Career Jam 2021 Career Jam 2021

The Art of Turning Music into Groceries

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Eve Nelson B.M. ’86
Solid Ground Sound, Co-Founder

Known by TV and film execs as their "secret weapon," Eve won the 2018 Daytime Emmy for Best Original Song and was a 2015 Daytime Emmy nominee. She brings an unrivaled blend of experience and prowess as producer, songwriter, composer, and arranger, with a finely tuned ear for exciting, new talent. Whether collaborating with music legends or up-and-comers, Eve contributes her own brand of musical alchemy to every project.  

Caitlin Hill
Solid Ground Sound, Cofounder

With over 20 years in the music industry, Caitlin spent the first half of her career as licensing director for two prominent libraries before serving as label liaison at Napster's legal streaming service. Prior to cofounding Solid Ground Sound, she was creative director at ABC's in-house music library for 10 years, collaborating with composers on new music production, as well as providing music supervision to clients.

Jason Ve
88rising, Vice President of Artist Partnerships

Jason Ve is vice president of artist partnerships at 88rising, the leading record label and media company that manages Asian artists from all around the world. Jason is a leader in the music and tech industry, and was previously head of business development at Deezer, a global music streaming unicorn. Jason has also held leadership roles at leading tech and media companies, including Google, Viacom, and Disney. A graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, Jason is passionate about supporting rising entrepreneurs, and he advises, consults, and invests in startups with founders from underrepresented communities.

Emily Weber B.M. ’97
Position Music, Vice President/Head of Synch

Emily Weber is the vice president/head of synch for the Los Angeles–based indie publisher Position Music. Weber is responsible for building and overseeing the nine-person synch team, which is responsible for exploiting Position Music’s repertoire in advertising, film, television, trailers, and video games worldwide. 

Weber joined Position Music in 2010 and has been instrumental in expanding Position Music’s movie trailer, TV promo, and international advertising business. She has done A&R or produced over 30 albums made for movie trailers. Over her 15-plus years of pitching music, she has become a trusted source for music supervisors, editors/producers, and creative directors throughout the industry.

After finishing Berklee College of Music as a performance/contemporary writing and production major (saxophone) in 1997, and after a few years as a working musician, Weber began her synch-licensing career in 2003 at RipTide Music, building their artist roster and TV/film department. In 2008, she joined Immediate Music as director of operations. In 2010, Weber joined Position Music, and during her tenure the company has grown its revenue by over 800 percent and expanded its sales staff from one (just her) to a team of nine.

Adrian Miller
Manager, Music Supervisor, Executive Producer, Anderson .Paak

Adrian L. Miller is an RIAA Gold- and Platinum-certified music entertainment executive, manager, music supervisor, and executive producer. Miller’s client roster spans Oscar/Grammy/Cannes Award-nominated and winning artists: Anderson .Paak, Poo Bear, Flo Rida, the Free Nationals, Mereba, Alice Smith, NxWorries, and Sway & King Tech. Miller recently teamed up with Delicious Vinyl, Michael Ross, and Leslie Cooney to reboot the Caribbean/Future Roots label, now called Delicious Vinyl Island. He also partnered with Grammy Award–winning music producer Om’Mas Keith in founding an eclectic outfit where jazz meets hip-hop, aptly called A Tiny Universe. 

Miller is currently consulting on the music for season two of the Hulu series Wu-Tang: An American Saga, as well as supervising music for a film called Karen. He is a recipient of the coveted Cannes Lion Award for work on Spike Jonze’s 2018 Apple Music commercial.

Lady Bri
Performer, Songwriter

Brianne Bryant, known as Lady Bri, grew up in Cleveland singing along to Whitney Houston through a toy karaoke set. Houston’s music and uplifting persona made a strong impression on Bri and continues to inspire her to push her sound and find her own voice. Standing alone, defying the odds, and self-empowerment are all prevalent narratives in Lady Bri’s work.

Bryant is also an acclaimed songwriter, having songs placed in many ads, shows, and movies. Most recently, her song “Affection” was featured in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before: Always and Forever and “This Will Be The Day” was placed as the official theme song for All American Stories, a show on the CW Network. Her music has even received attention from the former first lady Michelle Obama, who placed “Do What I Do” on The Official Michelle Obama’s Podcast Playlist alongside artists such as H.E.R. and Lianne La Havas. Bri has also lent her voice to some of the world's most iconic brands, with placements for Powerade, McDonalds, L.L.Bean, and CVS. 

Tonya Butler
Berklee College of Music, Chair of Music Business/Management

Professor Tonya Butler, J.D., LL.M., is chair of the Music Business/Management Department at Berklee College of Music. She is the first women and the first person of color to lead the department in its 30-year history.

A seasoned veteran of the music business, Butler has more than 14 years of expertise as an entertainment attorney and record label executive, as well as 16 years of undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching experience. She has a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and a Master of Laws in Entertainment and Media from Southwestern University School of Law/Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.

Butler is an award-winning motivational speaker, Toastmaster, and author of the self-published career guide The Music Business Is Corrupt, or Maybe You Just Can’t Sing?. She also hosts B.O.M.B. (business of music bootcamp), a weekly podcast on the business and legal aspects of the music industry.

Join the executives who are hustling during the pandemic to find new ways to generate income for artists on emerging platforms and exploring innovative strategies for deal-making in music and technology as the economics continue to shift post-COVID.   

Moderated by: Tonya Butler, Chair of Music Business