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Cecilia Qvist
Global head of Markets, Spotify

Cecilia Qvist will deliver the opening keynote on Thursday morning, kicking off the Global Streaming track. Qvist leads Spotify’s internationalization and product localization efforts, as well as oversees the company’s international business and global user growth.

 
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Sun Lee
Head of Music Content Partnerships & Subscriptions for Korea and Greater China

Sun Lee will begin the summit’s second day with a keynote to open the Emerging International & Influential Markets track. In her role, Lee oversees the subscription business for YouTube in Korea after successful launches of both YouTube Premium and YouTube Music. She was recently recognized on Billboard's 2019 International Power Players list.

 
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Scott Cohen
Chief Innovation Officer – Recorded Music, Warner Music Group / UK

Scott Cohen is confirmed to deliver a keynote that will open the Technology, Innovation & Startups track on Friday afternoon. In his current position, Cohen works closely with Warner’s senior management team to help chart the long-term course of the company at the intersection of music, technology, and culture. Prior to WMG, Cohen notably co-founded The Orchard to provide independent artists the ability to sell their music to mainstream audiences.

 
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Helena Kosinski VP Global, Nielsen Music  Helena leads business development in Nielsen's expanding global music business. For more than two decades, Nielsen’s consumer research, sales, streaming and airplay data have been a trusted resource for companies wanting a complete music market picture in the US and internationally. Nielsen’s data serves as a major source for the Billboard charts and is widely cited by numerous media outlets as the standard for music industry measurement.   Helena began her music industry career at the copyright and royalty collection society, PRS for Music, in London. She joined Nielsen Music in 2008 where she was responsible for European business development and operations. Between 2013 and early 2017, Helena was based in New York, expanding Nielsen's business with music publishers and performing right societies. She is now based in London as Nielsen Music enhances its music measurement globally by leveraging Nielsen and Gracenote's network of local expertise to provide measurement, sponsorship and consumer insight solutions to clients across music and entertainment.

Helena Kosinski
VP Global, Nielsen Music

Helena leads business development in Nielsen's expanding global music business. For more than two decades, Nielsen’s consumer research, sales, streaming and airplay data have been a trusted resource for companies wanting a complete music market picture in the US and internationally. Nielsen’s data serves as a major source for the Billboard charts and is widely cited by numerous media outlets as the standard for music industry measurement.

Helena began her music industry career at the copyright and royalty collection society, PRS for Music, in London. She joined Nielsen Music in 2008 where she was responsible for European business development and operations. Between 2013 and early 2017, Helena was based in New York, expanding Nielsen's business with music publishers and performing right societies. She is now based in London as Nielsen Music enhances its music measurement globally by leveraging Nielsen and Gracenote's network of local expertise to provide measurement, sponsorship and consumer insight solutions to clients across music and entertainment.

Ibukun ‘Aibee’ Abidoye General Manager, Chocolate City Group  Ibukun Abidoye, Esq. is a Nigerian businesswoman. Trained as an attorney in New York, “Aibee” has built an outstanding reputation as General Manager of Chocolate City Group and logged 6 years of transactional experience in the field of intellectual property, with particular focus on music and copyright law. She is a recognized expert in the licensing, distribution and publishing of indigenous music content for film and television, and she collaborates with platforms like Facebook, Apple Music and YouTube and mobile network operators like 9 Mobile and MTN as the future of digital licensing unfolds. She supervises Group subsidiaries ranging from a record label, events lounge, publishing and distribution company. She is an active advocate for the rights and recognition of songwriters and producers in content value chain, and has worked with Copyright Society of Nigeria, and the Minister of Information and Culture as a policy shaper.  Prior to joining Chocolate City, Aibee worked as a law clerk for Hon. Sterling Johnson Jr. (US District Court), and at the Johnny Cochran Law Firm. Aibee received her B.A. in Political Science at Pepperdine University, a Music Business and Management certification from UCLA and her J.D of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School in New York. She is a Certified Mediator.

Ibukun ‘Aibee’ Abidoye
General Manager, Chocolate City Group

Ibukun Abidoye, Esq. is a Nigerian businesswoman. Trained as an attorney in New York, “Aibee” has built an outstanding reputation as General Manager of Chocolate City Group and logged 6 years of transactional experience in the field of intellectual property, with particular focus on music and copyright law. She is a recognized expert in the licensing, distribution and publishing of indigenous music content for film and television, and she collaborates with platforms like Facebook, Apple Music and YouTube and mobile network operators like 9 Mobile and MTN as the future of digital licensing unfolds. She supervises Group subsidiaries ranging from a record label, events lounge, publishing and distribution company. She is an active advocate for the rights and recognition of songwriters and producers in content value chain, and has worked with Copyright Society of Nigeria, and the Minister of Information and Culture as a policy shaper.

Prior to joining Chocolate City, Aibee worked as a law clerk for Hon. Sterling Johnson Jr. (US District Court), and at the Johnny Cochran Law Firm. Aibee received her B.A. in Political Science at Pepperdine University, a Music Business and Management certification from UCLA and her J.D of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School in New York. She is a Certified Mediator.

iKECHUKWU Onuorah 2nd Vice-President, Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN)  iKECHUKWU Onuorah is the 2nd Vice-President of the Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN), where he acts as an international ambassador interacting and building relations with global music organisations. He also oversees the development and delivery of educational and training programs for the organisation and its members.  In 2016, he was headhunted to setup and run ACI Entertainment as its COO. ACI is a Nigerian based world class entertainment company, positioned to provide first-class services, using national spread and global presence to bring the best experiences and solutions to clients. ACI provides a range of services such as Audio / Music Production, Event management, Studio Facilities, Film and Television Content, Soundtrack Production, Radio Jingles, Outdoor music instrument rental service and are a Record Label.

iKECHUKWU Onuorah
2nd Vice-President, Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN)

iKECHUKWU Onuorah is the 2nd Vice-President of the Artiste Managers Association in Nigeria (AMAN), where he acts as an international ambassador interacting and building relations with global music organisations. He also oversees the development and delivery of educational and training programs for the organisation and its members.

In 2016, he was headhunted to setup and run ACI Entertainment as its COO. ACI is a Nigerian based world class entertainment company, positioned to provide first-class services, using national spread and global presence to bring the best experiences and solutions to clients. ACI provides a range of services such as Audio / Music Production, Event management, Studio Facilities, Film and Television Content, Soundtrack Production, Radio Jingles, Outdoor music instrument rental service and are a Record Label.

Isabel Garvey Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios  Isabel joined Abbey Road Studios in 2014 and has been responsible for implementing the largest investment in the Studios since opening in 1931, including building three new studio spaces, creating new revenue streams by launching a new retail store, digital production services and the Abbey Road Institute, as well as launching Europe’s first music technology incubator, Abbey Road Red. All with the aim of maintaining Abbey Road Studios’ reputation as the world’s most sought-after studio.  Prior to joining Abbey Road, Isabel ran her own digital media consultancy, Georgestown, having previously spent five years as SVP Commercial Channels and Consumer Marketing at Warner Music. Before that she was Vice President, Global Digital at EMI Music.   CREDIT: Jill Furmanovsky

Isabel Garvey
Managing Director, Abbey Road Studios

Isabel joined Abbey Road Studios in 2014 and has been responsible for implementing the largest investment in the Studios since opening in 1931, including building three new studio spaces, creating new revenue streams by launching a new retail store, digital production services and the Abbey Road Institute, as well as launching Europe’s first music technology incubator, Abbey Road Red. All with the aim of maintaining Abbey Road Studios’ reputation as the world’s most sought-after studio.

Prior to joining Abbey Road, Isabel ran her own digital media consultancy, Georgestown, having previously spent five years as SVP Commercial Channels and Consumer Marketing at Warner Music. Before that she was Vice President, Global Digital at EMI Music.


CREDIT: Jill Furmanovsky

Jason Burchard Co-founder & CEO, Rootnote  Jason Burchard is a Co-founder and CEO at RootNote, a Nashville-based company that builds, supports, and invests in musician-owned companies.  Prior to jumping into the world of music business entrepreneurship, Jason worked as a Fellow at Mustard Seed, a seed stage venture capital firm in London, and as a senior consultant at a Texas-based consultancy. From recording studios in Nairobi to 90’s rock bars in Moscow, Jason’s love of travel and music has taken him around the world and, finally, to Nashville where he and his brother Jeremy (co-founder number two), have teamed up to support the growing number of incredibly talented artists that are forging new paths. Jason holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jason Burchard
Co-founder & CEO, Rootnote

Jason Burchard is a Co-founder and CEO at RootNote, a Nashville-based company that builds, supports, and invests in musician-owned companies.

Prior to jumping into the world of music business entrepreneurship, Jason worked as a Fellow at Mustard Seed, a seed stage venture capital firm in London, and as a senior consultant at a Texas-based consultancy. From recording studios in Nairobi to 90’s rock bars in Moscow, Jason’s love of travel and music has taken him around the world and, finally, to Nashville where he and his brother Jeremy (co-founder number two), have teamed up to support the growing number of incredibly talented artists that are forging new paths. Jason holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and MSc in Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Jeff Bronikowski SVP, Global Digital Business Development, Warner Music Group  Jeff Bronikowski is Head of Innovation and Senior Vice President, Business Development for Warner Music Group. Jeff has worked in entertainment and media for over 20 years, primarily at the nexus of the music business and technology. He was SVP of Business Development for Universal Music Group, General Manager of both AOL Music and Yahoo! Music and also led Corporate Development for The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify).  During a hiatus from music-related endeavors, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer of DailyBurn, IAC’s industry-leading streaming fitness video subscription service and prior to WMG, he was President/GM of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription movie streaming joint venture of Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises.  Jeff graduated from Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is based in WMG’s New York headquarters.

Jeff Bronikowski
SVP, Global Digital Business Development, Warner Music Group

Jeff Bronikowski is Head of Innovation and Senior Vice President, Business Development for Warner Music Group. Jeff has worked in entertainment and media for over 20 years, primarily at the nexus of the music business and technology. He was SVP of Business Development for Universal Music Group, General Manager of both AOL Music and Yahoo! Music and also led Corporate Development for The Echo Nest (acquired by Spotify).

During a hiatus from music-related endeavors, Jeff was Chief Operating Officer of DailyBurn, IAC’s industry-leading streaming fitness video subscription service and prior to WMG, he was President/GM of Tribeca Shortlist, a subscription movie streaming joint venture of Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises.

Jeff graduated from Georgetown University and also holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business. He is based in WMG’s New York headquarters.

Jeremy Burchard Co-founder, Rootnote  Jeremy Burchard is the blonde half of music duo Moonlight Social and co-founder of RootNote, a Nashville-based company that builds, supports, and invests in musician-owned companies. Jeremy has more than a decade of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and touring performer.  A graduate of The University of Texas’ esteemed Liberal Arts Honors Rhetoric & Writing and Radio-Television-Film programs, Jeremy is also a music journalist for outlets like Taste Of Country, Texas Music magazine, and Wide Open Country. His writing can be found all over the Internet, for better or worse. When he’s not working with artists, making music, or writing about it, Jeremy produces video content for creators, including music videos, highlight reels, and more.

Jeremy Burchard
Co-founder, Rootnote

Jeremy Burchard is the blonde half of music duo Moonlight Social and co-founder of RootNote, a Nashville-based company that builds, supports, and invests in musician-owned companies. Jeremy has more than a decade of experience as a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and touring performer.

A graduate of The University of Texas’ esteemed Liberal Arts Honors Rhetoric & Writing and Radio-Television-Film programs, Jeremy is also a music journalist for outlets like Taste Of Country, Texas Music magazine, and Wide Open Country. His writing can be found all over the Internet, for better or worse. When he’s not working with artists, making music, or writing about it, Jeremy produces video content for creators, including music videos, highlight reels, and more.

Jive Lai General Manager / Head of Marketing, Outdustry China  As founder/editor of highly regarded webzine Eardrum Music, Jive is recognised as one of China’s leading music journalists. She joined music industry services company Outdustry in 2015, immediately overseeing the groundbreaking Adele ‘25’ campaign in China. Now, as Head of Marketing, she represents a full client roster including Beggars Group (Adele, Radiohead, The xx etc), Major Lazer, Zedd, Diplo, Dua Lipa, Anjunabeats etc, while also acting as General Manager of the full Outdustry China services team, co-ordinating across Management, A&R, Rights and Marketing divisions. She is based in Shanghai, China.

Jive Lai
General Manager / Head of Marketing, Outdustry China

As founder/editor of highly regarded webzine Eardrum Music, Jive is recognised as one of China’s leading music journalists. She joined music industry services company Outdustry in 2015, immediately overseeing the groundbreaking Adele ‘25’ campaign in China. Now, as Head of Marketing, she represents a full client roster including Beggars Group (Adele, Radiohead, The xx etc), Major Lazer, Zedd, Diplo, Dua Lipa, Anjunabeats etc, while also acting as General Manager of the full Outdustry China services team, co-ordinating across Management, A&R, Rights and Marketing divisions. She is based in Shanghai, China.

John Acquaviva Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners  John Acquaviva is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners, which partners with innovative music technology companies to support growth expansion and provide strategic and operational guidance. He is a world-class DJ with over 35 years of experience and one of the largest networks in the electronic music community. He co-founded Beatport LLC where he was an active board member until its acquisition by NASDAQ-listed SFX Entertainment, Inc. He was also instrumental in bringing to market Final Scratch, a revolutionary technology for DJs. He currently serves on the Board of Pacemaker DJ and the Technology & Innovation Committee of the Association for Electronic Music. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Western Ontario.

John Acquaviva
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Plus Eight Equity Partners

John Acquaviva is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Plus Eight Equity Partners, which partners with innovative music technology companies to support growth expansion and provide strategic and operational guidance. He is a world-class DJ with over 35 years of experience and one of the largest networks in the electronic music community. He co-founded Beatport LLC where he was an active board member until its acquisition by NASDAQ-listed SFX Entertainment, Inc. He was also instrumental in bringing to market Final Scratch, a revolutionary technology for DJs. He currently serves on the Board of Pacemaker DJ and the Technology & Innovation Committee of the Association for Electronic Music. He received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Western Ontario.

Jon Eades Co-founder and COO, The Rattle  Jon Eades is Co-Founder and COO of The Rattle, a new home for artists and music tech entrepreneurs combining studios, rehearsal spaces and co-working with hands on mentorship from staff, visiting artists, tech entrepreneurs and business leaders. The first Rattle launched at Tobacco Dock in London in early 2018, with LA and NYC set for launch in 2019.  Prior to The Rattle, Jon established and led Abbey Road’s new technology and innovation arm Abbey Road Red, taking the department from initial conception through to a world renowned music and technology incubator counting 11 music technology companies as its alumni.

Jon Eades
Co-founder and COO, The Rattle

Jon Eades is Co-Founder and COO of The Rattle, a new home for artists and music tech entrepreneurs combining studios, rehearsal spaces and co-working with hands on mentorship from staff, visiting artists, tech entrepreneurs and business leaders. The first Rattle launched at Tobacco Dock in London in early 2018, with LA and NYC set for launch in 2019.

Prior to The Rattle, Jon established and led Abbey Road’s new technology and innovation arm Abbey Road Red, taking the department from initial conception through to a world renowned music and technology incubator counting 11 music technology companies as its alumni.

Jonathan Barnes Head of Label Licensing, Pandora  Jonathan Barnes heads up the label licensing team at Pandora. In that capacity he and his team manage Pandora's licensing strategy and business relationships with its recorded music partners, including distributors and independent artists. Prior to joining Pandora, he led partnerships at 8tracks Radio and managed the music education nonprofit MIMA Music. He got his start in music working at Astralwerks Records in New York and at FNX Radio Network in Boston. Jonathan earned his BA from Princeton and JD from Stanford Law School, but not before spending a year living the dream as a techno DJ in London. A former musician, Jonathan wrote and recorded a pair of independent records, and co-hosted a radio show on the FM dial in San Francisco in the early 2000s. He spends his free time organizing underground club nights in San Francisco and getting dusty on the playa with the Airpusher Collective.

Jonathan Barnes
Head of Label Licensing, Pandora

Jonathan Barnes heads up the label licensing team at Pandora. In that capacity he and his team manage Pandora's licensing strategy and business relationships with its recorded music partners, including distributors and independent artists. Prior to joining Pandora, he led partnerships at 8tracks Radio and managed the music education nonprofit MIMA Music. He got his start in music working at Astralwerks Records in New York and at FNX Radio Network in Boston. Jonathan earned his BA from Princeton and JD from Stanford Law School, but not before spending a year living the dream as a techno DJ in London. A former musician, Jonathan wrote and recorded a pair of independent records, and co-hosted a radio show on the FM dial in San Francisco in the early 2000s. He spends his free time organizing underground club nights in San Francisco and getting dusty on the playa with the Airpusher Collective.

Julie Wright Head of Distribution, UKTV  Julie is an entertainment business executive with an international career in media & digital entertainment (Music, Film, TV).  She gained a wealth of experience at major media companies such as Warner Music Group, Paramount Pictures, RealNetworks, Rhapsody, Disney ABC Television and The Box Plus Network and currently as Head of Distribution for UKTV, a British multi-channel broadcaster, jointly owned by BBC Studios and Discovery.  There is a continuous thread linking her diverse roles, which is to harness new business, marketing and distribution opportunities brought by innovation and technology to support the content and entertainment industry.

Julie Wright
Head of Distribution, UKTV

Julie is an entertainment business executive with an international career in media & digital entertainment (Music, Film, TV).

She gained a wealth of experience at major media companies such as Warner Music Group, Paramount Pictures, RealNetworks, Rhapsody, Disney ABC Television and The Box Plus Network and currently as Head of Distribution for UKTV, a British multi-channel broadcaster, jointly owned by BBC Studios and Discovery.

There is a continuous thread linking her diverse roles, which is to harness new business, marketing and distribution opportunities brought by innovation and technology to support the content and entertainment industry.

Justin Kalifowitz CEO, Downtown; Co-Founder, NY is Music  Justin Kalifowitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown, an integrated music copyright management, investment, and technology company operating in the world’s major media centers under the brands Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust, and Downtown Music Studios.  A lifelong advocate for songwriters and the value of copyright, Kalifowitz has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and NPR, spoken at MIDEM, SXSW and the World Copyright Forum, served as a Board Member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and in 2015 was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association.  Justin is also the Co-founder of NY is Music, a coalition dedicated to advancing the importance of music in economic development, culture, and education in New York State.

Justin Kalifowitz
CEO, Downtown; Co-Founder, NY is Music

Justin Kalifowitz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Downtown, an integrated music copyright management, investment, and technology company operating in the world’s major media centers under the brands Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust, and Downtown Music Studios.

A lifelong advocate for songwriters and the value of copyright, Kalifowitz has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and NPR, spoken at MIDEM, SXSW and the World Copyright Forum, served as a Board Member of the Association of Independent Music Publishers and in 2015 was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Music Publishers Association.

Justin is also the Co-founder of NY is Music, a coalition dedicated to advancing the importance of music in economic development, culture, and education in New York State.

Konstantin Sidorkov Director of Partnership Marketing, VKontakte  Konstantin Sidorkov has started his career at 12, when he founded Radio Premium. Later, during his work as internet marketer for Radio NRJ, the station managed to become a top 3 media organization in terms of the number of followers and audience involvement. At 19, Konstantin began his career at VK as a special projects manager and later began heading the Partner Relations Department. During his time at VK, the Partner Relations Marketing team has successfully organized a huge number of projects working with celebrities, media, bloggers and movies, with his projects spanning the realms of culture, fashion, sports, eSports, and charity.

Konstantin Sidorkov
Director of Partnership Marketing, VKontakte

Konstantin Sidorkov has started his career at 12, when he founded Radio Premium. Later, during his work as internet marketer for Radio NRJ, the station managed to become a top 3 media organization in terms of the number of followers and audience involvement. At 19, Konstantin began his career at VK as a special projects manager and later began heading the Partner Relations Department. During his time at VK, the Partner Relations Marketing team has successfully organized a huge number of projects working with celebrities, media, bloggers and movies, with his projects spanning the realms of culture, fashion, sports, eSports, and charity.


Larry Miller Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt  Larry Miller is a music and technology entrepreneur, advisor and host of the Musonomics podcast. He is a Professor and the Director of the Music Business Program for NYU Steinhadt, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. He continues to advise music creators and rights holders on public policy and litigation, and provided expert testimony before the Copyright Royalty Board and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.

Larry Miller
Director, Music Business Program, NYU Steinhardt

Larry Miller is a music and technology entrepreneur, advisor and host of the Musonomics podcast. He is a Professor and the Director of the Music Business Program for NYU Steinhadt, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. He continues to advise music creators and rights holders on public policy and litigation, and provided expert testimony before the Copyright Royalty Board and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice. He also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of MediaNet.

Liliana Abudalo Partner Manager, Music Content Partnerships Middle East & North Africa, YouTube  I joined the Youtube Music Partnerships team in Dubai in 2014 to look after partnerships across the Middle East and North Africa. Before that I was bringing live music events to Youtube with the Youtube Live solutions team in London.  My first project for Youtube was the “Summer of Music” program where 11 festivals across Europe were streamed live on Youtube over the summer of 2014. Another exciting event I worked on was the London Eye  Red Bull event  where 30 out of 32 moving capsules of the London Eye were taken over by more than 100 DJs and artists to celebrate UK club culture. This event set a Guinness World Record for the highest number of concurrent Live web streams, and these were hosted on Youtube.  My background is in computer science. I have worked in multiple industries before being immersed in the music world including online advertising, software localization and telecommunications.  Today as a partner manager I work closely with artists and labels across the Middle East and North Africa to help them grow their business on Youtube. In the last 4 years I witnessed great success for artists and labels, new consumption records and new talents emerge. Working in this region with great potential is exciting but also faces great challenges with copyright awareness on the frontline. I quickly realized that educating the market on rights management was going to be a big part of my current role.

Liliana Abudalo
Partner Manager, Music Content Partnerships Middle East & North Africa, YouTube

I joined the Youtube Music Partnerships team in Dubai in 2014 to look after partnerships across the Middle East and North Africa. Before that I was bringing live music events to Youtube with the Youtube Live solutions team in London.

My first project for Youtube was the “Summer of Music” program where 11 festivals across Europe were streamed live on Youtube over the summer of 2014. Another exciting event I worked on was the London Eye Red Bull event where 30 out of 32 moving capsules of the London Eye were taken over by more than 100 DJs and artists to celebrate UK club culture. This event set a Guinness World Record for the highest number of concurrent Live web streams, and these were hosted on Youtube.

My background is in computer science. I have worked in multiple industries before being immersed in the music world including online advertising, software localization and telecommunications.

Today as a partner manager I work closely with artists and labels across the Middle East and North Africa to help them grow their business on Youtube. In the last 4 years I witnessed great success for artists and labels, new consumption records and new talents emerge. Working in this region with great potential is exciting but also faces great challenges with copyright awareness on the frontline. I quickly realized that educating the market on rights management was going to be a big part of my current role.

Lisa Sullivan Director of Marketing, MQA  Lisa Sullivan brings over 20 years experience in Marketing and PR. After graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Honours Degree in Criminology, this interest in human behaviour led Lisa into the world of Marketing. With a marketing career starting in the travel industry with brands such as Thomas Cook, Lisa has managed major international Marketing and PR campaigns.  Lisa started working in the audio industry 7 years ago with Meridian Audio and was heavily involved in the Meridian launch of MQA, so has worked on the technology now since its concept launch.

Lisa Sullivan
Director of Marketing, MQA

Lisa Sullivan brings over 20 years experience in Marketing and PR. After graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Honours Degree in Criminology, this interest in human behaviour led Lisa into the world of Marketing. With a marketing career starting in the travel industry with brands such as Thomas Cook, Lisa has managed major international Marketing and PR campaigns.

Lisa started working in the audio industry 7 years ago with Meridian Audio and was heavily involved in the Meridian launch of MQA, so has worked on the technology now since its concept launch.

Luke Dzierzek CEO and Co-founder, Scored  Luke Dzierzek is the CEO and Co-founder of Scored a music tech startup focused on building interactive personalised music solutions for the creative media industry and helping create new ways of monetisation for artists, composers and music producers.  Luke started his professional music career as an electronic music producer, remixer and DJ at the early age of 17 where he was renowned for utilising the latest technology and software techniques to produce killer dance-floor tracks. Luke established himself as one of “dance music’s brightest stars” “destined for greatness” and “proving dance music is still evolutionary as it always was!” quoted by DJ Mag.  His underground dance hit “Echo” crossed into the mainstream in 2007 after being synced to the well known Citroen Running Robot Advert Campaign which was licensed to Ministry Of Sound and released across countless compilation albums globally. This exposed him to the world of Sync where he started working as a composer for creative media agencies & brands such as Sky, BBC, Sony, John Lewis, and Stink Studios to name a few.  Since then he has been rapidly building Scored with his filmmaker & co-founder brother Ryan with a team of experts in music composition, production, film, software development, design gaming and artificial intelligence. Their first product “Sync” allows video creators to control and adapt music to match the on screen action in real-time. What would normally take days can now take just minutes!  Scored are alumni of the Abbey Road Studios Music Tech program and are committed to pushing the evolution of music forward.

Luke Dzierzek
CEO and Co-founder, Scored

Luke Dzierzek is the CEO and Co-founder of Scored a music tech startup focused on building interactive personalised music solutions for the creative media industry and helping create new ways of monetisation for artists, composers and music producers.

Luke started his professional music career as an electronic music producer, remixer and DJ at the early age of 17 where he was renowned for utilising the latest technology and software techniques to produce killer dance-floor tracks. Luke established himself as one of “dance music’s brightest stars” “destined for greatness” and “proving dance music is still evolutionary as it always was!” quoted by DJ Mag.

His underground dance hit “Echo” crossed into the mainstream in 2007 after being synced to the well known Citroen Running Robot Advert Campaign which was licensed to Ministry Of Sound and released across countless compilation albums globally. This exposed him to the world of Sync where he started working as a composer for creative media agencies & brands such as Sky, BBC, Sony, John Lewis, and Stink Studios to name a few.

Since then he has been rapidly building Scored with his filmmaker & co-founder brother Ryan with a team of experts in music composition, production, film, software development, design gaming and artificial intelligence. Their first product “Sync” allows video creators to control and adapt music to match the on screen action in real-time. What would normally take days can now take just minutes!

Scored are alumni of the Abbey Road Studios Music Tech program and are committed to pushing the evolution of music forward.

Martin Nielsen Co-founder and CEO, Mdundo  Martin Nielsen is the co-founder and CEO of Mdundo. He moved to Kenya in 2012 as Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph, an African investment fund with focus on early stage tech startups in Kenya. Mdundo has the past 3 years grown to one of Africa’s leading music services with more than 2,500,000 active users every month primarily from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. The company works with 40,000 musicians across Africa and has signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group. The aim is to provide music lovers easy and affordable access to music.

Martin Nielsen
Co-founder and CEO, Mdundo

Martin Nielsen is the co-founder and CEO of Mdundo. He moved to Kenya in 2012 as Entrepreneur in Residence for 88mph, an African investment fund with focus on early stage tech startups in Kenya. Mdundo has the past 3 years grown to one of Africa’s leading music services with more than 2,500,000 active users every month primarily from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria. The company works with 40,000 musicians across Africa and has signed a licensing deal with Warner Music Group. The aim is to provide music lovers easy and affordable access to music.

Matthew Cockerill Co-founder, ckbk  A sourdough-fermenting, wasabi-growing culinary adventurer, Matt began his career in academic publishing. As co-founder of BioMed Central, he helped to transform the 350-year old science publishing industry by pioneering a new open access business model which embraced and leveraged digitaleconomics. He is now taking a similar approach to bringing the world of cookbooks into the 21st century, as co-founder of digital subscription service ckbk.

Matthew Cockerill
Co-founder, ckbk

A sourdough-fermenting, wasabi-growing culinary adventurer, Matt began his career in academic publishing. As co-founder of BioMed Central, he helped to transform the 350-year old science publishing industry by pioneering a new open access business model which embraced and leveraged digitaleconomics. He is now taking a similar approach to bringing the world of cookbooks into the 21st century, as co-founder of digital subscription service ckbk.

Mick Hayes Director of Product Management, ICE (International Copyright Enterprise)  Mick leads the development, launch and life-cycle management of all products and services within ICE and has been at ICE since 2012 where he was a Consultant for ICE on the Global Repertoire Database (GRD) project. Mick has worked for nearly thirty years in the music rights industry as an independent consultant, a founder of Rightscom, and as an IT Project Manager for Cap Gemini and MCPS-PRS. Prior to this Mick worked for over five years at PRS on several key industry projects and at ASCAP for four years leading the Requirement engineering for their PREP system, which included systems for Copyright, Membership, Usage, Distribution and Royalty Payments. At MCPS-PRS, Mick developed and implemented MCPS-PRS’ core mechanical licensing systems for physical media and broadcast usage.

Mick Hayes
Director of Product Management, ICE (International Copyright Enterprise)

Mick leads the development, launch and life-cycle management of all products and services within ICE and has been at ICE since 2012 where he was a Consultant for ICE on the Global Repertoire Database (GRD) project. Mick has worked for nearly thirty years in the music rights industry as an independent consultant, a founder of Rightscom, and as an IT Project Manager for Cap Gemini and MCPS-PRS. Prior to this Mick worked for over five years at PRS on several key industry projects and at ASCAP for four years leading the Requirement engineering for their PREP system, which included systems for Copyright, Membership, Usage, Distribution and Royalty Payments. At MCPS-PRS, Mick developed and implemented MCPS-PRS’ core mechanical licensing systems for physical media and broadcast usage.

Millie Millgate Executive Producer, Sounds Australia  Millie Millgate is responsible for the representation of the Australian music industry at key international music events. She has been instrumental in the growth of Australian music worldwide, having overseen the marketing, networking and showcasing activity undertaken at 63 different events in 58 cities, across 21 countries since 2009.  In 2011 Millie was honoured by Sydney’s FBi Radio Station with the "SMAC of Year” Award, in recognition of her efforts with Australian musicians internationally and in 2012 was inducted into the Yearly Music Conference Awards, UK (YMCA) Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement: Music Export. Millie has placed in the AMID ‘POWER 50’ list of the top 50 most powerful people in the Australian music industry since its inception in 2012 and in 2018 was invited to be one of the 5 Australian judges for Eurovision.

Millie Millgate
Executive Producer, Sounds Australia

Millie Millgate is responsible for the representation of the Australian music industry at key international music events. She has been instrumental in the growth of Australian music worldwide, having overseen the marketing, networking and showcasing activity undertaken at 63 different events in 58 cities, across 21 countries since 2009.

In 2011 Millie was honoured by Sydney’s FBi Radio Station with the "SMAC of Year” Award, in recognition of her efforts with Australian musicians internationally and in 2012 was inducted into the Yearly Music Conference Awards, UK (YMCA) Hall of Fame for Outstanding Achievement: Music Export. Millie has placed in the AMID ‘POWER 50’ list of the top 50 most powerful people in the Australian music industry since its inception in 2012 and in 2018 was invited to be one of the 5 Australian judges for Eurovision.

Moe Hamzeh Managing Director, Warner Music Middle East  Moe Hamzeh was appointed Managing Director of Warner Middle East in 2018. The newly formed organisation, headquartered in Beirut, covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.  Moe began his career in the music industry in 1998, when he worked for Music Master, Warner Music’s regional licensee at the time, as a label manager, overseeing the marketing and distribution of WMG’s repertoire in Lebanon.  He went on to found Temple Entertainment, an independent label and publisher, before working for Virgin Megastores, opening its flagship store in the region and overseeing its product marketing activities in Lebanon and its expansion into Saudi Arabia.  In 2008, he joined Melody Music and Artists Management as General Manager, managing the company’s Beirut and Cairo operations, producing and working with major local artists.  He then took up the role of Head of Content for m.media, a digital streaming platform that offers video on demand for Lebanese and regional movies, documentaries and series, in 2012.

Moe Hamzeh
Managing Director, Warner Music Middle East

Moe Hamzeh was appointed Managing Director of Warner Middle East in 2018. The newly formed organisation, headquartered in Beirut, covers Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Moe began his career in the music industry in 1998, when he worked for Music Master, Warner Music’s regional licensee at the time, as a label manager, overseeing the marketing and distribution of WMG’s repertoire in Lebanon.

He went on to found Temple Entertainment, an independent label and publisher, before working for Virgin Megastores, opening its flagship store in the region and overseeing its product marketing activities in Lebanon and its expansion into Saudi Arabia.

In 2008, he joined Melody Music and Artists Management as General Manager, managing the company’s Beirut and Cairo operations, producing and working with major local artists.

He then took up the role of Head of Content for m.media, a digital streaming platform that offers video on demand for Lebanese and regional movies, documentaries and series, in 2012.

Noah Becker CEO, AdRev  Noah serves as CEO at AdRev - a global leader in YouTube and Facebook monetization, administration and strategy, music distribution, and proprietary music and media software development. AdRev administers over 10 million copyrights and is on pace to paid out over $20M to its client base in YouTube royalties in 2017.  Noah has a diverse background as both a longtime composer / producer, and music industry insider.  As a composer/producer himself with an affinity for Pop and EDM, he has engineered multiple Billboard #1 Dance Club Play remixes, works with several production music libraries and publishers, and has a deep passion and concern for the vitality of the creative class, which he manifests through his work at AdRev.

Noah Becker
CEO, AdRev

Noah serves as CEO at AdRev - a global leader in YouTube and Facebook monetization, administration and strategy, music distribution, and proprietary music and media software development. AdRev administers over 10 million copyrights and is on pace to paid out over $20M to its client base in YouTube royalties in 2017.

Noah has a diverse background as both a longtime composer / producer, and music industry insider.

As a composer/producer himself with an affinity for Pop and EDM, he has engineered multiple Billboard #1 Dance Club Play remixes, works with several production music libraries and publishers, and has a deep passion and concern for the vitality of the creative class, which he manifests through his work at AdRev.

Olly Barnes Head of Music Strategy, Space Ape Games  Experienced music/entertainment executive and entrepreneur.   18 years experience in launching new products and platforms, content licensing, executing international expansion and leading related strategy and deal flow.     Olly currently leads music strategy for a Tencent portfolio mobile games company, Space Ape Games, building the most ambitious music-centric mobile game ever. With global label and publisher rights in place, and real life artists like DJ Khaled signed as in game characters, it will finally see the light of day later in 2019.     Also Chairman and Founder of Voisey, a UGC music app that has taken Norway by storm since its December 2018 launch, and is expanding worldwide during Q1 2019.

Olly Barnes
Head of Music Strategy, Space Ape Games

Experienced music/entertainment executive and entrepreneur.


18 years experience in launching new products and platforms, content licensing, executing international expansion and leading related strategy and deal flow.

Olly currently leads music strategy for a Tencent portfolio mobile games company, Space Ape Games, building the most ambitious music-centric mobile game ever. With global label and publisher rights in place, and real life artists like DJ Khaled signed as in game characters, it will finally see the light of day later in 2019.


Also Chairman and Founder of Voisey, a UGC music app that has taken Norway by storm since its December 2018 launch, and is expanding worldwide during Q1 2019.


Patrick Mahoney Co-Founder/COO, We Are Nations  Patrick Mahoney has been a respected member of the music and entertainment industry for over twenty-two years. With wide-ranging experience in merchandising, licensing and sponsorships, his clients have included Oasis, Radiohead, Godsmack, Slipknot, Moby, Mudvayne, Of Monsters And Men, Danzig, Rush, Suicide Silence, Blues Traveler, Yes, Awolnation, Phish, The Moody Blues, Jimmy Cliff, Brian Setzer and Sarah McLachlan.  In 2012, Patrick compiled his extensive knowledge base and took on the role of Executive Vice President of Manhead LLC, a global presence in entertainment merchandising. In 2016, Patrick joined with Manhead founder Chris Cornell to form We Are Nations, Inc. to service the merchandising and licensing needs of the esports industry. We Are Nations has quickly grown into an International group of companies and includes Riot Games/North American LCS, Team Optic, G2, ASUS, RFRSH Entertainment and Method Gaming as clients. Patrick now serves as CEO of We Are Nations.  Not wanting to abandon his roots, Patrick cofounded Nations Connect, LLC with Andy Stanley to, as Patrick puts it "connect esports and gaming, because it's a lot of the same fans and someone is going to do it". Probably most recognizable as a modified agency model, Nations Connect is finding ways to connect music artists and the gaming industry to unlock an existing equity.

Patrick Mahoney
Co-Founder/COO, We Are Nations

Patrick Mahoney has been a respected member of the music and entertainment industry for over twenty-two years. With wide-ranging experience in merchandising, licensing and sponsorships, his clients have included Oasis, Radiohead, Godsmack, Slipknot, Moby, Mudvayne, Of Monsters And Men, Danzig, Rush, Suicide Silence, Blues Traveler, Yes, Awolnation, Phish, The Moody Blues, Jimmy Cliff, Brian Setzer and Sarah McLachlan.

In 2012, Patrick compiled his extensive knowledge base and took on the role of Executive Vice President of Manhead LLC, a global presence in entertainment merchandising. In 2016, Patrick joined with Manhead founder Chris Cornell to form We Are Nations, Inc. to service the merchandising and licensing needs of the esports industry. We Are Nations has quickly grown into an International group of companies and includes Riot Games/North American LCS, Team Optic, G2, ASUS, RFRSH Entertainment and Method Gaming as clients. Patrick now serves as CEO of We Are Nations.

Not wanting to abandon his roots, Patrick cofounded Nations Connect, LLC with Andy Stanley to, as Patrick puts it "connect esports and gaming, because it's a lot of the same fans and someone is going to do it". Probably most recognizable as a modified agency model, Nations Connect is finding ways to connect music artists and the gaming industry to unlock an existing equity.

Paul Brindley Co-founder and CEO, Music Ally  Paul Brindley is the co-founder and CEO of Music Ally. Paul has a background as a musician, having played bass guitar with The Sundays, an indie band who sold over two million albums worldwide and at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank where he wrote New Musical Entrepreneurs, a report into the impact of new technologies on the UK music industry published in 2000. After co-founding Music Ally in 2002, the company has gone on to become a world leading knowledge company for the modern-day music industry. Music Ally publishes a subscription business information service and provides a range of services including digital marketing services, training, research and events to the global music business.

Paul Brindley
Co-founder and CEO, Music Ally

Paul Brindley is the co-founder and CEO of Music Ally. Paul has a background as a musician, having played bass guitar with The Sundays, an indie band who sold over two million albums worldwide and at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank where he wrote New Musical Entrepreneurs, a report into the impact of new technologies on the UK music industry published in 2000. After co-founding Music Ally in 2002, the company has gone on to become a world leading knowledge company for the modern-day music industry. Music Ally publishes a subscription business information service and provides a range of services including digital marketing services, training, research and events to the global music business.

Pete Downton Deputy Chief Executive Officer, 7digital  Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role.  Prior to 7digital, Pete held key leadership roles at Imagination Technologies, including responsibility for content and consumer experiences across both the Imagination Technologies and PURE businesses. In addition, Pete spearheaded the company’s investment in Audioboom.  Before joining Imagination, Pete spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company's International Marketing and Business Development teams. He helped to build Warner Music International’s reputation as one of the most innovative, creative and respected media players in the digital arena and played a key role in establishing ongoing relationships with major global partners such as iTunes, Orange and Vodafone.

Pete Downton
Deputy Chief Executive Officer, 7digital

Pete joined 7digital in June 2014, assuming overall responsibility for its commercial strategy. He brings over 15 years of operational and strategic experience within the heart of the nascent digital music and consumer technology businesses to the role.

Prior to 7digital, Pete held key leadership roles at Imagination Technologies, including responsibility for content and consumer experiences across both the Imagination Technologies and PURE businesses. In addition, Pete spearheaded the company’s investment in Audioboom.

Before joining Imagination, Pete spent over a decade working for Warner Music Group, holding senior management positions in the company's International Marketing and Business Development teams. He helped to build Warner Music International’s reputation as one of the most innovative, creative and respected media players in the digital arena and played a key role in establishing ongoing relationships with major global partners such as iTunes, Orange and Vodafone.

Scott Ryan Vice President, Music, Gracenote  Scott Ryan is Vice President, Music at Gracenote responsible for growing the company’s core music business as well as working directly with its Product and Engineering teams to develop music solutions for major media and entertainment companies. He brings deep audio and music industry expertise as well as strong data chops back to Gracenote where he did his first stint from 2006 to 2012.  Prior to rejoining Gracenote, Scott served as Senior Vice President of Business at Watchwith, a digital advertising and metadata platform for premium video content. Before that, he was Vice President of Sales at The Echo Nest, the industry-leading music discovery platform and intelligence company acquired by Spotify in 2014.

Scott Ryan
Vice President, Music, Gracenote

Scott Ryan is Vice President, Music at Gracenote responsible for growing the company’s core music business as well as working directly with its Product and Engineering teams to develop music solutions for major media and entertainment companies. He brings deep audio and music industry expertise as well as strong data chops back to Gracenote where he did his first stint from 2006 to 2012.

Prior to rejoining Gracenote, Scott served as Senior Vice President of Business at Watchwith, a digital advertising and metadata platform for premium video content. Before that, he was Vice President of Sales at The Echo Nest, the industry-leading music discovery platform and intelligence company acquired by Spotify in 2014.

Shane Homan Associate Professor, Monash University  Associate Professor Shane Homan teaches media and cultural studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He has written four books on the music industries and cultural policy and completed commissioned reports on the Australian recording industry and Sydney and Melbourne’s live music economies. Shane is currently completing two Australian Research Council grants:  Interrogating the Music City;  and  The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Music Exports  (with Newcastle University, Australia).

Shane Homan
Associate Professor, Monash University

Associate Professor Shane Homan teaches media and cultural studies at Monash University, Melbourne. He has written four books on the music industries and cultural policy and completed commissioned reports on the Australian recording industry and Sydney and Melbourne’s live music economies. Shane is currently completing two Australian Research Council grants: Interrogating the Music City; and The Economic and Cultural Value of Australian Music Exports (with Newcastle University, Australia).

Stephen O’Reilly Head of Marketing and a Director, IE Music  A veteran of the digital music business Stephen O’Reilly is head of marketing and a director at London based management company ie:music.  ie:music was established in 1992 by two industry veterans, David Enthoven and Tim Clark. The company is focused solely on the management of artists and its philosophy is that their artists’ interests are paramount. ie:music manage artists including Robbie Williams and Passenger amongst others.  As digital technology throws the music industry into turmoil, ie:music believes that great opportunities come from disarray. The company embraces digital technology as an extraordinary facilitator of artist – fan communications, as a means of encouraging transparency and of making everything from ticketing to downloading and streaming more effective and efficient.  Clark and Enthoven’s mantra: the artist and the fan are the two most important parts of the music industry, everything else is just the gloop in the middle!

Stephen O’Reilly
Head of Marketing and a Director, IE Music

A veteran of the digital music business Stephen O’Reilly is head of marketing and a director at London based management company ie:music.

ie:music was established in 1992 by two industry veterans, David Enthoven and Tim Clark. The company is focused solely on the management of artists and its philosophy is that their artists’ interests are paramount. ie:music manage artists including Robbie Williams and Passenger amongst others.

As digital technology throws the music industry into turmoil, ie:music believes that great opportunities come from disarray. The company embraces digital technology as an extraordinary facilitator of artist – fan communications, as a means of encouraging transparency and of making everything from ticketing to downloading and streaming more effective and efficient.

Clark and Enthoven’s mantra: the artist and the fan are the two most important parts of the music industry, everything else is just the gloop in the middle!

Taishi Fukuyama Co-founder and COO, Amadeus Code  Taishi Fukuyama has a diverse career in music and tech, from consulting the business and strategy of various industry leading technology companies such as The Echo Nest, launching the first Music Hack Day in Asia in Tokyo 2014, becoming the first Red Bull Soundclash champion in Japan and producing the music of chart topping Japanese and Korean artists. With a unique mixed experience as a performing artist, record producer and technologist, Taishi continues to provide insights to industry media and conferences and currently is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Amadeus Code, an artificial intelligence powered songwriting assistant and Chief Marketing Officer of Qrates, the world’s first vinyl crowdfunding marketplace.

Taishi Fukuyama
Co-founder and COO, Amadeus Code

Taishi Fukuyama has a diverse career in music and tech, from consulting the business and strategy of various industry leading technology companies such as The Echo Nest, launching the first Music Hack Day in Asia in Tokyo 2014, becoming the first Red Bull Soundclash champion in Japan and producing the music of chart topping Japanese and Korean artists. With a unique mixed experience as a performing artist, record producer and technologist, Taishi continues to provide insights to industry media and conferences and currently is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Amadeus Code, an artificial intelligence powered songwriting assistant and Chief Marketing Officer of Qrates, the world’s first vinyl crowdfunding marketplace.

Tanguy Giraud, Program Director, Marathon Artists LABs  Tanguy Giraud runs the music tech accelerator Marathon Artists LABs at Marathon Artists where his main focus is scouting for innovators redefining the music ecosystem.  Prior to his current position, Tanguy advised a London-based VC firm on music investments and innovation. Before living in London, he worked for independent labels and a live music promotion company in New York City.  Earlier in his career, Tanguy worked in the Global New Business team at Universal Music in London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in Music Business from New York University.

Tanguy Giraud,
Program Director, Marathon Artists LABs

Tanguy Giraud runs the music tech accelerator Marathon Artists LABs at Marathon Artists where his main focus is scouting for innovators redefining the music ecosystem.

Prior to his current position, Tanguy advised a London-based VC firm on music investments and innovation. Before living in London, he worked for independent labels and a live music promotion company in New York City.

Earlier in his career, Tanguy worked in the Global New Business team at Universal Music in London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from McGill University in Montreal and a Master’s degree in Music Business from New York University.

Tessy Schulz Artist Manager and IMUC  Tessy Schulz is representing IMUC as a member org of the IMMF.  In her own management and consultancy company and being partner at Made Jour Label, she is focussed on artist management , production, artist development and breaking acts internationally. Clients include Left Boy, Marusha, Christophe Willem, André Heller, Warner Music ( Robin Schulz internationally), Sony Music, The Voice Of Germany etc.  Before she spent her time for almost 12 years in different roles at Sony Music/Sony BMG domestically and internationally. Her base is Berlin/Germany.

Tessy Schulz
Artist Manager and IMUC

Tessy Schulz is representing IMUC as a member org of the IMMF.

In her own management and consultancy company and being partner at Made Jour Label, she is focussed on artist management , production, artist development and breaking acts internationally. Clients include Left Boy, Marusha, Christophe Willem, André Heller, Warner Music ( Robin Schulz internationally), Sony Music, The Voice Of Germany etc.

Before she spent her time for almost 12 years in different roles at Sony Music/Sony BMG domestically and internationally. Her base is Berlin/Germany.

Turo Pekari Senior Advisor, Innovation and Discovery, Teosto/Teosto Futures Lab  Turo is an innovation specialist known for co-creating Teosto Futures Lab innovation platform for Teosto. Established in 2016, Teosto Futures Lab has been in the forefront changing the way how music rights management organisations work. His experience includes a wide range of music & tech related work including launching a blockchain platform for music copyright organisations, leading a Nordic R&D initiative to build a future model for collective management, experimenting future service concepts to music festivals with affective technologies and developing a EU-funded tech-enabled music education concept. Turo is an expert in open innovation, future technologies, startup advisory, innovation policy and funding mechanisms added with a deep research background and 10 years music industry experience.

Turo Pekari
Senior Advisor, Innovation and Discovery, Teosto/Teosto Futures Lab

Turo is an innovation specialist known for co-creating Teosto Futures Lab innovation platform for Teosto. Established in 2016, Teosto Futures Lab has been in the forefront changing the way how music rights management organisations work. His experience includes a wide range of music & tech related work including launching a blockchain platform for music copyright organisations, leading a Nordic R&D initiative to build a future model for collective management, experimenting future service concepts to music festivals with affective technologies and developing a EU-funded tech-enabled music education concept. Turo is an expert in open innovation, future technologies, startup advisory, innovation policy and funding mechanisms added with a deep research background and 10 years music industry experience.

Vanessa Higgins CEO, Regent Street Records  Vanessa Higgins (also known as musician Vanessa Knight) has been a touring artist for the past 12 years. Highlights have included: supporting Carlos Santana at the LG Arena, 4 consecutive years a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival, and building a strong following in Scandinavia where she still frequently performs.   After forming her own independent label/publisher "Regent Street Records", Vanessa was soon elected to the BPI council. With a strong interest in tech and the future of the music industry, Vanessa re-launched the BPI Innovation Hub in 2016, bringing the cutting edge of tech to record labels of all sizes, both independent and major.

Vanessa Higgins
CEO, Regent Street Records

Vanessa Higgins (also known as musician Vanessa Knight) has been a touring artist for the past 12 years. Highlights have included: supporting Carlos Santana at the LG Arena, 4 consecutive years a sell-out at the Edinburgh Festival, and building a strong following in Scandinavia where she still frequently performs.

After forming her own independent label/publisher "Regent Street Records", Vanessa was soon elected to the BPI council. With a strong interest in tech and the future of the music industry, Vanessa re-launched the BPI Innovation Hub in 2016, bringing the cutting edge of tech to record labels of all sizes, both independent and major.

Vickie Nauman Consultant, 23  Vickie Nauman is a consultant to innovative finance company 23 Capital, which focuses on the sectors of music, sports and entertainment. Nauman has expertise across all aspects of digital music - licensing, products, music-tech, strategy and international. Her experience spans the earliest days of disruption at RealNetworks/MusicNet to KEXP Seattle, global platform 7digital, and connected device pioneer Sonos. She founded and manages CrossBorderWorks, a consulting and advisory firm, where she works with a portfolio of streaming services, finance providers, device manufacturers, start-ups and industry consortiums.

Vickie Nauman
Consultant, 23

Vickie Nauman is a consultant to innovative finance company 23 Capital, which focuses on the sectors of music, sports and entertainment. Nauman has expertise across all aspects of digital music - licensing, products, music-tech, strategy and international. Her experience spans the earliest days of disruption at RealNetworks/MusicNet to KEXP Seattle, global platform 7digital, and connected device pioneer Sonos. She founded and manages CrossBorderWorks, a consulting and advisory firm, where she works with a portfolio of streaming services, finance providers, device manufacturers, start-ups and industry consortiums.

Virginie Berger Managing Partner, DBTHCap Ventures  Virginie Berger is the Managing Partner of DBTHCap Ventures, a VC Fund that focuses on music-tech (specifically on rights tech) and media tech. DBTHCap Ventures is a post seed and serie A hybrid venture fund (debt and equity).  Virginie Berger is the former CEO of of Armonia Online, the first pan-European licensing hub for online music. Armonia Online is run by 9 European CMOs (SACEM & SACEM Luxembourg, SIAE, SGAE, ARTISJUS, AKM, SPA, SABAM, SUISA). The hub covers 131 territories and represents 500 000 authors, composers and publishers.  Berger is also the founder of DBTH, a consultancy firm for technology and media businesses, specialising in strategy, marketing and business development and Don’t believe the Hype, a media specialized in content-tech. Before setting up DBTH in 2011, Virginie worked for Microsoft, NRJ and Myspace, which she joined as marketing and content director as it first became established in Europe. She is the author of a book about digital marketing and monetisation of music online: “Music and Digital Strategies” and more than 500 articles on the topic.

Virginie Berger
Managing Partner, DBTHCap Ventures

Virginie Berger is the Managing Partner of DBTHCap Ventures, a VC Fund that focuses on music-tech (specifically on rights tech) and media tech. DBTHCap Ventures is a post seed and serie A hybrid venture fund (debt and equity).

Virginie Berger is the former CEO of of Armonia Online, the first pan-European licensing hub for online music. Armonia Online is run by 9 European CMOs (SACEM & SACEM Luxembourg, SIAE, SGAE, ARTISJUS, AKM, SPA, SABAM, SUISA). The hub covers 131 territories and represents 500 000 authors, composers and publishers.

Berger is also the founder of DBTH, a consultancy firm for technology and media businesses, specialising in strategy, marketing and business development and Don’t believe the Hype, a media specialized in content-tech. Before setting up DBTH in 2011, Virginie worked for Microsoft, NRJ and Myspace, which she joined as marketing and content director as it first became established in Europe. She is the author of a book about digital marketing and monetisation of music online: “Music and Digital Strategies” and more than 500 articles on the topic.