Panel

Jazz in Film, with George S. Clinton, Terence Blanchard, and Billy Childs

Wednesday / April 23, 2014 / 1:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

George S. Clinton, noted film composer and chair of Berklee's Film Scoring Department, will moderate this discussion of the role and development of jazz in film. Panelists will include Terence Blanchard and Billy Childs.

Admission: 
Free

"Outside the Box" with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Terence Blanchard, Danilo Perez, Vijay Iyer, and Joanne Brackeen

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Hosted by Berklee alumna and Revive Music founder Meghan Stabile, this panel will focus on breaking free of perceived constraints in approaching jazz, and what that means from an artistic and industry perspective.

Admission: 
Free

Writing for Strings with Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Vijay Iyer, and Patrice Rushen

Tuesday / April 22, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

The American Composers Orchestra, in collaboration with the Berklee Jazz Composition Department, presents this panel discussion and workshop geared toward students who seek a greater understanding of the nuances of string writing in a jazz context. Panelists include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs, Vijay Iyer, and Patrice Rushen.

Admission: 
Free

Q-Brew: Hilary Hughes and Michael Marotta

Monday / December 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Join the Department of Music Business and the Performance Division for an interesting afternoon in the Red Room at Café 939. The session’s panelists are Hilary Hughes and Michael Marotta. Hughes is a pop culture correspondent for Esquire, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Elle, and USA TODAY. She has also graced Paste, Refinery 29, Bullett, The Boston Globe, and Vanyaland with her talent.

Marotta is the founder of Vanyaland, a fast-growing new media company in New England, and the owner of Vanya Records. He’s also a DJ, promoter, writer, and radio host.

Kyle Billings, a music business major at Berklee and editor-in-chief of the Music Business Journal, will moderate the panel session.

Admission: 
Free

CANCELED: Songwriting Town Hall Forum

Thursday / February 13, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
CANCELED: This event has been canceled.

If you are a Berklee student and write songs, please come participate in a town hall meeting to share ideas about how to improve the songwriting program with department heads and faculty.

Admission: 
Free

Zafris Distinguished Lecture for Music Business Featuring Lyor Cohen

Friday / February 21, 2014 / 1:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Lyor Cohen’s career in the music industry spans more than 30 years, beginning with Russell Simmons’ Rush Management, to leading Def Jam Records in its pioneering of hip-hop music, to his most recent position as chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group North America.  

In his recent keynote address at MIDEM, Cohen announced his new music venture, 300, in partnership with Twitter, and described its vision of creating tools for the creative community that allow more artists to be discovered and be more successful. The venture is, in Cohen’s words, "a creative hub that goes beyond the creation of music and songs. It’s a place where artists, managers, agents can access experience and tools so they could be highly participating in the artist-development process."

Come and hear this music industry icon share his wisdom, experience, and vision for the future of artist development in a rapidly changing industry.
 

Admission: 
Free

Envisioning 21st Century Music Business Models: Ethics and the New Music Industry

Thursday / April 17, 2014 / 7:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This annual event features guests from the music industry addressing the role of ethics in the business and how to rebuild it to support sustainable careers for artists and music business professionals —without selling their soul. Topics will include: payola, contracts between artists and labels, rates paid by streaming services to artists, copyright, management/artist relationships, branding and sponsorships, and sexism/ageism in the industry.

The panel will include:

Marcie Allen

President of New York City-based music sponsorship and activation agency MAC Presents, Marcie Allen has 19 years in the music industry negotiating high-profile sponsorships between the world’s leading brands and artists. Allen has executed partnerships between brands and artists including Delta/Michael Buble, Bud Light/Foo Fighters, Verizon/John Legend, Samsung/Keith Urban, CITI/Rolling Stones and Nokia Music/Green Day. She is an eight-time nominee and three-time winner of Billboard Magazine's Concert Marketing and Promotion Award. In April 2013, the White House honored Allen as one of its Hurricane Sandy "Champions of Change." Allen directed a documentary short, Beach 119, about her efforts in the Rockaways, New York, after the storm. Prior to starting MAC, Allen owned and operated MAD Booking & Events, which booked and produced music festivals across the country including On the Bricks in Atlanta. 

Melissa Ferrick

Eight-time Boston Music Award winner, now signed with MPress Records, Ferrick started her own label, Right On Records, releasing 12 albums between 2000 and 2010. Her music has been placed in independent films and television, and she owns all of her publishing. Ferrick tours regularly performing upwards of 100 shows a year. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, Dwight Yoakam, John Hiatt, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Mike Doughty, The Indigo Girls and among many others. Ferrick is also an Assistant Professor in the Songwriting Department at Berklee College of Music.

Amanda Arrillaga '94

Director of Copyright Administration for RCA, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, Arrillaga graduated from Berklee with degree in music business/management. A few months later, she landed first job in the music industry at legendary Premier Talent Agency in New York, working with veterans Barbara Skydel and Frank Barsalona. Throughout her career, Arrillaga has held positions at Loud Records, Song/ATV Music Publishing, and So What Media and Management and developed a career as a painter. 

Jay Sweet

Sweet is principal and co-founder of Sweet & Doggett, a music consulting firm whose clients have included Hasbro, World Wildlife Fund, Fisher Price, OurStage, Daytrotter, and Hear & There Inc. Known for understanding of the industry’s inner workings in relation to marketing, branding, production, touring, licensing, and content acquisition, Sweet has spent the last decade helping corporate America with its music initiatives. Over the last four years his biggest project has been rebranding and producing the legendary Newport Folk Festival. Sweet is also editor at large for the acclaimed national music and culture site Paste.com, where he has written about the Roots, the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and film director Wes Anderson. 

This private event is open to the Berklee community and invited guests.

Admission: 
Free

Life After Berklee: Growing Your Own Business

Wednesday / October 23, 2013 / 6:30 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Lisa Occhino
Ethan Schiff
Kim Pfluger
Jayce Varden

Berklee's Music Business/Management Department presents its annual Evening with Entrepreneurs. This year's panel includes three Berklee alumni and one current Berklee student, each at different points along the path of growing their own business. The event is an opportunity to learn about the process of bringing an idea to life and to get practical advice on starting a business. Featured panelists include Lisa Occhino, founder of Songwriterlink and 2012 winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest; Ethan Schiff '12, co-founder of New Torch Entertainment and manager to Betty Who '13; Kim Pfluger '10, owner and studio manager of Keep the Edge Studios; and Jayce Varden of Pledge Music.

Admission: 
Free

21st Annual MEISA Music Business Autumn Affair

Wednesday / November 13, 2013 / 6:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Joe Pepin

The 21st annual MEISA Music Business Autumn Affair is a social event that provides students the chance to learn about Berklee’s Music Business/Management Department, including its faculty, internships, and its many clubs, such as the Music Business Journal and Heavy Rotation Records. The event will feature a keynote address by Joe Pepin, a 2008 Berklee music business graduate who is currently working as an artist manager at Complete Control Management in New York City. Complete Control handles some of the top electronic dance music (EDM) artists. Prior to joining Complete Control, Pepin worked as a coordinator/executive assistant at Mercury Records/Island Def Jam (Universal Music Group).

The event will feature free food and refreshments from Boloco and live music from Blue Prints.

Download the event flyer here.

Admission: 
Free

Envisioning 21st Century Business Models: Ethics and the New Music Industry

Thursday / April 18, 2013 / 7:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

This event has been canceled.

This is a private event, open to the Berklee community and invited guests.

A panel of industry experts discuss the role of ethics in the music business. How do we rebuild our industry in a manner that supports sustainable careers for artists and music business professionals without having to sell your soul? Topics include: payola, contracts between artists and labels, rates paid by streaming services to artists, copyright, management/artist relationships, branding and sponsorships, and sexism/ageism in the industry.

Panelists include:

  • Amanda Arrillaga '94, Director of Copyright Administration, Sony Music Entertainment
  • Troy Carter, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Atom Factory; Manager, Lady Gaga and others
  • Amanda Palmer, Artist, Musician, and Entrepreneur
  • Jay Sweet, Principal/Cofounder, Sweet & Doggett (Music Consulting and Supervision); Producer, Newport Folk Festival

The Envisioning 21st-Century Music Business Models series is presented by the Music Business/Management Department and the Professional Education Division.

 

Amanda Arrillaga, Director of Copyright Administration, Sony Music Entertainment, and MB/M Alumna, 1994;

Amanda Arrillaga graduated from Berklee College of Music in December 1994 with a bachelor's in music as a music business major. She immediately moved to New York and in a few months landed her first job in the music industry at legendary Premier Talent Agency, working with veterans Barbara Skydel and Frank Barsalona. Throughout her career Arrillaga has held positions at Loud Records, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and So What Media and Management, and developed a successful visual art career, painting under the professional name, "lola." She is currently director of copyright for RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. 

 

Troy Carter, Founder/Chairman/CEO, Atom Factory and Manager, Roster Includes: Lada Gaga, John Legend;

Troy Carter is an artist manager and the CEO and founder of Atom Factory, a multidimensional management company. His expanding roster of musical innovators includes Lady Gaga, John Legend, Greyson Chance, and Priyanka Chopra. As a brand and corporate strategist, his portfolio of investments and startup endeavors read as a summary of the hottest trends in today’s technology landscape, heralding his uncanny knack for identifying tomorrow’s consumer trends today. 

As Lady Gaga’s manager, Carter—who has worked alongside the likes of Will Smith, Sean “Diddy” Combs, and the late Notorious B.I.G.—has helped cement the pop star’s formidable online presence by cultivating and encouraging the philosophy of “fans first.” Beyond social media, Carter's brand strategy has culminated in Gaga’s continued cultural pervasiveness—both because of the genuine loyalty between Gaga and her fans as well as through creative and compelling partnerships with the likes of MAC, Google, Virgin Mobile, and Zynga.

After founding Atom Factory, Carter has continued his disruptive approach with the creation of various entities. In 2011, he cofounded the Backplane, a Silicon Valley-based startup that redefines social media by allowing celebrities and brands to connect with fans, foster community, and cultivate brand loyalty. The following year, he created A \ IDEA, a product development and branding agency, as well as AF Square, an angel fund and technology consultancy.

 

Amanda Palmer, Artist/Musician/Entrepreneur

Amanda Palmer is an artist, musician, entrepreneur, and social media aficionado among the many titles under which she is known. With more than half a million Twitter followers and a deeply personal blog where she bares her soul, she has one of the most responsive and supportive online fan bases on the internet. Formerly of the punk-cabaret troupe the Dresden Dolls, Palmer’s current band, the Grand Theft Orchestra recently released its second album, Theatre Is Evil.

Passion is what drives Palmer, and her success proves her determination to make a difference not only in her own music, but also in the way that music is created and consumed around the globe. Most notably, she made global headlines with her wildly successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, raising $1.2 million by selling close to 25,000 copies of her new album Theatre is Evil, her first full-length release since 2008, along with assorted premium merchandise and “experiences,” like house parties and other opportunities to interact with her. Her talk, “The Art of Asking”, was a highlight of the recent (and very prestigious) TED Conference. Always wanting to extend above and beyond what is typically expected of a musician, she soars past it in a cacophony of gusto and enthusiasm.

 

Jay Sweet, Principal/Cofounder, Sweet & Doggett; Producer, Newport Folk Festival.

Jay Sweet is a principal and cofounder of Sweet & Doggett, one of the East Coast’s premiere music consulting firms whose clients have included Hasbro, World Wildlife Fund, Fisher Price, OurStage, Daytrotter, and Hear & There Inc.  Known for his enthusiastic understanding of the entertainment industry’s inner workings in relation to marketing, branding, production, touring, licensing/ content acquisition, Sweet has spent the last decade helping corporate America with its music initiatives. Over the last four years Sweet’s biggest project has been rebranding and producing the legendary Newport Folk Festival. 

Before founding Sweet & Doggett, Sweet worked deep within the record and publishing industry as the lead music supervisor for at both the Planetary Group/Fort Point Entertainment and Sugarfoot Productions. where his clients included RCA, eMusic, Fox TV, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, AOL, and Merrill Lynch. 

Sweet is also editor-at-large for the acclaimed national music and culture site PASTE.com, where he has written numerous features and cover stories on the Roots, the Flaming Lips, Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and film director Wes Anderson.

Admission: 
Free

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