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Young industry voices today are proving that age does not always equal authority and that the next generation is not necessarily next – it’s now! The first #NEXTGEN_NOW Virtual Summit will bring together young music business professionals to discuss personal & professional development, perseverance, entrepreneurship, and how their new innovative ideas are influencing, impacting & transforming our industry.

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3 – 3:10 PM


  • Rosa Asciolla; Head of North America, Artist & Label Partnerships; Spotify
  • Nick Maiale; Director of Events, Marketing & Partnerships; Music Business Association


3:10 – 3:55 PM
Keynote: Patience & Perseverance

Recently named to both Billboard’s 2020 Impact list and Variety’s 2019 Hitmakers list, Justin Lubliner started The Darkroom in 2014 and has since signed and developed GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum sensation Billie Eilish and Electronic festival headliner Gryffin. In his opening #NEXTGEN_NOW keynote, Lubliner will discuss who and what inspired him as he plotted the beginning of his career, his unique path to success in establishing The Darkroom and partnerships with Interscope Records, and the growing influence of young executives in the music business.


  • Justin Lubliner, Founder & CEO, The Darkroom


  • Nick Maiale, Director of Events, Marketing & Partnerships, Music Business Association


4 – 4:50 PM
Let’s Talk Side Hustles, Salaries, COVID Career Pivots + More

In this session, we’ll talk about the things we’re sometimes sensitive to get into as young professionals. How do we start a side hustle? What side hustles exist? Should we be honest with our employer about it? How do you respectfully negotiate a salary or ask for a raise? Finally – and maybe most importantly – how do we successfully make a career pivot? Sometimes we aren’t personally or  professionally satisfied, and sometimes unforeseen circumstances hit – it’s just important to know that either way, there IS a way.


  • Cherie Hu, Owner, Water & Music


  • Charlene Bryant, Founder, Riveter Management
  • Evangeline Elder, CEO & Co-founder, Women Sound Off; Partnerships, EMPIRE
  • Chris Martignago, Director A&R and Research, Atlantic Records
  • Grace Segundo, Artist Manager & Digital Consultant


5 – 6 PM

Attendees will have the opportunity to attend one of the three professional development conversations below:

1) Starting Up: Be Your Own Boss
Want to be the CEO of your newly created company but not sure where to start? Join these company founders for a very candid conversation about what to expect when building and leading your own company from the ground up.


  • Channing Moreland, Co-CEO & Head of Strategic Partnerships, eva
  • Tommy Stalknecht, CEO, Single


2) Taking On Side Hustles The Right & Respectful Way
Sometimes side hustles are absolutely necessary to stay financially stable, but sometimes they can be seen as a threat to your current employer. They also can be an asset for your professional development. In this intimate discussion, we’ll tackle the tough topic from the previous panel and walk through how to come to a happy medium.


  • Jordan Moran, Director, Digital Marketing, Primary Wave
  • Ana Maldonado, Marketing Coordinator, Columbia Records; A&R, Bizness Boi Music Group; Manager, Pa’ Delante Management


3) Mental Health + Wellness Workshop 


  • Val Braaten, Music Supervisor, Peloton
  • Kendall Toole, Instructor, Peloton
  • Maria Gironas, Director Digital Platform Strategy, Q&A
  • Kate McLaughlin, Management, Bishop Briggs
  • Kiana Fitzgerald, Music Journalist and Cultural Critic
Event Details
07. 28. 2020
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Music Business Association