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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.

Jesse Barnett:
Rachel Barnhard:
Jordan Burger:
Brandon Haas:
Alex Maiolo:
Clay Pasternack:
Ami Spishock:
Katy Wolaver:


Head of Publishing Glassnote Music

Alex Maiolo HINT Coord/Sr Contributor Future Of Music Coalition/Tape Op Magazine

Alex Maiolo has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for eleven years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In 2005, with the aid of a Cummings Grant, the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) was developed. Musicians in need of health insurance advice can access HINT for free consultations. There's nothing for sale, just free, unbiased advice on how to sift through the complex world of health insurance. In addition, Alex plays guitar in the pop rock staple, Fan Modine, owns Seriously Adequate recording studio, is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine, and writes for Premier Guitar. He has been an active musician since he was nine years old, and an active fan since he was learning to crawl. In addition participating in many festivals (SXSW '06-'012 TapeOpCon '04-'08; Potluck Con '08, '09, 12; Pop Montreal '06; FMC Policy Summits '03-'011; PopAsheville '07-'09; Six Points Music Festival '07; San Francisco Tech Summit '11; Berlin Music Week '12) to discuss anything from music's changing landscape, to the troubling state of health insurance in the U.S., he has given his time to educate young musicians as to how they can stay active in music-related projects for their entire lives. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner, and musician is part of a typical day's tasks.

Ami Spishock Co Founder Fort William Artist Management

Ami is the co founder of Fort William Artist Management and resides in Brooklyn, NY. She is the worldwide manager of Grizzly Bear, Beirut, The War on Drugs, Menomena, Sondre Lerche, Jesse Marchant and Van Dyke Parks.

Clay Pasternack Owner/Natl Accts Mgr CPI Dist/BDC Dist

Clay Pasternack is the President of Clay Pasternack Inc.(CPI) a music industry consulting firm in Cleveland, Ohio. CPI consults independent labels and artists, represents distribution companies for national account sales, owns his own independent distribution company, and is also involved with manufacturing, fulfillment, & CD reissues. A veteran of over 45 years in the independent music industry, he has held various positions in independent distribution and with independent record companies.

Jesse Barnett Owner Right Arm Resource

Founded in 2005, Right Arm Resource specializes in Triple-A/Adult Rock independent radio promotion and tour marketing services. Jesse has been done indie promotion since 1999, and previously worked at Hybrid Recordings, A&M Records, and Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising.

Jordan Burger Agent Fleming Artists

Jordan Burger grew up in a family of musicians and performers, and started booking concert tours for original bands in his senior year at Emory University. Jordan spent the late 1990's as an agent at Pinnacle Entertainment, and the last decade at The Agency Group. In those years he has booked over 100 touring artists, working with a list of bands that includes Kid Rock, Squeeze, Oasis, The Cat Empire, & Marc Cohn. In 2010, Jordan opened a NY office for Fleming Artists, a successful boutique agency who previously had offices in Ann Arbor MI & Melbourne AUS, and represented such artists as Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ani Difranco, and Colin Hay. In 2012, Jordan opened a Nashville office for Fleming Artists as well. Fleming Artists will host two showcases at SXSW, on Thursday March 14th at the Palm Door, and on Saturday March 16th at Antones. Some of the artists Jordan Burger is the Responsible Agent for include Civil Twilight, Delta Rae, Kris Allen, A Silent Film, Jillette Johnson, Lee Dewyze, Carbon Leaf, Vienna Teng, Jenny Owen Youngs, & Carousel.

Katy Wolaver A&R Songs Music Publishing

Rachel Barnhard Digital Mktg Borman Entertainment

Rachel Barnhard works in digital marketing at artist management firm, Borman Entertainment. She helps manage interactive marketing and partner promotions, with a passion for fan experience, for the Borman roster including Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Michael Franti & My Morning Jacket.

Previously she co-founded BigData Marketing, an agency focused on data-driven marketing and e-commerce, serving clients including Wynton Marsalis, Martina McBride and label aggregator, Thirty Tigers.

Originally from Wichita, KS, Rachel moved to Nashville in 2004 for an internship with Dualtone Music Group. She received her MBA from Vanderbilt University and Bachelor's from Indiana University.