|Shown after the panel are Billboard's Gail Mitchell, who served as panel moderator, BMI's Malik Levy, InfoSpace Mobile's Jaunique Sealy, Famous Music Publishing's Billy Calloway, Coalition Group Management's Troy Carter and BMI songwriter Mike City.|
The panel, held at the Gibson Showroom in Beverly Hills, featured key urban music executives and was moderated by Gail Mitchell, Senior Correspondent for R&B at Billboard. Panelists included Angelo Sanders, A&R, Aftermath Records; Billy Calloway, Creative Director, Famous Music Publishing; Jaunique Sealy, Corporate Council, InfoSpace Mobile; Troy Carter, President, Coalition Group Management; and BMI Award-winning songwriter, artist and producer Mike City. Topics included the resurgence of r&b, independence as a viable alternative, building your brand as a producer, and "hip-hop: what's the new direction?"
The third in a six-seminar series, the BMI "Industry Insider" series was created along with Gibson Guitar to provide BMI songwriters with an educational forum to assist them with their career development. Moderated by a rotating group of professionals from BMI, Gibson and Billboard, the series takes an in-depth look at several core areas of the music business that are integral to career growth and success. Scheduled topics include management, legal representation and songwriting; the inaugural panel focused on A&R. Offering a direct link to the inner-workings of the music business from the perspective of established music professionals, the program provides songwriters with a wealth of information at no charge.