Archive | February, 2014

Panelist Spotlight: David Macias (Thirty Tigers)

24 Feb

Panelist Spotlight: David Macias

Panelist Spotlight: David Macias
Industry vet David Macias co-founded Thirty Tigers in 2002 with Deb Markland. The two shared a love of music and marketing and the belief that the onslaught of major label consolidation combined with advances in technology would result in many viable artists joining the ranks of the independent world.
In 2004, the company created its own label imprint and partnered with American Roots Publishing for the inaugural release Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster. The album, co-produced by Macias, won critical acclaim and the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
Persistently updating and recreating its philosophies and services to fit the changing tides of the music industry, Thirty Tigers has helped foster success stories for a number of artists including The Avett Brothers, Flogging Molly, James McMurtry, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Ben Sollee, Jason Isbell, Patterson Hood, The Josh Abbott Band, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Chris Knight, Casey Donahew Band, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jason Boland & the Stragglers, The Eli Young Band, Paul Thorn, Those Darlins, Aaron Watson, Jake Shimabukuro and Trampled by Turtles. These past eleven years have seen independent music roar into the mainstream, and Thirty Tigers has been there to answer the call.
In late 2006, Thirty Tigers announced an artist management arm, which is currently proud to represent Elizabeth Cook, Jason Isbell, Jessie Baylin, Low, Retribution Gospel Choir, Those Darlins, Derek Hoke, Luella and the Sun, Kris Orlowski, and Trampled by Turtles.

Check out this 2013 Q&A with Macias published in Nashville Scene.


Panelist Spotlight: Casey Rae (Future of Music Coalition)

19 Feb

Panelist Spotlight: Casey Rae (Future of Music Coalition)

Casey Rae is a musician, recording engineer, educator, journalist and the interim Executive Director for Future of Music Coalition. Casey regularly speaks on issues such as new business models for artists, telecommunications policy and intellectual property at conferences, universities and in the media. He routinely works alongside leaders in the music, arts and performance sectors to bolster understanding of and engagement in key policy and technology issues, and has written dozens of articles on the impact of technology on the creative community. Casey is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Media & Democracy Coalition and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture. He currently records and publishes under the moniker The Contrarian and is the Grand Poobah of Lux Eterna Records.


Panelist Spotlight: Deborah Gonzalez

17 Feb

Panelist Spotlight: Deborah Gonzalez

Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on art, music, entertainment, digital, and social and online law. She obtained her JD from New York Law School and is licensed to practice in both New York and Georgia. Clients include museums, galleries, artists and art professionals, animators, film-makers, musicians and music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.

Deborah was a past-President of the Georgia Music Industry Association and a former board member of Women in Film & Television atlanta. She is also a member of the Georgia Production Partnership, Women in Animation, and the Entertainment Law sections of the GA State Bar Association. Deborah’s pro bono activities include a music law clinic and workshops for visual artists through the Binders Art School and TBBCATL. She speaks at various industry conferences around the world, such as SEIGE CON and SIAF, on legal issues and concerns for artists of all genres.

Deborah is a renaissance professional with over 20+ years of experience in corporate business consulting and training, including international projects in Europe, South America, and Asia Pacific focusing on intellectual property, marketing, leadership development, and technology transfer. This combination of knowledge and experience has lead to the cultivation of a network of resources and global contacts for the benefit of her clients.

Deborah has designed and created unique training and curriculum for members of the arts and entertainment industries (including artists, musicians, producers, and digital creators), business professionals, and international diplomats. Programs such as digital rights in the online world (for the artistic community as well as higher education), diplomacy and international relations, and economic and community development programs in the entertainment industries, are just a few.

Deborah continues to work on international projects in South America, India, Thailand, Fiji, Eastern and Western Europe, and others.

Deborah is a trained mediator, domestic and international; and a strategic planning specialist.


Panelist Spotlight: Alex Maiolo

13 Feb

Panelist Spotlight: Alex Maiolo

Alex has worked with The Future of Music Coalition for eleven years, primarily focusing on the health insurance crisis as it relates to the working musician. In 2005, with the aid of a Cummings Grant, the Health Insurance Navigation Tool (HINT) was developed. Musicians in need of health insurance advice can access HINT for free consultations. There’s nothing for sale, just free, unbiased advice on how to sift through the complex world of health insurance. In addition, Alex plays guitar in the pop rock staple, Fan Modine, owns Seriously Adequate recording studio, is a Senior Contributor for Tape Op Magazine, and writes for Premier Guitar. He is a partner with an insurance agency in the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area of North Carolina. Insurance as it relates to the artist, studio owner, and musician is part of a typical day’s tasks. He has been an active musician since he was nine years old, and an active fan since he was learning to crawl. In addition to appearing on various panels (SXSW ’06-‘012 TapeOpCon ’04-’08; Potluck Con ’08, ’09, 12; Pop Montreal ’06; FMC Policy Summits ’03-‘011; PopAsheville ’07-’09; Six Points Music Festival ’07; San Francisco Tech Summit ’11; Berlin Music Week ’12) to discuss the troubling state of health insurance in the U.S., he has given his time to educate young musicians as to how they can stay active in music-related projects for their entire lives.


Panelist Spotlight: Danielle Bowker (MusiCares)

12 Feb

Panelist Spotlight: Danielle Bowker (MusiCares)

Danielle Bowker (MusiCares) Danielle joined MusiCares in January of 2008 with six prior years of experience in the human services field. She began her career providing counseling services working with at-risk youth and their families. Since that time, she has worked in various capacities in the counseling field, from domestic violence treatment to suicide prevention. Danielle manages the health and human service program for the South Region of MusiCares. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Belmont University in Nashville and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.

Panelist Spotlight: Tatum Allsep (Music Health Alliance)

10 Feb


Tatum is an honors graduate of Vanderbilt University and a nineteen-year veteran of the music industry. Her career includes six years with MCA Records, artist management for the legendary Americana band, The Derailers, and the launch of the first-ever Vanderbilt Medical Center/ Children’s Hospital Music Industry Relations Department. There she pioneered a number of impactful programs including Dierks Bentley’s Miles and Music for Kids, Project Paper Doll, Musicians On Call, and CMA Sound Healthcare. Tatum co-founded Sound Healthcare, an expansion of CMA Sound Healthcare and a for-profit business created to bring health insurance and advocacy to members of music trade organizations. This experience provided Tatum with a first-hand look into the growing need for a full service healthcare advocacy firm to protect and serve the music community, so she formed Music Health Alliance. Through MHA, Tatum initiated a new model of healthcare advocacy that removed the profit motive from health insurance, while providing a wide range of healthcare resource options to protect, direct and connect an exposed demographic. In the last year MHA has secured over $2 million in healthcare financial resources for music professionals.    Tatum serves on a number of non-profit board of directors and she’s a member of the CMA, ACM, NARAS and the AMA. Tatum is married to the love of her life and has three young children.


PAM2014 Poster!

1 Feb

PAM2014 Poster!

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