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Monica Mancini
Concord Records recording artist and double-Grammy nominee Monica Mancini, daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini and the notable studio singer Ginny O'Conner Mancini, has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer and recording artist, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony and the London Metropolitan Orchestra. 
Ms Mancini began singing early on as a member of the Henry Mancini Chorus, which led to a successful studio career in Los Angeles, where she appeared on countless film scores and recordings, with such notable artists as Placido Domingo, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Her debut CD, simply titled Monica Mancini was the companion to her PBS television special, Monica Mancini: On Record.
Ms Mancini's recent TV appearances include "Great Performances" PBS special, We Love Ella. Evening at Pops with John Williams and the Boston Pops as well a performance of "Imagine" with Josh Groban, Joshua Bell and Dave Grusin on the recent simultaneous multi-network "Stand Up to Cancer" telecast viewed by more than 45 million people.  
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Michael Biello (lyricist) and Dan Martin (composer) are award-winning songwriters, life-partners, and creative collaborators. Longtime gay arts activists, Biello and Martin wrote and performed many out-queer dance, theatre, and performance pieces from the mid 1970’s to the mid 1990’s. They released two albums of their songs – Homo Love Song (1990) and Human Being (1992) and their anthem Lay Your Burden Down was included on the landmark 1996 queer music compilation A Love Worth Fighting For. Martin has produced several important queer music recordings including Amy Fix’s Spoon, Grant King’s Bodies of Water, and Richard Foltz’s A Songwriter’s Christmas. 
In 1990 Biello and Martin founded Outmusic – the first LGBT music organization - in their East Village living room. They were advisors to GLAMA from 1996 - 2000 and ran the Outmusic Awards from 2002 – 2006, retiring in 2007 to concentrate on their writing. Biello and Martin’s songs have been performed from PS 122 to Lincoln Center by a wide range of vocalists including Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba, Bessie Award winner Tom Bogdan, and disco diva Karen Young. Film/Video projects include Clones in Love (Best Short, 1985 San Francisco LGBT Video Festival), The Dance (in the permanent collection of MoMA), and the anthem for the First Comes Love Project – celebrating enduring LGBTQ relationships. Biello is also a visual artist with works in major collections.  
Their musical theatre pieces have been produced nationally including: Marry Harry at American Theatre Group (2014) and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (2013); The Cousins Grimm at Bailiwick in Chicago (2008); Breathe in Chicago (1999 After Dark Award) and in many other US cities. They are currently writing In My Body – a concept musical about body image.
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Jim Caruso
Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the smash hit Liza’s At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. The show was honored with a 2009 Tony Award for Best Special Event and the recording was nominated for a Grammy.  
Caruso has won six MAC Awards and two BackStage Magazine Bistro Awards for sold-out shows at Birdland.
He was the founding member of the nationally acclaimed, award-winning jazz vocal and comedy trio, Wiseguys. After performing in an all-star Inaugural extravaganza, they were invited to sing at President Clinton’s First State Dinner at the White House in an evening hosted by Lauren Bacall. The trio performed in concert at the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, and in "the big room" with Rosemary Clooney. 
Caruso hosted "Broadway On Broadway" in Times Square for a crowd of 100,000 theater fans, hosted MAC Awards at Town Hall in Manhattan and co-hosted the Drama Desk Award webcasts for four years. His radio series was heard on BroadwayWorld.com for four years, and a series of weekly podcasts called “Here! On Broadway” was honored with a Summit Award.  
For the past nine years, he has hosted a weekly Monday night showbiz bash at Birdland called "Jim Caruso’s Cast Party,” which has brought him a New York Nightlife Award, MAC Award and the Sidney Meyer Award.  
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Dennis McNeil
Award winning tenor, Dennis McNeil was 1993 National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. As a leading tenor at the New York City Opera he was awarded the Richard F. Gold Career Award for his portrayal as ‘Mark’ in their New York Stage Premiere of Michael Tippet’s A Midsummer Marriage. He also holds first place awards from the Southern California Opera Guild and the Victor Fuchs Memorial Competition and was a recipient of the Emily Baratelli Memorial Award from the New York Opera Index. He is a Sullivan Grant Recipient as well as a recipient of a Rex Foundation Grant from the Grateful Dead.
Well known for his versatility as a performer, Mr. McNeil is equally happy on the Broadway stage, the Opera stage, in front of a symphony as a soloist, or singing Irish Folk Music. He has performed with many of the major opera companies in the U.S. including the Met, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, and Los Angeles Opera. On the Musical Theater stage he has sung the role of Mr. Snow in Carousel more than 140 times in four productions. He had the honor of singing Nikos to Broadway legend, John Raitt’s Zorba. He also sang in a national tour with lyricist, Sammy Cahn in the smash hit musical Words and Music! and has toured and performed with legendary composer and conductor, Lalo Schifrin.
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Joe Maulucci
Joe Maulucci is the Creative Director at WBBZ-TV, Buffalo, New York and owner/operator of Bear Radio - The Indie Music Alliance, an internet-cast radio station featuring an eclectic mix of LGBTQ and gay friendly artists. 

A broadcast veteran since the 1980's, upon obtaining his Masters Degree from S.I. Newhouse (Syracuse University), he began his career at MTV Network Inc. - the creators of the music video revolution. He was recently honored by the Buffalo Broadcasters Association and recipient of the 2014 BEMA "Behind-The-Scenes Maverick" Award. 

Joe, an avid local music enthusiast, served as webmaster for the Buffalo Bears Social Organization. In 2003, while attending a local coffee house concert featuring Martin Swinger, Joe came up with an idea for an internet radio service that would feature bear-identified artists like Martin, that he hoped would be embraced by the Bear Community. What resulted was more than one could imagine: Bear Radio Network was a catalyst where artists connected with each other to form new alliances, where other major radio stations took notice of the playlist, and where movie directors tuned-in for music score possibilities for their movies.

Today, the Bear Radio mission has expanded to include not only LGBTQ indie artists, but all who support gay equality. As a result, the service has been re-branded as "The Indie Music Alliance".
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John Gilmore
John is a vocalist-pianist whose musical career spans 35 years. Originally from Los Angeles, he comes from a musical family. His father was a record producer and Vice President of Capitol Records and his mother a big-band vocalist. While majoring in music at UCLA, he won First Prize in the Frank Sinatra Awards, Pop Vocal category. He worked in the Los Angeles area from 1974 through 1991 as an entertainer and band leader at such venues as The Beverly Hills Hotel, The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, The Hotel Bel-Air and many others. His clinets included Merv Griffin, Billy Crystal and Kenny Rogers, to name a few. As a solo act, he appeared at the world-renowned Jimmy's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, a six-year engagement where he performed regularly for such notable customers as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Natalie Cole and many others. 
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Kim Barsanti
Kim Barsanti has been a member of the arts community for over 30 years and invests her passion and joy for all things creative into her representation of actors for film, television, commercials, theatre and voice. 
She received her BFA in Theatre from Concordia University. Kim started her career as a Stage Manager in theatre, dance and large scale events. In 1997 she expanded her commitment and focus in the arts and began working as a Talent Agent. Kim understands the drive of a performer and, therefore, invests her own creative passion into her representation of actors. After creating, nurturing and running Muse Artist Management for 10 years, Kim decided it was time to cut back on her business responsibilities to focus on her love of being an agent and manager and has merged Muse Artist Management with Lucas Talent and JR Talent,creating an industry-leading agency, meeting the needs of world class production and dedicated to providing clients with first rate service.
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Sarah Toce
Award-winning journalist Sarah Toce has interviewed and profiled many of the world’s most influential players ranging from high-level politicians to A-list celebrities, health experts, and key civil rights advocates. Her diversified portfolio runs the gamut between local, national and international news coverage and features.
Sarah is the founder and editor-in-chief of Seattle’s only lesbian newspaper – The Seattle Lesbian. In its first year alone, The Seattle Lesbian reached a threshold of one million readers on a global scale. The Seattle Lesbian is regularly featured in mainstream and LGBT media platforms for its inclusiveness and dedication to bridge the divide between all communities regardless of sexuality, gender, stereotyping, and abridged discrimination. 
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Carole Pope
Carole Pope is an agent provocateur pushing the boundaries of sexuality, sexual politics, and the status quo, making you think and dance at the same time Her work has been recognized with three Juno Awards, multiple independent music awards, a Genie Award. 4 gold, 1 platinum and 1 double platinum album. A film based on Pope’s autobiography Anti Diva pub by Random House is in development.
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​Royd Haston
​A deep south transplant to Los Angeles (by way of Alabama and Louisiana), Royd has been a force in the entertainment industry for 17 years. He has spent most of his time between Warner Bros. Studios and Walt Disney Studios doing music licensing and now concert licensing by day and composing, songwriting and producing by night. He has also composed for numerous TV and film projects in North America.
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Bif Naked
Bif Naked is an International Recording Artist, Poet, Actor and Writer. Her hits have topped national and Billboard charts. Her career has seen her headlining globally and performing on bills with Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol, Dido, Devin Townsend, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Chrissie Hynde, Foo Fighters, The Cult and more. 
Bif has been featured in and on soundtracks for shows including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, Moonlight, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Celebrity Deathmatch. She recorded a rendition of the Christmas classic, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" for MTV's Total Request Live CD MTV: TRL Christmas in 1999 and was also featured on the Ready to Rumble soundtrack with a cover of Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It." The song "Dawn," taken from Purge, was featured in the movie American Psycho 2, starring Mila Kunis and William Shatner.
Her acting includes, The L Word, The Tonight Show and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
She has won MuchMusic, Juno and West Coast Music Awards. 
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Steve Sims
Born in Seattle and raised in the Pacific Northwest He moved to the Northeast in 2003 to live and assist in the operation of Easton Mountain Retreat. While in New York, Steve was the Music Producer and co-host of The Quest of Life radio show on WRPI Troy with show creator, Harry Faddis. The Quest of Life wrapped up it's broadcasts in July 2013 when Steve returned to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to his family. He now resides in Portland OR and is excited to be involved with Wild Planet Radio, KPQR Portland, 99.1 FM, a 24 hour LGBTQ content radio station. You can hear his new show Not Weird, Queer on Sundays at 11am pacific, streamed live on the web at wildplanetradio.com.
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Michelle Ehlen
Michelle Ehlen is a graduate of The Los Angeles Film School where she studied writing and directing. With a focus on comedy, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity. She produced, wrote, directed, and acted in three award-winning feature films -- BUTCH JAMIE, POP-U-LARITY!, and HETEROSEXUAL JILL. Festival awards include Best Actress from the Outfest Film Festival and Best Feature from the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. She has also worked as a Producer on several indie films including three features for the Eating Out series on LOGO, and the dramedy Eat With Me which premiered at the L.A. Film Festival in June. She is currently in development on the feature comedy S&M Sally, scheduled to be released in 2015.
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Bree Noble
Bree Noble is a musician, entrepreneur and speaker who is passionate about intentional living, focused learning and creative expression. In 2007 she launched Women of Substance Radio (www.WOSRadio.com), a 24/7 online “radio station” that plays the best music by quality female artists, both label and Indie artists. She considers it a privilege to discover and promote amazing artists who are not getting the promotion they deserve. The station has become a highly respected and sought-after source of promotion for female artists, pursued by their PR agents and Record Labels. WOSRadio has a Desktop Player and our own Free Mobile App on iTunes and Google Play. Over the last almost 7 years WOSRadio has grown from a little idea into a big brand and they're just getting started...In August 2014 they were named Semi-Finalists in RAIN Internet Radio Awards.
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Cari Cole
Cari Cole is a Celebrity Vocal Coach, Artist Development Expert + New Music Business Mentor. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. Her client list includes Grammy winners, legendary rock stars, American Idol + The Voice finalists, and thousands of independent and emerging artists. With a passion for vocal health and 25+ years teaching technique for singers and recording artists in New York City, Cari is currently writing a book on vocal health for singers, actors, public speakers and entrepreneurs.
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​Almeta Speaks
Almeta Speaks is known internationally as a writer, singer - blues, Jazz & gospel, composer, musicologist and lecturer on the subject of the history of black heritage and music, a subject she taught in North America and at L'École Polytechnique in France. Speaks, who runs her own production company specializing in educational material pertaining to black history (including Hymn To Freedom, a four-part documentary series about black history in Canada), splits her time between Toronto and France and recently produced and performed a one-woman show called "I Want A Little Sugar in My Bowl: Black Women in Song and History."




Merryn Johns
Merryn Johns is the Editor in Chief of America’s best-selling lesbian magazine, Curve. She was previously Editor in Chief of LOTL, Australia’s lesbian magazine, and LOTL International, the first digital magazine for lesbians worldwide. She was also the founding Editor in Chief of BOUND, the international lifestyle magazine for lesbians. A life-long music fan, Ms. Johns was a judge on Australia’s live music contest, Lesbian Idol. She can’t get through her day without music, live or otherwise.
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Judy Ginn​
After winning a CBC national contest for Most Promising Canadian Singer at 19, Judy Ginn appeared with jazz greats such as Fraser McPherson, Doug Parker, Donny Clark, Dave Robbins, Bobby Hales and Chris Gage - on radio, television and in jazz clubs at home, as well as in the US and the UK.  
In the late 60’s she frequently headlined or opened for acts such as Andy Griffith, Tim Conway, and Jerry Van Dyke in Vancouver.
Judy joined the Don Ho Show in Hawaii and Las Vegas, toured England with Rolf Harris and appeared regularly at The Playboy Club in London and even sang at Noel Coward’s birthday party. 
She released three albums “Introducing Judy Ginn” on RCA Records, “Jude” for Kanata Records, “Without A Net” for Walgin Music; and a single “Reaching Far Too High” for CBS Records.  
She starred in The Judy Ginn and Jim Shows, on CBC Television and travelled the country to appear on shows with Juliette, Al Cherney, Tommy Hunter, Mike Neun and Tommy Common; and performed with touring acts such as Jim Nabours and Ricky Nelson. While living 12 years in LA Judy regularly appeared on the Merv Griffin Show.  
She was inducted into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013 with her brother Jim for their international achievements. 
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Jack E. Jett
Credited as the first openly gay talk show host in America, Jack E. Jett is an iconic entertainer whose accomplishments include Talent Agency Representative for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), international contract model for Tokyo, Japan’s Cinq Deux Un; press agent for the Go-Go’s and Belinda Carlisle and creator and star of such zany celebrity-driven comedy/interview/variety shows as The Jack E. Jett Show, On Q Live and The Queer Edge with Jack E. Jett. 
A native of Dallas, Texas, Jett moved to Los Angeles at the age of 21 and launched his show business career.  He has worked as a U.S. Representative for Australia’s Prime Television network, as coordinator of CBS Television City’s comedy casting department and as a program developer for public access cable television. The Jack E. Jett Show, which premiered in Jett’s hometown of Dallas, became a cable access cult favorite in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston and Austin, Texas.
The Jack E. Jett Show later became one of the first programs on Canada’s Q Television Network, the first American television network catering to the LGBT Community. 
The Queer Edge, which was an instant hit and became one of the network’s top programs, featured Jett’s quick wit and hilarious banter with weekly co-hosts including Charo, Kim Coles, Butch Patrick of The Munsters, Randy Jones of The Village People and comedian/singer/actor/writer Sandra Bernhard.
Jett currently resides in Dallas where he continues to work in radio, television and film.


Madalyn Sklar
Madalyn Sklar is known as the fearless leader at GoGirlsMusic, a unique organization that focuses on advancing the careers of independent female musicians. Founded in early 1996, the organization works tirelessly to help artists through education, events and social media. Artists who become involved have the opportunity to perform, have their work reviewed, and get involved with a hardworking group of women who "get things done" in the music scene. Sklar produces high profile annual events at SXSW, Dewey Beach, Folk Alliance, and more. In the last 15 years she's spearheaded well over 200 benefit showcases for various organizations including the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, MusiCares, American Liver Foundation, Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation and more. She has spoken and moderated music business and social media panels and workshops at 2NMC, 8x10 Music Conference, Dewey Beach Music Conference, Dfest, DIY Convention, Folk Alliance, Hyperactive Music Festival, Invasion of the GoGirls during SXSW, MTEC, Millennium Music Conference, NARIP, NEMO, NERFA, PLAY:stl, Rockrgrl, SongU, South Park Music Festival and SXSW. She has been named one of 10 Powerful Women in Music by Curve magazine and one of the 15 People You Should Know In the Biz by Indie-Music.com. She is currently ranked as the #3 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston, TX. She has served on the Board of Directors for NARIP (National Association of Record Industry Professionals) and was voted #2 in NARIP's Best in the Biz for Best New Media/Social Media Executive. She served as a judge for the Outmusic Awards from 2003-2005. Sklar is also a music business coach & consultant, blogger, podcaster and social media expert. She has spent over 18 years working with a wide range of independent musicians, helping them get focused and energized. Her goal is to help indie artists achieve greater success in the music business by working smarter not harder. Despite her busy schedule, Madalyn can be found every Thursday at 3 & 9p EST hosting the widely popular weekly Twitter Chat – #ggchat. The #ggchat has grown exponentially in the past three years and continues to bring artists and music professionals together to work on new and exciting ideas that enrich the music community.
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Joani Taylor
Joani has has sung on thousands of film scores, commercials and recordings…..working with a variety of luminaries from Bryan Adams and Stevie Wonder to James Galway, David Foster, Cannonball Adderley, and Miles Davis. Joani has flown worldwide to bewitch audiences in concerts and festivals. She has won nominations and awards for her work in both the U.S. and Canada. She has had a hit single and recorded five albums, not including the compilations she has been featured on. Joani is releasing her explosive sixth product featuring her own profound and prolific writing, as well as her brilliant vocal performances.
A prolific writer and vocal arranger, Joani has embraced the art of teaching. An acknowledged jazz master, she has taught classes for singers, musicians and television performers. For Joani, jazz is a vehicle for communicating, and her students have studied in the classroom of her experience, “I teach them to make sure there’s a lot of space for the audience to be part of the song, to really feel the music. Jazz can’t be too serious either – I show them how to use humour to develop intimacy with the audience.”
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Charlotte Robinson
Charlotte Robinson, Emmy Award Winning, Producer/Director created  OUTTAKE MEDIA™ as a news alternative. Charlotte began her career in Boston at WGBH-TV and then joined the staff of WCVB-TV, where she served for four years.  She acquired a position with ABC- NY and then accepted a staff position with CBS Inc.  During her five years at CBS, her credits included CBS News with Dan Rather as well as post-production director for network news and daytime promos.
Charlotte then joined CBS Sports, where she earned the Emmy Award for her accomplishments on NFL-Today. While at CBS Sports she became an established music producer for NFL-Today and the U.S. Open.  Since leaving CBS Inc., her corporate clients include: ABC News, Time Warner, Dupont, Sony, Condé Nast Publications as well as numerous music videos for MTV.  
Charlotte has served as a Blue Ribbon Panelist for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences News and Documentary and Daytime Emmy Awards. Her professional contribution to the process in choosing the best in News and Documentaries has been in Background News Analysis and best in Daytime in the Outstanding Talk Show category.
In addition, Charlotte also acted as a Strategic Partner for the DNC, HRC, NARAL and Greenpeace. Her expertise has assisted these organizations in raising millions of dollars for lobbying in Washington D. C. Currently, Charlotte
hosts the syndicated audio interview series OUTTAKE VOICES™ that is available on Google News, iTunes, Podbean and Mediafly, addressing LGBT Civil Rights issues. She produced and directed the acclaimed short OUTTAKE™ that is being developed into a feature film. She is also a contributor for the Huffington Post and Gay.com.
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Susan Frazier
Sales manager of Goldenrod Music, started in 1975 as a women's music distribution company, selling cds by artists like Holly Near, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Cris Williamson, Linda Tillery, Margie Adam and many many more. In addition to retail representation for Sweet Honey in the Rock, Goldenrod Music also sells at festivals and events and is looking forward to new projects in the years to come.
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JD Doyle
JD Doyle is the producer of the monthly radio show Queer Music Heritage, heard as a part of Queer Voices on Houston's KPFT-FM. QMH takes a music history/entertainment documentary approach to the sharing and preserving of our culture's music, and is supported by a huge website, where all past shows are archived for streaming, along with hundreds of pages of artist photos, album covers and miscellaneous. JD is a self-confessed fanatic collector of gay & lesbian music and likely has the largest private collection in the world. From 2001 through 2010, he was also co-producer of Audiofile, the monthly radio review of CDs of interest to the GLBT communities, which aired on This Way Out on over 200 stations around the world. And in January of 2010 he founded the show OutRadio, as an outlet to give exposure to mostly new GLBT recordings. 
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Faye Reid
​Faye Reid was the bass guitarist of The Fair Sect which was New Zealand's first successful all-female pop group originating in Auckland in 1965. Their song "I Love How You Love Me" reached number 13 on the New Zealand charts in December 1967.They moved to Australia in 1970 appearing regularly at festivals and on television.
She was also the Bass Guitarist of the band Daughters of Zeus who toured extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Africa.
In the 80’s Faye was Bass Guitarist for the popular Australian band, The Party Girls. The Party Girls had a chart topping album, appeared at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Oz for Africa, & on many T.V. shows. The Party Girls supported international acts such as Meat Loaf, The Sweet and Suzi Quatro, as well as Simple Minds and The Eurythmics.
Also in the 1980’s she worked for Electro Voice Australia where she designed a hugely popular sound reinforcement speaker which proved to be one of the most successful products used by bass guitarists in Australia. EV subsequently named the FR-15 bin after her.
Faye is the Managing Director of Pink Productions Australia, a sound engineering and lighting equipment business. Pink Productions was the first women owned and operated sound reinforcement company in Australia. They provide sound and lighting for the many tours including Del Shannon, Divine Miss N Show and the Party Girls. Faye was also the Bass Guitarist on these tours.
Faye has owned and operated 3 lesbian hotels in Sydney and is an avid supporter of live music. She has organized Gay Mardi Gras events for women and had floats in the parade.

Howard Stump
Music has long been an important part of Howard's life. It was always around, from his mother's listening to Frank Sinatra and Julie London, to his sister's love of Motown and Blood, Sweat & Tears, to his own preoccupation as a teenager purchasing the music of Barbra Streisand and Karen Carpenter. In college he worked for a time at the campus radio station, which helped to broaden the spectrum of music in his collection. And catching live concerts by Leon Redbone, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Howard Jones, Billy Bragg, The Cure, and the Communards kept feeding  the habit. 
Part of his time in New York City was spent  working for several multimedia companies, on projects as varied as live stage productions, videos, and theatrical sound design. After writing for a few niche magazines, Howard returned to his love of music with his blog 'Soundtrack to my Day', where he writes about the music he loves, from both today and yesterday. It also features some of the great LGBT music he can find. The blog claimed the 2010 Bloggie Award for Best Weblog About Music. And Howard is thrilled to be helping out with the RightOutTV Awards
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Craig Zurba
Craig wears more hats in the music business than director Ron Howard wears to cover his bald pate. They are, in no particular order: Producer, Songwriter, Recording Engineer, Singer, Keyboardist, Film Composer, Educator, Arranger, Guitarist, Programmer, Mixer/ReMixer, Video Director, and Sound Designer. Craig has had the honour of working for or with artists such as Bryan Adams, Micheal Jackson, Tom Jones, David Foster, Aaron Pritchett, John Mayer, Amanda Stott, Lisa Brokop, Rita McNeil, and Sarah McLaughlin. Craig, with his band AGENT, was the first Canadian act signed to Virgin Records. Craig's music has appeared in many feature films including "Cold Front" (Martin Sheen), "Deluxe Combo Platter" (Dave Thomas, Jennifer Tilly), "Ill Fated," "The Falling," and Television shows such as CSI (Lots of networks), "The Young and the Restless," "Beautiful People"(ABC Network), "Dawson's Creek" (WB Network), "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS Network), "Party of Five", "Strong Medicine" (HBO), "Spirit of the Game" (CBC Network), "Youth Achievement Awards" (YTV Network) "West Coast Music Awards" (CBC Network), "Sea Hunt" and "The Surreal Gourmet". Craig has worked in major studios in Vancouver, Toronto, Nashville, Los Angeles, and New York. Craig owns a nice recording studio where nice people come and have a nice time making music with him. 

Kim Kuzma
A vocal supporter of and long time favorite in the international queer community, Kim’s powerhouse voice and trademark witty banter has “packed the room” at many events all across North America including the Chicago Gay Games, Vancouver’s Outgames and Gay Whistler Ski Week. If you visit Puerto Vallarta you’ve may have heard her perform at The Palm or Club Manana having entertained there for several winters now.
She has performed at countless Pride events in locations such as Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland and Las Vegas to name but a few. Kuzma’s stage shows are guaranteed to get crowds on their feet, singing along to many of the community’s favourite anthems in true DIVA fashion, along with her own original material. Kim’s shows never disappoint, which is why she continues to gain legions of LGTB fans to her already substantial fan base. Not to mention the thousands of people she's performed to, joining the infamous gay RSVP Cruises based out of the States!
She has performed alongside some of the best, including Jennifer Holliday, Frenchie Davis, Martha Wash, Thelma Houston, Janice Robinson, Lea DeLaria, Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cummings easily holding her own with her big voice, extensive vocal range and style.

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Tom Edmondson
Tom Edmondson is the former executive producer of "The Tenth Voice" a LGBT radio show that has been on the airwaves of Kansas Cities 90.1FM KKFI for 24 years.  The Tenth Voice is a show of various LGBT topics, guests and issues in the community. Tom aired a special show every month and interviewed lesbian, gay and transgender music artists and gave them a voice and put their music into the ears of the 90.1FM audience because the other radio stations up and down the dial wouldn't air these amazing artists because they are LGBT. A few years ago it was hard to locate totally out artists but the doors opened and Tom would research LGBT music artist websites for hours and make his choices for his show. The interviews not only revealed the talent of these artists but their amazing coming out and life stories. Tom is a musicholic and can't get enough of it and his MP3 player is packed with various genres and getting more added every day. Tom has been asked to do a totally LGBT music radio show at 90.1FM to continue this service to the community so stay tuned! 90.1FM KKFI is an eclectic community radio station with three hours of LGBT programming every Saturday in Kansas City and Tom is a member of board of directors.

Edie Stull
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Edie Stull left the City of Brotherly love to follow sisterly love to Central Florida. She has spent many years writing about aerospace to pay the bills and freelance writing, editing and photography to fulfill her creative passions. She has been a newspaper and magazine editor and currently writes on LGBT issues, events and people for a number of publications and web sites. She also produces an LGBT site on Examiner.com.
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Terry Costa
Producer, Director and Live Event Manager Terry Costa has produced, directed and presented hundreds of events including music, theatre, dance, and multi-disciplinary works across Canada and abroad. From independent "whole in the wall" performance spaces to large state-of-the-art theatres and concert halls including Living Arts Centre’s Hammerson Hall, Vogue Theatre, River Rock Casino Show Theatre, and beyond, Costa's work has made a mark in many corners of the world. Multidisciplinary spectacle shows created include An Evening of Fado (2005); Latin Vox (2007); and, Circus Musicale (2009); also, he created the very successful live event, turned television show, Gay Top Model that premiered in early 2008 and spearheaded a series of spectacles based on competitions in Vancouver's gay community including Go Go Boy Star,  Mr Gay Canada, Mr. Gay World and Hot Gay DJ.
Costa worked as a freelance producer and correspondent for Rogers/RTPi and the show Canada Contacto from 2005-2010;  he was the consultant and story-developer for Mosaico TV (2006-2007) and was on the Western Canada team for Canadian Idol (CTV/Insight) from 2003 to 2008. Other work includes television specials Anne Murray Duets, Gemini Awards and Ontario Live.
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Rob Haynes
Rob Haynes was the Vice President, Arts & Antiques, North America for dmg world media. 
Rob started as a performer on Stage and Television which lead to producing special events and spectaculars for the Olympics; World Expo - Yokohama, Japan; Consumer Shows in London, England and World Meet involving over 76 countries. He founded one of the first talent and theatrical agencies in Western Canada which has given him a reputation for firm but fair amicable negotiations.
Presently he serves as Chair, Vancouver Civic Theatres Board, and President of the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame.  His has also been the Chair, Grants Board, Palm Beach Cultural Council; Executive, Palm Beach Cultural Council; Vice Chair, Professional Show Managers Association (NYC) and Vice Chair, West, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.

Len Rogers
Len Rogers has been a political/social activist since he was fifteen years old. Art was always a huge part of Lens life. His mother was an avid music fan. His eldest sister an accomplished painter. Another sister accomplished in sewing and crochet. It was always music first, then maybe television in his childhood home. 
A bit of a career chameleon, Lens work as a make-up artist involved him in several film projects and even more opportunity in the world of glamour. This bringing him to his own show in the French Quarter at Heartbreak Café, three nights a week, for a little over two years. Following was a another two plus years as Entertainment Director at a Central Florida club, The Connection. 
The stage led Len to a bigger stage, the Internet. Where Len founded a marketing/social activism experiment called StoneWall Society in 1999. Going on fifteen years later Len and the StoneWall Society have brought about Rainbow World Radio, Pride In The Arts Awards/Festivals, GLBT Hall Of Fame, and since 2001 OutVoice GLBT Charts. StoneWall Society today maintains the largest internet directory of GLBT Artists. 
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Charlotte Mauricio
Charlotte Mauricio has played many roles in her 20+ year career in the music industry.  Her path started as a musician/singer/songwriter growing up in Richmond, BC.  She went on to graduate from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology.  Her passion for music merely grew from there, with more interest developing on the business end.  She got her first break getting hired at BMG Music working in branch administration.  From there she joined A&M/Island/Motown and Polygram Records as a Sales/Customer Service Representative.  After her years there, she moved on and is still currently with Warner Music Canada in Promotions & Marketing.  With her experience, she has been lucky enough to work with some international superstars such as Michael Buble, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Green Day, Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers just to name a few.  The industry has definitely changed in the last decade, but the talent is still out there ready to be discovered.

Jan Cooper 
During his thirty years as a pop music vocal coach, Jan Cooper has worked with both Grammy and Juno award winners. Cooper has spent more than two decades promoting artists at the Midem Music Trade Show in Cannes, France and five years promoting artists at the Popkomm Music Trade show in Berlin. He also has served as a judge for children’s music festivals around the world.
Cooper sang with his own band, called Popular Demand, for 18 years and taught theatre for 9 years in Canada’s public school system. He is a businesswman and entrepreneur,  having recently launched his own publishing company, Jan Cooper Publishing, along with his own record label, Pump Records. 
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Carol Fischer
Carol Fischer has been the producer of bloomingOUT, a weekly radio/podcast queer radio show from the WFHB radio station in Bloomington Indiana for eight years.  bloomingOUT airs from Bloomington, Indiana every Thursday evening from 6 to 7 pm EST on WFHB Community Radio but you can hear it anytime via our podcast, heard around the world and available via live-streaming, podcast or download anytime. For one hour each week bloomingOUT gives you the latest updates in local, national and international news, a calendar of local and statewide events, interviews with community leaders, politicians, academics, students, celebrities,entertainers from around the world and just everyday folks as well.  Listen to our featured artist of the week - queer artists from all over the country share their best and latest songs with you the listener. You never know who might just stop by our studio with some exciting news to share and we play great music from queer performers from around the world!  
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Linda Andersson
Linda Andersson is an award-winning screenwriter, who has written and directed several short films including the comedies, “When The Time’s Right” and “The 6 Month Rule”, which screened at film festivals around the world.
Linda recently directed and produced a literary work written by Emmy Award-winning writer, Joseph Dougherty (30-Something, Judging Amy, Pretty Little Liars) starring Deborah Stewart, Ralph Guzzo and Daniela Di Mase.
In 2013, Linda's feature film, "Triple Crossed" was produced by Babaloo Studios and will be released this year. Her current projects include, the animated feature: THE GRID.​
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Bill Northrup
Former Host and Producer of the internet radio show Pride Showcase (showcasing music from the GLBT music community) (2005 - 2012). Presently editor of the Pride Showcase blog.
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Rona Goodman
Rona Goodman is the CEO of Goodman Media Inc. and has an extensive background in the entertainment industry as a marketing and advertising executive, publicist, event manager, record company executive (BMG & MCA Records) professional songwriter and musician. Rona has worked with entertainers in many genres of music, performing arts, comedy and stage. Some of the artists include: Tony Bennett, Tim McGraw, Heart, Martina McBride, Smokey Robinson, Pat Benatar, Chicago, Liza Minnelli, INXS, Joan Rivers, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire, John Fogerty, Harlem Globetrotters and more.  
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Trigger
Trigger is the principal of Girlgig Productions and a well respected music promoter based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She is a strong supporter of Independent artists, has over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry working with artists in the Folk/Alternative/Acoustic/Rock/Roots/Singer Songwriter genres and top comedians. Entertainers include: Melissa Ferrick, Toshi Reagon, Mia Dyson, Margaret Cho, Doria Roberts, Lyndell Montgomery, Elvira Kurt, The Wailin’ Jennys, Carol Pope, Suzanne Westenhoefer, Judy Carter, Mimi Gonzalez, Lea DeLaria and more. 
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ARIZZONA
Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) features the best in Spiritual and gifted artists from around the world who have united together in faith, hope and love.
Unashamed Faith Cafe has been featured on GayGuitaristWorldwide.com, received a nomination for the "Mojo Award" from Pride in the Arts (StoneWallSociety.com), and the "Best Radio Show" nomination by Q's in the Biz.
The host and creative founder of Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) is Arizzona. Her vision for UFC is to establish a viable promotional tool for GLBT Spiritual artists that allows them to broaden their outreach, and that through UFC, a universal message of acceptance, understanding, and respect is heard.
A special feature for the independent artist is UFCs concert and events playlist calendar. To encourage participation, UFC offers song play rotation, concert and event promotion.
The more information you share with UFC, the more UFC shares about you!
Of course, as a Spiritually based program, Unashamed Faith Cafe's intention is to inspire others, and to give artists the opportunity to share their inspiration.
To contact Unashamed Faith Cafe (UFC) visit:
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Pat Hogan 
Pat Hogan is the producer, schemer and dreamer of Sounds & Furies' events for women and the LGBT community. 
Since 1990, Pat has worked with artists such as Ferron, Heather Bishop, Cris Williamson, Ellen McIlwaine and  many other known and lesser known performers, including young and upcoming artists. Her Sounds and Furies comedy shows have highlighted the very funny talents of Elvira Kurt, Kate Clinton, Suzanne Westenhoefer and more. 
Serving on Team Vancouver's Board for 7 years, she was their delegate to the Federation of Gay Games, plus a  4-year term on Vancouver Pride Board in the early 1990's. Most recently Pat has been a Board member with the 2011 North America Outgames in Vancouver. Pat has been a competitor in Dancesport at the Gay Games in Amsterdam and Sydney, Australia as well as the Outgames in Montreal. In Vancouver, she coordinates dance classes for the LGBT community, taught by professional dance instructors. Pat also initiated and co-organized Vancouver's first Same-Sex Dance Competition in 2007 and created a similar event for the Vancouver 2011 Outgames. Pat is on Vancouver and Canada's 1st and only lesbian Dragonboat Team, Sisters in Sync.  
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​Helen Harrell
Helen Harrell is a long-time activist for social justice. She is a former clinical therapist, pre-school teacher, construction worker, union organizer, and co-founder of Bloomington, IN chapter of Pride at Work. She is co-founder and former President of Spencer IN PFLAG chapter, co-founder of Spencer Pride and is a workshop presenter, free lance writer, columnist and lecturer. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and was working toward a PhD when she left to live the communal life for a few years. Upon returning to ‘civilization’ she became an employee of Indiana University, working at various levels of Administrative and Fiscal Management first in the political science and then speech communication departments and is currently affiliated with the African Studies Program. She was the advisor for the undergraduate LGBT student group OUT for 17 years, and served as co-advisor for the American Indian Undergraduate and Native American Graduate Student groups. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for the GLBT Student Support Services Office at IUB since its inception. She served as co-chair of the Community Friends and Resource Network with the Neal Marshall Black Culture Center and served a term as treasurer of the Bloomington Black Business and Professional Association. She is also last, but not least a mother and grandmother who considers herself to be most fortunate to have the opportunity in assisting WFHB and the bloomingOUT staff with the challenge of educating and illuminating the public in regard to LGBT issues. Her goal is and has always been to eliminate discrimination in any form and to help create a truly just society and world. Her efforts have been recognized by the City of Bloomington as recipient of the 2009 Bloomington Human Rights Commission Award and by WFHB as recipient of their 2010-11 Legacy Award.
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Anita Gibbons
Academic, published poet, songwriter and radio DJ, Anita Gibbons hosts the radio program “Women on Waves” in Melbourne Australia. Women on Waves is dedicated to furthering ‘women’s music’ and first came to life on JOY FM back in December 1993. Anita began presenting the show from the beginning of 1995 making it the longest running show of its kind in Australia. Numerous talented ‘soul-sisters’ have guided it over the years to leave its imprint on musical style as diverse as Country, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Dance, Techno, and even Reggae. The majority of the singer / songwriters working within this idiom have chosen to remain true to its roots in giving us music that speaks of the lives of women in positive and empowering ways! The program essentially consists of presenting music and information on key “Out & Proud” female performers within some specialist segments and the unique “Comedy Shot”. During Anita's time at JOY, she has received many accolades and registered a number of personal highlights; including an inaugural "Ollie" award, two years as an elected member of the stations Committee of Management whilst seeking the stations full-time broadcasting licence, two years experience as a specialist judge for the OutMusic Awards in the U.S., and conducted numerous interviews with both local and international performers. In addition, she promotes national tours for visiting international artists.
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Donna Britton
President and Director of Licensing of Nashville based publishing company, Mountain Row Music (formerly known as Shadow Mountain Publishing). A few of the publishing company’s accomplishments include a 2013 Oscar contending song for “Best Original Song” in a movie, a Sony PIctures release featuring platinum award winning producers from the movie “Twilight”, songs featured on Emmy award winning soap opera Venice the Series, Showtime, VH1, Access Hollywood, TVO, Sun TV, Rock Bank Network, a 2011 release on Nashville label Cupit Records, and a joint publishing venture with Platinum Pen Publishing in Nashville, TN.
Out of the publishing company, the song “Voodoo” written by Nashville songwriters CJ Watson & Bruce Michael Miller received a 2013 Oscar Contender “nod” on December 23, 2012.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences released their Press Release which named the song "Voodoo" as an Official "Contender" for an Academy Award (OSCAR ), for Best Original Song in a Movie. The Song "Voodoo" was subsequently listed in the Top 26 by The Hollywood Wrap., as an "Oscar Hopeful" for the 2/28/2013 Academy Awards Ceremony.

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Lisa Lambert
Lisa Lambert has long been one of North America's most sought after drummers and has toured globally over the last 20 years. Through the chart topping music of Sue Medley, the driving Texas boogie of The Vaqueros, acoustic world beat of The Hightops and the urban blues of Tim Hearsey, versatility has been Lisa's signature. Her understanding spirit and the depth of her drumming are the vital forces behind her exceptional talent. She is also the owner of Off Main Music School. 
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Jim Walchuk
Jim studied music at the University of British Columbia and gained prominence as a studio musician (Bass). Playing with the likes of Jack Dejonette and Charles Lloyd with the Don Thompson Trio and Terry Clark on the Jazz TV series “Quiet Nights” and arranging for such CBC performers as Merrik Norman.
As a sideman he could often be found playing for 1st run acts at The Cave Supper Club, Isys or The Marco Polo.
Teaming up with Bruno Gerussi, he was musical director for three years on “Celebrity Cooks” in Vancouver and Toronto.
After extending his career as a Sound Consultant with the CBC, he joined forces with his sister, Judy Ginn and co-stared with various Canadian talents in two network TV series where he played bass, wrote arrangements, and acted in comedy sketches.
After studying arranging and composing in England, as well as appearing on a number of major television shows and night clubs, Jim returned to Vancouver only to realize that if he wanted to further his career, Los Angeles would be the place to reside. After nearly 20 years of writing, playing and arranging for television and record dates he returned to Canada to open a full service recording studio and continued to produce music for television, film, jingles and independent CD projects with talent from around the world.
He is currently working on two new CD Recordings, as well as writing songs and special music for a variety of theatre and recording projects.
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​Elizabeth Andersen
Elizabeth Andersen has been a house manager and crew member at the National Women’s Music Festival, the Iowa Women’s Music Festival, and the Amazon Music Festival. She is also the emcee for Willow Music Productions and a host of The Tenth Voice, an LGBT public affairs show on KKFI. She has been on the production team of Out Here Now: the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival for 15 years, and she is on the board of the LIKEME Lighthouse, Kansas City’s LGBT community Center.
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​Sue Barrett
Sue Barrett is a freelance music writer, who lives in Australia. Her work has been published by various magazines/websites, including. Trad and Now, Rhythms, The Cornstalk Gazette, Femmusic, JAM and FolkBlog. Among the performer she has interviewed are: Janis Ian, Gaye Adegbalola, Jon Arterton (The Flirtations), Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls), Judy Small, Toshi Reagon, Peggy Seeger, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Cris Williamson and A.O. (the lost bois). She has also written about female record producers/sound engineers (“Revelation in the Studio”); performers and their music festival experiences (“Not Just a Stage”); songs about the impact of war (“When Will It End?”); musicians on tour (“Late Nights, Long Distances and Roadside Toilets”); busking (“Playing for the Rent”); and music in film and television (“As the Credits Roll”). In 2007, dykediva.com published Sue’s article, “Out There, Every Day: Singing of the Lives of Lesbians, Dykes, Queers, Gay Women...”, which included separate interviews with Bernie Bankrupt (Lesbians on Ecstasy), Ripley Caine, Madeline Davis, God-des (God-des and She), Ferron, Nedra Johnson, June Millington (Fanny), Gretchen Phillips (Two Nice Girls ) and Skim.
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