Advisory Council


We have invited innovators and supporters to join us on an Advisory Council.  Each works with us on programs, ideas for foresight work, and understanding of current trends.

If you are interested or have an innovator to nominate, please contact us.

David Bakula, Nielsen Entertainment

David Bakula, Nielsen EntertainmentDavid Bakula is Sr. VP of Analytics and Client Relations for Nielsen Entertainment. In this role, he leads all analytical initiatives within music for the Nielsen entertainment group. He has 15 years of analytical experience with companies such as Musicland and Universal Music Group Distribution. His core expertise includes strategic planning, business development, business strategy and analysis. Dave began his career with Musicland Group, Inc. as a Merchandise Planner and Inventory Management Analyst. Following his time at Musicland, he spent eight years with Universal Music Group Distribution’s Sales Analysis team, including the last two years as VP of Business Analysis. He joined Nielsen in August of 2008 and has been working with Nielsen clients to deliver actionable analytics and creative business solutions.


Sam Kling, SESAC

Sam Kling, SESACSam Kling is SESAC’s Senior Vice President, Creative Operations. As part of SESAC’s senior management team, Kling is responsible for helping create and execute growth strategies for SESAC’s creative departments. He also manages the creative operations’ day-to-day department objectives. Before his position at SESAC, Sam served as Vice President at peermusic and was in charge of overseeing the independent music company’s Pop A&R as well as Film & TV creative operations. Sam is a UCLA alumnus and holds an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Brian Zisk, SF MusicTech

Brian Zisk, SF MusicTechBrian Zisk produces the SF MusicTech Summit and the Future of Money & Technology Summit. He is a Co-Founder of the Future of Music Coalition, and a Board Member and/or Strategic Advisor for a wide variety of tech companies and non-profits. At the turn of the millennium, Brian was a founder of The Green Witch Internet Radio, which was sold to CMGI. He also published the wildly popular events listing SanFranZiskGo!.


Vickie Nauman, CrossBorderWorks Consulting

Vickie Nauman, CrossBorderWorks ConsultingVickie Nauman is an accomplished and respected digital music executive who specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and global business development. Her diverse digital experience includes starting up and running the US business for 7digital as President, North America, leading the global partnerships for wireless digital music system Sonos, founding consultancy and advisory firm CrossBorderWorks and working on projects in US, Europe and China. She also created the online strategy and service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, and did content development for one of the first legal digital services MusicNet (RealNetworks JV) in 2001. Prior to her entry into the digital realm, she ran marketing programs and produced live broadcasts in traditional radio in the NPR network and started out at Procter & Gamble.


Jon Vanhala, Crossfade Partners

Jon Vanhala, Crossfade PartnersJon Vanhala is Co-Founder, Crossfade Partners and an Angel Investor/Advisor. Jon had been with Island Def Jam Music Group since 2010 and previously had worked for Universal Music Group and Verve Music Group before starting a digital marketing and consultancy business. He was an early proponent of the API model to drive revenue for record labels. In 2011, he partnered with the Echo Nest to give developers access to Island Def Jam Label Group content. Jon began his run in the music business as a musician, arranger, and, in his words, a "wanna-be songwriter." As a self-described working class musician, Jon performed with Dr. John, Ray Charles, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and many others.


Chris Castle, Christian L. Castle Attorneys

Chris Castle, AttorneyChris Castle is Managing Partner of Christian L. Castle, Attorneys. The firm represents a variety of music‐related technology entrepreneurs, as well as creators in the traditional music, motion pictures and television businesses. Chris also consults on mergers and acquisitions in the music industry and advises leading international organizations on public policy matters relating to artist rights, copyright and the economic development of the Internet, including Arts+Labs. Chris has held leadership roles at SNOCAP, Sony Music, and A&M Records. He was of counsel to Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and to Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp in Los Angeles. While at A&M Records, Chris lead the label team in negotiating A&M’s groundbreaking 1994 deal for an exclusive license for A&M’s artists such as Soundgarden, Monster Magnet and Paw in Electronic Arts’ Road Rash 3DO. This deal structure became a model for the use of music in games and established the video game soundtrack as a viable use of licensed music and music videos. He has a long history of representing early stage startups in the music technology space beginning with some of the first such as Liquid Audio, Napster, and The firm consistently represents music‐related startups, particularly in the area of international music licensing. Chris is a UCLA triple alumnus. He graduated from both the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management and the UCLA School of Law, as well as with a B.A. in Political Science.

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