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Jem Aswad, Music News Writer, and Pop Culture Expert

Jem Aswad is the Deputy Music Editor of Variety, where he writes about music industry news with a focus on live music.

He joined the Variety team in 2017 with Shirley Halperin, Executive Editor of Music; together they launched the music section of Variety magazine. Their intention was to not only cover music business news but to forge a leading role with a strong voice in industry-shaping conversations. For Variety, he writes on singers and events ranging from stories about music icons (i.e. Bob Dylan), female-empowering music videos, photo book projects, to social media headlines, and the list goes on.

As a knowledgeable and respected voice in the music industry, Jem has been invited to a variety of news platforms to share his thoughts on a spectrum of topics in music culture, such as misogyny in pop culture, blockbuster music deals, and the Beatles documentary. He continues to make repeated appearances on Good Morning America and CBS This Morning in addition to various radio news. If his schedule wasn’t already packed with writing and making news appearances, Jem also lectures on the music business in the Bandier Program at Syracuse University and New York University.

Jem began his career in the music industry as an assistant editor of Faces Rocks, a metal monthly magazine no longer in existence.

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Prior to joining the Variety team, he was penning articles in editorial roles for Billboard, MTV News, Spin, Time Out New York, and CMJ. Besides writing about music news, Jem has held A&R (artists and repertoire) and marketing executive positions at Atlantic, Warner Bros., Caroline Records, and ASCAP.

Jem is a trustworthy source of music news and we can’t wait to hear what he and Ted Cohen will chat about! Hang out with these two industry veterans on June 2nd at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST HERE!

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Anahit Poturyan

Anahit Poturyan is a writer, art educator, and digital marketer based in LA with a strong focus on technology, research, history, and culture.She received her B.A. in English Literature and an Art History minor from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. in Aesthetics and Politics from the California Institute of Art (CalArts).She has worked at the Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Italy; the 58th Venice Biennale, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Hammer Museum, Artbook @Hauser & Wirth, and Otis College of Art and Design. She has lectured at numerous conferences across the world, such as the Nordic Summer University in Faro, Sweden, and the Western University of Australia, Perth, Australia. Her writings have appeared in the LA Review of Books, MediaTech Ventures, Whitehot Magazine, among others.

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