Sweet on Top was founded by Kristina Benson, a lifelong music professional who began her career with a degree in opera from UCI and piano lessons in her spare time under Miles Davis sideman Kei Akagi. After stints as a promoter and DJ, she segued into a role as a branding specialist for DoStuffMedia, where she spearheaded engagement initiatives for brands such as Goose Island, Grey Goose and Pabst Blue Ribbon, working closely with local influencers produce interactive brand experiences. She went from there to acting as Music Director for Lip Sync, where she managed all day to day operations, including creative pitches, clearance, and custom music, working closely with top flight talent such as the Violent Femmes, Charles Bradley, Lindsey Stirling, Hanni el Khatib, and Steve Aoki.
After many successful placements and two wonderful years at Lip Sync, she decided the time had come to start her own agency. In the short time since it has opened its doors, Sweet On Top has landed placements with high quality brands such as Apple, Michael Kors, Vogue, and St. Regis, promotions for the Olympics and Songland, and in television shows including Station 19, Grey’s Anatomy, All Rise, Firefly Lane, High Fidelity, Ray Donovan and the Blacklist. Additionally, her writers have secured cuts with Dim Mak and Warner Brothers artists.Kristina has also worked closely with the Guild of Music Supervisors’ education committee, and is a member of the California Copyright Conference and the Association of Independent Music Publishers.