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AIMP PANELS

June 17, 2021

Time: 12:00 p.m. PT

The AIMP Celebrates Black Music Month!

The visionaries and opportunities behind the scenes. 

Within this panel we’ll discuss the history of black music, as well as current individuals who play vital roles behind the scenes of the music industry. 

Please note that this event is free for all attend!

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Panelists

Tuo Clark
SVP A&R, Def Jam Records

Tiffany Kumar
CEO, BEAT HOUSE

Nova Wav
3x Grammy Nominated Record Producer & Songwriting Duo

Young Guru
Engineer, Producer & DJ

Moderators

Mario Prins
VP Creative Services, SESAC & LA Chapter Board Member

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Tuo Clark is the SVP of A&R at Def Jam who has worked with the likes of Big Sean, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, & many more. Currently Tuo oversees very special projects in the urban and rhythmic world as SVP of Def Jam Recordings. Tuo was one of BillBoard’s 40 under 40 top executives in 2017 and is currently on Billboards 2019 R&B/Hip Hop power players list. Tuo recently gained success with Teyana Taylor’s “Gonna Love Me’ record going gold. Teyana was also nominated for two 2019 BET Awards in the Best female R&B/Pop artist & BET HER award category. Tuo also caught steam with newcomer Danileigh by reaching gold status with her “Lil Bebe’ record. His current roster also includes Big Sean, Jeezy, Jeremih, and Desiigner.

While attending NYU, Tiffany Kumar began her career in music when she met Kanye West. She joined his small team while he was recording The College Dropout album. Tiffany went on to become a songwriter and, in 2007, she met Diddy, and he put her on his MTV show 'Making The Band’ to write songs for his artists. After the show, Tiffany signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing. Discovering a passion to build the careers of new writers, Tiffany took a creative executive role as Vice President at Primary Wave Music Publishing. As a company founded on iconic catalogs, Tiffany was responsible for signing and grooming new writers and producers adding titles from Rihanna, Eminem, and Chris Brown to the repertoire. In 2014, Primary Wave sold their catalogs to BMG and created a joint venture for all new signings moving forward. Tiffany went on to run creative for 2101 Songs which was owned by multi-Grammy Award winning producer RedOne. RedOne has produced hits for Lady Gaga, Enrique, and Jlo. In 2015, Ole Publishing acquired copyrights from the roster including hit songs from Ariana Grande, Jlo, and Nicki Minaj. Tiffany then founded BEAT HOUSE, as a place to house her passion for working with songwriters and producers. BEAT HOUSE is an LA-based music agency spanning music publishing, record label, A&R, TV and social justice. BEAT HOUSE works with today’s biggest producers and songwriters, in addition to identifying emerging talent. BEAT HOUSE also works with the Alliance for Safety and Justice, to partner artists, including G-Eazy and Ty Dolla $ign, with their #TimeDone campaign. Prior to establishing BEAT HOUSE, Kumar was Global Head of Songwriter Relations at Spotify, where she launched the hugely successful Secret Genius brand through which she orchestrated and oversaw award shows, global songwriting camps, and the opening of four recording studios.

Nova Wav is an American GRAMMY Award winning record producer and songwriting duo composed of Brittany “Chi” Coney and Denisia “Blu June” Andrews. Over the course of their career, Nova Wav has wrote and produced on tracks and albums for artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Dj Khaled, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani and more. They were signed to Warner Chappell Music by Ryan Press and "Big Jon" Platt. They were named Billboards 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players and listed on Revolt's Top 9 producers of 2019 that demanded the sound of Hip Hop and R&B. In 2014, Nova Wav wrote "Best Mistake" with American recording artist Ariana Grande that features American hip hop recording artist Big Sean and produced by Key WaneIn 2016, Nova Wav teamed up with American singer and songwriter Kehlani to produce and write her lead single "CRZY", which was later released on her studio album SweetSexySavage under Atlantic Records. On February 13, 2019 the record hit over one million copies sold making it Kehlani's first ever Certified Platinum record In 2018, the duo won their first GRAMMY Award for co-writing and producing "LoveHappy" and co-writing "Nice", "Friends", and "Black Effect", on The Carters album Everything Is Love. In 2019, Nova Wav co-wrote the record "Me + You" and "Commitment" for American R&B singer Monica for her ninth studio album, Chapter 38. "Commitment" hit number 1 on Billboard Adult R&B Songs earning Monica her fourth number 1 record in over 10 years.

Young Guru acquired his moniker as a teen when he taught African history classes at a community center. He also used his name when he began working as a DJ while still a teenager. While a student at Howard University, he saw the early development of Bad Boy Records and landed some of his early engineering jobs. He began DJing in Washington DC in 1996, where he met singer/rapper Nonchalant, who had a top 20 single at the time, and became her tour DJ. Young Guru, who had taken piano lessons as a child, used the money he received from the tour to fund a six-month music recording course at Omega Recording Studios in Rockville, Maryland, which had a great impact on him. After Omega, Young Guru engineered Nonchalant's second album, which was never released, but the producer, Chucky Thompson (Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans) recognized the young engineer's potential and invited him to come and work with him in Washington DC. In 1999, Young Guru went independent and moved to New York, where he worked with Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie on his Madd Rapper project and with Memphis Bleek. The latter was signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, which led to Young Guru meeting Jay-Z. Over the years Young Guru has been a major part of several artists' careers in addition to Jay-Z, including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah, Freeway, Cam'ron, Redman & Method Man, Mariah Carey, Pete Rock, Fabolous, Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and T.I. He was the tour DJ for the 'Watch The Throne' world tour featuring Jay-Z and Kanye West, and also for JAY-Z's '4:44' Tour. In April 2015, Young Guru was named the Director Of Operations at 9th Wonder's record label It's a Wonderful World Music Group. In November 2018, Young Guru was credited with mixing the latest Meek Mill album Championships. In 2019, Young Guru won a Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for mixing the album Everything Is Love by The Carters. He has worked with many leading recording artists, most notably Jay-Z, and an April 2015 Wall Street Journal profile called him "the most famous and successful engineer in the history of hip-hop".

Mario Prins serves as Vice President of Creative Services, SESAC, where he has been instrumental in signing and retaining a diverse roster of songwriter and publisher affiliates since 2010. He is based in Los Angeles. Most recently, Mario signed world pop star, Burna Boy; re-signed multi-GRAMMY winning artist Robert Glasper Jr.; Def Jam breakout artist Dani Leigh, who earned a #1 Billboard hit with “Dinero” by Dj Khaled ft. JLO, as well as producer/songwriter Rami Dawood (SESAC’s 2019 Songwriter of the Year). Dawood co-wrote/produced “Never Be The Same” by Camila Cabello, which climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Top 40 & Adult Top 40 charts. Since joining SESAC, Prins has signed rapper/artist YG; multi-platinum producer & Grammy winner, DJ Swish, who works with artists such as YG, Post Malone, G-Eazy, Nipsey Hussle, Dani Leigh, Macklemore, and more. In addition, he works closely with SESAC songwriter/producer/actor Aaron Lamont, who recently co-wrote Chris Brown’s “Heat,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Rhythmic chart. Mario is also a prolific DJ (Dj MarioXPrins) who can take any audience on a musical journey with seamless blends, mixes and edits. His clients include NBA Live 2k, EA Games, Judge Judy, Playboy, Urban Digital Network, BET Networks & more. He is a Los Angeles native, and graduated from St. John’s University in New York City.

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