Sara began her career at Monterey Peninsula Artists over a decade ago, and was recently honored as the 2019 recipient of the Chip Hooper Award.
Clemens joined UTA in 2015 when the company acquired the world’s largest independent booking agency, The Agency Group (TAG). He was brought on as the Director of Tour Marketing at TAG in New York to start, develop and run a previously non-existent Tour Marketing division, and was quickly promoted to SVP of Marketing. Prior to his time at TAG, Clemens worked in Live Tour Marketing at AEG where he handled tour marketing initiatives for clients in the northeast and Canada including Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Rod Steward, Tina Turner, and many others.
Recently, Clemens was named to Variety’s 2019 New Leaders list, and nominated for the 2019 Pollstar Awards in the “Marketing/PR Executive of the Year” category.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Communications for Disney Interactive, the digital entertainment division of the Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS). She reported to the President of the division and to Disney’s Chief Communications Officer, and she managed a team of 20 public relations and events staffers. She led communications for Disney Interactive in all major functions: corporate, crisis, product, technology, B2B, executive, internal, events and social media. This included leading communications through Disney Interactive’s turnaround and first year of profitability, managing the response to legal issues, including criminal investigations and developing a strategy around workforce reductions and executive departures.
Before joining Disney, from 2010 to 2011, she held the role of Vice President of Communications at IAC-owned (Nasdaq: IAC) Match.com, the largest dating site in the world. In addition to her responsibility for communications and media relations for Match and its subsidiaries, she developed national campaigns to shift the perception of online dating as a whole and highlight Match.com’s specific brand differentiators.
From 2006 to 2010, she was the Director of Communications for Yahoo (NYSE: YHOO), leading communications for the company’s media group and overseeing public relations for its 15-property communications division. She led the division’s communications for functions such as M&A and quarterly earnings, and she managed PR efforts for media services launches and content/advertising partnerships. In 2005 she was named Account Supervisor for Marketing Communications and Corporate at Hill+Knowlton, where she was responsible for strategic planning and management of day-to-day activities for clients like Ford’s (NYSE: F) Race for the Cure, Sony Pictures (NYSE: SNE) and Adidas (ETR: ADS). She previously served as a Senior Account Executive at GolinHarris, where she developed full-service public relations programs for clients including Nintendo of America (TYO: 7974) and Nestle (VTX: NESN), from 2004 to 2005.
Carrie serves on the Boards of USC Annenberg School of Communications’ Center for PR and the Saban Community Clinic.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael is also the co-founder, guitarist, and songwriter for the Los Angeles based, multi-platinum rock band, Incubus. Incubus has sold over 23 Million albums worldwide, and has received multiple Grammy nominations.
As a writer, producer, and performer, Michael has worked with a wide range of artists including Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, Avicii, Damian Marley, Tyler The Creator, Steve Martin, and many others. Michael was educated at Harvard University.
As serial entrepreneurs, Michael and Ann Marie also co-founded the biotechnology startup, Versicolor Technologies.
Solo Promotions and Agency
He graduated from Exeter University in the early 70s, and was turned down by every record company for a job; so reluctantly he became an agent at M.A.M. Luckily it was the year of punk so new bands had hit singles quickly and he signed the Adverts and X Ray Spex, graduating onto The Boomtown Rats, Ramones, and Iggy Pop, who is still a client.
John formed TBA International with Ian Wright in the early 80s and worked with Paul Young, Alison Moyet, Big Country, Howard Jones, Tears For Fears and Duran Duran.
Giddings went solo in 1987, venturing into Stadium Touring and eventually was offered the opportunity to re-create the now very successful Isle of Wight Festival of the late 60s; which has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Muse, Tom petty Snow Patrol, Bruce springsteen, Kasabian, Queen and Amy Winehouse grace the stage. Last year’s festival included headliners Depeche Mode and The Killers.
OVG Media & Conferences
Paradigm Talent Agency
Before joining Paradigm, her experience totals over a decade in partnerships, advertising, and synch at Warner Bros Records, Capitol Music Group, ad agencies, and as one of the founders of the music networking group “Synch This.” While she studied political science at the University of California in Santa Barbara, her real music education began at her college job working the counter at Just Play Music – a local indie record shop.
Laurie is a frequent speaker, interviewer and moderator at dozens of festivals and corporate conferences, including SXSW, Maui and San Francisco Music Tech, ESP-London, Sponsor Secrets, Pollstar, TourLink, IFEA, BizBash, Canadian Music Week, IEG, Event Expo, The Mill Valley Film Festival, The Catalina Island Film Festival, Film Festival Flix, The Napa Valley Film Festival and The Lady’s Filmmaker Festival on all aspects of the industry. Additionally, she is often quoted as an industry thought leader in publications such as Forbes, All-Axxess Magazine, Variety, Indiewire, Music Festival Business and various media outlets. She has also been a contributor to Indiewire, Eventbrite & Sonic Bids.
Laurie has also produced, managed and done consulting for nearly a dozen film festivals as well as consulted on or produced several documentary films, including a music doc made by Tedeschi Trucks about the Mad Dogs Tour.
Laurie was an attorney for over twenty years and established and served as General Counsel of The Legends Tour, the senior division of the LPGA. She also served as General Counsel of the Audubon Society of RI. She was the first female prosecutor in her former hometown of Middletown, Rhode Island.
Laurie was the former President and Chief Creative Officer of the IFFS (International Film Festival Summit) and the IMFCON (International Music Festival Conference) & Lineup Magazine.
She has served on, and presided over, many non-profit boards throughout her career and currently is an advisor to FestivalPass, based in NY.
She currently resides in Santa Barbara, California and has three grown children (and 1 grandchild) who continue to make light of her golf swing, snowboarding technique, surfing style and penchant for bling. However, her rescue Italian Greyhound does appreciate her dog walking skills. She also holds the distinction of being the first girl to wear pants to school in 4th grade for which she was sent home.
Essential Broadcast Media
Currently, McFarland serves on both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Board of Directors as well as the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives.
Big Hassle Media
An impressive milestone event, the 30th Anniversary Bluesfest Byron Bay is the most awarded festival in Australian music history. Bluesfest has been nominated eight times in the International Festival of the Year category in the US Pollstar Awards and has won the NSW Tourism Awards eight times in the Major Festival and Events category and can boast four Helpmann Awards among a long list of others. Ultimately, it’s the music offered at Bluesfest that has made it the essential music event programmed by Peter Noble, a pinnacle of the festival calendar internationally.
Over the years of his remarkable career, Peter Noble has completed almost every task possible within the music business. Growing up in Sydney, Noble was drawn to the industry at an early age playing in Rock, Soul and Blues bands during the sixties and seventies. His bass playing and entrepreneurial spirit helped secure roles in a number of outfits including Clapham Junction, and as bandleader for Marcia Hines, before moving to the US to work as a professional musician for four years. As a musician, Peter Noble had a very interesting career filled with countless stories from being on the road performing with different acts. The only Aussie in an all British band, Peter Noble, played bass guitar and sang (bad!) backing vocals for Clapham Junction from 1966-1970. Clapham Junction had an Australian Top 20 hit with ‘Emily On A Sunday’ on Du Monde Records.
Beyond traditional music tours, she expanded her purview as promoter of family outings like Dude Perfect’s Pound It Noggin Tour, the viral YouTube stars who sold out arenas across 20 cities this summer.
Olenik has a gift for building out exceptional live experiences including artist curated festivals. She booked and helped curate Pharrell’s sold out, first-ever SOMETHING IN THE WATER Festival in Virginia Beach in 2019 and 2020 as well. SITW featured a variety of artists including Pharrell & Friends, SZA, Rosalía, J Balvin, Usher, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Travis Scott, and many more. Olenik also organized Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life event at the Greek Theater which honored the rapper’s legacy.
She consistently executes tours for developing and established artists. BANKS, Sabrina Claudio, Janelle Monáe, Erasure, The Head & The Heart, Quinn XCII, deadmau5, and Bring Me the Horizon have all been booked by Olenik.
Prior to joining Live Nation in 2017, Olenik was a local talent buyer in Los Angeles for Goldenvoice for nearly ten years. She also managed concert promotions for Nederlander Concerts and Viejas Entertainment in San Diego. She is a working mom who balances both jobs by bringing her kids on the road (Beatriz, age 5 and Jasper, age 2.5).
Rumion graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Psychology and began her career at CAA in 2007.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Dina began her career in music at WME in 2011 under the guidance of Joel Zimmerman. Looking towards the future, Dina strives to empower fellow female leaders in the industry and even the playing field between men and women in music.
MelodyVR was created to bring artists and music fans closer than ever before. By using VR as well as other emerging technologies, Melody intends to revolutionize music entertainment and serve as the destination for music in virtual reality.
Ben oversees artist and label relations as well as partnerships across North America. He received his BBA from The George Washington University and lives in LA.
Live Nation Canada
Nick has worked in technology and digital entertainment since 1994 when he produced the first ever live concert broadcast by a major band on the Internet, and created one of the earliest music websites. His experience spans digital and traditional media, e-commerce and the application of new technologies that allow brands to leverage the digital economy.
Prior to Google's Area 120, he held roles at TV4 Entertainment Inc, a company he co-founded, Relativity Media, Vevo, Live Nation, Rocktropolis, which he also founded, and ARTISTdirect.
Before his transition to technology, he was a successful musician, playing with punk rock ‘supergroup’ The Lords Of The New Church and The Barracudas, and later worked in artist management with Miles Copeland, his former manager.
Parag is currently a Founder In Residence at Google’s Area 120 group, after transitioning from his position as Head of Digital Product Management, Content & Design at Tesla. Prior to Google and Tesla, Parag’s experience include roles with industry giants like the Walt Disney Company, Microsoft, NBC News, StubHub!, and athenahealth, as well as innovative startups like Escapia (acquired by HomeAway/Expedia). He is also an advisor to electric motorcycle company Tarform.
Parag earned his Bachelor’s degree from California State University, and an MBA and M.S. from Boston University. In his spare time, Parag enjoys playing tennis, advising startup companies, producing music, speaking public on topics in product management and diversity, and traveling with his family.
Previously Vlautin was SVP of Corporate Communications at Live Nation Entertainment. Before his move into corporate communications, he had a long career as an artist publicist working closely with such artists as Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Ray LaMontagne, Snoop Dogg, U2, Melissa Etheridge, Damian Marley and others.
Oak View Group
Warnock is one of the most experienced music agents in the world and a key architect of the modern live music business. He has directly helped to open up new touring markets in areas such as India and China for international artists, and he has been an influential player in expanding the global footprint of the live music business. He currently represents some of the largest worldwide touring acts including Dolly Parton, Deep Purple, and David Gilmour. His extensive and varied career has also seen him work with legendary artists including Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel and Michael Jackson. Among his many unparalleled achievements are Michael Jackson’s tour stop in India, The Rolling Stones’ tours in South East Asia and Europe, and Pink Floyd’s two world tours, numerous events, including having the band play Russia before the Iron Curtain came down and negotiating for them to play on the Grand Canal opposite St Mark’s Square in Venice.
Outside of UTA, Warnock is actively involved with the Nordoff Robbins music charity where he sits on the Board as trustee and is Chairman of Fundraising, as well as the Country Music Association Advisory Group where he is a participating member. During his career, he has received multiple industry awards, recognising his significant contributions to the live music business. In January 2019, Warnock was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Year Honours List, for services to Music and Charity.
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Prior to starting MAC Presents, Allen owned and operated Nashville/ Atlanta based MAD Booking & Events, which produced more than 100 music festivals across the country including On the Bricks in Atlanta. Allen is currently an adjunct professor at NYU Steinhardt and Clive Davis Music Institute of Recorded Music; sits on the board of directors for The Country Music Association and serves on the advisory board for Berklee College of Music. Marcie was a member of the 2016 Cannes Lions Entertainment Music jury and served on the 2016 Clio Music jury, was honored at the 2019 Country Music Hall of Fame’s Louise Scruggs Memorial, was named to Nashville Business Journal’s “Women in Music City” list every year since 2014 and was recognized by Nashville all-girls college preparatory school Harpeth Hall as their Distinguished Alumna of 2017.
Paradigm Talent Agency
Alpert is also the founder and producer of electronic radio show “The Cookout” on Sirius XM’s Diplo Revolution channel.
Before coming to Paradigm, Alpert served as head of marketing for Ultra Records, leading marketing campaigns for Kaskade and Steve Aoki. Before Ultra, he was SVP of Marketing at The Eleven Seven Music Group and Tenth Street Entertainment, where he lead marketing campaigns for Mötley Crüe, Blondie, Eve and JET, among others.
Alpert got his start in the music industry while attending the University of Vermont, working at Burlington music venues Nectar’s and Higher Ground. Alpert also has a masters degree from Columbia College Chicago.
Prior to founding the AMG, Beckham served as the co-head of WME’s Nashville office for nearly 10 years. Under his innovative leadership, WME’s Country Music Department prospered at an extraordinary level. In 2015 alone, WME clients captured 10 of 11 ACM Awards, 7 of 11 CMA Awards and had more #1 Singles on Billboard Country Radio Charts than any other agency. Billboard dubbed Beckham a “Nashville Power Player” and Variety Magazine named him one of the top Touring Agents in the United States. Beckham is a three-time nominee for the prestigious CMA SRO Award for Talent Agent of the Year, winning the Award in 2014. Beckham’s former agency clients include Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Chris Young, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Reba, Brooks &Dunn, Jake Owen, Gary Allan and many more.
In addition to his work at the AMG, Beckham is also very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association, the Vanderbilt- Ingram Cancer Center, Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, the T.J. Martell Foundation, and Make-A- Wish of Middle Tennessee. In 2014, he was named T.J. Martell Ambassador of the Year and was also honored by the Nashville Association of Talent Directors at their annual gala. In 2016, Rob received the Swan Award for his work in philanthropy and the arts at the 54th annual Swan Ball in Nashville. He regularly donates his time speaking at events and participating in fundraisers for various local and national charities. A native of Montana, Rob lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife and daughter.
C3’s Casino Division programs approximately 1,500+ events for casino clients annually, ranging from concerts and production shows to lifestyle events and celebrity appearances. C3 is the exclusive talent buyer for 22 Caesars Entertainment properties outside of Vegas and is also the exclusive buyer for the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Live! Casino & Hotel Baltimore, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, and others.
Andrew Blank graduated with a bachelor’s degree The University of Texas at Austin. When he’s not booking shows, he’s planning his next trip to see Phish.
Live Nation Japan
With extensive experience and a particular focus on Public Health and Safety, along with technical engineering solutions, online businesses and apps, as well as the unique marketing challenges facing such organizations, James is a sought-after presenter, speaker and participant at conferences, conventions and associations. He has been and continues to be an active member on many boards, associations and not-for-profit groups where his input is regarded as having a unique, innovative and refreshingly optimistic perspective leading to dramatically positive results.
James has always had a passion for safety and was instrumental in the recent launch of APSA, Area Public Safety Alerts. APSA is the only smartphone public safety alerts and notification solution in the world that does not require any terrestrial network connection such as cellular data or WiFi, and even transmits during a power outage.
James got his start in the entertainment and concert industry very early in his life as a renowned and extremely skilled concert FOH audio engineer and toured the world beginning in his mid-teens. He founded and built what became one of Canada’s largest audio-video equipment rental and production companies that recently got acquired by PSAV.
James still gets ‘hands on’ with the occasional live event, including an ongoing annual gig for the Super Bowl, where he mixes audio for the live ‘inside stadium’ show.
“Once the entertainment industry is in your blood, it never leaves!”
He enthusiastically enjoys sharing his intellectual capital with others and has a ‘drive for life’ that one would find hard to match.
Billy Alan Productions
Whether designed to appeal to the “big players”, or booking and promoting to a target market that views seeing shows as a large part of the Casino experience, they fill a niche that has a significant effect on casino revenue. Billy’s experience and talent with booking, creating marketing strategies, media buying, and branding has created a successful model. Billy Alan Productions bookings have a wide range, including The Beach Boys, Jay Leno, Jo Koy, Theresa Caputo, Gabriel Iglesias, Sammy Hagar, Pitbull and Ringo.
Billy holds a BFA, Communications Arts from the New York Institute of Technology – Old Westbury. He serves on the advisory board of Native American Casino magazine.
Michael was involved in the planning and production of more than 3.000 shows, events and sport- competitions ranging from 1.000 to 80.000 visitors, including events such as the Commonwealth Games (2002), World Games (2005), Fifa Soccer-championship (2012/2024), Olympic qualification tournaments and many Domestic, European and International sport-championships.
Further, he was involved in the planning, development and reorganisation of more than 180 new venues and facilities around the globe, as diverse as the Singapore Sportshub, Dubai Palladium, Stadion Ora Arena in Istanbul, Wroclaw Stadium or the Qatar National Congress & Convention Center.
Byrd began his career in the mailroom at William Morris in 2006. He joined CAA in 2015.
Byrd graduated from The University of Utah with a degree in Communications and is a proud father of two.
Global Music Management Consulting, Kpop
As an advocate for climate awareness, Ashley advised former Vice President Al Gore and his Climate Reality campaign for several years helping involve Kpop artists and produce the Asian and K-pop talent segments for his "24 Hours of Reality" program. Prior to this she campaigned with The One Campaign for the 2005 G8 Summit with U2 frontman Bono, traveling with Richard Branson, Bob Geldof and other political leaders to raise awareness regarding Global Poverty and Debt Cancellation.
Prior to joining Live Nation Las Vegas, Conn has worked in Las Vegas for over 20+ years in many other positions with in the industry, to include the Vice President of Entertainment at Palms Casino Resort, where he led talent buying, promotions and general management for three venues at the Las Vegas resort. Conn also previously served as Executive Director of Special Events and Nightlife for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
Prior to founding full coverage communications, Foster was Executive Vice President at PMK*BNC and head of the company’s Music Department for over 12 years. Foster previously held various executive positions in Entertainment PR including Vice President of Public Relations for USA Films, and before that spent several years at PolyGram in various record label positions.
Ms. Foster started her career at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. as a Department of Defense public affairs officer. She is a graduate of the Journalism School of The Ohio State University.
Dell founded Signatures Network in 1999. In 2008 he sold Signatures Network to Live Nation. Furano continued with the company as CEO of Live Nation Merchandise up and until 2013 when he left to form Epic Rights, a full service, global branding, social media marketing and rights management company.
In 2019, Epic Rights became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Universal Music Group.
Dell lives in West Hollywood, California.
Warner Music Artist Services
In his current role as Senior Vice President of Warner Music Artist Services, Dan operates in a general management capacity overseeing Warner Music Group’s e-commerce, tour merchandising, VIP Experiences, ticketing, and fan clubs businesses. Additionally, he leads a team of digital strategists, operations experts, and like-minded fanatics who drive revenue and fan engagement by placing the right offers in front of the right fans at the right time. His responsibilities at WMG include Merchandising, E-Commerce, Fan Engagement, CRM, Digital Strategy, Consumer Analytics, Campaign Management, and Web & Mobile Strategy.
Dan is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and is a member of the New York State Bar. When not in the office, on the road, or at a show, Dan can be found being fanatical about his family and two dogs, metal and hardcore music, and boxing.
Nathan began his career at music management firm McGhee Entertainment. He joined CAA in 2013.
In 2011, Nathan was named to Billboard’s “30 Under 30” power list and was also recently named to Billboard’s 2019 Branding Power Players list.
Prior to founding 1803 LLC, Andrew spent three years with MAC Presents as VP-Brand Strategist, where he brokered partnerships between A-list artists and Fortune 100 brands, including programs with Chance The Rapper, Khalid and Andra Day and companies like Citi, Bud Light and Samsung. Andrew spent a decade as a senior contributor and editor with Billboard and Advertising Age, and has been quoted for his expertise on the business of music by dozens of national publications.
Ashish started his professional journey after completing his MBA specialising in Marketing in 1997. In 1999, he gave in to his passion for entrepreneurship and founded Big Tree Entertainment.
In 2007, seeing the growth in multiplexes and the increased credit and debit card penetration in the country, Ashish and his team launched BookMyShow as we know it today. While passionately driving his model for BookMyShow, he brought on board believing investors like TPG Growth, Stripes Group, SAIF Partners, Accel and Network 18 (Reliance). BookMyShow has also ventured into international territories and has expanded its operations to Dubai, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
While BookMyShow embodies the true spirit of entrepreneurship and is a classic example of how a simple idea can go a long way in resolving a pertinent problem, Ashish also continues to invest his energies in creating and nurturing the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs, both within the organization and outside of it.
BookMyShow also gives back to the society through BookASmile, the charity initiative of the organization. Since its inception, BookASmile through the power of Re. 1 has positively impacted millions of lives across the country and continues to generate smiles within the lesser fortunate sections of the society.
Ashish believes in balance and indulges in a couple of leisure activities that help him stay focussed, including sailing. The BookMyShow captain cool considers the sea as a great leveller. He sails every week and participates in sailing competitions regularly along with his crew. Apart from being out at sea, Ashish is also drawn to the philosophy of Vedanta.
Capitol Music Group
Jubelirer began her career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney at New York’s Simpson, Thatcher, & Bartlett in 1999 before joining Sony Music in 2003. Two years later, she moved to Los Angeles to join King, Holmes, Paterno and Berliner, one of the entertainment industry’s most highly regarded law firms, where she quickly made partner. During her time there, she represented a diverse roster of clients including Frank Ocean, Pharrell, M.I.A., Odd Future, Ke$ha, Swedish House Mafia, Marilyn Manson, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Damian Marley, Slipknot, The Neighbourhood, Tommy Lee, Grimes, Tori Amos and Buckcherry, along with many other musicians, fashion designers, and visual artists.
Jubelirer is well-versed in entertainment law, including recording agreements, publishing agreements, and television and movie contracts, and since joining CMG in January 2013, she has been an integral part of some of the company’s highest profile and most competitive signings, including Beck, Niall Horan, Maggie Rogers, Migos, Hey Violet, and Paul McCartney.
Jubelirer is on the National Board of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and is the mother of one son.
Red Light Ventures/Starr Hill Presents
Prior to Red Light, Jim served as the President of LiveWorks Events and worked at CAA, overseeing live events. His past clients include: The HORDE Festival, Family Values, Metallica Summer Sanitarium, Grateful Dead Productions, Linkin Park Projekt Revolution, Woodstock and more. Jim has also founded three business conferences – Aspen Live Conference (music and live entertainment), Music Media Summit (partnered with the Lefsetz Letter’s Bob Lefsetz) and the Aspen High Summit (cannabis meets entertainment).
Kate Lieberman is the Vice President of Guest Services for Live Nation. With more than 12 years of experience in event and operational management, she is passionate about leading and motivating teams to create innovative and actionable programs aimed at elevating the service experience. As the senior CX professional for Live Nations US Venues division, Kate is at the forefront of executing complex, division-wide service-focused initiatives. Her intention behind it all is to guarantee an exceptional experience to the 11+ million guests who attend an event at any one of the 52+ owned and operated venues nationwide. Kate thrives on leveraging insight to create sustained, practical, best in industry guest experience strategies.
Born in London, Sophie Lobl made her way to the United States following her Bachelors at Leeds University. She started her career in entertainment at Radio 1 where she worked as an assistant producer on shows such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Mistajam to name a few. She then moved to WME where she worked her way up from reception to work for Russell Warby, Ari Emanuel and finally Marc Geiger. She worked as an assistant to Emmanuel and Geiger, Sophie for Emmanuel during the IMG // WME merger and eventually moved to Los Angeles to work under Geiger in the LA office.
In 2019 after much persuasion to move to Texas, Sophie moved to Austin to work for C3 Presents in the new role of Global Festival Buyer. Lobl works closely with the LN EU team, aggregating artist offers for 197 festivals. So far they have confirmed over 20 bands for worldwide festival such as Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza Stockholm, and the various International Lollapalooza’s. She also researches and creates extended business endeavors under Charles Attal (Founder of C3)
Sophie is also a talent buyer and the Director of Campground experiences at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival where she curates and manages 12 stages in the campgrounds. She is responsible for the pride parade taking place this year, The Sanctuary of Self Love by Hayley Williams from Paramore and House of Yes at Bonnaroo, to name a few. Sophie was a key part in the creation and curation of Lollapalooza Stockholm and partnering with Live Nation Sweden. She currently books the festival that is taking place this June and has booked headliners Foo Fighters, Lana Del Rey and Travis Scott.
Dave Macdonald is a Director of Strategy with AT&T where he is responsible for working with key clients, in the Sport and Entertainment vertical, providing strategic & technical direction to address their business challenges. Dave’s extensive background in delivering customer solutions provides him the expertise and experience to assist our clients in transforming their business through the adoption of emerging technologies.
Dave was appointed to the position of Director of Strategy in 2011. In this role, he works with AT&T clients in the formation of their overall strategy, in support of their key business and technology initiatives. With an innovative approach, Dave brings the “art of the possible” consultative services to emerging technology and services development relating to business transformation. Dave was moved to the Sports and Entertainment vertical in 2018.
Prior to his current position, Dave was an Enterprise Consultant in AT&T’s Global Solution Center Lab. As a founding member of the Global Solution Center Lab, he assisted in the development and growth of the multi-site lab eco-system which provided advanced technology solutions to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. His primary focus in that position was assisting clients by providing strategic thought leadership and best practice recommendations on architecture, security and application integration.
Dave has 36 years of overall experience in IT and business. His experience spans the functional areas of IT Architecture and Infrastructure, Technology Operations and IT Services and Solutions. His experience includes working with clients in Financial Services, Hospitality, Healthcare, Retail and Government. Prior to joining AT&T in 1995, Dave held various technology-centric positions in the private sector.
Dave resides in Brooklet, Georgia with wife Sandra. They have five grown children and one grandchild.
Effect Partners | r.Cup
Michael developed the first-ever, national global warming campaign with Dave Matthews Band uniting the top 20 environmental groups and produced multiple 500,000 attendee Earth Day events on the National Mall. He introduced many of the greening practices currently being used in the music industry today. He has worked with over 200 of the music industry’s leading artists and tours including Jack Johnson, U2, Dave Matthews Band, and Rolling Stones. He has developed sustainability & marketing strategies for brands including Apple, Toyota, UPS, Target, Clif Bar and Live Nation.
Effect Partners is a social change enterprise, inspiring impactful business solutions powered by music, art and culture. His latest venture, r.Cup, disrupts the wasteful single-use plastic cup at live events. r.Cup reduces the environmental impact of live events with a reusable, recyclable, rental cup program.
Over the last 25 years, Chris Moon has worked to foster a creative approach to supporting artists in a variety of capacities. Most recently, he co-founded a new political initiative with his friend Kyle Frenette called 46 for 46: 46 concerts by 46 artists to elect the 46 President of the United States.
As an artist manager, he’s worked with critically acclaimed artists such as Josh Rouse, Landon Pigg and Rosie Thomas. He currently represents Apex Manor (Merge Records). He also works for Ambient Inks, a leading printer and merch company based out of Eau Claire, WI, who’s clients include Bon Iver, Sylvan Esso, and Iron & Wine. Chris also created a podcast called Tough Love: Adventures in Artist Management, where he interviews fellow artist managers, uncovering real-world stories and insights. Chris has spoken at several industry conferences over the years, including SXSW and AmericanaFest. He’s been quoted in Billboard Magazine, Pollstar, NPR, and the LA Times.
Dustin Moore has been a driving force behind California’s efforts to legalize and regulate cannabis for nearly a decade. In 2011, while with the Speaker of the California Assembly, Dustin advocated for cannabis policy that served as the foundation for the regulatory framework in place today. In 2014, he began working to develop, and ultimately served as Deputy Campaign Manager for, Proposition 64, the successful ballot measure that legalized adult-use cannabis in California.
After Proposition 64 passed in 2016, and having developed such a large body of knowledge about how to effectively regulate the cannabis industry, Dustin began working with local, state, national and international jurisdictions to assist in the implementation of their regulatory and licensing programs, including municipalities throughout California and in Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe. Dustin is regarded as a subject matter expert whose advice and experience is sought by both the private and public sectors nationally and internationally.
He is also a founding partner at Axiom Advisors, the state’s leading strategic consulting firm providing business and compliance services to professional cannabis associations, cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs and retailers.
As a leading voice on cannabis policy and regulatory navigation, Dustin has advised local governments on the development of thoughtful cannabis events policy. He also serves as Chief Policy Officer for The Emerald Cup, the world’s largest and most respected organic cannabis competition.
Royal Albert Hall
Lucy Noble is the Artistic and Commercial Director of the Royal Albert Hall as well as the Chair of the National Arenas Association, which represents 23 U.K. arenas including London’s O2, Manchester Arena and the SEC in Glasgow.
At the Royal Albert Hall Lucy is responsible for the entire artistic programme which last year saw 401 performances on the main stage as well as 1,100 performances in other spaces around and outside the building. The Hall’s programming is the most diverse of any venue in the world, encompassing many genres from circus and sport, the biggest rock and pop artists through to the world’s most popular classical music festival, the BBC Proms.
As well as the shows, Lucy also oversees the Production & Technical team and the delivery of the events. As part of this she has recently directed the installation of the Hall’s new £2.2 million award-winning sound system. She also looks after the Education & Outreach programme which focuses mainly on music and reaches around 215,000 participants each year and works to enhance music education, music for wellbeing and music for careers. Alongside these core areas she supervises the various sponsorships & partnerships within the building.
As part of this remit, her latest work has been building on the venue’s own-produced shows, where the charity risks money, acting as both promoter and producer. Last year the Hall presented more than 80 of its own performances, including shows suitable for touring internationally. 2019 was also the second year that Lucy took on Christmas at the Royal Albert Hall – building on the incredible success of the first time that the festival had been brought in-house in 150 years.
Agua Caliente Casinos
Dan Pferschy is currently the Entertainment Director for Agua Caliente Casinos located in Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs, California. For the last 7 years, Dan has been for booking The Show, a 2000 seat venue at the Rancho Mirage property and all entertainment in the Lounges and for Special Events at both casinos. Dan is also responsible for the planning and executing the New Year’s Eve outdoor celebration at the Palm Springs property that includes Entertainment, a 60ft lit Palm Tree with a video wall ring that rises up the tree with the countdown and Fireworks off the casino’s roof at midnight. Dan was awarded the Casino Entertainment “ Entertainment Executive of the Year “ in 2017 at the G2E conference.
Prior to joining Agua Caliente Casino’s, Dan has worked at three other Tribal properties, Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Michigan and the Morongo Casino and Pala Casino in Southern California. Dan has also been with the Silver Legacy Casino in Reno, Nevada and Harvey’s in Lake Tahoe.
Dan is most proud to have been able to bring” A” list entertainers like Steven Tyler, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Jerry Seinfeld, J Balvin, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Van Morrison to our intimate venue called THE SHOW.
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Poirier most recently led StubHub’s Canadian business, and served as Country Manager for two years. Among their accomplishments, his team launched StubHub into the French Canadian market, signed various partnerships, including a multi-year ticketing integration and marketing partnership with TD Place and the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) and has been instrumental in policy discussions regarding consumers’ ticketing rights in the region.
Poirier joined StubHub in 2012, at which time his initial role was in Global Strategy & Corporate Development and where he acted as Head of Corporate Development on an interim basis in 2014. His overall responsibilities were evaluating and leading investments for a number of M&A opportunities, while also leading annual strategic planning cycles and strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining StubHub, Jeff was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs in their San Francisco-based Technology group.
Poirier has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, having served seven years in the nuclear submarine community.
Sarkisian began his career as an agent trainee at Triad Artists. He joined WME in 1992, with the William Morris Agency’s acquisition of Triad Artists.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Sarkisian resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Shomes is currently the Head of the Casino Division at United Talent Agency (UTA) where he oversees the music and non-traditional touring rosters within the gaming entertainment sector. He has secured major deals for his personal client roster including Snoop Dogg, Pitbull, Staind, Rob Thomas (Benefitting Sidewalk Angels Foundation), Aaron Lewis, Toni Braxton, 98 Degrees, Tyler Henry – The Hollywood Medium, Brian Wilson, Bell Biv DeVoe, Paul Anka, George Benson, The Isley Brothers, War, and The Commodores among others, as well as the agency’s clients including Post Malone, The Jonas Brother, G-Eazy, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Flo Rida, 3 Doors Down, Bush, X Ambassadors, and more. An accomplished leader in the casino entertainment world, Seth Shomes was the first agent to build a platform for non-traditional entertainment programming to thrive in the gaming industry.
In 2015, Shomes joined UTA where he has been instrumental in establishing the agency’s debut Casino Division. Previously, he was with The Agency Group (TAG) where he launched the first dedicated Casino division at any worldwide agency. In 1996, he founded Day After Day Productions, which held an unparalleled footprint in the casino world for nearly two decades before merging with TAG in 2014. Shomes has been awarded the American’ Gaming Association’s prestigious “Casino Agent of the Year” title 4 times (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) and was nominated in 2019.
After an early career at Goldman Sachs and American Express, Ant joined Right Media as one of the company’s first product managers. He worked his way up through product and partnership solutions until Right’s $850M acquisition by Yahoo in 2007. At Yahoo, Ant managed a global team to continue to build, sell, and service the Right Media Exchange as well as Video and Ad technologies for the Yahoo product.
While at Yahoo, Ant invested in AdBuyer, one of the first platforms to integrate and optimize search and display ad buying. AdBuyer was later acquired by Mediaocean. Ant was also co-founder of Moat, a global analytics provider focused on making brands and publishers more effective. Moat wa s acquired by Oracle in 2017 and is now part of the Oracle Marketing Cloud.
With Lyte, Ant turned a bucket list adventure to the 2012 London Olympics into one of the most innovative technology companies in the live events industry. Since Lyte was founded in New York and San Francisco in 2013, hundreds of thousands of fans have attended many of the most sought-after live events in the U.S thanks to the tech platform’s unique ticket exchange solution. Coachella, BottleRock, the Newport Folk Festival, Arkansas Razorbacks Athletics, and Mumford and Sons are among the amazing live events Lyte has powered.
Lyte is an events marketplace for top sports and entertainment brands seeking an alternative to the secondary market. Lyte partners with major primary ticketing systems, including Ticketfly, Eventbrite, Tickets.com, Etix, Universe, ShowClix, SquadUp, Elevate Tickets, and Front Gate Tickets. Together, Lyte and its partners safely and securely enable fans to return or request tickets to hugely popular live events. Lyte has saved fans over $10M by providing the best priced tickets to the best events.
Throughout his career, Ant has also taken on many philanthropic projects, including 4POINT4, the first philanthropy-based endorsement deal for the 2012 Olympics. In 2010, after a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti, Ant was an advisor for Project Phoenix, a 12,000-seat soccer stadium concept in Cite Soleil, Haiti. The arena was designed by world-renowned architect Carlos Zapata as a world-class soccer facility and self-sustaining community. He also advised on Wellspace, a public-private partnership with U.S. State Department announced in May 2012 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Ant is a Bay Area native and lives in San Francisco with his family. When he’s not running Lyte, Ant spends most of his spare time attending live events. His favorites over the past year are the Rolling Stones, Madonna, The Who, the NBA Finals and Bruins-Canadiens at the Garden.
Another Planet Entertainment
Collective Entertainment, Inc.
Emily White’s career spans the entertainment industry, carving out a unique path that defines a modern maven. White began her journey at Northeastern University in Boston, with experiences at Powderfinger Promotions, WBCN-FM, Q Division and Skope Magazine. Upon seeing The Dresden Dolls play on campus, White introduced herself to frontwoman Amanda Palmer, quickly integrating into a core member of the band’s team. White and The Dresden Dolls grew up professionally together beginning at SXSW and continuing through White’s graduation day, in which she did graduate, but didn’t walk due to the band kicking off a three continent tour with Nine Inch Nails at Coachella.
Prior to graduating, White completed work with Boston’s local promoter, Don Law Company, while working deep within the live local music scene before becoming a world-class tour manager. An internship at MTV / VH1 UK solidified White’s early love for international business and view of a modern, global economy. Retiring from tour managing at age 23, including runs with Imogen Heap and festivals ranging from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, White accepted a position at Madison House Inc., in New York working with artists such as The Fiery Furnaces, Dinosaur Jr., The Secret Machines, Angelique Kidjo, and Taj Mahal, as well as members of The String Cheese Incident and Drive-By Truckers.
White wrote a pre-Radiohead In Rainbows “name your own price” distribution model that was passed along to legendary producer Bob Ezrin in 2007. A job offer at Michael Cohl’s Live Nation Artists followed, with White handling Zac Brown Band when he was signed along with Madonna, U2 and Jay-Z.
In 2008, White launched Whitesmith Entertainment with Keri Smith to oversee the careers of musicians and comedians such as Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs, Margaret Cho, The Hush Sound, Amanda Palmer, Eric Burdon, Family of the Year, Hockey, The Autumn Defense, Fox Stevenson and W. Kamau Bell. Whitesmith additionally successfully consulted on Jay Mohr’s goal of being nominated for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Following the 2012 Olympic games, White launched a sports management division with inaugural client Anthony Ervin, an Olympic legend known as the “rock star” of Olympic swimming. In 2016, White signed head U.S. Olympic Women’s Swim Coach David Marsh and Olympic gold medalist Kaitlin Sandeno, expanding the sports’ division further.
After witnessing slim margins in the 2016 U.S. Election, White was inspired to get out the vote. The result was a new initiative called #iVoted, in which over 150 venues in 37 states let fans in on Election Night 2018, who showed a selfie from outside of their polling place. Press on #iVoted can be found here, with the movement headed North for Canada’s 2019 election, as well as in the U.S. for the 2020 Presidential Election and all future U.S. national elections.
White is currently an in-demand speaker and consultant due to her expertise within the modern music and sports industries, artist development, social media, and beyond. In the media, White’s name has graced the cover of Billboard Magazine with her work additionally profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, and ESPN. She is a frequent guest blogger for Hypebot as well as Midem in Cannes, France where she is a regular speaker. In addition, White proudly serves on the boards of Well-Dunn, Future of Music, CASH Music, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation Live while additionally serving on The Grammys’ Education Committee and Pandora’s Artist Advisory Council.
In 2017 White released her debut book, Interning 101; a how-to guide for interns in modern business. The book is based on the “intern manifesto” handbook created by White and is published by 9GiantStepsBooks. How to Build a Sustainable Music Career & Collect All Revenue Streams is White’s second book and can be found here. In 2019, White became an adjunct instructor for New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, within NYU’s Tisch School of The Arts.
White is thrilled to have launched Collective Entertainment with longtime colleagues Katrina Bleckley and Melissa Garcia. Collective Entertainment houses all of White’s management, entrepreneurial work, and beyond.