Karen Bair

Head of Music Development, indiegogo

Sacramento, CA



Karen Bair is head of music development at Indiegogo, where she is responsible for the vision and voice behind music, film and gaming for the platform.Karen executes on initiatives to grow the music category and has been instrumental in building the ecosystem between musicians, record labels and developers that has positioned Indiegogo as a key incubation platform for top talent.

Karen is a veteran of the music industry, boasting over 20 years of experience in the field. Prior to Indiegogo, Karen served as Vice President of Artist Relations and Promotions at Ace of Spades Concert Venue and Vice President of Artist Relations at Talenthouse.com, working as a liason between artists, managers and record labels, while overseeing day-to-day operations and promotional initiatives. She was also a Manager at Rawkhead Rekords in Los Angeles, as well as a Promotions Director at AMP Promotions.

Karen graduated from the New School with a B.A in European Philosophy and later attended UCLA Extension with a focus on Creative Writing. She currently resides in Sacramento where she and her husband’s love of music have led to their ownership of two music venues in the area.

Julie boos

business manager/shareholder, Flood bumstead mcCready & mccarthy

nashville, tn


Julie Boos grew up in the small town of Hiawatha, Kansas.  She graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 1992.  Upon graduation, she joined Mercantile Bank in Kansas City and was quickly promoted to Branch Manager. 


Boos moved to Nashville and joined Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy, Inc. in 1995 as an Assistant Account Manager.  She is now a Business Manager and owner of the firm.   She is a member of the ACM, CMA and NARAS.  Her clients include Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Kip Moore, Kellie Pickler, and others.


Boos graduated with her MBA from the Massey School at Belmont University in December of 2006.  She is a Leadership Music Class of 2008 Alumni.  She currently serves as the Treasurer on the Leadership Music Board of Directors.  She is a past President of the Nashville Film Festival.  

Michael Burcham

President & CEO, the entrepreneur center

nashville, tn


Michael Burcham is President & CEO of the Entrepreneur Center. A serial entrepreneur who began his career at Hospital Corporation of America, Michael has a passion for helping individuals organize and grow their businesses. Michael helped create and launch the Entrepreneur Center in 2009 and became its founding CEO in 2010. In its first 2 years of operations, the Center has screened over 800 startup concepts, has graduated over 25 companies from its accelerator program and helped these startup entrepreneurs raise over $7.5 million in seed and angel investment.

In 2011, Michael was named by Tennessee’s Governor Haslam to lead Startup Tennessee – creating initiatives throughout the state to help early-stage entrepreneurs with mentoring and access to capital.

Amanda cates

Director online marketing & digital strategy, spalding entertainment

Nashville, tn

dream project judge

Amanda Cates is the Director of Online Marketing and Digital Strategy at Spalding Entertainment, serving as the head of all artist online, e-commerce, mobile, social, fan engagement, and marketing initiatives for the company's roster of high-profile country music clients.  A North Carolina native, Cates attended Appalachian State University where she earned a degree in Music Industry Studies majoring in Music Business with minors in Business and Computer Information Systems.  She began her career ten years ago in Raleigh, NC for an artist management firm, then made her way to a Seattle based, venture-funded mobile entertainment startup before heading to Nashville as a digital marketing consultant in artist management, most recently landing at Spalding where she has been since 2009.  She is a member of the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, a co-founder of the Digital Divas Nashville networking organization, and an advisor for the Country Music Hall of Fame's Troubadour Society.

Dez Dickerson 

President/CEO, Pavilion Group

Nashville, TN


Dez Dickerson’s 43 year music entertainment industry career as an artist, musician, producer, songwriter, record executive, label owner, artist manager, author, and entrepreneur includes 5 years as the original guitarist with Warner Bros. recording act Prince and The Revolution.

Dez currently serves as President/CEO of The Pavilion Group, comprised of Pavilion Entertainment and Pavilion Synergies, a

strategic social marketing agency. He has released an autobiography entitled “My Time With Prince”, in which he chronicles his involvement in the meteoric rise of the pop icon, and is currently writing the follow up, entitled “Parties Weren’t Meant To Last”.

jenn downs


atlanta, ga


Few people know MailChimp's users better than Jenn Downs, the company's first customer support specialist. A key player in creating the best email company ever, she has since helped create and shape the MailChimp Research Lab. Seeing and resolving user frustration first-hand fueled her passion for user experience and helped to hone her acclaimed "punk rock usability" style.

Outside of being a web nerd Jenn is a songwriter, plays bass in promising local Atlanta bands, and loves Rock and Roll!

Founder & President
TEC Direct Media, Inc.


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Charles Fetterly is Founder and President of TEC Direct Media, a media planning and buying agency based in Chicago, IL. Known by his friends as, “Chuck,” he is responsible for TEC Direct's day-to-day-operations, as well as, leading the company’s product development and technology strategy.

In 2003 he partnered with Bob Chiappardi to form Concrete/TEC Direct.  This strategic partnership focuses on providing customized media management services for the music and entertainment industry.  Using a variety of traditional and emerging media, Chuck and his team have managed media campaigns for a variety of genres, from Lady Gaga to Luke Bryan.

With a background in broadcast media operations, ad sales and direct marketing Chuck leads the development of M3D, a proprietary media planning, buying and tracking system that leverages technology and data into insights and efficiency for TEC’s label clients.

Prior to founding TEC Direct Media in 2001, Chuck served as Vice President of Client Services at CPO in Chicago.  He has also held positions at MTV Networks and ABC Radio in New York.

When Chuck is not working you can probably find him water skiing on a lake in Maine, playing his piano or spending time with his wife and daughter.

Andre Gaccetta

Vp, g7 entertainment marketing

nashville, tn


Andre has more than 15 years of experience in the entertainment marketing industry ranging from venue management and marketing to running an entertainment promotions agency. Tasked with bringing brands to life through various forms of entertainment, Gaccetta and his Nashville based team specialize in talent booking, live show management and the development and fulfillment of sponsorship/endorsement campaigns.   Gaccetta’s team has created and produced numerous award winning programs including the RAM Truck/Zac Brown Band Letter For Lyrics, Keith Urban Together with Kingsford Charcoal, Demi Lovato Hallmark Text Bands launch and activation of Taylor Swift’s Diet Coke, Keds, Elizabeth Arden and Covergirl tour sponsorship. 

 Preceding his success at G7, Gaccetta launched and funded Event Marketing Communications, an entertainment marketing and promotional agency. During his seven year stint as President, he developed a number of unique skills and tools for creating and managing entertainment sponsorship programs for MCI, Seagram, Mobil and Ralston Foods. 

He forged onto the entertainment marketing and production scene in 1999 as the Marketing Director for Montgomery County Cultural Facilities and Affairs in Dayton, OH where he held the responsibility for  programming and marketing a number of high profile outdoor parks, community festivals and a 2,500 seat entertainment venue. 

Dawn Gates

Vice President, Digital Marketing

UNiversal music group

nashville, TN

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The Vice President of Digital Marketing at Universal Music Group Nashville, Dawn’s innovative approach to the application of new technologies during her 15-year music career has established her as a pioneer in the use of interactive marketing.  Her current artist roster includes some of the biggest names in Country music including Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jennifer Nettles, Little Big Town, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Shania Twain, Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley, just to name a few.  Prior to her position with UMG Nashville, Dawn was with Capitol Records Nashville for seven years, and had spent eight years prior working for Word Entertainment (Warner Music Group), where she established the first-ever New Media departments for both companies.  In her role, Dawn manages the coordination and facilitation of all online audio/video promotions and positioning, maintaining/creating websites, managing third party marketing initiatives, social networking designs/promotions, consumer data research and reporting, and most importantly the exploitation of advancing technologies and concepts in the areas of digital downloads, cellular ringtones, e-commerce, retail merchandising, digital distribution deals, etc.

Outside of work, Dawn participates regularly as a panelist and judge at local and national conferences and events dealing with music development and digital media and has also been recognized with memberships into private “invitation only” groups like the national organization “Summit Series,” and local organizations such as Leadership Music. In 2011 Dawn was also named Nashville’s “Woman Of The Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Randy Goodman

Music city music Council


Nashville, TN



A Nashville native and thus a product of the City’s metro public schools, Randy grew up smitten by the music bug, playing in rock bands by night and marching and jazz bands in school by day. He attended Lipscomb University earning a BA degree in economics and political science (thinking law school might be an appropriate entre to the music business). He also studied at Belmont’s School of Music followed by a stint on the road as the agent, manager, roadie, sound engineer and van driver for an un-signed band…to his parent’s dismay.

He began his (official) music business career in 1980 with Top Billing and joined RCA Nashville, 1981, as a publicist a year later. Goodman was transferred to RCA’s corporate headquarters in 1990 as SVP/Marketing when his boss, then Nashville Label Chief, Joe Galante was made world-wide President of the Label. While in NYC Goodman oversaw both domestic and international marketing for all genres working with the Dave Matthews band, the Wu Tang Clan, SWV, Tribe Called Quest,  ZZ Top and Annie Lennox.

In 1995 Randy returned with Galante to Nashville and was named, EVP/GM of the newly created RCA Record Label Group. While at RCA Randy worked with a broad range of artists from Waylon and Dolly to the Judds and Keith Whitley to Kenny Chesney and Martina McBride. In 1997 Goodman left RCA to start Lyric Street Records for the Walt Disney Company and ran that label as its founding President until 2010, signing and developing artists SheDaisy, AI alum Josh Gracin, Aaron Tippin, Love and Theft and Rascal Flatts among others.

In 2011 Mayor Karl Dean asked Goodman to Co-Chair his Music Council initiative and has served in that volunteer role since.

Additionally Goodman has done a broad range of Industry consulting from Ryman Hospitality (Opry, Ryman) to Red Light management (Luke Bryant, Tim McGraw) and is currently working in-house with Spalding Entertainment (Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts).

He is a past president and chairman of the Country Music Association and is a trustee of the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.  He has also served on the board of the Academy of Country Music.  Randy currently is a mentor in residence at the Entrepreneur Center and a mentor for Room in the Inn’s Odyssey program. He also serves on the board of Dovehouse.

Randy is married to Dr Jennifer Goodman (Lipscomb, UT, Vandy grad) and has two children, UT freshman, Ross and Brentwood Academy freshman, Rachel. He is a member of St Bartholomew’s Church.






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Jamin is a relentlessly curious, self-motivated, and detail-oriented inventor and UX designer. As a software developer, he keeps up with the latest techniques and trends related to his craft, from iOS to RESTful web services.

Further, Jamin is listed as a co-inventor on utility patent applications related to inventions in the iPhone hardware-software space. Jamin’s “iTalk” iPhone app has over 2 million users and remains one of the most popular apps in the Business category. Jamin’s “AirCurve” acoustic iPhone dock was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the “Green Design 100.”

As the Director of Product Development at Streamweaver, Jamin is positioned on the forefront of next-generation mobile technology.

Brody Harper

CEO/Founder, SkörInc

Nashville, TN


Brody Harper is the founder and CEO of Nashville based web company SkörInc as well as the Co-Founder of TwoSevenTwo Media creating video content for artists.  He's traveled with several artists including MercyMe, David Crowder Band, Third Day, Sugarland, Billy Currington, One Republic and more.  He's originally from Sacramento, CA, is horrible at using commas, is married and is the co-creator of his three sons.  - @brodyharper

Dave Haywood

Lady Antebellum

Nashville, Tn


Dave is the multi-instrumentalist and all-around music genius of country stars Lady Antebellum. The harmony-based trio –featuring Dave along with Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott has achieved superstar status, earning 7 GRAMMYs, and selling  more than 7 million albums since their debut in 2007.

Lady A and its sizeable fan base bonded heavily during the band’s Own The Night World Tour, its first arena run as a headlining act, in 2012. The shows themselves were inspirational. But so was the time offstage. Lady A made a point of experimenting and creating with its road band as the one-nighters and the miles of travel piled up. That behind-the-scenes interaction inspired much of the music on their latest album Golden, an instantly infectious project in which Lady A discovered new edges for its already-successful foundation.

Jeremy Holley

VP Consumer & Interactive Marketing, Warner Music Nashville

Nashville, TN


Jeremy Holley serves as Vice President of Consumer & Interactive Marketing for Warner Music Nashville. In this role, he oversees all aspects of online marketing, e-commerce, social media and digital music strategies, as well as creative services for the entire artist roster. Holley has been recognized by Billboard Magazine as one of the “Top 30 Under 30” executives in the music and entertainment industry. 

Genevieve Jewell

Head of The Collective Nashville

nashville, tn

dream project judge

Genevieve Jewell is the head of The Collective’s Nashville office, a leading entertainment management and production company. She joined the company in January 2012. The Collective represents Sara Evans, Linkin Park, Enrique Iglesias, Godsmack, Slash, Kelly Rowland, Corey Smith, Martin Lawrence, The Annoying Orange, Megan & Liz, Epic Meal Time and numerous others. Prior to joining The Collective, Genevieve worked at Nettwerk Music Group and then Borman Entertainment. At Nettwerk Music Group, Jewell was a Manager Associate and oversaw New Media/Digital for clients such as Guster, Barenaked Ladies, Guster and State Radio. She joined Borman in 2007 and worked with clients Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Michael Franti and Alison Krauss. Genevieve graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Music Industry. She was in the top 5% of her graduating class. Billboard Magazine named Genevieve one of the music industries Top 30 Executives Under The Age Of 30. 

Christian jorg

CEO, Opentopic

New York, NY

Keynote Speaker

Christian Jorg  is CEO of Opentopic, a SaaS company based in New York, his third start-up.  He has long been a leader in the media business and a pioneer in digital media and founded the New Technologies group for Bertelsmann AG/BMG Entertainment in the ’90s. Since then he has been a senior executive at Imax Corporation and started his own independent record label as CEO and co-Founder of E-Magine Entertainment.

 In 2005 he joined Acotel Interactive as EVP, Entertainment as part of the start-up team and helped develop it into one of the world’s leading direct to consumer mobile entertainment companies with over $100 million in revenue. He’s also held senior positions at Gerson, Lehrman Group and Universal Music and was named one of the Top Ten Mobile Executives for 2008 by Billboard Magazine. Besides his role at Opentopic he is on a number of Advisory Boards and Boards of Directors.

Christian holds an MBA in Marketing from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York, USA. He is based in New York.

Lance Kelly

Fanfare entertainment

San Francisco, CA


Lance Kelly brings 20 years of experience in software development,

technical, and operational management to Fanfare. Prior to cofounding Fanfare, Lance held senior management positions at Apple Computer, Exodus Communications, Centrata, and ePlay where he delivered numerous consumer hardware and software products to market. In addition, he served as Vice President of Studio Operations at Total Entertainment Network and Vice President / Co-Founder Software Engineering and Operations for pogo.com -- a top ten website measured by time spent online and the largest casual gaming destination in the U.S. As a co-founder of pogo.com (A Kleiner-Perkins portfolio company), Lance led the product development team from its inception to industry-leading unique visitors and engagement metrics. Pogo.com was sold to Electronic Arts for over $40mm.

PJ Loughran

EVP/Executive Creative Director, Superfly presents
Chicago, IL

PJ Loughran is an entrepreneur and creative leader that has been crafting innovative solutions for the world's most influential brands and media channels for almost 20 years.

PJ Loughran began his career doing illustrations for the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times while attending Parsons School of Design. He has created over 2000 illustrations for clients including Sports Illustrated, Esquire, GQ, Rolling Stone, Time, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Burton Snowboards and the New York Times. 

In his initial years following graduation PJ served as Design Director and Creative Director at AGENCY.COM, one of the largest pioneering firms in the interactive marketing space. 

In 2004, PJ founded Kerosene Creative Services, a creative marketing firm whose client list included LEGO, Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Bros, and 20th Century Fox. In 2009, PJ sold Kerosene to Chicago-based Manifest Digital where he served as Chief Creative Officer for two years.

in 2012, PJ founded The Distillery, a Chicago based digital creative and social media agency specializing in creative strategy, IP development and strategic social management for entertainment properties. In 2013, PJ sold The Distillery to Superfly Productions, creators of the Bonnaroo and Outside Lands music festivals, among others. He currently serves as EVP / Executive Creative Director of the marketing group.

PJ is also an accomplished musician and songwriter. Since 2001, he has completed three full-length records and performed for audiences across the country, including opening spots for Maroon 5, R.E.M., Johnny Lang, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren, REO Speedwagon, and The North Mississippi All-Stars, among many others.

In addition, PJ was an adjunct professor at Parsons from 1998-2006, teaching classes in design, illustration, and drawing. He has also been a frequent guest lecturer at schools and design organizations nationwide.

Evan Lowenstein

Founder & CEO, Stageit

Los Angeles, CA

Keynote speaker

Evan Lowenstein relies on his nearly 20 years of experience in the music industry to oversee all aspects of Stageit. With experience as a recording artist, award-winning writer and tech geek, Lowenstein fused together his passions to create Stageit, an online video platform that would allow artists to stream and monetize concert-like live performances while interacting with their fans in real time.

Evan has been featured in many publications, including Forbes, Businessweek, Entrepreneur and Fast Company, which recently named Stageit as one of the world’s Top 10 most innovative companies in music in 2013. Lowenstein is a dynamic and sought after speaker who has lectured and/or mentored students at Harvard Business School, Wharton (U Penn), Tuck (Dartmouth), Emory University and more.

Prior to Stageit, Lowenstein founded HookUp Feed, a premier mobile marketing company whose clients include The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, American Airlines, Domino’s Pizza and Cold Stone Creamery. Lowenstein was also one half of platinum- selling pop/rock band Evan and Jaron who scored three Top 40 hits, including the Top 10 song Crazy For This Girl.

David Macias

President/co-founder, Thirty Tigers

Nashville, TN


David Macias is a 33-year industry veteran and is the President and co-founder of Thirty Tigers, a label services and management company located in Nashville. Thirty Tigers works with Flogging Molly, Matisyahu, The Avett Brothers, Elizabeth Cook, Trampled By Turtles, Jason Isbell, Sunny Sweeney and many others. He is a frequent     contributor to music industry focused mediums such as Hypebot and Billboard, recently focusing on streaming revenues and performance royalties for artists and labels. He also produces the occasional project, winning a Grammy for Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs Of Stephen Foster, which he co-produced.

Stokes Nielson

Founder, Stokes Tunes/Country Now

Nashville, TN


Stokes is a BMI-Award Winning Songwriter and a 3 Time ACM Award Nominee, with 15 years of experience as an artist and executive in the entertainment industry. Stokes is the founder/owner of Stokes Tunes, a multi-media branding and production company. He was discovered and given his first role in the music industry by Willie Nelson during his senior year at Vanderbilt University, mentored by legendary record man Joe Galante, and currently works with industry innovators Coran Capshaw and Butch Waugh on Country Now, an online Country Music Channel. In August of 2013, Stokes was named President of the music division for equity crowd-funding pioneer Early Shares.

Jeff Nicholas

Co-founder/CEO, The Uprising Creative

Los Angeles, CA


Jeff Nicholas is co-founder and CEO of The Uprising Creative, a premiere creative agency with clients that include some of the most culturally influential artists and brands in the world.  Jeff's vision and dedication, as well as his extensive experience in a variety of roles in the music and lifestyle markets, helps him - and The Uprising Creative - drive full-service, design-driven campaigns and projects that are unmatched in quality and reach.  In his current role, Jeff works as a music video and commercial director and producer, as well as the development of new strategic partnerships and campaigns for leading industry labels, agencies, artists, managers, technology partners, and merchandise companies. 

David Ross

President, BossRoss Media/Author

Nashville, TN

Panel moderator

@DavidMRoss founded Nashville’s MusicRow magazine which he sold in 2008 after a successful 30-year reign as Publisher/CEO. A self-professed “early adopter,” he successfully transformed the publication from print to digital by pioneering many of the email/social media techniques revealed in his new book, Secrets Of The List. Still one of Music City’s most-read industry analysts, Ross continues to cover the intersection between music and technology with local, national and global perspectives.

In mid-2013 HitShop Records tapped Ross to head its Marketing dept. and to launch NEKST.biz, a corporate content channel that showcases “ideas from top music industry doers and thinkers.” NEKST is designed to keep HitShop artists top of mind and engage industry gatekeepers.

Ross received the Canadian Country Music Association's Leonard T. Rambeau Award for International Achievement in 2003 and the CMA President's Award in 1998. He also hosted the first CMA Awards Internet simulcast in 1997.

Jared scheel

co-founder /

chief product officer



Jared Anthony Scheel is a co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Populr.me, a new micro-publishing platform which publicly launched in January of 2013. He got his start in the digital space back in the mid 80’s when his father brought home one of those new-fangled personal computers everyone was talking about. Jared graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middle Tennessee State University in 2004, with a degree in Mass Communication. Since then, he has worn many hats in the creative and interactive space, including designer, developer, animator, and filmmaker. While wearing said hats, Jared has created award-winning interactive or visual experiences for clients such as CMT, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, SESAC, Warner Brothers, Two Futures Project, Cumulus Broadcasting, and others. His passion for creating unique and memorable experiences now motivates and defines his oversight of Populr’s product development and user experience design. He lives just north of Nashville, TN, with his loving wife and daughter, and, although he is so close to the mecca of country music, he himself has never donned shiny boots, tight jeans, or a cowboy hat.

Sloane Scott

Partner, FLO{thinkery}/CMO Fishbowl Spirits

Nashville, TN


Partner, FLO and Chief Marketing Officer, Fishbowl Spirits. Sloane is a founding partner in FLO. FLO enables artists to own the brands they build. 
Relationshipper. Digital Diva. Geek Chic. 

Marcus Whitney

CTO/Co-founder, Moontoast

Nashville, TN

Dream Project Judge

Marcus Whitney is CTO/Co-Founder at Moontoast, the leading Social Interactive Advertising Platform for the Enterprise, serving clients like Toyota, Proctor & Gamble, Nike and Samsung. In addition, Marcus is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Jumpstart Foundry, the leading tech accelerator for startups in Tennessee having launched over 30 companies since inception which have collectively raised over $10 million.