Ireland Music Week Conference Speakers
Media & PR
Publishers & Music Supervisors
Abbie McCarthy is a TV & Radio presenter. She currently presents BBC Music Introducing in Kent and can also be heard covering shows on BBC Radio 1, as well as hosting the popular music podcast, Live Lounge Uncovered, which brings listeners behind the scenes of the BBC's home of live music. You can catch Abbie on your TV screens, via 4Music & The Box Network, hosting Boxfresh, a show that shines a spotlight on the biggest new artists on the planet. Abbie is also the mastermind behind Good Karma Club, a club night championing the best acts around. Previous acts to have played the night include The Amazons, Pale Waves and Tom Grennan.
Adam is responsible for Deezer playlist curation and strategy across all music genres and moods for the UK and Ireland. In addition to editorial, Adam works closely with Deezer's Artist Marketing team, and in particular, provides support for Deezer NEXT, its artist first programme designed to champion emerging talent from around the world. Prior to Deezer, Adam worked as a Music Editor for MTV, in charge of music policy for a range of channels both in the UK and internationally, as well as leading the editorial strategy for MTV Brand New. Adam's experience also includes time with Mute Records and BBC Music Introducing in Kent.
Aly Gillani is the European Label Rep for Bandcamp, a thriving, global music community where fans discover new artists, intimately connect with them, and directly compensate them for their work. Aly’s role involves expanding and managing the growing network of labels using the site to connect with their fans. He is also the founder / A&R for Worldwide Awards Label of the Year First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Darkhouse Family and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city of Leeds for many years. Starting First Word in 2004, he is also an acclaimed DJ with regular spots at a host of European venues and London radio stations Balamii and Worldwide FM.
Director of PrimaveraPro, the professional meeting held in parallel with the Primavera Sound festival, since it was first created in 2010, Almudena Heredero also coordinated Spain’s official participation in the Prague Quadrennial on Scenography in 2015 and 2019. She has also been responsible for the general coordination of the International JAZZMADRID Festival since the 2014 edition. In 2010 and 2011 she organised the Professional Contemporary Music Meeting at the Alicante Music Festival, and in 2013 and 2014 she was responsible for the professional classical music event, ExpoClásica.
Andrea has worked on Made in Chelsea, and her first placement on the show, M83 ‘Midnight City’ remains the shows theme to this day. Made in Chelsea has allowed her to blend two passions, putting music to moving picture and exploring and exposing new music. From starting out her TV career on music shows through to working with The Gentle People on Aphex Twin’s Rephlex Records Andrea has always had a passion for working with music. Her work on Made in Chelsea has won her three Music Week Sync Awards.
Angel Gambino is Chief Commercial Officer for Napster, where she is responsible for leading business and product development, marketing and label relations. Her role is focused on transforming Rhapsody International into a market leading audio innovation PaaS business. She previously served as an International Media Executive leading the creation and launch of the BBC’s iPlayer, mobile and other digital services, as well as leading Viacom’s international business. Gambino is an urban regeneration pioneer who recently sold her last venture to Ford Motor Company, and has founded companies on three continents.
Ceri Dixon is currently the Head of Digital Partnerships at Ireland’s biggest Independent record label and management company ‘Rubyworks Records’ (Hozier, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hudson Taylor, Little Hours). Undertaking Digital Marketing internships at Cherry Red and Polydor Records, she then moved across to Digital and channel management at RCA UK / Sony Music where she focused on the streaming landscape; working closely with partners to help establish artist / label protocol. Having played a key role in the creation of Universal Music UK’s streaming department in 2014, Ceri then spent the next four years managing streaming accounts across the group through until late last year. During this time she was involved in campaigns from catalogue artists such as the Beatles (their launch on streaming services) and the Rolling Stones, to the development and breaking of artists such as Sigrid, Blossoms and Raye.
Experienced music executive, currently working as General Manager for London based Independent Record Label, Publisher and Promoter, Communion Group. Responsible for leading campaigns for (among others): Mumford and Sons, Pearl Jam, Keane, PJ Harvey, Bear's Den, Lucy Rose, Blink-182, The Fratellis, Busta Rhymes, Wolfmother and DJ Shadow.
Claire has worked in the independent music sector since leaving university. From booking local bands at college and being ents co-ordinator at university, she started her career in London as a radio plugger for an independent PR company working with mainly independent labels, artist and managers. A few more jobs at a label, a TV company and a moment in the dotcom boom/crash. At the turn of this century Claire started working for a live music agency. Many years on as an Agent she is now also co-founder/co-owner of Earth Music Agency an independent focused live and DJ booking agency established in 2014.
Born and bred in Dublin, at the ripe age of 15 I got my first job "shifting units" in Mac's Records in the George's Street Arcade. I worked there and in The RAGE through school and college while studying Psychology in Maynooth. As a founding member of Dublin band Spies, I have toured Ireland, the UK and Russia. We played what was then called HWCH 4 times over the years, through which I got my first taste of the nebulous world of the music industry. I set up Trout Records to put out Spies’ records and those of my friends (Tomorrows, Paddy Hanna, O Emperor, Tandem Felix) which I did from 2012-2016. I got into management in 2016 when I started working with Saint Sister, who I still look after today. A chance encounter at the launch event of HWCH in 2017 resulted in me being offered a job at legendary London based management company, ie music. With offices in Sydney and LA we have represented Robbie Williams for over 25 years as well as Passenger and others. I now have my own roster within the company. I also co-run the electronic label Goldbrick Records and new Dublin Indie label Big Move.
Corrina is an experienced Senior Audience Development Manager - managing social media, CRM, influencer marketing and content strategy for artists signed to Columbia Records UK. Her roster covers a variety of new and established artists including George Ezra (whose recent project ‘Staying at Tamara’s’ debuted at #1 and became the biggest selling artist album of 2018, now 3x platinum), Declan McKenna, Tom Odell, Harry Styles, AWA & Glowie. The ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ campaign was named one of Music Ally’s Best Music Marketing Campaigns and went on to follow in Ed Sheeran’s footsteps by winning Music Week’s Artist Marketing Campaign of 2018. Previously, Corrina worked at Google Ireland and with influential digital talent at Gleam Futures agency in London.
Create Spark is a Music PR & digital marketing company based in London. With a past & present roster that includes Universal Music, Warners, Secretly Canadian, Wichita Records, Luminelle Recordings, Mute, Warp & Asthmatic Kitty, Debbie loves working with artists that think differently. Artists include The National, Helena Deland, Sufjan Stevens, Ride & Teenage Fanclub. Roster alumni include Tame Impala & The War on Drugs.
Dev Sherlock is the Music Festival Programmer for SXSW focusing on talent from the UK and Ireland. Each year, SXSW brings together the global music community, alongside the film and tech industries, for a week of networking and showcases featuring 2,000 artists from 60+ countries. Dev's background includes music journalism (Rolling Stone, NME, Aquarium Drunkard, Q), radio, music supervision for film/TV and Head of Talent + Industry Relations at Hype Machine/Hype Hotel.
Dina is co-founder of Tremolo, an independent music publisher which is home to a growing roster of diverse songwriters and artists. She started her career in New York working as a publicist at a number of independent record labels where she worked with an array or artists including Blackalicious, Shonen Knife, the Wrens and Luna. She also was the Music Director at the Oxygen TV Network, overseeing all music needs for the networks productions and promos. Along with Tremolo, Dina continues to work as a music supervisor with projects including 'The Young Offenders', 'Katie' and the upcoming films 'Beards' and 'Vivarium'.
Eileen O'Gorman is a practising solicitor and partner in the Dublin Law Firm Gleeson McGrath Baldwin. She is a corporate lawyer who advises on a broad range of commercial matters with a specific focus on intellectual property and technology and the entertainment, leisure and gaming industries. She is very well-known in the entertainment industry in Ireland for her practical and focused advice and approachability. Eileen works closely with a range of musicians, authors and artists in relation to all legal elements of their creative pursuits. She works with many start-up businesses providing a comprehensive approach to their business structures and specialist intellectual property needs. Eileen is a registered Irish and European Trade Mark Agent. She is currently the Chair of the Copyright and Entertainment Law Committee of the International Bar Association.
Eleanor works as Booking Agent for Pitch & Smith, who represent artists such as Caribou, HEALTH, Jose Gonzalez, Wolf Parade, Jessica Pratt, Andy Shauf, This is the Kit, Son Lux among others across Europe / UK / Asia. She joined Pitch & Smith as Booking Agent in 2011 helping to develop their roster and strategy across Europe.
Ellie began her music career at the age of 18 at the iconic Mute Records as part of the UK music industry apprenticeship scheme. From there she quickly rose through the ranks of the label’s marketing and A&R departments to work on and contribute to the album campaigns of internationally renowned artists like Goldfrapp, Erasure, New Order, Liars, Lost Under Heaven, Arca, Yann Tiersen and more. In late 2017, Ellie moved to Partisan Records to take up the role of UK and International Product Manager, and already counts both the IDLES UK Top 5 album and the Fontaines D.C. UK Top 10 album campaigns among her successes.
Gugai is the owner of the Róisín Dubh in Galway, Ireland, one of the country’s most famous music venues, and has been booking shows in the West of Ireland for over 20 years. In addition to this, he has a management company / record label / club night called Strange Brew, is a director of the Vodafone Comedy Carnival, and books the Big Top for the Galway International Arts Festival. And a few other things.
Eoin Aherne is the label manager for Irish record label Rubyworks. Their roster includes Hozier, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Hudson Taylor, Little Hours and Eve Belle. As label manager Eoin is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Rubyworks’ releases including sales, distribution, marketing and manufacturing. Eoin also works closely with Rubyworks’ international license partners to co-ordinate international release campaigns. These partners include Island Records, Columbia Records, ATO, BMG and Because Music. In addition to working on the label side Eoin assists with the worldwide management of Rodrigo y Gabriela. Prior to joining Rubyworks Eoin was the guitarist in the band Director. The band were signed to Atlantic Records and released two top ten albums including their platinum selling, Choice Music Prize nominated debut We Thrive on Big Cities.
Evelyn Sieber is Head of Showcase Programme at Reeperbahn Festival, one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide, and Europe's largest club festival. The annual event in Hamburg, Germany presents some 600 concerts by international artists, about half of them are showcases presented by international partners. Additionally she is in charge of putting together international projects, including the Reeperbahn Festival International Spin-Offs to Beijing and Accra. Before starting at Reeperbahn Festival in 2010, Evelyn was as Director of Production & Special Projects at WOMEX - the World Music Expo. The with changing locations all over Europe, WOMEX is the biggest conference and showcase festival for the world music industry.
Francesca found her passion for music as a child when she first picked up a fiddle to pursue a curiosity in traditional Irish music. After graduating from Music Technology and Sonic Arts, she began her music career at the Belfast-based artist management company, Champion Sound Music, where she was offered an internship as a trainee artist manager. Finding a particular interest in releasing music, she was moved to the role of Label Manager at Quiet Arch where she has directed the product and marketing campaigns for five albums that have all been shortlisted for the NI Music Prize in the last three years. Francesca is also the AIM regional champion, working with rights-holder members in the region to help them further their professional work and practice within the music industry.
Scottish lassie, who works and lives in London. Currently working at Vevo Music & Talent Manager. At Vevo I look after label, artist and manager relations along with booking talent for our original productions. Having previously worked at Domino Record Company as Label Assistant and Regional Radio PR. I love working alongside artist and helping to develop emerging and more established artist. I also host a podcast by women in music called Bitesize Bodacious Babes.
Gary spent 10 years at leading ad agencies including Ogilvy’s and Havas. In 2004 he established Brand Aid Music Marketing to meet the ever-increasing demand for brand relationships with the music industry. He went on to plan and manage music led campaigns in the USA, UK and Ireland for clients including Guinness, Corona, T Mobile, Topman, Pizza Hut, Daily Mail and Heineken. In July 2016 Gary joined the music management company ATC as Brand Partnerships Director. ATC manage a broad roster of artists including Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Johnny Marr, Faithless and Katie Melua. Since joining ATC Gary has concluded global artist partnership deals with a range of brands including Samsung, Tidal, Selfridges, Microsoft, Red Bull, Dr Martens, NFL, American Apparel and Facebook. Gary is a leading industry expert and has spoken on panels at MIDEM, Cannes Lions, ILMC and Marketing Week Live, written for The Drum and featured on both BBC TV and BBC online discussing music and brand partnerships. Brand Partnership Sizzle Reel: https://youtu.be/aKxCGK8L78k
Davy began her career as a booking agent and paralegal. In seven years working with Cooking Vinyl, Essential Music and affiliated labels such as FatCat Records, I have been immersed in a variety of business affairs aspects across label, publishing, international licensing and distribution. Gee is now Head of Legal & Business Affairs at AIM (Association of Independent Music), which champions the UK’s indie music industry in new markets throughout the world.
Founder of Rough Trade in 1976/77. My job is to help Jeannette run the Record Company.
Beginning her career with EMI back in 2003, Gill went on to join Irish distributors RMG Chart during their golden years of working David Gary, Damien Rice, Mundy and more. After a year spent working in the New Zealand music industry in 2006, as Music Buyer with the territory's largest music retailer, she returned home and spent some months working in events management with music industry bible HotPress. Gill joined Universal Music Ireland in 2007, where she would spend the 11 years as Director of Digital & Business Development with Universal Music - working with all major digital partners including Apple, Spotify and YouTube. Gill's role also saw her manage all brand partnerships including Jameson, Three and many more. Fulfilling a career long ambition to move into artist management 18 months ago, she brings years of industry experience to her clients. Gill is also on the steering committee for AIM Ireland, and advises music tech start-ups on the commercials of the music industry.
As Billboard's Lead Analyst, Glenn examines the business side of the music business with, well, an analytical point of view. He regularly covers corporate earnings, finance, emerging business models, digital royalties, and copyright and public policy. Elsewhere he has worked for music distributors, major labels and a digital music company. Occasionally he'll do a radio interview, get quoted in the press, or moderate a conference panel. Glenn took an unusual turn to journalism after getting an MBA with a finance concentration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Henriette spent three years working as stage crew in Australia for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters and Rhianna, before managing a variety of bands and promoting live shows, and interning for artist management companies as well as industry digital strategy firm Music Ally. She then spent 3 years at the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), leading on their reports and supporting independent member trade associations worldwide, before joining CD Baby at the start of 2019, working on the ground with their artists and industry across the UK & Europe.
Jacopo is head of Booking at Linecheck, which is a music festival and meeting point for industry professionals, held in the Italian city of Milan. Forming part of the wider Milano Music Week, Linecheck presents an extensive program of talks, showcases, discussions that explore Italy's music industry and its relationship with the global scene, featuring international players and the major protagonists of Italian industry.
Jacque O’Leary – Creative Director at Beggars Music. Jacque started her music career at EMI Music Publishing, where she served under former MD Guy Moot as Executive Assistant / European Creative Co-ordinator, and rose to Senior A&R Manager at Sony ATV / EMI MP. She has gone on to hold the roles creative director for Roc Nation’s joint venture with Warner Chappell in the UK, Senior A&R Director at Downtown Music Publishing and currently holds the position of Creative Director at Beggars Music, the publishing arm of Beggars Group. Beggars Music works in partnership with XL Recordings, 4AD, Matador, Rough Trade, Stolen and Young Turks. Its roster includes Mercury Prize-winning artist Sampha, Glass Animals, Warpaint, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Westerman and Obongjayar..
Jana works alongside Festival Republic’s talent buyers / promoters across some of Europe’s most important events including the legendary Reading & Leeds Festival, the award-winning music & arts festival Latitude, Electric Picnic, a unique and diverse event outside Dublin, London’s biggest celebration of indie and rock Community and the newly launched London concert series Gunnersville. She also works across ReBalance, Festival Republic’s pioneering programme with PRS Foundation supporting up and coming artists and female engineers designed to strengthen the talent pipeline and progression routes for women in music.
Janet Lopez is a Music Supervisor at Neophonic, Inc. one of the leading Music Supervision companies in Los Angeles. For over a decade her presence has been an integral part of Neophonic and she’s collaborated on over 50 films/mini-series/television series with numerous studios at various budgets, including pilots for both network and cable studio distribution. As a thriving Music Supervisor Janet has worked with some of the most respected and exciting filmmakers in the industry including Gillian Flynn, McG, Barbie Adler, Greg Yaitanes, Jordan Peele, Armando Iannucci, Dee Rees, Claire Scanlon, Justin Adler and Danny Strong. She’s also developed relationships within the extended film, TV and ad communities, ranging from major/independent labels and publishers to artists, musicians and songwriters. Janet’s experience on period and contemporary projects have helped to provide customized music for both production and post production arenas. Notable examples of such performances can be seen as part of the 1972 period Cinemax series, Quarry as well as the dynamic new Kosasport Lip Fuel campaign for Kosas Cosmetics. Recent credits include films such as Set It Up (Netflix), The Last Thing He Wanted (Netflix), My Dinner With Herve (HBO) and the hit CBS-All Access series reboot, The Twilight Zone.
For the last 15 years Javier has worked for Midem, the Home of the Global Music Community. The event has brought together the international music industry in Cannes for the last 52 years. Over 5000 delegates from all sides of the music ecosystem develop their businesses and careers at Midem each year. Next year Midem will take place on the first week of June.
Jeannette Lee was a member of Public Image Ltd from the first album to Metal Box. In 1987 Lee joined forces with Geoff Travis at Rough Trade Records, first as an assistant but later as an equal partner in the label the pair have worked as an A&R team for over 30 years. in 1993 Rough Trade Management began, managing artist such as The Cranberries, Pulp, Jarvis Cocker, Script Politti Duffy, Spritualized , Beth Orton, Baxter Dury.
Jenny has worked in music and hospitality PR for over 20 years. She started in 1999 with Universal Music as a Product Manager for Polydor / Mercury Records. She then moved to Sony Music, heading up the Press & Promotions department. Following her position there she joined MCD, handling the press in the lead up to Oxegen 2010. She then joined Entertainment Architects as their Music Manager. She made a jump to Press Up Entertainment in 2013 as their Group Head of Publicity, handling the PR for their many businesses, including The Workman’s Club, Tower Records, The Dean. She continues to work as a consultant with Press Up Entertainment, whilst working the We Are RedHead roster of events. Alongside Stef, WAR handle all the PR duties for events and festivals like All Together Now, Forbidden Fruit, Metropolis Festival, Vinyl, The Future, Red Bull’s Free Gaffs, Yurt City plus lots of stand alone shows, both outdoor and indoor. Jenny also handles all the PR for The Workman’s Club.
After an initial few years in the finance industry, Jeff began his music career at Inertia Music in his hometown of Sydney, Australia. From there he travelled to New York in 2013 where he quickly rose through the ranks of Partisan’s marketing department whilst co-managing emerging artists Amber Mark, Day Wave and Hazel English, as well as production managing Brooklyn’s Yeasayer. Jeff relocated to London in January 2017 to become the EU Label Manager for Partisan and Knitting Factory Records and now counts the Cigarettes After Sex international breakout, IDLES UK Top 5 and Fontaines DC UK Top 10 campaigns among his successes.
Jennifer Reeve is a Music Supervisor at Neophonic, Inc., a premium music supervision company based in Los Angeles, California. As an integral part of TeamNeo since 2003, Jennifer has collaborated on over 50 films/mini-series/television series for HBO, 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Amazon, Netflix and National Geographic, offering a full scale of services in Music Supervision, Music Production and Musicological Research. While at Neophonic, Jennifer has been involved in a myriad of projects, both contemporary and time period based, earning a reputation for her musical knowledge and talent for musicological research. In working on such projects as: Mudbound, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Knick, BESSIE and The ‘80s & The ‘90s Documentaries for NatGeo, Jennifer has built a litany of relationships within the Film, TV & Musicological Communities. Moreover, such music heavy projects have afforded her a wealth of experience in the creation of custom music for both on & off-camera situations. Examples can be seen/heard as part of S.W.A.T.’s “Big Dipper” music video on CBS and HBO’s Deadwood: The Film. Other recent credits include: HBO Documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher, NBC’s Timeless and Netflix’s Sense 8.
In Josh’s decade long career in the music business, he has achieved a diverse portfolio of experience. At the same time as studying music and audio engineering in his native Belfast, Josh created an independent concert promotion company, which he carried into his undergraduate studies at LIPA in the UK. Since then, he has worked in various marketing & digital departments of several UK & US major labels, and currently holds an A&R positions at Warner Music Group’s Parlophone Records.
Julie Hough is Co-Founder of SelfMade, a community organisation empowering musicians through events, workshops, discussion, collaboration and art. She is the bassist and singer in indie-grunge trio, HAVVK and co-runs Dublin-based label, Veta Records with producer, Matthew Harris. As well as music, Julie's background is in writing and content strategy and she frequently writes on topics such as feminism, music and mental health.
Kees van Weijen has been working in the Entertainment Industry in the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain since 1974.
He acquired experience in every detail of the entertainment industry and the music business in particular. He is a self-made man, a team player with managerial talents. Kees has built up a substantial international network in the field. Enjoys working with people and bearing responsibility for content specific processes where the artists are number 1.
During the span of his career Kees has worked for Universal Music as Executive Vice president, Managing director of Mercury records, MCA and Polydor, Rough Trade Distribution, with artists such as INXS, Kiss, Elton John, Dire Straits, LIVE, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Metallica, No Doubt, U2, Lionel Ritchie, Andrea Bocelli, Caro Emerald, Tiesto, Jimmy Lidel, Armin van Buuren, The Editors and many others.
He is currently running HIT4US as managing director,
Dutch IFPI awarded him in 2011 with the “Zilveren Fonograaf “ for outstanding contribution in the music industry. He is President of STOMP, Stichting Onafhankelijke Muziek Producenten in the Netherlands. Executive of the Dutch Pop Coalition Export. Kees was elected Chairman of the IMPALA board and after 4 years at the helm in 2017 President of IMPALA. Kees is board member of WIN World Wide Independent Network.
Lara Baker is Director of Business Development UK & Ireland at Songtrust, the World’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. Songtrust collects global publishing royalties on behalf of over 200,000 songwriters and 26,000 publishers, and represents a catalogue of over 2million copyrights.
Lara began her career in catalogue press at EMI Records, before spending 14 years at AIM, the independent label trade association for the UK & Ireland. Ultimately in the role of Marketing & Events Director, Lara was responsible for the organisation's programme of conferences and networking events, and created the AIM Independent Music Awards.
In 2018, Lara began her own company The BKRY, to consult with organisations and event producers on their strategy and execution, consulting for clients including BBC Music Introducing Live, The Great Escape Festival, the Musicians Union, Liverpool Sound City, the Music Managers Forum and AmericanaFest UK. Joining Songtrust in May 2019, Lara is responsible for securing new business and maintaining deep relationships with industry stakeholders in the UK & Ireland.
Lara is a board member of The Americana Music Association UK, a frequent speaker at a number of events including TEDx, SXSW, UN Women and Midem, and a founding committee member of the Music Week Women in Music Awards.
Lisa has run A2IM's associate member and international delegate programs since 2017. She programs much of Indie Week, and has developed A2IM SynchUp into A2IM's flagship west coast event. Lisa was previously editor-in-chief of CMJ.
Budget Music Videos is a music video production company based in the UK and Ireland. The company has been established since 2013 and work closely with independent musicians. The website offers a wide range of services including Music Video Production, Pre-Made Stock Music Videos, Music Video Marketing and Music Video Tutorials.
Scruff of the Neck promote shows & festivals, manage artists, run a record label and publishing division, produce video & creative assets, market artists, produce tours and events; all with the one focus which is to develop artists.
Covey has devoted his professional career to helping artists build bridges between international communities, and is a leading legal authority on U.S. arts immigration. Following his studies in literature and music (BA Oberlin College) and post-colonial theory (MA UCD Ireland), Covey moved to Slovakia where he co-founded the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey. After relocations to Dublin and then New York, Covey worked as a festival talent-buyer before running Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agency. In 2000, he co-launched Tamizdat’s Prague operations, managing Tamizdat RPM for three years before returning to New York to become the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics. Through the early 2000s, as U.S. visa policy became an increasing impediment to international culture in the U.S. which inspired Covey to attended law school (JD NY Law School) so as to further Tamizdat’s work facilitating international cultural mobility. He launched Tamizdat’s affiliated law firm, CoveyLaw, in 2015, and it has quickly become the U.S.’s leading authority and advocate for arts immigration. Covey is is admitted to the New York Bar, and is also president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States.
Michael Lambert is a director of Scotland's award-winning Music Convention Wide Days, which was founded in 2010, and takes place in Edinburgh each April, brining a host of industry professionals to the city and showcasing a wealth of emerging acts. He is also the co-owner of A Modern Way management, working with artists including Idlewild, Fatherson, Tom Joshua, SHEARS and Zoe Graham. In addition to these roles, Michael sits on the board of the Scottish Music Industry Association and is AIM's regional champion in Scotland.
Neil Dunne is the co-founder and CMO of Andrson, a digital music platform that uses audio AI and predictive analytics to directly link unsigned artists with industry professionals. For his efforts, Neil was awarded a spot as one of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, and has represented Andrson in print, broadcast and digital media.
Neil is also the co-director of ThinkTank Music Management, a boutique firm based in New York City and Dublin, and spear-headed its Irish expansion in 2016. Alongside founder Zach, they have now grown their Irish roster to 5 artists, for whom Neil has secured agency representation, international touring opportunities, and mainstage festival performances. He holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing from IADT.
Niall Byrne is the music enthusiast at the helm of one of the most-influential sites for new music in Ireland at Nialler9.com. Niall can also frequently be found DJing at his club night Lumo or at Spacer at Lost Lane or hosting Nialler9-curated music events.Niall is the manager of rising Irish electronic pop band Le Boom.
Nick Robinson has been in a senior creative role at leading independent music publisher Kobalt for over 10 years and has signed/worked with a wide range of writers and artists - from Alt-J, Wolf Alice, IDLES and The Wombats to Bon Iver, Mahalia, Jack Garratt and Jade Bird. His role at London-based Kobalt is to sign and develop writers of all music genres. Nick has also worked in A&R at EMI Records, as a PR at Island Records and as artist relations manager at US performing rights society BMI. He began his career at Music Week magazine, having trained as a journalist.
I began my career doing a simple one a week work experience in Friction PR in Dublin while I was studying in DCU. In 2012, once I finished my degree I was offered an internship with EMI Music with the UK International team in London, which I did for over 7 months before moving to Universal Music Group. I worked initially on the US labels’ side of UMGI assisting across marketing, promotion and production of artists signed to Interscope, Capitol, Island, Def Jam and Republic- such as Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and James Bay. At the beginning of 2016 I moved across to the UK international marketing team, where I now am a marketing manager looking after acts such as Florence + The Machine, Disclosure, Dermot Kennedy, Jonas Blue , Sam Fender and Westlife to name a few. The role allows me to build great relationship with UK labels, international colleagues and also artist and managers. Plus it allows the opportunity to travel to different markets to our markets for promotion with artists.
Oskar Strajn is one of the three bookers of ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), Europe's largest live music industry event based in Groningen, the Netherlands. He works closely with the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards, the yearly music awards given during the festival every year, as well as the ESNS charts coordinator. In the past, Oskar has also worked as radio dj, journalist and event promotor.
Paul Pacifico is CEO of AIM, the Association of Independent Music in the UK which represents independent labels, digital distributers, label services companies and self-releasing artists amongst its 800 members. For two years prior, Paul was CEO of the UK’s Featured Artists Coalition (‘FAC’), the organisation in the music industry that represents the interests and rights of the Artists. Paul was also the founding President of the International Artist Organisation (‘IAO’), which unites artist organisations from different countries to speak with one voice. In his early career, Paul Pacifico spent almost 10 years in the City in banking and strategy consultancy before leaving to focus on Specific Music in 2005. Specific Music is a creative music consultancy which designs and delivers bespoke music for industry clients as well as brands and charities. Paul also set up The AllStars Collective, which is made up of 40 of the world's top session musicians. Paul continues to perform and record with his band, Pacifico Blues and is a Visiting Professor teaching the ‘Artist as a Startup’ course at the Berklee College of Music’s Masters campus in Valencia, Spain.
Phil is an in demand live DJ and is behind the successful Slacker club nights and podcast series. He also owns the record label Hometown Records. He has appeared regularly on Vevo and Channel 4, as well as recently fronting festival coverage for BBC Northern Ireland of the Bigger Weekend and previously also for BBC3. Music was his passion from a young age and whilst studying at the University of Ulster, he scooped the BBC/Skillset Young Broadcaster of the Year award. Born in the town of Omagh in Northern Ireland, Phil's career started initially as a helping hand on BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland.
Ralph H. Christoph is the co-founder of the c/o pop festival in Cologne. He was the program director for the festival from 2004 - 2007. Since then he is responsible for the international relationships and the strategic development of c/o pop. From 2011 til 2013 he was the program director fort he C’n’B – Creativity & Business Convention. Since 2014 he’s acting as program director for the c/o pop Convention. Since 2013 he’s also in charge of the INTERACTIVE Festival, an platform for digital trends and ideas. For several partners (e.g. Goethe Institute) he curated and realized projects in countries such as India, China, or Brazil. Ralph H. Christoph worked also as an author and editor (e.g. StadtRevue Köln and SPEX Magazine für Popculture). 1998 he also opened the Cologne based Club Studio 672, which he was responsible program director until 2004.
Rev. Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists and organizations from around the world. His boutique music marketing firm, Marauder, customizes long-term strategies and services for each client's specific needs in the North American market. Before founding Marauder, Moose greatly extended the international reach of The Syndicate's radio, publicity, and marketing departments; additionally, during his many years at the helm of CMJ, he helped develop US programs for national export initiatives. His deep involvement with worldwide musicians inevitably directed him towards managing a diverse roster of international artists as co-owner of The Underground Management.
With 15 years’ music industry experience, Rich has worked across digital distribution, artist & label services, marketing & promotions, music supervision and sync with a broad range of independent artists and labels. He is now Director of UK & European Market Development for CD Baby.
Double Six Rights is a service from Domino Music Group dedicated to the collection of Neighbouring Rights income around the world for performers and labels. Founded in 2011 the company now boasts an extensive roster of label, performer and producer clients from across the globe, including internationally renowned artists, influential indie record labels, and sought-after producer/session players. The company operates and collects in over 40 countries around the world.
Sarah is a booking agent living in Berlin and dividing her work between the ATC Live Berlin and London offices. She represents a roster of emerging artists from the UK, Europe, and the U.S. ATC Live was founded in 2011 and looks after over 300 international artists, including Fontaines D.C., Girl Band, Pillow Queens etc
After managing some of the most successful export bands from Iceland in recent years Sindri took over as manager of bookings and programming at Iceland Airwaves in early 2018. Iceland Airwaves parent company, Sena Live is also the biggest promoter in Iceland.
Stephen is the Editor of award-winning Irish music platform GoldenPlec and a freelance journalist - bylines include Hot Press, Independent.ie. Helped establish GoldenPlec as the most comprehensive Irish music feature website with the most active music photography team in Ireland. Curated stages and events at festivals including KnockanStockan, Life Festival, BARE in the Woods and Vantastival. Stephen was on the judging panel for the Choice Music Prize 2017 and often appears on national and regional radio.
Steve entered the music industry in 1975 as a musician with UK band Deaf School. He went on to record three albums for Warner Bros Records followed by two albums with The Planets. His first job as a music publisher came in 1985 with Warner Chappell in London and was appointed General Manager of Go! Discs Music in 1988. Lindsey then joined Island Music as General Manager in 1990 and worked with The Beautiful South, Massive Attack, Pulp and Irish artists U2 and The Cranberries. In 1995 Steve branched into music supervision. His credits to date include: Mission Impossible, Welcome to Sarajevo, Twin Town, Bachelor’s Walk, Tara Road, Standby and Parked. Steve settled in Ireland in 2001 and founded Elevate Music Ltd. It represents works by writers as diverse as Walking On Cars, Aslan, Westlife and Rubberbandits. Elevate Music has placed many of its songs in commercials for products such as: Birds Eye, Green Flag, Mitsubishi, Sony PlayStation, Laya Healthcare and film and TV productions including: ‘Trainspotting 2’, ‘Match Point’, ‘Cruel Intentions’, ‘CSI:Miami’. In addition to his work as a publisher Steve sits on the boards of IMRO and MCPS.
Stuart manages Sports Team, Future Jr, George Moir & Josef Page as Goodlife.
A&R Manager at Universal Publishing
Primary Talent International is an international live music booking agency, with one of the finest rosters of contemporary live bands, artists & DJs in Europe
Zach Miller-Frankel is the co-founder and CEO of Andrson, a digital music platform that uses audio AI and predictive analytics to directly link unsigned artsts with industry professionals. A manager himself, he and partner Neil Dunne built Andrson to solve their own A&R challenges.
He is also the founder & co-director of ThinkTank Music Management, a boutique firm based in New York City and Dublin. He has nearly a decade of experience in the music industry and artist management, and has worked with artists such as Philip Glass, The National, and The Antlers. He has co-managed global tours, overseen record deals, and has delivered keynotes at industry conferences. He sits on the Young Leadership Board of a cancer research fund, from which he received the "Founder's Award" for the production of their inaugural music festival. He holds an MBA from Trinity College Dublin and undergraduate degrees in Opera Performance & French.