Join music industry icons and bassists Eddie Gomez, Victor Wooten, John Clayton, and John Patitucci for a discussion about music business, creativity, and paths to success. The conversation, to be moderated by Bass Department chair Steve Bailey, will focus on aspects of being a working musician in earlier eras and how they have morphed for contemporary times.
Virtually every facet of the music industry has been touched by these artists, whose playing credits span a large part of the musical spectrum. Bring your questions and notebooks. There is also a very high probability that a spontaneous jam or two will break out.
For the keynote memoir event at this year's Boston Book Festival, Berklee president Roger H. Brown sits down to talk with jazz legend Herbie Hancock, discussing, among other topics, the release of his new memoir, Possibilities (Viking Adult). Hancock's career has spanned seven decades, and is decorated with the highest of professional accolades and awards, from platinum sales and Grammy Awards to an iconic list of collaborators including Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, and countless others. Join Brown as he enjoys the opportunity to hear reflections on life and music from an enduring master and innovator of his craft.
A conversation hosted by Panos Panay with Berklee alumnus Stephen Canfield, discussing Red Bull's approach to music and a career that's led him from music tech startups to a major brand that supports hundreds of artists. Canfield leads Red Bull Sound Select, a global artist development and lifestyle marketing program that supports artists and fans through a network of more than 40 curators, and 200 local shows and festivals. The program also spearheads branded events at major moments like SXSW, and 30 Days in LA—a month-long music experience incorporating more than 60 artists in 30 different venues each November. Event sponsored by the Berklee Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, of which Panay is the founding managing director.
Stephen Canfield began his career in the music industry like many have—as a musician obsessed with great songwriters and loud rock shows. He played in multiple touring bands while attending Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business and later went on to study guitar and music business/management at Berklee. After graduating, Canfield chose to pursue off-stage talents and began working for music tech start-up Sonicbids, which was founded by Panay, also a Berklee alumnus. He led the company's music marketing and advertising division and served on the company’s executive team before sunny skies came calling as he was recruited to join the Culture Marketing team at Red Bull’s North American HQ in LA. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife and dog Emmy—who, yes, is named after Emmylou Harris.
Special guest Lennie Petze, executive producer for Cyndi Lauper and former vice president of Epic Records A&R, joins panelists Sean Hagon (Professional Music Department chair), Don Gorder (Music Business/Management Department chair), and Steve Bailey (Bass Department chair) to discuss the current state of the industry and what it takes to have a sustainable career in music. Other topics will include: what you really need to know before you graduate; what you need to know after graduating and throughout your career; streaming media and how this impacts careers and artists (vs. downloads and CDs). There will be an open Q&A session with the audience, so bring your questions.
Join 14-time Emmy-nominated composer Mark Snow and ASCAP Creative Services executives in a conversation and Q&A session about jumpstarting your career. Snow is best known for his work for the television shows The X-Files, Blue Bloods, Ghost Whisperer, and Smallville.
Composer Maria Schneider's recent testimony before Congress is part of a much larger discussion about issues of compensation and protection of intellectual property for composers and songwriters. We will examine some of these issues in this forum, which is held in conjunction with our Music Business and Songwriting departments. Panelists include Maria Schneider, Bonnie Hayes, Patrice Rushen, and Don Gorder.
Panelists Maria Schneider, Terence Blanchard, and Billy Childs have a combined eight Grammy Awards, including three in the classical category for Schneider. All of these composers have had success in producing large ensemble works. This panel will discuss the current realities and future of jazz composition for large ensembles. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Patrice Rushen, and Maria Schneider.