- Confirmed Speakers/Mentors for MMC 2013 as of 10/31/2012:
Studio 4 Recording
Phil received a Bachelor of Science from Temple University. He and his brother Joe began their music careers as teenagers, fixing speakers at a nearby drive-in theater. In 1980, they founded Studio 4, a recording studio in Philadelphia. Mr. Nicolo has attained the most coveted form of success in the music business: he has succeeded in every music genre he has tackled. Credits include John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Amy Grant, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Santana, Pete Yorn, Luscious Jackson, Urge Overkill, the Pretenders, Jon Bon Jovi, and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam. Phil is a national trustee of NARAS (the Grammy people) and is active in the community with various NARAS events. He has been nominated for 4 Grammy awards, and won for mixing and mastering.
Lou co-founded ReverbNation in 2006 which is now the leading online music marketing platform used by more than 2 million artists, managers, labels, venues, festival/event/tour promoters and other music industry professionals to grow their reach and business across the internet. ReverbNation provides artists and those that support them with powerful marketing & business tools to compete in the social media age as well as offering high quality opportunities for artists in the form of licensing deals, lucrative brand sponsorship programs, and high-profile concert bookings.
University of South Carolina, Department of Sport & Entertainment Management
The Sport and Entertainment Management Department at the University of South Carolina prepares undergraduate and graduate students for a variety of positions in the sports and entertainment industry. The University of South Carolina is unique in Sport and Entertainment Business as the first major University to create a separate department for the study of sport and entertainment in a business curriculum.
Aaron founded SpinApp.com which empower artists to easily create & manage mobile web apps to promote, share, and distribute content anywhere plus the ability to sell digital content instantly. He began the service in 2010, and since then has expanded internationally into Tokyo Japan in 2011 along with FizzKicks.com
Philly Band Merch
Anthony Caroto has been involved with the business of music since 2001 when he founded the Philadelphia-based publication; Origivation Magazine (now called That Music Mag). After giving the magazine away in 2007, he took over as tour manager and booking agent for the independent comedy metal band, Psychostick. The band sold over 150,000 albums under his watch, mostly on tour. Other positions held: Director of Internet Marketing for VRS Music Group / EMI-CMG in Mesa, AZ, booking person for the Grape Room in Philadelphia, columnist for JUMP Magazine and merchandise person for the touring Broadway production of Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles. He has toured the country with other known artists such as MC Chris, Green Jello, Nashville Pussy, Powerglove and Look What I Did. In December 2012 he partnered up with CDA Outlets and launched PhillyBandMerch.com.
Ben Stewart is a world renown musician, filmmaker and public speaker. Most recognized for his documentary films Esoteric Agenda, Kymatica and Ungrip which reached over 15 million world wide. His alternative rock band has been featured on the Lollapalooza Music Festival, AOL Music, MTV, VH1 and latest album "Consciousness.Fame.God.Money.Power" internationally released. After a world tour in 2012, Ben was a guest on Andy Dick LIVE.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq. is an entertainment attorney practicing in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years. His firm, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C., has earned over 85 gold, platinum, multi-platinum, Billboard #1, Eurovision and/or BDS Certified Spin awards for deals the firm has negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm's clients, representing sales of over 100,000,000 records.
Mirror Image Media, LLC
http://www.newmirrorimage.com & http://www.thatmusicmag.com/
We are a CD/DVD Duplication and Printing Company. We offer Graphic Design, Web Design, Web Hosting and specialty printing. ThatMag - Philly's new online music magazine dedicated to national, regional and especially local music.
Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Cheryl combines her formal musical training with her technical chops to produce state-of-the art music for films, ads and videos. She is one of the ‘go-to’ composers for CollegeHumor.com, has written the music several national airing commercials, and has worked on a bunch of cool documentaries including Waypoint Namibia which recently aired on NBC Universal.
Christopher Payne Taylor
AdME - BTB Branding
Christopher Payne-Taylor is the co-founder of New York punk band, Karyn Satin & the Bedsheets, in the iconic CBGB’s era, he is also co-founder of AdME (Advertising-driven Mobile Entertainment), a branded mobile entertainment company making its debut in early 2009 with a mobile promotional project featuring Gibson Guitar Corporation, HavocTV and The Presidents of the United States of America (PUSA).
Boddie & Associates PC
Corey D. Boddie, Esquire, is a business law and
financing attorney. He is a founding partner of Boddie &
Associates, which provides entertainment and
immigration law, litigation and corporate financial
services. He represents individuals and companies in
music, stage, film, television and fashion such as Oscar-
nominated directors, production companies, managers
and support personnel, musicians, actors, performers,
and reality personalities.
Ivory Productions, NARAS
David Ivory has worked with some of music's biggest names in a variety of genres. David Ivory and Ivory Productions a one-stop shop for many artists' needs. Over his career, Ivory has established many long-lasting relationships throughout the music industry, from A&R executives at major and indie labels to the hottest regional session players. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of The Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards) for over 20 years, and is currently serving as its president.
Media Five Entertainment
David Sestak is Co-founder of Media Five Entertainment which started out as a Booking Agency and expanded into Concert Promotions, Artist Management and is celebrating 40 years. David was the manager of Live and Fuel.
David A. Sherbow
DAS Consulting Group, LLC
David Sherbow, Adjucnt Professor of Music Industry, Towson University, 35 year music industry veteran who specializes in artist development, in radio marketing and promotion of music and in the DIY music business sector.
Diane Zaiko is the owner of Junction Music, located in Huntingdon Valley, and has been in the music industry for more than a decade. Her projects have ranged through all genres of music and many styles of technology. She has been a recording engineer since 1991, as well as producing and co-producing several projects. Her CD credits include Boyz II Men, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ben Arnold, Ben Folds Five, Hans Theessink, The Low Road, Wanderlust, and Too Human.
American Federation of Musicians
Dick Gabriel, after a successful career both as an artist (a member of the 60s/70s group Gary Puckett and the Union Gap) and a touring/studio musician, later served as a negotiator and the national director of the AFM's Electronic Media Services Division.
Dr. Louis deLise
Louis Anthony deLise works as a composer of concert music, arranges and conducts for pop records, composes for film and teaches at the Boyer College of Music and Dance (Temple University) and Rowan University. Dr. deLise is a Composer, Educator, Arranger and Producer Percussionist and Author.
Dr. E. Michael Harrington
Berklee College of Music
Dr. E. Michael Harrington is the owner of www.emichaelmusic.com, teaches entrepreneurship & other courses at the Berklee College of Music, has taught training sessions at Harvard Law School, is on the Advisory Board of the Future of Music Coalition, and a member of Leadership Music. He has worked as consultant and expert witness in hundreds of music copyright/IP matters for parties including the Dixie Chicks, Steven Spielberg, Steve Perry, Tupac Shakur, Keith Urban, Ne-Yo, HBO and others, delivered lectures at law schools, organizations and universities throughout the U. S., and Canada including Harvard, Yale, GWU, NYU, Boston Bar, Texas Bar, Future of Music Coalition, McGill, Carelton, Experience Music Project and others, and been interviewed by media including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Bravo, CNN, the “Today Show,” Time, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, Bio Channel, Ovation, NPR, AP, Salon, PC Magazine, Billboard, PBS, Canadian Public Radio and others.
The Bloom Effect
With over 15+ years in the entertainment industry, The Bloom Effect is a unique one stop shop for artists, labels, and lifestyle marketers. Created by music industry maven Fiona Bloom, The Bloom Effect brings a huge rolodex of global contacts from around the world to its clients providing a wealth of insight/knowledge and consultation for getting your project seen and heard. The Bloom Effect specializes in launch parties, producing international music events, live shows, album publicity, global marketing, A & R consulting, and promotion.
Geoffrey R. Scott
The Dickinson School of Law of the Penn State University, Director, Arts, Sports and Entertainment Clinic
Professor Scott has a wide range of teaching and scholarly interests, but his focus is in intellectual property and on the intersection of the worlds of artistic and scientific expression and the law. He is a Fellow with the the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London, and is the founder and supervisor of the Penn State Arts, Sports and Entertainment Law Clinic.
Gregg is the talent buyer and general manager of the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA The Chameleon is "the" the biggest and best venue in South Central PA.
Jay Levin is the co-founder of Turtle Studios and has served as its managing partner since 1997. In addition to producing recordings, he has performed as a pianist and singer in over a dozen blues, jazz, soul, rock and country bands, directed orchestras and singers for theatrical productions, and even sung in synagogue choirs. Jay is also a seasoned technology analyst with 15 years of experience, and he works as both a consultant and a volunteer leader with several of the city's leading non-profit and cultural arts groups. Jay was once offered a touring gig with Bill Haley and the Comets, but he declined on the grounds that Bill Haley had been dead for over twenty years.
Seventh Wave Studio
Jason is an internationally acclaimed record producer who has become famous for making some of the most edgy and unique records with artists who are truly on the fringes of the mainstream. Seventh Wave is a single private recording studio owned by Jason Rubal.
Lebanon Valley College of PA
Jeff Snyder is the Director of the Music Industry Program, as well as the Internship Director for both the Music Business and Music Recording programs. He coordinates the Music Industry Conference held at LVC each fall (LVCMIC). He served for 7 years on the board of directors for the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association, 3 years as Vice President. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Capital Area School for the Arts in Harrisburg, as well as a coordinator of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). Snyder specializes in digital audio, electronic music, music industry, and graduate level music technology classes.
Full Tilt Recording
Jason attended Full Sail, the premiere audio recording instructional facility in the nation. It was there he began to hone his craft on the most current equipment and develop a feel for several genres of music. In late 2009, Jason created Full Tilt Productions In late 2009,. His role as producer has grown dramatically over the past several years. When you work with Full Tilt Productions you can expect to find a wide range of services.
Canadian American Records
Joey Welz started out a singer and piano player for Bill Haley's Comets in the mid 50's. He's written over 1000 recorded songs, made 75 singles, 35 vinyl albums and 60 CD's. He's ccelebrating 50 years at a recording artist, producer, label owner and publisher.
Powerhouse Entertainment Group
Robertson Law Group is a boutique law firm managed by John T. Robertson, Esquire, which firm's practice is concentrated is in the areas of Civil, Commercial and Corporate Litigation. Robertson's transactional practice is concentrated in the areas of Entertainment, Employment and Labor Law and Intellectual Property, Non-Profit and Business Transactions and Counseling; with a concentration in the entertainment and sports industries, (music, film, television, publishing, interactive and electronic media, sports, and the arts)
Digital Bear Entertainment
Jordan Tishler has been involved in the music industry as producer, mixer, and artist manager for, well, a really long time (over 20 years). A classically trained musician, Jordan devotes himself to popular music and brings a well honed sophistication to his work. He is also a songwriter with numerous credits in recorded music and sound for film, and a mix engineer with years of experience. Currently, Jordan mixes and produces music, and manages several national acts. He is also former Chairman of the New England Section of the Audio Engineering Society (AES), and active in the Recording Academy.
SilverSound Production specializes in studio recording, live audio recording, live video shoots, TV/Film audio production, sound design, score design, live sound engineering, and booking/promotions for concerts in the Philadelphia area. Kevin has produced over 100 bands in the last 5 years at his home project studio, and is on over 400 songs with credits as a engineer, producer, arranger, musician, songwriter, and mixing engineer.
Kurt is a man of many hats. His primary responsibilities are in the business operations of Savastano, Schmel & Associates. Billing, Accounting, and Client Relations all fall under his care. Kurt also is very active in the creative process, identifying opportunities for our clients’ music in placements. By day, he is a Social Studies teacher in the School District of Philadelphia. This focus on education allows Kurt to guide our clients through the sometime confusing world of licensing and royalties while empowering clients to become more active on their own behalf.
Brain Grenade Entertainment
Music Consultant, Producer & Coach Loren Weisman works to help, assist and consult independent artists, musicians, bands, labels and managers to achieve sustainable success. He has been a part of over 600 albums along with TV production credits for three major networks and is the author of TAG2nd.
Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania); Huffington Post, AOL Small Business
Lawrence Gelburd, is a lecturer at the Univewrsity of Pennsylvania's Wharton School where he teaches the First Step and Strategic Business Planning workshops. Lawrence is on the Board of Directors, Huffington Post, AOL Small Business and is also an independent management consultant and an accomplished record producer, working with Grammy winner Phil Nicolo.
Source Q Boutique
As a publisher, Les’ company, Source Q Boutique, represents over 400 quality songs / masters and over 250 writers. SQB songs have appeared in TV shows, films & other industry uses with over 250 placements. Most recently in Ugly Betty, Californication, Saving Grace, Prison Break, Friday Night Lights, House and Mr. Woodcock. As a producer, Les is commissioned to write / produce projects for companies such as Universal Music Group, BMG, Network Music and One Music. He has produced over 125 bands and artists in all genres of music. As a songwriter, Les’ writings appear on various artists albums (including Grammy-winning group “B2K”). His writings appear almost daily throughout the film/TV industry. SQB is directly marketed through its alliances Crucial Music Group, Gimbel Music Group, Fuzeartz and Expressive Artists.
Marc T. Levin, Esq.
Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby LLP
Marc Levin represents and counsels major-label and Grammy-winning artists in the music industry in a variety of legal and business matters. As a part-time musician himself, Mr. Levin brings his personal experiences gained through working within the regional community of artists, venues, entertainment companies, booking agents, managers and producers. Mr. Levin has negotiated, drafted and provided advice and guidance in numerousfacets of the music industry including contracts and agreements relating to band operation and partnership, A&R representatives, label-shopping, performances, management, artworkrelease, music and book publishing, administration, production, record labels, merchandising, touring, branding deals and licensing.
Matt Singleton has almost 30 years of experience as a producer/ engineer, songwriter, and touring musician. From Detroit, to San Francisco, Berklee, and now Charlottesville, VA, Matt has worked with Randy Jackson, Train, and a small army of independent artists.
NEO Soul Entertainment, NACA
NEO Soul Entertainment is an artist development and management company based in Northeast, Ohio. NEO Soul Entertainment specializes in artist development, tour booking, image enhancement, and many other aspects of the industry.In today's 'on demand' popular culture, many people have an unrealistic idea that any act could be 'discovered' at any moment and sell a million copies the next day. Any artist who has ever been in a serious project can attest to the fact that the music industry is not that simple. At NEO Soul
Entertainment, we understand that fact.
Mike Repel is the owner of Reformatory Records and Repel Music Distribution. As a lifelong advocate and supporter of underground and independent music, Mike has created a multiple genre label providing the navigation and resources that he has acquired first hand through his experiences as a guitar player, band member, and band manager. Some of these skills include merchandising, marketing, branding, booking, networking and promotions, With these and the other services his companies provide, he is making a positive effort to level the playing field between the major labels and the indies by creating a more viable intermediate platform for independent artists to operate from. He has succeeded in creating international visibility and sales for his artists and for the last two years running he has had his breakout artists perform with the top contenders in their genre at the Atlanta A3C Hip Hop festival which is the largest of its kind and he was a panelist on a music marketing forum at the last A3C Festival as well. Reformatory Records has also taken the time to educate students on careers in the music industry at a Chicago area high school job fair in November of 2012 and will return again next year.
Skateboard Marketing Ltd.
Skateboard Marketing Ltd. is an independent radio promotion and marketing company. Their main focus is on all formats of hard aggressive music. For 21 years we have specialized in artist development for all major labels and many Indies respectively. Radio airplay and marketing is our specialty. We cover all active reporting commercial & college radio stations. Syndicated and satellite radio, as well as any that have specialty shows for Hard Rock/Metal/Punk/Hard Core & Industrial. There are 350 stations in all. Also covered are select active rock AOR stations who's main emphasis is on new aggressive music. We have worked with artists such as Disturbed, Pantera, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Morbid Angel, Motorhead, Marilyn Manson, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden & Anthrax.
Paula M. Savastano
Ms. Savastano has worked in the Music Business for over 20 years. She began her career in the Opera Administration field working for such companies as Wolf Trap Opera, Central City Opera and the Greater Miami Opera. She moved into the field of Copyright, Licensing and Royalties in 1994 when she was hired at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) in the Writer and Publisher Relations Department. Since then she has held numerous positions at several publishers and record companies including Editor and Copyright Coordinator for Cherry Lane Music’s print division, Product Licensing Manager at Turn up the Music, Director of Licensing and Royalties at Musical Heritage Society, Copyright and Licensing Manager at Rykomusic, and Director of Royalties at Spirit Music Group. Paula has also established her own company, Savastano, Schmel & Associates, LLC, which provides financial and legal consulting services to a variety of music businesses and individuals and has created a strong client base. Recently SSA has broadened their services to include song pitching and administrative functions for independent music publishers and unsigned songwriter/artists.
Robert A. Case
New Pants Publishing
Robert A. Case, President of New Pants Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) is a graduate of the Colorado Institute of Art, Denver, Colorado with an Associates Degree in Business with an emphasis in Music and Video Business. He completed studies at Community College of Denver in Business Administration and Marketing. In the last 15 years Mr. Case has had extensive experience in the day-to-day operations of the Company including artist management, contracting, marketing, financing, scheduling tour and event administration, travel, production and distribution and film and TV music placement.
Scratch Music Group
Scratch Music Group is celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year and Scratch DJ Academy (co-founded by Jam Master Jay of Run DMC) is the world’s first and leading DJ and music production school.
MAD Dragon Studio, Drexel University
Ryan Schwabe is part of the Music Industry Program in The Department of Arts and Entertainment Enterprise at Drexel University. MAD Dragon Studios houses five recording studios with two SSL4000G+'s, a remote recording rig and a mastering rig. Studio Manager Ryan Schwabe is responsible for the construction, budgeting and design of MAD Dragon Studios, which services upwards of 220 music industry students. The recording spaces are used by artists who are a part of the Drexel record label, MAD Dragon Records, and for student academic recording projects.
Shane Moore is a music producer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His client list includes Blue October, August Burns Red, Jingle Punks and artist development for RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
Sherri Mullen is the President/Creative Director of RDSD Publishing, LLC which includes ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC publishing companies, representing a catalog of over 500 songs from talented artists/composers spanning the globe. As a publisher, Sherri has secured hundreds of placements in artist projects, film, television, commercials, and print. This former internet radio and TV show host is also a music business consultant, a music supervisor, a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), and an adjunct professor at Lebanon Valley College, where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing. Sherri has performed on stages from Nashville to Pennsylvania, and has won awards for songwriting, performance, best new album, and female vocalist. Songs from her four independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio.
Simon Rosen, Esq.
Law Offices of Simon Rosen
Simon Rosen, Esq. has been practicing music law in Philadelphia for over 25 years. He has represented major industry heavyweight artists, managers, producers, and record companies such as David Krebs well known manager of AeroSmith, Scorpions, Ted Nugent, and ZZ Top. Along the way he has also represented legendary manager and record industry mogul Jon Zezula who managed and broke Metellica, Anthrax, and other hard rock metal acts. Simon has also represented the former artist manager who broke Britney Spears, R&B Diva Regina Belle ("A Whole New World" from Disney's Alladin movie- won Grammy® for song of the year), and legendary R&B Artist John Stephens, now known as John Legend- nominated for 8 Grammy® Awards.
Owner/ Head Producer at StevenHero Productions LLC
An award winning Music Production House & Record Label.
We offer the personal attention of a boutique studio while also providing the expertise, connections
and technical know-how of a major label. Composition-Recording-Mixing/Mastering-PR/Marketing-Industry Consulting
Susquehanna Entertainment is an artist management and independent record company based in Central Pennsylvania under the leadership of manager Terry Selders. We work with talented and driven individuals to help them achieve their goals in the music industry. The record label is used to support the artists we manage as well as to promote the overall health of the local music scene.
Tom Jeffries has a background as a professional musician,
technologist, and entrepreneur, and am involved in turning file sharing into profits for musicians through Safe-Xchange.
Tony has been at the forefront of Social Media from its infancy, using the medium to market his various entrepreneurial endeavors. Through his company Stickable Media, Tony strives to teach fellow business owners and entrepreneurs the importance of Social Media and how to use it effectively to reach their business goals
Tony Timpano is a seasoned entertainment business and legal affairs executive and attorney with a proven track record for guiding businesses through the ever-evolving dynamics of the entertainment industries. He has held senior business affairs positions with Sony Music’s RED Distribution, Edel North America, ICON Entertainment, and currently, as a legal consultant to TEAM.
Mega Star Coaching
Talent is a must... but it isn't everything. Mega Star Coaching is the only artist development organization focused solely on helping artists, bands and musicians put into action the proven success principles mastered by the biggest names in the music industry. The purpose of Mega Star Coaching is to help you apply the career building strategies taught through our intentional artist development programs.
EchoData Group is a full service order fulfillment company, helping businesses manage their mission critical supply chain operations with lower cost and greater efficiency. Since 1983, we have been the fulfillment and supply chain logistics partner for clients across a wide range of industries. Our experienced professionals have developed and implemented proven methods for executing client programs and ensuring customer satisfaction. We are highly-qualified to meet all aspects of your fulfillment needs, combining people, facilities, and technology to offer a powerful range of solutions.