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Ask Uncle Sam: All About The US Music Market

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What are the top 'need to know' issues about the US music market from an international perspective? Experts define and discuss cultural and business matters that impact the globe.



MODERATOR Sybil Bell Director I Like The Sound Of That

I Like The Sound Of That is a music marketing and experiential agency delivering meaningful brand partnerships and creative consultancy. Working solely in music, we enable brands to engage with consumers and artists through our in-depth industry knowledge and extensive contacts.

We create and sustain inspired connections with existing projects as well as tailor making new concepts.

Richard Bengloff Pres A2IM

Rich Bengloff has been A2IM President since January 2007, A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization that represents over 300 dues paying Independent music labels located across the country stretching from Hawaii to Florida, that have banded together to form a central voice advocating for the health of the Independent music sector in the areas of advocacy, commerce and member services. Rich has spent much of his career in the music and entertainment industry, during the past 25 years having worked at both music labels and music distributors at both independent (RED, Combat/Relativity/In Effect) and major music companies (Sony Music and Warner Music) as well as WNYC Radio, serving as a senior level operations and financial executive.

Rich’s perspective on the music industry and independent music in particular, has been frequently published in both trade (Billboard, FMQB, etc.) and consumer print and digital publications (NY Times, Hypebot, Huffington Post, L.A. Times, Daily Tech, etc.). Rich also is often called on to be a panel moderator/speaker at events around the world including events as varied as CMJ, Digital Music Forum East, Midem, SXSW and the inaugural International Creative Industries Summit in Shanghai, China in 2009. Rich is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, has an MBA from Columbia University and is an adjunct professor of Communications and Media Management at the Fordham University Graduate School of Business and Hunter College teaching the introduction to the music industry course.

Portia Sabin The Boss Kill Rock Stars

Dr. Portia Sabin runs Kill Rock Stars and Shotclock Management. She has been on the board of A2IM and she chairs the planning committee for A2IM's annual awards show, the Libera Awards. She likes horses.

Brooke Just-Olesen Big Hassle Media

Steve Ferguson Agent Paradigm Talent Agency

Adam Lewis Co-Founder Planetary

Adam Lewis is the Co-Owner of Planetary Group. Spearheading an artist development and promotions firm based out of Boston and LA that focuses on helping new and upcoming artists be heard and discovered through radio and blog promotion. Over the past few months, Adam has worked with such acts as The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Peter, Bjorn & John, Apples In Stereo, Kings Of Leon, The Jezabels, and Portugal The Man. In addition Adam also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions. who produce 50 shows a year throughout New England, including Phish's millennium concert in Florida and the annual Snoe.down Festival at Lake Placid. Prior to Planetary, Adam was the Northeast Sales and Promotion Manager for TVT Records, working with Sevendust, Guided By Voices, The Black Crowes and Snoop Dogg. Adam’s latest projects are spearheading tours to China (15 tours), India (2 tours), and Singapore for Independent artists.