Erin Kinghorn, President/ Managing Partner at eEK! Productions/Digital Promotions Group

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.

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Erin Lowers, Hip-Hop Editor at Exclaim! Magazine

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.

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Meaghan Parker, Marketing Manager at Outside Music/Next Door Records

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.

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Bryan Power, Artistic Director at Lawnya Vawnya

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.

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Carly James, Agent at Paradigm Talent Agency

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.

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Virgo Sillamaa, Director at Music Estonia

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.

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Marc Brown, Founder at Byta

Marc got his start at Sloan’s murderecords, Canada’s premier artist owned label during the mid 90s. After working in A&R at the 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.

Marc currently lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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Vish Khanna, Journalist at 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.

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Colin Mackenzie, Manager, Artists and Special Projects at Envision Management

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.

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Nick Duncan, A&R Coordinator at Sub Pop Records

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.

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Robert Singerman, Partner at LyricFind

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.
Robert directed the EU funded European Music Office, US, French Music Export Office, North America and the Brasil Music Exchange in North America and has created, consulted or directed Trade Missions in many countries for A2IM, CIMA, ABMI, Sounds from Spain and Sounds Australia; also working with and for many global music conferences/festivals.
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.
He’s given keynote speeches, moderated panels and spoken at conferences and Universities worldwide, including Acupuntura Musical, NYU, SIM Sao Paulo, Rio Info, Brazil Ministry of Culture, Rio Music Buzz, Canadian Music Week, Westway Lab, BIME, MaMa, SXSW, Midem, Womex, CMJ, NMS, SyncSummit, Digital Hollywood, Reeperbahn, Caribbean Music Summit, Medimex, FIM, Circulart, Live at Heart, Trigger, Waves, WAMI, SF Music Tech, Popkomm, Midem, Mondo, Jamaica’s Tourism Summit and Reggae Month, and the World Cultural Economic Forum. He’s created cabmtmt.com CAB Music Trade Mission Tour, on it’s third year in late 2018, expanded to five countries with 9 events, including Isla Viva.
LyricFind and legal lyric translations are his main focus, and he consults other companies such as imusic-school.com, Dotmusic, (.MUSIC), Canadian Music Week, SIM SP, and is on the Board of Directors/Advisors of Songtradr, Marcato and Make Music New York. Robert’s a partner in Mondo, imusic-school iberoamerica, Heaven11, YouBloom and SyncSummit, among other music and tech companies.

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Dijana Lakus, Manager at PAF!

Passionate for art, music, festivals & events, Dijana Lakus started as a artist manager and booking agent turning into promoter (Bob Dylan, QOTSA, Manic Street Preachers, Conor Oberst, Beatsteaks, Enter Shikari…), project manager, pr & event manager. Last years majorly involved in festivals from Outlook, Dimensions & Seasplash in Croatia to Glastonbury to Secret Garden Party in UK. Her newest involvement is art festival DEV9T in Serbia. Also works as consultant and teaches art management at universities & music schools all over Europe. Active member of International Music Managers Forum.

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Lukasz Minta, CEO at Go Ahead

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

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Vaidas Stackevičius, CEO at M.P.3 Music Agency

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?.

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Gerome Minchelli, Art Director/Head of international at Alias JHD

Worked as a professional promoter for the past 13 years @ Alias JHD, one of the biggest independant company in France, I am personally looking after such international and divers acts such as Foals, James Blake, bastille, Billie Eillish, Idles, King Gizzard, Ellie Goulding or Nothing But Thieves.
I am always looking to expend my ever growing roster with new and promising acts.

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Darryl Weeks, Publicist at StageFright Publicity

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.

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Monika Chmielewska, Legal & Business Affairs at Third Side Music

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.

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Meredith Fraser, Agent at Panache Booking

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.

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