Music Industry: 101

On December 8, 2013, MINC held another music conference on the IU campus.  This year the conference did not have a theme, but rather the MINC officers asked the club members what they wanted to hear about at the conference.  Two panel topics were chosen and they included music industry professionals who work or have worked in the Live Music aspect of the industry or who have worked as part of an Artist Team.

Live Music Panel

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(L-R) Dan, Michael, Andy, and Monika

Moderator- Monika Herzig

Since then she has completed her Doctorate in Music Education and Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where she is now a faculty member.  Her book “David Baker – A Legacy in Music” was released November 2011 on IU Press.  As a touring jazz artist, she has performed at many prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, such as the Indy Jazz Fest, Cleveland’s Nighttown, Louisville’s Jazz Factory, the W.C.Handy Festival, Jazz in July in Bloomington and Cincinnati, Columbus’ Jazz & Rib Fest, to name just a few.  Groups under her leadership have toured Germany, Italy, Japan, opened for acts such as Tower of Power, Sting, the Dixie Dregs, Yes, and more.

Dan McCabe, representative for Midpoint Music Festival

Dan McCabe has been an important figure in bringing live music to Cincinnati. In 2008, McCabe became the Artistic Director and Talent Buyer for Midpoint Music Festival, which presents over 185 bands across 16 venues.  He also owns and operates MOTR Pub and is working on opening the historic Woodward Theatre. McCabe has over 20 years of experience booking live music in Cincinnati.  He was previously a Talent Buyer at Sudsy Malone’s and the Southgate House, the Marketing Director at CityBeat Newspaper, and the Executive Producer for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.

Michael Armintrout, representative for Summer Camp Fest

Michael Armintrout is a Talent Buyer and Director of Marketing Operations for Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment.  As part of his role with the company he oversees talent buying for most of the company’s club operations including the Canopy Club in Urbana-Champaign, IL, and works closely with the rest of the talent-buying team for their Summer Camp Music Festival.  The Summer Camp Music Festival started in 2001 and has grown into a nationally-recognized event with over 100 artists on 7 stages over 4 days.  There were close to 20,000 people in attendance at the festival in 2013.

Andy Skinner, representative for A Squared Promo

Andy Skinner is co-owner (with his wife Annie) of A-Squared Industries, a concert promotion and marketing company in Indianapolis. He also is the co-owner of Indy CD & Vinyl, Central Indiana’s largest independent record store, and is a board member of the not-for-profit 501(c)3 Girls Rock! Indianapolis. Andy has been booking and promoting concerts in Indiana since 1999. As a professional DJ he hosts one of the most popular dance nights in Indy, he has performed at many music festivals and at the Indy 500, and was voted #1 in NUVO Newsweekly’s Best Of Indy Reader’s Poll in 2012. Previously Andy has owned a record label, hosted an FM radio show and tour managed for national-level artists.

Artist Team Panel

photo (7)(L-R) Kevin, Karl, Brian, and Tyron

Moderator- Dr. Tyron Cooper

Two-time Emmy award nominee Dr. Tyron Cooper is the co-founder and Education and Cultural Specialist of Art Salad Productions—a performance management and arts education consulting company ( He also currently serves on faculty in the African American and African Diaspora
Studies Department at Indiana University-Bloomington (IU), and he is the Director of the IU Soul Revue—an ensemble that examines and performs Black popular music post-WWII to the present. Dr. Cooper holds a BA degree in music education from Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) as well as a MA in jazz studies and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology both from IU.

Karl Hofstetter, representative for Joyful Noise

Karl Hofstetter is the President and Curator of Joyful Noise Recordings. In his role as label curator, he has collaborated with a diverse roster of bands, and has sought to redefine the traditional model of a record label. Focusing in large part on limited, tactile audio formats, Joyful Noise has released music from over 60 bands including Dinosaur Jr., of Montreal, Sebadoh, Kishi Bashi, The Jesus Lizard, Deerhoof, Son Lux, Melvins, WHY?, Japandroids, Sufjan Stevens, Joan of Arc, and others. Most days he works from a windowless bunker in Fountain Square, Indianapolis preparing Joyful Noise to be the world’s first “post-apocalyptic record label.”

Kevin Duneman, representative for Secretly Canadian A&R

Kevin Duneman is Marketing Director and Senior Project Manager for the Secretly Label Group (Dead Oceans, Jagjaguwar, Secretly Canadian). Working closely with such artists as Bon Iver, Sharon Van Etten, Phosphorescent, The Tallest Man On Earth, Major Lazer, Volcano Choir, Yeasayer, and S. Carey, Kevin’s focus is on artist development and comprehensive campaign management. He has worked in the music business for over 15 years, having done everything from xeroxing fliers to celebrating Grammy wins.

Brian Penick, reprsentative for Counter Rhythm Group Mgmt

Brian A. Penick is the owner of The Counter Rhythm Group, an artist development, marketing and event promotion company and author of Musicians’ Desk Reference, a music industry progression eBook. He is also an international touring artist with over a decade of experience. Brian’s discussions are primarily focused on educating artists (and hopeful industry professionals) about the importance of building a solid foundation in the music business. He dreams of a world where hardworking individuals find success, and that empowerment comes from the passion and determination within ourselves.

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