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The Most Influential People in the Industry

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Founder, Round

Aaron Sayer brings nearly a decade of digital marketing experience in the music industry to his role as founder of Round Agency - a global creative digital marketing company that specialises in viral ...

Founder/Consultant, whocares.media

Aga Samitowska is a music business professional and Web3 consultant, passionate about new technologies in the creative industry...

SVP, Music Services, Beatport

With a career spanning 20+ years in the music industry, Alex is currently SVP of Music Services at Beatport, the division which operates and develops a wide variety of tools and services to support th...

Community Lead, GUZZU

Alvaro Delgado works in promoting a fairer and more sustainable music industry. He currently holds the position of Community Lead at GUZZU, where he is in charge of building and developing the communi...

Psychiatrist and researcher, IIB Sant Pau

Ana Martín-Blanco is a psychiatrist and researcher at Hospital de Sant Pau and IIB - Sant Pau, Barcelona. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience, mainly in the fields of depression, persona...

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Beatdapp

Andrew Batey is an accomplished entertainment & technology entrepreneur and early adopter of major industry transformations across music, social media, and web3. Over the last 15 years, The Peak’s 202...

Award winning Music Producer and Neurodiversity Advocate, Electric Pineapple Media Group

From working on the upcoming John Legend album in LA to planning creditable collaborations on the anticipated soundtrack for The Rastamouse Movie, internationally renowned producer and composer Andrew...

Founder & CEO, Interstellar Music Services

Andy Robinson is a seasoned music industry professional with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and CEO of Interstellar Music Services, a boutique music rights management company that ...

General Manager, Collabhouse

Rupert is the Creative Director of Atlantic Screen Music, and supervision agency, Redfive, where is he also co-founder. Ru started his career in music publishing in 1998,at Music Copyright Solutions,...

Curator, Sónar

Antònia Folguera curates festivals, podcasts and radio shows covering topics across digital art and culture, technology and music (especially of the electronic kind). She is the curator of Sónar+D, Só...

Ara is the founder and current CEO of SoundStage.fm, a music-tech company that specializes in virtual concerts technology. Although originally from Barcelona, Ara grew up in Los Angeles, which boasted a very different musical scene to what he encountered upon […]

Life & Career Coach, Olympia Coaching

Ariane is a life & career coach and founder of Olympia Coaching. She helps artists and music professionals find clarity, direction and confidence, and overcome what holds them back, so they can reach ...

Head of business development, Heaven 11

Åsa Carild have worked with music and its industry from many angels, Such as CEO of Polaris, head of business development ICE. Head of international licensing Stim. Prior to this, Åsa was an entrepre...

Licenciada en Gestion de Medios y Entretenimiento // A&R y Project Manager, Blanco y Negro Music

Ayelen Rocio Bengolea , nacida en Buenos Aires Argentina en el año 1994. Se crio en la industria de la musica ; con un padre productor de espectáculos y manager de artistas . Inicio su pasión a los 1...

Founder, MESH

Bay Backner is a web3 producer and artist. She is the founder of MESH, the art fair for 3D, metaverse and VR creators, and co-founder of Vueltta, an international art collective producing immersive in...

CEO, Swell Studio

Brian d’Souza is an award-winning sound artist, DJ, music producer and live performer. He is founder of Swell Studio, a company focussing on the use of sound for positive health and well-being.

Dj/Host/Curator, SiriusXM

Born to a Ghanaian father and Belgian mother, Brooke Bailey discovered deejaying late 2008. After showcasing her talent during one of the beauty pageants she competed in she discovered her love for Af...

Producer / Dj / Sound Technician, Cidtronyck

Cidtronyck es un reconocido dj y productor musical quien inicia su carrera en el año 2003 vinculado a la escena del Hip Hop. De sonido clásico y fresco influenciado gran parte por el rap de los 90 ́s...

Economics Student, UC Berkeley

Collette is a young voice who represents an emerging point of view in both music and technology.

Attorney, SGAE

Attorney specialized in copyright. Joined SGAE in 2006, and has dealt with a wide variety of issues, from litigation to international affairs. Currently taking care of online, private copy and repr...

Creative Business Consultant

Conor is a multi-award-winning strategist and creative. He served as Editor of music mag NME for seven years in the 00’s where he took the brand multi-platform by launching TV, radio, touring and merchandising properties, and even hosted the NME Awards USA in Los Angeles.

CEO & Founder, Larrosa Music Group

Cristian Larrosa is an expert in music financing, blockchain, fintech, and DeFi. He founded and leads the Larrosa Group, which includes Larrosa Music Group, a consultancy focused on financing and tech...

Head of Communications & Creator Insights, BandLab Technologies

As a prominent figure in music, Dani Deahl has been at the forefront of artist discovery and meaningful industry change for over a decade.

Mastering Engineer, O'Connell Mastering

I'm Daniel O'Connell, a sound technician and audio mastering engineer with extensive experience in the music industry. I started my career as a director, recording and mixing technician in my...

LICENSING AND INTERNATIONAL MANAGER, Unison

Head of Licensing and International Manager at Unison, David Serras is a Portuguese intellectual property lawyer with over twelve years of experience in national and international copyright and collec...

Chief Creative Officer, Sum Vivas

Im a highly experienced professional in the music industry with 20+ yrs experience organising concerts &festivals. I worked with many artists & performers ...

Music Business Mindset Director, IMB School

Ekaterina Bazhanova - Music Business Mindset Director, IMB School

Founder, The Unicorn Mothership

Eline Van Audenaerde is a holistic (night)life coach, speaker, entrepreneur and founder of The Unicorn Mothership. Her mission is to help shape the dance music community and online business space into...

Director Music business, Berklee

I am an experienced academic leader dedicated to developing innovative educational programs at the intersection of Music x Business x Technology. As the Director of the Music Business Graduate Progr...

Founder, Collective Entertainment & #iVoted

Emily White is a Partner at Collective Entertainment and the Founder of #iVoted Festival. She is the author of the Amazon #1 best-selling How to Build a Sustainable Music Career and Collect All Revenue Streams and hosts the book’s accompanying podcast of the same name. The podcast is the #1 Music Business podcast globally, charting on six continents with listeners in 140+ countries.

Masta Quba

Masta Quba es una MC mexicana, activista y educadora Hip Hop con más de 17 años años siendo parte del movimiento en Latinoamérica. Ha viajado por todo México, Guatemala, Panamá y España donde actu...

Music Producer, Deejay

Frankie Biggz is an influential Grammy Award winning record Producer and Dj . Also former BA professor music technology and science for the Institute of the Arts Barcelona from 2015-2018. Vice Preside...

CEO, Too Young Ltd.

Frederic Schindler is the Founder and CEO of the leading international music supervision company Too Young Ltd. and has worked on over 700 commercials and feature films since the mid-2000s. His commer...

Chief Wearer Of Hats / Director, Sonorous Consulting

Deeply motivated by a twin passion for music and great business ideas, Gareth has been immersed at the intersection of music and emerging technologies for nearly a decade. Having worked with a var...

Head of Revelator Labs

Gilad is the Head of Revelator Labs - the web3 innovation team at Revelator. He is a musician and entrepreneur. Prior to joining Revelator, he co-founded Credium, a decentralized platform revolutionizing the global credit industry.

Head of Music Operations SEU, TikTok

Giulia Lizzoli is Head of Music Operations for Southern Europe at TikTok, and she handles all the relationships with key local artists and music partners. She graduated in International Business and ...

CEO & Director, 3 Notes

With 13 years marketing experience in consumer electronics and gaming industries yet a lifelong passion for music, in 2017, Grace Puluczek took over the direction of BalconyTV Madrid and started a mus...

Head of Business Development UK and Europe, DistroDirect

Henriette Heimdal is the Head of Business Development and Partnerships UK & Europe for DistroDirect. Prior to this, she ran her own consultancy, focusing on the intersection between music and tech...

Dance Music Business Consultant, Electric Purpose

Inés Martinez has over ten years of experience in the electronic music industry, working in business development, artist management, A&R and publishing. During her life, this nomadic Spaniard has live...

Health and Wellbeing Coach, Izzy Naud Wellbeing

I'm Isabelle, some people call me Izzy, French-Chinese woman based in sunny Barcelona. I help international music professionals improve their health and wellbeing, through practices such as Tai Chi, Q...

Electronic Music Lead, SoundCloud

Jack Bridges is the Electronic Music Lead at SoundCloud; the world’s largest open audio platform hosting 320+ million tracks from 40+ million artists. Jack’s role entails fostering robust connections ...

Music Partnerships Manager, TikTok

Javier Alastuey is Music Partnerships Manager at TikTok, and he handles all the relationships with key local artists and music partners in Spain. He started his career in the Music Business in MTV Sp...

Founder/CEO, TOORLY

With over 100 event productions across four continents and a decade of artist management under her belt, Jenny founded TOORLY, the world’s first fan-driven global touring platform. Having spent al...

Licensing & Partnerships Manager, Sonosuite S.L

With a business and music industry background, Johann Flandin now manages partnerships at Sonosuite: a digital distribution company based in Barcelona. In this role, he oversees all licensing aspects ...

managing partner, Plus 8 Equity Paertners

John Acquaviva is Managing Partner and Co-founder of Plus Eight Equity Partners. He co-founded Plus 8 Records together with Richard Hawtin in 1990. In 2000, M...

Head of AI, Tuned Global

Jonas is the current Head of AI at Tuned Global, and the former CEO and Co-founder of Pacemaker. Pacemaker is renowned for its state-of-the-art AI DJ technology, ease of use and an array of accolades, including the prestigious Apple Design Award.

CEO, UNISON RIGHTS

UNISON CEO. Graduate in law and with more than twenty years of experience in the sector music and the arts. Cofounder and Director of Sound Diplomacy, and former Chief Operating Officer (COO).

President, Barcelona Music Tech Hub

Jose Luis Zagazeta is a serial enterpreneur in the spanish music industry. His most recent initiative is the creation of the Barcelona Music Tech Hub (BMTH). The first non-profit group of companies, i...

Curatorial Partnerships and Creative Grants lead, Refraction

Kaitlyn Davies (she/her) is a Toronto-born, Lisbon-based, creative professional, researcher and radio host. She has worked in many corners of the music industry, honing her skills at cultural institut...

Abogada, kLAIM MUSIC INC

KARINA VENCE PELAEZ, Abogada colombiana, Máster en Marcas, Patentes y Propiedad Intelectual de la Universidad de Barcelona, actualmente funge como Country Manager LATAM de KLAIM MUSIC INC y RIGHTS HUN...

Strategy director, senior analyst, MIDiA Research

Karol has been an entertainment industry analyst and consultant for nearly a decade. He is a co-founder of MIDiA Research where he acts as strategy director and heads up the games coverage area. Over ...

Research Consultant, MIDiA Research

Kriss is a MIDiA Research consultant supporting projects in the music industry. He comes from a background in artist development before moving into business and strategy, specialising in creator tools, sync and rights.

Business Development Representative, Lara Angelil

Previously with music licensing company Rendez-Vous-Digital, Lara Angelil began her career in catalog metadata management and music promotion. In 2021 Angelil followed RVD’s CEO Dominique Rottet to wo...

Deputy director, Centre national de la musique

Highly passionate about Entertainment, Content & Technology. Former manager of electronic music pionneer Jean-Michel Jarre between 2008 & 2018. Since 2018, my expertise helps 'Made in France' ar...

Rights, Strategy and Relations, Cantine

Lucie has nearly 20 years’ experience in the music business at both independent and major music companies and at digital services. Lucie is a lead negotiator and strategist, specialising in rights bus...

VP Rights Admin, BMAT Music Innovators

Music and technology are the things that ring my professional bells. My academic background is in electronic engineering and sound & music computing. Since my day on in the music industry, I've wo...

Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board, SonoSuite, SonoSuite

I strongly believe in the transformative power of music and its ability to drive personal, cultural, and environmental initiatives that benefit society. I am driven by sustainable entrepreneurship and...

Co-CEO, co-editor, Symphony.live, MUSIC x

Maarten Walraven operates at the intersection of music, technology, communities, and education. There are many different hats, from Co-CEO at Symphony.live to co-creator of the experiment...

Founder, Cool Shit, Cool People

Maria Gironas, Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, has followed two north stars throughout their career: elevating marginalized communities and empowering creatives to embrace technology. Over the past 10+ ye...

Founder, Co-Director, Pop-Up Music

Mark Garfield drummer, producer, songwriter and music publisher – founder co owner of Pop-Up Music a UK a music publisher and sync agent. Music career: He has drummed, produced and written for artist...

Analyst, MIDiA Research

Mark Mulligan is a long term music industry analyst and the Managing Director of MIDiA Research, a leading analysis and data company focused on the intersection of media and technology.

Founder/Health Coach - Marni Wandner Coaching

Marni Wandner is a certified health coach helping creatives and high performing professionals manage stress and increase energy by optimizing their nutrition, sleep, physical activity, and mindset.

Director, Wayra Barcelona

Marta is passionate about technology, innovation and startups. Engineer from the UPC and MBA from INSEAD, she combines experience in large corporations, in consulting as an entrepreneur and as an inve...

CEO / Co-Founder, Resonance / Music Tech France

Mathilde Neu trained at Celsa, where she specialized in content creation, communications and project management, and now works on communications and press relations strategies to support innovative mu...

Founder, Thunderboom Records

Thunderboom Records is a non-profit organisation specialised in responsible AI-driven music tools and virtual artists. It is our goal to make sure that AI...

Director of Programming, Drom NYC

"""Ambassador of World Music"" - PollStar Magazine. Mehmet Dede is an internationally recognized, award-winning Music Curator, Festival Producer and Tour Promoter with 20 years of experience in the cul..."

Co-Founding Partner, Collective Entertainment

Melissa Garcia is a Founding Partner at Collective Entertainment. As a talent manager and consultant, she develops careers, and strategizes marketing initiatives in order to leverage her clients’ bran...

Principal Advisor & Founder, Forms + Shapes

Michael Pelczynski is a strategist, economist and music rights expert that has been a pioneering force in evolving the music streaming business. As principal advisor at Forms + Shapes, Michael continu...

President & CEO, HITLAB

Michel Zgarka is an experienced executive with a successful career of over 35 years in the productions, communications, marketing, financial engineering and business development fields. He is highly s...

Startup advisor, Chatfy

I became a tech entrepreneur by co-founding a music streaming platform. We got 5 million app downloads and raised over $500,000 from angel investors and VCs. As the CEO for 9+ years, I've been hands-o...

GM, Dance, EMPIRE

Moody Jones is an entrepreneurial entertainment executive and artist who thrives on creating new rules and executing unique concepts. Currently, he’s the GM of Dance at EMPIRE – an independent distrib...

CEO, Endel

The CEO and Co-Founder of Endel, Oleg Stavitsky innovates at the intersection of technology, art, and wellness. In 2018 he founded Endel to make AI-powered mindfulness accessible to all.

Founder / Chair, Nostromo Management / Music Managers Forum

Paul is a highly successful, strategic and experienced British music executive and artist manager. He has been SVP, Artist Partnerships at Warner Music UK and General Manager of Atlantic Records UK.

Music Supervisor, Paulina Márquez

Music Supervisor with eighteen years of experience within the film and music industries, she began her career as a producer at MCO Studios, a multidisciplinary music and audio design studio. Later ...

Co-founder & CEO, Nybac Media - Music Industry City / Future Music Forum

Peter is the Co-founder & CEO of Nybac Media: Music Industry City / Future Music Forum. Peter has 25+ years of experience in Media & Entertainment with...

Artist & Label Relations, WM Music Distribution

Knowledgeable music industry professional with deep roots in the independent sector and 10+ years of experience in every facet of the indie label & artist management business. Founder & managing...

Head Of Sales (Rights & Royalties), Vistex

Phil Bird is the Head of Rights & Royalties (EMEA) for Vistex. He helps media and entertainment companies streamline their rights management, licensing and royalty administration.

President, Music Business Association

Dr. Portia Sabin is President of the Music Business Association. While working on her Ph.D. at Columbia University, she played drums, recorded, and toured with NYC band The Hissyfits. She founded Sho...

Music industry coach, Living Your True Story

Renske van Kollenburg is initially known for many years of journalistic work in the music industry. She worked with leading artists such as Nile Rodgers, Boy George, Richie Hawtin, Armin van Buuren, W...

Director, La Cupula Music

Ricardo Álvarez is currently Director at La Cupula Music, one of the leading independent label and artist services provider in Spain, working with thousands of budding artists all the way to internati...

(Operational) Director, Muzaic.ai / Moon Jelly Agency / Vanzelfsprekend Coaching

Entrepreneur in the mental health space and the music industry, with a special place in his heart for opportunities that are a crossover between these two fields. Currently exploring the field of pers...

Technical Secretariat, Barcelona Music Tech Hub

Rita Giménez is a political scientist, specialized in Chinese politics and diplomacy by Fudan University (Shanghai). Shortly after graduating from her Masters' degree, she started her career in the pu...

CEO/Founder, WHO?MAG Multimedia, LLC

Rob Schwartz is the CEO/Founder of WHO?MAG Multimedia, LLC. The company consists of WHO?MAG Distribution w/300 sub-labels, 1,000 artists, & 20,000 songs including a Grammy Award Winning album. He ow...

Music Industry Psychologist, M.I. Therapy

Rosana Corbacho is a clinical and humanistic psychologist specialized in the music industry. In addition to working in therapy, she has experience from various roles in music that finally lead her to ...

Creative Director/Music Supervisor, ASM/Redfive

Rupert is the Creative Director of Atlantic Screen Music, and supervision agency, Redfive, where is he also co-founder. Ru started his career in music publishing in 1998,at Music Copyright Solutions,...

Music Supervisor, Freelance / Motherlode Music

Seb Whyte is an experienced Music Supervisor with a background across the advertising, brand, and media landscape, having built a name and reputation within the industry working with prominent UK Musi...

CEO & Founder, RIPE

Sergey Golovkov, a Stanford University Graduate, brings 15+ years of entrepreneurial and finance expertise to the table. As the founder of RIPE...

Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Sergi Jordà is a Catalan innovator, computer scientist, music technology and AI researcher, professor, musician, media artist and entrepreneur, with more than three decades experience in research, edu...

Staff Scientist, Pandora/SiriusXM

Sergio Oramas is a Music Data Scientist, specialized in Recommender Systems, Natural Language Processing, and Deep Learning with audio and text.

Managing Director, A0K1VERSE / Steve Aoki

Shannon Herber is on a mission to introduce more artists in all genres to the ways in which utilizing web3 technology can enhance their connection to fans, build communities, create data aggregation a...

Music Supervisor and Composer, MONA MUSIC, S.L.

Shervin Hejazi is a London-born Iranian music supervisor, composer and producer based in Barcelona. After time at HotHouse/Abbey Road Studios and Warner Chappell, he co-founded MONA, an award-nominate...

Artist, Sila Lua

Sila Lua is a Galicia born recording artist based in Madrid, Spain. She started her musical career back in 2017 while studying music production in London, UK and released two EPs ("The Black Door" and...

Marketing Director, EMPIRE

Stephanie Adamu, an expert in Talent Management, Marketing Communications & PR, has excelled in the music industry. She was with Universal Music's international team before assuming her current role a...

Director of International Careers and Alumni Affairs, Berklee College of Music - Valencia Campus

Stine Glismand boasts over a decade of experience in career development and employer engagement within the arts industry. Her current role at Berklee College of Music entails overseeing the Internatio...

Music Industry Analyst & Consultant, MIDiA Research

As a music industry analyst and consultant at MIDiA Research, Tatiana Cirisano identifies the risks and opportunities in the rapidly-changing music market for a client base of leading global entertainment and tech companies.

Music + Sound Supervisor / Company Director, Thirty Two Music / Virtual Sound

I own and manage...Thirty Two Music: A creative music and sound production company with specialisation in audiovisual media and nearly 20 years experience producing for global agencies and bran...

Sound Designer + Sleep Coach, Creative Technologist at White Mirror

Co-founder of White Mirror, a wellness innovation consultancy, Tom is an award-winning expert in music, sound design, sensory innovation and sleep. With a diverse 3 decade background in music and broa...

Booker, Interwave / Mahara

Co-fonder of Interwave agency and Mahara, Partner of Yoyaku as well, I have been in the industry for 25 years working for so many different brands

CEO I Manager I Artist Development Consultant I Exec Producer, Electric Pineapple Media Group

Trina Smith, a bold and fearless business mind in the music industry, champions inclusivity, fairness, and transparency for creatives. With commercial experience and a passion for recognising talent, ...

Innovation and Business Development Executive, Music Finland

Turo is a music industry executive and innovation specialist based in Helsinki. He leads international operations, innovation & insights at Music Finland. Turo is also a co-founder of European music i...

Manager Regional en Latinoamérica y España, Industria Works

I’m currently working in Barcelona inside the company Industria Works, as manager for Love of Lesbian and other projects. Before my position in Industria Works, I have been touring with Cafe Tacvb...

Founder/CEO, CrossBorderWorks

Vickie Nauman specializes in the intersection between technology and music, focused on music licensing, products, relationships and rights; helping grow companies; and global strategic development.

VP, Head of Marketing and Communications, Tuned Global

With over 10 years of experience in the music tech and streaming industries, Virginie Chelles is VP Head of Marketing and Communications at Tuned Global, the leading provider of B2B music and streamin...

Senior European Regional Manager, Hitlab

Ysé Brisson is a French actress, scriptwriter, producer and a media & entertainment expert for more than a decade, experienced in building business ecosystems. She is a skilled leader who knows how to...