Mentor Session 6
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.
Randy Alexander: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/447
Michele Clark: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/448
Lawrence Gelburd: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/449
Zach Hinkle: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/467
Marc Lipkin: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/450
Colin Loggins: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/460
Stuart Sullivan: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/578
Judy Tint: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/451
Vincent Wilburn Jr: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/452
Kevin Wommack: http://mentor.sxsw.com/mentors/453
Judy Tint Counselor at Law
Judy Tint has over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. A graduate of Columbia Law School and Rutgers College, Judy specializes in music-related matters, and represents a broad variety of recording artists, songwriters, producers, independent labels, radio personalities, and other music-makers, from newcomers to legends. She is an Adjunct Professor in the NYU Music Business Program and a member of the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter, and has lectured extensively on various topics in the entertainment field, for organizations including South by Southwest, Practicing Law Institute, Women in Music, The New Music Seminar, CMJ Music Marathon, Columbia Law School, North by Northwest, and Grammy In The Schools. She has appeared frequently as an advocate for artists’ rights, and serves as Chair of the Music and Personal Apperances Division of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
Judy has served as a consultant and producer in connection with numerous entertainment projects, and has devoted her time and energy to a variety of benefits and other charitable endeavors. She is a longtime member of the Board of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and was Executive Producer of the critically-acclaimed Capitol Records release, “The Rites of Rhythm and Blues”. She serves on the Board of Directors of WhyHunger, and held a two-year appointment at the United Nations, where she produced special events and oversaw the management and recruitment of UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors and celebrity spokespersons. She created and produced a concert series at Lincoln Center with best-selling author/lecturer Marianne Williamson, promoted and hosted the long-standing China Club “Pro-Jam” (featuring appearances by countless celebrity guests), and developed and produced (with musical director Paul Shaffer) the live entertainment program at “Sullivan’s” in New York’s landmark Ed Sullivan Theater. Other organizations which Judy has helped support include The Starlight Foundation, The Nordoff-Robbins Foundation for Music Therapy, Feeding America, The Foodbank for New York City, the Oregon Foodbank, and The Community Foodbank of New Jersey.
While she has no intention of quitting her day job, Judy also performs semi-regularly as a vocalist and percussionist, and has made numerous appearances with her longtime clients, The Four Tops. She is a firm believer in the power of music to change the world.
Playing In Traffic Records/Loophole Management
President of Playing In Traffic Records, The Noise Company label and manager for Ben Kweller, SPEAK, Los Lonely Boys, East Cameron Folkcore, Dame, Hunter Sharpe, The Painted Redstarts, The Dunwells, Amy Cook.
Gelburd Consulting LLC
Record producer and entrepreneur Lawrence “Gelboni” Gelburd is a voting member of NARAS, the Grammy organization. He worked at EMI Music Publishing in the Business Affairs and A&R departments, then at SBK records in the A&R department, leaving to form Integrated Entertainment, an independent production and publishing company, in the 90's. His mentors include Tony Maserati, Steve Addabbo, and Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer Phil Nicolo with whom he formed a strategic alliance in 2008. He has been teaching entrepreneurship at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania since 2003.
Gelboni has produced albums across the US, varying stylistically from complex modern rock to singer-songwriter (AAA). He has honed his skills as an arranger, focusing on the pre-production phase as critically important to a project's success. His productions range from demos to full-blown international releases. He mixed Dash Rip Rock's greatest hits album entitled "Gold Record" for the Ichiban label. He has also produced Shane Cooley, Gatlin, Ash Wednesday, Paul Jones, Seth Paul, Three Miles Out, Playing for Audrey, Margin of Error, Squash, Amy Carr, Real, Sundowner Syndrome, and many other bands. His work with Gatlin has been played on Infinity Broadcasting station WXTM (Cleveland); Ash Wednesday on Clear Channel stations WKQQ (Lexington, Kentucky) and WEBN (Cincinnati) -- quite an achievement for unsigned bands.
Gelboni has been a panelist and moderator at dozens of music conferences including South by Southwest (SXSW), Access to Amsterdam (A2A) in the Netherlands, NEMO in Boston, North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, 2NMC in Nashville, MEIS in Lexington, KY, the Florida Musician's Workshop in Ft. Lauderdale, MPMF in Cincinnati and MMC in Harrisburg. He is also a final-round judge for the USA Songwriting Competition.
Since 2008, Lawrence has advised media and entertainment entrepreneur and investor Jason Kothari. Jason is the co-founder, former ceo, and current vice chairman of Valiant Entertainment (www.valiantuniverse.com). Lawrence also continues his strategic alliance with Vivek J. Tiwary, founder of TEG (www.tiwaryent.com).
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond.
Tiwary Entertainment Group:
Green Day’s American Idiot
The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy
The Ride: New York
The Fifth Beatle
Punk Rock Dad
Down and Dirty Pictures
A Little Night Music
Mel Brooks’ The Producers
A Raisin in the Sun
Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein
Dir of Pub
Award-winning music industry publicist Marc Lipkin has been Director Of Publicity for Alligator Records since September 1992.
Marc has placed countless feature stories and reviews, both locally and nationally, in newspapers, magazines and on-line. He has worked to book performances and interviews on national television and radio for Alligator artists, including Joe Louis Walker, Koko Taylor, Mavis Staples, Shemekia Copeland, The Holmes Brothers, Luther Allison, Marcia Ball, James Cotton, JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Guitar Shorty, Charlie Musselwhite, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and many others.
During his tenure at Alligator, he has written every artist bio for each new release (numbering near 200) and every press release. Samples of his work are featured in "The Billboard Guide To Publicity" (2nd Edition), written by Jim Pettigrew. An interview, including a discussion on publicity tactics and techniques, appears in Tad Lathrope's "This Business Of Music."
In 2005, Marc received the Keeping The Blues Alive Award For Publicist of The Year from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation, becoming the first-ever recipient of the award in this newly created category.
Longevity is a rare in an industry that is as ever shifting as the music business. This is what makes Michele Clark stand out as an innovator in business and artistry.
In 1990, Clark began her journey as an independent promotions person by creating Michele Clark Promotion.
Initially focused on the NAC (smooth jazz) radio, the company quickly shifted its focus to the then fledgling Triple A format - A format that Michele saw the potential in for quick growth. Within a very short time the Triple A radio format exploded and Michele Clark Promotion became the leading independent radio promotion firm for Triple A.
During her 20 plus years of building Michele Clark Promotion, she won countless awards and was instrumental creating and managing campaigns that launched and built the careers of: Matchbox Twenty, Coldplay, David Gray, Maroon 5, Train, Norah Jones, Jewel, Edwin McCain, Hootie & The Blowfish, John Mayer, Duncan Sheik, John Eddie, Francis Dunnery, The Los Lonely Boys, Dido, Bonnie Riatt, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Lenny Kravitz, James Blunt and thousands of others including legends: The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Elton John, Stevie Nicks & Chris Isaak.
Bottom Line: If a record was successful at Triple A Radio between 1990 and 2010, Michele had a hand in that success. Katie Spears (Owner of KTAO) said it best,
“Michele Clark is like the OPRAH of the music industry.”
In 1998, Clark produced the inaugural Sunset Sessions event. This highly respected music conclave is now in its 17th year of “Giving Artists a True Chance to Be Heard by People Who Can Make a Difference in Their Careers.”
Sunset Sessions Alumni include: The Black Keys, Fun., Jack Johnson, Stevie Nicks, Carlos Santana, Jason Mraz, James Blunt, Zac Brown Band, Colbie Caillat, Melissa Etheridge, Nickelcreek, Lucinda Williams, Chris Isaak, Billy Corgan, Steven Stills, Jewel, Jimmy Cliff, Wayne Coyne, Alpha Rev, The Parlotones, Richie Sambora, John Hiatt, Ziggy Marley, Dead Sara, Needtobreathe, Bob Schneider, Tristan Prettyman, John Butler Trio and over 500 more.
The Convention has been covered by media outlets all over the world including Entertainment Tonight, The Grammys, print, online and radio stations across the country. Clark produces the Triple A Sunset Sessions every February, and the edgier Rock/Alternative version each June. It also inspires a Sunset Sessions Tour, and the international Songwriters Retreats have become a highlight!
In 2006, Clark changed the name of her company primary company from “Michele Clark Promotion” to “M:M Music” in order to promote her to right hand woman Meg. The name change was also the first step in the transition and subsequent sale of her company to Meg. In 2012 the sale was completed, and the radio promotion division of Michele’s company was handed over to the employee and friend Michele had trained for over a decade. The company remains successful today as a force in the Triple A format, with its solid 20 year foundation that MCP created.
The Sunset Sessions events were not part of the sale. Michele remains sole owner and operator of Sunset Sessions, which has grown to be the premiere industry convention and showcase now with Clark’s full attention. Attendees include radio programmers from across the country as well as music supervisors from film, television, commercials, and games, TV bookers, press, major and indie record labels, managers, booking agents, brands, networks etc. The 21st Sunset Sessions convention will be this February 2014 in Carlsbad, CA, and will be followed by June’s Sunset Sessions Rock at the same locations.
The 2014 Sunset Sessions Tour is currently being booked, and Michele has an exciting new reality TV show that is ready to be inked with a network. She manages to be philanthropic in just about any way she can from her “Sunset Sessions Vegas at the Cosmopolitan” which donated 100% of ticket sales to charities artists chose, to her tours, work with the Recording Academy’s MusiCares to the newest “Surfing with the Stars” event! Clark is known to be inspirational in her social media, spiritual work and her uncanny ability to merge her influential work in music industry with a greater purpose.
Apart from everything else, Michele has also managed several successful artists and is currently working on her book "The Hit Women." She continues to consult radio programmers and artists in any ways she can use her experience to continue to help others thrive and succeed.
She is married to her high school sweetheart Jack for over 20 years, is the mother of four and grandmother of three (and counting).
Michele will host her first official SXSW Showcase this year on March 13th as she presents the Sunset Sessions SXSW Showcase at the Paramount Theater!
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Pres & CEO
Randex Communications is marking its 17th year as a boutique Entertainment, Lifestyle, Consumer and Music publicity firm. Named a “tastemaker” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, one of “24 People to Watch” by SJ Magazine, and one of South Jersey Magazine’s “Names to Know,” Randex Communications’ founder, Randy Alexander, brings over 20 years of award-winning entertainment and sports journalism experience to his public relations company. Randex Communications was nominated “Publicity Firm of the Year” in the New Music Awards/Hollywood, and Randy was twice nominated as “Top Publicist” in the NARIP (National Association of Recording Industry Professionals) Best in the Biz Awards. He was honored as a top public relations professional in the 2009 global directory of Who's Who.
Randy Alexander is a member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society and Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, an executive board member of the Philadelphia Music Alliance (Philadelphia Walk of Fame), and member of the Grammy® Recording Academy (NARAS), for which he volunteer s as "Grammy in the Schools" instructor and panel moderator. A 2013 invited guest speaker of the Kresge Artist Fellows in Detroit, he also is a frequent guest lecturer in university classrooms, as well as moderator, panelist or mentor for SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon, NARAS, Garden State Film Festival, DIY Convention, IMC, and Cape May Singer-Songwriter Conference. Randy has been sought for national and local TV appearances on the CBS Early Show and the CBS3 Morning Show, and gets quoted nationally as an industry expert (CBS Radio, CNN Radio, FOX TV, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Yahoo! Travel, KYW Newsradio, FanBridge). He successfully made the transition from daily newspapers to founding his own public relations firm after interviewing hundreds of celebrities and entertainment executives over 20 years covering music, TV, radio, Atlantic City casinos and numerous lifestyle stories for The Trenton (NJ) Times.
A nationally respected music journalist and winner of three writing awards (New Jersey Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists and Garden State Association of Black Journalists), he reported daily on the historic birth of Live Aid and marked the 10th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on an extended mission to Memphis and Tupelo, Miss., to explore and uncover the roots of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. He has been a daily contributor to America Online’s MusicSpace Channel, pop music critic for the Courier-Post (Gannett’s South Jersey daily) and rock columnist for Action, the in-house publication of the Wachovia Spectrum, then Philadelphia’s leading entertainment arena. His coverage of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” tour was included in the best-selling biography, Glory Days, and in 2012, he wrote the Springsteen cover story for South Jersey Magazine.
Alexander lured an array of celebrities to his talk radio show and has covered TV nationally as a member of the Television Critics Association in Los Angeles and New York. He made a cameo on ABC’s One Life to Live’ and was Philadelphia bureau chief for cable industry trade Multichannel News. He also edited two national cable guides published by TVSM and was a regular video reviewer for Home Viewer magazine.
Alexander started his career in North American pro and college sports press boxes as an Amfax Communications correspondent covering championship events for the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball. While still in college, he switched from sports to entertainment at The Philadelphia Journal, a sports- and entertainment-oriented daily tabloid. A Philadelphia native, Alexander holds a bachelor of arts degree in Journalism with a News-Editorial concentration from Temple University’s Annenberg School of Communications and Theater, and also is a graduate of Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa.
Wire Recording Studios
Stuart is a professional producer/engineer who has done it for a living for 27 years. He's made records with Willie Nelson, Sublime, Jimmie Vaughn, Grupo Fantasma, Butthole Surfers, Billie Joe Shaver, Okkervil River, Meat Puppets and many more. He believes that great songs and great performances make great music.
Vincent Wilburn Jr
Mileslike Inc Productions
Vince Wilburn, Jr. is on these panels:
Thursday, March 14 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. #15
Miles Davis Booteg 2: The Lost Quintet
Saturday, March 16 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Creative Ideas To Maximize Merch Sales
Vince Wilburn, Jr., nephew of late jazz icon Miles Davis, oversees Miles Davis Properties, LLC, along with Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles). Wilburn, Jr. is a highly accomplished drummer and producer, who has both toured and recorded with Miles on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987, including: The GRAMMY-Award winning album "AURA" -- which he co-produced; "Decoy" - which he also co-produced; "You’re Under Arrest", and the 2008 GRAMMY nominated "Miles From India" – which hit #8 on the Billboard jazz charts. Wilburn, Jr. also toured internationally with the All-Star “Miles From India” ensemble to sell-out crowds.
More recently, Wilburn, Jr. performed with the Miles Electric Band at a sold-out Hollywood Bowl event in June 2012, to celebrate the launch of the USPS and La Post (France) issued Miles Davis/Edith Piaf Forever stamps. The stamp has sold more than 23 million units to date, and is by far the top selling celebrity stamp of 2012.
Wilburn, Jr. is a key participant on industry panels taking place at the GRAMMY Museum, SXSW and CMJ, in addition to partnering with Apple for their “Meet The Musicians” series at Apple SoHo. He recently co-hosted Miles Davis House at SXSW with Erin Davis, featuring the widest cross genre of emerging buzzbands hitting Austin.
In 1989, he founded Nefdrum Productions and has been busy with numerous projects, featuring all-star performances by music icons Billy Preston, Ray Parker, Jr., Darryl Jones, Charley Drayton, Ivan Neville, Wah Wah Watson, Freddie Washington, Randy Hall and Phil Upchurch among others.
He is currently assembling a full length hip-hop, remix tribute to honor the classic recordings of Miles Davis. This was influenced by the great success of a re-mix EP that he co-produced with Nas and Santana called “Evolution of the Groove.” He serves as Executive Producer of the forthcoming Miles Davis motion picture starring Don Cheadle, which will be directed by Antoine Fuqua, and Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter will score the film. Wilburn, Jr. is also an active member of NARAS,
Dir of Mktg
Sneak Attack Media
Zach Hinkle is a marketer and creative with over 10 years of music industry experience, starting out as an artist and moving into the marketing, publicity, and digital aspects of the music industry. He is now Marketing Director at Sneak Attack Media, a digital agency in New York City. At Sneak Attack Media he works with music labels, artists, publishers, app developers, brands and more, building powerful and unique online and social marketing campaigns to support their products and releases. Throughout his career he's worked with The Black Keys, Langhorne Slim, Billy Bragg, Ron Sexsmith, Counting Crows, Diane Birch, Priscilla Ahn, Highasakite, Madi Diaz, Family of the Year, and many more.
Hinkle is also a published writer having interviewed multiple artists for PopMatters including the late Vic Chesnutt, New York songwriter Adam Green, and songstress Orenda Fink. He writes fiction on his days off.
Lastly, he's a self-proclaimed nice guy so feel free to reach out, say hello, and have a chat.