Memphis GRAMMY GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz


Need to get your foot in the door? Want to learn about music licensing, distribution, direct-to-fan marketing and much more? Come to GRAMMY GPS: A Roadmap For Today's Music Biz, a GRAMMY Professional Development Event.
The event will kick off with a Conference Kick-Off Party April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Warehouse featuring performances by Yung Kee, Ryan Peel, Star And Micey, and the Summers. This event is open to conference attendees only.
Panel discussions will take place April 16 from 12-7:30 p.m. at the Playhouse on the Square featuring a keynote by Mark Montgomery, entrepreneur-in-residence at Claritas Capital.
Panels will include:
  • Laying It Down: Anatomy Of A Beat, presented by Street Savvy Unlimited
  • Are You The Next Big Thing? rock demo critique- presented by The Memphis Music Foundation
  • Are You The Next Big Thing? urban demo critique
  • Supply And Demand: The Basics Of Distribution
  • What’s Your Music Worth To You? Music Licensing For A New Era, presented by the Memphis Music Foundation
  • The Dream Team: Artist Personnel
  • Direct-To-Fan And Internet Marketing: From Primer To Practice
  • Lights, Camera, Soundtrack: Music & Film
  • Passion To Profession: How To Break Into The Biz, presented by GRAMMY U
  • Hot Buttered STAX: Tips From The Masters
Featured panelists will include:
Adam McCants (Whizbang)
Al Kapone (Recording Artist)
Amy Lavere (Recording Artist)
Anne Pitts (Levitt Shell)
Ben Brubaker (Hip Hop for Hope)
Betsie Brown (Blind Raccoon)
Bill Ellis (Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter)
Chiccen (Sweat Da Trac Productions)
Cynthia Simien (965 Music Group)
David Preston (BMI)
Deanie Parker (Soulsville Foundation)
Deb Dorsey (Atlantic Records)
Drew Young (Good and Plenty Records)
Erin Frankenheimer (Artist Manager)
Free (Tennman/Interscope Recording Artist)
Hot Rod (Producer, Yo Gotti)
Issy Sanchez (Music Industry Executive)
Jay Healy (Century Wealth Management)
Jay Williams (William Morris Endeavor Entertainment)
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Jedd Katrancha (Downtown Music Publishing)
Jeff Powell (Humongous Productions)
Jesse Willoughby (ASCAP)
Joe Blow Da CEO (Producer)
John Simson (SoundExchange)
Johnnie Walker (Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission)
Jonathan McHugh (Island/Def Jam)
Joseph Davis (Ardent Music Label)
Kim Stephens (Forward Entertainment/Capitol Records)
Kissy Black (Lotos Nile Media)
Kurt Clayton (Music Director/Producer/ Composer/Arranger)
Mark Montgomery (Claritas Capital)
Marvell Thomas (Recording Artist, Stax Records)
Mike McCarthy (Guerrilla Monster Films)
Maurice “Mo Better” Rivera (KXHT-FM/Hot 107.1)
Nate Walka (GRAMMY-winning Songwriter/Versatile Music)
Paul Ebersold (GRAMMY-winning Producer/Engineer)
Pete Matthews (Producer/Engineer)
Pierce Stacy (IODA)
Randy Wachtler (615 Music Company)
Rick Clark (Music Supervisor)
Ryan Bitzer (Sparart Group)
Scott Bomar (Electraphonic Recording)
Skip Pitts (Recording Artist/STAX Records)
Tom Monday (LimeWire)
Tonya Butler (Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP)
Tricia Walker (Delta State University)
Wayne Leeloy (Foundation Music Group)
Wes Phillips (Select-O-Hits)
Wheat Robinson (Street Savvy Unlimited)
Wizz Dumb (Producer/Timbaland)
Zac Ives (Goner Records)
A GRAMMY GPS Fest will follow on April 16 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. at the Hi Tone, presented by MCVB. Featured performances will include DEE-1, the Dirty Streets, Pezz, Skewby, Jeremy Stanfill, and Tanks.
This event is free for GRAMMY GPS pass holders and $10 for the general public.
Click here to submit your demo today for a chance to be heard and reviewed by top industry producers.
Admission is free for Recording Academy members and $40 for non-members. Join The Academy prior to the event for free admission.
To register online, click here.
Questions? Call 901.525.1340 or e-mail


April 15, 2010 - 7:00pm - April 16, 2010 - 11:59pm