Meet the Mentors: The Road to BreakOut West International Progam

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The Road to BreakOut West

We’re bringing a little bit of BreakOut West to Winnipeg this October with the return of our BreakOut West International Program. featuring two days of music industry programming focused on supporting artists' international career development goals.

On October 9 and 10, we’ll welcome five of BreakOut West’s international delegates to share their expertise on two very important topics: international touring and international networking. Delegates will also be available for one-on-one mentor meetings to help participants grow their careers across borders.

All sessions are free and will take place at the Manitoba Music office in Winnipeg’s East Exchange District. Spots are limited, so please pre-register via Eventbrite!

BreakOut West 2023 will take place October 11 - 15 in Kelowna BC. This year's event will feature four days of immersive content; international market deep dives, one-on-one meetings with music industry professionals, artist mentorship, keynotes and feature conversations, networking events, and more. Find out more at

Get to know our visiting industry pros a bit better...

Alicia Maciel
Director of Programming
Sleeping Village

Alicia Maciel is the Director of Programming at Sleeping Village in Chicago, IL. She is devoted to the development of artists and promoters. Alicia is invested in showcasing alternative artists and contemporary approaches to music of all genres. She is well-versed in A&R for local and regional performers and curators. She encourages transparency and ongoing discussion about different facets of the music industry. Alicia has a passion for curation and discovery, as seen through Sleeping Village's events and supporting acts as well as Logan Square Arts Festival.

Caroline Borolla

Originally from Philadelphia but based in Los Angeles, veteran publicist Caroline Borolla joined the Clarion Call Media team in May 2016. Caroline has worked with talent such as Alice Ivy, Azure Ray, Beauty Pill, Casket Girls, Crooked Colours, Dan Deacon, Dear Boy, Exitmusic, The Faint, Haley Bonar, Orenda Fink, Matt Pond PA, M(h)aol, Royal Canoe, Thao & Mirah, Voxtrot, Wax Idols, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Wire and many more. She has coordinated press at festivals such as Bonnaroo, The Governors Ball Music Festival, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, Outside Lands and more. Over her 15+ year career, she has worked at other esteemed companies such as Motormouth Media, Big Hassle and Riot Act Media, handling releases on virtually every great label in indie rock, including Domino, Merge, Kill Rock Stars, Temporary Residence, Saddle Creek, FatCat and many more.

Inger Bråten
Killer Inc

Inger Bråten has more than 20 years of experience in the music business; from booking for venues, PR and marketing for artists and festivals, PR and Head of PR in major record labels, agent and management for artists, publishing etc. Started the company Killer Inc in 2011 focusing on pr and marketing for norwegian and international artists within all genres (Jason Isabell and the 400 Unit, Mark Olson, Mari Boine, Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Kvelertak etc.), but now also work with booking, mentoring, jury member and project manager for different projects, both in Norway and internationally. She is also coach for the award-winning Global Music Match program, Board member of Lux Boreal. Mentor for export-program Ex.tra! by Music Norway.

Laura Katz
Music Supervisor
Supe Troop

Laura Katz is the founder of L.A.-based company SUPE TROOP, where she handles music supervision services for all types of media. Prior to launching Supe Troop, Katz led Cutting Edge Group’s Los Angeles office’s music supervision services for feature films, TV shows, video games, and other visual media projects. In addition to creative music supervision, she oversaw music department services such as bespoke composition, clearance, licensing, soundtrack album releases, and more. Katz’s notable music supervision film credits include That Awkward Moment, Stuck in Love, Chappaquiddick, and Big Time Adolescence. She also music supervised the Insomniac Games Xbox One game, Sunset Overdrive, which earned her a nomination for a Guild of Music Supervisors Award. Her TV projects include Cake (FXX/Hulu), The Choe Show (FX/Hulu), and The Librarians (TNT). Additionally, Katz works with directors and producers to create opportunities for original songs in films, such as the original end title song from American Chaos, “All I Want,” by Matt Berninger (of The National) & Steph Altman, and “Requiem for a Private War” by Annie Lennox from A Private War, which was nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe for Best Original Song, Motion Picture.

Umong Shah
Music Manager & Consultant
Fortitude Music / Future Echoes

Umong started his music career after graduating from University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Music and Entertainment Industry Management. Having played many roles Umong has been a musician (October Sky), Operations Manager (Awdio), Binaural Studio Installer (Jawbone) and Festival Curator (Summer Sizzler 2013 & 2014). Umong still co-promotes a new music showcase in Great Portland street called Discovery 2 (Discovery Talent). Umong has collected various accolades during his time in music for example, being noted as IQ magazine’s 2015 Top 10 New Bosses, and Music Week’s 30 under 30, “Best of the rest”. He regularly participates on panels at international renowned conferences such as The Great Escape, Live UK and Future Echoes(Sweden). As a manager, Umong has received international showcasing funding 3 times, for artists to explore festivals and showcases in South Korean, North American and European markets. Umong is a frequent visitor to these territories, growing artist careers and growing international networks. Umong has now created a consulting division of Fortitude Music with an array of talented and inspiring customers (Artists, Managers, Labels & Festivals), each needing specialist services to grow their career.

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