Rene Merideth is co-founder and COO of Exploration, a business class search and comprehensive YouTube CMS management company. She is also a consultant for several other small songwriters, publishers and new media companies around the globe. Prior, she was the VP of Operations at AdShare.tv, Director of Licensing/Head of West Coast Licensing for BMG Chrysalis and Bug Music, and Manager, Mechanical Licensing for Windswept Holdings. Rene started her career in the country churches of Southern Missouri as a roadie for her Grandfather’s gospel music band. She worked with various acts of all genres in the St. Louis area until she headed off to college receiving a BA in Music Business from Belmont University in Nashville. While working across many aspects of the industry, she found her niche in artist management and music publishing. Moving to Los Angeles, she started with Windswept Publishing and survived two high profile mergers to become Head of West Coast licensing for BMG. Over the years, she has worked on music by artists including Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Kings Of Leon, KISS, Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Eminem, Pink and Pete Townshend among others. In 2012, she founded her consulting firm, Red Dragon Management, with the goal of educating artists / songwriters and helping the little guys have a voice in the industry. Rene received Certified status from YouTube in 2013. Additionally, she is on the Board of Directors for LA Women In Music and is a member of NARAS, ASCAP, AIMP and the California Copyright Conference.