Brian Zisk’s email: brian [at] sfmusictech [dot goes here] com
Brian Zisk: (415) 564-0904
Mailing Address: 3701 Sacramento Street, #462, San Francisco, CA 94118
Speaker Application: Fill out the Speaker Suggestion Form
Sponsorship Inquiry: Fill out the Sponsor Inquiry Form
Volunteer Inquiries: Fill out the Volunteer Application
Press Pass Inquiry: Fill out the Press Credentials Application
Logos & Web Graphics: SF MusicTech Summit logos and banners in various sizes can be found here
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I attend the SF MusicTech Summit?
A: Are you interested in meeting and interacting with many of the leading lights from the music/technology community? Learning about the bleeding edge? Finding business opportunities with folks who will be leading the way into the evolving music/technology ecosystem? Helping to establish and participate in a Northern California music and related technology market? If so, the SF MusicTech Summit is an event for you.
Q: If we take pictures or tweet, what hashtags we should use?
A: Social media at the SF MusicTech Summit should be tagged “#sfmusictech”
Q: Will there be Wifi at the event?
Q: Why the Hotel Kabuki?
A: The Hotel Kabuki is a centrally located Rock & Roll Hotel. It is a favorite hotel for performers at the nearby legendary Fillmore Auditorium. A decade ago, my wife and I lived at the Kabuki (at the time, the Miyako) for months when transitioning out of a flooded apartment. So, it seemed a natural for the conference to be held at such a comfortable hotel, a conference which celebrates the joy of music, and those who build technologies to help people better enjoy their music listening experience. For more information about our conference room block, please visit our travel page.
Q: Can you tell me a little about the Japantown area where the conference and the Hotel Kabuki can be found?
A: You can find much information by following this link to Japantown Information. But suffice it to say that it is one of the 3 remaining Japantowns in the United States, located about a mile west of Union Square, and home to many Japanese restaurants, bars, stores, and a vibrant Pacific culture rarely found on this side of the Pacific.
Q. The Summit is on Monday, when should out-of-towners arrive in SF?
A. No later than your 3:00 hotel check-in on Sunday. Our first official event is a pre-show schmooze on Sunday at 5pm, and folks tend to really enjoy meeting and reconnecting. But we strongly suggest you come earlier and stay later to experience SF MusicTech Week.
Q. Where can I get logos and graphics?
A. Spread the word with our logos, graphics and web banners.
Q. Are there any volunteers positions?
A. Yes, we do have a variety of volunteer positions prior to and during the summit. Please fill out a volunteer application, and we will follow up with you shortly. Please note that we receive more requests than we have positions, so if you’d like to be guaranteed participation in the event and for the duration of the event – we recommend that you buy a ticket.
Q. Can I apply for a press pass?
A. Yes, press passes are available for experienced journalists who intend to cover the SF MusicTech Summit. Please fill out a press pass application.
Brian Zisk – Executive Producer / Co-Founder
Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He is a founder of BuzzMakers, Inc., which produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Additionally, Brian is a Co-Founder and Technologies Director of the Future of Music Coalition and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. Brian was previously a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio which was sold to CMGI (NASDAQ: CMGI) at the turn of the millennium. He is active in many influential computer-mediated forums, is quoted and published extensively in the media, frequently appears on panels and at industry events domestically and abroad, and is an expert at frenzy whipping, brand awareness, and in creating new business models. He is married to Shoshana Zisk.
Shoshana Zisk – Co-Producer / Co-Founder
Shoshana Zisk is the co-producer of the SF MusicTech Summit. She is also an entertainment lawyer with a wide range of experience in the music industry. Her experiences includes Interim Chief Operating Officer for In Ticketing, Business & Legal Affairs for George Clinton and his musical groups Parliament, Funkadelic and The P-Funk Allstars, and General Manager of Clinton’s independent record label The C Kunspyruzy. Her previous positions include Business & Legal Affairs at BMG U.S. Latin, the Copyright Department at Motown, and A&R Administration for Island Records. Shoshana is currently the CEO of Kiddie Village, which creates award-winning childrens videos and music. She is a member of the California, New York, and Florida Bars. She earned a bachelor degree in Classical Piano Performance and Juris Doctorate (cum Laude) from the University of Miami. Shoshana was recently the Musical Director for “Rent” (the musical) in San Francisco, CA & Hollywood, California.
Katie Barrett – General Manager
Katie Barrett is General Manager for the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. In this capacity, she manages all event operations on a day-to-day basis. Katie’s prior work experience includes Project Specialist at Airbnb, Promoter Relations Manager at Tixie, and Membership Manager for The Recording Academy SF Chapter (The GRAMMY’s), where she galvanized relationships and Grammy memberships for The Black Keys, Vampire Weekend, The xx, Sigur Rós, Karen Elson, The Cool Kids, Foster the People, G. Love, Blackalicious, LP, Lyrics Born, Chali 2na and many others. Katie speaks Japanese, spent two years on the JET program in Shikoku, Japan and was Academic Director of foreign language school Embassy CES in San Francisco. Katie is the Founder of Pops & Buzzes – Where Women In The Music Business Gather.
Patti Silverman – Advisor
Patti Silverman is Advisor to the SF MusicTech Summit. While at Columbia Records in NYC, she developed a reputation as an early proponent of music tech. To run marketing and promotional campaigns for Adele, Band of Horses, MGMT, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit and other artists, Patti scouted the latest products and services being developed by Bay Area startups. Since her move to the West Coast, she’s also been an integral part of launching the Silicon Valley Internship Programme, a non profit which inspires UK tech entrepreneurship. Patti graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She’s an avid live music fan – you can check out the 150+ shows she’s attended via Songkick.
Todd Tate – Community Architect
Todd focuses on building great music tech products and mentors, advises and assesses music startup products and entrepreneurs. Since 2012 Todd has served as an Accelerator Advisory Board Member and a Music Panel Producer for South by Southwest. Todd’s panel “The 7 Hottest Topics of Web MusicTech” attracts full capacity audiences every year. As the Community Architect for the SF MusicTech Summit, Todd has cultivated sponsors, attendees and panelists since the inaugural Summit.
Studying jazz composition and audio engineering, Todd logged many hours as a studio owner + hands on engineer, earning credit for a Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz recording and helping record TRAIN’s first triple platinum release. His current singing/songwriting project Sayla Dobro, is described as “Beck, meets Skeleton Key, with a sprinkle of Calexico.”
In earlier times, Todd was COO and co-founder of Angry Coffee, maker of the first web-based interface to Napster. Todd’s work did not land any lawsuits, but instead a rare collaboration between EMI/Capitol and the band Radiohead.
Sarah Lanning – Intern
Sarah Lanning is the Intern for the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. She also serves as the GRAMMY U Representative for the The Recording Academy SF Chapter (The GRAMMY’s). Sarah has held internships with Superfly, Merchbar and music education nonprofit Little Kids Rock. Sarah is a current undergraduate Marketing student at the University of San Francisco, where she also serves as the concert director for the campus activities board. Sarah aspires to create experiences for professionals within the music industry and work to build and enhance a greater sense of community within the music and technology industries, its fans, and its professionals.