Despite recently joining the Digiwaxx brand in 4Q 2023.
I will admit this year was unique, and ascending for the #ReemoMeerakBrand, as well as for the contributions in media with interviews and events attended.
All in all, want to show the readers, and viewers what took place, as well as captivating stories I’ve reviewed:
New York Music Month Conference 2023 (June 2023)
Great Conference Panel event.
Lots of well known, and potent figures and executives in the music industry expressing their expertise and knowledge of the business. Giving the creatives a litany of information to assist with their music career, and have their brand flourish. Also, the catering (Courtesy of NYU) was on point and well needed during the lengthy panel discussions. The main theme or rather push of discussion amongst the panels were the changes in DIVERSITY of the music industry, as well as the changes of roles with women and people of LGBTQIA+.
Technology, especially of the METAverse and A.I. were of heavy talks, as well as the ever changing trends of social media. Even, social media influencer/music artist; Chinese Kitty explained about how one of her major tracks went viral, and broke down the steps of how things occurred.
The Branding Panel with Jesse Kirshbaum, Jennifer Frommer, Mike Ladman, & Travis Montage was huge because they broke down of what huge name brands are looking for, how they are using multiple brands to collab for a figure, and of the landscape in which branding has become. Jennifer Frommer, spoke a good amount of the panel with stories of Lil’ Nas X campaigns with YSL Beauty, Taco Bell, and of her process of putting quality campaigns together.
The highlight of the conference, which was the end of it with; 50 Years Of Hip Hop Culture, Creation and Commerce PANEL.
Torrae Carr was the Moderator with panelist; Kim Osorio (BET), Datwon Thomas (Vibe), Ebro Darden (Apple Music/Hot97) were having a great discussion about the Hip Hop Culture and where it has gone. Also, all three panelists agreed that hip hop is in a good space, but there’s more room to tweak things and make it greater.
50 Years Of Culture, Creation and Commerce PANEL
Torres Carr – Songwriter/Recording Artist, Internal Affairs
Datwon Thomas: Editor-In Chief (VIBE)
Ebro Darden: Global Editorial, Head of Hip Hop and R&B Apple Music
Kim Osorio; Executive Producer – BET, VH1
Jem Aswad – EXECUTIVE Editor of Variety
Ian Holder – Senior Vice President of Sony Music Publishing
Richard James Burgess, President & CEO Of AZIM (American Association of Independent Music)
Mitch Glazer – Chairman, and CEO of Recording Industry Association of America
Jen Lyon – Artistic Director/ Owner of MeanRed Productions
Chinese Kitty – Hip Hop Artist
Doug E. Fresh – Legendary Hip Hop Artist / Activist
Adrian Perry – Partner, Co-Chair, Entertainment & Media Group – Covington & Burling LLP
Lynn Gonzalez – Entertainment Lawyer
Erika Stallings – Senior Counsel; Epic Games/Bandcamp
Judy Tint – Attorney/ Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business, NYU
Nari Matsuura – Partner, And Co-Leader Music Economics, and Valuation Services Practice, Citrin Cooperman
Andreea Gleason – Chief Executive Officer of TuneCORE
Chrissy Nkemere – Former Co-Chair of D&I, Current Chair of Education at Women In Music
Jillian Hervey – Lion Babe ; Music Artist
Jesse Kirshbaum – Nue Agency
Jennifer Frommer – Head Of Brand Partnerships of Columbia Records
Mike Ladman – Head Of Music; Droga5
Travis Montage – Co-Founder and CEO; Group Black / Crater
Drew De Leon – Owner of Digilouge
Dhruv Chopra – Founder/CEO of Elsewhere
David Castillo – Owner/Head Buyer of Saint Vitus
Ali McCloud – Vice President, Live Music Partnerships – DICE
Nick Bodor – Co-Owner, Baker Falls, Cake Shop, Bruar Falls, The Library Bar
All in all, despite the duration of the event can agree it was a #ReemoApproved. I was able to network with new faces, obtained some vital information regarding of the business conducted in the music industry, and the food with drinks kept me engaged. Only thing that bothered me was not enough music artists attended the event.
I feel the more artists the better the value of the industry can increase.
Hopefully, NYMMC makes that a push for next year.
On to the NEXT #MyCreatives
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