ASK THE EXPERTS!!

On the Green - Friday, May 18th, 12pm-5pm.
Presented by the Montauk Music Festival & Sponsored By The Montauk Sun

12:00- 1:15pm –YOGA on the Green [presented by Yoga Lila w/ Dominique Garstin and music by Dalton -Free for musician, all others By Donation to the East End Foundation
12-1:00 pm - 15 min Mentoring Sessions –sign up for a private meeting with the panelists for one on one time with industry professionals.
[To sign up e-mail Montuakmusicfestival@gmail.com ATT-Workshop]
1:15- 2:00pm Lunch for musicians- Sponsored and Catered by Shagwong Bar and Restaurant
2:00-3:00pm Industry Panel-Beyond the Break: Paddling Out and Catching Your Musical Wave - An Insider’s Perspective on the Progression from New Artist to Hit Maker.
3:00-4:00pm Group Listening Session - a unique opportunity for festival artists to get direct feedback from seasoned music professionals who listen to demos as part of their job. [Please have your tracks on a device ready to plug into the sound system.]
4pm- Wellness workshop –with Suzanne Paulinski and Corina

Panelists:

 Speakers –

Amaechi Uzoigwe

KEYNOTE:

Amaechi Uzoigwe is an NYC-based entertainment & digital media executive, with expertise in music, artist representation, business affairs, visual content, creative marketing & technology. As an artist manager, Amaechi represents Grammy-nominated hip hop phenoms, Run the Jewels, who have become one of the industry’s most celebrated and critically-acclaimed acts of recent years, and the young West African guitar band, Songhoy Blues.

Amaechi overseas all aspects of the group’s career, including business affairs, business development, creating & operating their record label, producing visual content, leading award-winning creative marketing campaigns, brand relationships & more. He has built groundbreaking partnerships with Pulse Films, Adult Swim, Volcom, Beats 1, Marvel Comics & Sonos, plus led the group’s charitable causes & efforts. Amaechi is also principally responsible for pioneering the group’s successful craft beer enterprise, and will be launching the RTJ cannabis business this summer.

Additionally, Amaechi part of the management team at Monotone Inc, home to Jack White, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Danger Mouse & more, and a partner in award-winning LA-based film production company, GRAiNEY Pictures, where he has led the branded content division to accolades including nominations for Cannes Lions and Webby Awards.

In 2006, Amaechi was voted founding Chairman of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade organization representing independent record label’s share of the multi-billion dollar music market. He has spoken at numerous conferences, festivals & universities (incl SXSW,  Cannes, MIDEM, Billboard, SF Music Tech, NYU, Cardozo Law School), and is an outspoken advocate for artist rights, independence & empowerment.

 Speakers –

Elliot A. Resnik, Esq.

Mr. Resnik practices entertainment law at the esteemed firm Shukat Arrow Hafer Weber & Herbsman LLP, and focuses on transactions including but not limited to artist, writer and producer representation for recording and publishing agreements, licensing, joint ventures, intellectual property asset sales, live entertainment and venue representation, digital distribution and content, record label and publishing business affairs. Mr. Resnik’s clients include Grammy winning and platinum selling artists, producers, record labels and publishers in a diversity of musical genres, festival and concert promoters as well as representation for agencies, international brands and other entertainment related companies.  He graduated from McGill University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and obtained his Juris Doctorate from The New York Law School in 2000.

Lou PlaiaReverbNation – Founder / EVP Industry Relations (North America)

Hot Rats Entertainment – Founder / Manager

Music industry veteran Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation in 2006. Since that time, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers with its powerful career management and online marketing tools. These tools, combined with its A&R and Artist Development 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.

Plaia dedicates most of his time brokering valuable opportunities for the 4.5 million artists on ReverbNation by connecting them to record labels, talent buyers, promoters, agents, managers, music supervisors, publications, radio stations, brands, recording studios, and other music industry professionals. Plaia recently created alliances with more than a dozen major and independent record labels whereby ReverbNation has become an A&R source for the labels. Plaia has also created partnerships in the live music space with Summerfest, Warped Tour, The Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival, Rocklahoma, Sunset Music Festival, Pepsi Southern Gulf Coast Jam and many other high profile events.

In addition to his role at ReverbNation, Plaia launched Hot Rats Entertainment in January 2016. At Hot Rats, Plaia manages New York based rock band, Midnight Mob.

Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked twelve years at Atlantic Records where he was VP of Strategic Marketing and worked with Jewel, Hootie & the Blowfish, Collective Soul, George Carlin, Mike Stern and hundreds of other artists and bands. Plaia then became the Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Atlantic imprint, Lava Records, where he worked for four years with artists such as Kid Rock, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Matchbox 20 and many others. He was also responsible for negotiating strategic partnerships such as Nascar’s Chevy Rock n Roll 400, Schick’s Intuition Tour, Disney’s Grad Night and many other sponsorship deals.

Plaia has been a guest speaker at SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week, Music Biz (f/k/a NARM), Americana Music Conference, Launch Music Conference, The Future of Music Summit, New Music Seminar, Dubai Sound City, and dozens of other music conferences throughout the world.

Ian LaPlace –

Ian is EVP and Senior Talent Buyer at Communion Presents, an international artist development company and concert promoter. Communion has been instrumental in the building the careers arists including Ben Howard, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Highly Suspect, Marian Hill and many more. Ian books and runs one of the longest running new music showcases in the US and has built music programs for brands such as Skullcandy, British Airways, Bose and Google Play. At Present Communion actively booking shows and in 14 different markets across the US.

Suzanne Paulinski

After graduating with a B.S. in Music Industry from Drexel University, and helping found MADDragon Records, Suzanne was the Midwest Sales Coordinator for Astralwerks (EMI), before completing her Masters in Psychology at Queens College (CUNY). She is now a mindset coach for music-preneurs, helping them reach their goals with custom time management solutions that enable them to gain clarity on their next steps while maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Suzanne published The Rock/Star Life Planner as a tool for creatives to find focus in their daily lives, and her teachings can be found in her guest posts for Sonicbids, ReverbNation, CD Baby, Tunecore, and Soundfly. For further information on Suzanne and her company, please visit therockstaradvocate.com

Corina:

Vocalist Corina Corina was born in Oakland, CA, & has made her career in NYC. This gifted songwriter brings a fresh vocal hybrid to modern R&B with strong blues & hip hop influences. Her lyrically-driven content touches on everything from gender inequality to self-love & resisting social norms. Aside from music, she has made a name for herself as a blog writer and activist for eating disorder recovery, feminism and mental health and wellness. She has independently released two full-length albums and two EPs and is gearing up to release her third LP, “Hangover Music” in summer 2018.

Timothy Pattison

DIRECTOR, CREATIVE – NEW YORK

Timothy Pattison is Director of Creative at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In this role, he is responsible for scouting and signing new songwriters and publishers, maintaining relationships with existing BMI affiliates worldwide, as well as coordinating various songwriter-focused showcases, seminars and festivals.

Prior to BMI, Pattison worked at Fat Possum Records, where he focused on sync licensing.  His previous post was at Spirit Music Group, where he spent eight years, holding several positions including creative director. While at Spirit, Pattison helped develop the company’s roster of songwriters, expanded its network within the entertainment industry, spearheaded co-writing opportunities and developed licensing strategies.

Pattison holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University and a Master for Music from New York University.

Danielle Middleton –

A&R Senior Coordinator, Sony ATV Publishing

Danielle Middleton got her start in music at an early age singing in the children’s choir at the Metropolitan Opera. When she was nine, she was invited to sing “You Are Not Alone” on stage at at the VMAs with Michael Jackson, igniting her life long obsession with pop music. Danielle dove into the music industry straight out of college working for companies like BMI and Redlight Management and booking live shows around Brooklyn. She eventually landed at Sony ATV, where she started as a receptionist and went on to spearheaded the social media initiatives for the entire company. She currently works as an A&R Senior Coordinator, building her own roster of songwriters and producers. Sony ATV is the number one publishing company globally and recently won “Publisher of the Year” at the BMI Pop awards. The company is known for representing massive artists such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Arcade Fire, Cardi B, etc, as well as administering the catalogues of heritage artists such as Bob Dylan, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, James Taylor, Hank Williams and so on.