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Monday, May 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Holding Space for Diverse Voices: Why It Matters to You and Your Bottom Line

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Have you been listening to and amplifying the voices of people of color, women, and the LGBTQ community in the music industry? In today’s environment, you can’t afford not to!

Music has always crossed boundaries of race, gender, and sexual identity. Musicians are notoriously open in these areas, often far before their societal counterparts get there - because the music comes first! And today? In this streaming world, kids have access to entire catalogs across all genres. The new market isn’t thinking in terms limited by old stereotypes.

Attitudes are changing. Markets are shifting. Our industry needs to represent the artists and audience it serves. And we need to be poised to respond to the emerging needs around us. How do we do that? We start by “holding space” -- making room for diverse voices in our boardrooms and rosters and staffs and peer groups. And then we listen to what those voices are really saying. We amplify those voices so that others who will not normally listen to them can hear them.

This dynamic panel of minorities in today’s music industry will share their challenges, struggles, and triumphs in their journey to the top. You’ll hear why it’s so important to make sure there’s room at the table for everyone. And it’s not just a matter of good ethics -- it’s good business! We need to have these voices to know what our broadest market is thinking, and for that, representation matters.

But this won’t just be lip service to the topic: we’ll share real, concrete approaches that we can all use to pave the way to a brighter, more unified, future in today’s exciting and beautiful diverse world.

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Matt Yazge

VP, Head of Brand Sponsorship, Nielsen Music
Matt Yazge leads the Brand Sponsorship team at Nielsen Music. Throughout his career at Nielsen, Yazge has helped leaders in global entertainment and partnership marketing with their music, film, fashion, and lifestyle marketing strategies. In his current role, he helps brands activate... Read More →

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Rochelle Holguin

VP of Creative Music Strategy, Viacom
Rochelle Holguin is VP of Creative Music Strategy for Viacom, a film and television media company whose brands include MTV, VH1, BET, Logo, CMT, and Whosay. Holguin oversees music supervision for content creators across programming, marketing, and digital, as well as supervising the... Read More →
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Sumiko Sprinkle

Founder, song911.com
Sumiko Sprinkle is the Founder of song911.com, a music industry oriented consulting firm that bridges the gap between the creative and the analytical. She listens for independent publisher Steve Bloch (Demoliton) on Music Row in Nashville. Sprinkle also curates music for the National... Read More →
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Phil Thornton

Senior Vice President & General Manager, RCA Inspiration
Phil Thornton is SVP & GM of RCA Inspiration, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, where he works with a wide range of inspirational artists including Kirk Franklin, Travis Greene, Marvin Sapp and Donnie McClurkin. The label, which was named 2017’s top Gospel label by Billboard... Read More →

Monday May 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
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