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Industry Professionals Gather for Music Conference

Professionals from many areas of the music industry will participate in the 4th Annual MEISA Spring Conference on Friday night and Saturday, April 6-7, 2018. Hofstra’s chapter of MEISA – the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association – does the planning and guest booking for the event every year, which is open to all members of the Hofstra community.

Senior music major Makayla Sapienza, president of Hofstra’s chapter of MEISA, says, “The goal of the conference is to bring in professionals to speak about different aspects of the music industry and network with students. We want to introduce students to different areas of the business like A&R, music publishing, tour management, artist and product management. We are also going to have panels with entrepreneurs and a Friday night artist showcase.”

Sapienza and her classmates have been busy planning the conference since November. “We’re a new board, so it’s been an exciting learning process. I’m glad to have had this experience and see it coming together.”

The schedule and guest roster for the conference includes:

Friday, April 6: Opening Night

North Dining Room, Netherlands Hall

Dinner and beverages will be served. KORG USA will have a products booth.

6:30-7:30 p.m.: A&R Panel

  • Moderator: Terry Tompkins, coordinator of Hofstra’s Music Business Program
  • Panelists: Suzanna Slavin, A&R manager for Mom + Pop, an independent record label based in New York City; consultant Dre Mckenzie, who has worked with Beyonce, Destiny’s Child, Lil’ Wayne, Lauryn Hill, John Legend, Nas, 50 Cent and Jennifer Lopez; and Hofstra alumnus John Sadocha, senior director of administration at Round Hill Music, a full service music publishing company.

8-9 p.m. Artist Showcase

  • 8 p.m.: Josh Metzler
  • 8:30 p.m.: Marcaux
  • 9 p.m.: KarmaRé

Saturday, April 7

The Greenhouse, Student Center

10 a.m.: Breakfast 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Entrepreneurs Panel

  • Moderator: Sharon Goldsmith, director of operations for Hofstra’s Center of Entrepreneurship. She came to Hofstra with many years’ experience in the business management and entertainment industry where she was a business manager for recording artists, NBA players and other high net worth individuals, including 50 Cent.
  • Panelists: Emily White, Collective Entertainment, a talent management company; Tommy Joyner, founder of MilkBoy, a Philadelphia-based punk and hip-hop recording studio; Randy Nichols, CEO of Force Media Management, a New York management firm specializing in pop-punk and hardcore groups; and Andy Blacker, CEO of Rednote LLC, and co-founder of Gifnote™, an iPhone app that lets users send short music clips with lyrics and pictures via text message.

11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: Manager Face Off (Product and Personal Managers)

  • Moderator: Emily White.
  • Panelists: Former Linkin Park manager Rob McDermott, Mad Mac Entertainment; and Angel Martinez, Def Jam Records product manager.

12:50-1:50 p.m.: Lunch

2-3 p.m.: Publishing Contracts 101

  • Presenter: Hofstra alumna Bea Koramblyum, vice president, business affairs, Downtown Music Publishing, a leading music rights management company

3:10-4:10 p.m.: All About Live Events

  • Panelists: Eric Weiner, founder of The Wild Honey Pie, a music discovery community where visitors can submit songs and find their new favorite band; David Ungar, entertainment relation specialist at Korg USA, where he is involved in marketing, promotions and event planning; Taylor Debenedetto, the city leader for Sofar Sounds LI, a live music company that hosts intimate shows at secret locations featuring acts that aren’t announced until they take the stage, and Dave “Snake” Sabo, founding member of Skid Row and current artist manager at McGhee Entertainment.

Admission is free, and no advance registration is required to attend the MEISA conference. Email humeisa@gmail.com for more information.

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