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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.

Shaun Barrett:
Bret Disend:
Eddie Gomez:
Jesse Lauter:
Lisa Nupoff:
Josh Rabinowitz:
Robert Vickers:
Heather West:


Bret Disend Owner Ozone Entertainment Inc

Eddie Gomez Pres Little Brother Music

A veteran of music publishing for almost 25 years, most recently as SVP of Creative for Bug Music. Knack for signing career artists and songwriters, eye for talent and ability to get deals done. Many contributions these past 18 years towards building Bug Music as one of the most respected music publishers in the industry. Has placed numerous songs in film, television, and commercials as well as artists covers. Worked with a variety of artists and writers such as Johnny Cash, Buddy Guy, T Bone Burnett, Townes Van Zandt, Iggy Pop, Kings of Leon, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Paul Westerberg, Spoon, Jay Farrar, Jimmie Vaughan, Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lobos, Hayes Carll, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin, Calexico, the estates of Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, willie Dixon, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gram Parsons and numerous others.

Heather West Owner Western Publicity

Heather West has 25 years of experience in music, serving as a concert promoter, record label manager, radio promoter, publicist and advocate for musicians everywhere. After serving as talent buyer for the legendary Antones Club in Austin, she became label manager for New Orleans’ Black Top Records. After moving to Chicago, West worked as a publicist before founding her own company, Western Publicity, working with labels, festivals& films.

Jesse Lauter Jesse Lauter Inc

Jesse Lauter is a New York City-based Producer/Engineer/Mixer and musician, originally from Atlanta by way of San Francisco. He has worked with The Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins, Ingrid Michaelson, James Blood Ulmer, Marco Benevento, Blind Pilot, Alela Diane, Ivan & Alyosha, Smokey Hormel, Bobby Long, Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Pete Francis of Dispatch, The Woes, among others. He is currently producing a tribute album to Bob Dylan’s overlooked 1980s catalog, so far featuring Bob Weir with members of The National, Gene Ween, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Deer Tick, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Dawn Landes & Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Langhorne Slim, Reggie Watts, Widespread Panic, among others. In 2008, Jesse produced and engineered The Low Anthem’s Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. For that record, he designed a makeshift studio on Block Island, Rhode Island. Charlie Darwin received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and NPR, as well as the praise of musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Emmylou Harris. In 2010, Jesse invited LA folk-rockers Dawes to perform and record in the basement of Big Pink, the legendary Catskills home where Bob Dylan and The Band recorded "The Basement Tapes." In addition to working in traditional studios and setting up recording rigs in odd environments, Jesse also writes for Tape-Op Magazine, does live sound at various venues, and from time to time you can catch him around town spinning his favorite brands of psychedelic country-rock, southern soul, and roots reggae. He resides in upper Manhattan.

Josh Rabinowitz SVP/Dir of Music Grey

Josh Rabinowitz, SVP/Director of Music for Grey Group, has produced 5000+ tracks for commercials, film, TV and the web internationally. These include some of the most high profile initiatives to integrate compelling music with advertising, with such artists as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC (their last known recording together), LL Cool J, Smokey Robinson, Pink, Natasha Bedingfield, Rihanna, amongst others. He’s been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company, “Beethoven’s Greatest Fan” by NPR, and is a recognized voice in the music-branding scene. He’s been an adjunct at NYU and the New School, a columnist for Billboard, and a bandleader and trombonist in NYC.

Josh has been cited in every major music and advertising publication as well in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Crain's, Forbes, to name a few.

He has presented at SXSW , Midem, Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival and ADE on several occasions.

Some call him the Voice of Music and Advertising.

Lisa Nupoff Mgr iminmusic management

Lisa Nupoff began her career in the music industry managing Ruthless Records rap artist Yomo and Maulkie. Next Lisa worked with Benny Medina and all things Jennifer Lopez. Launching JLo’s album -This Is Me, her fragrance - Glow, her clothing line – Sweetface, her restaurant – Madres and her film - Maid in Manhattan. Soon Lisa began scouting bands for Warner Bros Records and then began working for Senior Vice President of A&R at Warner Bros Records - Perry Watts-Russell. Together, Lisa and Perry worked on acts such as Muse, Damien Rice, Mutemath and Arctic Monkeys. Most recently, Lisa created iminmusic management with Brian Klein. Together they have managed Fitz and The Tantrums from their first show to their signing w indie Dangerbird Record to their upcoming Elektra Records Debut.

Robert Vickers Owner Proxy Media

Robert Vickers owns and operates Proxy Media PR. It is an independent publicity company dedicated to assisting indie bands get the attention they deserve. Robert Vickers has over 25 years experience in the music industry as a musician with bands such as The Go-Betweens and Yo la Tengo and then as the publicist for Jetset Records where he conducted media campaigns for bands such as Luna, Sahara Hotnights, Firewater, Mogwai, Arab Strap and 16 Horsepower. He is currently working with Sun Kil Moon, Horse Feathers and former Kraftwerk member, Karl Bartos.

Shaun Barrett Mgr 4 Ohm Entertainment Group

After 10 years as a bassist I Launched 4 Ohm Entertainment Group focusing on artist management and development in Fall of '06, to supply serious and up and coming artists a foothold in the music industry, and further the career of current professionals. In August '11I launched a blog called The Sound Scene to supply advice to young artists who are trying to find their way in the Music Industry. Also around that time I co-Founded Lets Get Messy Events which is a specialized events company.