2020 Event Speakers

Thank you to the diverse music leaders and creators online who came together to share from local community response, emergent solutions, and heroic efforts to support local artists, venues, creative communities, and support networks in the uniqueness brought on by COVID-19.

Adam Behr

Adam Behr

Director, Live Music Exchange; Lecturer in Contemporary and Popular Music at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University, Edinburgh, UK

Adrienne Palm

Adrienne Palm

Director of gBETA Musictech & gBETA Northeast Wisconsin at gener8tor, Appleton, WI, USA

Alejandro Cohen

Alejandro Cohen

Executive Director, DubLab, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Allyson Esposito

Allyson Esposito

Executive Director, NWA Council, Arkansas, USA

Amy Lamé

Amy Lamé

Night Czar, London, UK

Amy Schwartzman

Amy Schwartzman

Independent Consultant

Ana Rodriguez

Ana Rodriguez

Founder, Relatable, FIJATE QUE SUAVE, IMMF Board Co-Chair, Mexico

Anders Tangen

Anders Tangen

Co-President, Live DMA; Project Manager, Norwegian Live Music Association (NKA); Oya Festial, Oslo, Norway

Andrea Paschal

Andrea Paschal

Executive Director, Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS); ThinkIndie Distribution, Birmingham, AL, USA

Andreina Seijas

Andreina Seijas

Doctor of Design Candidate, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, USA

Andy Levine

Andy Levine

Founder, Topeka, Atlanta, GA, USA

Angela Rose Whaley

Angela Rose Whaley

Co-Founder, Music Minds Matter; Marketing Strategist, Delta Six Digital; Co-Founder, Clixigen; Denver, CO, USA

Anya della Croce

Anya della Croce

Coordination Romande, Association Petzi, Fribourg, Switzerland

Ari Evans

Ari Evans

CEO/Founder, Maestro, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ariel Palitz

Ariel Palitz

Director of the Office of Nightlife, New York, NY, USA

Armen Shaomian

Armen Shaomian

President, MEIEA; Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Arne Dee

Arne Dee

Survey Coordinator, Live DMA; Dee Music; Nordic Delight Festival; VNPF; Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Azmyl Yunor

Azmyl Yunor

Independent English and Malay language Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist, Academic, Writer, Klang Valley, Malaysia

Bas Grasmayer

Bas Grasmayer

Founder, MUSIC x TECH x FUTURE, Berlin, Germany

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Performing Arts Program Director, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, CA, USA

Ben Van Houten

Ben Van Houten

Business Development Manager, Nightlife & Entertainment Sector, San Francisco, CA, USA

Bryce Merrill

Bryce Merrill

Music Programs Manager, Bohemian Foundation, Ft. Collin, CO, USA

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu

Founder/Owner, Water & Music; Music & Tech Columnist, Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide, New York, NY, USA

Cédric David

Cédric David

Co-Owner, AFROPICKS.org; Assocciacion Latin Americana de Managers & Angentes Musicales (MMF LATAM); CEO, CECOM MUSICA, Cali, Colombia

Chris Zacher

Chris Zacher

Executive Director and Founder, Levitt Pavilion Denver; Lecturer, Univ. of Colorado; Partner, Zebra Incorporated, Denver, CO USA

Connie Corley

Connie Corley

Professor, Fielding Graduate University; Arcadia, CA, USA

Daemun Strange

Daemun Strange

Director of Communications, American Composers Forum, St. Paul, MN, USA

Damian Vaughan

Damian Vaughan

CEO, Recorded Music NZ, Auckland, New Zealand

Dani Grant

Dani Grant

Owner and General Manager, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Ft. Collins, CO, USA

Dave Ratner

Dave Ratner

Managing Partner, Principal, Creative Law Network, Denver, CO, USA

Dayna Frank

Dayna Frank

CEO, First Avenue and the 7th St. Entry; Board President, National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), Minneapolis, MN

Denisse Flores Somarriba

Denisse Flores Somarriba

Directora del Centro de Innovacion e Inteligencia para el Desarrollo de las Artes, Universidad de Guadalajara; Co-Fundadora y Directora Artistica, Females Sessions AC, Guadalajara, Mexico

Dev Bhatia

Dev Bhatia

Managing Partner/Artist Manager, UnMute; Guest Lecturer, I Love Music Academy, New Delhi, India

Diana Raiselis

Diana Raiselis

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation/Berlin Clubcommission, Berlin, Germany

Dmitre Vietze

Dmitre Vietze

CEO, rock paper scissors (tech and music PR firm); Founder, rock paper scissors, Bloomington, IN, US

Don Pitts

Don Pitts

President and Co-Founder, Sound Music Cities, Austin, TX, USA

Elisa Thoma

Elisa Thoma

Communications Director, Live DMA, France

Emily White

Emily White

Founding Partner, Collective Entertainment, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Emma McGann

Emma McGann

Singer/Songwriter/Topline Writer, Coventry, West Midlands, UK

Eric Gilbert

Eric Gilbert

Festival Director/Co-Founder, Treefort Music Festival, Boise, ID, USA

Esben Marcher

Esben Marcher

Sekretariatschef i Dansk Live, Valby, Denmark

Federico Rasetti

Federico Rasetti

Managing Director, KeepOn Live, Ferrara Area, Italy

Frank Heuser

Frank Heuser

Professor, Music Education, UCLA Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gerry Rosado

Gerry Rosado

Founder, Relatable; Intolerancia Lable, ADIMI member, Mexico

Gigi Johnson

Gigi Johnson

President, Maremel Institute; Faculty, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jami Duffy

Jami Duffy

Executive Director, Youth on Record, Denver, CO, USA

Jane Slingo

Jane Slingo

Director, Electronic Music Conference / Co Founder, Global Cities After Dark, Sydney, Australia

Jason Kramer

Jason Kramer

Partner at One Drop Sync , KCRW Radio DJ, Manager, Adjunct Professor, Musicians Institute, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Jeremy Peters

Jeremy Peters

Assistant Professor, Wayne State University College; Partner/Co-Owner, Quite Scientific Records; Advisor, Detroit Sound Conservancy; President, Board of Directors, Audivi, Detroit, MI, USA

Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin

Owner, OneHouse, The Plains, VA, USA

Jim Peters

Jim Peters

President, Responsible Hospitality, Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Joe Hay

Joe Hay

South Australian Festivals License Reform Roundtable Member; Live Music Commentator, ABC 891 Radio, Fringe Pilot Festival, Adelaide, Australia

Jordan Hirsch

Jordan Hirsch

Editor, ACloserWalkNola.com; founding Executive Director, Sweet Home New Orleans, LA, USA

Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson

Owner, Darkside Records, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Kate Becker

Kate Becker

Creative Economy Strategist at Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle, WA, USA

Kelsey Smith

Kelsey Smith

Programs Director, Young Musicians Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Kim Wangler

Kim Wangler

Music Industries Program Director, Appalachian State University; Board of Director, College Music Society, Boone, NC, USA

Kwende Kefentse

Kwende Kefentse

Cultural Industries Development Officer, City of Ottawa / Creative Director of TIMEKODE, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Professor and Director, NYU Steinhardt; President, Musonomics, New York, NY, USA

Laura Clark

Laura Clark

Director of Programs, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson

Live Music Manager, Bohemian Foundation, Ft. Collins, CO, USA

Lutz Leichsenring

Lutz Leichsenring

Co-Founder, Vibe Lab, Co-Founder, young targets GmbH, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Maggie Weiland

Maggie Weiland

Executive Director at SF Entertainment Commission, San Francisco, CA USA

Mark Adam Harold

Mark Adam Harold

Night Mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania

Mark Davyd

Mark Davyd

CEO, Music Venue Trust UK, Barcelona, Spain

Mark Roach

Mark Roach

Project Lead, Auckland UNESCO City of Music; Founder, Music Managers Forum NZ; Co-founder, Independent Music NZ, New Zealand

Matthew Ché Kowal

Matthew Ché Kowal

Co-Founder and President, Majestic Collaborations, Denver, CO, USA

Max De La Fuente

Max De La Fuente

Founder & CEO, GrooveList, Chile

Mayco Santaella

Mayco Santaella

Ethnomusicologist, Pop Music Educator, Head of the Film & Performing Arts Department, Sunway University, Malaysia

Meara McLaughlin

Meara McLaughlin

Executive Director, Music Portland, Portland, OR, USA

Michael Bracy

Michael Bracy

President, Music Policy Forum; Partner, Bracy Tucker Brown & Valanzano, Washington DC, USA

Mirik Milan Gelders

Mirik Milan Gelders

Vibe Lab; former Night Mayor of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Deputy Director, South Arts Atlanta, GA, USA

Molly North

Molly North

Co-Founder, Majestic Collaborations, Denver, CO, USA

Nancy Tarr

Nancy Tarr

Executive Director, Well Dunn; Adjunct Lecturer, SUNY Oneonta, New York, USA

Naz Chris

Naz Chris

DJ/Producer/Management Agent, Japan

Nicolás Madoery

Nicolás Madoery

432 HERTIZIOS, Argentina

Nikhil Kedambadi

Nikhil Kedambadi

Admin Head, Ronkel MERI; Founder Member, 1234, The World of Mausiqi, Mumbai, India

Nikki Swarn

Nikki Swarn

Program Director, The Drop/KUVO Public Radio, Denver, CO, USA

Nurit Siegel Smith

Nurit Siegel Smith

Executive Director, House of Blues Music Forward, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Paul Epstein

Paul Epstein

Owner, Twist & Shout Records, Denver, CO, USA

Peter Dickens

Peter Dickens

General Manager, MusicHelps, New Zealand

Reid Wick

Reid Wick

Sr. Membership & Project Manager, Recording Academy, New Orleans, LA, USA

Renard Bridgewater

Renard Bridgewater

Community Engagement Coordinator, Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, LA, USA

Renata Gomes

Renata Gomes

Project Manager & Researcher, DATASIM, São Paulo, Brazil

Ritnika Nayan

Ritnika Nayan

Market Development Director, CD Baby; Owner, Music Gets Me High; Program Director, Professor, Music Business Management, Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication, New Delhi, India

Robert Singerman

Robert Singerman

SVP, International Publishing, Lyricfind; Partner, SyncSummit; Co-Founder, The Chile, Argentina, Brazil (CAB) Music Trade Mission Tour, New York, NY, USA

Sacha Lord

Sacha Lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, UK

Scott Plusquellec

Scott Plusquellec

Nightlife Business Advocate, Office of Film + Music City of Seattle

Sergio Arbelaez Ospina

Sergio Arbelaez Ospina

Director, FIMPRO; Direction of Cultural Affairs, University of Guadalajara; Director General, imusic-school; Director de Contenidos, Circulart, Mexico

Sonya Robinson

Sonya Robinson

Founder & Co-Director, Artist Corps New Orleans, LA, USA

Spencer Townshend Hughes

Spencer Townshend Hughes

Director of Communications, Music Minds Matter; Songwriter, The

Stéphanie Stiff Thomas

Stéphanie Stiff Thomas

Coordinator of Professional Operations, FEDELIMA, France

Storm Gloor

Storm Gloor

Associate Professor, Music and Entertainment Studies,; City Councilman, Glendale, CO, USA

Swadin Padhy

Swadin Padhy

Academic Head, Ronkel MERI, Mumbai, India

Tak	Umezawa

Tak Umezawa

Partner & Japan Chairman, A.T. Kearney, Tokyo, Japan

Tim Exile

Tim Exile

Founder, Endless, London, UK

Tom Clareson

Tom Clareson

Project Director, Performing Arts Readiness, Columbus, OH, USA

Vanessa Rose

Vanessa Rose

President and CEO, American Composers Forum, St. Paul, MN, USA

Varun Patra

Varun Patra

Co-Founder, Homegrown, Mumbai, India