Nabil Ayers

US General Manager, 4AD

Nabil Ayers is the US General manager at 4AD where, since 2009, he’s released albums by GRAMMY® Award winners The National, Grimes, Future Islands, The Breeders, Pixies and more. Ayers founded Seattle’s Sonic Boom Records stores in 1997 and started his own label, The Control Group in 2000, where he has released music by Cate Le Bon, The Killers and Lykke Li.

Josh Baron

Head of Business Development, Project Admission

Josh Baron is a ticketing industry expert, consultant and head of business development for Project Admission where he works with content owners to facilitate a more connected and integrated ticketing experience for fans and rights holders. Previously, Baron helped lead business development at Songkick in working closely with artists and management teams on direct-to-fan ticketing. Baron is also the co-author of Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped which is widely regarded as the definitive source on the history of the live entertainment business in North America.

As the former editor of Relix and current Dayglo advisor, he helped program this year’s conference.

Rachel Baron

Chief Personnel Officer, Dayglo Ventures

Rachel Baron is Chief Personnel Officer and Senior Vice President of Dayglo Ventures. She is a Certified Professional by Society for Human Resource Management and has completed certification in Affordable Care Act training and HR compliance.
Prior to joining Dayglo Ventures, Rachel already held a multitude of key positions within a number of what would become its portfolio of companies.

Rachel was instrumental in launching of Relix Media Group in 2009 with Peter Shapiro. Prior to starting with Relix Media Group in 2009, Rachel worked at Condé Nast Media Group. There she was on the team that launched the company’s Fashion Rocks and Movies Rock television events. She also worked with the digital team in delivering innovative concepts for brands to span the network of Condé sites for the company’s top clientele.

Subsequent to joining Condé Nast Media Group, Rachel was with Condé Nast at the legendary magazine The New Yorker for five years where her team helped launch the much-lauded New Yorker Festival.

Previous to her endeavors in media and entertainment, Rachel was at Lehman Brothers and Ladenburg Thalman where she worked in both retail and institutional trading.

Outside of work, Rachel has dedicated much of her time to generating awareness about women’s health issues. She served as Vice President of The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition in NYC, working closely with such charities as The Revlon Walk, Gilda’s Club, and Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Currently, she is focusing her energy toward BRCA awareness and speaking to women newly diagnosed with the BRCA gene as she herself is a carrier and a previvor. She is also a proud alumna of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida and is involved in the discussion around common sense gun reform after the tragic events there last year.

When not working or volunteering her time around important issues, Rachel loves to spend time with her husband Josh and 2 children.

Johnny Beach

​Talent Buyer, The Bowery Presents

Meeting in the late ’80s while attending college in Plattsburgh, New York, the members of the neo-jam band Ominous Seapods soon found themselves at the head of a grass roots following fueled by their more than 200 live appearances each year. Just as Vermont’s Phish took their cue from the Grateful Dead’s endless touring and grass roots mailing list, the Ominous Seapods are at the forefront of a movement of newer jam-inspired, guitar dance bands (others include God Street Wine, Juggling Suns and the Disco Biscuits).

After dropping out of college the members of Ominous Seapods, Max Verna (guitar, vocals), Dana Monteith (guitar, vocals), Tom Pirozzi (bass), Brian Mangini (keyboards) and Ted Marotta (drums), relocated to Albany and thrust themselves into the local scene by constant live appearances and the release of a live album, Econobrain, on Ripe & Ready Records. More live appearances followed and the group branched out playing the east coast, southeast and, eventually, the west coast before releasing their first studio album, Guide To Roadside Ecology. They followed …Roadside Ecology with Jet Smooth Ride, produced by their friend Lo Faber from God Street Wine, an album that furthered their sound to include folk and funk.

In 1995 the group reached a pinnacle of popularity with articles in Spin, The Village Voice and The New York Times lauding the new movement of jam bands that included moe. and Rusted Root as well. By building a grass roots following through tape trading and a 10,000+ mailing list, the band was able to stretch their influence beyond upstate New York, playing sold out shows in Toronto, Chicago and Montana. Combining the offbeat humor of Frank Zappa with the guitar-driven sound of the Allman Brothers, the Ominous Seapods have remained a cut above the countless jam bands that have sprung up in since the early ’90s. Although the melody lines and lyrics of the group’s three previous releases may show room for improvement, their musicianship is without question and the guitar interplay between Verna and Monteith is second to none. Recently the group signed to the Megaforce subsidiary Hydrophonic and released 1998’s live offering Matinee Idols.

Brad Belanger

​Manager / Owner, HOMESTEAD

I manage Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Everette & Conner Smith.

Dan Berkowitz

​CEO, CID Entertainment

Dan Berkowitz founded CID Entertainment in 2007 and is a firm believer in the transformative power of music and the importance of immersive, unforgettable and seamless experiences for music lovers. CID Entertainment develops and operates enhanced ticketing and travel experiences at a wide array of festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo and Jazz Fest, and with touring artists such as Luke Bryan, Metallica, MUSE, Kelly Clarkson and Imagine Dragons.

Robert Bloom

Production and Lighting Designer, ​RBB Designs, LLC

Robert is a production and lighting designer based in Brooklyn, NY, working on mostly live entertainment and architectural projects. Recent work includes ongoing shows with The Roots and The Internet, tours and one-offs for Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Gaffigan, architectural projects include restaurants, fitness studios, and nightclubs. He holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. A selection of his work is on view at Insta: @rbb_digital

Dean Budnick

Editor-in-Chief, Relix

Dean Budnick, is the editor-in-chief of Relix. He is the co-author of Blues Traveler frontman John Popper’s new memoir Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed To Tell as well as Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped, which chronicles the previously untold story of the modern concert industry, revealing the origins, development and ongoing strategies of companies such as Ticketmaster, Live Nation, StubHub and the efforts of numerous independent competitors. He continues to report on the concert industry for Billboard.

Budnick, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard’s History of American Civilization program and a J.D. from Columbia Law School has written three prior books on improvisational music and the novel Might As Well, which explores the culture of Dead tour in the late 1980’s. He also directed the documentary Wetlands Preserved: The Story of An Activist Rock Club, which earned film festival laurels, opened nationally via First Run Features and then aired on the Sundance Channel. Budnick is the founder of and the co-creator of the Jammy Awards. Since 2002 he has edited the official Bonnaroo festival newspaper and has worked on similar specialty publications for Phish, Dave Matthews Band, LOCKN’ and Fare Thee Well. For many years he co-hosted “Jam Nation” on XM Satellite Radio.

Josh Capon

Executive Chef / Partner, Mercer Street Hospitality

Josh Capon is the seasoned executive chef and partner behind Lure Fishbar, B&B Winepub, El Toro Blanco and Bowery Meat Company in New York City, and Lure Fishbar in South Beach, Miami. While in culinary school, Charlie Palmer selected Capon as the culinary “extern” at Aureole, Palmer’s acclaimed Manhattan restaurant. In 1994, Capon accepted an offer from Palmer to assist in the opening of The Lenox Room. From there, he went on to work for David Burke at the Park Avenue Café, where he was offered an exchange opportunity to work in Europe. He spent the next year honing his cooking skills in several different restaurants throughout France, Italy, Germany and Spain before returning to the United States and building his own culinary empire. Capon is also a six-time champion of NYC Wine & Food Festival’s annual Burger Bash competition.

Andrew Chason

Head of Culinary, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Andrew Chason is Head of CAA’s Culinary Department, which represents many of the world’s most influential chefs and tastemakers, including Gordon Ramsay, Aarón Sánchez, Martha Stewart, Carla Hall, Roy Choi, Christina Tosi, Grant Achatz, Katie Lee, Ted Allen, and Curtis Stone.  Additionally, CAA Culinary leverages it’s deep relationships and influence to create and produce buzz-worthy food-forward experiences on behalf of corporate brands, as well as advising brands on how to tap into the power of food culture as a way to engage consumers and drive business results.

A 20-year lifestyle marketing veteran, Chason works across CAA to create culinary-entertainment business opportunities for talent and brand clients in the areas of television, marketing, events, digital media, sponsorship, and corporate hospitality.  Prior to joining CAA, Chason co-founded Vector Eats, specializing in managing the careers of high-profile culinary personalities.

Chason graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree from the prestigious Sport Management program at the Isenberg School of Management.

Curtis Cheng

CEO, DTI Management

Curtis Cheng has been an innovator in the ticketing industry for over 20 years; from his early days as a ticket broker to starting the first multi-channel opaque platform for professional ticket sellers.

As CEO of DTI Management, Cheng has converted a traditional ticket buying business into a SaaS-based B2B software solution for professional sellers and rights holders.

Raising $75M from one of the largest and most prestigious private equity firms in the world, CVC Capital, Cheng will now continue to revolutionize ticketing space with the hopes of being the global distribution platform for all secondary live event tickets.

Noah Chernin

Manager, Dalton Sim Management

Noah Chernin has been in the music business for half of his life. His career began in 1997 when he became a Guster Rep. He then went on to work at Wetlands under Peter Shapiro and Jake Szufnarowski. From 2002-2009 he fronted and wrote songs for indie-stalwarts Sam Champion, before eventually returning to his roots with Guster and Dalton Sim in 2014. He now looks after Guster, Father John Misty, and Jonathan Wilson, and produces live music events. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 year old son.

Michael Corcoran

EVP of Marketing, mTheory

Michael began his music career booking bands at Villanova University in the mid-1990’s. Upon graduation, a 7-year journey on the road followed with tour and production management gigs for Guster, Ben Kweller, Phantom Planet and others. He transitioned off the road in the mid 2000’s, relocated to Nashville and began working in management. Over the next 13 years, Michael worked with such artists as Alison Krauss, Michael Franti, Alexi Murdoch, Landon Pigg and Jars of Clay at Nettwerk Management and Borman Entertainment. In 2017, Michael joined mTheory Nashville as EVP of Marketing and has been helping build out planning and marketing for artists like Kacey Musgraves, Cassadee Pope and Trace Adkins.

Russ D’Souza

Co-Founder, SeatGeek

Russ D’Souza is a co‐founder of SeatGeek, the leading mobile app and platform for live event tickets. Russ leads SeatGeek’s business functions, including business development and the growth of SeatGeek’s primary ticketing platform, SeatGeek Enterprise. Prior to founding SeatGeek, Russ worked as a management consultant with Monitor Group in Boston. He is also the founder of two successful startups — Evolving Vox, a student-run furniture rental business at Dartmouth College, as well as Scribnia, a Yelp-style web application to discover bloggers and writers online. Russ graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a degree in History.

Faithe Dillman

Owner, Marbaloo Marketing

Faithe Dillman founded Nashville headquartered Marbaloo Marketing in 2010. Nine years later, the company encompasses four subsidiaries, including: celebrity-focused digital agency Marbaloo, creative & design agency Remedy Creative, live event PR & marketing company Bandwidth, and Los Angeles-based PR & activation agency The Avenue West, which Dillman acquired in 2016. Dillman started in the music industry at 19 years old at Geffen Records later moving to Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records handling global marketing & PR campaigns for artists including Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Eminem and more, before launching Marbaloo Marketing.

Michael Dorf

Founder & CEO, City Winery

Michael Dorf was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After studying Psychology and Business at Washington University, he founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory, in 1986.

As Knitting Factory Chairman and CEO, Dorf helped bring the concert house to global prominence by expanding into Europe and Asia via tours, branded festivals, and record production and sales.

Dorf was recognized as a pioneer in producing music on the Internet, through a variety of strategic relationships with Apple Computer, Intel, MCI, and Bell Atlantic. During his Knitting Factory tenure, he produced over 200 recordings, a television series, and built a new venue in Los Angeles. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.

By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery–Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. City Winery offers a wide selection of wines, exquisite cuisine and intimate performances from iconic performers.

Dorf expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago. Subsequent years have brought new venues to Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and Washington DC, with Hudson Valley and Philadelphia stated to open in 2019.

Dorf has become one of the most prolific independent promoters in New York, an important music impresario, and according the The New Yorker, he has “perfected the art of the tribute concert.”  Over 13 years, the fundraiser series has honored legends like Aretha Franklin, Leonard Cohen, and Prince while raising over $1.5 million for such music education programs as the American Symphony Orchestra’s Music Notes, Church Street School for Music and Art, Young Audiences New York, Fixing Instruments for Kids in Schools, Little Kids Rock and the Center for Arts Education.

Dorf also has very strong ties to the Jewish Community. He created Tribeca Hebrew, an after-school program in Lower Manhattan and developed the school to 150 children before it merged with JCP in 2009. He serves on the board of The Jewish Week, American Symphony Orchestra and is currently Chairman of LabShul/Storahtelling.

Mollie Farrell

Director of Artist Relations, HeadCount

Mollie Farrell is the Director of Artist Relations at HeadCount — a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that promotes voter registration & civic participation at live events across the country.

The role at HeadCount is a dream union for two of Mollie’s greatest passions: fostering human connection and designing creative solutions. In her year at HeadCount, she has rapidly grown the organization’s roster of artist partners in an effort to reach bigger, younger, and more diverse audiences.

2018 was HeadCount’s most successful midterm in its 15 year history, registering over 80,000 voters at nearly 2,000 events with artists such as Drake, G-Eazy, Paramore, and Panic! At The Disco. The organization’s annual 24-hour social media campaign for National Voter Registration Day yielded over 450 million impressions, driven by leaders in entertainment like Ellen DeGeneres and Jonathan Van Ness.

Most recently, she designed and executed the #ThankUNextGen program with SBProjects, allowing all Ariana Grande fans the opportunity to register or pledge to vote, stay informed, and develop habits to become the next generation of active citizens.

Prior to HeadCount, Mollie was the COO of G4D Productions, where she served as an event producer, production coordinator, and artist liaison. She holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication from the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. Mollie lives in Brooklyn and still spends her free time going to shows.

Ari Fink

Programmer / Host, SiriusXM

Ari oversees the programming of SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio and Jam On channels, along with specialty pop-ups in partnership with Dave Matthews Band and Phish. He’s been at SiriusXM since 2007, when he was originally hired to help build the Grateful Dead Channel.

Laurence Freedman

President, Telegraph Road Management

Laurence Freedman recently launched Telegraph Road Management after 12 years at East End Management where he worked closely with artists including Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Billy Idol, Regina Spektor, The Beach Boys, and The Shelters.
Artists represented by Freedman at Telegraph Road include Billy Idol, Cherry Glazerr, Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell and The Shelters.
Freedman grew up in New York City and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004.

David Fricke

Senior Editor, Rolling Stone

David Fricke (born June 4, 1952) is a senior editor at Rolling Stone magazine, where he writes predominantly on rock music. His career has spanned over 30 years. In the 1990s, he was the magazine’s music editor before stepping down. Fricke graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1972. There, he was a student DJ and studied journalism. His very first concert that he attended was to see Pink Floyd. It was his love for live music that set him on his career path of becoming a music journalist. Before joining Rolling Stone, where he is now senior editor, he wrote for Circus and Good Times. His interviews with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love for Rolling Stone, prior to Cobain’s death, were widely cited.

He has appeared on the Classic Albums documentaries on the making of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, Def Leppard’s Hysteria, Nirvana’s Nevermind, Metallica’s Black Album, Peter Gabriel’s So, Frank Zappa’s Apostrophe and Over-Nite Sensation as well as Rush’s Moving Pictures and 2112 albums. Fricke has also appeared on a number of Lou Reed documentaries and in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart. He wrote the introductions to the program guides for Phish’s 2009 Halloween performance of Exile on Main Street and 2010 Halloween performance of Waiting for Columbus. The Domino Recording Company released the North American version of the 30th anniversary reissue of Aztec Camera’s debut album, High Land, Hard Rain, in 2014 and the liner notes are written by Fricke.

Today, he writes the “Fricke’s Picks Radio” podcast and the Alternate Take blog in Rolling Stone.

Vladislav Ginzburg

Vice President & Head of Business Development, Blockparty

Previously an artist manager and Director of a technology startup in partnership with Live Nation. Also managed several high growth art funds.

In the Blockchain space, Ginzburg is a Vice President and the Head of Business Development for Blockparty, a blockchain based platform for digital I.D.and tickets for live events and experiences. He is responsible for introducing Blockparty’s innovative technology to clients in the live entertainment and arts industries and beyond.

Jim Glancy

Partner, The Bowery Presents

Jim Glancy is a partner at The Bowery Presents, the leading New York City-based concert promoter, whose mission is to bring the best artists to the New York City metropolitan area and venues spanning down the East Coast, while providing the best concert experience for both fans and artists. In his role, Jim oversees all the company’s activities which center on programming live music in the venues that the company owns and operates, including Brooklyn Steel, Webster Hall, Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City, The Sinclair in Boston and Union Transfer in Philadelphia. He also books concerts and presents shows at other venues in New York City and across the Northeast for The Bowery Presents.

Since its inception, The Bowery Presents has been a purveyor of true artist development and consistently strives to work with artists like LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, and Sam Smith grow from performing in intimate clubs to performing in sold-out arenas, providing the best concert experience for both fans and artists alike. As a trusted industry tastemaker, The Bowery Presents produces dynamic entertainment experiences at dozens of venues nationally, producing thousands of shows annually.

Jim began his career in the live music business as the Director of Programming and Production at The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Virginia, moving on to serve as the Director of Bookings at Radio City Music Hall. In 1998, Jim joined Delsener/Slater Enterprises (part of SFX Entertainment), which evolved into Clear Channel Entertainment and then into Live Nation Entertainment. Jim was the President of Live Nation New York before joining The Bowery Presents as a partner in 2006.

Jim resides in New York City with his wife, Chantal, and their two children.

Daniel Glass

Founder/President, Glassnote Music

Daniel Glass is Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group, a full service independent music company that began in 2007. Glassnote Entertainment Group includes Glassnote Records, Present Artist Management and Resolved Records.
Daniel began his career as a DJ at the famed Regine’s Discotheque in New York City. He went on to SAM Records and continued at Chrysalis Records. His next career move found him at SBK Records for 3 years before it was merged into EMI Records NA with Daniel as President. Daniel was the founding President of Universal, followed by Artemis Records before eventually starting Glassnote. Daniel has been named MUSEXPO’s “International Music Person Of the Year”, SESAC’s  “Music Visionary of the Year”, one of The Hollywood Reporter’s  “Pop’s Top Hitmakers” and has an annual presence on Billboard’s Power 100.

Daniel, an avid runner, has completed over 30 Marathons in New York City, Boston, and Long Island. Daniel is a Founding Board member of LIFEbeat, Vice President of Music for Youth Foundation, Vice Chair of the UJA Entertainment Division, former trustee of the Dalton School, current Board member of the Brooklyn College Foundation, Children in Conflict, Creative Coalition for Peace the T. J. Martell Foundation as well as Vice Chair of the Princeton University Parents Fund Board,

Glassnote Records is the proud home to Grammy Award winning Phoenix, Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum selling Mumford & Sons, Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling Childish Gambino, CHVRCHES, The Temper Trap, Two Door Cinema Club, GIVERS, Daughter, Robert DeLong, Half Moon Run, Flight Facilities, Secondhand Serenade, Jeremy Messersmith, Justin Nozuka, HOLYCHILD, Hamilton Leithauser, Tor Miller, AURORA, Mansionair, James Hersey, The Strumbellas, Lawrence Taylor, Jade Bird, snny, Mosa Wild, IDER, William Prince, Dylan Cartlidge, The Teskey Brothers, Junius Meyvant, Luwten, and Baio.  Glassnote has been hailed as the “Best Indie Label” by Rolling Stone, “Label of the Year” at the A2IM Libera Awards and the “#1 Independent Label” by Billboard. Most recently Pigeons & Planes described Glassnote as “a powerhouse in the world of indie labels”.

Resolved Records, a unique affiliate of Glassnote Entertainment Group, offers individualized support and services to entertainment entrepreneurs, emerging producers and independent labels. The most recently announced partnership is with Spacebomb Group, the parent company of internationally renowned Spacebomb Records, Spacebomb Publishing, Spacebomb Productions, and Dreamboat Management.

Jennifer Glickman

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, CannaCraft

Jenn Glickman currently serves as the Corporate Social Responsibility Manage for CannaCraft, California’s largest cannabis manufacturer. Prior to a transition to the Cannabis industry Jenn worked in the music and entertainment industry for 15+ years. Most notably Jenn tour managed and handled day to day affairs for the late Pete Seeger. Accompanying him to President Obama’s first inauguration and to his last Jazzfest performance in 2009 while also being an instrumental part of the team that organized his 90th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden. Jenn has previously held positions with the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, David Parsons Dance Company, The Capitol Theatre and SUNY Purchase. Jenn has a BA in Theatre and Dance from Bard College and received her Master’s in Non-Profit Arts Management from the Pratt Institute.

Mike Greenhaus

​Editor-in-Chief, Relix

Mike Greenhaus is a writer and blogger with a live-music obsession. He is the editor-in-chief of Relix, the longest-standing print magazine dedicated to improvisational and independent music. Additionally, he oversees the daily newswire for and its sister site, helps curate Relix’s official video channels and co-created the collaborative “Brooklyn Is Dead” event series.

Mike is the vice president and co-founder of Relix Media Group, the parent company of Relix magazine,,, the local event database DoNYC and the Here & There music network. RMG is also responsible for a variety of specialty publications, including the daily newspapers for Bonnaroo, Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road and Phish’s festivals. A former college radio DJ, Mike produced and hosted Relix’s official podcast Cold Turkey, which launched in 2005 as one of the first magazine podcasts. He has appeared on SiriusXM and FOX 5 News and spoken on panels at South by Southwest, CMJ, the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival, Tune-In Tel Aviv, M for Montreal and elsewhere. He has also written for Spin, Paste, American Songwriter and a variety of other outlets, and penned the introduction to noted music photographer Jay Blakesberg’s book, Jam.

Mike currently hosts The Friday Night Jam with Rabbi Daniel Brenner, a speaking series at New York’s LPR focused on the intersection of music, spirituality and religion. He also serves on the Young Patrons Stirring Committee for City Parks Foundation.

Myles Grosovsky

Digital Marketing/Strategy, Q Prime

Myles Grosovsky has worked in digital marketing with a focus on the music industry since 2006. For the past six years Myles has worked at Q Prime, the band management company whose roster includes Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disturbed, Snow Patrol, Muse, among others. Prior to joining Q Prime, Myles worked with artists such as John Prine, alt-J, Fela Kuti, Eminem, Metric, OK Go, John Legend, Kaskade, 50 Cent, and Esperanza Spalding. In addition to his direct work with artists, Myles has been a member and mentor in Techstars Music, the startup accelerator run by Techstars for music-related companies, since its inception three years ago.

Gogi Gupta

CEO & Founder, Gupta Media

Gogi Gupta is the Founder of Gupta Media, a digital marketing agency that specializes in media buying, creative design and technology solutions. Headquartered in Boston, Gupta Media proudly employs more than 50 people.

A graduate of Cornell University, Gogi started his company over 12 years ago, with the goal of creating a better way to buy ads online. As digital advertising has evolved to include mobile, video and social media, among other things, Gogi and his company have been at the forefront of maximizing advertising effectiveness for clients in a number of different industries.

In 2011, Gogi launched smartURL, a global redirect service that automatically send users to the right place based on their location and device. It has revolutionized and streamlined the process of digital marketing, particularly in the music industry, where smartURLs are frequently used by major artists to announce their new albums to the masses.

Gogi is passionate about the ability of data and technology to power solutions that make marketing more efficient and more effective. He has shared his passion and wisdom at industry events for Apple, Sony, Billboard and others.

Gogi lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and three daughters. He is an avid sports fan, holding season tickets to the Red Sox while also remaining loyal to the Bills and the Sabres from his former hometown.

Shirley Halperin

Executive Editor, Music, Variety

Shirley Halperin is Executive Editor of Music at Variety, where she spearheads music coverage for the print magazine and Through her 20-year career, she has held staff positions at Entertainment Weekly, Teen People and Us Weekly and was also a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. Shirley joined the Hollywood Reporter (THR) as Music Editor in 2010, later adding sister magazine Billboard to her resume. Until 2017, she oversaw music news coverage for both publications. Shirley is the author of three books: 2008’s “Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life,” 2010’s “Reefer Movie Madness” and 2011’s “American Idol: the Official Backstage Pass.

Warren Haynes

Visionary GRAMMY Award-winning artist Warren Haynes is a cornerstone of the American music landscape, lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. He effortlessly cross-pollinates genres and unfurls solos that broil with passion in his distinctive, signature style. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, he has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers and his artistry has led to thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Haynes is a beacon of creativity and musical excellence that inspires fans as well as fellow musicians, evidenced by the diverse array of artists that he has performed and recorded with. His legendary Christmas Jam benefit concert, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2018, benefits the Asheville Area Habitat of Humanity in Haynes’ hometown of Asheville, NC and has raised more than $2.3 million. The Christmas Jam is known as one of the longest running and most celebrated live benefit concerts in the U.S. As the front man of Gov’t Mule, Haynes along with his bandmates drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, create consistently honest, organic and daring music, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. The enduring, globally revered group has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence and breadth over the course of 16 studio and live albums. Their flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. Gov’t Mule’s new live CD/DVD, Bring On The Music – Live at The Capitol Theatre, out June 28.

Jonathan Healey

Vice President, Marketing + Digital Strategy, Dayglo Ventures

Jonathan Healey is Vice President of Marketing and Digital Strategy at Dayglo Ventures, a holding company that owns equity in Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, LOCKN’, and Relix magazine, among others. A progressive, collaborative, forward-thinking digital media and content development leader, Healey plays a vital function as a senior member of the executive team and works closely with an array of Dayglo departments to help shape the strategy and execution of marketing, promotion, sponsorship, creative, digital, and video media for the company.

Healey was instrumental in the planning, development, marketing, and 2012 re-launch of The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, New York). The infrastructure built at The Cap served as a springboard to architect and oversee Dayglo’s high-performing, nationwide, venue marketing teams — a group with a proven track record of developing sophisticated promotional strategies that utilize a 360° approach that exceed expectations in achieving online visibility and engagement.

A longtime collaborator with Dayglo founder, Peter Shapiro, the duo have also orchestrated all aspects of film and television, producing award-winning and dynamic productions. Most notably, “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” set the record for the largest music pay-per-view event of all time, with more than 400,000 cable/satellite subscriptions and online streams. Dayglo’s recent endeavors include construction of a livestream division, producing more than 100 livestream concert events and programming a year.

Prior to focusing on Dayglo’s branding marketing and video initiatives, Healey developed and implemented successful digital and video strategies for Lorne Michael’s Burly Bear Network, Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater Associates, Warren Buffet’s Secret Millionaires Club, Diageo, TBS, National Lampoon, Henri Lloyd, and Gathering of the Vibes. An award-winning homebrewer, Healey lives in scenic Easton, Connecticut and is an avid skier.

Erica Hernandez

Marketing Manager, Brooklyn Bowl

Erica Hernandez is the Marketing Manager at Brooklyn Bowl, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Brooklyn Bowl is 600 capacity premier concert venue, bowling alley, restaurant featuring the acclaimed Food by Blue Ribbon, and bar. As a driven, forward-thinking, creative, and collaborative individual, Erica has helped develop an in-house marketing department at Brooklyn Bowl from the ground up.

Erica has been a part of the marketing team at Brooklyn Bowl for almost 5 years, where she started as an intern and excelled to her current role as Marketing Manager. She oversees marketing for over 500 shows a year and has helped facilitate the venue’s annual standing within Pollstar’s Top 10 club-size venue ticket sales figures. Erica also manages marketing for Brooklyn Bowl’s events department and food and beverage programs. She works closely with department heads to develop marketing strategies and in-house promotions for private events, bowling, and menu additions.

Additionally, Erica has worked with Brooklyn Bowl parent company, Daylgo Ventures, on events including LOCKN’ Festival and the Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion at SXSW. She played a vital role with the marketing teams on the ground at each event, assisting with digital ad campaigns, sponsorship deliverables, and real-time social media coverage.

Prior to Brooklyn Bowl, Erica worked as Junior Tour Coordinator at Madison House Travel. There, she assisted with tours, routing, and special travel requests for bands including My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Vampire Weekend, and others.

Erica graduated with a B.S. in Music Merchandising from Hofstra University in 2012.

When she’s not working at Brooklyn Bowl, she’s cooking gourmet meals at home and raising awareness for the green and plastic-free movements. She’s most proud of her work with Oceanic Global, which awarded Brooklyn Bowl with The Oceanic Standard’s Straw-Free certification.

Jed Hilly

Executive Producer, Americana Music Association

Jed Hilly leads all aspects of the Americana Music Association, a not for profit artist advocacy group based in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is the Executive Producer of AMERICANAFEST, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, Grammy winner (Levon Helm: Ramble at the Ryman) and Producer of the the two time Regional Emmy Award winning Americana Honors & Awards show which has been broadcast on AXS TV, CMT, PBS, NPR, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, WSM radio and CMC in Australia.

During his tenure, Hilly has raised the genre’s profile exponentially, yielding three categories for Americana artists at the Grammy Awards; the inclusion of the musical term, Americana in Merriam-Websters dictionary, the recognition and creation of Americana Sales Charts in Billboard Magazine and the “Official Charts” in the United Kingdom.   During the period or expansion the Americana Music Association has developed sister entities in the UK producing Americanafest UK and the Taste of Americana tours in Australia along with Annual Honors programs in each of those countries

Hilly’s twenty-five year career includes tenures as Head of Orbison Records in Nashville and Sony Music Entertainment in New York, where he worked on campaigns for Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Gloria Estefan.  During this time he conceived of and implemented the music industry’s first on line B2B website, three years before Napster, and subsequent Media and Music exchange (MMX) which distributes inter-company promotional assets around the world.  Mr. Hilly is a member of the Recording Academy, Country Music Hall of Fame and has served on the Advisory Board for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s American Masters series.

Abigail Holmes

Artist + Designer, NYXdesign

Abigail Rosen Holmes is a multidisciplinary artist and designer; working in lighting, video and production design for concert touring, architecture, events and television.

Her recent work has included:
Ghosts of the Forest; Trey Anastasio, Production, Video and Lighting design
Idina Menzel World Tour; Production, Video and Lighting design
Phish; Production and Video design
High Roller Observations Wheel, Caesar’s, Las Vegas; Lighting Design
Nordstrom Light Weave, Vancouver, Toronto, Chicago Flagship Stores; LED Installation Design

Abigail has designed international concert tour lighting for many iconic and critically acclaimed artists including Cher, Janet Jackson, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus, The Cure, Peter Gabriel, Shakira, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads, Herbie Hancock, Roger Water’s “The Wall” in Berlin, and Jean Michel Jarre, amongst many others.

She has served as lighting designer for David Byrne’s Contemporary Color; Tribeca Film Festival Opening Night, Clive David The Soundtrack of Our Lives screening and concert; Tribeca Film Festival Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: the Bad Boy Records Story screening and concert; and YouTube Onstage Live at the Kennedy Center.

Some of Abigail’s other projects include video and lighting design for Taboo, City Of Dreams, Macau, China for the Dragone Group; three editions of Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth for Feld Entertainment; video and lighting for performances by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra of Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and Scriabin’s Prometheus; and lighting design for YouTube Play, Bicentennial Art Competition at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Her corporate projects have included lighting for YouTube, Goggle, Vogue, Nike, and Samsung.

Abigail Rosen Holmes graduated from Brown University, receiving her BA in Art.

She spent two years as an Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, teaching lighting and video design.

Abbey previously worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, as a Senior Show Lighting Design.

Abigail was named on of the Top 50 Most Powerful People in Entertainment Technology by Live Design magazine. She has received the Redden Award for Lighting, along with nominations for the Parnelli Award, and an Emmy Award nomination.

Seth Hurwitz

Chairman, I.M.P.


Marc Janowitz

Lighting & Production Designer, E26 Design

Marc Janowitz has a passion for design.

Marc’s path to becoming a lighting and production designer was as direct as they come. When he was eleven years old, his keen technical and artistic ability led him to be enlisted to lead the production and lighting of his school play. The die was cast, and Marc eventually went on to collaborate with respected and revered artists all over the world.

With training in theatrical lighting design and a degree in philosophy, Marc has a unique creative ability.  Combining his aesthetic acumen with a practical understanding of production, Marc brings a myriad of diverse skills that guarantees a unique and successful approach to each project.

Marc’s design work is experienced worldwide in concerts, theatre, television & events. He has designed the lighting and production for numerous artists including: My Morning Jacket, Trey Anastasio Band, The Lumineers, Flight of the Conchords, Fun, TV on the Radio, Passion Pit, Dispatch and The Decemberists. Marc also designs lighting and production for television specials & events. Recent projects Adam Sandler “100% Fresh”, Chris Rock “Tamborine”, Bo Burnham “Make Happy”, Flight of the Conchords “Live in London” and the Peabody Award winning Netflix series “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj”

For over a decade, Founder & Chief Designer, Marc Janowitz, collaborated with the critically-acclaimed and ground-breaking organization, Blue Man Group, where he served on the design team for nearly all of their projects and special events worldwide. In New York theatre, Marc was involved with a myriad of downtown and off-Broadway groups including Camp Wanatachi (Director – Matt Cowart @ La Mama), Kiki Baby (Director – Lonny Price @ NYMF), Moisty the Snowman (NYMF) and Dai (Iris Bahr). He also has served as resident Lighting Designer for the Forbidden Broadway franchise for 12 years, resident designer for Theatre by the Blind and resident designer for Bridge Club Productions.

Jennifer Justice

Co-Founder, The Justice Dept

Jennifer Justice, also known as JJ, is an entertainment and live experience executive known for her expertise in building artists’ careers and business portfolios by marrying art with commerce. JJ made her mark as an entertainment attorney at Carroll, Guido and Groffman LLP where she was made partner in only 3 years. With a roster of clients that included Jay-Z, Slipknot and Mark Ronson, and having negotiated massive joint venture agreements including the partnerships of Jay-Z and Roc Nation with Live Nation, JJ parlayed her experience to join Jay-Z to build Roc Nation in 2010.

As General Counsel and EVP at Roc Nation, JJ helped structure the vision and growth of Roc Nation and oversaw the expansion of Roc Nation’s portfolio offering to include TV, film, branding, sports and media entertainment. She served on the board of Roc Nation’s joint venture companies Three Six Media and Steam Engine, aided the creation of major strategic partnerships including Stance, Skullcandy, Puma, and Budweiser and served as Jay-Z’s personal entertainment attorney for a total of 17 years as well as Beyonce’s personal attorney for a year while at Roc Nation.

JJ joined Superfly in 2016 as the President of Corporate Development, a role created for her to expand the portfolio of the then 17 year old live experience company. During her 3 year tenure, Superfly doubled their ownership of live music experiences, expanded their portfolio of experiences and raised a Series B round of financing.

From the beginning of her career, JJ has championed gender equality & diversity in the workplace and therefore, co-founded her newest venture The Justice Department with Anjali Kumar & Jacqueline Duval, which serves to advice and consult female founders, brands, executives and talent in the growth of their business from a legal, corporate & business development lens. In addition, she serves on many boards with the same initiatives including as Chair of the WIE Network Advisory Board, a founding advisory board member of USC’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, executive board member for She Is The Music and on the board of the innovative domestic violence organization, Freefrom. In addition, JJ serves on the board of BSE Global, the Spring Place cultural board and the board of One Hope Wines.

JJ has been featured in Pollstar, in Marie Claire as one of seven women featured in the music industry, has been named to Billboard women in power list multiple times and has been honored by TJ Martell as a Woman of Influence.

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta

Assistant Editor, Relix

Raffaela Kenny-Cincotta is a journalist and music lover who has been published by Relix, The Boston Globe, Noisey and Rolling Stone. She joined Relix in 2017, and currently serves as the publication’s Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator.

Over her career, Raf has interviewed everyone from George Porter Jr. to Tom Morello to Bill Nye the Science Guy. She also recently collaborated with famed photographer Jay Blakesberg on a photo book made exclusively for the LOCKN’ Festival.

Raf graduated with honors from Northeastern University with a double major in Journalism and English Literature. When she’s not at a concert or music festival, she can be found playing guitar or relaxing beachside on her native Long Island.

Dino Kuckovic

Community Marketing Director,

Dino is the face of’s customer experience and events programs. He has played ping pong across the Atlantic several times and worked in fashion, now in tech. He is a creative thinker with an unwavering belief in the power of marketing to build unity and shared vision.

Marilyn Laverty

Founder & President, Shore Fire Media

Marilyn Laverty is founder and president of Shore Fire Media, which is a regular fixture on New York Observer‘s “Power 50” list of PR agencies. Shore Fire is known both for its blue chip roster of musical acts and also for its leadership in bringing new media strategies to its campaigns across many fields of culture and entertainment. Shore Fire’s roster includes Kesha, Bruce Springsteen, ODESZA, Carole King, ASCAP, also venues, such as Brooklyn Bowl and The Capitol Theater as well as charities, books, and festivals. Laverty has twice been named one of Billboard Magazine’s top ‘Women in Music,’ has been honored as one of Advertising Age’s “Entertainment Marketer of the Year,” and by the Kristen Ann Carr Fund as “Person of the Year.”

Laverty graduated from Cornell University cum laude in Philosophy. After graduation, she worked for the Ithaca Journal, then moved to NYC where she was a freelance writer before becoming VP of Publicity at Columbia Records.

Annabel Lukins

Artist Programming, Cloud 9 Adventures

Artist Whisperer, Den Mother, Event Hostess, Problem Solver, Muse – these are the many hats worn by Annabel Lukins, Artist Programming for Cloud 9 Adventures, a title that doesn’t adequately explain what she does or who she is. To put it simply, she is one of the key persons who help craft the epic musical adventures for the company behind wildly successful destination events like Jam Cruise, Panic en la Playa, Strings and Sol and more.

For the past 16 years, Lukins has been an integral part of a team whose carefully curated lineups are things of legends in the music event world. Back in 2003 when she was hired to do marketing for Cloud 9, there wasn’t even a job title to fit her skill set, which is broad. Lukins had to create her own position.

A NYC native who escaped to Boulder almost two decades ago to master the art of working at home in pajamas while staring at the Rocky Mountains, she has held just about every significant title working in the music business behind the scenes in artist relations, hospitality and marketing. Starting out at MTV and being a part of TRL when Hanson’s “MMMBop,” was hot, she wasn’t quite sure if that world was where she would land. After years of exploring the industry, she found that Artist Relations is where she is happiest. She has earned the respect of hardened business professionals, musicians and fans alike. Lukins even received a Jammy award in 2002. Named for legendary promoter, Bill Graham, the Grahamy Jammy was given to the jam scene’s most influential people.

For over a decade, she ran the Sonic Stage for Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival where she booked, managed and emceed the intimate stage. She still serves as artist liaison for sponsor performances there because, as she put it, “I speak artist, production, and Bonnaroo fluently.”

Lukins’ true gift is bringing a human touch to an otherwise rough and tumble business that has a tendency to eat its own. Working with world renowned artists many of whom she counts as dear friends, her secret weapon to success is love – the love of music and the musicians who make it – and the ability to share that love with the people she touches.

Steve Martocci

Co-Founder & CEO, Splice

Steve Martocci is a co-founder of Splice, a technology platform for music creators which streamlines the fragmented process of creating and sharing music, freeing musicians to spend their time and energy on the creative process.

Previously he was a co-founder of GroupMe, a group messaging service that in August 2011 was acquired by Skype, which was subsequently acquired by Microsoft in October 2011. Prior to GroupMe, Steve was a lead software engineer at Gilt Groupe and founded Sympact Technologies and

Steve helps lead SummerQAmp, a nationwide initiative to create tech jobs for American youth and train a new workforce in high-tech skills. Steve is actively involved in the New York tech startup scene, serving as a Techstars mentor, onSwipe advisor and an investor in companies including Codecademy, SmartThings, TransferWise and Timehop.

Steve graduated from Carnegie Melon University in 2004 with a B.S. in Information Systems and currently lives in New York City.

Roger McNamee

Author, Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Roger McNamee has enjoyed two careers: 35 years as an investor in technology companies and 40 years as a musician, most recently with Moonalice and the Doobie Decibel System. He co-founded three investment firms: Integral Capital, Silver Lake, and Elevation, the last of these with U2’s Bono as his partner. Roger was an early advisor to Mark Zuckerberg and investor in Facebook. Since 2017, he has been an activist, raising the alarm about the dark side of internet platforms.

Eddie Meehan

President, Wonderful Union

Eddie Meehan’s leadership, innovation and pure love of music has helped his company Wonderful Union grow from its Sacramento, CA office into a true global agency that looks after the biggest names in music including Justin Timberlake, Drake, Halsey, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello and more.

Eddie is managing the biggest tours and artist development initiatives in recent years, and is a trendsetter in the world of fan club management, direct to consumer merchandising, and VIP and ticketing initiatives. His expertise in understanding premium level fan engagement and the art of celebrity/fan interactions has allowed Wonderful Union to find innovative ways to deepen the live experience while solidifying fan loyalty and generating repeat business and an artists income.

Ryan Miller

Lead Singer, Guster

Ryan Miller is the lead singer of the band Guster, host of Vermont PBS’ Makin’ Friends With Ryan Miller and Bardo, composer on a slew of rad films (Safety Not Guaranteed, In A World, Kings Of Summer, Tig, Fundamentals Of Caring), bon vivant and Xiao Long Boa aficionado. He is also handsome in low light.

John Moore

Founder & Partner, The Bowery Presents

John Moore is a founder and partner of The Bowery Presents, the leading New York City-based concert promoter, whose mission is to bring the best artists to the New York City metropolitan area and venues spanning down the East Coast, while providing the best concert experience for both fans and artists. In his role, John oversees all the company’s activities which center on programming live music in the venues that the company owns and operates, including Brooklyn Steel, Webster Hall, Terminal 5 and Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York City, The Sinclair in Boston and Union Transfer in Philadelphia. He also books concerts and presents shows at other venues in New York City and across the Northeast for The Bowery Presents.
Since its inception, The Bowery Presents has been a purveyor of true artist development and consistently strives to work with artists like LCD Soundsystem, My Morning Jacket, Mumford & Sons, and Sam Smith grow from performing in intimate clubs to performing in sold-out arenas, providing the best concert experience for both fans and artists alike. As a trusted industry tastemaker, The Bowery Presents produces dynamic entertainment experiences at dozens of venues nationally, producing thousands of shows annually.
John began booking shows at the Mercury Lounge in New York in 2001. He expanded his repertoire to the Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall, until 2004 when he co-founded The Bowery Presents.
John graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a degree in finance. Also known as “Jomo,” John is originally from Richmond, Virginia and currently resides in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village with his wife, Jen, and their two children.

Christopher Ragan

Account Executive, BLM-Blackbird / Raygun Designs

Christopher Ragan is a luminary in the Lighting Design industry that is well known for his dexterity with lighting and creating captivating art on stages and sets. With 20+ years of lighting design, set design, and production management experience, Ragan has worked with clientele ranging from renowned artists to worldwide corporations.

Christopher started using light as a medium during the early 90’s at Syracuse University where he studied as a fine art oil painter and sculptor.  His love for music led him to fuse his art by fabricating backdrops and designing concert T-shirts to operating lights at New York City’s legendary Eco venue The Wetlands Preserve and for the popular Upstate New York band moe.

Ragan has an extensive list of touring credits that includes The Secret Machines, Gov’t Mule, The Strokes, Karl Denson, Ben Folds, Common, and many others along with venue design and installs at The Capitol Theatre, Pier 17 and The Brooklyn Bowls.  His festival credits comprise of Mountain Jam, EZoo, Magnaball, Solid Sound Festival, Firefly, GOV Ball NYC, and Lockn’.

Today Christopher continues to tour as the lighting designer and show director for Dead and Company and operates his lighting design firm, Raygun Designs, out of New York City and is an Account Executive at BML-Blackbird where he concentrates on sales in the touring and festival markets.

Brian Rosenworcel

Founding Member, Guster

Brian Rosenworcel has been playing percussion in the band Guster since their inception in 1991, when Brian was eighteen years old. While Brian is known for his hand drumming and songwriting, he was also the driving force behind the DIY approach the band took with its fans, which included devising a system of “reps” to help peddle Guster’s music. The DIY spirit of Guster continues to this day.

Charley Ryan

Founder + Designer, Brooklyn Bowl

Partner in several ventures that include food, booze, and music, and consultant to many more.

Rich Schaefer

Senior Vice President of Global Touring, AEG Presents

Rich Schaefer has been a familiar face in the artist management community since 2001 when he started as a day to day manager at Hoffman Entertainment, working with John Mellencamp and Jessica Simpson. After 7 years working with Randy Hoffman on acts such as Ricky Martin, Heather Headley, CKY and Gavin DeGraw, Rich joined LA-based The Artists Organization, opening the New York office as the Head of Touring, and was named President of the company shortly thereafter. There he worked with artists such as John Legend, Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Lenny Kravitz, Portugal. The Man, Chromeo, Animal Collective and many more. In 2014, Schaefer joined Mick Management as a Partner and left in 2016 to found LoyalT Management with his longtime friend, Rich Cohen. There he looked after clients Chromeo, Lord Huron, Animal Collective, Soundgarden (touring), Brian Fallon, The Gaslight Anthem, Sigrid, Aurora and many more. Rich joined AEG Presents in June of 2018 as Senior Vice President of Global Touring.

Cameron Sears

Director, Rex Foundation

In 1984 having graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in Environmental Studies, a youthful river guide and music fan wrote to his favorite band asking them to come run the Class 5 Tuolumne River with him, in hopes they would give the organization he was working with much needed funds to gain permanent protection of the majestic river. Shortly thereafter, the band helped fund the protection effort, which succeeded, and the river guide traded his Tevas for a walkie-talkie and a laminate and the rest, as they say, was history….

In 1987, Cameron Sears began a long career with the Grateful Dead, which culminated with him serving as President and CEO of Grateful Dead Productions. He also managed the solo careers of Bob Weir, RatDog and Mickey Hart, and Co-Produced the Furthur Festival, and has produced events for His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

He has been active with the Rex Foundation in various capacities since he began working with the Grateful Dead. He was an active Board Member beginning in 2000, and has been Executive Director since 2013. He has produced many benefit concerts for the Rex Foundation, including the tribute to Jerry Garcia, Comes a Time, at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California.

In addition to his role with the Rex Foundation, he currently manages Little Feat and is a founding partner in Island Gigs, which specializes in producing destination concerts throughout the Caribbean.

Cameron resides in Marin County with his wife Cassidy, and their two children. When time allows, he still likes to get out and listen to the river sing sweet songs….

Ali Shakeri

CRO & Co-Founder, ToneDen

Ali Shakeri is the co-founder and CRO of ToneDen, a marketing platform that helps promoters sell more tickets across Facebook and Instagram.

Ali’s team at ToneDen is responsible for developing and teaching a repeatable Facebook ads strategy that is being used by over 500 event promoters to increase their overall return on ad spend by at least 30%.

Some clients include Prime Social Group, Nederlander Concerts, Another Planet Entertainment, First Avenue, Levity Live, VELD Music Festival, and more.

Ali is an alumni of the University of California – Berkeley and currently lives in Los Angeles with his girlfriend, rescue dog named Molly, and four cats.

Peter Shapiro

​​Founder, Dayglo Ventures

Peter Shapiro’s eclectic career path has led to acclaimed and groundbreaking projects, beginning with two documentary films on The Grateful Dead, produced while a student at Northwestern University. Upon graduating, Shapiro drove through the 48 continental United States, directing American Road, which premiered at Sundance in 1997 and featured a score by Phish. In 1999, Shapiro produced the IMAX concert film All Access (Sting, Santana, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, BB King, Dave Matthews) and in 2008, U23D, the widely lauded concert film that was the first live-action film released in Digital 3D.

Along with such celebrated venues as Brooklyn Bowl (Ranked #1 Music Venue in NYC by ZAGAT), Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas (named Best Live Music Venue by Las Vegas weekly), Wetlands Preserve and The Slipper Room. In September 2012, Peter re-opened The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester New York, one of America’s most famous rock palaces, which hosted The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, David Bowie, in its heyday in 1970s, and Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, Steely Dan, The Strokes, The Roots, Snoop Dogg, Wilco, and many others have performed during Shapiro’s ownership.

He is the founder of Lockn’, a 4 day camping and music festival in Arrington, VA which drew 30,000 attendees annually, as well as Central Park Jazz & Colors Festival an experiential music event encompassing the 843 acres of Central Park and featuring 50 musicians, and Jazz & Colors at The Met, 15 ensembles throughout the largest art museum in the United States, and later Chicago’s Field Museum. Peter served as Executive Producer of seven Jammy Awards shows, America’s Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival (large-scale festival events in eight cities across America) and The Climate Rally (attended by 100,000 people on The National Mall).

His acclaimed endeavors include the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the annual Jammys awards show, America’s Largest Earth Day event, Green Apple Festival, the leading 3D technology company and 3ality Digital. He serves as publisher of Relix Magazine, which also owns the popular website, along with digital ad agency Hear & There. He also co-founded the retail / online brand, Stone Fox Bride.

Peter entered into a unique exclusive performance deal with Phil Lesh, ensuring that the Grateful Dead co-founder would focus on Shapiro’s venues and events in 2014. He also partnered with the family of Jerry Garcia to open Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, a bar and music venue in the late performer’s honor. In July 2015, Shapiro created Fare Thee Well, Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead. The heralded event took place over five nights at Levi’s Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area and Soldier Field in Chicago, earning acclaim as “the biggest concert event of all time.”

In 2015 and 2016, Shapiro was listed on Billboard’s Power 100 List for “Most Influential People in the Music Business.” Shapiro is a member of the Arts Committee of the City Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors, a co-founder of the environmental consulting firm, GreenOrder, and a board member of Headcount, Central Park SummerStage, The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, The LowLine and New York Public Radio.

Dalton Sim

Manager, Dalton Sim Management

Dalton Sim Management is a boutique artist services company that has been building sustainable businesses for artists since 1995. Through personal artist attention and strategic relationships across the industry we help develop successful long term careers in line with each artist’s goals and aspirations. From self-released indie projects to worldwide radio hits DSM/Nettwerk Management remains a Boston-based company with a global impact. Artist partners include: Father John Misty, Rostam, Lucius, Dispatch, SYML, Nate Ruess, fun., Guster, Alexi Murdoch, and Chadwick Stokes.

Carla Sosenko

Executive Editor, Us Weekly

Carla Sosenko is the executive editor of Us Weekly, and former executive editor of Entertainment Weekly and editor in chief of Time Out New York. She’s written for publications including Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Refinery29, had regular TV segments on NBC, PBS and other networks, and is the co-host of the podcast FortyNothing with Dylan Gadino.

Kristina “Red” Tanner

Manager/Head of Commerce and Activations, Activist Artists Management

Kris “Red” Tanner launched the Commerce and Activations Department for Activist to optimize client’s ancillary revenue streams via her specialized areas of expertise include ticketing, merchandise, sponsorship activation and fan clubs, VIP programs. She is also an authority on all aspects of producing and executing special events and festivals.

Previously, Tanner spent eight years at Sixthman, an Atlanta-based company which operates full ship charter cruises providing a unique vacation experience for music fans. She also formerly coordinated label operations for Sixthman (ADA) and Autonomous Records (Roadrunner Records). Red began her music industry career building and overseeing AMG, a CD manufacturing company targeting independent musicians.

She grew up in Wilton, CT and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Chris and their two spoiled dogs, Ramone and Zeus.

Chip Thomas

Director of Music, Eventbrite

Chip has always been fascinated by the intersection of music and technology. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he worked as an A&R rep discovering and helping break new artists at Wind-up Records. He then stayed label-side working for Mark Ronson and Rich Kleiman at their subsidiary of J Records. A clear fan of the “side hustle,” Chip has worked as a brand consultant for clients like Rihanna, Fort Greene Festival, and Cashmere Agency, and as Music Director and drummer for Postmodern Jukebox — a YouTube sensation that grew from a basement in Queens to one of the biggest musical acts in the world. He also writes music for commercials, television, and film, and is releasing his own EP project, DVNCT, later this spring. Tapping his vast experience in the music industry, Chip has spent the last eight years in music ticketing—first at Ticketfly, now Eventbrite—helping venues and promoters leverage technology to achieve success.

Bradley Tucker

Producer, Relix Live Music Conference

Brad Tucker serves as Senior Project Manager for Dayglo Ventures since 2014. Tucker joined the organization in 2010 as Intern to the Publisher (Peter Shapiro) at Relix Magazine, and was quickly promoted to Shapiro’s Executive Assistant a position which he also still holds. Tucker’s responsibilities as Senior Project Manager involve all Dayglo Ventures properties including Brooklyn Bowl New York, Las Vegas, The Capitol Theatre, Garcia’s, Lockn’ Music Festival, Relix Magazine and Creator/Producer of the Relix Live Music Conference. Brad has grown into an essential part of the Dayglo Ventures team promoting shows and events outside of the Dayglo owned properties. He was an Associate Producer on Fare Thee Well, Bobby & Phil Duo Tour and Producer of Jazz & Colors. Brad writes a music industry interview section for Relix Magazine and, “Behind The Scene”.

Brad graduated from Ithaca College in 2010 with a BS in OBM/Social Psychology. He is a Young Patron member of City Parks Foundation, Central Park.

Christina Ventura

Digital Manager, U.S. Concerts, Live Nation

Christina Ventura has been working in social and digital media for nearly a decade.  Moving from the government &non-profit world in 2014, her first music gig was at Webster Hall serving as Community Manager promoting their concerts and nightclub. Since joining Live Nation in 2017, she’s worked on campaigns for arena & stadium acts like Metallica, Beyoncé, Fleetwood Mac, Luke Bryan, Ariana Grande, Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Michelle Obama, Drake, JAY-Z, & many more. Christina studied Culture and Politics at Georgetown University.

Her current favorite social account is a Goldendoodle Instagram. Follow him at@chatswoof.

Jefferson Waful

Lighting Designer, Umphrey’s McGee

Jefferson Waful spent the first decade of his career as a rock journalist for and Relix, where he interviewed everyone from Trey Anastasio to Neil Young. He also served as the daily news editor at After a five-year stint as LD with moe., Jefferson began touring with Umphrey’s McGee in 2008. During that time he has also produced much of their video content, including several film parodies as well as the documentary, Reel to Real. Jefferson was also the site lighting designer for CID Presents from 2015 – 2018 and currently serves as Director of Video for CID Entertainment.

Emilee Warner

Senior Director, Artist Development, Warner Music Nashville

As Senior Director of Artist Development at Warner Music Nashville, Warner oversees branding and project management of artists like Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Devin Dawson. Warner also sits on the WMGreen team which is a pilot task force focused on creating a greener company across all of Warner Music Group.

Prior to her current role, Warner spent over a decade working in music across radio (CMT Radio, WRLT Lightning 100), brands (Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, City Winery Nashville), and independent publicity (Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, The Milk Carton Kids, Jim Lauderdale, among others). During her 2-year stint working and living in NYC, Warner led the charge producing the Bluegrass Situation’s SuperJam hosted by actor/comedian Ed Helms at Bonnaroo in 2013. Warner is an active member of the Troubadour Advisory committee through the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and champions and volunteers with Southern Girls Rock Camp.

John Warner

President, Hi-Line Merchandising


Tanner Watt

Director of Partnerships, REVERB


Jay Williams

Co-Head/Partner of WME Nashville, William Morris Endeavor

Jay Williams is a well-known industry veteran and Co-Head at WME, a global leader in sports, entertainment, media and fashion. Williams began his agency career nearly two decades ago in the William Morris mailroom and quickly worked his way through the ranks, learning every aspect of the business from the ground up. He was named IEBA Talent Agent of The Year in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Williams has helped to guide the careers of country superstars Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, and Brothers Osborne, as well as countless others. Additionally, he works with numerous successful cross-genre artists including Dan Tyminski, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Nikki Lane, Blackberry Smoke, Molly Tuttle, Mipso and many more. Williams’s passion for and dedication to the music industry extends far past the walls of the WME Nashville office and into the community. He currently serves as a board member for Music Health Alliance, Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Habitat for Humanity, the ACM’s Lifting Lives, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.