Join us for a panel discussion among music industry professionals about their unique experiences in finding their individual career paths. Specifically, how they entered their field overcame obstacles, and continue to develop their careers. Panelists include leading ladies from Universal Music Group, Creative Artists Agency, Matrix Artists, Nona Entertainment, and LACM Guitar Department.
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ABOUT OUR PANELIST:
Molly Miller, Musician & Head of LACM Guitar Department
A Los Angeles native, Molly Miller has performed, toured, and recorded with the likes of Jason Mraz, Wynton Marsalis, Ashley Clark, Bushwalla, Kenton Chen (The Sing Off), and Morgan Karr (Spring Awakening). She grew up playing guitar on stage in a band with her four siblings, performing on national television, and winning music awards all around the country. In May she graduated with her Doctorate in Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, where she also received both her Bachelors and Masters in Music.
Monica Hyacinth, SVP, Digital Marketing Innovation, Universal Music Group
Monica leads the development and implementation of innovative digital marketing strategies for Universal Music Group’s artists and labels around the world. Since joining Universal Music Group in 2011 Hyacinth has spearheaded digital initiatives for a host of superstar and internationally successful artists including the Rolling Stones, Avicii, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons and many others. She previously held a number of digital marketing roles at a variety of music and media companies including EMI and Reuters.
Jennifer Horton, President of Matrix Artists
Jennifer brings over 13 years of hands-on experience in strategy, deal-making and execution on both major and independent levels. She and the [matrix] team members represent a diversity of backgrounds and expertise. Horton’s clients have included Amber Rose, Ciara, Chris Brown, Elise Neal, Esther Baxter, FKi, Gil Smith, Lamorne Morris, Lil Kim, The Rej3ctz, Shanell, members of The Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane and many more. She has consulted for top publishing companies, management companies and record labels including APG/Atlantic Records, Chris Brown Entertainment (CBE), Grassroots Productions, Phase Too, Young Money and more
Michelle Pesce, DJ/Founder Nona Entertainment
Michelle grew up in Youngstown, Ohio with a deep love for 80s & 90s hip-hop and pop. During her burgeoning career in personal publicity at the entertainment PR firm Wolf-Kasteler, she worked with some of the top actors and musicians in the world. Pesce attended Woodstock '99 and was moved by the energy created when you mix some of the world's best musicians and 200,000 fans. It was over that 3-day experience that she was inspired to start DJ'ing and soon after bought a set of Technics turntables to teach herself the craft.
Pesce has become one of the most sought-after DJs performing at parties and clubs in Mexico, France, Spain, Canada and Kenya and is a staple in the Hollywood Event Scene. From her local and international gigs playing old-school hip hop party jams to rocking A-list crowds at events for the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and multiple film festivals, she is in high demand. She is also the only DJ to ever spin 4x at music's biggest night - the Recording Academy’s Official Grammy After-Party. Pesce's presence in Hollywood even landed her a gig playing herself on "Entourage" and performing live on the #1 national morning show, "Good Morning America" multiple times. She regularly spins for top tier clients such as Instyle, GQ, W, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Marie Claire, People, Entertainment Weekly, HBO, Paramount, Fox Searchlight, Warner Bros, Viacom, NBCUniversal, Audi, Google, Motorola, Samsung, Soho House West Hollywood, The Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, The Clinton Foundation, Women In Film, LAXART, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Saint Laurent, Marni, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Vera Wang, Fendi, Marc Jacobs, Tod's, Club Monaco, BCBG, 7 For All Mankind, Levi's, H&M, Puma, Nike, UTA, CAA, WME and private parties for numerous actors and musicians. A list of recent events can be found in the events page.
Shannon Fitzgerald, Tour Marketing, Creative Artists Agency
Shannon Fitzgerald is a Music Tour Marketing Agent at leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Shannon is based in the Los Angeles office and works with promoters, labels, managers, and venues to create opportunities for clients in the areas of marketing, ticketing, and digital, among other initiatives, across the agency’s roster. Among the artists with whom she works are Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Logic, Little Dragon, Counting Crows, Pentatonix, Modest Mouse, Glass Animals, and Kesha.
Fitzgerald began her career at Pinnacle Entertainment in 2003, then moved to The Madison Square Garden Company, where she served as Campaign Planning and Operations Director. She joined CAA in 2013.
Fitzgerald graduated from DePaul University with a degree in Communications.
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