Amanda Suriani   Senior Director, Account Management, The Orchard   Amanda Suriani is the Senior Director, Account Management at The Orchard, the industry's leading independent music distribution and label services company. Amanda spent the last 10 years in the independent sector overseeing client relations, sales, and strategy. In her current role, she is responsible for leading all streaming business in North America while fostering relationships between labels and partners.

Amanda Suriani
Senior Director, Account Management, The Orchard

Amanda Suriani is the Senior Director, Account Management at The Orchard, the industry's leading independent music distribution and label services company. Amanda spent the last 10 years in the independent sector overseeing client relations, sales, and strategy. In her current role, she is responsible for leading all streaming business in North America while fostering relationships between labels and partners.

Cherie Hu     Music and Tech Journalist, Freelance (Billboard, Forbes, MBW)   Cherie Hu is an award-winning writer and podcaster documenting how technology is transforming the business of music and culture. She writes regularly for Billboard, Forbes and Music Business Worldwide, with additional bylines in Variety, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2017, at age 21, she received the Reeperbahn Festival’s inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year. Her biweekly email newsletter Water & Music reaches over 3,000 readers, from budding artists and managers to execs at major labels, and is currently expanding into a podcast and online community on her Patreon page (patreon.com/cheriehu). She has appeared as an expert commentator for CNBC, CGTN America and SiriusXM Volume, and has spoken at over 25 conferences to date, including but not limited to Music Biz, SXSW, Midem, Sónar+D, the DIY Musician Conference and the Web Summit.

Cherie Hu
Music and Tech Journalist, Freelance (Billboard, Forbes, MBW)

Cherie Hu is an award-winning writer and podcaster documenting how technology is transforming the business of music and culture. She writes regularly for Billboard, Forbes and Music Business Worldwide, with additional bylines in Variety, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2017, at age 21, she received the Reeperbahn Festival’s inaugural award for Music Business Journalist of the Year. Her biweekly email newsletter Water & Music reaches over 3,000 readers, from budding artists and managers to execs at major labels, and is currently expanding into a podcast and online community on her Patreon page (patreon.com/cheriehu). She has appeared as an expert commentator for CNBC, CGTN America and SiriusXM Volume, and has spoken at over 25 conferences to date, including but not limited to Music Biz, SXSW, Midem, Sónar+D, the DIY Musician Conference and the Web Summit.

Cindy James     Vice President of Streaming & Playlisting Strategy, Island Records   Cindy James is a music streaming strategist who has led companies across the globe through the rapid transformation of physical CDs into a la carte downloads, streaming and advanced voice technology. She has lived and worked in Sydney, London, and New York, garnering global knowledge, perspective and insight into the evolving recorded music landscape for over 15 years. Cindy holds the position as Vice President of Streaming & Playlisting Strategy for Island Records and works closely with the label’s roster of artists, and streaming platforms to devise strategies for their recorded music. Before joining Island Records/Universal Music Group, Cindy held various roles inside Sony Music Entertainment including working across Digital and Business Development for the Asia Pacific Region from her native city of Sydney, Global Account Management and Partner Development for Spotify + Amazon in London and devising consumer marketing, playlist behavior initiatives and advertising technology strategies, while leading the Spotify account team and playlisting service ‘Filtr’ for the US market out of New York. Cindy is known for her ability to monetize pop culture and emerging audiences in streaming and consumer marketing.

Cindy James
Vice President of Streaming & Playlisting Strategy, Island Records

Cindy James is a music streaming strategist who has led companies across the globe through the rapid transformation of physical CDs into a la carte downloads, streaming and advanced voice technology. She has lived and worked in Sydney, London, and New York, garnering global knowledge, perspective and insight into the evolving recorded music landscape for over 15 years. Cindy holds the position as Vice President of Streaming & Playlisting Strategy for Island Records and works closely with the label’s roster of artists, and streaming platforms to devise strategies for their recorded music. Before joining Island Records/Universal Music Group, Cindy held various roles inside Sony Music Entertainment including working across Digital and Business Development for the Asia Pacific Region from her native city of Sydney, Global Account Management and Partner Development for Spotify + Amazon in London and devising consumer marketing, playlist behavior initiatives and advertising technology strategies, while leading the Spotify account team and playlisting service ‘Filtr’ for the US market out of New York. Cindy is known for her ability to monetize pop culture and emerging audiences in streaming and consumer marketing.

Eric Fritschi     EVP Artist Partnerships, Mtheory   Eric Fritschi joined Mtheory in 2013 and quickly established the Mtheory Artist Partnerships division where he leads global marketing strategy for a roster of entrepreneurial artists including Major Lazer, Porter Robinson, Flume, Petit Biscuit and more. Mtheory provides a modern set of capabilities to managers and their artists. Mtheory believes in a holistic approach to artist development that prioritizes streaming to build an engaged fanbase and optimizes campaigns to maximize revenue in artists largest earnings areas (typically live music). Our services include marketing, digital strategy, sales, tour marketing, creative services, live production, deal advisory, distribution, production and project financing.

Eric Fritschi
EVP Artist Partnerships, Mtheory

Eric Fritschi joined Mtheory in 2013 and quickly established the Mtheory Artist Partnerships division where he leads global marketing strategy for a roster of entrepreneurial artists including Major Lazer, Porter Robinson, Flume, Petit Biscuit and more. Mtheory provides a modern set of capabilities to managers and their artists. Mtheory believes in a holistic approach to artist development that prioritizes streaming to build an engaged fanbase and optimizes campaigns to maximize revenue in artists largest earnings areas (typically live music). Our services include marketing, digital strategy, sales, tour marketing, creative services, live production, deal advisory, distribution, production and project financing.

Greg Duffy   Business Operations & Strategy Manager, Vevo   Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale reaching 26 billion monthly views globally. With a focus on growth initiatives Greg works to maximize the exposure for Vevo’s catalog of music video through all of its distribution partners, with a specific focus on YouTube. Greg studied Economics at the University of Notre Dame and prior to Vevo, he worked at Pandora, in the research and revenue operations teams. He is also a musician in his own right, performing and recording his own material in NYC, which informs a deeper understanding of artist and label partners goals.

Greg Duffy
Business Operations & Strategy Manager, Vevo

Vevo is the world’s largest all-premium music video provider, offering artists a global platform with enormous scale reaching 26 billion monthly views globally. With a focus on growth initiatives Greg works to maximize the exposure for Vevo’s catalog of music video through all of its distribution partners, with a specific focus on YouTube. Greg studied Economics at the University of Notre Dame and prior to Vevo, he worked at Pandora, in the research and revenue operations teams. He is also a musician in his own right, performing and recording his own material in NYC, which informs a deeper understanding of artist and label partners goals.

Heather Ellis   Senior Manager, Editorial Content, Pandora   After getting her start at Sony Music, Heather took her passion for artist development, branding, and marketing to The Orchard, where she held roles in Retail Marketing and Interactive Marketing. During her time at The Orchard, she started a small artist management firm called Red Dust Music, taking on a roster of east coast up-and-commers. In 2015 she moved to California to work at Pandora, managing marketing and engagement for the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP). Today, as the Senior Manager of Editorial Content, she continues her work with AMP in addition to her duties facilitating the creation of original and third-party content for Pandora's listeners.

Heather Ellis
Senior Manager, Editorial Content, Pandora

After getting her start at Sony Music, Heather took her passion for artist development, branding, and marketing to The Orchard, where she held roles in Retail Marketing and Interactive Marketing. During her time at The Orchard, she started a small artist management firm called Red Dust Music, taking on a roster of east coast up-and-commers. In 2015 she moved to California to work at Pandora, managing marketing and engagement for the Artist Marketing Platform (AMP). Today, as the Senior Manager of Editorial Content, she continues her work with AMP in addition to her duties facilitating the creation of original and third-party content for Pandora's listeners.

iKECHUKWU Onuorah   2nd Vice-President, Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN)   iKECHUKWU Onuorah is the 2nd Vice-President of the Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN), where he acts as an international ambassador interacting and building relations with global music organisations. He also oversees the development and delivery of educational and training programs for the organisation and its members.  In 2016, he was headhunted to setup and run ACI Entertainment as its COO. ACI is a Nigerian based world class entertainment company, positioned to provide first-class services, using national spread and global presence to bring the best experiences and solutions to clients. ACI provides a range of services such as Audio / Music Production, Event management, Studio Facilities, Film and Television Content, Soundtrack Production, Radio Jingles, Outdoor music instrument rental service and are a Record Label.

iKECHUKWU Onuorah
2nd Vice-President, Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN)

iKECHUKWU Onuorah is the 2nd Vice-President of the Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN), where he acts as an international ambassador interacting and building relations with global music organisations. He also oversees the development and delivery of educational and training programs for the organisation and its members.

In 2016, he was headhunted to setup and run ACI Entertainment as its COO. ACI is a Nigerian based world class entertainment company, positioned to provide first-class services, using national spread and global presence to bring the best experiences and solutions to clients. ACI provides a range of services such as Audio / Music Production, Event management, Studio Facilities, Film and Television Content, Soundtrack Production, Radio Jingles, Outdoor music instrument rental service and are a Record Label.

Jacob Pace   CEO, Flighthouse   Jacob Pace’s brief, beguiling path to his current position as CEO of Flighthouse, a company positioned to be the next big content brand for Generation Z, is illustrative of just how forward thinking and fearless this 19-year-old executive is.  His first step into the music business was when he was 14, starting a YouTube channel to help artists promote their music. Soon after his YouTube experience, he started writing for one of the world’s most influential dance music publications, EDM Sauce, telling the publication that he was 24, ten years older than he actually was.  That led to freelance publicity work for a number of independent labels, all while Pace was still in high school. He was recruited by Create Music Group founders, although they thought he was in college instead of high school. It was while at Create that Jacob ran across Flighthouse, the music discovery channel on the video app musical.ly (now TikTok), a favorite among teenage music fans. With more than 18 million fans, Flighthouse is one of the largest destinations on TikTok and drives more than a billion views per month. Since acquiring the channel, Jacob and his team have grown its following by more than 3X, and have launched a Flighthouse YouTube channel with over 350,000 subscribers. Major labels tap into Flighthouse to promote their releases, with outreach to major brands being planned for the near future."

Jacob Pace
CEO, Flighthouse

Jacob Pace’s brief, beguiling path to his current position as CEO of Flighthouse, a company positioned to be the next big content brand for Generation Z, is illustrative of just how forward thinking and fearless this 19-year-old executive is.

His first step into the music business was when he was 14, starting a YouTube channel to help artists promote their music. Soon after his YouTube experience, he started writing for one of the world’s most influential dance music publications, EDM Sauce, telling the publication that he was 24, ten years older than he actually was.

That led to freelance publicity work for a number of independent labels, all while Pace was still in high school. He was recruited by Create Music Group founders, although they thought he was in college instead of high school. It was while at Create that Jacob ran across Flighthouse, the music discovery channel on the video app musical.ly (now TikTok), a favorite among teenage music fans. With more than 18 million fans, Flighthouse is one of the largest destinations on TikTok and drives more than a billion views per month. Since acquiring the channel, Jacob and his team have grown its following by more than 3X, and have launched a Flighthouse YouTube channel with over 350,000 subscribers. Major labels tap into Flighthouse to promote their releases, with outreach to major brands being planned for the near future."

Jeppe Faurfelt   Co-Founder & CCO, Linkfire   Jeppe Faurfelt is an experienced entrepreneur within the field of digital marketing and music-tech. Jeppe has co-founded and now acts as CCO of Linkfire a music marketing platform that has helped over a billion fans all over the world discover new music, playlists, and artists. By working with numerous Record Labels, Distributors, Managers and Artists in more than 65 countries, Linkfire has within the past four years consolidated its position as a key player in the music marketing world. Linkfire currently employs 40 people around 4 offices in Copenhagen (HQ), Hamburg, New York and Los Angeles. Jeppe is a dynamic presenter that enjoys speaking about how to turn data into insights and insights into achieving business goals. In his work, Jeppe pairs his understanding of digital marketing technology with a strong product vision and a continuous pursuit of innovation to help the transformation in the music industry.

Jeppe Faurfelt
Co-Founder & CCO, Linkfire

Jeppe Faurfelt is an experienced entrepreneur within the field of digital marketing and music-tech. Jeppe has co-founded and now acts as CCO of Linkfire a music marketing platform that has helped over a billion fans all over the world discover new music, playlists, and artists. By working with numerous Record Labels, Distributors, Managers and Artists in more than 65 countries, Linkfire has within the past four years consolidated its position as a key player in the music marketing world. Linkfire currently employs 40 people around 4 offices in Copenhagen (HQ), Hamburg, New York and Los Angeles. Jeppe is a dynamic presenter that enjoys speaking about how to turn data into insights and insights into achieving business goals. In his work, Jeppe pairs his understanding of digital marketing technology with a strong product vision and a continuous pursuit of innovation to help the transformation in the music industry.

Jose Abreu     Senior Director of Digital Strategies, Latin Iberia Region, Sony Music Entertainment   Jose Abreu is the Senior Director of Digital Strategies for Sony Music Entertainment’s US Hispanic, Latin American, and Iberian region. He’s worked with some of the largest digital retailers and telecommunication companies in the world including, Spotify, Apple, Vevo, Telefonica and America Movil. His expertise revolves in the world of digital media, content distribution and digital marketing.  Mr. Abreu holds an M.B.A. from New York University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Jose Abreu
Senior Director of Digital Strategies, Latin Iberia Region, Sony Music Entertainment

Jose Abreu is the Senior Director of Digital Strategies for Sony Music Entertainment’s US Hispanic, Latin American, and Iberian region. He’s worked with some of the largest digital retailers and telecommunication companies in the world including, Spotify, Apple, Vevo, Telefonica and America Movil. His expertise revolves in the world of digital media, content distribution and digital marketing.

Mr. Abreu holds an M.B.A. from New York University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Julia Hummel   Director, Marketing Strategy, Warner Music Group   Julia is a creative and results driven marketer with a love of music and a passion for fostering meaningful experiences between artists and fans. As a recent member of Warner Music Group’s Global Marketing Team, Julia worked with affiliates around the world to globalize their repertoire. As part of this innovative central team, she created stories and moments for artists through content creation and digital initiatives resulting in the growth of global audiences. Julia re-joined Warner Music Canada in late 2018 as Director, Marketing Strategy whereby she’s applying her recent global experience to drive change and make an impact in the Canadian Music Business. She champions a ‘future thinking’, ‘always learning’ and investigative attitude towards opportunities within the business.

Julia Hummel
Director, Marketing Strategy, Warner Music Group

Julia is a creative and results driven marketer with a love of music and a passion for fostering meaningful experiences between artists and fans. As a recent member of Warner Music Group’s Global Marketing Team, Julia worked with affiliates around the world to globalize their repertoire. As part of this innovative central team, she created stories and moments for artists through content creation and digital initiatives resulting in the growth of global audiences. Julia re-joined Warner Music Canada in late 2018 as Director, Marketing Strategy whereby she’s applying her recent global experience to drive change and make an impact in the Canadian Music Business. She champions a ‘future thinking’, ‘always learning’ and investigative attitude towards opportunities within the business.

Kevin Wortis   Founder, SIGNAL Co No 1   Kevin Wortis is a 25-year music industry veteran, former partner at Girlie Action Media, founder of World’s Fair Label Group and former agent and manager.

Kevin Wortis
Founder, SIGNAL Co No 1

Kevin Wortis is a 25-year music industry veteran, former partner at Girlie Action Media, founder of World’s Fair Label Group and former agent and manager.

Marni Wandner   Vice President, Digital Marketing, The Syndicate   As the VP of Digital Marketing at marketing and promotions agency, The Syndicate, Marni oversees the department’s campaigns involving social media, digital activations and strategic partnerships. Prior to her current position, Marni was the president and founder of Sneak Attack Media, which was acquired by The Syndicate in 2018. Drawing on her background in artist management and label marketing, Marni strives to challenge conventions and design innovative campaigns for clients across the music, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. In 2013, she founded the Speakeasy: Music + Tech Mixer, a networking event hosted in NY and in Austin, TX during SXSW. Marni is also a certified holistic health coach, and she recently co-created a new event series called 'equilibrium,' which focuses on wellness in the music industry.

Marni Wandner
Vice President, Digital Marketing, The Syndicate


As the VP of Digital Marketing at marketing and promotions agency, The Syndicate, Marni oversees the department’s campaigns involving social media, digital activations and strategic partnerships. Prior to her current position, Marni was the president and founder of Sneak Attack Media, which was acquired by The Syndicate in 2018. Drawing on her background in artist management and label marketing, Marni strives to challenge conventions and design innovative campaigns for clients across the music, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. In 2013, she founded the Speakeasy: Music + Tech Mixer, a networking event hosted in NY and in Austin, TX during SXSW. Marni is also a certified holistic health coach, and she recently co-created a new event series called 'equilibrium,' which focuses on wellness in the music industry.

Naveed Hassan   Artist Manager, MDDN   Naveed is an artist manager at MDDN - a management and media company in LA founded by Joel and Benji Madden. Naveed also co-heads BLK MTN, an artist incubator and production studio that has nurtured artists like Sheck Wes, K Camp, Masego, and De'Wayne Jackson, and executed creative for clients that include VFiles, Major Lazer, Camila Cabello, Clean Bandit, and Alina Baraz. Naveed spent two years at ICM Partners as an agent trainee after earning a J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Naveed Hassan
Artist Manager, MDDN

Naveed is an artist manager at MDDN - a management and media company in LA founded by Joel and Benji Madden. Naveed also co-heads BLK MTN, an artist incubator and production studio that has nurtured artists like Sheck Wes, K Camp, Masego, and De'Wayne Jackson, and executed creative for clients that include VFiles, Major Lazer, Camila Cabello, Clean Bandit, and Alina Baraz. Naveed spent two years at ICM Partners as an agent trainee after earning a J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tom Mullen   VP, Marketing Catalog, Atlantic Records   Tom is currently Vice President, Marketing Catalog at Atlantic Records, based in New York City. He’s spent the last 18+ years at various Indies and majors working in marketing, digital and creative roles. At Atlantic, in addition to his work on marketing catalog, he’s launched a podcast department. Recently at Legacy Recordings/Sony, he was an award winner at the 2016 Cannes Lion, Clios and One Show awards for his work with Bob Dylan. On top of his day job, for the last 11 years, Tom runs a critically acclaimed website and podcast dedicated to an often misunderstood genre of music.

Tom Mullen
VP, Marketing Catalog, Atlantic Records

Tom is currently Vice President, Marketing Catalog at Atlantic Records, based in New York City. He’s spent the last 18+ years at various Indies and majors working in marketing, digital and creative roles. At Atlantic, in addition to his work on marketing catalog, he’s launched a podcast department. Recently at Legacy Recordings/Sony, he was an award winner at the 2016 Cannes Lion, Clios and One Show awards for his work with Bob Dylan. On top of his day job, for the last 11 years, Tom runs a critically acclaimed website and podcast dedicated to an often misunderstood genre of music.