Event: NY Music Tech Meet Up

October 27th, 2014

I’m very please to announce that Sparkplug will be giving a demo of our site at the NY Music Tech Meet Up on November 5th.

Details and tickets available here.

Event: WIM & MMF Present – The Music Managers Panel

September 10th, 2014


Presented by Women in Music & Music Managers Forum US

When: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 6:30pm to 8:45pm (Panel 6:30pm to 8:15pm, with short networking reception to follow.)
Where: BMI Offices, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St, 30th Floor Conference Space, NYC
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1wIewiD
*All attending MUST RSVP by September 16th at 2pm (EST).

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

$15 for non-members and FREE for WIM & MMF Members

Today’s music managers are faced with unique challenges. They are not only managing the careers of their artists but also, often times, playing the role of the CEO of a music industry business. Women in Music, in partnership with the Music Mangers Forum US, is proud to present this panel of expert music managers who will address the role a manager plays in today’s industry, strategies that work, strategies that don’t work, anecdotes to inspire and teach us, the economics of being an artist manager, latest issues that are challenging music managers as well as their artists, and much more. Whether you are interested in a career as a music manager, are a music manager looking to learn from your peers, or are in any other part of the industry and want to gain a better knowledge of the landscape we work within, join us for what will most definitely be a very rewarding and interesting evening!

Jessica Herman Weitz, Artist Manager & Partner MCT Management (Nina Persson of The Cardigans / Pearl & The Beard / Dar Williams / Citizen Cope)
Dawn Barger, Founder Post Hoc Management (The National / The Antlers / The Long Count / Sounds of the South)
Alan Wolmark, Owner/President CEC Management (Nicole Atkins / The Kickback) & MMF US Board Member
Barry Bergman, Owner Barry Bergman Management, Ellymax Music Co. / Woodmonkey Music; Founder & President MMF US MODERATOR
Yaya Rey, Owner/President Ya IndieGround House Management (Esnavi / Gustavius Smith) & MMF US Board Member

New Music Seminar 2014 Panel Picks

June 3rd, 2014

New Music Seminar is right around the corner! The NYC conference will be held June 8 – 10 at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel.

The full schedule is available here and it’s pretty fantastic all around, but I wanted to share my picks for highlights of the conference.  Say hi if you see me at one of these great panels!

Sunday, June 8:

The Artist is a Business (3-4 pm) – Learning how to run your business (and yes, being an artist is definitely a business) from business managers.  I hope there are talks of numbers – budgeting and tax concerns – and organization.  Not the sexiest of topics but a must-see for artists and other creatives who are unsure of how to manage their business.

CLE: The Legal Big Four (4:30 – 5:30 pm) –  Of course most of the CLE’s are on my list but this one should give a great overview of basic artist agreements.

Monday, June 9:

Independent Labels Coming to Power (3 – 4:14 pm) – Indie labels give themselves a (much deserved) pat on the back and discuss why they may be a better choice for artists than the majors. Panelists are from WindUp Records, Razor & Tie, Mom + Pop Records, S-Curve Music, and Domino, among others.

Women in Music Meetup (4:15 – 5:15 pm) – Round table discussion on how we can recognize and encourage female leaders in the music industry.

Label Heads: The Gamblers (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – Since we’ve already heard from the indies earlier that day, I think it makes sense to give the majors a little attention.  Label heads from Lava, RCA, Republic, Atlantic, Entertainment One, and Warner will discuss how they making signing decisions.

Tuesday, June 10:

CLE: The Music Publishers Movement (10:30 – 11:45 am) – This should be a high level discussion of the impact of technology and globalization on the music publishing industry.

NMS IntensiveWill Page, Director of Economics at Spotify (12:25 – 12:45 pm) – The topic of this quick talk isn’t clear from the program, but I’m hoping he’ll touch upon trends in streaming royalties.

The Venture Capitalist, The Banker, The Record Company, The Music Publisher: Reexamining the business models for the music industry (12:45 – 2:00 pm) – The very length title of this panel speaks for itself.  I’m eager to hear words of wisdom from VCs and a banker on how to develop music company and structure deals and partnerships.

Music Distribution in Transition (5:15 – 6:30 pm) – The distribution company is evolving and emerging as a major player in the music world, as artists now often go direct to digital distribution companies and the distribution companies increasingly offer services outside of their traditional role.

There are also New Music Nights featuring NMS Artist on the Verge Performers and other acts.  The Festival Schedule is available here.  The NMS opening party is Sunday, June 8th @ Webster Hall.


Event: Rules of the Road – The Art of Global Touring

April 15th, 2014

Women in Music has another fantastic panel coming up this week, this time focusing on touring. Details below!

Rules of the Road:
The Art of Global Touring

Thursday, April 17, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Additional panelist added, and post-panel cocktails scheduled – see information below. RSVP deadline is Wed., April 16!

Location: BMI
250 Greenwich Street/7 World Trade Center, 30th floor
New York, NY 10007

Join us for cocktails & networking after the panel (9pm) at the Millenium Hilton Hotel (55 Church St, New York, NY 10007)
RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/1elWsNy
*RSVP is required by Wednesday, April 16th at 2pm EST for entry as space is limited.

WOMEN IN MUSIC PRESENTS Rules of the Road: The Art of Global Touring
In an age where digital music sales are on the decline and the use of streaming services and new media are on the rise, live performance income matters more than ever for both emerging and established artists. Join us as industry experts discuss the unique challenges of touring in 2014 and share tips on how to book, promote, and execute profitable tours to ensure financial stability and long-term success in the U.S. and abroad.

Topics will include:

  • How to attract an agent
  • Crucial relationships: venue staff and talent buyers
  • Strategic partnerships, branding entities, and related deal structures
  • The influence of new technology on touring
  • International touring etiquette
  • The cash cows of touring: merchandise and tax rebates
  • Challenges of touring for a woman in music

Randy Henner - Senior Vice President of Booking, Live Nation
Paul Clegg - Tour/Artist Manager; owner of Rock Star Logistics/Crossland Bussing
Alisa Preisler - Agent, The Agency Group
Elizabeth Sun - Vocalist/Percussionist, Gogol Bordello

Maureen Ford - President National Sales, Live Nation Media and Sponsorships

Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

This event is FREE for WIM members, $15 for non-members.
Click HERE to join WIM today to start taking advantage of member benefits!

All attending MUST RSVP by April 16th at 2pm EST.

Event: A Tribute to 80s Dylan

March 20th, 2014

A cool event happening in NYC next week, for all the Dylan fans out there…
ATO Records is excited to announce the release of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One on March 25. The brainchild of producers and NYU/REMU alums Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that have long gone ignored, covering the period starting with 1980’s Saved and ending with 1990’s Under The Red Sky. Album contributors include: Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Carl Broemel Of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Perkins and more. The album is available for pre-order now at www.80sDylan.com

In the liner notes to this collection, New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn, Fortress of Solitude) writes, “In the famously difficult art of going up against Dylan’s performance of his own material, a number of these reach the highest threshold. I hope Bob Dylan listens to this record, and plays it for his current touring band.”

This panel will discuss Bob Dylan’s career in the 80s, why music took the “new wave” direction that it did in the 80s, and the making of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One.  The panel will feature the following esteemed guests:

Wesley Stace aka John Wesley Harding- Musician, Author, www.wesleystace.com
Robert Christgau- Music critic, www.robertchristgau.com
Glen Hansard- Singer/Songwriter, www.glenhansardmusic.com
Dawn Landes- Singer/Songwriter, www.dawnlandes.com
Jesse Lauter- Producer, www.jesselauter.com
Sean O’Brien- Producer, www.seanobrienmusic.com

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP via: http://tinyurl.com/nmqg89k

Event: January 15th – New Trends in Licensing for Film and Television

January 6th, 2014

I’m moderating this great event next week! Would love to see you there.

New Trends in Music Licensing for Film and Television
Date/Time: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014
6:30 PM
Pricing: Free for NYWIFT and Women in Music members
$15 to Nonmembers
RSVP online by January 14th, 5pm (EST)
Location: BMI
7 World Trade Center/250 Greenwich Street, NYC
30th Floor
check in at security desk downstairs

Women in Music has partnered with New York Women in Film & Television to bring you an experienced and passionate panel of experts in the world of music in film, TV, commercials and audio-visual works.

Music is an integral creative element of television programs, films and commercials. Music licensing generates a significant income stream for those in the music industry. The audiovisual and music industries have much to learn from each other on how to grow effective businesses and incorporate music in video successfully and effectively. From the nuts and bolts of music supervising and licensing to inside information on the businesses that are innovating solutions on the digital forefront, this panel will present information on some of the latest licensing deals, price points and platforms in the sync licensing space.  The process of track placement, the art of music supervising, what creators of audio-visual product are searching for and challenges they face will be discussed, along with how music creators and copyright owners can increase sync license placements for their catalog.

Please join us as our two communities come together to exchange and discuss the latest trends and issues in sync licensing.

Please RSVP by no later than January 14th at 5pm EST.  Photo I.D. is needed for entry into the building.

Susan Arnold
, VP Commercial Music Group, SONY/ATV Music Publishing
Stephanie Diaz-Matos, Music Supervisor, Search Party (The Vow, Lost, Six Degrees, Smash, Friends with Kids)
Mark Frieser, CEO, Sync Exchange
Adam Kane Norcott, Director, Business Development & Creative Strategy, Music Dealers
Bentley Weiner, Director and Coordinating Producer, HBO Sports (Multi Emmy Award-winning series24/7)
Moderator: Jennifer Newman Sharpe, Esq., Entertainment Attorney and VP/General Counsel of Women in Music

Susan Arnold is an attorney whose practice has emphasized music business licensing transactions for more than two decades. She has worked for several major global companies, including Sony ATV Music Publishing, EMI Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment. Susan’s music business career began when she was in-house counsel and Business Affairs VP for PMG, an independent distributor of midline and budget physical product. She served for four years as the head of Sony Music’s Product & Copyright Administration department, which was responsible for the copyright registration and mechanical and synchronization licensing of all Sony Music domestic releases. She then served for six years as lead lawyer for EMI Music Publishing’s synch team. Arnold is currently directing sync licensing business affairs for Sony ATV’s Commercial Music Group.

Mark Freiser is an experienced executive and thought leader in the fields of music, entertainment and technology. He has developed and produced more than 200 business seminars, concerts and events, and co-developed and launched the official US Ringtone charts with Billboard Magazine. Under his leadership, the charting system launched in October 2004 within 180 days of development, tabulating more than 85% of US sales weekly, thereby establishing the foundation for Nielsen Mobile. He also launched and managed mobile market research consultancy, Consect, and is a regular columnist on music licensing for Billboard. Consect successfully organized mobile entertainment industry conferences for audiences, and developed content businesses for companies like Largardere and France Telecom. Frieser is responsible for a number of industry firsts, including helping to conceive the first hip-hop ringtone brand and label (Blingtones), the first mobile entertainment partnership with a major celebrity (Carmen Electra) and the first SMS-based game of skill for prizes and rewards (Text2WIN). As Senior Vice President of Marketing (BD and Content) at Zedge.net, he co-managed and developed the site’s redesign, grew its membership from 5 to 13 million, implemented SMS-based content services and managed high-level branded collaborations with Lionsgate, Overture Films, Starz Media, Thomas Dolby and many others.

Adam Kane Norcott is a strategic, music business professional based in New York City with several years of music licensing, publishing, sales, marketing and high level client management experience in North America and Australia (Asia Pacific). Adam previously worked for a division of EMI-Sony ATV Music Publishing for several years in New York City, placing artists works into television shows and promos produced by clients such as Showtime, HBO, Bell Media Canada, Yes Networks and PBS. He also consulted with a number of music licensing start-ups focused on helping independent artists to monetize their work by harnessing the power of synchronization. Adam is unique in that he is also a professional musician who has recorded, produced and written 4 independent albums to date. He has toured extensively in Nashville, Toronto, New York City and Sydney, Australia while enjoying radio play on NPR in the USA, and Triple J/FBIFM in Australia. Adam is very excited to bring his professional experience to Music Dealers. Adam is currently heading up their New York office, attending to the specific music and budgets needs of film, television and brand clientele on the East Coast and Canada.

Bentley Weiner has worked at HBO Sports for the past thirteen years, producing and directing a variety of programs. She is currently the Coordinating Producer of the network’s acclaimed sports documentary series, 24/7, and oversees all aspects of production on the show, including music discovery, selection and placement. She has also commissioned composers to score original pieces for the series, as well as for other projects she’s directed.

Moderator Jennifer Newman Sharpe is an attorney with a practice focusing on entertainment, intellectual property and media law.  Jennifer works closely with creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative clients to develop strategies and negotiate agreements in order to maximize their opportunities, build positive relationships with collaborators, and protect and leverage their creative works.  Her clients include musicians, producers, filmmakers, designers, artists, theater companies, authors, composers, recording studios, publishing companies, record labels and start ups.  In addition, Jennifer’s firm also offers rights clearance services for producers, filmmakers, video game and digital content creators and record labels.  Jennifer is vice president, general counsel, and a board member of the organization Women in Music.

Event: Women in Music Annual Holiday Party December 4 @ Le Poisson Rouge

December 2nd, 2013

The holiday season officially begins Wednesday night at the Women in Music annual holiday party.  Always a great event bringing out nearly 1000 music industry professionals, this year’s party will feature complimentary drinks and food, a silent auction, DJ sets, and a live performance by Betty Who.

Tickets are only $10 (free for WIM members) or you can join the organization at the door for a discounted $40 (normally $50) and get in free!  Email me at jennifer@womeninmusic.org for media or VIP guest list inquiries.


Event: Women Influencers – Composers that Groove

October 28th, 2013

Come out tomorrow night to this incredible songwriting panel tomorrow night presented by Women in Music and SESAC!

Women Influencers: Composers that GROOVE!
Presented by SESAC and Women in Music

Join us as we present an amazing panel of top female urban songwriters and composers, the second of Women In Music’s songwriting series. The series will feature established and emerging women influencers exploring their craft in various genres within the urban format. This second installment presents “Women Who Groove” to share insider tips on the writing process, “gender politics” in the studio, how to effectively market yourself as a female writer, nurturing quality production to sell your songs, and more. Learn from these influencers and discover how to groove your own unique voice.


Angela Hunte (Award winning SESAC songwriter: Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Snoop Lion, Jennifer Hudson - https://twitter.com/AngelaHunte)


Nona Hendryx (former founding member of the group Labelle and current solo artist: www.nonahendryx.com)

- Tiombe Lockhart (lead singer of the group Cubic Zirconia: https://www.facebook.com/CubicZirconiaMusic & https://twitter.com/TiombeLockhart)

Kimberly Thompson (Three time GRAMMY winner and noted vocalist and drummer for Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kanye West & George Michaels: http://www.kimthompson.net/)

DATE: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION: SESAC, 152 W 57th St, 57th Floor (btwn 6th & 7th Ave), NY, NY 10019

**You must check-in at the security desk in the lobby of the building.

FREE for WIM members, SESAC members and employees

$15 charge for non-members

RSVP by 5pm, Oct. 28th to: http://bit.ly/1fTtEQX


Event: Private Equity & Raising Capital – What You Need to Know

September 10th, 2013

Women in Music and Women Innovate Mobile have come together to put on this great event, which will discuss how to raise capital for your business.  The line up of panelists looks fantastic.   If you’re a business owner or are thinking of starting one, this panel is not to be missed.


WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 6-8pm

WHERE: BMI (7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street, NYC, 10007-0030)

RSVP/TICKETS: https://wimx2.eventbrite.com/

*The discount code for WIM members to get in free was included in the email invitation.  Not a member of WIM? Membership is $50 for a year and includes free admittance to most of our events.  Email membership@womeninmusic.org to join.

If you currently own your own business or if you’re thinking about launching a startup, this is the panel for you. Women In Music and Women Innovate Mobile are proud to present an in-depth discussion about the basics of raising capital and how investment can jumpstart growth for your business. Learn directly from our experts of investors and successful entrepreneurs about the basics of raising capital, including:

  • Deciding when to raise capital
  • Qualities investors look for in startups
  • Tips for approaching investors
  • Pitching your business/idea to investors
  • Overcoming the most common hurdles when raising capital
  • Technologies/Tools that can help you raise capital


Holly Lynch (Moderator) - Holly is a Women Innovate Mobile mentor, advisor and investor. She is the founder of The 85 Perecent, a strategic marketing, communications, and leadership consultancy dedicated to advancing women as responsible consumers and professionals. In her 13+ years in advertising, her career has focused on socially progressive innovations and brand strategy efforts for brands such as: Volvo, IBM, The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and Self-Esteem Fund, British Airways, Levi’s, Frito-Lay, and many more. https://twitter.com/85PercentNY

Jeanne Sullivan - Jeanne is a founding principal of StarVest Partners, a venture capital firm. She was recently cited by Forbes magazine as one of the “Women Changing the World” in her role as an influencer grooming the next generation of female VCs. Jeanne has more than 20 years of private equity experience and has spent 28 years in the technology sector encompassing both extensive operating and investing experience with technology companies. https://twitter.com/gianna212

Cecilia Pagkalinawan - From digital marketing and e-commerce to social media and mobile, Cecilia is a serial entrepreneur that has connected the dots between businesses and technology for 15 years. She is the former Chief Marketing Officer of Stagedom, and CEO of StyleTrek. https://twitter.com/CeciliaNY

Julia Pimsleur – Julia Pimsleur is the CEO of Little Pim and a blogger for Forbes. She also serves on the board of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, advises the Global Language Project, and prepares female CEO’s to raise capital through the Double Digit Academy.https://twitter.com/JuliaPimsleur


August’s Notable Hirings, Firings, Promotions & Mergers

August 31st, 2013

There have been a LOT of moves this month!  All the details below…

TuneCore laid off Julian Groger, VP Marketing.

Sony Music hired Celine Joshua to be the new SVP of Digital Sales and Scott Van Horn SVP, Sales, Commercial Music Group.

Ivan Shulman was promoted to President of Radiate Media.

Warner/Chappell Production Music named Randy Wachtler President/CEO, replacing Randy Thornton.

Les Hollander joined Spotify as Senior Director/Audio Sales U.S.

CBS Radio promoted Chris Oliviero to EVP of Programming from SVP of Programming.
Chris Frank moved to In De Goot Entertainment as their new Senior Director of Promotion.
Former Roadrunner Records President Jonas Nachsin has been hired as GM/Worldwide of Universal Music’s Spinefarm Records.
Canadian Music Week brought on John Kastner to be its Festival Programmer.
Alisa Olander was promoted to VP, Artist Analysis and Market Research for Universal Music Group Distribution.
Julian Huntly moved to  PledgeMusic to take on the role of Global Head of Catalogue.
Tatiana Simonian moves to Nielson as VP of Client Solutions, leaving her post as Twitter’s head of music.
Jesse Flores moves to  Lyric Financial as Vice President, Business Development.

ZUUS Media bought on Chris Gannett as its Chief Marketing Officer, Karma Gardner as VP of Strategic Sales, Andrew Schiffman as VP of Music Programming and Artist Relations, and Eric Turpin, VP of Affiliate Relations.

Ramsey Dean joined Groupon as Arts & Entertainment Buyer.

Universal Music Group Distribution promoted Linda Kury to VP, Sales.

Kobalt Music Group promoted  Sas Metcalfe to the newly-created slot of President, Global Creative, from Executive Vice President Creative.

Other news at Kobalt- Kobalt Label Services (part of the Music Group) has tapped David Emery as UK Marketing Director.  Emery, now a Beggars Group alum, will oversee UK marketing campaigns for KLS releases and operate out of London.

Ex-Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard just moved to Twitter, as Head of Commerce.

Spotify hired Jorge Esspinal as Head of Global Business Development.

Buzz Casey left his position as Director/Operations at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

Warner/Chappell Music has hired Ann Sweeney as EVP/Digital Strategy & Policy, Stephen Dallas as VP/Digital Legal Affairs & Business Development, and Iain Morris as Head of Digital/Europe.