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Wednesday, March 18
 

11:00am CDT

Bootstrapping Strategies for Music Entrepreneurs
In the music industry of 2014, with free or cheap platforms for everything from publishing to distribution to recording to booking, plenty of us are trademark-filing, website-launching, social-media-having bona fide entrepreneurs – and artists? The industry has made them entrepreneurs by necessity. Get real strategies for growing a business or your brand beyond 101 in the new music industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Chip Adams

Chip Adams

Co-Founder, Modern Outsider
Chip Adams co-founded the Austin-based independent record label and artist management company Modern Outsider in October 2010. Prior to the launch of ModOut, Chip hosted the evening shift on the now defunct commercial AAA station KKMR in Dallas. Next stop was NYC to work for the Cornerstone... Read More →
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Elizabeth Cawein

CEO, Signal Flow PR
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Derek Evers

Publisher/Founder, Impose Magazine
Derek Evers is the founder and publisher of Impose Magazine, an independent media outlet based in Brooklyn with a widely-respected read on America's independent music and cultural landscape. Originally founded in 2002 as a print magazine, it has grown to include a daily-updated website... Read More →
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Kat Sage

Founder, Red Wax Music Publishing Administration & Consulting
Kat Sage is a music business executive and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in the industry. She honed her skills initially in broadcast radio and classical music, producing daily talk radio in Flagstaff, AZ while performing violin in the city’s symphony orchestra. That... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 15

12:30pm CDT

Band:Smart: 50 Ideas to Make $100K More This Year
Want to make a $100K difference to your band? Spoiler alert-it’s not one big idea, it’s 50 small ones that add up to make a big difference. From booking yourself, playing seven shows per week (instead of five), merchandising ideas and strategies, growing and leveraging a fan base, and touring more efficiently, Martin Atkins’ advice embraces the uphill battle that everyone in the industry faces. Always true to his, “Welcome to the Music Business- You’re Fucked” mentality, you are rest-assured this session will make a strong impact on your bottom line.

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Speakers
avatar for Martin Atkins

Martin Atkins

Music Business Chair, SAE Chicago
Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 30+ years in the music business spans across genres and borders and industries.


Wednesday March 18, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

2:00pm CDT

Demo Listening Session 1
Demo Listening Sessions offer a unique opportunity for selected musicians to get direct feedback from music professionals, those who listen to demos as part of their job.
This year, we can accept digital submissions for these sessions. You must send a direct link to your hosted track (ie, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc.); DO NOT email attached MP3s! Links for Demo Listening Sessions can go to demolistening@sxsw.com. Physical CDs will also be accepted at the door.
You must be present to have your music in the running to be heard!

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Speakers
avatar for Mike Boris

Mike Boris

Owner EP, Mike Boris Music/Jaded Melody
Mike Boris has worked on over 6,000 Commercials. He a freelance music producer and music supervisor and all around bad ass. He has done recent work for Lloyde&Co, Johannes Leonardo, FCB, McCann, JWT, Boomagers, Saatchi, Band Union, Red Fuse, Havas, Kohl's, IHome, Calvin Klein, Audible... Read More →
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Isaac Heymann

A&R, American Recordings
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Mollie Moore

A&R, Atlantic Records
I do A&R at Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, and consult for boutique licensing agency Lip Sync Music.
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Natalia Romiszewski

A&R, Lava Records


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10C

2:00pm CDT

Life Beyond Music: Making Change
Lost set lists... record deals... that one time you broke down in Reno, and ended up singing “Freebird” at the local bar..
You never really know where your music career will bring you, or what you can bring to it. Some artists use their career for expression, for travel, or for community outreach. At the core, it's about making change: emotionally, geographically, or socially. Figuring out which route to take can be difficult; time is a finite resource. How does anyone do it all?
These panelists are here to discuss the unique experiences they've had in their careers, and the lessons they were taught... and further, how those lessons helped them create change in their global community.

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Speakers
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Josiah Albertsen

Financial Advisor, Raymond James
Josiah Albertsen, AAMS® is a Financial Advisor and Accredited Asset Management Specialist with Raymond James in Denver. Josiah became a financial advisor after falling in love with economics in college. He previously interned with indie labels, toured, helped his friends’ bands... Read More →
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Scott Booker

Partner, Hellfire Enterprises Ltd
Scott Booker began his career in the music industry as a clerk at Sound Warehouse in Midwest City. He moved on to manage the Rainbow Records chain in Oklahoma City while he was going to school at Central State University. Shortly after graduating with a degree from CSU in education... Read More →
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Jesse Elliott

Music Made Of Earth
Jesse Elliott is the founder and songwriter of two rock and roll bands, These United States and Ark Life, and a small business owner. He’s released 6 full-length albums and performed live over 1,200 times in the last decade, appearing everywhere from SXSW and Glastonbury to Lollapalooza... Read More →
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Loulou Ghelichkhani

Artist, Bone, Fur And Feathers/Thievery Corporation
avatar for Joe Gittleman

Joe Gittleman

Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Joe Gittleman is the bass player of the Boston-based ska-punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. He began his professional career in high school as a roadie and as the bass player for the Boston hardcore band Gang Green. He and his plaid-clad childhood pals founded the Bosstones with... Read More →
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Wayne Kramer

Owner/Musician, Jail Guitar Doors/MC5
Wayne Kramer is a legendary guitarist (MC5) and a groundbreaking composer. He's also an activist who fights for prison reform as the co-founder (with Billy Bragg) of the charity Jail Guitar Doors. His film and TV composing credits cover a broad spectrum ranging from Sony Pictures... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 15

3:30pm CDT

Building Your Music Business Dream Team
We will discuss how to find, compare, interview and a top team of music professionals to take your music career into the stratosphere! Where do you look? Who do you ask? What are the right questions? How do I know if they are legit? How will they work with the other members of my team? Lawyer, personal and business manager, PR / Marketing, Music Producer, Distributor. It takes a team!

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Speakers
avatar for John Bradley

John Bradley

Attny, Bradley Legal Group PA
John F. Bradley is a nationally recognized Entertainment Attorney and founder of the Bradley Legal Group, P.A., For 25 years, John has focused his practice on music, entertainment and intellectual property. John’s clients range from local artists and organizations to Grammy Award... Read More →
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Mark Hornsby

Dir of Music Production & Artist Rel, Sweetwater Studios
Mark Hornsby, the Director of Music Production and Artist Relations at Sweetwater Studios, is an acclaimed music producer, audio engineer, musician, and writer. Considered to be one of the most diverse figures in today's music business, he has worked with a wide range of artists... Read More →
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Steve Hutton

Mgr, Uppercut Managment
avatar for Mike Mowery

Mike Mowery

CEO, Outerloop Records
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Rick Taylor

Editor, M Music & Musicians Magazine
RICK TAYLOR


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 11AB
  Music, Panel

3:30pm CDT

Creative Strategies for Electronic Musicians
Artists often find themselves stuck in creative ruts & unable to reach envisioned end goals. This panel will discuss challenges encountered during the creative process & methods to help artists overcome them. Hear real world examples & insights that can help artists crack 'creator's block' & get the most of their time & energy.

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Speakers
avatar for Gerhard Behles

Gerhard Behles

CEO, Ableton AG
Gerhard Behles is the co-founder and CEO of Berlin-based music software and hardware company Ableton AG, makers of Ableton Live and Ableton Push. Live is a leading tool worldwide for music creation with millions of users, and has been instrumental in popularizing computers for live... Read More →
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Just Blaze

Artist, AM Only
avatar for Dennis DeSantis

Dennis DeSantis

Head of Documentation, Ableton AG
Dennis DeSantis is a composer, sound designer, and percussionist. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, and also holds degrees from Yale and Western Michigan University.
avatar for David Downs

David Downs

Freelance Journalist
San Francisco-based freelance journalist David Downs has covered the intersection of the arts and technology for outlets like Billboard, WIRED, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and The Onion A/V Club. A frequent moderator at The SF MusicTech Summit, Downs’ most recent assignments... Read More →
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Young Guru

Mix Engineer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Legendary mix engineer, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is the man behind the iconic sound of world-renowned artist Jay-Z. Over the course of the last twenty years Guru has become one of the most influential minds in audio engineering. Initially known for his award-winning audio mixes... Read More →
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Jennifer Lee

Creator, Plympton
Jennifer Lee AKA "TOKiMONSTA" is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her music has been recognized and praised by the very best in tastemaker and mainstream media. LA Weekly ranked her as 2010’s #1 female DJ in Los Angeles, mNET recruited her to be part... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

3:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Stevie Salas
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
avatar for Stevie Salas

Stevie Salas

Artist
Stevie Salas left the small town of Oceanside California in 1985 moving to Hollywood dreaming of a career in music. Eight months later he was discovered by funk music legend George Clinton as the guitarist for Clinton's albums. He would then go on to work on important albums by Bootsy... Read More →


Wednesday March 18, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 8AB

5:00pm CDT

Crowdfunding Rock 'n' Roll: Case Study RVA
The Foo Fighters hadn't played Richmond, Virginia since 1998. A group of upstarts sold tickets to a Foo Fighters show that didn’t exist in hopes of bringing them back. It worked. This case study of organized fan activity illuminates the new ways that artists engage, communicate with and respond to their audience.

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Speakers
avatar for James Beshara

James Beshara

Tech Reporter, Tilt
James Beshara, Founder & CEO, Tilt Tilt - make something happen.
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Andrew Goldin

Creative Dir
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Lucas Krost

Creative Dir, The Branching
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John McAdorey

Exec Broadcast Producer, The Branching
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Mike Snider

Tech Reporter, USA TODAY
Mike Snider joined USA TODAY in the fall of 1990. He covers technology and digital entertainment including streaming media, digital music, consumer electronics (televisions, portable devices) and video games. Previously, he spent four years as a medical reporter after getting his... Read More →
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Brig White

Tech Reporter, USA TODAY


Wednesday March 18, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10B
 
Thursday, March 19
 

2:00pm CDT

Demo Listening Session 2
Demo Listening Sessions offer a unique opportunity for selected musicians to get direct feedback from music professionals, those who listen to demos as part of their job.
This year, we can accept digital submissions for these sessions. You must send a direct link to your hosted track (ie, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc.); DO NOT email attached MP3s! Links for Demo Listening Sessions can go to demolistening@sxsw.com. Physical CDs will also be accepted at the door.
You must be present to have your music in the running to be heard!

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
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Maria Egan

Pres of Publishing, Pulse Recording
avatar for Lawrence Gelburd

Lawrence Gelburd

Pres, Gelburd Consulting LLC
Record producer and entrepreneur Lawrence “Gelboni” Gelburd is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy organization. He worked at EMI Music Publishing in the Business Affairs and A&R departments, then at SBK records in the A&R department, leaving to form Integrated Entertainment... Read More →
avatar for Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson

Dir of A&R for Pop/Rock, Warner/Chappell Music
Marc Wilson is the Director of A&R, Pop/Rock at Warner/Chappell Music in Los Angeles, CA. Marc has been in music publishing for over 10 years and got his start at BMG Music Publishing. Since at Warner/Chappell Music, Marc has grown his roster by signing new artists and developing... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10C

2:00pm CDT

Growth-Hacking Through Music Tech
The Streaming Age is upon is, and with it, a deluge of information. We’ll discuss new tools and techniques designed to help artists and labels use data to connect with fans and monetize their content in meaningful, sustainable ways. We'll cover inbound marketing, fan engagement, business automation tools, and ways to use analytics to enhance digital marketing.

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Speakers
avatar for Grant Bussinger

Grant Bussinger

Head of Digital, Warp Records
Grant currently leads digital strategy at Warp Records- inspired by it's artists pushing boundaries in music and technology. At Warp Grant designs digital strategy through data driven decisions, an agile systems thinking approach, and high concept digital-first campaigns for artists... Read More →
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Jon Carter

Co-Founder & Chairman, Musicolio.com
Jon Carter is the Chairman and Founder of Musicolio Inc, the holding company of Musicolio.com. Musicolio.com is a marketplace app for music makers (think LikedIn for creatives w/ direct P2P payments a la Airbnb or Uber).
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Jason Feinberg

Head of Artist Mktg, Pandora
Jason Feinberg is Head of Artist Marketing at Pandora, where he develops and markets products for the artist community. His most recent focus is on Insights, an analytics tool Pandora launched as part of their Artist Marketing Platform (AMP).
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Ari Herstand

Musician, Blogger, Ari's Take/Digital Music News
Most people now know Ari Herstand as the guy who helped them fly with their instruments. His Carry Your Instrument On The Plane… It’s The LAW blog post went viral and has been viewed over 300,000 time with over 40,000 Facebook Likes. In just under two years, Herstand’s music... Read More →
avatar for Rossanna Wright

Rossanna Wright

VP, Business Development, Revelator
Rossanna Wright is the Director of Business Development at Revelator, a music monetization platform set to launch in 2015. Prior to joining Revelator, her background included strategy consulting for music tech startups such as Topspin and Echo Nest, as well as a stint at Amazon MP3... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 13AB

3:30pm CDT

At Some Point You Are Going To Need A Team
There are many services who can help an artist go from point A to point B in their career path. But then what? Artists need to get visibility via playing opportunities, blogs, publications, radio, and licensing in order to get to point C and beyond. Find out the "must have" marketing tools that can help bring an artist from A to B, and best practices to get in front of potential "team members" (labels, managers, agents, publicists, festival talent buyers, bloggers, licensing companies, etc.). Learn what these "team members" want to see before deciding they will help expose your music or work with you to take you to point C and beyond.

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Speakers
avatar for Jen Appel

Jen Appel

CEO & Publicity Director, The Catalyst Publicity Group LLC
Jen Appel, CEO & Publicity Director l The Catalyst Publicity Group, LLC
avatar for Sharon Jennings

Sharon Jennings

VP, Music & Mktg, APM Music
Sharon has been playing music as long as she can remember… it all started at 3 years old with two turntables, a radio and a microphone pretending to host the American Top 40.She believes music is the international language and can unite any peoples regardless of background. Because... Read More →
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Eric McLellan

Dir of A&R, Sire Records
Eric McLellan began working in the music industry as an intern at Universal Motown Records in 2004. Upon graduating college, Eric worked at Sony Music in Creative Services and Video Production for four years. He came on board at Sire in 2008 and worked his way up the A&R ranks. Eric... Read More →
avatar for Lou Plaia

Lou Plaia

Co-Founder/EVP, ReverbNation
In 2006, Plaia co-founded ReverbNation, the global leader in empowering independent Artists to advance their careers. Since its founding in 2006, ReverbNation has remained committed to putting 3.8 million Artists First through exposure to the music industry, connection to a worldwide... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC

3:30pm CDT

Get Rid of Your Day Job: Create Full Time
Do you have a day job while moonlighting as an artist, musician, YouTuber or other content creator? Would you like to transition from having a career that supports you to relying fully on your passion for that support? Get insight on the financial, legal, and creative aspects of that transformation from this diverse panel that has lived through it. Learn how to balance that supportive career while developing your other goals to set yourself up for success.

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Speakers
avatar for Ben Landis

Ben Landis

Social Media Growth Hacker/Songwriter, Ben's Networking
Ben Landis is an accomplished pianist and songwriter with a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston studying Contemporary Writing & Production. He has garnered lots of attention with his innovative album, "Adventures in Pixels". Its a delightful series of chiptune songs accompanied... Read More →
avatar for Walt Ribeiro

Walt Ribeiro

Music Composer, For Orchestra
Music composer for Youtubers specializing in classical music. Since 2006, I've arranged over 200 orchestra songs and worked at Revision3, UstreamTV, and as Director of Media at the IMAs.
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Ali Spagnola

Artist/Musician, Binge Responsibly LLC
Ali Spagnola is a drinking composer with a music problem. Her live concert is also interactive drinking game know as a Power Hour. Ali performs 60 catchy, one-minute songs and every time she changes the music, the audience cheers and drinks together. These 60 tracks, "The Power Hour... Read More →
avatar for Shaun Spalding

Shaun Spalding

Intellectual Property Atty, Comicsbulletin.com
IP attorney. New media producer. Professional nice guy. Lawyer representing some of the most viewed and subscribed Youtube channels in the world.


Thursday March 19, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 11AB

5:00pm CDT

Audience Development for Musicians
“If you build, they will come” is a dangerous myth. Comedians believe it’s all about the jokes. Musicians believe it’s all about the music. Writers believe it’s all about the words. And it is…until it isn’t. Artists rarely think they’re starting a business. More than other industries, creatives struggle with the ambiguous path to success. Most artists know how to create, but fail to recognize that art is only one part of their job.
Matt Sandler, musician and founder of Chromatik, will discuss a tactical approach to product (music)-market fit and customer (audience) acquisition. Join for a crash course in maximizing your music as a business.

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Speakers
avatar for Matt Sandler

Matt Sandler

Founder, Chromatik
Matt Sandler is a musician, entrepreneur, and founder of Chromatik. Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 100 Brilliant Companies,” Chromatik is a music technology company redefining how people learn, play, and share music. Its iPad and web applications are used by American... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

5:00pm CDT

Self-Releasing for Success
Historically, the self-release has been the last bastion of the unsigned artist. You shop your demos around to labels and don’t get any bites, so you bite the bullet yourself and foot the bill, just to get the thing out there. But in the last 10 years, as the industry has been reformed time and time again, things have changed. For artists large and small, and at every stage of their careers, self-releasing is more than just a viable alternative to a label deal, it’s a much better option. We’ll discuss the pros and cons of self-releasing, strategies for a successful self-release, and prognosticate on the future of artist-owned recordings in the music industry of tomorrow.

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Speakers
avatar for Rachel Cragg

Rachel Cragg

Director of A&R and Artist Management, Nettwerk Music Group
avatar for Ben Hubbird

Ben Hubbird

Digital Mktg & Label Rel, CD Baby
Ben Hubbird is a native Oregonian and lifelong musician. In 2008 he walked away from a career in community organizing and took a job at CD Baby where he is now in charge of Digital Promotions and Label Relations. Since then he's strived to help independent, working-class musicians... Read More →
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Andrew Jervis

Chief Curator, Bandcamp
avatar for Benji Rogers

Benji Rogers

Pres & Founder, PledgeMusic
Benji Rogers is currently President of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008 and ran as CEO until 2014. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of... Read More →


Thursday March 19, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9BC
 
Friday, March 20
 

12:30pm CDT

Be Your Own Label: Navigate Success on Your Terms
You're in a band and are ready to put out new music, but find yourself not signed. How will you get the album released? Learn how to build the right team to serve the needs traditionally found within a label and ways to find success on your own terms while keeping your rights.

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Speakers
avatar for Jay Coyle

Jay Coyle

Music Geek, Music Geek Services
A life-long music geek, Jay can still recall riding in the family station wagon listening to the AM hits of the early 70’s and tuning into Casey Kasem every week to be exposed to the new singles of the day. Jay started reaching for his own stars at the age of 7 with the purchase... Read More →
avatar for Chase Igliori

Chase Igliori

Artist Manager, Middle West Inc
Chase Igliori is an artist manager at Middle West, an independent artist management firm with offices in Minneapolis, MN, Durham, NC and Brooklyn, NY.
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Chris Moon

Artist Rel, Noisetrade
With an entrepreneurial spirit and insight, Christopher Moon strives to find creative and unique approaches to develop lasting careers for his artists. He is the founder of Anhedonia Management, which currently represents Apex Manor (Merge Records) and represented Josh Rouse (Bedroom... Read More →
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John Strohm

Sr Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP
John is a music business lawyer who primarily represents recording artists, producers, and songwriters, including several Grammy winners. Prior to becomeing a lawyer, John was a professional musician and a member of the bands The Lemonheads and Blake Babies.
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Don VanCleave

COO, DVC Management
Don Van Cleave started in the music business in 1987 when he opened Magic Platter in Birmingham, AL. In 1995, he became the president of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), a group of sixty prominent independent record stores located across the United States that banded... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Ed Eason
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
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Ed Eason

Guitarist/Brand Ambassador, Carrie Underwood/Tivamo


Friday March 20, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 8AB

2:00pm CDT

Demo Listening Session 3
Demo Listening Sessions offer a unique opportunity for selected musicians to get direct feedback from music professionals, those who listen to demos as part of their job.
This year, we can accept digital submissions for these sessions. You must send a direct link to your hosted track (ie, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, etc.); DO NOT email attached MP3s! Links for Demo Listening Sessions can go to demolistening@sxsw.com. Physical CDs will also be accepted at the door.
You must be present to have your music in the running to be heard!

View official listing on sxsw.com

Speakers
avatar for Ari Ingel

Ari Ingel

Manager, De Novo Music Group
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Jaime Neely

A&R, Lava Records
avatar for Frederik Thaae

Frederik Thaae

Producer/Songwriter, A Kid Hereafter LLC
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Jackie Winkler

A&R Mgr, Island Records


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10C

2:00pm CDT

I Shot The Serif: When Musicians Become Designers
The DIY and indie music scenes are stronger and uglier than ever. IDEO designer and musician, Michael Hendrix, dredges for design crimes amongst Pitchfork's favorite albums, shares some pointers for musicians to create more compelling art, and even shares some "before and after" covers just to prove the point. This is a "how-to" for anyone that wants their album art to match the quality of their music!

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Hendrix

Michael Hendrix

Partner, IDEO
Michael Hendrix, a Partner and Design Director at IDEO, is an accomplished graphic designer with over 50 awards from major U.S. design associations. He is also a musician (R.M.Hendrix) and released his first full-length album, "Urban Turks Country Jerks", for Moon Sounds Records in... Read More →
avatar for Michael Renaud

Michael Renaud

Creative Dir, Pitchfork
Michael Renaud is the Creative Director for Pitchfork, the world's most widely respected guide to music. He leads a team that visualizes the website on a day-to-day basis, in addition to their two festivals in Paris and Chicago, their recently launched venture into film The Dissolve... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E

3:30pm CDT

Cover Recordings: Career Boost or Bust?
Did you know that the Rolling Stones started out covering Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard? Cover recordings and performances can be a great way to showcase your skills and make a name for yourself. YouTube, Glee, and The Voice have created a comeback for the cover, but many artists are reluctant to become known only for their covers. Some even believe there’s a stigma attached. We'll discuss the pros and cons of starting out with cover recordings and what you can do to get your songs out successfully and legally.

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Speakers
avatar for Julien Frank

Julien Frank

Dir of A&R/Royalties, Memory Lane Music Group/Royalty Solutions Corp
Director at Royalty Solutions, Julien holds a BS in Music Industry and Technology from Mercy College. Julien brings to Royalty Solutions 11 years of professional Music Business experience working in both creative and executive capacities. Some of his previous posts include Universal... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Kilgour

Jeff Kilgour

VP PR & Artist Dev, The Syndicate
Jeff Kilgour has almost 20 years of industry experience and for almost ten of those, owned and ran Tijuana Gift Shop, a successful boutique firm specializing in PR, Artist Development and Design. Since finding a name while sifting through Mingus LPs, The Gift Shop’s “cool, eclectic... Read More →
avatar for Arshan Sadri

Arshan Sadri

Sr Channel Mgr, INDMUSIC
avatar for Jason "Space" Smith

Jason "Space" Smith

Artist, Digital Daggers
Space is an Australian born songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, artist and producer signed to Sony/ATV Music publishing. He has written songs on platinum selling and Juno nominated albums. His band Digital Daggers has licensed music for film and television in shows such as The Blacklist... Read More →
avatar for Mark Spier

Mark Spier

CEO, Memory Lane Music Group
Mark Spier is CEO of Royalty Solutions Corp., a company that provides royalty processing and licensing for record labels and music publishers. Mark founded RSC in 2009 after observing the need for comprehensive and accurate services. RSC proudly helps clients minimize overhead, maximize... Read More →


Friday March 20, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 17B

5:00pm CDT

DIY Screenprinting Tips & Tricks
Promoting gigs with posters, t-shirts and other material can be expensive. Explore, in a hands-on environment, how to get started on the cheap. As bands mature and tour, the production and sale of gig posters and printed shirts become another revenue source, as well as spread the word and create awareness of the band 'brand'. Learn the basic steps in the process, pick up tips on how to get printing on the cheap, and gain hands on experience as you print a shirt or a poster.

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Speakers
avatar for Jared Connor

Jared Connor

Screenprinter, Mexican Chocolate Design
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Clay Ferguson

Screenprinter, JAMUNGO
avatar for Andy MacDougall

Andy MacDougall

Bossman, TMI Screenprinting Equipment
Old guy, printed lots of things, helped thousands of others learn to print, or print better. Hangs out at the Flatstock show and runs the live demo printing booth. Past life included bands, marketing and advertising, management and product development. Lives in Canada, likes motorcycles... Read More →
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Mark Pedini

Screenprinter, Empire Press
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Jonathan Rebolloso

Screen Printer, Coronado Studio


Friday March 20, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Artist Central in Ballroom E
 
Saturday, March 21
 

12:30pm CDT

Be Your Own CEO
Come delve into the brave new world of a DIY career. Major technological developments and online piracy have dramatically altered the music industry and traditional modes of establishing and sustaining careers in entertainment. This panel will feature some of music’s most innovative and progressive trendsetters as they discuss new creative and insightful ways for artists, content creators and songwriters to launch and maintain a career in today’s complicated and ever-challenging marketplace.

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Speakers
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Jay Frank

Owner, DigSin
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J Gibson

Head of Content Aquisition, Rumblefish
Is Head of Content Acquisition at Rumblefish, with background experience in finance and then hanging it entirely up to consecrate his time to music, led him through the early 2000s embracing digital distribution with companies like IODA and The Orchard while also Co-Founding reapandsow... Read More →
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James Leach

VP Writer/Publisher Rel - West Coast Operations, SESAC
James began his music career as an intern at Famous Music Publishing before transitioning to ATV Music Group as an intern and where he eventually became Director of Creative Affairs, having the opportunity to work with artists such as Brownstone, and SWV among many others. Upon leaving... Read More →
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Tracy Maddux

CEO, CD Baby
Tracy joined the CD Baby team in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer and became CEO in May of 2012. He has led the company during a period of rapid growth, focusing on rolling out new products and services that enable artists to self-manage their music careers; make money from their music... Read More →
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Dmitri Vietze

N/A, StoryAmp LLC


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 15

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Dan Heitkemper
Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before each session occurs. On the day of the session, you can still sign up in person if slots are available.

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Speakers
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Dan Heitkemper

Founder, Heitgeist


Saturday March 21, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 8AB

3:30pm CDT

Power Networking in the Music Business
If you’re an aspiring artist, music producer, artist manager or music industry executive, you should know that talent and skill can only take you so far. Those who truly thrive in today’s music business know how to network with others. Learn what it takes to successfully network in today’s music business.

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Speakers
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Qiana Conley

Owner, cue the creatives
Qiana Conley began her career in music at Epic Records, contributing in Promotions/A&R for projects by Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and B2K. Conley moved into music publishing as Director of Creative/A&R, Television and Film, pioneering catalogue development and copyright exploitation... Read More →
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Glenn Litwak

Owner, Law Offices of Glenn T Litwak
Mr. Litwak specializes in music and entertainment law. He has extensive expertise in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of contracts relating to the entertainment industry. He also has many years of experience handling entertainment industry litigation.
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Allison Shaw

Co-Founder, incroud
Shaw started her music career as a DJ for mainstream rock format station 94 Rock in Albuquerque. Allison also was a writer for VH1/MTV online from 1998-2002. In 2004 Shaw started nationally distributed Hyperactive Music Magazine and the Hyperfestival and Conference in New Mexico... Read More →
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Emily White

Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment & Dreamfuel
Emily White is the co-founder of Dreamfuel, the premiere crowdfunding platform for athletes, teams, and sports organizations. As a leader in the Entertainment industry, White is applies proven techniques of a direct-to-consumer field to sports; where the concept is fresh and growing... Read More →


Saturday March 21, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 17A