Vicky Hamilton

Vicky Hamilton is a Grammy Award-Winning music industry executive and personal manager, featured in VH-1s “Behind the Music”, “Driven” and the “Biography Channel” on Guns N’ Roses, Brett Michaels, and Mötley Crüe and the BBC series “Born To Be Wild”, “The Golden Age Of American Rock”. Considered one of the most successful music executives in the industry, Vicky has discovered, developed or managed the careers of Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Poison, Faster Pussycat and many others.

Vicky Hamilton

Kevin Jonas

Kevin Jonas Sr., veteran music manager, came from humble beginnings, growing up in North Carolina and pursuing a career in music. As an Artist Manager, Kevin has worked with some of the most successful artists in recent history, including his sons the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Jordin Sparks, Rachel Lindsay (Bachelorette), and many others.

Kevin Jonas, Sr.

Scott Velasquez

Scott Velasquez is young and upcoming music supervisor. He has recently finished working on James Franco’s newest movie, “Actor’s Anonymous”. He has worked for well-known Music Supervisor, Alex Patsavas at Chop Shop Music (Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, The Hunger Games franchise and others). Scott comes from an A&R background at Universal Records, and is classically trained as a vocalist. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, specializing in Music Business and Music Supervision. He has an ear for cutting edge sounds and is always on the look out for the newest on the rise bands.

Scott Velasquez

Peggy Iafrate

Strega Group is a talent development, marketing, and events group founded in 2008 by Peggy Iafrate. Prior to 2008, Peggy gained entertainment and consumer packaged goods experience in companies like ABC/The Walt Disney Company and Kaplan, and has been honored to work with such industry giants as The Jonas Group and Kimberly-Clark Corporation as clients. Years of standing at the sound board and in the board room provided her with the unique ability to marry artists with consumer brands to create a story that produces an emotional connection and loyalty to the brand. At Strega, we build programs that enable the story to continue through digital, live event, and merchandise avenues.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.

Peggy Iafrate

Chris Kurtz

Chris Kurtz, The Mediatwist Group Five Finger Death Punch – Mercedes-Benz – Rock Lititz The Mediatwist Group – Inside Social Media Marketing Marketing The Biggest Brands in the World. A worldwide talent scout, producer, and industry whiz. Chris created and sold a communications technology for use in the entertainment industry and went on to start The Mediatwist Group, where he developed digital marketing and new media strategies for some of the biggest artists and brands in the world. The Mediatwist Group’s past and present projects include Five Finger Death Punch, Aerosmith, Shinedown, Patti Stanger, Nonpoint, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, The RockBand Network, The Eagles, Jon Wilkes, REO Speedwagon, Coolio, Krewella and many more. Chris also toured as Executive Producer for Feld Entertainment, the company behind Barnum & Bailey Circus, Monster Jam, Nuclear Cowboys, Disney On Ice, AMA Monster Energy Supercross, ArenaCross, and Marvel Universe Live. While still scouting for new entertainment enhancements for these properties, Chris has a hand in placing artists in arenas and stadiums across the globe. Mediatwist’s most recent projects include, social media marketing and digital advertising for Mercedes-Benz and Rock Lititz, the backstage of the world. TMG recently created a geofence technology for the touring & out-of-home industries that is currently being used to marry traditional media with social media for the top grossing shows in all of music and entertainment.

Chris Kurtz

Barry Coffing

Barry Coffing has amassed a great deal of credits and awards with over two hundred tracks placed in movies and TV, BMI songwriting awards, multiple #1 hits and an Emmy nomination. He continues to be the voice behind the scenes in movies like “Moulin Rouge”, the Brady Bunch movie, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. He wrote TV themes for California Dreams, The Pyramid starring Donny Osmond and The Heights. His song “How Do You Talk To An Angel” went on to become a #1 hit and selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. Currently he is a music business entrepreneur who represents over 12,000 record labels amd publishers for film and TV licensing. His company places hundreds of songs each year

Barry Coffing

Dale Penner

Dale’s first hit, while an engineer at the infamous Mushroom Studios, was a track on the Top Gun Soundtrack with Loverboy. Since then countless projects have benefited from Penner’s production/mixing, including; Nickelback’s The State (Roadrunner) certified platinum in America and Canada scoring Two Billboard Top Ten Singles (“Leader of Men” and “Breathe”). Dale received the “Producer of the Year” award at the WCMA’s for his work on Holly McNarland’s (Universal) platinum selling “Stuff”. Other Penner production credits include: The Matthew Good Band, Econoline Crush and Montreal’s Jonas (Certified Gold nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” at 2006 Juno Awards). In 2010 Dale was once again nominated “Producer of the Year” for Western Canada.
Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall, Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more then 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists”

Dale Penner

Randy Jones

Randy Miller (born Dec. 19th, 1954) is an record producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and musician. Randy’s work has earned 4 Grammys and multiple nominations. He is a founding member of the band Zen Archer and with friend Gary Keller helped started ALL ATX, a charity for Austin musicians to get healthcare.

Artists that he has worked with include Christopher Cross, Michael McDonald, La Mafia, Eric Johnson, Kings X, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Anthony, Johnny Nash and many others.

Randy Miller

Michele Vice-Maslin

Michèle Vice-Maslin is an Emmy Winning, #1 hit music producer/Music Arranger/ Songwriter, Music Publisher who composes (both music & lyrics) and produces- arrangers for artists/ films/television / ads/ promos/ games, etc. She has had numerous hit songs and cuts all over the world as well as over 5000 music placements. Her music can be heard on radio & television every day – 7 days a week/365 days a year.

Michele Vice-Maslin

Billy Smiley

5 Grammy Award Nominees
27 Dove Award Nominees
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010

Beginning his career as a performer and producer for the Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st 4 Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide through 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.

Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.

As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.

He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aikens, , Justifide, and Charity Von.

2004 saw Smiley formed his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos Of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2016 and 2017.

Billy Smiley

Michael Garvin

Michael Garvin is a guitarist and trumpeter on a mission to bring back the instrumental hit to the forefront of popular music . What makes Michael unique among other instrumental artists even more than his signature playing style, are skills as a composer . As a songwriter he’s written 33 top ten hits 23 of which were Number One, including the global chart topper ‘Waiting for Tonight” for Jennifer Lopez, and the worldwide multiplatinum “Never Give Up On A Good Thing” for George Benson.

Michael Garvin

Brianna Ruelas

Brianna Ruelas is a Dallas Based Performing Artist Consultant, Singer-Songwriter and Author to Performing Artist Pathway: Navigate the Highs and Lows On Your Music Journey. As a singer and performer for twenty- five years, Brianna has studied internationally and performed all genres, from jazz to rock to pop, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University, and spent years honing her musical theatre chops. After graduating college, Brianna departed from the theatre to pursue music as a solo artist and also worked as a commercial voiceover actor. Brianna has fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in its early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Her experience as a singer and performer, in addition to the work she has done with her clients, inspired her to write her book, Performing Artist Pathway.

Brianna Ruelas

Robert S. Besser, Esq

Robert S. Besser, Esq. has spent forty years in Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts; extensive transactional work in Intellectual Property, Music Publishing, Entertainment and Oil and Gas law. The primary focus within the last 18 years has been Entertainment, Copyright, Trademark and Business Litigation, including general Civil Litigation, Copyright Infringement and audit claims.
Representative Clients have included: Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Robin Williams, George Clinton, Chubby Checker, Art Linkletter, Music & Media International, Inc., Hal Leonard Music, Gusto Records Inc., Verse Music, LLC, Concord Records Group, Union Oil Company of California and Mobil Oil Corporation.

Robert S. Besser, Esq

Spenser Liszt

For over 12 years, Spenser Liszt has served as a freelance saxophonist, performer, composer, woodwind specialist, marketing coordinator, contractor, curator and educator based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. His work ethic and passion for collaboration has led him to perform and record with many groundbreaking artists, including Aretha Franklin, Father John Misty, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, The Temptations, Deon Estus (George Michael,) BNQT (Midlake/Franz Ferdinand,) Prophets and Outlaws, Larry Joe Taylor, Miles Okazaki, John Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Erin Dickins, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Frank Wess, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Shelley Carrol, Roger Boykin, Lars Jansson, Stefan Karlsson, Steve Wiest, Frank Mantooth and renowned nu metal band Korn. He toured as the baritone saxophonist with UNT’s Grammy-nominated world-renowned One O’clock Lab Band and was featured on their releases ​Lab 2013​ and ​Lab 2012​. Liszt is credited on more than 30 albums to date. Liszt studied classical saxophone with Don Fabian at Southern Methodist University and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music in jazz studies from the University of North Texas under the apprenticeship of Brad Leali. He has taught privately and/or provided clinics and masterclasses at The University of North Texas, Eastfield Community College, Booker T Washington High School for the Performing Arts, Wichita State University, Southlake Carroll High School, Sherman High School and more. Certified in various marketing techniques, Liszt serves as the marketing and social media coordinator for Lone Star Wind Orchestra and as project director and website developer for AMP Trio. As the founder of Thriving Musician, his mission is to drastically improve the lives of musicians by teaching financial awareness, mindset, and music business through clinics, courses and coaching.

Spenser Liszt

Jon Thomas

The practice of J. ARTHUR THOMAS, CPA consists of representing clients who are in the entertainment industry such as actors, actresses, musicians, composers, directors, producers (music and film), managers, executives of entertainment companies, film and television production companies as well as professionals, small businesses and non-profit organizations. We have been servicing the needs of the entertainment community on many levels ranging from hourly consultation to full service business management for over 40 years. We strive to provide our clients with personalized service that only a small firm can offer complete with the expertise, experience and resources of a larger firm.

Jon Thomas

Eric Zukoski

Eric Zukoski is a shareholder with the law firm of Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser. Eric represents and advises businesses of all sizes involved in all facets of the music industry, including music publishers, concert promoters, venues, record labels, and managers. Eric represents and advises clients with respect to contract negotiations, copyright licensing, music publishing, royalty collection, and trademark issues. Eric also administers several music publishing catalogues containing frequently-licensed material with numerous placements in TV, film, and other media.

Eric currently represents the plaintiffs in a class action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York involving the little-known but increasingly important “digital session royalty” owed to session musicians and vocalists for spins in the digital realm of cable TV, satellite, and the web.

As a session and performing double bassist, Eric has backed or recorded with numerous artists ranging from Maren Morris (two albums, Walk On and All That It Takes), Three Dog Night, the Drifters, Anson Funderburgh, and others, and also produced what is now the best-selling compilation of Texas music in history (Don’t Mess With Texas Music Volumes 1-3).

Council Member, Dallas Bar Association Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Council.

Former President and Director of The Texas Music Project (501c3).

Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law. Edward F. Hennessy Scholar. Editor, Boston University International Law Journal.

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting, University of Washington.

Eric Zukoski

Cruze

As one of the nation’s most respected music programming authorities, Cruze has decades of success programming top-rated radio stations in major markets across America. Cruze has become known as one of the foremost music programming experts in the industry. His interpretive skill with music research is second only to his programming instincts as a tastemaker. Agnostic to format, Cruze has standing as a music programming luminary and award-winning radio host personality.

Cruze

Julius Robinson

Julius Robinson, Chief Operation Officer for MusicSupervisor.com, has a background as a Music Exec, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Publicist and Music Journalist. He oversees all creative operations, including track uploads, approvals, pitches and licenses for nearly 200,000 pieces of high-quality music and sound effects. He oversees the placement of cues in hundreds of major and indie films, TV shows, internet and advertising. He interfaces with the sister site WegetMusic.com that services personal videos, student shorts films, and in-house corporate use. Julius has placed his own songs in many films including Friday Night Lights, The Game and Van Wilder, and recently on TV shows such as Vegas (CBS), 10 Things I Hate About You (ABC Family). He wrote the screenplay for the film Tortilla Heaven (2007), starring George Lopez. Julius began his entertainment career West Coast Editor Pop for Cashbox Magazine.

Julius Robinson

Pat Fant

As architect and captain of some of the most influential major-market radio stations of our time, Pat Fant has become recognized as an influential figure in the business of high-profile radio. For over three decades, Fant has designed and built the enduring powerhouse brands that have dominated the major media markets of Dallas and Houston. Fant is a 2011 Inductee into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and his station, KLOL was Billboard’s Rock Station of the Year. American Women in Radio & Television named Pat Fant Radio GM of the Year. Fant is a Beaty Award winner for broadcasting and holds both the New York Festival Award and Pro Max award for broadcast marketing. Education: University of Houston and Rice University’s Management Program.

Pat Fant

Dominique Preyer

Dominique Preyer, owner of Hear It – Clear It Music Supervision, and a member of the Guild of Music Supervisors, is an experienced music supervisor with a background in music publishing and songwriting. He has music supervised over 50 films and served as executive producer and producer on two short films. Dominique has an in-depth knowledge of music clearance & licensing, copyright law, licensing agreements and many other administrative responsibilities. Soon after moving to Nashville, TN in 1993, Dominique began working at Mercury Records. Learning how a record label works from the inside would later come into play in his career. After a short stay at Mercury, he began working at Acuff-Rose Publishing (now owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing) where he worked as a copyright assistant. This is where his knowledge of licensing music for films and television grew. This experience has become an essential asset to his role as a music supervisor

Dominique Preyer

Cindi Avnet

As a music supervisor and film/TV placement professional, Cindi Avnet’s passion is discovering new musical talent.

Cindi has also been the producer for BalconyTV.com LA since 2011 – a leading daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians, and a variety of artists on balconies in 63 countries around the world. Her notable recent acts include Vance Joy, Atlas Genius, The Wombats, and Temper Trap. In the last five years, Cindi has booked and produced over 500 episodes for BalconyTV LA and coordinates on a daily basis with managers, publicists, and record label representatives.

As Director of Music Placement for MusicSupervisor.com, Cindi seeks out new talent for pitching to film/tv placement. Cindi liaisons with the top music executives at all the major studios including Disney/Touchstone/ABC, Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and others. She also works closely with some of the best-known independent and staff music supervisors working on major films/TV to determine specific song needs and to promote music from the MusicSupervisor.com catalog.

Cindi has placed many songs in TV shows and films including Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Hart of Dixie and films such as Scary Movie 5, Blades of Glory, The Blind Side and many more. Cindi was the Music Supervisor for films such as Bitter/Sweet starring Kip Pardue and James Brolin, and Below the Beltway starring Tate Donovan.

Cindi Avnet

Amy Wolter

As a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter offers her years of personal experience onstage, along with a multi-layered musical background, to help artists engage their audiences by creating compelling, memorable live shows.
She was the female lead singer in the Midwest-based rock band Fighter, and has sung in front of thousands over the years. The band was signed to Word label Wonderland, and her songwriting skills earning the band some top 10 CCM hits. This was followed by the release of her solo project ‘Hit Me in the Heart’.
In addition to being an artist, Amy has earned the titles of Producer, Arranger, Keyboardist, Competition Judge, Session singer and Jingle Composer. All of this experience culminates in her position as a Live Music Producer and enables her to help artists in a big way.
Amy works with artists at all levels, empowering them to have confidence and authority onstage. “I’ve learned by a lot from being onstage myself, and know the importance of connecting with an audience. If a crowd doesn’t enjoy watching you, or have an ‘experience’ at your show, then what’s the point of them seeing you live?” says Amy. “The ideas and tools in Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method are absolutely career-changing when an artist understands the power of a great live performance!”
She has helped hundreds of artists of all genres, prep for major headline and opening act tour slots, and showcases for labels. Some of her clients include Grammy award winners The Band Perry & Lacrae, CMA and ACM –winning country acts, Gloriana & Thompson Square, alt-pop up & comers Nikki’s Wives, contestants for The Voice & American Idol, Dove award winners Francesca Battistelli & Sidewalk Prophets, as well as top Canadian artists/CCMA winners High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Chad Brownlee.

Amy Wolter

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