Ireland Music Week Conference Speakers
Adam Ryan is the Festival curator for The Great Escape. A role he has held for 5 years. The Great Escape is the largest new music conference and festival in Europe and has been running for 14 years. The Great Escape takes place in Brighton (UK) over three days in May showcasing over 450 artists. Representing around 27 countries, across 30 plus venues. Over 4000 music industry delegates and professionals attended each year from around the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Straight Outta Stockton, California (home of Pavement & The Diaz Brothers). Mikey started working in the music world at age 17, as a music-buyer and store manager for local record stores as well as booking DIY concerts through out Northern California. He also worked for The Militia Group (Juliette Lewis, The Appleseed Cast), an independent record company based in Long Beach, for four years. Mikey eventually relocated to Montreal, where he rapidly established himself as a trendsetter ranking in Nightlife Magazine’s "Montreal personalities that changed our nightlife". He has been Programming Director for M FOR MONTREAL, since 2007. His natural ability to discover the best up-and-coming acts has helped the careers of many artists including, Mac Demarco, Grimes and Milk & Bone. Throughout the years, he has been collaborating with VICE, NOISEY, Brooklyn Vegan & others. He was nominated three times and won Best City Champion and Best Festival Networking Activity at the YMCA Awards, in Brighton UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Carly James is an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency in New York City where she represents a diverse roster of artists. Prior to being an agent, Carly worked as a booking coordinator at Paradigm and also an assistant at The Agency Group in the office of agent Dave Kaplan. She grew up in New Orleans where her obsession with music began while working at a record store and staying active in the local DIY music scene. She hates tomatoes, loves Halloween & Iggy Pop and enjoys writing about herself in the third person.
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.
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.
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
Founder of Rough Trade in 1976/77. My job is to help Jeannette run the Record Company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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