Mar 4, 2015

20150202_153451The first annual Caribbean Music Week, hosted by Sync Summit and the Barbados National Culture Foundation, took place February 1-3, 2015, in perfectly sunny, warm Barbados, combining the relaxed island atmosphere with high powered opportunities for learning and networking in the world of music sync licensing, artist management, and more. Women In Music’s Membership Co-Chair, Cassandra Kubinski, attended and reported back on the conference for this article.

Over 3 days, a plethora of panels, workshops and live music showcases brought together the likes of advertising executives, touring experts, managers, digital rights holders, publishers, artist managers, branding experts, and of course, artists from various genres, with a focus on the music emerging from Barbados and the Caribbean. Attendees had the opportunity to meet and network with executives from Coca-Cola, Grey, JWT, Ogilvy, Notting Hill Publishing, Canadian Music Week, BT Sport, Music Dealers, PiAS, and more. Leading executives such as Mathew Knowles (Beyoncé's father) were on hand to discuss their experiences in breaking and branding acts.

Expertly curated and moderated heavily by Sync Summit's Mark Frieser, the panels often turned into lively discussions between panelists and attendees. A multitude of questions were answered including how music is placed into ads, TV, films, and other media,ways to build a brand through sponsorships, touring, live shows,and the business perspective on how music and artists are chosen for opportunities. WIM member Fiona Bloom of The Bloom Effect served as a panelist as well!

The Hilton served as a beautiful backdrop for this memorable conference. Breathtaking beaches, the laid back attitude, and the nightly showcases from acts ranging from hip hop, pop, rock, reggae, and soca to simple acoustic singer songwriters made this conference truly unique. Standout acts included Nexcyx, Lil Rick, and many more breaking acts.

A full list of panelists and events can be found here:

Sync Summit heads to London next, on April 9-10, 2015.
This will be another opportunity for music makers and business professionals to come together to share and discover music, make deals, and further the conversation for innovation in sync, branding, and breaking acts. Register at


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Jan 15, 2015


Last night (Wednesday, January 14, 2015) Women in Music hosted a unique members-only event at New York University.  In front of a packed room, twenty four lucky members had their songs reviewed by top A&R reps, who shared insider feedback and critique.  Our illustrious panelists included Riggs Morales (Director of A&R and Artist Development, Atlantic Records), Melissa Emert-Hutner (Director of Publishing US Operations, Nettwerk Music Group), and Kristina Grossman (Director of A&R, Republic Records).

To kick off the evening, our panelists shared their respective backgrounds in A&R, explained their work with the artists on their rosters, divulged where they source new songs and talent, and even shared what it is they look for -- and avoid -- when doing so.  The rest of the evening was dedicated to listening.  Bands, solo artists, and songwriters alike were showcased and song genres included pop, rock, country, R&B, and EDM, to name a few.  Panelists spoke for several minutes after each song in order to give tailored feedback.  Much of the conversation revolved around the importance of understanding and mastering the fundamentals of song structure, effective choruses and hooks, clever lyric writing, storytelling, and more.
Big thanks to our panelists for donating their time and energy, to the twenty four members who submitted their work, and to all who came out to listen and support!
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Women in Music Presented: Entrepreneur’s Playlist: Starting Your Own Record Label
 & Publishing Company

Nov 14, 2014

2014-11-13 18.42.46Women in Music presented the engaging panel: Entrepreneur’s Playlist: Starting Your Own Record Label
 & Publishing Company on November 13, 2014, to a crowd of industry professionals and entrepreneurs at the BMI headquarters in NYC.  The goal?  To dissect the entrepreneurial process and give detailed instruction on how to create and sustain a record label and publishing company in today’s market.   Esteemed speakers included Veronica Gretton (Owner, 401K Music), Justin Kalifowitz (President, Downtown Music Publishing), Rachael Sage (Founder/Owner, MPress Records & Recording Artist),  and Molly Neuman (Vice President, A2IM) who acted as the moderator.

Panelists delved deeply into topics like company management and decision-making, revenue sources and financial health, effective marketing and licensing strategies, pragmatic risks, client and catalogue acquisition, and relationship management (to name a few).  An impressive lineup of guests, they shared decades’ worth of experiences, alongside suggestions for best practices and common “do and dont’s,” all of which served to create a full picture of what it takes to start and maintain your own record label or publishing company.  As always, the floor was opened to our attendees to ask questions and engage in networking.

Many thanks and much respect to our panelists and moderator for sharing their wisdom, time and energy, and to all of you who came out!

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