Atlanta Music Business January 31st Meetup

  • January 31, 2008 · 7:30 PM
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Please be prepared to purchase something from the venue for allowing us to have our meeting at their establishment. smile Our Guest Speaker for the evening will be:
Stone Stafford, Sr. Creative Director of So So Def Productions
B I O G R A P H Y OF R. STONE STAFFORD After graduating from high school in 1989, Stone Stafford attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA by way of a music scholarship. While at Morehouse, Stone and four other classmates formed a singing group and were discovered by MC Lyte and signed to First Priority/Atlantic Records. While the recording career of the group was short lived, Stone went on to write with such producers as Tony Rich, Dallas Austin, Shek?spere and former Sean (then ?Puffy?) Combs? Bad Boy hitmen Anthony Dent and J-Dub. In January 2000, Stone was selected to open and head up Sony/ATV Music Publishing?s new Atlanta office which, under his oversight, became relatively the #1 office in productivity of all the Sony U.S. offices (Santa Monica, Nashville, Miami and NY) with songs on such artists as B2K, Blu Cantrell, Monica, 702, Whitney Houston, Mandy Moore, and others both foreign and domestic including TV and Film. After some corporate ?restructuring?, Sony effectively closed its Atlanta office and Stone went on to become founder & CEO of Script Squad Music Publishing to which he signed its first producer, 18 yr. old prodigy and Lashaunda ?Babygirl? Carr (Stacie Orrico, Keke Palmer, Kreesha Turner). Through SSM, Stone also conducts a unique and successful songwriting clinic for aspiring songwriters. Keeping his writing talents sharp, Stone co-wrote the first single ?Radio? on former Jive recording artist, Jarvis. Released in June 2004, ?Radio? reached #6 on BET?s countdown and was in the top 10 on Billboard?s Greatest Gainer Airplay and Sales charts. He has also written for Atlantic Records? Ke Ke Palmer (?Madeah?s Family Reunion?; ?Akeelah and the Bee?) on her 2007 debut album ?So Uncool?. In September 2004 Stone was hired as Sr. Creative Dir. for So So Def Productions. He is primarily responsible for overseeing So So Def?s roster of producers known as ?So So Def?s Most Wanted?. In 2006, he acquired the additional responsibility as music publisher for Dieniahmar/EMI Music Publishing. Stone works closely with the both companies? founder/CEO Jermaine Dupri, who also serves as Island/Def Jam President of Urban Music In addition to his duties with So So Def Productions and Dieniahmar/EMI, Stone consults for Justin Timberlake?s record label, Tennman/Interscope, as their East Coast A&R rep.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The meeting was a great way to network. The knowledge that STONE shared with us was a blessing I'm looking foward to the next meeting. Peace

    Keith Waters

    February 4, 2008

  • Vincent G.

    Very, very helpful! This was a great meeting. A lot of information was shared that will be helpful to all artist that attended. (how to package your demo, who a real publishing company is and what they do) If you were not there, you missed it!

    February 3, 2008

  • Howard T.

    When I first arrived people were just sitting there not talking to each other, and this was supposed to be a networking session! We need to come there and be more open to each other, willing to share our talents and aspirations, and network effectively. I would have liked to meet more people b/c the people that I did meet are truly strong connections. Stone was a great speaker. He was very straight forward and informational which was great for us b/c now we get the real scoop on happenings in the business. Some type of exercise would have been nice to demonstrate the importance of networking in this business, but it was still a very good experience.

    February 3, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just want to thank God that my prayers have been answered! I have often prayed for some input on the industry from some true professionals instead of what other people that lack experience THINK they know! This was quite an experience I appreciate yall for taking out the time to help me out with my questions and Lords willing I will be there every month unless of coarse I get famous before then and if thats the case, i'll come back and speak to the other up and comming celebs and entertainers about what I know! THANKS!

    February 2, 2008

  • Tony

    I really enjoyed the meeting. It was very informative. Stone was upfront, honest and approchable. As a matter of fact, everyone seemed very approachable and willing to network.

    February 2, 2008

  • BIG-O

    Kudos to the Organizers, Guest speaker, and everybody that showed up. I expected more people to show up, but for those that made it, I'm sure the trip was worth it. Mr. Stone dropped a lot of knowledge and passed on some invaluable information about the Music Biz for free....I've been around the "Industry"....everything is like a big secret: no one shares information, educate, or gives you the opportunity to succeed for free anymore...I really appreciate his honesty and truth in answering everyone's question. I also hope we could set time aside to introduce ourselves to each other, network, and exchange infos. At the end of the meeting, half of the room was gone. Overall, I think it was a great way to start 2008...

    February 1, 2008

  • Jimmie H.

    GREAT turnout guys!!! Thank you everyone who showed up and I look forward to seeing everyone again next month. Special thanks to Stone Stafford as well.

    February 1, 2008

  • Lakeshia

    I learned a lot.

    February 1, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The meeting was very informative to what you need to know in the industry.

    February 1, 2008

  • Denise K.

    What A fabulous idea! I have been in Atlanta a short while now and have been looking for a way to network with other musicians. While I won't be attending on the 31st, (I have a reharsal), I am looking forward to meeting everyone very soon. How truly cool can this be?

    January 31, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I haven't been able to attend, but I am ready to do alittle somethin'! I am very excited about this meeting!

    January 17, 2008

  • Jimmie H.

    I look forward to meeting all of you wonderful people on the 31st. We're going to have fun!!!

    January 15, 2008

  • STRDOUBLE

    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE INVITE @ MEETUP ILL SPREAD THE NEWS AND I HOPE A MEETTING CAN TAKE PLACE IN MY AREA THANK YOU 1 BLOOD

    January 10, 2008

  • thebigvelshow

    I'm interested to meet others in the business of music and share my knowledge as well as learn from everybody. The main thing is how to start making money doing what we all love...?

    January 10, 2008

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