Is it just me, or all of us:  every time I see the city CLEVELAND I always sing, “Cleveland ROCKS!”  It’s a good thing!  In this case – totally applicable.  Cleveland rocked out The Deal Makers Conference to a thriving Midwest Hip Hop crowd!


Cleveland, Ohio – The Deal Makers Conference received an amazing turnout this past weekend with a full house of music enthusiasts, fans, and future entrepreneurs! Attendees arrived bright-eyed and early seeking advice and insight on the panelists views to the keys to success from music industry’s leading music executives. Local artists were given the rare opportunity to enter to be one of the select few to showcase their music in front of this top tier panel.


Alvina Alston from More Media dropping knowledge on conference attendees

“This is the perfect opportunity for unsigned artists and producers to be heard and discovered by premiere industry and major label executives,” states Quincy”Big Heff” Taylor, a Def Jam Records Representative.


Peek at the Agenda

The Ravenel Agency, a New York-based talent, branding and lifestyle company, presented the second DMC in Ohio. The conference included a panel workshop and performances that offered the opportunities for artists to meet the Dealmakers of the music industry in an intimate setting.


Jazz 2 Kool performing

Karen Civil articulates, “The Dealmakers event is such a great way to help bring talent who are seeking guidance get the answers they need in their musical careers. Also giving them a chance to showcase their talents to industry elite can help take them to the next level.”


‘Build Your Buzz’ Panel

Conference leaders include Lenny Santiago (VP of Roc Nation), Eric Parler (Sr. VP of Music Development, Def Jam), Young Sav (Maybach Music) and Steve Carless (President, CTE/Atlantic Records), media heavyweights Vanessa Satten (Editor in Chief, XXL Magazine), Karen Civil, Reggie Hawkins (SiriusXM) plus TV Executive, Publicist More Media LLC CEO Alvina Alston, Cleveland’s own DJ Steph floss, DJ K Nyce, Ryan Wolf and many more. The Showcase was hosted by Rose D (Thisis50) and its Bizkit.


‘How To Get Signed’ Panel

“It was important for me to bring “The Deal Makers Conference” to the Midwest after discovering the wealth of undiscovered talent here. I wanted to expose Cleveland, OH to the real deal makers of the business,” explains Amber Ravenel, Founder/CEO of The Ravenel Agency.  “My aim for attendees is to not only learn from seasoned professionals but to also gain insight on the do’s and don’ts of the business.  Participants were also afforded the opportunity to get a record deal on the spot; all of which has happened at the DMC to my delight!”

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Ezzy Performing

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