Having been in the music business for over 10 years, one of the things I enjoy the most is partaking in panels at events as a speaker. The best part about being involved in these types of events is the opportunity to give back and share the knowledge and experiences that I’ve had and learned to some up and comers in the industry. Also, taking part in these type of events allows you to meet other industry leaders and is a great way to gain more contacts within the business by interacting with other panelists.

Most recently, I was asked to speak on two panels at the renowned Winter Music Conference (2013) in Miami. The panel topics consisted of artists, agents and managers who discussed specifics about how artists select proper managers, agents and what to look for when trying to decide on the right one. Also, I contributed to the “On the Road Again – Touring Panel” which touched on life as a touring act and some of the pros and cons to touring. Each panel had consisted of some of the most knowledgeable, successful and well-known industry leaders including Junio Goris (Pitbull’s manager), Toby Benson (Da Da Life’s manager), as well as Steve Kushnier (Freedom Nightclub) alongside many others. Discussing important topics with such an experienced panel was an awesome experience. I truly believe all who attended left with gainful knowledge, including myself. My experience left me more knowledgeable about the industry and with stronger contacts. I eagerly look forward for next year’s WMC panels and hope to be apart of that experience once again!

Troy Gilmore
Vice President

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