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Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 12:00pm -- Fri, 11/04/2011

Musician's Institute
Los Angeles, CA




at Musicians Institute

6752 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028

 *Please email if you would like to RSVP to attend

12:00 – 4:00 PM  moderated by Tish Ciravolo, President/Founder of Daisy Rock Guitars


12:00 – 1:15 PM  MIXER / MEET & GREET - open to public


1:15 – 2:15 PM  INDUSTRY PANEL featuring

Amy Blackman – Cookman Management
Amy B was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After completing her under and post graduate degrees at NYU and Columbia in a field of expertise that unbeknownst to her at the time would also come in handy in the music biz (Psychology and Anthropology), she headed West to do what everyone needs to do once in their life; spend a summer hanging on the beach figuring themselves out. And thus she came to realize where her passion lies- not with sand and surf, but with music.  During that time, the light bulb of light bulbs occurred- how can she make a career out of the two things she loves most in the world, music and talking on the phone. Ding! Band management!  She began managing bands under the tutelage of some of the greatest old schoolers around, and when her first band began to generate more action than her boss’s clients, she was (thankfully) kicked to the curb and struck out on her own. 15 years later, she has a vibrant and successful roster, a thriving business and a core philosophy that remains intact despite surging tides of change in our industry.  After 5 wonderful years further honing her skills as part of the team at Tsunami Entertainment, she has now joined forces with CookmanMGMT. Her current clients are Money Mark, multi-Grammy winning Ozomatli, multi multi multi-Grammy winning Producer/Mixer/Engineer Robert Carranza, Camilo Lara and Mexican Institute of Sound.

Laura Taylor – Senior VP of Operations, Guitar Center
Laura Taylor has taken her passion for guitar playing that started at age 10 and built a career in music that continues to flourish. Through Chicago and Hollywood, Columbia College and Musician’s Institute, the last 23 years of this ongoing journey has Taylor making her mark in a successful career with Guitar Center. Beginning as a receptionist in the 12-store chain, Laura Taylor has risen through the ranks to manage a team of over 1,100 people in 221 locations as Senior Vice President of Operations.  Responsible for building the operations and training systems during Guitar Center’s most rapid growth, Taylor continues to develop the services division including GC Studios for lessons and rehearsals, GC Garage for repairs, and GC Backline for rentals.  Currently taking on even more responsibility, Laura Taylor heads up the Guitar Center Women in Music initiative, making the stores a better place for women to work and shop, which aligns with her ongoing commitment to encourage and inspire women to play music. 

Rochelle Holguin - Senior Director of Creative Music Integration, MTV
Rochelle Holguin is the Senior Director of Creative Music Integration for MTV.  In this role, Ms. Holguin oversees the integration of music within MTV’s long form programming and award show tent poles, working closely with both established and independent artists expanding the connections and opportunities between music and television.  In her current role Ms. Holguin has helped launch several key music initiatives including Hype Music: a partnership between MTV and Extreme/Sony ATV that established an innovative music library filled with a roster of emerging musical talent.  Hype is a targeted music discovery and artist promotion business that continues MTV story of breaking new artists.   This year Rochelle music supervised the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the highest rated program in the network’s history with a record-breaking 12.4 million viewers.

Kat Corbett – KROQ
You can hear Kat M-F at 10a on KROQ and Sunday nights at 9p for Locals Only a show which she programs and hosts. Many big names including Silversun Pickups, Young the Giant, Foster the People, The Dirty Heads and Awolnation were born from that show. Kat can also be heard on XFM in London exchanging music with the Brits on Import Export. Her work history includes on air at WFNX in Boston, Soundbreak internet radio, a coordinator for Don Law concerts, writer for Napster as well as being repped by Don Buchwald & Associates for voiceover work which includes live announcing for the MTV Movie Awards to Bloomberg on Wall Street.

Carol Peters – Peters Mgmt.
After 2 decades working at record labels, in marketing, promotion and distribution, and another decade at one of the music industry's largest management companies, representing many great artists including The Bee Gees, John Mellencamp, the Go-Go’s and Heart, I decided to start a personal management company founded on the business principles I believe to be most critical to success and professional happiness. Namely:  All projects need creative and conscientious set-up and follow through, Marketing plans are more than words on paper; they are plans of action, It is better for creatives to follow their hearts than follow the trends, There are many ways to find an audience: live touring, social networking, radio, retail, CD, print, TV, film, advertising, sponsorship/lifestyle associations, internet, street teams, fan clubs, and more. Real talents deserve the opportunity to flex and grow their artistry in different ways. Peters Management Syndicate currently represents Heart, Deana Carter, Sick of Sarah, Vikki Carr, and Seventh Day Slumber.

 2:15 – 3:15 PM  ARTIST PANEL featuring

Maureen Herman – bassist, Babes in Toyland
Maureen Herman is the former bassist for Reprise/Warner Bros. recording artists Babes in Toyland, an influential force in the punk subculture of the 1990's. Her band was featured in Rolling Stone's "Book of Women in Rock"  and was the subject of the Random House book, "Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band." The group played the main stage of Lollapalooza ‘93 and was featured in the 90’s documentaries "1991: The Year Punk Broke" and "Not Bad for a Girl". After leaving Babes in Toyland in 1996, Maureen pursued a second career as a writer (Rolling Stone, Harmony Central, AOL), shortly becoming Associate Editor of Musician Magazine. In 1999 Maureen branched out into the music industry as an artist manager, show promoter, publicist, music licensing director, and video producer (Hank WIlliams III, CMT).  In 2008, she founded Project Noise, a nonprofit that creates videos at no or low cost to organizations working to better the world to “make change louder.” Project Noise produced Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello's 2008 and 2009 "Justice Tour.”

Kelly Ogden – vocalist/bass, The Dollyrots
For over a decade Kelly Ogden has fronted and played bass in L.A. based rock band The Dollyrots.  In addition to touring nationwide and overseas with bands such as the Buzzcocks, Bowling For Soup and The Go-Go’s, Ogden and the band have recorded three full-length albums and are currently in the process of recording their fourth with John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Miley Cyrus, Andrew WK). Kelly's experiences have spanned everything from sweaty all ages basement shows in Wisconsin to Warped Tour and even a guest starring role in a prime time t.v. show. Inspired by strong women musicians such as Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper, Ogden has herself garnered both a voice and respect in the music industry. 

Janet Robin – guitarist, Lindsay Buckingham, Precious Metal, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply, solo artist
Music audiences around the world have seen and heard Janet Robin’s incredible guitar work as a former featured touring member of the Lindsey Buckingham Band (Fleetwood Mac), Meredith Brooks Band and Air Supply.  Her abilities as a guitarist have garnered the admiration of many in the music industry including Michelle Shocked who called Robin “one of the best guitarists in the country: male or female.”  She has shared the stage most recently with the likes of Monte Montgomery, Midge Ure (Ultravox) and Colin Hay (Men At Work).  With the help of her dedicated fan base, Robin was able to raise the funds for her latest studio effort, Everything Has Changed with producer John Carter Cash (Johnny Cash and June Carter's son) at Cash Cabin Studios outside of Nashville.   Introduced to Hypertension Music (in Germany) by Colin Hay, Robin signed a European licensing and distribution deal with the German company who released Everything Has Changed in January 2010.  The album is set to be released in the U.S. in 2012.  Ever the road warrior, Robin plays upwards of 150 dates per year, focusing on the East Coast, West Coast and Europe. In addition to being an artist, Robin is also a respected clinician for Line 6 and is endorsed by Taylor Guitars, Fender Guitars, Daisy Rock Guitars, Turner-Renaissance, Seymour Duncan and Alfred Publishing among others. 

Lola Blanc – vocalist/songwriter, solo artist
Pop artist Lola Blanc, with her addictive voice and bold aesthetic, is making a splash in the LA music community and beyond. Having worked with numerous established hitmakers, including writers and producers behind Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Beyonce, and more, Lola's music blends the heart-driving beats of dance with elements of top 40 and electro, creating an irresistible pop sound. The future looks bright for this alluring new artist in 2012.

Alicia Warrington - Drummer, Kelly Osbourne, The All Girl Boys Choir, Hannah Montana, Gore Gore Girls
The multi-talented, Alicia Warrington, is the current frontwoman / guitarist for The All-Girl Boys Choir and the drummer for Dawn Robinson, of the Grammy-nominated, R&B divas, En Vogue. Warrington has been keeping the beat for many big name artists, whether it be on stage, television or record. Her ever-expanding resume includes:  Hannah Montana, Lillix, Gore Gore Girls and Kelly Osbourne, with whom she toured the world with for several years. Alicia has had the opportunity to perform on numerous television & award shows including, The American Music Awards, MTV and The Tonight Show. She is currently promoting, "Electric", the brand new album from her Rock & Roll Duo, The All-Girl Boys Choir.


4:00 – 6:00 PM moderated by Tish Ciravolo, President/Founder of Daisy Rock Guitars

THE BANGLES:  in recognition of the very first female guitar scholarship award at MI. 

Q & A with the band.

CLOSING STATEMENT – to empower women in the music industry