Partner, Membrain LLC
Twenty five+ years as a record executive, artist manager and brand marketer, cultivating an expertise in domestic and global marketing of artists including The Beatles, Billy Joel, Miles Davis, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, and Frank Sinatra, through both traditional and innovative, groundbreaking, non-traditional initiatives, including the recent Spice Girls/Victoria’s Secret strategic partnership.
Sandhaus is currently a Managing Partner in Membrain, a boutique branding and strategic marketing company, which activates music for brands by providing consulting services that focus on optimizing marketing and business development. Membrain collaborates with established and start-up companies to develop new products that are enhanced by their association with music, identifying and structuring collaborations with best of breed partners creating A+ solutions. Current clients include McDonald’s and Hasbro.
He was manager for David Bowie, overseeing all of his creative and marketing affairs in music, film and theatre, worldwide, including The Glass Spider Tour and the Rykodisc catalog reissues. Sandhaus owned and operated an artist management consultant (clients included Elvis Costello), film production and soundtrack company. He served as Executive Producer of “M. Butterfly”, the feature film version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play, produced by The Geffen Company/Warner Bros. Pictures; and Executive VP, Tribeca Music, Robert De Niro’s soundtrack label distributed by Sony Music, whose feature films soundtracks included, “A Bronx Tale” and “Amongst Friends” both of which he executive produced.
Prior record label management positions include Head of Strategic Marketing and Product Development for the $250 million dollar a year EMI-Capitol Group Entertainment Properties Division, overseeing projects such as The Beatles Anthology, and Executive Producer – The Beatles’ “The Making of Sgt. Pepper” educational initiative, including a televised program distributed by Channel One’s Classroom Channel to over 8 million students in 12,000 middle and high schools across the U.S. He executive produced both “The Band – Across the Great Divide” and “The Beach Boys Pet Sounds” Box Sets. Oversaw the release of the first Starbuck’s cd release, ever, Blue Note Blend.
He has held senior marketing and artist development positions at both Columbia Records and Capitol Records. From 1994-’97, Sandhaus was a member of the Capitol Records New Technologies Committee, which oversaw the development of all CD+, CD-ROM and Internet activities. In 1999, consulted for Atomic Pop, a music and lifestyle Internet site, on the integration of on-line and off-line marketing, sales and distribution of music product including Public Enemy and Ice-T.
Sandhaus was General Manager of independent record label Beyond Music overseeing the platinum selling Lucy Pearl release and the Motley Crue Catalog reissues, amongst others. Senior Executive, General Manager, overseeing the launch of Beyondmusic.com, a 24/7 internet broadband entertainment network that epitomized cross-channel marketing and distribution initiatives to serve worldwide consumer demand for music, entertainment and talent-branded products, powered by HP, in 2000.
He worked with Moir/Borman Entertainment as senior consultant on the worldwide album management of The Rolling Stones – Forty Licks CD release initiating strategic partnerships with the FOX Broadcasting Company, The Simpsons, and MTV Latin. He executive produced AudioSlave Live in Havana, Cuba, May 2005. He is producing an Eartha Kitt biopic and a feature film, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, based on the life stories of anti-Vietnam War activists, brothers and priests, Dan and Phil Berrigan. He is also currently Executive Producer of an animated musical film version of L. Frank Baum’s (The Wizard of Oz), A Patchwork Girl, with music by Mick Jones (The Clash) and lyrics by Robert Hunter (The Grateful Dead).
Sandhaus is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tim Robbins’ theatre company, The Actors’ Gang, in Los Angeles and is on the Entertainment Committee of the Violence Policy Center, acknowledged as the “most effective” gun control group in America. Sandhaus also serves on the Board of Give US Your Poor, http://www.giveusyourpoor.org/, an initiative based at the University of Massachusetts whose mission is to create a revolution in public awareness, dispel myths and inspire action towards ending epidemic homeless in the United States. He is one of the Producers of the GUYP cd release, 17 New recordings to Help End Homelessness, featuring Pete Seger, Bruce Springsteen, Danny Glover, Jewel, Bonnie Raitt. He is on the Board of Advisors of Grid Republic, www.gridrepublic.org/ a non-profit organization that provides a safe and accessible way of advancing “distributed computing. The desired result is to create a massive supercomputer that can work on public research projects, the key to unlocking the cures and tools for solving humanity’s problems.
Sandhaus has a BS from Cornell University and serves on the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board for the Cornell Hotel School.
Independent Music Supervisor / KCRW DJ
It was evident at an early age that Dan Wilcox had a passion for music – he learned how to use his parents’ turntable before he could tie his shoes. Growing up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, interesting music was in short supply and Dan would frequent the college record store, comb garage sales, scan fanzines and make out-of-town trips just to satisfy his craving for intriguing and exotic tunes, both new and old. This experience serves him well to this day as both a DJ and a music supervisor. For years, Dan was Music Director at Ten Music, a company that found commercial licensing opportunities for indie artists. He now works freelance as a music supervisor for various film, TV and ad projects. Since 2007, Dan has hosted a Saturday night music program on KCRW. He hosts a musical piñata of sounds perfect for a night of partying, including new discoveries, remixes and rarities, b-sides and lost classics. In addition, he has deejayed at many of the top nightspots in Los Angeles, including The Standard Hotel, Bardot, Zanzibar, The Crocker Club and a residency at The Doheny, as well as various events at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards.
Music Supervisor, Whoopsie Daisy Music
Madonna began her career as a producer’s assistant in feature films. From there went on to work as an assistant to a well-known actor and then a successful commercial director. A love of music lead to a career move into music video production and eventually into the position of Head of Music Video at Spy Productions in Los Angeles. This move offered many great opportunities to help develop directing talent. Madonna then segued into a career in music supervision – first, as a partner in Daisy Music and now as owner of whoopsie daisy. Madonna’s television career has included work on series such as Charlie’s Angels, Blue Mountain State, Smallville, Castle, What About Brian, Barbershop, One Tree Hill, Alias and Felicity and such films as Fred: The Movie, The Perfect Score, My Boss’s Daughter, Careless and the yet to be released A Thousand Words starring Eddie Murphy and Kerry Washington. Madonna is currently supervising the third season of the SpikeTV series Blue Mountain State and Jane By Design for ABC Family.
NARIP Board Member and President, Geodesic Management
Talent Manager / Booking
Years in the entertainment/music business: 12
Being in the business for 12 years and counting.
That goal changes weekly.
“Don’t sh*t where you eat. Speak your mind and tell the truth.”
An entertainment veteran, Dan Strader has extensive experience producing and touring music and stage productions, nationally and internationally. Mr. Strader started his career in television news production moving to syndicated national programming with Warner Brothers Television. His music and theatrical management background is extensive and he has worked with some highly regarded musicians and venues in the Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York markets. For the past ten years Mr. Strader has managed, produced and booked national and international tours for Geodesic Management.
Address: 2255 5th Ave. Suite 5B, NYC 10037
President, South Central Music Source, LLC (dba South Central Music)
Armando Sanchez is president of South Central Music Source, LLC (dba South Central Music). Established in 2003 in Houston, South Central Music provides physical distribution for independent Latin music artists and labels plus a growing general-market catalog of roots / Americana. Armando has 21 years experience in sales and distribution of Latin music, including nine years with Sony Music. Among label / artist partners are: Urbana Records (La Mafia, Los Palominos); DLG Music (David Lee Garzy y Los Musicales); Power House Records (Avizo); Joslin Records (Jaime y Los Chamacos); AMMX (Gary Hobbs & The Hometown Boys); Guzman Fox Records (Joel Guzman & Sarah Fox); Los Lobos ; Los Tex-Maniacs; Flaco Jimenez; Gurf Morlix; Randy Weeks; Stag Records (Jesse Dayton & Mike Stinson); VMG (Vallejo); TMG (Emory Quinn).
Director at Tool, Forrmer Executive Creative Director and Founder, EVB
Starting in the early ‘90s, Jason began his career in the early days of the Internet. He worked with dozens of advertising agencies until 1998, when he started design boutique spyplane. A year later, spyplane was acquired by ZEFER. Upon leaving ZEFER in 2000, Jason met up with Daniel Stein and formed EVB, a digital content marketing agency.
For the last 8 years, Jason has been at the helm as founder and Executive Creative Director of EVB, which is globally recognized for its innovative creative and production. EVB has produced work with Crispin, Goodby Silverstein and Partners, BBDO, and just about every other major advertising agency.
During his tenure, Jason led the shop to produce a variety of award wining work for clients such as Adidas, Wrigley, Old Spice, VO5, 2k Sports, Burger King, A+E, MTV, Levis and dozens of other high-profile brands. Omnicom acquired a majority stake in EVB in 2006.
Recently, Jason directed the infamous dancing elf that has been seen by 193 million people in only 6 weeks, making the project the most successful viral Web site of all time. Jason has had the pleasure of directing campaigns for brands like 2k Sports and adidas that take advantage of his deep understanding of advertising and digital content.
Jason brings a unique perspective of storytelling to the industry having worked on both sides of the business. Jason has won over 50 industry awards and appeared in Boards Magazine, Shoot Magazine, Communication Arts, the New York Times, Contagious and many books, magazines and newspapers.
He frequently speaks at a variety of industry events including Cannes Lion Festival and South by Southwest. Jason lives in Mill Valley, California with his wife, two crazy children and a small smelly black pug named Cleo. One day Jason will finish the screenplay he started when he was 8 years old.
New Noise Management
Brett Williams (New Noise Management) currently looks after Cold War Kids, Delta Spirit and Aushua. Brett began his career in the music industry as an 18 year old intern at Interscope in the international department. He continued at Interscope until graduation from college. After this, he worked in the retail/marketing department at The Militia Group/Sidecho Records. While at TMG/SC, his roommate and childhood friend, Nathan Willett began to take Cold War Kids (comprised of other childhood friends) off the ground. Brett, realizing that his friends were incredibly talented, immediately offered to jump in and began managing the band. As the pace and heat began to rise, Brett quit his job at TMG/SC to manage Cold War Kids full time. At the tender age of 23, in the summer of 2006, Brett found himself managing a knock-down drag-out record company bidding war consisting of 17 different labels. By the end of 2006, Cold War Kids had signed not only two split territory record deals but also two split territory publishing deals. Brett now finds himself managing the band and the business relationships he and the band foisted upon two entirely unrelated record companies. In 2006, Brett began managing Delta Spirit, a band that he encouraged to self-release their debut album (and just did so) after spurning more than one major label. In early 2007, Brett began working with a band called Aushua whom he is developing now.
Desert Dream Productions
Top producer / songwriter DICK WAGNER is a partner in the Phoenix-based Desert Dream Productions, which emphasizes music production and artist development for the extraordinary artist. Wagner has been a musical force in rock and pop music for more than 30 years and has worked with artists including Alice Cooper, Aerosmith, Kiss, Lou Reed, Hall and Oates, and many others. As lead guitarist and music director for Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner co-wrote many of Cooper’s biggest chart hits such as “Only Women Bleed,” “Welcome To My Nightmare” and “You and Me.” Dick Wagner songs have been recorded by Alice Cooper, Tina Turner, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Tim Curry, Rod Stewart and Air Supply.
Founder & President, Tuna Music & Partners and Advertising Age Columnist
A former CEO level agency executive, Mike Tunnicliffe is a leader in alternative marketing solutions and brand partnerships in the entertainment business. He co-writes a regular column for Advertising Age and a blog ‘Bands & Brands’ that gives in depth views on the latest happenings in brand-music partnerships and new business models in the music, entertainment and brand communications businesses.
Nominated by M&M Europe as “one of the top 100 most influential people in global advertising and marketing”. Leading international advertising magazine Campaign honored Mike by adding him to their “A List” of most influential people in today’s advertising and marketing business.
His New York and London based management company, Tuna Music LLC, advises agencies, brands, entertainment properties & businesses and musical artists on marketing, business strategies, partnerships and revenue creation opportunities. He works directly with some leading music brands, including a Grammy-winning multi-platinum selling Urban star, a high profile rock act, some leading Urban “divas” and the world’s largest online music licensing platform Ricall.
He is also a partner in leading Los Angeles based independent Branded Entertainment & Alternative Marketing Company: The Sheppard, which works with clients and marketing communications businesses to create and execute branded content and alternative marketing solutions and with event, IP owners, entertainment businesses and corporations to create new revenue streams and business opportunities.
Featuring Joan Stewart, also known as The Publicity Hound, is a former newspaper editor turned publicity expert. She publishes the popular electronic newsletter, “The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week,” which is read by more than 30,000 people worldwide.
Director of Career Development, Berklee College of Music
Peter Spellman is Director of Career Development at Berklee College of Music, Boston and the author of several handbooks on the music business, including “The Self-Promoting Musician: Strategies for Independent Music Success” (2000, Berklee Press), “The Musician’s Internet: Online Strategies for Success in the Music Industry” (2002, Berklee Press), “Indie Power: A Business-Building Guide for Record Labels, Music Production Houses and Merchant Musicians” (2004, MBS Business Media), and “Indie Marketing Power: The Handbook for Maximizing Your Music Marketing” (2006, MBS Business Media). A recognized expert on music industry trends, the impact of the Internet on music, and music career issues, Peter is a popular speaker at colleges, universities, and music conferences around the country. He’s been an artist manager, booking agent, producer and record label manager. Peter has over twenty-five years’ experience as a performing and recording musician and is also Director of Music Business Solutions (www.mbsolutions.com), a training resource for music entrepreneurs. In addition, Peter teaches music business classes at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and oversees Heady Brew Media, a production company specializing in groovy instrumental music and design.
Executive Vice President, Global Brand Partnerships, Licensing and Synch, EMI Music
In June 2008, Cynthia Sexton was promoted to Executive Vice President, Global Brand Partnership, Licensing and Synchronization for EMI Music. In this expanded, worldwide role, Ms. Sexton, who was previously Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing and Licensing for EMI Music North America, continues to be based in Los Angeles and reports to Ronn Werre, President, EMI Music Commercial Development.
In this new role, Ms. Sexton’s responsibilities expanded to include worldwide accountability for the licensing of all EMI assets for inclusion in film, television and branded products and services. She also oversees initiatives to develop relationships between EMI’s labels, artists and consumer brands.
During her time at EMI Music North America, Ms. Sexton has overseen music licensing deals and strategic marketing initiatives which paired works from EMI Music artists with leading brands including Nissan, Apple, Diet Coke, L’Oreal, Target, Ford, Royal Caribbean, and Sauza Tequila among others. Sexton also led EMI Music efforts to place music in films and TV, leading to multiple EMI recordings being used in the “Sex and the City” film and related marketing initiatives, for theme songs to HBO’s “Entourage” and for the Fox series “House” and in TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “Big Love,” “Law and Order” and more. She drove efforts to license music in games and their related marketing campaigns, including “Grand Theft Auto,” “Guitar Hero,” “Rock Band” and “Dance Dance Revolution.”
Prior to her EMI Music North America role, Ms. Sexton held a variety of senior roles at EMI’s Virgin Records, where she spearheaded some of the label’s earliest forays in strategic marketing and digital initiatives. She joined Virgin Records/Virgin Publishing in 1988 and headed up the Los Angeles Business Affairs department.
Source Q Boutique
A veteran of 33 years in the music industry, Les Scott has made his living solely from performing, writing, producing and publishing music.
As a publisher, his company Source Q Boutique represents over 600 quality songs/masters and over 300 writers at any given time. SQB is marketed directly through Crucial Music Group and Gimbel Music Group (Girl From Ipanema, Killing Me Softly, Theme From Happy Days, Theme From Laverne & Shirley, Ready To Take A Chance Again). SQB recently added a new co-publisher in Opus 1 (artist division). Over the past 9 years, SQB songs have appeared in major television shows, films and other industry uses with over 350 placements. Current big uses for October include Prison Break (NBC), Friday Night Lights (NBC) and Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton movie).
As a producer, Les designed, built and ran “Red Mountain Studios” (
Tempe). He is often commissioned to write and produce full on projects for such companies as Zomba, BMG, Network Music, Killer Tracks and One Music. Since 1996 he has produced over 100 different bands and artists in all genres of music.
As a songwriter, Les’s writings appear on various albums (such as Grammy-winning group “B2K”). In addition, his writings appear almost daily throughout the film/TV industry.
Chip Schutzman brings over 20 years of media experience which includes broadcast production for radio, television and internet media outlets as well as interactive marketing concepts and campaigns. He started his career in 1985 with CBS News in New York as an assistant in the news division and worked with CBS news anchors Dan Rather, Maria Shriver and Forest Sawyer.
While there, Chip worked as an assistant on the then-new series, “48 Hours” and on the CBS Evening News. In 1987, he took on the role of general manager for radio station WCUR in West Chester, PA, and went on to work for several radio stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.
In 1994, Chip relocated to Los Angeles to work with House of Blues Entertainment as their music program director. He is credited with the initial content development for HOB Digital (hob.com). With the evolution of the Internet, Chip was instrumental in turning hob.com into the leading live music provider on the Web by developing, positioning and maintaining key relationships with artists, managers and record labels to secure digital rights for Webcasts, interviews, and marketing of special projects.
He is also credited with the development of 20 Internet radio stations within the HOB Radio Network, and was responsible for maintaining content distribution deals with AOL, MTV Interactive, DMX Music and MSN Music. In 1998, Chip implemented music downloads of exclusive live music and initiated the 99-cent purchase model several years prior to the formation of the iTunes Music Store.
Since 2001, Chip has consulted and completed online marketing projects for several platinum-selling artists including Barbra Streisand, Jewel, Gary Allan, Radiohead, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, Ozzy Osbourne and Heart. Currently, Chip is working on a multiple CD compilation in honor of this year’s 50th Grammy Awards and consults for several major and indie record companies.
Music Supervisor, High Bias Industries
Toddrick Spalding’s fate was sealed the first time he heard Devo’s “Duty Now For The Future” on his parent’s turntable, it was all downhill from there. He got his start in the industry as founder and drummer of Chicago indie rock band The Detachment Kit. Since those long ago days of constant touring (almost dying at least three times!), Toddrick has built a career in music supervision for film advertising, features, traditional advertising and television. He has worked as Director of Music – Film, TV, and New Media – at Spectre Entertainment Group and as Music Supervisor for film advertising agencies mOcean and The Cimarron Group. His knack for finding the perfect song has helped launch some of Hollywood’s biggest films: Cars 2, Toy Story 3 (biggest animated opening in film history), Inception, Tangled, Red Riding Hood, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, UP, Princess and the Frog, Abduction, Miami Vice, Flags of Our Fathers and others. In 2010 he co-founded High Bias, a music supervision collective in Los Angeles, where he has music-supervised independent features (Littlerock, The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye), traditional advertising (campaigns for Givenchy, Cool Water and others) and continued his work in feature film advertising as a freelance music supervisor (Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, How I Spent My Summer Vacation). In 2011, Toddrick joined the team at independent publisher Spirit Music Group as West Coast Creative Director. He is currently working on filmmaker Mike Ott’s follow-up feature to the critically acclaimed Littlerock and spending as much time as possible with his amazing wife and son.