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)


Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.


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Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.


Photo by Ashley Osborn

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Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.


Photo by Alex Krauss

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