Adam Silverman, JLS Artist Management
Adam Silverman has been successfully navigating the world of entertainment for nine years. After obtaining a B.A. in music industry, he worked in sales and marketing for various major TV networks, including Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Today, Adam is able to combine his lifelong passion for music with his broad and diverse experience in the world of publicity. At Noble Steed Music, he is executing successful campaigns that include aggressive playlist marketing for singles, EPs and entire albums along with effective circulation of press services to key online outlets.
Bill Caterini – Cat House Sounds LLC
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.
Bill Pere – Connecticut Songwriters Academy
Originally from New York City, Bill Pere is one of today’s most sought-after songwriting mentors, workshop presenters, and song critiquers. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed “Songcrafters’ Coloring Book: The Essential Guide to Effective and Successful Songwriting”. He 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.
Mirror Image Media, LLC
www.newmirrorimage.com & www.thatmusicmag.com
No 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.
Dani Felt – Dani Felt Consultants
Dani is an entrepreneur, inspirational singer, songwriter, and a powerful entertainment maven. She is deeply rooted in music as well as entertainment that span both artistry and industry. Dani has the experience to help make your dreams and or your visions a reality. Originally from Philadelphia, Dani started singing at the age of five and have been performing and entertaining ever since. Her passion for music is also connected and deeply rooted within her family. Dani`s cousin Linda Creed, helped write and produce some of America’s biggest R&B hits for Whitney Houston (“The Greatest Love Of All”) ,the Stylistics and the Spinners. Dani attended the New England School of Communications where she acquired her bachelors degree in marketing communications. While auditioning for The Voice in New York, Dani quickly became inspired by the musical atmosphere there, so she later moved to New York. She soon firmly established herself in the NYC music scene. Here, she started working with fellow artists and help plan and organize music showcases and networking events. After emerging herself in the music industry in New York, Dani started doing A&R for several music management and publishing firms including Big Management, Morris Music Group, and BCMG. She also setup workshops at the world-famous Guitar Center, and did consulting for various celebrity voice over coaches, including Jean Marc Berne (Disney).Dani fuses her love of both music and promotion by using her unique networking talents to connect people together. These endeavors have resulted in incredibly profitable relationships, red carpet showcases and career defining opportunities.
David Ivory – Ivory Productions, NARAS Philadelphia, FlexiTone Records
Philadelphia 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.
Prof. David Philip (MBA) – William Patterson University
David Philp a full-time Assistant Professor in the Music Management & Pop Music programs at William Paterson. He has over 20 years of experience in the music & entertainment industry working in recorded music sales, home video, radio, and start-ups. Concerts produced under his company, YouChoose Music, have raised over $50,000 for New Jersey charities. Professor Philp graduated from William Paterson University and also earned an MBA in Marketing from Pace University. He has one wife and two children is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Steve Marcone.
David Avery, Powderfinger Promotions
Part of Powderfinger Promotion’s success comes via founder David Avery’s background, which includes growing up with strong gospel & rock surroundings, a B.A. in music, a year of study at the University of Lancaster (England), a M.M. in musicology from New England Conservatory, and two years of doctoral studies 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 radio DJ for four years, a Music Editor at Schwann Publications, and AAA radio columnist for CMJ for over 4 years. David’s day-to-day duties include overseeing Powderfinger’s Radio and Publicity departments, and promoting new releases to AAA, Americana, Jazz, Jamband, New World, and College radio contacts across North America.
Denise Troy – Sister Funk, Lead vocals, Keyboards
Since 1999, Sister Funk, a 5-piece all female band has been performing on national level playing their fresh funky originals and some of the best pop/rock/dance covers of yesterday and today. Sister Funk is best known for putting on high-energy shows and for their variety and adaptability. Their song repertoire ranges from classics like Crazy by Patsy Kline and Mustang Sally to current songs on the top 40 charts like Taylor Swift – Shake it Off and everything in between.
Dr. Lou Anthony delise – Bocage Music Publishing, LLC
Louis 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.
Eric Davis – JLS Artist Management
Eric Davis is an artist manager at JLS Artist Management and labelcoordinator for Noble Steed Music. Davis handles day-to-day managementactivities for clients including Tony Lucca, Pat McGee, Matt Duke andmore. Prior to joining JLS and Noble Steed, Davis held a marketingposition for Barnes and Noble in their collegiate department. Davis isalso a musician, and former vocalist and guitarist for New Jersey¹srenowned ska band, The Lampshades.
Jason Spiewak, JLS Artist Managment & Noble Steed Music
Jason Spiewak is the President and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, whose current clients include FLAW, Constantine Maroulis, Hey Monea, Matt Duke, Andrea Nardello, Connor Zwetsch, and Elvio Fernandes of Daughtry fame. Prior to establishing JLS and Noble Steed, Spiewak served as President at Rock Ridge Music, a Warner Music-distributed record label and management company he co-founded in 2004. Spiewak learned the music business on the independent side of the record company world, with previous work experience at Artemis Records, Studio E Records and TVT Records. Spiewak, a NARAS (Grammy) voting member since 2003, is also an accomplished producer, studio musician, and songwriter. Please read his acclaimed blog “From the Plastic Hallway” and more.
Jeff Morgan – Zippy Productions
Jessica Garcia – Springwood Productions
Springwood Productions is a media production company that focuses mainly on Music Video and Audio Production. Jessica has more than 15 years of Live Audio experience and 5 in Video Production. This is one of the things that makes Jessica and her company stand out. They have been in the industry for a few short years and have taken it by storm with their high quality video production!
Jeff Snyder – Lebanon Valley College, VALE Music Group
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
Jim Allison, Nashville North Studios
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.
JoeDeluca, Producer/Engineer Why Me? Recording
When you strip away all of the effects and technology it comes down to one thing…your music. If you want to take it to the world, you need a studio that takes the time to understand and enhance your music. At Why Me? Recording, producer/engineer Joe DeLuca has assembled a musician’s dream helping recording artists to do just that. Combining the best of both digital and analog worlds blending modern and vintage gear in a warm creative environment where you can relax and make your music a reality. Located minutes from Philadelphia in Gibbsboro, NJ, Why Me? Recording is a musician magnet attracting recording artists and singer/songwriters who’s styles range from Rock, Alternative, Metal, Punk, Hard-Core, Singer Songwriters, Acoustic and Jazz.
Kay Pere – Heart and Spiral Studios
Kay Pere is a multi-dimensional performing songwriter, visual artist, writer, educator & activist whose work embodies a message of hope, healing, humor & humanity. Offering personalized voice lessons, group workshops, coaching, performance & recording skills and songwriting instruction.
Kurt Schmel – SSA Music
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.
Les Scott – Source Q Boutique
Les Scott is a veteran of the music industry whose publishing company Source Q Boutiquespecializes in music placement in film & television and currently represents over 300 writers/artists. SQB is exclusively marketed through its alliances with Crucial Music Group,Fuze Artz LLC. and Expressive Artists.Recent SQB placements include; Red Widow (abc), Castle (abc), Breaking Bad (amc), Southland (tnt), The Glades (a&e), The Nine Lives Of Chloe King (abc family), Army Wives (lifetime), Cold Case (cbs), Ugly Betty (abc), Saving Grace (tnt), Prison Break (fox), Friday Night Lights (nbc), Californication (showtime), to name a few. As a producer, he is commissioned to produce master recordings for such companies as Universal Music Group, Killer Tracks, FirstCom Music, One Music and Network Music. Les has produced over 200 artists/bands in all genres wherein his writings and productions appear daily throughout the film/tv industries. Mr. Scott consults on intellectual property and other legal matters such as: music licenses, band agreements, producer and recording contracts, writer collaborations, performance releases, publishing agreements, cue sheets and is hired to draft custom agreements. Mr. Scott is available for private consultation – (602) 705-3554 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lou Plaia – ReverbNation
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.
Mariano Mattei, Philly Sound Studios
Just like the foodie/chef he is, Mariano Mattei mixes his roles as musician, businessman, producer, engineer, entrepreneur, family man, and IT tech into a perfect blend. An active player in the Philadelphia music and recording scene for more years than he’d like to admit, Mattei has been a recording producer and engineer, songwriter and live sound man, guitarist, vocalist, and touring music artist, playing the original music scene along the east coast. Owner of Philly Sound Studios. Philly Sound Studios is a unique recording studio with boundless creative possibilities for your next production. Musical artists love the design and acoustics of our live room and our recordings consistently show it! Coupled to this space is a well-outfitted control room that features a Neve V55 console, SSL converters and racks of current and vintage outboard gear by Manley, Urei, Focusrite, Summit, Trident and more.
Michael Kornfeld – Acoustic Music Scene
Michael Kornfeld is an award-winning public relations strategist and writer, with extensive professional management experience in the public and private sectors. He has been engaged in community, government and media relations; corporate communications; events and communications planning; issues and crisis management; philanthropy and cause-related marketing; niche and online promotion; social media and Web 2.0, and website content management.
Mike Michnya – Atlantic County NSAI, Garden State Songwriters, Inc.
Michael A. (“Mike”) Michnya is currently a co-coordinator of both the NSAI Chapter in Atlantic County, NJ and the Garden State Songwriters (which he co-founded in 1998), for which he hosted an open mic monthly from 2000 to 2013. His musical mission is to write, perform, promote and encourage original music in the American folk tradition. Performing under the pseudonym “Mike Amoriello,” his original songs have been described as a “cross between John Prine and Jimmy Buffet” and his performances as reminiscent of singer/songwriters Jim Croce, Harry Chapin and Cat Stevens. Always willing to try co-writing with anyone, he began conducting Songwriting with Kids workshops in 2010. As a NJ licensed professional counselor, coach, mediator, trainer and senior partner of Fooks-Michnya Associates, LLC, one of Mike’s specialties is helping creative artists of all types build on their signature strengths to live their most creative life. http://home.comcast.net/~mamichnya/site/
Nathaniel Pyfrom – Producers Panel
Nathaniel is a graduate of Full Sail University receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Recording Arts in 2012. His expertise ranges from dance, vocal production, songwriting, and music production. Nathaniel has been a life-long advocate of Hip-Hop within the Philadelphia community and its ability to change lives through the Arts. In order to do this, he has joined the mission to spread peace through Hip-Hop’s culture with SEAMAAC, a company that provides a safe place for students to develop their artistic talents after school. There he utilized his knowledge of the Recording Arts to teach high school students how to produce records at their after school program called Hip Hop Heritage. Also within the city, he makes the effort to enrich the learning experiences of students throughout Philadelphia and the entire East Coast by being a leader within a company called Hip Hop Fundamentals; a group of dancers that specialize in Breakin’, also known as Break Dancing. Nathaniel is a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and currently works with Groove Control Productions, The White Room, and Breed Studios.
Phil Nicolo – 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.
Randy Alexander – Randex Communications
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 Reinhardt, R Mobile Marketing
Rich attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he received two Bachelor’s degrees; one in Business Management / Entrepreneurship and one in Marketing. Out of college he started as a Bar Manager in running the bar and booking bands. In 2006 he started his first Marketing Company working with affiliate marketing. In 2011 he looked at what was happening in marketing and where it was going in the future. September 2011 he launched R Mobile Marketing a mobile marketing company. In 2014 teamed up with Mirror Image Media to offer any business mobile via Text Message Campaigns, QR Codes, Mobile Websites, Mobile Business Cards, Apps and More. They allow any size business to reach their customers on the device that they use the most, their cell phone.
Rick Goetz, MusicConsultant.com
Rick Goetz is a music business consultant and marketing professional with deep roots in the music industry. During his 20 years in the music business, he has been a major label A&R representative, a music supervisor, an artist manager, a professional bass player, and the head of a digital record label. His diverse experiences have given him insight into the complexities of making music and making a living making music from both the artist’s and executive’s perspectives. It was managing and playing in a group while at NYU that led him to his work within the major label system, developing talent and releasing, marketing, and distributing albums, singles, and music videos. He has worked for Lava/Atlantic, and Elektra, and EMI, with artists including Kid Rock, Matchbox 20 and Sarah Brightman, and on television shows including Sesame Street, and Psychic Detectives. Since leaving the major labels in 2007, he has handled music clearances for Mood Media / Musak and major marketing campaigns for a range of artists, from young, local, and aspiring bands, to multi-platinum, international superstars. In recent years he has been a guest speaker at SXSW, The Recording Academy, CMJ and The New Music Seminar.
Rick Denizen – Boffo Studio
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.
Sherri Mullen – RDSD Publishing
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.
Stephen F. Marcone, Ed.D – William Patterson University
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s, as a trumpet player in a rock music group, he recorded for Epic Records and toured the country taking an active role in the creative and managerial aspects of the ensemble. In 1973, he joined the faculty of the School of Music at Syracuse University and stayed until 1984. During that time, he was also Vice President of the Syracuse Musicians Association (Local #78). In 1984, he came to the William Paterson University of New Jersey where he was Chairperson of the Music Department for 15 years, and recently, for two years, was Interim Dean of the College of the Arts and Communication. He has written articles for numerous publications and has lectured at: the Hartt School of Music, NYU and many National and Regional Conferences. He is the author of Managing Your Band, in its 5th edition, and is a frequent lecturer for the NJ Council on the Humanities. Each summer Marcone conducts the university’s Summer Jazz Ensemble. Professor Marcone holds a B.A., M.M., and Ed.D. from Syracuse University and is co-host of the popular Music Biz 101 & More weekly free advice radio show/podcast with Dave Philp.
Suzanne Paulinski, The Rock/Star Advocate
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 – TMA Publicity
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.