Last week Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) announced the return of the annual GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT. A two-day boutique conference taking place once again at the renowned Roundhead Studios in Auckland on Friday 30th August and Saturday 31st August.
The two-day GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is a gateway for any local artist, manager, publicist, A&R, producer, music writer, record label and venue manager to connect with, question and hear ideas from some of the international music industry's most relevant and forward-thinking superstars. IMNZ is bringing to New Zealand; international booking agents, synch licensors, international media, PR experts, artist managers with international experience and those working for the fast-moving live and digital music platforms.
Amongst the first round of speakers to be announced is Bekah Zietz Flynn of Sub Pop Records out of Seattle. "I’m extremely excited and honoured to attend this year's Going Global Conference. Sub Pop has a long history of working closely with the music community in New Zealand (Flight of the Conchords, Dead C, The Ruby Suns, The Brunettes) and I’m ecstatic to have the opportunity to further these relationships first hand and see some awesome live shows."
The 2019 GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT is thrilled to announce the following representatives and experts in their fields of music A&R, booking, licensing, managing, marketing, promoting and publishing as the first of many international speakers attending the summit:
BEKAH ZIETZ FLYNN (Seattle, United States)
Sub Pop Records - Publicity, International Promotions and A&R
Bekah handles national and regional press campaigns for Sub Pop's roster of artists and oversees international promotions for the label in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Israel. She moved to Seattle in the fall of 2004 where she worked part-time in the Radio Department of Sub Pop as well as holding additional jobs as the office manager of Chop Suey and assistant to the NW rep for ADA Distribution. From 2005-2010, Bekah was the Label Manager of Suicide Squeeze Records, until returning to Sub Pop in 2010.
JOHN HALPERIN (Los Angeles, United States)
The Glass House - Talent Buyer
Jon Halperin has been buying music talent for 20 years. From 2000-2006, he shaped Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA (booking The Mars Volta, Death Cab for Cutie, Fall Out Boy, & Maroon 5). Since 2006, Jon has been booking The Glass House - Pomona, CA (booking Weezer, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jesus and Marychain, Refused, 2 Chainz, & Mac Miller). Jon books Music Tastes Good - Long Beach, House of Creatives - Miami, Isle of Light in the Dominican Republic, & Gridlife in 3 US cities. In 2017, Jon produced a live Bob's Burgers music show in LA. Jon also worked for Coachella Festival (2001-2016), First City, All Tomorrow's Parties (US & UK), Warped Tour, & Hootenanny.
KIRAN PATEL (UK)
Head of Sync, A&G Sync,
Kiran heads up the creative team at A&G Sync, an award-winning, international sync agent. A&G seek high profile, global sync deals on behalf of a broad range of clients including independent labels (Dirty Hit, Bitbird, I Oh You, Ivy League) and management companies (Rocket Mgmt, First Access, SB Mgmt) from their offices at Tileyard Studios, London. Recent credits include work for Toyota, Google and Samsung; shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Grey's Anatomy + Hanna; trailer spots for Netflix, HBO, Universal, Warner Bros + Paramount Pictures, as well as contributing to Playstation's God of War + Netflix's The Last Kingdom with A&G artist Eivør.
MIKE SNIPER (Brooklyn, United States)
Captured Tracks - Founder/CEO
Mike Sniper is the founder and CEO of Captured Tracks, Sinderlyn and Omnian Music Group. Via these brands, his labels were the first to release Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Homeshake, Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and many other successful artists. He's been featured as an expert in various documentaries, panels and podcasts as well as being an advocate for independent labels, artist-label and label-distribution relationships. Sniper is also a music archivist, working on various catalogue reissues, books and compilations as well as being the owner of a brick-and-mortar record store.
PAUL BRINDLEY (NZ KEYNOTE, London, UK)
Music Ally, CEO & Co-Founder
Paul Brindley is Co-founder and CEO of Music Ally. Paul has a background as a musician, having played bass guitar with The Sundays, an indie band who sold over two million albums worldwide. He has also worked in the private office of Rt Hon Tony Blair. After co-founding Music Ally in 2002, the company has gone on to become a world-leading knowledge company for the modern-day music industry. Music Ally publishes a subscription business information service and offers a range of other services including digital marketing training and implementation, research and events to the global music business.
The two-day conference culminates on Saturday night at three of Auckland's most vibrant music venues; Wine Cellar, Backroom and Whammy! Bar. A handpicked New Zealand music festival experience will showcase New Zealand's next big thing to fans, industry, and international tastemakers.