Ninth Annual Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium

Tuesday / October 6, 2015 / 7:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
United States
Ethiopia Habtemariam

Presented by the Music Business/Management Department, the Ninth Annual Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium features a celebration of one of the most influential genres of music in today's record industry. The event will include a panel discussion with several prominent hip-hop/ urban music industry executives and showcase performances by selected Berklee hip-hop/urban artists.

Ethiopia Habtemariam is the president of Motown Records, the executive vice-president/head of urban music for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG), and one of the highest ranking black woman in the music industry. At Motown, she oversees the recording careers of such favorites as Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo. As executive vice-president and head of urban music for UMPG, she's responsible for finding and developing songwriters, artists, and producers for the urban music department and has signed superstars such as multiplatinum recording artist and songwriter Chris Brown, breakthrough artist and songwriter Keri Hilson, and gold recording artist and songwriter Ciara. Habtemariam also oversees one of the hottest urban rosters in music, with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Prince, 50 Cent, Eminem, and Jill Scott, among many others. At this event, she will be part of a panel on the state of hip-hop/urban music.

$8 in advance / $12 day of show

Sound Vision: Music and the Visually Impaired

Friday / October 23, 2015 / 9:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

This symposium will focus on visual impairment and music and will feature Nobuyuki Tsujii, winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition. It will be followed by a reception for the 20th anniversary of Berklee's Music Therapy Department from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. To RSVP for the reception, please email


Just the Right Volume: An Essential Conversation about Hearing

Wednesday / May 6, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

An array of top doctors, scientists, authors, and audiology experts gather at this forum to share ideas on hearing loss prevention and awareness. While hearing is important to all people, dealing with loss of hearing can be particularly devastating for musicians. However, there are measures that we all can take to protect our hearing and to help cope with hearing loss.

The forum is inspired by the work of Berklee professor Nalora Steele and is made possible with the support of the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation. Related public service announcements will be recorded at Berklee after the forum and distributed via Spotify. See below for more information about the day’s program and panelists.

Program and Panelists

10:00 a.m.     Registration and Coffee

Tom Plsek, Berklee Brass Department chair emeritus, host

10:15 a.m.     Opening Remarks

Nalora Steele, Berklee professor of music education

10:30 a.m.     Evolution of the Hearing Instrument

Dr. Paul Gross, biologist and former University of Virginia provost

10:40 a.m.     Health and Disease of Hearing

Dr. Steven Rauch, director of the Vestibular Division and vice chair of Academic Affairs at Longwood, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School; and medical director for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center

11:00 a.m.     Noise and Its Impact on Hearing

Dr. Sharon Kujawa, director of the Department of Audiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

Dr. M. Charles Liberman, director of Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, senior scientist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harold Schuknecht professor of otology and laryngology and health sciences and technology at Harvard Medical School

11:35 a.m.     Children and Music

Dr. Brian Fligor, chief audiology officer, Lantos Technologies

11:50 a.m.     Shouting Won’t Help

Katherine Bouton, author/blogger

12:15 p.m.     Music and Social Change

Kerry Steib, director of social impact, Spotify

12:30 p.m.     Coping with Hearing Loss When You Love Music

Wendy Cheng, founder and president, Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss

1:00 p.m.       Thoughts and Recognitions

Darla S. Hanley, dean of Berklee’s Professional Education Division


Career Jam 2015

Saturday / March 28, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

Take charge of your music career today! Open to Berklee students and alumni, this event is a half-day of professional development and networking with music industry professionals. Participate in music industry panels, meet employers, and learn about resources at the Artist Resource Fair.


Learn career-building strategies from music industry professionals in performance, writing, technology, and business.


Build your network with music industry employers, human resources recruiters, and others in the Berklee community.


Visit the Artist Resource Fair to engage with local resources for press kits, legal advice, grants, headshots, and more.

More information and RSVP online:

Berklee Startups Present at MIT Enterprise Forum

Tuesday / November 18, 2014 / 5:30 p.m.
District Hall
75 Northern Avenue
United States
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Berklee student-entrepreneurs join their peers from Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and more to deliver brief business pitches in the hope of winning prizes aimed at developing startup businesses.

Scott Kirsner, the Boston Globe’s "Innovation Economy" columnist and founder of Innovation Leader, will kick things off by moderating a panel of entrepreneurs and investors, including: Tom Coburn, CEO, Jebbit; Dip Patel, cofounder and CEO, ecoVent; and Katie Rae, managing director, TechStars Boston and Project 11.

The kickoff will be followed by the student pitches and the evening will conclude with a casual "networking bash."

Innovators DNA 2-Day Workshop

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 9:00 a.m.
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BerkleeICE presents a 2-day workshop for faculty and staff held by Innovator’s DNA.

Innovator’s DNA (iDNA) believes that one’s ability to generate revolutionary ideas is not merely a function of the mind, but also a function of behaviors. Throughout the 2-day workshop iDNA will expand on the research that led to this conclusion and teach the behavioral practices necessary for innovation. 

Invite only

BerkleeICE at Harvard xDesign

Saturday / November 8, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Harvard Business School
17 Western Avenue
United States
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In a hyper-competitive marketplace, creativity is the secret weapon. 

Panos Panay, founder of Sonicbids and founding managing director of Berklee's Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship hosts a panel of entrepreneurial educators, designers, and entrepreneurs to explore the intersection of creativity, business, and technology at this year's Harvard xDesign Conference. Panay will curate a second panel featuring five BerkleeICE student startups.

Panel 1
2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

  • Ken Zolot (MIT)
  • Matthew Growney (Rudyard Partners)
  • Karen Reuther (Cast Collective)
  • Emilien Moyon (Berklee Valencia)

Panel 2
4:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • 5 Berklee student startups, including Sentio, dsgnCo., and PowerMote LLC.

The Harvard xDesign Conference brings together creative thinkers, design luminaries, experts from a variety of backgrounds, professors, and students to engage in and reinterpret the design process. The conference will include a series of presentations, conversations, and panel discussions, two of which will be hosted by BerkleeICE. 

The full day schedule can be found here

Rethink Music Think Tank: New York City

Friday / October 17, 2014 / 9:30 a.m.
New York City
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BerkleeICE collaborates with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society to create the Rethink Music think tank retreat in New York City. Thirty cross-industry executives, government officials, and academics will come together to kick off an extensive research project around the future of music copyright.

Invite Only

TEDx BerkleeValencia

Saturday / June 21, 2014 / 4:00 p.m.
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía
1 Avenida Autopista del Saler

Berklee  hosts its first-ever TEDx event on its Valencia, Spain campus, themed Creative Catalyst. 

The conference will feature talks by leading international thinkers, innovators, and artists who represent diverse creative fields. Speakers include Spanish artist and designer Javier Mariscal; Sonicbids founder Panos Panay, who is leading Berklee’s new Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship; and Spanish film composer Lucas Vidal, among others. Each will cover personal stories, explore ideas, and share fascinating contemporary examples that are driving our society towards new, undiscovered heights.

Learn more about TEDxBerkleeValencia.


Friday / August 15, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Greenway Boston
Hanover street and Cross Street
United States

dmGida, a.k.a. Nick Aponte, is an electronic music producer based in Boston. His style can be described through influences such as Chelsea Wolfe, S.Maharba, Forest Swords, and Samiyam, to name a few.