Board of Directors
The Board of Directors consists of individuals who are dedicated to the mission and goals of The MAMAs. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds each member is as passionate in their support of our organization as they are in independent local music.
Ty Christian, Executive Director
Also known as “Fang VonWrathenstein”, lead singer of the most metal band on earth, Lords of the Trident. Ty is an award-winning singer and performer, as well as one of the leading voices in the band DIY community through his monthly “Words of Fang” syndicated columns. While not dressed as a barbarian on stage, Ty spends his days as a systems administrator for the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds and the Waisman Brain Imaging Laboratory on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. He also teaches Tae Kwon Do and is an avid audio/video manipulator.
Curt Davies, Education Liaison
With over 18 years experience in strategic communications and marketing, Curt is able to transfer his mad skills into proven tools for indie artists to further their careers and gain more exposure.
Throughout his career, Curt has worked for and consulted with a number of national and international heavy-hitters. Not only is he a marketing guru, but he is also a master at networking and business relationship building.
Roy Elkins, President
Roy Elkins is a well-known music technology entrepreneur who has been leading industry innovations for over twenty years. Elkins is the Founder and CEO of Broadjam Inc., serving independent musicians and industry giants such as the Academy of Country Music, Warner/Chappell, Peavey and others. Broadjam.com, the company’s popular independent website now hosts over 100,000 artists with over 450,000 songs uploaded to its massive online searchable database. The site is known for its musician-friendly services, including music licensing opportunities to film, tv, radio and advertisers, website hosting, artist profiles, reviews, contests, transmit mechanism, charts, download sales and more.
Before founding Broadjam, Elkins was the Vice President-Sales & Marketing for Sonic Foundry and held several Director-level positions with Ensoniq Corporation. He maintains a database of over 5,000 music industry contacts including executives at virtually every company in the music industry and past and/or present clients such as Les Paul, D.J. Jazzy Jeff, the Beach Boys, the Allman Brothers, BoyzIIMen, Joe Walsh, ELP, Yes, Journey, Skid Row, Randy Jackson, Will Smith and many others. He is a musician and songwriter who thoroughly understands the musician’s world.
Rick Tvedt, Treasurer
Rick Tvedt has been a performing musician since the age of eight, playing guitar, bass and singing in various rock bands. In the 1980’s he had regional success with the pop/new wave band The And. In 1991 he cut his first solo album, Demos from the Heart. After that he joined forces with some old chums and formed the Sled Dogs, a five-piece progressive rock band that has one album to its credit, Salute.
At the age of forty-four, Rick began to look at how he could contribute more to the Madison music community. After a year of research and hard decisions he launched the monthly local music newspaper Rick’s Café in January of 2003, growing the newspaper to over 10,000 copies and a freelance staff of nearly thirty contributors. Rick’s Café could now be found from Wausau to Janesville and from Platteville to Oconomowoc before its demise in January of 2007.
In 2003 Rick also conceptualized a local music awards show to stimulate the music economy and to inform the public by recognizing the efforts of local artists. The new organization was termed the Madison Area Music Awards, affectionately known as the MAMAs. The MAMAs were set up as a charitable organization to raise money to fund music programs for kids. With the looming budget problems in the schools the organization has focused its efforts on providing instruments and other essentials for the Madison Metropolitan School District. The MAMAs also work with community centers, other organizations and needy individuals.
Rick served as the board president for two years and is now the Treasurer for the MAMAs. In June of 2009, Rick’s Café was resurrected online as Local Sounds Magazine.
Beth Kille is an award-winning performing songwriter, audio engineer/producer, songwriting instructor, Executive Producer of the Madison Area Music Association Awards, host of Madison’s Chick Singer Night, co-founder of Flannel Fest, Music Director for Girls & Ladies Rock Camp Madison and a mom. She joined the Board of Directors in 2009.
Robert J. Conaway
Robert J. has been a mainstay in the Wisconsin music scene ever since
releasing his first record Boys Town in 1986. He’s a
Singer/Songwriter/Producer/Guitar player who has released 10 CDs and multiple singles.
Some of his achievements include many MAMA and WAMI awards, Wisconsin Male Vocalist of the Year, top honors in the Billboard Song Contest, and the Musicnotes Lifetime Achievement Award.
2021 marks Robert’s 48th year performing in clubs, beginning with his college days in Detroit, through his time playing and living in Crested Butte, Colorado to his many years in Madison. He’s shared stages with many greats including The Beach Boys, Taj Mahal, LeAnn
Rimes and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
One of Robert’s proudest achievements has been the founding of MAMA CARES after the Madison music community rallied to help his family when their son, Jacy Ray, underwent emergency brain surgery. “Paying
it forward” as they say!
Charlie Goldstone’s career began at Washington University in St. Louis where he started his own promotion company staging concerts for the student body. Summer jobs at The New World Music Theatre outside of Chicago and Riverport Amphitheatre outside of St. Louis led to a full time position with the Belkin Productions Office of Clear Channel Entertainment in Cleveland, OH.
Prior to moving to Madison, Charlie was Senior Director of Artist Development and Tour Marketing for the Island Def Jam Music Group in New York. He worked on tour strategy and album launches for select artists including Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi, The Killers, and Rihanna.
Charlie joined Frank Productions in 2007. He has been instrumental in building the company’s status as a major independent regional and national touring promoter. Over the past several years, Charlie has produced arena headlining tours for Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, Cage The Elephant, and Volbeat.
The MAMAs staff consists of individuals who are dedicated to the mission and goals of The MAMAs. Coming from a wide variety of backgrounds each member is as passionate in their support of our organization as they are in independent local music.
Photos by Sweeney Photography