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Brian Zisk – Executive Producer / Co-Founder
Brian Zisk is a serial entrepreneur specializing in digital media, web broadcasting and distribution technologies. He created and Executive Produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a co-founder of the SF MusicTech Fund. Brian is a Co-Founder and Board Member Emeritus of the Future of Music Coalition and a 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. Follow Brian on Twitter: @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.
Melissa O’Brien – Production Manager
During her 20+ years at South by Southwest Conferences & Festivals, Melissa O’Brien did everything from managing a crew of 30 volunteers to managing over 900 speakers a year, ultimately serving as the head of the SXSW Music Conference from 2012 to 2107. Her vast knowledge of multiple music genres and music history allowed her to book a wide range of programming with numerous artists and music industry professionals. Melissa now lives in the New Orleans area with her family, and is an Executive Producer at Five 24 Productions. Follow her on Instagram, where she posts way too many sunset and alligator photos: @melissaliz
Sarah Lanning – Project Coordinator
Sarah Lanning is the Project Coordinator for the SF MusicTech Summit. She also serves as the GRAMMY U Representative for the The Recording Academy SF Chapter. Sarah previously interned for the SF MusicTech Summit, and has held other internships with Creative Artists Agency, Superfly, Merchbar and music education nonprofit Little Kids Rock. Sarah is a current undergraduate Marketing student at the University of San Francisco, where she previously served as the Concert Director for the Campus Activities Board. Sarah aspires to bridge the gap between musicians, fans and industry professionals to further enhance the music industry and curate great experiences for everyone to enjoy.
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. These days Todd is busy working on Musical Turk, a music data solutions agency he co-founded with Lucas Gonze. Having trouble with music metadata? Ping Todd today.
Josephine Huynh – Website Editor
Even though she expressed at an early age a desire to become a musician, Josephine Huynh now explores ways of building community with and around music. She regularly supports the work of independent musicians by planning events for artists and their fans, maintaining social media pages and websites, and helping to plan and promote shows and tours. She is currently acting as community manager for the Patreon campaign of Nashville-based producer and songwriter Alex Wong. She is proud to be a part of the team at SF MusicTech, an organization that exemplifies passion for music and community building.
Josephine holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Music from Santa Clara University and is a piano teacher and board-certified music therapist working in hospice. When she is not singing or attending concerts, she enjoys trying to cook, talking to her cat, and thinking of witty things to post on social media. Follow Josephine on Twitter: @aaparallel