First Revolt Music Conference In Miami Beach Brings Out Industry Heavyweights
October 20, 2014 at 4:50 AM (PT)
The inaugural REVOLT MUSIC CONFERENCE, which took place over the weekend in MIAMI BEACH, marking the SEAN COMBS network's one-year anniversary, proved to be a big draw for music industry VIPs.
With welcome remarks from CEO KEITH CLINKSCALES, Day One featured rousing keynote addresses by GUY OSEARY, manager of U2 and MADONNA, and IHEARTMEDIA Chairman/CEO BOB PITTMAN along with a full day of panels, performances (FLO RIDA, JHENE AIKO and SZA) and parties.
REVOLT Chairman COMBS sat in the audience for a few panels, including the “Disruptors: The Future of Business” discussion where he engaged panelists like VEVO's RIO CARAEFF, SHAZAM's KEVIN McGUINN, SPOTIFY's BRITT MORGAN-SAKS, SOUNDCLOUD's ALEX LJUNG and PANDORA's LARS MURRAY along with moderator KENNA about the future of the record business. Music industry superstars like ANTONIO "L.A" REID, DJ KHALED and DANIEL GLASS determined that A&R is not dead after all.
RUSSELL SIMMONS received a standing ovation at the start of Day Two of the Inaugural REVOLUT MUSIC CONFERENCE before leading a sold-out crowd in a group meditation during an inspirational keynote address. SIMMONS encouraged the group of budding young entrepreneurs to "stay hungry" and appreciate the power of managing one’s mind. Day Two panels featured PEPSICO's FRANK COOPER and COMPLEX MEDIA's MARC ECKO discussing “The New Deal: Brands and Artists” and legendary music producers DALLAS AUSTIN and RODNEY JERKINS debating “The Business of Music Publishing” with singer-songwriter JAMES FAUNTLEROY and UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING's JESSICA RIVERA.
REVOLT founder COMBS led a rousing keynote address entitled “#AskDiddy” in front of a packed house, offering career insight and advice to the standing-room-only crowd. Following a classic performance by NE-YO, DIDDY presented his good friend and iconic industry executive JIMMY IOVINE with an award and spoke at length about his illustrious 40-year career. IOVINE then gave a rousing speech about the current state of music and industry’s ever-changing landscape.