Industry Mentors

MusicBizMentors Program & Services

Our goal is to have two “MEET THE MENTORS” Networking panels twice a year. Our first one will take place in May 2016, additional mentors will be introduced in July 2016 and again, at our one day event in the fall.

All of our Music Business Mentors have been chosen because of their dedication to encourage new musicians to grow their music careers. These music business professionals are “ACTIVE” industry people who know how to “GET THINGS 
DONE!Services listed below.

“MEET THE MENTORS” Network Panels

These networking panels begin with the mentors explaining their expertise and then presenting some advice for musicians on how to grow their careers. During the second part of this event, each mentor will sit with a small group (8 to 10 musicians in a group) and give tips and answer questions. Each mentor will rotate to each group so everyone at the event feels they got some personal attention.

Each of these presenters will be doing their own 2 hour workshop in the future and will be available for personal mentor appointments.

Mentor Appointments

Mentors have agreed to meet one time with musicians for $40 for 40 minutes. The musician needs to gather questions and music samples for the mentor to review (a 10 minute review time as been planned) and the MusicBizMentors will arrange a 30 minute Skype or phone meeting with the mentor. If you need additional mentor sessions, you are allowed 2 sessions with the same mentor for the initial fee. If you need more time, please ask each mentor about their private consulting price.

Payments are to be made through PayPal one week before your mentors meeting.

MENTORS – May 2016

Dan Kimpel

“The Networking King”
Pop-Culture Author, Magazine Columnist, Multi-Media Interviewer & Award Winning Instructor

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Acknowledged as a foremost authority on popular culture, Dan Kimpel contributes to books, interactive CDs, magazines, websites, documentary films, television programming, videos and new media. His recent interview subjects include Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige…& so many more!

In print, Dan contributes cover features to the West Coast trade publication Music Connection magazine, plus a regular column, “Song Biz,” that includes a profile of a writer or composer in each issue. Other publications that feature his writing have included BMI World, ASCAP Playback, Grammy, SESAC Magazine, Film Music and American Songwriter.

As a teacher and workshop leader, Dan has conducted weeklong master classes on networking at Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK; Stateside and he lectures at colleges, universities and conferences across the U.S., Canada and Japan. He is currently on the faculty of Musician’s Institute in Hollywood where he is three-time MBP Teacher of the Year and Chairman of the Musicians Foundation Board.

Dan’s book on maximizing personal relationships, Networking Strategies For The New Music Business (ArtistPro/Thomson) is the follow up to his best selling title, Networking in the Music Business. The other books he has authored includes: How They Made It: True Stories of How Music’s Biggest Stars Went From Start to Stardom, Electrify My Soul: Songwriters and the Spiritual Source and It All Begins with the Music: Developing Successful Artists & Careers for the New Music Business.

Hunter Scott

Head of Marketing – LaFamos PR & Branding
Marketing & Social Media Instructor & Speaker

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Hunter Scott, the co-founder of the Los Angeles-based public relations and branding firm, LaFamos, is one of the music industry’s most dynamic visionaries. As the head of marketing and publicity, Hunter has established his company’s well-deserved reputation for innovation, integrity and imagination.  It began with an idea: that the new music industry could empower forward thinking artists willing to partner in their own success. Today, he works with a full staff of enthusiastic employees on Hollywood Boulevard as LaFamos expands its PR and branding services.

LaFamos is a full service PR firm focusing on press outreach, lifestyle branding and social media management. At the Music Business Program at Musicians Institute, Hunter serves as one of the program’s youngest ever faculty members. An engaging panelist and speaker, Hunter Scott shares his knowledge at conferences, seminars and panels produced by SESAC, SAG/AFTRA, Cutting Edge Music Business Conference and American Music Festival among others.

Ben McLane, Esq

Entertainment Attorney
Music Industry Instructor & Panelist

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Ben McLane, Esq is an entertainment attorney veteran focusing primarily on music, with many gold/platinum albums and Billboard Top 10 and #1 chart hits to his credit for his work in conjunction with musical artists/projects in various genres over the years (e.g., Guns & Roses, Dixie Chicks, Nine Inch Nails, Alicia Keys, etc.).

Ben has also been involved in artist management, talent scouting, promotions, and record label operations in the entertainment field. Ben is one of the few entertainment attorneys who actively “shops” record, publishing and distribution deals for new and established artists, producers and songwriters. Currently, Ben is teaching Music Business Law & Contracts at Los Angeles College of Music [LACM] in Pasadena, CA.

Ben is a 1991 graduate of Pepperdine Law School and lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

Chris Fletcher
Co-Founder of thecoolschool

Coast to Coast Music, CEO
Artist Development, Tour Coordination & Business Instructor

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Starting in Philadelphia and the moving to Los Angeles, Chris Fletcher started her independent touring & promotion company, Coast to Coast Music, in 1989. While working full time at a small record company, Ms. Fletcher helped secure 20 endorsements, 2 major sponsorships and 4 music grants for her indie artists. Her expertise lies in navigating live events and tours though detailed networking at College and Festival booking conferences.

For 6+ years, Fletcher placed 500+ music business students a year into internships with over 600 Music Industry companies at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Today, she continues at Musicians Institute teaching touring and management classes and serves as a career counselor. Her music education program ‘thecoolschool’ produces 15 music business workshops each year.

Fletcher actively has 4 artists on her touring roster and she continues to consult in the area of touring, artist development, sponsorship/branding projects and planning EP/CD releases. She is currently working on her “Planning Your First Tour” workbook scheduled to be released in early 2017.