The Music Office Hours is an event for students and recent graduates to get a better understanding of what it takes to work in the music industry. The panel of speakers includes content producers, label managers, artists, and more. This diverse group of young professionals will provide expert insight about getting a start in the music industry, networking, and rising through the ranks. There will be a fun group competition at the end of the event, as well as a chance to speak one-on-one with the panelists!


Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Venue: Red Bull Studios New York

Doors Open: 7:00pm

Panel Starts: 7:15pm

Food will be provided from our friends at sweetgreen!

*Capacity is limited so make sure to show up early

 

Closest Subways: 1 (18th Street), A/C/E/L (14th Street)


PANELISTS

KHALILA DOUZE
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER @ GENIUS

Khalila joined Genius in January 2016 as its first Social Media Manager, responsible for defining the brand's voice on all social networks, directing live social coverage, and launching new channels. Before joining the lyrics powerhouse, she was The FADER's social media editor and manager, building their team and content across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Growing up in Miami and Paris, Khalila graduated from Brown University in 2013 with a degree in Africana Studies and began her career as a social media strategist at the prized firm Havas. She's a proud Pisces, just like Rihanna. 

ZAC MANTELL
LABEL RELATIONS @ RED DISTRIBUTION

Zac is currently the Associate Director of Label Management at SONY’s Independent Distribution Company, RED Distribution. Zac has been working at RED for nearly 4 years, working in both the physical and digital sales departments within RED before moving into Label Management.  Prior to joining RED, he got his start in the music industry interning and working for Jagjaguwar Records, Dead Oceans Records, Secretly Canadian Records, ATO Records and Sony Masterworks.  Zac studied music and business at Indiana University.

ZAK DOWNTOWN
INDEPENDENT HIP-HOP ARTIST

Zak Downtown is an independent hip-hop artist born and raised in NYC. Zak has been on tour and performed with acts including G-Eazy, The Chainsmokers, Future, Dada Life, Hoodie Allen, Lupe Fiasco and more. Zak has released all of his music as an independent artist and plays a big role in the promotion, social media campaigns, bookings and more. Zak went to NYU where he studied Sports Management.

JORI BELL
PRODUCT MANAGER @ SOUNDCLOUD

Jori manages Ad Product Development at SoundCloud NYC where she's responsible for bringing new ad formats to the market. Jori also helped launch SoundCloud's first advertising in international markets (UK, FR and IE), onboarding some of SoundCloud's first advertising partners. Advertising on SoundCloud aims to help creators build their careers on the platform through their premier On SoundCloud program. 

Prior to SoundCloud, Jori worked as a Product Manager at Wenner Media where she evolved the digital brands for Rolling Stone and Us Weekly with site redesigns and custom sales programs. Before Wenner Media, Jori worked as a Product Manager at AOL Inc. focused on AOL Entertainment brands AOL Music, AOL TV and Moviefone. 

Jori graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. 

NEM
DJ | PRODUCER | FOUNDER OF LA COCINA RECORDS

BASED IN MANHATTAN, NEM HAS PLACED A FIRM GRIP ON THE NYC MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SCENE. CURRENTLY HE HOLDS RESIDENCIES AT MARQUEE, 1OAK, TAO DOWNTOWN, AVENUE, & UP & DOWN. HE ALSO STILL SPINS HIS MONTHLY PARTY “DAYLOAD” IN PHILADELPHIA (WINNER OF PHILLY’S BEST PARTY AWARD 2013 & 2014). HE’S APPEARED ON TNT & NBC THIS YEAR HANDLING DJ DUTIES FOR THE NBA & RED NOSE DAY, RESPECTIVELY. IN ADDITION, NEM IS ALSO THE TOUR DJ FOR RECORDING ARTISTS SAMMY ADAMS & ZAK DOWNTOWN. NEM HAS PRODUCED & REMIXED SONGS THAT HAVE AMASSED OVER 4 MILLION PLAYS ON SOUNDCLOUD AND IS CURRENTLY WORKING WITH DJ SINATRA & THEIR PRODUCTION HOUSE “LA COCINA MUSIC”. NEM APPEARS IN VENUES & EVENTS IN CHICAGO, LA, & ABROAD. HE ATTENDED CORNELL UNIVERSITY & IS FINISHING THE DEBUT “LA COCINA MIXTAPE”. HE ALSO RECEIVED HIS FIRST GLOBAL SPIN AWARD NOMINATION THIS YEAR FOR MOST OUTSTANDING REGIONAL DJ - EAST REGION.