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A3E + NEC: Accelerating Entertainment Technology
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Nashville Entrepreneur Center, TN & Online, Virtual

A3E and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center are partnering to deliver the mini-conference series, A3E + NEC: Accelerating Entertainment Technology. This unique series weaves future-forward research data into panels and speakers focused on the future of entertainment technology, and the critical impact of fostering the creative minds behind the implementation of the latest disruptive technologies that are reshaping the daily lives of entertainers, their industries, and consumers. Modeled after A3E’s “Exchange” event format, industry leaders and today’s entrepreneurs will gather to discuss the entertainment industry’s future and the emerging issues and technologies that will drive innovation and opportunity.

Arrival Breakfast Reception for In-Person Guests: Wednesday, November 18, 2020: 9:30AM – 10:00AM U.S. Central Time

Welcoming Remarks: Wednesday, November 18, 2020: 10:00AM – 10:05AM U.S. Central Time

Jane Allen | CEO | Nashville Entrepreneur Center

Entrepreneur Jane Allen is the CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC), a non-profit dedicated to connecting entrepreneurs with resources needed to increase their probability of success. Allen is an attorney by training, having received her JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law and completed a federal clerkship in the Western District of Kentucky. In 2000, she started Counsel on Call, an on-demand legal services company, which she grew into a nationally acclaimed business. She also co-founded the handbag company Hanner Clarke with her sister Rebecca White. Allen has received numerous accolades including the EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, and has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal.

Session 1: Wednesday, November 18, 2020: 10:05AM – 11:00AM U.S. Central Time

Accelerating Entertainment Technology for A3E Digital Artistry™

Advancements in technology development, adoption, and adaptation are disrupting almost every aspect of the entertainment industry. A3E and the Nashville Entrepreneur Center have partnered together to launch a series on the future of entertainment technology, and the critical impact of fostering the creative minds behind the implementation of the latest disruptive technologies that are reshaping the daily lives of artists, managers, labels, and consumers. Join A3E and NEC for a look ahead to the year 2022 to explore the future of Augmented and Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology, Cloud-Based Distribution and Services, Blockchain, and the impact of exponential advancements in AI.

Anastasia Elliot | Artist, Producer, Songwriter | Anastasia Music, LLC

Anastasia Elliot is a Nashville based alternative artist whose forthcoming epic and surreal debut spirals into the depths of insanity and beauty. Birthed from a plane crash at Laguardia airport in 2013, Anastasia’s project uses this experience to create a thematic narrative that confronts the topics of trauma, loss, and rebirth. Anastasia is turning this story arc into a platform from which to speak to students and professionals about transforming minor and major traumas into a creative outlet and a force for good. To accomplish this, Anastasia incorporates a wide array of non traditional marketing concepts and technologies to connect with fans in new ways and create an immersive experience that blurs the lines of reality and the impossible.

Tom Lord | Marketing | Red Light Management

Tom Lord served 14 years as VP, Marketing with Universal Music Group Nashville directing advertising, marketing, partnership and international efforts Shania Twain, George Strait, Sugarland, Vince Gill, Lionel Richie, and others. Previously, Lord worked in Creative at Universal/Rising Tide and in Video & Artist Development at Warner Brothers/Reprise Nashville where he worked with Faith Hill, Dwight Yoakam, and Travis Tritt, and others. Currently Tom works with Red Light Nashville guiding artist strategies in music, partnership, international and touring. Lord also works to enhance relationships with media and marketing industry partners to deliver opportunities across the company. He is part of the management teams for Bobby Bones, Gabby Barrett, Chris Janson and Sugarland.

Doug DeAngelis | Conference Chair | A3E

Doug began his professional career at age eighteen, as a multi-platinum engineer, programmer and mixer. His credits extended to over 250 singles by many of the biggest artists in the world, spawning thirty-one Billboard Dance Charts #1 singles, shaping the birth of electronic dance music in America. After twelve years in the record industry, he relocated to Los Angeles and shifted his focus to film and television music. He is a BMI Award winning composer, music supervisor, and musical director who has worked with many of Hollywood’s top filmmakers. Outside the studio, Doug is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of BlackSleeve Media, a Nashville based company developing mobile technology to gamify the entertainment industry.

Bill Kirwin | Chief Research Officer | A3E Research + Advisory Services

Bill Kirwin is Chief of Research at A3E Research + Advisory Services (ARAS). Bill brings over thirty years of experience in IT market research and consulting with an emphasis on the impact of disruptive technologies and technomics, including Total Cost of Ownership, finance, risk analysis, and management. Bill leads a virtual team of analysts focused on the music + entertainment technology.

Chad Marcum | Founder/CEO | VideoBomb

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Justin Levenson | Label Resources Team Lead | Big Machine Label Group

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Session 2: Wednesday, November 18, 2020: 11:15AM – 12:00PM U.S. Central Time

Evolving Your Business Model: Pivoting in the COVID-19 Landscape

The 2020 pandemic has redefined consumer behavior, and restructured the flow of business for many companies in the entertainment industry. The outcome has resulted in spikes of increased activity and sales in some verticals, while paralyzing others until a vaccine is available. This session will focus on the best practices that are emerging as industry leaders and entrepreneurs adapt and embrace the new normal of 2021. Whether you are manufacturing a new instrument, developing a new service, or releasing new music, this panel of industry experts will help guide the process of taking your product to market.

Zach Phillips | Director of Professional Development | NAMM

Zach Phillips is NAMM’s director of professional development, where he has overseen the association’s education programs for the last eight years. This includes the education for The NAMM Show, Summer NAMM, NAMM U Online and Believe in Music—a new online gathering in January 2021 to unify and support the people who bring music to the world. He previously served 13 years as the editor of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines and on the board of the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). He’s also a singer-songwriter and recently released his latest album, “The Wine of Youth,” a folk-rock/chamber-pop song cycle.

Heather McBee | VP, Operations | Nashville Entrepreneur Center

McBee serves as the VP, Operations at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC).   Heather has over 25 years of experience in marketing, sales and operations in the music, radio and non-profit industries.  Previous adventures include Sony Music Nashville where she led the development and success of its digital music business and Cumulus Media, launching America’s Morning Show in 30+ markets.   She continues to drive innovation through her work supporting entrepreneurs and advising the NEC’s Project Music & Entertainment program.  Heather serves on the Boards of Leadership Music and Operation Song and co-produces the annual Bob Kingsley Living Legend Awards show benefiting the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.

Channing Moreland | Co-CEO/Head of Strategic Partnerships | EVA 

Channing Moreland co-founded EVA, an online platform that automates booking vetted entertainment, while attending Belmont University as a Songwriting / Entrepreneurship major. Channing and her business partner, Makenzie Stokel, expanded their company to serve 35 universities in the southeast and midwest in their senior year of college. Four years later, a team of eight team members at EVA are providing entertainment and experiences for corporate in person and virtual events across the nation.

Roy Scott | CEO | Healthy Hip Hop 

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Adrian Michaels | VP, Innovation, Radio & Streaming | Broken Bow Music Group 

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Thank You Message, 2021 Cohorts & Events Announcements: Wednesday, November 18, 2020: 12:00PM U.S. Central Time

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