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Friday, April 14 • 5:00pm - 9:30pm
VIP Party at Fest Friday

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If you are planning to attend April 14th, you are cordially invited our VIP Party at Fest Friday! 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM Friday at Binns Park in the VIP Tent. Light fare and refreshments will be available

Speakers
avatar for Patrick (Peanut)

Patrick (Peanut)

Owner / Co-Founder, Teamearly Management
Born and raised in Philia, PA. In 2002 starting working with Rocafella Records as a Road manager for Philia base group State Property Artist Beanie Segal Freeway Young Gunz Peedi Crakk O& Sparks .. once Freeway got his solo deal and dropped his classic album Philadelphia Free... Read More →
avatar for Jen Appel

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 loc... Read More →
avatar for Tim Borror

Tim Borror

United Talent Agency
Tim Borror born in Washington D.C. and raised in Kenneth Square in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Timattended the Art Institute of Philadelphia where he earned a degree in Music Business. An entrepreneur at heart, Tim started a boutique agency during college called the All-Access Agency, representing fast-growing bands including Type O Negative, whose success caused a larger firm, Artists... Read More →
avatar for Jonny Boucher

Jonny Boucher

Founder + CEO, Hope for the Day
I've worked in a variety of capacities within the music industry since I was 13. Gradually I realized that there was a gaping void at concerts created by the fact that while lyrics talked viscerally about mental health and suicide, there was nobody to tangibly follow up with thes... Read More →
avatar for Buzz

Buzz

DARKCHILD ENTERTAINMENT
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... Read More →
avatar for Mike Carpenter

Mike Carpenter

Partner, Adjust Creative
Mike has deep experience in design, branding, marketing, and tech. He's helped launch several businesses and can offer practical advice for performers, entrepreneurs, and storytellers. | | Mike will be at LAUNCH talking about TEI and the awesome things we're building togethe... Read More →
avatar for Jim Digby

Jim Digby

President & Chair of the Board of Directors, Event Safety Alliance
30 plus year veteran of the live music and event production industry. Highly experienced in domestic and international live event execution, team building, partnership development, and crisis management as applied to the successful execution of global entertainment production.A f... Read More →
avatar for Eva

Eva

CEO/ President, FATA Booking Agency
FATA Booking Agency is a company that plans live concerts, tours, and other events for its artists and clients. We represent artists mainly in North America, however we have territories in Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Australia and Eastern Europe. FATA Booking works based on ha... Read More →
avatar for Christine Feola

Christine Feola

Promoter and Talent Buyer, House of Independents
Christine has been booking Asbury Park, NJ for a little over 5 years. She started her own company, Dark City Entertainment, 4 years ago and focused on developing a strong Asbury Park music scene. She also ran a successful event every Monday at the Wonder Bar for the last 4 years... Read More →
avatar for Maria Gironas

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... Read More →
avatar for Heather Griffith

Heather Griffith

Publicist, Fearless Records
avatar for Jeanne Hoffmann

Jeanne Hoffmann

Capital Member, Entertainment Attorney, Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
Jeanne concentrates her practice in intellectual property and business litigation and transactions. She handles all facets of business and intellectual property litigation and has extensive experience handling diverse matters in both the state and federal courts. Jeanne has repre... Read More →
avatar for Michael Kealey

Michael Kealey

Owner, Motor Scout Music Publishing
Lancaster, PA based music publishing and rights management agency placing music in film, television and advertising mediums.Let’s identify the trends, the sounds, and the methodology of getting your music in front of the right people, at the right time and for the right project... Read More →
avatar for Jen Kellogg

Jen Kellogg

Partner, The Entertainment Institute
I'm the conference programmer for LAUNCH - so please feel free to give me your feedback on the event! I'm also the tour accountant for the Vans Warped Tour, Partner at TEI, and teach at Columbia College Chicago (Producing and Touring Live Entertainment). To round out my event pro... Read More →
avatar for Kyla Lombardo

Kyla Lombardo

Marketing Director, Red Frog Events
I optimize the relationship between entertainment properties, artists, brands and media. I am the Festival Marketing Director for Red Frog Events (RFE). Our festivals include Firefly Music Festival in Dover DE, Shamrockfest in D.C. and Chicago Beer Classic. Prior to joining RFE... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

CEO, 4Fini Inc.
A constant innovator, Kevin Lyman is best known as the producer and creator of the extremely successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music festival in the world today. Celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, the tour has played to over 9 million fans.  Kevin has founded many other highly successful tours including... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Maksimow

Stephanie Maksimow

Publicity Director, The Catalyst Publicity Group
Hailing from New York, Stephanie is a wanderlusty soul who has found herself living all over the country - from Long Island, to South Florida, New England, and now based in Seattle, Washington. From a very young age, Steph has been surrounded by music, making her love for various... Read More →
avatar for Larry Martin

Larry Martin

Founder/Owner, FakeLife Clothing
Fakelife clothing is a social enterprise founded on the business unusual practice of a for-profit business raising money to benefit others. Sales from our business benefit orphans and their communities in countries all over the world. | Inspired by an ear for music, an eye for... Read More →
avatar for Finn Mckenty

Finn Mckenty

CreativeLive / The Punk Rock MBA
I am a survivor of the 90s hardcore and graffiti scenes and spent my youth going to basement shows, making zines, and writing my name on other people’s stuff. Somewhere along the way I channeled my passion for DIY culture into a passion for business and entrepreneurship, and my secret mission is to build an army of hardcore-kids-turned-CEOs that will take over the business world. I am currently the Executive Producer of Music... Read More →
avatar for Dave McWane

Dave McWane

President, Big D and the Kids Table
Big D has produced 17 CDs. Their double album, Stomp and Stroll raised $40,000 on Kickstarter and won Best Punk Band of the 2014 Boston Music Awards. Their release, Strictly Rude, was touted as The Best SKA Record of the New Millennium by Alternative Press magazine. Big D was also recognized in 1999 as the Best New SKA Band at the Boston Music Awards. In 2008, David produced the CD Strictly Mixed... Read More →
avatar for Darby Moeller

Darby Moeller

Director of Partner Relations, Artist Relations, and Business Development, Sixthman
After 10 years working at record labels in marketing (Columbia Records, Mom+Pop) I decided to make a move and found an incredible company called Sixthman who curates and produces festivals at sea. I began as a Partner Relations Manager working with each of our Host artists, agent... Read More →
avatar for Randy Nichols

Randy Nichols

Owner-Operator, Force Media Management
I have guided my artists to several Gold records and Grammy nominations. Overseen releases and sold out tours on six continents. My acts have seen a combined sales of over 3 million records and $10 million plus dollars in merchandise sales. | | Regularly invited to speak abo... Read More →
avatar for Uncle O

Uncle O

Power 99
avatar for Ulf Oesterle

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 promo... Read More →
avatar for Gizzy O’Toole

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... Read More →
avatar for Lou Plaia

Lou Plaia

Co-Founder/EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations, ReverbNation
Lou Plaia is the Co-Founder / EVP Music Industry & Artist Relations of ReverbNation. In 2006, music industry veteran Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation. Since that time, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers with its powerful career management... Read More →
avatar for Nikhil Potdar

Nikhil Potdar

Creative Director, Outerloop Management
Nikhil Potdar is a manager/producer for Outerloop, Director of Business Development & Marketing for Sumerian Records, an Advisory Board Member for Hope for the Day, and a Associate Member of the Recording Academy.
avatar for John Riccardi

John Riccardi

Strategic Account Manager - Music, Eventbrite
avatar for Brian Rosenblatt

Brian Rosenblatt

Member, Entertainment Attorney, Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC
Brian joined Bryce Downey & Lenkov, leaving one of Illinois’ top 25 largest law firms after nearly 15 years. Brian previously developed and co-chaired an Entertainment, Media and Privacy Practice Group, and Intellectual Property Group at his past firms. Brian brings his entire... Read More →
avatar for Dan Rozenblum

Dan Rozenblum

Senior Agent, Circle Talent Agency
Dan has been booking tours for bands since the mid 1990’s.   Initially started with his own band, while running his own DIY venue and talent buying for a number of clubs around his college town of Tallahassee, FL, word spread and other bands, both local and nationally signed a... Read More →
avatar for Kristin Schloesser

Kristin Schloesser

Founder / Co-Owner, We Are Team Hans, llc
Kristin aka "Gypsy" founded We Are Team Hans, llc in 2011 with her husband Hans, although HANS actually stands for Have A Nice Show. The company was founded to be an all-in-one development/mgmt/marketing/touring machine for bands, as well as their crews. Gypsy has Tour Managed... Read More →
avatar for Mark Schulz

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... Read More →
avatar for Carl Severson

Carl Severson

Founder, Good Fight Entertainment LLC
Armed with the knowledge and experience from the multiple bands he'd developed, his work at Roadrunner, operating Rerret Music for over a decade, and touring as vocalist for Nora, Carl Severson co-founded Good Fight Entertainment with an emphasis on label services congruent with the evolving recorded music climate. At the end of the day, with over 2.5 million album sales under his belt, Severson is most proud of having helped his friends do what they love and avoid mundane day jobs at the same... Read More →
avatar for Deborah Zuke Smith

Deborah Zuke Smith

Owner, zuketunes LLC
Vocal Coach/Artist Mentor & Owner of zuketeas™ | | One of my greatest passions is helping rock artists. I find them to be fearless with their singing. My foundation is as a rock singer so the organic approach is very natural to me. Most rock artists I know and work with ba... Read More →
avatar for Brian Storm

Brian Storm

Editor in Chief, Rock Feed / MetalSucks
I'm the founder and Editor in Chief of Rock Feed and a correspondent for Metal Sucks. I also spend time putting pizza in a blender and producing YouTube videos.
avatar for Eric Tobin

Eric Tobin

VP Sales and Artist Development, Hopeless Records and Sub City
Eric Tobin is the Vice President of Business Development and A&R at Hopeless Records and Sub City Non Profit.  He began his tenure at Hopeless over ten years ago as the label's in-house booking agent, drawing on his experience of several years of touring as both tour manager and live sound technician. At Hopeless, Eric currently oversees three core business areas: domestic sales and business development, international strategy and sales, and... Read More →
avatar for Kate Truscott

Kate Truscott

Sponsorships & New Business Development Empress, 4Fini Inc.
Kate Truscott is one half of the dynamic duo that makes up the 4Fini Nashville office where sponsorship strategy is handled from introduction through activation. Kate works with clients to create and execute key programs that allow them to access all that the 4Fini properties have to offer including social media and digital integration, artist relations, onsite marketing, and management of all staff each summer on the Vans Warped Tour. Prior to coming to 4Fini in 2006, Kate held various management touring positions with music artists like Chevelle, My Chemical Romance, and Fort Minor. Kate grew up in New England and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After starting her career in Chicago, Kate moved to Nashville to launch the 4Fini office. When she... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Weiss

Jeremy Weiss

Founder & Owner, LMC&F/The CI Companies
Jeremy Weiss is the founder and owner of  The CI Companies, the umbrella brand of his career endeavors: CI Records (label), LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival, The Champ venue, CI Productions, CI Design & Printing, & the CI band management arm.  CI Records (est. 1987) has signed notable acts, such as August Burns Red, Texas In July, Carousel Kings, The Pink Spiders, Vision, Sense Field, The... Read More →


Friday April 14, 2017 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Fest Friday Binns Park