(MBA,MA,BA,CCIP) Executive Director, SoCAN Foundation
A lauded leader and prominent figure in the creative and music industry, Charlie has definitely made her mark. She is the Executive Director at SOCAN Foundation, where she established programs like the Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship, which prepares artists to turn their passion and talent into a sustainable career. She is also a faculty member at the University of Toronto, is an alumna of the prestigious Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship, specializing in social entrepreneurship and cross-cultural leadership. Aside from this, she is currently on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture, and TELUS Community Investment Board, an Associate Composer at the Canadian Music Center, and is the inaugural Vice-Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council.
Chief Executive Officer, LEEWAY Music & Media Inc.
Jake is a music publisher, music producer and music supervisor. He founded LEEWAY Music & Media., Inc in 2007, and continues to serve as CEO today, specializing in Publishing, Sync, Production of K-Pop and TV Drama/Film OSTs, International Licensing and Distribution. Currently, he is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Korea Music Publisher Association, and a Guest Professor for Korean Artists Welfare Foundation. With his vast experience, he has been invited to give talks and participate in conferences all across the globe.
Entertainment Partnership Head, Twitter (SEA and Greater China)
Multifaceted, entrepreneurial marketer with over 12 years of experience in the Music & Entertainment and Services & Industries. Currently, Carl leads Entertainment Partnerships for Twitter across Southeast Asia and Greater China, working closely with Content Publishers and Content Owners on maximizing their presence on Twitter and helping them achieve their objectives on the platform.
Weining’s advocacy for getting Asian musicians into the European market shines through her work. She is co-founder of LUCfest, a three-day showcase festival and conference in Taiwan that brings different markets and music styles an international stage. Aside from this, she also manages emerging artists like Phum Viphurit, ADOY, and Mellow Fellow. These days, Weining splits her time between Asia and Europe, working hard to create even more networking opportunities for the Asian music platform.
Managing Directer, Warner Music Philippines
Ian is the current Managing Director of Warner Music Philippines, but even before then, he has always been an entrepreneur in the fields of music, entertainment, and events. He was the CEO that started FundKo, a fintech startup owned by the Guevent group before he took the helm of Warner Music Philippines. He is a graduate of Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and of the School of Economics at the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Founder, 22 Tango Records
Cattski is considered the most hard-working musician in Cebu, and there’s no doubt about it! Not only is she a singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, and founder of independent record label 22 Tango Records and Music Publishing, she’s also released 4 full-length albums! With 22 Tango Records, her goal is to produce, promote, and distribute Cebuano music—and ultimately, to make the Queen City of the South a leading destination for music.
Marketing Department Program Head, MINT College
Aside from being the Program Head for the Marketing Department as well as faculty of the Music Business Management Program of MINT College, Mony is also co-founder of Sucesos Filipinas Inc., which specializes in Historical Tours and Events, and founder of Distroconnect, a company that assists independent music artists and labels through music distribution, business consultancy, and mentoring. A veteran in the music industry, Mony has worked for numerous major international and local campaigns, even worked in government to push the music industry as a key economic driver, and participated in numerous international discussions.
Head Ninja, Red Ninja Productions
Nicole has a lot of heart—that’s what makes her incomparable to anyone else in the music industry. She’s well-known as the woman behind Red Ninja Productions: one of the longest-running prods in the country that produces shows and curate gigs, and has always supported the independent scene. Eventually, she expanded to artist management, handling independent acts like Lions & Acrobats and Over October to name a few. With over a decade of experience and more than a million streams counted for Red Ninja artists online, Nicole is living proof that passion and hard work go a long way.
Chief Executive Officer, Sindikato
Enzo has always been passionate about directing. As Sindikato’s CEO for nearly a decade, he’s got more than 100 music videos under his belt, and even does TV shows and ads. His work with musicians inspired him to manage artists as well, resulting in Sindikato Management. Under their helm are artists like Callalily, Ben&Ben, Sud, Fern., Hulyo, and more. His exposure to gigs and events also inspired him to create Sindikato Events, allowing them to do campus tours and festivals. When he’s not working at Sindikato, Enzo also doubles as an A&R for Sony Music Philippines.
Music Director of Atrip, Co-founder of WWWWWTapes Studio
John is the Music Director of Atrip, a company that ties together travel with life, music, and
events, and collaborates with musicians and photographers, bringing a new wave of Southeast
Asia tourists to Taiwan. John is also Executive Director of the Chinese International Industry
Development Association, which recently set up branches in the Philippines with the goal of implementing more cross-border cooperation in unification of enterprise-government-
university. Aside from this, he is also Co-founder of WWWWWTapes Studio, which promotes
Southeast Asian indie music to Taiwan, and a Writer/Editor at MAXMUSIC, covering new music
instruments and tech, and events.
Founder, Tarsier Records
Moophs is the island pop project of Manila-based producer and guitarist Chris Lopez. His
collaborations with local artists include Sam Conception, Kiana Valenciano, Markus Peterson,
Iñigo Pascual, Curtismith, Edana Keijdener, and Marlisa Punzalan, and the music they’ve made
together has received numerous accolades and recognition. Chris releases all of his original
music on Tarsier Records—a label he launched to connect the country’s brightest young talents
to a global stage. It now has a growing listener base in the SEA region, the US, and Canada.
When he isn’t locked in the studio, Moophs is booked as a live act and brings good music to
festivals, concerts, and clubs around Asia.
Head, Globe Studios
Quark is a prominent figure in film scene. He’s currently the head of Globe Studios, the film and
television arm of Globe Telecom, as well as a multi-awarded filmmaker known for having
written and directed feature films such as My Candidate, Rakenrol and Keka, which Variety
magazine reviewed as “a refreshing change of pace for Philippine cinema” and Quentin
Tarantino called “a hell of a lot of fun”. He also created the cult TV series Rakista for TV5 and
has helmed music videos for everyone from Gary V. to Sandwich to Taken by Cars. Quark is also
a musician, DJ, professor and entrepreneur.
Festival Director, MinPop 2020
A prominent musical figure in Davao, Jeremy is President and CEO of Muzic’sKool Inc., the finest
music training school in Davao. He is also MinPop Music Festival 2020’s Festival Director. Before
this, Jeremy had a lot of experience in the studio: he was a jingle composer for brands like SM,
NCCC, and Kisan Lu, has written songs for several popular artists like Jed Mandela, Thor Dulay,
and Poppert Bernadas, worked as a sound engineer for Ryan Cayabyab, and has been a voice
and performance trainer for 18 years. Whether he’s performing, teaching, or making music,
Jeremy’s drive for the art is definitely in full force.
President and CEO of Karpos Multimedia Inc.,
As the President and CEO of Karpos Multimedia Inc., John is behind the company that brings us
Wanderland, an annual music festival that celebrates good music and good people. Aside from
major indie headline shows, Karpos has also launched a new event series called Karpos Live that
has brought acts like Anderson .Paak + The Free Nationals, Tom Misch, Honne, and Cigarettes
After Sex to Manila. Starting out in the industry at only 18, John has since had significant
experience in Event Management & Production, Artist Booking, and Marketing.
Founder, DOCDEF Productions
JB is better known as “Doc” of Docdef Productions, a company he started to look for fresh
sounds and new talent in the growing music scene. What started as a venture into intimate bar
gigs grew into big belt shows and festivals: Doc is the man behind the co-produced Tagaytay
Artbeat, Fete dela Musique Indie stages and Fete PH 25 th closing party. His latest baby is the
Oddisee Music Fest in Filinvest Mimosa in Clark, Pampanga. The indie music scene has changed
a lot since its humble beginnings, but one thing’s for sure—Doc will always be where the good
Bel is currently the Activations and Curation Director for Homonym, the Philippines’ premier
Music Agency, but her presence in the local music scene started back in 2005. With her passion
for discovering live music gems, she was able to bridge the gap between music fans and
underground bands by filming and taking photos of live performances and sharing them online.
In 2014, she founded Indie Manila, a live music community, and she was also a Road Manager
for bands like Autotelic, Taken By Cars, She’s Only Sixteen, The Itchyworms and IV of Spades.
Marketing & Management, SaGuijo Bar+Cafe
Char is one of the young doers and movers in the industry today. Having worked at Trumpets and Stages, she was able to kickstart the careers of some of the best indie artists today, before independently managing the most-sought after duo, Leanne and Naara. With her marketing work for Red Ninja Productions and saGuijo Café and Bar, Char’s efforts have greatly helped bring independent music in the spotlight.
Vice President for Cornerstone Entertainment Inc.
Jeff is currently the Vice President for Cornerstone Entertainment Inc., and is in the business of discovering, developing, and nurturing talent, as well as “guiding them to find their place in the sun.” Cornerstone Entertainment Inc. has big names in the industry in their portfolio, with the likes of Kris Aquino, Sam Milby, KZ Tandingan, Iñigo Pascual, and more. Jeff is also the President of Secret Scents, the first PWD in Southeast Asia to use Ottobock’s Transcarpal Michael Angelo Hand.
Manager, DITTO Music
A seasoned A&R, Jinno’s background in the music industry started out in the indie scene 15 years ago when he joined Candid Record’s Manila office. Then, he became an A&R for SonyBMG/Sony Music and Warner Music, where he worked and developed some of the country’s biggest artists across all genres—pop stars, rock bands, rappers, crooners, you name it. Now, Jinno is Ditto Music’s Regional Manager for Southeast Asia, still working closely with a lot of independent and local labels.
Founder and CEO of Homonym
Mike’s passion for music is undeniable in all that he does. Not only is he the founder and CEO of Homonym, the premier music solutions agency in the Philippines, he has also been Director of the Internet & Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) since 2013, and in 2019, he partnered with the NCCA to create Sonik Philippines, where he serves as Executive Director. With 22 years of international exposure, Mike has been a key figure in the local and regional music industry. He’s also a 2-time Awit Award-winning singer and songwriter for his work with his independent Jazz Hop Soul band, Conscious & The Goodness. When he’s not busy with these responsibilities, he DJs professionally at bars and select events around the country.
Founder, Bandwagon Singapore
Clarence believes in developing the next generation, and he’s been making waves while doing so in the music industry. He’s the Founder of Bandwagon, Southeast Asia’s leading independent music media company with a vision to champion and spotlight music in Asia. In Singapore, Bandwagon spearheads the country’s national music movement, Hear65, and was awarded the Best PR Campaign: Government/Public Services at the Marketing PR Awards 2019. Clarence also developed Bandwagon Campus Tour to develop an interest in original music made by students, and to support bands and musicians in college. Clarence also serves as Treasurer of the Singapore Music Society, is an active speaker at tertiary institutions, and on July 2019, was recognized by THE PEAK Magazine as 1 of 20 Future Shapers.
Guitarist, The Dawn
Francis is a man of many talents. For one, he’s currently the Online Marketing Head for Lyric Piano Corp., the country’s largest musical retail chain, and he’s also the guitarist, keyboardist, and co-vocalist of The Dawn. Apart from this, he’s produced music by Slapshock, General Luna, Kinta, The Dawn, and Farewell Fair Weather, and has played with bands like Kulay, POT, Lou Bonnevie, Peso Movement, and Joey Ayala as a session musician. Francis’ work has also been recognized by Cinemalaya and Star Awards for Best Musical Score for “Dinig Sana Kita.”
CEO Rakista Radio & Ridzpit Empyrean Co.
With more than a decade of experience in the local music scene, Harold has proven his prowess in event production and music production time and again. From handling intimate gigs to curating more than a hundred artists from different genres into the biggest OPM festival in the country, Rakrakan Festival, Harold always delivers a good show. He’s CEO of Rakista Radio, an online radio platform and social community for fans who share the same love and passion for rock music, as well as CEO of Ridzpit Empyrean Co., a multi-faceted company that services their clients with full-blown executions that supersede expectation.
Development Director Gig Life Asia
Sarah is a Marketing and Partnerships Expert based in Melbourne. She’s the Business Development Director for Gig Life Pro, a consultancy agency that helps brands, government agencies, and service providers grow their business in Asia through meaningful engagement with the music community. Aside from this, Sarah has also worked with This Much Talent, at first in their UK office before launching the company in Melbourne as its Director. Now, with This Much Talent Australia, Sarah runs a publicity and marketing agency and also handles bookings for events and music venues like VAMFF and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
Director Marketing Department APAC, CD Baby
Keith has over a decade of experience in the music business, spanning festival and venue programming and management, touring, as well as artist management and development. He founded Slate Entertainment in 2008 as a booking agency for international artists, management companies and booking agencies to grow their business in the Asia Pacific region. He’s worked with artists like Jason Mraz, N*E*R*D/Pharell, Boys Like Girls, and many others. Keith is also the man behind festivals like the Mosaic Music Festival, one of the biggest in Singapore, and OVERDRIVE, as well as the music programming at the Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, and the conceptualization and launch of TAB, one of the first-ever live music venues of its kind in Southeast Asia.
Manager Ely Buendia and Pupil
Dr. Day Cabuhat has been a prominent figure behind some of the country’s biggest bands. She was the Former Manager of the iconic Eraserheads, and now manages Ely Buendia, and Pupil with co-manager Diane Ventura. Not only that, but she has also had 20 years of event production experience, specializing in corporate bands and cable networks, and has done work as a Producer for a number of music videos and films.
DJ and On-Air Staff Wave 89.1
Dash has been pioneering the Philippine hip-hop scene for over a decade. Growing up in Canada, Dash was immersed in the hip-hop music culture at a young age, and he brought that with him when he moved to the Philippines. In the 90s, Dash even got to perform with the country’s first hip-hop artist, Master Rapper Francis Magalona, and later on, Fil-Canadian hip-hop producer Boom Dayupay. Working with Boom led to Dash becoming one half of dynamic duo Legit Misfitz, with hits like Jabongga, Air Tsinelas, and 100 Prosyento that defined Pinoy hip-hop in the 90s and early 2000s.
Producer and Label Manager, A Spur of the Moment Project
Li has always been involved in the less glamorous but very important part of the industry: setting a platform where musicians and audiences can connect, whether live or on the record. Her expertise is evident in her work at Sofar Sounds Manila, a worldwide movement hosting secret living room shows from 2013 to 2016; moreso in her management of A Spur of the Moment Project, a record label and event production outfit that caters to post-rock, math-rock, and derivative genres. Li is also the creative strategist of Make Good MNL, a music and lifestyle PR startup
Chairman and CEO, Offshore Music
Ely is a musician, writer, and director, but fans know him best as the singer, guitarist, and songwriter of Eraserheads. At the turn of the millennium, he diversified into different genres from modern rock with Pupil, rockabilly and country with the Oktaves, and modern soul with Apartel. In 2017, he founded Offshore Music and is currently its Chairman. The independent record label specializes in audiophile vinyl releases and championing new, exciting artists like OCS, Ena Mori, Pinkmen, and indie darlings Cheats.
Head of Synchronisation Asia, Warner Music Group Hong Kong
As Head of Synchronization for Warner Music in Asia, Laura is responsible for overseeing and developing Warner’s music-for-media business strategy throughout Asia in the field of music for film, TV, games, and commercials. Before joining Warner, she was a Music Supervisor and Composer Agent at Air-Edel Associates in London, the music production company founded by the Beatles producer, Sir George Martin. Laura produced music for commercials and worked closely with Air-Edel’s composers on scores for Academy Award and BAFTA-winning films, including Disney’s Cinderella, Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and Grain Media’s The White Helmets. Laura studied music at King’s College London with a Choral Scholarship before taking an MPhil in Musicology at the University of Oxford.
DJ Deuce Manila
Patty Tiu is a household name in the club scene, but she’s more than just a powerhouse DJ. She kickstarted her DJ career in 2011 and now has two powerful brand personas, Patty Tiu and Deuce. She’s developed both her brands to have very distinct sounds: the former being more commercial and mainstream, and the latter being Patty’s outlet to share her love for more underground, EDM, techno and trance music. But no matter which persona is working the booth, Patty is guaranteed to deliver high-performance acts that blow the roof with her curated sets.
Artist Manager, Account Manager, 12 Stone Records
Tommy was a cornerstone of the emergence of Philippine punk in the ‘80s. He is the man
behind Twisted Red Cross, a legendary and controversial underground, cassette-only record
label. Twisted Red Cross’ 17-album discography put the spotlight on up and coming local talents
at the time, like Dead Ends, Wuds, George Imbecile & The Idiots, and more. Through the label,
Tommy was able to hand the mic to bands who would not have been able to release albums on
their own. Now, Tommy owns 12 Stone Records, producing music by artists like Kitchie Nadal,
Rocksteddy, and Barbie Almalbis to name a few.
Managing Partner, 20:20 & XX:XX
Anna knows how to have a good time. She’s one of the masterminds between 20:20, a charming, eclectic bar that plays a mix of soul, funk, jazz, and beats, and XX, its more industrial, electro counterpart. Popular underground clubs Black Market and Finders Keepers are also Anna and her partners’ brainchild, and before that, they were the people behind B-Side, a hang-out spot for music lovers who quickly became family. No matter where the music is playing, Anna has a natural talent for curating and transforming a space, turning it into a community that celebrates a shared love for music.
Bagong Lumad Artists Foundation, Inc.
Joey Ayala is one of the big names in Filipino music. A singer, songwriter, and former Chairman of the Music Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, he is well-known for his music style that combines the sounds of Filipino ethnic instruments with modern pop. Joey’s band, “Bagong Lumad” literally means “New Native”—a name and philosophy that has been carried over into Bagong Lumad Artists Foundation, Inc., a UNDP Responsible Party that works on SiningBayan (Social Artistry) capacity-building projects with the government as well as non-government organizations.
Frontman & Songwriter, Ben&Ben
Paolo is well-known as the frontman and songwriter of Ben&Ben, an award-winning folk-pop band behind hits like Kathang Isip, Maybe the Night, and Pagtingin. They are one of the Philippines’ most streamed artists, with over 275 million total streams and 2.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Ben&Ben is one of the few bands to have collaborated on a major film project featuring a catalog of their songs, LSS (Globe Studios), which won the most number of awards in the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, one of the premier film festivals in the cou.
General Manager of Sony Music Philippines, Vice President, Business Development Head of Sony Music Asia
Ros grew up in entertainment, performing professionally from the age of 13, and eventually found her passion in Marketing. She is the Philippines’ General Manager and Asia’s Vice President for Artist Relations and Business Development for Sony Music Entertainment. In her 18 years with the label, Ros has worked closely with Sony’s broad range of regional and international artists, including Alicia Keys, John Mayer, One Direction and Rita Ora. Her current role as head of Sony Music Philippines brings her full circle, and she’s excited to use her years of experience to leverage the digital era, and the unprecedented focus on Asia, to raise the OPM flag worldwide.
Executive Vice President, STAGES
Stella is Executive Vice President of Stages Productions Specialists, Inc., a one-stop shop for your entertainment needs, providing everything from talents, production specialists, design, and advertising. Before this, Stella had a brief 5-year stint in advertising where she became a Creative Director. Then, she did extensive freelance work as an Events and Video Producer before establishing Stages in 1997 with business partners Butch Jimenez and Audie Gemora.
Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist
Barbie is one of the most sought after artists under 12 Stone Records, an independent artist management and record company founded by Mr. Tommy Tanchanco. Barbie is a guitar player, a singer, and a prolific songwriter; she’s performed all around the world together with her band and has recorded a total of 8 albums. Her work has also been recognized with multiple awards: In 2006, she received the PARI 19th Awit Awards for Best Performance by a Female, as well as Best Recording Artist for her song, Just a Smile, and MEG Magazine Teen Choice Awards Favorite Female Artist of the Year.
MARGARITA ISABEL TORRES
Vice President for External Affair, Ateneo Musicians Pool
Isabel is an up-and-coming performer, composer, and songwriter. Currently, a student in Ateneo de Manila, her passion for music shows in her extracurriculars: Isabel is Vice President for External Affairs for the Ateneo Musicians’ Pool and has previously led many of the organizations’ projects. Outside the campus, she is an official voice talent for local commercial jingles under Loudbox Studios, having done stints with McDonald’s Philippines, Great Taste Coffee, PruLife UK to name a few. In all that she does, Isabel says she values creating meaningful connections, leading with justice, and fostering originality in her work.
ATTY. THURSDAY ALCISO
General Manager, FILSCAP
Atty. Mark Alciso is currently the General Manager of the Filipino Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Inc., the collective management organization for music creators and copyright owners in the country. A music copyright expert across the industry, Atty. Alciso is a trailblazer in digital music licensing in the Philippines, having helped pave the way for major channels like YouTube and Spotify to legally operate in the country. He is also an accredited IP Arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center and the Co-Chair of the Copyright Committee of the Licensing Executives Society Philippine
Singer, Songwriter & Guitarist
Best known for his distinctly Filipino sound, Bullet made waves in the music scene with his contemporary folk style. He’s one-third of the three-piece folk group, 3D, along with Johnoy Danao and Ebe Dancel, as well as a solo artist; Bullet released his debut album Usisa in 2018. His journey as a musician skyrocketed when he joined the first-ever Elements National Music Camp in 2009, where his unique music style caught the attention of the camp mentors, including Ryan Cayabyab, Trina Belamide, Joey Ayala, and Francis Reyes.
A&R Manager, Warner Music Philippines
Kelley has had his ears and heart synced to the beat and wave of music as far as he can remember. His contribution to the music industry goes both ways, as Kelley is both a performer and a promoter of local music. He is Warner Music Philippines’ A&R Manager, as well as a founding member and bass player of two of the Philippines’ top rock bands of the last decade: Kjwan, and Dicta License. Behind the scenes, Kelley has helped with the artist development of the Elements Music Camp and worked on the development and management of the highly-followed digital music site, Radio Republic.
ATTY. EMERSON CUYO
Director IV, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines
With more than 20 years of professional experience in government and the private sector, Atty. Cuyo’s background has ranged from technical, supervisory, and top management. He is currently Director IV of the Bureau of Copyright and Other Related Rights of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, where his office handles policy issues on copyright and related rights, accreditation of collective management organizations, and adjudication of cases on copyright, among others. With his broad knowledge and diverse work, Atty. Cuyo’s expertise are in the areas of Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Public Policy, Research, Management, and Financial Analysis.
Head of Artist Services Development (SEA & AUZ), Head of Trade Marketing (APAC), Believe Artist Services Development
Syaheed currently heads Believe Artist Services & Development for Southeast Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, having joined the company in 2013. He’s a passionate music and entertainment industry professional with over 17 years of experience. Before he was affiliated with Believe, he worked with top and emerging artists as an artist manager, award-winning record producer, and party promoter. Syaheed is also Chairman of The Music Society Singapore, an organization that empowers Singaporean musicians, which he co-founded with other passionate independent music champions.
Composer, Music Department Head, Hit Productions
Mike has been doing his thing ever since he was 17 when he started playing music professionally, doing session work for artists like Susan Fernandez-Magno, Lolita Carbon, and Noel Cabangon’s Buklod. At 19, he formed Color It Red and created the hit Paglisan, and created more opportunities for himself in the industry. He continues to compose, arrange, and produce music for the country’s top artists, from Aiza Seguerra, Cooky Chua, and Rico J. Puno, to Cathy Go and Kiana Valenciano. He’s currently an in-house composer, guitar, pedal steel, ukulele, bandura player, and Music Department Head at Hit Productions.