Career Jam 2022 Career Jam 2022

Composition

Friday, April 1, 2022

- EDT
1. It's all in the Song: "Love Letter" to Bonnie
Ali Tamposi
Ali Tamposi
Songwriter, Ali Tamposi Publishing
Kara DioGuardi
Kara DioGuardi
Founder, Arthouse Publishing
Bonnie Hayes - Moderator
Bonnie Hayes - Moderator
Chair, Songwriting, Berklee College of Music

Join us for a conversation with the Grammy-nominated songwriters who have shaped pop music with their chart-topping hits over the last two decades including songs recorded by Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson.

- EDT
2. Marvel's Secret Weapon: Composer, Pinar Toprak
Sean McMahon B.M. '00 - Moderator
Sean McMahon B.M. '00 - Moderator
Chair, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music

Join us for an insightful and fascinating discussion that charts Pinar Toprak's rise in Hollywood from a technical assistant to becoming one of the most in-demand composers in the industry. You know her scores from blockbusters such as Captain Marvel to video games such as Fortnite—both of which grossed more than one billion dollars worldwide. 

- EDT
6. Roc Nation x Rapsody: Launching an Artist's Career
Bianca Edwards
Bianca Edwards
Director of Marketing, Roc Nation
Rapsody
Rapsody
Artist/Emcee

Berklee welcomes Grammy-nominated artist and Emcee, Rapsody as well as Roc Nation's Director of Marketing, Bianca Edwards. This session will center around Rapsody's journey: early challenges, securing management, publishing, and Roc Nation deals, building a community, as well as Rapsody's newest project, EVE. This album is a celebration of black female culture, with each song titled after a phenomenal black woman. 

- EDT
7. Alternative Rock/Pop Music Song Screening with APG
Andre Herd
Andre Herd
Senior Director of A&R, Artist Partner Group

Join Andre Herd from APG as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time. 

Hosted by: The A&R Student Club

- EDT
1. The Art of Record Label A&R: Signing the Future
Amanda Samii '09
Amanda Samii '09
Senior Vice President of A&R, Capitol Records
Suzanna Slavin
Suzanna Slavin
Senior Vice President of A&R, Mom + Pop
G Rouzbehani
G Rouzbehani
Vice President of A&R, Motown Records
Sammye Ruth-Scott
Sammye Ruth-Scott
Director of A&R, Atlantic Records
Liza Levy - Moderator
Liza Levy - Moderator
Talent Relations Manager, Berklee College of Music

Meet top executives from the industry responsible for signing and overseeing the development of artists such as Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert Hoodie SZN, Nija, Tash Sultana, Tycho, Beach Bunny, Evann McIntosh, and many others. These majors and indies will share the type of talent they’re scouting and the day-in-the-life of overseeing the development of recording artists.

- EDT
4. Bursting the Berklee Bubble
Arielle Tindel B.M. '19
Arielle Tindel B.M. '19
A&R / General Manager, We Are: The Guard / Brill Building Music Publishing
Leo Varella B.M. '20
Leo Varella B.M. '20
Producer, Songwriter, Musical Director
Micah Montgomery B.M. '18
Micah Montgomery B.M. '18
Creative Strategist
Stefanie Henning - Moderator
Stefanie Henning - Moderator
Associate Vice President for Career and Digital Strategy, Berklee College of Music

A candid conversation about the industry, finances, adult friendships and what happens after you leave the Berklee Bubble. Learn from recent Berklee graduates working in all facets of the entertainment business about how to find your stride, your people, and pay bills while maintaining your health and wellness as you pivot from student to professional.

- EDT
5. Hip-Hop/Popular Music Song Screening with Prescription Songs
Siara Behar
Siara Behar
Senior Director of A&R, Prescription Songs

Join Siara Behar from Prescription Songs as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time.

Hosted by: The A&R Student Club

- EDT
1. The Art of A&R Publishing: For the Record
Benjamin Groff B.M. '93
Benjamin Groff B.M. '93
Owner, Brill Building Music Publishing
Francisco Granados
Francisco Granados
Vice President of Creative and A&R, Sony Music Publishing U.S. Latin
Andre Herd
Andre Herd
Senior Director of A&R, Artist Partner Group
Paige Parsons
Paige Parsons
Senior Vice President of A&R, Atlas Publishing
Siara Behar
Siara Behar
Senior Director of A&R, Prescription Songs
Ani Johnson - Moderator
Ani Johnson - Moderator
Associate Professor, Music Business/Management, Berklee College of Music

Signing, developing, and advocating for the writers and producers who are responsible for today's biggest hits is one of the most nuanced roles in the modern recording industry. These publishing A&R executives are leading the way by innovating on behalf of artists who include Grimes, SOPHIE, The Lumineers, Ryan Tedder, Tiesto, Micah Premnath (Selena Gomez, Lady A), Seb from 1Mind (Don Toliver, JuiceWRLD),  Piso 21, Danny Ocean, Ximena Sariñana, Llane, Juan Pablo Vega, and many others. Join this session to learn how they scout talent and create opportunities for songwriters and producers.

- EDT
2. Indie Artist Toolkit
Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey
Founder and Managing Director, Harbour Artists & Music
Bianca Bhagat
Bianca Bhagat
Senior Vice President of Creative Marketing, AWAL
David Macias
David Macias
President, Thirty Tigers
Charlie Tadman
Charlie Tadman
Songwriter & Publishing Relations, Spotify
Seth Saltzman B.M. '81
Seth Saltzman B.M. '81
Senior Vice President, ASCAP
Chris Wares - Moderator
Chris Wares - Moderator
Assistant Chair, Music Business/Management, Berklee College of Music

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.

- EDT
3. A 360 View of Chamber Music Collaborations
Willem de Koch
Willem de Koch
Trombonist, Co-Founder, The Westerlies
Jordyn Davis
Jordyn Davis
Grant Programs Associate, Chamber Music America
Mason Bynes M.M. '21
Mason Bynes M.M. '21
Composer, Career Services Advisor, Berklee College of Music
Andy Clausen
Andy Clausen
Trombonist, Co-Founder, The Westerlies
Jonathan Bailey Holland - Moderator
Jonathan Bailey Holland - Moderator
Chair, Composition, Contemporary Music, and Core Studies, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

What does it take to pull off a successful commission and artistic collaboration? Hear the insights on how a chamber music group developed a commissioning project with a composer through grants from Chamber Music America.

- EDT
5. Latin Music Song Screening with Warner Chappell Music
Lazaro Hernandez
Lazaro Hernandez
Vice President of A&R - U.S. & Latin America, Warner Chappell Music

Join Lazaro Hernandez from Warner Chappell (Latin Division) as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time. 

Hosted by: The A&R Student Club

- EDT
6. Breaking Down the Riff with Natalie Weiss
Natalie Weiss
Natalie Weiss
Vocal Performer/Coach, Breaking Down The Riffs / Riffsky Business LLC
Jules Braverman
Jules Braverman
Project Manager / Assistant, Natalie Weiss / Riffsky Business LLC
Jermaine Hill - Moderator
Jermaine Hill - Moderator
Assistant Chair, Theater, Boston Conservatory at Berklee

Ever wonder what it takes to be a critically-acclaimed artist and entrepreneur? Natalie Weiss has sung on The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording, Broadway, national tours, American Idol, and at sold-out concerts and stadiums around the world. She has quickly become one of the most sought-after celebrity vocal coaches, and her collaborations, performances, and YouTube series, "Breaking Down the Riffs," have been viewed more than 4 million times. Join us as she talks about her career as a singer, vocal coach, and businesswoman and works with our students on her trademarked method of breaking down the riffs and runs from pop icons.

- EDT
2. Creating Hit Songs as a Songwriter/Producer
Daryl Simmons
Daryl Simmons
Grammy Award Winning Songwriter/Producer
Claude Kelly B.M. '02
Claude Kelly B.M. '02
Founder/CEO, Weirdo Workshop
Chuck Harmony
Chuck Harmony
Founder/CEO, Weirdo Workshop
Shea Rose '11- Moderator
Shea Rose '11- Moderator
Assistant Professor, Contemporary Writing and Production, Berklee College of Music

Join the Grammy Award winners and nominees responsible for hit songs from artists who include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for a session that will illustrate the day-to-day skills necessary to be successful as a songwriter/producer.  From conception to revision to recording and production, these industry greats are hired for their ability to shepherd a song from a germ of an idea to a finished product.

- EDT
4. Setting Music to Picture: Let's Sync Up
Wende Crowley
Wende Crowley
Senior Vice President, Film & TV, Creative Marketing, Sony Music Publishing
Ben Dorenfeld
Ben Dorenfeld
Director of Music, Anomaly
Jake Weinreb
Jake Weinreb
Chief Operating Officer, Score a Score
Morgan Milardo - Moderator
Morgan Milardo - Moderator
Media and Operations Manager, Berklee Popular Music Institute, Berklee College of Music

Some of the most recognizable artists can attribute their success to sync placement. Music Supervisors, Creative Directors, Ad Agencies, and Sync Agents play an important role in the sync licensing process and understand how music can resonate with their target audience to sell products or create emotion when synced to picture. But before submitting music for licensing deals, it is important to understand the landscape and process before you pitch your music. This panel features industry professionals from the world of sync licensing and will provide insight as to how licensing your music for film, TV, advertising and multimedia can provide an additional revenue stream for artists.

- EDT
5. Pop/Rock/Country Music Song Screening with Atlas Publishing
Paige Parsons
Paige Parsons
Senior Vice President of A&R, Atlas Publishing

Join Paige Parsons from Atlas Publishing as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time. 

Hosted by: The A&R Student Club

- EDT
6. Popular Music Song Screening with Brill Music Publishing
Benjamin Groff B.M. '93
Benjamin Groff B.M. '93
Owner, Brill Building Music Publishing

Join Benjamin Groff '93 from Brill Building Music Publishing as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time. 

Hosted by: The A&R Student Club