The journey of an artist is nuanced and requires a trusted team of business partners. This session features music and entertainment industry professionals with experience in management, artist development, grant writing, content creation, songwriting, production, and entrepreneurship. Students will be able to tap into the necessary conversations artists need to have with themselves and their team as their career develops.
3. How To Build Your Team: Navigating the Artistic Journey
Ralph Jaccodine began his music career as a musician and concert promoter in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and then as the concert director at the University of Notre Dame. He has worked with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Rush, Hall & Oates, Foreigner, Yes, the Doobie Brothers, Linda Rondstadt, and Kansas, among many others. After running his own commercial real estate company in Boston for 12 years, he joined Mike Dreese, the cofounder of Newbury Comics, one of the nation's leading retail music chains, in starting Black Wolf Records, an indie record label. Then in 1992, he started Ralph Jaccodine Management by guiding the career of songwriter Ellis Paul, then expanded the business by working with artists like Livingston Taylor, Rebecca Loebe, Martin Sexton, Eric Andersen, Vinx and the Push Stars, Adam Ezra and Bang Camaro, among others.
Jaccodine is the cofounder of the Boston Management Group, a professional organization he started 25+ years ago with Tim Collins, the longtime manager of Aerosmith. He has been active on various boards, including Folk Alliance International, Club Passim, Right Turn, and Hope Collaborative. He served on the advisory board of WUMB Radio and Noel Stookey’s Music to Life, and has worked with Ernie Boch Jr.'s Music Drives Us Foundation.
Jaccodine is a full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music. He joined the Music Business/Management Department in 2013 and in 2015 won the Dean's Award for Innovation and Service. He serves as the faculty advisor for the Berklee Law and Management Club.
He's a frequent speaker at industry events such as the Folk Alliance International, South by Southwest, CMJ Music Festival, Americana Music Conference, Berklee's Re-Think Music Conference and Harvard's Recording Artists Project (RAP) program. He was the keynote speaker for Johnson & Wales University’s Leadership Conference and is a frequent speaker at Northeastern University, Harvard University, Emerson College, Boston University, and Tufts University. Internationally he has lectured at Singapore Polytechnic in Singapore and UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The proud father of two college graduates, he's happy living a vigorous, yet contemplative life.
OOMPA is a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator, who is forever representing the queer, black, orphaned, hood kids n’ them.
She was named one of NPR’s 2020 Slingshot Artists to Watch and her engaging, interactive performing style won her the Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year in 2019, following her 2018 Unsigned Artist of the Year victory among an unprecedented 12 total nominations. In a 2019 feature, WBUR’s the Artery describes the lyric-focused rapper as having a “natural tenderness with language” and calls her verses “funny...incisive and memorable.” Oompa showed this poetic prowess as the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam and a finalist in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. Following the release of her second album, Cleo, in August of 2019, Oompa sold out The Sinclair and a number of other Boston venues. Since then, she has shared the stage with renowned artists like Charli XCX, 24KGoldn, Tinashe, UMI, and Rico Nasty. Most recently, she headlined the Paradise Rock Club in Boston for her album release show on October 8, 2021.
Her latest album, UNBOTHERED was released independently in October 2021 to popular and critical acclaim. This album is joy incarnate. What it feels like, what it sounds like, what it looks like, who it’s for, and, most importantly, how to find and make joy a reality in this life even when presented with so much constant sorrow. This album is Oompa expanding as a human and as an artist. Free of boxes, free of expectations, and free of rules except for those she has laid out for herself.
Kristina Latino is the owner of Cornerscape Artist Management, an independent artist management company based in Cambridge, MA. At Cornerscape, Kristina manages a roster of artists including Mark Erelli, Alisa Amador, Ken Yates, and Kaiti Jones, as well as oversees the production of several live music events each year. Kristina leads the Boston Chapter of the international nonprofit organization Women in Music and served as a member of the inaugural City of Cambridge Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at nonprofit music venue Passim. When she isn’t working with music, Kristina loves hiking and playing softball.
Jeremiah "Ice" Younossi was reared as a true student of generation hip-hop. While growing up in Cambridge, MA, the home of Harvard, Patrick Ewing, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and the original House of Blues, Ice witnessed the 90’s urban east coast cultural explosion first hand. He regularly attended shows at local colleges and other marquee venues such as the famous Middle East Club in Cambridge’s Central Square. He was thereby developing an appreciation for the innovative and well-produced live performances of many local and well-known acts such as A Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, Mobb Deep, Nas, and the Wu-Tang Clan. During his junior year at NYU, Jeremiah landed an internship at Violator Management, a recognized leader in urban talent management.
CEO Chris Lighty, along with younger brother Mike, quickly tapped his diverse talents and created a full-time role for Ice within the touring and booking division at Violator. Ice quickly proved himself worthy of earning assignments of responsible in-house agent duties for the touring careers of clients such as NORE, Mobb Deep, Busta Rhymes, and The Clipse. In late 2001, Ice was paired with the up-and-coming artist 50 Cent. Inspired by the grassroots success of 50’s street and online distributed mixtape series, Ice spearheaded the initial buzz-building tour in anticipation of 50’s debut Interscope album. This developed into a national club tour, a twelve-month, one-hundred-plus city initiative that integrated a diverse set of venues from nightclubs to theaters, ballrooms to university campuses, and even a few arenas. By early 2003, 50 Cent was rated as one of the year’s top-grossing live music acts, and Get Rich Or Die Trying was building a momentum that would lead to 10X platinum certification.
From these successes, Violator forged an additional alliance with Creative Artists Agency. Ice was again tapped by Lighty along with Violator partners Mona Scott and Todd Moskowitz to become a managing liaison reporting to both the urban-pop and marketing divisions led by Dennis Ashley and Seth Rodsky at CAA in Los Angeles. In 2005 Ice was offered the opportunity to launch his own independent talent agency in alignment with 50 Cent’s G-Unit Records organization. Specializing in global touring research, development, and live music for the G-Unit Records Roster, this was the foundation on which Ice earned a reputation as a trailblazer for booking 50 Cent, G Unit, and several other premieres act, both domestically and overseas in non-traditional territories including the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, India, and Asia.
The A-List Agency roster includes the iconic veteran duo of Mobb Deep (6x gold & 3x platinum, ’91-‘08) as well as 50 Cent’s star protégés Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and DJ Whoo Kid, and an eclectic roster of four young and talented Black American Musicians: Black Violin, Bad News Brown, Susan Cagle & Eric Lewis. When he’s not brokering deals for his top-tier acts on the Global spectrum, Jeremiah ‘Ice’ Younossi is dedicated to developing his capabilities in talent representation while cultivating the careers and landscapes for the next generation of urban-minded artists.
Tim Hall is a musician and performance poet from Detroit, Michigan, now residing in Boston. His poetry draws inspiration from his lived experiences, charting the nuances of Blackness, masculinity, and the beauties of life. He has performed at Boston's HUBweek, the Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Outside the Box Festival, Bridgin' Gaps Festival, and many other venues and poetry slam communities around the Boston and Greater Boston. As a musician, Hall has shared stages with recording artists such as the Nappy Roots, Carolyn Malachi, Bilal, Chris Turner, and Aloe Blacc.
His work can be experienced through his spoken-word EP, Colors of My Soul, and self-published book, Trust the Process. An assistant professor in Berklee's Professional Music Department, Hall was nominated for Session Musician of the Year at the Boston Music Awards (2018–2020), received a 2019 Artist Luminary Award from local youth arts nonprofit Zumix, and was honored by WBUR’s The Artery as one of 25 millennials of color impacting arts and culture in Boston.