2015 Sync Up Conference Panelists

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April 24 through May 2, 2015
Time: Sync Up Music: April 24-25 and May 1-2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sync Up Cinema: April 27-29, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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Alexandra Scott

Alexandra Scott

Alexandra Scott’s music has equal footing around a campfire or in a concert hall. At her core, she’s a singer & urban songwriter with a country sense of the world that shows up in her songs.  A native of the countryside of Virginia who lived all over but never felt at home anywhere until she found her way to New Orleans in 2000, her folk-inflected songs resound with the movements of graceful galloping horses, with beats and electronic voices, and with her eye for beauty, self-revelation and humor. She calls her music ‘dreamabilly,’ mixing her mountain bluegrass origins with her love of all things post-Eno.

Alexandra has been compared to Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams & Gillian Welch. She plays guitar and piano and sings with a sweet, soulful purity that reflects her early training in theatre and singing jazz (which she still loves to do, performing around New Orleans with artists like Josh Paxton and Tom McDermott, with whom she cowrites). She has performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Fest & Preservation Hall. She has won an Independent Music Award & has released five critically acclaimed albums. Artists for whom she’s opened include Richard Thompson, Sean Lennon & LeAnn Rimes. The Times-Picayune included her album ‘Spyglass’ in its Top Ten Albums List in 2008.

In 2014 she released her fifth solo album, ‘I LOVE YOU SO MUCH ALWAYS,’ 18 songs about love, loss & everything in between that are equal parts joyous, devastating & most of all, relatable.

Her passions beyond music include writing fiction, dance, practicing & teaching yoga, gardening & working with animals. She hasn’t seen nearly as much of the world as she’d like to yet. She likes hearing good stories and dirty jokes.

@alexandrascott7

Anthony “Gino” Genaro

Anthony “Gino” Genaro

Born in California and raised in Texas, Gino Genaro was always destined to be an entrepreneur.  His mother founded a successful art business and his father lead global sales and marketing for high tech startups. So he was always surrounded by the pursuit of dreams and building great businesses.  When his baseball career ended in college in San Diego, the only question that remained was not if he would start his own business but in what field.

That question was easily answered when back home a ferocious independent music scene was emerging lead by Pat Green and Cory Morrow, simply dubbed “Texas Music.”  Genaro dove head first into the music "business lead by a passion for the music, the scene and a landscape where there were no rules on how business "should" be done.  Starting out selling t-shirts on the road, he moved on to help launch LoneStarMusic.com and then parlayed that into helping get Compadre Records off the ground.   By the time he was graduating college out west, he was already managing his first clients.

Alongside longtime client Aaron Watson, Genaro has been able to build a multi-million dollar touring and merchandise business, has executive produced half a dozen records, done business in over 10 countries and charted several records on the Billboard charts using his savy business acumen and constantly staying ahead the ever changing music business landscape.  The culmination of his success was this past February when Aaron Watson became the first artist in Billboard history to debut a record at #1 on the country charts.  Genaro was there 9 months before putting the plan together to walk his artist, with no record label, into the biggest country radio conference of the year with the #1 record.

Unrest Music Group is headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, where Genaro resides with his wife Kortney and two kids, Reagan and Maverick.  In his free time he enjoys reading, college football, tennis and world travel.

Asha Goodman

Asha Goodman

Asha Goodman, Vice President, Sacks & Co.
Asha Goodman has worked at Sacks & Co. since 2006 and, in 2010, moved to Nashville to start the company's office in town. With offices in New York and Nashville, Sacks & Co. enjoys an international reputation for working with the most talented and visionary individuals and organizations. Their clients include musicians, filmmakers, film producers, theater companies, arts presenters and entrepreneurial business ventures. Sacks & Co.'s approach is a holistic one that includes media relations, strategic counsel, messaging & branding, social media management and creative partnerships.

@sacksco

Austin Leigh Briggs

Austin Leigh Briggs

Austin Briggs serves as Director of Content Strategy at BitTorrent, a creator of advanced, innovative technologies designed to efficiently deliver large files across the Internet. BitTorrent currently boasts over 170 million active monthly users.

Austin is a part of the content team responsible for the development of the BitTorrent Bundle, a revolutionary new file distribution product from BitTorrent Inc.  He is responsible for building relationships and with content creators and strategic partners within the entertainment industry, with a focus on the music industry. 

Before moving to BitTorrent, Briggs worked as Digital and Brand Strategist for Jet Life and ST Customs Management, the brand, management company and label fronted by Atlantic Records hip-hop icon Curren$y.  His additional responsibilities at Jet Life included booking national tours, public relations, e-commerce development and management, and sponsorship acquisition. 

Prior to his time at Jet Life, Briggs served as a Talent Buyer with Live Nation and House of Blues New Orleans.  Briggs is also an accomplished audio engineer.  His studio expertise has landed him in sessions with artists ranging from mainstream rock hit makers Breaking Benjamin to hip-hop icons Curren$y and Talib Kweli and many more in between.  Briggs’ work has been featured by Billboard Magazine, MTV.com, XXL, Pitchfork and assorted publications throughout the US and Europe.

Briggs can usually be found speaking on creativity and disruptive strategies in the music industry, independent publishers’ rights and the solutions that lie within P2P communities.  He lives in San Francisco.

Blake Bertuccelli

Blake Bertuccelli

Blake Bertuccelli is a filmmaker, film organizer and web consultant. Most recently, Blake managed the Kickstarter campaign for "Hallucinaut," a short film executive produced by Terry Gilliam. He is also a key organizer of Open Screen, New Orleans and co-founder of Cinema Reset, an experimental film and new media initiative in partnership with the New Orleans Film Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/blake.bertuccelli

Chris Mollere

Chris Mollere

Music supervisor Chris Mollere’s diverse interests in the world and music began quite early in life. Growing up in a military family, he traveled extensively while living in Europe and various stateside locations. At an early age he developed a unique appreciation and love for all styles of music. He especially credits his family’s love of music and his father’s extensive record collection as an early influence. His passion and love of music evolved even further as he began attending concerts and playing music himself. Chris attended and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to receiving an excellent education in the areas of psychology, advertising and business, he also participated in countless music events throughout college. This has continued to this very day in his travels to find new artists constantly at festivals and concerts all around the globe.

Currently, Chris Mollere is a Film and TV Music Supervisor at his Los Angeles based company, Fusion Music Supervision. Chris has numerous credits as a music supervisor, including the ABC Family Television series’ KYLE XY, GREEK and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, as well as on the feature films THE BOX, I HOPE THEY SERVE BEER IN HELL, THE HAUNTING OF MOLLY HARTLEY,
HELL BABY, BAD WORDS, JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, to name a few. Chris is currently the music supervisor for the CW television series' THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and THE ORIGINALS and the ABC Family television series' PRETTY LITTLE LIARS and CHASING LIFE.

@cmollere

Christian Averill

Christian Averill

A native New Yorker now based in San Francisco, Christian joined BitTorrent in 2012 to lead communications as well as drive awareness and education programs targeting the entertainment industry. During his tenure he has helped to launch BitTorrent Bundle, which now includes over 30,000 publishing partners and reaches an audience of 170 million globally.

Bundle projects have included such artists as Thom Yorke, Curren$y, De La Soul, Azealia Banks, Public Enemy, De La Soul, Ratking, and OWSLA.

Christian joined BitTorrent from the Fleishman Hillard family, where he spent six years in various roles, including Senior Vice President for Youth & Mobile Marketing, a member of the Next Great Thing global think-tank, and serving as a company-wide resource for social media strategies.

Christian Averill is an avid rugby player, coach and fan who has played on four continents; an amateur photographer whose work has appeared in the New York Times and USA Today; a native New Yorker who used to DJ at the famous Limelight nightclub and served as editor-in-chief of Watch Your Step magazine; and loving husband to Eunji Averill.

Christoper Stelly

Christoper Stelly

Louisiana native Christopher Stelly joined Louisiana’s fledgling entertainment office in 2004. He quickly established a leading role in the film industry’s exponential growth over the next seven years. When Stelly was appointed Director of Film and Television in 2007, Louisiana’s motion picture tax incentive program was showing signs of growth. He was instrumental in increasing the activity in the program exponentially and each successive year of his tenure motion picture production continued to exceed the preceding year.  In addition to administering Louisiana’s progressive and innovative tax credit program, he has become an invaluable technical asset to entertainment companies seeking to produce and to establish new businesses in the state. He constantly promotes Louisiana as the best state in the nation for entertainment industry development.

He was named interim Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, officially the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, in July 2011 and was appointed in February of 2012 to the position permanently.  He currently leads a team of 7 business development and entertainment industry professionals. Stelly is committed to educating community leaders and citizens about entertainment development opportunities, working closely with industry allies and economic development partners throughout the state to attract and nurture entertainment businesses.

“I am very proud of the work our office has done. We have poured the foundation for this industry to become a major economic force in Louisiana. Over the past few years, Louisiana has seen increased growth in all of these sectors and now boasts an industry which impacts the economy at over $1 billion a year.  The excitement of the ever-evolving nature of this business drives me to work even harder to ensure the success and longevity of the entertainment industry in Louisiana,” says Chris, adding, “To compete in today’s ever-changing world, you have to be innovative and on the cutting edge. Through my work here in the entertainment sector, I feel like I’m doing my small part to ensure that Louisiana becomes a major leader in the industry, not only within the United States, but around the world.  Louisiana is poised to become an entertainment industry engine for years to come” 

Stelly’s tireless stewardship of the film incentive program and his business development efforts led to tremendous growth in motion picture infrastructure statewide. State-of-the-art facilities such as Celtic Media Centre in Baton Rouge, Millenium Studios in Shreveport and Second Line Stages in New Orleans opened under his watch. Louisiana now boasts nearly half a million square feet of pre-production and production space in six sound stage facilities around the state, along with nearly every other ancillary service a production could require – from high-end makeup and prop houses to business and payroll services to state-of-the-art special effects studios and more. Businesses like Pixel Magic, Digital FX, Worldwide FX, Illusion Industries, Dumonde FX, Factory VFX and many others now provide well-paid, highly skilled jobs to Louisiana residents.

Prior to joining the staff of Louisiana Entertainment, Stelly served for six years in the Office of then-Governor Mike Foster. He holds a joint bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Political Science from Louisiana State University and makes his home in Baton Rouge with his wife Lindsey and three children, Alexander, Isabella, Sophia and Chewbacca (a Scottish Terrier that was rescued from a local pound).

Earl Scioneaux III

Earl Scioneaux III

Born and raised in New Orleans, Earl Scioneaux III (aka The Madd Wikkid) carries a range of skills and experience as rich and diverse as the culture of his hometown. In addition to being a professionally trained pianist, Wikkid has experience as a Grammy-nominated sound engineer, producer and performer. He has recorded projects for the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band and worked on other various projects with such artists as Pretty Lights, Lenny Kravitz, Mos Def, Robert Plant, King Britt, My Morning Jacket, Andrew Bird, and JJ Doom, to name a few. The Madd Wikkid continues to push the boundaries with respect to the intersection of live and electronic music, exemplified in his most recent releases, “Don’t Tell Nobody”, “Brassft Punk” and “Electronola.”

Jon Bell

Jon Bell

Jon began his career in music at East Carolina University, convincing bands to play for door deals and to ignore his novice sound engineer skills at venues in the college town which fostered the careers of bands like The Avett Brothers and Future Islands.  After earning a Music Business degree at Middle Tennessee State University and a crash course for how a boutique agency works at Progressive Global Agency, Paul Lohr at New Frontier Touring made Jon his northeast agent in 2010.  Now in an account based format at the agency, Jon is shaping the careers for both developing and established artists that include Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Marco Benevento, The Main Squeeze, Ryan Montbleau, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Yarn and others.

@jbsgroove

Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine

Jonathan Levine is a Senior Executive Agent at the Paradigm Talent and Literary Agency and co-runs the Agency’s Nashville office. As one of the leading agents in the music industry, JL's passion for partnering with artists to help them develop and achieve their goals was recently rewarded with the prestigious Bobby Brooks Agent of the Year Award, at the International Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.

With over 25 years of experience, Jonathan has been privileged to work with many prestigious and legendary bands.   

Levine has been with Paradigm for 19 years, 17 of which were spent working in Monterey, California for Monterey Peninsula Artists which became Paradigm when the agencies merged in 2005 and officially became known as Paradigm in 2007. Levine relocated to Nashville with his family in 2012.

Prior to Monterey Peninsula Artists, Jonathan spent 8 years with the William Morris Agency in New York and 2 years with Artists and Audience Entertainment. Levine is also a partner in the American operations of the UK-based live music collective known as ‘Communion’, which was co-founded by Ben Lovett from Mumford and Sons.

Among Jonathan’s charitable efforts and associations, he serves on the Board for the Unbroken Chain Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by Grateful Dead's founding member Phil Lesh, as well as being a Board member of the Head Count Organization and serves on the Board of Directors for the Americana Music Association.

@tenniseejed

Kimball Packard

Kimball Packard

The founder of Sound Advice Management, Kimball Packard has over 25 years of experience in the music industry as a concert promoter, label and artist manager, production coordinator and co-producer on a variety of recording projects.

Kimball launched Sound Advice in 1994 upon signing legendary UK singer-songwriter John Martyn, and quickly earned a reputation as a tenacious advocate for musicians.  Mirroring his taste in music, Kimball has worked with an eclectic roster of artists in a variety of genres, including singer/songwriters, rock, jazz and world music artists.  Past clients include T-Bone Wolk, Simon Townsend,  Jonathan Edwards, and The New Orleans Social Club.  He currently manages one of New Orleans' most charismatic performers, Glen David Andrews, a Grammy nominated master of the Ngoni from Mali Africa, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and is doing independent projects with comedian Jake Johannsen.

Kimball is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and a founding member of the Boston Managers Group. With the help of many New Orleans-based musicians and philanthropists, Kimball was instrumental in the launch of Trumpet NOT Guns, a nonprofit organization that provides musical instruments and mentorship for at-risk youth. Though based in Boston, he splits his time between the Northeast and New Orleans, and has been honored twice as "Manager of the Year" by the New Orleans Offbeat Music Awards.

@soundadvice

Kyle Lamy

Kyle Lamy

At the age of 25, Kyle Lamy decided to leave his career as a FedEx delivery driver and pursue his life-long dream of working in the music industry.  Lamy attended Full Sail University and graduated in 2008 with a 3.9 GPA in Recording Arts and Sciences.  Focusing heavily on Digidesign Pro Tools Systems, Lamy quickly landed an internship a The Music Shed Recording Studios in New Orleans. 

Six months into the internship, Lamy began engineering his own sessions and assisting some of the greatest engineers in the city.  His hard work and dedication helped him move from local musicians (such as Bonerama, Trombone Shorty and Kermit Ruffins) more nationally known acts like Great Big Sea, Dr. John, R.E.M. and Harry Connick Jr. 

Lamy has engineered on Dr. John’s “Tribal” and Trombone Shorty’s “Backatown,” both Grammy-nominated albums. 

The Music Shed did not just offer Kyle the opportunity to build his skills and tricks with music - it opened up a world into film that was not previously on his mind.   He quickly moved into ADR and voice-over sessions working with Disney’s “Tangled,” Dream Works’ “The Croods” and Discovery Channel’s “Man, Woman, Wild.” 

After four years at The Music Shed, Lamy was offered the opportunity to move full time into the film world.  With the help of Ben Ellman (Galactic) and record producer Tracey Freeman, Kyle was asked to join the Music Department of HBO’s “Treme.”  Holding the titles of Assistant Music Supervisor and Assistant Music Editor, Kyle built many skills working under Music Supervisor Blake Leyh and Music Editor Matt Coby.  While Working on Season 4 of “Treme,” the Music/Sound Team was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie (Episode: "Sunset On Louisianne.")   

After Treme, Kyle decided to dive into a different realm of music: live production sound.  For the next year, he worked for local production company The Sound Source, setting up and engineering concerts in New Orleans area.  He has had the privilege of mixing for Lee Greenwood, Kermit Ruffins and Trombone Shorty. 

With the desire to learn anything and everything that involved music, Kyle was surprised to hear that CBS’ “NCIS: New Orleans” had reached out for him to join their crew.  Acting as a one man music department, Lamy handles all music needs, from concept through post-production.  With the titles of Local Music Coordinator and Live Music Mixer, his responsibilities include: working closely with the writers, directors and producers to compile options for live music scenes, booking the live music acts and helping them arrange their songs into the appropriate length for film, preparing all appropriate AFM and SAG paperwork and timecards, coordinating licensing agreements between the musicians and the CBS Music Department, recording the musicians live on set, operating playback and preparing Pro Tools sessions to send to the Music Editor. 

Kyle also works very closely with Post-Production.  He takes pride in making every sound as realistic as possible for the show.  During each episode, Lamy goes to the actual film locations and records 4-minute sound bites of ambient background and sound effects to send the editors.  He also works closely with the Music Supervisor to give local music options for source music cues. 

While being relatively new to the music and film worlds, Kyle Lamy has accomplished many things in his career, and strives to master every aspect of music in every possible situation.

Mark Lourie

Mark Lourie

Mark Lourie has spent over 20 years as the Vice President of Development at Skyline Music, a North American booking agency with offices in LA, Florida, Virginia, and Portland ME.    A Portland native, he leads the Contemporary division of the Agency and books the acts he is RA for nationwide, such as Zoe Keating, MarchFourth Marching Band, The New Orleans Suspects, Glen David Andrews, Feufollet, Gangstagrass, Darlingside and several more.

Having been in rock bands all through high school, Mark returned to Maine after receiving a bachelor’s degree in Zoology at U.of New Hampshire.  Needing to feed his passion for music, he became a top salesman at a local Hi Fi and musical instrument chain and soon found himself running sound for and managing one of the area’s top bands.  He built a small regional booking agency for the next few years then took on partners eventually creating the largest regional agency north of Boston in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  With the desire to work with larger acts on a national basis, he joined Skyline Music in 1991. 

Mark has participated on industry panels on booking and development at The Folk Alliance, IMFCON, and a number of others.

Matt Pincus

Matt Pincus

Matt Pincus is the Founder and CEO of SONGS Music Publishing, one of the world’s leading contemporary music publishing companies.  Headquartered in New York with offices in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, SONGS is home to more than 350 active contemporary songwriters, including such acclaimed artists as Diplo, Nelly, DJ Mustard, Conor Oberst, The Weeknd and Lorde.

Matt’s history in the music business goes back to the age of 17 when he toured and recorded as the bass player in Judge, the seminal hardcore band.  He still occasionally plays dates around the world with the band.  After being on the road for two years, Matt realized he was more interested in the band’s business operations than in taking dives off the stage and he entered Columbia University, earning an undergraduate degree.

After a stint as a features reporter at New York Magazine where he wrote cover stories and compiled the magazine’s Nightlife section of concert listings, Matt returned to Columbia where he earned an MBA in 2002.

Following business school, Matt landed a gig at EMI where he helped to restructure the company’s operations, establish their first digital deals with companies like Apple, Rhapsody and others, and was on the deal team for EMI’s bid to acquire Warner Music Group.

While at EMI, Matt noticed an influx of funds being spent on historic song catalogs but a dearth of resources being invested in new songwriters. He saw an opening for an independently operated, full service music publishing enterprise and in 2004 he established SONGS.

Nine years later, under Matt’s leadership, SONGS Music Publishing is fast becoming the independent music publisher of its time – Billboard has consistently ranked SONGS as a top 5 publisher, a monumental feat for a fully independent music publisher.

As SONGS breaks ground in the digital market, Matt has become a leading voice in today’s music industry.   He is currently the only frontline independent publisher to serve on the board of directors of both the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).  Matt is now a recognized public voice on digital music issues, in particular in the debate over payments to songwriters for online videos, where his advocacy helped bring about landmark agreement securing payments from major record labels to independent music publishers, and in settlements providing payments to music publishers from the leading YouTube Multi-Channel Networks.

@mpinc

Micah Davidson

Micah Davidson

With more than 10 years of experience as a booking agent, talent buyer and event producer, Micah Davidson understands the challenges of the music industry from multiple perspectives. In 2004, he started the Carolina Live Music Society, a non-profit production company intended to build a more cohesive scene in the Charlotte market. The goal was to develop more communication among venues and less competition, all while engaging fans with incentives to help promote shows.

After three years of producing shows, Micah took over as talent buyer for one of the oldest venues in the country, the Double Door Inn, in 2007. Within a year he became the venue’s general manager and marketing director.

In 2009, Hugh Southard of Blue Mountain Artists asked Micah to join the agency’s management team. He soon became a booking agent for the Deep South and Southeast territories, all while still running the Double Door. (He eventually left the Double Door in 2011).

In 2010, Micah co-founded (with Jeff Fissel from Rural Hill Farms in Huntersville, NC) the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival, which celebrates its fifth anniversary this month. He also helps to produce the Common Grounds Art and Music Festival in Charlotte, along with other events.

PJ Bloom

PJ Bloom

PJ Bloom is a 20-year veteran of the Music Industry and one of the top Music Supervisors in the entertainment business. His career soundtrack sales tally more than 50 million singles and 15 million albums. PJ has been named “Music Supervisor of the Year” by both the Guild of Music Supervisors and the American Association of Independent Music. He is a two-time BMI Pop Award winner, two-time BMI Urban Award winner, two-time ASCAP Pop Award, placed No. 80 on Billboard Magazine’s annual Power 100 and is a TJ Martell Humanitarian Award recipient. PJ is a partner in Neophonic Music & Media, one of the largest Music Supervision firms in the US and owns Black Magnetic Records & Publishing which has sold nearly 20 million singles, claimed three Top 10 hits including two worldwide #1’s and won a Grammy Award.

@ptothejizzle, @pj_bloom

Page Stallings

Page Stallings

Page Stallings co-founded Blue Mountain Artists in 2004. Based is Charlotte, NC BMA Tours is a comprehensive agency that includes booking and management.   With 10 BMA acts playing at the Fairgrounds and literally dozens of shows at night over the course of 2 weeks; Blue Mountain Artists is honored and very proud of its connection with the Crescent City. Some of those acts include Tab Benoit , Irma Thomas, Bonerama, George Porter Jr. , The Voice of the Wetlands Allstars and The Meter Men featuring Page McConnell. 

Prior to forming BMA Tours, Page was an agent at Piedmont Talent for 5 years. A native of Durham NC he moved to Charlotte in 1985 to attend The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Page's start in the business was managing the small club Jack Straws in the 90's and is married with 2 young daughters.

Patrick May

Patrick May

Patrick May is a co-founder of Crossover Touring, a boutique agency focused on artists that demonstrate a capacity to 'crossover' narrow genre boundaries in their sonic and live performance appeal. His roster includes the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, Del McCoury Band, Victor Wooten as well as emerging acts like New Orleans funk-prodigies Naughty Professor, Cabinet, Wild Adriatic and many more. 

May's 15 years of industry experience began with booking bands he performed in and running a small jazz club in Burlington VT where he linked up with TBArtirsts (now Hoplite Music).  In 2002, he was hired by Skyline Music where he worked as their Northeast Agent for almost 11 years before starting Crossover Touring in August of 2013.

Moving to Portland, ME, in 2006, May co-founded the Portland Music Foundation, a non-profit created to organize, support, educate and promote the emerging music industry of Portland.  An all-volunteer organization, the PMF worked to cultivate Portland's music industry by connecting musicians, businesses, government and FANS to spur growth, innovation and demonstrate how music can make a substantial contribution to the city's creative economy.  May served as the president of the PMF from 2008 until 2014 before merging with Creative Portland, a quasi-municipal non-profit focused on growing all facets of the city's creative economy.

@CrossoverTours

Paul Fenn

Paul Fenn

While still at school in 1968, Paul took over the running of a Friday night ‘prog rock’ club at the Railway Tavern in Stratford, East London, and with that inherited the name of Asgard. In 1969, he started running an agency in a one-room office in Seven Kings, Essex. The first act he represented was the band T2. After a few years he moved to an office in London’s South Moulton Street, and was joined by Paul Charles – a partnership that has become the UK’s longest established independent contemporary music agency.

In the early ’70s, he went through a period representing Hawkwind while they had their big hit with “Silver Machine,” and with them visited virtually every concert hall and theatre in the UK as well as spending most evenings at the Marquee or the Speakeasy.

The next decade was spent morphing into working with some of the biggest soul and R&B groups at that time, such as Bobby Womack, Anita Baker and Millie Jackson, along with establishing relationships that exist until today with clients such as Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle.

The agency developed throughout the ’90s to represent some of the world’s leading singer-songwriters, including Tom Waits, James Taylor and Jackson Browne. During that time Paul developed a roster of the cream of Americana acts from the U.S.

Paul is also active as a council member for the Agents Association, the Concert Promoters Association (managing to avoid any accusations of conflict of interest!) and representing both of those bodies at UK Music Live. In March 2015 he received the Award  of “Industry Champion” at the UK Artist & Manager Awards in recognition of his work behind the scenes helping negotiate UK legislation affecting work permits, agency licensing and other industry issues.

Philip Mann

Philip Mann

Philip Mann is the Director of Live Performance and Music Industry Development for Louisiana Economic Development. In his time with the State of Louisiana, he has overseen the State’s tax incentive participation in more than 25 permanent infrastructure projects including The Saenger Theater, The Civic Theater, The Stage Door Canteen at the WWII Museum, The Joy Theater, The Orpheum Theater, Champions Square at the Superdome, The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and the new home of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.

On the production side, he was worked with partners including AEG, Live Nation, The Messina Group, Cirque du Soleil, S2BN, The Solomon Group and Bowery Presents to establish Louisiana as an emerging global leader in the live entertainment industry.

The live performance incentive program is responsible for several major tour launches in Louisiana including the upcoming Taylor Swift 1989 Tour, George Strait, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson Immortal Tour and Varekai.

Additionally, Philip manages the State’s sound recording incentive program which has provided support for numerous  recording artists including the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Dr. John, Snarky Puppy, Beach House, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros,  Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band  and Anders Osborne.

The live performance and sound recording programs have also incentivized the work of several of Louisiana’s most prominent not for profit ventures including the New Orleans Opera Association, The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, American Routes, Southern Repertory Theater, The Tipitina’s Foundation, Baton Rouge Little Theater and The Hartley Vey Theatre at the Manship Theatre.

He began his career in public and private arts administration at two of the most prominent not for profit theaters in America: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery, AL and The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ. He went on to become an Agent with The Booking Group in NYC which is the largest theatrical booking agency in North America. He represented the touring companies of several Broadway musicals including Rent, Annie and The Producers. 

He was an investor in both the Broadway and London productions of The Drowsy Chaperone (5 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Award Nominations), and he produced For The Glory: The Civil War Musical  in Gettysburg, PA.

Philip is a member of The Broadway League, the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, and serves on the liberal arts advisory board of Baton Rouge Community College. Mr. Mann is also the theater critic for The Times Picayune (nola.com) Baton Rouge edition.

Stanton Moore

Stanton Moore

Born and raised in New Orleans, Stanton Moore is a dedicated drummer and performer especially connected to the city, its culture and collaborative spirit. Driven and inspired by the thriving music scene of his hometown which includes such greats as Professor Longhair, Doctor John and The Meters, Moore’s name is now mentioned amongst these Big Easy mainstays.

In the early ‘90s, Moore helped found the New Orleans-based essential funk band Galactic. Their first album, 1996’s widely acclaimed Coolin’ Off, led to an intense tour schedule of nearly 200 gigs a year for the next ten years. Building on their fan base by adding an esteemed list of all-star collaborations to the six albums that followed, Galactic continues to amass a worldwide audience via recording and touring globally.

Moore launched his solo career in 1998 aided by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter and saxophonist Skerik (Les Claypool, John Scofield, Roger Waters). The group recorded All Kooked Out! featuring a handful of local New Orleans musicians as well.
 
In the midst of these recording sessions yet another concept was taking shape. Outtakes turned into the first Garage a Trois release, Mysteryfunk(1999). In 2000 the trio, led by Moore behind the drum kit, was joined by percussionist Mike Dillon (Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco) and has since released three more albums – Emphasizer in 2003, Outre Mer  in 2005 and Power Patriot in 2009.

Moore extended his solo discography with the release of Flyin’ the Koop (Verve/Blue Thumb) in 2001, and III (Telarc) in 2006. Following the latter Modern Drummer called Moore’s trademark sound “infectious, jazz-meets-Bonham, nouveau second-line.” Recorded at the legendary Preservation Hall in New Orleans, III featured organist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars, The Head Hunters) and guitarist Will Bernard (T.J. Kirk, Doctor Lonnie Smith) as the Stanton Moore Trio, with special guests Skerik and trombonist Mark Mullins (Galactic, Bonerama, Harry Connick, Jr., Better Than Ezra).

In 2008, Moore looked to continue his scaled back session crew with Walter and Bernard to record Emphasis! (on parenthesis). Says Moore, “When it came time to do another record, I had already known for a while that I wanted to build on the momentum of this band – three musicians who were becoming a unit unto themselves – and I wanted to get a little more adventurous with the music itself.”

In April 2010, Moore releases Groove Alchemy. The 12-track set is the culmination of Moore’s multimedia project that also includes an instructional book and DVD of the same name. All three facets of the project are designed to explore the roots of funk drumming by examining the work of pioneers like Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Zigaboo Modeliste – each of whom made their mark at different times throughout the 1960s as the engines driving James Brown’s and the Meters’ legendary rhythm sections – and in turn tracing their influences back to the rhythms coming out of New Orleans in the earlier part of the 20th century. Recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY, this project is the follow up to the widely acclaimed Take it to the Street DVD and book that focused specifically on New Orleans drumming styles.

Showing his outstanding versatility, Moore has appeared on Heavy Metal Grammy nominees Corrosion of Conformity’s In the Arms of God, Irma Thomas’ After the Rain (winning a grammy in the process), Robert Walter’s Super Heavy Organ, Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Boots Riley’s (the Coup) Street Sweeper Social Club, Will Bernard's Blue Plate Special, Diane Birch’s Bible Belt, Alec Ounsworth’s (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) Mo Beauty and Joss Stone's Colour Me Free!.  He continues to play dates globally with an ever-evolving cast of musicians including John Scofield; Karl Denson; George Porter, Jr., and Leo Nocentelli (of the Meters); Charlie Hunter; Warren Haynes; John Medeski and Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin and Wood); Donald Harrison Jr.; Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. John, Tab Benoit, Robert Walter; the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to name a few.

With a bachelor’s degree in music and business from Loyola University, Moore stays involved in education by constantly giving clinics and teaching master classes and private lessons all over the world. He has been a contributing writer for Drum!, Modern Drummer, and DownBeat magazines. To date Moore has been featured on the covers of twelve drum publications worldwide. In 2005, he launched a signature line of cymbals with Bosphorus Cymbals and a signature drumstick with the Vic Firth stick company. In 2009, Moore developed his own drum company to introduce his signature titanium snare drum that he designed in conjunction with Ronn Dunnett. In 2010, Moore collaborated with Gretsch Drums to design and launch his new 4.5"x14" signature wood snare drum. In 2011, Moore and LP introduced the new signature pandeiro which was created to be used as an accessory piece for the drumset.

Deeply affected by Katrina and its aftermath, New Orleans’ native son was quick to lend a hand by  spearheaded the Tipitina’s Music Workshop, free Sunday seminars that cater to children and a rotating cast of well-known professionals to promote the preservation of New Orleans music.  He also set up the Staletta Fund, a scholarship started by he and his wife Aletta to help cover costs for aspiring students to attend jazz camps, auditions and further their education. 

Moore stays active as a spokesperson for the Gulf Restoration Network and is a regular proponent of and player with the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars. Additionally he serves on the board of directors for the Roots of Music, a free music education and academic mentoring program founded by Derrick Tabb, drummer for Rebirth Brass Band and recent nominee for CNN’s Heroes awards.

@stanton_moore

Tina Terry

Tina Terry

To refer to Tina Terry as a simple booking agent is like referring to the Dahli Lama as just a guy. Enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to travel the extra mile for the industry she represents makes Tina a unique presence in the world of music.

Tina was at the helm of her own agency for six years before joining Piedmont Talent. After a decade at Piedmont, she launched Tina Terry Agency, and hasn't missed a beat. TTA is dedicated to doing the utmost for music and the musicians and talent buyers who bring it to the public. The TTA is dedicated to the roots of American music. 

She books a full roster of professional talent: James 'Blood' Ulmer, Walter 'Wolfman' Washington, Sugar Blue, Jason Ricci, Damon Fowler, Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, and the Peterson Brothers Band to name a few. 

Her appreciation of music started early. Grasping music at an intimate level, she found herself booking bands at the age of eighteen. After dipping her toes in the business she decided the time to jump in wasn't right.  Soon after, she became the Festival Chair for the Carolina Lite Blues Festival in Greensboro, NC and it was then she developed a real passion for American roots music. 

She has a degree in Paralegal studies and spent sixteen years in the litigation field.  It set the precedence of serious work, detail orientation and follow through that she carries with her daily.

Tina's knowledge of music, the business, and having dealt with every facet of it for many years, gives her a broad perspective about the sustainability of each artist she works with. 

Tina also has artistic skills. She creates powerful memory books incorporating her own unique talents as an astute photographer and designer as well as original pieces of her own style of Folk canvas paper art. 

Tina has woven art and music into the fabric of her life. She is a rare individual; one who is dedicated to her craft and approaches the daily business of music with integrity, knowledge and passion.

@tinaterryagency

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