With over 15 years of experience in the music industry, Erin Workman brings a combined expertise in areas of Music Publishing, A&R, Artist Development, Vocal Coaching, Entertainment Education, Industry Relations and more. A degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance prepared her to enter into the industry as a signed staff songwriter and recording artist for Gaylord Entertainment (including Acuff Rose and Warner Chappell) in Nashville, TN, which led to entry into writing for Film/TV projects and various publishing/licensing ventures. While working with artists and songwriters, there was a natural ease into the field of Artist Development which brought Workman to Los Angeles to write for Disney (Suite Life of Zack & Cody) and work with such artists as DJ Ashba (Sixx:AM), Drake Bell (Nickelodeon/Sony), Miley Cyrus (Disney), Zac Efron (Disney), Selena Gomez (Disney), Ashley Tisdayle (Disney), Emma Roberts (Sony/Columbia) and many more. As a session singer/pianist and songwriter, Erin can be found on projects as varied as Rufus Wainwright, Russell Crowe – TOFOG, Disney’s “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, Nickelodeon’s “Unfabulous” – Emma Roberts, and various Film and TV projects and Erin’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Vocal Performance from CSU, Chico and her primary instruments are voice, piano/keyboards and guitar. In her previous executive position as Senior Director of A&R at TAXI Music, Erin utilized her passion for helping artists to achieve great success and continues currently as an A&R consultant for several major music companies. In this capacity, she also forged a number of important relationships with publishers, A&R representatives, music supervisors and managers for the purpose of promoting the talent of the TAXI members to the industry at large. As a result, the members secured many Film/TV placements and a prominent artist/writer signings. Erin is also the Department Chair for Songwriting and Music Business and Vice President of Career Services and Industry Relations at LACM.

Kasia Livingston

Kasia “KC” Livingston is a singer/songwriter who broke into the scene with her Grammy-nominated, worldwide #1 single “StickWitU” by the Pussycat Dolls. She is a frequent Britney Spears collaborator with multiple songs on Britney’s #1 albums Circus and Femme Fatale. She has continued to have releases with Flo Rida, Chris Brown, Jessie J, Cheryl Cole, and Gloria Trevi.

Writer and producer collaborations include: Flo Rida, Jessie J, David Guetta, Alex Da Kid, Britney Spears, Will.I.Am, Scott Cutler, Tokio Hotel, Fraser T. Smith, Victoria Justice, Kevin Griffin, Lindy Robbins, Ashley Gorley, Josh Abraham, Ari Levine, Luke Boyd, Brandy, Esmee Denters, Jordyn Taylor, Pixie Lott, Rock City, Frankie Storm, Bloodyshy & Avant, Danja, Fernando Garibay, Mike Elizondo, Rodney Jerkins, Brian Kennedy, JR Rotem, The Stereotypes, Andre Merritt, Rob Fusari, Dan & Leah, Cathy Dennis, The Writing Camp, Madd Scientist, The Jam, James Fauntleroy, Underdogs, Makeba, Greg Wells, Evan Bogart, Kara DioGuardi, Fredwreck, Stacy Barthe, Oak, Harvey Mason, and Greg Kurstin.

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Howie Shear

After receiving a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music, Howie moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a musician/composer/arranger. He soon took a slight detour to go on the road where he played lead trumpet with the Woody Herman Orchestra. After two years, he moved back to LA, and has since performed on countless TV and movie soundtracks, commercials, Broadway shows and recordings. Howie has performed with Tony Bennett, George Benson, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, and Mel Torme, to name a few. In addition to performing, Howie has been an active composer/arranger/orchestrator getting his first big break as the musical arranger for the Joan Rivers late night talk show, where he composed for a 16-piece big band 5 nights a week. Howie has also scored several movies. He received his doctorate in music from the University of Southern California in 2002.

Marko DeSantis is a music professional best known as the lead guitarist and co-founder of modern rock & roll band Sugarcult, with whom he has toured worldwide and sold over a million records since launching out of Santa Barbara, CA in 2001.

Sugarcult released three studio records which spawned hit singles such as; “Bouncing Off the Walls”, “Pretty Girl (The Way)”, “Do It Alone” and “Memory”.   They’ve also released a documentary DVD, a live album, a “best of”/concert DVD.

Sugarcult has headlined their own national and international tours; performed on the main stages of festivals around the world (Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, Summersonic, Warped Tour, Soundwaves, etc); were the main support act on Green Day’s “American Idiot” USA/Japan tours, and Blink 182’s farewell European tour and countless other tours.

Prior to Sugarcult, Marko wrote, recorded & performed live with national indie/power-pop/punk bands such as The AtarisSwingin Utters and Nerf Herder.

Marko also produces/writes for other artists and composes for film and television.

As an educator, DeSantis has appeared as a guest lecturer/adjunct professor and panelist at several music conferences and academia programs: SXSW, MI (Musicians Institute), LACM (LA College of Music), Citrus College, Kenshu (Japanese exchange), Taxi Road Rally, New Noise, Camp Jam and Power Chord Academy. Specializing in Artist Development and career opportunities in the future of the music industry.

Marko DeSantis is based in Los Angeles, CA.

Lisa Harriton

Lisa Harriton graduated with distinction from the Royal School of Music, London with a degree in classical piano. Thereafter, Lisa received a degree in Jazz Piano from University of Southern California. For several years, Harriton played the Los Angeles jazz club scene, drawing a growing following with eclectic sets interspersing jazz with her own original songs and performing or recording with veteran jazz musicians such as Ernie Watts, Joe LaBarbara, Darek Oles, Ingrid Jensen and Larry Koonse. In 2007, Lisa became the touring keyboardist and backing vocalist for modern rock superstars The Smashing Pumpkins. Harriton appears in the videos for “Tarantula” and “That’s the Way (My Love Is).” Since her work with the Pumpkins, Lisa has toured/performed with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) Adam Lambert, Ke$ha and Natalia Kills, opening for the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. She can also be seen in Adam Lambert’s videos “Whataya Want from Me?” and “For Your Entertainment.” Lisa has also been working with Matt Sorum (from Guns N’ Roses) as keyboardist/background vocalist in his new band Diamond Baby, and can be seen in their debut video, “Last Rockstar.” As a singer/songwriter, Lisa serves up a soulful blend of alternative rock infused with layered jazz vocals on her debut solo record on Broad stroke Records. Lisa was nominated for a Critics Choice Award and a Grammy Award in the category of Best Song Written for Visual Media for the tune she co-wrote, “Everything Is Awesome!!!” which was the theme song to 2014′s animated hit The Lego Movie.

Phil Swann’s career in the entertainment industry has spanned over 30-years as a performer, songwriter, producer, teacher & author. His songs have been heard in television, film and have been recorded by numerous recording artists including: Clay Aiken, Lee Ann Womack, Josh Strickland, Blake Shelton, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, Eamonn McCrystal and Lee Greenwood.

For the theatrical stage, Swann is the composer of the hit Off-Broadway musical, Play It Cool – 2012 Outer Critics Circle nominee for best new off-Broadway musical; The People vs. Friar Laurence, the Man Who Killed Romeo and Juliet – nominated for three Jeffrey Joseph Awards including Best New Musical (recently published by Samuel French, inc); and, DeLEARious – Garland Award winner for Best New Score.  Other musicals include, In A Booth at Chasen’s, Trombone, Neil Simon’s Fools the Musical, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits and It Had To Be You – a musical based on the life and songs of the famed lyricist, Gus Kahn.

A former staff songwriter and producer for DreamWorks, Swann’s production credits include: Helen Slater, The Good Mad, Laura Hall, Kelly McCleod, Danielle Kuri, Roberta Duchak, Dave Aguallo, Dan Nahmod, Adrina Thorpe, and Greg Rowles.

Swann is a favorite speaker at various organizations throughout the United States and Canada. His creative workshops have been embraced by The Songwriters Guild of America, the Nashville Songwriters Association, BMI, ASCAP and UCLA, where Swann currently teaches on the art and craft of songwriting, and sits on the Board of Advisors for the school’s Music Production Program.

In November 2012, Phil released his second studio album, “Age of Opportunity.”  Other solo recordings by Swann include his 2011 critically acclaimed CD, Stale Scotch and Cheap Cigars.

Also, Phillip Swann is the author of the mystery-suspense thriller, The Mozart Conspiracy, his first novel. The book is now published in Italy under the title, Il Codice Amadeus.

Originally from Milton, West Virginia, Swann is a graduate of the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City and now makes his home in Los Angeles, CA.

Pablo Mathiason began his career in the music industry in 1990 at Columbia Records in his hometown of New York City. Starting right out of college in an entry level position that included answering phones, distributing reports and getting lunch, he worked his way to the A&R department. With 7 years of success in the glory days of the 1990’s, having worked Alternative hit bands like Sponge, Alice In Chains, Our Lady Peace, Neds Atomic Dustbin to mention a few, he left to move to Los Angeles. In LA, Pablo took a career turn to publishing, working at Chrysalis Music which lead him to the new millennium. In the 2000’s were spent as a manager working with bands like Rancid and Hepcat, Further Seems Forever and The Beautiful Mistake. Returning to the label world as Director of A&R at Jive Records/Zomba Music Publishing from 2002-2008 working with 311, The Bronx, Bowling For Soup and Wakefield among others. Pablo closed out 2000’s at Starbucks Entertainment. Over the last couple years, Pablo has returned to his management and consulting business, Civilized Artist Management and has been managing The Matches, Singer/Songwriter Eli Lieb and video game/tv/film composers Brain and Melissa where he has been involved in recording, touring, social media, syncs, placements and specializing in how to work in today’s industry without a label.

Guitarist/Singer/Composer/Producer

Brazilian born Roberto Montero has performed with Grammy Award winner Sergio Mendes at the Blue Note in Tokyo, Japan, in Morocco and across the United States, with Grammy nominated brazilian singer Baby Consuelo, with four-time Grammy nominated Tiziano Ferro, NBC’s Rickey Minor & The Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, among others.

Has extensively written music for TV and Radio during 5 years in Brazil.

Music Director for the Dorian Holley Band for over 10 years now.

Recent recording credits include work as guitarist and singer on part of the soundtrack for the movie “Rio 2” – sequel to the Oscar nominated “Rio” – for Sergio Mendes and film composer John Powell.

For more information please visit  www.robertomontero.com

Adam Levy

Levy has created a remarkable body of music over the past 30 years, and his talents continue to evolve today. He was recruited for Norah Jones’ recording of “Come Away with Me,” her multi-platinum, multi-Grammy debut on Blue Note Records. He remained in Jones’ orbit for several years to come, recording two additional albums and three DVDs, and touring the world as a member of her Handsome Band. He also played on Tracy Chapman’s mid-90s masterpiece New Beginning. Levy’s guitar earns the limelight in the bluesy “Give Me One Reason,” which won Best Rock Song at the 1997 Grammy Awards.

Levy is also a respected writer and educator, with the instructional courses Play the Right Stuff (book/DVD), 50 Low-Down Rhythms (DVD/online course), and Rhythm Makeover (DVD/online course) to his credit, as well as numerous articles for Guitar PlayerFretboard Journal, and other top guitar magazines.

Bill Fowler

Bill Fowler was part of a world tour backing Raquel Welch, and subsequently toured for 3 years with the Pointer Sisters, performing at venues such as The Universal Amphitheater, The Greek Theatre, LA Sports Arena, on television appearances including The Tonight Show, The Midnight Special, The Tomorrow Show, and a tour of New Zealand and Australia. He later spent 10 years as part of Ben Vereen’s touring band, performing in both self-contained, 5-piece band contexts as well as Pops concert configurations with symphony orchestras. A highlight of this association was an appearance with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall in NYC. Other credits include television appearances with Jermaine Jackson and concert appearances with Lou Rawls, Marilyn McCoo, Lainie Kazan, Willie Bobo, Marvin Hamlisch, Anthony Newley, Nell Carter and Suzanne Somers. His work has been heard on TV and feature film soundtracks composed by Gil Melle as well as on albums by Ray Charles and Johnny Halliday (the French Elvis!) respectively. He has appeared with the Jazz Tap Ensemble the last 3 years as part of their Christmas performance broadcast live on KCET. He began teaching guitar both one-on-one and in classes over 20 years ago and has been associated with LACM since 1996.

Deal is an accomplished Los Angeles-based composer, arranger, producer and orchestrator in various genres including pop, hip hop, R&B and gospel. He has worked behind the scenes as well as on stage with artists including Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, Faith Evans, TPain, Jessica Simpson and Wynton Marsalis. In addition, Deal has contributed to the works of Elton John and songwriter Diane Warren. His diverse talents and ability to create fresh sounds for any modern track have kept him busy on the road and in the studio.
Website: jaedeal.net

Mark Cross is an award winning Producer, Composer, Mixer, Educator and Author with an extensive discography in both film and television that spans over 2 decades.

As a Engineer / Mixer Mark has worked on numerous albums, film scores, and television episodes, including the Grammy-winning “I Am Shelby Lynne”, Randy Newman’s Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning “CARS” and “Meet the Parents” score and soundtracks, along with mixing hundreds of episodes of the NBC prime time series: ER. Additional film credits include: Alien Resurrection, Seabisquit and Beavis and Butthead Do America.

As a composer he has created original music for the NBC Prime Time Series: Last Comic Standing as well as contributing additional music for: American Idol, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The CBS Evening News (and most recently for HBO’s: Getting On and Comedy Central’s: Key and Peele). Mark has created musical themes for Nickelodeon’s Wow Wow Wubbzy, the Seinfeld Season 8 DVD, as well as producing and performing with Grammy winner John Legend on HBO’s: Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Additionally, Mark authored the renowned book, “Audio Post Production for Film and Television”. This introduction to audio post production is based on his vast and diverse background along with the input and experience of numerous A-list professionals and addresses all aspects of working with dialogue, music and sound effects for film and television. Many of these professionals and institutions recognize this textbook as the “ De Facto / Go To” book for anyone interested in studying audio post production.

Eleni Mandell was born and raised in Los Angeles. She has made 10 critically acclaimed solo records as well as many with The Living Sisters (a harmony group with Inara George of Bird and the Bee; Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond; and Alex Lilly), and The Grabs, a post punk pop group with Nigel Harrison from Blondie. The New Yorker once called her “…the best unsigned artist in the business” but now she is on the independent record label, Yep Roc Records. She has toured North America and Europe extensively. An album of other artists covering her songs, including the likes of Jackson Browne and Van Dyke Parks, is slated for release in 2017

Debra Davis is a singer/songwriter/producer and music educator from Los Angeles. She has released 3 albums of original material, and has a catalog of songs written for other artists and projects, as well. Debra’s songs have been featured in numerous TV series and films, and can be heard on such Internet music outlets as Spotify, Itunes, IHeartRadio, Soundcloud and Pandora (Debra Davis Radio), as well as on retail and in-flight music programming.

The title track to her debut album, “Uninvited Guests,” cracked the Top 20 on the Americana Radio chart, and her latest, “Complete,” features a duet with 5-time Grammy winner Christopher Cross. Debra has written songs for, vocal coached and produced artists including Disney actress Peyton List (for Universal Music Group), Twist of Fate (Sony Wonder), and for “Avalon: Web of Magic” (Scholastic).

Debra and her music were also featured on the “Real Artists Working” documentary (PBS), “Innervieworld” webcast, and on “Angel Encounters” special (TNN), which explored the stories behind her songs.

Debra has been a featured performer/songwriter on ASCAP’s Quiet on the Set, NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Assn.), and Billy Block’s Western Beat, and has toured nationwide with her Band of Gold playing festivals and venues like The Bluebird in Nashville, Summerfest, PRIDE, Eat’m Las Vegas, LA Marathon, Billboard Live, House of Blues, the Troubadour and the Coach House, as well as numerous radio on-airs and morning TV appearances. She’s opened for such artists as Christopher Cross, Edwin McCain, Venice and Collective Soul.

Her songs are on several compilation CDs for good causes, including

“Artists Against Cancer,“ “It’s About Eve” for breast cancer research,

and “Home” for Children International.

Debra’s husband, drummer/producer Dave Beyer, is also an instructor at LACM, and works on many projects with her.

Debra has been a vocal coach and piano, guitar and songwriting teacher for more than 20 years. Debra studied music at Fullerton College, Golden West College, UCLA and Dick Grove School of Music in Hollywood. She also has a B.A. degree in Journalism, and was a features writer for the L.A. Times for 8 years (interviewing the likes of Gladys Knight, Chris Brown, Sammy Hagar and Wynonna Judd), and wrote the music columns for Pasadena Weekly and Gig Magazine.

Kevin Day began his career as a musician but formed the core of his experience as a Sales and Marketing executive with MCA Records and later, Geffen Records at the Universal Music Group.

After a 12-year tenure Kevin was downsized in 20004 in an early round of major label downsizing.

Almost immediately Kevin developed Rocket Science, a early music 2.0 label services company whose business model was based on an accelerating trend of well-known or “branded” artists leaving the major label system. In stark contrast to most labels at the time, Rocket Science took no ownership in client’s music and instead earned a fee for providing needed services.

Rocket Science and its roster of well-known and established artists expanded rapidly. With an elegant solution of accountable and quality services under one roof, the basic appeal expanded as a turnkey solution for labels, managers and artists to release their own content into the domestic, and eventually into a global music marketplace.

The Rocket Science model evolved into Skyrocket Entertainment. With an expanded business model, Kevin and staff moved from its primary focus of artists and managers and expanded to provide business development services for company’s and organizations working in the “music and entertainment space”.

Skyrocket works with app developers, music websites, publishers and other music entities providing sales and marketing services and maximizing revenue in an evolving industry.

Rocket Science Credits (partial list): Jackson Browne, Hall & Oats, Josh Kelley, Motley Crue, Maroon 5, Awolnation, Downtown Records, Red Bull Records, Collective Soul, John 5 (Rob Zombie), Don Felder (Eagles), Dolly Parton. Various American Idol releases, Tommy Lee, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Angels & Airwaves and many more great releases.

Released in May 2016, Anna Vogelzang’sHiker has won attention from the likes of Magnet Magazine, The Bluegrass Situation, and Relix who praised its “warm, engaging folk-pop.”  Produced by Todd Sickafoose (Anais MitchellAni DiFranco), the LP’s lush, sonic landscape explores the identity of being a human in nature, and the animal nature of being human. Vogelzang has been touring since 2007, gaining fans across the country and sparking publications like The Huffington Post to assert that “few craft a better folk song,” and sharing bills with some of her heroes, including Sara BareillesGillian Welch, Mirah, Anais Mitchell, Laura Gibson, Wye Oak, Mason Jennings, Amanda Palmer, and many more.

Adam LaRue is an 18 year veteran of the music industry who has marketed the global album launches of Rancid, Mavis Staples, Glen Hansard, Dr. Dog, Plain White T’s, At The Drive-in, Sugarcult, and The Punk Goes… series among many others while at prominent labels Epitaph, Anti, and Fearless Records. As marketing at the Southern California indie labels, Adam was responsible for the publicity, digital, video, and radio campaigns for the aforementioned artists. Furthermore, he took the added responsibility of spearheading the advertising, tour marketing, and street level marketing efforts. As a result of his hard work Adam has been awarded platinum and gold records for Plain White T’s, and Tom Waits.

While at IndieClick Media Group/Demand Media, Adam has consulted major, and indie record labels with the development and online advertising strategy for artists such as Eminem, Blink 182, LMFAO, and Neon Trees, major music festivals The Vans Warped Tour, and Rockstar Mayhem Fest, book publishers such as Random House, and Harper Collins, and popular consumer brands Griffin Technology, SanDisk, and eMusic.

Additionally, Adam has been a featured speaker in the areas of artist development at distinguished artist level conferences such as CMJ, SXSW, Music Biz, Loren Israel’s Band Bootcamp/Music Mentor Program, and Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing Institute.

Garrett McElver works full time as part of the Los Angeles based music supervision team at SuperMusicVision, under the direction of music supervisor Thomas Golubić. During his time at SMV, Garrett has worked on various AMC series including Emmy award winning ‘Breaking Bad’, its spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’, zombie survival story ‘The Walking Dead’, the revolutionary war spy series ‘TURN: Washington’s Spies’, 1980’s tech drama ‘Halt and Catch Fire’, as well as, WGN’s ‘Manhattan’, Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’, the upcoming season of Netflix’s ‘Grace and Frankie’, and the new Cinemax series ‘Outcast’.

Garrett is currently a member of the Education Committee for the Guild of Music Supervisors and had an integral role in planning their first annual Guild of Music Supervisors ‘State of Music in Media’ conference.

Previously, Garrett worked in music licensing and publishing administration serving as the Director of the Creative Department at Winogradsky/Sobel. There he represented a boutique roster of bands, songwriters, and producers for multiple music library catalogs and was responsible for hundreds of placements in Film and Television.

An alumnus of Cal State Northridge’s Music Industry Studies program, he graduated at the top of his class and was involved in several leadership positions for campus-wide events, including Co-Executive Producer for the independent record label Five of Five Music Entertainment.

Originally from San Luis Obispo, CA – he also has a performance background playing guitar and singing in various projects.

Brett Perry is currently owner of Daddy Jack Music in Burbank; CA. Daddy Jack Music is full service music Production Company for Film and Television. To date over 400 episodes scored, including That 70s Show, It’s a Miracle and New Jim Henson property Sid the Science Kid. DJM also produces records in between film production. He has selected artists to be a part of DJM for the purpose of licensing content for media. All is housed in a 3500 sq. ft. facility with 4 studios and office space. Prior to going on his own Brett was a staff composer and editor at Jonathan Wolffs Music Consultants Group (Seinfeld, Will and Grace). Brett modeled his company after Jonathan’s successful game plan of streamlined content and communication in the post production process which allows for massive amounts of content to be provided in a short amount of time. Before MCG Brett had worked with who he considers to be his musical father and best musician he knows, Robbie Buchanan. Robbie is a monster musician with arrangement credits from Phil Collins against All Odds to Quincy Jones Just Once. Brett worked alongside Robbie as a keyboard tech, and studio manager. They often wrote together and at the time Brett had a music pub deal with BMG. Credits with Robbie include Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville, Peter Cetera, Kirk Whalum, Patti Austin, and the Wilson Sisters. Brett’s musical career began in Nashville where after the usual internships he became a Synclavier programmer. Credits include the duet with Hank Jr. and Sr. Tear in My Beer, Amy Grant, Alabama, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Earnest Goes to Camp and Three Men and a Baby. Brett has penned two #1 songs with BeBe and CeCe, and Paul Smith.

EMMY NOMINATED/ AWARD WINNING/ TRIPLE PLAT ALBUM SONGWRITER/ COMPOSER/ INDIE ARTIST & VOTING MEMBER OF THE TELEVISION ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Emmy nominated Nikola Bedingfield has lectured at numerous universities of music, has been an A&R for Taxi Music,  written singles with and for some pretty awesome top artists . i.e.  CeeLo, Jesse McCartney, Cheryl Cole, Grizfolk and Jojo and with top producers like Redone, Toby Gad, Walter Afanasieff and Rodney Jerkins. She also has composed for commercials film & TV  i.e. General hospital, Tough Love, Being Charlie, Cocacola  Djarum and many, many more. She’ll be with us to pass on some of her top secrets on songwriting and the industry.