There’s a lot to be said for learning directly from the pros, and with that in mind we’ve assembled a collection of music industry veterans to talk candidly about the mistakes they made early in their careers. Expect a series of insightful, and often hilarious, narratives aimed at providing fledgling artists and industry workers with first-hand knowledge from the pros. >> Mark Kates is a music manager who works with MGMT and The Cribs among others and has a 30 year background at labels including Geffen and Grand Royal. >> Former Bratmobile drummer Molly Neuman is the Global Head of Business Development at Songtrust, the world’s largest global royalty collection service and publishing administrator. Prior to Songtrust, Molly was Head of Music at Kickstarter, Interim President and Vice President of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and held senior roles at Rhapsody International and eMusic. >> Nancy Ross has been the head of operations at Greenland Productions for over 20 years, overseeing the booking, marketing and promotions departments. Greenland Production is a leader in independent booking in Montreal producing over 300 shows a year at venues ranging in size from Casa del Popolo to the Bell Centre. >> Jeff Waye: A&R / Owner of independent music publisher Third Side Music. 30 + year music business lifer. >> Tom DeSavia: longtime A&R executive (currently with Concord Music Publishing), co-author of the bestselling, Grammy-nominated "Under the Big Black Sun: a Personal History of L.A. Punk" with punk rock legend John Doe.