AMP’s Executive Director, Jessica Tomasin, can lay claim to spearheading the effort to start the Asheville Music Professionals. Her drive to improve the local music industry compelled her to invite a few different folks to join her in this cause.
In 2006 Jessica Tomasin became the studio manager of Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC. Her career in music has expanded to include artist/label management, booking, and event production. In 2013 she was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year by the City of Asheville/Chamber of Commerce for her work in music. In 2014 she started Jet Up Productions and currently produces a number of festivals and events each year. Currently, she is working on producing a few music related documentaries. She's volunteered the last 17 years in her community and she is committed to helping the future of music in any way she can.
A Producer, Composer, and Engineer, Steven Heller has earned 3 GRAMMYS, five GRAMMY nominations and many other national awards. His work encompasses music for artists, film, television, other media.
Produced Documentaries for many Educational Institutions.
Lead Editor and Director for Large-scale implementation of training software for MDs and Hospitals.
Served as Music Supervisor and Producer for the Miramax film, "The Journey of August King," Composed and produced music for the film.
Composed, orchestrated and adapted the music package for the Animal Planet Network, a division of Discovery Network, Inc.
Scored numerous award-winning films, including features, documentaries, and children's films.
Numerous Telly and Addy Awards for television and radio commercial music compositions.
Golden CASE Awards, several American Library Association Notable Recording Awards, several NAIRD (National Association of Independent Record Distributors) Awards, Parent's Choice Gold Awards, National Association of Parents' Publications Awards.
Original music and Production for clients including 20th Century Fox, National Public Ra
dio, Public Radio international, State Farm Insurance, McDonald's, General Mills, Public Television, Animal Planet,The National Gallery, The Air and Space Museum, The US Air Force, MTV, and many others.
Steven can be reached at Upstreamllc@gmail.com.
Asheville native, graduate of UNC Chapel Hill
Professional bluegrass and roots musician from 1976 until 1986.
Currently performs with The Midnight Plowboys, a string band he founded in 1980. Brian has been a PA since 1986
and President of Brian C. Hunter, CPA, PA in Asheville since 1995.
Brian's reflections on a career spent balancing music and business:
"I was a performing artist long before I became a CPA, and I understand the business and tax side of the arts. For decades, I have specialized in business, tax and financial planning for creative professionals, and have counted as clients some of Asheville's most prominent and successful musicians and media artists. My personal contribution to the AMP board is in helping musicians become more organized with finances and taxes so they can concentrate more successfully and peacefully on their music. And when I'm not doing that, my goal is to have fun making some kickin' string band roots music with my friends in The Midnight Plowboys!"
Michael Selverne is a 35 year veteran of the music industry. Selverne is a trained musician who started his career as a guitar player and studio musician in NYC. Today, Selverne, a veteran record producer and music publisher, operates Welcome to Mars Music Productions
and ACME (Asheville Commercial Music Enterprise). During his diverse career, Selverne has founded several successful publishing and production companies and has worked with artists such as ICE-T, Twista, Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), The Fugees, Bunny Wailer, Wyclef Jean, India.Arie, Hanson, Nappy Roots, Motley Crue, Web Entertainment (Eminem), Hootie and the Blowfish, Guns and Roses, Live, Wu-Tang Clan, Peter Tosh and The Brecker Brothers,
Josh Blake is a musician, producer, and engineer who was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving to Asheville NC in 1997, he spent the next 10 years touring nationally with his band. Always inspired by the recording arts, Josh took a step back from the road to focus on producing, engineering at Echo Mountain Recording Studios where he has dialed his craft as a freelance engineer and producer over the past 10 years. Josh is still a very active musician, playing around town between 2-4 times a week in various projects. He is one of the founders, Managing Director, and visionary behind Independent Arts and Music of Asheville (iamavl.com), a first of its kind community based music web channel. Josh is also a partner in Asheville Commercial Music Enterprise (ACME), and has been proud to serve on the board of Asheville Music Professionals since it's inception.
Josh Stack comes to AMP with a strong background as a performer, recording artist, promoter, tour manager, communications professional - including public relations and marketing, and non-profit administration and organization. Stack has worked with the likes of Widespread Panic, Jim James, Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule, Tedeschi Trucks Band and many other local and regional acts. Stack's experience with artists and their surrogates - mainly, management and publicists - along with his own background as a touring musician have prepared him well to help grow the Asheville Music Scene. Stack has also worked as the Communications Director for MANNA FoodBank for 4.5 years and is the Founder and Executive Director of a hunger relief nonprofit called Funding America Through Entertainment - FATE.
Autumn represents the side of Asheville's music industry that's not as talked about but just as important; music stores and instrument repair. Autumn's business, The Guitar Mama, was a staple in the Asheville area for many years. Autumn's love of music started at the ripe age of 12 and has continued throughout her life, taking her on myriad musical journeys, which have now landed her at the right hand of Jess Tomasin at Echo Mountain Studios. Autumn keeps things going in the frenetic pace of the studio while still finding time to properly adjust the delicate fretted instruments around town.