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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.
Russell Baltera:
Alexandra Dunne:
James Evans:
Jessica Linker:
Amy Rosen:
Mara Schwartz:
John Shaw:
Stuart Sullivan:


Alexandra Dunne Publicist Glassnote Records

Amy Rosen Grey Worldwide

Amy Rosen is VP Music Licensing/Supervision at Grey Worldwide. She is honored to be a trusted resource for the identification and procurement of songs for Grey clients to use in their advertising and marketing campaigns. Brands she has worked with most recently include The National Football League, DirecTV, Crown Royal, E*TRADE, Pringles, and many more. In addition to her work in advertising, Amy has also worked as a music supervisor in film and television.

James Evans AAA Prom & Mktg Dir Interscope Records

Jessica Linker Owner Pitch Perfect PR

Jessica Linker has been running Pitch Perfect PR for 8 years. Pitch Perfect is a public relations company raising awareness of music and other arts through creative press campaigns designed for print, online, broadcast, and visual media. The company represents artists and festivals across a diverse spectrum of ideas and styles, all of whom are committed to maintaining integrity and individuality in their work. Clients include Girl Talk, Sharon Van Etten, The War On Drugs, Beirut, Joanna Newsom, Ty Segall, Iceage, Django Django, John Cale, Neneh Cherry, Cass McCombs, Modeselektor, Pitchfork Music Festival, Pickathon, Moogfest and many more.

Prior to Pitch Perfect PR, Jessica handled national publicity for Thrill Jockey Records and affiliate marketing/partner relations for

John Shaw Proms/Urban Label Recruitment Select-O-Hits Music Distribution

John "J-DOGG" Shaw graduated from Memphis State University in 1992 with a degree in music education. He has been a clinician, promoter, hip-hop journalist, producer and jazz musician. His articles have appeared in Murder Dog, Rap Pages, Grooveline, Street Masters and Down Magazine. Since 1995, he has worked for Select-O-Hits Music Distribution in the promotions department. He has spoken at numerous conventions, including the Southern Urban Music Conference, Omni Music Conference and Mid-Atlantic Music Conference, and is working on a history of Black music in Shreveport, Louisiana entitled "Action Speaks Louder Than Words: Black Music in Shreveport, LA 1948-1998."

Mara Schwartz Sr VP of Licensing 10th Street Ent/Eleven Seven Music

Mara Schwartz is Sr. Vice President, Licensing 10th Street Entertainment / Eleven Seven Music, and COO of Five Nineteen Music Publishing. In this role, she spears all licensing and creative pitching efforts, as well as heading and expanding the music publishing company. Schwartz is based in 10th Street’s Los Angeles office. Prior to this she was Senior Director of Creative / Film, Television, Advertising and New Media at music publisher Bug Music (now part of BMG Chrysalis).

Russell Baltera Digital Media Columbia Records

Stuart Sullivan Owner 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, Junior Brown, Okkervil River, Meat Puppets, Robert Earl Keen and many more. He believes in great songs and music, but not fashion. Music should be make however is comes out best, be it in a room with a few mics, out of a computer, or every other way it works