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Career Development Workshops [clear filter]
Monday, May 14

9:00am CDT

From Farm To FGL: The Story of Seth England, Serial Entrepreneur
Raised a rural farm kid in small-town Illinois, Seth England’s love of music led him to pursue the business in college. To pay the bills, he began promoting shows. Teaming with a friend and frustrated by the out of touch campus activities board, their approach was different — promote shows “that our friends would like to see.”  Their first show sold out and a college side job was born. After internship stints at Harlan Howard Songs and Vector Management, England’s interest in the publishing side of the business drove him to Big Loud Shirt. He met Big Loud Shirt founder Craig Wiseman in 2007 while pulling weeds in the parking lot on a “slow work day.” Admiring his work ethic, Wiseman brought England into the fold full-time less than a year later.

In the past five years, the company expanded to add management, production, and eventually label services to their publishing and A&R offerings. Following the success of signees like Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane, the risk-taking partners have launched careers and built brands based around their belief in the music. Recently, the individual arms – Big Loud Shirt, Big Loud Mountain, and Big Loud Records – all elected to celebrate continued success and further growth by re-branding to “Big Loud.” England will discuss this journey, his mentors and his ambitions, focusing in on what he believes will help set you apart as you begin your music industry career.

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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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Seth England

Partner and Artist Manager, Big Loud Records
Seth England is a co-founding partner at Big Loud Records, an independent, Nashville-based music company which houses Big Loud Records, Big Loud Music Publishing, Big Loud Capital and Maverick Management. With England’s leadership, Big Loud has become one of the top-ranked independent... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Music Row 5

9:30am CDT

You Don't Have to Wait Until Graduation to Work in the Music Industry
Because Music Biz has an ever-growing network of students, we have an opportunity to educate them through real-life case studies. Getting started early in college is a key reason moderator Makenzie Stokel’s company, EVAmore, has succeeded. By failing so many times before the company had to start paying themselves and other salaries — important lessons were learned. Between the many resources of a college campus and people always willing to help, this panel of C-level young executives will detail how important it is to start experiencing how the music industry operates early on — both inside and outside the classroom.

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Makenzie Stokel

Co-Founder, EVAmore
Makenzie Stokel is the Co-Founder of EVAmore, where she runs daily operations. She and her business partner started EVAmore as sophomores in college at Belmont University. They saw how technology could vastly improve the booking sector for the music industry and began building a platform... Read More →

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Erin Anderson

Founder and CEO, Olivia Management
Erin Anderson is the Founder and CEO of Olivia Management, an artist management and consulting company based in Nashville. Since founding Olivia Management in 2012, Anderson has grown the company to three full-time staff, five management clients, and a consulting business that is... Read More →
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Garrison Snell

CEO & Founder, Gyrosity Projects
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Chris Susskind

CEO & Founder, MyBandSource LLC
Chris Susskind is a disruptive thinker from a family tradition of entrepreneurship and self-made business professionals. As he began his college years, Chris decided to combine his strong passion for music with his proven acumen for artist discovery and promotion to create the unique... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Music Row 5

10:15am CDT

Team Building — The Five Pillars of the Music Business
For those just entering the industry, it's important to learn the fundamentals of the artist team and how it functions. There are five pillars that make up the business foundation: operations, performance, branding, publicity, and marketing. With the ever-changing landscape of the industry's job titles and positions, it can be very confusing where to get started. During this panel, we'll discuss the varied skill sets required for each pillar and how individuals can best utilize their skills and interests to begin a career in the music industry.

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Trevor Larkin

Guitarist, Allen Stone
Trevor Larkin tours the world as a guitarist with renowned soul singer Allen Stone. The Allen Stone Band has opened for Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Dave Matthews Band and Hall Oates, played the main stages at Coachella, Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo and Sasquatch music festivals, along with... Read More →

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Sarah D'Hilly

Associate Director of Digital Strategy, Monument Records
Sarah D’Hilly current handles Digital at Monument Records. In her role, she oversees marketing initiatives and partner relationships with all sales, streaming services, social platforms. Previously, D’Hilly worked in digital marketing at Borman Entertainment, handling content... Read More →
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Nathan Dohse

COO / Author & Founder, AGD Entertainment / Zero To 60 By AGD
Nathan Dohse is the COO of AGD Entertainment Company and the Author & Founder of “Zero To 60 By AGD”, a curriculum based day-to-day management program teaching performing artists how to balance their art and the industry. He got his start in artist management through being a member... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Music Row 5

11:00am CDT

Building Your Marketing Toolbox: Getting Ready For a Career in the Music Industry
Whether you’re interested in being a publicist, manager or label owner, you’ll need to understand the fundamentals of marketing in order to have a lasting career in the music industry. Hunter Scott, Head of Marketing and Publicity at LaFamos, a PR and social media management firm, discusses the tools needed to promote up-and-coming artists in today’s ever-changing landscape. This hands-on workshop will cover building a compelling media story, pitching journalists and bloggers, analytical tools available for strong social media growth, and actionable tasks that can be used by musicians looking to get a head start in their careers. Be ready to take notes and ask lots of questions during this informative event.

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Hunter Scott

Head of Marketing & Publicity, LAFAMOS PR
Hunter Scott is the Head of Marketing & Publicity for LaFamos, a full-service PR firm focusing on press outreach, lifestyle branding and social media management. Lafamos’ social media services transformed into a separate firm, High Q Digital, where in addition to artists, a team... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 11:00am - 11:45am CDT
Music Row 5

11:45am CDT

Only One Goal: Capture Your Community
Living a dream starts with setting goals. What if we narrowed it down to one? To capture and engage your immediate community. It’s the same for a Platinum selling artist as it is for a college student — the former just have a much larger community they need to capture. We’ll talk about ways to accomplish this goal and motivate you to define what “making it” really means.

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Nathan Dohse

COO / Author & Founder, AGD Entertainment / Zero To 60 By AGD
Nathan Dohse is the COO of AGD Entertainment Company and the Author & Founder of “Zero To 60 By AGD”, a curriculum based day-to-day management program teaching performing artists how to balance their art and the industry. He got his start in artist management through being a member... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
Music Row 5

12:15pm CDT

Music Biz 101 & More: Live In Nashville!
William Paterson University’s Music Biz 101 & More is the only college radio show/podcast in the  United States of America that focuses on the business side of the music and entertainment biz.  Hosted by WPU's Dr. Steve Marcone and Professor Dave Philp, Music Biz 101 & More provides in-depth interviews with industry-insiders that music business students, professionals, and DIY musicians want to hear.

Join Music Biz 101 & More live to close out the Career Development Workshop sessions.  This event, to be recorded for an upcoming radio show and podcast, will feature a panel of captivating music industry professionals.  The theme: Did You Know? Panelists will describe three or four everyday tasks they participate in that weren’t part of their job descriptions. In fact, their bosses might not even know they do these things. Time will be left for interactive audience Q&A.

The session will feature energy, some laughs, and give attendees great insight into the professional lives of our participants. Everyone in attendance (even those on the panel) will attain at least one golden nugget of information they can take home with them.

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Stephen Marcone

Director, Music & Ent Mgnt Programs, William Patterson University
In the late 1960s and early 70s, as a trumpet player in a Rock music group, Stephen Marcone recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. He joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University... Read More →
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Dave Philp

Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
David Philp is a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson University, teaching about music in social media, entrepreneurship, and music and entertainment industry structure. He has over 20 years of experience working for the Universal... Read More →

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Rohit Anand

VP of Brand Activation & Partnerships, Dream Hotel Group
Rohit Anand is responsible for the sourcing, development, and execution, of all brand partnerships, programming, and activations for Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal, and Unscripted Hotels. He develops brands’ cultural footprint off-property, via high-profile events and influencer... Read More →
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John Butler

Global Head of Christian Music, Spotify
John Butler is the Global Head of Christian Music at Spotify.  In his role, he oversees all genres of Christian music globally for Spotify through playlist, culture and editorial curation, as well as working with many teams at Spotify.  Butler joined Spotify after 16 years at Curb... Read More →
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Shannan Hatch

VP of Creative Services, SESAC
Shannan Hatch serves as VP of Creative Services for SESAC PRO, a subsidiary of SESAC Holdings, Inc.  In this role, she leads the Nashville-based Creative Services team in supporting SESAC-affiliated songwriters and publishers, as well as working closely with senior management in... Read More →
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Cindy Da Silva

Owner & Partner, The Rocks Management
Management, sponsorships, merch, branding

Monday May 14, 2018 12:15pm - 1:00pm CDT
Music Row 5