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Thursday, September 18 • 9:30am - 10:10am
The Global Marketplace

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It’s a big world out there, with opportunities in surprising places. Why, when and how should you take your music and music business global? This panel of international experts will discuss artist development, touring, festivals, logistics and negotiating diverse cultures. And who knows? You might have some adventures while opening up new markets.


Jeff Walker

President, AristoMedia Group
JEFF WALKER is President of The AristoMedia Group which celebrated its 33rd anniversary in 2013. The AristoMedia Group is a Nashville-based multi-media marketing company that specializes in publicity, video, radio and club promotion, new media and visual/digital distribution, special event coordination and consulting. A native of Sydney, Australia, he is a graduate of the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics and a membership in the... Read More →


Stuart Johnston

President, Canadian Independent Music Association
STUART JOHNSTON is President of CIMA (Canadian Independent Music Association), made up of 220 companies (which employ more than 2,400 people and represent more than 6,000 artists) belonging to Canada’s music business. He is also a member of three agencies which process copyrights and licenses, and of the advisory council of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. CIMA’s mandate is to develop and advocate policies and services that... Read More →

Håkan Olsson

HÅKAN OLSSON is founder of Rootsy in Sweden. Olsson decided to quit his job at Playground Music to start a company dedicated to the music he loved. Initially the idea was to create a community for music lovers around the website Rootsy.nu, a web magazine that to date has published over 2000 reviews, 300 articles and 4000 news flashes. Soon Rootsy developed to a label as well, doing imports and licensing of international acts but also releasing... Read More →

Crispin Parry

British Underground
CRISPIN PARRY runs British Underground, an artist development agency producing international showcases for music genres outside the mainstream. We are funded by Arts Council England and host UK stages at key events such as SXSW, WOMEX, Folk Alliance International and Americanafest, where we hold the annual Bootleg BBQ at The Groove. Crispin is also a music journalist and A&R adviser at Loose Music who recently signed Nashville residents... Read More →

Brian Taranto

Managing Director, Mushroom Group
BRIAN “BT” TARANTO has been hanging around the music industry since 1985 – involved in band and festival merchandising, but also as a concert promoter, art director and publisher of musical kids books. Having worked at Australian Tour Merchandising (ATM) for eight years, he eventually established a new merch company Love Police in 1995. Love Police recently merged with ATM with BT as Managing Director, running offices out of... Read More →

Thursday September 18, 2014 9:30am - 10:10am
Hillsboro - Hutton Hotel 1808 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203