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The eagerly anticipated global rock music business and showcase event Global Rock Summit will return with its 4th annual edition to Burbank, CA from March 24 – 25, 2022 at Hotel Burbank. The event has already confirmed participation from key executives, influencers and gatekeepers in the world of rock and alternative music including professionals from A&R, live, radio, digital, streaming, management, publishing, festivals and beyond. The event is an extension of MUSEXPO Creative Summit and California Entertainment Week, which take place from March 20 – 25, 2022. 

Some of the executives joining this year’s lineup: Allison Hagendorf – (former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series); Bex Majors – Booking Agent, Sound Talent GroupCharley Londoño – Attorney At Law, Office Of J. Charley LondoñoChris Foitle – Head of A&R, Epitaph RecordsDavid “Beno” Benveniste – Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In ChainsDeftonesKornSystem Of A Down); Gary Spivack – Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer PresentsFrank Helmink – Director, BUMA ROCKS!(The Netherlands); Georgette Bivins – Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NYJan Šorm – Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic); Jason Miller – CEO, Eventim Live AsiaJens Lunberg – Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden); Jobst Neerman – Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany); Joel Mark – Executive Manager, YM&UKeith Cunningham – Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles; Kenny “Tick“ Salcido – “Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull RecordsLisa Worden – Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 – LA’s New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming GroupMark Sutherland – Music & Media Journalist (U.K.); Martijn Swier – Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands); Matt Pinfield – Host “New & Approved” KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host; Matthew Reich – Co-Founder, Artist For ArtistMichael Faley – President, Metal Blade RecordsRitch Esra – Publisher, The Music RegistryRob McDermott – President & Founder, Mad Mac EntertainmentSalman U. Syed - Founder - Bangalore Open Air Festival (India); Sat Bisla – President & Founder, Global Rock SummitTej Brar – Founder & Managing Director, Third Culture Ent’t (India); Tommy Nast – Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing and numerous others.

The Global Rock Summit will include the presentation of its first ever “International Rock Icon of The Year” award during a special VIP Awards Ceremony on Thursday, March 24th at the official Global Rock Summit opening night reception at SIR Studios in Hollywood. The event will pay special tribute and host an honorarium awards event for legendary DJ, multimedia personality and A&R executive Matt Pinfield, as its “International Rock Icon of The Year.” Pinfield’s work has transcended across radio, TV, satellite/digital media, print and various other pop cultural platforms. He’s also interviewed over 1000 artists including some of the most prominent names in alternative, rock and other music genres, from the likes of NirvanaDavid BowiePaul McCartneyU2ColdplayJay-ZPink FloydAerosmithRolling StonesFoo Fighters to name but just a few. 

In addition, the event will also showcase promising new rock talent from around the world – previous editions of Global Rock Summit have seen numerous acts secure recording and publishing deals, brand opportunities and securing booking and festival opportunities worldwide. 


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global rock summit confirmed speakers

Allison Hagendorf

(Former Head of Rock, Spotify & Host/Executive Producer, Spotify Original Series)

Bex Majors

Booking Agent, Sound Talent Group

Charley Londoño

Counsel Plus, Co.

Chris Foitle

Head of A&R, Epitaph Records

David "Beno" Benveniste

Founder & CEO, Velvet Hammer Music & Management Group (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Korn, System Of A Down & More)

Frank Helmink

Director, Buma ROCKS! (The Netherlands)

Garrett Capone

VP of Promotion & GM Rock Music, Crush Music

Gary Spivack

Executive Sr. VP / Talent & Curation, Danny Wimmer Presents

Georgette Bivins

Sr. Business Affairs Manager, FCB NY

Greg Sowders

Sr. Vice President A&R, Warner Chappell Music

Jan Šorm

Chairman of APRKA (Czech Republic)

Jason Miller

CEO, Eventim Live Asia

Jens Lundberg

Founder, Blue Lemon Management (Sweden)

Jobst Neerman

Managing Director, RBK Fusion (Germany)

Joel Mark

Executive Manager, YMU

Keith Cunningham

Program Director, 95/5 KLOS Meruelo Media, Los Angeles

Ken Anthony

Rock Editor,

Kenny "Tick" Salcido

Sr. VP/Head of A&R, Red Bull Records

Laura Catana

Head of Artist Relations, IndieFlow

Lisa Worden

Vice President Rock & Alternative, Program Director ALT 98.7 - LA's New Alternative, iHeartMedia National Programming Group

Mark Sutherland

Music & Media Journalist (U.K.)

Martijn Swier

Founder, Endless Music (The Netherlands)

Matt Pinfield

Host "New & Approved" KLOS, Los Angeles / Westwood One & Benztown Radio Networks Syndicated Host

Matthew Reich

Co-Founder, Artist For Artist

Michael Faley

President, Metal Blade Records

Riku Pääkkönen

Owner & Founder, Ranka Kustannus

Ritch Esra

Publisher, The Music Registry

Rob McDermott

President & Founder, Mad Mac Entertainment

Salman U. Syed

Founder, Infinite Dreams / Bangalore Open Air Festival (India)

Sat Bisla

President & Founder, A&R Worldwide / Global Rock Summit

Sean Heydorn

Vice President, Rise Records

Shannon O'Shea

Artist & Producer Manager, Creative Consultant, SOS Management

Tej Brar

Founder & Managing Director of Third Culture Ent't (India)

Thomas Scherer

President, Repertoire & Marketing, Los Angeles & New York, BMG

Toby Wright

Award Winning Producer (Alice In Chains, KISS, Korn, Ozzy Osbourne, Primus & More)

Tommy Nast

Sr. Programming Director/Music Strategies, Trafalgar Releasing

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