Bob Baker is an author, indie musician and former music magazine editor dedicated to showing musicians of all kinds how to get exposure, connect with fans, sell more music, and make more money. He is a touring speaker and the author of The Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook, MySpace Music Marketing, and Unleash the Artist Within.


Jed Carlson is Co-Founder and COO of ReverbNation, a company that provides Music 2.0 marketing technology to Artists, Labels, Managers, and Venues. He holds degrees in economics and environmental studies from Bowdoin College, and an MBA from Duke University. Past ventures include The Carlson Print Group, a commercial printing and packaging company, and SmartPrint, a division of CD manufacturer AmericDisc Inc, that enabled “on-demand” CD manufacturing for indie record labels.


Randy Chertkow & Jason Feehan are the authors of The Indie Band Survival Guide: The Complete Manual For The Do-It-Yourself Musician and The DIY Music Manual: How To Record, Promote and Distribute Your Music Without A Record Deal . They’re also founders of the free and open musician resource, IndieGuide.


Corey Denis has been pioneering digital music marketing for 10 years using everything from ListServs & forums to social networks and MMORPGs. She got her music industry start at What Are Records? where her future thinking & innovative online marketing increased sales and broadened fanbases for Frank Black, Stephen Lynch, Maceo Parker, The Samples, & more. She moved to San Francisco in 2005 to work at IODA where she helped create and market Promonet, before leading the marketing efforts as VP of Marketing at digital distributor reapandsow. Her current consulting clients include SonicLiving, and Opus Music Ventures among others.



Christina Duren is the PR Director for Ariel Publicity’s Cyber PR Campaigns. She started her music career as an intern at Island Def Jam where she spent a year in the Radio and Promotions/ Publicity department working with with Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Ne-Yo. From there she took her first real job at Shore Fire Media working campaigns for The Roots, and Heineken Red Star Soul Tour.


Christopher Gesualdi is the Marketing Director at Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR a New York based digital firm that connects artists, authors and filmmakers to blogs, podcasts, Internet radio stations and Social Media sites. His focus is on Social Media strategy and Marketing plan implementation for all Cyber PR Campaign clients.


Rick Goetz is an entertainment professional with deep roots in the music industry. He has been an A&R representative at major labels like Atlantic and Elektra, a music supervisor for independent films and national TV campaigns and has played bass for Grammy award winning musicians. He is currently a music consultant and musician coach and can be found at


Rob Gordon As Director of A&R at EMI, Rob brought the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Queensryche to international stardom. In 1991 Rob founded W.A.R.? – What Are Records? which has released over 140 albums since, including Stephen Lynch, Jonathan Coulton, The Samples, Frank Black, Maceo Parker, David Wilcox, Tim Finn, Sally Taylor, The Ocean Blue, and Glenn Tilbrook. W.A.R.? led marketing for the HORDE tour 1993-1995. In 2007 Rob founded United Interests to round out W.A.R.?’s Career Development team. Rob consults and speaks worldwide on topics ranging from Music to alternative energy to complementary currencies to sustainable city building.

Ariel Hyatt is the founder of Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR a New York based digital firm that connects artists, authors and filmmakers to blogs, podcasts, Internet radio stations and social media sites. Educating musicians is her passion and her philosophy is: combine social media with Internet marketing to help artists grow their fanbases and increase their income. This is the subject of her book: Music Success in Nine Weeks which has helped hundreds of musicians navigate the Social Media landscape and it is available at Amazon. She is a proud contributor to Music Think Tank.


Tom Jackson is the #1 Live Music Producer in the industry. When recording, you need a record producer. But with your live show, you need a Live Music Producer to make it the best it can be! Tom has developed the Live Music Method, an onstage method that makes your live show engaging and memorable, exceeding audiences’ expectations, creating fans for life.


Erik Philbrook is AVP of Marketing Media for ASCAP and serves as Editor in Chief of Playback, the Society’s magazine, in addition to creating audio/ video, editorial and other content for ASCAP’s website, social media channels and the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO. He is also a songwriter and bassist for the indie roots rock band The Brilliant Mistakes.


Lou Plaia – After 15+ years at Atlantic and Lava Records, Lou decided to start a new style of music marketing company which required an odd blend of music expertise and technology. ReverbNation launched on October 31, 2006. And it now serves 475,000+ Artists, Labels, Managers, Venues/Promoters and other Music Industry Pros with a complete solution for fan management, promotion, distribution, direct-to-fan commerce, and analytics. ReverbNation’s mission is to uncover value for the musician. In addition to providing core business services, we seek to create new revenue streams for its users.

Michele Samuel is the principal of Beautiful Day Entertainment and works alongside artists building foundations to create artist to fan relationships for a long term career path. Methods have included fan financed music production, touring and promotion, mobile text list building, and fan generated bookings. Her clients include Shane Hines and Corey Smith.


Tom Silverman is the founder, chairman and CEO of the record label Tommy Boy Records. He also co-founded and co-organizes the New Music Seminar, which ran from 1980 to 1995 and which he relaunched in 2009 as a more frequent, touring event. Mr. Silverman serves on the boards of RIAA, SoundExchange, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM and its predecessors NAIRD/AFIM), and Merlin Network. He previously served on the boards of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Dance Music Hall of Fame, plus the NARM Manufacturer’s Advisory Board. Silverman received the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Heroes Award in 2000.


Derek Sivers is best known as the founder of CD Baby. After he won the 2003 World Technology Award, Esquire Magazine’s annual “Best and Brightest” cover story said, “Derek Sivers is changing the way music is bought and sold… one of the last music-business folk heroes.” In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby to focus on his new ventures to benefit musicians. His current projects and writings are all at


Emily White is a principal at Whitesmith Entertainment, a full-service talent management firm based in Los Angeles, New York, and Boston spanning the music, comedy, film, and TV industries. They work with artists who have a unique voice, style and meaning to their fans. Whitesmith balances a youthful edge while maintaining a deep knowledge within the fields of touring, merchandising, online marketing, social networking, branding, sponsorship, as well as physical and non-traditional content releases.


Jonathan Coulton is an American singer-songwriter, famous for his songs containing themes of geek culture as well as his rise to popularity through the use of the Internet. Coulton’s best known works include his light-acoustic cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot hit song “Baby Got Back” and original pieces such as “Still Alive”, the theme song for the video game Portal, and “Code Monkey”, which has been featured on Slashdot. (From Wikipedia)


Matthew Ebel is a piano rocker who’s been called a pioneer and a leader in independent music. Growing up in Washington State, he began playing piano and singing at age 5. Since then he’s released multiple albums, backed up major-label stars in Nashville, and launched his own subscription site using cutting-edge technology.


Carla Lynne Hall is a musician and music marketing consultant based in New York City. Her latest CD SUPERNOVA has been described as “Norah Jones meets Sade for tea on the their way to visit The Beatles.” In addition to releasing three CDs on her own label, she has also spent a number of years behind the scenes in the music industry, in publishing, management, publicity, and radio promotion. She is the author of The DIY Guide to the Music Biz, and is also the former music business columnist for Vibe Magazine. Carla also blogs about the life of an indie musician.


Derek Nicoletto is currently working on his first solo album due out in 2010, after two acclaimed years as lead singer and songwriter for Telling on Trixie, the “indie rock powerhouse” (Skope Magazine). Derek’s music has been featured in 11 national TV programs and commercials. He has performed for more than 3 million people live on Sirius Radio. As a TV host, Derek has conducted hundreds of artist-on-artist interviews for MTV LOGO’s New Now Next program, ranging from Margaret Cho, Ludo, The Decemberists, Girl in a Coma and Amanda Palmer. As social media fanatic, he maintains sites on YouTube/, Facebook/, Myspace/, Twitter/dereknicoletto


Phil Putnam is an indie singer/ songwriter and recording artist whose piano-pop/rock style places him in the good company of fellows like Elton John, Tori Amos, and David Gray. He has released seven albums in the past eight years, with his most recent release “Casualties” presenting several hit singles and earning him the honor of having the longest-running video in the history of MTV’s LOGO Network. Recognized for his keen sense of music business, publicity, and social networking for indie artists, he has become an indie music business go-to guy. Also an author, his daily column “Ask Mr. Moxie” can be read on as well as all Sprint and Boost Mobile PDA’s worldwide.


Dudley Saunders is a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. This “experimental folk” artist began singing his “surreal, modern folk tales” (Village Voice) to New York audiences in the early 90s. Full of talking corpses, insane women in rain-swept truck stops, the songs were (and are) an unnerving mix of mysterious-sounding folk and pop, making for a sound The New York Times calls “hallucinatory”. His most recent album, The Emergency Lane, was named one of the year’s Ten Best by Frontiers, Next Big Thing and RobKast Radio. He is currently recording his fourth album in Los Angeles.


Jennie Walker is a New York based singer, songwriter and charity fundraiser. Her debut album, “It’s My Time” was Co-written with Tommy Faragher, Grammy Nominee and 12-time platinum selling producer. Jennie is releasing her much anticipated album on December 10, 2009 on UK based Maddie Records. When not in the studio, Jennie is active in the music industry and in non-profit and charity fundraising endeavors. She is a member of the prestigious Artists Against Hunger & Poverty Program World Hunger Year. Jennie will be donating a percentage of the proceeds of her album to WHY, The Carter Center, Columbus State University, and The Synergos Institute.

Jason Walsmith is the co-founder of the band The Nadas and Authentic Records. The Nadas are a Des Moines, IA based band that have been together for16 years, touring the country and independently releasing successful records. Authentic Records is a cultivator of fine musical artists from the heartland and the rest of the country, who may otherwise go “under-noticed.” Authentic‘s goal is to help bring these artists‘ music to the masses, with a focus on not only building individual careers, but also building a community of artists helping artists.