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Thursday, April 30
 

11:30am PDT

Pop/Rock Feedback Panel
Get valuable advice and engage in honest talk with pop/rock music industry experts in this live feedback session. A limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, will receive feedback in front of a live audience. Find out what real publishers and industry execs are listening for when they hear a new song!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Maginnis

Tim Maginnis

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Mike Daly

Mike Daly

Whiskeytown, Songwriter, Producer, Artist / Hollywood Records
Executive Director, A&R and Music Publishing - Hollywood RecordsSongwriter, Producer, Artist (Whiskeytown) - "93 Million Miles," "Lie a Little Better," "12 Fingers" Mike Daly is an American producer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist who grew up in Roselle Park, New Jersey, United... Read More →
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Melissa Emert-Hutner

Director, Publishing, US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group
Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of over 16 years, and is currently Director of Publishing, US Operations at Nettwerk Music Group in New York City. Her role entails working with Nettwerk One Music's publishing roster of writers and artists by setting up co-writes, pitching... Read More →
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Tavi Shabestari

Sr. Director, A&R, Pulse Music Publishing
Senior Director, A&R at Pulse, Tavi Shabestari who previously held the title of Director, A&R, and since her hiring in March 2014, Tavi’s efforts in the discovery and pursuit of new talent have led the company to signing publishing deals with artists RY X and Jez Dior  as well... Read More →
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Teresa LaBarbera Whites

Longstanding Music Fan & Artist Advocate
An over 20-year veteran of the music industry, Teresa LaBarbera Whites is one of the top record label executives in the world. She is directly responsible for the discovery and development of Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child and Jessica Simpson and is consistently brought in to work closely... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom D 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:30am PDT

Straight Talk and Feedback from Country Music Pros
It’s often said that Nashville is a songwriter’s town. But what distinguishes a good country song from a great one? We’ve brought together a panel of successful Nashville industry execs and songwriters to give insight into what they listen for. They’ll offer live feedback on a limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, and offer up advice on how to make it in Music City.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Sistad

Mike Sistad

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
avatar for Marc Beeson

Marc Beeson

"When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)", Songwriter
Songwriter - "When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)" This Illinois native and 20 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Diamond Rio... Read More →
avatar for Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP
avatar for Carla Wallace

Carla Wallace

Co-Owner & GM, Big Yellow Dog Music
Carla Wallace is the co-owner of Nashville based, indie publishing company, Big Yellow Dog Music. A Nashville native and Belmont University graduate, she has worked in the publishing industry for over 17 years. Carla got her start by pitching songs for two major independent publishing... Read More →


Thursday April 30, 2015 11:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Silver Lake 3rd Floor

3:15pm PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Beeson

Marc Beeson

"When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)", Songwriter
Songwriter - "When She Cries," “We Are Tonight," "Lie With Me," "Send 'Em On Down (The Road)" This Illinois native and 20 year Nashville veteran has had over 100 cuts including songs recorded by Reba McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kenny Rogers, Martina McBride, Peter Cetera, Diamond Rio... Read More →
avatar for Claudia Brant

Claudia Brant

Songwriter
Songwriter - "Me Cuesta Tanto Olvidarte," "Why Not Tonight," "Creo En Mi," "Corazon En La Maleta" Claudia Brant was born in Argentina and started writing songs at age seven. At 22, she got signed to Warner Music and released two very successful albums. She won both the OTI contest... Read More →
avatar for Scotty Coats

Scotty Coats

Head of Sales & Marketing, Innovative Leisure
Previously discovered The Stepkids and Chrome Canyon, who signed to Stones Throw​.​
avatar for Debby Dill

Debby Dill

Music Publishing Consultant
Music Publishing Consultant Currently consulting for David Foster's publishing company through Universal along with Be Music in Nashville, DeAngelis Entertainment UK, Ron Shapiro Mgmt. and The Cherry Party Record label. Previously Sr. VP of Creative Affairs, Domestic/International... Read More →
avatar for Chris Foitle

Chris Foitle

President, Fearless Records
A Southern California native, Chris Foitle brings more than 10 years of industry experience to his role as President of Fearless Records. Chris was previously Head of A&R at Fearless, signing San Diego's Pierce The Veil, whose 2012 release Collide With The Sky which debuted at #12... Read More →
avatar for Justin Gray

Justin Gray

“Diez Mil Maneras,” "Wake Up Beautiful," "8", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer -  “Diez Mil Maneras,” "Wake Up Beautiful," "8" Justin Gray is a Canadian born, Los Angeles based Songwriter, Record Producer, Music Executive and Tech Entrepreneur. Over the past 12 years, Justin’s projects have sold in excess of 25 million copies world-wide... Read More →
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Darin Harmon

Artist Manager, Bill Silva Management
Darin moved into artist and producer management after several years working in the A&R department at various record labels (Capitol Records, Reprise Records, Grand Royal Records). While heading up the A&R department at Nettwerk Records for North America, Darin began managing artists... Read More →
avatar for Buffy Hubelbank

Buffy Hubelbank

Creative Director, Publishing, Red Bull Records
After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Buffy headed west to jump start her career in the music industry and quickly landed a job as Client Services Manager at Hollywood’s Record Plant Studios, working directly under President Rose Mann-Cherny, before joining Ron... Read More →
avatar for Latoya Lee

Latoya Lee

Director, Worldwide Urban A&R, Warner Music Group
At only twenty-six years old, Latoya Lee has made quite a name for herself in the music industry. She started off at Top Notch Records, her stepfather’s studio/record label, when she was ten years old. Immersing herself in singing, songwriting, and being creative she was able... Read More →
avatar for Steve Markland

Steve Markland

VP, A&R, Downtown Music Publishing
A 25 year veteran of the music publishing industry, Markland has discovered and nurtured some of the most talented songwriters in Nashville including Brett James twice the ASCAP "Songwriter of the Year” and Jeffrey Steele, who won multiple BMI and NSAI “Songwriter of the Year... Read More →
avatar for Steve Nalbert

Steve Nalbert

Director, Creative Licensing, Round Hill Music
Steve heads up Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching for a wide range of Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising clients.  While at Round Hill, he has successfully landed synchs for a variety of artists, writers, and catalog copyrights, including... Read More →
avatar for S1 (Symbolyc One)

S1 (Symbolyc One)

“Power,” “Best Thing I Ever Had," "Murder to Excellence,” "My Life", Producer
Producer – “Power,” “Best Thing I Ever Had," "Murder to Excellence,” "My Life" Symbolyc One (S1), born in 1976 as Larry D. Griffin Jr., was born and raised in Waco, TX. As a child, S1 grew up infatuated with old tunes that played on his parents’ turntable. This led him... Read More →
avatar for Julia Riva

Julia Riva

President, Harry Warren Entertainment/Red Queen Music
Julia Jo Riva is President of Harry Warren Entertainment and Red Queen Music. Julia is a veteran in Music Publishing with over 20+ years experience establishing Harry Warren Entertainment in 1991. Julia's background previous to the music industry as a set and costume designer for... Read More →
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Andrew Robbins

Director, Film/TV Music, ole-MusicBox, LLC
Andrew Robbins is the Director of Film/TV Music at ole-MusicBox, LLC, with offices in Toronto, Nashville and W. Hollywood, CA. Andrew, based in the W. Hollywood office is responsible for utilizing his relationships with producers, editors, and music supervisors to present MusicBox's... Read More →
avatar for Beth Amy Rosenblatt

Beth Amy Rosenblatt

Music Supervisor
Prior to going independent, Beth was Vice President, Motion Pictures, Music & Soundtracks at Miramax Films & Dimension Films. During her tenure, they received the OSCAR for Best Picture and Best Score for Il Postino, The English Patient, Shakespeare In Love and Emma. Her start... Read More →
avatar for Chris Saranec

Chris Saranec

Film Music Consultant; Vocalist
Film Music Consultant Vocalist Both a writer and music department executive, Chris Saranec has scored films and has concert material placed with Boosey & Hawkes. Chris worked at NBC and Universal (Comcast) for over 20 years, combined, for the top film music executives in the industry... Read More →
avatar for Marc Wilson

Marc Wilson

Director, A&R, Pop/Rock, Warner/Chappell Music
Marc Wilson is the Director of A&R, Pop/Rock at Warner/Chappell Music in Los Angeles, CA. Marc has been in music publishing for over 10 years and got his start at BMG Music Publishing. Since at Warner/Chappell Music, Marc has grown his roster by signing new artists and developing... Read More →
avatar for Jackie Winkler

Jackie Winkler

Manager, A&R, Island Records
Currently a Los Angeles based A&R at Island Records. Previous A&R at Warner Bros Records and worked on projects including Nico & Vinz, NONONO, Andra Day, and Sabina Ddumba.



Thursday April 30, 2015 3:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
 
Friday, May 1
 

9:45am PDT

R&B/Hip-Hop Feedback
Get valuable advice and talk honestly with urban music experts in this live feedback session. A limited number of songs, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants, will receive feedback in front of a live audience. Find out what real industry execs are listening for when they hear a new track!

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Goicoechea

Jennifer Goicoechea

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP

Speakers
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Shani Gonzales

VP, Creative, BMG Music Publishing
avatar for Derrick Hardy

Derrick Hardy

A&R Scout, Motown Records
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Derrick "Lottery" Hardy is an A&R Scout at Motown Records. He has worked in the Universal Music Group system for the past 3 years, starting with Universal Music Publishing and now in his current role at Motown Records. He has worked on projects... Read More →
avatar for Delmar Powell

Delmar Powell

Director, Urban A&R, Universal Republic
Director, Urban A&R - Universal Republic Delmar Powell is Director of Urban A&R at Universal Republic. Based in the Los Angeles office, Powell will focus on signing, developing, building, and breaking acts within the urban space ranging from hip-hop and R&B to pop. He will also... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Vaughn

Jeff Vaughn

Sr. Director, A&R, Artist Publishing Group / Artist Partners (WMG)
Jeff Vaughn is Director of A&R at Artist Publishing Group (APG) and Artist Partners, Mike Caren's WMG artist accelerator and white label venture. In addition to his A&R responsibilities, Jeff serves as manager to producer Cook Classics and APG writers Geoffro and JHart.


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:00am PDT
Mt. Olympus 3rd Floor

9:45am PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part I
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this intensive two-hour feedback panel, you will engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from hit songwriter-producer Darrell Brown, the creative guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and get constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 9:45am - 11:45am PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

10:30am PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January as they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Alexia Baum

Alexia Baum

Director, Music Publishing, Universal Pictures
Alexia Baum has enjoyed more than 20 years of success in the music publishing arena, specifically mining music catalogues to market and license all kinds of music to all types of media. Cutting her teeth at the late great indie publisher Windswept Pacific, where she went on to head... Read More →
avatar for Debby Dill

Debby Dill

Music Publishing Consultant
Music Publishing Consultant Currently consulting for David Foster's publishing company through Universal along with Be Music in Nashville, DeAngelis Entertainment UK, Ron Shapiro Mgmt. and The Cherry Party Record label. Previously Sr. VP of Creative Affairs, Domestic/International... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Heller

Cathy Heller

President & Owner, Catch the Moon Music; Songwriter, Artist
President & Owner - Catch the Moon MusicSongwriter, Artist  Catch the Moon Music provides quality one-stop music to Film, Television and Advertising firms. We represent a selective group of talented songwriters/bands who lead with humility and deliver beautiful music that works... Read More →
avatar for Brandon Kitchen

Brandon Kitchen

Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
Brandon Kitchen started his career as an intern for Mike Caren, the Atlantic Executive VP of A&R/Elektra President. There, he found his calling in the A&R and publishing departments. He has since won a Grammy as a contributing songwriter to Madonna’s hit “Revolver.” Since then... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Levin

Jeff Levin

Sr. Director, A&R, Atlantic Records
Jeff Levin is the senior director of A&R for Atlantic Records. Working on singles with Cash Cash, Simple Plan and Icona Pop (among others), he has also developed successful careers with new comers Skizzy Mars, Melanie Martinez and Jaymes Young. Alongside his roster at Atlantic, Levin... Read More →
avatar for Dani Markman

Dani Markman

Director, A&R, Disney Music Group
Dani Markman has worked for the Walt Disney Company and specifically, the Disney Music Group for the last 18 years. Over the last decade, she has performed in the role of Director of A&R working on projects for both Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records. Prior to her Disney employment... Read More →
avatar for Steve Nalbert

Steve Nalbert

Director, Creative Licensing, Round Hill Music
Steve heads up Round Hill’s Synchronization Licensing department and handles pitching for a wide range of Film, TV, Video Game, and Advertising clients.  While at Round Hill, he has successfully landed synchs for a variety of artists, writers, and catalog copyrights, including... Read More →
avatar for Victor Portillo

Victor Portillo

A&R, Warner/Chappell Music Publishing
Have been working at Warner Chappell in A&R for the past 6 years. Instrumental in the signing of Kendrick Lamar and producer Young Chop. Currently working with various upcoming Pop writers and producers for the US, UK and Asia markets. Worked as a Club and Mixtape DJ prior to joining... Read More →
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Ted Rawlins

Theatre Producer, Relevant Theatricals LLC
Ted considers himself to be genuinely fortunate to have worked with Gigi Pritzker for over a decade of rewarding and profitable years, running one of Los Angeles' landmark institutions, the Coronet Theatre.  During that time Relevant Theatricals was created to develop new work for... Read More →
avatar for Mara Schwartz

Mara Schwartz

President & Founder, Superior Music Publishing
Mara Schwartz is a specialist in synch licensing and A&R. She is President and Founder of Superior Music, a full service music publishing company and joint venture with Modern Works Music Publishing. Before this, she was Sr. Vice President, Licensing 10th Street Entertainment / Eleven... Read More →
avatar for Jay Sloan

Jay Sloan

Sr. Director, A&R, Angry Mob Music
As Senior Director of A&R, Jay is simultaneously overseeing and growing the A&R department, expanding the Angry Mob brand, and doing what he loves most: discovering and nurturing amazing talent. It was an internship at Motown Records that stirred Jay’s initial passion for the... Read More →
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Ryan Svendsen

Senior Coordinator, Film Music, Lionsgate
Ryan Svendsen, Senior Coordinator at Lionsgate, began his music career as a trumpet player with the dream of playing with the Dave Matthews Band.  His goal came to fruition in 2009 and he can be seen doing so in their music video “You and Me."  After previous positions at United... Read More →
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Barrett Yeretsian

"Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Jar of Hearts," “Jealous of the Angels,” “Not Yet” “To me, every song is a hero’s journey,” says songwriter/producer Barrett Yeretsian. The journeys undertaken by the highly sought-after tunesmith and producer have sold over 8 million copies... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 10:30am - 12:45pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

11:45am PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part II
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this intensive two-hour feedback panel, you will engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from hit songwriter-producer Darrell Brown, the creative guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and get constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers.

Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 11:45am - 1:45pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

1:00pm PDT

Lunch Roundtables (Presented by The Recording Academy)
The 175 attendees who signed up for our Lunch Roundtables will meet with four different panelists in small group settings. This event sold out in November!
There are no openings or wait list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Thorburn (Islands)

Nick Thorburn (Islands)

"I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby" Podcast: Serial, Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - "I Was Born (A Unicorn)," "Don't Call Me Whitney, Bobby," "Hallways" Podcast: Serial Nick Thorburn is a Canadian musician, composer, and producer best known for starting and co-fronting the cult indie rock band The Unicorns when he was still a teenager... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Assil

Rachel Assil

"Whoever We Are," "Disappear," "Just A Little More", Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "Whoever We Are," "Disappear," "Just A Little More" Rachel Assil may be one of the industry's best kept secrets, but she is no stranger to the spotlight. A powerhouse vocalist, songwriter, producer and self-taught pianist, her musical accolades have led her... Read More →
avatar for Bleu

Bleu

"In Real Life," "I Won't Apologize," “That’s Just the Way We Roll”, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - "In Real Life," "I Won't Apologize," “That’s Just the Way We Roll” Bleu, a graduate of Berklee College Of Music, is a songwriter/producer, singer and performer currently living in Los Angeles, California and has been making music for over a decade. He's... Read More →
avatar for Joe Cuello

Joe Cuello

Chief Creative Officer, TuneCore
Joe joined TuneCore as CCO in 2014. Joe directs the operations of TuneCore Music Publishing Administration, which helps songwriters collect 13 different composition royalties from over 60 countries. He directs a team who are experts in registering, licensing and pitching compositions... Read More →
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Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Composer, Songwriter, Branding Strategist
Composer, Songwriter – “Steaming Hearts,” “16 Walls" Commercial: “Grumpy Cat” (Honey Nut Cheerios) Film: Delusions of GuinevereFounder, Branding Strategist - CBE Music & In the Key of Success  Cheryl got her start in music working at a New York City hip-hop recording... Read More →
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Robert Celestin, Esq.

Attorney, The Law Offices of Robert A. Celestin
Mr. Robert A. Celestin, Esq. has practiced entertainment law in New York for over 25 years. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Law School; Mr. Celestin started his legal career as an Associate at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays & Handler. He then went on to work in the legal... Read More →
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Ann Frank

Sr. Manager, National Membership, The Recording Academy (The GRAMMY Awards)
Born and raised a Los Angeles native and more commonly known by her pen name, Annika (uh-nee-kuh), Ann Frank pursued dreams of becoming an artist/songwriter in the early stages  of her music career. Blind ambition landed her an internship at Sony/ATV Music Publishing while studying... Read More →
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Gizzle

"Main Chick," "Fumble," "Murder Bizness," "Big Daddy", Rapper, Songwriter
Rapper, Songwriter - "Main Chick," "Fumble," "Murder Bizness," "Big Daddy" Los Angeles born artist and songwriter, Gizzle, got her start under the tutelage of Teddy Riley. Gizzle has gone on to work with many multi-platinum producers, artists, and writers including but not limited... Read More →
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Ashley Gorley

"Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl", Songwriter
Songwriter - "Crash My Party," "Runnin' Outta Moonlight," "Good Girl," "You're Gonna Miss This" Ashley Gorley is an award-winning songwriter and publisher in Nashville, Tennessee. Recently, Gorley was named 2014 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, 2014 NSAI Songwriter of the Year, and... Read More →
avatar for Hanson (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson)

Hanson (Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson)

"MMMBop," "Where's the Love," "I Will Come to You," Middle of Nowhere, Songwriters, Artists
Songwriters, Artists - "MMMBop," "Where's the Love," "I Will Come to You," Middle of Nowhere With arching melodies, epic guitar riffs and rhythms inciting you to put your hands in the air, anthems give us a soundtrack to life’s defining moments. And for Hanson, their sixth studio... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Kajcienski

Matthew Kajcienski

TV: Good Morning America, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Composer
Composer - TV: Good Morning America, 20/20, This Week with George Stephanopoulos  Having composed the theme music for ABC’s Good Morning America at age 26, Matthew Kajcienski is currently one of today’s most aired network theme composers including ABC’s 20/20, This Week... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

President, 4Fini, Inc./Warped Tour
A constant innovator, Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music festival in the world today. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the tour has played to over 9 million fans.  Kevin... Read More →
avatar for Audra Mae

Audra Mae

"Little Red Wagon," "Good News," "Who I Was Born to Be", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Little Red Wagon," "Good News," "Who I Was Born to Be" Audra Mae is a natural. Once the Oklahoma native opens her mouth and lets loose with that voice, pure and strong, with a hint of country twang and a twinkle of good humor, you are transfixed and transported... Read More →
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Rachel Noelle

Founder, Hits & History Entertainment
Founder - Hits & History Entertainment A woman on a mission to help musical talents create a long-term career in the Entertainment business….. Rachel Noelle. Studying the art of the business and music publishing at Berklee Music Institute, set the stage for Rachel to push forward... Read More →
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Brendan Okrent

Owner, Music Publisher/Consultant, New Au Courant Music
Brendan Okrent was an executive at ASCAP’s west coast membership department for over two decades. Some of her signature achievements at ASCAP include starting the nationally known Quiet On The Set showcase series which featured over 500 acts including John Mayer, Jonatha Brooke... Read More →
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Matthew Puckett

TV: “Skyline” (Theme to NY Med), Songwriter, Composer, Artist
Songwriter, Composer, Artist - “So Much to Say,” All Our Hands In The Air TV: “Skyline” (Theme to NY Med) Matthew Puckett is a songwriter, multi­instrumentalist and film composer. As a songwriter­producer, his work with such artists as Elizabeth Gillies, September Mourning... Read More →
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Shari Shanker

Director, A&R, Imagem Music
Shari Shanker (formerly Shari Reich) is the director of A&R at Imagem Music Publishing. Shari’s career began as an assistant at Atlantic records and Jive Records/Sony, New York. While at Jive, she quickly ascended the ranks to Manager of A&R and worked with artists such as Jordin... Read More →
avatar for Peter Shurkin

Peter Shurkin

VP, Creative & Business Development, Selectracks/BMG Chrysalis
Peter Shurkin began his career in artist management at Gold Mountain Entertainment working with artists such as Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt and Rufus Wainwright, among many others. Peter is currently Vice President of Creative and Business Development at Selectracks / BMG Chrysalis producing... Read More →
avatar for Debbie White

Debbie White

Attorney, Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Debbie White, partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP, has decades of music industry experience representing established and developing recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, record companies, and publishing companies. Her clients include Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Regina Spektor... Read More →
avatar for Steve Winogradsky

Steve Winogradsky

Co-Founder & Partner; Attorney, Winogradsky/Sobel
Co-Founder & Partner; Attorney - Winogradsky/Sobel With over thirty years experience as an attorney in the music industry, Steven Winogradsky is a partner in Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, California, providing global media and music business affairs & legal support for composers... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Preston's Restaurant 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:30pm PDT

Live Multi-Genre Song Feedback Panel with Darrell Brown - Part III
Note: This is an extended-length two-hour session. 
In this special two hour feedback panel, you can engage in honest talk and get valuable advice from Darrell Brown, a songwriting/producing guru behind numerous #1 pop and country hits. Come prepared for a chance to perform live and receive constructive song critiques from Brown and your EXPO peers!





Speakers
avatar for Darrell Brown

Darrell Brown

Songwriter, Producer, Arranger
Songwriter, Producer, Arranger - "You'll Think of Me,” “Why Don't We Just Dance,” “Crazy Women,” “Simple Things” Darrell Brown is a songwriter, producer and arranger. Brown has written hit songs for recording artists of almost every genre of popular music as well as... Read More →


Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:30pm PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Bassett

Dave Bassett

“Love Bites (So Do I),” “Second Chance,” Amaryllis, Songwriter, Producer
Songwriter, Producer - “Love Bites (So Do I),” “Second Chance,” Amaryllis  What Dave Bassett brings to the studio is an enviable combination of raw talent and diverse experience as both a multi-platinum songwriter and producer. In 2013, Dave cowrote the Grammy winning song... Read More →
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Josh Berman

Label Manager, Loma Vista Recordings
avatar for Allison Wright Clark

Allison Wright Clark

Music Supervisor
Music Supervisor Concert promoter. Radio station program director.  Score supervisor. Music supervisor. Those are a few of the many hats Allison Wright Clark has worn throughout the years.  
avatar for Mandi Davis

Mandi Davis

Artist Manager, Moir Borman Entertainment / MDM
With influences that span from her Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee grandparents, Larry & Dixie Davis, to the classic rock that her parents surrounded her and her siblings with growing up, Mandi Davis was destined to find her career in the crazy world of music.   In 1999, Mandi... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Walvick, Esq.

Daniel Walvick, Esq.

Associate, Attorney, Counsel LLP
Danny Walvick is an Associate Attorney at Counsel LLP. His primary practice includes drafting, reviewing, and negotiating entertainment contracts between content creators and licensees, advising digital media companies on copyright compliance, and coordinating business and legal affairs... Read More →
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Daniel Gill

Founder, Publicist, Force Field PR
Daniel Gill founded Force Field PR in Los Angeles in 2006 and officially launched the company at SXSW that year. Force Field PR is a boutique indie publicity firm focused on breaking new bands. Gill has played an important role in establishing the careers of Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent... Read More →
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Jeff Gray

Music Supervisor, Music Clearance
(Pesci) Jeff Gray is a jackass of many trades in the music business. He's been called: Composer, Performer, Music Supervisor, Music Licensor/Licensee, Consultant, and more. Pesci's first foray in to the music business at 18 years old was getting paid $20 cash and a Neil Young concert... Read More →
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Derrick Hardy

A&R Scout, Motown Records
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, Derrick "Lottery" Hardy is an A&R Scout at Motown Records. He has worked in the Universal Music Group system for the past 3 years, starting with Universal Music Publishing and now in his current role at Motown Records. He has worked on projects... Read More →
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Mark Kasprzyk (Redlight King)

"Bullet In My Hand," "Redemption," "Comeback," "Born To Rise", Songwriter, Artist
Songwriter, Artist - "Bullet In My Hand," "Redemption," "Comeback," "Born To Rise" Mark Kasprzyk also known as Kaz hails from Hamilton, Ontario and currently resides in Los Angeles.  He began recording music at age 16 and writing songs some years before that.  Kaz struck his first... Read More →
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Lundon Knighten

“Lemme See,” "I Choose You, " "Legendary," "Can't Breathe", Songwriter
Songwriter – “Lemme See,” "I Choose You, " "Legendary," "Can't Breathe" Lundon "Da Bridge" Knighten is an American singer-songwriter from Landover, Maryland. In 2010, Knighten signed a publishing deal to L.A. Reid Music Publishing. At the time, L.A. Reid Music Publishing had... Read More →
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Michael Martin

Senior Creative Director, Nashville, Creative Services, ASCAP
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Moya Nkruma

Associate Director, Rhythm & Soul, Creative Services, ASCAP
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Brandra Ringo

A&R, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Rebecca Sahim

Director, A&R, Pulse Music Publishing
Rebecca Sahim is Director of A&R at Pulse Music Publishing. Her roster of artists/songwriters include Bonnie McKee, Bloodshy, Raja Kumari, Pell, Gallant, Matt Rad and many more. In addition to her A&R role, Rebecca is part of the Pulse management team for JR Rotem and Ruth Anne Cunningham... Read More →
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Nigel Sparkes

Artist Manager, Sparkes Entertainment Group
Music manager with vast knowledge of business and branding. My partners include Compound Entertainment, John Legend's HomeSchool Productions/Publishing, DJ Clue's Dessert Storm, BMG Rights Management. Clients include Grammy Nominated Producers The Phatboiz (John Legend, Ne-yo, Miguel... Read More →
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Luney Tunez

"Loveeeeeee Song" "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder", Producer
Producer - "Loveeeeeee Song" "Don't Shoot," "Go Harder" After collaborating and crafting sounds with some of the biggest names in the game like Rihanna, Future, Game, Florence +The Machine, and countless others, ATL superstar Luney Tunez brings his unique brand of artistry to the... Read More →
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Jonathan Weiss

Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Challenge, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, Music Supervisor
Music Supervisor - Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Challenge, Kourtney & Kim Take Miami Jonathan Weiss is a Los Angeles based music supervisor for film and television. He is currently music supervising the Bunim-Murray Production, The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II, airing... Read More →
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Katy Wolaver

A&R, SONGS Music Publishing
Katy joined the SONGS A&R team in 2012, after working at Arthouse Entertainment as Director of Creative and Warner Bros Records as A&R Director under Kara DioGuardi. With experience in both the label and publishing world, Katy is experienced in connecting artists and songwriters... Read More →



Friday May 1, 2015 2:30pm - 4:45pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)
 
Saturday, May 2
 

10:45am PDT

One-on-One Sessions (Presented by Sennheiser) - Sold Out
One-on-One Sessions offer EXPO attendees the opportunity to meet in person with a songwriter/composer, music publisher, online marketing executive, record company executive, film/TV music executive, music attorney or ASCAP executive. The 15-minute session will be a mix of career advice and/or song critiques.
Our One-on-One sessions sold out in January, like they do each year. There are no openings or waiting list spots available.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Calejo

Rebecca Calejo

Sr. Director, Client Services, Section 101
  Rebecca Calejo is the Senior Director of Client Services at Section 101. After graduating from The Moore School of Business at The University of South Carolina (where she hosted her own radio show on WUSC FM), she moved to NYC, immersing herself into the music industry working... Read More →
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Melissa Emert-Hutner

Director, Publishing, US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group
Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of over 16 years, and is currently Director of Publishing, US Operations at Nettwerk Music Group in New York City. Her role entails working with Nettwerk One Music's publishing roster of writers and artists by setting up co-writes, pitching... Read More →
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William Berrol, Esq.

Attorney, William Berrol Attorney At Law
Attorney - William Berrol Attorney At Law William Berrol, Esq. is an attorney who has practiced transactional music law in Los Angeles since 1980. His clients include: Artists The Flaming Lips, The Estate of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gnarls Barkley, The Shins, Broken Bells and Three Days... Read More →
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Zach Gurka

Artist Manager, Ground Up Management
Zach Gurka is no stranger to working with some of the brightest up and coming songwriter talents in music.  Deserving of his reputation as a manager with a prowess for developing talent, his clients have flourished from their humble roots, to being some of the most sought after writers... Read More →
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Fransisca Hall

"Only The Lonely," “Ooh La La” (for The Smurfs 2), "Until It Hurts" (for Pretty Little Liars), Songwriter
Songwriter - "Only The Lonely," “Ooh La La” (for The Smurfs 2), "Until It Hurts" (for Pretty Little Liars) Fransisca Hall is a Sony Music Publishing songwriter whose single and album credits include: Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, , Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Selena Gomez... Read More →
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Tim Maginnis

Associate Director, Pop/Rock, Creative Services, ASCAP
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Garrett McElver

Assistant Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Garrett McElver has worked in music licensing and publishing for over three years running the Creative Department at Winogradsky/Sobel. He's now the latest member to join the SuperMusicVision team. SuperMusicVision is the vehicle for the creative and professional work of Los Angeles... Read More →
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Yvette Metoyer

Music Coordinator, SuperMusicVision
Yvette Metoyer grew up in sunny Southern California and enjoyed spending her time outdoors. As the sun would set, she often spent hours in her brother’s room watching him spin UTFO and Run DMC on his Technics turntables. It was around this time that her love for music was born... Read More →
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Rachel Noelle

Founder, Hits & History Entertainment
Founder - Hits & History Entertainment A woman on a mission to help musical talents create a long-term career in the Entertainment business….. Rachel Noelle. Studying the art of the business and music publishing at Berklee Music Institute, set the stage for Rachel to push forward... Read More →
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Rachel Perkins

Associate Director, Film & TV, Creative Services, ASCAP
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Lindsay Rush

Creative Director, The Judy Stakee Company; Songwriter
Songwriter - "Right Now," "Bad Cat," "Kinda Special," "You Wish"Creative Director - The Judy Stakee Company Lindsay Rush is a Top 40 Songwriter and Music Executive who has worked in several areas of the Music Industry including Songwriting, A&R (Epic/Sony), Publishing, Artist Development... Read More →
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Russell Spurlock

TV: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, King of the Nerds, Bet On Your Baby, The Hero, Composer
Composer - TV: Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, King of the Nerds, Bet On Your Baby, The Hero Russell Spurlock scored the Emmy winning series Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (ABC). Soon after, he began building his music library company, Whatnot Industries, which has provided music... Read More →
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Cia Toscanini

VP, Concert Music, Creative Services, ASCAP



Saturday May 2, 2015 10:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Doheny/Beachwood 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)

2:15pm PDT

Jack of All Scores: Versatility in TV Composing
In the TV music world, being “versatile” means more than playing a bunch of different instruments. It also means being able to work with the musical vocabularies of every genre and medium imaginable. Our panelists have made their mark on a staggering range of projects, from network TV to musical theatre to video games. They’ll talk about how they developed the know-how to tackle any project thrown their way, and offer some tips and tricks for doing the same in your own composing career. Our panelists will also offer live feedback on a limited number of cues, pre-submitted by EXPO registrants.

Moderators
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Craig Marks

TV: Intervention, Next Iron Chef: Redemption, Iron Chef America, Full Circle, Composer
Composer - TV: Intervention, Next Iron Chef: Redemption, Iron Chef America, Full Circle Like a master chef who elevates food into art, composer Craig Marks serves up a sumptuous feast of musical delight - expertly blending exotic textures and heart-breaking melodies with a melange... Read More →

Speakers
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Roger Neill

TV: King of the Hill, Mozart in the Jungle Video Game: Assassins Creed: Revelations, Composer
Composer - TV: King of the Hill, Mozart in the Jungle Film: Beginners Video Game: Assassins Creed: Revelations Roger Neill is a veteran film and television composer.  His recent projects include Amazon Studio’s hit classical music dramady, Mozart In The Jungle, for which he is... Read More →
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Joey Newman

TV: The Middle, The Mysteries Of Laura, Little People, Big World, Composer
Composer - TV: The Middle, The Mysteries Of Laura, Little People, Big World Video Game: Lineage Joey Newman is a third generation film composer of the famed Hollywood musical Newman dynasty. A drummer, conductor, and orchestrator, he earned his degree from the Berklee College of... Read More →
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Elvin Ross

TV: For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor Film: Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Composer
Composer - TV: For Better or Worse, Love Thy Neighbor, The Haves and the Have Notes Film: Diary of a Mad Black Woman Elvin Ross, owner and executive producer of e. ross studios, is well known and widely respected in the music industry. He has composed music for an extraordinary... Read More →
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Jonathan Sadoff

Film: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Beautiful Creatures TV: The Divide, Composer, Producer, Songwriter
Composer - Film: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Beautiful Creatures, The Merry Gentleman TV: The Divide Producer, Songwriter - Thenewno2 Jonathan Sadoff moved from Chicago to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music Studio/Jazz... Read More →


Saturday May 2, 2015 2:15pm - 3:30pm PDT
Hollywood Ballroom B-C 2nd Floor (Mezzanine)