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Tuesday, May 15 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Featured Presentation: Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out powered by Nielsen Music

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Doors open at 3:45 PM.

Music Biz named this session “Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out” back in 2015 with the goal of the session to celebrate some formidable women in the music industry and to inspire those looking to break into the biz with a forum to share ideas and discuss ways to overcome and eliminate inequality. While this goal still holds true today, the name of this session could not be more appropriate. Artists and executives alike have come forward to demand that all voices are heard and to call for an immediate transformation of the entertainment industry. Today’s Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out will again celebrate the careers of our stellar line-up of speakers, but will also touch on how today’s women can push the boundaries to bring equality to our business.

The Power of She: Unlocking the Value of Female Fans
Nielsen Music’s Erin Crawford will kick off the Leading Ladies program by sharing exclusive insights and analytics on the growing influence of female fans in today’s music industry. The presentation will spotlight the music habits of women across generations, key differences between male and female fans, and new ways to drive deeper engagement with these powerful consumers.

Erin Crawford, SVP & General Manager, Nielsen Music

Executive Keynote: Republic’s Wendy Goldstein with Manager Beka Tischker
Wendy Goldstein has played a critical role in launching the careers of some of today’s biggest artists, Music Biz 2014 Breakthrough Artist Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, DNCE, and Hailee Steinfeld, among many others, her example is an inspiration to young women working their way up the music industry ladder, and we know that she will leave our Music Biz 2018 attendees feeling ready to take on the world. Goldstein — and moderator Billboard’s Gail Mitchell — will be joined by Wide Eyed Entertainment founder Beka Tischker, manager of Music Biz’s 2018 2018 Breakthrough Artist Award recipient, Julia Michaels. Together Goldstein and Tischker will discuss how they facilitated the evolution of Michaels from a behind-the-scenes hitmaking songwriter to a GRAMMY Award-nominated multi-platinum-certified artist.

Wendy Goldstein, EVP, Republic Records
Beka Tischker, Founder, Manager & Publisher, Wide Eyed Entertainment

Melinda Newman, West Coast Editor, Billboard

Featured Panel: Respecting The Women of Yesterday and Helping The Women Of Tomorrow 
In an interview with bSMART, MAC Presents President Marcie Allen said “If you think you can be successful in any industry and not help the women of tomorrow and not respect the women of yesterday, you’re never going to get anywhere.” Today, Allen will lead our distinguished panel as they discuss the challenges faced by women in music in 2018, reveal how they have broken the glass ceiling and how they steer female artists through the competition and demands of today’s music business.

Melinda Newman, West Coast Editor, Billboard

Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents
Marlene Tsuchii, Co-Head of International Touring & Music Agent, CAA
Kelli Turner, EVP of Operations, Corporate Development & CFO, SESAC
Janet Weir, Manager, Maren Morris, 42 Entertainment/Red Light Management

Artist Keynote: Dolly Parton & Linda Perry
Parton and Perry, who recently collaborated on the upcoming Dumplin’ soundtrack on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville (film directed by Anne Fletcher, starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald), will discuss their songwriting process, which between the two women has led to scores of gold, platinum, or multi-platinum-certified tracks and top 10 Country and Pop hits.

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Marcie Allen

President, MAC Presents
Marcie Allen is President of the NYC based, award-winning music experiential agency, MACPresents. Allen has brokered and executed multi-faceted programs on behalf of numerousFortune 500 brands and chart-topping artists. She’s an eleven-time nominee and six-timewinner of Billboard’s... Read More →
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Erin Crawford

SVP & GM Music, Nielsen
As the GM for Nielsen Music, Erin Crawford leads the business strategy for the industry’s leading source of music data, insights and analytics. Under Crawford’s leadership, Nielsen Music has evolved into a new era of data-driven fan research that is driving solutions for the modern... Read More →
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Wendy Goldstein

EVP of A&R, Republic Records
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Melinda Newman

West Coast Editor, Billboard
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Beka Tischker

Manager & Owner, Wide Eyed Entertainment
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Marlene Tsuchii

Co-Head of International Touring & Music Agent, CAA
Marlene Tsuchii is Co-Head of International Touring and a Music Agent at CAA, a leading entertainment and sports agency.  Tsuchii works in the Los Angeles office and represents many of the world’s leading musicians including Daft Punk, Beck, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Kanye... Read More →
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Kelli Turner

Kelli Turner serves as Executive Vice President, Operations, Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer of SESAC Holdings, Inc., a leading music rights organization. In this capacity, Turner is charged with overseeing finance, corporate development, licensing and administrative... Read More →
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Janet Weir

Mgr., Red Light Management/42 Entertainment
Janet began her career more than 20 years ago with Terry McBride and Nettwerk Management in Vancouver, Canada during the launch of Sarah McLachlan’s Lilith Fair. She was involved with the early development of talent such as Coldplay, Dido, Avril Lavigne, Barenaked Ladies, as w... Read More →

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