Best Job Ever 2015 Schedule:

8:15-8:45am: Check In

9-9:50am: Keynote Speaker, Marcie Allen

10:10-11am: Choose from the 5 sessions below

Pave Your Path | Johnson Large Theater

Three successful women in the music business discuss the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur. If you’ve ever thought about starting a company, you want to hear from these leaders.

Panelists Include:

Erin Anderson | Founder/CEO of Olivia Management | @erinolivia

Sarah Lai | PR/Marketing/Management, Creative Nation | @sarahlady

Heather McBee | Program Director, Project Music/Nashville Entrepreneur Center | @heathermcbe

Recording Bands Live on Location | Johnson 130

If you’re into recording and live events, this panel might be for you.  Come hear about how these pros take their studio skills into a mobile setting.

Panelists Include:

Lij Shaw | The Toy Box Studio | @thetoyboxstudio

Ross Gower | Nashville Mobile Recording | @nashliverec

Andy Kern | Music City Roots | @musiccityroots

Michael Hardesty | Bonnaroo Hay Bale Studio & 24HR Records | @24HRrecords

Finding Success on YouTube | Johnson 131

Whether you are a DIY artist, manager, or content creator find out how to grow your YouTube channel and build an engaged audience.

Emilija Clark |  Director of Sales and Marketing at Made In Network | @emilijaclark

A Limited Seating Q&A with Marcie Allen | Johnson 119

Join us for an intimate Q+A session with Marcie Allen.

Marcie Allen | Founder + President, Mac Presents | @marcieallen

Career Paths in Hollywood: From Film major to Producing a Hollywood blockbuster | Johnson Small Theater

Want to work in motion pictures? How to get there from here. Come learn how a veteran Hollywood producer with a degree and no connections made it in the film industry.

Travis Knox, Executive Producer (The Bucket List, Hairspray, Annie)

Travis Knox has worked his way up from assistant to production associate to producer and executive producer. Travis moved to Los Angeles right after graduation with no job, and very few connections and is now an established producer with credits that include: Annie, Hairspray, and The Bucket List.

11:20am-12:10pm: Choose from the 5 sessions below

Brand Partnerships: Creating a Win-Win for Artists + Brands | Johnson 131

As Record Labels pioneer new revenue streams, one opportunity for growth lies in the right Artis/Brand partnerships. Learn from an executive at the largest record label in the world how how music industry leaders are forward thinking music.

Maranda McGeary | Director, Brand Partnerships at Universal music Group Nashville | @UMGNashville

Modern Production: Creating Hits In The Box | Johnson 130

Don’t own a million dollar studio?  No big deal.  Come hear from the pros on how to knock a recording out of the park with not much more than your computer, very little gear, and a set of good ears.

Panelists Include:

Sean Moffitt | Mix Engineer (Ben Rector, Jason Grey, Colony House) | @smoffitt13

Justin Ebach | Producer/Songwriter (Group 1 Crew, Francesca Battistelli, The Newsboys) | @ebachmusic

Apps, Startups, Social Media & Data: Working in the New Music Industry | Johnson Large Theater

In 2014, Nashville became home to the country’s first music technology accelerator, Project Music. In addition to dozens of innovative music startups that now call nashville home, labels, publishers and music management firms are developing new strategies for connecting music and fans. In this panel, we examine these trends from four key perspectives: 1) start ups, 2) labels, 3) management and 4) creative digital agencies. Join us as we discuss the skills and perspectives to needed to succeed in the new music industry.

Panelists Include:

John Paul | CTO of ECHO, Web Developer at Foxfuel Creative | @JohnPaulWhatNow

Michael Shoup | Founder & Creative Director,  12South Music

Mike Fabio | Director of Digital Marketing at New West Records | Co-founder & COO at Bandposters

Jon Romero | Director of Digital Marketing at Vector Management

ASCAP: The Songwriter’s Performing Rights Organization | Johnson 119

ASCAP, an organization owned and run by its members, is the leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing over 550,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. Learn how to get affiliated, build a relationship with your PRO and find your place in the Nashville songwriting community.

Panelists Include:

Mike Sistad | ASCAP Nashville, Senior Creative Director | @ASCAP

Bonnie Baker | songwriter and professor (Hunter Hayes, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Sara Evans)

The most important movie marketing tool-the ins and outs of trailers | Johnson Small Theater

Jim Fredrick’s Motion Picture Marketing company is one of the leading creators of motion picture marketing tools in the country. Whether it’s a trailer, a TV spot or an Oscar campaign, you’ve all seen his work. Former Executive Vice President of Marketing for Sony Pictures, Senior VP at Warner Brothers, President of Marketing at Castle Rock, here is a list of just a few of Jim’s campaigns: the Harry Potter films, Happy Feet, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Million Dollar Baby, Easy A, and A Few Good Men.

Jim Fredrick | Owner, Jim Fredrick Motion Picture Marketing 

12:30-1:20pm: Lunch on your own

*If you are joining us in the Johnson Dining Hall, we have the private dinning room reserved for Best Job Ever panelists and attendees*

 1:30-2:20pm: Choose from the 5 sessions below

Redeeming Culture Through Creativity | Johnson Large Theater

This session will discuss connecting your faith in Christ to your work.  Industry leaders will share their personal experiences and insights as to how to follow His command to be “salt” and “light” as a “culture redeemer” in the entertainment industry.


Mark H. Maxwell, Entertainment Attorney, Belmont Adjunct Professor | @markhmaxwell

Panelists Include:

Mark Bright | Music Producer (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans)

Lou Taylor | Business Manager, CEO of Tri-Star Sports and Entertainment (Florida Georgia Line, Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani) | @loumtaylor @teamtristarse

Bernie Herms | Music Producer & Songwriter (Josh Groban, Brad Paisley, Natalie Grant and Casting Crowns) | @bernieherms

Larry Kloess | Promoter/Curator & Founder, Cause A Scene | @causeascene

April Geesbreght | Songwriter, Ole | @aprilgeesbreght

How To Get and Keep a Publishing Deal | Johnson 131

Talk to a publisher and his team of writers on becoming a staff writer and maintaining their publishing deal.

Panelists Include:

Lee Krabel  | Creative Director, HoriPro Entertainment | @rkrabel85

Mike Walker | Songwriter | @mikethewalker

Brinley Addington | Songwriter | @brinley_

Sarah Allison Turner | Songwriter | @SarahATurner

Live Sound on the Road | Johnson 130

Hear about various touring positions from some of the best in the industry.  They’ve traveled with some of the biggest artists around and are pulling back the veil to talk about the professional audio roles behind the scenes.

Panelists Include:

John Mills | Vice President, Morris Light + Sound | @johndmills

Curt Jenkins | FOH engineer (Miranda Lambert, Lady A)

Trey Smith | FOH engineer, tour manager, sound designer (Sara Bareilles Tour/Broadway) | @smithtrey

How to have a career in film and television…in Nashville | Johnson Small Theater

Carey Nelson Burch has had a remarkable career as a producer and an agent in film and television. She is one of production ‘movers and shakers’ and has great advice for aspiring screenwriters, directors and production people about how to ‘make it’ in television and film.

 Carrie Nelson Burch | Consultant/Manager/Producer, My Own Shingle and Executive Producer, TackleBox Films

BANDing together: One festival at a time | Johnson 119

Learn what it’s like to earn and keep a job in the fast-paced festival world from two of the rockstars behind Vans Warped Tour and Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival (and many more)!

Moderator: Maggie Cunin | Production Staff Coordinator, WARPED tour | @MaggieLC

Panelists Include:

Kate Truscott | Sponsorships and New Business Development, 4Fini Productions | @k8truscott

Damon Atkinson | Production Manager, Pilgrimage Music and Clutural Festival | @damonetm

2:40-3:30pm: Choose from the 5 sessions below

The Publisher’s Perspective | Johnson 119

Get a behind the scenes look into all different aspects of a publishing company from songplugging to licenses and placements for TV & Film.

Panelists Include:

Ciara Shortridge | A&R Coordinator, Disney Music Publishing | @Ciaragardner

Josh Saxe | Associate Director of A&R, Round Hill Music Group | @JoshSaxe

Alex Stefano | Film & TV Music Manager, Big Yellow Dog | @astefano18

Fan Engagement | Johnson 131

In 2015, artists can more easily access and communicate directly with their fans than ever before, but having a presence online isn’t enough. In this panel, you’ll learn how to turn a a passive fan into an engaged and loyal fan, as well as how to make your artist stand out.

Panelists Include:

Ashley Alexander | Executive Director, Girlilla Marketing | @GirlillaAshley

Doug Phillips | Digital Marketing Manager, Universal Music Group

Nick Barnes | Director of Fan Engagement, Eric Church

Lucy Kozak | Marketing Executive, CAA

Best First Job Ever | Johnson Large Theater

Four recent Belmont graduates let you in on what it takes to navigate Belmont and find yourself in your first music industry job after graduation. Each one has a very unique story, and are leaders within the ranks of Nashville’s younger generation of music industry professionals.

Panelists Include:

Marc Rucker | Manager at Crush Music | @MRucker7

Emilija Clark | Director of Sales and Marketing at Made In Network | @emilijaclark

Amelia Varni | Executive Assistant at Universal Music Publishing Group | @AmeliaVarni

Garrison Snell | Founder and CEO of Gyrosity Projects | @GarrisonSnell

Entrepreneurial Pursuits in Audio | Johnson 130

Entrepreneurial minds in the world of audio speak about their different ventures and ways to make a living outside of the traditional technical roles. In today’s entertainment landscape, diverse income streams is often the best way to make sure you get to keep doing what you enjoy most.

Panelists Include:

Jonathan Roye  |Mix Engineer + Producer, | @jroye82 | @jroye82

Paul Mabury | Studio Drummer + Entrepreneur, That Sound | @paulmabury

Mario Maitland | Producer, Arranger, Film Scoring

Bob Farnsworth | President + Creative Director, Hummingbird Productions | @hummingbirdnash

Breaking in: getting your first job in TV & Film | Johnson Small Theater

A “must attend” for anyone who is interested in a creative or business career in the competitive world of film and television.

Panelists Include:

Carrie Nelson Burch | Consultant/Manager/Producer

Jim Fredrick | Owner, Jim Fredrick Motion Picture Marketing

Travis Knox | Executive Producer (The Bucket List, Hairspray, Annie)

4:30-6pm: Best Job Ever After Party sponsored by YEP | Ocean Way Studios

Can’t stop, won’t stop!  If you want to keep the BJE party going, join us at Ocean Way Studios, for food, networking, and special performances by Lousia Wendorff, Devin Dawson, and Baylor Wilson. Sponsored by YEP.

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