With demand growing for hip-hop and R&B artists to headline festivals and produce their own events, Billboard has added two artist-focused panels to this year's Billboard Live Music Summit on Nov. 5 and 6 at the Montage in Beverly Hills.
"The Evolution of Artist-Curated Festivals" is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. and looks at how promoters and artists are shifting from big-ticket events to smaller, artist-specific festivals. The "Future of Hip-Hop and R&B" is scheduled for Nov. 6 at 2:45 p.m. and highlights young managers and agents who are driving the narrative and culture in the hip-hop and R&B space.
Both panels were curated by Live Nation Urban's Shawn Gee, who returns to the Summit for his second year as an advisor and programming partner. Gee was also instrumental in securing the Femme It Forward panel for this year's Summit, which was co-curated and led by Live Nation Urban vp talent & touring Heather Lowery.
"The Evolution of Artist-Curated Festivals" will be moderated by Brandon Pankey, vp business development and operations, Live Nation Urban and producer of Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, celebrating its 12th year in 2019.
Pankey will be joined by UTA agent Cheryl Paglierani who was instrumental in curating Post Malone's second Posty Fest in Dallas on Nov. 2, considered one of the most successful artist-curated festivals in North America. Also joining the panel is LiveStyle’s Gary Richards, whose All My Friends festival in Los Angeles just celebrated its second year, and Jeanine McLean with MBK Entertainment, who worked with management client H.E.R. on the sold out Lights On festival. Rounding out the panel is Lesley Olenik, Live Nation’s vp touring, who booked Pharrell William's Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach, and Sascha Stone Guttfreund, president of ScoreMore, which launched J. Cole’s Dreamville festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Travis Scott’s Astroworld in Houston.
Moderating the "Future of Hip-Hop and R&B" panel is Capitol Recods senior vp global creative Heather Grimes, who will be joined by Justin Lamotte with JL Management, Jamil Davis with The Revels Group and UTA agent Chris Jordan, who oversees hip-hop heavyweights YG, Young Thug, DJ Khaled and more. The panel also includes Joe Harris, who works in CAA’s Los Angeles office and represents Lil Wayne, Cardi B, Lil Nas X, Kevin Gates and more, as well as 21 Savage’s manager Kei Henderson from Since the 80s and Tunde Balogun with LVRN (short for Love Renaissance) with a roster that now boasts 6lack, D.R.A.M., Boogie and Summer Walker.
This year’s Billboard Live Music Summit includes artists such as P!nk, Hootie and the Blowfish, deadmau5 and concert industry luminaries like Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett and Paradigm’s global head of music Marty Diamond. Set at the Montage in Beverly Hills, the conference features two days of high-level panels, artist interviews and executive Q&As with some of the biggest names in music, comedy and live entertainment. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming days.