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Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards 2018
Summit Schedule
Summit Schedule
2:00PM-4:00PM
Early Badge Pick-up

Lobby Nook, Main Level

8:00AM-5:00PM
Registration Open
9:00AM-9:30AM
Masters of Illusion: The Magic and Money Behind Successful Hologram Tours

From Roy Orbison to Ronnie Dio and Tupac, this panel looks at the growth of hologram tours and how production teams can build entire live shows around touring properties using the latest in high-end technology and imaging.

MODERATOR: Wendy Lee, LA Times

PANELISTS:
Dan Weiner, Paradigm
Bob Ringe, Base Hologram
Marty Tudor, Base Hologram
Seth Malasky, Paradigm

9:30AM-10:15AM
Going Green: What Does Cannabis Legalization Mean for Touring?

California became the latest state to legalize marijuana in 2016, kicking off a “green rush” by promoters and event producers to open cannabis sales and consumption at their events. This panel of some of the top cannabis producers in the Golden State breaks down the opportunities, the complex legal rules and what it takes to produce a compliant cannabis event.

MODERATOR: Dave Brooks, Billboard

PANELISTS:

Sameen Ahmad, High Times
Jim Lewi, Red Light Management
Tim Blake, Emerald Cup
Sonya Logman, California Bureau of Cannabis Control
Deb Kline, Primary Wave

10:15AM-10:45AM
Ticketing with the Right Price, Right Platform and Right Fan in Mind

Sponsored by Fan Integrated Experiences

This panel deep dives into how tickets are priced and tours scaled to maximize yield and get the right offer in front of the right person. We will examine how technology, social media and fan-driven marketing are being used to engage more fans and sell more tickets.

MODERATOR: Josh Baron, Project Admission

PANELISTS:

Brian Bowe, Ticketmaster Music
Boris Patronoff, See Tickets
Fabrice Sergent, Bandsintown
Patrick Ryan, Eventellect
Shane Tobin, Spotify
Brooke Michael Kain, AEG Presents

10:55AM-11:25AM
Promoter 101 Q&A with Bernie Cahill, Activist Artists Management

The co-manager of Dead & Company and the manager for Bob Weir, as well as acts like Dwight Yoakam, talks about his life as a former Nashville attorney on Music Row and how he jumped into the management game with firm Roar before creating Activist Artists Management. Cahill will be interviewed by Emporium Presents co-founder and Promoter 101 podcast host Dan Steinberg.

11:25AM-12:10PM
Representation Matters: Agents at the Top of their Game

Sponsored by AEG Facilities

Agents at the major talent houses in music come together to discuss and the current state of artist representation in 2018. From what it takes for an artist to breakthrough in the streaming era to the ever-changing alliances and allegiances, this high-level discussion of the most powerful agents in music will feel like a mini-MBA in the shifting power dynamics of the music business.

MODERATOR: Melinda Newman, Billboard

PANELISTS:

Marsha Vlasic, AGI
Nadia Prescher, Madison House
Cheryl Paglierani, UTA
Alli McGregor, CAA
Samantha Kirby Yoh, WME
Corrie Christopher Martin, Paradigm

12:10PM-1:10PM
Lunch Break

SPONSORED BY SCOTIABANK ARENA

1:10PM-1:55PM
Independent Spirit: How a DIY Mindset Has Bred a New Generation of Pop Stars

As the line between indie and mainstream continues to blur, this topline discussion of promoters, agents and label executives looks at how artists can exponentially grow their audience without sacrificing their DIY ethos or artistic credibility.

MODERATOR: Max Braun, Paradigm

PANELISTS:

Matt Urmy, Artist Growth
Nick Dierl, Orienteer
Jenn Yacoubian, AEG Presents/Goldenvoice
Justin Lubliner, Darkroom
Danielle Madeira, Another Planet Entertainment
Sara Bollwinkel, Paradigm Talent Agency

1:55PM-2:25PM
Stay Hungry: Q&A with Billboard’s Comedian of the Year Sebastian Maniscalco

Sebastian Maniscalco will sit with Billboard’s Dave Brooks for a 30-minute Q&A covering the breakout comedian’s fast rising career, including his four sellout shows at Madison Square Garden in New York in early 2019. A fast-rising “comedian’s comedian” who has earned praise from Tony Danza and Jerry Seinfeld, Maniscalco will discuss his rapid rise in the comedy space and his upcoming film projects, including “Green Book” staring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, and the upcoming Martin Scorcese film “The Irishman.”

2:35PM-3:20PM
Building a Touring Career in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Shawn Mendes and Manager Andrew Gertler


Sponsored by STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater

Join Billboard 2018 Live Music Artist of the Year Shawn Mendes and his manager Andrew Gertler as they discuss how artists can build a deep connection with fans both through online interactions and IRL experiences. This conversation led by Billboard’s Melinda Newman examines how Shawn’s dedicated fan base propelled his 2018 self-titled album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and helped him lock down one of the highest-grossing arena tours of the year for a male solo act.

3:20PM-3:50PM
Networking Break

SPONSORED BY SPOKANE VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA

3:50PM-4:20PM
Q&A with David Zedeck, UTA

Billboard’s Dave Brooks sits with United Talent Agency’s Global Head of Music to discuss the continued international expansion of UTA, the recent acquisition of Circle Talent Agency and Zedeck’s vision for the music division of one of Hollywood’s best known talent agencies.

4:30PM-5:15PM
Rock the Bells: Meet Hip-Hop's Next Generation of Festival Promoters

Forget spirits or speakers. The hottest branding opportunities right now are festivals where artists and promoters create signature events that deep dive into the live experience. Meet the creators and producers behind some of the hottest hip-hop festival brands today and learn why the live entertainment industry is so bullish on rap and hip-hop-centric events.

MODERATOR: Datwon Thomas, Vibe

PANELISTS:
Sascha Stone Guttfreund, ScoreMore Shows
Tariq Cherif, Rolling Loud
Erin Larsen, Paradigm
Brandon McEachern, Broccoli City Fest
Eddie Meehan, Wonderful Union

5:15PM-6:15PM
Agency Forum

Terrace, located on the third floor

Join us at the annual agency forum for face time with the top agents in the industry that oversee the personal appearance careers of a wide range of artists.

ALT ROCK
Jon Pleeter, ICM
Steve Martin, APA

CONTEMPORARY
Joan Lee, APA
Jordan Burger, Madison House

ELECTRONIC
Ferry Rais-Shaghagh, APA
Marissa Loil, UTA
Sam Hunt, Paradigm

HARD ROCK/METAL
Ryan Harlacher, CAA

HIP HOP
Jackie Reynolds Drumm, ICM
Jordan Stone, APA
Nick Szatmari, Universal Attractions Agency

INDIE
Brandon Zmigrocki, ICM
Kiely Mosiman, Paradigm
Troy Lusk, APA

LATIN
Devin Landau, Paradigm

PERFORMING ARTS
Christianne Weiss, APA
Rick Farrell, ICM
Darcy Gregoire, UTA

POP
Cory Riskin, APA
Jbeau Lewis, UTA
Jonathan Adelman, Paradigm
Kasey McKee, CAA

ROCK
Chad Lehner, UTA
Jared Martin, CAA

R&B/SOUL
Malachai Johns, Allive Agency
Joel Brandes, Universal Attractions Agency

7:00PM-8:30PM
Pre-Awards Cocktail Reception

Hosted by Live Nation
Terrace, located on the third floor

8:30PM-10:00PM
Billboard Live Music Awards
8:00AM-5:00PM
Registration Open
9:00AM-9:30AM
State of PR: How The Evolving Role of Communications is Driving Change in 2018

How is PR work changing in 2018 and how has communications evolved in a social media-centric, data-driven business? This panel will look at how job demands are changing, from corporate comms to agency-driven publicist work, and weigh in on the future challenges and opportunities for communications.

MODERATOR: Katie Atkinson, Billboard

PANELISTS:
Catherine Martin, Ticketmaster
Lisaann Dupont, Opry Entertainment Group
Alexandra Greenberg, MSO
Patrick Confrey, PCPR
Crissa Requate, Mason Jar Media

9:30AM-10:15AM
Artist Development: What Does it Mean to Break Through in 2018?

Presented by KOCCA

Our panel of music industry insiders looks at growing an artist from the club level to the arena level and how hard ticketing vs. soft ticketing, festival bookings and headline slots can take an artist to the next level.

MODERATOR: Matt Medved, Billboard

PANELISTS
Alicia Karlin, Madison House
John Fleckenstein, RCA Records
John Reese, SGE
Krista Carnegie, Red Light Management
Matt Meyer, Paradigm
Steve Gordon, UTA

10:15AM-11:00AM
Investing in Hip-Hop, R&B, & Gospel

A conversation about the live market for Hip Hop, R&B and Gospel and how to build equity in unique platforms in that space.

MODERATOR: Gail Mitchell, Billboard

PANELISTS
Shawn Gee, Live Nation Urban
Kirk Franklin, Fo Yo Soul Entertainment and Grammy Award Winning Artist
Marcus Allen, Broccoli City
Jonathan Azu, Red Light Management

11:10AM-11:40AM
Beyond Plastic: Music and the Business of Social Change

Meet the advocates on the frontlines of the music industry fighting to reduce the amount of plastic generated and discarded during concerts, festivals and events. Learn about some of the new innovations being used to curb plastic use — like the r.Cup from Effect Partners — and hear from sustainability leaders at some of the biggest promoters in the music space.

MODERATOR: Mike Martin, Effect Partners

PANELISTS:
Aran Rush, Golden 1 Center
Dianna Cohen, Plastic Pollution Coalition
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts
Nic Adler, Goldenvoice
Farid Mosher, C3 Presents

11:40AM-12:10PM
If I Could Fly, Then I Would Know: The Making of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

After successful runs with Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, Andrew McMahon joins Billboard to talk about his reinvention as a solo artist and his hugely successful hit single “Cecilia and the Satellite,” and his new album Upside Down Flowers. Joined by his team at APA, Crush Music and Live Nation, this interview will cover McMahon’s winning battle with leukemia, the creation of the Dear Jack Foundation for children and adolescents with cancer and his successful touring career spanning two decades including his most recent Andrew McMahon and Friends Tour.

MODERATOR: Chelsea Briggs, Billboard

PANELISTS:
Andrew McMahon, Artist
Josh Humiston, APA
Elizabeth Dixon, APA
Garrett Capone, Crush Music
Alex Maxwell, Live Nation

12:10PM-1:10PM
Lunch Break

Hosted by AEG Presents / AEG Facilities

1:10PM-1:25PM
The State of Live: Presented by Nielsen Music

Join Matthew Yazge, VP and Head of Brand Partnerships for Nielsen Music, as he provides an in-depth look at consumer trends and fan insights across live entertainment from Nielsen’s recently released U.S. Music 360 Report.

1:25PM-2:10PM
The Business of Being The Dropkick Murphys

Longtime Dropkick Murphys founder, bassist and singer Ken Casey joins his manager Jeff Castelaz of Cast Management for a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible success of America’s most beloved punk rock band.

MODERATOR: Dave Brooks, Billboard

PANELISTS:
Jeff Castelaz, Manager
Ken Casey, Artist

2:10PM-2:40PM
Beyond Idol: What’s Next for Maddie Poppe


After winning Season 1 of American Idol on ABC, Maddie Poppe is working with Red Light Management’s Jonathan Shank to prepare for the next stage of her career with a new record slated for 2019 and a series of high-profile appearances. Looking to change preconceived notions about the type of artist that emerges from Idol, Poppe will showcase her incredible skills as an instrumentalist and performer in an intimate interview and exclusive performance that is sure to be a highlight of this year’s summit.

MODERATOR: Chelsea Briggs, Billboard

PANELISTS:
Maddie Poppe, American Idol winner
Jonathan Shank, Red Light Management

2:40PM-3:05PM
Networking Break

SPONSORED BY ENTERTAINMENT BENEFITS GROUP

3:05PM-3:50PM
Out of Balance: Does the Touring Business Need an Inclusivity Rider?

Our panel of music industry experts come together to discuss the current state of diversity in the live music business. From examining how an inclusion rider could lead to more inclusive touring productions to breaking down some of the systemic barriers within music, this panel will look for real world solutions to one of entertainment’s most pressing issues.

MODERATOR: Karen Rappaport McHugh, Muddy Girl Productions and Rebelle Road

PANELISTS:
Kevin Shivers, WME
Dina LaPolt, LaPolt Law
Corey Smyth, Blacksmith Holdings
Heather Lowery, VP of Talent & Touring at Live Nation Urban
Lou Taylor, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group
Belinda Martinez Vega, Venable LLP

3:50PM-4:35PM
Unmanageable: A Conversation with Industry Legend Irving Azoff Moderated by his Son and Business Partner Jeffrey Azoff

The conversation covers Irving Azoff’s rich past in the music business as well as his thoughts on the current (and future) state of entertainment. We also hear they’ll have a few stories that probably shouldn’t be made public.

4:45PM-5:30PM
Hangin’ Tough: 30 Years After Capturing America By Storm, The New Kids on the Block Are Bigger Than Ever

SPONSORED BY CAPS / CAST & CREW

Join music’s favorite boy band as they take the audience through three decades of success and lay out their future touring plans. From their 2008 reunion to their upcoming show at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, this lively discussion with New Kids on the Block includes the team that helped them develop their live business and build upon their success as one of the world’s most enduring pop acts.

MODERATOR: Jason Lipshutz, Billboard

PANELISTS:
New Kids On The Block
Jared Paul, Faculty
Janelle Lopez, Faculty
Alli McGregor, CAA

5:30PM-6:15PM
Shattering the Stigma: It's Time to Talk About Mental Health

The music industry is at a crisis point, with many musicians, artists and touring professionals grappling with a mental health epidemic that is largely going untreated. Studies show that the music community is most vulnerable to high rates of substance abuse and untreated mental illness. This panel of music industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and mental health professionals will discuss this emerging societal mega-trend, the music industry’s unique opportunity to shape culture and destigmatize the issue, and the opportunities for people to find support given the new wave of digital solutions.

MODERATOR: Dave Brooks, Billboard

PANELISTS:
Nick Jarjour, Maverick
Erica Krusen, MusiCares
Kathryn Frazier, Biz 3
Gary Gersh, AEG Presents
Phil Schermer, Project Healthy Minds & BlackRock
Sabrina Khan, Project Healthy Minds & Briovation

6:15PM-7:00PM
TRAX

Contessa II and III, located on the second floor

Sponsored by Iron Mountain

THE FUTURE BLOCKCHAIN
Dan Teree, Co-founder, Tari Labs | Co-founder, Ticketfly

EVENT INSURANCE: QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Paul Bassman, Ascend Insurance

TOURING: THE RULES OF THE ROAD
Tim Epstein, Duggan Bertsch LLC
Todd Dyer, CAPS Payroll, a Cast & Crew company

VENUE MANAGEMENT: WHAT IS TAKES TO COMPETE IN A COMPETITIVE MARKET
Russell Gordon, Microsoft Theater
Alexandra Williams, Microsoft Theater

EVENT PR: DOS AND DONTS ON THE BIG NIGHT
Vanessa Kromer, Nederlander

CREATING THE NEW MODEL: THE INTERSECTION OF PUBLISHING & MANAGEMENT
Adam Lowenberg, Primary Wave
Rob Dippold, Primary Wave

AMPLIFY + BILLBOARD: HOW DOES IT ALL WORK?
Dave Brooks, Billboard

FROM ARTIST TO MANAGER: CHANGING YOUR PASSION FROM PERFORMING & WRITING TO GUIDING THE DREAMS OF OTHERS
Scott Waldman: Waldman Management

THE DATA GAME: THE EVOLUTION OF THE LIVE EXPERIENCE IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Vivian Wang, AEG

CONTENT THAT CONVERTS: HOW TO SELL MORE SEATS USING SOCIAL MEDIA
Brian Bauer, Bauer Entertainment Marketing

7:00PM-8:00PM
Closing Night Reception

Hosted by Ticketmaster

Terrace, located on the third floor

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