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TPR Music Artist Forum | In Partnership with SLATT Management

Musicians of all ages were invited to a networking workshop and panelist discussion dedicated to understanding the future of music technology, copyright law, entertainment law, obtaining royalties, and navigation of music streaming services.

The event took place on Tuesday, June 21st and featured a group panelist discussion.

Guest Panelists:

Ondrejia Scott | 7:00pm - 7:10pm

Chris Castle | 7:10pm - 7:20pm

Krystal Jones | 7:20pm - 7:30pm

Dr. Steven Parker | 7:30pm - 7:40pm

Linda Bloss-Baum | 7:40pm - 7:50pm

Local musicians submitted original music featured on our Artist Forum playlist here:

Professional headshots taken by Oscar Moreno.

We ended the night with a special live performance by J. Darius live in the Malú and Carlos Alvarez Theater.

J. Darius
J. Darius

Meet the Panelists:

Ondrejia L. Scott

Ondrejia's vision is to be an emerging leader in providing musicians, entertainers, and creators comprehensive career solutions enabled by technology and services that advances the entertainment industry in an equitable manner.

Upon completion of her J.D. program at St. Mary’s University School of Law, she intends to expand the company into new verticals including athlete representation, social media influencers, and TikTok.

Chris Castle
Chris Castle

Chris founded the firm in Los Angeles in 2005 and moved the firm to Austin in 2011. He works on a variety of transactional matters in the nexus of music, technology and policy. (See “What We Do”). His most recent public policy study for the World Intellectual Property Organization is available here. His most recent U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in Google v Oracle is available here and op-ed on the caseis available here. His most recent Copyright Office comment on the Unclaimed Royalties Study is available here and his most recent comment to the Copyright Royalty Board on the frozen mechanicals crisis is available here. His law journal article "Defiance or Collaboration: The Role of the Presidential Signing Statement in MLC Board Appointments” is here.

Chris is a frequent speaker at professional conferences, including for the American Bar Association, the state bar associations of California, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Texas, and the Austin Bar Association, Beverly Hills Bar Association, California Copyright Conference, Copyright Society of the USA, the Dallas Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association. He has testified on artist rights issues at the UK Parliament, briefed the National Association of Attorneys General about brand sponsored piracy, spoken at Congressional seminars and lectures at law schools and business schools in the US and Canada on music-tech issues and artist rights including American University, Hastings College of the Law, University of Georgia Terry College of Business, Osgoode Hall, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA School of Law and Anderson Graduate School of Management, the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and the University of Texas Butler School of Music.

Chris was the founding chair of the Austin-Toronto Music City Trade Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Austin and Toronto city councils to promote commercial music business trade between the U.S. and Canada. Chris is the director of the Texas Entertainment Law Institute and is co-founder of the Artist Rights Symposium at the University of Georgia. He is the past Legislative Chair of the Entertainment & Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and was the principal drafter of the Texas True Origin of Digital Goods Act in the 87th Texas Legislature (2021). In 2005, Chris was elected as a fellow of the World Technology Network. He received the 2016 Texas Star Award from the State Bar of Texas. His current speaking engagements are here.

Prior to founding the firm he was SVP and General Counsel to SNOCAP in San Francisco, of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles, SVP Business Affairs at Sony Music in New York, and VP Business Affairs at A&M Records in Hollywood.

Chris is an MBA graduate of the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and a JD graduate of the UCLA School of Law. While in law school he was a member of the UCLA Law Review, an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics and won the Norma Zarky Prize for the best published student paper on an entertainment law topic. Chris was an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he taught The Music Business in the Digital Millennium. Before law school, Chris graduated with high honors from UCLA, majoring in political theory. He is admitted to the bar in California and Texas.

Chris Castle writes the MusicTech.Solutions blog.

Krystal Jones
Krystal Jones

As Interim Executive Director of the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture, Krystal Jones oversees the department’s day-to-day operations and the planning and execution of programs and initiatives within its core divisions: Grants Management, Public Art, Cultural Events & Exhibits, and Marketing, Film & Music. In this role, Jones manages the department’s budget, including the Core Grants Program for nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists, and its Public Art Program. She is a great believer in the power of arts, culture, and community to transform lives.

Jones' 11 years with the City of San Antonio includes serving as the Department of Arts & Culture’s Marketing, Film & Music Administrator, and the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (now Visit San Antonio) Senior Brand Manager. As a result of her work, San Antonio has received hundreds of positive news stories, a Music Friendly Community designation by the State of Texas, and a top place to live and work as a moviemaker by MovieMaker Magazine. In addition, film permits in San Antonio increased by nearly 80%, with the city welcoming an average of 200 national and international productions annually. These include NBC’s “American Nina Warrior,” HBO’s “Entre Nos” and “HA Comedy Festival” specials, Capital One’s Spike Lee-directed “NCAA Road Trip” commercial. Jones also led the development and implementation of the department's Performing Arts and Music Strategic Plans, which included the creation of Performing Arts Grants, a Loading Zone Parking Program for gigging musicians and the showcase of musicians at City Council meetings.

Before her work in public service, Krystal directed award-winning integrated marketing and communications strategies for hospitality, construction, and technology organizations. She holds a Master of Science in Public Relations from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studios and Psychology from Heidelberg University. Any spare time finds her exploring all areas of San Antonio with a camera in hand and serving as a personal butler to her dog and cat.

Dr. Steven Parker

Steve Parker is an artist, musician, and curator. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize, the Ashurst Prize (UK), the Tito’s Prize, a Fulbright, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Parker works with salvaged musical instruments, amateur choirs, marching bands, urban bat colonies, flocks of grackles, and pedicab fleets to investigate systems of control, interspecies behavior, and forgotten histories. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures modeled after obsolete surveillance tools; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles.

Parker has exhibited and performed at institutions, public spaces, and festivals internationally. Highlights include the the American Academy in Rome (Italy), Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Arkansas), CUE Art Foundation (NY), the Fusebox Festival (Austin), Gwangju Media Art Festival (Korea), the Guggenheim Museum (NY), the Lincoln Center Festival (NY), Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT (LA), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), MASS MoCA (Massachusetts), the McNay Art Museum (San Antonio), Rich Mix (London), SXSW, and Tanglewood. As a soloist and as an artist of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, he has premiered 200+ new works.

Parker has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Mid America Arts Alliance. He is curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, Executive Director of Collide Arts, and a faculty member at UTSA. He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

Linda Bloss-Baum
Linda Bloss-Baum

Linda Bloss-Baum is the Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at SoundExchange. In that role, Linda drives awareness, education and visibility for SoundExchange’s members with policy makers across the globe, in particular in Washington DC. Before joining SoundExchange full time, she served as an independent consultant for SoundExchange and recording artists through her agency, LBB Creative Strategies. LBB Creative Strategies increased the volume of artists’ voices in multiple arenas. Prior to establishing LBB Creative Strategies, Linda ran the Warner Music Group office in Washington, D.C. for six years. She also served as Vice President, Public Policy/Government Relations at Universal Music Group/NBC Universal and Time Warner, Inc. Linda graduated from Catholic University Law School. She is an adjunct professor at the KOGOD School of Business at her undergrad alma mater, American University, where she teaches a class on “Protecting the Creative Class in the Digital Age.

SoundExchange represents recording artists and small, medium, and large record companies. They collect and distribute royalties for multiplatinum stars and local garage bands, for a cappella and acid rock, bluegrass, symphonies, big bands, and everything in between. SoundExchange maintains more than 245,000 recording artists and rights owner accounts.

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