TAXI Road Rally 2015

November 5th-8th, 2015 in Los Angeles!

Schedule of Events Main Ballroom

All panels, panelists, teachers, and mentors have been confirmed, but minor changes may occur.

Thursday, November 5th

Road Rally Registration - Adjacent to the Grand Ballroom. You must have your photo ID to get your Road Rally badge! One-to-One Mentor Registration - Grand Ballroom Foyer - After you register for the Rally, proceed to One-to-One Mentor Registration in the Ballroom Foyer. Refer to the Mentor Bios sheet to make your selection. Members only, please. One Mentor per member. First-come, first-served basis. Must already be registered and have your Rally badge with you. Dinner - Eat at the hotel’s Daily Grill (the food is really good) with all the new friends you’ve made during Road Rally Registration! Open Mics (2) - Concourse Ballroom (2nd floor) and the Mezzanine Theater (top of escalator). Both Open Mics are on a first-come, first-served basis. Members and guests are welcome to perform at the Open Mics!

Friday, November 6th

Registration - Continues at the Rally Registration desk near the Grand Ballroom. Opening Remarks - Grand Ballroom - Jason Blume, Hit Songwriter Welcome -Grand Ballroom - TAXI Founder and CEO, Michael Laskow. Michael will draw a ticket stub (between 9:00 and 10:30) and one lucky person will win $500 cash to help pay for their Rally travel expenses. You must be in the ballroom and have your Road Rally ticket stub with you to win! Keynote Interview: Brian McNeils, John Rudolph, Jeff Freundlich- Grand Ballroom - Succeeding in the New Music Industry: As our industry continues to change, we’re all wondering what the future will look like! We’ve gathered three really smart people to tell you what you need to know to get in, stay in, and grow your career in this rapidly changing industry. Choose your path, learn to work smarter, and get the tools you need to succeed from the Sr. V.P. of Music and Soundtracks at Lakeshore Entertainment, the Chairman of Elias Arts, and the Co-Founder of Wild Whirled Music/Fervor Records. Music for Advertising - Grand Ballroom - Ryan Wines is a world-class expert on creating and marketing music that is used in advertising. Find out what Ad Agencies are looking for, how they use it, and what you can do to create music that advertising agencies want to use! Mentor Lunch #1 - Concourse Ballroom (Mezzanine Level / 2nd Floor) - You must have pre-purchased your tickets to attend. Bring your ticket to the luncheon! Bring CDs if you’d like to give some out. Music Library Listening and Q&A Panel - Grand Ballroom - Feedback and Q&A. Get your best Songs and Instrumentals heard by executives from some of our favorite Music Licensing companies: Tanvi Patel (CEO, Crucial Music); Bob Mair (CEO, Black Toast Music); Jeff Freundlich (COO, Wild Whirled/Fervor); Beth Wernick (CEO, Imaginary Friends); and Pedro Costa (CEO, InStyle Music). Songs and Instrumentals will be collected in the Ballroom at the beginning of the panel. Member & Guest badges must be shown to submit. Collaboration Nation - Grand Ballroom - Countless TAXI members have built and benefited from networks of collaborators all over the world. Learn how to collaborate, how to find the right collaborators, and how to use those relationships to speed up your success. You do not want to miss this panel! With members Russell Landwehr, Matt Vander Boegh, Seth Littlefield, Steven Guiles, CK Barlow, and Scott Free. The John Braheny Songwriting Award - TAXI member Lydia Ashton will be presented with the “JB” Award, named after legendary songwriting coach and advocate, John Braheny. Hear her music and her incredibly inspiring story in this live interview! Writing Hit Songs - Grand Ballroom - With hit songwriters Jason Blume, Richard Harris, Allan Rich, Ralph Murphy, and Marlin “Hookman” Bonds. Learn their techniques, how things have changed, and where the best opportunities are today. Their songs have been cut by Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Jordin Sparks, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Jason Derulo, Katharine McPhee, Leila Broussard, New Kids on the Block, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, and many, many more chart-topping artists. Dinner Break - On your own. Try the Daily Grill in the hotel. Great food! Stop by the sponsors’ booths and give them the attention they deserve for paying for your Road Rally tickets! Open Mics (2) - Concourse Ballroom (2nd floor) and the Mezzanine Theater (top of escalator). Both Open Mics are on a first-come, first-served basis. Members and guests are welcome to perform at the Open Mics!

Saturday, November 7th

Understanding Music Library Contracts - Grand Ballroom - Music attorney, Erin M. Jacobson will talk about the types of deals offered and explain what contract terminology and certain clauses mean. Bring printouts of particular clauses that have you stumped to the ballroom, and Ms. Jacobson will read them and explain what they mean! This panel could save you a world of hurt down the road. It’s a Do-Not-Miss session if you’re pitching to music libraries! Writing Film & TV Songs That Sell! - Grand Ballroom - Robin Frederick, best-selling author of Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV and Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting, shows you why writing songs for radio is often very different than writing songs for Film, TV, and Commercials. Robin’s Master Class will teach you how to write songs that hit the bull’s eye for these unique markets! (All-New Videos!) Mentor Lunch #2 - Concourse Ballroom (Mezzanine Level / 2nd Floor) - You must have pre-purchased your tickets to attend. Bring your ticket to the luncheon! Bring CDs if you’d like to give some out. Music Supervisor Listening and Q&A Panel  - Grand Ballroom - Get your randomly drawn songs heard by this panel of A-List Music Supervisors. Listening, feedback, and Q&A. Ryan Wines (Commercials); Naaman Snell (Trailers); Frank Palazzolo (Scripted TV); Beth Amy Rosenblatt (Film); Jen Malone (Unscripted TV). Songs and Instrumentals from TAXI members will be collected in the Ballroom at the beginning of the panel! Only TAXI members may submit for this panel. Must have your Rally badge to submit. Does Your Music Work in This Scene? - Grand Ballroom - Music Supervisor Frank Palazzolo will play music that TAXI members submitted via a Listing (prior to the Road Rally) and show why some things work and others don’t. This is an incredible opportunity to get inside the mind of a Music Supervisor! TAXI will run Listings for Songs and Instrumentals for this session. The Hit Prescription - Grand Ballroom - Ralph Murphy is a Hit Songwriter, Producer, Publisher, past V.P. of ASCAP, and global consultant who can tell you why hit songs are hit songs. Learn what you can do to dramatically increase your odds of writing a hit! Don’t miss the author of Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting, and his annual update about what current chart-topping hits have in common. Dinner Break -You should have tons of new friends to dine with! Open Mics (2) - Concourse Ballroom (2nd floor) and the Mezzanine Theater (top of escalator). Both Open Mics are on a first-come, first-served basis. Members and guests are welcome to perform at the Open Mics!

Sunday, November 8th

Music Library Speed Pitching - Grand Ballroom - Join Jerry Pilato, (Emmy-Winning Music Supervisor / Sr. V.P. of Scorekeepers Music); Chas Ferry (CEO of Hollywood Trax); and Garry Smith (CEO of Jamhouse), as we try to get as many songs and instrumentals played as we possibly can! Shorter feedback, more music... lots more music! Songs and Instrumentals will be collected in the Ballroom at the beginning of the panel. Member & Guest badges must be shown to submit. Building a Million Dollar Retirement Fund With Film & TV Music - Grand Ballroom - This could be the most life-changing hour of your life… seriously! Do not miss the first five minutes of this panel! TAXI member Chuck Schlacter is also a financial expert. Michael Laskow and Chuck will show you how earning a believable income from music licensing can build a great retirement fund. Individual results will vary depending the quality, quantity, and type of music, your interest rate, tax rate, and your ability to save income. Lunch -No Mentor Lunch today. You’re on your own. Enjoy the Daily Grill. Because there is no Mentor Lunch today, the restaurant will be very busy! Plan accordingly, and allow plenty of time to eat. Creating Trailer Music - Grand Ballroom - Trailer Composer Nick Murray will show you how to compose and produce Trailer music in the classic Three Act form. Watch him build the instrumental track by track, from start to finish, and ask him questions. Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Trailer music in this exciting, interactive panel. Make More Money With Your Music - Grand Ballroom - Websites, blogs, microsyncs, merch sales, CD sales, downloads, social media, streaming, booking gigs, press releases, podcasts, and networking are all pathways to profit, yet so few musicians use them well. Rob Filomena (Dir. Of Publishing, CDBaby); Dave Cool (Dir. of Artist & Industry Outreach, Bandzoogle); Bobby Borg (Music Marketing Expert); Jon Flanagan (Radio Promotion expert); and Dan Kimpel (Music Business Guru and Networking expert) will give you priceless tips, so you can make more money with your music. The Happy Ending Pitch Panel - Grand Ballroom - This panel of Music Industry All-Stars will listen to randomly selected songs from TAXI members and guests alike during this Rally-ending Pitch Panel. Michael Lloyd (100x Platinum Producer, Music Supervisor); Rob Chiarelli (100x Platinum, Grammy-Winning Producer, Mixer); Ron Harris (A&R and Multi-Platinum Producer); Adam Zelkind (Multi Award-Winning Songwriter and TV Composer); and Bob Mair (CEO/Creative Director, Black Toast Music Library and Records). Songs and Instrumentals will be collected in the Ballroom at the beginning of the panel. Member & Guest badges must be shown to submit.

TAXI Road Rally 2015
Listening and Feedback Sessions

Concourse Ballroom (2nd floor)

Audio CDs Only, please! Lyric sheets should be rubber-banded on outside of CD. Sharpies and rubber bands will be next to drop boxes inside the ballroom.

Note: These sessions are NOT for Film & TV music feedback. These sessions are for Label, Publisher, and Artist feedback only!

POP and URBAN

Friday, November 6th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Suzan Koc, Past Publishing Executive at BMG/ Rondor; Shelley Peiken, Mega-Hit Songwriter; Ty Knox, Producer/A&R Person for David Foster.

COUNTRY and CHRISTIAN

Saturday, November 7th, 9:30am - 11:00am
Chip Hardy, Country Hit Songwriter, Publisher, Producer; Marlice Kraemer, Christian Publisher with long history in Nashville.

JAZZ and EDM

Saturday, November 7th, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Bud Harner, Manages Top Jazz Acts, former Jazz A&R Person; Jon Asher, Songwriter, Producer, EDM expert.

ROCK and SINGER/SONGWRITER

Sunday, November 8th, 10:45am - 12:15pm
Chris Long, Rock A&R Person, artist manager; Brett Anderson, Lead Singer and Songwriter of The Donnas. Both are adept at Rock and Singer/Songwriter genres.

VERY IMPORTANT: We will have drop boxes NEAR THE STAGE in the Concourse Ballroom (2nd floor!!!) just before each session begins. You must have your CDs in the boxes PRIOR to the beginning of each session. Once the session starts, we will NOT be able to allow latecomers to put their music in the boxes out of fairness to the people who got their music in on time.

When we pull CDs from the box, we will call the artist or songwriter’s name out. If you’re not in the ballroom, your music will not be played. Again, that’s in fairness to the people who are in there! Members and guests may submit for these sessions. You must have a valid Road Rally 2015 badge to submit!


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Music Library Executives Bob Mair, Chas Ferry, Garry Smith, Dave Trotter, and Ron Mendelsohn listen to TAXI members’ music during their panel at Road Rally 2013. Bob Mair raises his hand and says, 'I’d like to get a copy of that song!'

Music Library Executives Bob Mair, Chas Ferry, Garry Smith, Dave Trotter, and Ron Mendelsohn listen to TAXI members’ music during their panel at Road Rally 2013. Bob Mair raises his hand and says, "I’d like to get a copy of that song!"

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Fox Films Music Executive/Music Supervisor, Patrick Houlihan does some meeting and greeting with TAXI members right after his panel finished up.

Fox Films Music Executive/Music Supervisor, Patrick Houlihan does some meeting and greeting with TAXI members right after his panel finished up.

"Everyone I spoke to really raved about the Road Rally." -Jeff Brabec V.P. BMG/Chrysalis Music
Jake Belnick from Extreme Music Library gives some advice to a TAXI member during the One-to-One Mentor session.

Jake Belnick from Extreme Music Library gives some advice to a TAXI member during the One-to-One Mentor session.

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Hollywood Music Supervisor John Houlihan raises his hands and shouts,

Hollywood Music Supervisor John Houlihan raises his hands and shouts, "That’s what I’m looking for!" during his presentation at the Road Rally.

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TAXI members silhouetted against a screen during one of several breakout classes about music recording at the Rally.

TAXI members silhouetted against a screen during one of several breakout classes about music recording at the Rally.

"TAXI and the Road Rally have been the best investment in my musical career that I ever made. Nobody delivers like TAXI!" -Kurt Kreimier, TAXI member
A-List Hollywood Performance Coach, Steven Memel  (foreground, with hand raised) gives some advice during the Mentor Lunch at  TAXI's Road Rally.

A-List Hollywood Performance Coach, Steven Memel (foreground, with hand raised) gives some advice during the Mentor Lunch at TAXI's Road Rally.

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World-Class Experts Kavin Hoo, Barry French, and Jeff Steinman  giving some great music production tips on how to best use Virtual Instruments  and Sample Libraries at the TAXI Road Rally.

World-Class Experts Kavin Hoo, Barry French, and Jeff Steinman giving some great music production tips on how to best use Virtual Instruments and Sample Libraries at the TAXI Road Rally.

"The people I've been able to meet through TAXI are amazing." -Alexi von Guggenberg, TAXI member
TAXI member Briagha McTavish gives a great, heartfelt  performance during one of the Road Rally's nightly Open Mics.

Singer/Songwriter Briagha McTavish wows the audience with a great performance during one of the Road Rally Open Mics.

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Film Trailer Composer Nick Murray watches as Film Trailer  Music Executive/ Supervisor Julia Trainor explains how trailer music should  build to an exciting crescendo.

Film Trailer Composer Nick Murray watches as Film Trailer Music Executive/ Supervisor Julia Trainor explains how trailer music should build to an exciting crescendo.

"Just like your literature promises... I made great new contacts and started some new relationships with other writers. And had one heck of a good time." -Terry Gorka, TAXI member
A-List Hollywood Music Supervisor Dondi Bastone (back to camera) invests lots of his time giving out sage advice and taking music from TAXI members after his panel wrapped up.

A-List Hollywood Music Supervisor Dondi Bastone (back to camera) invests lots of his time giving out sage advice and taking music from TAXI members after his panel wrapped up.

"I speak at a lot of music events nationally and internationally throughout the year. The TAXI Road Rally is my favorite - by miles." -Debra Russell, Industry Professional
Music Supervisors Patrick Houlihan (Fox Films), Dondi Bastone (Sideways, The Descendents, HBO), J’ean Demery (Access Hollywood), and Jonathan Klein (The League, FX Network) listened to lots of music and gave some great feedback during their panel

Music Supervisors Patrick Houlihan (Fox Films), Dondi Bastone (Sideways, The Descendents, HBO), J’ean Demery (Access Hollywood), and Jonathan Klein (The League, FX Network) listened to lots of music and gave some great feedback during their panel.

"The Rally removed any doubt I have about TAXI. When my renewal is due, I'm signing up for 2 years!" -Felix Wong, TAXI member
'Fett' teaches his Recording and Production Class to a full house, and the audience loved it!

"Fett" teaches his Recording and Production Class to a full house, and the audience loved it!

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