Music Business Toolbox
Created by Bryan Calhoun, a giant in the music industry who has helped establish multi platinum artists such as Lil Wayne, Niki Minaj, Kanye West and many others. The Music Business Toolbox is designed to teach artists, producers, and managers all they need to know to be successful in music industry; including everything vital connections they need to make legal issues they’ll need to be familiar with.
FLOW is a New Age group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over eight years. FLOW had it’s debut in Carnegie Hall in 2017 and is made up of and named after four world renowned, award winning musicians. Pianist and vocalist, Fiona Joy; Guitarist, Lawrence Blatt; Trumpeter, Jeff Oster; as well as Grammy award winning producer, Composer, and guitarist, Will Ackerman.
Global citizen and Neo-folk singer and guitarist, Eli Lev has established a robust music career in just two years as a full-time musician. Both with his band, The Fortunes Found, and on his own Lev has captivated audiences throughout the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Having traveled all around the world Eli Lev has been influenced by countless experiences that have turned him into the eclectic artist we now know.
Luke James Shaffer
Luke James Shaffer, often Compared to artists like Mumford & Sons or Zac Brown Band, is a warm hearted singer-songwriter based in Washington DC. Having amassed a major YouTube following with over 1million views and two Top 50 showings on American Idol, Shaffer is quickly gaining fans, booking shows, and releasing music.
Raised in the wild woods of West Virginia by Russian intellectual revolutionaries who lived off the land, peacock-loving glam rocker Gyasi is the classic rockstar that’s so hard to come across in modern times. Now taking over the Nashville scene with his debut ‘Peacock Fantasies’ EP, Gyasi is entrancing crowds with his good vibes that are a clear nod to greats like David Bowie and Marc Bolan.
Joe Wood’s infectious indie pop shrouds his lyrics in a wash of dreamy synthscapes, jagged guitars, rugged hip-hop beats and sharp hooks that capture the mania, anxiety and alienation of being a 20-something artist in NYC. Winning the hearts of both fans, press and sync-licensers alike, Wood’s latest single “Had Enough” was featured on MTV’s show “Are You The One” and has racked up 60 thousand streams and counting.
Jetty Rae is the embodiment of unconventional. Years ago, armed with a silver bullet trailer and a dream, the talented songstress took a leap of faith to give up most of her possessions and live permanently in an ’79 Airstream to travel the world with her husband, two children and pug. When she’s not performing with acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jetty is getting the word out about her music both on and offline with her captivating live show.
Beau + Luci
Hailing from Georgia, country-rocking sister-duo Beau + Luci took a lifelong obsession with the work of legends like Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash and turned it into a career. Their debut Fire Dancer EP released in early 2017 showed them collaborating with a host of esteemed musicians, including guitarist Scott Sharrard and keyboardist Peter Levin (both members of the Gregg Allman Band) as well as keyboardist Rami Jaffee (best known for his work with Foo Fighters and the Wallflowers). Since it’s release, the talented twosome has toured nationally as well as been featured in publications like Paste Magazine, No Depression, Glide Magazine and more.
Macy Todd burst on the scene in 2016 with her debut single “I’ve Got A Feelin’”, which was featured throughout the blogosphere and praised for “merging elements of the likes of Amy Winehouse, Paloma Faith and Macy Gray.” A Southern belle with a whole lot of soul, Todd’s releases have found their way onto numerous Spotify playlists, racking up over 600,000 streams.
Los Angeles-based indie electronic duo Sleeping Lion was formed by roommates Nate Flaks and Noah Longsworth McGuire in the spring of 2015. In a little over two years, they have been covered by outlets such as Indie Shuffle, EARMILK, HillyDilly and The Line of Best Fit, been featured on multiple key Spotify playlists (Chill Vibes/Slow Club/Fresh Finds: Hiptronix) and signed with Majestic Casual Records.
Justin Michael Williams
Justin Michael Williams debuted at #18 on the iTunes Pop charts with METAMORPHOSIS after transitioning from an 8-year career as an international yoga and meditation teacher into recording artist. Justin has been featured on Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlist, NewNowNext, The Amsterdam News and the Wall Street Journal.
Break The Business
Break the Business is the musician’s guide to achieving music industry success through embracing an independent, entrepreneurial, and artist-centered business model. Author Ryan Kairalla is an entertainment attorney and podcaster and provides insightful and relatable information that is easy to digest and his conversational style makes this book a must read.
Aaron has made a home in the modern R&B scene. Sharing the stage with Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and JoJo and penning the opening theme music for The Queen Latifah Show is just a sneak peek at Aaron’s extensive resume.
Musicabana is a New York and Havana-based organization that promotes the understanding between the people of Cuba and the United States through many musical events. The 2016 lineup includes Sean Paul, Major Lazer, legendary brazilian Star Carlinhos Brown, and many others.
These frontrunners in the alt-country scene have shared arenas alongside The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Joan Jett and more. The gals have also graced the stages of The Today Show and The Tonight Show launching their single “From The Ground Up” into the top twenty of Billboard’s “Heatseekers Chart” in 2005.
Zoya’s soft-spoken brand of indie world folk has garnered her accolades from the Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, MTV Indies, Wondering Sound and more, making her one of blogosphere’s fastest rising indie sweethearts.
This band needs no introduction, but we will say this… Ariel has the same birthday as John Taylor and she can tell a true Duranie by the fact that they gasp when she tells them her birthday.
Maya Azucena, MTV Made’s Award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, is known for making music that uplifts the soul. She recently joined a prestigious lineup of artists, including Jill Scott, Maxwell and Beyonce, at 2013 Essence Fest in New Orleans.
At age 15 Riley signed to Elton John’s international management company Rocket Music. Riley and Rocket Music parted ways in May of 2015 when Rocket Music closed their North American operations. After the departure, Riley participated in season 9 of The Voice. In 2016, Riley is touring with Nick Carter on his All American Tour.
Lee Scratch Perry
Known for producing some of the most influential acts in reggae history, including Bob Marley & the Wailers Toots and the Maytals. Rolling Stone ranked Perry #100 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Rene Lopez’s groundbreaking band in the 1990s, The Authority, blazed through the boundaries of hip-hop, Latin, and funk, playing gigs alongside P-Funk, The Meters, and Fishbone. Later, Rene started the band Wasabi with the legendary John Popper (Blues Traveler). Today, Rene writes and performs solo.
International house music sensation and songwriter Crystal Waters became a household name in the 90’s with her slew of number one dance hits including “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless).”
Jeff Oster’s music has earned numerous awards – such as ZMR Album of the Year (3x winner), multiple #1 albums on NPR’s Echoes, and 2x winner of Best New Age Song in the Independent Music Awards. His music receives steady airplay on Sirius/XM, Music Choice, and a variety of other programs worldwide.
Shotgun Wedding is a country band comprised of some of New York City’s finest professional musicians. The country rock quintet is comprised of current touring members of Billy Joel’s band, and musicians who have played alongside Brian May, Queen, Paul McCartney and many many more notables.
Yael Naïm is a french-israeli singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 2008 after her hit single “New Soul” was featured on Apple’s MacBook Air ad. Soon enough, the song peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Nowadays, she is still touring around the world and has released in 2015 her 5th album.
Zap Mama is a Belgian artist Marie Daulne. Zap Mama sings Polyphonic and Afro-Pop music; a harmonic music with a mixture of infused African vocal techniques, Urban, Hip-Hop with emphasis on voice.
Syre and Fresko
This duo’s stadium-pop compositions have won them 1st place in the National ABC/TripleJ Run competition, allowing them to represent Australia at the Annual Spring Gala for Chinese New Year in Beijing.
Juliana strives to capture an authenticity in her work that is ambient and captivating. She aims to experience all forms of music, across a vast spectrum and is looking forward to share her musical spirit with the world.
Motion Potion is the grandfather of silent disco. He has performed at string of major that would make many a rockstar proud: Lightning in a Bottle, BottleRock Napa, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Outside Lands Festival, Treasure Island Music Fest, Ghost Ship Halloween, Sea of Dreams NYE.
Hot Buttered Rum
Five-piece progressive bluegrass act based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group performs frequently at music festivals, including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, High Sierra Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, and Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival.
John P. Kellogg, Esq., is the Assistant Chair of Music Business Management at Berklee College of Music and the author of the Amazon Best Selling, Take Care of Your Music Business. He has also been profiled in Billboard, Ebony, and Jet magazines.
Founding member of the Grammy nominated, ten million plus album selling band Spin Doctors, plus an acclaimed producer who’s worked with a diverse roster including: Joan Osborne, Bilal, Rachael Yamagata, New York Electric Piano, Isaac Hayes, James Maddock, Marc Cohn and Chris Whitley to name a few.
Brian Setzer Orchestra
A 3-time Grammy Award winner who has reinvented some of the greatest classical melodies of all time and has been single-handedly credited for reviving two forgotten genres of music: Rockabilly in the 80′s and big band swing in the 90′s.