New Kids, Taylor Bennett & Fyre Fest Filmmakers to Speak at Billboard Live Music Summit & Awards

Austin Hargrave
New Kids on the Block

Billboard announces second slate of speakers for Nov 13-14 event in Beverly Hills.

Billboard, the world's largest voice in music, today announced its second slate of speakers and panelists for this year’s Billboard Live Music Summit and Awards, Nov. 13-14 at the Montage in Beverly Hills.

The second day of the summit will feature an artist keynote panel with New Kids on the Block, honoring the 30th anniversary of their No. 1 album 'Hangin' Tough.” The band's Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre and Danny Wood with be joined by managers Jared Paul and Janelle Lopez from Faculty Management and Live Nation’s Brad Wavra in conversation with Billboard's Jason Lipshutz to discuss New Kids on the Block's 2008 reunion, their touring plans for 2019 and their legacy as one of America’s most enduring pop acts.

This year’s conference will also include a sit-down interview with Taylor Bennett, the 22-year-old independent artist and younger brother of Chance The Rapper. Bennett will be interviewed by Billboard writer Andrew Hampp, discussing his lyrical style, heart-pounding live shows and his decision to come out as bisexual. Attendees will also get the first peek at the Fyre Fest documentary being produced by Billboard, and Cinemart. The film’s directors Jenner Furst and Julia Nason will sit down with Billboard senior correspondent Dave Brooks to discuss the three-part series being developed for Hulu that includes an exclusive interview with Fyre Fest founder Billy McFarland.

Other high-level Q&As include a sit-down between with WME’s Scott Clayton and The Hollywood Reporters Rebecca Sun, and a live interview with Grateful Dead and Lumineers manager Bernie Cahill and Emporium Presents and Live Nation's Dan Steinberg, plus a year-end report from Matthew Yazge, vp and head of brand partnerships at Nielsen Entertainment, to discuss the findings of the recent Music 360 study. 

This year’s Summit includes nearly two dozen artist conversations, high-level Q&As and live entertainment industry-oriented panel discussions. The first day of the conference begins with the panel "Masters of Illusion: The Magic and Money Behind Successful Hologram Tours," featuring Seth Malarky and Dan Weiner from Paradigm and Bob Ringe and Marty Tudor with Base Hologram, followed by "Going Green: What Does Cannabis Legalization Mean For Live Events?” with panelists Sameen Ahmad from High Times, Jim Lewi of Red Light Management, Tim Blake with the Emerald Cup cannabis competition, Sonya Logman from the California Bureau of Cannabis Control and Deb Kline with Primary Wave. The first day closes with "Rock the Bells: Meet Hip Hop's Next Generation of Festival Promoters” led by Vibe’s editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas and featuring Sascha Stone Gutfreund from ScoreMore Shows, Tariq Cherif with Rolling Loud, Paradigm’s Erin Larsen and Brandon McEachern with Broccoli City Fest. 

Programming for the conference addresses a broad swath of topics important to live music professionals including "State of PR: How Publicists’ Jobs and Responsibilities are Changing in 2018” led by Billboard’s Katie Atkinson and "Artist Development: What Does it Mean to Break Through in 2018?” curated by Circle Talent Agency co-founder and UTA agent Steve Gordon. Billboard is also rebranding its Agent Power Panel with the new title "Representation Matters: Agents At The Top of Their Game" featuring Marsha Vlasic with AGI, Nadia Prescher from Madison House, Cheryl Paglierani at UTA, Alli McGregor with CAA, Samantha Kirby Yoh from WME and Paradigm's Corrie Christopher Martin and moderator Melinda Newman with Billboard.

The summit’s final session begins with "Out of Balance: Does the Touring Business Need an Inclusion Rider?” which looks at diversity in the touring industry with an all-star panel featuring Kevin Shivers from WME, Dina LaPolt of LaPolt Law, comedian Dave Chappelle’s business partner and Vince Staples’ manager Corey Smyth with Blacksmith NYC, Heather Lowery with Live Nation Urban and music business manager Lou Taylor from Tristar in a conversation led by Karen Rappaport McHugh from Muddy Girl Productions and Rebelle Road. A final panel to close out the second day of the summit will be announced in the coming weeks.

“This year’s Live Music Summit has something for everyone,” says Brooks, who joined Billboard in 2017 and programed last year’s Billboard Touring Conference and Awards, which enjoyed a sold out attendance. “We’re excited to repeat the overwhelming success of last year’s event with must-see panels, and incredible slate of speakers and interviews with some of the biggest headliners in music. We’re expecting a full-capacity crowd again this year, so register now and join us in LA for another must attend event."

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