Zhalarina Sanders | Executive Director, The JVN Project
Zhalarina H. Sanders is a rapper/actress/producer from Tampa, FL who serves as co-founder and Executive Director of The JVN Project, an organization that seeks to use Hip-Hop as a tool of empowerment. She is also a graduate student of counseling psychology at UW-Madison and engages research examining the mental health of performance artists. Zhalarina has had the opportunity to travel and be awarded for her work in theatre and music, appearing on stages such as the New Amsterdam theatre on Broadway in New York and the Queen Elizabeth theatre in London. Currently, Zhalarina splits her time between the completion of her first rap album, Again, and working toward a tour of her one-person play, Rose Gold.
Charlie Goldstone | President, Frank Productions
Charlie Goldstone’s career began at Washington University in St. Louis where he started his own promotion company staging concerts for the student body. Summer jobs at The New World Music Theatre outside of Chicago and Riverport Amphitheatre outside of St. Louis led to a full time position with the Belkin Productions Office of Clear Channel Entertainment in Cleveland, OH. Prior to moving to Madison, Charlie was Senior Director of Artist Development and Tour Marketing for the Island Def Jam Music Group in New York. He worked on tour strategy and album launches for select artists including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, The Killers, and Rihanna. Charlie joined Frank Productions in 2007. He has been instrumental in building the company’s status as a major independent regional and national touring promoter.
Cathy Dethmers | Retired Owner, High Noon Saloon
For the past 13 years, Cathy Dethmers was the owner and booking manager for High Noon Saloon, a 400-capacity live music venue that hosts concerts and other events 7 nights a week. Prior to the High Noon, Cathy owned and operated the venerable O'Cayz Corral, a venue that was instrumental in growing the rock and punk scene in Madison through the 80's and 90's. Cathy has worked in the live music industry in Madison for 23 years, and continues to be passionate about supporting live music.
Joey Banks | Owner, JBent Productions
Joey B. Banks is a music entrepreneur, 2010 and 2011 Grammy nominated drummer, and the 2014, 2015, and 2017 Madison Area Music Association Drummer/Percussionist of the Year and he is a graduate of the Musicians Institute of Technology in Hollywood California and a proud Madison Scout Drum and Bugle Corps Alumnus. Joey B is an advocate for youth in performing arts. He currently teaches 25 drum students, and directs two groups for Forward Performing Arts, Black Star Drum Line and the Mad Brass Sound Sport Ensemble. He is on the the advisory board for Overture Center's Arts Education Roundtable, a resident artist for the Madison Jazz Consortium, and has done residencies, workshops and clinics in many local elementary, middle school, and high schools in the Madison area over the years.
Beth Kille | Musician, Beth Kille Band
Beth Kille is an award-winning performing songwriter, audio engineer/producer, songwriting instructor, Executive Producer of the Madison Area Music Association Awards, host of Madison's Chick Singer Night, co-founder of Flannel Fest, Music Director for Girls & Ladies Rock Camp Madison and a mom. Her mission in life is to inspire all to embrace their creativity.