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Music Industry Summit

The Third Annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit will take place on Thursday March 25th, 2021, as an interactive virtual event. The Summit features an exclusive gathering of national and regional music industry leaders and artists for a day of informative panels and compelling interviews, as well as networking and learning opportunities for registrants.
 

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Amaechi Uzoigwe

Amaechi Uzoigwe is an NYC-based entrepreneur, executive & investor with a history of launching successful creative careers, companies & campaigns, while also establishing himself as a pioneer in music, a champion of creative artists, an award-winning marketer, content creator, thought leader & community builder. Currently, as co-manager & business partner of Grammy-nominated & gold-certified hip hop stars Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & EL-P), Amaechi oversees all aspects of the group's multi-faceted enterprise including music, film & TV, publishing, touring, marketing & e-commerce, plus their apparel, alcohol and cannabis businesses. He also represents the ground-breaking West African rock band, Songhoy Blues, who just released their new album, Optimisme, to worldwide critical acclaim. 

Additionally, Amaechi is a partner & executive producer at GRAiNEY Pictures in LA, an award-winning documentary & branded content production company, which just wrapped it’s next film, Unzipped, tackling the dual crises of homelessness & income inequality in Venice, CA. With a journey spanning from bi-racial immigrant kid to football star to bartender to bookstore clerk to human rights worker in Jamaica to aspiring filmmaker who caught a break from Spike Lee to music manager to music tech to finance (mixed with a few stretches of homelessness), Amaechi has charted his own unique path to the present. His expertise & portfolio now range across multiple sectors in entertainment, media, retail, lifestyle & tech, achieving $75M+ in revenues via strictly independent, self-owned & financed ventures, most of which he was told would fail. As an artist manager, he has deep experience in all aspects of the music business, and has developed an extensive network with key ecosystem partners like Apple, Amazon, YouTube & Spotify, plus major brands, agencies & media. 

He has also been an early adopter & innovator in the tech space, launching his first website in 1994, first desktop app in 2003, a digital download store in 2005, a music tech start up in 2008, and with Run the Jewels, jumping head first into the worlds of VR, AR, 3D, gaming & more to create world-class, award-winning content. Most importantly, Amaechi has had the distinct pleasure of working with some of the most critically-acclaimed & celebrated musical talent of his generation, including EL-P, Killer Mike, Danger Mouse, Zack de la Rocha, Rick Rubin, DJ Shadow, Jack White, Company Flow, Saul Williams, Trent Reznor, Lorde, Mos Def, Beck, TV on the Radio, Big Boi (OutKast), Just Blaze, Dizzee Rascal, J Dilla, Kool Keith, Tortoise, Matthew Shipp, and China Forbes (Pink Martini), plus visual artists like Banksy, PHASE 2, Jermaine Rogers, Titmouse (Rick & Morty), Andy Amadi, Nick Gazin, Ruff Mercy, Beeple, Jeremy Fish & Somi Nwandu. Amaechi also serves as an advisor to creative companies, brands & hedge funds, sits on the boards of the non-profits NYCxDESIGN and In Place of War, and has been a judge for the CLIO Awards & the NYU/Clive Davis School Cornerstone Prize. Via his philanthropic efforts, he’s helped raise $500K+ over the past 5 years to support victims of police violence, legal support for peaceful protesters plus causes empowering women, children, LGBTQ+ & immigrant communities.

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Will Bronson

Will Bronson is Run The Jewels co-manager, co-founder of Active Management, who represent Killer Mike, 24KGLDN, P-Lo, Myles Parish & more.

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Ken Ehrlich

Grammy's Executive Producer

Ken Ehrlich has produced 40 Grammy shows, 5 Emmy Awards shows, over 150 music related specials, and (roughly) 2500 hours of music related programming for broadcast network, cable, home video and other formats. In recent years, he has gone directly from the Grammy Awards to producing two hour tribute specials two nights later honoring such disparate musical legends as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, and the 60th anniversary of Motown Records,. Last year he produced the electrifying Prince tribute show in Los Angeles. In 2020, he celebrated his 40th year of association with the Grammy Awards, and his 46th anniversary as a television producer.

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Raymond Leon Roker

Global Head of Editorial, Amazon Music

Raymond Leon Roker is the Bahamian-born graffiti artist son of an elementary school teacher. In the 1990s, in Los Angeles, he co-founded URB, an award-winning magazine and multimedia company considered a pioneer for its early coverage of America’s dance/electronic and burgeoning hip-hop movements.

As a creator, executive producer, and curator, Raymond is driven to tell stories that reflect culture, movements, voices, sounds, and communities. He believes in shining the truest light possible and shaping meaningful narratives around cultural disruptors, artists, and creators.

In 2020, Raymond served as an Executive Producer and co-writer of the YouTube Originals feature documentary, Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert. Prior to the film, he oversaw the production of hundreds of hours of live stream content for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival broadcast as executive creative director.

 He currently leads a team building and growing Amazon Music’s content strategy, serving as Global Head of Editorial, based in Culver City. His team operates across video, audio, podcasts, and live content. Raymond is a board member of Reboot, an arts and culture non-profit that reimagines and reinforces Jewish thought and traditions, and ArtworxLA, a community-based multidisciplinary arts program aimed at combating the high school dropout epidemic in Los Angeles.

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Bob Boilen

Host/Creator NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts and All Songs Considered

Bob Boilen is the host and creator of NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert Series and is one of today’s preeminent music curators and journalists.

He began his work in journalism in 1988, where he was quickly promoted to direct the show All Things Considered, a position he held for 18 years. Significant listener interest in the music being played on All Things Considered, along with his and NPR's vast music collections, gave Boilen the idea to start All Songs Considered. "It was obvious to me that listeners of NPR were also lovers of music, but what also became obvious by 1999 was that the web was going to be the place to discover new music and that we wanted to be the premiere site for music discovery." The show launched in 2000, with Boilen as its host.

In 2008, Boilen launched NPR Music’s widely popular Tiny Desk Concert Series. Since starting the series, there have now been over 800 concerts, with even more submitted virtually through the course of the pandemic. Collectively the series has been viewed more than 2 billion times across YouTube. The series features a host of intimate performances ranging from the biggest stars of the day to upcoming artists. Artists span a wide range of genres, from indie to punk to pop and classic, with only one rule — all equipment must fit behind a desk in the studio.

Boilen's first book, Your Song Changed My Life, was published in April 2016 by HarperCollins. Boilen still composes and performs music with his band Danger Painters and posts it for free on his website BobBoilen.info.

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Jen Malone

Music Supervisor, Euphoria, Atlanta, Umbrella Academy

Jen Malone is a two-time Emmy Nominated music supervisor based in Silver Lake. In 2018 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Supervision for Atlanta and again in 2020 for Euphoria. She was awarded the Guild Of Music Supervisor Award for Best Music Supervision - Drama for her work in Euphoria.

Recent credits include: Euphoria (HBO), Atlanta (FX), Zola (A24), King Of Staten Island (Universal Films), Dispatches From Elsewhere (AMC), Umbrella Academy (Netflix), The Resident (Fox), Defending Jacob (Apple+), Creed II (MGM) and many more.

 

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Candace Newman 

CEO and Founder of LIVE OUT L!VE

Candace Newman is the CEO and Founder of LIVE OUT L!VE, a non-profit dedicated to encouraging marginalized teens and young adults to pursue careers in live entertainment.

After obtaining a Masters of Arts in Communications, Candace began her career at Universal Music Group. Her passion for events and working in entertainment next led Candace to establish an event production company. Candace then continued to build her career in the event space by evolving into live events, and she spent 10 years as a Live Nation Tour Executive, booking, producing, and promoting major artists like Rihanna, David Blaine, and the Backstreet Boys. Her experience and leadership position have allowed her to spearhead inclusive efforts for women in the entertainment industry for the entirety of her career.  

These continuing efforts, as well as her own experiences in the male-dominated space, inspired Candace to launch LIVE OUT L!VE in 2019. Her LA-based organization exists to open more doors for future leaders in live entertainment and instill confidence through mentorship, events, seminars, and more. LIVE OUT L!VE is forging the path to bring better representation to the music industry, while helping others discover their own passion and purpose. 

As CEO of LIVE OUT L!VE, Candace provides consultancy services for artists, brands, and companies. Candace is skilled in project management, marketing, and finance, and she is passionate about creating live music experiences with established and emerging artists. LIVE OUT L!VE creates impactful experiential platforms and opportunities. Her team helps with talent and management structure, as well as producing content and live experiential events.

The organization is also focused on creating organic, meaningful partnerships in order to build educational platforms and structured support systems for industry women of color both during and after the pandemic. 

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Kelly Lee Owens

Featured Artist

Kelly Lee Owens is a critically acclaimed artist and DJ. Her masterful second album Inner Song follows the star-making debut of Owens' 2017 self-titled album, a quixotic blend of body-moving beats and introspective songwriting that garnered numerous accolades from the music press. Owens has indeed come a long way from her background as a nurse; since then, she's released an indelibly clubby two-tracker, 2019's "Let It Go" b/w "Omen," remixed Bj0rk & St Vincent and teamed up with like-minded auteur Jon Hopkins on the one-off "Luminous Spaces." 

The evocative title of the album is borrowed from free-jazz maestro Alan Silva's 1972 opus. 

"Those two words really reflect what it was like to make this record. I did a lot of inner work in the past few years, and this is a true reflection of that." The hair-raising bass and tickling textures of Inner Song drive home that, more so than ever, Owens is locked in to delivering maximal sonic pleasure-as evidenced by the decision to make the album's vinyl release a sesquialbum, or triple-sided album: "I'm still obsessed with frequencies that don't do well on vinyl if they don't have the space." 

"The power of conceptualizing who you are has really informed this album," Owens states about Inner Song's essence, and her second album is truly a discovery of self-the latest statement from a fascinating artist who continues to surprise.

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Dr. Portia Sabin

President, Music Business Association  

While working on her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she played drums, recorded, and toured with NYC band The Hissyfits. She founded Shotclock Management in 2004 and ran the legendary independent label, Kill Rock Stars, for 13 years.  She is the host of a radio show and podcast about the music business called The Future of What.  Sabin is a former board member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of The Recording Academy, the RIAA, and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM).

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Marcus J. Moore

Award-Winning Senior Editor/Music Journalist, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America

Acclaimed music journalist Marcus J. Moore will be joining us for the third annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit. Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, editor, curator, pundit, and author of "The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America." It's being released through Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on October 13, 2020. Mr. Moore is a contributing writer with The Nation and a contributing editor with Bandcamp Daily. His coverage of soul, jazz, hip-hop, and rock can be found at The New York Times, Pitchfork, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, NPR, Rolling Stone, and The Atlantic, among many other outlets.

 

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Haley Heynderickx

Featured Artist

It takes a mix of skill and luck to tend a garden well, but it’s impossible without a certain amount of kindness tended. While the cyclical nature of gardening seems inherent, in some ways, Heynderickx is just beginning. Her debut album, named I Need to Start a Garden out of a search for calm through these waves of uncertainty and upheaval, is out now via Mama Bird Recording Co. 

For the empathetic singer/songwriter, the reasons for seeking such acceptance and understanding stem from a life of paradoxes. Heynderickx grew up in a religious household in Oregon, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now residing in Portland, her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for self-actualization are easily accessible and relatable. 

Likewise, the tracks on I Need to Start a Garden reflect these seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the '60s and '70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul. 
It’s a balance then, between exposing and protecting herself on I Need to Start a Garden . Heynderickx vacillates between powerlessness (opener "No Face") and empowerment (lead single "Oom Sha La La"). But her generosity of spirit remains the constant throughout the whole album. 

You can hear that exceptional care in "Jo", as she whispers, "You tended your garden like heaven and hell / and you built the birds houses to see if it helped at all." Aware of the birds, the garden, and anyone listening acutely, Heynderickx’s music serves as an invitation for all to join her. Because the beauty of a garden is that, while it’s often started for deeply personal reasons, its bounty is best consumed and shared with others. 

I Need to Start a Garden was produced, engineered and mixed by Zak Kimball at Nomah Studios in Portland, Oregon. Haley Heynderickx co-produced the album. It was mastered by Timothy Stollenwerk at Stereophonic Mastering in Portland. The record features Lily Breshears (Bass, Keys, Backing Vocals), Denzel Mendoza (Trombone, Backing Vocals), Phillip Rogers (Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals) and Tim Sweeney (Upright Bass). 

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Nwaka Onwusa

Vice President of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Prior to the Rock Hall, she specialized in exhibition development, research and artifacts collecting, developing for more than 20 unique and memorial exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE including Hip Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur, Ringo: Peace and Love, and Bruce W. Talamon: Soul, R&B, And Funk Photographs 1972-1982: A Love Letter to the Music, and some 25 more. Nwaka has also curated satellite and traveling exhibits experienced by audiences across the U.S. and in the UK. Prior to becoming a curator, Nwaka worked in educational programs committed to inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies. Prior to becoming a curator, Nwaka worked in educational programs committed to inspiring students to explore the arts and museum studies.

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Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen

Owners, Fur Peace Ranch

Conceived in 1989 by Jorma and Vanessa Kaukonen, The Fur Peace Ranch is nestled in the rolling foothills of southeast Ohio. FPR offers a unique and immersive experience for guitar enthusiasts. The music camp was founded as "a ranch that grows guitar players." Jorma and Vanessa’s goal was to create a place where musicians could come together and surround themselves with music for several days and emerge with a new found inspiration. Jorma says he wants to "demystify the process of playing music" for those who attend the camp.

The ranch originally started with the kitchen, workshop building, library and the 17 cabins and bathhouse. Over the years, it has expanded to the Fur Peace Station Theater, the Company Store, the Psylodelic Gallery and their new restaurant, Pho Peace Restaurant. The Station Concert Hall, with seating for 200 music lovers, plays host to some of the worlds finest musician in a very intimate setting throughout the year.

Every new session at FPR offers new instructors. Teachers have ranged from Jorma Kaukonen himself to GE Smith, Arlo Guthrie, Jack Casady, Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Chris Smither, Warren Haynes, Jill Sobule, Patty Larkin, Happy Traum, Jonathan Edwards, Woody Mann, Tom Feldmann, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Bill Kirchen, Bobby Vega, Roy Book Binder, Michael Falzarano, Guy Clarke and the list goes on.

In March 2020, the normal concert season at Fur Peace Ranch was delayed, and eventually cancelled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since FPR already had the gear and crew to stream, the Quarantine Concert Series started on April 4, 2020 on their YouTube Channel. No one knew how long this would go on, but the Kaukonen's and crew were fully committed to streaming live at 8 PM every Saturday night. The stream has been nationally recognized as one of the best live concert series during the pandemic. The audience is able to submit questions to Jorma that he answers between songs. Vanessa is the MC and keeps the show going!

Shain Shapiro

Shain Shapiro, Ph.D.

Founder & Group CEO, Sound Diplomacy & Executive Director, Center for Music Ecosystems

Shain Shapiro, PhD is the Founder and Group CEO of Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on growing music and night time economies in cities and places. He has defined a new way to think about the value of music in cities and places and through it, influenced over 100 cities and places to invest in music and culture as part of overall growth strategy. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives, the Music Cities Community, the leading online platform for music and public policy to intersect and the Music Cities Awards. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the not-for-profit global Center for Music Ecosystems, launching in 2021.

Through Sound Diplomacy, he has consulted in over 75 cities and countries, in every continent bar Antarctica (and he’ll get there). He delivered the first ever music presentation at a United Nations’ World Urban Forum and consulted at length with the Greater London Authority, including working on the development of London’s Night Czar and across the Mayor of London’s music policy. His work has influenced the UN, OECD, European Commission and he has spoken at hundreds of global conventions, including delivering a Tedx talk on music’s role in cities. He is an accomplished writer, contributing to Forbes, World Economic Forum and has authored authoritative reports on the role of music in cities, tourism, the night time economy, real estate and recovery.

Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council's h100 list. Lastly, he is currently writing a book about music ecosystems and their impact on cities and communities.

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Rev. Moose

Managing Partner/Co-Founder, Marauder
Executive Director/Co-Founder, NIVA (National Independent Venue Association)

Rev. Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists and organizations from around the world. His boutique music marketing firm, Marauder, customizes long-term strategies and services for each client's specific needs in the North American market. Through his work running Independent Venue Week in the US, Moose helped create NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) to organize and support American independent venues and promoters. Before founding Marauder, Moose greatly extended the international reach of The Syndicate's radio, publicity, and marketing departments; additionally, during his many years at the helm of CMJ, he helped develop US programs for national export initiatives. His deep involvement with worldwide musicians inevitably directed him towards managing a diverse roster of international artists as co-owner of The Underground Management.

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Cindy Barber

Co-Owner, Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
Executive Director, Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present & Future

Cindy Barber is executive director of the non-profit Cleveland Rocks: Past, Present and Future, which she founded in 2012, and a co-owner of the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, the legendary venue she and partner Mark Leddy launched in March of 2000 by converting an old Croatian social hall in Cleveland’s North Collinwood neighborhood. The venue helped launch The Black Keys in 2002 and supported the early careers of bands as diverse as Drive-By Truckers, Trampled by Turtles, The National and Joe Bonamassa. She is now working on building a music economy incubator space next the Beachland in an old bowling alley building the non-profit purchased which will be called NOMAD (Northeast Ohio Music Arts Development) Music Hub.

Barber began working in the local music industry just out of high school in the early ‘70s. She did inventory control for MCA, bookkeeping at WEA and was assistant buyer at the ABC branch. After earning college degrees Media and Communications, she co-founded the Cleveland Express newspaper in the late ‘70s, in addition to managing local bands. In the ‘80s, Barber became production manager for Northern Ohio Live magazine, a job which included editing program guides for Playhouse Square and other arts organizations. Barber started her own publishing consulting business in 1986, and also co-wrote a music column for the Cleveland Edition with fellow music journalist Anastasia Pantsios.

In 1992, she helped launch the Cleveland Free Times as assistant publisher and was moved into the editor’s position three months later. During her six years in that position, the paper won many awards including awards for Barber’s own writing. During this time she served on the national board of the Association for Alternative Newsweeklies. After the Free Times, she spent a year as editor of Northern Ohio Live.

She then turned her energy to her own North Collinwood neighborhood, where she co-founded the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, which became the anchor for the Waterloo Arts and Entertainment District. She has served as president of the board of her local CDC, Northeast Shores Development Corporation, and was also president of Arts Collinwood, an arts non-profit that won a Northern Ohio Live Achievement Award in Economic Development for its work in North Collinwood. Ms. Barber has also served on the City of Cleveland’s Fair Housing Board, the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, and the former Cleveland Music Group. In 2007, she was honored with a Cleveland Arts Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts.

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Alex Malcolm

Senior Coordinator, Music Sync Clearance at Warner Music Group

A 2018 graduate from the Scripps Media Arts & Studies program, Alex Malcolm immediately made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music sync with Warner Music Group. While at Ohio University, he participated in the Ohio-In-LA Program, the SXSW Program, and was part of the first capstone project for Brick City Records. He currently is a Senior Coordinator of Music Clearance at Warner Music Group, under the newly created Visual Media Licensing team for all of Warner Recorded Music, primarily working with: Sports (Fox Sports, NFL), Video Games (2K, EA, Fortnite), and International TV (HBO, Netflix).

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Tim Peacock

Artistic Director, Stuart's Opera House

Tim Peacock is the Artist Director of Stuart’s Opera House, a 440 seat non-profit performing arts and arts education center in Nelsonville, Ohio. As the A.D., he oversees all programming for the 141 year old theater. Peacock also founded and continues to produce the annual Nelsonville Music Festival and co-founded Melted Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio, both productions of Stuart's Opera House. Additionally, Peacock quite often dreams about retirement, would almost always prefer to be outdoors, and is a long-time record collector and hustler.

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Emily Votaw

Producer, WOUB Public Media

Emily Votaw is a producer for Athens-based NPR/PBS affiliate station WOUB Public Media. She is also a part time graduate student in the Ohio University School of Media Arts & Studies with special interests in popular music and audio storytelling. Votaw’s music journalism has appeared in a variety of print and electronic mediums, including Billboard, PopMatters, and The Cleveland Scene. She lives in an old house in Athens, OH with her husband, two bulldogs, her very own hi-fi that she built herself, and an ever-growing collection of physical media that she refuses to believe is actually becoming obsolete. 

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Laura Davidson

Retail Market Development, Shure Incorporated

Laura Clapp Davidson heads up the retail market development team for Shure. She brings passion and a knowledge of gear that comes from over 15 years in the MI industry. When she isn’t talking about music equipment, she’s singing or playing through it as a professional singer/songwriter. Laura lives in her hometown of Guilford, CT with her two daughters, two dogs, two rabbits and one very patient husband.

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