Schedule

 

The Roosevelt Hotel, NYC

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015
 
8:00am - 5:00pm
REGISTRATION & EXHIBIT TABLES
Tony Gervino, Editor-in-Chief, Billboard
 
9:15am - 9:30am
WELCOME REMARKS
 
9:30am - 10:30am
Artist Development Case Study: Echosmith
In what has become one of the Conference’s most insightful and entertaining sessions, we will feature a relevant, savvy artist that has enjoyed a significant career uptick in the previous months, and the artist and their team will break down the career moves, strategic planning, synergies and music that helped this artist move the career forward. We will examine how the artist got to this point, what other artist and their teams can learn, and what is next.
 
Moderator:
Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming for Touring & Live Entertainment, Billboard
 
Speakers:
Sydney Sierota, Lead singer of Echosmith
Jeffery David, Manager, Cranberry Road Management
Dave Dyer, SVP. Promotions, Warner Brothers Records
Burt Goldstein, Business Manager, Burton Goldstein & Company 
Jeffrey Hasson, Agent, Paradigm Talent Agency
 
10:45am – 11:30am
Your Name Here: CMOs Weigh In On Why and To Whom They Write the Checks, and What They Expect for Their Money and Marketing.
Sponsorships and branding across the music industry have moved light years beyond writing checks for name placement into an era where corporate partnerships can not only add huge value to the look and marketing of a tour, but also have massive impact on building the career. Once relegated to arena-level headliners, sponsorship and branding now routinely adds value to artists from baby bands to superstars, and all points in between. Corporate America has learned that the passion of music provides unique access to consumers, and opportunities to deeply engage fans in ways that impact the bottom line on both sides of the equation. Beyond that, branding deals are promoting ticket sales and careers for a wide range of artists across all genres and media channels. Some of the most innovative thinkers and brands in the space will discuss where this sector is heading, what types of partnerships are most effective, and what sorts of opportunities are out there.
Presented by Nielsen Entertainment 
Moderator:
John Amato, President, Guggenheim Entertainment Group
 
Speakers:
Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP, Entertainment Marketing, Citi
Jeff Swierk, VP, Consumer Marketing, MasterCard
Matt Slessler, National Brand Ambassador, Pabst Blue Ribbon
Jeff Summers, Head of Advertising, Ram Trucks
Eelco Van Der Noll, VP, US Experiential Marketing, Anheuser-Busch InBev
 
11:30am - 11:45am
10 Questions With... Kevin Lyman, Founder, Warped Tour/4fini Productions
The first of four focused interviews with key players that are shaping the touring industry today.
 
11:45am - 1:15pm
BREAK
 
1:15pm - 2:00pm
A River Runs Through It—How Streaming Influences Touring
As fans shift to streaming as their primary mode of music consumption, we will drill down into how the live business can maximize the impact of this new age of content delivery. Topics include interactive ticketing, marketing, fan engagement, strategic delivery, potential partners, challenges, and opportunities in this exciting evolution.
 
Moderater: 
Gogi Gupta, Founder, Gupta Media
 
Speakers:
Julia Hartz, Co-Founder & President, Eventbrite
Dan Kruchkow, CMO/Head of Digital Strategy, Crush Music
Jim Lucchese, CEO, The Echo Nest at Spotify
Lars Murray, SVP, Music Makers Group, Pandora
Ryan Okum, EVP, Digital Marketing, Live Nation
Randy Reed, Manager, Red Light Management
 
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm 
My Pyro Won’t Py, Bro: What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Presented by CAPS
In a world where the law of the land is Murphy’s Law, touring personnel are the most adaptable creatures on the planet. Let’s face, in the dynamic world of presenting live entertainment, it’s not a question of whether something will go off the rails, but when. Artists and seasoned vets of tour production, transportation, tour management, venue operations, booking, promotion, stage management and other key roles in making the magic happen will discuss how they deal with unexpected challenges so the show comes off and the fans never see ‘em sweat.
 
Intro Remarks:
Todd Dyer, Senior Director of Venues, Music Tours & Festivals, CAPS
Moderated by:
Joseph Lloyd, Production Manager, Jason Aldean, Sugarland
 
Speakers:
Paul Bassman, President, Ascend Insurance Brokerage 
Kyle Jones, Account Manager/Artist Relations, Stage Call
Wayne Linder, Leasing Operations Manager, Pioneer Coach
Steve Lopez, Tour Manager, Widespread Panic
Max Loubiere, Tour Director, Billy Joel
 
2:45 pm- 3:45 pm 
KEYNOTE Q&A: Brad Paisley
Interviewer:
Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming for Touring & Live Entertainment, Billboard
 
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm
COFFEE BREAK
Presented by Pioneer Coach
 
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm 
10 Questions With… David Zedeck, Executive Vice President & President of Global Talent and Artist Development, Live Nation
 
4:15pm - 5:15pm
You Gotta See This Guy: The Agent in 2015 and the New A&R
Presented by Spectra Presents
The role of agents has evolved far beyond routing tours and crafting deals to the point where agents are playing artist development and career maximization roles once the domain of A&R label execs, managers, promoters and marketers in an never-ending quest to find new talent and bring it to the arena level.  Often today, agents are arguably the most savvy assessors of talent in the music industry, discovering unknown artists before label or management ever gets on board. Some of the most successful agents in the industry, from a wide range of genres and acts at varied positions on the career arc, will discuss how the find, foster and develop talent and when, where and how the next superstars will emerge.
 
Intro Remarks:
Brock Jones, President, Spectra Presents
 
Moderator:
John Ingrassia, GM, Vector Management
 
Speakers:
Lee Anderson, Agent, AM Only
Jeff Krones, Agent, CAA
Jonathan Levine, Senior Executive Agent, Paradigm
Kevin Neal, Partner, WME                                      
Cheryl Paglierani, Agent, United Talent Agency
Rob Prinz, Partner/Co-Head of Worldwide Music, ICM Partners
 
5:30 pm - 6:30pm
AGENCY FORUM
Presented by Air Canada Centre
You keep asking for it so we keep bringing it back: face time with the top agents in the industry that oversee the personal appearance careers of a wide range of artists. This beats a phone call any day, and every year the Agency Forum leads to dates being booked. A who’s who of agents in comedy, country, hip-hop, R&B, rock, indie rock, pop, hard rock/heavy metal, EDM, Latin and other genres will meet with attendees in an intimate back-and-forth roundtables.
 
POP
Jeffrey Hasson, Paradigm Talent
Rob Prinz, ICM Partners
 
COUNTRY
John Huie, Creative Artists Agency
Kevin Neal, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
 
HIP-HOP/R&B
Jeff Epstein, Universal Attractions
Cheryl Paglierani, United Talent Agency
 
ROCK
Adam Kornfeld, Artist Group International
Jonathan Levine, Paradigm Talent Agency
 
INDIE ROCK
Marty Diamond, Paradigm Talent Agency
Jeff Krones, Creative Artists Agency
 
HARD ROCK/METAL
Andrew Goodfriend, TKO
Josh Kline, United Talent Agency
 
EDM
Harris Lewis, AM Only
Adam Ogushwitz, United Talent Agency
 
6:30pm - 7:30pm
OPENING NIGHT COCKTAIL RECEPTION
Presented by Live Nation/Ticketmaster
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015
 
8:30am - 5:00pm
Registration & Exhibit Tables
 
9:15am - 9:30am
Opening Remarks
Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming, Touring & Live Entertainment, Billboard
 
9:30am - 10:30am
Staying Golden in the Age of McFestivals: Where Does the Music Festival Go From Here?
Festivals in North America have exploded from being a small factor in the summer music marketplace into the most robust and competitive sector in music. A lineup of producers of the most innovative and successful festivals in the world, from a range of genres, sizes, and markets, will discuss the state-of-the-art of the contemporary music festival, including such topics as exclusivity, talent buying, radius clauses, branded events, customer service, crowd management, artist curation, sponsorships, ticketing, risk management, revenue streams, VIP, and the challenges and opportunities facing the industry as it moves into maturation and, potentially, saturation.
 
Moderator:
Josiah Albertsen, Financial Advisor for Music, Entertainment, Small Business, Raymond James
 
Speakers:
Charles Attal, Partner, C3 Presents
Dan Berkowitz, Founder, CID Entertainment
Rick Farman, Co-Founder, Superfly
Corrie Christopher Martin, Senior Agent, Paradigm Talent/Partner, Riot Fest
Meridith Valiando Rojas, Co-Founder & CEO, DigiTour Media
Jordan Wolowitz, Co-Founder/Partner, Founders Entertainment
 
10:45am – 11:30am
The Drummer Just Did What? Contemporary Artist Management and the Art of the 3 a.m. Call
Presented by STAPLES Center/Microsoft Theater
Part strategist, part visionary, part therapist and all true believer, artist managers are the direct connection between content generators and the rest of the industry. As labels have cut back, management companies have built up and added services and resources, taking on roles previously relegated to other sectors of the music biz. Some of the music industry’s most visionary, strategic managers will discuss the manager’s role in the contemporary music business, touching on such topics as artist development, digital, touring, marketing, keeping the career on an upward trajectory, international growth, and interaction with the music business at large, and putting out fires.
 
Moderator:
Julie Swidler, EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment
 
Speakers:
Adam Alpert, CEO, Disruptor Records & Management, Selector Songs Publishing
Jonathan Azu, EVP & GM, Red Light Management
Shawn Gee, Partner, Maverick
David Leeks, Partner, Street Execs Management
Michael McDonald, Founder, Mick Management
Clarence Spalding, Partner & Manager, Maverick
 
11:30am — 11:45am
10 Questions With...Seth Hurwitz, Chairman, I.M.P
 
11:45pm - 1:30 pm
BREAK
 
1:30 pm- 2:00 pm
The Patch, by SOUR PATCH KIDS: Giving Artists Places to Stay, Find Inspiration & Create While on Tour
 
Moderator:
Andrew Hampp, VP-brand strategist, MAC Presents
 
Speakers:
Farrah Bezner, Marketing Director, Halls & Candy at Mondel─ôz International
Josh Cocktail, Lead Singer of Radical Something, Artist in Residence for The Patch
Julian Holguin, SVP of Brand Partnerships, Billboard & The Hollywood Reporter 
 
2:00-3:00pm
Keynote Case Study
The Golden Road to Fare Thee Well: A Breakdown on the Biggest Concert Event in the History of the Earth
Presented by SMG
An in-depth breakdown of one of the most significant and successful tours and careers in 2015.
 
Intro Remarks:
Jim McCue, SVP, SMG Entertainment
 
Moderator:
Shirley Halperin, News Director, Billboard /Music Editor, The Hollywood Reporter
 
Speakers:
Eric Greenspan, Partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP
Tim LeFevour, GM, Soldier Field
Mike Luba, Partner, Madison House Presents
Cole Marley, Director of Ticketing, Ticketstoday
Nate Parienti, President, Live Alliance
Peter Shapiro, Founder, Dayglo Ventures
 
3:00pm—3:15pm
10 Questions With…Jay Marciano, COO, AEG/Chairman, AEG Live 
 
3:15pm-3:30pm
COFFEE BREAK
Presented by Barclays Center
 
3:30 pm - 4:30pm
Still Crazy After All These Years: Tales from the Lobby Bar
Presented by Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
In terms of cultural impact and big personalities, there simply is no business like the live business. From the emergence of arena rock in the 1970s through various musical trends, industry consolidation, and the increasing “legitimation” of the live music business, the touring industry has evolved from an informal seat-of-the-pants affair run by pioneering, riverboat gambler/pirates into….something else. Along the way, the music industry has weaved a mosaic of big acts and bigger personalities behind he scenes, the virtual architects that turned a business populated by the stepchildren of the music business into a massive successful global juggernaut that leads the way in artist development, revenue generation, and engagement with fans. In what’s sure to be a highly entertaining session, some of the most influential figures in live music will reveal some of the wildest tales in touring’s colorful history with stories historically relegated to the lobby bar.
 
Intro Remarks:
Matt Gibson, GM, Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
 
Moderator: 
Ray Waddell, Executive Director of Content & Programming, Touring & Live Entertainment, Billboard
 
Speakers:
Ron Delsener, Chairman – Music NY, Live Nation
Alex Hodges, CEO, Nederlander Concerts
Doc McGhee, CEO, McGhee Entertainment Inc.
Louis Messina, President/CEO, Messina Touring Group
Danny Zelisko, President, Danny Zelisko Presents
 
4:30 pm - 5:30pm
TRAX
Leading touring industry professionals discuss trends, challenges and opportunities in a broad array of touring industry sectors in these intimate breakout sessions.
 
ARENAS/THEATERS:
Michael Marion, GM, Verizon Arena
Sally Williams, GM, Ryman Auditorium
 
BRANDING/SPONSORSHIPS:
Andrew Hampp, VP-Brand Strategist, MAC Presents
Matt Ringel, Managing Partner, New Era Media & Marketing
 
DIGITAL MARKETING/SOCIAL NETWORKING:
Evan Harrison, Partner, Huka Entertainment
Gogi Gupta, Founder, Gupta Media
 
FINANCIAL:
Josiah Albertsen, Financial Advisor for Music, Entertainment, Small Business, Raymond James
 
INSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT:
Timothy Liam Epstein, Partner, Duggan Bertsch, LLC
Peter Tempkins, Managing Director, Entertainment Industry Solutions, HUB International Insurance Services
 
INTERNATIONAL:
Phil Rodriguez, CEO, Move Concerts
 
LEGAL:
Eric Greenspan, Partner, Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light, LLP
Elliot Groffman, Partner, Carroll, Guido & Groffman, LLP
 
MERCHANDISING:
Patrick Mahoney, GM, Manhead
Stu Smith, Head of Music & Entertainment, Teespring 
 
PRODUCTION/TRANSPORTATION:
Trent Hemphill, President, Hemphill Bros. Coach
Joseph Lloyd, Production Manager,(Jason Aldean, Sugarland)
Doug Rountree, President, Pioneer Coach
 
TALENT BUYING:
Brock Jones, President, Spectra Presents
AJ Niland, CEO, Huka Entertainment
Chris Sampson, EVP of Programming, Superfly
 
TICKETING:
Geoff Carns, SVP, Venues & Promoters, Ticketmaster
Guy Villa, SVP, Business Development, AXS
 
VIP/ENHANCED EXPERIENCES
Dan Berkowitz, Founder, CID Entertainment
 
SAFETY/SECURITY
Mike Rodriguez, Co-Chair, Department of Homeland Security Sports Leagues Sub-Sector Council 
Russ Simons, Chair, DHS Public Assembly Facility Sub-Sector Council.
Peter Tempkins, Bonaroo &Warped Tour
Paul Bassman, Ascend Insurance Brokrage
Timothy Epstein, Partner & Chair of the Entertainment, Events, and Festivals Practice Group ,Duggan Bertsch, LLC.
 
7:00pm – 8:00pm
THE BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS COCKTAIL PARTY
 
8:00pm
THE BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS
 
 
 
 
 


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