About our Conference

One of the Electric City Music Conference’s most exciting aspects are the panels and speakers. Every year we strive to provide conference attendees with presentations that will benefit them as professional musicians. Our panelists and keynote speakers are serious movers and shakers in the industry, are internationally respected and have real world experience in their fields. Best of all? We provide the conference for FREE.

2018 topics, panelists & Speakers

11 a.m.-noon: Artist registration table opens/free breakfast

Noon-1 p.m.: Mentoring sessions: learn from the people who live it

Mini breakout sessions will give attendees the chance to have face-to-face, small group mentoring sessions with industry professionals.


  • Mark Woodbridge, talent manager at Word Is Bond
  • Erick Droegmoeller, talent manager at Word Is Bond
  • John Phillips, entrepreneur/tour manager (Breaking Benjamin/Ice T/Starset/Snoop Dogg)
  • Josh Balz, entrepreneur/musician/former member of Motionless In White
  • Sean Mott, booking agent at Artery Global
  • Joey Lanzillotto, booking agent at Artery Global
  • Dave McWane, lead singer/touring musician with Big D and the Kids Table
  • Freddie Fabbri, radio personality/former manager of Breaking Benjamin

1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.: Touring – how to survive on the road

Touring sounds like fun, but to do it properly, there is a science involved. Industry professionals discuss the ins and outs of a proper tour. How do you book the tour, how do you pick the right tour, and how do you stay alive while on that tour? Hear it from the professionals who live and breath touring.

Panelists: Mark Woodbridge, John Phillips, Sean Mott, Joey Lanzillotto, and Dave McWane

2 p.m.-2:45 p.m.: Tech in music – how technology can allow you to focus on music

Technology and music now go hand-in-hand. Utilizing the right applications and dedicating your resources to the correct tools is half the battle. Kris Jones of the Special Guest App and Ryan Hertel of Socialocca explain how, when properly utilized, their technology platforms can make your band’s life easier.

Panelists: Kris Jones (co-founder of Special Guest App) and Ryan Hertel, (touring DJ/owner of Socialocca and Tree Frog)

2:45 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Free snacks/drinks

3 p.m.-3:45 p.m.: Branding – your band is your business

Music is one thing. But, to really make it, a band must present themselves as the total package. Industry professionals that understand what it takes to present your band in the proper light discuss the dos and don’ts of branding your band.

Panelists: Keith Perks (photographer and owner of 1120 Creative), Josh Balz, and Erick Droegmoeller

4 p.m.-5 p.m.: Keynote – developing a career in the music and radio industry

This year’s keynote speaker is Freddie Fabbri, a local radio personality and former manager of Breaking Benjamin. Freddie has navigated the waters of the music and radio industry for years. His presentation will call upon special guests, live experiences, and data to discuss the ever-changing landscape of music and radio.

Archived Recordings from Past Conferences

Past panelist and speakers include: Eva Alexiou-Reo (Fata Booking Agency), Christian Wagner (Good Fight Entertainment), Lou Plaia (Co-Founder Reverb Nation), Mark Woodbridge (Word Is Bond, Inc.), Erick Droegmoeller (Word Is Bond, Inc.), Will Beekman (FM Kirby Center), Frank Polumbo (Motionless In White), Bret Alexander (The Badlees), Michael Cloeren (PA Jazz Festival), Freddie Fabri (Cumulus), Rich Howells (NEPAScene) Mike Lello (Highway 81 Revisited), Tori Thomas (97.9x) and many others.