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NARIP Presents

Amplify Your Career: Get Connected with the Texas GRAMMYs

on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

at Houston Community College in Houston, TX

Talent is useful, education and skills help, but without a strong network you are limited in what you can accomplish.

In fact, super-successful artist manager Steve Rennie (Incubus) says what has contributed most to his success is, “Getting other people to do what I want them to do!”

Building a team is essential, and so NARIP presents this special program to help you build your team and professional network to extend your reach.

BONUS: Three Texas Grammy Board Members are our special guests, and will detail how their careers are thriving, how they have built and maintained their powerful networks, and what YOU can do to build yours. Special attention will be given to the Grammy nomination process, and what artist reps can do to be part of it.

Join NARIP and Texas Grammy Board Members for this professional development event designed to inform industry professionals and their artist clients about opportunities available now and in the future.

Is your network not working? Ours is.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

6:30 p.m. – Registration and networking

7:00 p.m. – Program begins

8:15 p.m. – Break

9:30 p.m. – Program ends


Artist Managers, Producers & Artist Reps

Record & Music Publishing Executives

Concert Promoters, Agents, Tour Managers

Anyone seeking to create or enhance a music marketing plan or campaign.


Houston Community College

Spring Branch Campus

1060 West Sam Houston Parkway

The Screening Theater

Houston, TX 77043

(near the I-10 and Beltway 8)


$10 for NARIP & Grammy members

$20 for Non-members

Get a NARIP membership for $9.95 a month and only pay the member rate!


1. Online: (just scroll down)

2. Phone: 818-769-7007

3. Walk-up (if space permits)

Advance RSVP encouraged.

Pre-paid admission guarantees seating.

No refunds.

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Ricky Anderson, Music Attorney with Grammy award-winning clients
Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy Board Member

Attorney Ricky Anderson Clients are: five (5) time GRAMMY, Gospel Great, Yolanda Adams, Three (3) Time GRAMMY Recipient, Mary Mary, R&B Multi-Platinum H-Town, Raphael Saadig, and “Tony Toni Tone”. Virgin Records Artist “Gorilla Black”, Music Licenses with Comedian Rickey Smiley, Universal Music. Agreements with RCA Records, Steve Harvey, Wyclef Jean, Producer Agreement with Artist p/k/a Akon. Professional Attributes as an Entertainment Attorney: Tupac Shakur Federal Music Litigation, the late Christopher “Big Pun”, DJ Screw Litigation, Marketing Concepts National Acts Universal Records, Mr. Cheeks, Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, Dave Hollister, and Joe.

Ami Blackwell, SpinDrift Media & Entertainment
NARIP Houston Board

Ami Blackwell founded boutique PR agency SpinDrift Media & Entertainment in 2001 by writing bios and marketing materials to help promote local musicians, authors, organizations and hospitality clients in the Houston/Gulf Coast area. Blackwell holds a BA in Communication from University of Houston Clear Lake and earned an MBA in Media Management at Metropolitan College of New York. As a publicist in Nashville, TN, she was employed and mentored by Kathi Atwood of Music City News Media. During her tenure, she assisted in providing publicity services for country music clients such as Chris Cagle, Chely Wright, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, John McEuen, Eddie Money, Rhonda Towns and Eric Durrance. Upon her return to Houston, TX she assisted in the launch of A-Blake Records and managed the publicity efforts of artists PALE and Texas Country artist, Jason Cassidy, who achieved two #1 hits on the Texas Regional Chart and a #1 video on CMT Pure. Current SDME clients include Americana artists Grady Skelton and Parker McCollum of Hendrix Music Agency, Grace & Tony of Rock Ridge Records, Heidi Massin of 1.1 Digital Recordings, Cody Joe Tillman & The Wicked Truth, Breelan Angel, Sibling Rivalry, Hamilton Loomis, Grant Harrison, Red Box Harbor, Seraph and Backseat Molly. Previous entertainment projects include booking a satellite radio tour for Oliver North, who was debuting his first novel “Mission Comprised,” promoting the novel “Proof of Atlantis: Records from The Past,” by Houston author Charles Harris and leading the publicity efforts of the “Rhinestone Rembrandt” Manuel Cuevas of Manuel American Designs as he launched his “New Vision” product line. Blackwell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Americana Music Association. During her spare time, Blackwell tries to travel as much as possible and spends time with family that includes her 18-year-old nephew Damon and her nearly 3-year-old goddaughter, Scarlett. She also enjoys reading, movies, community theater performances and discovering new and local restaurants with great desserts.

Eric Jarvis, Crushpad Productions
Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy Board Member

Eric Jarvis is a native Houstonian and lifelong musician. He’s helped make over 30 records with local to international artist and runs Crushpad Productions in Houston. Eric is a gifted and experienced producer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and mixing engineer. He has worked with some of the most talented music professionals in Texas and elsewhere. Eric trained under renowned engineer/producer Dave McNair and has co-produced with Dan Workman, renowned producer/engineer and co-owner of SugarHill Studios. Eric is an active member of the Recording Academy, serving as Vice President and Governor for the Chapter and on the Producers & Engineers Committee.

Jane Vandiver, Star Singers Studio,
NARIP Houston Board Member

Jane Vandiver has performed in every state in the US (except Alaska) and around the world, including in Canada, U.K., Germany, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Scotland, Spain, Iceland, Australia, and Japan. She has performed with The New Christy Minstrels, Les Brown Band, The Glenn Miller Band and The Henry Mancini Orchestra. She sang at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for President Bush Sr.’s Inaugural Ball. She is most versatile in her entertainment aspects, ranging from jazz, cabaret, pop variety, R&B, country and theatrical music, performing in many Houston bands including her own Jane’s Destiny. She has been the voice on national commercials, including TV Land, various radio jingles and has provided backup for many recording artists. Jane is also an artistic/vocal producer, and has produced and arranged many CDs. She has developed her own vocal training /warm-up CD, Body Singing with Style, is one of the top vocal/performance coaches in Houston, and is owner of Star Stingers Studio. Theater credits include Theater Under the Stars, Actors Workshop, and The Country Playhouse, with her most recent performance as Miss Mona in the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Contact:

Dan Workman, President, Sugar Hill Studios; Trustee
Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy
Grammy Producers and Engineer’s Wing Advisory Board

Trustee, Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy. GRAMMY Producers and Engineer’s Wing Advisory Board and Steering Committee. Adjunct Staff, Houston Community College. President of SugarHill Studios, Houston, Texas—the oldest continuously operating studio in the US, (70 years this month!). Producer/Engineer for Dan Workman Music. Producer and co-host of the monthly web broadcast and podcast, “Live From SugarHill”. Co-founder of The Houston Sound, ZenHill Records, and ZenHill Music Publishing, Houston Texas.

Heidi Massin

Executive Director, NARIP Houston

A native Texan, Heidi Massin is a music producer, based in Houston, Texas. She founded Massin Media Productions, LLC, which operates the first and only sustainable “eco-friendly” record label in Texas. Under the 1.1 Digital Recordings label, she released the album, “Elixir”, a compilation of Electronica/Dance Music. The album features artists from around the globe who are at the top of the EDM genre in their region. Heidi began her musical career as a child with her primary musical influences including Mozart, Bach and Beethoven. She had classical and contemporary piano training beginning at the age of 8 years old through the Telschick Academy. Although she grew up behind the scenes in the theater world, music has always been a part of her life. In the recent past, her music’s been featured in local television and short films in Houston. She’s currently working on scoring a feature film in Houston. In the past two years, she has been nominated for the Houston Press Music Awards in the Instrumental / Experimental genre.


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