In an ever changing music business, how does an artist get their 'big break' ? Do the major labels still have a place or even a future in the world of DIY/online driven careers? Join us as we sort out the truths, myths and urban legends of becoming a star.
DEZ DICKERSON’s 40 year career as an artist, musician, producer, songwriter, executive, author, and entrepreneur includes five years as the original guitarist with Prince and The Revolution and five years as VP/A&R with StarSong Communications (now part of EMI). During his time as a member of the Revolution, Dez toured the U.S. and Europe extensively, as well as appearing on numerous network television programs and in nine music videos broadcast on MTV, VH-1 and numerous other outlets. He also appeared in the Warner Bros. motion picture "Purple Rain".
Dez has worked with and written for Grammy Award- winning producers Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis, as well as producer Narada Michael Walden (producer of Whitney Houston,
Aretha Franklin, Sheena Easton, and others). He has also written for Warner Bros. recording artists The Time, and Vanity 6. His music has appeared in the soundtracks of two films, "Purple Rain" and "National Lampoon's Summer Vacation".
Dez has worked as producer/executive producer on over 80 albums. These albums have garnered a total of 19 Dove award
nominations (winning 5) and one Grammy nomination. He currently serves as President/CEO of Pavilion Entertainment. He has released an autobiography entitled “My Time With Prince”, in which he chronicles his involvement in the meteoric rise of the pop icon, and is currently writing the follow up, entitled “Parties Weren’t Meant To Last”.
KAMI KNAKE has spent the last 10 years in the entertainment business clocking most of her time at WBR, APA, and Viper Room. Currently Kami consults for artists and companies (The Orchard, Mobile Roadie, Topspin, Brite Revolution) focusing on A&R, digital sales, and marketing. She also runs BandsUnderTheRadar.com and manages Slow Motion Centerfold.
TAG Strategic is a digital entertainment consulting firm providing expert strategy, market intelligence, product ideation, business modeling and business development services to multinational companies and select emerging businesses. TAG accelerates business development for its clients and delivers market leadership and sustainable, defensible advantage in the dynamic and rapidly evolving global marketplace.
Integrating his widespread digital authority in music, mobile, IPTV and product & service development, Ted Cohen is the Managing Partner of TAG Strategic.
In an industry that's been slow to embrace change, TED COHEN is the exception to the stereotypical music-exec rule. Of course, when you start a career on the road with Alice Cooper and Van Halen, you're more primed for the unexpected.
Known throughout the technology and music industries as being "part ambassador and part evangelist," Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which the Rhapsody subscription service and the iTunes Music Store were built.
In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Digital Development & Distribution for EMI Music (home of artists including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones), Cohen led next-generation digital business development worldwide for this "big four" record company, which includes labels such as Capitol, Virgin, Angel/Blue Note, Parlophone and Chrysalis. During that time, EMI led the industry by embracing and exploiting new technologies and business models such as digital downloads and online music subscriptions, custom compilations, wireless services, high-definition audio and Internet radio.
In addition to seeking out, evaluating and executing business opportunities for the company on a global basis, Cohen served as both a strategist and key decision-maker for EMI's global new media and anti-piracy efforts. He worked to establish company-wide digital policies, which have provided EMI's artists and labels a substantial advantage in the digital music arena.
Prior to his role at EMI, Cohen served as Executive Vice President of Digital Music Network Inc., where he co-founded and served as Chairman of the groundbreaking Webnoize conferences.
Cohen also led two highly successful new media consulting operations, DMN Consulting and Consulting Adults, attracting clients such as Amazon.com, Microsoft, Universal Studios, DreamWorks Records, Liquid Audio, Wherehouse Records/Checkout.com and various other entertainment, technology and new media organizations. Cohen also held senior management positions at both Warner Bros. Records and Philips Media.
A 30-year industry veteran, Cohen currently chairs MidemNet, an international music/technology conference convened in Cannes each year. Cohen also serves on the NARAS (Grammy) Los Angeles chapter Board of Governors as well as the national Trustee Board, the Board of Directors for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, co-chairs the new media arm of the T.J. Martell Foundation, and lends his time and talents to music & technology education efforts such as the Grammy In The Schools Program. Cohen served two terms as the Chairman of the Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas.
Recently named to Digital Media Wire’s list of 25 Execs to Watch in Digital Entertainment for 2011, EVAN LOWENSTEIN launched StageIt with the goal of creating a Web-based platform that would empower artists to deliver and monetize interactive live experiences. While overseeing all aspects of this groundbreaking company as CEO, Lowenstein relies on his nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry as a recording artist, award-winning writer and executive.
Most recently, Lowenstein founded and served as President of HookUp Feed, a premier social networking and mobile marketing company whose clients include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, American Airlines, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. Lowenstein still remains involved with the company as a senior advisor.
Previously, he hosted USA Network’s Character Road Trip, a weekly series providing viewers with a peek into the greatest "characters" the country has to offer. Lowenstein was also a recording and touring artist with pop/rock band Evan and Jaron who scored three Top 40 hits, including the Top 10 song Crazy For This Girl.
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