Open sessions and special sessions are able to attend without pre-registration.
Workshop #1 and Workshop #2 are only available to pre-applicants among delegates
With 18+ years of industry experience, the last 10 of which working in the APAC markets, Priya Dewan founded Gig Life Pro to utilize her broad network and knowledge of the global music business to help the music industry grow their business globally. Prior to returning to Asia, Priya spent 8+ years in New York, eventually running UK-based Warp Records for North America where she was recognized as Billboard’s 30 Under 30 Power Players.
She was recognized again in 2021 and 2022 by Billboard as an International Power Player. Priya returned to Singapore in 2011 to launch her booking agency Feedback Asia, touring artists like CHVRCHES, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Yuna, Bicep and others across the region. Most recently, Priya served as VP of International Marketing APAC and MD of Southeast Asia and South Korea for The Orchard, where she was responsible for signing and managing The Orchard’s priority labels and artists in the region, including BTS (KR), JYP Entertainment (KR), DPR (KR), James Reid (PH), MTP-E (VN), Shigga Shay (SG) and more.
She has facilitated or spoken on conference panels at All That Matters (Singapore), MU:CON (Seoul), EMC (Syd), GMAs (Taipei), Sound of the Xity (Beijing), Primavera Pro (Barcelona), CMJ (New York), SXSW (Austin).
Sung Cho is Founder and CEO of Chartmetric.com, a data analytics company dedicated to serve the music industry, by solving the complex problem by tracking a large amount of data and meeting the industry needs around playlist marketing.
Prior to starting Chartmetric, he worked as Principal Product Manager at Oracle Corporation. Prior to that, he was first employee/engineer at Gamevil (KQ:063080, Market Cap: $600MM), where he initiated mobile game development and eventually positioned the company as a leading mobile game developer. Sung graduated with a bachelor’s degree of electrical engineering and computer science from Seoul National University, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Bicultural and bilingual, with a native understanding of both the US and Korea’s media and consumer cultures, Soy Kim has set the groundwork for first-in-market collaborations between the two markets from both sides of the globe. As a marketing executive, Soy has spearheaded digital marketing campaigns for artists such as BTS, Chloe x Halle, John Legend, Baby Keem, and others. Previously, Soy worked at CJ ENM's Seoul headquarters and Columbia Records in NYC, where her work blended global and local marketing strategies. Today, she works as a Creator Product Marketer at the intersection of creator monetization, music marketing, and tech strategy at Spotify / Spotify for Artists. Soy also serves on leadership of SPACE, Spotify’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community group of 600+ employees, where she leads strategic programming and partnerships to drive Asian & Pacific Islander inclusion, awareness, and community. She works across SPACE's partnership with preeminent API collective Gold House, the Gold House Futures Music Guild, a program in service of supporting API music creators.
Soy has been invited to guest lecture or speak at universities including USC School of Annenberg, NYU Stern, and Drexel U, and as a panelist or moderator to industry conferences such as SXSW, Music Biz, NY:LON CONNECT, and #NEXTGEN_NOW to discuss topics including: global emerging markets, DE&I leadership, K-culture & K-pop, the intersection of tech and entertainment, and music marketing. She has received academic grants to conduct ethnographic research on Korean society and is a published thought leader on Korean content. A champion of representation, Soy has supported underrepresented voices in media for over a decade and serves as a mentor for the national non-profit, Asian American Collective. Soy holds an MBA from Yale and a BA from Harvard.
Leon, an audience insight professional, has worked across film, TV & the music industry, including Walt Disney International & spending more than a decade at Universal Music, where he led insight teams in UK & international roles.
Joining the BPI (the UK music recording industry trade body) in 2021, Leon & his team are responsible for delivering insights & trends on recorded music consumption while also overseeing the BPI Tech Community Hub membership which is now fast approaching its 5th year in March 2024 with a 120+ members. BPI celebrates its 50th Anniversary through 2023 and has a membership that includes all three of the UK leading record companies, Universal, Sony and Warner alongside over 400 independent labels.
The BPI protects and promotes UK recordings and supports equality, diversity & a more sustainable industry.
David is a music industry executive based in the Indo Pacific region, with more than 35 years experience in music publishing, recording, artist management and music streaming.
Starting in artist management with superstar artist INXS and indie record label rooArt (a joint venture with PolyGram), David saw the opportunities in the Asia region early and moved to Hong Kong in 1991. He built BMG’s Asian music publishing business in the 90’s, investing and expanding into 10 countries including Japan, China and India, then in 2000 built and launched a music streaming platform with Japanese soga shosha Itochu and Hong Kong-based Techpacific.
In 2003 David joined Universal Music to lead their strategic marketing, catalog, and commercial teams across the Asia region, then in 2006 joined dynamic UK startup Omnifone, securing, building and launching music streaming services with Sony Corp, Samsung and Tencent. Omnifone was sold to Apple in 2016.
As Primary Wave’s President, David is responsible for driving investment in legendary and iconic music IP across the region, from India to Japan, Korea and China to Australia, as well as managing the firm’s extraordinary catalog of artists and composers in these fast-growing emerging markets. Primary Wave has made investments in Australia and Hong Kong, and in April 2023 finalized a landmark partnership with leading Indian music company Times Music.
David continues to be greatly inspired by the artists and songwriters he’s been fortunate enough to have worked with, including INXS, Elton John, AC/DC, Sting, The Police, The Cure, Leo Sayer, Ratcat, Wendy Matthews, Faye Wong, Andy Lau, M. Nasir, and Dreams Come True.
Born and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Nicole Kim began her music career at Starship Entertainment. She went on to work at Sony Music Publishing Korea as an A&R Manager, where she further developed her talent for discovering and developing new artists, writers and producers. In 2017, Nicole joined BigHit Music/HYBE, where she became the head of A&R. During her six years at BigHit Music/HYBE, she was instrumental in developing BTS and TXT from inception to global superstardom. In addition to her role as the head of A&R, Nicole also served as the head of creative for BTS. In May 2023, Nicole made the jump to the US as Vice President, A&R at Columbia Records.
Founder & CEO of Above Ground Entertainment, a music management, record label and publishing company with a current roster that includes Kehlani, Rico Nasty, Tee Grizzley, Noodles, P-Lo, Jess Connelly, Destin Conrad, Faangs and more.
Suzy Ryoo is the Co-Founder and President of Venice Music alongside Co-Founder and CEO Troy Carter. Venice is an inclusive, pioneering global distribution platform that provides the tools, strategy, and community an independent artist entrepreneur needs to succeed in their careers. Since launch in 2021, Venice has supported the growth of global artists such as Brent Faiyaz, Aminé, Kaytraminé, Thuy, Kota the Friend, SPINALL and Sion as well as the entrepreneurs behind LVRN, Champagne Therapy Group and Riot Games.
Prior to launching Venice, in 2015 Suzy became the Vice President of Innovation and Technology at talent management Atom Factory (behind Lady Gaga, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, Charlie Puth & Miguel) and Venture Partner to Atom Factory’s CEO Troy Carter (early angel investments in companies such as Uber, Lyft, Dropbox, Warby Parker & Spotify). There, she invested in and built alongside entrepreneurs behind culture leading startups such as Truebill, Thrive Market, Gimlet Media, Therabody, Liquid Death, Seed, Our Place & Blueland. In addition, for 5 years from 2017 to 2021, Suzy served in a strategic capacity to The Prince Estate alongside Troy in his appointment as Entertainment Advisor.
Suzy was born in Seoul and immigrated to Los Angeles as a child in 1992, and thus grew up loving and listening to both American and South Korean music.
Wenona Lok is a Promoter and Talent Buyer at Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, focusing on Asian pop content and talent. In her role, Wenona is tasked with breaking and touring Asia-Pop acts across the region and working with local teams to bring more diverse Asian talent down under.
Wenona comes to Live Nation with an impressive background in public relations, having worked in corporate communications at McKinsey & Company, while also co-founding and managing Imagikai. Imagikai works with companies and talent that are interested in engaging local and international Asian audiences in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific market. Since 2017, Wenona and the Imagikai team have worked on the majority of Asian pop concerts in Australia, including sold out concerts for BLACKPINK and JJ Lin.
Wenona is also a co-author of the 520Melbourne report, purposed to engage Chinese-speaking international students in Melbourne’s arts and cultural sector and written in partnership with Turning World, and co-commissioned by Creative Victoria and Asialink.
In her time at Live Nation, Wenona has displayed a wealth of knowledge on the Asian touring market and a proven track record of managing successful relationships with Asian talent. She has recently promoted and worked on a diverse range of Asian-Pop tours, including sell out K-Pop acts Stray Kids and TWICE, Mandarin Pop/Rock acts Mayday and K-Indie Yerin Baek, Chinese hip-hop artist MaSiWei, and Thai-Kiwi Phum Viphurit.
Taeko has been newly appointed as SVP of Business Development & Strategy, APAC for EMPIRE - independent label, distribution and publishing company headquartered in San Francisco, known for diverse roster of artists such as XXXTentacion, Fireboy DML, Asake, Tyga, Larry June etc. Taeko previously ran the Tokyo office for Downtown Music Group as Vice President of International A&R and signed artists ranging from anime composer Yuki Hayashi to J-Pop artist End Of The World to hip hop artists such as Tohji and JP The Wavy. Prior to joining Downtown, Taeko was an A&R at SONGS Music Publishing, where she worked with artists such as Diplo, DJ Mustard, White Sea, Marsha Ambrosius, and St. Paul And The Broken Bones. She has also spent five years working with top songwriters and producers at AAM, including Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, Lindy Robbins, Evan Bogart, Leah Haywood, and many others, where she has discovered her ability to connect the bridge between Asia and the rest of the world.