Tastemakers Round Table: Music Trends & Opportunities

Tastemakers Round Table: Music Trends & Opportunities


This audio program is a recording of NARIP’s Taste Makers Round Table Panel with special guest speakers Immersive Atlanta’s Luciano Giarrano, Adult Swim’s Mara Davis, and Paste Magazine’s Josh Jackson.

Tastemakers Round Table: Music Trends & Opportunities

With Luciano Giarrano, Mara Davis And Josh Jackson

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This audio program is a recording of NARIP’s Taste Makers Round Table panel with special guest speakers Immersive Atlanta’s Luciano Giarrano, Adult Swim’s Mara Davis, and Paste Magazine’s Josh Jackson.

Three Atlanta taste makers and trend setters with national reach and decades of experience marketing music to recognition and success are special guests at this NARIP program.  They book, market, write about, develop, connect and promote musical talent in this primary market – from the popular Adult Swim and Mara’s Music Mix to Immersive Atlanta and Paste Magazine’s national features, podcasts and live-streamed shows.  Get in front of three of Atlanta’s top taste makers who can move musical talent forward, locally and nationally.  They search for music to feature and expose.  In this program you will learn what they seek, how to get it to them and convert this into exposure, profile building and sales.
BONUS #1:  Purchase includes document, Mara’s Top Tips To Get Artists Covered, Booked and In The Mix.

You Will Learn How To

  • Develop a rapport
  • Make it easy
  • Plant a seed
  • What makes a great social media presence to people like Mara, Josh and Luciano and why this is important
  • Be a lovable nudge
NARIP programs make a deep dive into important trends and help put NARIP members in front of music buyers, executives and taste makers who can make a difference in a music career.  NARIP programs also enable audience questions and direct feedback, making them even more valuable.  Most important, attendees meet key players, paving the way for deals, representation, collaboration and ongoing opportunities, to give them an edge in a competitive music market. Be prepared to take lots of notes!

PROGRAM DATE: January 15, 2020
PROGRAM TIME: 1 hours, 43 minutes, 05 seconds (1:43:05)
QUESTIONS? Call 818-769-7007 or contact NARIP


Mara Davis, Talent Booker at Adult Swim; Radio Personality, Brand Ambassador On radio, on TV, on stage, online and in line – usually at the grocery store, like twice a day, Mara Davis seems to be everywhere.  And that’s exactly how she likes it.  Mara is one of the most well-known media personalities in Atlanta. Among her many jobs, Mara reports for WABE – Atlanta’s NPR station – with “Mara’s Music Mix”, a weekly round-up of the city’s best concerts. She also hosts a regular restaurant review segment on the “The Bert Show.”  On TV, Mara is co-host of the Emmy award-winning program, Atlanta Eats. On stage, Davis is a skilled and experienced moderator and emcee.  She has interviewed best-selling authors like Emily Giffin or Liane Moriarty and A-list celebs including John Cusask, Bradley Cooper, Queen Latifah and Adele.  Her emcee gigs include the 30A Songwriters Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival and the Atlanta Jewish Book Festival.  Davis was the host of the popular “Radio Free Lunch” request hour on Dave-FM – and puts that musical knowledge and instinct to use every day booking guests for Adult Swim’s streaming shows… including Sting, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Jason Isbell and others you will hear about in the years ahead.  Mara’s passion for people – and pets – is on display as spokesperson for The Atlanta Humane Society and The Homeless Period Project, which provides feminine hygiene products for women and girls in need.  Mara lives in Virginia-Highland with her husband Mike, son Charlie and spoiled dog Brogie.

Luciano Giarrano, Co-Founder, Immersive Atlanta Luciano is the co-founder of Immersive Atlanta, an online publication with the goal of documenting, connecting and amplifying Atlanta’s creative culture and community. He was founder and producer of The Cottage Recording Company and CEO of MASS Collective and has served on numerous non-profit boards in Atlanta including ArtsAtl and Murmur Media. Passionate about community and connectivity Luciano has used his wide range of experience in entrepreneurship and production to develop brands from the ground up, all the while advocating for artists and organizations often overlooked.



Josh Jackson, Founder, Editor in Chief, Paste Magazine

Josh Jackson is president, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Paste Magazine, a website covering everything from music to books to craft beer. Under his leadership, Paste has won numerous awards and now attracts more than 7 million visitors every month. Jackson has been a regular music and film critic for CNN Headline News and both of Atlanta’s main NPR affiliates; he oversaw and co-hosted four music podcasts for Coca-Cola; and he’s written more than 1,000 stories for various publications, including assignments on six continents. Jackson received “40 Under 40” awards from the University of Georgia and Georgia Trend back when he qualified for such things. He’s most excited about the newly opened Paste Studio and headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Ken Green, Artist Manager, NARIP Board Member and Panel Moderator

Ken Green is a graduate of Emory University with 25+ years professional experience in the music and entertainment industry as a personal artist manager, indie label director, booking agent, musician, producer, and recording studio owner. Recognized as a creative dealmaker, expert negotiator, and management professional with a consistent history of achievement in the entertainment and media industries, he has collaborated with companies and acts as diverse as William Morris Endeavor, Arista Records, Live Nation, New West Records, Atomic Music Group, CNN, NASCAR, Country Music Hall of Fame, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, Cartoon Network, Music City Roots, Americana Music Conference, Sports Illustrated, F/X Network (Archer), Redeye Distributors, Marty Stuart, James Brown, Lynyrd Skynyrd and others.

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