Long time Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive, personal manager and writer. Vicky has been featured in VH-1s Behind the Music and Driven, The BBC, The Biography Channel and many documentaries. Considered one of the most successful female music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others. Sales figures of the acts Vicky has developed are over 250,000, 000. that is over 250 million records in sales. In addition, Vicky Hamilton also has worked as an A&R executive at Geffen, Capitol and Vapor Records and had a successful independent record label, which won a Grammy for June Carter Cash Press On record. Currently, Vicky is finishing a worldwide book tour for her memoir, Appetite For Dysfunction; managing and consulting several music acts while developing a TV series and documentary and starting a new record label. VickyHamilton.com
Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 35+ years in the music business spans across genres and borders and industries. He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails (for which he has a Grammy) and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). He is the author of Tour:Smart, Welcome To The Music Business….You’re F*cked!” Band:Smart, and is the new Music Industries Coordinator at Millikin University in Decatur Illinois. Martin is a producer, drummer, documentary filmmaker, DJ, and father of four. Whatever the future of entrepreneurial music business education is, you can pretty much bet that he’ll be in the middle of it.
Michèle Vice-Maslin is an Emmy Winning, #1 hit music producer/Music Arranger/ Songwriter, Music Publisher who composes (both music & lyrics) and produces- arrangers for artists/ films/television / ads/ promos/ games, etc. She has had numerous hit songs and cuts all over the world as well as over 5000 music placements. Her music can be heard on radio & television every day – 7 days a week/365 days a year.
A few of her recent placements include songs in the much anticipated upcoming Matt Damon feature “DOWNSIZING” which opened the 2017 historic Venice Film Festival to raves, new feature CON MAN starring Ving Rhames, Talia Shire, James Caan to premiere soon, Hit TV shows “YOUNGER”, “BLUE BLOODS”, the single and end title from the new feature film “KID WITNESS” starring SUSAN SARANDON and young film/Broadway star RIPLEY SOBO, who performs the song, produced by Michèle.
Her successes include Emmy wins and Nominations for music on GUIDING LIGHT (CBS) and ONE LIFE TO LIVE (ABC), song placements with and helping develop hit sensation KE$HA. Mentoring and helping develop recently signed to CHRIS BROWN(CBE)/UNIVERSAL artist JOELLE JAMES, Collaborating from his start with Broadway star, American Idol Finalist ACE YOUNG. The #1 hit song “GET OVER YOURSELF” for EDEN’S CRUSH (WBS) also the theme song to hit TV series POPSTARS (WB), THE #1 hit song “CONTRIBUTION” for MICA PARIS (Feat. ERIC B and RAKIM) (Island), The International #1 hit single “HELP ME” from BACKSTREET BOY NICK CARTER (JIVE), The top 10 hit single “EVERY PART OF ME” from AMERICAN IDOL finalist LATOYA LONDON (PEAK/UNIVERSAL) and many, many others.
Michèle works out of her own studio Sweetersongs East in Santa Monica Ca. for her production company MOB FORCE PRODUCTIONS and continues to enjoy her passion for producing, writing and publishing music.
She is married to hit maker – acclaimed Producer /Engineer Harry Maslin (DAVID BOWIE, AIR SUPPLY/ MICHAEL JACKSON/ BAY CITY ROLLERS/ MELISSA MANCHESTER, ERIC CARMEN , JAMES TAYLOR, LOU REED, CARLY SIMON, BONNIE RAITT, HOT TUNA, etc.).
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Anyone who knows Charles Calello would think his body is built of notes, instruments and scores, rather than bones, organs and skin. Looking at him you get the sense that he has a song playing in his head, one that fits every moment of the day, one that might be the next big hit.
Calello’s passion for music led him to embark on his musical career at the young age of 18, just months after he graduated from Newark’s Arts High School in his home state of New Jersey. He took the first step of his musical Mecca when he began playing in local clubs, leaving the future to unfold quickly.
In 1958, Frankie Valli strolled into a nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, and was astounded by a band of young musicians performing live. Already with a hit of his own, with his then group, The Four Lovers, Valli knew the music he witnessed barreling off the stage was anything but ordinary. He asked who wrote the arrangements for the band, and quickly shook hands with Charles Calello.
During the next five years, while Calello was working as a musician and attending Manhattan School of Music, he and Valli developed a close relationship, which ultimately led to him becoming the arranger for “The Four Seasons.” In the early Sixties, The Four Seasons helped spawn a chain of hit records that catapulted the group to stardom and assisted in creating a sound that is still unique today (Jersey Boys). During those early years, Calello arranged and/or produced several other top ten hit records included, The Name Game, with Shirley Ellis, Blue Navy Blue, with Diane Renay, A Lover’s Concerto, with The Toys, and Lightning Strikes, with Lou Christie. In 1965-66 Calello replaced Nick Massi as the group’s bassist and became a member of The Four Seasons, and toured throughout that period.
After years of success with The Four Seasons, Calello went on to accept a position with Columbia Records (Sony Music) as a staff arranger/producer in late 1966. After producing and arranging the nationally acclaimed record for Laura Nyro, Eli and The Thirteenth Confession, he left Columbia Records and settled into a career as an independent arranger, producer and composer.
In the late sixties he arranged Frank Sinatra’s Watertown album and the classic song by Neil Diamond, Sweet Caroline. He has worked with such diverse artists as, Al Kooper, Nancy Sinatra, Roberto Carlos, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Engelbert Humperdinck, Glen Campbell, Janis Ian, Barry Manilow, Juice Newton, and many others. In 1979 he had his own hit record with a disco version of "Sing, Sing, Sing".In 1992 he became principal arranger and assistant conductor of the Boca Pops in Boca Raton and later held the same position for the Sunshine Pops Orchestra.
Calello’s talent continued to produce Top 10 Hits over the years, earning him international acclaim. His discography includes over 100 Billboard chart records, 30 of which were Top 10 Pop Hits, 8 of which were nominated for Grammys. He has also scored more than 60 television shows, over 250 commercials, and five motion pictures. His creative ability and diversity are exceeded only by the timeless nature and renowned quality portrayed in the rare elements easily witnessed throughout every facet of his work.
On Oct. 20, 2000, Calello was honored for his talent and artistic contribution to the music industry with an induction into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame as one of The Four Seasons.
Jersey Boys, a Tony award musical currently gracing the stage on Broadway, is about the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Since Calello arranged many of original songs that are used in the play he is mentioned and glorified in the Broadway hit.
In addition to Calello’s work as an arranger and producer, he actively continues to write stellar musical performances for Pops Orchestras and live shows, conducts Pops orchestras around the country for various artists and performs his own “hit records” in concert with his own show.
Charles Calello...is a true legend in our time.
Ruth McCartney, originally a British musician, and the stepsister of Paul McCartney, is now an internet, digital and new media entrepreneur holding the titles of CEO of McCartneyMultimedia.com, a creative digital agency; Co-Founder of fan management software company iFanz.com; and partner in her mother Dr. Angie’s company Mrs. McCartney’s Organic Teas.
Join Ruth as she embarks on the journey of social media marketing from the early Beatles’ days to corporate decision making today.
An internationally acclaimed public speaker, and former Russian pop-sensation, appearing from Sydney to Siberia, Ruth McCartney has seen and done it all.
As an entrepreneur, Ruth started the Woman Minority Registered McCartney Multimedia, Inc. with her husband Martin Nethercutt and mother Dr. Angie McCartney, in 1995.
After being focused in mainly the music and entertainment industries, Ruth started venturing into the online arena in 1996. Many online, mobile and digital adventures have followed, with clients ranging from Intel to John Cleese, and from The State of Nevada to Roseanne Barr.
Developing and designing web sites and online campaigns for their clients at first, Ruth now focuses her attention on all the methods of online marketing and social media interaction with celebrities, products, corporations, educational institutions and brands.
Topics range from social media to marketing, pop culture and PR and all things digital.
From the earliest days of The Beatles fan club management, to e-marketing solutions, mobile donations and marketing campaigns, Ruth McCartney covers the spectrum of social media from past to present, and is constantly working on future technologies.
Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then, countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles, (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum-selling “Stuff”. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated as “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall and Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more than 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists in the world.”
Jen has worked in the industry for over 17 years and is currently the Director, Creative Music + Licensing Strategy for MTV, VH1, BET, CMT and LOGO. Her career started at MTV as a Music Supervisor for shows such as Made, My Super Sweet 16, Teen Cribs, Uncommon Sense, and Kingin’ With Tyga to name a few. In her current role Jen and her team oversee music placements for all MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, POP and LOGO shows. This includes Ex- On the Beach, Floribama, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Black Ink Crew, Love and Hip Hop, Siesta Key, Girls Cruise, The Hills New Beginning and many more.
Since 1992, Ritch Esra has been running the Music Business Registry which includes The A&R Registry, The Publisher Registry, The Music Business Attorney Registry, The Artist Managers Registry and The Film and Television Music Guide.
“Our contact directories give everyone vital, accurate and the most up to date information they need to contact the entire A&R, music, publishing, legal and film/TV music communities,” says Ritch. “Each directory tells you how to reach these industry veterans by regular mail, E-mail (including web sites), direct dial telephone and fax. Additionally, we provide the exact title, street address, the name of their assistant and the style of music that each executive deals with. Due to the volatile nature of A&R, the A&R Registry is completely updated and reprinted every eight weeks and often has over 20-30 changes in a single issue. There’s no directory of this kind anywhere in the world.”
Their subscribers are record company executives, music publishers, managers, agents, attorneys, studios and other various music business professionals in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto, London, Dublin, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Stockholm, Sydney and Munich.
Ritch started out as a promotion coordinator for A&M Records in Los Angeles in 1980-81. He coordinated releases with radio stations as well as the national field staff, providing promotional prerelease information on what competitive stations are playing, informing stations on status on how a record was selling and overcoming objections and resistance to broadcasting new releases. He also ensured that all field staff had product and took care of any product needs for radio stations.
From 1981-1987, Ritch was director of West Coast A&R for Arista Records. He signed The Thompson Twins to their US Deal as well as Mara Getz. He worked extensively with the publishing and songwriting communities for material for Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Melissa Manchester, Tanya Tucker, Jennifer Warnes and Jermaine Jackson. He also coordinated music for the “Ghostbusters” and “Perfect” soundtracks.
From 1988-1991, Ritch worked on various independent projects. He produced the award-winning educational video for artists and musicians, “How to Get a Record Deal.” “At the time, it was the only video of its kind examining the frequently misunderstood process from five different perspectives: record company executives, A&R VPs, artist managers, record producers and 16 major artists including Los Lobos, Mark Knopfler, Phil Collins, Jody Watley, Karla Bonoff, Michael Bolton, Fleetwood Mac, Chick Corea and Kenny Loggins,” says Ritch. Producers Phil Ramone and Jeff Baxter are also interviewed in the video.
Ritch has organized and coordinated the events and activities of The Independent Music Conference in Los Angeles sponsored by BMI. The three-day symposium addressed problems facing recording artists, including publishing, management, touring, obtaining record deals and exploring alternative ways to bring music to the public.
In 2012, he co-founded MUBUTV, an online video channel dedicated to educating recording artists, bands, and musicians on the realities of developing a career in music today.
Since 2002 he taught various classes on the Music Business at Musicians Institute as well as SAE (School for Audio Engineering) and has also taught at UCLA Extension.
KAHU ROBERT KALEOPU’UWAI FAHEY
Kahu Robert Kaleopu’uwai Fahey
Spiritual Life Coach
Kahu “Kaleo” has been working in the healing arts most of his life. As a martial arts practitioner he worked & studied extensively with Grand Master Dr. Andy Sanano for over 15 years. Under the watchful guidance of Dr. Sanano, Kahu Kaleo earned a 3rd degree Black Belt & worked diligently to incorporate the "Healing" & Body, Mind Spirit aspect of martial arts. In 1990 Kahu Kaleo was trained & certified in NLP "Neuro-Linguistic Programming" & in 1992 he was certified in Clinical & Medical Hypnotherapy. In the years that followed, Kahu honed all of these skills together working in a Pain Clinic in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Using the healing movements & breath work of Tai Chi & Qigong to Guided Imagery through Hypnotherapy with great success. The V.A. Hospital in Ft. Meade, South Dakota invited Kahu into their Pain Clinic to "experiment" with the efficacy of his work. After setting up a successful model for the V.A. Hospital, he turned the program over to another Tai Chi practitioner to move into the field of prevention & intervention in addiction. Again using a combination of all of these skills in order to gain positive results for clients & patients dealing with addictions. After working as a Prevention Specialist in local middle schools, Kahu Kaleo decided to take a break & move to O’ahu Hawai’i. It was there in 2007 that he met & started to study the ancient healing art of Lomilomi & Ho'oponopono (to set right) with Kumu Karen Leialoha Carroll of the Kapuaokalani School of Soulistic Healing. Kumu Karen "adopted" Kaleo into her Halau (group) & gifted him with a Hawaiian name, Kaleopu’uwai, meaning " Music of the Heart" or "Voice of the Heart". After Studying the ancient Hawaiian healing art of Lomilomi for four years Kumu Karen was prompted by spirit to ordain Kaleo as a Kahu/Minister in 2011. Kahu Kaleo studied & continues to study today in the art of Lomilomi & uses "Hawaiian" values as taught by Kumu Karen in his Spiritual Life Coaching program "Kahu Soulutions". Kahu Kaleo works with a wide variety of clients from Business Managers & Executives to young students. He has coached couples & families to teams of employees. Kahu Kaleo focuses the work that he does on "Universal Love" & the healing energy that he believes it produces once clients come to a place of "remembrance" of who they really are in Spirit! Kahu Kaleo is a also a professional musician specializing in slide, Blues and Alternative Tuning styles. He is currently working on a Solo project as well as a CD with his 5 piece group. Kahu has incorporated a lot of music in his healing work where appropriate.
For more information you can contact Kahu Kaleo at:
One early morning in July of 2008, I found myself standing on Oahu's west shore watching a man approach the ocean with slow and focused intent. I felt the need to watch him. As his toes left the sand and entered the surf, he rose his arms high above his head and began to chant in Hawaiian. The palm trees behind us shook themselves awake in the wind, the waves seemed to gasp and exhale as he waded into the surf and the Sun seemed to no longer be shining behind us but around us. In a single moment, I realized I was watching a shaman at work. I was witnessing a true Hawaiian Kahu work with the huna.
He is a master at his craft and his hands our gift. Whether he is playing his guitar or soothing the world with his voice or hands, his heart is heard and felt to the true cellular level of our being. Kaleo is a true artist. Watching him practice Lomi Lomi is similar to watching a hula dancer perform. Each movement is full of clear intention, hope and healing. I am grateful to have met him.
Kaleo came into my life several years ago when I was in the darkest space of my life not only was I fighting both personal and physical demons but my day to day struggle to fight off the darkness was so great I made a thankfully unsuccessful attempt on my life. I went thru several "typical" therapists and always felt like nothing was accomplished and there was no forward movement. My mentor in Hawaii suggested I contacted Kahu Kaleo . I saw a definite diffrence in the ideology and practices. I left each session with actual tools I could use right away! My spiritual side was also fed and it gave me a different perspective of what I was battling. He also wasn't someone I went to for a hour then paid and that was the disconnect. He actually cared and went out of his way to make sure I was steady on my path and he was always just a call away . I truly due credit Kahu Kaleo with me still being on this earth. I highly recommend him and refer my family members and friends to him.
Kahu Kaleopu'uwai has been so instrumental in helping me along my spiritual path and guiding me through the growth stages. He has reminded many times of the higher purpose that lays ahead. My own issues were complicated and with his encouragement i was able to get through it. Kaleopu'uwai has a deep connection with spirit and i highly recommend him to anyone needing assistance or guidance.
Bob Fahey, or Kaleopu'uwai, as I call him by his Hawaiian name, has been a great source of strength and wisdom to me since the time we met in 2008 on Oahu.
Many years have passed since our Lomilomi class studying under Kumu Karen Carroll, yet the friendship I maintain with Kaleo has remained in vertical time. Kaleo expresses a universal understanding of people, places and events that transcends all man-made boundaries, including time.
He is a loving and forgiving individual who is steady in his dedication to bring goodness to all situations. He has a great sense of humor, but when needed, can also be a fierce warrior in the face of human brutality.
Kaleo is one of the healing souls on this planet. He is sincere in his work and a benefit to all.
Barry Keenan us a songwriter, singer, multi instrumentalist/arranger, engineer and producer of music. He has been published by such notable companies as Warner/Chapell, Universal, All Nations, Criterion, and Peer Music. As an artist he has recorded for A & M Records. He currently is putting the finishing touches on his new album, “Mutiny In The Dream Tent” with his band, Invisible Poet Kings produced by Keenan and Matt Forger(Michael Jackson).
Chuck Palmer is a drummer, producer, arranger, conductor and film composer who has performed and recorded with artists including Norah Jones, Foreigner, Frank Ocean, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. Chuck has performed internationally at venues including Red Rocks, The Sydney Opera House, The Greek Theatre, and The Munich Philharmonic. In January 2020 Chuck conducted The Nashville Symphony Orchestra live with Foreigner, performing the original orchestral arrangements that Chuck created along with cellist Dave Eggar and Foreigner founder Mick Jones. He currently resides in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
Kenneth has been working as an audio mastering engineer for 34 years. His career began in classical recording for the Cleveland Opera, sound reinforcement for the Boston Symphony, and as a roadie for the Louise Mandrell show. He was hired as a night-shift disc-cutter and production engineer for MasterMix studios in Nashville in 1985, and as the business grew, he got to master records for a variety of gospel, contemporary Christian, country, and rock artists including Jars of Clay, Rich Mullins, Kiki Sheard, Smoky Norful, the Mavericks, Lonestar, Ashley Cleveland, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Toby Keith, Spock’s Beard, and Widespread Panic. He’s been Sweetwater Studios’ audio mastering engineer since 2014, getting the best out of mixes from premium artists including Marcus Scott, Peter Erskine, Anthrax, Beth Hart, Carl Verheyen, Chester Thompson, Russ Taff, and more.
There aren’t many technical challenges Ken hasn’t faced — if a mix has a weirdness to it, he’ll find ways of dealing with it effectively. His continuing interest in the development of the art and technology of audio ensures that he keeps current with new formats and maintains a fine-grained understanding of established audio formats, including the nuances of digital signal processing and analog disc cutting. Ken loves it when he gets to work on well-recorded music with a sound he’s never heard before: crazy instrumentation, a new blended genre, a unique vocal signature … he’s in!
There are a number of benchmark albums that Ken turns to time and again for reference: among these, Peter Gabriel’s So, Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears, Steely Dan’s Gaucho, and all the Linda Rondstadt-Nelson Riddle collaborations. But there’s one album he thinks of as an old friend: The Folksinger by Muddy Waters.
After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Trisha Hildebrandt began her career lending technical and musical talents to William Ross on major productions such as “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Barbra Streisand’s “Encore”, and many more. Trisha soon moved over to the studio side, beginning at Dreamworks Animation where she navigated the creative direction for shows such as “Voltron: Legendary Defender” and “She-Ra”. Now, as Manager of Music Production at the Walt Disney Company, Trisha oversees the creative musical teams behind dozens of properties spanning Disney Television Animation, Disney Junior, and Marvel. She is responsible for helping to define and execute a strong musical vision and high production quality for each animated series.
JC holds a BM from Berklee College Of Music an MM in Composition from USC and a degree from USC Scoring for Film and Media. As Co-Founder and Creative Director of Megatrax he has produced over 800 albums in all styles of music. He is a member of ASCAP, GMS, SCL, PMA, AIMP and ASMAC and He is involved
In all aspects of the music licensing business at Megatrax.
Louis H.Marks is the CEO of Ropeadope, an independent record label and artist support agency known for unique recordings that cross genres. Founded in 1999, Ropeadope has released over 500 recordings, with historically progressive albums from an impressive roster of artists including King Britt, Col. Bruce Hampton, Snarky Puppy, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and Terrace Martin. Ropeadope has been at the forefront of changes in the music business, tailoring a new model of artist support and niche marketing strategies. Ropeadope is also a hub for artist driven interdependent label imprints Mashibeats, Atlanta Records, Prince Polo Records, RSVP Records, Sounds Of Crenshaw, Ropeadope Sur, and more.
As the founder and CEO of the Syncsummit event series, Mark Frieser brings together thousands of people annually to share ideas, knowledge, and to make deals between buyers and sellers in the music for visual, interactive and branded media market.
As the founder and CEO of the music licensing agency, Disconic Mr. Frieser works closely with the world’s largest music labels, publishers, artists and management companies to sell their music for usage in television, film, video games, advertising, internet video and mobile projects, content and applications.
Mark has provided strategic insight, analysis and overseen the development of mass-market telecommunications, mobile and online services for a myriad of companies, including AOL, GE, CBS, Viacom, Fujitsu, AT&T, and Verizon.
His entertainment credits include working with a host of musical artists ranging from Beyoncé to Devo, Major Studios, like Starz entertainment and New Line cinema and developing celebrity-based mobile/online content portals featuring personalities such as Carmen Electra and SNL’s Darrell Hammond.
Trina-Marie Hill has been involved in the music industry for over 2 decades. Early along on her path, Trina toured with some of the music industry’s biggest acts and festival such as Pantera, Dave Matthews Band, Bush, Gregg Allman and Friends, Ozzfest and Sunsplash, among many others.
Trina moved to Los Angeles in 2002 where her keen ear and natural love for music lent itself to a career in Music Supervisio. 18 years later, Trina has successfully placed and licensed thousands of songs ranging from unknown artists to the most widely known music. Her work can be found in television, film, documentaries and commercials.
Trina is typically found working on programming that focuses on music and musician based casts. Trina has had the pleasure to work at eOne Entertainment using her expertise in music supervision and clearances for many shows with the Alternative Programming branch of the company. Over the past 8 years with eOne, she has been a part of 20+ seasons of programming, most of which are musician based shows which require a deep understanding of music clearance and also the ability to craft the sound for each particular series.
Some of the shows that Trina has worked on at eOne are Mary Mary (WeTV), Nellyville (BET), It’s A Mann’s World (BET), We’re The Campbells (TVOne) Growing Up Hip Hop (WeTV), Fameless (TruTV), Ladies Night (BET), Death Row Chronicles, No Limit Chronicles & Ruff Ryders Chronicles (BET), and many more.
Trina is also involved in music documentaries. Currently streaming is, “Street Light Harmonies” which is a documentary that’s a beautiful, yet overdue homage to the great trailblazers of Doo Wop music. She is currently working on, “Long Promised Road” a documentary about the genius, Brian Wilson (Beach Boys) and “My Life” honoring the unparalleled Mary J. Blige.
Prior to working with eOne Entertainment, Fremantlemedia North America (American Idol (FOX), American’s Got Talent (NBC) employed Trina for her understanding of music. She worked on several Fremantle programs over the course of 5 years. Some of the programs that Trina worked on are American Inventor (ABC) Can You Duet (CMT), Rock The Cradle (MTV), What Chilli Wants (Vh1), Kirstie Alley’s Big Life (A&E) and Hoffspring (A&E).
Trina has as a vast knowledge of Music, Musicians, Publishing, Record Labels & Management Companies. She has also compiled a substantial catalog of music industry contacts including Management, Publishers and Record Labels - Indie and Major.
Elizabeth Quinn is known for her creative solutions to some of immigration law’s toughest cases. A recognized authority on business immigration matters and the unique problems of O-1 visa holders and J-1 exchange visitors, Elizabeth has written and lectured on a wide-range of immigration issues. Among her clients are hospitality and biotechnology companies, physicians, researchers, artists and musicians, and those working in the human rights field. She also handles family-based immigration matters, naturalization, and waivers of inadmissibility.
Elizabeth has been recognized as a top lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who, Washingtonian magazine, and The Washington Post.
A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Elizabeth has lectured at AILA conferences and served on the organization’s national Department of State liaison committee. She has served as faculty for the District of Columbia Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education program. She is a member of the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA).
Elizabeth graduated with honors from the George Washington National Law Center in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government, with honors, from the College of William and Mary. Elizabeth spent her junior abroad at the University of Montpellier and is fluent in French.
Darice is the CEO and founder of Synapse Publishing & Entertainment, LLC Darice has been a performer, dancer, innovator, musician, speaker, marketer, award winning author and serial entrepreneur creating multiple international businesses and developing software over the past 35+ years. Synapse Publishing & Entertainment creates and provides original music compositions and lyrics with staff composers as well as strategic partners and coordinates with multiple artists, producers, arrangers, and publishing licensors across genres in a boutique fashion to fit the vision of each individual project and artist through music supervision.
From serving on theatre boards, to raising money for sponsorship for many not-for-profit organizations to managing touring artists and providing original musical content for various media and films (most recently Heavens2Betsy2 – nominee at the2019 International Christian Film Festival for Best Screenplay of the year), theatre, and other commercial ventures, Darice brings a level of professionalism, enthusiasm, strategic acumen, management skills, integrity and a sense of humor to creative projects she is involved in. She is currently a member of BMI, NSA, AIMP, MMF, and other professional music organizations.
Synapse Publishing & Entertainment prides itself on not only its development and support of talent, but on its catalog and extended support and access to writers and performers at all levels. Its unique expert level roster of award winning music composers represents over 150 years of music industry experience and includes renowned writers such as PBS Songs at the Center and winner of Pepsi’s First Southern Original national winner, Andrew M. Salgado; and Adam Mackintosh, known most notably for his composition for Storm Large and Pink Martini, "Forbidden Fruit" which is performed regularly in the Great American Songbook performances by Symphony Orchestra, worldwide. Key partners in co-writing with these songwriters include such talent as Kacey Musgraves, Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Jim ‘Moose’ Brown, Darry Worley, James Hall, Kirsti Manna, pAt mAcdonald and others.
Matthew has been working in the field of U.S. immigration law since 2014. He joined the Murthy Law Firm in 2018. Matthew works on a variety of immigration matters, including PERM labor certifications, immigrant petitions (I-140s), applications to adjust status (I-485s), family-based immigration cases., naturalizations, and H-1Bs. Additionally, he continues to work on nonimmigrant petitions for artists, entertainers, and culturally unique performers. He also drafts articles for the MurthyBulletin and MurthyDotCom.
Prior to joining the firm, Matthew primarily worked on O and P nonimmigrant petitions of all types, preparing petitions for individuals representing a broad range of artistic disciplines including musicians, composers, dancers, choreographers, actors, directors, magicians, and even chainsaw jugglers.
In his previous career, Matthew was a United States Air Force officer and E-3 pilot, primarily stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, OK.
Education and Admissions
• Juris Doctorate, Louisiana State University, School of Law
• Bachelor of Science, International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Admitted to the State Bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia
Justin Kamps, Owner/Music Supervisor at Monster Sector Music Supervision has been working in the Film/TV Music Industry for over 10 years. In 2009, Justin joined Alexandra Patsavas and the team at Chop Shop Music Supervision as an intern and worked his way up from there. During his time at Chop Shop Justin earned credit as Music Supervisor on the shows Lucifer (Netflix), Another Life (Netflix), and Insatiable (Netflix), Co-Music Supervisor on the film A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix), Music Coordinator on Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon), and uncredited work on a wide variety of projects like Scandal (ABC), How to Get Away With Murder (ABC), Supernatural (CW) and Council of Dads (NBC) amongst many others.
Prior to working at Chop Shop, Justin earned a Masters degree in Arts Management with an emphasis on Music Business from Columbia College Chicago. Outside of work he keeps his musical background alive by performing with multiple choirs in the Los Angeles area.
Fiona McEntee is the Managing Attorney of McEntee Law Group in Chicago. Fiona is also the Chair of the Media & Advocacy Committee for AILA National and is regularly featured in national and international media, including MSNBC, CNN, and The New York Times. Fiona regularly speaks on visas for musicians and entertainers and advises other immigration attorneys about leveraging the media to fiercely advocate for clients. Fiona recently published Our American Dream – an award-winning children’s book on immigration.
Through our firm, we run the following music immigration-related websites:
Tony Ozzauto is a CPA and partner at Catalano, Caboor and Co. He is a certified public accountant and a graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Mr. Ozzauto specializes in providing tax management, accounting, and management consulting services to closely held businesses and high net worth individuals. He is experienced with all aspects of taxation, including research, planning, and compliance for corporate, partnership, individual, international, and estate and gift taxes. Tony also specializes in audits of 401k employee benefit plan.
He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Illinois CPA Society.
Jewel Brown has been a part of the music industry performing over 60 years. Jazz is what made her, but The Blues is her culture. Ms. Brown was viewed by many magazines, newspapers and other publications as the most Jazzy-Bluzy singer on earth. In the 50's Ms. Brown began singing on major stages that led her to an audition for Louis Armstrong Band in 1961. For eight years straight she was the feature female vocalist. After being on the road with Louis Armstrong, it opened my career to a lifetime of performing and releasing albums. Her memorable times as a vocalist were also performing with other world-known musicians such as; Dizzy Gillespie, Houston's Arnett Cobb, Joe Sample, Lonnie Hampton and many more. 2016 Ms. Brown was awarded a Proclamations by Houston's Mayor Parker, then Congressional acknowledgments by Shelia Jackson Lee (2015) and inducted in the Blues Smithsonian (2007).
DR. LEESA SKLOVER
Leesa Sklover Ph.D., LPC, MA-MT, C-IAYT, Founder of Sklover LoveLife Productions LLC, A creative trailblazer, singer-songwriter, healer, in the integrative health field and the music industry, since her work at Canyon Ranch Spa Lenox for 12 years Leesa integrates eastern philosophy, Jungian Psychology, Satir Family oriented influence. Her research and experience blends., neuroscience and creativity, relationship health, spiritual inquiry, and success in work and lifestyle.
She focuses on healthy relationships and experience at home, work, and the music industry, transitions throughout the lifespan, As a licensed counselor she has practiced over 25 years. As a speaker, consultant, kundalini yoga teacher, certified yoga therapist, and music/sound healer, performer, she has provided rich experiences for all who experience her events. Her doctoral research combined neuroscience, post-traumatic stress and integrative therapies.
Her See Me As I Am project is aimed at diversity training and social justice programming that is possible online with innovative design to capture the imagination and create healing and community.
Shine Performance Consulting brings wellness, performance and relational health to creative artists and executives in the music industry.She worked at MCA records in music video production and Inaudible and Guber Peters in film music. With artistic and music industry experience she is ideal to coach the music industry through challenges with her Band Therapy program.
Her eco music and writing support awareness for lone cetaceans and the ocean soundscape. She bridges her music experience and research with her interest in whale dolphin communication and human/ whale neurology.
As a singer-songwriter, sacred music artist, Musical and film composer, Leesa has created in many areas of the music industry. LeesaSklover.com, LoveLifeProductions.net
Eric Zukoski represents individuals and businesses involved in a wide variety of contract, property, and intellectual property transactions. Eric administers several music publishing catalogues containing frequently licensed material with numerous placements in TV, film, and other media. Eric’s recent work included representing the plaintiffs in the digital session royalty class action which resulted in a $45+ million settlement fund benefitting session musicians and background vocalists. www.sessionartistroyaltysettlement.com
Eric is a former musician with upwards of 5,000+ plus professional performances in all genres, including two albums as the session bassist for a multi-CMA/Grammy winner, recordings with a Handy award winner and a Blues Foundation Award winner, and dozens of radio and television credits. Eric also co-produced what is now the best-selling compilation of Texas music in history (Don't Mess With Texas Music Volumes 1-3).
Council Member, Dallas Bar Association Entertainment, Art, and Sports Law Section.
Current Board Member, Bob Wills Heritage Foundation, Inc. (501c3) - bobwills.com/an-american-heritage
Former Board Member, The Texas Music Project (501c3) -https://texasmusicproject.org/
Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law. Edward F. Hennessy Scholar. Editor, Boston University International Law Journal.
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington.
BMI (Eric Zukoski Music)/ASCAP (Zukoski Music)/HFA (Zukoski Publishing Group)/CCLI (Zukoski Publishing Group)
Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser, P.C.
2001 Bryan St., Ste. 1800
Dallas, TX 75201
Lee Mayer is the CEO of Houla Entertainment, an entertainment management, promotions, and booking company. Houla Entertainment coordinates artists for concerts, corporate venues, private events, fairs, festivals, casinos, cruise lines, campus activity events. Our talented artists entertain audiences from the very small and intimate to the very large festival-type. These artists perform various genres of music, comedians, hypnotist, magicians, balloon artist, speakers, bubble ball sports and other varieties that are based in various cities throughout the United States and Canada. Houla Entertainment books only the best artists in the business! Houla Entertainment is Where the Big Dogs Play!
Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas Based Performing Artist Consultant, Singer-Songwriter and Author to Performing Artist Pathway: Navigate the Highs and Lows On Your Music Journey. As a singer and performer for twenty- five years, Brianna has studied internationally and performed all genres, from jazz to rock to pop, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University, and spent years honing her musical theatre chops. After graduating college, Brianna departed from the theatre to pursue music as a solo artist and also worked as a commercial voiceover actor. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Her experience as a singer and performer, in addition to the work she has done with her clients, inspired her to write her book, Performing Artist Pathway.
Julius Robinson has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.
Ishita Sinha is a composer, music editor, and vocalist who has contributed to film, television, internet, and live music performances internationally. Ishita’s work is featured in popular Netflix and TheCW TV show The 100, where she was also featured as a solo vocalist on the background score. She worked with renowned Emmy award-winning composer, Nathan Wang on Chinese feature films Namiya and The Faces of My Gene. Ishita has composed the brand theme for one of India’s oldest and well-reputed movie theaters, Regent Theater, established in 1929.
Having trained in Indian Classical music in her native country, India, Ishita has worked with Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer, A.R. Rahman, and National Film Award-winning composer, Shankar Mahadevan.
Ishita has contributed musical compositions to commercials for Carrier United Technologies, India. She was the lead producer on the album “SpiritLine” which features artistic compositions from different Indigenous nations. The album was released in August 2019 with the purpose to raise awareness and funds for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women issue.
Strega Group is a talent development, marketing, and events group founded in 2008 by Peggy Iafrate. Prior to 2008, Peggy gained entertainment and consumer packaged goods experience in companies like ABC/The Walt Disney Company and Kaplan, and has been honored to work with such industry giants as The Jonas Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as clients. Years of standing at the sound board and in the board room provided her with the unique ability to marry artists with consumer brands to create a story that produces an emotional connection and loyalty to the brand. At Strega, we build programs that enable the story to continue through digital, live event, and merchandise avenues.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.
Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels and publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year.
Robert S. Besser, Esq. has spent forty years in Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts; extensive transactional work in Intellectual Property, Music Publishing, Entertainment and Oil and Gas law. The primary focus within the last 18 years has been Entertainment, Copyright, Trademark and Business Litigation, including general Civil Litigation, Copyright Infringement and audit claims.
Representative Clients have included: Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Robin Williams, George Clinton, Chubby Checker, Art Linkletter, Music & Media International, Inc., Hal Leonard Music, Gusto Records Inc., Verse Music, LLC, Concord Records Group, Union Oil Company of California and Mobil Oil Corporation.
The practice of J. ARTHUR THOMAS, CPA consists of representing clients who are in the entertainment industry such as actors, actresses, musicians, composers, directors, producers (music and film), managers, executives of entertainment companies, film and television production companies as well as professionals, small businesses and non-profit organizations. We have been servicing the needs of the entertainment community on many levels ranging from hourly consultation to full service business management for over 40 years. We strive to provide our clients with personalized service that only a small firm can offer complete with the expertise, experience and resources of a larger firm.
Simon Michel earned his Masters degree in composition for film & theater from the ArtEZ conservatory in Arnhem in the Netherlands in 2015. During his two internships with video game composer Tom Salta in New York and music supervisor Julius Robinson in L.A he learned a large amount of skills, that fundamentally shaped his understanding of the music industry. Since he joined the company in 2014 he is responsible for database maintenance, client outreach and network song submissions. On top of that he’s currently working as audio supervisor for games at Straightlabs GmbH & CoKG in Munich Bavaria and as a freelance VR game developer for the Oculus Rift. For the last three years he has been working on a VR solo project titled “Lakini’s Woods”, a virtual reality game that he financed, scored and created in his free time.