti LaBelle’s Timeless Journey (Island), Kindred’s Surrender To Love (Hidden Beach) as well as producing and developing Philadelphia’s own rock act Silvertide, resulting in their two releases American Excess andShow And Tell (J Records). Most recently Ivory produced the band’s long awaited follow-up material at his studio, the first of which being their single “Try Try Try” released October 2014. Ivory is also credited with discovering and producing the GRAMMY-winning rock band Halestorm, which he helped sign to Atlantic Records in late 2005. He produced their first release on Atlantic entitled One And Done. One of the singles from their LP Halestorm (“It’s Not You“—originally arranged and produced by Ivory) reached Top 20 status on the rock charts in 2011. As a writer Ivory co-write on both Silvertide and Halestorm releases, as well as two songs for the CBS TV series “Hack” and the Columbia release Lighting Strikes Twice by Molly Hatchet. Ivory also hosted a television series on Comcast On Demand entitled “David Ivory Presents”, featuring live performances and interviews with up-and-coming independent local and national talent.
David Philip (MBA) – William Patterson University
David Philp a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson. He has over 20 years of experience in the music & entertainment industry working in recorded music sales, home video, radio, and start-ups. Concerts produced under his company, YouChoose Music, have raised over $50,000 for New Jersey charities. Professor Philp graduated from William Paterson University and also earned an MBA in Marketing from Pace University. He has one wife and two children is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Steve Marcone.
David A. Sherbow – DAS Consulting
David Sherbow’s perspective in the rock, pop, R&B and hip-hop music business is based on over 35 years of experience. He has seen thousands of live shows and concerts – from Elvis Presley to Otis Redding, from James Brown to the Rolling Stones and from U2 to Jay-Z. In the early 1970’s David interviewed and wrote many articles on great rock and R&B artists for various publications. He has managed and booked numerous rock, funk, rap and R&B artists, ran independent record companies that have released over 25 albums selling between 1,500 and 50,000 copies each, made many major label record deals and was the head of urban promotion for WMG’s Asylum Records for a short while in 2004. David’s independent record promotion companies have worked for every major label and are responsible for breaking over 100 No. 1 records from 1995 to 2009, breaking records for such acts as Jay-Z, Ludacris, DMX, Ja Rule, Ashanti, Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Fabolous, Brandy, T.I., Outkast, Sean Kingston, DJ Khaled, Jim Jones and Pharrell. Additionally, he has spent the past 10 years immersed in the digital music and music business internet space. He writes an occasional blog at www.mylifewithmusic.com and has over 6000 followers on Twitter as MusicBizGuy. While in law school, David taught a course in the history of rock and roll at Washington University in St. Louis. Recently he has taught Music Industry II at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. David has an excellent “ear” for great songs and a passionate understanding for their exceptional impact on our lives, culture and music business.
Dr. Lou Anthony delise – deLise Studios
Raised in rural Warrington, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, composer, arranger and producer, Louis Anthony deLise, began his professional career as a drummer and percussionist with local Philadelphia soul and jazz groups and wrote and produced music for broadcasting and advertising while studying composition and percussion at Temple University.Louis has arranged, produced, conducted or played on hit records for Grammy® award winners, Patti LaBelle (The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle), and jazz great, Peter Nero; hit records William DeVaughn (Be Thankful for What You Got), John Gibbs (J’Ouvert and Trinidad); and has worked as arranger/conductor for SPiN and Halestorm. Louis deLise is President and Chief Creative Officer at deLise Studios and Bocage Music Publishing. He holds a doctorate in composition from the Boyer College of Music and Dance where he lecturers in composition and music theory. In the spring of 2014, deLise will release an album of his concert music with New York City Opera flutist, John McMurtery, an album of pop tunes with his studio band, Philly Nouveau. His book, The Little Book of Songwriting is scheduled for publication March 1.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington – SAE Institute Nashville, Berklee College of Music
Dr. E. Michael Harrington teaches entrepreneurship & other courses at the Berklee College of Music, has taught training sessions at Harvard Law School, and served on the faculty of Belmont University, UAB and William Paterson University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Future of Music Coalition, a member of Leadership Music and owner of E Michael Music.com (www.emichaelmusic.com). He has worked as consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters for parties including the Dixie Chicks, Steven Spielberg, Steve Perry, Sting, Tupac Shakur, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Busta Rhymes, HBO, U. S. Postal Service and others, delivered lectures at law schools, organizations and universities throughout the U. S., and Canada including Harvard, Yale, GWU, NYU, Boston Bar, Texas Bar, Minnesota Bar, Future of Music Coalition, McGill, Experience Music Project and others, and been interviewed by media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bravo, CNN, the “Today Show,” Time, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, Bio Channel, Ovation, NPR, the Associated Press, Salon, PC Magazine, Billboard, PBS, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and others.
Eric Davis – JLS Artist Management
Eric Davis is an artist manager at JLS Artist Management and labelcoordinator for Noble Steed Music. Davis handles day-to-day managementactivities for clients including Tony Lucca, Pat McGee, Matt Duke andmore. Prior to joining JLS and Noble Steed, Davis held a marketingposition for Barnes and Noble in their collegiate department. Davis isalso a musician, and former vocalist and guitarist for New Jersey¹srenowned ska band, The Lampshades.
Evan Z. Toth – WFDU, 89.1FM
Jason Spiewak is the President and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, who’s current clients include Tony Lucca, Brendan James, Matt Duke, Honor By August, Andrea Nardello and Todd Carey. Spiewak is an artist management, A&R and online MARKETING specialist, most recently President and co-founder of Rock Ridge Music, with additional previous work experience at Artemis Records and TVT Records. Spiewak has previously managed or been part of the management team for artists such as Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ingram Hill, Ernie Halter, Benjy Davis Project, and Joe Firstman. Spiewak is also an accomplished producer and songwriter.
Springwood Productions is a media production company that focuses mainly on Music Video and Audio Production. Jessica has more than 15 years of Live Audio experience and 5 in Video Production. This is one of the things that makes Jessica and her company stand out. They have been in the industry for a few short years and have taken it by storm with their high quality video production!
Jason is an internationally acclaimed record producer who has become famous for making some of the most edgy and unique records with artists who are truly on the fringes of the mainstream. Seventh Wave is a single private recording studio owned by Jason Rubal.
Jeff Snyder is the Director of the Music Industry PROGRAM, as well as the Internship Director for both the Music Business and Music Recording PROGRAMS. He oversees LVC’s VALE Music Group which consists of the college record label – VALE Records, yearly music industry conference – VALE MIC, VALE Publishing, and VALE Booking. He teaches undergrad and grad classes on entrepreneurship, MIDI, digital Audio, and music industry, and has been asked to review books about the industry. He has worked in music industry retail for over 15 years, was a music columnist for a Fl. newspaper, and has been asked to give presentations at multiple conferences on subjects ranging from social media trends to circuit bending. As songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist, Snyder has played with multiple bands, ranging from jazz, country, rock, and reggae. He’s played with notables such as Bruce Crump and Earl Lett and been in multiple recording sessions, both as player and engineer. He also surfs and practices photography. http://lostsurfer.net
Music business and media consultant. Assist in developing strategic marketing and promotion plans. National music promotion for all mainstream radio formats (Top 40/Adult Top 40/ Modern AC/ Adult Contemporary). Artist Management. Music Publishing.
Exponent Entertainment is a management company for some of the leading artists in the area. Through guidance, persistence, and motivation; Ccelli and Jodie are masters at bringing people together and helping artists collectively achieve their goals. Their area of expertise lies in directing careers; from graphics, artist image, public relations, booking, contractual negotiations to song selection, production, and distribution. Exponent Entertainment is solidifying itself to be a leading force in the independent music scene.
Kay Pere is a multi-dimensional performing songwriter, visual artist, writer, educator & activist whose work embodies a message of hope, healing, humor & humanity. Offering personalized voice lessons, group workshops, coaching, performance & recording skills and songwriting instruction.
www.ssamusic.com Kurt is a man of many hats. His primary responsibilities are in the business operations of Savastano, Schmel & Associates. Billing, Accounting, and Client Relations all fall under his care. Kurt also is very active in the creative process, identifying opportunities for our clients’ music in placements. By day, he is a Social Studies teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. This focus on education allows Kurt to guide our clients through the sometime confusing world of licensing and royalties while empowering clients to become more active on their own behalf.
Les Scott is a veteran of the music industry whose publishing company Source Q Boutiquespecializes in music placement in film & television and currently represents over 300 writers/artists. SQB is exclusively marketed through its alliances with Crucial Music Group,Fuze Artz LLC. and Expressive Artists.Recent SQB placements include; Red Widow (abc), Castle (abc), Breaking Bad (amc), Southland (tnt), The Glades (a&e), The Nine Lives Of Chloe King (abc family), Army Wives (lifetime), Cold Case (cbs), Ugly Betty (abc), Saving Grace (tnt), Prison Break (fox), Friday Night Lights (nbc), Californication (showtime), to name a few. As a producer, he is commissioned to produce master recordings for such companies as Universal Music Group, Killer Tracks, FirstCom Music, One Music and Network Music. Les has produced over 200 artists/bands in all genres wherein his writings and productions appear daily throughout the film/tv industries. Mr. Scott consults on intellectual property and other legal matters such as: music licenses, band agreements, producer and recording contracts, writer collaborations, performance releases, publishing agreements, cue sheets and is hired to draft custom agreements. Mr. Scott is available for private consultation – (602) 705-3554 firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2006, Plaia co-founded ReverbNation, the leading provider of marketing & business tools for more than 3 million solo artists and bands worldwide. ReverbNation also brokers valuable opportunities for these artists by connecting them to managers, labels, venues, talent buyers, promoters, licensing companies, brands, publications, radio and other industry professionals. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent and more than 20 million unique visitors come to ReverbNation.com every month. Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked sixteen years at Atlantic Records where his last role was Head of Marketing & Artist Development for Atlantic imprint, Lava Records.
Michael Kornfeld is an award-winning public relations strategist and writer, with extensive professional management experience in the public and private sectors. He has been engaged in community, government and media relations; corporate communications; events and communications planning; issues and crisis management; philanthropy and cause-related marketing; niche and online promotion; social media and Web 2.0, and website content management.
Michael A. (“Mike”) Michnya is currently a co-coordinator of both the NSAI Chapter in Atlantic County, NJ and the Garden State Songwriters (which he co-founded in 1998), for which he hosted an open mic monthly from 2000 to 2013. His musical mission is to write, perform, promote and encourage original music in the American folk tradition. Performing under the pseudonym “Mike Amoriello,” his original songs have been described as a “cross between John Prine and Jimmy Buffet” and his performances as reminiscent of singer/songwriters Jim Croce, Harry Chapin and Cat Stevens. Always willing to try co-writing with anyone, he began conducting Songwriting with Kids workshops in 2010. As a NJ licensed professional counselor, coach, mediator, trainer and senior partner of Fooks-Michnya Associates, LLC, one of Mike’s specialties is helping creative artists of all types build on their signature strengths to live their most creative life. http://home.comcast.net/~mamichnya/site/
Ms. Savastano has worked in the Music Business for over 20 years. She began her career in the Opera Administration field working for such companies as Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera and the Greater Miami Opera. She moved into the field of Copyright, Licensing and Royalties in 1994 when she was hired at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in the Writer and Publisher Relations Department. Since then she has held numerous positions at several publishers and record companies including Editor and Copyright Coordinator for Cherry Lane Music’s print division, Product Licensing Manager at Turn up the Music, Director of Licensing and Royalties at Musical Heritage Society, Copyright and Licensing Manager at Rykomusic, and Director of Royalties at Spirit Music Group. Paula has also established her own company, Savastano, Schmel & Associates, LLC, which provides financial and legal consulting services to a variety of music businesses and individuals and has created a strong client base. Recently SSA has broadened their services to include song pitching and administrative functions for independent music publishers and unsigned songwriter/artists.
www.philnicolo.com Phil received a Bachelor of Science from Temple University. He and his brother Joe began their music careers as teenagers, fixing speakers at a nearby drive-in theater. In 1980, they founded Studio 4, a recording studio in Philadelphia. Mr. Nicolo has attained the most coveted form of success in the music business: he has succeeded in every music genre he has tackled. Credits include John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Amy Grant, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Santana, Pete Yorn, Luscious Jackson, Urge Overkill, the Pretenders, Jon Bon Jovi, and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. Phil is a national trustee of NARAS (the Grammy people) and is active in the community with various NARAS events. He has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, and won for mixing and mastering.
Randex Communications is a boutique entertainment, lifestyle, consumer and music PR Speciality firm helmed by PR vet and award-winning former entertainment and music journalist Randy Alexander.
www.BoffoStudio.com & www.RickDenizen.com
Rick Denizen is a singer-songwriter, musician, artist, producer, and engineer.The Slot 1 recording label evolved from the original Slot One Recording Studio which is now called Boffo Studio. Many of the artists who recorded at the studio did not have a record label home, and so Slot-1 was born to developed and distribute those artists.
Sherri Mullen is the President/Creative Director of RDSD Publishing, LLC which includes ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC publishing companies, representing a catalog of over 500 songs from talented artists/composers spanning the globe. As a publisher, Sherri has secured hundreds of placements in artist projects, film, television, commercials, and print. This former internet radio and TV show host is also a music business consultant, a music supervisor, a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), and an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College, where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing. Sherri has performed on stages from Nashville to Pennsylvania, and has won awards for songwriting, performance, best new album, and female vocalist. Songs from her four independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio.
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, as a trumpet player in a rock music group, he recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University and stayed until 1984. During that time, he was also Vice President of the Syracuse Musicians Association (Local #78). In 1984, he came to the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he was Chairperson of the Music Department for 15 years, and recently, for two years, was Interim Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication. He has written articles for numerous publications and has lectured at: the Hartt School of Music, NYU and many National and Regional Conferences. He is the author of Managing Your Band, in its 5th edition, and is a frequent lecturer for the NJ Council on the Humanities. Each summer Marcone conducts the university’s Summer Jazz Ensemble. Professor Marcone holds a B.A., M.M., and Ed.D. from Syracuse University and is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Dave Philp.
Owner/ Head Producer at StevenHero Productions LLC Stefan Held is the owner/head producer of StevenHeroProductions LLC, a Music Production & Marketing company based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music (summa cum laude, 96) and has been a proud voting member of the Grammys for over 10 years. Stefan has worked with countless Grammy/Tony/Emmy/Obie winning artists and his original music has been featured on MTV, MTV2, VH1, FOX, NBC, CNN, Oxygen, TLC, Bravo, Discovery, TLC, Sundance, Travel Channel and numerous commercials. Recent/current clients include Connor O’Brien (from #1 charting Irish folk band “Villagers”), platinum selling artistDallas Green ( City and Color), Victoria’s Secret/Ford model Jessi M’Bengue (Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”) and many more. StevenHeroProductions LLC was recently named one of the “Top 100 PR Firms Who Dominate Social Media Marketing in 2013”.