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Careers in Music x Tech

February 23, 2016 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Interested in a career in music technology?

Hear firsthand from music tech professionals about the misconceptions of working for a tech company and how to channel your love of music into a career outside of a traditional music company. Featuring a conversation with:

Haley Rosenblum, Music Outreach, Kickstarter

Hayley Rosenblum is Kickstarter’s Music Outreach Lead. She specializes in fan en-gagement and community building via digital media, working with musicians, managers, and record labels to bring innovative ideas to life. To date, Hayley has overseen more than $70 million in pledges to successful Kickstarter projects.

Prior to Kickstarter, Hayley worked with musician and performance artist Amanda Palmer, helping her build fan community and independently release music. She contributed to the release of Palmer’s album Theatre is Evil, which debuted in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, and the New York Times-bestselling book, The Art of Asking. Hayley also hosted Penguins in the Desert, a popular radio show on Binghamton University’s WHRW.

In her spare time, Hayley is a guitar player, an avid concert goer, and a freelance music photographer.

Chad Foster, Content Partnerships at Spotify

Chad A. Foster, current New York City resident hailing from the South Side of Chicago, is an Account Manager at Spotify where he manages relationships with premium video and podcast partners for the company’s new “Shows” initiative. Prior to Spotify, Chad was a Marketing Analyst at American Express OPEN and a Music Analyst at Nielsen Entertainment.

Outside of work, Chad serves as the Co-Regional Coordinator for the Northeast Region of the Jackie Robinson Foundation Alumni Association, the Director of Programs and Partnerships for Minds Behind the Music, and host of his own music destination, “A Closer Listen” (www.closerlisten.com).

Craig Swann, Founder of Looplabs.com

For 20 years, Craig’s passion has been using technology to connect people and music – through innovative, intimate and interactive experiences. In the mid 1990’s Mr. Swann founded the award-winning interactive agency CRASH!MEDIA, and in 2001 developed the internet’s first online music studio, Looplabs.

Millions of people have benefited from Craig’s innovations, including Steve Jobs, who demoed Looplabs for the launch of the Safari Browser at an Apple Keynote. Craig has since become an industry thought leader in the interactive music space; authoring books, speaking internationally, teaching, curating technology events and developing / licensing customized online music experiences for top global brands. These companies include: Microsoft, Sony, Coca-Cola, HP, Vodafone, AOL, Bacardi, Heineken and many others. Currently he is focused on developing new interactive music products and experiences that break down barriers to making music – while connecting the world. Mr. Swann has received special recognition at SxSW and has won the prestigious Webby Award.

Join us on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at Long Island University Brooklyn Campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the moderated discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Admission is on first come basis. Early arrival suggested.