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April 21, 2016

Time: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm

Publishing A&R In 2016

The success of every artist begins with the song. So in the new music business driven by technology, marketing/brands, streaming and trying to be heard above the noise, how has the art of A&R, co-writing and song plugging been affected?  Join us for an insightful discussion on how publishers of various sizes are dealing with the worldwide need for new songs for artists of all types and genres.


Ashley Calhoun
Creative Director, Pulse Music Group

Patrick Conseil
Senior VP Creative & International, Round Hill Music

Gabi Kochlani
Creative Director, Bump Into Genius Music 

Tuff Morgan
Director of A&R Pop/Urban, peermusic


Michael Eames
President, PEN Music Group, Inc. / AIMP President

AIMP Panel

Place: View Map
Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 North La Cienega Blvd. (near Wilshire)
Beverly Hills, CA 90210


From left, Gabi Kochlani/Bump Into Genius Music, Michael Eames/PEN Music Group & AIMP President, Ashley Calhoun/Pulse Music Group, Tuff Morgan/peermusic and Patrick Conseil/Round Hill Music.

Photos by Liz Redwing, courtesy of Lawry's The Prime Rib. 

Additional Speaker Information

Ashley Calhoun was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She moved to Los Angeles in the fall of 2009 to study audio engineering at The Los Angeles Recording School. While in school, she began managing producers and interned for Vagrant Records, music manager Lex Borrero, and DJ Skee. After graduating, Calhoun landed a job as Assistant for Cash Money Records Head of A&R, Joshua Berkman. Always interested in music publishing, she transitioned into publishing in late 2011, joining Rondor Music International as Creative Manager. During her tenure at Rondor, Calhoun worked with a wide variety of songwriters spanning music of all genres, including Prince Charlez, Sonny Digital, Niykee Heaton, Rahki, The D.O.C., and Metro Boomin, to name a few. In the summer of 2015, Calhoun joined Pulse Music Publishing as Creative Director, where she signed Starrah, Verse Simmonds, and Drew Love (of THEY.), and oversees other writers such as D.R.A.M., Pell, Goldlink, and Matoma. She also manages multi-Grammy Award winning producer, Rahki.

Patrick Conseil joined Round Hill Music in the position of Sr. VP of Creative and International. He is based in L.A. but frequently visits Nashville and reports to president Neil Gillis in New York. In addition to his first signing to RHM, L.A.-based Danish hit writer/producer Rune Westberg, Conseil works closely with Jeffery David, Charlie Midnight, Lindsey Lee, Marti Frederiksen and Bosshouse, as well as new Round Hill signings Schmarx and Savvy and Jimmy Robbins. For the last five years, Conseil ran his own publishing company, Pure Pop Music, working with indie artist Marc Von Em, producers The French Guys and songwriter Todd Wright. Prior to that, Conseil spent four years in Miami as creative for Latin publisher Eman, securing releases with Luis Fonsi, Ricky Martin, Reik and Ednita Nazario, among others, and was brought in as A&R consultant on Florent Pagny’s first Spanish language record in 2008, which was certified 3x platinum in France. At the same time, he was also a creative consultant for both Reservoir Media and Round Hill Music. He brought songwriter Phil Bentley to Reservoir, as well as Reverb Music UK, which the company acquired in 2012. He recently signed hit writer/producer Rune Westberg to Round Hill, and brought them the Bob DiPiero catalogue, a recent purchase. From early 1991 to early 2003, Conseil held the position of VP of A&R – International at Warner Chappell in New York. Some of his signings there included Moby, Swedish production team Epicenter, Roger Sanchez and Cossgrove and Clark, who co-wrote the hit “Crush’’ for Jennifer Paige in 1998. Conseil started his career in the music industry as an A&R manager for A&M Records U.K. and is credited for signing Austrian pop star Falco, who scored worldwide hits with “Der Kommissar” and “Rock Me Amadeus.”

Gabi Kochlani, a Los Angeles native, has been hands deep in the music scene for over 15 years. Beginning as an intern at Elektra/Warner Records, she worked in the A&R department with artists such as Bjork, Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. Following Elektra, she began working at top management companies, 3 years at SMB Management with multi-platinum writer/producer John Feldmann, along with his band Goldfinger, followed by 5 years at Management Network handling the day-to-day duties for the legendary group Crosby, Stills & Nash. With her love of Top 40 and Pop music, she then branched with her own management and consulting company- GK Entertainment -managing mulit-platinum producer/mixer/engineer Tone (Green Day, Santana) and Bug Music singer/songwriter Lindsey Ray. With the success of her own company, Gabi was offered a position at New Heights/Anders Music managing Adam Anders', Executive Music Producer for hit TV show GLEE, publishing company and record label. She spent the following couple years signing, developing, and managing talent for Anders Music, which then lead to a position as A&R at EMI Music Publishing. At EMI, Gabi signed multi-platinum songwriter/producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz) and managed 20 EMI songwriters. Now, as Creative Director for Bump Into Genius Music, an independent publishing company with a worldwide administration partnership with Warner/Chappell, Gabi oversees the careers of songwriters Ben Burgess, Zac Poor, Caitlin Cosby, Stephen Rezza & Natalie Hawkins. She also currently manages multi-platinum songwriter Sheppard Solomon.

Tuff Morgan is powerhouse urban/pop music industry insider and professional with over 15 years of major label and artist development experience, including artist/producer management, writing/production, publishing, music supervision and A&R. During his college years Tuff landed a record deal with KRS1-One and Capitol Records in 1996. After receiving a Gold album with Capitol and later doing an indie record with Queen Latifah and Flava Unit, he moved to the West Coast and started managing well-known producer Mike City. As a manager and co-writer, he began working and writing/producing for various artists including Dr. Dre, Method Man, The Game, Busta Rhymes and Rhianna. He soon started developing and managing artists and doing A&R for Jheryl Busby (Umbrella Records) and Bryan Turner (formerly Priority Records). Tuff secured an imprint deal with Def Jam and Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music and also signed as a writer and joint venture owner with Peermusic the same year. Now Director of Pop & Urban at Peermusic, Tuff will oversee joint ventures and acts across Peermusic such as Salaam Remi, 1500 or Nothin', Dead Sara, Family of the Year and The Audibles.

Michael Eames is President of PEN Music Group, Inc. Founded in April 1994, PEN is a full-service independent music publishing company with a worldwide presence who is celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2015. PEN offers efficiency and personal attention as a boutique company. With PEN’s A-list music contacts in film, TV and advertising, and a success rate that continues to grow (with 100+ placements each year), it is an effective alternative to the large multinational publishing companies. Eames and PEN proudly represent the catalogues of writer/artists as diverse as: JOHN FARRAR (legendary producer of Olivia Newton-John who wrote many of her biggest hits); DON FELDER (formerly of The Eagles who co-wrote the classic copyright “Hotel California”); Oscar®-winner DONNY MARKOWITZ (including the smash hit "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life" from DIRTY DANCING); OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN herself; Grammy®-nominated artist/producer WENDY WALDMAN (who co-wrote “Save The Best For Last”); Emmy®- nominated lyricist AMY POWERS; GINA SCHOCK of the Go-Gos; the estates of late composers EARLE HAGEN and ALLYN FERGUSON who between them co-wrote classic TV themes such as The Andy Griffith Show, Barney Miller (and its spinoff Fish), Mod Squad, I Spy , Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and The Dick Van Dyke Show, and many others. PEN is also well known for supporting and developing indie buzz artists such as Kimberly Cole and ShyBoy (both of whom have over 1 million followers on Twitter), as well as many other up-and-coming artists and writers. PEN has also recently begun to represent the videogame scores owned by Zenimax Media which include the Elder Scrolls franchise. PEN’s songs have been recorded by artists including The Black Eyed Peas, Celine Dion, the cast of GLEE, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Cazzette, kd lang, Santana, Christina Aguilera, Corinne Bailey Rae, Faith Hill, Paulina Rubio, Macy Gray, Kenny Rogers and Luther Vandross, among countless others. In the current climate of change in the music business, PEN has also partnered with various independent labels such as Oglio Records and Cheap Lullaby Records to leverage collective strengths. PEN has similarly been entering into joint ventures with respected music executives who start their own companies, most notably Eddie Gomez (formerly of Bug Music) who launched his Little Brother Music in 2012 and Lynn Grossman whose Secret Road Music Services manages Ingrid Michaelson and is a very successful company licensing music to film/TV/ads.

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