9:00 a.m. 

Registration Open 

Come early to avoid the rush and to ensure that your group doesn’t miss any of the Opening Session!


Opening General Session

Join us for opening remarks from school faculty followed by an interactive opening session.

Dr Keith Jackson – Dean – College of Creative Arts

Dr. Kelly Burke – Director – WVU School of Music

Prof. Darko Velichkovski – WVU Music Industry Program

Key Note – Philip Bowen


11:00 a.m. 

11:50 a.m 

Workshop 1 : Agencies & Buyers 

Agencies & Buyers: The fundamentals on how talent agencies and concert promoters work together to create some of the biggest shows in the world. 

Presented by Sarah Giles (fmr. Reliant Talent Agency) and Katie Mischler (Founders Entertainment)


Join Live Industry professionals Katie Mischler and Sarah Giles in a discussion as they share their experiences working with some of the leading Agencies and Promoters today.


Workshop 2 : Working Successfully in the Music Industry: An Engagement Forum

Working Successfully in the Music Industry: An Engagement Forum 

Moderated by Ross Justice (WVU)

Attendees are invited to apprehend the unique experiences of an esteemed panel of West Virginia performing artists including including Philip Bowen (Americas Got Talent), Jared Miller, Ross Justice and Brendan Gallagher

12:30 p.m.


Lunches are provided with conference ticket price 

Performances – 

WVU Bluegrass Band with Philip Bowen

Grace Campbell


1:15 p.m.

In the Mix: Steve Marcantonio

Grammy-winning recording engineer and producer Steve Marcantonio

2:20 – 3:30pm

One-on-One Mentor Sessions

Katie Mischler (Founders Entertainment)

Sarah Giles (Reliant Talent Agency)

Philip Bowen (Singer/Songwriter, America’s Got Talent)

Steve Marcantonio (Recording Engineer/Producer)

Reed Turner (True Grit Management)



Broaden Your Performance

Geena Mattox (Broadway Performer/Phantom of the Opera)


Fairs + Festivals = Fans

Presented by Rick Modesitt (RMA Presents) & Josh Swiger (WVU, RMA Presents)

4:30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Reed Turner (True Grit Management)

General Registration $25