Entertainment lawyer, manager, author and educator Aczon is celebrating two decades as a panelist at the WCS conference, Michael has represented a variety of clients in virtually every musical genre and level of success over the years as a lawyer while personally managing the careers of a select group of artists. Michael’s book “The Musician’s Legal Companion” published by Cengage Technology is quickly becoming a “must-have” for musicians throughout in the industry. He has also been a columnist for Guitar Player Magazine and Electronic Musician Magazine. Michael is a member of the Music and Recording Industry faculties at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College. Michael has served on the National Entertainment Law Initiative Committee for the Recording Academy and is a member of the San Francisco Chapter’s Urban Outreach Committee. Look for excerpts of Michael’s upcoming book “The Musician’s Money Companion” at www.aczon.org.
WCS Member who had the recent #1 Hit – “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” with Blake Shelton. My journey began in San Mateo, CA, when I was about 10 years old. I wrote my first song in history class and back then, I never knew that someone could make a career out of songwriting; I thought it was just a hobby. I never told anyone I wrote songs. I finally told my parents on their 25th wedding anniversary, when I was about 15 years old. I wrote a song for them and played it at their party. I told them that I had about 100 more songs that I had written. I entered contests and continuously won. I found out about the West Coast Songwriters Association (WCS), and I joined. WCS has given me tons of contacts and taught me so much about songwriting and the music business.
Songwriter, Teacher, Author. 1000 Songwriting Ideas, creative exercises for songwriters; teaches melody writing without an instrument. Aschmann is a prolific professional songwriter, a singer, and an educator. She has recorded six CDs of her own and has had hundreds of songs recorded by major artists in almost every genre, including bluegrass, jazz, country, folk, inspirational, pop, and R&B. Songs recorded by Diamond Rio, Collin Raye, Art Garfunkel, Aaron Neville and more.
Director of Music Licensing for Independent Distribution Collective (IDC), a music distribution and marketing company in San Francisco. Chris is responsible for A&R, managing the music catalogue, negotiating contracts, and marketing music for TV and Film. Most recently, tracks from IDC can be found in the movie, “Bring It On: Fight To The Finish” released September 1 by Universal Studios. Austria grew up in a musical family. His father was a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony and his mom was a flamenco guitarist. He credits his parents for teaching him about music from a very young age. Austria spent 13 years as a Tiger and Lion trainer, working at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo and Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas.
Producer, vocalist, songwriter, publisher, instrumentalist, arranger, and educator. He is the musical director for the Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast, and the TEC Awards. Larry has written and published over 250 songs for artist such as Keysha Cole, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Shanice, Lisa Fischer, the Yellowjackets, the Dramatics, Lenny Williams, and Young Jeezy. His songs have appeared in over 25 television shows and films. He’s worked with Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Steve Miller, Chaka Khan, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Koko Taylor, Tony Bennett, and Neil Young. He is a current Trustee of The Recording Academy and has received numerous accolades and city proclamations for his volunteer work as a youth mentor, community leader, and music rights advocate.
Writer Zone Music Nashville. After a decade of success with his LA based talent agency, Entertainment Associates, Bloch segued into publishing and foundedSouthern Cow Music in 1991, moved his headquarters to Nashville in ‘93, and hasn’t looked back since. His boutique publishing company garnered cuts with Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Rebecca Lynn Howard, and Lee Greenwood. In addition he secured cuts with Kenny Chesney, John Berry, and Lila McCann for select independent clients. In the late 90’s, he was tapped by Doug Johnson at Giant records to do independent A&R for the label where he secured cuts with Clay Walker, Keith Harling and Blake Shelton. In 2003, Bloch, along with two others, founded Writer Zone Music, LLC., a uniquely innovative publishing company. Equity in the company is shared by writers who have come on board with a high level of past measurable success. Partners include Rand Bishop (My List), Jon Robbin (I Breathe In I Breathe Out) and Thom Schuyler (16th Ave.). Writer Zone writer and artist Trent Summar (Love You) completed an album for Palo Duro Records and 2007 Colgate Country Showdown national runner-up. Steve is a frequent guest of the West Coast Songwriters Association. As Steve says, “You never know where the magic will come from”. He is currently working again with Doug Johnson, looking for songs for the artists Doug produces.
Entertainment law attorney and former recording artist, Brabec is Vice President of Business Affairs for the Chrysalis Music Group. He has negotiated over 1,000 movie, television, video and commercial agreements and hundreds of publishing agreements for chart writers and writer/recording artists.
Brabec is the co-author with his brother Todd of the book “MUSIC, MONEY, AND SUCCESS: The Insider’s Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry” (Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales) and has been awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism. Brabec is an adjunct professor at USC Thornton School of Music/Business Division and contributing editor to the Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine. He has written numerous articles on the music industry which have appeared in the NARAS Journal, New York Law Journal, Advertising Age, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment, Publishing And The Arts Handbook, Entertainment Law & Finance Magazine, the Entertainment Law Reporter and the International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Music Handbook.
Co-author of Music, Money and Success: The Insider’s Guide to Making Money In the Music Business (6th Edition/Schirmer Books/505 pages) and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches the course on music publishing, licensing of music and film, television and videogame song contracts. Formerly Executive Vice President for the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) where he was in charge of all of the Society’s membership operations throughout the world, Brabec is the current Budget Chair as well as former Division Chair for the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he lectures extensively on all aspects of the business, legal and money side of music at universities, conventions, conferences, seminars, law firms, management firms, songwriter associations, business and law schools, and ad agencies, both in the U.S. as well as in foreign countries.
Jason Brawner is an independent L.A. based producer who has helped over 300 artists write, record and market original music since 1998. In the last two years, many of his artists have signed with labels, publishers, and managers including Sony, Warner Music Group, American Idol Underground, CBS Television, Still Working Music, BME, Magna Carta Records, Illumina Records, The Bravo Network, and Music Central Management among others. Jason’s productions have been featured on film and TV with NBC, CBS, BBC Television, Bravo Network and Dogstar Media. As a management assistant in the 90’s, Jason toured with the likes of Tom Petty, Steely Dan, and The Eagles. A former graduate student of Oxford University, Jason is serious about education. So he devotes at least one day a week teaching music at the renowned California Music Studios. Currently, Jason carries 8 to 10 artists on his roster at a time in rock, pop, and country. “When working with an artist, my job is to find their deepest truths and bring them to the surface in a way that is fulfilling to them and valuable to the industry. Serving the song and helping it grow to its highest level of emotional impact is our focus. I forget about what the next big thing‚ is going to be, and try to discover the best way to touch listeners.
San Francisco Bay Area based published songwriter and songwriting teacher at Foothill College in Los Altos, California. Songs he’s written have been recorded and released by Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord, Cliff Eberhardt and Laurie MacAlister. Songs he’s co-written have been recorded and released by Chuck Prophet and Thad Cockrell. As a performing songwriter he’s performed at the Greenwich Village Folk Festival, the Udine Folk Festival in Udine, Italy and has toured numerous times in Europe. He also played bass, guitar and sang in the Shawn Colvin Band and often performed with Shawn as a duet. He recently released his own album of all original songs called ‘Alright Alright’. He’s negotiated and signed numerous song publishing agreements. Among others these publishers include Bug Music and the Welk Music Group in Los Angeles, and Largo Music in New York. In addition to his having his own publishing company, Jimmy Bruno Music, as a songwriter he currently has a music publishing agreement with Universal Music Group. He is an affiliated Publisher and Songwriter with BMI and the Harry Fox Agency. Jim will be teaching a three day Songwriting Workshop at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley in October.
Elliot Cahn is a personal manager and attorney based in Emeryville, California. He has worked with the likes of Green Day, Papa Roach, The Offspring and Primus, and currently manages Goapele and Justin King. Elliot was the CEO of a joint venture label with MCA Records and has music supervised two major studio films: Kevin Smiths’ Mall Rats & Angus. Elliot started his career in the music business as guitarist, singer and musical director of Sha Na Na, and played at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.
Songwriter, producer, musician, industry consultant, educator, owner of Creative Music Services, Auburn, California. www.cmsmusic.net, founder Commercial Music Program, American River College, Sacramento, Secretary , Co Member Chair San Francisco Recording Academy Chapter, Advisory Board Sacramento AES Section, Board member California Lawyers for the Arts Sacramento chapter, West Coast Songwriters, Co secretary NFE Entertainment/Records- Los Angeles, judge-West Coast Songwriter playoffs, Discmakers IWMS west coast finals, Colgate New Country Showdown competition. Credits with Jim Miller, The Lost World,Why Do Fools Fall in Love, King of the Hill, Spin City, Young and the Restless, Nash Bridges, Marc Cooper, Joey Curtain, Jinsoo Terry, Jun Makino Auburn Drumline, Wild Duck. Joy Luck Club, The Rightous Apples, Art Sanchez Jr., Mozambique Records. Endorsee with Shure Microphones, Drum Workshop, Sabian Cymbals, Factory Metal Percussion, Vic Firth Sticks, Remo, Furmansound, Auralex.
Currently recording World Percussion Catalog, Auburn Drumline album, Marc Cooper John Stowell album, CMS publishing catalog. NFE Records catalog and A and R. ASCAP, SAG, AFTRA, AES, Recording Academy member.
Ron Alan Cohen
Two-time Emmy Award winner. He impresses listeners with his work as a composer, songwriter and music producer to indie artists. His compositions, songs and productions have been licensed worldwide in countless television and film productions including The Sopranos, Friends, Drew Carey, Dog Whisperer, CNN, Oprah, Leeza, General Hospital, Passions, Birdcage, Dawson’s Creek, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Minus Man, and Dancing with the Stars. His film work has brought him to the Sundance Film festival (2001) for original songs in Go Tigers and to CineVegas (2007) for his original score for Throwing Stars. He has received two Emmy Awards and three Emmy nominations for his work on the daytime drama Guiding Light. Ron Alan Cohen, a graduate of California State University Northridge, furthered his studies at UCLA with Hans Zimmer and Mark Isham in film scoring. He currently works out of his San Francisco based studio, a state-of –the-art digital facility with capabilities to score to picture.
Hit Songwriter: “Every Time I Close My Eyes”, Temptations (Platinum); “Higher Ground”, Jennifer Rush (Gold); “Lucky Stars” and “Every Time I Close My Eyes”, Dana Dawson (Platinum); “Together Forever”, Pokemon 2.B. A Master (Platinum) among others. Currently writing with Paula Abdul.
Produced Sting, Joss Stone, Eric Clapton, Alison Kraus, Richie Sambora, Keith Richards, The late great Les Paul, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), Buddy Guy, Joe Satriani, Suicidal Tendencies, Patti Labelle to name a few, and was involved in the success of the following as a publisher, placement or producer: “Thriller”, Michael Jackson; “Love Can Move Mountains”, Celine Dion; “Odelay”, Beck; “Run Devil Run”, Paul McCartney; “Erotica” and “This Used To Be My Playground”, Madonna and many more!
Owner of Little Vixen Music Publishing and one of Nashville’s top Pro Songpluggers currently representing mega hit songwriters, Chris Wallin (Don’t Blink/ Kenny Chesney, Something To Be Proud Of/Speed Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins/I’m Trying), Paul Overstreet (When You Say Nothing At all/Alison Kraus/Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney/Everywhere I Go, She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy and others) and the successful Corlew Music Group in co-venture with Windswept/BUG (Settling/Sugarland, Some People Change/Montgomery Gentry, Strange/Reba, and many others) Dionne has been profiled in the publisher edition of Music Row magazine’s “Row File,” co-authored a book with Troy McConnell called “Songplugger: The Cuts and the Bruises,” which garnered coverage in Country Weekly Magazine in May. Interviewed top producers; Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney), Frank Rogers (Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker) and other key figures. She is the Vice President for the Woman’s Music Business Association (WMBA) and has been a frequent seminar speaker, and guest panelist.
Jon L Duman
San Francisco Bay Area-based attorney whose media and entertainment law practice emphasizes music business transactional and arts-related intellectual property matters. Jon Duman’s client list includes a diverse array of audio producers, managers, music publishers, promoters, choreographers, filmmakers, inventors, software developers and graphic designers. Mr. Duman has also counseled numerous prominent musical performers and composers, including members of such iconic groups as The Commodores, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, E40’s Click and the Bay Area’s Hieroglyphics Imperium. In over 15 years of practice within the music, media and entertainment industries, Jon Duman has negotiated favorable deals for his clients, with such major players as Warner Music Group, Sony Entertainment, Universal Music Group, The EMI Group, Fox Sports International, Apple, Inc./I-Tunes, Activision, Mattel Toy Corp., and Google Inc., among many other ubiquitous media brands. In addition to regularly participating in workshops, lectures and panel discussions covering a wide range of entertainment industry topics. Jon Duman also teaches “Legal Aspects of the Music Industry” at the Globe Recording Institute in San Francisco, and “The Business of Media” at Ex’pressions College for the Digital Arts, in Emeryville, California. Interested parties can learn more about Jon L. Duman at: www.dumanesq.com
Publisher, Songwriters, for HBO, Showtime, MCA, Concorde/New Horizons Films, and TV. Publisher for film, TV, ads and special projects; Board member board Songwriters Guild of America/LA Chapter; “Song Guru” able assess a work’s weakness, and provide input to strengthen the song; Music Coordinator for films and TV, consults in talent searches; acting coach; scores Film and TV segments; writes for TV commercials and political campaignsl latest projects include “Goodnight Kiss (Records) SONGWRITER SERIES: JACK SEGAL”; owner Goodnight Kiss Music (BMI) and Scene Stealer Music (ASCAP) Publishing Companies; Opened for Emmy Lou Harris; Bob Gibson, Brewer & Shipley; experience with the workings of tours and crews of Ozzy Osbourne, Donna Summer, Elton John, and Black Sabbath.
Steffen Franz (IDC)
Franz launched the Independent Distribution Collective in 2004 and since then has grown the company from 9 labels to over 250 labels with close to 300 releases in less than 5 years. He has also developed services like “InstantDistro” a turnkey marketing and promotion service, and “A La Carte Management” which helps advance the independent music community and educate developing artists. Steffen teaches Music Business 101, 110, 301 and 310 @ Pyramind in San Francisco (More information on IDC on page 17).
CEO/Executive Director. Gregory J. Gordon is the founder and CEO of Pyramind and the President of Epiphyte Records. He is an engineer, producer, educator and award winning sound designer driven to push the boundaries of digital technology. In his fifteen/plus years as a studio owner and producer he has worked with a wide variety of clients in video games, film and television including: Sony Computer Entertainment America, Electronic Arts, Cineville Films, Grey Advertising, and Maclaren Mccann to name a few. Greg has engineered and produced numerous recordings for notable artists including: Dhamaal, Native, Goddess Gaia, Rocker T w/Joan Baez and Merl Saunders w/Jerry Garcia. Greg is a eighteen-year voting member of The Recording Academy and is now in his fifth term as a governor for the SF chapter where he co-chairs the Producers & Engineers wing committee. Greg is the executive producer of “Test Press SF” whose 2007 release sprang from the successful Test Press events developed by the electronic and dance music committee of the SF Chapter of NARAS and sponsored by Ableton, INgrooves and Pyramind. In 1996 Greg helped develop the digital audio program at SFSU’s multimedia studies program, and went on to build relations with Apple Computers, Digidesign Inc., and other industry leaders to create his vision of a digital audio based production and training center.
Business development manager for The Music Umbrella. The Music Umbrella is a music licensing and management firm that has been around for over 27 years. The Music Umbrella specializes in music publishing, music supervision, licensing music internationally and marketing music domestically for television, movies, games and ring-tones.
They have a network of great worldwide record, music publishing, marketing associates and many others who they do daily business with all year . The music they rep ranges from hard rock to pop to alternative to country and certainly all shades of rhythm and blues.
PITCH: Songs and artists in the genres listed above. Pretty much all styles. Country, Latin, Soul, and Hip Hop Instrumentals..plus anything you think is a hit! Music Umbrella is definitely interested in working with artists that are viable for International success too.
The songs of Bonnie Hayes have always been extraordinary, from "Shelly's Boyfriend", the post-punk badgirl anthem that put her on the map to the authentic passion of "Have A Heart" and "Love Letter," which restored Bonnie Raitt to superstardom with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy-winning CD Nick of Time. Writing for artists as diverse as Bette Midler, Robert Cray, Adam Ant, David Crosby, Booker T and the MG's, and Cher, Hayes has continued to craft songs one critic described as "sparkling clockwork mechanisms with a tendency to do the unexpected."
On the new CD, Love In the Ruins, Bonnie infuses her barbed lyrics with her own unmistakable vocal style and adds a new fervor for crunchy guitars and incendiary drumming. The sum is ironic, literary, melodic, tragic, wild, honest, joyful music that also flat out ROCKS. Known for years as a keyboardist (she actually toured as a keyboard player/backing vocalist with such arena acts as Belinda Carlisle and Billy Idol), she turned to writing on guitar to stimulate the creative process. Bonnie's personal reinvention is typical of her uncompromising attitude: "I reject the idea that music has to be either smart or kickass---why not both?"
Famed for her kick-out-the-jams live show, Hayes has also enjoyed success as a recording artist and producer. In 1984, her pop/punk debut Good Clean Fun was released on seminal LA indie Slash Records to critical raves and national college airplay and in 1995, the Hayes-produced CD Steppin' Out by the Gospel Hummingbirds was nominated for a Grammy. Her new CD marks a return to center stage for this exceptional songwriter.
Attorney/Author/former President of WCS. Edward (Ned) R. Hearn: Intellectual property business law practice concentrating on the entertainment, Internet, and computer software businesses. Clients include record labels, music publishers, recording artists, writers, authors, producers, production companies, managers, software designers, multimedia product and website developers, and music and content digital delivery companies.
A partial listing of past and present clients include Windham Hill Records/BMG, Concord Jazz, Music For Little People, Monarch Records/Sugo Music and Design, Gourd Music, Maggie’s Music, Ubiquity Recordings, Starbucks/Hear Music, Kanematsu/Xringer, Hudson Entertainment, Wells Fargo Creative Services, Ray Lynch, Will Ackerman, Tim Weisberg, Joe Satriani, Green Day, Jawbreaker, RBL Posse, SF Weekly, GPI Publications, Klutz Press, and San Jose State University/Student Union Event Center.
Member, Board of Directors, California Lawyers for the Arts and the West Coast Songwriters (Former Board President).
Co-author of Musician’s Guide To Copyright and The Musician’s Business and Legal Guide.
Miles Hurwitz first met the band "The Matches" through his 8th grade son. After eight years, Hurwitz has brought these four 25-year-olds to the brink of international alt-rock success with the release of the Matches' third album, "A Band in Hope." He is not just their manager - he co-writes all the songs with Matches front man Shawn Harris, produces the band's CDs, directs the videos and basically participates in every creative decision the band makes, down to what to wear or whereto take a photograph for a newspaper article.
Nationally renowned songwriting coach whose students have been signed to major label deals. His book Writing Music for Hit Songs is recognized as the definitive text on modern music writing and has been endorsed by numerous hit writers including Diane Warren. He has taught songwriting at UCLA, as well as dozens of seminars and conferences throughout North America. He is also a successful songwriter/producer in his own right whose credits include more than 30 songs recorded by artists like Jose Feliciano and with such companies as MCA, RCA, Motown, and Disney. His songs have been used in TV shows on every major network (CSI, Medium, Brothers and Sisters, Monk, Cold Case etc.) as well as over a dozen major motion pictures with such stars as Harrison Ford, Jessica Lange and Billy Bob Thornton. Check out his website www.jaijomusic.com for more info.
Deputy Director of San Francisco’s Entertainment Commission, which is charged with ensuring the health and vitality of all indoor and outdoor entertainment venues in the City. www.sfgov.org/entertainment. Current projects include revising San Francisco’s outdated sound ordinance to stay current with technologies of the 21st century. Jocelyn is also the founder of Motogirl Productions, (www.motogirlproductions.com), an SF-based artist development company. Motogirl Productions works with large and small artists in various genres, to help them understand the “business” of music and how to reach individual goals effectively in one of the toughest industries around.
Founding member of Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra; vocal coach for many Bay Area and internationally known artists including Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Narada Michael Walden (producer for Whitney, Aretha and Mariah), Los Tigres Del Norte, Hilary Duff, Lynn Asher, Spencer Day, Jasmine Guy, members of Metallica, Lavay Smith, James Nash of the Waybacks, Pollyanna Bush and many others!
Author, Lecturer. Who you know, what you know, who knows you: meet Dan and learn how to develop and nurture the people skills necessary to achieve success in a billion dollar global industry. “Networking Strategies For The New Music Business”. America’s authority on popular music and songwriters, contributes to a dizzying variety of print and electronic mediums: books, interactive CD’s, magazines, web sites, videos and new media, interviews include Green Day, Usher, Alicia Keys, OutKast, Jason Mraz and Black Eyed; United Airlines passengers have heard Kimpel’s on The United Entertainment Network; written, produced and/or voiced segments for TED, Regal Cinemas, and the presidential and vice presidential planes, Air Force One and Two; writes forMusic Connection magazine, his biweekly column, “Song Biz,; over 200 interviews covered Avril Lavigne, Alanis Morissette, Randy Newman, Glen Ballard, John Mayer, Jill Scott and Rufus Wainwright. Publications include BMI World, ASCAP Playback, Grammy, SESAC Magazine and American Songwriter; author of Networking Strategies For The New Music Business, the follow up to his best-selling, Networking in the Music Business; conducted a weeklong master class on networking at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK; lectures at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S. and Canada; faculty member Musician’s Institute in Hollywood. His newest book, How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went From Start to Stardom, signing stories of today’s most successful recording artists, just released
Kurt Kunselman (IDC)
Kurt works with Steffen Franz (IDC) to develop the IDCLicensing (licensing), IDCDigital (digital distribution and digital asset management), Instant Distro (publicity, promotion and marketing), and they are working on IDCFilm (indie film distribution, digital and physical). Previously, Kurt worked as A & R rep for Interscope, founded Chameleon Music Foundation (More information on IDC on page 17).
Jr./Assoc. Vice President,Writer/Publisher Relations/New Technologies/SESAC, Inc., the nation’s fastest growing performing rights organization. Leach joined the company in February, 2001 and is based at SESAC’s Santa Monica office.
After majoring in Communications at L.A.’s Pepperdine University, the Montclair, New Jersey native held a variety of local radio and television positions before opening his own recording studio. Leach eventually caught the music publishing business bug, working for Famous Music and Michael Jackson’s ATV Music Group, where he served as Director of Creative Services.
In 1994, he opened Leach Entertainment Enterprises, providing music clearance services and music supervision for television shows like New York Undercover and The Magic Hour, Magic Johnson’s talk show. Prior to joining SESAC, Leach was working as a Music Supervisor at Fox TV.
President of Choicetracks Music Publishing – an independent music publisher, and founder of Recurrent Records, home toJess Penner, The DNC, and The Counterfeit Junkies. Songs fromChoicetracks/Recurrent artists have been featured in TV campaigns forrecent summer blockbusters “Up” and “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs,”and in ads for Days Inn, Payless Shoes, Edison and many more. TedLowe also executive produces Production Music compilations forPosition Music. This popular series is heard on TV around the worldeach and every day. Ted was a former music supervisor and A&Rexecutive for Sony Music and Warner Bros. Records.
What do The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, Eric Clapton, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Robert Cray, John Fogerty, Jerry Garcia, Billy Gibbons, Sammy Hagar, John Hiatt, George Harrison, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, Booker T. Jones, Patti Labelle, Huey Lewis, Nick Lowe, Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Roy Orbison, Steve Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Joey Ramone, Keith Richards, Todd Rundgren, Carlos Santana, Joe Satriani, Boz Scaggs, Ringo Starr, Barbra Streisand, Trip Shakespeare (Semisonic), Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Neil Young have in common? Scott Mathews. For more than 30 years, Scott Mathews has produced, arranged, written songs for, recorded with, and/or performed with all of these legends…just to name a few.
Steven Memel is an internationally acclaimed voice, speech and vocal performance coach and lecturer. He maintains a private practice in Los Angeles where he works with clients from all areas of the arts. Speaking voices he has trained include celebrated professionals from film, television, voice-overs and Broadway. Singing clients include artists who have recorded and performed for labels such as Sony, BMG, Jive, J Records, DreamWorks, Atlantic and Epic and E.A.R. Music.
Memel also consults with clients from the corporate world to maximize their physical presence, voice and communication skills. “I worked with him long before anyone had heard of Maroon 5. But I didn’t even know how good he was until recently. Since we’ve had a number one hit, we’ve been touring nonstop, and that schedule really takes a toll on your body. When you are out on tour, the demands of being on the road and singing every night can be extreme. And anyone that knows our music knows the extremes of range I have to deal with, so my voice must be in top condition to make it through. He gave me the tools I need to keep it together in a high-stakes environment.” Adam Levine, Maroon 5
A member of Boy Meets Girl, a band consisting of Merrill as a vocalist/keyboardist and singer Shannon Rubicam. They are known for their hit song “Waiting For A Star To Fall”. Merrill and his co-writer Shannon Rubicam, wrote a number of songs for other artists. Most famous are their two number one hits written for Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “How Will I Know”. They also wrote the songs “Don’t Tell Me We Have Nothing” and “Haunting Me” for Deniece Williams and the song “I Know You By Heart”, performed by Bette Midler on the Beaches soundtrack. The duo also performed backing vocals on Deniece Williams’ number one hit, “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”. George Merrill also sang backing vocals on Bette Midler’s Some People’s Lives album.
Joined Rosebud in 2002 and is the agent for US West / Pacific in addition to acting as or sharing the responsible agent duties for Pieta Brown, Bill Frisell, Booker T. Jones, Meshell Ndegeocello, David Lindley, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson’s 1000 Years of Popular Music and The Weepies. Prior to Rosebud Michael was a student promoter at the University of Missouri-Columbia and spent 4 years doing marketing / promotions at the Concord Pavilion in the San Francisco East Bay. Michael enjoys playing music with friends and is a musical legend in his own home.
Enrique Gonzales Muller
Has worked with artists like The Dave Matthews Band, Kronos Quartet, Joe Satriani, Joan Baez, Too $hort, Taj Mahal, The Doobie Bros., Zucchero, Les Claypool, Stuart Copeland, Oxbow and Train to name a few. And alongside professionals of the industry like Brendan O’Brien, Mike Fraser, Eric Cadeux, Mark Needham, Joe Chiccarelli, John Alagia, Karl Derfler, Jerry Harrison, Ant Banks, DJ Quik, et al. Gonzalez Muller continues to work and nurture diverse music projects: collaborating with Jason Newsted, ex-bass player for Metallica, recording and mixing diverse projects for his label Chophouse Records and current band Voivod, teaming up with the Kronos Quartet to perform on their World Music 2006 Grammy nominated album You’ve Stolen my Heart, taking a remix commission from legendary industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails as well as producing debut albums for both New York chanteuse Lily Cushman and Oakland Indie rockers HIJK.
With a continued interest in challenging music and performance, Gonzalez Muller is well poised to continue, with an eye to posterity, making musical art that’s built, and played, to last. www.siameseschool.com
Marcus D Najera
Marcus D is a key part of the programming team at the San Francisco Radio Station, ALICE 97.3 FM. In addition to supporting JAYN's daily efforts on the music programming and relationship front, he'll focus on helping develop the image and branding of ALICE; talent development of air staff members, streaming and HD side channels, and of course, day-to-day programming operations.
Brendan Okrent, Senior Director of Repertory at ASCAP in Los Angeles, has devoted her career to working with and helping songwriters. As an ASCAP membership representative for the past 12 years, she is dedicated towards advancing the creative development of songwriters on all levels.
BrendanOkrent is a well respected veteran of the Los Angeles music scene. Prior to working at ASCAP, she was West Coast Creative Director at Jobete Music (Motown’s publishing company). She has also been a successful independent publisher and music publicist. At ASCAP, Okrent is particularly involved with helping songwriters and singer/songwriters develop, network and gain exposure.
In 1991, Okrent started ASCAP’s “Quiet On The Set” showcase In Los Angeles. The showcase draws upon a wide range of songwriting talent in an intimate setting and includes seasoned, well known talent as headliners as well as new and developing songwriters, singer/songwriters and bands. From its inception, “Quiet On The Set” has been a successful showcase program, and now ASCAP produces “Quiet On The Set” programs in New York and Miami, plus at SXSW in Austin and at the Folk Alliance Conference.
Songwriter, Publisher, Artist Development. working on a rock project with artist/writers Collin Brace and Troy Akers; working with WCS member Jennifer Adan, (Congratulations to Jennifer on her move to Nashville and penning the new Blake Shelton single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone). Always looking for great writers, artists and songs; working with other WCS members including Jenn Grinels whom Antoinette discovered at a WCS Songscreening in San Carlos. “She blew me away in all aspects”, recalls Antoinette, “Her dad was there with a couple of her songs. I listened to her project and had to meet her! I was pleasantly surprised. Not only did she have an incredible unique voice and great songs but is a fantastic player/performer as well. Jenn has been to Nashville. We are co-writing, she is playing shows and we are beginning to take meetings.” Antoinette Olesen, long time member of WCS and former “Song of the Year” winner has been Nashville host to numerous WCS members. Bring your best artist package or songs in the country (current radio country in the traditional, pop or rock vein) or commercial melodic radio rock
Pessis has written 16 hit songs on over 20 million records sold. His songs have been recorded by – Tim McGraw, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Raitt, Mr. Big, Southern Pacific, Huey Lewis and the News, Bob Weir and RatDog, Journey, Ben E King, Laura Branigan, Tower of Power, Europe, The Stylistics, Pieces of a Dream, Glenn Medeiros, Ann Wilson of Heart, Gregg Rolie, The Storm and many others.
His songs have been in major movies like Clint Eastwood’s Pink Cadillac and The Wild Life and TV shows like The Heat of the Night and Melrose Place and Miami Vice and on Video games like Sega’s Daytona USA. Recently he had 5 songs on the number one Japanese CD by the Tak Matsumoto Group. Andre had a song on the HBO movie Grey Gardens Nominated for 17 Emmies. He also has a song in the next Jim Carrey movie as well as the theme song for the CBS Prime time reality show “There Goes The Neighborhood” sung and co-written by Eric Martin.
He has taught songwriting at the university level as well as for West Coast Songwriters and The SF Recording Academy (Grammies).
An in-house producer and Vice President of Jazz and Catalog A&R at Concord Music Group— where he has worked for some 20+ years—Nick Phillips has produced hundreds of internationally-distributed releases. Several of his projects have received GRAMMY® nominations, including Nnenna Freelon Blueprint of a Lady: Sketches of Billie Holiday (2005, Producer), Karrin Allyson Footprints (2006, Producer/trumpet), and John Patitucci Line by Line (2007, Executive Producer). Included amongst the many artists with whom Phillips has also worked are such jazz notables as Kenny Barron, Bob Berg, Gary Burton, Randy Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Chick Corea, Joey DeFrancesco, Nnenna Freelon, Jon Hendricks, Marian McPartland, Carmen McRae, Tito Puente, Chris Potter, Poncho Sanchez, and others. Phillips-produced reissue and compilation projects have spotlighted such jazz legends as Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and Sarah Vaughan, to name a few.
Multi-faceted musical career spans four decades. After playing the club circuit in Los Angeles in the mid-’70s, he secured a record deal that led to the release of three solo albums, two hit singles, “We Were Meant to be Lovers” and “Fool in Love With You”, a national tour with the Beach Boys, countless television appearances, and an Asian tour. In the mid-80’s, a brief break from his recording career led to playing and singing on tour with Andy Gibb, Vince Gill, Nicolette Larson, and Dan Fogelberg. It was during this time he moved to Nashville where his career took another turn: He decided to concentrate on songwriting. His songs were recorded by a variety of artists including: James Ingram, Dusty Springfield, Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Michael McDonald, Gary Morris, Leroy Parnell, Patty Loveless, Highway 101, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, Neil McCoy, John Anderson, Kathy Mattea and The Everly Brothers. Five of those recordings ended up in the Top Ten of Billboard Magazine’s Country Music Charts, and two went to Number One: “Fishin in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and “Hometown Honeymoon” by Alabama. After recording two more solo albums in the early 90’s, his career took a bizarre turn. He and Russell Smith of The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bernie Leadon of the Eagles, and Vince Melamed formed Run C&W, taking classic soul songs of the 60’s and 70’s, re-arranging them, and performing them bluegrass style. Their antics led them MCA Nashville where they recorded two albums and gained a worldwide cult following.Jim continues to write songs and perform. Since 2000 he has released two critically-acclaimed, independent CDs, “Fly Straight Home” and “Sparks In The Radio”, and released, IS IT ME?, in June of 2009.
Founding member of The Moody Blues (1964). After their chart hit “Go Now” in 1965, Pinder obtained a Mellotron from his previous employers Streetly Electronics and used it on numerous Moody Blues recordings, beginning with the single “Love and Beauty”. He introduced the Mellotron to The Beatles, and is widely known for his innovation and mastery of the mellotron sounds. His philosophy, melodies, counter melodies, arrangements and conceptual ideas laid the groundwork for the Moody Blues unique style and musical direction.
Pinder retired from the group in 1979 and has continued to work in the studio on his own and others’ projects, and in developing new artists and nurturing the creative process. Most recently, he has started a songwriters’ contest website called SONGWARS.
Currently managing partner of Bluhammock Music Publishing and Founding Partner of S Squared Mobile Media, LLC. Rawlings previously served as Corporate Vice President of Disney Music Publishing.
Bluhammock music is an independent label based in NYC for whom Brian handles commercials, film, television and operations for the label as well as day to day oversight of the new publishing company. S Squared Mobile Media is a new media start up seeking stage two funding and focusing on unique teen and tween entertainment for cell phones.
Brian’s role with Disney included the overall development of talent, developing writer/artists and acquiring publishing rights not directly created by The Walt Disney Company’s many entities. Under Rawlings’ direction, Disney built a contemporary music publishing catalog and created the four of the five biggest selling CDs in 2006-2007. This effort clicked huge with 2003’s multi platinum THE CHEETAH GIRLS and continued through 2008 with CHEETAH GIRLS 2, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL, HANNAH MONTANA, JUMP IN and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2. At last count Rawlings work as a music publisher has garnered 22 number one singles and seen sales of over 100 million records. Brian has also achieved success working with artists as diverse as Jesse McCartney, Uncle Kracker, Donnie McClurkin, John Michael Montgomery, All 4 One, Faith Hill, Deep Purple, Amy Grant, Hilary Duff, Breaking Benjamin, Cher, Peter Cetera and Dolly Parton.
Brian is looking for great pop teen and tween songs for publishing and his new web/mobile company Foozl.tv.
Claytoven has worked on hundreds of projects throughout his 30-year career. Constantly in demand as one of the top session vocalists, his voice can be found on albums featuring GRAMMY winning artists such as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Kenny G, Patti Austin, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, as well as, on popular video games like Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (Versions 1 & 2). He is also currently teaching at San Francisco State University for the College of Extended Learning Program’s Music Recording Industry Department. From the fruits of those labors he has penned the book, The Professional Studio Vocalist.
An independent song plugger and a freelance entertainment journalist, writing mostly for AOL music. Her songwriting clients include Chas Sandford (Chicago, John Waite, Stevie Nicks), Jennifer Adan (Blake Shelton), Karen Taylor-Good (Collin Raye, Patti Loveless, Melissa Manchester), and several others. Gayle recently secured a cut on Chris Cagle’s #1 album, “My Life’s Been a Country Song.” As a journalist, Gayle has interviewed Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Jewel, Billy Currington, and several others. Her writing can be found at www.TheBoot.com. She is also a frequent seminar speaker, covering a variety of topics from networking to pitching, and everything in between.
Renee has been on the radio in San Francisco 14 years. She started at the alternative station LIVE 105 as Renee Rotten, and was fortunate to land a spot along side Dave Morey on the legendary KFOG radio about 10 years ago. She has been very involved with the Bay Area music scene: She co-created and produces KFOG’s yearly Local Scene CD (benefits MuST), she has been instrumental in the formation of the San Francisco Songwriters Coalition, and she has recently begun a hobby of auctioneering at charity events. She can’t talk fast, but gets the job done.
Certified Results Business Coach, NLP and Hypnosis Master Practitioner, works with professionals in the Arts and Entertainment Industry to help shape their success in their chosen field. As a business coach, Debra specializes in the performing arts working with performers, venue owners, agents/managers, producers, engineers, and executives. In addition to working with private clients, Debra, owner of Artist’s EDGE, has delivered several innovative programs for entertainment industry trade conferences including Folk Alliance (Regionals and National Conferences), WAA, ArtsNW, and the TAXI Road Rally.
Merl Saunders Jr.
The namesake of legendary keyboardist Merl Saunders, Merl Jr. grew up at the heart of the vital Bay Area music scene with other well known “music families” like the Grateful Dead and Creedence Clearwater Revival. With the assistance of local musicians, Merl Jr. founded Music In Schools Today, which teaches and encourages at-risk youth to explore music as an outlet, utilizing the Bay Area’s talent pool as instructors.
Successful songwriter who has written seven number one songs, including Grammy-nominated “Grown Men Don’t Cry,” recorded by Tim McGraw, and “Don’t Laugh at Me,” winner of NSAI Song of the Year and Music Row Magazine Song of the Year in 1999 as recorded by Mark Wills. His other #1 hits are “No Doubt About It” and “For a Change,” both recorded by Neal McCoy, “No Man’s Land” and “If You’ve Got Love,” both recorded by John Michael Montgomery, and “Daddy’s Money,” recorded by Ricochet. Other chart toppers include “I Think About You,” recorded by Colin Raye, and “All I Need To Know,” recorded by Kenny Chesney. The video for Raye’s “I Think About You” single was named the Academy of Country Music’s Video of the Year in 1997, and the song and video were also given an award by the Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Recent recordings of his songs include “Pictures,” by John Michael Montgomery, “We Shook Hands,” by Tebey, and “I’ll Always Be There For You,” by Brian McComas.
Silversher & Silversher
Three-times nominated for the prime time Emmys, Grammy Award-winning songwriters Michael Silversher & Patty Silversher have built their career writing children’s music.
From Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, to Kermit and Miss Piggy, from Winnie the Pooh to Fozzie the bear, and Elmo to Ariel, they’ve been everywhere. They’ve had three TV theme songs, four Disney theme park parades, and a national advertising campaign for the Disney Channel.
Currently underscoring 75 episodes of “Dinosaur Train” , a Jim Henson TV series scheduled to air September 7th, 2009, they are also the main songwriters, producers, arrangers and music supervisors for PAJANIMALS, another Henson production that has been on the air since November, 2008. The PBS series “Sid The Science Kid” which premiered on PBSKids September, 2008 features their songs as well.
Michael continues to be very active in theatre having recently been commissioned by the Kennedy Center to write the music for Mo Willems, “Knuffle Bunny” which will premiere May, 2010.
Michael and Patty are the co-founders of the West Coast Songwriters
Veda sits on the board of Governors for the Recording Academy (the Grammys). Mira’s critically acclaimed debut album, “Infinite Love” has led to amazing opportunities, including a performance for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, NARAS holiday celebration and a private benefit for Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch. Creative collaborations with Karsh Kale, Paula Gallitano, Deepak Chopra, Larry Batiste and Kool and the Gang, Carvin Haggins, Gaurav Raina and Sounds of Blackness can be added to Mira’s credits. Featured on BBC, ZTV, XM Satellite Radio, major newspapers, magazines and online publications. Mira works tirelessly to elevate the status of South Asians in Music. She is currently working on her second album while running her Media company OneIshq Entertainment.
Narada Michael Walden
Yet, as impressive a production and songwriting resume as Narada Michael Walden has assembled over the past thirty years and counting, he has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning with his stint as part of the pioneering Mahavishnu Orchestra in the early Seventies, through eleven acclaimed solo albums and numerous appearances at the top of the Pop and R and B charts, Walden has given a whole new meaning to the term “multi-tasking.” Along the way he has branched into a wide range of sonic arenas, from groundbreaking soundtrack work on such smash films as The Bodyguard and Stuart Little to the Emmy-winning “One Moment In Time,”
The list goes on, but the artistry of Narada Michael Walden is about more than charts positions and record sales. There is a powerful spiritual component at the heart of everything this richly gifted artist undertakes, an attuned and intuitive approach with a deep appreciation for music’s transforming power.
It’s a commitment that reaches into the philanthropic arena as well, where Walden consistently lends his time and talent to causes ranging from the Cancer Society to funding music programs in the nation’s schools. For six straight years he has served as Music Director for the Rain Forest Concert at Carnegie Hall, the high profile conversancy benefit spearheaded by Sting and Trudie Styler that has featured such marquee names as Elton John, Billy Joel, Ravi Shankar, Nina Simone and, of course, Sting himself.
Walden’s prodigious energies have consistently kept him on the cutting edge of today’s, and tomorrow’s, music. Following up on the founding of his Marin County-based Tarpan Studios, he has recently announced the creation of his new custom label, Tarpan Records and recruited a number of promising young songwriters for his thriving publishing and production company. Aside from playing on key tracks for the new Stevie Wonder album, as well as producing the smash all-star tribute to late great genius of soul, Ray Charles and Friends, Walden recently completed production on the debut album from acclaimed new vocalist, Naomi Streimer, whose debut single, “Cars” features special guest Carlos Santana.
In the midst of this flurry of activity, Walden is simultaneously hard at work on an eagerly awaited new solo album, highlighting a stellar line-up of friends and fellow musicians including Chris Botti, Clarence Clemons, Sting and many others.
With awesome abilities matched by a truly humble spirit, Narada Michael Walden is not only one of the most sought-after talents of our era: he is also one of the most admired, emulated and authentic. You can hear it in his music.
Produced recordings for many Bay Area artists such as Beth Waters, Kronos Quartet, Four Year Bender, Jim Bruno, AJ Roach, Forest Sun and others. As engineer, he has worked with Jerry Harrison, Von Bondies, Alanis Morisette, Divine Comedy, Death Angel, Tom Petty, Tim Bluhm and more. Winger started the mobile recording company, Flying Kitchen, after working for two years as recording supervisor for San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. He has since recorded and mixed live performances by Keane, Beth Orton, Gomez, Los Lonely Boys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Emmy Lou Harris, Gillian Welch and many others.
IDC (Independent Distribution Collection) has revolutionized the independent music distribution business using the “Strength in Numbers” concept. IDC has created a whole new avenue for artists to bring their music to the public. Imagine independent labels harnessing the power of the major’s distribution “Machine”. Many independent labels uniting together to create a stronger force as one cohesive collective distribution banner. Each with it’s own sales force and a “Street Team”, artists and branding, websites and sales contacts. Each label continues to foster their products. Aligning the independent labels with a marketing plan focusing on expanding territories at steady rate, as well as claiming and exploiting new sales points, and using each label’s local business office as a subsidiary, the concept of an Independent Distribution Collective (IDC) is born. IDC aims to help the next generation of musicians and producers get their music to market. IDC will actively promote its services to the thousands of bands and solo artists who have spent years trying to secure that ever-elusive “Distribution Deal”.