Get clear on your next steps to building your sustainable music career
Learn how to get it all done WITHOUT the overwhelm & burnout
Gain a community of other like-minded music professionals

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Noble Steed Music, founded by Jason Spiewak, offers turnkey record label solutions for independent artists seeking proper marketing, promotion and distribution. In addition, they provide aggressive and effective playlist marketing for singles, EPs, or entire albums via exclusive Spotify services, as well as top-level branding and graphic imaging including development of lyric videos and fully-integrated web and mobile development and design.


The Unstarving Musician podcast features weekly interviews with independent music artists who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, getting gigs, the creative process, marketing, and more. It’s the podcast intended to help indie music artists do more of what they love–make music.


“Where Live Music, Food & Sports Meet -
in the Heart of Long Beach! ”

Junction is the heart of the Summit, hosting all of the workshops and panels throughout the event, as well as being the venue for all of our live music each of the 3 nights!

Address: 20 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561
Hours: Monday - Friday 12pm-2am
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 1am
Phone: (516) 889-1680


The MILE (Music Is Love Exchange) is a network of artists, musicians, and music lovers bringing positivity and change to the lives of disadvantaged and underserved children, strengthening families and communities both in the U.S. and abroad. 
The MILE will return to Guatemala from December 7 through December 15 in 2019
Click here to download an application to join us on our next MILE adventure! 
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JLS Management, founded by Jason Spiewak, is the management arm of Noble Steed Music. Current clients include Constantine Maroulis, Toby Lightman, Paul Pfau, Sariah, Brooke Moriber, Andrea Nardello, Hey Monea and Elvio Fernandes of Daughtry fame. 

Spiewak is an artist manager and noted artist developer, former label president (Rock Ridge Music), with A&R credits that include Rachel Platten, Reel Big Fish, Kittie, and Ingram Hill. Spiewak has previously managed artists such as Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ernie Halter, Tony Lucca, Brendan James, and Todd Carey. Spiewak is also an accomplished producer, pianist, and songwriter, and NARAS voting member since 2003.


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The Music-Preneur Mindset

Any of this sound familiar?

You're DROWNING in info on how to grow your music career and still you're seeing no real progress.

You know you want to make money from your music, but that's a dream that feels FAR OFF - something that everyone else seems capable of achieving but you.

You spend all your free time trying to figure it all out but NOTHING is clicking.

You forget why you got involved in music in the first place as you're busy being the Manager, Agent, Publicist, AND Personal Assistant of your own career.


You're DROWNING in info on how to grow your career but still seeing no real progress.
You want to make money from your music, but that dream feels like something everyone else is capable of achieving except you.
You spend all your free time trying to figure EVERYTHING out but NOTHING is clicking.
You forget why you got involved in music in the first place since you're busy being the Manager, Agent, Publicist, AND Personal Assistant of your own career.


Stepping clearly and confidently into your success.

Releasing new music with purpose & engagement from your fans.

Balancing your music, your relationships, and "me-time" in a way that doesn't leave you feeling guilty or anxious.  

Now, imagine...


The Music-preneur Mindset is a belief in one's ability to build the career they want without the burnout, by embracing their role as CEO & understanding DIY ≠ Do It Alone. 

Tweet it out!

It's possible. And You're a lot closer than you think!

Singular workshops teaching you how to approach your career like a successful entrepreneur without losing touch with your creativity & art

What to Expect

Rest, Reflect & Re-Vamp Your Career

3 Days on the beaches of NY, away from the city noise

Intimate setting designed for direct interaction with celebrated industry experts

All sessions streamed in a private FB Group for access to replays

Fix your mindset so you can increase your sales, fan engagement, daily focus, and improve your overall well-being!

Your Host

The music industry almost killed me. It took getting severely sick for me to see the problems that music industry professionals face.

That’s what inspired me to go back to school and become a therapist and work with musicians to make sure they are achieving their careers with MORE PURPOSE & LESS OVERWHELM.

So I've decided to invite the smartest, most successful and inspiring friends inside and outside of the industry to come together for three days and help musicians and music professionals just like YOU build your career without all the burnout. 

This Summit is in its 3rd year & it's designed to teach you the necessary skills needed to apply everything you’re already learning but probably not implementing effectively. 

Hey, I'm Suz!

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Our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell


Like any music-preneur, Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell wears many hats. She is a Psychologist, Author, Speaker, and Musician. She knows all about the struggle of staying positive and finding peace while you go through life on your own.

Join us for her Keynote Address: #GetHappy: Strategies from Positive Psychology for Finding Sustainable Joy.

Whether you're a touring musician living out of a suitcase, or simply feeling misunderstood by your loved ones, being a music-preneur can be a lonely path and sustaining a positive outlook is crucial to maintaining momentum.


Thrilled to Announce  Our 2019 Speakers!

You'll hear from...

Lou Plaia

Ariel Hyatt

Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Jason Spiewak

Lauren Kelly Benson

Vanessa Ferrer


Randy Nichols

Phillip Ryan block

Lesley Barth

Barry Heyman, Esq.

Britnee Foreman


Ulf Oesterle

Joyce Dollinger

Emily White

Fiona Bloom

Dilini Weerasooriya

Nicole Blonder

Rock Your Image

Find Your Fans

Be your authentic self

master your launch

connect within yourself

Nail your merch

Lead your team

Manage your sh*t

find your balance

support your community

take the leap

protect yourself

own your sh*t

get the gig

spread the word

say what you mean

always be prepared

Manage your money

Hala Maroc

Ian Temple

Sound Goals & Next Steps

Badass Strategies

Summit Schedule

What does your day look like?

9am - Self-Care Session on the Beach

10AM-1:pm - Morning Panels & Workshops @ Junction Bar & Grille

1-2:30pm - LUNCH BREAK

2:30-5:30pm - Afternoon PANELS & WORKSHOPS @ JUNCTION BAR & GRILLE

8:30pm-12am - Live music @ JUNCTION BAR & GRILLE

Plus 1:1 Mentor Sessions, Networking, Song/Pitch Feedback & more!!!

Hotel Accommodations

The Long Beach Hotel

We have a LIMITED block of rooms left at a group discount rate at the Long Beach Hotel for Thursday {$169} & Friday {$189} nights. When you purchase your ticket we'll send you the group code and phone number to call!

Unfortunately there is no longer any availability for Saturday night, September 28.

As an alternative, you can book an AirBnB room or stay at the Allegria, Long Beach's other premiere hotel. 

You can also post in our private FB Group {upon purchasing your tickets} and coordinate with our many locals to couch-crash or travel in by a short car/train ride from Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn or any of the hotels near JFK airport!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cancellation / Refund Policy
No refund but part of your ticket includes access to the streamable content online, so if for some reason you can’t attend you will keep virtual access for 2 weeks after the conference.

Where is it located?
The Junction Bar & Grille
20 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561

Where can I stay?
We have a number of rooms blocked off at the Long Beach Hotel at a group discount, blocks from Junction and across the street from the beach! There are also AirBnB locations available, as well as the Allegria Hotel.

Otherwise, you can couch-crash {ask in the FB Group after purchasing tickets} or travel in from Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan by train/car each day or stay near JFK airport and take the train from there!

How do I get there?
Train: Buy Tickets Here
Car: Get Directions Here

What should I make sure to bring with me?
Business cards
A Notebook, pens/pencils
Clothes to move in (there will be yoga!)
An open mind & positive attitude
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Any other Qs? Email us!

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Come Join Us!

Lou Plaia - ReverbNation

Lou Plaia co-founded ReverbNation in 2006 and since then has helped millions of artists build their careers with powerful online marketing tools. ReverbNation's A&R and Artist Development capabilities and broad industry relationships also offer Artists access to the global music industry. Prior to ReverbNation, Plaia worked 12 years at Atlantic Records where he was VP of Strategic Marketing.

Plaia then became the Head of Marketing and Artist Development for Atlantic imprint, Lava Records. Plaia also started Hot Rats Entertainment in 2017 to manage and/or consult artists.


Cheryl B. Engelhardt - CBE Music

Cheryl is a composer and singer/songwriter with dozens of film and ad scores, four piano-pop albums, 20 tours, and 40+ TV placements under her belt ( She writes for films, choral groups, ads, and has performed all over the world, sung with Sting, and is writing a Broadway musical.

She also supports musicians in crafting their ideal careers through resources as a consultant and on her site, In The Key Of Success ( Her focus is on communication: pitching, email marketing, and branding. 


Jason Spiewak - Noble Steed Music

Jason Spiewak is the President and founder of JLS Artist Management and Noble Steed Music, current clients include Constantine Maroulis, Toby Lightman, Paul Pfau, Sariah, Brooke Moriber, Andrea Nardello, Hey Monea and Elvio Fernandes of Daughtry fame. 

Spiewak is an artist manager and noted artist developer, former label president (Rock Ridge Music), with A&R credits that include Rachel Platten, Reel Big Fish, Kittie, and Ingram Hill. Spiewak has previously managed artists such as Sister Hazel, Pat McGee, Ernie Halter, Tony Lucca, Brendan James, and Todd Carey. Spiewak is also an accomplished producer, pianist, and songwriter, and NARAS voting member since 2003.


Ariel Hyatt - Cyber PR

Ariel Hyatt is the founder of Cyber PR; a Brooklyn-based social media PR firm. Her Cyber PR Total Tuneups, books, and seminars help artists navigate the confusing and overwhelming world of the new music business with ease.


Lauren Kelly Benson - Auditi Flow & Creative Wellness

Lauren Kelly Benson is a 500-hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher here to serve musicians and artists in their wellness. Additionally, she is a singer/songwriter, activist, teaching artist, and founder of Aditi Flow and Creative Wellness. Bringing yoga, meditation, and music education to black and brown youth and schools, mother, activists, and artists, Aditi Flow is designed to expand access to the healing modalities that Lauren loves.


Vanessa Ferrer - Merch Cat

An alumna of N.Y.U. and Berklee College of Music, Vanessa Ferrer has been a successful businesswoman for over 15 years in the financial and artist management fields. Armed with the heart of an artist, the belief that she could make a difference, and the drive to make it happen, Ferrer founded InFocus Artist Management in 2009. After managing several touring clients and consulting with high-profile industry professionals, she realized a market need for DIY artists and their business teams, and used her multi-faceted background to develop a means for artists to maximize merchandise revenue streams. In 2015, Ferrer officially launched Merch Cat, a musician friendly one-stop tool for artists to sell and manage merch at live shows. The app also features a website reporting component for tracking and analyzing inventory and venue sales. Ferrer is a member of NARAS, the Music Business Association, and Women In Music.



Niko Vaude is the guitarist, songwriter, and producer for Pros & iCons, a 4 piece alternative pop-rock band from NYC. With a team-building mentality, Niko and his band are able to succeed in the music industry independently by remaining diligent with self appointed tasks, such as music production, photo/video, finance management, branding, and booking. Because of this, Niko has embarked on full US tours, gained commercial music placement, and positioned major radio airplay. Believing it to be imperative, Niko claims building a team of equally passionate individuals is the key to prosperity in today’s music industry. Of course, this is in conjunction with an excellent collection of songs to showcase your talents and brand!


Randy Nichols - Force media management

Randy has guided artists to multiple Gold records and Grammy nominations, overseen record releases and sold out tours on six continents, and managed artists for a combined sales of over 5 million records and $20 million plus dollars in merchandise sales. He is regularly invited to speak about artist management, merchandise and technology at conferences including SXSW, CMJ, Launch Music Conference, Montauk Music Festival as well as multiple universities that bring him back annually. Randy has managed Beach Slang, Vacationer, Bayside, Underoath, The Starting Line, Say Anything, Person L, Aaron Gillespie, The Almost, Hit The Lights, Fake Problems, JamisonParker and The Pilfers. He also advises atVenu, the leading Live Event Commerce Platform used at over 100,000 events each year.


Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell - Love & Life

Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell is a psychologist, author, international speaker, musician, and host of the podcast, Love & Life. Her writing, speaking, podcasting, and Instagramming delve into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. A former psychotherapist and professor, Dr. Anderson Abrell’s platform integrates clinical expertise (with an emphasis on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and data gleaned from psych research. Her book, Single is the New Black: Don't Wear White 'til it's Right is a word of empowerment to singles—encouraging them to stay strong amidst “single shaming,” live life on their own terms, and never ever settle for anything less than an extraordinary relationship.

Her second book, I Don’t: A Guide for the Runaway Bride, will be published in the fall of 2019. Connect with Karin on her website,, or on Instagram @dr.karin.


Lesley Barth - Singer-Songwriter

NYC-based singer/songwriter left her job in the corporate world in 2018 to focus on music and freelance work that supports her lifestyle as she grows her audience.


Barry Heyman, Esq. - Heyman Law

Barry Heyman has been practicing entertainment, intellectual property (copyrights and trademarks), and new media law for over fifteen years. In 2004, Barry founded Heyman Law. In his law practice, Barry advises individuals and business on a wide variety of legal matters including drafting and negotiating music and entertainment contracts such as recording, publishing, licensing, distribution, management, and band agreement. Barry also handles copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property matters.  

Over the course of his career, Barry has served as Chair of the music and entertainment business program at the Institute of Audio Research and as an adjunct professor at NYU, The Hartt School, and presently at Five Towns College. 


Britnee Foreman - Downtown Music Publishing

Britnee Foreman is a Music Data strategist that helps artists make a living doing what they love. After more than a decade in the Music Industry, she knows what drives an artists career forward.

She holds a BA in marketing with a focus in statistics and economics. Britnee has been a sound engineer, artist manager, spoken at numerous conferences, written for blogs, and even appeared in some magazines. She is passionate about using her talent to advocate for musicians and songwriters in the music industry. 

Currently as Head of Data Strategy at Downtown Music Publishing and Songtrust she uses data to leverage insights and advocate for songwriters. She is passionate about data literacy among music makers and advancing more women in music and tech.


Vira Byramji, Eliza Berse & Lilly Torres -
Now What??

Eliza Berse is a jack of all trades. She got her start managing rising NYC talent like Gabriel Garzón-Montano and Quincy Vidal (Rosehardt & Le’Asha Julius). Talent buying, event production and management was a natural progression, allowing her to work with a variety of icons like Wyclef Jean, Grandmaster Flash, Sheila E., The Jacksons, Slick Rick, and Kool & the Gang and in some of NYC’s most legendary venues, including Blue Note NYC, B.B. King Blues Club, Highline Ballroom, and Brooklyn Bowl. She has worked for talent agencies, labels, venues, artists, production companies and is now growing her own roster of talent, stay tuned!

Lilly Torres has over 10 years experience in the music industry and is a lifetime lover of music with a focus in hip-hop and R&B. Her resume includes work at Def Jam, Hot 97, Mophonics Publishing, Electric Lady Studios, artist consulting, and most recently, A&R Coordinator at 5Towns Records. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Arts Management at SUNY Purchase College and her Master’s Degree in Music Business from New York University.

Vira Byramji is an audio engineer, specializing in studio recording and mixing. Vira’s entrance into the industry was through the legendary Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, NYC, where she was the assistant manager and a staff engineer. There, she worked with high profile clients such as Patti Smith, Paul Banks, David Gahan (of Depeche Mode) and various HBO series. Since becoming a freelancer, she has had the honor of continuing her engineering career with Roger Waters, Father John Misty, Jackson Browne, and Tamar-Kali (composer of Mud Bound and Come Sunday soundtracks) as well as a host of up-and-coming talent in NYC and LA.


ULF Oesterle - Syracuse University

Ulf teaches about the music business at Syracuse University with a focus on social media, emerging technology and marketing music.  

After earning both his master's and doctoral degrees from the Newhouse School, Ulf Oesterle returned as a member of the faculty of the Bandier Program, which he joined in 2008.

Oesterle is the owner of Aux Records, a record label he started while he was a student at Syracuse University. He also worked as a host and programmer for Galaxy Communications.


Joyce Dollinger, esq. -
Entertainment Attorney

Joyce Sydnee Dollinger, Esq., is currently working with the law firm of Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP providing counsel in various areas such as music publishing, recorded music and copyright terminations. She advises artists, songwriters, music producers, musical estates and artist managers as well as companies ranging from start-ups to entertainment conglomerates on all aspects of their businesses. Her
services run the gamut from assisting clients in the formation and maintenance of corporate entities related to their careers in the entertainment industry to counseling clients on copyright and licensing matters and advising in connection with recording music, touring, merchandising and issues relating to emerging technologies. Before entering private practice, Ms. Dollinger enjoyed a successful career working in-house in the legal and business affairs departments at several prominent music companies, including both major and independent record labels and music publishing companies.

As an entrepreneur, she co-founded and launched music management companies, record labels and concert promotion businesses. Further, with a passion for combining music, environmentalism and philanthropy, Ms. Dollinger works with Wear Your Music, a company that collects and recycles used guitar strings into bracelets for sale, from which net profits go to a charity of the musicians' choice.

Ms. Dollinger is an active member of the bar and has taken on leadership roles at several industry trade organizations, such as the Association of Independent Music Publishers and the New York State Bar Association Entertainment and Sports Law Section.


phillip ryan block - Independent Ear + Fabre Media

Phillip Ryan Block has been a part of social media & digital marketing since the early days.. back when Instagram was still a journaling app. The past 10 years have presented a lot of challenges but just as many opportunities. Regardless of platform it’s about creating relationships and sustaining value rich connections and that is just what Ryan has done.

From musicians to nonprofits to creators to small businesses and even franchise companies Ryan has proved time over time again that there is value in social media... all you have to do is work at it & be honest along the way.


Emily White -
Partner, Collective Ent.

Emily White’s career spans the entertainment industry, carving out a unique path that defines a modern maven. In 2008, White launched Whitesmith Entertainment with Keri Smith, to oversee the careers of musicians and comedians including Brendan Benson, Margaret Cho, The Hush Sound, Amanda Palmer, Eric Burdon, Family of the Year, Hockey, The Autumn Defense, Fox Stevenson and W. Kamau Bell as well as successfully consulting on Jay Mohr’s goal of being nominated for Comedy Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammys. Following the 2012 Olympic games, White launched a sports management division with inaugural client Anthony Ervin, an Olympic legend known as the “rock star” of Olympic swimming. 

White’s name has graced the cover of Billboard Magazine with her work additionally profiled in Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg, and ESPN. She is a frequent guest blogger for Hypebot as well as Midem in Cannes, France where she is a regular speaker. In addition, White proudly serves on the boards of Well-Dunn, Future of Music, CASH Music, SXSW, The David Lynch Foundation Live while additionally serving on The Grammys’ Education Committee and Pandora’s Artist Advisory Council.

In 2017 White released her debut book, Interning 101; a how-to guide for interns in modern business. The book is based on the “intern manifesto” handbook created by White and is published by 9GiantStepsBooks. White’s second book, How to Build a Sustainable Music Career & Collect All Revenue Streams will be out in the Summer of 2020; also on 9GiantStepsBooks.


Fiona Bloom -
The Bloom Effect

Fiona Bloom is a music industry veteran - known as a connector and music entrepreneur. She's built several entities over the years including her latest endeavor - The Bloom Effect.

The one-stop shop specializes in publicity, branding album campaigns, tour press, product launches, festival bookings, incidental bookings, video promotion, social media training, international consulting and running a label.

She has worked with: Simple Minds, Avery*Sunshine, Raul Midon, Tower of Power, The Zombies, The Sherlocks, Hollis Brown, Gangstagrass, Blues Traveller, Capsula, Blackalicious, MF Doom, C-Rayz Walz, Skeme Team, Slum Village, Saian Supa Crew, Spank Rock, TTC, Loop Troop, Eternia, Timbuktu, Zion I, Atmosphere, Aloe Blacc, Swollen Members, Dub Inc, Varnarline, Swervedriver, Space Needle, Steve Wynn, John Wesley Harding, Threadwaxing Space and hundreds more. 


Dilini Weerasooriya, cfp-
Financial Advisor 

Dilini takes a Full Balance Sheet approach to financial planning, helping clients define objectives, align investing with purpose via Impact Investing, and track progress to reaching goals. With a plan in place, clients find it easier to stay on track, remain focused, and ultimately generate successful outcomes. Recognized externally for this acumen, Dilini has served as Mentor for Musicians during the SXSW Music Festival & Conference (2017-2019).

Dilini is also a Retirement Accredited Financial Advisor, working with Senior leadership of Small Businesses and Non-Profits to design Retirement Plans and a Benefits Offering best suited for each organization.  An MBA alumna of IAE Business School (ARG) and London Business School (UK), Dilini spent 5 years as a Management Consultant, designing strategic business solutions for Top 100 firms, Sovereign Nations and NGOs in LATAM. Previous experience in non-profit/civil service include: Mother Jones Magazine, AmeriCorps, and Jollyville Fire Department & EMS. 

Dilini is an active supporter of Austin Children’s Shelter – SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) in her hometown of Austin, TX.


Nicole Blonder, Equilibrium,

Nicole is a 20+ year music industry veteran. She was VP Marketing for Mute Records, where she worked from 1999 to 2017. Currently she’s a marketing and project-management consultant for music and culture clients including Black Box LA, Desert Daze Festival and others. Certified as a holistic health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Nicole is thrilled to be able to connect health and music, supporting artists and industry in this vital aspect of their lives and careers. 


Hala Maroc - 
On the block, llc
& The badass bootcamp

A multimedia personality, culture curator, and entrepreneur, Hala helps fellow creatives and entrepreneurs get unstuck when it comes to their mindset & business through creative content, strategic marketing & wellness based tools. Starting in the radio industry she fell in love with connecting with her audience and doing her part to push the culture forward. You can follow her endless adventures and industry work on Instagram @halamaroc. 


Ian Temple - 

Ian Temple is the founder and CEO of Soundfly, a new kind of online music school that provides students with personalized, in-depth mentorship from trained expert musicians. He’s a composer, pianist, and entrepreneur, and previously founding partner and COO for the non-profit organization The Future Project, which works with thousands of students across the country to turn their passions into actionable, educational projects. 

As a musician, Ian has played all over Europe, North America, and Asia as one-third of the experimental trio Sontag Shogun; performed with cutting edge experimental musicians like Julia Kent, Matana Roberts, and Greg Fox; composed music for films and videos, including the award-winning short film Rosa: These Storms; and recorded multiple well-received albums.