Melissa Emert-Hutner is an industry veteran of 21 years, and is currently VP, Creative at Kobalt Music Publishing in New York City. She has signed artists such as Banks, First Aid Kit, IDLES, Charlotte Day Wilson, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Underoath and Heavy Duty’s publishing company (among others) to the Kobalt roster. Previously, Melissa was Senior Director of Publishing at Nettwerk Music Group. Before becoming a music publisher, she worked in management for 11 years, both as a partner of Mean It! Management where she worked with bands, and her own company (Hoseb Management) where she represented songwriters, record producers and mixers. Additionally, Melissa has worked in the fields of online marketing, product management, radio promotion and talent booking.