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Start Your Own Music Label

start your own music label

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

NYU Steinhardt, Media, Culture and Communication  
239 Greene Street, 8th Floor
(between West 4th Street and Washington Place)

Industry pros share how to start a music label in the ever-evolving business. Learn about business resources and how to connect with musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creatives to market and sell recorded music. 


elizabeth chan, ceo, merry bright music

Currently a Billboard charting and award nominated recording artist/producer and CEO of Merry Bright Music. Merry Bright Music is a New York Based label focused on holiday content, distributed in partnership with Sony/RED, Kobalt Music, eOne and Viva Entertainment. Chan is also actively involved with several music organizations including, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Music Business Association (formerly NARM), Women in Music (WIM), New York is Music, ASCAP, US Department of Commerce and NARAS. A supporter of artist rights, Chan has been invited to speak at MIDEM, Music Matters, Sync Summit and Canadian Music Week. Chan formerly held executive positions at MTV, A&E and Condé Nast overseeing ventures across music, radio, television, publishing and digital.  

molly neuman, head of music, kickstarter

Molly Neuman is Head of Music at Kickstarter. Kickstarter helps artists, musicians, filmmakers, designers, and other creators find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality. To date, tens of thousands of creative projects — big and small — have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project.  Music is the category with the most successfully funded projects on the platform with over 22,000 to date. 

Prior to joining Kickstarter, Molly was Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), the trade association for American Independent records labels which represent over 35% of the U.S. market. A2IM's mission is to promote and protect the interests of the Independent community and to grow the sector though access to the same market opportunities and resources as the rest of the industry. Before A2IM, she held senior roles in label relations at Rhapsody International and eMusic. She also worked in both artist management and on the label side as both founder and owner of her own company, Simple Social Graces Discos and as partner at Lookout Records. Additionally, she has served on the boards of SoundExchange and A2IM.

Molly got her start as an artist as a member of the seminal Riot Grrrl band, Bratmobile. She is originally from Washington, D.C. and now resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and daughter.

Michael Angelo Tumbarello, Owner, Modern Shark

Michael Angelo Tumbarello was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, where he continues to live today. As the MC in hip-hop group Junk Science, Mike has released four full-length albums and three EPs on various independent record labels (Definitive Jux, Embedded Music, Scion A/V). In 2010 he started his own label, Modern Shark, as a platform to release his own music and to highlight the work of other talented artists in his community and around the world.

A recently licensed social worker, Mike is working towards becoming a clinical psychotherapist specializing in working with artists.

moderator: charles aaron, columnist, mtv

Charles Aaron is the former Music Editor and Editorial Director at SPIN magazine and SPIN Media. He has written for a variety of other publications including Rolling Stone, Rookie, and the New York Times; he currently writes a weekly column for MTV. He’s won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Special Recognition Award for Music Writers, a National Arts Journalism fellowship, and his work has been widely anthologized, including And It Don’t Stop: The Best American Hip-Hop Journalism of the Last 25 Years.

He lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife and son.

Presented with NYU Steinhardt, Department of Media, Culture and Communication