If you’re an independent artist looking to bring your career to the next level, this session is for you. The guests on this panel have been crucial in helping to build sustainable careers for artists such as Lizzy McAlpine, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Little Simz, Jungle, Tom Misch, Banks, and many more. Learn proven tactics to develop your brand, grow your fanbase, and monetize your music career.
2. Indie Artist Toolkit
Sam started his career at Universal Music in digital marketing before moving into A&R at Island Records. Slightly disillusioned with the major label system in a time of piracy and streaming, he moved into management joining esteemed British management company Everybody’s to work on the management team of Mumford & Sons.
In 2018 Sam left to set up Harbour Artists & Music with Bruno Major. Harbour is an artist-led, forward-thinking, independent music company providing management and record label services for a small collection of artists including Bruno, Eloise, Lizzy McAlpine, and Laura Marling. Harbour's mission is to enable artists, empowering them to build self-sustaining global businesses whilst being creatively uncompromising.
Bianca began her career in music while attending UCLA and working at Evolution Music Partners, a leading talent agency that represents some of the top composers, music supervisors and recording artists in the industry.
As an agent, her intuition for pairing filmmakers and musical artists proved successful in countless feature films, television shows and international ad campaigns, and within four years, Bianca became one of the youngest composer agents in the business.
Bianca joined Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2013, where she ran the West Coast office and Film/TV department for the Glassnote label and its’ publishing company. In her six years at Glassnote, she helped drive the global marketing campaigns of award-winning artists such as Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, Phoenix and CHVRCHES, resulting in Billboard charting #1 albums, multi-platinum selling releases and GRAMMY-winning projects.
David Macias is the president of Thirty Tigers, a label services company in Nashville, TN. Thirty Tigers is the proud home of an eclectic group of artists including Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Alanis Morissette, Turnpike Troubadours, Steve Winwood, Lupe Fiasco, Cimafunk, Toby Keith, Tennis and Darlingside among others.
He produces the occasional historical project, including co-producing the 2005 Grammy award winning Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster.
Charlie's career in music spans nearly two decades, starting at a music college in Brighton, U.K. and working his way up through the ranks of management company Three Six Zero Group, he moved to the United States in 2012 after several years on the road as Calvin Harris' tour manager, the pair started a successful publishing company administered by Sony/ATV.
That experience led Charlie to his current role at Spotify's Songwriter & Publishing Relations department where he works as part of a team leading the charge to raise the profile of everyone behind the scenes of the songs we all know and love.
Seth Saltzman is the Senior Vice President of Global Services at ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 1984. ASCAP is a membership association of over 850,000 U.S. composers, songwriters, lyricists, and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP is the only U.S. performing rights organization created and controlled by its members made up composers, songwriters, and music publishers. Seth received a bachelor’s degree in 1981 from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He majored in piano and film scoring and is still a professional musician. Seth joined ASCAP in the role of Radio Monitor where he identified music by listening to tapes of radio stations. Seth rose through the ranks of management at ASCAP to become Senior VP of Member Management working closely with writers and publishers at all levels of their careers. He headed the Distribution department during which time ASCAP greatly expanded its membership and distribution operations. He also visited and worked closely with performing rights societies around the world and worked and lived overseas on behalf of ASCAP while leading an international joint venture.
Since the 1980’s, Seth has returned often to Berklee to lecture about Performing Rights to students in the songwriting, film scoring and music business classes. He has also awarded scholarships from the ASCAP Foundation to deserving Berklee students during special ASCAP Days.
Seth has conducted and played piano for countless musical theater productions in New York and New Jersey over the years. Seth regularly presents musical lectures about Broadway and Hollywood composers. He is currently the keyboard player with Joe D’Urso and Stone Caravan, a rock band in NY/NJ that plays original rock and roll.
In addition to his musical and music business activities, Seth served on the Board of Directors of WhyHunger for seven years, five of them as Chair of the Board. WhyHunger, a global non-profit leader in the anti-hunger movement, is working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world. WhyHunger provides critical resources to support grassroots movements and fuels community solutions rooted in social, environmental, racial and economic justice.
Chris Wares has extensive experience in the music industry, having worked with some of North America's largest independent record labels, publishing companies, entertainment law firms, and management companies. Some of his roles have included marketing director for a major distributed independent record label, grant writer, artist manager, copyright administrator, and metadata and distribution specialist. Through this work, he has had the privilege of leading marketing campaigns for multiple Grammy and Juno award-winning artists. As a professional grant writer, he has successfully procured government and private funding in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for artists and businesses such as record labels and music publishers. Before pivoting to the business of music, he was an award-winning sound engineer, having worked in some of Canada’s most prestigious recording studios.
When it comes to academia, Wares has worked with numerous post-secondary institutions to develop and update curriculums, design new courses, and materials, and organize events. He also has several years’ experience teaching various business administration courses, with a focus on the music business.
Wares is an active member of the Recording Academy, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), and the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA). He also regularly serves as a grant applications juror for the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR).