Digital vs. Physical Recordings and the Pursuit of Royalties

There was a time when the life of a musician seemed so much simpler. Those were the days before iTunes, Spotify, and peer-to-peer sharing became essential terms in the artist lexicon. But now that contemporary musicians rely on dozens of revenue streams to make ends meet, the age of simply playing shows and selling albums out of a station wagon is long gone.

Cover Story: Korea

Mark Small

K-pop star Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video has made history by logging more than a billion YouTube views, skyrocketing the South Korean singer and his horsey dance to worldwide fame. In many cases, fame is regional, but Psy (who attended Berklee from 1999–2000) brought exposure to a new level when his song swept the globe so rapidly. He has also brought more attention to other Korean pop (K-pop) artists.

Expert Testimony - Given by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter/producer Jim McGorman 
to Mark Small

Mark Small

After leaving Berklee in 1995 with a degree in music production and engineering, Jim McGorman moved to Los Angeles. Within two years, he was touring with established artists. A multi-instrumentalist and singer, McGorman started his career by playing guitar and keyboards and singing backup for a variety of artists, including the New Radicals and Tal Bachman. Since then the list of artists has grown to include the Goo Goo Dolls, Shakira, INXS, and Poison. In 2001, he got his first shot at being a musical director for Michelle Branch.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Required

In addition to being the president of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, I am also a professional cellist. I have performed in Carnegie Hall and currently perform with the Klemperer Trio of London, England. While I did not begin to play the cello until I was 13, within a year of taking up the instrument I performed the first two movements from the Bach Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Violoncello in a competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Professor Elizabeth Potteiger, the cellist in the Oxford String Quartet at Miami, heard me perform.

9/12 @ the BPC: Signature Series Presents: Inspired by Muddy And Monroe Featuring the Del McCoury Band, Catherine Russell

Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe are two American music titans who each helped create and define a blues-based genre: bluegrass, in the case of Bill Monroe, and Chicago blues, in the case of Muddy Waters.

Special guests the Del McCoury Band and Catherine Russell will perform with students and faculty to re-envision the music of these two titans.

Produced by Matt Glaser and Rob Rose. 

On The Other End of the Line

Dana Pellitteri

Step onto Berklee’s campus and you’ll find one of the most diverse student bodies of any college in the world. The students are some of the most talented, creative, and passionate I’ve ever met. They are the heart of Berklee—bound together by a love for music and dreams of a career in the field.

For those of you who are Berklee alumni, you know what it’s like to practice until 3:00 A.M., jam with your favorite professor, or land an amazing gig. But did you know that the generosity of those who came before you made so much of your Berklee experience possible?

BGJI to Tour Africa

Mary Hurley

This year, Berklee will enhance its presence in Africa. Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI), led by Artistic Director Danilo Pérez, will embark on two tours of West Africa.

Grant Aids Creation of Berklee Archive

Adam Renn Olenn

Recently, Berklee received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the National Archives and Records Administration to establish a historical archive. The grant was funded through the program Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects. It supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding American democracy, history, and culture.

The State of the College

“It all starts with attracting the best students in the world—motivated, creative, and talented,” President Roger H. Brown said in opening his December 2012 State of the College address. “Then add great faculty delivering a state-of-the-art curriculum in facilities worthy of the talent of the students. Support these students in securing gigs and careers after Berklee, and a virtuous cycle is created.

Idol Judge in the Classroom

Liz Lupton

Top songwriter, producer, record and publishing executive, and TV personality Kara DioGuardi brought her incomparable songwriting and production experience to Berklee during the fall 2012 semester. DioGuardi developed and taught the course “Hit Songwriting” that paired student songwriters and producers, mirroring today’s music industry practices. DioGuardi handpicked the 27 students who auditioned to take the course.