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Managing from the Trenches

In today's music world the role of the manager has changed dramatically. The partnership with the artist has grown to include running a record label, being on top of internet strategies and now fundraising and raising capital while keeping the creative juices flowing. This panel will discuss what has worked and not worked from managers in the trenches building a new model for their artists.



MODERATOR Ralph Jaccodine Pres Ralph Jaccodine Management

RALPH JACCODINE started managing songwriter Ellis Paul in 1994, then expanded his roster artists including: Martin Sexton, The Push Stars, Flynn, Antje Duvekot, The Adam Ezra Group, Johnny A,  WPA (Glen Phillips, Sean Watkins),  Vinx, Averi, and Bang Camaro.   Ralph is founder of Black Wolf Records as well as the Boston Management Group, a collection of 50 New England based music managers. He is on the board of directors of Club Passim and a frequent speaker at industry events such as SXSW and CMJ as well as The Berklee College of Music, Northeastern University, Harvard University, Passim School of Music and the Boston Conservatory of Music.

Michael Creamer Creamer Management

MICHAEL CREAMER is a Grammy Nominated Artist Manager based in Boston, MA. Michael has been managing bands for over 20 years and currently represents Kim Taylor, Todd Thibaud, Oteil Bubridge , Letters to Cleo, Superdrag, Kay Hanley to name a few. He has worked with both indie artists and major label artists. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for Best Historical Box Set for The Woody Guthrie “My Dusty Road” which he helped produce. Michael has successfully had his artists songs placed in Film and TV. Michael also produces many successful charity events including Theo & Paul Epstein’s “Hot Stove, Cool Music”.

Darren Hill Pres Ten Pin Management

DARREN HILL spent the first 16 years of his career as a musician playing in bands that recorded for Columbia, Atlantic, Reprise, and Mercury. In 1996, he transitioned to artist management founding New England based Ten Pin Management and has represented Combustible Edison, New York Dolls, Hot Rod Circuit, and Dropkick Murphys, among others. Darren currently represents Paul Westerberg, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Roky Erickson.

Nick Palmacci Manager/GM Fenway Recordings

Fenway Recordings’ Nick Palmacci, manager and number two currently based in the New York office, began with Mark Kates in late 2006 as he was finishing his studies at Northeastern University in Boston and while consulting for Columbia Records. While at Columbia Records, Nick worked under current A&R VP Maureen Kenny and current Co-Chairman Steve Barnett, where he exposed the label to developing artists including early signing Aberdeen City. Nick also spent his first few years in Boston working for Live Nation in production at both the Avalon and Axis venues. Currently, Fenway looks after a vast array of artists including MGMT, Doves, The Cribs, Mission Of Burma, Saves The Day, Francis and the Lights, IVY, The Static Jacks, Anthony Rossomando, among other talented developing artists.

Dalton Sim Mgr Nettwerk Music Group

DALTON SIM began his music career in 1995 managing Guster out of their apartment in Somerville, MA.  Over the last 16 years, Dalton has watched Guster develop into a nationally touring, major-label act that has released 6 full-length studio albums to critical acclaim.  In 2003 Dalton started a joint venture with Nettwerk Music Group, and has since worked alongside many bands and solo artists including Ben Kweller, Dispatch, State Radio, fun., Matt Wertz, Hem, and Alexi Murdoch.  Dalton has been working out of his office in Porter Square in Cambridge, MA since 1999.


Friday March 18



Austin Convention Center

Room 15

500 E Cesar Chavez St



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