Americana 2013


Speed networking premiers for the 2013 americana conference

The Americana Music Conference features numerous panels, seminars and much more, proudly providing Nashville’s most educational music industry forum. This special event covers the interests and needs of artists, managers, labels, radio stations, publishers, agents, promoters, retailers, legal and business affairs executives, merchandisers and new media professionals – all enthusiastically attended and presented by music industry leaders

Americana Music Festival & Conference 2013 Sheraton Downtown Hotel September 18Th – 22Nd Nashville, Tn

Ken Hatley

Ken Hatley A Professional International Record and Film Executive for 35 years, and Strategic Business Consultant within the Music, Film and Technology markets. Distribution and Production. All Media Licensing to includes Music, Footage, Programs and multi media. Works with all major and minor music publishers, has an excellent reputation for detail, accuracy, and costs.( Thirty Five years in the major leagues of the music industry, works with many major name celebrities, Grammy winning Songwriters, Academy Award Winning Actors and Platinum and gold Recording Artists.
Produced MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 25th Anniversary Kids For Kids portion of the National Telethon. Produced, composed and licensed music for many films, Cable & TV features. Ken Hatley has written and produced soundtracks for such major Directors as Robert Wise, George Romero, Ralph R Clemente, George Schlatter, Lou Reda many others. Had many major artists recordings of his work,
including The 4 Tops, Richie Havens, Razzy Bailey, Charlie Daniels, Melanie and others. Produced and managed the late Actor David Caradine, represented Johnny & June Cash in some film projects, produced Anita Carter and Carter Family.
Currently serves a s President of Ken Hatley & Associates, Inc. Serves as President . CEO of Ken Hatley and Associates, Inc. a corporation founded in 1986, and Cat bone Unreleased Music and Film ( . Oversees, and negotiates retail product licenses for Craig Electronics / American Idol, Nashville Star and others.

Scott Billington

Scott Billington – Vice President A&R Rounder Records, With over 100 albums to his credit, among them two Grammy winners, ten Grammy nominees, and many other award winners, record producer Scott Billington
balances a broad musical background and a keen ear with a knack for bringing out the best in the artists with whom he works. Scott makes records which are renowned not only for their production values, but for their soulfulness. As half of the duo Tangle Eye, he has brought an uncommonly organic sensibility to the art of the remix. Scott has also been active in the music industry as a writer, multi-media author, graphic designer and musician.

John Beiter

John Beiter represents entertainment clients in intellectual property protection and licensing and related contractual matters. Mr. Beiter has represented a diverse array of clients for more than 20 years, including recording artists and producers, songwriters, record companies, music publishers, and various other individuals, companies, and organizations involved in the music and entertainment industries. His institutional clients include SESAC Inc., one of the oldest and fastest-growing domestic musical performing rights organizations, and the Americana Music Association, a leading music industry trade organization. He has earned a place on Music Row magazine’s annual In Charge listing and has extensive litigation background based on his work in state and federal courts throughout the country

Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham – Over the past 20 years, Lisa Cunningham has been actively involved in the production community in Atlanta, GA and now Nashville. In various capacities, her work has spanned throughout film and television on over 600 music videos, commercials as well as local and national new media ventures. Lisa is also a former marketing manager for Radio One’s Hot 107.9 (Atlanta) and uses her solid background to assist talent and businesses with their expanding needs.

Lisa is currently a Producer with Radiant3 Productions and has recently produced projects for clients like McDonald’s, Atlantic Records, The City of Atlanta and stellar talent like Rascal Flatts, Gavin Degraw, Gladys Knight, Neyo and T.I. to name a short few. Lisa is a community activist and on the board of directors at the Beyond the Game charity where she recently visited Africa for missionary work in Swaziland.

David J. Wuller

David J. Wuller Ameriprise Financial Advisor is licensed and registered to conduct business in TN. Based on licenses and registrations he holds, he also conducts business in IL, FL, OK, OH,
PA, CA, WA, GA, LA, NY, VA, SC,CA Insurance #0H563

  • Estate Planning Strategies
  • Retirement Planning Strategies
  • Saving for Education

Bobby Rush

Bobby Rush is a blues great. He has garnered recognition from music lovers from far and wide for his own deep-rooted appreciation of music, and much more. Rush was nominated for the Blues Music Award in the category of Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year 13 times in 14 consecutive years. His signature suits, swagger and strut have become widespread marks of distinction which characterize the charismatic entertainer, and he continues to work hard as a musician, entrepreneur, chef and boss. The creator of a singular sound which he dubbed “folk-funk,” multi-instrumentalist Bobby Rush is among the most colorful characters on the contemporary Blues circuit, honing a unique style which brought together a cracked lyrical bent with elements of blues, soul, and funk.

Kristin Thomson

Kristin Thomson is a consultant for the national nonprofit Future of Music Coalition, which advocates for musicians. She co-directs FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams research project, which is examining changes in musicians’ sources of income.
She is also co-owner of Simple Machines, an independent record label, which released over seventy records and CDs from 1991-1998. She played guitar in the band Tsunami, which released four albums from 1991-1997 and toured extensively. She currently lives near Philadelphia with her husband Bryan Dilworth, a concert promoter, and their son, where she also plays guitar in the lady-powered band, Ken.

Joel Thomas Jordan

Joel T. Jordan is the founder and CEO of SynchTank, a Brooklyn and London based software company that creates powerful cloud software to help rights holders maximize revenue, improve catalog management, and efficiently organize licensing and synchronization processes.

SynchTank has over 100 clients across 5 continents, from top music publishers and record labels, to composers, distributors, managers, advertising agencies, film and TV production companies, and more, supporting some of the best-known catalogs and largest brands in the world.

Over 25 years ago, Joel started a well-known punk and hardcore label with his identical twin brother, releasing 7″ records out of his parents’ South Jersey basement. This later developed into a diversified master catalog and a prolific joint venture publishing company with Rykomusic. Today he continues to enthusiastically sign new artists to this publishing catalog, and runs his popular digital and vinyl-only indie labels.

Joel still firmly sticks to the DIY ethos of his early years by enabling content creators and owners to be entirely self-reliant in the management, licensing and exploitation of their catalogs.

Jay Sieleman

Jay Sieleman is the director of administration at The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based national blues organization. Its mission is to preserve blues history, celebrate blues excellence and support blues
education. Over the years it has served as the umbrella organization for over 100 blues societies and thousands of blues fans around the world.
Jay is a lifetime VIP member of The Blues Foundation and served on its advisory board from 1999 until his March 2003 appointment as its director of administration. As an advisory board member, he assisted blues
societies around the nation with nonprofit management and legal issues. In this capacity, he served as a lead panelist at Blues First in 2000 and 2002, and he authored articles on “Blues Societies as Nonprofit Organizations” and “So You Want to Start a Blues Society” that can be found at the Affiliate Resources link at The Blues Foundation website. Most recently, he chaired The Blues Foundation Committee studying the merger of the Blues Foundation and The Blues Music Association.

Pearl Levy

Pearl Levy is the acting Business Manager for the Entertainment Industry at Payoneer. As a Sales Executive with over eight years of experience in the pre-paid credit card industry, Pearl works with customers large and small to identify the best solutions available for their pre-paid card needs. With a background in mortgage banking and personal finance, Pearl began her career in the pre-paid industry at One Star Media in Toronto as an Account Executive managing SMB accounts. Within a year Pearl was promoted to the Sales Director
managing a staff of nearly twenty people and managing over $350M in funds for customers around the world. At Payoneer, Pearl works with the company’s Sr. management to onboard customer accounts spanning across the globe. Pearl has appeared in numerous industry publications and is a featured speaker at industry trade shows throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Paul Brown

After 25 years of performing and recording with over 25 award winning artists and
musicians, it all comes down to 3 rules I live by when I Produce any artist in this studio: Track with soul as much as purpose. Mix with feel as much as tone. And always, most definitely always’ “Make it Special!!”
Throughout his career Paul has recorded on various major tribute records for Icons Don Covay and Eric Clapton, performed on a host of major television shows, specials and live DVDs spanning from David Letterman to the Grammy winning soundtrack for Martin Scorcese’s film The Blues. Produced Ann Peebles and Don Bryant, Mavis Staples and The Memphis Horns. Paul Brown blazes into 2013 sharing the stage live with Soul Gospel Royalty Mike Farris, Rock legends Derek St. Holmes (Ted Nugent), Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and Keyboardist for the Epic new Production Muscle Shoals Live with Darlene Love.

Paul has also just finished producing Bobby Rush’s critically acclaimed album Down In Louisiana which is already climbing up the
Americana and Blues Radio Charts.

Charles Mitchell

Charles Mitchell, President and Founder of Jus Blues Music Foundation, is currently the executive
producer of the Jus Blues Music Award Show. Charles Mitchell has worked in the music industry for over 30 years as Artist Management, Artist Development, Record Producer, Record Company Owner, Event Organizer, Promoter, Studio Manager, Music Publisher, and Song writer.

He served as the President of Urban Records, from 1978-1987, where he produced recordings on the Florida based artist Chazz, Cassanova, Yvonne Jackson, Redd Davis, Rashard Mac, Carlos, Otto Gomez, Walter Reed and Sylvester Polk. In 1984 he went to work for King Snake Records, there he was introduced to Blues Artists Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal, Raful Neal, James Peterson, Lazy Lester, Big Daddy Kinsey and the Kinsey Report.

As head of Jus Blues Mgmt. Co. he managed Lucky Peterson for 20 years, during this time Lucky released 15 CD’s, worked as a first call recording session musician with artists like Lowell Fulson, Wynton Marsalis, Mavis Staples and Bootsy Collins. Most of these recording were on Polygram Records and Universal Records. From 1991 thru 2003 Jus Blues arranged for Lucky to tour on a regular basis worldwide U.S. festival, Europe and Japan.

Vinny Ribas

Vinny Ribas is the CEO of Indie Connect, a global business club for
up-and-coming artists, songwriters, musicians and music professionals. Indie
Connect is also the host of the IC Virtual Music Conference – the world’s only international music conferences to be held exclusively online in a virtual environment. He is also the author of the acclaimed video series,
Help! My Kid’s A Musician!’, which helps parents understand their child’s development as a musician, their role as a parent and ’manager’ as well as how the music industry works. During his 40+ year music career, Vinny has been a full time musician, artist manager, booking agent, songwriter and the Entertainment Director for the NV State Fair. He is a published author, a strategic business consultant and a popular speaker at both business and music industry conferences.


Speed Networking is one-on-one face time with film/TV music decision makers and influencers.
Our panelists will meet a participant for a three-minute period before the attendee is asked to move on to the next panelist.