More Speakers Announced for BreakOut West 2018

A new batch of speakers has been announced for the BreakOut West conference, which takes place in Kelowna, BC from Oct. 10-14, 2018. Among the new speakers are an Australian who launched a music services company specializing in artist, project, and event management; a U.S.-based artist manager who works with the likes of Karen O and Washed Out; the co-owner of a management company and record label out of the U.K.; and master at developing customized social marketing plans and strategy for musicians and brands across multiple platforms.

After almost 20 years at labels, Graham Ashton launched in 2010 as a music services company specializing in artist, project and event management. Footstomp currently manage Busby Marou, Colin Lillie, Eden Mulholland, and Tia Gostelow. Footstomp also book Brisbane’s number one venue The Triffid and take care of the publicity for the labels Nettwerk and Nonesuch for Australia and New Zealand. Ashton was also the Executive Programmer for BigSound from 2010 – 2014. He has since found himself speaking at events such as SXSW, CMJ, Canadian Music Week, and the New Zealand Global Music Summit.

Juliette Carter began her career as intern at Domino Recording Co. in London in 2011. Under the guidance of Jacqui Rice and Laurence Bell, Carter started to learn the inner workings of a label and landed her first job as Domino’s PR assistant. From there she went on to run labels in the U.K., including her own vinyl imprint at Warner Brothers, before decamping to Los Angeles to focus on managing full time. Joining Constant Artists Management in 2017, Carter works with an eclectic range of artists, including Karen O, Mikal Cronin, TR/ST, and Washed Out.

Michael Lambert is the co-owner of music management company and record label A Modern Way, which represents acts including Idlewild, Fatherson, Roddy Woomble, Stanley Odd, Future Get Down and Tom Joshua. He is also a director of music industry event organization Born To Be Wide which stages music business seminars, as well as Scotland’s only music business convention and showcase event, Wide Days.

Vanessa Cito develops customized social marketing plans and strategy for musicians and brands across multiple online platforms. With over ten years of experience in the music business, Cito built her career in hospitality, branding, and social media. In addition to her work in marketing, she co-founded both show promotion collectives Big Things Productions and People Put Out Productions. Cito recently stepped down in her position of five years in music management as head of digital strategy for Coalition Music to start her new Digital Services Agency, Reach.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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