719 Congress Ave.
5:15pm Doors and Cash Bar
6:00pm Presentation, Q&A
The music industry in Austin is undergoing a massive transformation, driven by changes in consumer behavior, an increasingly expensive city, and public policy that has not kept pace with business innovation. Tomorrow’s music industry can’t be based on models that worked for Elvis Presley, or even Elvis Costello. Join experts from both music and tech as well as emerging voices for a conversation and demonstrations illustrating how technology can support and enhance the live music industry— from performance and festivals to streaming and licensing— and keep Austin’s leadership as the Live Music Capital of the World.
Jennifer has more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience with organizations including the University of Southern California, UCLA, and the Long Center for the PerformingArts. Consulting clients have included the University of Texas – McCombs School of Business, West Texas A&M University, Southern Methodist University, MD Anderson Cancer Center(Houston), Missouri Institute of Science and Technology, Tufts University, Wake ForestUniversity Baptist Medical Center, the University of Michigan, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
She holds degrees from Northwestern University and Pepperdine University and certificates from a variety of programs including UT Austin’s Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the joint Austin Music Foundation/City of Austin “Leaders in Austin Music” course. She is a member of the Leadership Austin Essentials Program, Class of 2015. She is a board member of the Austin Creative Alliance and ATX Safer Streets. She also serves on advisory boards for the Austin Technology Council and DiverseArts CultureWorks. She is a member of the City of Austin Living Wage Stakeholder Group, as well as an active member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, AURA, and EvolveAustin; a proud supporter of Girls Rock Camp Austin and other local music nonprofits; and a volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for Travis County.
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Nathalie Phan native to Houston, is a recent undergraduate with a BBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University. She participated in a number of media organizations early in her college career and founded her university’s globally acknowledged college radio station Topper Radio. Her leadership led Topper Radio to become the #1 non-commercial college radio station on the world’s largest internet radio platform within just two months of launching. Topper Radio was also recognized in several national awards including Spotify’s Soundclash competition and was nominated twice for the MTV Woodie Awards which is broadcast live from SXSW each year. This year, Nathalie became a national finalist of the 2016 Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in Miami representing her new startup, On Vinyl Music. The company’s mission is centered around fostering the cultural growth of independent musicians of Austin’s local music scene.
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Roy Truitt is Co-Founder and CEO of HubCiti, Inc. Roy is a serial entrepreneur having started more than a dozen companies in a variety of industries in Texas, China, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and the Soviet Union where he had the exclusive right to sell Sam’s Club (a division of Walmart) products. He has extensive experience in consumer goods manufacturing, marketing, retailing, import/export, logistics and internet technology. After selling Truco Enterprises (maker of On the Border retail food products) and looking to benefit higher education, cities, small business and the struggling newspaper industry, Roy teamed up with Nate Ungarean in January 2011 to found HubCiti.
Roy received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He stays connected to his alma mater by serving on the school’s McDonald Observatory Board of Visitors. Before moving to Austin from Dallas, he was chairman of the Voice of Hope (after school programs for kids PK-12th grade) and helped found Serve West Dallas a model collaborative not-for-profit organization for ministries, studied twice by Baylor University as a model collaborative. He is also on the board of Easter Seals of Central Texas.
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Theron Pray and his college friend, Joe Brown, founded music-tech startup, Gravity Current, Inc. in 2015. The two sprouted the idea for their first product, Synesthesia, after forming an experimental electronic band that performed with all homemade hi-tech instruments. They wanted to perform with visuals that reacted to their music and translated every drum hit, key press, or chord strike, into a beautiful, responsive visual symphony. After searching the market, they failed to discover a product that would work. With Theron’s knowledge of physics, and Joe’s background in computer science, they created and performed with the first ever version of Synesthesia.
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