Amanda Charney | Founder, CEO & Senior Publicist (New York, NY)
As the Founder and CEO of Black Panda PR, Amanda brings both undeniable passion and well over a decade of experience to the world of music publicity.
While attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Amanda became “Amanda Panda,” a radio personality on Z104’s highly popular morning show, Connie & Fish in the Mornings (Top 40 Radio). This is where her infectious personality first resonated through the airwaves. It’s also where her passion for the music business was solidified.
After graduating, Amanda became a Senior Publicist at Plan A Media, working with industry titans, Ron Shapiro and Patti Conte. At Plan A, Amanda poured her energy into promoting indie bands and working with a wide variety of artists, including: Shontelle, Vanessa Carlton, We Are Scientists, Ari Hest, Creed Bratton, Bob Seger, Justin Currie, Sugar Ray, Frankie Valli, Ghostland Observatory, Jace Everett, RED, Mark Olson, Great Big Sea, Hank & Cupcakes, Katherine McPhee, Mary Mary and The Rapture.
After four years at Plan A Media, Amanda became the Manager of Media and Business Development at The Musebox, before being promoted to the company’s Head of Publicity. In this role, she simultaneously nurtured the careers of 25 clients, including The Neighbourhood, Anna Rose,Ghost Loft, The Bolts, Rachael Sage, The Bullitts, Gentlemen Hall, The Dø, Anoop Desai, Nat & Alex Wolff, Six60, Joshua Radin, Jay Stolar, NOTAR, The High Wire, Elisapie, Hatsune Miku, Cosmic Suckerpunch, Shiny Toy Guns, Spindrift, The Glitch Mob, and Creed Bratton.
Amanda’s clients have been featured in publications such as Nylon Magazine, USA Today, The Hollywood Reporter, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and have appeared on Last Call with Carson Daly, CONAN and more. Amanda played an integral role in helping The Neighbourhood sign with Columbia Records in 2012.
In her spare time, Amanda scours the New York music scene for the next big act, and spends time with her adorable puppy, Reggie Jackson. She’s also spoken at the Clive Davis School of Music.