2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

No Rules: Defying Genres in the Music Business

Broad stylistic categories can be completely unfair to artists who strive for a unique voice, even as they are necessary for marketing and promotion. Hear how different corners of the industry view the challenges of "crossover" artists. A performer, a manager, a publisher, and a record label executive will discuss how to transcend narrow labels.



Dan Coleman

Managing Partner

Modern Works Music Publishing

As the Managing Partner for Modern Works Music Publishing (formerly known as "A" Side Music), I look after a diverse roster of songwriters, producers, and composers, including Blake Mills, Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic), Andy Summers (The Police), Michael Beinhorn (Korn, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson), Eric Bazilian (The Hooters, Joan Osborne, Ricky Martin), Tom Craskey (John Legend, Deborah Cox, Estelle, Britney Spears), and jazz luminaries such as Brad Mehldau, Joe Lovano, David Sanchez, Billy Childs, Maria Schneider, Sammy Nestico, Joey DeFrancesco, and Eddie Daniels.

Kevin Sylvester

Black Violin


Cathleen Murphy

VP of A&R

Sony Masterworks

Cathleen Murphy is VP of A&R for Sony Masterworks, Sony’s Adult-Crossover & Classical label. She works with some of the world’s most acclaimed recording artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Gustavo Santaolalla, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi as well as new artists 2Cellos, Kat Edmonson, Gabriel Kahane & The Piano Guys among many others.
She has also helped develop the artist rosters for Masterworks Broadway (including Grammy-winning cast recordings for ‘Once’ and ‘Kinky Boots’)as well as Masterworks' recent re-ignition of Adult-Contemporary imprint, Portrait.
Cathleen has spent equal time in her career in both Music Publishing and Recording, with executive positions at both MCA/Universal Music & EMI Music Publishing and the A&R departments of both Epic & Hollywood Records.


Carissa Stolting

Artist Mgmt

Left Bank Artists

I am an artist manager representing Abigail Washburn (claw hammer banjo player, US-China musical ambassador & TED Fellow), The Wu-Force (a trio featuring Washburn, Beijing-based guzheng virtuoso, Wu Fei, and multi-instrumentalist, Kai Welch), internationally celebrated pianist and composer, Rachel Grimes and dark R&B, live electronic producer/performer, Fine Peduncle.

I began my career in music as Executive Assistant to Ashley Capps, CEO and Founder of AC Entertainment (Bonnaroo, Big Ears, Mountain Oasis, Forecastle).  I was formerly head of the Artist Management department at AC working with inventive artists such as Trixie Whitley, Clare & the Reasons and Julia Nunes among others.   A huge Francophile, I have a masters degree in French & Linguistics and was a French Lecturer at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, before working in music.   

Speaking engagement : "No Rules: Defying Genres in the Music Business" Wednesday, March 12th at 3:30 PM.

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