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Tim Sweeney

Besides the fact that you have seen mentions and detailed write-ups in hundreds of articles while being the most talked about man in interviews with artists (whom you may call your influences), it may not be completely clear to you who Tim Sweeney is and what services his company (Tim Sweeney and Associates) offers independent and major label developing artists like yourself.

To put it simply, Tim Sweeney is an independent music consultant. He is one of the music industry’s most highly sought after experts in the areas of artist development, radio promotion, record distribution, retail marketing and publicity. He has helped dozens of record labels both major (Columbia, Epic, MCA, Revolution, Hollywood, Capitol, Mercury, Polygram, Warner and their sub-labels) and independent (Restless, Skunk, Screaming Goddess, amonst others) develop some of their most promising and successful artists of all time. In fact, Tim has personally worked with and developed the careers of 1,300 artists and groups to date.

Tim’s 16 year career in the music industry spans from his days as an artist himself, to almost every position at a major label to becoming the President of a successful management company, to becoming the author of one of the best selling books regarding the music industry today: Tim Sweeney’s Guide To Releasing Independant Records. In 1997, Tim surprised the music industry by conducting over 60 free music business workshops across the country at his own expense. His goal was to re-educate as many independent artists and musicians as he could in all the regions. In the countless weeks of touring, Tim accomplished his goal of presenting the recent changes and developments of the industry and how the independent artists could personally benefit from them, to audiences totaling well over 10,000 people. His extensive touring “cemented” the labeling of him as the “Father of the Independent Music Movement” by industry professionals, press and record labels across the country.

Tim’s impact on the music industry was so evident in 1997 that the national publication, The Musician’s Trade Journal, not only featured Tim Sweeney on the cover of their December/January issue, they presented him with the award of, “The Hardest Working Man In The Music Industry.”

Today, in addition to being the President/CEO of TSA and the artist development consultant to thousands of independent artists, he is the private consultant to some of the industry’s leading Presidents and CEOs. They value his creative abilities to develop their artists and companies using new techniques and strategies to make them profitable. 

Todd Brabec

Todd Brabec, former Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Membership for ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors andPublishers), is the co-author (with his brother Jeff, Vice President of Business Affairs for Chrysalis Music Group) of the best selling music business book Music Money and Success: the Insiders Guide to Making Money in the Music Business (7th edition/Schirmer TradeBooks/559 pages). He is an Entertainment Law attorney, a music licensing, royalty and business management consultant, an Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music where he teaches the course on music publishing, music licensing and film, television and videogame scoring and song contracts, a guest lecturer teaching the music publishing/licensing course for Berklee College of Music and is a Governing Committee Member as well as formerMusic and Budget Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries.During his long career at ASCAP, he was responsible for all membership operations, policies, personnel, offices, songwriter, composer and musicpublisher signings and dealings, advances, loans and other financial transactions, foreign society dealings and competitive systems and payments analysis and implementation resulting in ASCAP’s annual income increasing from 60 million dollars to 995 million dollars, a market share increase from a 20% share to market share dominance in radio, television (both broadcast and cable) and top grossing feature films . He was also responsible for significantly changing ASCAP’s Distribution/Payment systems and was able to eliminate most provisions, policies and payment formulas which were not in the best interests of songwriters, composers and music publishers.

He has over 400 articles published and lectures extensively on all aspects of the business, legal and money side of music at colleges and universities, state and national bar associations, conventions, conferences, seminars, law firms, management firms, songwriter associations, business and law schools, ad agencies, technology companies and performing right organizations both in the U.S. as well as in foreign countries.

Tom Hutchison

Prof. of Marketing, Department of Recording Industry at MTSU. He has worked with a wide range of popular artists including Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks, Sonic Youth and Beck. Tom has conducted market research projects for Sony, MCA/Universal, DreamWorks and Warner Music Group.

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Tom Jackson

tom-jacksonTom Jackson, world renowned Live Music Producer, author of the book Tom Jackson’s Live Music Method and the All Roads Lead to the Stage DVD series, is a master at transforming an artist’s live show into a magical experience for the audience!He has worked with hundreds of artists in nearly every genre, including major artists like Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Jars of Clay, and others, along with countless indie artists and bands, giving them a foundation and direction to define their unique voice and style to showcase their talent.As a highly demanded speaker, Tom shares his expertise at music conferences and events around the world – from North America to Europe to Down Under – impacting tens of thousands of artists every year. Tom has been guest speaker and on panels at New Music Seminar, Canadian Music Week, Hillsong-Australia, CMJ, and more, as well as major music schools such as Berklee, University of Miami, and Anderson University.

Tom Kolb

Tom began playing guitar at the tender age of 11, soon thereafter forming his own band, The King’s III, which played school dances and parties around his hometown of Dublin, California. (In his teen years, Tom’s bands competed with Dennis Jones’s bands for local gigs. Jones bio)

Tom has been a professional musician his entire adult life, playing guitar in his own groups (The Gurus, Shiner, and the Flamingos) as well as for other artists (Edgar Winter, Mark Lindsay, Mitch Ryder, and many others). A veteran of over 6,000 live performances and recording sessions world wide, he has found himself in just about every musical situation imaginable.

Tom also enjoys a teacher/author career. An instructor at the world famous Musicians Institute (formerly G.I.T.) since 1989, he is also the author of several popular guitar instructional books, and countless magazine articles. Currently, he writes a monthly column titled “Soloing Strategies” in Guitar World magazine. Tom is also the featured artist in a wide variety of guitar instructional videos both in DVD form and downloadable on the web. CLICK HERE to see them.

Having been a Beatles fan since their Ed Sullivan debut, Tom is very excited to be playing with Sgt. Pepper—recreating their music, and honoring their influence. “The Beatles have been my heroes since before I picked up the guitar. One of the first solos I ever learned was ‘Day Tripper,’ and to this day it’s still just as much fun to play as it was when I was a flailing young guitarist,” Kolb explained.

Kolb plays a Gibson Les Paul, a Gretsch Country Classic, and a Schecter 12-string guitar, along with an assortment of effects pedals and a Groove Tubes Soul-o 75 amplifier, to approximate the broad spectrum of Beatle guitar textures.

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Tomlinson Holman

Tomlinson Holman is President of TMH Corporation and one of the prominent figures in audio today. He is widely known for his development of new products and processes in the field of audio and video, including the THX Sound System, Home THX (with his patents licensed to more than 45 companies), and the THX Digital Mastering program developed while he was Corporate Technical Director at Lucasfilm, Ltd. He has won career achievement awards from CAS and the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association. Mr. Holman is a Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, the British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He is Co-Chairman of the Audio Engineering Society Task Force on High-Capacity Audio.

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Vince Corozine

Vince’s passion to compose, direct, arrange and play music drives his dynamic and energetic spirit-all of which is evident in his accomplishments within the music industry. His creative abilities abound as he explores new and personal vistas.

By sharing his expertise, Vince provides a role model for the novice musician and the seasoned professional; casual listener and the jazz aficionado; to the movie and Broadway musical buff and the symphony maven.

His one of a kind textbook “Arranging Music for the Real World”, a must have for music arrangers, encourages the necessity for strong theory coupled with his innovative technical applications.

Believing that music, the universal language, brings cultures together, Vince accepted the challenge and honor to direct the Kunming Symphony Orchestra, China, where he earned world recognition at the International Festival of the Arts.

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William F. Hammett

William F. Hammett P.E. is President of Hammett and Edison Inc. in San Francisco, California, an engineering firm whose specialties include the mitigation of RF exposure conditions. He previously worked in the Corporate Engineering Department of Standard Oil of California, and also at Dean Witter Reynolds in San Francisco. Mr. Hammett has spoken on RF exposure at annual meetings of The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has contributed chapters on this topic to the NAB Engineering Handbook, Eigth Edition, and The Electronics Handbook, and testifies frequently before local government agencies.

William Westney

William Westney holds the B.A. from Queens College (N.Y.) and a performance doctorate from the Yale School of Music, all with highest academic distinctions. He studied in Italy under a Fulbright grant. Performing credentials include top piano prize in the Geneva International Competition, top prize (and only American winner) in Radiotelevisione Italiana auditions, recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center, in London, in Denmark, Taiwan and Korea, throughout Italy on a U.S. State Department tour, and on NPR’s “Performance Today”, appearances as concerto soloist with such orchestras as Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and solo recordings for Musical Heritage Society and CRI. The CRI recording, the first ever of music by futurist Leo Ornstein, was cited by Newsweek magazine as one of the “Ten Best American-Music Recordings” of the year.

Westney’s educational ideas continue to have a refreshing, invigorating impact on the musical world. Widely in demand as a workshop leader (the trailblazing “Un-Master Class”), interdisciplinary lecturer, writer, and private consultant, he was awarded the prized Certificate of Merit from the Yale School of Music Alumni Association for his innovative work as an artist/teacher. He has also received three special teaching honors at Texas Tech University – most recently the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award – where he is a Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Piano and the Browning Artist-in-Residence. The “Un-Master Class” was the subject of a featured NEW YORK TIMES article (1997), and has been held at such prominent centers as the Aspen School, Beijing Central Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Kennedy Center, Royal Conservatory (Toronto), Cleveland Institute, Tanglewood Institute, Royal College of Music (London), Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst (Vienna), and the Juilliard School.

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The internationally renowned rock star, Zoro, is the true definition of the man who marches to the beat of a different drum. Having toured with the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Frankie Valli as well as the Four Seasons and New Edition Zoro is considered one of the world’s most respected drummers. Continue reading

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