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It's 2019, a new year and time for reconciliation. Amidst the general ethos of hate penetrating our country, we're choosing #AnotherWay. The Town Hall forum asks the community to speak up in an effort to build a better tomorrow for each of its participants. We're focusing on creating a sustainable future for the Arts and we want to hear from all artists. Please join the conversation on how we can collectively create a paradigm shift around the Arts as an industry. #ArtsMeetsBiz All artistic disciplines welcome: music, theatre, dance, visual, multi-media, etc.


• #Exploitation (#MeToo & more) in the Arts
• Business of the Arts
• Producers vs. Artists
• Politics of investing/funding in the Arts
• Other issues plaguing the Arts community


Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, 2019

6 - 8pm

WeWork (SOHO)

379 West Broadway

(Between Spring & Broome)



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Blogger Emileena Pedigo moderates.


Featuring a panel of industry leaders from the Music, Theatre, Dance, Multi-Media:


  Mathew Patrick Heggem


Cooper Jordan



Simone Maurice





Mathew Patrick Heggem

Mathew is a "Remover of Obstacles," working as a leadership coach & growth consultant at  He helps entrepreneurs and CEOs transform their businesses into thriving, social, and global enterprises.  He co-founded @ Neuland AllianceLeft Side Labs, and ARTSLAB.  Currently he serves as Chief Strategist HireEffect, Board Member/Chair of the Marketing Committee for Pentacle and Co-Organizer for Conscious Capitalism, DC.  While the CEO of a 25-person accounting practice, Mathew was recognized by CPA Practice Advisor as a "20 Under 40 Superstar."  He spoke about leadership & technology at conferences across the country and authored 30+ publications for outlets such as and SmartCEO.  In the nonprofit sector, Mathew served as the Board President for the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and worked as a Development & Communications Director, Marketing & Media Manager, and Social Media Consultant.  As an artist, Mathew presented his own work at arts festivals, cabarets, and theaters throughout the Northeast, including Dixon Place, The Tank, and the Center for Performance Research.  He danced for ClancyWorks, Nicholas Leichter, Clyde Forth, Jennifer Monson, and was a soloist for historical reconstructions of Ted Shawn and Doris Humphrey works as part of 'The Art of the Solo.'  He has premiered as an artist-in-residence and faculty member for various colleges, high schools, and private arts institutions.  Mathew holds a BA in Dance from Goucher College with a 2 year certification in 'Awareness Through Movement' from The Feldenkrais Institute, NYC.

Cooper Jordan

Cooper is a Producer, Director, Actor and has produced The Rat Pack Undead, a show he originated, across the Northeast from Atlantic City to Times Square to New England, with the show's two year residency at Times Scare on 42nd Street. Cooper was the Managing Director & Producer of The Elektra Theater Off-Broadway where he produced over 50 shows including the hits New York's Got Talent and Miles Thorn Master Illusionist.  Cooper is a wide range Actor/Producer between New York & Atlantic City.

Simone Maurice

Simone is a creative adventurer who embodies the roles of filmmaker, musician, multimedia producer, entrepreneur, product designer, photographer, dancer and choreographer.  She indulges mercilessly in the curious exploration of the human condition.  As a multimedia producer, Simone was a key team player on Gemini Award-winning interactive properties.  She has produced for network television, scored games, done copy/script writing, and shot/directed engaging web videos.  If you have an idea, let’s work on bringing it to life!


Swang began studying music at the age of eight before receiving a degree in Instrumental Performance from the esteemed Hartt School of Music.  He has worked as a full-time music professional since moving to NYC in 1998.  As a producer, arranger and musician, Swang founded RSP Experiment with some help from fellow NYC musicians in 2005.  What began as a humble late-night jam session soon became a vehicle to launch Swang's production projects for up-and-coming artists.  Swang now finds himself in high demand in the recording studio, relying on tried-and-true methods of recording (such as use of tape and analog hardware).  Acclaimed artists the world over have come to rely on his expertise and imagination in their collaborations with him.  Swang currently tours as the frontman for Sly and the Family Stone and has hosted “NY’s Best Open Mic” (TimeOutNY & SonicBids) for the last 5 years, mentoring waves of new talent into the industry.  "Swang is a baaad man! You can't make music with him and not become better at what you do..." -Shuggie Otis

                   Jackie Goodrich, Mediator

                         Jackie Goodrich is cofounder of Arts Mediation Group and a mediator for the New York City Civilian                                           Complaint Review Board. Her mediation practice began in 1999 at Safe Horizon’s Community Dispute                                     Resolution Program, which included cases in Family Court, Civil Court, and Small Claims Court. She also                                 facilitated Community Impact Panels at the Midtown Community Court, in Manhattan. For several years, she                             was a training coach in mediation clinics conducted by Safe Horizon (now New York Peace Institute) in                                     partnership with Columbia Law School, Cardozo School of Law, and Brooklyn Law School. In 2004, Safe         Photo by D.C. Anderson   Horizon named her “Mentor of the Year.”

Jackie served as a member of the Dancers Forum work group to develop The Dancers Forum Compact; as a group facilitator at events, sponsored by Dance Theater Workshop, to strengthen communication skills among dancers, choreographers, and company managers; and as a member of a panel discussion, sponsored by The Juilliard School, on building trust and effective communication as dance professionals.

Jackie’s mediation training has been primarily with The Center for Understanding in Conflict (formerly The Center for Mediation in Law), whose understanding-based approach to mediation she practices. Her work with the Center includes participation in a mediation training video, “Saving the Last Dance: Mediation Through Understanding,” produced in collaboration with Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation.

Jackie’s work in dispute resolution was preceded by a 20-year career in modern dance and theater.

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