Alex Taggart   Head of International, Outdustry   Alex Taggart heads up the International department at emerging markets music industry services company Outdustry. After completing a Master’s in Chinese Studies in 2010, Taggart initially worked as a journalist at a Chinese national newspaper - while moonlighting as a DJ and promoter - before making the jump to Outdustry in 2013. He served as Outdustry’s China General Manager from 2016 to 2018, then moved to LA in 2018 to set up the North American office. He is widely recognised as an authority in the China music industry, and is regularly quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Billboard and Quartz.

Alex Taggart
Head of International, Outdustry

Alex Taggart heads up the International department at emerging markets music industry services company Outdustry. After completing a Master’s in Chinese Studies in 2010, Taggart initially worked as a journalist at a Chinese national newspaper - while moonlighting as a DJ and promoter - before making the jump to Outdustry in 2013. He served as Outdustry’s China General Manager from 2016 to 2018, then moved to LA in 2018 to set up the North American office. He is widely recognised as an authority in the China music industry, and is regularly quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Billboard and Quartz.

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.

Bryan Calhoun    Artist Advocate   Bryan has more than 25 years of experience at the nexus of technology, music and business. As a member of the Industry Relations team at music streaming giant Pandora Media, he helps artists, labels and managers maximize their opportunities on the platform. Always the artist advocate, he created the Music Business Toolbox, a book and set of tools, to empower musicians with actionable advice. He works with management powerhouse Maverick/Blueprint Group providing digital strategy for the roster of superstar artists including Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, The Roots and more. He’s worked with labels Relativity/Sony, RED, and Warlock and ran industry relations for SoundExchange which collects and distributes non-interactive streaming royalties to artists and labels. He is a frequent speaker at music industry conferences and voting member of the Recording Academy.

Bryan Calhoun
Artist Advocate

Bryan has more than 25 years of experience at the nexus of technology, music and business. As a member of the Industry Relations team at music streaming giant Pandora Media, he helps artists, labels and managers maximize their opportunities on the platform. Always the artist advocate, he created the Music Business Toolbox, a book and set of tools, to empower musicians with actionable advice. He works with management powerhouse Maverick/Blueprint Group providing digital strategy for the roster of superstar artists including Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, The Roots and more. He’s worked with labels Relativity/Sony, RED, and Warlock and ran industry relations for SoundExchange which collects and distributes non-interactive streaming royalties to artists and labels. He is a frequent speaker at music industry conferences and voting member of the Recording Academy.

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.

Kristin Westcott Grant   President, Westcott Multimedia   Kristin Grant is the President of Westcott Multimedia, an automated advertising platform built for independent record labels. The company’s mission is to create connections by getting the right music to the right people at the right time.  Grant is a contributor for Forbes and writes about the intersection of music and technology. Prior to her role at Westcott Multimedia, Grant managed global playlist strategies at Universal Music Group and worked as an entertainment analyst at Magna Investments. Grant graduated with a masters in Music & Business from New York University and interned at Next Big Sound, Billboard and Blue Note Records.

Kristin Westcott Grant
President, Westcott Multimedia

Kristin Grant is the President of Westcott Multimedia, an automated advertising platform built for independent record labels. The company’s mission is to create connections by getting the right music to the right people at the right time.

Grant is a contributor for Forbes and writes about the intersection of music and technology. Prior to her role at Westcott Multimedia, Grant managed global playlist strategies at Universal Music Group and worked as an entertainment analyst at Magna Investments. Grant graduated with a masters in Music & Business from New York University and interned at Next Big Sound, Billboard and Blue Note Records.

Lisa LaCour   VP Marketing, Endeavor Audio   Lisa is Head of Marketing at Endeavor Audio. An accomplished interactive media and marketing executive, Lisa has over 20 years experience in delivering brand development, marketing and communications strategies for both high-growth startups and leading digital brands. Prior to joining Endeavor, Lisa was the Global CMO of content discovery platform, Outbrain, where she led the corporate brand, communications, and global marketing efforts worldwide. Having always been at the forefront of digital technologies, Lisa has served as Head of Marketing at fashion and lifestyle brand DailyCandy, led audience development and branding efforts for AOL’s network of content sites, and was a pioneer of music marketing on the web, launching the online presence and commerce platforms for the largest music artists in the world. A New Orleans native, she currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and has crowned herself the maker of Brooklyn’s best gumbo.

Lisa LaCour
VP Marketing, Endeavor Audio

Lisa is Head of Marketing at Endeavor Audio. An accomplished interactive media and marketing executive, Lisa has over 20 years experience in delivering brand development, marketing and communications strategies for both high-growth startups and leading digital brands. Prior to joining Endeavor, Lisa was the Global CMO of content discovery platform, Outbrain, where she led the corporate brand, communications, and global marketing efforts worldwide. Having always been at the forefront of digital technologies, Lisa has served as Head of Marketing at fashion and lifestyle brand DailyCandy, led audience development and branding efforts for AOL’s network of content sites, and was a pioneer of music marketing on the web, launching the online presence and commerce platforms for the largest music artists in the world. A New Orleans native, she currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and has crowned herself the maker of Brooklyn’s best gumbo.

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.

Matt Highsmith   Founder, Vizu.al   Matt Highsmith is the founder of Vizu.al, a ground-breaking email marketing solution for the music and entertainment industry. Innovations include being the only email provider to offer embedded-video and podcasting, merch carousels, and interactive and geo-aware tour microsites. Vizu.al touts clients such as HULU, Live Nation, Disney, BMG, Luke Bryan, Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Macklemore, Kane Brown and over 300 other artists worldwide. As a former executive of Apple Computer, Matt has been consistently pushing the boundaries of personalization in email and video for the last 20 years, inventing interactive techniques that have proven to double click-rates and purchases.

Matt Highsmith
Founder, Vizu.al

Matt Highsmith is the founder of Vizu.al, a ground-breaking email marketing solution for the music and entertainment industry. Innovations include being the only email provider to offer embedded-video and podcasting, merch carousels, and interactive and geo-aware tour microsites. Vizu.al touts clients such as HULU, Live Nation, Disney, BMG, Luke Bryan, Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Macklemore, Kane Brown and over 300 other artists worldwide. As a former executive of Apple Computer, Matt has been consistently pushing the boundaries of personalization in email and video for the last 20 years, inventing interactive techniques that have proven to double click-rates and purchases.

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.

Patrick Ross   SVP, Digital Strategy, Music Ally   Originally from Atlanta, GA, Patrick graduated with honours from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a BBA in music business. Since 2007 he’s been working in the UK music industry, initially working with indie labels until founding Delta Nine Online, a web presence management platform for artists. He served as Head of Digital Marketing for digital distributor AWAL, and eventually VP, Digital Marketing for Kobalt’s Music Recordings and Label Services division. 2018 saw him join Music Ally, as SVP, Digital Strategy where he oversees digital marketing campaigns and business strategy. Presently he’s residing in Lillehammer and teaching music business as part of LIMPI, the Lillehammer Institute of Music Production and Industry.

Patrick Ross
SVP, Digital Strategy, Music Ally

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Patrick graduated with honours from Belmont University in Nashville, TN with a BBA in music business. Since 2007 he’s been working in the UK music industry, initially working with indie labels until founding Delta Nine Online, a web presence management platform for artists. He served as Head of Digital Marketing for digital distributor AWAL, and eventually VP, Digital Marketing for Kobalt’s Music Recordings and Label Services division. 2018 saw him join Music Ally, as SVP, Digital Strategy where he oversees digital marketing campaigns and business strategy. Presently he’s residing in Lillehammer and teaching music business as part of LIMPI, the Lillehammer Institute of Music Production and Industry.

Robby Morris   Creative Director, Secretly Group   Robby Morris is the Creative Director at Secretly Group: an independent label group comprised of Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian.

Robby Morris
Creative Director, Secretly Group


Robby Morris is the Creative Director at Secretly Group: an independent label group comprised of Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian.

Sarah Flanagan   Associate Director, Digital Marketing, Columbia Records   Sarah has been at Sony Music 5 years, first producing interactive content for Generation Z, then at Sony Music International leading influencer marketing efforts across frontline labels RCA, ARISTA, Columbia and EPIC and finally as a digital project manager at Columbia Records. She is currently working on digital strategy for Bruce Springsteen, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Celine Dion, Kelsey Lu and more.

Sarah Flanagan
Associate Director, Digital Marketing, Columbia Records

Sarah has been at Sony Music 5 years, first producing interactive content for Generation Z, then at Sony Music International leading influencer marketing efforts across frontline labels RCA, ARISTA, Columbia and EPIC and finally as a digital project manager at Columbia Records. She is currently working on digital strategy for Bruce Springsteen, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Celine Dion, Kelsey Lu and more.

Tim Hrycyshyn   VP Digital Marketing, Republic Records   Tim leads the digital marketing department at Republic Records. He works to shape and execute creative online campaigns for artists like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, James Bay, Lil Wayne, Jonas Brothers and many more. His marketing strategy helped land a Clio Award for the launch of Lord Huron’s “Vide Noir” in 2018. An Emerson College alum, he currently resides in NJ with his wife.

Tim Hrycyshyn
VP Digital Marketing, Republic Records

Tim leads the digital marketing department at Republic Records. He works to shape and execute creative online campaigns for artists like Post Malone, Ariana Grande, James Bay, Lil Wayne, Jonas Brothers and many more. His marketing strategy helped land a Clio Award for the launch of Lord Huron’s “Vide Noir” in 2018. An Emerson College alum, he currently resides in NJ with his wife.

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.