2016 Featured Panelists



Judith Hill
Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville’s acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom, a film that shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. The film has won the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film also won the 2015 Grammy for Best Music Film. Hill, who was also featured on the film’s soundtrack, was a contestant on season four of “The Voice.” Judith has already garnered much praise for her live performance as opener for Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince both in the US and the UK.
Judith Hill’s debut album, “Back In Time,” produced by herself & Prince is out now on NPG Records.
Jamil Baldwin
Music Rights Professional

Southern California native, Jamil Baldwin has always been surrounded by music. Growing up in the studio with his father always recording his own music or witnessing his Godfather create music with greats like Justin Timberlake, Gladys Knight, and The Temptations, Jamil has been unable to escape music.

Following his tenure at the The Wharton School of Business, Jamil decided to set his sights on the music scene in LA in lieu of a career on Wall Street. He went on to work on the marketing team at Warner Bros. Records where he contributed to campaigns for The Black Keys, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Mystery Skulls, and Echosmith, to name a few. He then moved to BMG Rights Management, working with the Marketing and Synch Licensing and Recorded Music teams. While there, Jamil commissioned original works from various artists (No ID, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Orwells, King Tuff, FIDLA, MS MR, Bat for Lashes) for potential film/soundtrack use. He was spearheaded a covers initiative for the ARC catalog (the publisher for the historic Chess records label). In addition, he filtered through the new music on the publishing and masters side, recommending music for the synch team.

Currently, Jamil is managing Benjamin Wright Jr. and producing an animated series, “Jesus: The College Years.”

Belinda Robles
Senior Music Supervisor, Megatrax

Belinda Robles is the Senior Music Supervisor for Megatrax Production Music.  Megatrax is the leading independent production music source for exclusive music worldwide. She has worked on featured films, trailers, TV shows, and commercials. Prior to Megatrax, Belinda has produced and played with UK Defected Records dance music artists DJ Sandy Rivera and Grammy nominated DJ Jay J. She also played saxophone for Atlantic recording artist Audiovent and was a featured dance music producer for ASCAP’s Dance music summit in New York. She is a proud Berklee College of Music Alumna and continues to play on music sessions and produce dance music for Megatrax.

Mollie Lehman
Atlantic Records, A&R

Mollie Lehman does pop/rock/alternative A&R for Atlantic Records in Los Angeles, CA where she works with Kiiara, Kayleigh Rose and Vinyl Theatre. She launched the singles label Taste and Tone for Atlantic in March 2015. She books talent and DJ’s for Tuesday nights at the clandestine Hollywood club Dirty Laundry. And, she likes rollercoasters and hates underground parking lots.

Dwayne LeBlanc
House of Blues Entertainment, Tour Marketing Manager

Dwayne LeBlanc is a Tour Marketing Manager for House of Blues Entertainment, Clubs and Theaters Division at Live Nation. Dwayne attended college at Cal State Northridge and during that time worked as a music producer and for independent record labels 3qtr and Raw Sugar Records. After graduating from CSUN with a degree in Communication Studies, Dwayne worked 3 years in the Marketing Department at Interscope Records on accounts such as Lady Gaga,  N.E.R.D. and No Doubt. He currently works on national tour marketing, strategy and partnership at Live Nation for acts such as Future, Bullet For My Valentine, Kirk Franklin and others.

Xueran Chen

Xueran Chen is a Composer/Producer and owner of NEM Studios in Los Angeles. He holds a Master of Music in Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games from Berklee College of Music. He has worked an assistant composer for Andrew Gross and Ceiri Torjussen and has composed more than 5 films and many other projects including musicals, video games and TV shows. Xueran is from Beijing, China and currently has been recognized by the United States as an Individual with Extraordinary Ability in the arts with a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture/television industry. Learn more about his work at: www.chenxueran.com

King avriel

King avriel, is an artist-educator and entrepreneur with a focus on the intersection of digital media, story telling and educational equity. Her debut project, Thesis, was released to critical acclaim in 2014, hailed as “prodigious”​ by the Huffington Post and “​… a cerebrally significant gift” by The Gaurdian. The album was streamed 1.7 million times, the digital booklet released to accompany the album was downloaded over 100,000 times, and the project was featured in The New York Times, Vogue Magazine, Vice Magazine, Lucky Magazine, Billboard, LA Weekly and more. In 2014, the project caught the attention of Jay Z and King avriel was also asked to be part of an Olympics PSA that was viewed over 1 million times on YouTube. The project garnered the attention of major record labels and notable indie labels including Interscope, RCA, Atlantic, Columbia, Capitol, XL, Warner Brothers, and more; however, King avriel resolved to remain an independent artist and follow her entrepreneurial aspirations. In 2015, she was invited to contribute a song to the Grand Theft Auto V soundtrack alongside notable artists Little Dragon, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Phantogram, and others.

Danielle Jacoby
Live Nation - Concerts, Content Marketing Manager

Danielle Jacoby is the Content Marketing Manager for the US Concerts division of Live Nation Entertainment, based out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills. Her role focuses on discovering exciting content opportunities with major media brands, from Bleacher Report to Oprah Winfrey Network, for national touring artists. Standouts from the past year include Slipknot taking Loudwire through their deathtrap of a stage setup and Fifth Harmony playing “Karaoke Roulette” with ClevverTV’s Joslyn Davis. In case you were wondering, Danielle considers this a dream job. It’s also worth noting that her career path wasn’t exactly linear. She was an aspiring opera singer once, served a stint as a TMZ “preditor,” and edited a website entirely devoted to bikinis—all before landing at Live Nation. When she’s not working with music and media, Danielle is reviewing bars for Time Out Los Angeles.

Manuel Moran
Live Nation, VP Latin Programming

Third generation musician, who toured in USA and Mexico with band in the mid 90s at the age of 17, after 7 years, 5 recording albums and a lot of shows per year, decided for a change of career and worked as a Talent Buyer between 2000-2008 for independent venues in North California with quick success bringing artists from Latin America and Europe, between 2003-2005, while continuing his booking career, accepted a Creative Director position at Univision Radio San Francisco, from 2005-2008 worked for Clear Channel Radio (Spanish Division) as Creative Director for 23 radio stations, winning a National Award as Best Produced Spanish Radio Commercial in USA in the year of 2006 , and in 2008 until present, became the Vice President of Latin Programming for House of Blues Entertainment, producing an average of 150 Latin concerts per year nationwide.


Jamal Dauda
Red Bull North America, Artist Marketing Manager
Jamal Dauda is the Lead Artist Marketing Manager for Red Bull North America. As part of the Red Bull Artist Marketing team, he is currently working across a diverse portfolio of music programs and emerging artists to foster development and growth in their careers through innovative artist/brand relationships. 
With a diverse background that has included event booking (House of Blues), label marketing, and artist management (United Management), his focus has always been on fostering innate talent at its earliest stages and finding new ways to help them express themselves and grow their brand. 
T.J. Petracca
Ride or Cry Collective, Co-Founder

T.J. Petracca owns a digital strategy/creative agency in Echo Park, CA called Ride or Cry Collective. Last year he spearheaded all of the social media efforts for the Coachella Music Festival and actively maintains a roster of clients of bands and brands seeking help with social media management, digital marketing, and creative direction. His list of clients past and present includes artists like The Lumineers, Foster The People, Bleachers, Tears for Fears, Miguel, Chromeo, Garbage, and more. He also is the co-founder of Emo Night LA, where he plays Emo music off of Spotify and people go ham.

Dawn White
You And Me Inc., Artist Manager

Dawn White has worked in the music industry for the greater part of a decade. She first began in Philadelphia as the Chief of Operations for House music pioneer King Britt’s FiveSixMedia production house. She then became part of the management team for Questlove of The Roots, a position she still holds in present day. After moving to Los Angeles in 2006, she assumed the role as Director of Artist Operations for Waxploitation Management and was an essential part of the team for Gnarls Barkley and Grammy award winning producer Danger Mouse. In 2013, Dawn launched her own management and consulting company called You and Me, Inc., as a nod to her Korean name Yoon Mei and her belief that the creative process is a collaborative effort. Since its inception, You and Me, Inc. has provided talent for a plethora of brands including ESPN, Viacom, HBO, NBC, CBS, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Honda, Toyota, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast, Diageo, Southern Wine and Spirits and hoteliers, festivals and nightclubs worldwide.

Brian Kennedy

Producer, Composer, Writer, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist are just a few of the words that describe musical phenomenon Brian Kennedy. With formal piano lessons beginning at the age of six and composing by age eight, Brian spent years establishing the foundation for what would become his dynamic musical career.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Kennedy relocated to Los Angeles in 2004 at 20-years-old, catching his big break in 2006 when he produced and co-wrote “My Love” on Ciara’s platinum sophomore album, The Evolution.  Kennedy’s most renowned song credits followed soon after in 2008, when he produced multi-platinum, chart-topping hit singles “Disturbia” for Rihanna and “Forever” for Chris Brown. Kennedy further solidified his place in the music industry as a top hitmaker with his contributions to Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s self-titled debut album as a writer and producer. The effort earned him his first Grammy when it took home honors as Best R&B Album at the 2009 awards ceremony. Hudson’s hit song “If This Isn’t Love” garnered an ASCAP win for Kennedy as well. 

Revered as a piano prodigy, Kennedy’s musical genius has afforded him the opportunity to work with several top artists and producers, including David Foster, Polow da Don, Timbaland, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson, Ester Dean, Dallas Davidson, The Underdogs, Brandy, Jamie Foxx, Babyface, Clive Davis, Natasha Bedingfield, and legendary songwriter Diane Warren. 

Kennedy continues to pursue his dreams while helping others along the way, with several ventures in the works including a non-profit organization to assist young aspiring musicians in his hometown and beyond.

John Rosenberg
Musicians Institute, Songwriting Instructor

John Rosenberg has played and taught piano in Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  He has worked with artists such as Cab Calloway, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, Phil Collins, Huey Lewis, Larry Carlton, Bobby Blue Bland, Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks. As an educator, John developed Improvisational music courses for Harvard University’s adult education program and has taught cognitive therapy workshops at the Sufi Institute in Istanbul. He has also been artist-in-residence aboard the University of Pittsburgh’s Semester at Sea voyage around the world.  He has written songs for television and film, most notably for the Jim Henson Production Animal Jam, Disney’s Air Bud and MVP series.  John’s original compositions have also been featured in Disney’s Santa Buddies and Santa Paws series of films.   Also, his original work can be heard on The Helpful Doo-its Project: Books with CDs recorded with Mandy Patinkin and Bernadette Peters, John Goodman & others  (for Christopher Reeve’s foundation).    At MI, John teaches Private Lessons, Open Counseling, and LPWs.

Jay Byrd
Music Agent, CAA

Clients include: Jon Batiste, Jason Derulo, Common


2015 Featured Panelists



Noah Preston
Def Jam - Vice President of A&R

Noah Preston is  the Vice President of A&R for Def Jam Recordings. Preston, who has worked Jhené Aiko, Logic, August Alsina and Teyana Taylor, has been part of the Def Jam A&R staff since 2009 where he started as an intern. During that time he also spent a year as a Columbia A&R scout during 2010. The L.A.native managed the fulltime A&R gig at Def Jam while also taking a full load of courses during his senior year at Loyola Marymount where he graduated in 2012 with a degree in political science.


Michael Crepezzi
BMI - Executive Director

Michael Crepezzi is Executive Director, Distribution & Administration Services at BMI and is based in Los Angeles.

In his role, he works closely with the Operations and Information Technology departments and is an integral part of the team responsible for the ongoing development of royalty payment policies and procedures with regards to the use of music in audio-visual productions performed on the Internet and in other new media outlets. Crepezzi also continues to execute his responsibilities regarding BMI’s music use reporting and television performance related initiatives.

In addition, he maintains and develops relationships within the music publishing, composer and music production communities by answering inquiries and educating key constituents on BMI policies and procedures on a daily basis.

Crepezzi joined BMI in 1993 and has continued to elevate throughout the company receiving several promotions including his current title as Executive Director. Prior to joining BMI, he was Royalty and Accounting Manager at both Disney Music Publishing and Capitol Records’ publishing divisions, Screen Gems/Colgems Music.

Sophia Chang
Music Manager
Varnell Johnson
The Living Legends Foundation - President
Simon Perry
ReverbNation - Chief Creative Officer
Ezekiel Lewis
Motown Records - SVP A&R
Nate Auerbach
Tumblr - Music Strategy and Outreach
Samantha Sichel
Live Nation - Senior Director Digital Sales Development
Larry Butler
Did It Music - General Manager

Larry Butler has devoted his entire life to music and the music business. He played keyboards and guitar in bar bands in Ohio during high school and college, serving as band manager and booking agent, followed by stints as nightclub owner and local concert promoter in Cincinnati.

Larry then moved to Los Angeles to begin working as a tour manager for such artists as Randy Newman, Ry Cooder and Isaac Hayes. Those efforts led to Warner Bros. Records as VP Artist Relations, spending 20+ years touring with an unrivaled roster of talent, winning a couple of PollStar Artist Development Executive awards along the way. More recently Larry joined Bill Silva Management as General Manager where he also ran Jason Mraz’s publishing.

He now heads up his own Did It Music from the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. Larry is a published author as well as an ASCAP-affiliated songwriter and music publisher. Recently Larry was named General Manager of The Artist Cooperative, which provides radio promotion, music marketing, artist management, staging advice, tour consultation and publishing administration to independent labels and artists


Sean Striegil
Live Nation - Sr VP/Regional SVP NY/NJ Clubs &Theatres
James Koo
Maker Studios - Head of Audience Strategy, Southeast Asia

James Koo is an entertainment management and marketing professional originally from Houston, Texas. He has previously led marketing campaigns at Cashmere Agency, working with artists such as DJ Quik, Grammy-winning producer Bangladesh, and brands such as Crooks & Castles. Both an avid fan and creator of music, he has produced and co-produced songs for Ty Dolla$ign, Iggy Azalea, and OverDoz. Currently, James manages a wide roster of talent at Maker Studios, helping artists navigate their way through the new media landscape.

Alex G
Singer, Songwriter, YouTube Creator

Alex G is a Colorado-raised, LA-based singer/songwriter, dreamer, sister, and friend. She is an old soul who loves Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett, and a childlike believer in all things daring and magical and pure. Five years in the making, her YouTube following numbers at 1.3 million subscribers and 160 million views. Alex released her debut album Growing Up in September 2014, and she has collaborated with several incredible songwriters and producers, including Lauren Christy, Mikal Blue, Jason Reeves, and Jason Mraz. With honesty and courage, she handcrafts her songs through love and vulnerability, believing that through telling her story, people will find hope and discover the beauty in even the most broken chapters of their own.

Kyle Wilensky
CAA - Music Agent
Thomas Golubic
Music Supervision - Music Supervisor, Producer, DJ

Thomas Golubić is a Los Angeles-based music supervisor, DJ and Grammy-nominated record producer. His music supervision credits include the AMC series Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and The Killing, the HBO series Six Feet Under, the Showtime series Ray Donovan, and the New Line film After The Sunset, among many other film & television projects. Most recently Thomas and his team at SuperMusicVision are working on the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, Halt and Catch Fire, and TURN: Washington’s Spies, all for AMC, as well as Manhattan for WGN America.

As record producer, Thomas is responsible for the Breaking Bad soundtrack album for Sony Pictures Television and various remix projects for EMI-Capitol Records and MGM. Thomas was twice nominated for Grammy awards for producing Volumes 1 and 2 of the Six Feet Under soundtrack album, and with former partner Gary Calamar, was responsible for the use of Sia’s “Breathe Me” in the final scene of the series. It is considered one of the most memorable uses of music in television, and launched Sia’s music career in America.

Thomas’ formative years, musically speaking, were spent as a DJ, music programmer and on-air host for tastemaker LA radio station KCRW 89.9 FM. After ending his 10-year residency at KCRW, he turned his attention to music production and live audio/video DJ work. He formed The Arbiters, a music collective creating mash-up music and video productions and created audio and video mash-ups for clients including Google, YouTube, Microsoft and Levi’s.

Thomas has also become known as an innovative club DJ spinning broadly eclectic music sets, often with live synchronized visuals. His SYNCHRONIZE re-score project, featuring live DJ re-scores of classic films has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Luminato Festival in Toronto, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Dubrovnik Film Festival, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and monthly residencies in Los Angeles. Turner Classic Movies has also profiled Thomas and his SYNCHRONIZE re-score project.

Chris Wade
Marketing Professional, Social Entrepreneur
Andrew Loos
Attack! Experiential Marketing - Managing Partner

Andrew Loos is a Managing Partner at Attack! Marketing. He is also a creative consultant, speaker and author. Andrew has been in the experiential marketing industry for well over a decade and has a personal interest in sharing his experiences with emerging entrepreneurs, including bands, working to build their brand and consumer base. He dedicates part of his time to speaking, authoring and consulting in the spirit of scholarship and the free exchange of ideas.

Buck Crowell
Live Nation - Senior Marketing Manager
Steven Winogradsky
Winogradsky/Sobel - Entertainment Attorney, Partner

With over thirty years experience as an attorney in the music industry, Steven Winogradsky is a partner in Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, California, providing global media and music business affairs & legal support for composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and television, film, video and multi-media producers.  In addition to an entertainment law practice, the company handles music clearance and licensing in all media for many production companies, worldwide administration of the publishing catalogs for a number of clients and New Media strategies and Revenue Modeling.

Prior to The Winogradsky Company (1992 to 2009), Mr. Winogradsky had served as Director of Music Business Affairs for Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., Managing Director of Music, Legal & Business Affairs for MCA Home Entertainment, Director of Music Licensing and Administration for Universal Pictures and Universal Television and Vice President of Business Affairs for The Clearing House, Ltd.

Mr. Winogradsky is the author of the book “Music Publishing: The Complete Guide” published in 2013. He was also awarded the 2012 Texas Star Award by the Texas State Bar Entertainment and Sports Law section for his contributions to legal education in the State of Texas.

Mr. Winogradsky is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in the Masters degree program in Music Industry Administration and was also named as one of the Outstanding Instructors in Entertainment Studies and Performing Arts at UCLA Extension, where he has taught since 1997.

He has written numerous magazine articles on the subject of music for motion pictures and television and has lectured on a variety of music-related topics throughout the world.

In addition, he is a guitarist, singer and songwriter who is both a composer and publisher member of ASCAP.

Robin Randall
Musicians Institute - Songwriting Instructor

Robin Randall was born and raised in Hollywood. She attended Hollywood High School, where she was voted “Most Likely To Succeed.” After HHS, she attended Dick Grove School of Music, and then taught there for 8 years. Got her first lucky break co-writing the hit song “Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight” for Starship. Went on to write more songs for various domestic and international recording artists,including a hit for ABBA’s Agnetha Faltskog, and Down Under band “Roxus”. She’s also written songs for television, including the
show, “Baywatch” and the ABC TV movie,”The Amy Fisher Story”. She’s a published author co-writing the book “Lead Sheet Bible.”In 2007 she was a Top 20 finalist in the American Idol songwriting competition. She contributed to songwriting on Brooke White’s CD, “Songs From The Attic.”Robin currently teaches classes at Musicians Institute, including Songwriting, Artist Development,Theory, Eartraining,Piano and Lead Sheets.

Bruce Sugar
Engineer & Producer

Bruce Sugar’s career as an Engineer/Producer reads like a Who’s Who of popular music, including Ringo Starr, Elton John, Joe Walsh, Mick Jagger, and Paul McCartney. Bruce
has worked closely with Ozzy Osbourne on a rock opera about Rasputin. Bruce also recorded and mixed Tears in Heaven for a Katrina relief effort with Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Gwen Stafani, Steven Tyler, Pink, Mary J Blige, Phil Collins and Andrea Bocelli.
In 2008 Bruce was nominated for a Grammy for Best Surround album for the Ringo 5.1 The Surround Sound Collection.

Tiffany Emery
Live Nation Entertainment - Social Media Content Manager

Tiffany Emery is the Social Media Content Manager for Live Nation Entertainment- Concerts Division. Tiffany attended Florida State University and started with Live Nation as a college intern. She transitioned her intern role into a full time Marketing career and has been with the company for four years. She currently manages national brand channels across multiple social media platforms for major touring artists like Lady Gaga, U2, DMB, Maroon 5, and festivals such as JAY-Z’s Budweiser Made in America Festival.

David Gluck
RumbleFish - Provider Account Manager

David Gluck is a music professional and musician based in Portland, Oregon. He oversees label, aggregator, publisher, and artist accounts for Rumblefish, a pioneer in Micro-Licensing and YouTube monetization for music. Prior to his work with Rumblefish, he helped launch CD Baby’s music publishing platform, CD Baby Pro. He also volunteers
as the Compilation Coordinator for PDX Pop Now!, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting Portland music. When he’s not working with music and technology, he can be found recording and performing with Rock and Roll bands like The Sorry Devils.

Rachel Perkins
ASCAP - Film/TV Membership Representative

Rachel Perkins began her career at ASCAP in the New York membership office as the Creative Coordinator for the Rock/Pop, Musical Theatre and Film/TV teams supporting all industry showcases and songwriter/composer workshops. During that time, she began to spearhead the Composer Spotlight research for Sundance Film Festival.  In November 2013, she was promoted to Film/TV Membership Rep in the Los Angeles Membership office, taking responsibility for the Sundance Composer Spotlight at Sundance. Rachel continues to foster the careers of aspiring composers and songwriters interested in film and television. She frequently represents ASCAP at panels and speaking engagements at USC, UCLA and the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. She studied Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and International Music Business at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, China.