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Martin Atkins - lead instructor

Julie Brewer – Owner of Luna Travelnet

Julie Brewer started Luna Travelnet in 2006 with a goal of helping touring musicians save time and money. The company books hotels using the wholesale hotel market and has developed strategies to meet the specific needs of musicians. Luna Travelnet’s has booked tours for over 50 bands including Cracker, Manchester Orchestra and Son Volt.

Daniel Castady – The Fold

Daniel fronts The Fold, a high-energy pop rock group with a brand new album entitled "Dear Future, Come Get Me." This marks their first independent release, giving Daniel a rare perspective having been on a major (Maverick), indie (Tooth&Nail), and now independent, living to tell the pros/cons of all three. Daniel states "It was comfortable for us at Tooth & Nail, but we weren’t advancing toward our goal. In the current state of music, bands can take control at any time, no more finger-pointing. We've taken the vehicle that is The Fold, and we finally know where we are going!”

Tom Fort – Cobalt & the Hired Guns

Tomlinson Fort was born in Chicago and has played in several bands over the years. He founded Cobalt & the Hired Guns in 2003 and returned to Chicago with band in tow in 2007. Currently the band just wrapped up two shows with State Radio on their most recent tour: one to a sold out crowd @ Metro and the other at Cat's Cradle in Carboro, NC. They are currently in production of their newest record, hopefully to be released in fall 2010.
Follow Tom on Twitter! - @cobaltandthehgs



Greg Corner – Bassist of Kill Hannah & 1/3 of Dark Wave Disco DJs

Greg Corner  is best known as the bass player of the alternative rock band Kill Hannah. For the past decade, Greg has been touring with Kill Hannah, both nationally and internationally. However, Greg’s credentials stretch so much further than that.  A true DIY prototype, Greg has also filled the shoes of a promoter, a DJ, party planner extraordinaire, and so much more. From launching a local club night where he first started dj'ing in 2000 with his then-roommate, Tommie Sunshine (which by the way packed house every month and gained city-wide recognition), to the regular underground House parties he would throw around Chicago, Greg managed to successfully tour and play with Kill Hannah, while also crusading to return the title ‘Home of House’ back to the Windy city.  In 2005 Greg met Mark Gertz and DJ Trancid; the synergy and vision the three shared of what a club night should be, and what constitutes a great electro-dance rock music set was a recipe for success. In March 2005 Dark Wave Disco was born, and today they are a household name in the city, hosting and opening for some of the biggest international acts that roll through Chicago. Read more about Dark Wave Disco here, and follow Greg on Twitter! - @gregcorner

Lee Jarvis – Music Industry Professional

Lee Jarvis is a music industry consultant, specialising in Marketing and Promotion, for a variety of small music businesses and independent artists. He spent five years promoting events in his hometown of London, UK - sometimes for charity, and more often for profit and career development. By night, Lee is an electronic music DJ, which comes from many years of absorbing music. He also produces original and remixed music for various independent record labels over the last 3 years; this stems from a Music Technology course at a Newham College, London. As well as attending various seminars and conferences on the music business in both the US and the UK, Lee has studied part time at Berkleemusic, the online school of the noted Berklee College in Boston, covering The Future of the Music Industry, Music Marketing, Music Publishing and more.
Follow Lee on Twitter! - @leejarvis

Martin Atkins is the definition of entrepreneurial activity in cultural arts endeavors, his 30+ years in the music business spans across genres and borders and industries.

He was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He is the owner of Invisible Records and Mattress Factory Recording Studios (est. 1988). He is the author of Tour:Smart, a Suicide Girls columnist, taught at Columbia College Chicago for six years and currently teaches Madison Media Institute. Martin is a producer, drummer, documentary film maker, DJ, and father of four. Most recently, he started his own entrepreneurial school revolution number three.  Whatever the future of music is, you can pretty much bet that he’ll be in the middle of it.

Gary Kuzminski – Musical Industry Professional

Gary Kuzminski (aka Sir Real) is one half of JaGoFF, an artist, activist, musician & media collaboration with Detroit artist, MOFO. Sir Real got his start during the desktop publishing revolution in the early 1990's, as the rave scene was crossing the Atlantic. During that time, he was the art director for the landmark youth-culture magazine Reactor, and went on to help pioneer the look of the early rave/techno scene. His artwork has since graced many Fortune 500/100/50 companies. In 2000, he founded as a response to the heavy handed tactics of the RIAA. What began as a fully functioning parody, became a touchstone for hundreds of thousands of independent artists, academics & industry professionals. Gary is a featured speaker on the subjects of interactive & social media, guerrilla marketing, technology & the music industry. He developed and currently teaches the Interactive Advertising course at Columbia College. Take the class and join in the fun.

Brian Carpizo – CEO of Eventric

Brian Carpizo has been an entrepreneur, executive, and consultant working in the information technology industry for 19 years. Prior to Eventric, was the Managing Director of Orchid Venture Partners where he worked with Eventric’s founders on its business strategy and fundraising efforts, culminating with Mr. Carpizo joining Eventricfull time in May 2009.

Mike Z – Trick Drums

Mike Z has lived life and learned lessons...the hard way. Born in Chicago, this self taught musician, graphic designer, webmaster, game developer, spent a lot of time trying to find an easy way to success. Although there were small victories the overall battle was going very poorly. Having spent most of High School day dreaming Z had to find a way to pull I together. 4 Years in the Air Force working on multi-million dollar F16’s and spending two tours in the middle east sorted that out. Since then he has spent every waking hour using those lessons to better himself and is now very successful in many facets. Mike has been in multiple national touring bands, is in school to further the graphic and game design, and is in a top seat as a designer and artist relations rep. for a new major force in the drum industry, Trick Drums.

Joanna Quargnali-Linsley – Misery Loves Co.

As a former classical concert pianist and heavy-metal frontwoman, Joanna Quargnali-Linsley has seen a lot - including good musicians losing out because of bad business. Quargnalil-Linsley founded artist development group Misery Loves Co. (MLC) to set the record straight.  Good business, she believes, breeds good business.  Through MLC, clients perfect indispensable skills like bio writing, accounting, and copyright.  Quargnali-Linsley is also the former director of the business program at Music Industry Workshop where she lectured on the practical concepts now required for working musicians. Quargnali-Linsley's most recent project, ToyBlock Music, is a collection of multi-genre interpretations of classic children's songs.

Shaun Barrett - 4 Ohm Entertainment Group 

Shaun Barrett has been a part of the Chicago music community for nearly 15 years. In his early years performing as a bassist in 5 bands (Terminal Bliss, Flutter, etc) he developed a deep passion for music and an understanding of the inter-relationship between an artist and their craft. Forming 4 Ohm Entertainment group in 2006 with a few partners, Shaun shifted his focus to artist management to help other people along that path. He strives to stay at the forefront of this ever-changing industry with his involvement in the US chapter of the Music Manager's Forum and other pursuits. He is currently managing two Chicago bands, Color Radio and Archie Powell & the Exports.
Follow Shaun on Twitter! - @vividfade 

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Ryan Manno – Media Personality

Ryan Manno – Media PersonalityRyan Manno is a Chicago media personality, with a decade of broadcast experience; the majority of which was spent as a fixture on alt. rocker, Q101. In January 2010, Ryan was named host of the Emmy Award winning television program, JBTV. Within Manno’s tenure at Q101, he co-hosted and produced the nationally syndicated “Mancow’s Morning Madhouse,” logging over 400 artist interviews while traveling the world to cover music and pop-culture events. Noteworthy are live broadcasts from the Grammy Awards, VMA’s, Hollywood movie premieres, Lollapalooza and in-ring work with WWE. Beyond the airwaves, Ryan Manno is an influential presence in Chicago’s live event culture, currently serving as Music Curator at Angels & Kings.

Aga Dondzik - Rock Razor Scissors

Aga Dondzik is the owner of a rock ‘n’ roll hair salon in Chicago Ridge, IL. She was inspired to open Rock Razor Scissors by a stint in Los Angeles, where she saw just how closely related the music and hairstyling industries are.  She brought her inspiration back with her to the Chicago area, where she decided to open a place where touring bands and the everyday rock n roller can feel at home.  In addition to participating in Tour Smart this year, she and the salon will also be airing their first commercial on JBTV and working the Milwaukee and Chicago Warped Tour dates. 
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Paul Natkin - Photographer

Paul Natkin began his photography career in the mid 70's photographing the rock concerts he attended. Through perseverance and dedication he began to acquire magazine and newspaper clients and eventually began working with record company publicity departments. During the 1980’s he frequently contributed to Creem Magazine, along with many other music magazines (Rolling Stone, Circus, Hit Parader) as well as many mainstream magazines, including Newsweek, Time, People, Playboy, Ebony and Entertainment Weekly. During this time, he also began contributing to album artwork for both Major and Indie labels. His credits include photographing the Jackson 5, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones. Additionally, Natkin was Oprah Winfrey's staff photographer for 5 years.


Shawn Kellner – Artist Developer, Career Manager, Local Music Advocate, Music Industy Professional

Shawn Kellner loves local music and artist development. He displays this love through his entrepreneurial spirit. 10 years ago Shawn set out on a quest to learn the music business. Coming from a suburban family hit hard by the tragedies of September 11th he did not have the option of a music business education at Columbia, where he dreamed of attending . He instead embarked on the greatest ride of his life on his own learning everything he could just by meeting people and asking questions. That journey continues still today. A true entrepreneurial spirit Shawn focuses on the best interests of the developing local music community. Shawn always keeps his ears close to the ground continuously looking for the next hard working independent band ready to take their career to the next level. Shawn is also a proud US Army Veteran and a strong supporter of the USO and Armed Forces Entertainment.


Julian Grant - Filmmaker

I'm an award-winning filmmaker with over twenty-four feature films to my credit. Past clients include: Shaftesbury Films, HBO, The Lifetime Network, Alliance Atlantis, The Sci-Fi Network, Global Television, ABC Family, CHUM CITY, CTV, Lionsgate Entertainment and a host of international distributors and broadcasters. As an independent writer, producer and director I have created a variety of short films and music videos and am available to develop and create new works with interested parties. My consulting services are extensive with clients such as The Canadian Film Center, The Toronto International Film Festival, York University, Ryerson University, Humber College, Seneca College, Toronto Women In Film and other academic learning centers. I currently reside in Chicago, IL, USA and am a tenure-track professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Lance Curran - Threadless

Lance studied music business at Columbia College but soon missed his DIY days. So he dropped out of school and spent a few years playing and booking shows while managing artists. Since joining skinnyCorp in 2005, he and his pals have forged a workplace that encourages off-kilter personalities and rebellious kindness. He’s also built an efficient and fun-lovin’ warehouse of artists, musicians, and all around awesome people. Lance loves to invite like-minded misfits to the skinnyCorp HQ for tours, interviews, and possible projects. He’s also an art, music, and comic book junkie who likes to get his brain caught in the marketing cookie jar. Lance lives in Chicago with his wife and two kids.


Christian Picciolini, General Manager and Producer, JBTV

Christian Picciolini is currently the General Manager and Producer of JBTV, Chicago's longest-running, most-respected rock and roll music television show, an artist manager and founder of Chicago-based Goldmill Group (The Frantic, The Briggs, Flatfoot 56, Treaty Of Paris, State And Madison, Urbanites), and founder and owner of punk rock label Sinister Muse Records (The Frantic, Dead Town Revival, Random55). Christian is also an author and visual artist.


Toby Worscheck – JaGoFF Publishing

Toby Worscheck is one half of JaGoFF, musician, multi-media artist & activist with legendary artist of the early rave scene, Sir Real. The Detroit native transferred to Chicago in 1990 and developed extensive direct action skills working as an environmentalist, employing street theatre and guerilla marketing tactics for maximum effect (including a “crop circle” in a genetically modified soybean test plot that revealed “MONSANTO BIOHAZARD” from news helicopters above). In 1991, he joined forces with Sir Real and collaborated on various political and music projects throughout the years. Frustration and misgivings with record labels and industry types would eventually lead to a fiercely independent and self-sufficient change in attitude. The DIY ethic was fully adopted and relentlessly pursued in a multi-pronged assault of music, video and animation loaded with hot button double-entendres that often reveal irreverent, biting social commentary upon closer attention. Using minimal resources, Toby has produced critically acclaimed work and fought for important victories as an independent-artist advocate/activist for the better of twenty years.

Scott Schaefer, Label Manager, Bloodshot Records

Scott Schaefer has been the lead singer for several stalwart Chicago indie rock outfits, and has also blazed a trail through the cover tune circuit with his numerous acoustic duos. In addition to performing and recording, he has also carved a niche for himself on the industry side of the Chicago music scene, first as head of operations for the venerable Checkered Past Records label, and currently as the Label Manager for local indie powerhouse, Bloodshot Records. In addition to being a guest lecturer at several local colleges, he has also spoken on panels at the Bandwidth conference (San Francisco), CMJ (New York), South By Southwest (Austin) and at the Americana Music Association (Nashville).

Jaime Black, Producer Q101's Local 101

Jaime "Black" de'Medici has worked in the music industry for the past 12 years, starting out as an intern in 1998 at Rock 103.5 before arriving at Q101 by the end of that year. Since that time, he has gone on to produce Q101's Chicago music program, Local 101, as well as write for Illinois Entertainer, the A.V. Club's Chicago site, and The Smashing Pumpkins official site. In 2005, he began The Ministry Of The Dynasty, Chicago's first music and nightlife culture podcast series, which he continues today alongside the local artist-centric ChicagoVerseUnited podcast series. His work can be found at  

Anthony Spina, Field Marketing Representative, Old Style

Anthony Spina's initial plan was to vanish into the underground and live out his days creating, writing, renaissance-manning and overall jack-of-all-trading. Realizing his mother couldn’t mail cookies to the underground, he decided he should pay people to give him a piece of paper that said “sociology and advertising/promotions” on it. While he was paying people to get “big ideas” out of his head, he was being paid to sit in a lock-down think tank creating ideas, products and campaigns for some pretty major brands.
His passion has always been curiosity, which has led to involvement in many aspects of the music industry (spent time with Island/Def Jam Records), artistic world (helped launch the artist management and events agency YM!), DIY underground (ran a gallery in Chicago’s infamous “Camp Gay” space) among many other things. He currently spends his days and nights running the events and sponsorships for Old Style beer here in Chicago. 


Roman DeLion, President/CEO Rock Scarz Magazine

Roman was always fascinated with both the music and tattooed lifestyle. During a festive New Years in 2007, Roman’s light bulb sparked and he knew a rock lifestyle magazine is what the industry needed. Roman spoke with two long time friends about the idea and they agreed to help make it happen. From there, Rock Scarz was no more an idea but an action.
With a premier release date of September 2008 scheduled, Roman found himself pushing up the magazine release when bands and various labels jumped on the idea of the magazine rather quickly. Along with the support of his wife, family, and close friends; the magazine has become much larger than he could have imagined in the amount of time the RSM has been in production. 
Today Roman can be found coordinating the magazines entry of bands, planning and attending events like the Indy Metal Festival or Mayhem Festival, compile the FREE compilation CD each issue, and working closely with advertisers to ensure the magazine’s brand is always on target. Roman also coordinated bands to be showcased on Tattoo Factory TV as part of the Rock Scarz segment and is now producing their very own Rock Scarz Reality show.

Lisa Malina, President, Malina and Company

 Lisa Malina is a licensed CPA with a practice that specializes in entertainment. Her services include incorporations, business management, accounting and tax work, IRS representations, and expert witness work. Clients include music managers, entertainment lawyers, concert promoters, and record labels...and she has worked with dozens of bands, including Company of Thieves, This is Me Smiling, Van Ghost, The Uptown Sound, Poi Dog Pondering and Jeremiah.


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