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Thursday, April 18 • 3:15pm - 5:30pm
One-on-One Sessions - Sold Out (Presented by Etymotic Research)

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One-on-One Sessions, which have sold out early each year, provide attendees an opportunity to meet with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, Film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
There are no openings or waiting list spots available.


Panelists
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Toby Benson

Artist Manager, Director of Digital Marketing - Complete Control Management
Artist Manager, Director of Digital Marketing - Complete Control Management Toby Benson works at Complete Control Management where he is Director of Digital Marketing and Manager of Dada Life, Bingo Players and Tritonal.
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Cathi Black

Music Supervisor - Cutting Edge; Group Guild of Music Supervisors
Music Supervisor - Cutting Edge Group | Guild of Music Supervisors Since the late 80’s Cathi Black has been involved in various aspects of the music industry, gaining her initial experience while still based in her native Canada . It was there in Toronto where she got in concert promotion and merchandising with Brokum Entertainment and traveled with some incredible acts/concerts... Read More →
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Jonathan Cohen

Music Booker - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Music Booker - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Jonathan Cohen is the music booker for NBC's Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Prior to that, he was a writer and editor for Billboard for nearly nine years. He is also the author of Pearl Jam 20, the 2011 companion book to Cameron Crowe's... Read More →
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Adam Epstein

Music Publishing Consultant
Music Publishing Consultant | | Adam Epstein has been working in the music industry for 17 years. Working in many different aspects of the business, such as publishing, A&R, management and performing rights.  He's worked with some of the biggest writers and producers in the world... Read More →
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Brian Schall, Esq.

Attorney, Partner - Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP
Attorney, Partner - Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP Brian Schall has been an entertainment industry lawyer for the past 18 years. During his time as an entertainment lawyer Mr. Schall has advised and guided the careers of various multi-platinum musicians, songwrite... Read More →
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Maura Griffin

Director, Operations - Sencit Music; Guild of Music Supervisors
Director, Operations - Sencit Music | Guild of Music Supervisors Up until recently, Maura Griffin was a music supervisor at a trailer house,Toy Box, for 8 years. Now Maura works at a trailer music library called Sencit Music, where she is the Director of Operations. Maura is th... Read More →
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Isaac Hasson

Songwriter, Producer – “Here We Go Again,” “I Promise You,” “Destructo Doll,” “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow”
Songwriter, Producer – “Here We Go Again,” “I Promise You,” “Destructo Doll,” “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” In 2004 Isaac packed up his truck, ended his nomadic lifestyle, and made the big move to Los Angeles. Previously a successful artist in the Boston area he decided to focus his attention on songwriting and production. He got his first big break by writing and co-producing Cassie... Read More →
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Vanessa Jorge

Music Director - Aspect Ratio
Music Director - Aspect Ratio Over the past 14 years, Vanessa Jorge has been a music supervisor for both television and movie trailers. She started out her career at Entertainment Tonight, bringing in new music production companies and placing big commercial songs for shows, but later found her calling in film trailers. Since then, her career in movie trailers, video games, commercials and home video has blossomed with placements including Sideways, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Transformers, Eat Pray Love, Iron Man 1... Read More →
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Brian Kennedy

Producer, Songwriter - "Disturbia," "Mr. Know It All," "If This Isn't Love," "Forever"
Producer, Songwriter - "Disturbia," "Mr. Know It All," "If This Isn't Love," "Forever" Musical phenomenon Brian Kennedy developed an appreciation for piano music at an early age. With formal lessons at six years, he established the foundation for the composer he became at eight. Gifted with the ability to hear and memorize scales and melodies, he would take songs and make them his own. Kennedy has a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music and is considered one of the... Read More →
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Josh Kessler

VP, Business Development - dms.FM (Downtown Music Services) / Downtown Music Publishing
VP, Business Development - dms.FM (Downtown Music Services) / Downtown Music Publishing | | Josh runs the Downtown Music Publishing company, dms.FM, the focus of which is Film, TV and Ad placements of emerging and independent artists and catalogs.
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Tiffany Starr Kumar

Sr. Director, Creative - Primary Wave Music Publishing
Sr. Director, Creative - Primary Wave Music Publishing Tiffany Starr Kumar utilizes her unique background as a songwriter and manager to work alongside the creative Primary Wave roster. A graduate of New York University, Tiffany Starr got an early break by working as a songwrite... Read More →
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Nate Lowery

GM/VP, Creative - Cornman Music
GM/VP, Creative - Cornman Music Nate Lowery grew up in Florence, AL watching the songwriting business firsthand as his father, songwriter Donny Lowery, scored big with songs like “Old Flames” (Alabama) and “Why Does It Have To Be Wrong or Right” (Restless Heart). After moving to Nashville he began his career at Windswept Publishing, in the time honored tradition of working in the Tape Copy Room. From there he was hired by Chris Oglesby to help build his new company, Oglesby Writer Management, which was part of 19 Entertainment, producers of American Idol. His next move was to the newly formed Cornman Music, owned by hit songwriter Brett James who has penned 13 #1s including songs like "The Truth" by Jason Aldean, "Out Last Night" and "When The Sun Goes Down" by Kenny Chesney, Grammy award-winning "Jesus Take The... Read More →
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Sherry Orson

Founder – MCM Songs USA
Founder – MCM Songs USA Sherry Orson began her career in the music industry with Virgin Music Publishing. From there she moved to Universal Music Group and gained extensive experience in the fields of music publishing and licensing. She most recently worked with Steven Van Zandt... Read More →
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Joseph Pepin

A&R - Complete Control Management
A&R - Complete Control Management | | Joseph Pepin of Complete Control Management functions as a core member of the managment team. In addition to his managment responsibilities, Joseph is also a manager of A&R for Complete Control Management.
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Lindsey Ray

Songwriter, Performer - "Almost Home," "In Real Life," “Brand New Day," "You Make Me Happy"
Songwriter, Performer - "Almost Home," "In Real Life," “Brand New Day," "You Make Me Happy" Lindsey Ray’s passion for crafting and performing original music led her from the small coastal town of Belfast, Maine to Los Angeles, California in 2008. She has developed an eclectic repertoire that spans internationally, between diverse mediums, from EPs to commercials, film and television. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Lindsey began collaborating with top songwriters, one of whom was Tim Myers, formerly of One Republic. Lindsey and Tim wrote a duet... Read More →
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Angie Ruiz

Director, Film & TV Music - Razor & Tie
Director, Film & TV Music - Razor & Tie | | Angie Ruiz is Director of Film and TV Music at Razor & Tie. Previously, Ruiz was Creative Manager of Special Markets at Peermusic Film & TV Licensing.  She is responsible for placing songs by Razor & Tie artists and songwriters in TV... Read More →
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Sharon Tapper

SVP, Music Publishing - Razor & Tie Music Publishing
SVP, Music Publishing - Razor & Tie Music Publishing Sharon Tapper started her career in 1989 at Sarm West Studios in London and was an Assistant Manager at Sarm West, a studio owned and operated by producer Trevor Horn. Frequent clients at the studio included Seal, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Michael Kamen, Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart. Upon relocating to the U.S. she worked at Left Bank Management in Los Angeles from 1993 to 1997 as an Assistant Manager, responsible for the day to day management for The Cranberries, Meat Loaf and Richard Marx. While there Sharon was promoted to Tour Marketing Manager for the entire management roster while continuing day to day management responsibilities. Other artists she worked with at Left Bank included Duran Duran, Luther Vandross, John Mellencamp, Motley Crue, and The Bee Gees. From 1997 to 1999, she was an Assistant Manager to Gallin Morey and was responsible for the day to day management for Lisa Stansfield, Neneh Cherry and Eagle-Eye Cherry. Upon relocating to New York, Sharon was an artist manager at The Umbrella Group from 1999 through 2005 where she worked with the company roster CAKE, Bebel Gilberto, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Neneh Cherry and Grant-Lee Phillips (formerly of Grant Lee Buffalo). In 2003, while at The Umbrella Group Sharon started Consulting for Kobalt Music Publishing, which evolved into her being hired to be their VP Creative through 2011. At Kobalt she was responsible for signing artists such as Slash, G Love, The Dresden Dolls, Gomez, Harry Connick Jr, Sharon Jones And The Dap Kingsas well as publishers Arthouse, TVT, Red Bull Media, House of Hassle, Reservoir Media and Razor... Read More →
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Katy Wolaver

A&R - SONGS Music Publishing
A&R - SONGS Music Publishing Katy Wolaver is currently working at SONGS Music Publishing as A&R and is working with writers, producers and artists on the roster, including Matt Thiessen, Brian lee, Dev, JT Harding, Rob Hawkins and Meghan Kabir. Katy previously held a dual role at Warner Bros Records as Director of... Read More →



Thursday April 18, 2013 3:15pm - 5:30pm
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

Attendees (38)