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Celebrating Black Music Month Featuring Record Business Veterans!

I am celebrating Black History Month by honoring veterans of the record business involved in black music. Our guests for this panel have been in the record business for decades, and are bringing their experiences throughout music history to our show, just for you! Enjoy part one of this discussion with our incredible panel as they tell us how they got started in the record business!

Pat Shields is a partner at Black Dot LLC. She was Vice-President of Marketing for the Black Music Division at Warner Bros. Records, and held positions at WNEW Radio, Atlantic Records, and consulted at DreamWorks Records. She was previously Vice-President of the New York Chapter of the Black Music Association, and currently serves as Secretary of the Board Of Directors of the Living Legends Foundation.

Black Dot:

Living Legends Foundation:

Charlie Springer is a music business veteran currently working as a consultant for Warner Bros. Records. He has countless skills in the industry, including publishing, contracting, licensing, and recording. Charlie has won Gold and Platinum record sales awards for albums by Prince, Patti Austin, Chaka Khan, Jimi Hendrix, and dozens more. He has been quoted in top industry media, including Billboard Magazine, Entertainment News, and Wired. He has a renowned collection of recorded music including 20,000 LPs, 20,000 CDs, and 10,000 45 rpm singles.

Warner Bros. Records:

Chris Jonz started off in the record business in the early 60’s. He has more than 40 Gold and Platinum record awards throughout the decades and has also won awards from Billboard, Soul Music Award, and others. He has worked with Dionne Warwick, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and many more. He is also an activist who promotes racial and social equality and justice, as well as recycling, voter registration, and civics education. He is now an independent promoter and is working on writing his memoirs.

Sheila P. Coates is the founder and president of BYOB - Be Your Own Brand! She helped inspire, cultivate, and guide artists whom would later sell Platinum records, including Mary J. Blige, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Barry White, and Babyface to name a few. She used her experience in artist development, branding, and imaging to launch BYOB, and has consulted with executives from Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, NBC/Universal, Neutrogena, Comcast, and others.

BYOB - Be Your Own Brand:

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