Are You Export Ready for USA?
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Front 3 (up) | 16:30 - 17:30
Fri 18 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Front 3 (up) | 16:30 - 17:30
Presented by: EMEE

Are You Export Ready for USA?

Melodie Blanchard CARAMBA (FR), Rev Moose Marauder Group (US), Stephen Bond Garvan Garvan Mgmt (US), Matthew Covey Tamizdat (US)

Management | Bookings

English spoken


How to build an export strategy for the massive and diverse US market. Come along for feedback, advice and tips from professionals that are intended to help you to have a better understanding of the opportunities, anomalies and impediments in the territory.


  • Melodie Blanchard

    Melodie Blanchard CARAMBA (FR)

    Caramba is a French live agency, and a key player in the French live music and entertainment market. Throughout the years, the company has diversified its activity and incorporated independent entitie specialized in world, jazz, pop, and urban music as well as entertainment (dance, circus, comedy). Caramba also is an active partner of festivals, and an independent label/ publishing company. Caramba has developed many promising young acts to international status such as ZAZ, Ibeyi, Ben L’Oncle Soul, Imany, Faada Freddy, and Woodkid among others

    Blanchard coordinates the international booking within the company and aims to build careers abroad, not only for headlining acts, but also many newcomers such as Theo Lawrence, Flèche Love, and Juicy ...

  • Rev Moose

    Rev Moose Marauder Group (US)

    Rev. Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists and organizations from around the world. His boutique music marketing firm, Marauder, customizes long-term strategies and services for each client's specific needs in the North American market. Before founding Marauder, Moose greatly extended the international reach of The Syndicate's radio, publicity, and marketing departments; additionally, during his many years at the helm of CMJ, he helped develop US programs for national export initiatives. His deep involvement with worldwide musicians inevitably directed him towards managing a diverse roster of international artists as co-owner of The Underground Management.

  • Stephen Bond Garvan

    Stephen Bond Garvan Garvan Mgmt (US)

    Artist manager, music, community & professional board service. Clients: Current-Ryan Shupe,

    Small Glories (Canada), The Black Feathers (UK) , Chris Daniels & The Kings, Chuck McDermott.

    Former--Walt Wilkins, , Eric Andersen , Cidny Bullens, Cliff Eberhardt, Casey Neill, Mickey Harte (Ireland) Kila-advisor- (Ireland), Lenou (France)

    Current: MMF-US Board ,Intl rep, IMMF Global Director –Folk/Roots / Americana,

    Far West FA Board, Chair-Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission. Panelist & moderator/mentor at conferences: FA, SXSW, CMW, Far West, Midem, NERFA, AMA, Reeperbahn, Durango Songwriters Expo, SERFA, Reeperbahn, Eurosonic, Popkomm Deep belief in collaborative community building, teamwork, board & institutional evolution. Participated as mentor, speaker, moderator or panelist in 50+ US, Canadian & European my music conferences. Manager from Pacific NW, with broad demographic & geographic experiences, highly experienced on relevant boards and leadership.

  • Matthew Covey

    Matthew Covey Tamizdat (US)

    Matthew Covey has worked in music and arts immigration since the 90s as a member of the critically acclaimed US/Slovak indie-rock band Skulpey, as Knitting Factory Records’ Amsterdam booking agent, and as the manager of Grammy Award winning band, the Klezmatics, Covey’s varied career has given him a broad understanding of the entertainment industries. He has presented and chaired panels on artist mobility issues at numerous conferences, including SXSW, CMJ, WOMEX, Folk Alliance, APAP, The Great Escape, M4Music, YouBloom, Swn, Reeperbahn, HWCH, IndieWeek, Western Arts Alliance, Mundial Montreal, NXNE, The Edinburgh Fringe, Palestine Music Expo, Output Belfast, NY Winter Jazz, FimPro, and Eurosonic. Covey is a founding director of Tamizdat, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes international cultural exchange. He is president of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History of the United States, and founder of ContraBanned. He holds a J.D. from New York Law, an M.A. focussing on post colonial literary theory from University College Dublin, a B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and is admitted to the New York Bar.


  • Angela Dorgan

    Angela Dorgan First Music Contact (IE)

    Angela Dorgan is the CEO of www.firstmusiccontact.com (FMC), the Arts Council funded national resource organization for musicians in Ireland.

    First Music Contact set up and developed the Irish Music Export Office, www.musicfromireland.org the online music portal www.breakingtunes.com and the annual music industry showcase Hard Working Class Heroes festival www.hwch.net . FMC also runs the artist income generating Live Music Trails around Dublin and other Irish cities

    Angela is also the chairperson for the National Campaign for the Arts in Ireland http://ncfa.ie and is a founder member and Treasurer of the European Music Exporters Exchange. (EMEE)