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2022 Schedule

2022 Schedule

All sessions will take place in person in the Baker University Center unless otherwise noted. All day programming will be livestreamed through the dedicated Ohio University Music Industry Summit app that is available for download after you register. Registration is open to anyone and free of charge. 

Tuesday, April 5

9:30-10:30 a.m. • Creating the Soundtrack for the Scene

Featured Music Supervisor Chris Douridas in conversation with Rachael Lacava, Music Supervisor, SixtyFour Music

Music supervision is a key component of the music licensing ecosystem and has only become more vital with the growth of streaming content. Acclaimed music supervisor/KCRW music curator Chris Douridas will explore the process and role of supervision, as well as examples of placements from throughout his remarkable career.


10:40-11:35 a.m. • Music and Tech Entrepreneur Spotlight

Rapchat Founder and CEO Seth Miller and Community Leader Erik Harmon in conversation with Paul Benedict, Director, Center for Entrepreneurship

Rapchat Founder & CEO Seth Miller and community leader Erik Harmon (aka ClassE Beats) discuss Rapchat’s mission to make everyone an artist. Going from an idea to a platform serving more than 10 million artists, Rapchat provides over 200,000 free beats, tools to record and edit songs, as well as a community of other creators to collaborate with.


11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. • Artist Keynote: Noelle Scaggs of Fitz & the Tantrums

In conversation with engineer and producer Ihlana Mumford

Elektra recording artist/Fitz & the Tantrums co-lead Noelle Scaggs discusses her career journey as a prominent artist and creator and will share about her newest initiative Diversify The Stage. FULL BIO


12:55-1:55 p.m. • Producing Bon Iver

Grammy-nominated producer Chris Messina in conversation with Josh Antonuccio, Director, School of Media Arts & Studies

Producer Chris Messina discusses his extensive work as Bon Iver’s producer and engineer, partnering on some of the most adventurous releases of his discography.


2:05-2:40 p.m. • The New & Next Frontier: Music & the Metaverse

Greenruhm CEO Eric Elliott presents on the new and emerging world of the metaverse…live from the metaverse

This special session will explore what the metaverse is and its potential to revolutionize the experience of music and our connection to artists.


2:50-3:50 p.m. • Artist Strategies in the Streaming Age

Dave Melhado, VP of Music & Marketing, UnitedMasters in conversation with Dick Huey, Founder & CEO, Toolshed

United Masters VP of Music & Marketing Dave Melhado has an extensive history in artist management, A&R, and marketing. From his time with Atlanta-based startup Streamcut through his role as Director of Marketing with Roc Nation, he has developed and nurtured major artists, from emergence to high-profile success. Mehlado will discuss monetization and distribution strategies for today’s artists with Toolshed CEO Dick Huey.


4:00-5:00 p.m. • Michelle Zauner "Crying in H Mart" Reading + Q&A

Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast

“Best New Artist” Grammy-nominee and NYT best-selling author Michelle Zauner reads from “Crying in H Mart” with an audience question and answer section to follow. FULL BIO


5:30-6:15 p.m. • Shure Presents: Audio Technology and Demo Session

Hands-on demonstration and learning workshop with recording engineer Yuri Lyosiavanov of Shure

This audio technology session will give attendees a peek at some of the newest offerings from Shure, along with the opportunity to see and hear their creative applications for production and recording. Athens’ own singer/songwriter RJ Martin will be performing material live in this workshop, with Yuri Lyosiavanov demonstrating recording techniques and microphone strategies. Don’t miss this! Note: This session is limited to in-person attendees only and is available on a first come first served basis as there is limited space. Please reserve your spot by adding this session to your agenda in the app. This session will take place in CoLab 301.


7:30 p.m. • Opening Night Party at Stuart's Opera House

Featuring DJ Set by Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast

Attend the opening night networking party featuring a DJ set to conclude day one of the Summit. This is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are on sale now: $6.25 for students and $9.25 for non-students. Note: This event will be held off campus at Stuart's Opera House. BUY TICKETS


Wednesday, April 6

9:30-10:30 a.m. • The Artist & the Brand

Blair Miller, CEO, Chaos Creators; Maria Gironas, Sr. Media Partnerships Manager, Talent at Reddit; Will Tenney, Founder, SunPop Music. Facilitated by Nick Maiale, Founder + CEO, jump.global

What is the brand of the artist and how is it used to leverage strategic partnerships with other brands? This panel of branding experts will explore how today’s artists are building their narrative through traditional and emerging outlets to grow and sustain their fanbase.


10:40-11:40 a.m. • What is an NFT and what does it mean for artists?

Vladislav Ginzburg and Randi Edelson of Blockparty; Matt Medved of NTFnow; Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer, Warner Music Group

NFT’s are having a breakthrough moment for creators and fans alike and Blockparty has been at the forefront. In partnership with Warner Music Group, they announced one of the first major label/NFT partnerships last year. This panel of NFT leaders will explore the essentials of NFT and blockchain technology and the opportunities they afford to artists.


11:50 a.m.-12:50 p.m. • The Legacy and Importance of the Newport Folk Festival

Jay Sweet, Executive Producer of Newport Folk Festival in conversation with Tim Peacock, Nelsonville Music Festival, Founder & Artistic Director

Newport Folk Festival Executive Producer Jay Sweet discusses the rich history of a festival that has grown to become beloved by artists and fans alike. Jay will discuss why this independent festival has only grown in prominence, selling out annually as a must-see event, with a continual emphasis on curation and a committed artist community


1:00-2:15 p.m. • Keynote Artist Conversation: CAAMP

In conversation with Jay Sweet, Executive Producer, Newport Folk Festival

Members of CAAMP join Newport Folk Festival Executive Producer Jay Sweet for an in-depth conversation on the story of their band, from their roots in the Athens/Columbus areas of Ohio to their breakout success. FULL BIO


2:35-3:35 p.m. • Producing for the Road Roundtable

Jordan Kolenc, Monitor Engineer, Taylor Swift; Ted VanHyning, Vice President, NPi Audio Visual Solutions; Alicia Blake, Tour Manager, Sylvan Esso & Tallest Man On Earth; and Chris Messina, Producer & Live Music Engineer, Bon Iver

This panel of veteran live music producers and engineers will feature conversation on the planning, process and execution required to operate some of the biggest artist tours and festivals in the US and beyond.


3:45-5:00 p.m. • Closing Artist Keynote: Saba

In conversation with William E. Ketchum III, Senior Editor of Culture, Mic

Independent hip-hop artist Saba joins William E. Ketchum III for an in-depth and personal conversation about his artistry and success. FULL BIO


5:30-7:00 p.m. • Music + Tech Happy Hour

Sponsored by Blockparty & CoMuse at Little Fish Brewing

Join panelists and fellow attendees for Happy Hour following Day 2 to network and connect. FREE to attend, but pre-registration is required. 21+ guests will receive 2 drink tickets. Note: This event will be held off campus at Little Fish Brewing. REGISTER


8:00 p.m. • CAAMP Performance

Benefiting Newport Festivals Foundation at Memorial Auditorium

CAAMP will perform an exclusive concert to wrap up the Summit. Opening act will be Athens' own no stars. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25. Note: This event will be held in Memorial Auditorium. BUY TICKETS

  • Opening Night Party

    04.05.22 • 7:30 p.m.
    Stuart's Opera House

    Stuart's Opera House will host an opening night networking party featuring a DJ set by Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner to conclude day one of the Summit. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the DJ set will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets must be purchased and are on sale now: $6.25 for students and $9.25 for non-students. 

  • Music + Tech Happy Hour

    04.06.22 • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Little Fish Brewing

    Join panelists and fellow registrants for the Blockparty and CoMuse Music + Tech Happy Hour. This is a great opportunity to network and connect with Summit attendees and guests. The event is free to attend; however, event registration is required and is exclusive to conference registrants. Registrants 21+ will receive 2 complimentary drink tickets to enjoy Little Fish Beer.

  • CAAMP Performance

    04.06.22 • 8:00 p.m.
    Memorial Auditorium

    CAAMP will perform at Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium the evening following their keynote conversation. The concert benefits Newport Festivals Foundation, whose mission is to broaden the impact of the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals through music education and artist relief initiatives. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now starting at $25 and are expected to sell out.