MICHÈLE VICE-MASLIN#1 Hit Music Songwriter/Producer
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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VICKY HAMILTONManager/Record Label Founder
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
TIMOTHY “PIWRECKZ” CANNONHip Hop Artist/Publisher/Graphic Designer/Music Consultant/Music Engineer
TIMOTHY “PIWRECKZ” CANNON
My name is Timothy Cannon aka Piwreckz. I am 37 years old and I am from a small town called Lima, Ohio. I am a Hip Hop artist, publisher, graphic designer, music consultant, and music engineer. I have been in the music industry for 20 years and have had the pleasure of working alongside & featuring on songs with artists such as Beanie Sigel, Yukmouth, Bushwick Bill, Kidd Kidd, Hotboy Turk and many more. My passion is recording music, but I have found my purpose in helping artists achieve success in this entertainment industry. I have consulted artists such as Benzino and Dave Toliver on publishing & royalties.
This year alone, I have put together panel discussions with ROCNATION and showcases with Palm Tree Entertainment, PTE, the label that founded the artist Soulja Boy. I am also the founder of Wreckzfest, an annual multicultural music festival held in Lima, Ohio. Also in 2021, I accepted a role working for 50 Cent and his liquor brand Branson. In this role, I design flyers for shows that 50 cent will be performing and advertising his liquor brand. In addition, I play a key role here in the Midwest with helping artists receive performance royalties & streaming royalties. My recent success in the music industry prompted me to start a music distribution site called Prompt Tunes, scheduled to release in 2022. The work I put in this music industry is vital to helping artists achieve success.
JEFFREY “JET LASER” LESSERFounder/President - Jet Laser Productions
JEFFREY “JET LASER” LESSER
Jeffrey Lesser (aka - Jet Laser) is Founder and President of Jet Laser Productions and has served as Music and Audio Producer/Director for nickelodeon and Music Director/Producer at Little Airplane Productions for 13 years. He has received the 4 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for his work on “The Wonder Pets!” He has also both composed and directed for the series.
Jeffrey has an extensive history as a record producer and recording engineer which has been enhanced by his many Gold and Platinum certifications and participation on Grammy, Tony and Academy Award winning recordings.
His credits include: Ariana Grande, Barbra Streisand, Lou Reed, The Chieftains, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Sinead O’Conner, Vince Gill, Sting, Diana Krall, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Kool and the Gang, Maureen McGovern, Ry Cooder, Lyle Lovett, Kristin Chenoweth, Loudon Wainwright III, Jason Robert Brown, Rupert Holmes, The Lord of the Rings (Academy Award and Grammy winner - Best Score), Laurie Berkner and many others. He has produced the cast recordings of “The Last Five Years”, “The Rocky Horror Show”, Jonathan Larson’s: “tick, tick...BOOM!” and “Parade” (Tony Award winner Best Musical and Score). He has also produced the cast recording of the Tony nominated Broadway musical: “Xanadu”, “13”, “The Marvelous Wonderettes”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, “Honeymoon in Vegas”, Prince of Broadway” and “A New Brain”.
Jeffrey directed the Emmy Award winning vocal performance of Eartha Kitt, as well as the Emmy Nominated vocal performance of Steven Tyler and Brooke Shields, Ziggy Marley. Idina Menzel, Mandy Patinkin, Kenan Thompson, Ben Vereen , Tim Curry and many others.
JASPER HARRISLos Angeles, California
Jasper Harris is a 22 year old composer and producer from Los Angeles, California. Since leaving the Clive Davis School of Music at NYU after his sophomore year, Jasper has written and produced records with Kendrick Lamar, Lil Nas X, Roddy Ricch, Juice WRLD, Ty Dolla $ign, Jack Harlow, Lil Dicky and many more. Jasper also recently co-composed the first two seasons of Lil Dicky’s TV series “DAVE.”
MARCUS “BELLRINGER” BELLMusic Producer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist/Singer/Social Media Influencer/Activist/Entrepreneur
MARCUS “BELLRINGER” BELL
Marcus “Bellringer” Bell is an American music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, singer, social media influencer, activist and entrepreneur.
He has marketed and promoted, produced, remixed and written for, mentored, and developed some of the world’s superstars and brands. His list of credits includes Shelita Burke, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Timbaland, Gala, Hadise, Park Jung-Ah, Amitabh Bachchan, Sony Music, HBO, Netflix, Showtime, Discovery Network, Amazon, Warner Brothers, Arista Records, EMI, and Universal Music to name a few. He has also created music for worldwide brands such as Mcdonald's and General Mills. Marcus Bell, the entrepreneur, is the CEO of Bellringer Productions LLC, a music sync licensing and production company that operates a catalog of over 10,000 songs and over 300 recording artists.
Bell published an Amazon #1 best-selling book titled “Bellringer Branding Bible: The 5 Musician Branding Principles for Singers, Rappers, DJs, Music Producers, Composers, Writers, and Recording Artists.” Global superstar Beyonce performed to one of the songs produced by Bellringer on her "On the Run II Tour" co-headlined with husband Jay-Z.
GARY NOBLEAward Winning Mix Engineer/Producer
When award winning artists like Alina Baraz, Faith Evans, Jazmine Sullivan, Estelle, Amy Winehouse, Jordin Sparks, Nas, Chronnix and MackWilds needed their music mixed they turned to the Mix Engineer/Producer with comparable credentials. He was Salaam Remi’s main mix engineer for over two decades.
Gary Noble is that multiple Grammy awarded and nominated technician with the ear that inspires magic. He is known for his knack of " bringing the artists' & producers' visions to life.”
His ear is attuned to many genres of sound and music as reflected in his expansive catalog of award winning songs. His philosophy on life..."MUSIC IS LIFE. MIXING IS HOW I MEDITATE ON LIFE," inspires him and motivates the focus he shares within each body of work.
Major record labels like Sony Music, Atlantic Records and Universal Music Group recognize this and summon Mr. Noble regularly to give the music of artists like Jessie J and Abd Al Malik (which won 2 French Grammys} enhancements that can only be described as hypnotic. Movie studios know him as well, turning to him to mix songs for the soundtrack of blockbusters like “Amy” "Sex in the City: The Movie" and "After The Sunset." His work is also reflected in the commercial world. An example of his work is the Crystal Light campaign featuring Estelle's smash "Star".
Noble recognized his musical gift at the tender age of 5. He would sit and listen to his parents' record collections for hours on end. Living in New York, he was exposed to a virtual melting pot of different cultures and styles of music. By age fifteen he was a mobile DJ, which helped to fuel his passion for creating and mixing music even more. That experience would be the jumping off point for him to ascend toward the ultimate career of Mixing Engineer. He studied at the Institute of Audio Research and worked at various studios in New York to hone his craft. He eventually met Salaam Remi(he produced Jazmine Sullivan, Amy Winehouse, Nas, The Fugees) who chose him to be his main engineer. The rest is history.
Today Noble’s talents are known by artists worldwide. Most recently, his skills helped British songstress Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" snag a dominating 5 Grammys in 2008. He mixed the Grammy nominated Nas single "Cherry Wine" featuring Amy Winehouse and produced by Salaam Remi. He also worked on Chronixx critically acclaimed Grammy nominated album “Chronology”.
Last year He mixed Tamia’s single “Leave It Smoking” which went #1 on the UK and US R&B charts. He recently mixed an EP for a new artist on Atlantic named Raiche. Here’s the link to her 1st single that was used in a commercial for Turbo Tax. https://youtu.be/jUPGpJ4NRkg and her latest single “Pick A Side” is currently Top 10 on the R&B charts.
He also mixed the debut EP for an amazing UMG artist from Toronto named Emanuel whose song “Need You” used by Idris Elba for his COVID social media campaign last year.
Here’s his latest single “Black Woman” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZtEkVHEzvc
Gary Noble's work has earned the music industry's respect and highest honors.
Artists he has worked with have earned all of the top accolades including American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, the MOBO(U.K.) Awards and The Grammys. and with each recognition, the artists themselves credit Gary with making it all possible.
ROBIN LEBOEFounder & CTO - Sessionwire
Sessionwire Founder and CTO Robin Leboe has worn many hats as a senior product developer, musician, producer, programmer, and entrepreneur. Decades of music and pro audio industry experience inform his role as lead product architect, and provide 'real-world' context that helps to fine-tune products for the needs of the remote music and audio production community.
A.J. GRUNDELLAward-Winning Music & Audio Creative & Executive
I'm an award-winning music and audio creative and executive: music library creator and owner; songwriter, composer, publisher, music supervisor; performer, recording artist, music and audio producer. 13 Emmy awards: 3 for outstanding original song, 2 as lead vocalist; numerous for original scores as composer and music director/supervisor for dramatic productions; and for audio post-production—all for major media clientele. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I'm as committed to and as passionate about my business as I am about my music and sound.
I've worked with every major network, numerous high-profile cable and streaming channels, and dozens of diverse media clients, including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, ESPN, MTV, Netflix, Nike, E!, NBA-TV, HBO, Disney, Kmart, Discovery, Sony, AT&T, many more. 15 years at ABC’s "All My Children" as staff MD/composer/audio post-producer; 9 years previously at CBS's "Guiding Light", and as music supervisor/composer for the "Cosby" sitcom. Through my years in the industry trenches, I'm proud to have become affiliated with two of our great craft guilds and unions: the Directors Guild of America and the American Federation of Musicians, NYC Local 802. I also own seven publishing companies at our three distinguished domestic performing rights organizations: SESAC, BMI, and ASCAP.
KEVIN LYMANCreator - Vans Warped Tour
Kevin Lyman has shaped youth culture for over 40 years with his award winning expertise in the music and entertainment industry as well as business and philanthropic ventures. Lyman is best known as the creator of the Vans Warped Tour, which ran from 1995-2019, which can be considered one of the most socially influential music tours in the United States.
He pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. Kevin’s production agency, KLG fuses this blueprint to produce some of the most influential events in the world including branded festivals and custom events.
Lately he has been involving himself with lifestyle start-ups like Saint Archer Brewery, Good Dye Young, Veeps, & Villager Products.
After the Vans Warped tour he will begin teaching as an Associate Professor at the University of Sothern California and focus on the 320festival.com a mental health and education festival with Talinda Bennington.
For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund Gala (2011 and 2014), was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012) and will receive the TJ Martell Foundation Humanitarian Award (2016). Humanitarian Award Billboard touring awards (2018), (2018) Fest Forum as the man of the year, and in 2019 was inducted into the IEBA Hall of Fame.
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Wikipedia: Kevin Lyman
WENDY MARMODirector of Music Adminstration - Freemantle North America
Wendy Marmo began as the assistant to the President of Interscope Music Publishing. From there, she held increasingly senior roles at major record labels including Priority Records, where she became an expert in licensing hip/hop and sample clearance, and Universal Music Group, where she licensed a multitude of iconic albums and soundtracks, major publishers including MCA Music Publishing, and even several successful music libraries including Music Supervisor, Inc. and MasterSource, where she successfully placed numerous songs in films and TV shows.
In 2006, Wendy formed Super Music Services and has since enjoyed doing Music Supervision and Clearance and Licensing for all forms of media. Most recently, Wendy contracted with Dick Clark Productions to clear and license all the music for Dick Clark Productions, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Billboard Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Wendy has also been the music supervisor on more than ten feature films, including “For The Love Of Money” (Lionsgate) and “Stay Cool” (Initiate Productions).
MARTIN ATKINSProfessional Session Musician & Consultant
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.
PEGGY IAFRATEABC/Disney/Strega Group
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.
ANDREW KESLERAward-Winning Musician/Composer/Arranger/Engineer/Producer
Andrew Kesler is an award-winning Musician, Composer, Arranger, Engineer and Producer based in both Canada and Los Angeles. Born and raised in the prairies of Saskatchewan, Kesler is accomplished in many musical styles and a seasoned international performer and session player. He's often referred to as the "Gadget Man" for his ability to work seamlessly on both sides of the glass in the recording studio and has credited contributions on over 50 albums spanning all genres.
Career highlights include America’s Got Talent, David Foster, Arturo Sandoval, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, John Mayer, Jorge Calandrelli, Nan Schwartz, Lalo Schifrin, Al Schmitt, Pentatonix, Chris Walden’s Big Band, Jennifer Holliday, Manhattan Transfer, WDR Funkhaus Orchester, Macy Gray, Babyface, The 2018 Emmy Awards, The 2016 Tony Awards and many more. Andrew is also a member of the renowned international jazz vocal group Accent.
Andrew Kesler serves on the board of directors for the American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers (ASMAC) and is proud to endorse Nord Keyboards, Fury Guitars, John Pearse Strings and 64 Audio.
KEVIN C. SUTTONFreedom Thinkers Academy
KEVIN C. SUTTON
A native of Brooklyn, NY, Kevin has been in sales, marketing and advertising for over 20 years. He is a proud alumnus of both Milton Hershey School, and Grambling State University, where he received his degree in Mass Communications. He has amassed over 10 million dollars in sales for fortune 500 companies throughout his work experience. His passion for music began as an artist working under Platinum producer Just Blaze, and his vast knowledge for the industry formed while designing for the clothing Powerhouse Avirex.
Kevin has assisted in the careers of Wu-Tang Clan, Shyheim The Rugged Child, Mysonne, Fred the Godson, Rass Kass, Mr.Cheeks, Bad Boy, and Funk Master Flex, and most recently secured distribution deals with EQ Roc-Nation for Son of the 215, Zigg the artist & Dutchieman, MeWe a EP deal with DJ Alamo of the coalition DJ’s as well as a sponsorship with Hustle gang for Lil Moptop. Kevin has also secured booking for Casanova 2x, Young MA, Fivio Foreign, and Beanie Sigel to name a few. Most recently he has been named the operations manager for Freeways new imprint Freedom Thinkers Academy. His connections with Shade 45, Worldstar HipHop, The Source, BET, VH1, Power 105.1 & Hot 97.1 as well as countless other major outlets ensures each entity he encounters will have the ability to be seen and heard along side the heavy hitters of the Music Industry.
Kevin has had the pleasure of creating strategic marketing plans for the NBA, Sprint, Virco manufacturing, The Source Magazine, XXL Magazine, Ed Hardy Vodka, and countless others. As the founder of the firm 11:22 MMG he is dedicated to helping both artists and organizations alike reach their goals by leveraging the many relationships he has garnered throughout his lifetime to ensure everyone reach their highest expectations.
JOHN ALTMANFilm Composer/Music Arranger/Orchestrator/Conductor/Saxophonist
John Altman is a film composer, music arranger, orchestrator, conductor and saxophonist. Among the 54 movies he composed, arranged and orchestrated for are Titanic (period music), Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Goldeneye, winning a BAFTA Award for Hear My Song and a Golden Globe for orchestrating Sheltering Sky and Léon: The Professional. He also won an Emmy for his score for RKO281, was nominated for Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and received a nomination for the Golden Reel award for Little Voice. He recently completed work on the next James Bond movie No Time To Die. In addition to writing a 100-minute score for the silent movie Shooting Star for the London Film Festival Gala, John has his name as an arranger on 19 platinum records, including George Michael's album “Faith”, which won several GRAMMYs in 1989 including Album of the Year, and was nominated for the Rutles film All You Need Is Cash. He wrote for Simple Minds, Barry White, Tina Turner, Björk, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Pretenders, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson and has scored over 4,000 commercials worldwide to boot. As a jazz musician he has led his big band in the UK, USA and Australia and played with Chet Baker, Slim Gaillard, Bud Freeman, Les McCann and many others. He has four Lifetime Achievement Awards and an honorary doctorate in music from the University of Sussex. His autobiography Hidden Man will be published in February by Equinox Books.
ASHISH MANCHANDACo-Founder - Boon Castle Media & Entertainment
Ashish Manchanda has achieved a rare distinction of success as a studio professional, live concert engineer, re-recording mixer/sound designer, music-video-live concert producer as well as an entrepreneur and CEO of Boon Castle Media & Entertainment.
He has worked on more than 150 film projects, including DevD, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Khosla Ka Ghosla, and The Chronicles of Narnia. In the music world, Ashish has been a close collaborator with independent artists Ranjit Barot, Alif, Grammy/Oscar-winning artist A.R. Rahman, and a host of renowned composers.
At New York’s Effanel Music, Ashish worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Wynton Marsalis, James Taylor, and Boz Scaggs. His experiences working with legendary engineer/producer Bruce Swedien was mentioned in Mr. Swedien’s biography, In the Studio with Michael Jackson.
Ashish studied design thinking at Stanford University, and has been focused on bringing new and innovative models into the entertainment industry. He founded Boon Castle Media & Entertainment, a diversified creative arts company based in India and the U.S. Boon Castle offers 360-degree solutions in the entertainment business through studio facilities, an indie record label, talent management, video production, and designing on-ground entities. The company consists of several verticals, including Flying Carpet Productions, Springboard Records, InnerVision, and The Platform. Ashish and his wife Ujjla also run an award-winning institute called The Media Tribe, training young students in Mumbai in sound engineering and music production.
Ashish is a four-time winner of the IRAA (Indian Recording Arts Academy) award. He frequently participates in industry conferences as a panelist, and has been a keynote speaker for organizations like BBG - British Business Group, Maersk-Line, and various schools and universities.
SERONA ELTONHead of Educational Partnerships - The MLC
Serona Elton serves as Head of Educational Partnerships for The Mechanical Licensing Collective (The MLC). In this role, Elton directs The MLC’s efforts to engage future members of the music industry currently studying music business and related subjects at colleges and universities across the country and around the world.
With extensive experience as a music industry professional and educator, Elton is also a professor, Director of the Music Business & Entertainment Industries Program, and Associate Dean of Administration at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She is also a Yamaha Master Educator.
Previously, Elton worked for Warner Music Group, where she held the position of Vice President, Product Management, and EMI Recorded Music, North America, where she was Vice President, Mechanical Licensing and Repertoire Data Services. She has also provided consulting services to Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Zumba Fitness, and other music-related companies.
A respected expert, Elton has written numerous articles about the music industry and directed several industry conferences. She is recognized by many for her extensive insight into mechanical licensing, royalties, contract summarization and management, rights management, record company operations and music industry information management.
Elton is very active in numerous music industry organizations and is currently the Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts, and Sport Law Section. Previously, she has served as President of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA), a member of the Recording Academy Board of Governors for the Florida Chapter, and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA.
Elton holds a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida, an M.M. in Music Media and Industry from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. She is a member of the New York Bar and Florida Bar. Elton resides in Miami, Florida.
PHILLIP A. PETERSONCellist/Arranger
PHILLIP A. PETERSON
He is a composer, orchestrator, and a creative catalyst with work spanning from symphonic commissions, orchestrations for hip hop/pop to intricately composed film scores. His original compositions have been premiered by the Seattle symphony and have been featured in numerous films, commercials, and digital media. Peterson's unmatched talents and creativity have led to frequent collaborations including; orchestrating for Lorde and Ed Sheeran, producing & contributing to albums by Portugal. The Man, arranging & recording strings for Maroon 5, and appearing on records with Cashmere Cat and Kehlani.
Peterson has worked on many Grammy-nominated records, contributed to Telly award-winning advertising campaigns, and has more than 10 Platinum and Gold Records to his credits.
CARLOS H. ALVAREZProfessor, San Antonio College
CARLOS H. ALVAREZ
Entering the Recording Industry in 1995 at the age of 16, Carlos has toured & recorded professionally with established recording artists from major & independent labels such as Universal Latin, Capital/EMI Latin, Sony Discos, BMG U.S. Latin, and Artista/Texas. In late 1998, Carlos began serving as a member of the internationally recognized musical ensemble, Mariachi Campanas De America performing twice at important venues such as the White House, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Hollywood Bowl, among others.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry Studies from the University of The Incarnate Word (San Antonio, TX) in 2002. During his college years, he interned with multiple experienced music publishers as well as with entertainment attorney David Garcia, Jr.
From 2002 -2012, Carlos worked at Seg-Son Music, Inc. overseeing licensing and song placement for the company’s catalog. In 2004, He helped launch the corporation’s record label division, A.R.C. Discos, where he assisted in record promotion for 5 years. During his time there, he was part of a two-man team responsible for placing 6 titles from the label catalog on Billboard’s Top 30 Regional Mexican Airplay chart, such as “Como Olvidarte” (Linderos Del Norte) that peaked at #4 on the chart,
In October of 2012, Carlos moved to Azteca Music Group located in Dallas, and started to oversee the A&R, music publishing and digital distribution divisions of the company. With only four years as a label, Azteca has had 10 titles in Billboard’s Top 30 Regional Mexican Airplay chart, including two that debuted #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Sales chart, as well as receiving three Latin Grammy nominations, and one Grammy nomination.
Since 1996 he has been a voting member of The Recording Academy (The Grammys), where he currently serves as President of the Board of Governors for the Texas Chapter. He still performs with Campanas De America being a BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) affiliated songwriter and publisher,
In 2015, Texas Monthly selected him as one of their three “Modern Hispanic Gentlemen” for his philanthropic work and service to the San Antonio community that let’s him share his time in advocating for music and general education.
His time touring with Mariachi Campanas de America has granted him the opportunity to build strong relationships with community and political leaders on both sides of the aisle, at a local, state and federal level, which came in handy when he assisted in organizing two GRAMMY in My District meetings with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in October of 2015.
Since 2008, he has taught the Music Publishing course at San Antonio College.
CHRISTINE HAECKELHead Of Licensing EU
Christine has helped artists all over the world get successful placements for projects in TV advertisements, feature films and major series. She has gathered a large amount of experience during her time at the company, taking care of song approvals, user support and sending out selections of music to the major network stations and studios. Together with Simon she is currently representing Musicsupervisor Inc in Europe.
STEVE BELKINInnervision Records/Open All Nite Ent.
Steve Belkin’s career in the music business has spanned nearly forty years in various capacities within the industry including retail, tour management, road management, stage management, artist management, tour production, marketing, consulting, songwriting and performing. He’s worked with, toured with, managed and consulted artists such as The Tubes, The (flying) Burrito Brothers, Narada Michael Walden, Neil Sedaka, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Tangerine Dream, Gaelic Storm, Ray Parker Jr. and many more. His company Open All Nite Entertainment consults for various independent artists in management, marketing, licensing, development, distribution and branding.
About Innervision Records
Innervision Records – innervisionrecords.com – is an innovative record label with a special focus on operating within the ever-changing music industry and revolutionizing the way the artist-label relationship works. Innervision specializes in Groove/Smooth Urban Jazz, Jazz, Chill , Neo-Soul and World Music. Innervision is dedicated to infusing fresh, new styles of music, and raising the level of the music you hear by bringing your airwaves, internet and satellite radio great independent music created by artists with a passion for music. This passion, coupled with Innervisions rejection of the music industry’s corporate model, enables Innervision Records to bring unique and refreshing music to the masses.
Recounting Danny Jones’ fascinating half century and still creatively flowing musical journey allows us a glimpse into the improbable, as a small town country boy from Northeast Arkansas with passion for music grows up to become one of those whirlwind forces of nature that changes lives groove by groove and chord by chord. His story as one of those ultimate industry hyphenates – producer, engineer, songwriter, drummer and well-respected educator –not only includes work over the decades with a spirited roll call of some of our country’s greatest superstars, but an endless series of colorful professional and personal anecdotes that illuminate the magic along the way.
As Danny recounts highlights from a career that’s found him vibing with everyone from Allen Toussaint, The Beach Boys and Stevie Ray Vaughan to Michael McDonald, Rufus Thomas and Pitbull, it’s not uncommon to hear him throw in a whimsical tangent out of sequence from the official timeline. When he’s talking about his annual gig mixing the jazz stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, for instance, the ever-evolving musical memory impressionism could roll like this: “I forgot to mention that I worked on and off with Bo Diddley for 20 years, the first time in the 70s when Bobby Vee got me the gig, the last time in the 90’s. And did you know that I was one of the engineers on the soundtrack to the Jerry Lee Lewis film ‘Great Balls of Fire’? Also, I was in 8th grade with one of the guys from Black Oak Arkansas, which came from the same part of the state. My band Montage opened for them during their 70’s heyday and I drummed with them in the 90s when they were on a festival tour with Foghat, Mountain, Iron Butterfly and Grand Funk.”
DALE PENNERAward Winning Producer
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.”
CHARLES CALELLOLegendary Arranger
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.
JEN SCHWARTZMusic Supervisor - ViacomCBS
Jen Schwartz is the Director of Creative Music Strategy for MTV, VH1, BET, CMT, POP and LOGO . With over 17 year of experience in the industry her career began at MTV as a Music Supervisor for shows such as Made, My Super Sweet 16, Teen Cribs, Uncommon Sense, and Kingin’ With Tyga. With their fingers on the pulse of Pop Culture Jen and her team oversee music placements for all MTV, VH1, BET, CMT and LOGO shows. Including, Ex- On the Beach, Floribama Shore, Jersey Shore Family Vacation, Black Ink Crew, Love and Hip Hop, Siesta Key, Girls Cruise, The Hills New Beginning and many more. As the PRO liaison for ViacomCBS and the head of Cue Sheet Operations her innovative ideas have helped to refine and streamline the cue sheet process from inception to delivery.
TRINA-MARIE HILLMusic Supervisor
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.
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!
JULIUS ROBINSONCOO - Music Supervisor, Inc.
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 SINHAComposer | Music Editor | Vocalist
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.
BARRY COFFINGSongwriter / Producer / Music Supervisor
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.
SIMON MICHELDirector of Operations - Music Supervisor, Inc.
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.