Vegas Music Summit


February 2-3, 2017

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Panel Location

All panels will take place in the Fremont Room on the casino floor in the Downtown Grand Hotel.

Panel Schedule

  • 12:00PM - 1:00PM Music Production Tips from the Pros:

    Ever ask yourself how far you would be in your career if what you know now you knew when you started? A question we will ask our panel of world-class studio producers, as they share inside production tips and career stories.

    Moderator: Dave Lichens, Songwriter-Producer-Composer (Kobalt Music)
    Speakers: Tom Rothrock, Producer-Composer-Musician (Beck, Foo Fighters, Gwen Stefani)
    Kane Churko, Producer (Five Finger Death Punch)
    Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson, Producer-Songwriter-Musician (Trey Songz, Fabolous, French Montana)
    Pat Thrall, Producer-Engineer-Musician (Beyonce', Frank Ocean, Rihanna)

  • 1:15PM - 2:15PM Q&A with Veteran Music Video Director Nigel Dick:

    Having directed some of the most iconic music videos in the past thirty years for artists such as Guns N' Roses, Paul McCartney, Oasis, Britney Spears and The Offspring, among others, Nigel is an audio visual visionary. He has directed over 500 music videos during his career and has received three MTV awards (been nominated over twenty times), two Billboard Awards and three MVPA awards.

    Moderator: Tom DeSavia, Publisher & Author / Songs Music
    Speakers: Nigel Dick, Music Video and Film Director

  • 2:30PM - 3:30PM The Streaming Business:

    2015 marked the transition for paid streaming subscriptions out-selling physical and digital sales. Where are we headed? How is it affecting different facets of the music industry from label owners, managers, attorneys, tech start-ups, and artists? And how do artists stand out on the different streaming platforms?

    Moderator: Holmes Pooser, CBS Radio
    Speakers: John Kohl, CEO / TuneGO
    Ash Avildsen, Owner / Sumerian Records
    Tiffany R. Almy, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith
    Scott Sheldon, Manager / RM 64 (AWOLNATION, Iron Tom)

  • 3:45PM - 4:45PM Music, Brands & Content; Art & Commerce Meet Authenticity:

    How do global brands today utilize music in their product releases? What are some of the industry strategies they employ for successful and impactful campaigns? How do artists stay authentic to their vision?

    Moderator: Matthew Evertsen, Creative Director / Moondog Music
    Speakers: Mara Frankel, Creative Director Brand Partnerships / Atlantic Records
    Joanna Batemits, Executive Producer / Moondog Music
    Kevin Thomson, Entertainment Attorney / Thomson Gabriele & Ollunga
    Patrick Genovese, West Coast Director, Gibson Music

  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2017:
  • 12:00PM – 1:00PM Songwriting and Publishing Workshop:

    You can't deny a hit song. It makes everything easier. Our panel of songwriters and publishers will share their journey and reveal how they know when they hear a smash hit and what it takes to write one.

    Moderator: Tom DeSavia, Publisher / Songs Music
    Speakers: Dave Lichens, Songwriter-Producer-Composer (Kobalt Music)
    Sharon Robinson, Songwriter-Producer-Artists (Leonard Cohen, Diana Ross)
    Antwan “Amadeus” Thompson, Producer-Songwriter-Musician (Trey Songz, Fabolous, French Montana)

  • 1:15PM – 2:15PM All About the Sync!:

    Film/TV placement is still the big money player in today's music landscape! Our panel will review demos from the audience. Artists-please bring a usb flash drive with your best track (mp3).

    Moderator: Joe Berman, Music Licensing / Media Horse
    Speakers: Matthew Evertsen, Creative Director / Moondog Music
    Dave Lichens, Songwriter-Producer-Composer (Kobalt Music)

  • 2:30PM – 3:30PM Legal Roundtable:

    Our panel of esteemed attorneys advise successful tech start-ups, major and independent music companies, Fortune 500 companies, and platinum-selling artists. They fight for artists' rights every day, so important in today's music environment. A discussion not to be missed.

    Moderator: Stephen E. Sessa, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith
    Speakers: Edward H. Shapiro, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith
    Jess H. Drabkin, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith
    James C. McCarroll, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith
    Gregor J. Pryor, Entertainment Attorney / ReedSmith

  • 3:45PM – 4:45PM Talent Managers:

    Artist Managers not only guide careers, they exert the leverage when the artist breaks through. How do these industry players break new acts, and how are they adapting their clients' careers in the streaming music world we're now in?

    Moderator: Berko Pearce, Artist Manager / RM 64 (AWOLNATION)
    Speakers: Tracy Brown, GM and Co-Founder / CO5 Music & Management
    Ian Friedman, Entertainment Attorney (AWOLNATION)
    Vlad Radovanov, Entertainment Attorney (Fitz & the Tantrums, Fox Studios)