The Northside Festival and AT&T are proud to introduce The Music Now Summit to this year’s roster of events.

There is no single area of the music industry that looks exactly the way it did five years ago. Innovations in technology drastically alter the infrastructure on which we function, and everyone scrambles to either take advantage of new opportunities being afforded by those innovations, or to find a suitable solution to the challenges they present. It’s a never-ending process that has set us on a strange and uncharted course, always moving, always trying to predict what will happen next.

“AT&T and the Northside Festival both recognize that technology and innovation play key roles in the ever-changing music industry,” said Marissa Shorenstein, President, AT&T New York. “AT&T is proud to present the Music Now Summit, bringing together the best minds in music and technology.”
Northside’s Music Now Summit presented by AT&T, will team up some of the brightest professional minds working across various segments of the ever-changing music industry in a series of panel discussions, keynotes and special events to address where things stand in the music industry right now. All Music Now events will take place at the Northside Warehouse (149 Kent Ave, Brooklyn).
Thursday, June 14
11:00 AM
New Technologies in Booking and Touring
Moderator: Valerie Gurka – Knitting Factory
Panelists: Troy Hansbrough (Sonicbids); Laura Wilson (World Cafe Live), Howard Han (ReverbNation), Chris Diaz (Knitting Factory)
1:30 PM
The Next Generation of Social Media to Market Your Band or Venue
Moderator: Corey Maass (Gelform)
Panelists: Jason Boner (The Dharma Body), Eric Swenson (Indaba Music), Alex Kirshbaum (Sound Ctrl)
2:30 PM
The New Era of Music Licensing for TV, Film, Interactive Gaming and More
Moderator: David Weiss (Sonic Scoop)
Panelists: Eric Masone (Deep Freeze Music), Brandon Mason (Juxtaposed Music), Kevin M. Wilson (ESPN)
3:45 PM
Future Platforms in Music Technology
Moderator: Seth Hillinger (Music Tech Meetup)
Panelists: Richard Slatter  ( We Are Hunted), Jason Herskowitz (Tomahawk/, Eliot Van Buskirk ( Echo Nest), Jesse Israel (Cantora Labs)
Friday, June 15
11:00 AM
Modern Trends in Music Publishing and Performance Rights
Moderator: Paul-Anthony Surdi (Crowd Control Music)
Panelists: Neeta Ragoowansi (TuneSat), Jake Simon (BMI), Jessica Weiner Esq. (Ultra-International Music Publishing), Donald Woodard  (Gordon & Rees)
12:15 PM
Keynote – Innovation and Disruption in the Music Industry
Keynote Speaker: Dez Dickerson (Pavillion Group)
1:30 PM
Tuning in with Radio Airwaves and Online Streaming
Moderator: Lynda McLaughlin (LYVA Music)
Panelists: Jon Maples (Rhapsody), Dan Kantor  (, Jamie Megargee  (WLTW – Lite FM), Michael Gunzelman  (Idobi Radio)
2:30 PM
Bands vs. Business – Making it Happen as an Artist/Entrepreneur

Panelists: GZA (Wu Tang), Jesse Israel (Cantora Labs)

3:45 PM
Sponsorship and Brands and their new place in the Music Business.
Moderator: Dez Dickerson (Pavillion Group)
Panelists: Leah Joy Malberg (TicketWeb), Camille Hackney (Atlantic Records), Nathaniel Gravely (MTV Networks), Billy Campion  (The Bogmen)


Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."


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Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.


Photo by Quinsey Sablan

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Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.


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