EDMbiz Conference reveals full panel and speaker list

EDMbiz — the annual meeting of the dance music minds in Las Vegas during EDC Week — has released the full list of panel topics and speakers set to appear at the fourth annual event, set for June 16-18 at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

Artists appearing include Nicky Romero, Pretty Lights, Oliver Helden, 3LAU, Krewella, Hook n Sling, and Z-Trip. They’ll be surrounded by some of the leading names on the business side of dance music including Pasquale Rotella, CEO of EDMbiz and EDC producer Insomniac Events.

Two new Shark Tank-style contests were also announced for this year’s event: the EDMbiz Startup Contest for budding entrepreneurs and Best Record/A&R Contest for music producers.

See below for the full list of session topics and speakers.

EDMbiz conference passes are available for $369. Passes include entrance to a kick-off party with Afrojack on Tuesday, a closing party with Alesso at the Boulevard Pool, and additional EDC Week 2015 events.

EDMbiz 2015 Panels and Keynote Sessions

AM Only: A Look Back on 20 Years

  • Chip Hooper, Worldwide Head of Music, Paradigm
  • DB Burkeman, DJ /Consultant, AM Only
  • Jason Miller, Senior Vice President, Live Nation – New York
  • Jono Grant, Artist, Above & Beyond
  • Matt Rodriguez, Agent,/VP, West Coast, AM Only
  • Pasquale Rotella, Founder/CEO, Insomniac
  • Paul Morris, Founder/President, AM Only
  • Moderator: Lee Anderson, Agent/VP, East Coast, AM Only

Billboard Presents: Dance Power Players 2015

  • John Amato, President, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter
  • Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance
  • Megan Buerger, Staff Writer, Billboard 

Boombox: A&R and How to Get Signed

  • Blaise DeAngelo, General Manager, OWSLA
  • Chad Gillard, A&R/Co-Director, Future Classics
  • Dave Ralph, Music Curator, Insomniac Records
  • Natalia Romiszewski, Director of A&R, Lava Records
  • Ryan Roy, A&R/Management, Interscope Records
  • David Waxman, Senior Vice President/General Manager/Head of A+R, Ultra  Records
  • Moderator: Matt Adell, CEO, Analog Factor Consulting

Chasing the Dream: Entrepreneurship and Funding

  • Brian Zisk, Founder/CEO, SF Music Tech
  • Kraig Fox, Director of DCP/Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners
  • Larry Marcus, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
  • Mike Rothenberg, ‎Founder/CEO, Rothenberg Ventures
  • Paul Resnikoff, Founder /Publisher, Digital Music News
  • Rachel Springate, A&R for Start-Ups/Founder, Enright
  • Moderator: John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer/Interim CFO, Insomniac

Dance Music and the Urban Ecosystem

  • Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • Dr. Christopher Thornberg, Founding Partner, Beacon Economic
  • Sam Fotias Paxahau, Senior Vice President, Movement Festival in Detroit
  • Shawn Schwartz, Co-Owner/Operator, Outpost
  • Zel McCarthy, Editor in Chief, THUMP at VICE Media
  • Moderator: Simon Rust Lamb, COO, Insomniac

Drugs in Dance Music: It’s Time to Talk

  • B-Traits, Artist
  • Dr. Adam Lund, Founder, UBC Mass Gathering Medicine Interest Group
  • Dr. Dale Carrison, Professor/Chair of Emergency Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine
  • Maren Steiner, Director, Health & Safety, Insomniac
  • Moderator: Mark Lawrence, Chief Executive, Association for Electronic Music

EDM: Just the Facts, Man

  • Tatiana Oliveira Simonian, Vice President of Branded Music, Nielsen

Fourth Annual EDMbiz Artist Panel

  • 3LAU
  • Hook n Sling
  • Krewella
  • Nicky Romero
  • Oliver Heldens
  • Pretty Lights

Future of Dance Music Journalism

  • Andrew Spada, Vice President of Content & Creative, Dancing Astronaut
  • Ethan Baer, CEO, EDM.com
  • Jemayel Khawaja, Managing Editor, THUMP at VICE Media
  • Nick Guarino, CEO, This Song is Sick
  • Matt Medved, Editor, Billboard Dance
  • Nick Ward, CFO, YourEDM
  • Rich Thomas, Vice President of Content, Insomniac
  • Ross Gardiner, US Editor, Mixmag.net
  • Moderator: Tommie Sunshine, Producer/DJ/Songwriter/Social Media Provocateur/Raver

More Than a Logo: Brands, Millennials & Creating a Lasting Connection

  • Clarissa Pantoja, Global Head of Music, InBev
  • Ed Hennessy, Director of Entertainment Logistics, UPS
  • Eric Blackwood, Director of Marketing, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
  • James Hubert, CEO, STACK Wine
  • Marshall Osbourne, Head of Music Partnerships and Experiential Marketing Evangelist, Uber
  • Moderator: Jeff Shaw, SVP, Strategic Alliances, Electronic Music Lead, Live Nation Entertainment

Radioactive: Listening Trends in a Changing Media Landscape

  • Austin Kramer, Global Programming Head – Electronic Culture, Spotify
  • George Hess, CEO,  Zero2Fifty Group
  • Geronimo, DJ, Senior Director of Programming-Electronic & Dance Formats, Sirius BPM
  • Ian Cee, Owner, FOUR80 Music
  • Joel Salkowitz, President, Sound Ideas Programming Consultants
  • Michelle Boros, Music Director/On-Air Personality, KAMP-FM Los Angeles/97.1 AMP Radio
  • Moderator: Clark Warner, Executive Creative Director, Beatport

Team Oliver Heldens

  • David Brady, CEO, Spin Artist Management
  • Elaine Schaap, Mom & Financial Advisor
  • Joost van Aarle, Tour & Production Manager
  • Karin Koopmans, Artist Manager, MusicAllStars Management
  • Oliver Heldens, Artist
  • Moderator: John Amato, President, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter

Tech Innovation & Disruptive Platforms

  • Conor Clarke, CEO/Co-Founder, Wavo.me
  • Julien Mitelberg, Co-Founder/President, Bandsintown Group
  • Kush Patel, Music Partnerships, Twitch
  • Mike Darlington, CEO,  Monstercat
  • Stephen White, CEO, Dubset Media Holdings, Inc.
  • Steve Martocci, Co-Founder, Splice
  • Moderator: Ted Cohen, Managing Partners, TAG Strategic

What is a DJ in 2015?

  • Carmen Rizzo, US Artist Relations Manager, Native Instruments
  • David Arevalo, Marketing & Artist Relations Director, Pioneer
  • Graham Funke, Artist
  • Z-Trip, Artist
  • Moderator: Jason Bentley, Music Director, KCRW

EDMbiz conference passes are available for $369. Passes include entrance to a kick-off party with Afrojack on Tuesday, a closing party with Alesso at the Boulevard Pool, and additional EDC Week 2015 events.


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