New Music Seminar Announced 2nd Round of Confirmed Players for 2012 Conference


New Music Seminar



New Confirmed Players include: Warner Music Group CEO of Recorded Music, Lyor Cohen; Lava Records President, Jason Flom; Rhapsody CEO, Jon Irwin; Epitaph Records Founder/CEO, Brett Gurewitz; Producers Just Blaze and Benny Blanco; Sony Music Entertainment President of Global Digital Business, Dennis Kooker; Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans CEO/Founder, Darius Van Arman; Slacker CEO, Jim Cady and many more



NMS Keynotes to feature Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and Founders Fund Executive General Partner Sean Parker




April 10, 2012 (New York, NY)– The New Music Seminar (NMS),, announces its 2nd round of confirmed NMS players (speakers) including Warner Music Group CEO of Recorded Music, Lyor Cohen; Lava Records President, Jason Flom; Rhapsody CEO, Jon Irwin; Epitaph Records Founder/CEO, Brett Gurewitz; Producers Just Blaze and Benny Blanco; Sony Music Entertainment President of Global Digital Business, Dennis Kooker; Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans CEO/Founder, Darius Van Arman and Slacker CEO, Jim Cady. They will be sharing their vision for the music industry and discussing the “new music business resurrection” over two-and-a-half days of intensive seminars.

Set to take place at Webster Hall in New York City on June 17-19, this year’s revamped NMS conference will feature the SoundExchange Digital Broadcast Summit, the BMI Creative Conclave and keynotes from Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and digital music futurist and Founders Fund Executive General Partner, Sean Parker.


NMS is the meeting place of music visionaries, upstarts, and disruptors who are building a new music business together. Previously announced speakers include: SoundExchange President, Michael Huppe; Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises President, John Sykes; BMI CEO/President, Del Bryant; Violator Management CEO, Chris Lighty; Reverb Nation CEO/Founder, Michael Doernberg and many more.


“The U.S. music business is flat at around $7 billion. This year’s New Music Seminar will discuss strategies to get it back to $14 billion and beyond,” explained Tom Silverman, NMS Founder and Executive Director.  “Our Movements are filled with the CEO’s, Presidents and founders of new businesses that promise to deliver new revenues that will take us there. It is time for our business to stop being the disrupted and become the disruptor.”


New Music Seminar brings together key music, technology, radio, venture capital, advertising agency, brand executives, artists, managers, producers, songwriters, booking agents, venues, and promoters. The event will offer high-level industry keynotes, discussions “Movements,” NMS 18-minute Intensives, workshops, closed-door meetings and networking opportunities.


New Confirmed NMS 2012 Players:


Amaechi Uzoigwe, Head of Content & Business Affairs of

Anthony Volodkin, CEO of Hypemachine

Ariel Hyatt, CEO/Owner of Ariel Publicity

Axel Dauchez, CEO of Deezer

Benjy Grinberg, President of Rostrum Records

Benny Blanco, Producer

Bob Tulipan, Author of Rockin’ in the New World, Author

Brad Hardin, SVP of Programming and Rock and Alternative Brand Manager for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Brett Gurewitz, Founder/CEO of Epitaph Records

Bryan Calhoun, VP, New Media & External Affairs of SoundExchange

Cat Collins, Rhythmic CHR Brand Manager and Program Director of KYLD-FM and Hot Adult Contemporary KIOI-FM for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Charlie Feldman, VP, Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI

Christina Calio, Relationships & Strategy Business Development at Microsoft

Christopher Muratore, VP, Merchant Services & Emerging Growth at Nielsen Entertainment

Darius Van Arman, Co-owner, Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian

David Chesky, CEO & Co-Founder of HDTracks         

David Del Beccaro, President/CEO/Founder of Music Choice

David Kahne, Producer

Doc Wynter, Urban AC Brand Manager and VP of Urban Programming for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Gerrit Schumann, CEO of Simfy

Gregory Mead, Co-Founder/CEO of Musicmetric

Hank Bordowitz, Author of Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business

Jacques Krischer, CEO of Kollector

Jacob Luttrell, Songwriter

Jason Flom, President of Lava Records

Jeremy Welt, Head of Marketing at Maker Studios

Jim Cady, CEO of Slacker

John Ivey, SVP of Programming, CHR Brand Manager, and Program Director KIIS-FM and KHHT-FM for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Jon Irwin, CEO of Rhapsody

Jordan Walker, US Label & Artist Relations at Spotify

Josh Deutsch, CEO/Chairman of Downtown Records

Julie Pilat, Program Director of KYSR-FM and Music Director/Assistant Program Director of KIIS-FM for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Just Blaze, Producer

Luke Ebbin, Producer

Lyor Cohen, CEO of Recorded Music of Warner Music Group (WMG)

Mike Tompkins, Artist

Peter Asher, Musician and Producer

Reggie Barriero, Founder of The Artist Brand

Rob Miller, Mainstream AC Format Brand Coordinator and Program Director of WKTU-FM for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment

Spencer Drate & Judith Salavetz, Author of Five Hundred 45s: A Graphic History of the Seven-Inch Record

Steve Savoca, Head of Content Operations at Spotify

Susan Butler, Executive Editor of Music Confidential

Tony van Veen, CEO DiscMakers/CDBaby

Tyler Gray, Deputy Editor of Fast Company

Vickie Nauman, President, North America at 7Digital

Vivien Lewit, Director of Content Partnerships at YouTube

Will Bortz, Sr Manager, Brand Partnerships and Sponsorships at Taco Bell


To view the full list of confirmed Players, visit


Sponsors include SoundExchange, BMI, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Reverb Nation, AriZona Beverages, OurStage, Spotify, eMusic, Jambase, Section 101, Headliner FM, SESAC, Filter Magazine, Bandzoogle, Gibson and DI-WHY. Media and Trade Sponsors include Songwriters Hall of Fame, Aquarian Weekly, NARAS, A2iM, Merlin, Music Connection, Billboard, Next Big Sound, Folk Alliance, NARM, MusicDish, Hypebot, Mozes, Aderra, Sabian and Yamaha.

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About The New Music Seminar

From the co-founder and director of the original legendary New Music Seminar comes a conference for the Next Music Business.  Rapidly changing music creation, exposure and monetization opportunities coupled with music fans changing music consumption habits are transforming the old “record business” into an entirely new industry.  The New Music Seminar is where the old rules are broken and new ideas will hatch into a vital new music business.  


About SoundExchange

SoundExchange is the non-profit performance rights organization that represents the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties from satellite radio, internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the only entity in the United States to collect and distribute these digital performance royalties for featured recording artists and master rights owners. SoundExchange has paid out more than $900 million in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit or


About BMI

A global leader in rights management, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 7.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The company provides licenses for businesses that perform music, and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents. Find out more at, follow @BMI on Twitter and stay connected through Facebook.


About iHeartRadio

With 237 million monthly listeners in the U.S., Clear Channel Radio has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America.  Clear Channel Radio serves 150 cities through 850 owned radio stations.  The New iHeartRadio, Clear Channel’s digital radio platform, brings users a best-in-class customizable digital listening experience.  It combines the best of both worlds to deliver everything listeners want in one free, fully-integrated service: More than 800 of the nation’s most popular live broadcast and digital-only radio stations from 150 cities, plus user-created Custom Stations which provide listeners more songs, better music intelligence, more user control and deeper social media integration.  With 100 million listening hours a month and 70 million downloads of iHeartRadio mobile apps and more than 15 million fans across Clear Channel station and radio personality Facebook pages, Clear Channel is already one of the most popular digital music destinations.  More information on the company and iHeartRadio can be found at, and

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