This is an opportunity to get advices, legal, marketing, social, production, songwriting, whatever the question you have, there will be a mentor to provide answers.
The Crux, Railroad Square Music Festival
Josh Windmiller became active in his local music scene in 2007. What began as a small run of intimate shows for his own band soon turned into regular booking and production work throughout his community. Now Josh is directing Santa Rosa's Railroad Square Music Festival, managing San Francisco's The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, and working as Production Director for Second Octave Entertainment. He is also hosts the North Bay Balanced Breakfast meetings and performs regularly both as a solitary rambling troubadour and with his theatrical folk punk band, The Crux. He loves to play the emcee at shows and introduce bands on stage.
Annie Bacon is a folk-rock singer/songwriter based in San Francisco. Since 2008 she's released 4 EPs, 1 LP, 1 live album and multiple singles with her band Annie Bacon & her OSHEN. She also wrote/recorded a Folk Opera, which was later adapted as a puppet-play for Brooklyn’s Puppets & Poets Festival. She's spearheaded two successful Kickstarter campaigns, is a music writer/editor for The Bay Bridged, and has a secret second life pursuing a career as pro country songwriter. (She is the coordinator for SF Chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association (NSAI)). Most recently Annie had the honor of performing in MacArthur and Bessie Award winner Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music at the Curran Theatre.
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Founder, Second Line Vinyl
Lyz Luke carved out a name as an “Executive Music Enabler” over her 7 year career in the Arts. Residing in the heart of Oakland, Lyz has presented shows with over 150 bands from all over the Bay Area. Luke has learned to appreciate the truly undeniable strength of community among the Bay Area arts. She serves many roles within the Bay Area: Second Line Vinyl (Co-Founder and Chief Community Officer) Oakland Symphony (Special Projects Manager), and UnderCover Presents (Executive Producer & Founder). Lyz’s performance management, production, and development background is bolstered by extensive experience nonprofit event fundraising, event sponsorship, & PR. She has also worked with the Red Poppy Art House, ArtSpan (SF Open Studios), and others. Lyz Luke founded UnderCover in 2010 and has since released 14 albums/showcases as part of the series. Awards & Affiliations: Governor on the SF Board of the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), 2017’s YBCA 100 List, East Bay Express’s “Best of”, SF Weekly's “Best of” (twice), Grants Panelist for Oakland Cultural Funding Program, 2 Mayoral Proclamations presented at UnderCover shows to Sly & The Family Stone as well as Green Day, B.S. in Economics from St. John’s University, NCAA Championship ring in fencing.
Co-Founder, Balanced Breakfast
Stefan Aronsen has a masters degree in Graphic Design from The Academy of Art in SF. He has worked for LucasFilm, Stitcher Radio, Magnifi, and many indie record labels. Currently, he is a music promoter, photographer, radio host & DJ who co-founded Balanced Breakfast and does freelance design in the Bay Area. His passion for the local music scene is evident in everything he works on. Follow him at @StefanAronsen on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook.
Music Creative Director, Studio, Twitter
MG is a polymath Creative, Music Director and Brand Strategist, focusing on the intersecting fields of Music, Technology and Media Arts. He consults on special projects with forward-thinking clients looking for innovative Content, Campaign and Partnerships solutions. MG is well-traveled in the Brand space, both literally and figuratively. Following many years in-house with ad agencies in SF & LA, he moved to London in 2013, where he promptly jumped client-side, focusing primarily on Fashion and Streaming initiatives. Since Summer 2015 he has been independent, taking on projects of all sizes and scope. As of September 2016 he has returned to CA full-time, trading the grey of London for the sunshine of the golden state, but missing a good pub ale. Occasionally he'll find the time for a surf. Find more about MG at his website & music blog: meknowingthetruth.com
Jon L.Duman is a San Francisco Bay Area-based attorney whose entertainment law practice emphasizes music business and arts-related intellectual property matters. Jon Duman’s client list includes a diverse array of musicians, performers, producers, music publishers, songwriters and recording artists, including members of such iconic groups as The Commodores, Tony! Toni! Toné!, Sly’s Family Stone, Neil Young’s Crazy Horse, E40’s Click and the Bay Area’s Hieroglyphics Imperium. In over 20 years of practice within the entertainment industries, Jon Duman has negotiated favorable deals for his clients with such ubiquitous media brands as Warner Music Group, Sony Entertainment, Universal Music Group/EMI Group, Fox Sports International, Apple, Inc./I-Tunes, Activision, Mattel Toy Corp., and Google Inc., among numerous others. In addition to regularly participating in workshops and panel discussions covering a wide range of entertainment industry topics, Jon Duman also teaches “Business and Legal Foundations (of the Music Industry)” and "Introduction to the Entertainment Business" at SAE-Expression College, in Emeryville, California.
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