Global Entertainment and Music Business | Berklee Valencia Campus

Visiting Artists and Guest Speakers

Claire Mas

Former Head of Digital at Island Records

Claire Mas has managed the digital strategy of top artists such as Sigrid, Robyn, Mumford & Sons, Ray BLK, and Hozier, among others. She is an influential voice in the digital music...

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Claire Mas has managed the digital strategy of top artists such as Sigrid, Robyn, Mumford & Sons, Ray BLK, and Hozier, among others. She is an influential voice in the digital music ecosystem, having previously headed up digital at Communion, led training for Music Ally, and managed independent artists.

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Shawn Barron

Vice President of A&R at Atlantic Records

Shawn Barron

Shawn Barron is the man behind the signing of Drake, Diggy Simmons, Wale, Curren$y, and Ty Dolla $ign. He is now senior director at Atlantic Records and has previously worked for Universal...

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Shawn Barron is the man behind the signing of Drake, Diggy Simmons, Wale, Curren$y, and Ty Dolla $ign. He is now senior director at Atlantic Records and has previously worked for Universal Records and Koch Records.

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Ekaterina Bazhanova

Director at Music Development Russia

Ekaterina Bazhanova is the founder of Music Development Russia, a company providing services in different areas of the music business. Its key activities are artist development, music...

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Ekaterina Bazhanova is the founder of Music Development Russia, a company providing services in different areas of the music business. Its key activities are artist development, music business consulting, publishing, events, and music exports. Bazhanova has worked with artists such as Yuar, Tesla Boy, Poko Cox, On-the-Go, and НААДЯ, among others.

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Tony Woodcock

Visiting Professor for Music and Social Entrepreneurship

Tony Woodcock

Tony Woodcock is a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience directing major performing arts and...

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Tony Woodcock is a seasoned nonprofit leader with experience directing major performing arts and higher education organizations in the U.S. and Europe. He’s known for innovation and creative empowerment with a proven track record of success in management, fundraising, teaching, and executive mentoring.

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Montserrat Andrée Carty

Goodreads Contributor at Amazon

Montserrat Andrée Carty

Montse Carty has worked in various areas of the music industry: artist relations, artist programming, and global marketing for music companies including Sony Music Entertainment, Pandora...

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Montse Carty has worked in various areas of the music industry: artist relations, artist programming, and global marketing for music companies including Sony Music Entertainment, Pandora Media, and various nonprofits including the San Francisco Symphony.

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Cherie Hu

Freelance Writer, Editor, and Podcaster

Cherie Hu

Cherie Hu defines herself as a citizen of the music tech macrocosm. The main topic of her work is...

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Cherie Hu defines herself as a citizen of the music tech macrocosm. The main topic of her work is how technology transforms music and culture. Her written work can be found at Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide, Columbia Journalism Review, Pitchfork, and many other publications.

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Javier López

Sales Director for Midem

Javier López

Javier López is sales director for Midem, the leading international marketplace for the global...

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Javier López is sales director for Midem, the leading international marketplace for the global music community. He is in charge of Midem’s commercial reach in a wide variety of countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, and Australia, among many others.

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Stephen Budd

Music Executive at Stephen Budd Music Management

Stephen Budd

Stephen Budd Music represents some of the most successful and influential producers, songwriters,...

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Stephen Budd Music represents some of the most successful and influential producers, songwriters, mixers, engineers, remixers, and programmers from Europe and the U.S. In addition to his management services, Budd himself is a music cultural commentator and an advisor to music festivals and live events.

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Kali Bradford

Label Manager at Distiller Music Group

Kali Bradford

Kali Bradford’s role includes partnership management, artist and label development, and project...

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Kali Bradford’s role includes partnership management, artist and label development, and project management for the group’s live session channel, Distiller TV. Previously she has worked as the music and talent coordinator for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and as the social media coordinator for Fierce Panda/Club Fandango.

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Suze Lord

Freelance Marketing Consultant

Suze Lord

Suze Lord is a freelance marketing consultant helping companies such as British Airways, Yves Saint...

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Suze Lord is a freelance marketing consultant helping companies such as British Airways, Yves Saint Laurent, Virgin, and Liz Earle Cosmetics with their branding and communication strategies.

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Yvette Noel-Schure

Founder of Schure Media Group and Beyoncé's Publicist

Yvette Noel-Schure is a seasoned and respected industry veteran, and one of the top creative executives in the music PR business. She has developed press campaigns for a diverse roster of...

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Yvette Noel-Schure is a seasoned and respected industry veteran, and one of the top creative executives in the music PR business. She has developed press campaigns for a diverse roster of artists, including Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Chloe X Halle, Prince, John Legend, and LeAnn Rimes, among others.

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Scott Cohen

Co-founder of The Orchard

The music business program had the pleasure of hosting Scott Cohen, the co-founder of The Orchard,...

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The music business program had the pleasure of hosting Scott Cohen, the co-founder of The Orchard, the world’s largest digital distribution company. Cohen is a world-renowned lecturer who visited the campus to discuss reinventing business models as we see them. Currently, he is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University and is a member of the British Phonographic Industry Council.

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Steve Stoute

Founder and CEO of Translation, and Author

Steve Stoute is the founder and CEO of the brand development and marketing firm Translation, and author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of...

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Steve Stoute is the founder and CEO of the brand development and marketing firm Translation, and author of The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy. For more than a decade, Stoute has worked to identify and activate a new generation of consumers on behalf of iconic brands like State Farm, Jeep, and the National Basketball Association, helping them thrive in the changing cultural climate. He has worked with artists like Will Smith, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Jimmy Iovine, and Solange Knowles. During his special visit to our campus for the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar, Stoute shared his knowledge about the music and advertising industries with our students and gave them valuable advice on how to succeed in this evolving space.

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Rob Dickins

Former President and Chairman of Warner Music UK

Industry legend Rob Dickins is former president and chairman of Warner Music UK. Dickins is...

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Industry legend Rob Dickins is former president and chairman of Warner Music UK. Dickins is responsible for the signings of Prince, Madonna, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards (Chic), Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell, among others, to the UK company. Dickins visited our campus as a special guest for the final week of the Master of Arts in Global Entertainment and Music Business Degree Program A&R seminar.

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Martin F. Frascogna

International Entertainment Attorney

Named the official U.S. ambassador for the Global Entertainment and Music Business Program, Martin...

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Named the official U.S. ambassador for the Global Entertainment and Music Business Program, Martin Frascogna led an extraordinary week of seminars focusing on the U.S. market. Frascogna is an international entertainment attorney who represents clientele in 34 countries spanning six continents. His clients include international musicians, Grammy winners, international labels and tours.

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Stef Pascual

Head of Digital at Crown Talent and Media Group

Stef Pascual handles digital strategy and marketing for a variety of music and live events and media clients like Fusion Festival, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Stacey Solomon. She is...

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Stef Pascual handles digital strategy and marketing for a variety of music and live events and media clients like Fusion Festival, Becky Hill, Ella Henderson, and Stacey Solomon. She is also half of Silent Cult Records, an independent label founded in 2017.

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Stephen Webber

Executive Director, BerkleeNYC; Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Berklee

An award-winning composer, musician, producer, and engineer, Stephen Webber was founding director of Berklee’s Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program in...

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An award-winning composer, musician, producer, and engineer, Stephen Webber was founding director of Berklee’s Master of Music in Music Production, Technology, and Innovation program in Valencia, Spain. Webber wrote the best-selling book Turntable Technique: The Art of the DJ and founded the world’s first college-level classes in DJing and turntablism.

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Alison Wenham

Founder of the Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Alison Wenham has worked in the music industry for 35 years, and is one of the most experienced and well-known international practitioners in the business. Wenham founded the Association of...

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Alison Wenham has worked in the music industry for 35 years, and is one of the most experienced and well-known international practitioners in the business. Wenham founded the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in 1999, and has been its chair and CEO since its inception. In the past 10 years, she has guided AIM’s growth and influence to become one of the most respected and successful trade associations in the world. Wenham visited our campus to speak to our students about the music business industry.

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Scott McNearney

Sponsors Chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive

Scott McNearney, sponsors chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, visited the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar to discuss the ins and outs of festival sponsorship with our...

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Scott McNearney, sponsors chief at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, visited the Branding and Advertising Music Business seminar to discuss the ins and outs of festival sponsorship with our students. For more than 15 years, McNearny has successfully directed and shepherded hundreds of uniquely integrated brand programs at the SXSW Conferences and Festivals, creating lasting and positive impacts on the world’s forward-most thinkers. Brand concert events led and developed with McNearny’s expertise include talent ranging from Jay- Z and Prince to Lady Gaga and Snoop Dogg.

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Cindy Castillo

Artist Manager and Founder of Gigntik Management & Booking

Special guest to the music business seminar, Cindy Castillo, artist manager and founder of Gigntik Management & Booking, spoke with our students about artist management and how to develop...

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Special guest to the music business seminar, Cindy Castillo, artist manager and founder of Gigntik Management & Booking, spoke with our students about artist management and how to develop synergies with artists. Based in Madrid, Spain, Castillo’s companyis dedicated to management and artist booking, producing national and international tours, and everything related to the organization of tours and events.

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Benji Rogers

Founder of PledgeMusic

Benji Rogers is the founder of PledgeMusic, which is a direct-to-fan platform as opposed to a crowdfunding website. Rogers is a London-born musician who has been recording and touring since...

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Benji Rogers is the founder of PledgeMusic, which is a direct-to-fan platform as opposed to a crowdfunding website. Rogers is a London-born musician who has been recording and touring since 1999, and he visited our campus to speak with students about his experience running PledgeMusic.

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Panos Panay

Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship)

Panos Panay is the founding managing director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media...

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Panos Panay is the founding managing director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, Panay created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. As a passionate arts and business advocate, Panos serves on a number of boards, including as the chair of Berklee's Presidential Advisory Council for six years.

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Don & Dale Franzen

Entertainment Lawyer and Former Executive Director at the Broad Stage, Respectively

Don and Dale Franzen are a husband and wife industry duo. Don is a practicing lawyer of entertainment and business law, and counts among his clients leading figures in the music and...

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Don and Dale Franzen are a husband and wife industry duo. Don is a practicing lawyer of entertainment and business law, and counts among his clients leading figures in the music and recording industries. Dale has over 30 years of experience in the creative arts industry as an opera singer, artistic director, producer, public speaker, mentor, and consultant.

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