Treelady Studios owner Garrett Haines was a panelist at the 1st Annual Sardonyx Pittsburgh Music Conference held Saturday May 30th at the Altar bar in the Strip District. The conference featured music business professionals from the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Columbus and Los Angeles markets. The evening was capped with a showcase of Pittsburgh artists, including: Fountain Infinity, Joel Lindsey, Patrick Ryan, and Catgut Tonic (to name a few). The opening panel, entitled 'The State of the Music Business,’ was moderated by Sardonyx Productions’ President Mike Moscato, and included Dan Kimpel (lecturer at the Musician’s Institute and Sir Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), Don Grierson (Tina Turner, Celene Dion, Iron Maiden), Treelady Studios’ owner Garrett Haines (The Starlight Mints, Watermelon Slim, Kiss Kiss) Jeff Blue (Hoobastank, Better Than Ezra, Korn), Kevin Amos (legendary Pittsburgh radio producer), and Renee Asher (Reckless Abandon Records).
Other panels included Booking and Touring, DIY Record Labels, and Legal Aspects of the Music Industry. Featured panelists included Pittsburgh-based Liz Rueger, President of Independent Artist Representatives, Jim Pitulski, Managing Director of Blistering Records N.A. (House of Lords, Almah, Covered Call), and Columbus-based entertainment attorney Leon Bass.
Sardonyx Productions, a Pittsburgh-based company with the slogan "Bringin' the Biz to the 'Burgh" is hoping to do that with the launch of the first annual Sardonyx Music Conference. It is rare to find situations where artists can interact with music business professionals, making this conference a unique opportunity to network and become better educated about the industry.