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Wednesday, May 8 • 4:00pm - 4:50pm
The Activist Artist: Pros and Cons of Artist Involvement in Social Causes

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Politics, education, human rights, gun control… when should artists use their platforms for topics other than their art? Will tackling controversial subjects increase brand loyalty or alienate fans? As part of any career strategy, artist managers must be prepared to advise clients about best practices in getting involved in social and political causes. In this panel, we’ll discuss case studies of artists and brands who have taken a stand on current issues, and how to help successfully tie your artist’s beliefs into positive action.

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Jackie Otero

Program Director- Music Business Degrees, Full Sail University
Jackie Otero is the Program Director of the Entertainment Business & Music Business Bachelor of Science Programs at Full Sail University. Otero previously working in artist management, supporting artists such as Aimee Mann, Marc Cohn, Suzanne Vega, Ian Axel of A Great Big World, Clap... Read More →

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Matt Maher

Co-Founder and Partner, Activist Artists Management
Matt Maher is a Co-Founding Partner of Activist Artists Management, a top-tier, full-service music and talent management, integrated media, and advisory firm with offices in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and Atlanta. Maher currently oversees the careers of artists such as Ben... Read More →
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Gaines Sturdivant

Artist Manager, Red Light Management
Gaines Sturdivant is an artist manager located in Red Light Management’s Nashville offices, where he handles touring strategy for Martina McBride and co-manages Craig Morgan, Dustin Lynch and Drake White. Sturdivant formally entered the field of artist management in 2007 handling... Read More →
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Jensen Sussman

President and Publicist, Sweet Talk Publicity
Jensen Sussman, President and Owner of Sweet Talk Publicity, is a public relations executive with more than 10 years of experience developing national campaigns for record labels, music clientele, and luxury beauty brands. Since launching Sweet Talk Publicity in 2008, Sussman has... Read More →
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Dan Wise

Artist Manager, Starstruck Entertainment
Dan Wise is an artist manager at Starstruck Entertainment, where he oversees the career of multi-GRAMMY nominated artist Hunter Hayes. Wise first began his career in the music industry as a sound engineer, and quickly moved into the roll of tour manager 12 years ago, working alongside... Read More →

Wednesday May 8, 2019 4:00pm - 4:50pm CDT
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