Originally from London, Mark cut his teeth working at ThinkSync Music, a small but highly successful supervision, and sync licensing company for over half a decade. Now freelance and based in NYC, he sits on both sides of the fence, working both as a music supervisor for film trailers and advertising and as a creative sync agent pitching some select commercial catalogs and artists. Recent projects include for Perrier, Moet and more.
A3C educates and empowers the artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that shape hip-hop culture.
Founded in 2005, the A3C Festival & Conference has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important hip-hop events of the year, which is commonly referred to as “Hip-Hop’s Family Reunion."
A3C FestivalDirector of Partnerships
Kelly Bennaton is the Head of Marketing for UK national concert promoter DHP Family. DHP delivers over 1500 shows, tours and multiple festivals every year as well as owning and operating 8 music venues around the country.
Kelly oversees marketing strategy for the company and manages a marketing team that spans 4 cities and coordinates campaigns for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Cat Power, The War On Drugs, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Father John Misty and The xx.
Before starting at DHP, she worked at the Association of Independent Music as the Events Coordinator, working to help launch the AIM Independent Music Awards and on events such as Indie-Con and Music Connected. She has also worked as a Promoter’s Rep and Artist Liaison for various events and festivals.
DHP FamilyHead of Marketing
James is currently working as executive director of the Halifax Pop Explosion and is a founder of the record label Forward Music Group. A longtime concert promoter and production manager, James has poured every ounce of energy he has into the East Coast music community.
Halifax Pop ExplosionExecutive Director
Julia Buchheim is the manager of synchronization and business affairs at Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music. Rough Trade Publishing is home to such artists as Future Islands, The War On Drugs, Beirut, Grizzly Bear, Against Me!, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Animal Collective and The Magnetic Fields. Bank Robber Music is a third party music licensing company specializing in indie rock and represents independent labels such as Mute, Polyvinyl Record Co., Barsuk Records, Thrill Jockey Records, and Temporary Residence Ltd. Julia handles all negotiations and long-form licenses for advertisements, promotions, trailers, and branded content, as well as negotiating Rough Trade Publishing’s administration and co-publishing agreements. Prior to assuming her role with Rough Trade Publishing and Bank Robber Music, Julia worked in synchronization licensing at ABKCO Music and Records. In addition to her current role, she freelances for the boutique business, entertainment and intellectual property law firm Savur Threadgold LLP. She is a member and former administrative assistant for the New York chapter of AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers).
Rough Trade Publishing / Bank Robber MusicManager of Synchronization and Business Affairs
Prior to joining the A&R team at SOCAN, Melissa was an associate at the well-known booking agency UTA (formerly The Agency Group), working closely with artists such as A Tribe Called Red, Arkells, Andy Shauf, Wintersleep, The Zolas and LIGHTS. She began her career in music as a writer and performer, attending Humber College for Jazz. Following her Bachelor of Music, she worked in various areas of the industry, including artist management, grant writing, tour coordinating, jingle singing, and teaching. In addition to her A&R role at SOCAN, Melissa is a faculty member of the non-profit community music school, Regent Park School of Music.
Cabrea Casey is a Sync Manger at Downtown Music Publishing where she promotes the Downtown catalog for broadcast, digital, and radio advertising. Working with the catalogs of John Lennon, Ryan Tedder, Motley Crue, Santigold, Sturgill Simpson, and Jason Isbell, Cabrea has pitched, negotiated, and licensed music for brands such us Royal Caribbean, Pet Smart, Apple, and Bell Canada. Prior to joining Downtown in 2015, Cabrea started her career in the live music world, working in venues and writing for music blogs. When she's not entertaining music supervisors and attending shows to support her writers, Cabrea co-hosts the radio show Box Of Paints with Sarah Tembeckjian. Box of Paints aims to support and elevate female-fronted music both old and new.
Downtown Music PublishingSync Manager
Vanessa Cito develops customized social marketing plans and strategy for musicians and brands across multiple online platforms.
With over ten years of experience in the music business, Vanessa built her career in Hospitality, Branding, and Social Media starting her career working for festivals like NXNE, CMW, and Indie Week as well as The Marketing Store. In addition to her work in Marketing, Vanessa co-founded both show promotion collectives Big Things Productions and People Put Out Productions. Noticing a void in assistance for independent artists, Vanessa recently stepped down in her position of 5 years in music management as head of Digital Strategy for Coalition Music to start her new Digital Services Agency, Reach.
ReachSocial Media Strategist
Mezzo-soprano Rosalie is an up-and-coming recent graduate of Bishop's University. During her studies, she found her love of solo classical vocal and choral music. She has performed as a soloist in the pop shows for the Bishop's University Singers, as well as in the St. Mark's Chapel Festival of Lessons and Carols. She performed in two recitals at university, her graduation recital being centered on one of her favorite subjects: Goddesses. Rosalie is now living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is a member of the Halifax Camerata Singers. She works as an administrative assistant at the Bella Rose Arts Centre.
Bella Rose Arts CentreAdministrative Assistant
James has worked in the music industry for over 15 years and gained a wealth of experience in programming, marketing, and production. He is the Manager of Pocklington Arts Centre, an award-winning cultural-hub in the north of England. James is also the Artistic Director of Platform Festival (capacity 3000) an annual music and comedy event which takes place in a historic old railway station each July.
Artists James has programmed and/or worked with include: Joan Armatrading, Billy Bragg, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, KT Tunstall, Bellowhead, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Adam Cohen, Martha Wainwright, The Unthanks, Raul Malo, The East Pointers, Bob Harris, Newton Faulkner, Fairport Convention, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Seth Lakeman, Josh Ritter and many others.