Jimmy Iovine and Sean Combs
Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jimmy Iovine, Guy Oseary, Russell Simmons, Ne-Yo and Jhene Aiko Among Speakers and Performers at Inaugural Conference
Nearly 1,000 Attendees, Over 70 Speakers, 5 Live Music Showcases and
5 Hours of “REVOLT Live” Broadcast On Location
REVOLT TV heralded the overwhelming success of its inaugural REVOLT Music Conference held this past weekend in Miami Beach, Florida. With nearly one thousand attendees, double the expected amount, RMC took over Fontainebleau Miami Beach Hotel and celebrated the multi-genre, multi-platform music network’s one-year anniversary. Here guests got a chance to experience five live music showcases with performances from Jhene Aiko, SZA, G-Eazy, ASTR and Travis Scott, five hours of “REVOLT Live” broadcast on location, ten panels featuring over 70 speakers, keynote addresses from Guy Oseary, Bob Pittman, Russell Simmons and Sean Combs, networking seminars and an evening gala honoring Jimmy Iovine where over 700 revelers enjoyed a special performance from Ne-Yo.
Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine welcomed REVOLT to Miami on Thursday and later presented CEO Keith Clinkscales with a key to the city. Friday morning Clinkscales officially kicked off the conference followed by rousing keynote addresses from Guy Oseary (Manager and Founder of Maverick) and Bob Pittman (Chairman and CEO of IHeartMedia). REVOLT Chairman Sean Combs sat in the audience for a few of the afternoon’s panels, including the “Disruptors: The Future of Business” discussion where he engaged panelists Rio Caraeff (President & CEO of Vevo), Kevin McGurn (Chief Revenue Officer of Shazam), Britt Morgan-Saks (Artist Services at Spotify), Alex Ljung (CEO of SoundCloud), Lars Murray (VP of Music Industry Relations at Pandora) and moderator Kenna about the future of the record business. Music industry titans such as LA Reid, DJ Khaled and Craig Kallman determined that A&R is not dead after all.
Russell Simmons received a standing ovation at the start of an inspirational keynote address to kick off Day Two before leading a packed house in a group meditation. The day’s panels featured some of the biggest titans of their perspective industries including Frank Cooper (CMO of Pepsico) and Marc Ecko (Founder & Chief Brand Officer of Complex Media) discussing “The New Deal: Brands and Artists” and legendary music producers Dallas Austin and Rodney Jerkins debating “The Business of Music Publishing” with singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy and Jessica Rivera (SVP, Head of East Coast Operations of Universal Music Publishing). REVOLT founder Sean “Diddy” Combs led a rousing keynote address entitled “#AskDiddy” in front of a packed house, offering invaluable career insight and advice to the standing-room-only crowd. Following a classic performance by Ne-Yo, Combs presented his good friend, industry icon Jimmy Iovine, with an award and spoke at length about his illustrious forty year career. The award was created by artist Glenn Kaino using Olympian Tommie Smith’s famous forearm and fist. Iovine then gave a rousing speech about the current state of music and industry’s ever-changing landscape.
“In your own way, reflecting your own musical passions, I do call upon all of you to find your way to innovate and be a part of music’s future,” said Jimmy Iovine to the audience of over 700 as he accepted his award. “We are no longer in the music business, but in the business of music.”
Additional speakers at the REVOLT Music Conference included executives from Apple (Larry Jackson, BOH Specialist), Facebook & Instagram (Jonathan Hull, Music Partnerships); Def Jam (Sickamore, A&R) and Epic (Sylvia Rhone, President); Atlantic (Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO); and Glassnotes Records (Daniel Glass, CEO) among many more.
Conference sponsors included Honda, Pepsi, Beats by Dre, Olay, COVERGIRL, Pantene, CÎROC, TW Steel, Mahala 360 and Caesarstone. Combs and other panelists and performers signed speakers cased in Caesarstone quartz that will be auctioned off from October 20 to November 14 at www.biddingforgood.com/turnitup with all proceeds going directly to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. Technology partners Intercast and LiveCube provided video support and event app engagement, respectively, while music industry organizations ASCAP, The Recording Academy, Scratch DJ Academy and SAE partnered with the network as well.
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Photo credit: Photo by Jesus Arrungerun/Invision for REVOLT
Music Conference Gala Dinner at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Miami Beach, Fla. (Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision for REVOLT Music Conference/AP Images)