Justin Kantor

Vice President (NIVA); CEO/Founder of VenuePilot, National Independent Venue Association and VenuePilot.co

Justin Kantor is Co-Founder of Le Poisson Rouge (LPR), an independent music venue located in Greenwich Village, New York City. LPR is revered for its expansive and diverse programming and has been host to world class artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Beck, Philip Glass, Iggy Pop, and Lorde. Justin is Vice President and founding board member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and also co-chair and founding board member of the New York Independent Venue Association (NYIVA). Associations of independent venues that have unified in order to #saveourstages! As a concert artist, Justin has performed, as cellist, with orchestras such as the Wordless Music Orchestra and Ensemble LPR; and artists such as Karen O and Miike Snow. He can also be heard on recordings by Miley Cyrus, Cold Cave and Zola Jesus. Justin’s other entrepreneurial projects include Venuepilot.co, an application designed to economize workflow for music venues, disrupt the ticketing industry, and help operators make informed decisions. Justin is on the faculty at The New School’s Mannes Conservatory, teaching classes focused on entrepreneurship and career building for musicians. He is a resident of Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Justin is speaking at

February 16, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm



This session (NOT A TYPICAL PANEL!), will focus on international collaboration of the music community, exemplified by the co-sponsors, speakers and Screen X Screen, who together work for all; across country and language differences, for creators, fans and committed music executives in all areas to facilitate international trade and development. It will offer introductions and connections for all participants in a fast paced, informative, networking bonanza. It's a result of 5 years of CAB and Mondo, all with LyricFind support, and 4 years of all of us, including many of the speakers, working closely with Indie Week and with CIMA and many others. In a tragic time for too many, we come together to celebrate the individuals and organizations, including all Indie Week delegates, who continue to network, learn, move forward, solve problems, work together, beyond any perceived differences, always for mutual benefit. It will be fun! Chats and direct messages will be flowing. Just afterwards, there will be a networking afterparty of breakout rooms, as I'm sure you've all experienced on Zoom over the past months.

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