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Friday, April 14 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
The Empire Strikes Back: Can you Handle the Truth? | Music

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Our most popular panel returns!!! How confident are you in your music? How much do you want real feedback from people who have to work with music every day? Artists will submit their music and those submissions are reviewed PUBLICALY to the entire panel with brutally honest feedback from the panelists. Think of it like our version of The Voice. Get the critique you crave from the experts. IF you can handle the truth!

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Jen Appel

Founder, Catalyst Publicity Group
Jen Appel, CEO & Publicity Director | Born and raised in sunny South Florida, Jen Appel received her Bachelors in Communications and Culture from Indiana University in 2009. While at IU, Appel gained real-life experience as a member of PRSSA and spent her summers working at local South Florida PR firms assisting with all things event development and publicity outreach. After graduating, Jen opted to continue her education at Barry University to... Read More →
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For the past 10 years Terry has continuously impressed label executives and the rest of the world by finding and matching some of today’s most creative talent the music business has seen. He is known for his ability to identify, spot and elevate raw talent. Today, he completely understands how to fulfill the role of the “traditional A&R”. Terry has a natural ability to spot the “X” factor in undiscovered raw... Read More →
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Maria Gironas

Publicist, Reybee
Most people never fully grasp what they want to do for a career until much later in life. For Maria Gironas, she knew she wanted to be a music publicist since the age of 12 after meeting a publicist at a concert. Since then, she has stopped at nothing to break into the industry, using her ability to write and report through sites such as Bandsintown, MindEqualsBlown.net, YouTellConcerts.com, InfectiousMagazine.com, and Substream Magazine. She has... Read More →
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Ulf Oesterle

Interim Director, Bandier Program, Syracuse University
Ulf Oesterle is an assistant professor in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University. Outside of teaching he started an indie label and artist management company, was the programmer and host of a weekly specialty radio show and has promoted concerts in upstate New York and NYC. He received a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the Newhouse School at SU in 2007. @ulfoesterle / @auxrecords... Read More →
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Gizzy O’Toole

Artist Relations and Marketing Manager, KHS America
Helping artists & brands connect since 2007. | | Responsible for day-to-day international artist relationship management for KHS America's exceptional family of artists. Co-create and manage sponsored brand events, negotiate Artist/ Brand partnership agreements, produce and archive artist marketing content to best support several brand's strategic initiatives. | | Artist Relations Manager for the following brands and Instruments... Read More →
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Mark Schulz

Mark Schulz Philadelphia PA, Senior Executive Director, Philadelphia Chapter.   Before returning to the Recording Academy four years ago, he held the position of Project Manager for NARM, where he was involved in logistics for their national conference, as well as a series of Entertainment & Technology Law Conferences.   Prior to NARM, he worked as a project manager for the Red Stripe Plane Group, an entertainment company that... Read More →

Friday April 14, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Freedom Hall B