AEG Live Asia
Branded designs, sells, markets and produces amazing B2B2C and B2B2F(an) events in Asia. Founded in 2003 and listed as a top 10 Event Marketing agency by Marketing magazine, our focus is to add value and grow the media, sports and entertainment industry in Asia.
Established in 1996, we are experts in the organisation, programming and production of dynamic conferences, live music festivals, academies, and youth fan events such as the YouTube FanFest.
Branded is an independent company staffed by passionate multi-cultural, multi-lingual and talented individuals with offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.
AEG Live Asia
Adam Wilkes has been at the forefront of the live entertainment industry in China and Asia over the past thirteen years. Having promoted more than 100 concerts, tours and sports competitions in the region; his recent events include Taylor Swift’s Asia Tour, Justin Bieber's Asia tour, Metallica's historic China debut, the LA Laker's vs the Golden State Warriors NBA Games in Shanghai and Beijing, and the Asian leg of The Rolling Stones 14 On Fire tour.
Culture Collide & COLLiDE Agency
In 2014 Alan Miller launched a brand new agency COLLiDE, editorial platform CULTURE COLLIDE and expanded the festival line up for Culture Collide in New York and San Francisco.
Current COLLiDE clients include Macys, American Rag, Hard Rock, Spotify, Converse, Jansport, Dr Martens, StubHub, Lagunitas, DTS and more.
Previously Miller was the co founder and CEO of FILTER Magazine and FILTER Creative Group based out of Los Angeles.
Head of Content
Alex Light is Head of Content at VICE Australia, a leading youth media and entertainment brand operating in 35 countries. VICE is the world’s premier original online video destination, and includes VICE.com, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, VICE magazine, and an in-house creative services agency.
As Head of Content, Alex’s role is leading the development of content partnerships with brands and media organisations, as well as the creation of branded content marketing projects. Working within VICE’s in-house marketing agency, Alex leads business development and strategic campaign planning for brands including Google, Schweppes, Intel and PayPal.
Media Artist / Show Developer / Perfectionist / Creative Nerd
ABC Event Production
Agencies in the event industry and CEO's of major corporations call me a media artist or show developer. The technical directors, media production people and 3D designers I work with often call me a perfectionist. My production manager calls me a creative nerd.
My credo? Curiosity!
Andrew Stone is the General Manager of Chugg Music, the Management and Record Label division of Chugg Entertainment. Chugg Music manages Australian artists Sheppard, Megan Washington, Deep Sea Arcade, The Griswolds, Hey Geronimo, Lime Cordiale, Major Leagues, The Tambourine Girls and New Zealand artist, Avalanche City. Chugg Music also runs PR and label services company, Rare Finds, and co-promotes a local indie club night of the same name, as well as indie-psych night, VISIONS.
Turnkey Music & Publishing Pvt. Ltd.
Atul Churamani joined the Indian music industry in 1987 and has worked with music labels like CBS Gramophone Records and Tapes (I) Ltd., Magnasound India Ltd, Virgin Records and Saregama India Ltd.
He has been closely associated with the development of the Indian pop music scene and the establishing of the digital and music publishing businesses for the industry. He has been on the board of the Indian Performing Rights Society and the Phonographic Performance Ltd.
After a stint with VAS company Onmobile Global Limited, Atul now helps independent artistes self release music.
Founding Partner/Head of Music Division
In 2004, Bernie Cahill co-founded the integrated management company ROAR. Cahill runs ROAR's music division, managing artists such as GRAMMY Award winning Zac Brown Band, GRAMMY Award winning musician and actor Dwight Yoakam, GRAMMY nominated producer and dj Paul Oakenfold, singer-songwriter Ben Rector, and actor-recording artist Clare Bowen. Cahill is also an entertainment lawyer and ran a successful music row law office specializing in artist representation, licensing, and digital rights management. Cahill is a member of NARAS, ACM, AMA, CMA, CMA International Voting Panel, USO Entertainment Advisory Council and is a member of the Tennessee State and Illinois State Bar.
Executive Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Europe & Asia
Broadcast Music Inc.
Brandon Bakshi is the Executive Director, Europe & Asia, for Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI); the global leader in music rights management. In his role Bakshi is responsible for BMI's outreach to songwriters, composers as well as music publishers in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. At BMI he was responsible for the signing of Avicci, Ed Sheeran, Afrojack, Shaggy, A.R Rahman as well as Ellie Goulding. Born in Texas and raised between England and Norway, Brandon received a BA in Political Science from International American University in London and an MBA from Webster University.
Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin – the global rights agency representing the world’s most important independent music companies. Merlin acts to ensure its members have effective access to new and emerging revenue streams and that their rights are appropriately valued and protected. These members embody over 20,000 independent record labels and distributors, representing some of the world’s most important independent artists, and command around a 10% share of the global and US music market.
Since commencing operations in May 2008, Merlin has struck deals with a wide variety of digital services including YouTube Music Key, Beats, Spotify, Google Play, Pandora, Rdio and Deezer. It has also reached a number of copyright infringement settlements on behalf of its members with–among others–Limewire, XM Satellite Radio and Grooveshark. In 2013, Merlin was named by Fast Company magazine as one of the five most innovative music companies in the world.
An experienced music and media professional, Charles was the recipient of IMPALA's Outstanding Contribution Award in 2013, and was featured among Billboard’s 2014 International Power Players.
Co-Founder & CEO
In 2000, Chris Lin and his fellow Stanford alumnus, Lambert Chien, jointly founded the company that launched KKBOX towards the end of 2004, in an attempt to tap into the fast-growing music streaming market.
Currently the CEO of KKBOX, Chris is committed to providing a service for people to easily enjoy music and share their favorite songs with friends anywhere, anytime. With KKBOX delivering amazing results in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, and Thailand as Asia’s leading brand among online music streaming services, Chris continues to lead the management in planning and executing corporate development strategies, product development,and overseas expansion.
Chris received a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Stanford University following a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University.
Director, Global Music Partnerships - YouTube
Christophe is responsible for managing and developing YouTube’s global partnerships initiatives in the music space. He joined Google in London in 2003.
Prior to joining Google Christophe worked for several internet companies including Priceline.com Europe an online travel company in London. Before moving to London in 2000, he held various positions in the business/corporate development and finance areas in the US, Germany and France. Born in Strasbourg, France, he earned his undergraduate degree in economics and graduate degree in finance at French universities.
Australian Independent Record Labels Association
Dan Nevin has a long and diverse history working in the music industry before joining AIR in 2014. Starting at an indie record store, he then spent 12 years at Shock Entertainment, working in and running their award-winning Export Division. Instrumental in developing ecommerce operations at Shock, he then moved on to manage and develop the online operations for REDgroup Retail. Evolving further into the digital space, he then took on a key role at the Australian Football League’s digital media company, AFL Media. Prior to joining AIR as CEO, Dan was the Digital Music Manager at JB HI-FI.
Executive Director, Client Services
Uniplan Hong Kong Limited
He oversaw the Asia debut of the world‘s premier modern and contemporary art show Art Basel, as well as the 5-star equestrian horse jumping show Longines Masters, securing multi-year contracts with both. Darren is a recognised thought leader and expert in the industry, regularly appearing in and contributing to key publications such as CEI, Marketing Magazine and TTGmice Magazine and currently serves on multiple Boards for major industry associations.
Director, Content Operations
Based in Tokyo, Dave leads YouTube's Scaled Account Management and Partner Operations efforts across Asia Pacific and Japan, which focuses on helping content creators develop robust strategies for audience engagement, viewership, and publishing best practices.
Dave is also an accomplished content creator himself running the widely subscribed blog ShootTokyo. As a result of his personal branding, marketing and social media strategies, ShootTokyo.com is now followed by over 1,600,000 fans across popular social networks and content aggregation sites.
Managing Director & CEO
Universal Music Group South Asia, EMI Music South Asia
Devraj joined UMG in early 2011 and is credited to have groomed it into one of the most successful hedged music business models in the region. Universal is now a 360 degree music business encompassing the mother label, live and artist promotions, merchandising, the leading music agency in the region and builds music and brands into platforms. UMG is also the leading label for the indies, regional & devotional music in the region creating a marked differentiator to the other Bollywood driven labels. Devraj is the co-founder of Sunburn, Asia’s no 1 EDM festival & is a founding member of Brahma, India’s premier metal band now in it’s 20th year and going strong.
A native of London, Ed moved to China in 2006 to serve on the front lines of the music industry. He now owns and runs Outdustry Group, a unique family of businesses specialising in China market entry for western clients. Services include: producer/composer management, rights management, music marketing, market intelligence and sync licensing. Ed is frequently sought out by international media to comment on market news and conditions, has written extensively on the technical workings of the Chinese music industry and was included on the Billboard International Power Player 2014 list.
VP, Global Content Licensing
Elizabeth is Vice President of Global Content Licensing at Pandora Media, where she oversees strategy and negotiation of content partnerships, including the development of broader product and international rights. She has over 15 years of experience as a digital media executive advising digital music and video services. As Head of Music Partnerships at YouTube, she lead record label and music publisher relations and other content-driven transactions for the music business. Prior to YouTube, Elizabeth helped build Davis Shapiro’s digital media practice, advising digital media services through years of shift in the digital music and video industries. Elizabeth also serves on the board of The Grammy Foundation.
Creative Artists Agency UK
Amongst Billboard’s “Top 50 Women in Music”, 4-time winner of Pollstar’s International Agent of the Year and 6-time “Second Least Offensive Agent’ winner at the International Live Music Conference (ILMC), Emma Banks is a legendary Music Agent and co-head of the London office of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Prior to joining CAA in 2006, Banks was the Managing Director of Helter Skelter, which she helped build into one of the premier music booking agencies in Europe. She now represents the careers of many of the world’s leading musicians including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars and Kylie Minogue as well as nurturing the careers of emerging artists of note such as Hozier, Becky Hill and The Ruen Brothers.
Director of Content and Operations
Gautam heads up partnerships for YouTube across Asia Pacific and is also responsible for YouTube's overall operations across the region. Prior to his current role, he led the Asia Pacific Product Partnerships team supporting several Google products including Search, Maps, Shopping, Finance and Video. Gautam has been with Google since April, 2005 originally based in California and in Singapore since January, 2009.
Gautam started his career as a Corporate Attorney at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, a leading Silicon Valley law firm. He has a Juris Doctor from the Boalt Hall School of Law, at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from UCLA.
Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
The Sound Campaign
Jason Fielding has over 20 years experience in music and live partnerships. Previously General Manager of Music & Entertainment at Octagon, Jason established The Sound Campaign in 2007 which specialises in creative solutions for brands and rights holders looking to make an impact via entertainment and popular culture. With Clients in the U.S., Japan, China and Australia, Jason and the team at The Sound Campaign have established themselves as leaders in this space and work with the biggest brands, artists and events in the world.
COO, AEG Worldwide
CEO, AEG Live
One of the most respected executives in the entertainment industry, Jay Marciano has recently transitioned to the position of Chief Operating Officer, AEG. In this role, Marciano is responsible for overall operational oversight of all of the company’s holdings with specific day-to-day focus on the AEG Facilities, AEG Live and AEG Digital (including the AXS platform) divisions. Having re-joined AEG in 2011 as President/CEO of AEG Europe from his previous role as President of New York-based Madison Square Garden Entertainment, Marciano was able to utilize his extensive live entertainment and facilities experience to oversee all activity in the European region incorporating AEG Facilities’ 20 music and entertainment venues located in nine European markets. He also directed the growth initiative for the company resulting in numerous acquisitions and partnerships. Prior to joining AEG, Marciano spent 18 years at Universal Concerts in a variety of positions ultimately as president and CEO of the company.
President & CEO
Based in Shanghai, John Cappo heads the Asia region for the Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the world’s leading sports and entertainment promoter and venue management company. Cappo has over 30 years experience in the Asia Pacific region and was the first and only native English speaker to graduate from the Business Administration Department of the National Taiwan University.
AEG China manages the Mercedes-Benz Arena, an 18,000 seat capacity multi-purpose venue whose name is the result of a landmark 10-year naming rights deal, marking the first naming rights deal in of its kind in Asia. AEG also manages, and sold the naming rights for the MasterCard Center in Beijing and the Zhongsheng Center in Dalian. Both are also 18,000 seat multi-purpose venues.
AEG Asia’s Live division has successfully toured the biggest names in the business: Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and the Rolling Stones through Asia.
Chief Creative Officer
John is the Chief Creative Officer, Google Asia-Pacific. He’s based in Singapore and leads a team hubbed in Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo.
Prior to joining Google, he was TBWA Asia-Pacific’s Creative at Large, where he oversaw the creative output of their offices in the region. He had previously been their Chief Creative Officer in Japan. He has also worked at Saatchi & Saatchi as ECD in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Jakarta and spent his early career at Batey Ads in Singapore.
John has received multiple gold lions at Cannes, multiple gold pencils at the One Show, grand prix and multiple golds at Clios and multiple golds at AdFest, Spikes and AWARD. He was also named Asia’s Creative of the Year in 2004 and 2008. He longs to spend more time in the water, particularly the Indian Ocean.
Josh is the CEO for GroupM Content across the APAC region. The business operates across 15 markets and comprises the largest network of brand-focused content agency businesses (embedded within the GroupM media management agencies) in the Asia Pacific region with over 300 dedicated specialists developing content strategy, production, measurement, optimization and integration for some of the world’s largest advertisers and brands. He also oversees the Group's Content Investment and Rights Representation businesses. Before joining GroupM Josh spent 10 years working at PepsiCo International in various Brand Marketing roles and has lived and worked in Bangkok, Singapore, Sydney, Manila and Hong Kong.
Jyrki Rosenberg is the CEO of MixRadio, the world’s easiest and most personal music streaming service. MixRadio is a highly acclaimed service that offers a truly mobile-optimized music streaming service to millions of listeners across 31 countries. Jyrki lead the MixRadio service when it was part of Nokia, through Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services business as well as through a spin out from Microsoft and acquisition by Line Corporation. Jyrki joined Nokia in 1996 to launch nokia.com and held a number of senior roles in sales, marketing, product development and general management across the company including the role of Vice President for Nokia’s Entertainment services.
Jyrki studied media management at the University of Georgia and holds a Master of Communications degree from the University of Helsinki as well as an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics.
Dare Mighty Entertainment
Lee Trink is President of Dare Mighty Entertainment focusing on artist management and building brands. Trink’s roster includes Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and women’s network, PowerwomenTV. Other recent accomplishments include releasing a tribute album for the King of Thailand and co-producing the Denzel Washington film Unstoppable. Trink was previously President of EMI’s Capitol/Virgin Records in North America breaking artists including Katy Perry and 30 seconds to mars and working with the Rolling Stones, Coldplay and Lenny Kravitz. Prior to EMI, Trink was COO/GM of Lava/Atlantic Records where he oversaw all aspects of the company’s operations.
Modernsky Entertainment Co,Ltd
Shen LiHui is the founder of Modern Sky, which is the most celebrated new music brand in China. With a sharp eye for original music within the independent music market, he has scouted loads of independent musicians, including XTX, Song Dongye, Ma Di and Second Hand Rose, who represent the full potential of Chinese independent music of the time. As the largest music festival operator in China, Modern Sky has held Modern Sky Music Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, and other outdoor music festivals since 2007. In 2014, Modern Sky Music Festival started in New York City, which marked the international recognition of Modern Sky.
Chief Operating Officer
Mandar Thakur is the Chief Operating Officer of Times Music, one of the most progressive music entertainment companies in the Indian sub-continent and a division of India’s largest diversified media group - Bennett Coleman & Co.Ltd./The Times of India Group. For the better part of the last decade, Mandar has been involved in the startup and senior management at Soundbuzz, then Asia/India’s first and largest Online/Mobile Music distribution company and was directly held responsibility for the India market for the group. Soundbuzz was acquired by Motorola in one of the earliest successful acquisitions of a digital music company by a global player.
Mark started out as a drummer in Darwin bands Drum Drum and Culture Connect. Soon he was also managing both groups with Drum Drum touring over 13 countries and Culture Connect being featured across triplej and Channel V. More recently Mark took on management of the group Sietta who achieved significant national impact with their first album securing partnerships with Elefant Traks, Universal Publishing and New World Artists/Artist Voice. Mark is now the Executive Director of MusicNT, the peak body for contemporary music in the Northern Territory and tries as hard as he can to play more drums.
Director of International Business
Mark Yoo is the head talent buyer at Korea's most renowned nightspot, Club Octagon, one of the top 10 clubs recognised by DJ Mag. He is also the mastermind behind the club's international business and marketing projects such as Asian Alliance, where the powerhouses of the Asian dance music scene are gathered to form a coalition of their own. Being a true fan of music, Mark started his career as a promoter for one of the local festivals in Korea before joining Club Octagon when it was founded in 2011.
Ten Thirty One Productions
After a decade long career running the largest revenue market in the world for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment, securing the largest deal in history on ABC’s smash hit show Shark Tank, becoming business partners with billionaire Mark Cuban then turning that into a partnership with the worlds largest entertainment company, Live Nation, being featured in Fortune and Entrepreneur Magazine, on The Today Show as an industry expert and on Bloomberg News as a Market Maker, and launching the first ever entertainment company that creates, owns and produces live horror attractions, what becomes clear is that Melissa Carbone at 38 years old is just getting started.
Chief Content Officer
Mia Goldwyn is the Chief Content Officer of StyleHaul, the largest fashion, beauty and women’s lifestyle network on YouTube and the leading content marketing solution for global brands of scale.
Goldwyn oversees StyleHaul’s original content programming strategy including production and expansion into new digital mediums. In September 2014 she spearheaded bringing the Lisa Kudrow, Emmy®-winning series Web Therapy to StyleHaul before its transition to Showtime. Goldwyn has also led StyleHaul’s efforts to acquire the Sundance Film Festival documentary breakout, Fresh Dressed.
Mia received her B.S. in Business from the University of California, Berkeley and her MBA from Fordham University.
Michael Denmark has been working on the commercial side of media and entertainment in Asia for nearly 20 years. Michael is the proud Co-Founder of Branded and Music Matters and more recently MDME. MDME specialises in commercial opportunities across a variety of entertainment platforms and has been involved with many of Asia’s most exciting live events over the past two decades. MDME created and produced The AIA Great European Carnival during Winter 2014/15 and is now planning the Asian tour. Michael believes in collaborating with like-minded people, managing relationships and developing long-term partnerships.
Vice President, Media Solutions Center, Southeast Asia & Oceania
Nicholas is the Vice-President of Samsung’s Media Solutions Center for Southeast Asia & Oceania. He is responsible for content and services offerings by Samsung across categories including Entertainment, Games, Learning and Reading, Lifestyle, Music and Sports. To do so, Nicholas manages over 40 team members based in the regional headquarters in Singapore. The team is supported by over 100 specialists based in the Southeast Asia and Oceania markets. In this role, Nicholas manages business development, sales, customer and partner relationships, marketing and branding for theMedia Solution Center and its products and services.
Patrick has over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, beginning his career as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK, and later working as a Senior Broadcast Journalist for BBC News across Asia. Following that, Patrick served as RealNetworks’ General Manager for International Video Services. In 2006 Patrick was Google’s first hire outside the US to work on its video strategy, initially with Google Video and then as YouTube’s European boss. In 2013 Patrick joined Base79 as its Chief Content Officer. Following Rightster’s acquisition of Base79 in 2014, Patrick joined Rightster’s Executive Team as Chief Commercial Officer. In January 2015 Patrick was announced as Rightster’s CEO.
Paul Wong is Managing Director of #AGENC, an independent consultancy specializing in electronic music marketing in Asia. #AGENC connects “brands with fans” with services including Experiential Marketing, Activation Planning, Marketing Intelligence, Digital Engagement and Club Consultancy. With over 20 years experience in Asia, Paul has been a DJ, Promoter and Club Owner, driving industry growth and advising brands how to tap into the “Connected Generation”. Most recently, Paul was Director of Entertainment of Club Cubic in Macau, instrumental in establishing Cubic as the best club in Macau and also gaining global recognition as one of the best clubs in Asia.
The Livescape Group
Rahul Kukreja is a familiar name back home in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia mainly because he is the lead guitarist for one of Malaysia’s most popular rock bands, One Buck Short. Having started the band back in college, OBS has moved from its underground roots to being regarded as the region’s Top Rock/Live Act.
He is also one of the co-founders and partners of The Livescape Group of companies which produces Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA), IT’S THE SHIP, A State of Trance (ASOT), Rockaway Festival, and After Dark Social Club (ADSC). Livescape has a 360-degree approach to conceiving, marketing and executing events. They have an in-house marketing, execution, creative, production, logistics, and artist management team to ensure that they put on an experience that people will not only remember but also talk about.
Mobilium Global Limited
Known as "the father of the ring tone" and internationally recognised as a distinguished mobile visionary and innovator, Ralph Simon is a founder of the global mobile content, entertainment & social media industry. He has a unique understanding of what drives worldwide smartphone lifestyles, mobile business models, multi-screen creativity, mobile social media and the latest mobile app development & innovation and is always at the forefront of the latest mobile video and music innovation. He co-founded and grew Zomba/Jive Records into a major global music label and music publisher and then created and grew the world's first international commercial ringtone service at the birth of mobile content and delivery. Ralph is one of the world's top 50 executives in mobile and is respected as a provocative moderator and interviewer.
Chief Marketing Officer
PepsiCo & Tingyi Asahi Beverages
Richard Lee was born in Hong Kong and is now based in Shanghai. He obtained his bachelor degree from the UC. Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard University. Richard is the Chief Marketing Officer of PepsiCo and Tingyi Asahi Beverages in Greater China. He is in charge of product innovation and brand marketing of all PepsiCo food and beverage brands, as well as Tingyi Asahi Beverages.
Tokyo Bureau Chief
Rob Schwartz is a journalist and music and film producer based in Tokyo. He covers music, entertainment and culture related to Japan, Korea and China and is currently the Tokyo Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine, a position he has held since 2008. His writing and photos have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Melody Maker, NME, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Interview magazine, among many others. Rob was Executive Director of the Tokyo-based dub and breakbeat imprint Play Label and is President of the Tokyo crossover label Dynastic Records. He recently co-founded the music and film production outfit Fusion for Peace Productions (F4P). Rob hosts the film-themed TV show J Flicks which airs on the network NHK World, available in 270 million households’ worldwide.
Live Nation China
Robb Spitzer is the Managing Director and Head Promoter of Live Nation China. Robb began his live entertainment career in China in 2002 and has promoted many international artists’ first shows in the country. Live Nation’s touring team currently work in twelve cities across the world’s most populous market and are also developing new live entertainment properties. Live Nation China’s most recent tours include Avril Lavigne, 2NE1, Mariah Carey, Jason Mraz and Backstreet Boys.
Sam Rogoway is the CEO of Victorious, a mobile platform that powers the next generation of content networks. Through their own interactive app, creators can distribute their content directly to fans, grow their communities, and unlock new revenue streams. Victorious works with creators across the globe with offices in Santa Monica, London, and Singapore. Sam previously co-created and launched Braindex, the world’s first show distributed initially as an interactive iPad app. Braindex hit #1 in the app store and was nominated for an Interactive Emmy Award. Sam also founded and served as CEO of the popular travel social network TripUp, which was acquired by Sidestep/Kayak.
President, UMGI SEA
Universal Music Group International
Sandy Monteiro is President of Universal Music Group in South East Asia. In this role, he oversees the management of UMG companies in ASEAN, Korea and the Asian Regional office. He is also the Head of New Business for the Asia Pacific region.
Universal Music Group is the global music leader, with wholly owned operations in 60 territories. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's premier music publishing operations worldwide.
He is a pioneer of the digital and new media sector, where he and his team are widely acknowledged to have set the benchmark and industry standards for the region.
He has held board seats on several industry bodies including Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) from 2004 to 2010. He is currently the Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of Singapore (RIAS) following his move to Singapore.
Scot is the APRA AMCOS Director of International, responsible for its relationships with collecting societies around the world, as well as copyright trade issues. APRA AMCOS is the oldest collecting society in the region and represents over 80,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Scot has a long background in copyright law and practice. He has recently been re-elected Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Committee of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) representing 25 collecting societies in the region. CISAC’s regional office has recently moved from Singapore to Beijing.
Sony Music India and Middle East
Shridhar Subramaniam joined Sony Music India at its inception in 1996 and has been instrumental in driving the brand to achieve the leader status in India. He joined the company as a Marketing Director and was part of the management team identified to develop and deliver an effective entry strategy for Sony Music in India and since then there has been no looking back for him. Under his leadership, the company grew rapidly and expanded its footprint in India additionally by entering Regional language music and also moved up the entertainment value chain by producing Bollywood Movies. Currently, Shridhar Subramaniam is President - Sony India & Middle East.
Artist Aloud, Hungama
Soumini Sridhara Paul is Vice President of the talent and Independent content platform, Artist Aloud, Hungama. Launched in January 2010, Soumini has spearheaded the set up of Artist Aloud, South Asia’s premier digital platform for established and new talent with audio and video content along with a dedicated team. She also recently took on the role of Head of Operations and Content Programming for YouTube for Hungama and Special Content Creation projects for Hungama. She has over 18 years experience as a Pop Artist, Artist Manager as well as assignments with Channel [V] and Universal Music.
Senior Design Program Manager, Wearables
Stephanie directs medical and wearable technology design programs. She brings expertise in leadership, consumer product design, technology development, project management, client management, business development and manufacturing. For over a decade prior to joining Modern Edge, Stephanie was the principal of her own product design and development firm specializing in lifestyle product design, soft goods, and wearables for technology-driven start-ups. Stephanie has extensive experience in medical devices, textiles, consumer goods, and wearable technology.
Global Commercial Director
Stephen joined Guvera in 2014 as Global Commercial Director and is responsible for the development, rollout and implementation of the global commercial strategy.
Initially starting out in psychiatry and moving into business and marketing strategy, Stephen has an outstanding record driving executive level commercialisation, strategic partnerships and brand marketing communications. With twenty years’ experience in operations, marketing strategy, business development, ecommerce, digital communications and customer relationship management throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
Stephen has worked within diverse highly competitive business sectors, ranging from global brands such as Motorola and 20th Century Fox, to agency strategic leadership at Mindshare and Publicis.
Stephen believes in delivering successful, tangible business results through cohesive well-managed relationships between stakeholders forged through an effective mix of strategic vision, innovation and creative thinking.
Direct Management Group
As a founding partner at Direct Management Group, Steven Jensen has utilized his years of experience as a university concert promoter, talent booking agent, and personal manager to realize his clients’ full potential. After more than four decades in the music business, artists such as Katy Perry, k.d. lang and Adam Lambert have benefited from Steven’s acumen as a thoughtful and intelligent career strategist, planner and negotiator. Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour is a hugely successful global spectacle, k.d. lang’s iconic career continues to flourish as she made her Broadway debut in 2014, and Adam Lambert has become a renowned star since stepping in as the frontman for Queen, with a Max Martin-produced solo album set for release this Summer. Jensen is partnered with Martin Kirkup and Bradford Cobb at Direct Management Group in Los Angeles.
Director - Licensing & Business Affairs
Stuart has been working in the music industry for 20 years and brings with him a diverse collection of experiences. His previous roles vary broadly from CEO of Australian Independent Record Labels Association, running the Queensland Music Network, serving on the Worldwide Independent Network and holding a position on the International Honorary Committee at MIDEM for five years. He is also currently the Director of Licensing & Business Affairs for Nightlife Music, serves on the Q Music Board of Directors, is on the Steering Committee for BIGSOUND and consults to AIR as their Industry Advocacy and Government Relations Spokesperson.
Head of Sales Asia
With a career spanning over a decade in the music industry in Asia, Sylvain has an extensive knowledge of the Asian music landscape. After 5 years in Japan as Head of the French Music Export Office, Sylvain moved back to France where he kept on building bridges between Europe and Asia in artist management. Since he joined Believe Digital in early 2013, Sylvain has developed the company to achieve market-leading position in key markets in Asia. Sylvain is heading a team of 12 (and counting) music loving label managers in India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China...
Ted Cohen is Managing Partner of TAG Strategic. In an industry that’s been slow to embrace change, Ted is the exception to the stereotypical entertainment-exec rule. But, when you start out on the road with Prince, Alice Cooper & Van Halen, you’re primed for the unexpected. TAG is a digital entertainment consulting firm providing strategy, guidance, market intelligence and business development services to global firms and select start-ups. Known throughout tech & media as “part ambassador/part evangelist,” Cohen was instrumental in crafting the licensing agreements upon which Rhapsody and the iTunes Store were built. Ted received the 2013 NARM Presidential Award, previously awarded to Ahmet Ertegun, & Dick Clark, among others. Ted continually looks for the next innovative tech & his next challenge, he really loves his life.
As one of the architects of the “British Invasion” of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Terry Ellis was responsible for guiding the careers of Jethro Tull, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Billy Idol, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Yes, Spandau Ballet, and many, many more.
Terry Ellis developed Chrysalis Records into one of the world’s most successful independently owned record companies and later became Chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
He was also Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and a Board Member of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). He was the founding governor of the BRIT School for the Performing Arts in London,England and has served as a director of The Metropolitan Opera Club of New York City.
Video Producer, Asia-Pacific
Tom Griggs is the Financial Times’ video producer based in Hong Kong. He covers all aspects of video news and analysis across Asia-Pacific. Tom started at the FT as production and news editor for FT Chinese in 2003, became companies correspondent in 2004 and then commissioning editor for Special Reports in 2008. He graduated with a B.A. in Modern Languages from Bristol University in 1998.
Founder & CEO
Only Much Louder
Vijay Nair is the Founder and CEO of Only Much Louder. In 2009, Vijay was the first Indian to win the prestigious British Council International Young Music Entrepreneur of the Year award. He has been identified by many publications including India Today, CNN and the National Knowledge Commission as one of the young Indian entrepreneurs to watch out for in the media and entertainment space.
Only Much Louder plays at the intersection of three elements - alternative culture, youth and brands. It focuses on reaching the youth market in India through high quality entertainment properties including music festivals, concert properties and branded content.
VP, Strategic Partnerships and Evangelist
Vince Bannon, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Evangelist of Getty Images, is responsible for global entertainment business development. Vince is a seasoned music industry veteran. He founded Concert Company Ritual (later sold to Live Nation) and was SVP of Sony Music. Vince ventured into new digital pastures in the beginning of the new century with start-up image net, later acquired by Getty Images in 2004. Getty Images is a leading creator and distributor of still imagery, video, music and other premium content. The goal is to inspire communicators - and give them the tools to create inspiring work of their own.
Head of Entertainment
Zouk Management Pte Ltd
As Head Of Entertainment of Singapore and Asia's mecca of dance music, Zouk Club, Wayne Lee has made it his lifelong mission to push the frontiers of dance music and to break new boundaries within the regional scene. His work for the club, and its annual festival, ZoukOut, has seen him booking a diverse line-up of DJs and producers from all genres of electronic music, as well as representing Singapore to speak at international conferences such as the Amsterdam Dance Event. Having come from a print publishing background, Wayne used to be the Editor-in-Chief of Singaporean nightlife digest, JUICE Magazine, and spent a decade in the media before taking on his current role in the music industry.
7 Raffles Avenue
Hotel Telephone: (65) 6337 8888
Strategically located in the heart of Marina Centre, The Ritz is close to Singapore’s business, shopping, most popular sightseeing and off-site dining venues. Hidden away in the seven-acre garden oasis, it is the ideal place from which to marvel at the city’s skyline or explore the wonders of more interesting mix of commercial, retail, entertainment and recreational options anywhere.
3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024
(65) 6337 3292
Music Matters Live will take place at Clarke Quay, located along the iconic Singapore River on a historical commercial site dating back to the 19th Century.
On its premises is an amazing array of over 60 distinctive F&B, entertainment, retail and lifestyle outlets. Find the city’s trendiest nightspots and cuisine from across the globe, all at Clarke Quay - the Soul of the City.
2 Orchard Link
(65) 6735 4144
*SCAPE Co. Ltd is a non-profit organisation with its mission and vision rooted in support of youth, talent and leadership development. Since its inception, *SCAPE has been the heartbeat of youth culture in Singapore, where youths are engaged across a broad spectrum of interests ranging from arts to sports, fashion to entrepreneurship. Through these interest programmes and activities, the youth get to pursue their interest passionately and develop their potential for greater things for the future. Youths of today will be inspired and empowered to DREAM IT and LIVE IT at *SCAPE!
Charmian (it's not that hard "char-mee-ann").
Assisting the fabulous Branded team with creating an awesome lineup of speakers and artist PLUS I have the wonderful task of looking after the special people that make up our Branded community - and that's you :).
is a lot of chair dancing in the office.
Xanadu, second album - The Village People.
Speaker and programme enquiries.
Selling Matters of Importance
Anything that requires a bit of height
Turning down Pharrell on-stage
Delegate & supporter sales
What they call me:
Mama-san for the Marketing and Operations of our business. Rudolph and sometimes the reins to Jasper’s Santa.
What I really do:
Strive to ensure we have the right people, processes, priorities and communications in place to wholeheartedly deliver results that matter.
Watch out for:
My close protection agent, Agatha.
Setting corporate strategy and steering the ship.
Coordinate maternity leave.
"No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they had plenty of sleep".
Responsible for delivering engaging content for delegates at our event and everything that happens inside the ballroom.
I turn ideas into successful events!
I love cooking and I think about food constantly.
I am the winner of a TV cooking competition and magazine food columnist.
Programme & Speakers.
In service for everything that relates to design & creative, come to me and I'll give you a solution.
Ensure anything people give me turns out to be pretty.
Help put together the programme and look after the speakers.
Anything and everything
Being the baby of the Branded Family
Lu or Bezza
Part of the money making machine when it comes to things that matter
Finding the best happy hour spots in town
New business and sponsorship opportunities.
Head of audience development.
Using a lot of digital devices.
Making the team practice some French recollection from high school.
News, muse and reviews.
Keeping it simple, Nat
Co-ordinate the suite of Branded’s global projects.
Paddle - the greater the distance the bigger the challenge.
Support in event production elements
Anything they ask me to
I am a 100% homebody and was addicted to online games (no joke).
I work with an awesome team to put on 3 crazy nights of new music.
The above and then some.
Anything Artist Relations / Festival Relations.
Anything other than sales.
Anything Jasper doesn’t want to do.
The longest service staff and a new mommy at Branded.
Invoice and payment.
Toe-Knee (or The American).
Design Music Matters program and secure panel and keynote speakers.
“Don’t ask, don’t get.”
Program and Speakers.
Marketing and Operations support.
Take people's money at the registration desk.
Picking the right birthday cake.
Media and trade partnership
Finding the funds for the events that matter.
Chat a lot.
Throwing fantastic fancy dress parties.