Legends & Digital Natives in Music
60's legends such as Ringo Starr and Eric Burdon have embraced social media to engage with their audience like never before. Acts from the 90's such as Urge Overkill are self-releasing albums and re-launching their careers to new heights. Artists from this decade know no other way; they grew up with their fans by using social media. Find out how the digitization of music and subsequent creation of Music Industry 2.0 has affected artists from all eras, and what can be learned from both sides of the generational coin.
Whitesmith Entertainment is a full service management and consultancy company based in New York and Los Angeles, spanning the music, comedy and sports industries. Founded in 2008 by Emily White and Keri Smith Esguia, Whitesmith’s roster includes Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs), Sydney Wayser, The Hush Sound, GOLD MOTEL, The Big Sleep, Eric Burdon of The Animals, Urge Overkill, W. Kamau Bell, and two-time swimming Olympian and gold medalist, Anthony Ervin. In 2012 White launched Readymade Records & Publishing with Benson as a release platform for his music as well his production projects. Over the past year Readymade has been the home for music from Young Hines, Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons, The Lost Brothers, Eric Burdon & The Greenhornes and is currently prepping the 2013 release of The Howling Brothers. Additionally, White sits on the board of open-source music technology non-profit, CASH Music.
Born and raised in New York City and Vermont, Music and art have always been Elizabeth Freund's passions. Coming from a long line of visual artists, Freund studied art in college. Right out of college - after a detour as a tapestry weaver in New Mexico - she dove into the music business working as a publicist for several legacy and top-tier clients. 5 years later Freund went on to found her own company with Linda McCartney & Ringo Starr as her first signings. The list of renown artists she's continued to work with range from Ringo Starr and The Beatles to Eric Burdon, the Spice Girls and UB40. She is owner, president and publicist at Beautiful Day Media, a company she founded 7 years ago out of Brooklyn, New York, whose mission is to "lovingly propel the creations of musicians and artists into the public eye". Elizabeth loves what she does and who she does it for.
Michael Kirk Allen is the Director of Sales and Marketing at ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. in New York City, one of the world’s leading independent entertainment companies, whose extensive catalog includes The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks as well as the Cameo Parkway catalog including such artists as Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, Clint Eastwood, ? & The Mysterians and more. His responsibilities include sales, marketing, promotion, digital media, production and manufacturing. Michael is an alumni of the Music Business graduate program at New York University and the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.
Beth Winer has been in the music business (happily) for longer than she cares to mention. Well, ok.... Since 1984. She has extensive knowledge of the industry from a worldwide marketing and management perspective. She is the founder of Chicago-based Beth Winer Management. Her clients include Urge Overkill, and past clients have included Combustible Edison, Imperial Teen, and Ultrababyfat. She has worked at labels such as Atlantic, Wax Trax, and Chrysalis Records, and with artists on labels that include Sub Pop and Touch and Go Records.
Beth Winer was voted one of Crain's Chicago Business 40 under 40 when she was under 40, and was profiled by Jim DeRogatis. This is the 20th anniversary of the first time she was a panelist at sxsw and is pleased to be back!