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Wednesday, May 16 • 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Every Artist Needs A Ninja: Building Your Team

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Being an artist, label, or manager in the digital world is difficult. There are hundreds of thankless, invisible jobs that must be done — from playlist and video channel management to publicity, design and even road crew. Finding the right team to work to accomplish all of that can be a nightmare. This panel will discuss:

  • Why should I hire someone else? 
  • When should I do so? 
  • How do I find the right team?

We’ll also discuss establishing KPIs for contractors and payment do's and don'ts.

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Laurens Kusters

Co-Founder, indie.ninja
Laurens Kusters is the Co-Founder of indie.ninja, a company which connects indies, artists, managers, and labels, to a curated network of professionals including live crew, designers, marketers, promo teams, attorneys, accountants, and everything in-between. Kusters has more than... Read More →

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Laurie Jakobsen

President, Jaybird Communications
Laurie Jakobsen is the President & Founder of Jaybird Communications, a firm providing a full range of strategic communications services for digital businesses, with a focus on startups, B2B and music-related ventures. 
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Hannah Lovell

Graphic Designer, Art Director, & Illustrator, Hannah Lovell Design
Hannah Lovell has an eclectic sense of creativity that’s as unique as her South Louisiana roots.  With a focus in editorial and identity design, she opened her own studio and now works with small businesses throughout the Southeast.  Lovell’s clients have included the ice cream... Read More →
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David Silbaugh

Talent Buyer, Summerfest
David Silbaugh is best known as a Talent Buyer for Summerfest, "The World's Largest Music Festival", in Milwaukee, WI. The 11 day festival books more than 800 artists in nearly all genres, featuring international headlining artists as well as emerging artists. He also produces the... Read More →
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Cassandra "Cat" Sotos

Musician & Songwriter
Cassandra Sotos is a violinist, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and artist based in Nashville TN.  In addition to her solo work, she is a sought after professional musician, most recently touring with Indian Superstar Arjit Singh. 
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Nick Tieder

GM, Frontiers Music srl, North America
Nick Tieder is the GM of Frontiers Music srl of North America, an independent Rock label which started in Naples, Italy. In this role, he focuses on introducing American audiences to Frontiers’ overseas acts, and increasing the visibility of Frontiers’ brand. Frontier Music has... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
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