Billboard today announces the return of its popular Q&A sessions “10 Questions With…” at the 13th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, the premier event dedicated to the live music industry set for November 9-10 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Participants this year are high-profile manager Scooter Braun, founder, SB Projects; entertainment attorney Dina LaPolt, owner, LaPolt Law, P.C.; respected sports and entertainment executive Tim Leiweke, founder and CEO, Oak View Group (OVG); and live discovery/ticketing development trailblazer Matt Jones, CEO, Songkick.
The four industry heavyweights will join Ray Waddell, Billboard’s executive director of content and programming for Touring and Live Entertainment, on stage throughout the conference for wide-ranging discussions about major trends and topics pertinent to the live music industry as part of the “10 Questions With…” Q&A series.
The executives participating are amongst the most successful and respected leaders in their field. Braun has a roster of the top pop culture icons under his management, record label and publishing companies including Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Usher, Karlie Kloss, Tori Kelly, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Black Eyed Peas, Martin Garrix and others. LaPolt specializes in representing music creators and currently represents artists including Steven Tyler, deadmau5, Fifth Harmony, and Black Veil Brides in addition to serving as an attorney advisor to the GRAMMY Creators Alliance and Songwriters of North America (SONA). She has twice been named to Billboard’s “Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys.”
Leiweke has been deeply involved in the evolution of the NHL, NBA and MLS and partnered with music industry titan Irving Azoff to launch OVG, a company that helps shape sports and entertainment experiences globally. Jones serves as CEO of Songkick, the world’s leading artist-ticketing and concert discovery platform that connects hundreds of the world’s greatest artists with millions of music fans around the globe through enhanced discovery, and has received international attention for its innovative technology used to reduce the number of tickets sold to scalpers.
The intimate sessions will provide unparalleled access to the industry knowledge amassed by the four exec’s decades of experience working in the music industry.
“Candid interviews with influential industry stakeholders have always been a staple of the Billboard Touring Conference, and when we expanded on that aspect of our programming by launching the ’10 Questions With…’ sessions three years ago, the response was overwhelmingly positive,” says Waddell. “Of course, Q&As are only as compelling as their subjects, and this year I couldn’t be more pleased with our four executives, all of whom are playing leading roles in shaping this dynamic live music industry. The biggest challenge will be keeping it to 10 questions!”
The 2015 Billboard Touring Conference & Awards sold out with a record number of attendees and featured a special Q&A with Brad Paisley, a three-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer.
For registration information visit BillboardTouringConference.com. Pre-Registration rates are now available.