NY Music Month Conference


Every June is New York Music Month, the official New York City celebration of the most diverse music scene in the world. The annual conference is a key component of the month, and is presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, NY is Music, and the NYU Steinhardt Music Business Program.

This year’s theme is Innovation at the Intersection of Music + Nightlife and aims to raise awareness and promote a dialogue about the thriving music scene in all five boroughs.


The free, one-day event will feature a program of speed talks, interviews, and panels featuring leading voices from New York’s current music scene. A reception will immediately follow.


Free Admission

RSVP required to attend: http://bit.ly/NYMM2018


Confirmed Speakers to date include…

  • Just Blaze

    Producer / DJ

    Rebel Base Industries


    Over the past 20 years, Just Blaze has become a fixture in the Hip-Hop music culture. He began producing for well-known artists in the late 1990’s which lead to a breakout role in producing the majority of Jay-Z’s The Dynasty: Roc La Familia and its follow- up, the celebrated perennial fan favorite Blueprint.


    A multi-Grammy Award recipient, he’s produced for Snoop Dogg, Cam’ron, Usher, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Ludacris, TI & Rihanna, and many more. He also created soundscapes for movies such as Ice Age 4, Johnson Family Vacation and The A-Team.


    In recent years, Justin has been extensively touring worldwide as a festival and club DJ. Other recent career highlights include producing five tracks on Eminem’s Grammy- winning comeback album Recovery; the street anthem Lord Knows by Drake and Rick Ross; and the hit Freedom from Beyonce’s album Lemonade.


  • Kurtis Blow


    Universal Hip Hop Museum


    Kurtis Walker (born August 9, 1959) professionally known by his stage name Kurtis Blow, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, DJ and minister. He is the first commercially successful rapper and the first to sign with a major record label. “The Breaks”, a single from his 1980 self-titled debut album, is the first certified gold record rap song for Hip Hop. Throughout his career he has released 15 albums and is currently an ordained minister and Chairman of The Universal Hip Hop Museum.

  • Taja Cheek

    Curatorial Assistant

    MoMA PS1 Warm Up


    Taja Cheek is a Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1, co-organizing both the Warm Up music series and Sunday Sessions performance program. Prior to MoMA PS1, she worked closely with artists to realize projects at institutions including Creative Time, The High Line, and Weeksville Heritage Center.

  • Merrie Cherry

    Mother of Brooklyn


    Merrie Cherry is originally from Berkeley, California, but has called Brooklyn home for eight years. In just six years she has help form a queer community based out of love, support, art, and performance. She host, emcees, and produces events throughout NYC, the USA, and Europe. She is the creator of the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards and is one of the original organizers of Bushwig and Mr(s). Brooklyn Pageant. With no plans to stop we can expect so much more from this spicy cherry.

  • Dhruv Chopra


    Elsewhere and PopGun Presents


    Dhruv Chopra grew up partially in Mumbai, India and partially in Connecticut, USA, playing jazz saxophone and guitar. He studied economics at Yale University and for many years worked in investment management, with a focus on sustainable investments. He’s always been an avid member of NYC’s vibrant music scene, particularly in the worlds of indie rock, techno, and jazz. Dhruv is one of the three owners of the live music organizer, PopGun Presents, and one of the founding partners of the Bushwick venue, Elsewhere. He heads up Operations for both. Together, the companies seek to shift emerging culture in NYC by showcasing emerging talent across genres, in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond.

  • Roxy Coss

    Musician, Composer, Bandleader, Recording Artist, Educator and Activist


    Roxy Coss has performed extensively around the world, including headlining at major festivals and venues such as the Newport Jazz Festival, Melbourne Big Band Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Summerfest, Jazz Standard, Jazz Showcase, and Harry. In March 2018 she released her fourth album, The Future Is Female (Posi-Tone Records). The Roxy Coss Quintet is the first-ever recipient of the Emerging Artists Project, a four year grant from the Local 802 Musicians Union. The band was also named as a finalist in the 2018 DC Jazz Prix. Coss has performed with Clark Terry, Louis Hayes, Rufus Reid, Billy Kaye, Claudio Roditi, was featured in the Off-Broadway hit Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, and has been a member of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra since 2009. She is the founder of Women In Jazz Organization (WIJO), a collective of professional women and non-binary jazz musicians.

  • Ken Davenport


    Davenport Theatrical


    Ken Davenport is a Broadway producer whose credits include Once On This Island, The Play That Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination),  Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), Allegiance, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and tour), and 13, as well as Daddy Long Legs, That Bachelorette Show (Creator), Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80s Prom (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author) Off-Broadway.


    Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world. In addition to his own work, Ken was recently named the Executive Producer of North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

  • Michael Dorf

    Founder & CEO

    City Winery


    Michael Dorf was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. After studying Psychology and Business at Washington University, he founded New York City’s go-to venue for independent music, the Knitting Factory, in 1986.


    During his Knitting Factory tenure, he produced over 200 recordings with Knitting Factory Records. In 2002, he left his operating responsibilities and sold his equity position to pursue other endeavors, including a Carnegie Hall concert fundraiser series, founding a Hebrew school, and winemaking.


    By 2008, Dorf had conceptualized a venue that brought his love for both the making and enjoyment of wine under one roof and created City Winery–Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue and private event space. City Winery offers a wide selection of wines, exquisite cuisine and intimate performances from iconic performers.


    Dorf expanded his company in 2012 with the opening of City Winery Chicago. Subsequent years have brought new venues to Nashville, Atlanta, Boston, and DC, with further expansion around the corner.

  • Rafael Espinal Jr.

    NYC Council Member

    37th District, Brooklyn


    A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, Rafael L. Espinal Jr. is the Council Member for the 37th district, proudly serving the vibrant communities of Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress Hills, and East New York. Council Member Espinal is Chair of the Council’s Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing, where he has overseen the implementation of NYC’s successful Paid Sick Leave Law, passed consumer protections for women, seniors, and immigrants, and continues to fight for a more fair and vibrant marketplace in NYC. Council Member Espinal recently made history by passing legislation to repeal the antiquated 1926 cabaret law, which required a license to dance. He also led the nation by creating the United States’ first major Office of Nightlife to support nightlife businesses and local communities.

  • Shira Gans

    Senior Executive Director, Policy + Programs

    NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment


    Shira Gans is the Senior Executive Director of Policy and Programs at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. Shira directs all workforce and education programming, music industry initiatives, and was responsible for setting-up New York City’s first-ever new Office of Nightlife. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Shira was the Senior Policy Director at the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs, the City’s consumer protection agency. Previously, Shira has held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer; the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget; the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and a San Francisco based legal firm monitoring mental health care in California prisons.


    Shira holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkeley.

  • David Handler


    Le Poisson Rouge


    David Handler is a musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of (Le) Poisson Rouge and Founding Executive & Artistic Director of Ensemble LPR. Since 2008 the venue has received awards and accolades from ASCAP, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone and The New Yorker. Amongst others the venue has hosted performances by: Thom Yorke, Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma and Lady Gaga.


    Ensemble LPR has recorded on Deutsche Grammophon, collaborating with artists such as Johnny Greenwood, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), Bryce Dessner (The National).


    Handler is the creator and host of the radio show “Music to Live By” and has been invited to speak on the subject of creativity and entrepreneurship at universities throughout the country. Handler sits on the advisory boards of: CavanKerry Press, David Lynch Foundation, Hunter College, and The Mount Sinai Department of Psychiatry. He is a citizen of the US and Ireland and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

  • Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson




    Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson is a Co-founder of Discwoman, an agency focused on representing and promoting women-identified talent. She grew up London and has been based in NYC for the past 10 years working in various jobs within music, fashion and food service that have shaped her political standpoint that is heavily embedded in her work.

  • Vincent Innocente

     Manager Audience Services and Marketing  

    St George Theatre


    Vincent Innocente is the Manager of Marketing and Audience Services at St. George Theatre Restoration Inc, the non-profit organization that operates the historic St. George Theatre and is dedicated to its ongoing restoration. In this role, Vincent is responsible for all marketing/public relations, social media management, and front of house supervision, and assists with event planning, education programs, artist relations and fundraising initiatives.


    Prior to joining St. George Theatre, Vincent served as Business Associate and Special Events Coordinator at Snug Harbor Cultural Center.  In 2012, he co-curated an art exhibit entitled “Island Sounds: Celebrating 500 Years of Music on Staten Island” in the Main Hall highlighting the great contributions Staten Island has made to the world of performing arts. An accomplished musician, he performs both solo and with his band Cause and The Effects.


  • Michele Irizarry




    I have been with the NYPD for 23 years and have coordinated with my Nightlife counterparts both in Manhattan as well as Jackson Heights, Queens.  In my experience I have learned that meaningful partnerships between the NYPD and nightlife establishments is the key to improving safety and security for nightlife visitors.  I look forward to continued collaboration with my partners in the nightlife industry.

  • Dwight Jordan

    Project Manager

    Apollo Theater


    Dwight Jordan is the Project Manager for the legendary Apollo Theater. His first role at the venue was Marketing Manager where he was instrumental in promoting the launch of Dreamgirls (2009), the Harlem Jazz Shrines, the weekly Amateur Night at the Apollo and the debut of the Apollo Music Café series. Dwight’s support and management of local artists inspired him to transition into the programming sector where he provides theatrical support on Apollo productions such as Ella at 100, We Shall Not Be Moved and the critically-acclaimed staged reading of Between the World and Me featuring Angela Basset, Common and Black Thought. Dwight supervises the Jazz Club at the annual Newport Jazz Festival and is co-producer of the Apollo Late Night Series.

  • Justin Kalifowitz

    CEODowntown Music Publishing

    Co-founder, NY is Music


    Justin is the founder and CEO of Downtown Music Publishing, a global music rights company with offices in New York, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Nashville, Tokyo, Paris, and Sydney. Established in 2007, Downtown manages some of the most beloved song copyrights in popular music, including the works of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bruce Springsteen, Mötley Crüe, Hans Zimmer, Sturgill Simpson, Benny Blanco, One Direction, and Ryan Tedder.
    With a technology-forward philosophy, Kalifowitz launched Songtrust in 2011 — the platform now powers global royalty collection from over 100+ countries and 20,000+ unique income sources worldwide.


    Prior to Downtown, Justin led acquisitions for Spirit Music where he managed the catalogs of Bob Marley, Chaka Khan, and Lou Reed.
    Justin serves on the board of the National Music Publishers’ Association and is the Co-founder of NY is Music, an organization dedicated to advancing the importance of music in economic development, culture, and education across New York State.

  • Justin Kantor

    Managing Member

    (Le) Poisson Rouge


    With co-founder Justin Kantor at the helm, Le Poisson Rouge (LPR) has continued to thrive in the increasingly difficult and competitive landscape of live music in New York City. One of the last remaining independent music venues in NYC, LPR is revered for its expansive and diverse programming and has been host to world class artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Beck, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop, and Lorde.


    Justin, a cellist who still plays professionally on occasion, is responsible for curating the classical and new music programming at LPR. Justin has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus by his alma mater, Manhattan School of Music, and is a recipient of ASCAP’s Victor Herbert Award.


    Justin’s other entrepreneurial projects include Venuepilot.co, an application designed to economize workflow for music venues, disrupt the ticketing industry, and help operators make informed decisions.


    Justin is on the faculty at The New School’s Mannes Conservatory, teaching classes focused on entrepreneurship and career building for musicians.

  • Monty Kataria


    Desi NYC


    Born in New Delhi, India and growing up all over the world, Monty Lokesh Kataria is a global citizen and current resident of New York City. Monty spends his time heading Production at the New York Indian Film Festival and co-chairing the youth committee at the Association of Indians in America, NY Chapter. Both these not-for-profit organizations focus on the South Asian communities as well as the new immigrant population coming in every day. He also runs an Event and PR community entitled Desi NYC organizing and hosting events such as Turban Day in Times Square, the Urban Desi Conference and Concert, Holi Day NYC and many more. Monty also hosts/emcees numerous public events all over North America and beyond in addition to freelancing with major South Asian TV and radio outlets as well.

  • Ellen Kodadek

    Executive & Artistic Director

    Flushing Town Hall


    Ellen Kodadek has served as the Executive and Artistic Director of Flushing Town Hall for more than a decade. During her tenure, Ms. Kodadek has significantly expanded cultural and arts programming, burnishing the institution’s reputation as a destination providing global arts for a global audience.


    Ms. Kodadek has more than 30 years of experience in non-profit arts administration, including multi-disciplinary program development and implementation, public relations and marketing, fundraising and managerial oversight.


    Previously, she served as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Tier Celebrates in Binghamton, New York; and Director of Presentations as well as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, New York. Her consulting projects also have included serving as a Management Consultant and Co-Artistic Director to 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, New York, and, Management Consultant to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Reel to Real “On the Road” Program.

  • Charley Magrew

    Head of Marketing, East Coast

    The Bowery Presents


    Charley Magrew is the Head of Marketing for The Bowery Presents, the leading East-coast concert promoter with coverage stretching from Maine to the Gulf Coast. Based in New York City, he oversees an extremely talented marketing team, responsible for the promotion of thousands of live concerts annually. Charley’s recent credits include New York residencies with Adele (6 shows at Madison Square Garden), Bon Iver (10 shows throughout the city), and most recently LCD Soundsystem (22 shows at Brooklyn Steel), as well as leading teams in opening Brooklyn Steel, Kings Theatre, and soon to re-open Webster Hall.

  • Nicolas Matar

    Club Owner/DJ



    Nicolas Matar graduated with an International Business Degree from George Washington University in 1993.  During his College years, he became a DJ performing in Washington DC’s best nightclubs on weekends.  Over time, he was able to turn his hobby into a career, Djing at all of the best clubs around the world.  In 2003, Nicolas opened the award winning Cielo nightclub in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.  Cielo is still alive and kicking 15 years later.


    In 2012, Matar opened a multi-venue Brooklyn dance club called Output.  It boasts a one-of-a-kind Funktion-One sound system and is widely considered to be one of the best underground dance clubs in the world. “Before Output opened, I spent a lot of time in Berlin, where I became a regular at Berghain and Panorama,” Matar says, naming two of Europe’s best-known clubs. “It was becoming harder to attract music aficionados to Cielo’s Manhattan neighborhood, so I decided I wanted to open a Berlin-inspired club in Williamsburg.”

  • Julie Menin


    Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment


    Julie Menin is the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, an agency encompassing the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, and digital content. In total, these industries account for over 305,000 jobs in New York City and $104 billion in economic output. Commissioner Menin also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country including five TV channels and a radio station with a reach of 18 million viewers in the metropolitan area, as well as the newly created Office of Nightlife. Commissioner Menin also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. Under her leadership, the Office of Media and Entertainment has launched a number of groundbreaking initiatives. A five-part women’s initiative, including a $5 million fund for women filmmakers and playwrights, is the first municipal program in the country designed to promote equality behind and in front of the camera in film and television, as well as onstage. The One Book, One New York program is the largest community read in the country. NYC Film Green is the first sustainable production designation program in the U.S. administered by a governmental entity. Commissioner Menin also led the successful negotiations to bring the Grammy Awards back to New York City after a 15-year hiatus in 2018. Prior to her current appointment, Menin was Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs where she successfully increased restitution for consumers, reduced fines on small businesses, and administered NYC’s Paid Sick Leave Law. She also conceived of NYC Kids Rise, a pilot program and non-profit she now chairs, that provides public school kindergartners with seed money for college savings accounts.

  • Larry Miller

    Director, Music Business



    Professor Larry Miller is Director of the Music Business program at NYU Steinhardt. He is a music and technology entrepreneur, advisor and host of the Musonomics podcast. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses Music Entrepreneurship, Music Analytics, Strategic Marketing, Global Music Management and the Business Structure of the Music Industry. He advises music creators and rights holders on public policy and litigation, and provided expert testimony before the Copyright Royalty Board and in arbitration, and supports media and technology companies and their financial sponsors on capital formation and growth strategy, digital product/service development, acquisitions and restructuring. Previously, Larry was a Partner at L.E.K. Consulting and a senior member of the firm’s media and entertainment practice.


    Larry has commented on CBS, ABC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and NPR; in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Business Week, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times and Billboard.

  • DJ mOma


    Everyday People


    DJ mOma is ahead of the curve, on point musically, and always moving the crowd. Raised in Queens NY, Sudanese-born mOma is the embodiment of the versatile New York DJ & Producer. His sets consist of an agile blend of funk, soul, r&b, disco, house, hip­hop, dancehall, afrobeats, international sounds and underground dance grooves all mixed with an equal share of classic jams, rare gems and modern day dance floor bangers. This unique diversity has earned him a wide spectrum of residencies – ranging from the esoteric to the mainstream – and has allowed him to share the stage with a variety of DJ legends, artists and entertainers. Catch mOma at his wildly successful Everyday People party; at Le Bain on Wednesdays; Monday’s at Public Hotel or at any of the great nights he does around NYC, on the east & west coasts, and all over the world.

  • Marcus J. Moore

    Author / Music Journalist

    Bandcamp / Pitchfork / NPR Music


    Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist, senior editor, curator and pop culture commentator. He is at work on the highly anticipated cultural biography of Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, “The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America,” to be published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
    Moore’s writing on music can be found on Pitchfork, Billboard, The Nation, NPR, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, the Washington Post’s newspaper and magazine, MTV and BBC Music. He has curated nationally syndicated playlists for Google, discusses new music live on FM radio, and contributes to several local and national podcasts.
    Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, and now living in Brooklyn, New York, he is now senior editor at Bandcamp Daily, the editorial arm of the noted online music service.

  • Pamela Morris

    Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs,

    Professor of Applied Psychology


    Pamela Morris is a Professor of Applied Psychology, the Vice Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and former director of the Institute of Human Development and Social Change. Dr. Morris has conducted more than a decade of research working at the intersection of social policy, practice, and developmental psychology, testing promising interventions for low-income families and children. Dr. Morris’ research is characterized by the study of theoretically-informed interventions, strong attention to measurement of developmental outcomes for children, and cutting-edge analytic strategies on causal inference, and strong research designs. She received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University.


    Dr. Morris’ work has spanned from research on employment and antipoverty policies targeted to parents, to early childhood interventions targeting the development of low-income children. Examples of her current work include large-scale randomized experiments of enhancements to preschool, work with NYCs Department of Education to strengthen the research architecture in the context of their historic Pre-k expansion, and the study of an integrated primary/secondary parenting intervention within the population-scalable pediatric care platform. Morris has extensive experience working on cross-institutional, interdisciplinary teams of researchers to contribute to both research and practice. A former William T. Grant scholar, Morris has served on the National Academy of Science’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families.

  • Daniel Nardicio


    Club Cumming


    “Like a DILFy Colossus of Rhodes, Daniel Nardicio straddles parallel perches of gay culture”, wrote Queerty Blog of Daniel’s career.
    He is the producer of seminal events and concerts including his pairing of Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming on Fire Island and New York’s Town Hall, followed by Carol Channing and Justin Vivian Bond. Last year he produced the all-star Edith Piaf Centennial concert on the legend’s actual 100th Birthday at Town Hall, featuring Elaine Paige OBE. In February he presented “Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs” at Carnegie Hall — based on the live album he co-produced — with special guests Kristin ChenowethDarren Criss and Ricki Lake. Nardicio segued into concerts in 2012 after 15 years in nightlife, and has worked with icons of arts and letters including John Waters, Lady Gaga, Margaret Cho, Lynda Carter, Peaches, Bridget Everett, Vivian Reed, and Christine Ebersole.  Of Nardicio the New York Times quipped: “an impressively sculptured torso and an affable air of old-time show business razzmatazz. ” His biggest achievement is his dog Butterball, who can often be found backstage at shows. In 2017 he opened Club Cumming, with the actor Alan Cumming.
  • Ariel Palitz

    Senior Executive Director of Nightlife

    NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment


    Ariel Palitz, The first ever Senior Executive Director of the Office of Nightlife at the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

    Ariel is a born and raised New Yorker with over two decades of experience in the nightlife industry and community building. She owned and operated Sutra Lounge, a successful nightclub in the East Village, for ten years; served on Community Board 3 for six years and spent the past three years consulting hospitality entrepreneurs fulfill their dreams of opening nightlife establishments in NYC. Ariel also has expertise dealing with commercial real estate, city regulations,operations, and the state liquor authority.

  • Amanda Presson

    Head of City Operations

    Sofar Sounds


    Amanda Presson is Head of City Operations at Sofar Sounds, overseeing scaling operations for Sofar’s 400+ cities. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she earned her BA in Music Performance before working in event operations and development. Amanda led city operations for Sofar New York City before her current role, scaling from 4 shows a month to 100.

  • Jacqui Rabkin

    Marketing Director

    House of Yes


    Jacqui Rabkin is the Director of Marketing at the House of Yes, a circus performance theatre and nightclub that has been operating in Bushwick since late 2015. She also leads the consent programming at House of Yes and collaborates with other leaders in the Brooklyn nightlife community to generate best practices for safer dancefloor spaces.

  • Andreina Seijas


    Harvard Graduate School of Design


    Andreina Seijas J. is a Venezuelan communications professional and public policy analyst currently specializing in night-time planning and policy as part of her doctoral degree at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, Andreina was the Information Manager for the Mayor’s Office of the Chacao municipality in Caracas, worked as Policy Associate at Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and Editorial Associate for policy journal Americas Quarterly in New York City, and worked for the Housing and Urban Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C.


    For almost ten years, Andreina has conducted research on how cities can become safer, more inclusive and productive by creating quality spaces for work and leisure during the night.


    Andreina has a Communications degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics, and a Master in Public Administration and Non-Profit management from New York University.

  • Jill Sternheimer

    Director of Public Programming

    Lincoln Center


    Jill Sternheimer is the Director of Public Programming where she oversees two of the major summer festivals at Lincoln Center: Midsummer Night Swing and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

    Since joining Lincoln Center in 2008, she has presented hundreds of artists from around the world. She co-created the popular Turning the Tables series with Ann Powers for NPR Music, a celebration of the pioneering women of the classic album era.


    Sternheimer finds artists that exemplify the best in a particular genre, and presents them in unique contexts that strike a balance between entertainment and meaningful discourse about music and culture. Her knowledge of popular music is both broad and deep, and she is dedicated to presenting programs to large and diverse audiences.


    Sternheimer has worked in the field of popular music production for most of her career, including stints with Festival Productions, which produces the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, and at WFUV Radio, where she served as Promotion Director. A native of Cleveland, Sternheimer is a graduate of Boston University and has lived in New York for more than 25 years.

  • Sean Sweeney


    SoHo Alliance


    Sean immigrated with his parents to Brooklyn at three and moved to the East Village after college in the late 60s. There he became involved with the counterculture and political activists of the day.

    In 1973 Sean was hired by legendary DJ David Mancuso to manage The Loft, the progenitor of underground dance parties, located in the same SoHo loft building in which Sean lived.


    SoHo activists opposed The Loft, fearing it would “turn SoHo into 8th Street” and prevented any further dance venues from opening there without a zoning variance.


    After retiring, Sean returned to his activist roots and eventually became director of the SoHo Alliance, ironically the group that had originally fought to keep The Loft out of SoHo. Under his direction, numerous lawsuits were waged to preserve the neighborhood character, including opposition to the spread of nightlife to the now residential neighborhood.


    Thus Sweeney brings a unique perspective, as a nightlife pioneer and a concerned community activist.

  • Judy Tint

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Music Business


    Judy Tint is a native New Yorker and lifelong music lover, with over 25 years of experience as an attorney, consultant and producer in the entertainment industry. She represents a variety of artists, songwriters, producers, labels, and other creators, from newcomers to legends. A graduate of Rutgers College and Columbia Law School, she has been a member of the faculty of the NYU Music Business Program since 2008. She serves on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy’s New York Chapter, has made numerous trips to Capitol Hill as an advocate for artists’ rights, and has lectured extensively at music conferences nationwide. Judy serves on the Boards of both WhyHunger and The Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and is Chair of the Music Division of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.


    While she has no intention of quitting her day job, Judy is also a songwriter and musician, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Apollo Theater, Radio City Music Hall, The Ryman Auditorium, and many other venues; her television appearances include NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and multiple PBS specials. She is a firm believer in the power of music to change the world.

  • John Titta

    Executive Vice President


    John Titta started his life in music as a musician, songwriter and music teacher. He has a long career as a music publisher, working at Screen Gems/EMI, Polygram Music and Warner/Chappell Music, and has work with artists like Bon Jovi, Santana, Meghan Trainor, Justin Timberlake and many more.


    He has performed on albums by Ringo Starr and Gizelle D’Cole and has played with Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers, Duane Eddy, Richie Sambora and Omi.


    Always an avid supporter of songwriters and their rights, Titta moved to ASCAP in 2013, where he is currently EVP of Membership.


    Other accomplishments include his work on the Tony Award winning musical Memphis, and Producer and A&R work on albums by Dionne Warwick, Todd Rundgren, and Donny & Marie Osmond. He serves on the Board Of Directors for The Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and is the host of the PBS series “Front and Center presents The Songwriters Hall Of Fame”.

  • Anna Weber

    General Manager, Artistic and Operations

    Carnegie Hall


    Anna Weber is Carnegie Hall’s General Manager overseeing Artistic Planning, Concert Hall and Education Wing Operations, and the Booking Department. She oversees the planning and implementation of over 600 concerts throughout the three performance venues as well as Carnegie Hall City Wide – 40 partnership performances throughout the five boroughs. Prior to joining Carnegie Hall, Anna was Director of Operations for the New York Philharmonic. She started her career at the New York Youth Symphony where she is now a Trustee. Anna has a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She lives in Westchester, New York with her husband and two daughters.

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Intersection of Music + Nightlife


Date: June 8, 2018

Time: 10:30am- 5:00pm

Location: NYU’s Kimmel Center

60 Washington Square South

4th Floor – Eisner & Lubin auditorium

New York, NY 10012





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