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Lisa Occhino is a music business professional, entrepreneur, pianist, songwriter, and singer from Stamford, CT. After graduating from the prestigious Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music business/management, she moved to New York City in 2014.

During her time at Berklee, she was awarded the Songwriting & Composition Scholarship, the Joseph Smith Scholarship (for entrepreneurship), the Justin Kantor Scholarship (for internships), and won first place in the BMI Foundation’s 15th annual John Lennon Scholarship, a national songwriting competition. She also served as editor-in-chief of The Berklee Groove from 2011–2013, bringing the online publication’s readership and on-campus event turnouts to an all-time high under her leadership.

Immediately after college, Lisa spent three years as the managing editor at Sonicbids, the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online. In 2017, she enjoyed a few months of international solo travel while freelance writing, editing, and consulting for music tech companies, and continuing to build her startup, SongwriterLink. In August 2017, Lisa joined the team at Soundfly as their full-time Director of Marketing & Communications.