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Mentor Session 2

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Mentor Sessions provide an opportunity to receive more personalized input than a larger panel can offer. Sessions are scheduled in ten-minute increments. Online sign-ups for Mentor Sessions will close the day before they occur. You can still sign up in person if slots are available.

Dan Coleman:
Matt Hickey:
Steve Nice:
Neeta Ragoowansi:
Jenni Sperandeo:
Ken Weinstein:
Kevin Wommack:


Dan Coleman Managing Partner Modern Works Music Publishing

As the Managing Partner for Modern Works Music Publishing (formerly known as "A" Side Music), I look after a diverse roster of songwriters, producers, and composers, including Blake Mills, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), Andy Summers (The Police), Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson), Eric Bazilian (The Hooters, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin), Tom Craskey (John Legend, Deborah Cox, Estelle, Britney Spears), and jazz luminaries such as Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, David Sanchez, Billy Childs, Maria Schneider, Sammy Nestico, Joey DeFrancesco, and Eddie Daniels.

Jenni Sperandeo Pres Dangerbird Records

Dangerbird Records & Publishing President, 20+ years radio promotion, artist development & management.

Ken Weinstein Pres Big Hassle Media

Ken Weinstein is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Hassle Media and House of Hassle Publishing.

Weinstein worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he became National Director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans UK and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album. In 1992, Weinstein led Caroline Records' press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America's first electronica labels. In 1993, Weinstein was appointed Director of Media Relations for Atlantic Records. While at Atlantic, he worked with a diverse roster of artists, including Duncan Sheik, Page & Plant, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Melvins, Bad Religion and Victoria Williams, among many others. Ken also has years of experience as Director of Marketing at Mercury Records, where he worked with Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Wolf.

In 1999, Weinstein co-founded Big Hassle Media. In a deliberate effort to keep the roster as eclectic as his record collection, Big Hassle’s clients have always covered many genres. Among the many bands Big Hassle has worked with over the years include, among many others: Kings of Leon, Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett, Ray Davies, Ornette Coleman, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Dawes, Heartless Bastards, Deer Tick, Gillian Welch, Against Me!, King Sunny Ade, Nada Surf, Deer Tick, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Burning Spear, Patty Griffin, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, George Carlin, The Strokes, Patti Smith, Hanson, Manchester Orchestra, Rufus Wainwright, John Waters, Fela, Joe Jackson, Jose Gonzalez, Ben Kweller, Robyn Hitchcock, North Mississippi Allstars, Nicole Atkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Robert Randolph, Crowded House, The Libertines, Regina Spektor, Black Angels, Townes Van Zandt, Kaki King, The Bad Plus and Fountains of Wayne.

In 2007, Weinstein created House of Hassle Publishing with partner Lyle Hysen. The HoH roster includes, among many others: Grizzly Bear, Superchunk, Wye Oak, Black Lips, Vivian Girls, John Vanderslice, Tortoise, Telekinesis, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers and Cursive.

Kevin Wommack Owner Playing In Traffic Records/Loophole Management

Matt Hickey High Road Touring

Neeta Ragoowansi VP Business Dev & Legal Affairs Law Offices of Neeta Ragoowansi/Women in Music

Neeta has been an attorney for over twenty years. She is currently in a solo practice with a focus on Entertainment Law and also President of Women in Music, a national non profit organization established in 1985, that works to support, empower, educate and provide opportunities for women in the musical arts and industry. Prior to that, she was Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs for TuneSat, a music technology and audio monitoring service that employs audio fingerprinting technology to detect music and advertising use on hundreds of television broadcast channels in fourteen countries and millions of websites around the world, to help copyright owners and creators maximize their revenue. Prior to TuneSat, Neeta was Director of Artist-Label Relations at SoundExchange, the not for profit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office to collect digital performance royalties on behalf of recording artists and record labels for over eight years.   Neeta has spoken on hundreds of conference panels educating creators and copyright owners as to their rights and the new streams of revenue in the digital environment.  Neeta has also served on the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Recording Academy/NARAS) in New York City and Washington, DC for many years.  
Prior to her position at SoundExchange, Neeta served as Assistant General Counsel for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC for over eight years, as well as the national and international 48 Hour Film Festivals.  In private practice, she has represented the interests of numerous musicians, songwriters, digital innovators, recording artists, filmmakers, film festival organizers, record producers, club owners, production companies and music managers.  She also served as General Counsel of the Songwriters Association of Washington (SAW) for over four years, and has been involved in numerous film and documentary productions (producer, music supervisor, camera operator, marketing/promotions, etc.). Neeta is also an award winning songwriter and musician, and performs in the band, The Oxymorons.

Steve Nice Pres Nice Management/Nice Music Group