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Wednesday, May 13 • 8:30am - 10:30am
Breakfast & Business Session

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Doors open at 8:15 AM. Program begins promptly at 9 AM.

Enjoy breakfast sponsored by LaunchTN and hear CEO & President Charlie Brock discuss the partnership’s statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee. As entrepreneurs, investors and businesspeople, the LaunchTN team supports local entrepreneurs by focusing on five key areas:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Commercialization
  • Capital
  • Corporate Engagement
  • Outreach

At the start of the Business Session, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will welcome Music Biz to Music City. With the highest concentration of music jobs in the country, Dean will discuss how he and the Music City Music Council work to attract and retain music industry professionals in Nashville. Wind-up Records will present Civil Twilight. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, this four-piece Rock band now resides in Nashville and is set to release their third studio album, Story of an Immigrant, in June. Music Biz President James Donio will take the stage to offer an update on Association initiatives. Board Chairman Fred Beteille, of YouTube, will announce the Scholarship Foundation Class of 2015 and welcome the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. Rounding out the morning, Donio will present the 2015 Independent Spirit Award to John Kunz, Owner and President of Austin’s iconic independent record store Waterloo Records & Video Inc. and an over 40-year music industry veteran.

avatar for Fred Beteille Fred Beteille

Fred Beteille Fred Beteille

-, Google
Fred Beteille is Chairman of the Music Business Association, where he works to advance and promote music commerce by finding common ground across a diverse industry and membership.  As Head of Product Content Strategy at YouTube Music, Beteille helps spearhead music, artist and rights management products and initiatives. Prior to joining YouTube, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Google-acquired RightsFlow, overseeing the... Read More →
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Charlie Brock

President/CEO, Launch Tennessee
In his role as CEO & President of Launch Tennessee, Charlie Brock takes a statewide approach to connecting people and fostering collaboration to enhance entrepreneurship in Tennessee. In 1998, he helped establish Foxmark Media and grew it into one of the nation’s leading mall advertising companies. As the CEO and largest shareholder, he structured three rounds of private financing before selling the company in 2006 to Australia-based... Read More →
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Karl Dean

Mayor, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County
Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association (Music Biz). Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music business, including digital distribution, mobile, games, video, applications, and other entities that monetize music. This expanding membership vision... Read More →

Wednesday May 13, 2015 8:30am - 10:30am
Capitol Ballroom

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