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Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards 2018
Summit Schedule
Summit Schedule
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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.


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

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


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

Ticketing with the Right Price, Right Platform and Right Fan in Mind

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.



Brian Bowe, Ticketmaster Music
Boris Patronoff, See Tickets
Fabrice Sergent, Bandsintown
Patrick Ryan, Eventellect
Shane Tobin, Spotify

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.

Representation Matters: Agents at the Top of their Game

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: Hannah Karp, Billboard


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

Lunch Break


Independent Spirit: How a DIY Mindset Has Bred the 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


Nick Dierl, Orienteer
Jenn Yacoubian, AEG Presents/Goldenvoice
Justin Lubliner, Darkroom
Danielle Madeira, Another Planet Entertainment

Be Yourself: A Conversation with Taylor Bennett

Meet the 22-year-old independent artist and younger brother of Chance The Rapper who is changing the game with his lyrical style, rapid fire flow and heart-pounding live shows. From his decision to come out as bisexual last year to his work with MAC Presents for brands like Urban Outfitters, Diesel and Express, join Bennett as he shares his story with writer Andrew Hampp and discusses the importance of being his most authentic self.

Building a Touring Career in the Digital Age: A Conversation with Shawn Mendes and Manager Andrew Gertler

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.

Networking Break
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.

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

Sascha Stone Guttfreund, ScoreMore Shows
Tariq Cherif, Rolling Loud
Erin Larsen, Paradigm
Brandon McEachern, Broccoli City Fest

Agency Forum

Participating agents to be announced.

Pre-Awards Cocktail Reception

Hosted by Live Nation
Terrace, located on the third floor

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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.


Catherine Martin, Ticketmaster
Lisaann Dupont, Opry Entertainment Group
Alexandra Greenberg, MSO
Michael Roth, AEG

Artist Development: What Does it Mean to Break Through in 2018?

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: Steve Gordon, UTA

Alicia Karlin, Madison House
John Fleckenstein, RCA Records
John Reese, SGE
Matt Meyer, Paradigm

To Be Announced
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

Sunny Sohrabian, AEG

If I Could Fly, Then I Would Know: The Making of Andrew McMahon and 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

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

Lunch Break
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

Jeff Castelaz, Manager
Ken Casey, Artist

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

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

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 Rapport McHugh, Muddy Girl Productions and Rebelle Road

Kevin Shimers, WME
Dina LaPolt, LaPolt Law
Heather Lowery, VP of Talent & Touring at Live Nation Urban
Lou Taylor, Tristar

Networking Break
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Closing Night Reception

Hosted by Ticketmaster
Terrace, located on the third floor

Registration Open
2018 speaker announcements coming soon

Billboard presents live music’s top gathering of industry insiders, power players and artists for a 360-degree look at the challenges and opportunities we share as an industry. This year’s summit will redefine and expand the boundaries of the live experience.


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