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Featured Guests & Topics:

  • Touring Strategies with Danny Rukasin (Manager, Billie Eilish)
  • Artist Management with Danny Goldberg (Manager, Steve Earl, Formerly Nirvana)
  • Building Superfans with Chris Kappy (Manager, Luke Combs)
  • Building an Artist Roster with Zach Farnum (Randy Travis, Jerry Lee Lewis)
  • Attracting Label Attention with Sean Taylor (Marketing for Warner Music, Macy Gray, Iggy Azalea)
  • Writing Hit Songs with Samantha Cox (BMI Publishing, Lady Gaga, Halsey, Bebe Rexha)
  • Playlist Promotions with Edgel Groves Jr. (T-Pain, Selena Gomez)
  • Growing Your Own Indie Label with Nick Sadler (Skrillex, The Prototypes)
  • Digital Marketing with Ariel Hyatt (Imagine Dragons, DURAN DURAN)
  • Branding with Jon Landman (Guns N’ Roses, Spoon, Death Cab For Cutie
  • Mass Publicity with Samantha Pickard (The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Carly Rae Jepsen)
  • Entertainment Law & Negotiation with Shawn Thompson (Lynyrd Skynrd, St. Vincent)
  • Tour Management with Chris Johnson (Morgan Wallen)


Established in 2013, SmartistU is a global educational media platform for music industry professionals, primarily artist managers and professionally self-managed artists.

We help artists & managers make their dreams come true by providing business tools, training, and mentorship from GRAMMY-level experts so that they can become high-demand music industry entrepreneurs.

Each year we connect hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe with the music industry’s top experts through LIVE coaching classes and mentorship meetings, training videos, articles, interviews, downloads, and online courses.

Our experts work in all areas of the industry from major label A&R to tour managers with long lists of superstar artists on their client rosters including everyone from The Rolling Stones to Dolly Parton to Lady Gaga.




Learn From Superstar Artist’s Teams

From Major Label A&R to Tour Managers and everyone in between, who work with artists, brands, and music companies such as:

Speakers pictured: (L) Samantha Cox, Sean Taylor, (R) Kappy, Nick Sadler, Shawn Thompson


Alicia Keys
Dolly Parton
Guns N’ Roses
Lady Gaga
Luke Combs
Lynrd Skynrd
Morgan Wallen
Taylor Swift
The Rolling Stones
The Weeknd
+ many more.

Pictured: Samantha Cox (Publisher: Halsey, Lady Gaga, Bebe Rexha) and Sean Taylor (Marketing: Warner Music, 24kGoldn, Macy Gray)


John Lennon Menswear
Taco Bell
+ more

Pictured: Kappy (Manager: Luke Combs), Nick Sadler (A&R: Skrillex, The Prototypes), Shawn Thompson (Entertainment Attorney: Lynyrd Skynyrd, St. Vincent, Bassnectar)


Songwriters Hall of Fame
SONY Music
The Recording Academy
The Windish Agency
Universal Music
Warner Music Group
+ more

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