Speakers – 2012

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2012 is proudly brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand in partnership with the NZ Music Commission and proudly supported by CHART, Mighty Mighty, San Francisco Bath House, 98.5RDU, Dux Live, CPIT, CJ’s Musicworks Christchurch, Native Tongue Music Publishing and the British Council.



Speaker:  Andrew Dubber

Position: Consultant


Web: www.andrewdubber.com

Country: UK

Andrew Dubber is an academic, author, public speaker, blogger, music reviewer, radio and music industry consultant, whisky writer, podcaster, record collector, DJ, broadcaster and record producer. He is Reader in Music Industries Innovation at Birmingham City University, an advisor to Bandcamp and Planzai, manages half a dozen blogs, and is the founder of New Music Strategies – a pan-European music think tank and strategy group. In his spare time, he coaches productivity and time management.




Speaker:  Graham ‘Asho’ Ashton

Position: Director / Programmer

Organisation: Footstomp / BIGSOUND

Web: www.footstompmusic.com

Country: Australia

Footstomp is a Music Services Company specializing in artist, project and event management, and artist mentoring.  Footstomp Manage Babaganouj (Ex Yves Klein Blue), Glenn Richards (Augie March), The Honey Month, Inland Sea And King Cannons.

Asho also scored the great coup as Executive Programmer for BIGSOUND 2010 and was part of the team that delivered the most successful event in BIGSOUND’s nine year history.  He is also proud to be have been asked back to program BIGSOUND in 2011 for it’s 10th year anniversary.

2011 has started with Footstomp signing a label deal with Warner Music Australia.  Footstomp Records first signing is Rockhampton’s favourites sons, BUSBY MAROU and they are quickly finding their way into the consciousness of the  Australian music community. Asho is proud to have worked closely with hundreds of artists including the likes of Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens, Sarah Blasko and Mumford & Sons.  He is getting more obsessed about music with age.


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Position: Publicist

Organisation: Big Hassle Media

Web: www.bighassle.com

Country: USA

Brooke works for Big Hassle Media, a PR, Online Marketing and Licensing firm, as well as publishing house (House of Hassle) based in NYC and LA. She does National, Tour, and Online PR/New Media, as well as Broadcast and TV, and occasional booking for a wide variety of artists. She works with several festivals and International organizations including Bonnaroo, Sled Island Festival in Calgary, Øya Festival in Oslo, and has worked with the Aussie BBQ, British Music Embassy, Reeperbahn and Initiative Musik Germany at SXSW. Brooke also curates a monthly concert series at Scandinavia House in NYC that showcases up-and-coming Nordic artists.


Cary Caldwell

Speaker:  Cary Caldwell

Position: Senior Logistics Planner / Conference Manager

Organisation: SXSW USA / Great Escape UK

Web: http://escapegreat.com

Country: USA / NZ

Cary Caldwell is the Senior Logistics Planner and sits on the Artist Submission Review Board for the SXSW festival held in Austin, Texas. He also works as Conference Manager for The Great Escape festival in Brighton UK, and on a variety of production aspects for the Lovebox, Hop Farm, Wakestock, Global Gathering, Sonisphere, and Bloodstock festivals throughout the UK and Europe. He also runs as tour manager throughout Europe for New Zealand’s Flip Grater and had a brief stint as tour manager for Mumford & Sons back in the day.


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Speaker:  Greg Vegas

Position: President / Label Manager

Organisation: International Rescue Artist Development / Cooperative Music US

Web: www.intlrescueartists.com / www.cooperativemusicusa.com/

Country: USA

Brooklyn, NY based Greg Vegas’ 20 years experience in distribution, marketing, artist and label management has made him a valuable partner for artists to navigate the US market. Greg’s company International Rescue Artist Development focuses on artist management and consulting, representing artists such as Peter Bjorn and John, The Radio Dept, Loney Dear, The Suzan, and more. For 13 years, Greg was Label Development with the leading indie labels at Alternative Distribution Alliance. Greg is currently Label Manager at Cooperative Music for the newly opened New York office releasing such artists as Elbow, Yelle, Architecture In Helsinki, CSS, and Maccabees.


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Speaker: Lisa Hersko

Position: Editor-in-Chief

Organisation: CMJ

Online: www.cmj.com

Country: USA

Currently the Editor-in-Chief of weekly music-business trade magazine CMJ New Music Report and consumer-focused CMJ.com, Lisa Hresko began her career in the music industry as the volunteer music director at a small underground radio station. After graduating from university, she began her work at CMJ as an assistant editor in 2007. Now, she oversees all CMJ’s editorial coverage including CMJ TV, and she has spearheaded CMJ’s move from a prominent print magazine to a relevant web brand. For the past five years Lisa has programmed and developed CMJ Music Marathon’s radio-focused events, including College Day, the College Radio Awards, the Radio Mixer and mentorship program. Past speaking engagements include BlogWorld & New Media Expo, Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Latin American Music Conference, and more.


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Speaker: Nick O’Byrne

Position: General Manager

Organisation: Australian Independent Records Labels Association (AIR)

Online: www.air.org.au

Country: Australia

Nick is the General Manager of the Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR). He spends most of his working day with Australian labels and artists helping to further their business through better practice in marketing, publicity, collective bargaining. release strategies, licensing, export and distribution. AIR also runs the Jagermeister Independent Music Awards and Jagermeister Independent Music Charts. Nick frequently gives opinions (whether you want them or not) on music industry matters in the Australian press and manages a couple of rather excellent Australian artists. He studied vibraphone at uni, manages a couple of rad Australian artists and has released some rather cool world-music, hip hop/soul and indie music compilations.



Speaker: Peter Jesperson

Position: VP Production / Catalog

Organisation: New West Records

Online: www.newwestrecords.com

Country: USA

 Peter hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota and has been a music fanatic since he was a young boy. He started in the music business in 1972, distributing British rock weekly The New Musical Express and, soon after, went on to manage influential record store Oar Folkjokeopus for the next decade. In 1977, he co-founded Twin/Tone Records. Among many others, Peter discovered and signed The Replacements, co-producing their first four albums and managing them through 1986. In 2008, he produced the Replacements 8-album reissue series for Rhino Records. He has also been a radio and club disc jockey. Peter moved to Los Angeles in 1995. He joined New West Records in 1999. He is now VP of Production & Catalog, working with a wide range of artists like Buddy Miller, John Hiatt, Kris Kristofferson and Steve Earle as well as new signings The Whigs, Robert Ellis and Buxton.


Rene Chambers

Speaker: Rene Chambers

Position: Label Relations Manager, Australia & New Zealand

Organisation: Spotify

Online: www.spotify.com

Country: Australia

Rene Chambers has been with Spotify for just under two years and heads up Label Relations at Spotify in the role of Label Relations Manager for Australia and New Zealand. After 5 years at Universal Music Australia, working in a variety of roles in Marketing, Digital and D2C, Rene joined the Spotify UK office in 2011 as Label Relations Manager for Europe, heading up the management of relationships between European based record labels and generating creative digital marketing release strategies, project management, reporting and analysis. When Rene decided to return home to the sunny shores of Bondi in 2012, Spotify charged her with joining the team responsible for launching the platform into the Australia and New Zealand market in May of this year.



Speaker: Shawnte Salabert

Position: VP, Creative

Organisation: Sugaroo!

Web: www.sugaroo.com

Country: USA

Shawnté Salabert is VP of Creative at Sugaroo!, handling A&R, pitching, and clearance. For three years, she also wrote and produced the iTunes Weekly Rewind, a podcast about the intersection of music and pop culture.

Shawnté came to Sugaroo! from indie label HackTone Records, where she served as the Director of Marketing & PR. Before moving to Los Angeles, she served as Managing Director of 3rd Ward, an arts organization in Brooklyn, acted as Studio Manager for renowned photographer Craig Cameron Olsen, dabbled in music journalism…and worked as a school social worker.
She loves rock climbing, the desert, and cheese.



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