Benji Rogers founder of www.pledgemusic.com and blockchain advocate. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade. In 2014 he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of the Year" award, and in 2013 he made the Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Players list. He is an instructor at Berklee College of Music, teaching the Music Business Trends and Strategies course for Berklee Online. Recent engagements include keynote addresses and panels at SXSW, Midem, European Culture Forum, SF MusicTech Summit, Canadian Music Week, MMF, BPI, Music Matters, GRAMMY Camp, and many more. In 2015 Rogers accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Future Of Music Coalition.
Reggie Hawkins As Program Director of Sirius XM’s Hip Hop Nation (channel 44) and Talent Manager for the satellite network’s Shade 45 (channel 45, produced by Eminem), Reggie Hawkins oversees one of the most important and innovative Hip-Hop platforms heard around the globe. He also runs his own venture, Hawk Media Consulting.
Dae Bogan. As a serial entrepreneur, Dae is the founder of music & artist marketing agency, Maven Promo, and co-founder of TuneRegistry; a next generation music rights and metadata management platform that enables independent artists to take control of the information surrounding their catalog. Prior to founding Maven Promo and TuneRegistry, Dae founded a number of music-related businesses, including an independent record company (Loft24 Records), an artist management company (Renaissance Artist Management aka RAM Artist), a music publishing company (Loft24 Publishing), event entertainment companies (Club 2Dae Productions, Young Hollywood Entertainment, and Black Card Events), and music tech start-ups (SongBank and ChazBo Music).
Cynthia Charles is part of the AEG Live’s Urban Touring Division, where she assists in producing concert tours for such artists as Usher, Alicia Keys, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz and R Kelly. Cynthis has served as Production Coordinator for events such as Usher's New Looks Foundation World Leadership Awards, NBC's Education National and head talent buyer/festival director for One Musicfest in Atlanta. In 2010, Cynthia started TCG Music Services, a company specializing in servicing the administrative, management and touring needs of independent artists. Her current roster includes indie superstars dead prez and Cody ChesnuTT.
Cherie Hu is a Media & Entertainment Writer for Forbes, focusing on the intersection between music and tech. Her writings have also appeared on Music Ally, Synchtank and the Harvard Political Review. Previously, she spearheaded a music-industry research project at Harvard Business School, and worked in A&R at Interscope Records. Aside from the Virtual Music Summit, she has also spoken at conferences such as Sónar+D, SheTek and the New Music Seminar. The summit kicks off tomorrow at 3pm with Benji Rogers. Log in details will be emailed tonight at midnight.
Artist Launch is a artist and label services group that focus on the specific needs of each individual artists and then creates a personalized plan to meet them. We don't do one size fits all and we don't follow trends very well either. We study them and then create our own for our clients. This Summit is the first in a series of summits that will be held throughout the year focused on the goal of empowering artist and teaching them how to fish.