Speaker & Mentor Bio's 2019
Ash Kernen, Kernen Law - kernenlaw.com
Ash is the founder and principal attorney at Kernen Law, a Philadelphia-based boutique Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law firm focused on the music and film industries. Having spent over 10 years as an independent musician himself prior to becoming a lawyer, Ash has built a niche transactional practice working closely with DIY, independent, and mid-stream artists, producers, publishers and labels in various facets of their legal & business affairs. Ash’s practice includes negotiating and securing recording & publishing agreements, talent & management agreements, rights licensing/clearances, endorsement & sponsorship agreements, copyrights, trademarks, and entity formation. Additionally, Ash is an active member the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Recording Industry Professionals as well as the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences where he has taken a lead role in in the latter’s pro-Creator legislative advocacy efforts.
Bill Caterini - Cat House Sounds LLC billcaterini.com
Bill Caterini is responsible for the recording, arranging and producing of “E Is For Erik,” and "(Don't Be A) Bully", both released on his label, Cat. House Sound, LLC. www.eisforerikmusic.com - the official children's album projects website. Bill was involved with some musical performance, as well, adding background vocals and adding/augmenting some of the song arrangements on the project. The CD was recorded at his studio in Wildwood, NJ (Cat. House Sound, LLC) – additional tracking on the project provided by Ed Dobbs. Other projects include: "We Can Do More" (Bill Caterini, Sara James), which won a 2016 Global Music Award - Bill has also collaborated on recent projects from producers Kevin Mackie (Action Moves People United - "Count On You") and David Longoria (The Journey - "We Are One"). Bill also received a Global Music Award in 2017 for his single, "Santa's Coming," which was part of a musical compilation with Lou DeLise (Bocage Music, LLC), along with artists Don Shough, Dawn Nardy Martin, Heath McMaster, and Chris Nardy - album "Santa's Coming." Bill holds a BA in Music, from Monmouth University (New Jersey), with a minor in Popular Music Business; he is also an entertainer (vocals and acoustic guitar), performing extensively in the southern New Jersey area, including Atlantic City, Wildwood, Cape May – also Philadelphia and NYC. Bill is a member of both the Recording Academy (NARAS – Philadelphia chapter), and the Audio Engineering Society (NYC chapter). He records many regional/national artist projects, and mentors at music events/conferences, most notably the Singer-Songwriter Conference of Cape May, NJ (SS Cape May). Lastly, Bill is a NJ certified teacher (electronic music), and has written curriculum on recording/live sound studies – he also works at a local school district (Lower Cape May Regional School District, in NJ), and teaches an audio/video broadcasting course at the school district.
Bill Pere - Connecticut Songwriters Academy www.billpere.com Grammy-Winner Bill Pere is one of today’s most sought-after songwriting mentors, workshop presenters, and song critiquers. He has released 17 albums and is the author of the internationally acclaimed “Songcrafters’ Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting”. Originally from New York City, Bill travels coast to coast and is committed to helping artists create the best possible songs and achieve their goals. He founded and runs the Connecticut Songwriters Academy, working with clients around the world.
Brian Cronin Mirror Image Media, LLC & THAT MAG www.newmirrorimage.com & www.thatmusicmag.comNo words describe Brian Cronin better. A former New Jersey-native, Cronin is a dedicated business mind, working unremittingly to develop and expand various projects that support local and regional artists, as well as professional businesses while connecting industry professionals through different networking events.In the past 9 years he has owned Mirror Image Media, the best source for creative and corporate material distribution as a one-stop source of media reproduction specializing in disc duplication, full design, printing, web development and promotional products. The Publisher of Philly's top monthly music publication, Origivation since '07 which was relaunched as THAT MAG in the Spring of 2012. He is the founder of the "InnerCircle", a networking event for industry professionals in the Music, Media, Fashion and Film industries. In addition he is an artist manager, events promoter, member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Recording Academy (The Grammy's), Ambassador to the Ultimate Networking Event and Guys Night Out Club, hosts THAT RADIO show on Gas House Radio.com and a good heart-ed family guy.When it comes to knowing the right person at the right time regardless of the industry, Cronin is the man to know. There is nothing more fulfilling to him then seeing the achievements of others through his many networking endeavors.
Craig White, Sound Doctor Productions, LLC
David Ivory - Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records www.flexitonerecords.com http://www.ivoryproductions.comPhiladelphia Grammy Chapter, Trustee (’12-’16) President (’10-’12) David Ivory is a GRAMMY-nominated, multi platinium engineer, and Producer. He is a Trustee for the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences (The Grammy’s)’ Philadelphia chapter, and also sits on their National Membership Committee. Among others, his gold and platinum RIAA awards include the Roots, Erykah Badu, and Patti LaBelle. Ivory's engineering skills landed him credit for one of the founders of the neo-soul sound in the early 90’s. Ivory's producer credits include Patti LaBelle's Timeless Journey (Island), Kindred's Surrender To Love (Hidden Beach) as well as producing and developing Philadelphia's own rock act Silvertide, resulting in their two releases American Excess andShow And Tell (J Records). Most recently Ivory produced the band’s long awaited follow-up material at his studio, the first of which being their single “Try Try Try” released October 2014. Ivory is also credited with discovering and producing the GRAMMY-winning rock band Halestorm, which he helped sign to Atlantic Records in late 2005. He produced their first release on Atlantic entitled One And Done. One of the singles from their LP Halestorm (“It's Not You“—originally arranged and produced by Ivory) reached Top 20 status on the rock charts in 2011. As a writer Ivory co-write on both Silvertide and Halestorm releases, as well as two songs for the CBS TV series "Hack" and the Columbia release Lighting Strikes Twice by Molly Hatchet. Ivory also hosted a television series on Comcast On Demand entitled “David Ivory Presents”, featuring live performances and interviews with up-and-coming independent local and national talent.
David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions http://www.powderfingerpromo. com/ David Avery grew up in a musical family with strong gospel & Americana roots. After high school, he earned a B.A. in music at Fresno Pacific College, spent a year studying at the University of Lancaster in England, earned a M.M. in Musicology from New England Conservatory, and spent two additional years studying Musicology at the CUNY Doctoral Center in NYC. David has also performed as a singer in numerous bands, choirs, ensembles, and musicals. He was also a DJ for four years at NPR radio stations in Fresno and Boston, worked as a Music Editor at Schwann Publications, and was the AAA radio columnist at CMJ for over 4 years. David founded Powderfinger Promotions in 1994, which focuses on promoting new releases to College, AAA, Americana, Jazz, New World, and Jamband contacts at terrestrial, satellite, and internet radio while gradually expanding the company's services into publicity and social media. David’s day-to-day duties include overseeing Powderfinger's Radio and Publicity departments, and promoting new releases to radio contacts across North America. Some of the hundreds of artists that David Avery has worked with include 311, String Cheese Incident, Medeski Martin & Wood, Primus, Mike Gordon (Phish), Morgan Heritage, Stanley Clarke, Bootsy Collins, Christian McBride, Gov't Mule, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), Moe., Robert Randolph, Rick Danko, Slightly Stoopid, Lettuce, Steve Winwood, Umphrey's McGee, The Bad Plus, Widespread Panic, Chic Corea, and Yonder Mountain String Band.
Dr. Lou Anthony delise - Bocage Music Publishing, LLC
www.delisestudios.comLouis Anthony deLise was born in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia and grew up in rural Bucks County, Pennsylvania where his family moved when he was five. He studied jazz drumming as a youngster and taught himself to play the piano by making up tunes and reading through “fake books” at the family spinet. His formal studies in composition and percussion (he pursued a double major) began at Temple University in Philadelphia where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at the Boyer College of Music and Dance. While an undergraduate, deLise wrote the theme for a local Philadelphia television program and achieved his first Billboard “Pick Hit.” His concert music for choirs and instrumentalists is performed often and is available in print from Print Music Source, Bocage Music Publishing, LLC and Alry Publications, LLC. He is the author of The Contemporary Minstrel: Songwriting, Recording and Making Money with Your Music, a textbook on songwriting. Louis deLise was arranger and conductor for Robert Hazard (writer of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”) and Grammy winners Patti LaBelle and the rock band, Halestorm, in concert performances and recordings. For many years, he was an arranger for Grammy winner, Peter Nero’s Philly Pops orchestra. deLise has produced, arranged and conducted for pop and concert music recordings released on many labels, including EMI, Vanguard, Def-Jam, Centaur, SoulJazz, EM, BBE, Mercury and CBS records. He arranged and conducted for Patti LaBelle’s top 20 album, Timeless Journey and her number one hit, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle. A dedicated educator, deLise has served on the faculties of The Boyer College of Music and Dance, Rowan University, and Pennsylvania State University. He frequently presents seminars on composition and on the intersection of art and commerce.
Doug Green, New Rivals Entertainment - newrivalsent.com
Doug Green is the former Director of A&R and Business Affairs for David Ivory’s independent label Flexitone Records, based out of suburban Philadelphia, PA. Since graduating from Drexel University in 2007, he has worked closely with a number of regional and international artists on everything from booking and promoting shows to management, marketing, PR and radio campaigns.
Erin McKeown, Keynote & Featured Performer, Musician, Writer, Producer erinmckeown.com
Erin McKeown (pronounced “MICK-yone”) is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. She has released 10 full length albums over the last 20 years, all the while refining her distinctive and challenging mix of American musical forms. Her first musical, Miss You Like Hell, opened Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in 2018, where it was nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards, including Best Lyrics, Best Music and Best Orchestrations, and The Wall Street Journal named it Best Musical of 2018.
Eva Alexiou-Reo, Fata Booking www.fatabooking.com
Eva Alexiou- Reo is the founder of accomplished independent booking agency Fata Booking. Fata booking has worked with the likes of JIMMY EAT WORLD, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, FLOGGING MOLLY, SAVES THE DAY,, RUSTED ROOT, THE BLOOD BROTHERS and more. In addition, she has worked as a professor teaching Music Business at Drexel University.
Jason Spewak - JLS Artist Managment & Noble Steed Music
www.jlsmgmt.com www.noblesteedmusic.com Jason Spiewak is the President and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, who's current clients include Tony Lucca, Brendan James, Matt Duke, Honor By August, Andrea Nardello and Todd Carey. Spiewak is an artist management, A&R and online MARKETING specialist, most recently President and co-founder of Rock Ridge Music, with additional previous work experience at Artemis Records and TVT Records. Spiewak has previously managed or been part of the management team for artists such as Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ingram Hill, Ernie Halter, Benjy Davis Project, and Joe Firstman. Spiewak is also an accomplished producer and songwriter.
Jeff Morgan - Zippy Productions zippyprod.com
Jeff Snyder - Lebanon Valley College, VALE Music Group http://www.lvc.edu 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 oversees LVC's VALE Music Group which consists of the college record label - VALE Records, yearly music industry conference - VALE MIC, VALE Publishing, and VALE Booking. He teaches undergrad and grad classes on entrepreneurship, MIDI, digital Audio, and music industry, and has been asked to review books about the industry. He has worked in music industry retail for over 15 years, was a music columnist for a Fl. newspaper, and has been asked to give presentations at multiple conferences on subjects ranging from social media trends to circuit bending. As songwriter, keyboardist, and guitarist, Snyder has played with multiple bands, ranging from jazz, country, rock, and reggae. He’s played with notables such as Bruce Crump and Earl Lett and been in multiple recording sessions, both as player and engineer. He also surfs and practices photography. http://lostsurfer.net
Jesse Terry, Keynote & Featured Performer - Singer Songwriter jesseterrymusic.com
New Englander Jesse Terry began his career while attending Berklee, where he won grand prize in the CMT/NSAI songwriting contest, sponsored by the Nashville Songwriter's Association and Country Music Television. This led to a publishing deal and 5-year stint songwriting professionally for a Nashville publishing house. He went on to win grand prizes in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and at the We Are Listening Singer/Songwriter Awards, and his songs became known for their storytelling, emotional depth and intimacy. Five albums later and more than 1000 shows to date, including the stages of Bonnaroo, Americana Fest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and 30A Songwriters Festival, Terry has become a true musical journeyman. He has headlined theaters and supported tours across America, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Greenland, New Zealand, and had the honor of performing for US and NATO troops stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland.
Jim Allison, Nashville North Studios NashvilleNorthStudios.com Having spent the better part of 25 years in Nashville, country music producer and song writer, Jim Allison, has recently taken his talents to the Northeast, where he has set up shop in Southern New Jersey with a recording studio, Nashville North Studios, and record label, NNS Records. As a writer, producer and studio owner in Nashville for 25 years during which time he produced Blake Shelton, George Jones, Ray Stevens, Linda Davis and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, et al, and had 25 major label recordings of my songs including #1s with LeAnn Rimes and Reba McEntire. Jin also produced Billy Ray Cyrus and got him signed to Mercury Records. Currently I have Master Quality recording studios in Nashville and in Linwood NJ.
Jim Logrando, Craft Services https://www.kickstarter.com/experts Jim Logrando is the founding partner of Craft Services, a music strategy agency specializing in Kickstarter project management, strategic marketing, music supervision, and brand partnerships. Prior to launching CS, Jim held senior roles in strategic marketing and brand development at Redeye Worldwide and Yep Roc Records, as well as an advisory role at Kickstarter. Jim’s career in music began on-air in radio and he continues to be a songwriter, blackjack player, t-shirt collector, and a baseball enthusiast.
Joe Deluca, Producer & Engineer - JAM Studio One Productions
Freelance Independent Producer, Mixer, Engineer working out of JAM Studio One Productions in Ventnor, NJ. Over the 30+ years owning Why Me Recording Gibbsboro, NJ (March 1985-June 2018 now closed) I’ve produced/engineered over 600+ Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Blues, Country, Acoustic and Jazz Bands and Solo Artists from the NJ/Philly/DE music scene while also playing keyboards / guitar / hand percussion for many clients. If you’re looking for a producer to work along side you at JAM Studio One Productions in Ventnor, NJ, you’re recording at your favorite studio or you’re recording yourself at home, my years of experience can take your music to a new level. Please feel free to contact me.
John Harris, The John Harris Group
John Harris Group is a Consultancy to the Entertainment, Sports and Hospitality Industries. We create, develop and maintain professional relationships. John is the founder of the Millennium Music Conference & Showcases and the Singer Songwriter of Cape May (NJ). Currently John is the Talent Buyer for Harrisburg’s Club XL Live, Blarney’s, Savannah’s On Hanna, Sawyer’s Summer Concert Series and works in Production for Live Nation Philly at Hershey Stadium, Giant Center & Hershey Theatre and also Harrisburg University’s HUEfest.
Kay Pere - Heart and Spiral Studios www.kaypere.com
Kay Pere is a multi-dimensional performing songwriter, visual artist, writer, educator & activist whose work embodies a message of hope, healing, humor & humanity. She has recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winner Michael Hopkins, has performed across the US and Canada with top artists, and has had a song recorded by music legend Melba Moore. Kay offers personalized voice coaching, group workshops, performance, production and songwriting instruction.
Keath Lowry, Groove Control Productions - keathlowry.com
Keath Lowry is a prime influencer in the high quality, internationally competitive music coming out of Philly. His versatile songwriting and production chops are apparent in his professional credits which include co-writing over 30 songs for the hit Lifetime show “Bring It!” (new placements currently airing); 5 co-written and produced singles by various artists including Namarah and Mal!k; LektroMelodica's electronic hip hop single "Mix It Up (feat. Khidar & Rob Diioia), featured on season 3 of Vh1's "K. Michelle: My Life"; and TKA's Latin Freestyle hit "You Are the One" ("Lean On Me" soundtrack). Keath claims a Top 20 Billboard Dance hit and 2 Billboard Hot 100 singles and generates consistent music licensing income through his company Groove Control Productions’ publishing efforts. Groove Control Productions, Inc. is both a songwriting/production and music licensing giant that represents writers including Austin Woodlin (Top 30 BDS Gospel Chart, Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominee) and Nate McNair-Rogers (music placements in “Bring It”, “Lille Soldat”). Today Keath is an active, voting member of the Recording Academy and continues to work with up-and-coming as well as established artists. Learn more about Keath in his own words in his recent Humans of Music feature.
Keith Profeta, Indie Band Guru http://indiebandguru.com/
Keith Profeta founded Indie Band Guru a decade ago. IBG has helped propel unknown bands out of obscurity to a place where they can finally connect with their fans to create true fandom. Keith has a love for discovering new music and writing reviews, but his real passion is in directing artists on the path to a successful career in music. Indie Band Guru is an online music magazine geared toward emerging independent artists–and their fans. Since 2009, we have featured everyone from festival headliners to bedroom rockers, providing a spotlight on great new music that needs to be heard. IBG also helps independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve with writing services, promotion, and marketing advice. Every artist needs a little help. We have the Knowledge to get you Known!
Lou Plaia - ReverbNation http://www.ReverbNation.com Lou Plaia is the Co-Founder / EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations of ReverbNation. Since 2006, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging Artists build their careers. We’ve connected Artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. ReverbNation’s mission puts Artists First. Our powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging Artists from around the world access to the global music industry. The company operates worldwide with customers on every continent and more than 10 million unique visitors come to ReverbNation.com every month. Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked 16 years at Atlantic Records of which the last 4 years were with Atlantic imprint Lava Records as the Head of Marketing & Artist Development, where he worked with Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matchbox 20, Unwritten Law, George Carlin, Mike Stern and many others. Plaia was also responsible for negotiating partnerships with Nascar, Schick and Disney.
Michael Kornfeld - Acoustic Music Scene www.acousticmusicscene.com
Michael Kornfeld is an award-winning public relations and communications strategist and writer, who counts a number of independent recording artists among his clients. He's also editor & publisher of AcousticMusicScene.com -- an online publication for the folk, roots and singer-songwriter communities -- and a former contributing writer for The New York Times. A past president of two professional associations in his field, Mike is currently president of the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) board of directors and the Folk Music Society of Huntington (NY), as well as a board member of Folk Alliance International. He organizes the annual Huntington Folk Festival and hosts showcases and song swaps at music conferences and festivals.
Randy Alexander - Randex Communications www.randexpr.com Randex Communications is a boutique entertainment, lifestyle, consumer and music PR Speciality firm helmed by PR vet and award-winning former entertainment and music journalist Randy Alexander.
Richard Waller, Smack House Studios - thewalcommusicgroup.com
The Walcom Music Group, LLC is the music production base for Grammy winning, multi-platinum recording, mixing and mastering engineer Richard A. Waller III. He has more than 25 years of experience in the music business as a musician, recording/mixing/mastering engineer, record producer, composer, educator, and label executive. Today, Richard is currently working on several different projects in many different capacities. He facilitates clinics for the companies he endorses (TAMA Drums, Amedia Cymbals, A-Designs Audio, Pete’s Place Audio, Presonus, Warm Audio, Essential Sound Products and Accusound Cable Company). Additionally, Richard has formed a new music media/consulting company, The Walcom Media Firm, as well as a new record label, Grape Groove Recordings. He is also a Pro-Audio Application Specialist for Essential Sound Products, Inc. and a Product Specialist for Accusound Cable Company. He’s been a BMI Songwriter and Publisher for more than 25 years and a National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (The Grammys) member for more than 20 years, where currently serves on the Philadelphia Chapters Producers and Engineers board (The P&E Wing).
Rick Denizen - Boffo Studio www.BoffoStudio.com & www.RickDenizen.com Rick Denizen is a singer-songwriter, musician, artist, producer, and engineer.The Slot 1 recording label evolved from the original Slot One Recording Studio which is now called Boffo Studio. Many of the artists who recorded at the studio did not have a record label home, and so Slot-1 was born to developed and distribute those artists.
Rick Eberle, Rick Eberle Agency RickEberleAgency.com
Rick’s career in the biz began in new media working online initiative’s for Pink, Usher, Outcast, Dido and other Arista Records New York artists in 1999. In 202 he began working with several Long Island live music venues and also established a long running radio career at various stations including WLIR, WMJC, 94X and 94.3 The Shark. He founded the Rick Eberle Agency in 2013 handling label services, publicity, social media, and some talent and management agency duties for venues, festivals, conventions, TV and radio stations, bands, artists, actors, authors, chefs and other companies of all sorts he has successfully produced and promoted events.
Ron DiSilvestro, RDS Music and Media - rdsmusicandmedia.com
Billboard-charting drummer and award winning producer Ron DiSilvestro has designed a curriculum bringing together an experienced team of instructors, and a world class facility to offer one-on-one private lessons for ages 13 and up in each of the four major recording programs used in the music industry. Students learn one on one using industry standard programs including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Abelton, and FL Studio, learning from manufacturer approved textbooks to cycle through each software, ensuring wide skill proficiency and cross-pollination of many genres. Every fourth week, Ron himself will lead a group lab class in special topics, including building a personal music business, live recording sessions with bands and artists, with specialized workshops on Production and Mixing.
Scott Vattima - Emerge Artists & Sunset Entertainment
Sunset Entertainment & Emerge Artists is your home for All genre's of music. Reggae, Solo/Duo Acoustic, Rock, Pop, Soul, Island, Steel Drum, and more.
Sherri Mullen - Music Fortress, RDSD Publishing www.musicfortress.com (Powered By: RDSD Publishing) Sherri represents a diverse catalog of carefully curated music, has secured hundreds of placements in artist and media projects, supports a wide variety of content creation projects as a Music Supervisor, and she regularly works with individuals and companies as a Music Business Consultant, helping them to understand the complexities of music rights management. As a former Systems Engineer, Sherri utilized her technology skill set to develop music publishing software for RDSD Publishing and its clients, including a copyright management and royalty system ("CODA") and an online music licensing platform (www.musicfortress.com). Sherri is a voting member of NARAS (Grammy Awards), an Adjunct Professor at Lebanon Valley College where she teaches a Music Business course covering copyright, performing rights, publishing, and music licensing, and she is an advisor for the student run VALE Records label. Songs from her six independently released CDs have appeared internationally in film, television, & radio. Her passion is to support, empower, and unite those who create music and those who create audio visual content.
Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate
http://www.therockstaradvocate.com She’s a music-lovin, spreadsheet-makin, sweats-wearin former paralegal with a Master’s in Psychology. I started my career in my late teens, as an intern for Atlantic Records and college rep for WEA. As I finished my degree in Music Business (yes, that’s a real thing) at Drexel University, I helped create Mad Dragon Records with fellow classmates. Suzanne went onto manage the national street team & mid-west retail for Astralwerks (EMI), and founded IXiiV Records, LLC (later changed to IXiiV Artist Consulting) with my college roommate. Now, with The Rock/Star Advocate™, she’s able to live out her dream of helping musicians and their teams turn their passions into careers. I consult with music industry professionals of all levels to develop clear, manageable goals and equip them with the tools they need to achieve them, whether it be through role play, organizational planning, business consultations, or confidential S.O.S. calls for venting & support.
Tracey Miller - Tracey Miller & Associates (TMA Publicity) tmapublicity.com TMA advises game-changers and industry-defining icons; From new trailblazers to never-been-tried ideas; Tracey Miller and Associates specialize in winning for our clients in the only way that matters: By Achieving Results. Securing optimal strategic exposure with a detail-centric staff committed to excellence in every facet of the media relations realm.