Music Finance Forum will bring together debt and equity financiers, strategic and operational executives, and seasoned dealmakers in the music sector. Through the conference, participants will explore new revenue streams, acquisition strategies and evolving business models. Our speaking faculty will include:
David Pogoda, Managing Director, Head of North America, 23 Capital
David has over 15 years experience in the media and entertainment industries. Prior to joining 23, David was a Partner at Evolution Media and a Vice President at Merrill Lynch where he underwrote $3bn in assets across the entertainment space. 23 is a capital and solutions company focused exclusively on the sports, music and entertainment sectors. Since inception in 2014, 23 has deployed and advised on over $3.1bn of transactions. As a specialty finance platform, 23 Capital participates in transactions across the capital structure and employs multiple financing strategies ranging from passive IP lending and project finance transactions, to highly structured corporate facilities. 23 has committed and partnership capital of over $2bn to invest across the SM&E sectors.
Mark Riker, West Coast Media Manager, Anheuser-Busch
Mark Riker is the West Coast Media Manager for Anheuser-Busch and oversees all media and partnership integrations across all brands. Mark began his career in the e-commerce space with Nike, achieving an overall 8:1 ROAS by implementing first-to-market digital retargeting strategies. After Nike, Mark led the regional digital marketing business for Toyota at Saatchi & Saatchi. Currently with Anheuser-Busch, Mark works closely with event promoters, concert organizers, and media partners to elevate Anheuser-Busch’s current portfolio, as well as overseeing the launch of new brands across all media channels throughout the west coast. Mark also continues to foster the historic legacy of Anheuser-Busch’s partnerships with musicians across all genres by collaborating with artists such as Post Malone, Maluma, Fletcher and many others.
Mike Caren, CEO and Founder, Artist Partner Group and Creative Officer, Warner Music Group
Mike Caren is an American record producer, songwriter, and music executive. He is the current CEO (and founder) of Artist Partner Group and Creative Officer at Warner Music Group. He is also the founder of the Artist Publishing Group and the former President of Worldwide A&R at Warner Music Group. Prior to that, Caren was the Executive Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records and the co-president of Elektra Records. In addition to his work as a music executive, Caren has also written or produced numerous songs for artists including Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Kanye West, and others.
Michael Hodges, Co-CEO, ASG Music Group
Michael Hodges is a Grammy nominated American singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, executive music producer and music executive. He is currently the CO-CEO of ASG Music Group, which has been designed to revolutionize the integrations within music, film, television and commercial media companies. In an industry filled with creative pressures to cut costs, ASG has formed an entertainment model to increase revenue, generate new revenue and add value for all ASG partners while focusing on the directors, producers and production companies' creative visions.
Lonny Olinick, Chief Executive Officer, AWAL
Olinick runs Kobalt’s recording division, AWAL, one of the largest and fastest-growing independent global recording companies. Driving billions of streams and supporting hundreds of independent artists earning sustainable income from their music, AWAL has created a modern music company with the ability to sign, develop and take artists to the top of the charts. Over the past year, under Olinick’s leadership, AWAL artists’ streams more than doubled and the company attracted some of the hottest and most well-known established acts to partner with AWAL, such as Lauv, Rex Orange County, R3HAB, FINNEAS, Omar Apollo, Little Simz, The Wombats, Bruno Major, Broken Bells, Steve Lacy, girl in red and more. In addition, AWAL has created global successes like Lauv, who is platinum in 12 countries and has more than three billion streams for his catalog driven by his #2 pop radio hit, “I Like Me Better,” supported four top ten UK albums, and announced a long-term strategic alliance with major independent label, Glassnote Records.
Susan Genco, Co-President, The Azoff Company
Susan Genco is Co-President of The Azoff Company, working alongside industry veteran, Irving Azoff. Susan’s responsibilities include oversight and management of a diverse portfolio of entertainment companies along with the company’s strategic and legislative efforts. The Azoff Company portfolio includes Full Stop Management, Global Music Rights, and Oak View Group, among others. Susan is a Lecturer in Law at UCLA School of Law where she has taught Music Law since 2012 and, in addition, is a founder of the Music Industry Clinic at UCLA School of Law. She was proud to be selected for Billboard Magazine’s “Power 100” and featured in Billboard Magazine’s “Women in Music: The 100 Most Powerful Executives” as one of the Executives of Year. Prior to joining The Azoff Company, Susan held a variety of executive positions including Executive Vice President, Global Music Rights; Head of Business Affairs & Music for Guitar Hero, a division of Activision/Blizzard; Senior Vice President of Business Affairs at Warner Bros. Records Inc.; Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations, Capitol/EMI and Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at Arista Records, under the tutelage of Clive Davis.
Martin Bandier, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bandier Ventures
Martin N. Bandier is Chairman and CEO of Bandier Ventures. Prior to this, Mr. Bandier was the Chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a position in which he oversaw the company’s global music publishing activities, including talent and copyright acquisitions, day-to-day operations, and the development and implementation of the company’s long-term strategic initiatives.
Mr. Bandier’s role at Sony/ATV matched one of the most renowned music-publishing executives in the industry with the company that controls some of its most valuable catalogue assets and popular current artists and writers. The Sony/ATV catalogues include some of the biggest names in music, including The Beatles, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Joni Mitchell, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Richie Sambora, Sting, Hank Williams and Stevie Wonder, among others. Its ever-growing list of chart-topping artists, writers and producers includes Cardi B, Drake, Calvin Harris, Alicia Keys, Lady Gaga, P!nk, Travis Scott, Shakira, Ed Sheeran, Sia, Sam Smith, Stargate, Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Pharrell Williams.
Mr. Bandier’s involvement in the music industry dates to 1975, when he, Sam LeFrak and Charles Koppelman formed The Entertainment Company, where he achieved hits with a number of best-selling songs. He went on to co-found the Entertainment Music Company and SBK Entertainment World, where he modernized music publishing by expanding the use of the catalogue in commercials, films, sound recordings and stage productions. He also set up an advanced collection system for SBK’s vast copyright holdings. SBK sold its music publishing interests to Thorn EMI in 1989, and Mr. Bandier was appointed head of the combined music publishing division, EMI Music Publishing. He catapulted the company to new heights with a number of major catalogue acquisitions, taking it from the fourth largest music publishing business to the number one ranking.
In June 2003, Bandier was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with their prestigious Patron of the Arts Award. In February 2015, at the Pre GRAMMY Gala in Beverly Hills, California, he was recognized with a GRAMMY Award when he became the first ever music publisher to receive the President’s Merit Award. This was followed by a Lifetime Service Award in June 2017 from the National Music Publishers’ Association. In 2019, Bandier received the Visionary Leadership Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the BMI Icon Award from BMI, marking the first time a music publishing executive has been awarded this prestigious honor.
He is a trustee of Syracuse University and a 1994 Arents Award winner. In 2006, Bandier founded a music and entertainment industry degree program at Syracuse University, appropriately named The Bandier Program for Music and Entertainment Industries; its first class graduated in 2011 and it has become the leading music business program.
Dave Brooks, Senior Director of Touring and Live, Billboard
Dave Brooks is the senior director of touring and live for Billboard. He oversees all concert industry coverage and programs the Billboard Live Music Summit, Nov 5 & 6, in Beverly Hills. In 2018, Billboard acquired his media company Amplify, which he cofounded with his wife Kristen in 2014. Dave and Kristen are graduates of UC Santa Cruz and live with their two children Wesley and Annabelle and Amplify's K9 mascot Bandit in Long Beach, California.
Steve Salm, Chief Business Development Officer, Concord
Steve oversees the company's M&A activity and business development initiatives in the Music I.P. market with the strategy of building significant long term value through the acquisition of publishing companies, record labels, music copyright catalogs, master recording catalogs, key artist and songwriter deals and theatrical/grand rights. Concord’s portfolio of 12,000 active master recordings includes more than 260 RIAA certified gold, platinum, multi-platinum and diamond releases including 210 Grammy® winners. Concord’s music publishing catalog includes over 400,000 copyrighted works. Concord’s theatrical rights include Rodgers & Hammerstein, Tams-Witmark & Samuel French catalogs.
Vickie Nauman, Founder, CrossBorderWorks
Vickie Nauman founded and manages CrossBorderWorks, an LA based consulting and advisory firm, where she works with a portfolio of streaming services, finance provider, device manufacturers, start-ups and industry consortiums. She is a consultant to innovative finance company 23 Capital, which focuses on the sectors of music, sports and entertainment. Nauman has expertise across all aspects of digital music - licensing, rights, data, products, music-tech, strategy and international. Her experience spans the earliest days of disruption at RealNetworks/MusicNet to KEXP Seattle, global platform 7digital, and connected device pioneer Sonos.
Jonathan Azu, Founder and Managing Partner, Culture Collective
After years of driving success for some of the industry’s most iconic artists brands and companies, Jonathan Azu started artist management firm Culture Collective for reasons bigger than music. With a focus on urban genre clients, Culture Collective is representing creatives who are redefining their culture while also exemplifying and promoting diverse and inclusive leadership in entertainment which is greatly lacking in music companies today. Prior to joining Red Light, Azu, a two-time Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Player, was EVP & General Managerof Red Light Management, EVP of Operations and Business Development for Superfly Presents and was VP of Music Partnerships for CBS Radio. He is a graduate of Drake University and currently serves as a Board Trustee. In his career Jonathan has overseen the development of many notable artists and brands including Anita Baker, Emily King, Cory Henry, Luke James, Michelle Williams, Miguel, Kool & the Gang, Lecrae, Leon Thomas, Outside Lands Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and many more.
Andrew Gould, Global Head of A&R, Downtown Music Publishing
Andrew Gould is Global Head of A&R at Downtown Music Publishing. Based in Los Angeles, Andrew manages a staff of 10 worldwide and oversees all A&R and investment decisions for Downtown’s frontline business outside of Nashville. Since starting at Downtown in April of 2018, Andrew and his staff have signed Cautious Clay, Evie Irie, Theophilus London, Chris Barnett (aka CBmix), and husband and wife duo, The War and Treaty, among others. He also handles creative and business for existing client, Ryan Tedder.
Before Downtown, Andrew was Co-Head of A&R, North America / SVP at BMG. Here he worked with The Monsters and Strangerz, Jon Bellion, and Jason Evigan, and signed Lewis Capaldi. Additionally, Andrew signed Andra Day and their work together led to Rise Up, which she performed live at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Andra was also nominated for two awards that year.
Notably, while at BMG, Andrew placed the multi-format hit song “The Middle” with Zedd, Grey, and Maren Morris. The Middle sat #1 Top 40 Airplay for 6 weeks and received 3 Grammy nominations at the 61st Grammy Awards, including for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Prior to BMG, Andrew was Senior Director of Creative at EMI Music Publishing where he was an early champion of Sia and worked with hitmakers such as Savan Kotecha, Jim Jonsin, and Toby Gad. Prior to EMI, Andrew was A&R at Epic Records. Here he worked alongside the label EVP, making records for priority pop acts.
A classically trained pianist, Andrew received his MBA from the Wharton School. He is passionate about music advocacy, having just completed his first term on the LA Chapter Grammy Board, where he Co-Chaired the Advocacy Committee.
Tom Höglund, Chief Revenue Officer, Epidemic Sound
Tom Höglund is the Chief Revenue Officer, Chief Business Development Officer and former Head of Legal at Epidemic Sound, the global technology company disrupting the music industry. As part of the team who developed the company’s never seen before legal model back in 2009, Tom has played a fundamental role in advancing Epidemic’s journey to soundtrack the world.
Jeremy Gruber, Head of Digital, Friends at Work
Jeremy Gruber leads digital marketing and strategy for a roster of artists at Friends at Work, including John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, RuthAnne, Raphael Saadiq and others, as well as strategic digital communications for philanthropies and brands.
Anna Siegel, Senior Vice President, FUGA Americas
Anna Siegel is the Senior Vice President of FUGA Americas, the New York office of the industry leading distribution technology and services company. Joining in 2016, Anna oversees client relations and business development in the Americas as well as helping to launch and run the company's first U.S. office. Working closely with the company's rapidly growing client-base of labels, distributors, management companies and artist services platforms, she is a passionate advocate for creative approaches to distribution. Prior to joining FUGA, she was Director of Marketing & Communications at 7digital, overseeing global PR, events, digital marketing and communications strategy. She cut her teeth in the music business as International Marketing Manager for the label Putumayo World Music where she established and managed the company's distribution channels and marketing strategy in numerous territories. She has been an active voice at conferences including SXSW, A2IM Indie Week, and Music Biz and holds a MSc in Media and Communications from the London School of Economics.
Summer Watson, Founder, Heir
Summer is CEO and co-founder of Heir alongside Pusha-T. She's led content, marketing and product at top consumer tech startups TuneIn, Pocket Gems and Playdom (sold to Disney for $763M).
Jason Alexander, Founder, Hit the Ground Running
Jason Alexander is founder of Hit the Ground Running, Inc. (HTGR), an LA-based, full-service, independent music supervision company. Since 2001 HTGR and its illustrious team of music supervisors have applied their skills and expert knowledge of music to a wide array of network and studio projects. The company currently handles music for the likes of Pennyworth, Cloak & Dagger, Silicon Valley & Gotham.
Matt Burns, Founder, Ingrooves
Matt Burns founded Ingrooves, a leading global music marketing and distribution company, which was recently purchased by Universal Music Group. Matt is currently the General Counsel of Ingrooves and is responsible for the company’s Legal & Business Affairs group, corporate development, M&A, licensing and its integration into UMG. Prior to founding Ingrooves, Matt was a corporate and securities lawyer at Morrison & Foerster. His corporate law practice concentrated on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance for companies in a variety of industries, with a major focus on technology and media companies.
Alicia Yaffe, Manager, Jampol Artist Management
Alicia Yaffe is a manager at Jampol Artist Management, a boutique firm that specializes in the protection and promotion of pop culture legacies. Clients include The Doors, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, Charlie Parker, John Lee Hooker, The Mamas and the Papas, and many more. In 2020, she is launching a new company called Spellbound Immersive, dedicating to creating immersive experiences around iconic intellectual property. Alicia is also the founder of The Spellbound Group, a marketing agency specializing in integrated digital marketing for icons.
Chris Lakey, Vice President, Creative Synch, Kobalt Music
With over 18 years’ experience in music publishing, Chris Lakey serves as the VP of Creative Synch for Kobalt Music Publishing. Daily he works closely with film studios, streaming platforms, trailer houses, videogame companies, music supervisors, directors and editors to further exploit Kobalt compositions for synchronization opportunities. He also oversees the Los Angeles based creative synchronization team in all of their efforts to further exploit Kobalt’s expansive catalog in all media. He has made Kobalt music contributions to some of the highest-grossing films, award-winning programs, and culture-defining shows throughout his tenure. Mr. Lakey, additionally, has over a decade of expertise in negotiating synchronization deals and music licensing across all media. Prior to Kobalt, he worked at Universal Music Publishing Group for seven years within the Synchronization department.
Debbie White, Deputy Chair, Music Industry, Loeb & Loeb LLP
Debbie White focuses her practice in the music, motion picture and entertainment industries, with particular emphasis on representing recording artists, songwriters, producers, managers, record companies, publishing companies, and digital media and technology companies in their ongoing business affairs. Recognized as a top entertainment lawyer by leading publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, Debbie is known for her work negotiating multimillion-dollar recording contracts, as well as agreements related to publishing, worldwide touring, film soundtrack and Broadway cast albums, merchandising and sponsorships. A significant portion of her music practice centers on the development of copyright strategies and implementation of licensing efforts for digital companies, major advertisers and advertising agencies, sports and television networks, and entertainment companies.
Michael Palank, Partner, MaC Venture Capital
Michael Palank is a Partner at MaC Venture Capital, a uniquely positioned and constructed early-stage venture firm. He has 15 years of diversified experience in finance, media and startups. A former hedge fund analyst and talent agent, Mike has worked with some of the biggest names in media. Additionally, Mike has worked with numerous startups in various operational, business development, sales, marketing, finance, and fundraising capacities.
Jordan Bromley, Partner, Manatt Entertainment
Jordan Bromley is the leader of Manatt’s entertainment transactions and finance practice. His client base includes iconic, established, legacy and developing artists, songwriters, producers, record labels, digital distributors, streaming content companies, content creation and management companies, music publishers, apparel companies, professional management companies, global influencers, executives, international law firms, technology funds, actors, models, and multimedia fashion and lifestyle companies. Jordan is also known for his thought leadership on the Music Modernization Act, streaming trends, and copyright and royalty issues. He is frequently published in and quoted by publications covering music issues and has been recognized by Billboard as one of “Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys.”
J.T. Myers, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, mtheory
J.T. Myers is Co-Founder and CEO of mtheory, an artist development and marketing platform for artists and their managers. mtheory provides a modern set of capabilities to artists and their teams, including marketing, digital and social strategy, sales, tour marketing, creative services, live production, deal advisory, distribution, production and project financing. Founded in 2010, mtheory works as part of the team for a diverse group of artists such as Major Lazer, Twenty One Pilots, Kacey Musgraves, A$AP Rocky, Sturgill Simpson, The xx and Flume. J.T. is also Managing Member of Unison, a financing vehicle for content creators, artists and entrepreneurs looking to fund music-focused creative projects such as albums, tours and other ventures.
David Bakula, Head of Analytics & Insights, Nielsen Music
David Bakula is Head of Analytics & Insights for Nielsen Music, overseeing Nielsen’s global music industry analytics, label and major client relationships and driving music research strategy. With more than 25 years of experience in analytics and research in the music industry, David has held senior positions at a number of multinational companies. He began his career at Musicland Group in Merchandise Planning and Inventory Management, before moving on to Universal Music Group to build and lead their highly respected business analysis team. As an industry thought leader, David has presented his research internationally and is a highly sought after commentator on the music industry and emerging analytical trends. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business TV and is a frequent contributor to USA Today, Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and other publications.
James Sammataro, Partner and Co-Chair, Media + Entertainment, Pryor Cashman
James Sammataro is a partner at Pryor Cashman and co-chair of the firm’s Media + Entertainment Group. Billboard recognizes him as one of the country’s top music lawyers. Variety declared him one of the most impactful entertainment attorneys in Hollywood. With two decades of trial experience in high-stakes copyright, trademark, defamation, First Amendment, rights-of-publicity and non-compete matters, Fortune 500 companies, leading media entities, professional sports teams and A-list talent trust James to represent them in delicate, high-profile disputes.
Frank Scibilia, Partner, Pryor Cashman
Partner Frank Scibilia is a member of Pryor Cashman’s Litigation, Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment and Digital Media Groups. In the fast-moving entertainment field where new technology is constantly reshaping both the business and legal landscapes, Frank stays in front of the key issues affecting his clients. A highly accomplished intellectual property and entertainment lawyer, Frank represents content owners on all aspects of copyright law - including litigation, licensing, enforcement, rights clearance and due diligence - with a strong focus on digital music issues. His work has a direct financial impact on his major music industry clients, their songwriters and recording artists, and the industry as a whole.
Maria Egan, President and Head of Creative, Pulse Music Group
Maria Egan is a veteran creative executive in the music industry who currently serves as President and Head of Creative at Pulse Music Group. A growth-minded leader with a track record of success, highlights of her accomplishments at Pulse since becoming Head of Creative include helping the company double its NPS and climb into the Top 10 publisher market share in the US. She’s also leading the company’s drive into the Latin music market and played an integral role in the formation of Pulse’s joint venture partnerships with Marc Anthony’s Magnus Media and Nas’ Mass Appeal.
In her time at Pulse, Egan has built a world-class A&R team, developing young executive talent to be recognized as industry leaders, while consistently identifying, signing and developing some of the most talented and successful songwriters in music. As a team leader, she works to foster an egoless and proactive culture where A&R team up on signings and are co-creating hits across multiple genres. Egan prizes internal collaboration and strives to cultivate a diverse young A&R team with cultural currency. Her approach to leadership and creative strategy has helped make Pulse an unusually cutting edge destination for both young A&R executives and songwriting talent in the publishing world. As President and Head of Creative at Pulse, Egan’s responsibilities include running the creative team, creatively supporting key signings from Pulse’s publishing ventures with Rick Rubin, Creative Nation and Magnus Media, continuing to expand the company’s global creative strategy, overseeing A&R for her own roster of priority writers and overseeing strategy and operations for Pulse’s new independent label initiative.
Since Egan first joined Pulse in 2013, the company’s A&R team has signed successful artists and songwriters including Starrah, Tyler Johnson, El_P and Rich The Kid. Before to joining Pulse, Egan was Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records from 2005 to 2013 where she worked on a diverse cross section of the roster - running point for the company’s TV and pop A&R operations, signing the Avett Brothers with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and serving as A&R for breakthrough records with Brandi Carlile and Three Six Mafia. While at Columbia she also remained the CEO of her own producer management, music supervision, and publishing company Elemental Music. Before she joined Columbia’s A&R team in 2005, Egan was recruited by New York’s Nettwerk Management in 2002 to represent their electronic artists including superstar DJ Tiesto after launching her management career in 1998 in her native UK.
In addition to her work in the music industry, Maria has been the Chair of the Board for InsightLA, a non-profit in Santa Monica offering mindfulness retreats for LA community services like the Children’s Hospital, the VA, and the Downtown Women’s Shelter and is spearheading several mindfulness programs for the creative community and women in leadership.
Bruce Flohr, Chief Strategy Officer, Red Light Management
During his 25+ years working in the music business, Bruce Flohr has continued to evolve. While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Bruce ran the nationally recognized college radio station KCPR. From there, he went directly into a National Promotions position at RCA Records as head of Alternative Promotion, where he guided the careers of numerous bands. He then moved into a dual A&R/Marketing position at RCA where he signed two iconic Rock bands, Dave Matthews Band and Foo Fighters. In 2002, he switched gears and joined Coran Capshaw and Dave Matthews Band at Red Light Management and ATO Records which roster includes Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, and Brandi Carlile to name a few. Recently, Bruce has been directly involved in the management of Dave Matthews Band, Heart, Allen Stone, OAR, Switchfoot. Bruce is also a founding partner in the music media company GreenLight Media & Marketing. GreenLight’s mission is to put together an experience that creates a culture between brands and music. Recently awarded best small agency of the year, Green Light has worked with such brands as: Spotify, Intel, Under Armour, Sierra Nevada Beer, The Hutton Hotel in Nashville and Hyundai. GreenLight recently sold a majority stake to Live Nation. Bruce remains an active shareholder in the company. Bruce is also heavily involved in technology, helping start-ups gain traction in the music space. Bruce has worked closely with companies such as Dubset, SoundHound, MixHalo, and Stem. Bruce’s previous speaking engagements include Red Bull, Under Armour, Birch Box, RCA records, Midem, SXSW, MuseExpo, Summit Series Dublin, and many Universities.
Richard Rowe, Vice Chairman, Round Hill Music
Richard was a founding partner of R2M Music. Previously, Richard was the President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, having worked for Sony Music/ CBS for over 26 years. Richard negotiated the acquisition of ATV Music Publishing that included the Beatles catalog. He was responsible for signing writers such as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Stevie Nicks, Lauryn Hill, Sarah McLachlan, Fugees, Sade, Everything But The Girl, and Oasis. Richard is a UK solicitor and is based in New York, London and Los Angeles.
Jonathan Linden, Co-President, Round Room Presents
Jonathan Linden is the Co-President of Round Room Live. Round Room is a diversified live entertainment company that focuses on children and family tours, touring exhibitions and non-traditional arena tours. Jonathan previously served as the CEO of S2BN Entertainment and as a Senior Vice-President of Live Nation Worldwide. At both S2BN and Live Nation, Linden partnered with entertainment industry veteran and former Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl. Jonathan has produced and promoted many projects and productions including: Lead producing Rock of Ages Broadway, Las Vegas and international, The Marvel Experience, Barbra Streisand, An Evening with Al Pacino, An Evening with Oprah, among other successful productions. Jonathan started his career as a lawyer and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Jason Sklar, Managing Director, Shamrock Capital Advisors
Mr. Sklar is a Managing Director at Shamrock and focuses exclusively on Entertainment IP. Before joining Shamrock in 2015, Jason was an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan’s Entertainment Industries Group where he managed a portfolio of leading filmed entertainment, television, music, and media distribution companies as well as provided strategic advisory services to global content companies. He also previously worked as an Associate at Bank of America and as an Analyst at Arthur Andersen LLP.
David R. Dunn, Managing Partner, Shot Tower Capital
David is a founder and the Managing Partner of Shot Tower Capital LLC, a media focused investment banking and advisory firm. Its principals are active in all aspects of media and have advised on over 100 merger and acquisition and financing transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $60 billion. David has been focused on media and entertainment for over 20 years starting his investment banking career in the media group at Alex. Brown & Sons.
Milana Rabkin Lewis, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stem
For Stem CEO Milana Rabkin Lewis, music is more than passion — it’s identity. Born in Lithuania to a family of musicians, raised in Detroit, and trained in Los Angeles, Milana has grit, storytelling, and entrepreneurship in her DNA. As the youngest and first digital media agent in Hollywood, she broke records and redefined business norms. Milana represented a range of creators across all verticals at UTA, helping them to connect directly with their fans by leveraging cutting-edge technologies and emerging distribution platforms. Today, she continues to champion for the creative class as the leader of Stem — a company founded to bring clarity to the music business.
Charles Johnson, Managing Director, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
Charles joined SunTrust in 1995 and currently leads part of the Sports and Entertainment Investment Banking Group for SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. With over 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Charles has been affiliated with such firms as Bank of America, Credit Suisse, Montag and Caldwell and Wachovia Corporation. In addition to Sports and Entertainment, Charles has assisted clients focused on food manufacturing, food distribution, restaurants, and the beverage. He has completed a number of complicated financial transactions focused on public and private capital raising and merger and acquisition advisory services.
Charles is a recognized leader in the Sports and Entertainment field. Charles has represented the United States of America as a Delegate for the United States Department of State to meet with Federal, State, Local and business executives in Brazil as the country prepared for the World Cup in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games. He is a frequent panelist at conferences presented by Billboard and other industry publication. Charles has also been a speaker at the Harvard Business School’s Media Conference.
Jake Udell, Founder, TH3RD BRAIN
Jake Udell is a music manager, entrepreneur, the founder of TH3RD BRAIN, and serves as Head of Activation for LA-based start-up, Community. Udell is known for his innovative style of developing businesses for recording artists, ranging from Krewella to Gallant from ZHU to Grace VanderWaal. Music industry analyst Bob Lefsetz has described Udell as "a new Shep Gordon, maybe a new Irving or Geffen." In 2016, TH3RD BRAIN started their record label and launched the first ever accelerator for recordings artists, which was chronicled by the Wall Street Journal. He has been selected to Forbes 30 under 30 list and was the youngest member of Billboard's 40 under 40 list in 2018. Udell shares his insights on the industry and favorite tools for marketing recording artists via a daily newsletter at artofamanager.com.
Joseph Woolf, Founder, Trowbridge Capital
Trowbridge Capital is a specialty strategic consulting and financial advisory firm exclusively focused on the entertainment and media industries. Mr. Woolf has over 30 years of banking and investing experience and has advised, underwritten or arranged billions of dollars of capital commitments to a broad range of entertainment and media companies, including filmed entertainment, music, sports and the service sector that support these industries.
Dae Bogan, CEO and Co-Founder, TuneRegistry
Dae Bogan is a music rights executive, serial entrepreneur and educator with over fifteen years of experience in the music industry. He is the founder and CEO of TuneRegistry, which develops music rights administration software and solutions for small and medium-sized music rightsholders. He also offers music rights, business, and technology consulting through his firm, Rights Department. Previously, Dae owned and operated an independent record label (Loft24 Records), a music publishing company (Loft24 Publishing), and a boutique artist management firm (Renaissance Artist Management) until 2012 when he founded an in-store independent music video network (Maven Promo), which was later acquired by EMPIRE Distribution in 2017. Dae also founded the world’s first aggregator and search engine of unclaimed music royalties (RoyaltyClaim), which was acquired by HAAWK in 2017.
Additionally, Dae teaches the Music Industry Entrepreneurship and Innovation course at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, which was recognized by Billboard among its list of “The 15 Best Music Business Schools In 2017.” Dae was also the first Innovation Fellow at the UCLA Center for Music Innovation. He has taught at Emerson College; California State University, Northridge; SAE Institute Los Angeles and has guest lectured at USC Marshall School of Business and the College of the Canyons. Dae’s research into the global music licensing ecosystem has been cited in articles, textbooks and government-commissioned reports around the world. His work in copyright administration, music publishing, and royalties contributed to the U.S. Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of the economic impact of the Music Modernization Act.
Dae holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Music Industry Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Gigi Johnson, Executive Director, UCLA Center for Music Innovation
Gigi Johnson launched the Center for Music Innovation at UCLA Alpert in 2014 to explore how innovation changes social connections and human systems around music and with music. Johnson hosts the Innovating Music podcast at UCLA Alpert and teaches classes changing music industry business models and data-driven music marketing. Previously, she ran programs and was a lecturer at UCLA Anderson in subject ranging from digital disruption in media to action research for company change. As the Executive Director of the Maremel Institute, she runs executive programs and transformative conferences on Possible Futures — on how companies can mix science, tech, scifi, and social change to rethink futures of sectors ranging from creative arts to higher education and workforce development. She received her EdD from Fielding Graduate University; her MBA from the UCLA Anderson; and her BA in Cinematic Arts (Film and Television Production) from USC.
Rob Amir, Partner, Vine Alternative Investments
Rob is a Partner and Head of Transaction Analytics and Music Originations at Vine Alternative Investments. Rob has over ten years of experience in investment banking and five years of operating experience in the entertainment sector. Rob began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick where he worked in the Corporate Transactions Group. He then joined BT Alex. Brown, where he was responsible for underwriting transactions for the Real Estate Investment Banking group. Rob then transitioned to the origination side of the business, joining JP Morgan Chase’s Real Estate Structured Finance group in 1999 and then Banc of America Securities’ Real Estate Structured Finance group in 2001. After that, he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment from 2005 to 2010 where he was primarily responsible for greenlighting films, raising capital and structuring distribution deals and strategic initiatives. Immediately, prior to joining Vine, Rob was a Managing Director at Rizvi Traverse Management focused on capital raising and evaluating and structuring investments for content owners, distributors and investors worldwide. Rob is based in Los Angeles and is currently focused on Vine’s origination efforts to be a source of long term creative capital for the music sector leveraging off of Vine’s long dated expertise in structured transactions in the entertainment space.
Rob holds a B.A. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Matthew Adell, Consultant, Board Member & Investor
An inspirational leader and music industry guru, Mathew Adell has turned around music tech companies, stabilized and expanded enterprises for growth, scale, investment and acquisition. Adell embarked on a career in the music business at age 13 working at a record store in suburban Chicago. Early in his career, before the dawn of the Internet, he served as Vice President of Wax Trax! before setting out on his own and founding two companies, Organico Recordings and Little Green Management. During this period, Adell signed and worked with The KLF, Derrick Carter, KMFDM, Dubtribe, Thrill Kill Kult, Psychic TV and many more groundbreaking electronic music acts. Recognizing the potential of the internet, Adell was an early adopter and was quick to realize its potential, breathing new life into stale business models and innovating products leveraging contemporary consumer trends and technology innovations. He catapulted to senior positions for websites including Radiowave, MusicNow, and Amazon. After his departure from Amazon, he joined online streaming service—Napster, as Vice President of Music Services, leading music programming and product initiatives. Subsequently, he was recruited to be Chief Operating Officer and ultimately Chief Executive Officer at Beatport, the world’s largest digital music store for DJs. After building the company to a $65+ million valuation, Adell orchestrated a profitable sale of the company in 2013, delivering substantial shareholder value. Under his leadership, he has built companies for rapid growth and positioned them for acquisition by larger corporations. In 2016, Adell co-founded MetaPop, a platform for remixers and in 2017 sold MetaPop to Native Instruments, home of Traktor DJ hardware and software, Maschine Production hardware and software and over 100 other leading products for music creators. At Native Instruments, Adell launched NI’s first web service for musicians, Sounds.com. Adell’s passion isn’t just music; it’s connecting music creators and the people who love music. With an infectious enthusiasm and sense of humor, he has been influential in sustaining deep relations in the music business. Much has changed within the industry since Matthew Adell was a young teen working in a record store, but throughout the years, his vision and dedication to music remain steadfast as ever.