Pollstar Live
The Beverly Hilton
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Rainmaker: NexGen
International Ballroom

As co-founder of Rolling Loud, hip-hop’s largest music festival, Tariq Cherif has quickly made a mark on the North American live urban music scene. Always a fan first, Cherif’s music career began in 2009 as an artist, producer, and intern at a recording studio before realizing that being a creative was not his destiny. In October 2010, Cherif co-founded Dope Entertainment with partner Matt Zingler and quickly grew it to become Florida’s leading hip-hop concert promotions company, launching Rolling Loud in 2015. Cherif will discuss plans to expand the brand nationally and internationally, diversify ancillaries including merchandising and media, and venture into artist management.

Tariq Cherif, Co-founder, Rolling Loud Festival
Interviewed by: Ryan Borba, Managing Editor, Pollstar

This One’s From Our New Album: The Labels’ Role in Contemporary Touring
International Ballroom

Once upon a time, labels would dependably bankroll the touring efforts of developing artists to ensure they brought their sound (and new songs) to the people (recoupable, of course), and also provide whatever support needed to more established artists when they toured, all geared toward tapping into the energy and attention of live to stimulate album sales. While that’s an oversimplification of sorts, it is true that tours for contemporary artists were invariably scheduled around record releases; artists toured to support the new album. As the financial model for labels has been radically disrupted in the digital age, that traditional dynamic has, to a large degree, flipped, and touring has become the leading revenue producer for most artists today. Yet, while still on parallel courses, the agendas of labels and touring stakeholders remain the same: build an artist into a superstar. In a Pollstar Live! first, label executives (and a couple of touring guys) will discuss the evolving relationship between labels and live.

Sam Alpert, SVP, Marketing, Paradigm Talent Agency
Jonathan Eshak, Partner, Mick Management
Harlan Frey, SVP, Touring & Artist Development, Atlantic Records
Ethiopia Habtemariam, President, Motown Records
Michelle Jubelirer, COO, Capitol Music Group
Keith Sarkisian, Agent, WME
Brad Wavra, SVP, Touring, Live Nation

Cannabis & Your Event
Beverly Ballroom

Promoters, Producers, Publishers, Ponderers, and Regulators weigh in on the cultural, legal, artistic and operational prospects of weed at live events.

Jim Lewi, Special Projects, Red Light Ventures
Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control
Dustin Moore, Partner, Axiom Advisors, Inc.
Caroline Phillips, President, The High Street PR & Events
Steve Welkom, COO, Another Planet Entertainment

An Update on The Global Venue Landscape
*International Track in Association with Midem*
Wilshire Ballroom

The global venue landscape evolves, adapts and expands every year, from the club to stadium level. Regulations, security and cultural dynamics shift, new venues come on line, existing venues renovate, and new markets emerge with sparkling new venues but untested capabilities. For those in the business of routing tours, keeping abreast of the range and specifics of potential plays is a full time job. A panel of international venue perspectives will weigh in on the state of the global venues industry for 2020.

Brian Kabatznik, EVP, International Facilities, Oak View Group
Michael Brill, CEO, D.LIVE
Ashish Hemrajani, CEO & Founder, BookMyShow (India)
Lucy Noble, Artistic and Commercial Director, Royal Albert Hall
James Taylor, Senior Commercial Manager, Wembley Stadium
John Boyle, President, Live Nation, Japan

Rainmaker IV: Next Gen
International Ballroom

Born in London, Sophie Lobl made her way to the United States following her Bachelor’s at Leeds University, launching her career in entertainment at Radio 1, where she worked as an assistant producer on shows such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe and Mistajam, to name a few. Next up was William Morris Endeavor, where Lobl where advanced from reception to working with Endeavor’s Russell Warby, Ari Emanuel and, ultimately, World Music Head Marc Geiger in L.A. Following much persuasion to move to Texas, Lobl took her game to Austin to work for C3 Presents in the new role of Global Festival Buyer. She now works closely with Live Nation’s EU team, aggregating artist offers for 197 festivals domestically and abroad, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza Stockholm, and the various international Lollapaloozas. Sophie is also Director of Campground experiences at Bonnaroo, where she curates and manages 12 stages in the campgrounds.

Sophie Lobl, Global Festival Buyer, C3 Presents

Roundtable Sessions
Whittier Room

Safety & Security: Mary Haskett, Blink & James Brett, APPIX
Venues (Arenas/Stadiums)
Venues (Clubs/Theaters)
Branding Sponsorship 101 (Separate Room): Marcie Allen, MAC Presents
What 5G Means to the Live Biz: Dave MacDonald, Director of Strategy, AT&T
Legal/Risk Management: Paul Bassman, President/CEO, Ascend Insurance Brockerage & Tim Epstein, Partner, Duggan Bertsch, LLC
Touring in an Election Year: Emily White, Founding Partner, Collective Entertainment, Inc. & Christopher Moon, 46 For 46
Merch/Concessions: Dan Goldberg, WMG & Dell Furano, Epic Rights
Fan Engagement Roundtable: Kate Lieberman, VP Guest Services, Live Nation & Don White, CEO & Co-Founder, Satisfi Labs
Sustainability Roundtable: Lucy August-Perna, Manager, Venue Sustainability, Live Nation & Michael Martin, Founder & CEO, RCup

*Coffee Sponsored by Barclays Center*

Wilshire Gardens & Oasis Courtyard

Betting on Live: The Renaissance of Entertainment at Casino Properties
International Ballroom

Billy Brill, CEO, Billy Alan Productions
Jay Byrd, Music Agent, CAA
Andrew Blank, Casino Division Director & Promoter, C3 Presents
Billy Conn, Talent Buyer, Live Nation
Paul Davis, VP, Entertainment/Booking & Development, MGM Resorts
Dan Pferschy, Director of Entertainment, Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage
Seth Shomes, Head of Casino Division, Music & Non-Traditional Touring, UTA

K-Pop + J-Pop: Demystifying a Red Hot Global Phenomenon
Beverly Ballroom

From South Korea’s BTS breaking box office records, BLACKPINK wowing fans at Coachella, to Japan’s Babymetal making headlines as the first Asian act to top the Rock Albums chart, K-pop and J-pop have never been hotter. The Pollstar data confirms the power, but some still question the depth and breadth of the appeal of K-Pop and J-Pop in terms of international and domestic markets. Can it work everywhere? What defines a potential hotbed? How is this music best marketed and promoted as a live attraction? What is the passion barometer for selling tickets? This panel will examine how K-pop and J-pop artists have risen from niche fan bases to worldwide sensations, and what other artists and their teams can learn from the fervor surrounding the genre’s superstars.

Ashley Choi, Global Music Management Consulting, Kpop
Steve Dixon, Music Tour Management
David Zedeck, Global Head of Music, UTA

Global Sponsorships: What’s Out There for the World
*International Track in Association With Midem*
Wilshire Ballroom

The popularity of live music is fully a global phenomenon in 2020, with artists owning global footprints and taking worldwide tours and album launches to market. At the same time, the live entertainment space remains one of the most robust and growing categories for brands to raise awareness, increase revenue and own a more global presence. So how do brands, events, artists, and tours, best tap into the opportunities presented by live music events, be they one-off concerts, tours passing through several countries and territories, or festivals, venues, etc. Topics to be discussed include what sort of opportunities are out there, how best to engage fans at these events, what is expected from both parties, how can brand messaging transcend cultural, language, political, and other boundaries, where is this space going, and what is the range of commitment required.

Moderator: Andrew Hampp, Founder, 1803 LLC
Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents
Rob Beckham, Founder, The AMG
Nathan Gregory, Agent, Music Brand Partnerships, CAA

Coffee Break

Closing Keynote Session

Agents Live

7:00pm – 8:00pm
Pre Awards Reception
Oasis Courtyard & Executive Meeting Center

31st Annual Pollstar Awards
International Ballroom