Speakers 2008


Paulette Long

Paulette Long – Westbury Music

Paulette Long is a director at Westbury Music Ltd, an independent publisher of contemporary British music. Currently looking after some 40,000 works spread over several hundred catalogues, Westbury Music is now one of the most respected independent publishing companies in the world.

Steve Schnur

Steve Schnur – EA Games

As Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing for Electronic Arts, Steve Schnur is responsible for the pursuit, creation and continuous development of the global vision for music in EA games. Schnur’s unprecedented innovations in bringing together the worlds of music and gaming led The Washington Post to call him “The Clive Davis of the videogame industry.”

Emma de Decker

Emmanuelle de Decker – Blue Frog

French born Indian resident Emmanuelle de Decker is head of programming, label and A&R for upcoming Mumbay-based record label/club/recording studio Blue Frog. She has degrees in sociology and arts management

Laura Search

Laura Seach – Ninja Tune

Laura Seach is Head of Digital for Ninja Tune. Comprising of the labels, Big Dada, Counter, Ntone and Ninja itself, representing artists including Coldcut, Roots Manuva, Pop Levi, Mr Scruff, Cinematic Orchestra and Amon Tobin.

Mark Chung

Mark Chung – Freibank Publishing

English-born, German-raised entrepreneur Mark Chung first made a name for himself in the early eighties as bassist for the highly influential industrial band Einstürzende Neubaten. Early on in the band’s life Chung undertook the task of administering its finances, which would eventually lead him to a fruitful career in the global music industry running his own publishing company as well as heading Sony Independent Network Europe.

Jean Hsiao

Jean Hsiao Wernheim – A-Peer

Jean Hsiao Wernheim was previously the International Director of Sweden’s MNW Records Group, where she helped numerous Swedish acts release their music world-wide. Jean also led the first western indie label marketing music in China. Currently, she is the Int’l Chief Exectutive for China’s Shanghai Synergy Group, one of the world’s most powerful and influential Chinese music and media groups.

Árni Matthíasson

Árni Matthíasson – mbl.is

Árni Matthíasson has been covering the Icelandic music scene for Morgunblaðið since 1986. He also writes about computers and technology, literature, food and wine.

Anthony Volodkin

Anthony Volodkin – Hype Machine

Anthony Volodkin created The Hype Machine in April 2005 in his dorm room at Hunter College and has been unable to stop thinking about how people discover music ever since. Today, more than 1 million people turn to Hype Machine to find out about new acts every month.

Ólafur Arnalds

Ólafur Arnalds – Musician

Ólafur Arnalds is a new and upcoming Icelandic solo-artist combining classical instrumentation with indie-rock aesthetic and electronica. Having grown up within Iceland’s DIY punk-rock scene, Ólafur now faces interest from the world’s major labels.

Margrét S. Sigurðardóttir – U. of Iceland

Margrét Sigrún Sigurðardóttir an adjunct professor at the University of Iceland School of Business and a PhD candidate at Copenhagen Business School Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics. Her PhD deals with organisational structure of the UK music industry. The organisation of the music industry is an interesting field or research as in spite of huge technological changes its organisation has remained relative stable with an 80/20 division of the market between majors and indies.

Paul Brindley – Music Ally

Paul Brindley is the co-founder and managing director of Music Ally, the leading London-based digital music research and strategy company. With a background as a musician he played bass guitar with The Sundays from 1988 to 1998. As a freelance writer and research consultant, he wrote New Musical Entrepreneurs, a report into the impact of new technology on the UK music industry, for the prestigious Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank in March 2000.

Trevor Gale

Trevor Gale – SESAC

Trevor Gale is Vice President, Writer Publisher Relations for SESAC, Inc., the fastest growing of the nation’s performing rights organizations. Based in the company’s New York office, Gale oversees all of SESAC’s Writer/Publisher related activity and is responsible for signing and developing songwriters and publishers.

Paul Resnikoff

Paul Resnikoff – DigitalMusicNews.com

Paul Resnikoff is the founder and publisher of Digital Music News (www.digitalmusicnews.com), a premier industry source for news, information, and analysis. Digital Music News has quickly grown from its humble roots as a small, executive news service to the most widely read information source in the field.

Terry McBride

Terry McBride – Nettwerk Music Group

Terry McBride is the CEO and one of three founders of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions (Canada’s largest independent record label), Nettwerk Management (artist, DJ and producer management), Nettwerk One (publishing), and Artwerks (graphic and fashion design). Founded in Terry’s apartment in 1984, Nettwerk now has major corporate offices in Vancouver, New York, London, Boston, Nashville, Hamburg and Los Angeles.

Jane Dyball

Jane Dyball – Warner/Chappell

Jane Dyball is Senior Vice-President of International Legal & Business Affairs at Warner/Chappell Music Ltd and as such has responsibility for all of the company’s business affairs throughout the world ex US & Canada, and is responsible for business strategic issues concerning areas such as collective rights management and digital rights.  In recent years Jane has initiated and executed WCM’s Pan European Digital Licensing initiative and instigated the groundbreaking “one stop shop” licensing publishing and master rights together for Radiohead’s phenomenal “In Rainbows” album.

Einar Örn Benediktsson

Einar Örn Benediktsson – Musician

Einar Örn Benediktsson started his career in the music industry while still in his teens in the early 80s. After managing the (locally) legendary Utangarðsmenn with great success and co-founding the alternative record label Grammið, he struck out on his own and founded the punk band Purrkur Pilnikk, declaring that action trumped ability, explaining his discordant Dub poetry vocals and non-conformist trumpet playing.

Amy Phillips

Amy Phillips – Pitchforkmedia.com

Amy Phillips is the Senior News Editor for Pitchforkmedia.com. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice, Spin, Blender, Seventeen, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, Word, and many other publications. She is from Philadelphia but currently lives in Chicago.

Eiríkur Tómasson

Eiríkur Tómasson – STEF

Eiríkur Tómasson has been the Managing Director of the Icelandic Performing Society, STEF, from 1987, after having been a legal advisor to the society for some time. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nordic Mechanical Society, NCB, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of IHM, a collecting society, taking among other things care of collecting and distributing blank tape levies in Iceland.

Henriette Amiel

Henriette Amiel – Effective Legal Services

Henriette Amiel runs a consultancy providing legal services to the music industry. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2000, Henriette founded Effective Legal Services to provide independent companies and up and coming artists in the music industry with legal services at a more competitive rate than those offered by the established music law firms. Clients now include independent companies such as Beggars Banquet Group, Cutting Edge Music Supervision, Air-Edel Associates and Instant Karma amongst others.

Sean Adams

Sean Adams – DrownedInSound

Back in October 2000, Sean – then an 18 year old in a bedroom 200 miles away from London – pulled together a bunch of music obsessives to form what was one of the first online music magazines-cum-social-networks, DrownedinSound.com. Over the past nine years DiS has become, according to Observer Music Monthly “the discerning indie fan’s first point of reference,” and has built up a rabid and influential readership of over 450,000 a month.

Mike Walsh Xfm

Mike Walsh- Xfm

Mike Walsh, Xfm Network Head of Music, has 15 years of experience in both the radio industry & music business. After a stint at college radio in both the US and the UK Mike joined the Promotions Department at Parlophone Records where he worked the likes of Radiohead, Coldplay and Blur. In his most recent role, Walsh has launched many initiatives, including the Xfm New Music Awards.

Chris Barrett

Christopher Barrett – Music Week

Since setting up an independently published music magazine in the mid-Nineties Christopher Barrett has contributed to a wide array of music consumer and trade magazines including Billboard, Q magazine and Music Business International.


Mugison – Musician

Mugison – Örn Elías Guðmundsson – runs his own label in the remote Westfjords of Iceland. His first two albums were released by Matthew Herbert´s Accidental Records in Europe and Mike Pattons label, IPECAC, in the US. He´s also scored three soundtracks for Icelandic directors.

Ariel Hyatt

Ariel Hyatt – Ariel Publicity

Ariel Hyatt founded Ariel Publicity 12 years ago as a traditional Music PR firm. The company went 100% digital to accommodate the swiftly changing media landscape in January of 2007 and since then she has not looked back.  Cyber PR is currently handling campaigns for over 95 artists.

Julie Weir

Julie Weir – Visible Noise

Julie Weir has worked in the Music Industry for over 13 years moving from merchandising to label management to company director. Visible Noise, set up in 1998, is best known for its work with Lostprophets with whom they have had a number one album, numerous top 10 and top 20 singles and sold out arena tours…selling millions of records on the way.

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason – múm

Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason is a poet, writer, musician and artist. He is a founding member of experimental pop group múm, but is also known for his work with countless other bands & musicians.

Allan North

Allan North – Plum Music

An independent promoter and champion of new music for over fifteen years, Allan North is the owner and manager of Plum Music, a company which has been instrumental in the establishment and development of several key showcase venues in London including the 12 Bar Club, the Water Rats Theatre, The Betsey Trotwood and Hoxton Bar and Kitchen.

Helen Keegan

Helen Keegan – Beepmarketing

A retail and marketing and communications professional with over 20 years work experience, Helen has specialised in mobile marketing, advertising and media for the last 8 years or so. Helen was at the birth of mobile marketing in 2000 as Head of Customer Experience at ZagMe, the location based mobile marketing pioneer. Today, Helen runs her own mobile marketing, advertising and media consultancy, BeepMarketing.

Fruzsina Szep

Fruzsina Szép – Music Export Hungary

Fruzsina Szép is the founding director of the Hungarian Music Export office and of the RegiON Music Conference. She has 13 years experience as an artistic and cultural manager. She started her carrer of being the manager of the groups Muzsikás, Márta Sebestyén, Besh o droM, Mitsoura. She was the music currator in several Hungarian Cultural Season, and is is part of the national and international programation team of several Hungarian Festivals, like the Sziget Festival.

John Kennedy

John Kennedy – Xfm

DJ, presenter and producer for Xfm John Kennedy has been instrumental in introducing the likes of Razorlight, Kate Nash, MIA, The Ting Tings, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Sigur Rós, The Darkness, Dizzee Rascal, The Futureheads, Regina Spektor, The Rapture, Willy Mason and Kings of Leon to the UK airwaves, in most instances giving them their first ever radio play.

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson – CCP

As the Chief Executive Officer of CCP, the creators of the sci-fi online game EVE Online, Hilmar has led the company’s explosive growth in terms of size and influence as evidenced by the number of CCP employees and EVE Online subscribers quadrupling since he took the helm in January 2004. Before his appointment to the CEO position, he held the title of CCP’s Chief Technical Officer of CCP, heading the engineering effort required to create CCP’s persistent world technology and 3D engine.

Ralph Simon

Ralph Simon – Mobilium Advisory Group

Ralph Simon is regarded as one of the founders of the modern mobile entertainment industry, and was one of the global trailblazers for mobile content and music, evangelising media companies, artists, managers, professional advisors, brands, ad agency groups and labels to link to artists and their creative output, their global audience and their music, via mobile phones.

Lanette Phillips

Lanette Phillips – Lanette Phillips Mgmt.

As a distinguished Music Video Executive Producer, Phillips has spearheaded hundreds of projects for today’s most illustrious artists.  Videos created under Phillip’s leadership have defied genres, created superstars and re-defined our cultural landscape.  Phillip’s resume includes marquee names such as U2, Death Cab For Cutie, Eminem, Mariah Carey, Aerosmith, Usher, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Beyonce, and Gwen Stefani as well as indie icons Elliot Smith, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age and Sonic Youth.


Margriet Koedooder – DE VOS & CO

Margriet Koedooder is an Amsterdam based entertainment, media & internet lawyer with more than 24 years of experience. The European Legal 500 recommended her well known, former entertainment and media niche-firm as ‘an excellent specialist boutique’. In 2007, Ms Koedooder moved her law practise to De Vos & Partners Advocaten (DV&P). Margriet Koedooder is one of the pre-eminent entertainment lawyers in the Netherlands today and advises many Dutch and international clients from the entire entertainment sector.

Jóhannes  Erlingsson

Jóhannes Erlingsson – NOVA

Jóhannes Erlingsson is a product manager for the mobile portal at Nova.  He has over 10 years experience in the mobile arena and has a degree in computing, philosophy and interactive multimedia. Johannes worked for mobile music service provider Groove Mobile (now LiveWire) and on product development for Walt Disney Internet Group London for several years as well as several other projects in the wireless industry.

Anna Granucci

Anna Granucci – Scene Tracks

Anna Granucci is the founder and Music Supervisor at Scene Tracks Music Supervision, an independent Los Angeles based Music Supervision and Licensing Company for Film and Television. She is also a creative music consultant for Advertising, Music Publishing Libraries and Catalogs. Anna selects, places and licenses all genres of music through Scene Tracks Music Supervision.  Her relationships include film/TV directors, producers, actors, music artists, major and indie record labels, artists managers, music publishers, composers and independent music libraries.

Petri Lunden

Petri Lunden – Hagenburg

Petri Lunden is a highly successful Scandinavian manager that has over two decades’ experience in the fields of managing and promotion, overseeing the careers of artists such as D-A-D, Europe and The Cardigans. He has also taught artist management at Kalmar University of Sweden. Petri Lunden is currently chairman of the board of IMMF and CEO of Kentaro AB, which holds the media rights to all Swedish Football games. He is also executive chairman and majority owner of Hagenburg Law, Media Management, Scandinavia’s largest management for artists and TV show hosts.

Adam Lewis

Adam Lewis – Planetary Group

A veteran of the music industry, Adam Lewis is one of the co-owners of the Planetary Group, an artist development and promotions firm based out of Boston. Lewis oversees a staff of individuals determined on helping new and upcoming artists get heard and discovered. Over the past few months,Planetary has worked with such acts as The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Peter, Bjorn & John, Apples In Stereo, Kings Of Leon, and The Lemonheads. He also currently handles all publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions, who are responsible for producing 50 shows a year throughout New England.

Sarah Pearson

Sarah Pearson – Wasted Youth PR

With over ten years specialising in music PR for both artists and corporate events, Sarah Pearson has developed a company renowned for it’s creative, strategic, and extensive UK and International PR campaigns. Wasted Youth PR was established in 2004, and has a diverse and successful roster of acts. The company works on a select number of acts/artists/events, maintaining a high standard of detail in the development of new acts, whilst providing a high profile campaigns for established artists.

Haukur S. Magnússon

Haukur S. Magnússon – IMX

Haukur S. Magnússon has written for several Icelandic and international publications, and is an active player in the Icelandic music scene. He holds a near-degree in Philosophy and fish-gutting and spends a lot of time on the internet.

Storme Whitby-Grubb

Storme Whitby-Grubb – Tour Manager

Storme started her working life at Fat Cat Records in 1999, then home to Sigur Rós, as an office assistant. After getting restless in London she moved to Reykjavik as PA to Sigur Rós & somewhat shockingly became the day to day label manager for Smekkleysa Records at the request of Ásmundur Jónsson. Things didn’t stop there, when renowned Einar Örn put her in a headlock until she agreed to take over as PR manager for Iceland Airwaves, due to various international press pieces and profile rasising she had managed for Smekkleysa acts like Mínus.

Andrea Jónsdóttir

Andrea Jónsdóttir – Rás 2

Radio personality, music enthusiast, avid DJ and revered Icelandic pop legend Andrea Jónsdóttir was born in the small town of Selfoss, where she was brought up along with three siblings and some farm animals. She studied English at the University of Iceland for two winters, but was very happily saved from further studies when she took the post of copy-editor at left-wing newspaper Þjóðviljinn in 1972 where she worked and wrote about music for over a decade.

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