Panos Panay // Berklee ICE, Founding Managing Director // Panel Moderator
Panos is the Founding Managing Director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship) as well as a passionate entrepreneur and active startup mentor in the creative media space. As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters.
He writes weekly about startups and entrepreneurship for publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes, WSJ Accelerators and Fast Company; and guest lectures at universities including MIT, Boston University, Brown University, and Wharton School of Business He speaks often at industry and private events like SXSW, MIDEM and TEDx. Panos serves on a number of boards including being the Chair of Berklee College of Music’s Presidential Advisory Council for seven years.
Awards include: Fast Company’s “Fast 50″ honor; Inc Magazine’s “Inc 500”; Boston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” and BostInno’s “50 on Fire”.
Jeff Price // Audiam, Founder and CEO
In June, 2013, Jeff launched Audiam. Audiam gets songwriters/publishers paid for the interactive streams of their songs (i.e. Spotify, YouTube, Apple Music etc). It works for Bob Dylan, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jason Mraz, Imagem (largest indie publisher) and thousands more.
On January 26th, 2006, Jeff Price launched TuneCore. As CEO he built TuneCore into the world’s largest music distribution and publishing administration entity. Mr. Price also consulted for the Canadian performing rights organization SOCAN from 2012-2014. In 1990 Jeff co-founded and was GM / President of the New York based independent record label spinART records (Pixies, Echo & The Bunnymen, Apples In Stereo etc) for seventeen years. From 1997 – 2001 Jeff Price worked with EMusic serving first as a consultant, next as interim VP of Content Acquisition and finally as Senior Director of Business Development.
Kiran Gandhi // Artist, Madame Gandhi
Kiran Gandhi is a music industry thinker and artist. She served as Interscope Records first-ever digital analyst between 2011-2013 and currently advises Spotify on how to provide more innovative support for artists today. Most recently she won GrammyU's annual Business Plan Competition by proposing a viable pay structure for a streaming serve that would appease labels and artists alike. As a musician, she has toured internationally as the drummer for artist M.I.A and now produces music under her own project Madame Gandhi. Kiran holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard.
Benji Rogers // PledgeMusic, Founder and President
Benji Rogers is currently President of PledgeMusic, the global direct-to-fan company he co-founded in 2008 and ran as CEO until 2014. A public speaker, investor, and musician from London and New York, Rogers co-founded Radiary Creations in 2014 and is an advisor to a multitude of companies, including Dubset Media, Sound Diplomacy, Cords for Music, First Artist Bank, and NoiseTrade.
In 2014 he was the recipient of the A&R Worldwide "Digital Executive of the Year" award, and in 2013 he made the Billboard 40 Under 40 Power Players list. He is an instructor at Berklee College of Music, teaching the Music Business Trends and Strategies course for Berklee Online. Recent engagements include keynote addresses and panels at SXSW, Midem, European Culture Forum, SF MusicTech Summit, Canadian Music Week, MMF, BPI, Music Matters, GRAMMY Camp, and many more.
In 2015 Rogers accepted a position on the Board of Directors of the Future Of Music Coalition.
Sachin Doshi // Spotify, VP of Content
Sachin wears many hats at Spotify, focusing on Spotify's content strategy, data insights, licensing, and artist and label relations. He has been responsible for negotiating rights with content partners, including labels and publishers. He has worked on technology partnerships designed to both enhance the Spotify user experience, and expand distribution channels. He also continues to assess the impact of Spotify on the partners that make the business of music possible.
Prior to joining Spotify, Sachin was a Director of Business Development at Universal Music Group for four years, and an MTS at Lucent Technologies, on the Bell Labs Business Modeling team, for 6 years. Sachin graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Computer Science and Economics. He fancies himself a musician, but appears to be alone in this respect.
George Howard // Berklee College of Music, Associate Professor
George Howard is the Co-Founder of Music Audience Exchange. Prior to this he was the President of Rykodisc, manager of Carly Simon, and original co-founder of TuneCore.
Via his consulting firm, Mr. Howard advises a wide-range of clients on how to integrate technology with strategy in order to increase awareness and revenue. A partial list of clients includes: CVS/pharmacy, Easter Seals, Alticor/Amway, Ora, Inc., Composer Mark Isham, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Wolfgang's Vault, Brown University, Paste Magazine, The Estate of the Platters, Rednote, and Daytrotter.
Mr. Howard is an Associate Professor of Management at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, marketing, copyright law, and leadership. He is the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a columnist for Forbes, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and numerous other publications.
Mr. Howard holds an MA, MBA, and JD.