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KCRW PRESENTS AMP MUSIC SUMMIT SUMMER 2020

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We’re looking for new heroes. Now is the time to celebrate heroic qualities of artists, executives and thought leaders from music, storytelling, technology, law, and culture. We are here to recognize these qualities and amplify their impact. We invite you to gather with us tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at KCRW Presents AMP Music Summit Summer 2020 to share in these stories about the culture-shifting changes inspired by COVID and the powerful movement towards racial justice, diversity and inclusion.
In our space, we’ll spotlight the people who are becoming our heroes and share our unedited conversations with them, and we invite you to join us and participate. We’ll make mistakes in the moment and connect in truth. 100% original source material – no deep-fakes, no spin.
This is where we’re heading and we hope you’ll join us as we turn the page into the future of culture, community and collaboration. We’re excited for you to meet our new heroes and hear their stories that are creative, inspirational and highlight opportunity in the face of COVID-19 and racial justice.
Speakers Schedule
Confirmed Speakers
Matt Adell, CEO, Co-Founder, OnNow.TV
Jai Al-Attas, Co-founder, Creative Futures
Katie Bain, Director, Billboard Dance
Tommy Battle, Mayor, Huntsville, Alabama
Yahniie Bridges, Co-founder, Creative Futures
Dave Brooks, Billboard’s Senior Correspondent Live + Touring
Chuck Brown, Co-creator Bitter Root
Anthony Crouts, Tencent Games Sr. Director of Marketing
Ryan Devlin, founder of This Saves Lives
Sanford Greene, Co-creator Bitter Root
Joe Hadley, Agent, CAA
Ashley Iaconetti Haibon & Jared Haibon, Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise
Shari Holly, Partner/Director of Operations, Pipelines
Prescott McCarthy, Artist
Tobi Parks, Founder Station 1 Records + xBk
Laura Cathcart Robbins, Journalist & Host, “The Only One in the Room” podcast
Amy Malin, Founder, Trueheart
An Ruda, Partner, Bartko, Zankel, Bunzel & Miller
John Santoro, Owner/Operator, Ritz Ybor, Sunset Music Festival, Sunset Events
Celese Sanders, Founder & Executive Director, Encore Opera Huntsville
Shain Shapiro, PhD, Founder & CEO, Sound Diplomacy
Dr. Lester Shaw, Founder & Executive Director, A Pocketful of Hope
David Walker, Co-creator Bitter Root
Leslie Zigel, Partner, Chair of Entertainment, Media & Technology Group, Greenspoon Marder
SCHEDULE:
12:00 PM EDT
Welcome & Opening Remarks, A talk by Josh Levine and Simon Rust Lamb, esq
Rebel Industries / “Rebel Radio”podcast and Curiosity Preservation Society
Reserve your spot here.
AMP Music Summit is a place where we can join in important conversations with people across perspectives, time zones, and platforms. For us, these important conversations are about culture, music, art, technology and forces bigger than any individual – most recently, the forces of COVID-19 and systemic racism. AMP is our livestreamed video documentary of life today—a magazine with interactive pages created and colored with emerging communication technologies.
12:30 PM EDT
Blood, Sweat & Vision: Building Creative Community in Des Moines and Tulsa
A talk by Tobi ParksSimon Rust Lamb, esq and Dr. Lester Shaw
xBk, Curiosity Preservation Society and A Pocket Full Of Hope
Reserve your spot here.
As major cities become COVID Restricted Zones, smaller cities offer new possibilities and cheaper start-up costs for creative endeavors. AMP co-founder Simon Rust Lamb will host a conversation with creative bad-ass and lawyer Tobi Parks and the visionary Dr. Lester Shaw. Tobi left Brooklyn for Des Moines to build xBk, a creative arts venue, and to start Station 1 Records. Dr. Lester Shaw’s Tulsa-based A Pocketful of Hope non-profit acquired the derelict Big 10 Ballroom, a staple venue on the Chitlin Circuit in the 50s and 60s. Since 2007, he’s been working to restore this landmark and bring it back to life as a cultural and community center in time for next year’s centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.
1:00 PM EDT
Get Up, Stand Up: Non-Profit Missions, Brand Messages & the Power of Celebrity
A talk by Anthony CroutsRyan DevlinJared HaibonAshley Iaconetti Haibon and Amy Malin
Tencent Games North America, This Saves Lives, “I Suck At Dating” podcast, “I Don’t Get it” podcast and Trueheart
Reserve your spot here.
Both our past and present demand change on many levels. Non-profits often lead the way with social and systemic change but often struggle with insufficient resources to accomplish their missions. Amy Malin, founder of creative agency Trueheart, concocts collaboration between brands, celebrities, and non-profits to amplify messages and missions. She will walk us through case studies with Ryan Devlin, founder of This Saves Lives, Anthony Crouts, Tencent Games Sr. Director of Marketing, and Ashley Iaconetti Haibon & Jared Haibon — Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise.
2:00 PM EDT
Festival Dreams Transforming Real World Tiny Towns a.k.a. Making Magic from Nothing in the Middle of Nowhere
A talk by Prescott McCarthy and Simon Rust Lamb, esq
Artist / Designer and Curiosity Preservation Society
Reserve your spot here.
We’ll also meet artist Prescott McCarthy, who got his start building large-scale art installations at music festivals like Electric Forest…and now he’s taking everything he learned to start real-world art-driven communities in tiny towns in wide open spaces like Landers, California and Richfield, Utah. He is rebuilding derelict buildings with an eye towards nothing short of total transformation for the architecture and the people who come to visit.
3:00 PM EDT
Florida First: The Calculus of When, How and What to Do in Re-Opening During COVID
A talk by An RudaJohn Santoro and Leslie Zigel
Bartko Zankel Bunzel & Miller, Sunset Events, Sunset Music Presents, and The Ritz Ybor and Chair of Entertainment, Media & Technology Group, Greenspoon Marder
Reserve your spot here.
We’re all looking forward to re-opening our public spaces so we’re traveling to a conversation about Florida, who has taken an aggressive stance in re-opening. We’ll dive into the calculus of re-opening with labor law expert An Ruda in conversation with leading Miami entertainment lawyer Leslie Zigel and John Santoro, owner and operator of Tampa’s Ritz Ybor nightclub, Sunset Events and Sunset Music Festival.
3:30 PM EDT
Break the Chains: How Creative Futures is Unearthing the Next Generation of Leaders
A talk by Jai Al-AttasYahnnie BridgesFrancine Owolabi and Joshua Thornberry
Creative Futures Collective, Creative Futures Collective, Associate Content Producer and
Reserve your spot here.
Creating access to opportunity is a key component of breaking cycles of systemic inequality. We’re spotlighting Creative Futures co-founders Jai Al-Attas and Yahniie Bridges. They will host an interactive workshop with two program fellows to explore how companies can break the cycle of systemic inequality by providing opportunities to talent from underserved communities, particularly those who were formerly incarcerated.
4:30 PM EDT
Building a Music Beacon: Huntsville, Alabama’s Quest to Become a Music City
A talk by Katie BainMayor Tommy Battle Jr.Celese Sanders and Shain Shapiro PhD.
Billboard Dance, Mayor of Huntsville, AL, Encore Opera Huntsville and Sound Diplomacy
Reserve your spot here.
Music can also be a force for creative and economic change. It might just be time to move to Huntsville. Billboard Dance Director Katie Bain will talk with Huntsville, Alabama Mayor Tommy Battle, Sound Diplomacy’s Founder & CEO Shain Shapiro, PhD., and Celese Sanders, Executive Director, Encore Opera about why Huntsville has decided to pursue growing its music economy and community and how they are going about the process.
5:00 PM EDT
Race, Allyship & the Complexities of Speaking Truth in Public
A talk by Laura Cathcart Robbins and Josh Levine
“The Only One In The Room” podcast and Rebel Industries / “Rebel Radio”podcast
Reserve your spot here.
AMP Music Summit co-founder Josh Levine will talk with Laura Cathcart Robbins about race, allyship, and the risks and rewards of what it means to step into the public eye. Laura’s the host of the popular podcast The Only One In the Room and an outspoken blogger whose Huffington Post articles include “White Women, I’m Glad You’re Showing Up. But I’m Not Sure I Trust You Just Yet” and “13 Microaggressions Black People Deal With All The Time.” 
5:00 PM EDT
Founder’s Corner: Emerging start-up leaders share the challenges of starting up in COVID
A talk by Matt AdellChris GalvinShari Holly and Zoë Rogers
OnNow.tv, Submix, Inc., Pipelines and Ration
Reserve your spot here.
We’re also inviting a few founders to come share their visions for their new companies, including former Beatport CEO Matt Adell pitching his new guide to the flood of livestreams — On.Now.TV.
6:00 PM EDT
Monsters, Storytelling and Unpleasant Truths: The Fertile Soil of Bitter Root
A talk by Chuck BrownSanford GreeneSimon Rust Lamb, esq and David Walker
Bitter Root, Bitter Root, Curiosity Preservation Society and Bitter Root
Reserve your spot here.
The Tulsa Race Massacre’s history and its impact on the present demands attention, even if many of us only learned about it for the first time through HBO’s The Watchmen. That’s why AMP will feature a conversation with highly accomplished comic book writers Chuck Brown, David Walker, and Sanford Greene, co-creators of the Eisner Award-nominated comic series Bitter Root, to discuss how they took inspiration from the massacre but tell a different story. Spoiler alert – there are monsters and Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler already signed on to produce the movie. We’re going to discuss the importance of using fiction and stories to both popularize unpleasant truths.
7:00 PM EDT
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
A talk by Josh Levine and Simon Rust Lamb, esq
Rebel Industries / “Rebel Radio”podcast and Curiosity Preservation Society
Reserve your spot here.
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