Susan Rogers holds a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from McGill University (2010). Prior to her science career, Susan was a multiplatinum-earning record producer, engineer, mixer and audio technician. She is best known for her work with Prince (1983-1987) but production/engineering credits also include David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Geggy Tah, Nil Lara, Robben Ford, Tricky, Michael Penn, and Jeff Black. She is currently a Professor in the departments of Music Production & Engineering and Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she teaches music cognition, psychoacoustics, record production and analog recording techniques. Susan is the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory for investigating the influence of musical training on the auditory pathway.
Amanda’s lifelong love of music – nurtured from a young age by a guitar-playing dad and drummer mother – led her to the Public Relations program at Durham College, where she focused much of her studies on the music biz. An internship with MapleMusic Recordings (now Cadence Music Group) helped pave the way to her career with Indoor Recess in 2010. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with countless musicians and events, delighting in the opportunity to discover new artists and watch them grow and bask in their successes.
From a young age I've always loved music, and like many people entering the music industry I was initially on the other side of the fence, playing drums in numerous bands throughout my teens and early 20s. As I got older my interest in the business side grew, I started interning at labels and actively seeking opportunities. I now head up Melodic, we are a label, artist management and European label management company based in Manchester, UK.
Bryan Power is the Artistic Director of the Lawnya Vawnya Music and Art Festival in St John’s, Newfoundland. He took the AD role in 2013 and, with the support of the keen LV crew, helped grow the festival into what it is today.
Bryan is based in Toronto these days where he works in Music Supervision, Programming and Artist Management under the umbrella of NoMission Music.
Carly James is an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency in New York City. Prior to Paradigm, she worked at The Agency Group, starting in 2012. She prefers Wings over The Beatles, hates tomatoes, misses New Orleans and weirdly enjoys referring to herself in the third person.
Music Supervisor/Publisher // KCRW/Mothership
Los Angeles, CA
Throughout most of the '90s, Chris held the music director position at KCRW-FM in Santa Monica, building a powerhouse on air team at one of the most respected and progressive radio stations in the world. As a longtime radio host at KCRW, first at the helm of KCRW's popular daily new music program Morning Becomes Eclectic (1990-1998), and thereafter as a weekly host, and creator/curator of KCRW’s long-running all music channel Eclectic24, Douridas is among the premier radio tastemakers in the country. In film circles, he is probably best known as a multi Grammy-nominated music supervisor for feature films and television including American Beauty, As Good as It Gets, Austin Powers, Captain Fantastic, Grace of My Heart, Grosse Point Blank, Heat, Shrek 2, In a World, Flaked, House of Lies, 24: Legacy, and others.
For over twenty years Colin Mackenzie has worked with and for Canadian musicians; as producer, manager (Jale, The Super Friendz, Thrush Hermit, Jerry Granelli, Neko Case), label owner/manager (Perimeter Entertainment, Cinnamon Toast Records, Murderecords), tour coordinator, booking agent, festival coordinator, grant writer (Envision Management & Production), video director, and national radio producer (CBC-The Signal). He has sat on the board of directors of both artist-run centers and the East Coast Music Awards (NS) and served as a jury member for The JUNOS and FACTOR. In the 90s he was the co-director and talent coordinator of the Halifax On Music Festival (Halifax Pop Explosion). Since 2013 he has raised over a million dollars in funding through private, federal and provincial granting bodies for Canadian artists’ and musicians’ needs: touring, recording and creating. His focus has always been and remains the artist and how best to strategize their career. He is presently the Special projects manager at Montreal's Envision Management and Production and the North American Representative for Byta.com.
ThinkSync Music was founded by Connie Farr and is a one-stop music supervision, consultancy and licensing service for Films, Trailers, TV and Promos, specialising in projects looking for music with character and individuality. Connie’s past film music supervision projects include Andrew Haigh’s award winning ‘45 Years’, Tom Harper's remake of 'The Borrowers', Carol Morley’s 'Dreams of a Life' for Film 4, Hong Khaou’s ‘Lilting’ and SXSW Grand Jury winner Adam Leon’s 'Gimme The Loot’. Recent film music supervision projects are ‘Lean On Pete’ starring Chloe Sevigny, Steve Buscemi and Travis Fimmel and Harry Wootliff’s upcoming debut ‘Only You’ starring Laia Costa and Josh O’Connor. Additional upcoming projects include Sarah Gavron’s ‘Girl Untitled’, Hong Khao’s ‘Monsoon’ and Peter Mackie Burns’s ‘Rialto’. ThinkSync is also the out-of-house Music Supervisor at the UK offices of Ignition Creative, Empire Design and the Picture Production Company, working on a whole range of TV promos and International film trailers (Fortitude, Peaky Blinders, Johnny English, Warcraft, The Great Wall, Hologram For A King, Glue, Drifters)
Darryl Weeks began his career at one of Canada’s leading distributors, Outside Music. There he was employed as an in-house publicist for a number of Outside’s distributed labels including Warp Records and Domino Recording Co. In that time he worked with international acts like Arctic Monkeys and Boards Of Canada. After five years at Outside Music he founded StageFright Publicity, which is in its thirteenth year offering full-service media relations in Canada and the United States for domestic and international recording artists and record labels. Current clients include: the entire Paper Bag Records roster, Helena Deland, The Charlatans, Yves Jarvis, N0V3L, Preoccupations and MUNYA.
Passionate for art, music, festivals and events, Dijana Lakus started as a band manager turning into booking agent & promoter (Bob Dylan, QOTSA, Manic Street Preachers, Conor Oberst, Beatsteaks, Enter Shikari, Placebo...) Last years majorly involved in festivals from Outlook, Dimensions & Seasplash in Croatia to Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party in United Kingdom. Her newest project is art festival DEV9T in Serbia. Also works as consultant and teaching art management at universities & schools all over Europe. Active member of International Music Managers Forum.
Having worked in an independent record store in London I began as a freelance music supervisor in 2002. In 2003 I moved in house at Saatchi and Saatchi to set up their music department, overseeing all sourcing, licensing and commissioning of composition. After four years I moved to WCRS (now Engine) as Head of Music before setting up my own company Ark Music in 2010. In 2015 I joined Cord Worldwide as Executive Creative Director overseeing the supervision department as well as creative direction on sonic branding and brand partnerships. At the end of 2018 I left this position to resume my focus on Ark.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Elise graduated from the University of Ottawa with a B.A. in Social Sciences. She began her career in politics working for Premier, Dalton McGuinty. Elise joined CIMA with a strong background in policy development, communications, and great insight into government relations. As a Policy Advisor, Elise studies the ins-and-outs of policies that are important to CIMA’s members and advocates on their behalf with key policy makers.
As an innovative, strategic and success-minded leader, Erin founded eEK! Productions in 2008 with the mission to service and develop the Canadian Music Industry by giving artists and their teams solutions to build their brand and maximize their fanbase through multiple platforms.
eEK! Productions is one of the top marketing and funding administration agencies based in Toronto that services all levels of artists. eEK! Productions clients include Blue Rodeo, Cowboy Junkies, Lee Harvey Osmond, Jim Cuddy, the Trews, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.
In 2017, Erin with her partners launched Digital Promotions Group, a digital playlist service and US Digital PR company based in Toronto, ON. DPG clients include Serena Ryder, Cowboy Junkies, Young Galaxy and Grand Analog.
Since her first interaction with the music industry over a decade ago, Erin has worked with several music and culture outlets (Pound Magazine, XXL, Georgie Magazine, Boi-1da.com etc.), and now serves as the first woman to hold the Hip-Hop Editor position at Exclaim! Magazine. She also recently worked on the Emmy Award and Peabody-winning series, Hip-Hop Evolution.
Journalism aside, Erin’s love of music has also expanded into the festival market. At home in Toronto, she has worked with Manifesto’s Festival of Community and Culture as both the Educational Programmer and lending a hand to its music programming for seven years, as well as dabbling in programming for NXNE, CMW and Atlanta’s A3C Festival.
Francella Fiallos is the station manager at CJLO 1690AM, Concordia University's campus radio station. Prior to that, she was the programming and development director at CKDU-FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a Polaris Prize juror and served on the grand jury in 2017.
Gerome Minchelli has worked as a professional promoter for the past 13 years at Alias JHD, one of the biggest independent companies in France. He personally looks after such international and diverse acts such as Foals, James Blake, bastille, Billie Eillish, Idles, King Gizzard, Ellie Goulding or Nothing But Thieves. He is always looking to expand his ever growing roster with new and promising acts.
Music Export Coordinator // Canadian Independent Music Association
Born and raised in Montreal, Jenia spent 10+ years working in the music industry at various labels, promotion companies and radio stations. In 2013, she made the move to Toronto where she joined the team at CIMA/MusicOntario. As the Music Export Coordinator, Jenia works alongside Trisha Carter on CIMA's global export service Canadian Blast to help organize international showcasing and business opportunities for Canadian companies and their artists.
Jennifer Lyon is one of one of New York’s most prolific talent buyers and music curators with over 15 years of experience working with independent music venues, festivals, corporate clients, and production companies. She is the owner of MeanRed productions, an independent promotional company that produces 100 shows a year in NYC, Detroit and a few other great cities. She is the producer of warehouse parties and alternative space events with an eye towards adventures in music events. Lyon is deeply committed to arts programming that cultivates community through music. Her booking strategy is centered on nourishing up-and-coming artists who are ambassadors for vibrant and unique creative landscapes. Some of these artists include Earl Sweatshirt, Nicolas Jaar, Mykki Blanco, Oneohtrix Point Never, and many more.
Promoter, football player, A&R manager, father, event/party organiser, bambus drinker, label manager, booking agent, publisher, fan of basketball team Metalski Zavod Tito. He has been active in the music industry for the last 22 years. He set up the record label and artist management agency Lithium Records, working with the most renowned Macedonian artists. When his wife didn’t give him the permission to name his son Password, he re-branded his company name into Password Production. He is the founder and director of the biggest Macedonian music Festival Taksirat, D festival, Pivolend, Green Beach Festival and Aqua Park Festival. Login has been promoter of more than a thousand local, regional and international concerts, weddings, funerals and has worked as a production manager, mother or a godfather for the biggest regional Festivals.
Go Ahead is one of the biggest independent promoter in Poland. We promote 100-150 show a year. We book small clubs and big arenas. This year we promote such artists as Florence & The Machine, Twenty One Pilots, Bastille, Aurora, Flogging Molly, Good Charlotte, Architects (UK) and many more.
Radio Promotion & Marketing // Co-Sign
New York, NY
Jessica Weber is the owner and founder of co-sign, an artist development agency specializing in radio promotion, licensing, street marketing, and brand strategy. She cut her teeth in the midwest doing high school, college and commercial radio gigs (WLTL, WNUR and WJLE), and after graduating college landed a gig at a highly respected radio promotion company in Los Angeles. After working for nearly a decade on the west coast, and scouting for the A&R Department at Warner Brothers records, she founded her own radio promotion and marketing company called co-sign based in her home city of Chicago, and in New York City. co-sign a company that works with artists, record labels, and brands to execute campaigns focused on commercial music releases, tour dates, and music driven marketing initiatives. The company aims to be a one-stop shop for artists, labels, and brands in need of a wide range of unique marketing solutions.
Marc got his start at Sloan’s murderecords, Canada’s premier artist owned label during the mid 90s. After working in A&R at legendary London indie Creation Records, then at Alan McGee’s Poptones, Marc started his own boutique UK radio promotion company off the back of his success with The Hives. For over 10 years Marc worked with an impressive list of indie rock luminaries including Wilco, Bloc Party, Conor Oberst/Bright Eyes, Spoon and Refused as well as legends such as Tom Waits, Yoko Ono, Booker T and Mavis Staples.
In 2015 Marc founded Byta (https://byta.com) “the platform for music before it’s on streaming services”. Run as a distributed team across 3 different continents, Byta allows everyone to send & receive digital audio in a clean and simple way.
Marek Włodarczyk is the co-founder of leading Polish digital music distribution company Independent Digital and music publishing company Right Publishing. He has been creating the digital music sector in Poland for over fifteen years. At Independent Digital he pioneered contracts with iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many other services. At the company, he holds the position of the member of the board and he supervises the following fields: signing contracts with music and film labels, expansion of the company abroad and active cooperation with such services. Except for being the member of the board of Independent Digital and Right Publishing, he exploits his expertise as a member of ZPAV – the association of phonograms and videograms’ producers. Moreover, Marek is a lecturer at Collegium Civitas, where is teaches at postgraduate studies about the music business.
Freelance Writer (Pitchfork / Stereogum / Flood)
Freelance writer for publications such as Pitchfork, Stereogum, Vinyl Me Please, and Flood Magazine.
Currently active as Head of Music Programme at Kino Šiška venue in Ljubljana and project manager of MENT Ljubljana festival and conference. Actively involved in music world since 1996 as a musician in various noise rock, free improv and experimental bands/projects, radio activist at Radio Študent as a music editor and DJ. He has initiated Klubski Maraton of Radio Študent project in 2001, has been co-coordinator of CrossRadio network of ex-Yugoslavian independent radio stations (2001-2008), club dj, promoter and producer of local and international music events, editor at rx:tx music label 2004/5. In 2005 he has established Kataman Music Action booking and promotion association and run it’s activities until 2009.
Meg Parker is the Marketing Manager for Outside Music and handles digital strategy, brand development and creative direction for their management roster and label. After completing degrees in classical piano and in musicology, Meg transitioned out of academics to the music industry, working in music licensing for several years before joining the Outside team. She recently launched a new label for Outside Music, Next Door Records. She is interested in supporting diversity in the music industry, and helping artists to build campaigns that balance strategy and analysis with creative growth and authenticity.
Menno Versteeg is a musician and artist that founded the Toronto based label Royal Mountain Records. As head of A&R he is responsible for helping discover acts such as Alvvays, Pup and Calpunia and signing critically acclaimed artists like Mac Demarco, U.S. Girls, Ought and Metz. In his spare time he enjoys soup, holding his breath underwater, and going on tour with his band Hollerado.
Meredith Fraser is a booking agent from New Orleans, LA. Meredith began working in the music industry in her late teens while also developing a career in the Hollywood film industry. In 2014, she left the film industry to pursue a full time career with Panache Booking as a booking agent. She represents artists like U.S. Girls, Homeshake, Aldous Harding, La Luz and many more.
Booking Agent / Manager / Producer // FORT Studios Atlanta, GA & Montreal, QC
Mira Silvers has spent over a decade wearing multiple hats as a creative director, music/culture journalist, producer, manager, and booking agent.
She has worked in PR for Believe Recordings' Parisian label, Animal 63, and a Senior Producer for Sony Music's subsidiary, The Orchard's BalconyTV series. While Mira still continues to produce creative content and write, she, also, runs her own boutique music agency with a select roster of artists, which includes rising American rapper, bbymutha, Canadian rapper Nate Husser, and LA-based, Canadian-Ghanaian artist AKUA, who toured globally as Solange’s vocalist.
Most recently, she negotiated a 13-city tour for bbymutha in support of Earl Sweatshirt’s FIRE IT UP! 2019 Tour for his 2018 album release, Some Rap Songs.
Monika Chmielewska is a young lawyer working in the Legal & Business Affairs department at independent music publisher Third Side Music. She handles negotiations for synchronization requests (for film, TV, advertisements, promos, trailers, and video games worldwide), sample and interpolation uses, and works made for hire. Amongst other things, she was involved in negotiations for high profile projects such as Colin Stetson’s original score for Hereditary (A24), and Sofi Tukker’s feature in Apple’s iPhone X campaign.
Prior to joining the TSM family, Monika interned at a boutique law firm in Montreal specializing in intellectual property and entertainment law. She simultaneously took a class at Harvard on US Copyright Law. Monika graduated from Laval University with honours and a scholarship for excellence in the IP Law Course. She also published an article on the impact of 3D printing on IP law in a renowned French Canadian legal publication.
Natalie Dávila is the Marketing Manager for Polyvinyl Record Co., where she works with a roster of over 40 artists including of Montreal, Alvvays, Xiu Xiu, Pedro the Lion, and Jay Som, specializing in tour promotion & digital outlets, such as YouTube. Prior to moving to the label side she was the Programming Director for 35 Denton Music Festival in Texas and a Booking Coordinator at Paradigm Talent Agency fka The Windish Agency in Chicago.
Nick Duncan is the A&R Coordinator at Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop records, where he has been responsible for signing artists like LVL UP and Frankie Cosmos. Before joining the A&R staff two years ago, Nick oversaw college and non-commercial radio promotions for the label. Nick is a Seattle native and got his start in music as the music director at KUGS FM in Bellingham, WA before joining the Sub Pop family as an intern in 2013.
Ric Leichtung, AdHoc's events director, has curated thousands of events in New York City. After getting his start booking DIY spaces like 285 Kent and Death By Audio while writing for Pitchfork, he went on to co-launch one of Brooklyn's most in-demand venues, Baby's All Right. He served as a talent buyer and marketer for Webster Hall for three years, which charted #1 in New York and made the top 3 worldwide in ticket sales on Pollstar throughout his tenure. 2019 marks AdHoc's expansion beyond NYC, handling talent and marketing exclusively on behalf of multiple venues in North America.
Known for developing talent and new music business technologies as an entrepreneur, agent, manager, label executive, consultant, producer and music supervisor; Singerman represented R.E.M., Gipsy Kings, James Brown, Suzanne Vega, Violent Femmes, 10,000 Maniacs, Smithereens, Fela Kuti, Bad Brains, pre-Beastie Boys, and King Sunny Ade, among many other artists and record companies such as Roadrunner in their US launch. His main mission is giving music subtitling solutions, so that music becomes truly global, through the universal understanding of the lyrics. He’s been working at LyricFind, as SVP, International Publishing, to license and then market the rights to exhibit and monetize legal lyrics and lyric translations from the publishers and songwriters around the globe on all digital and mobile platforms and devices. YouTube’s closed captioning (automatic lyric translations) was created due to his lobbying and since then Latin Music revenue has risen over 50% in North America and over 25% globally, as everyone can understand these songs.
Silke Westera started working in the business 17 years ago with an internship at a local venue, followed by a traineeship at FKP Scorpio. After completing the 2 ½ year program, Silke worked as tour booking assistant to CEO Folkert Koopmans, promoting artists like Beastie Boys, Placebo and Band of Horses before she had the chance to become a promoter herself and build her own roster. Still working at FKP Scorpio Silke’s current roster includes James Bay, Frank Turner, Tom Odell, Half Moon Run, Timber Timbre, Tom Walker, Warpaint, Anna Calvi, Whitney, Leif Vollebekk, Amy Shark, PUP and many more.
Sophie set up Tin Drum Music in October 2011 following 8 years experience in music supervision. Starting out as Creative Director of Huge Music, WCRS's in house music consultancy, Sophie supervised a number of high profile advertising campaigns, feature films and television series. Sophie then joined Chrysalis Music as Creative Director of synchronisation and subsequently joined Spirit Music Group as Senior Director of Creative Services.
Tin Drum have supervised a number of award winning advertising campaigns including E.ON + Gorillaz; A Solar Collaboration and Royal Navy (various) and feature films Kissing Candice (Aoife McArdle) and Stone Roses: Made Of Stone (Shane Meadows)
Independent music promoter, ex-art director of night program at "16 Tons", art-director and co-owner of PLUTON club, Moscow. Founder of BOL' Festival (Фествиаль "БОЛЬ") which is the biggest independent Music Festival in Russia. Moscow Music Week - the first and international Music Conference in Russia. GARNIR Festival (Saint Petersburg)
Did shows with such artists as BADBADNOTGOOD, Gang of Four, MF DOOM, DEan Blunt, Ibibio Sound Machine, XXYYXX, The Soft Moon, Easter, The KVB, Ramona Falls, Jozef Van Vissem, HTRK, M.E.D., Molly Nilsson and etc. Did numerous canadian acts in the past including BADBADNOTGOOD, JapanDroids, Fucked Up, Automelodi, Nadja. Looking forward to finding some new Canadian names that will fit the Russian market really well as seen previously.
Co-Owner / Founder // Sonic Unyon Records / Supercrawl
Tim Potocic is co-owner and president of 23-year old Sonic Unyon Records in Hamilton, including in-house labels Sonic Unyon records, Sonic Unyon Metal and Goodfellow Records. Potocic has sat on the boards of CIRPA and CARAS and has enjoyed a Canadian Music Industry Award for label of the year, a Hamilton Entrepreneur of the Year award, and having several of his artists acquire Juno nominations. Potocic currently sits on the boards of the CIMA “ Canadian Independent Music association”, and FACTOR “ Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record”. Sonic Unyon has grown into one of Canada’s leading independent record companies releasing over 170 new recordings by a wide variety of acts such as Hayden, Oh Suzanna, Treble Charger, Terra Lightfoot, Teenagehead, Tricky Woo, Young Rival, Frank Black & the Catholics, and Voivod.
Producer and manager of various popular and alternative music acts (mostly Lithuanian). Co-owner of Lithuanian based M.P.3 music agency (established in 2002), which consists from record label and concert agency. Since 2014 Lithuanian golden and platinum album and single awards executive. Since 2015 director of Lithuanian music business association, which is the organizer of music conference and showcase festival What's Next in Music?.
Director at Music Estonia, the Estonian music export office and industry development center. Owner and co-founder of Avarus, a boutique creative music agency and consultancy based in Tallinn Estonia.
At Music Estonia I work with all parts of the Estonian music scene - artists, companies and organisations of various sorts - towards making Estonian music heard all over the world. I'm a board member at EMEE (European Music Exporters Exchange) network and a member of the council at Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (Tallinn University).
Avarus is a creative consultancy, initiating, organising and consulting creative projects - mostly in music, but also increasingly in other fields.
I've had a moderately long career of playing guitar in various styles and formats, mostly in improvised music and I've been active in music education - as the founding member and first chairman of the Estonian Rhythmic Music Education Society, author of a music theory handbook and a teacher in several Estonian music schools. I speak at conferences, panels and talks, mostly related to music export topics.
Journalist // Kreative Kontrol
Based in Guelph, Ontario, Vish Khanna has played in several bands and is an Assistant Editor at Exclaim! Magazine, where he currently oversees the Comedy section. He was a Host and Producer at CBC Radio 3 and is an on-air columnist for the CBC Radio One program, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. He writes a monthly arts column for the Guelph Mercury Tribune. His written work has also been featured in Pitchfork, NOW, the A.V. Club, the Globe and Mail, Spinner, Huffington Post, Signal to Noise, Aux, Eye Weekly, Chart Attack, Off the Shelf, and more. He began organizing and promoting concerts in Guelph in 1997 and continues to do so sporadically (including December’s annual Stay Out of the Mall mini-festival), under the moniker KYEO, which is a reference to a Fugazi song of the same name. He once co-hosted CFRU 93.3 FM‘s The Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show! with his wife Michelle. He’s a co-organizer of the Long Winter arts series in Toronto, where he hosts a monthly talk show called Long Night with Vish Khanna. He also currently hosts a renowned topical interview podcast called Kreative Kontrol.
Vivian is the General Manager of Warner/Chappell Music Canada. She is a classically-trained musician with a degree in Radio & Television from Ryerson University. Experienced in radio, artist management, publicity, and promotion, she has composed music for television commercials and won awards for her film sound production and digital audio editing talents.
At Warner/Chappell, she works with a diverse roster of songwriters, including Jully Black, Producer Lantz, Maurice Moore, Machel Montano, Barenaked ladies, Patoranking, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and is also responsible for the administration of the 200-year-old company’s global catalogue, which includes George and Ira Gershwin, Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay -Z, Michael Bublé, Murda Beatz and PARTYNEXTDOOR.
Vivian currently sits on the Boards of the Canadian Music Publishers Association (CMPA), SOCAN, Phemphat Entertainment, producers of the HONEY JAM showcase and the Toronto Music Advisory Committee.
Vivian is also active in community development projects Habitat for Humanity and Food for the poor.