Lecture

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Bertis Downs

Thursday / February 19, 2015 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Bertis Downs
Bertis Downs, R.E.M. manager, lawyer, and educator

The BerkleeICE Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series continues with R.E.M. manager Bertis Downs. 

Downs graduated from Davidson College with a degree in law and went on to establish a course in entertainment law at the University of Georgia School of Law. He represented R.E.M. throughout their storied career and continues to represent the band members since their disbandment in 2011.

He is an active speaker at legal, education, and music industry conferences and is on the front line of the fight against increased corporatization of public schools. His main professional interest lies in changing the legal and business landscape in the digital age of ubiquity.

Admission: 
Free

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Rich Goodstone

Thursday / December 11, 2014 / 3:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Rich Goodstone photo

BerkleeICE hosts Rich Goodstone for the next installment of the Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series. Goodstone is the cofounder of Superfly, a company responsible for landmark music festivals, global gaming competitions, and cutting-edge interactive campaigns. 

Goodstone, along with Superfly’s other partners, has been a prime force in the creation of some of the most groundbreaking and iconic festival brands in the world, including the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which Rolling Stone praised as "one of the 50 moments to change the history of rock and roll"; Outside Lands, a 75,000 person festival and the first major ticketed event in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park; and the Life is Good Festival, a first-of-its-kind, family-oriented music and arts festival and fundraiser.

Admission: 
Free

BerkleeICE at The Library of Congress

Wednesday / November 5, 2014 / 7:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress Montpelier Room, Madison Building
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C.
United States
20540
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Music, Technology, and the Entrepreneur

What is the individual entrepreneur’s role in an ever-changing music industry?

BerkleeICE’s Panos Panay gives a keynote address and moderates a panel at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on the changing climate of the music industry and how the entrepreneur fits into this evolving story.

Joining the conversation along with Panay will be Bandzoogle CEO David Dufresne; Berklee graduates and managers for pop artist Betty Who, Ethan Shiff and Nathan Susi; and Berklee Global Entertainment and Music Business graduate program director Emilien Moyon.

The Secrets of Self-Promotion with Chrissy Tignor-Fisher and Tom Fisher

Wednesday / November 12, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Chrissy Tignor Fisher
Tom Fisher

Presented by the Stan Getz Library, this talk by Berklee contemporary writing and production assistant professor Chrissy Tignor-Fisher and music industry professional Tom Fisher will cover self-promotion in the current international music industry.  Come learn how to best present yourself to potential employers with tips and tricks to make yourself and your talents an undeniable asset.

Vocalist Chrissy Tignor-Fisher is a producer, songwriter, and recording engineer with a super-synthy pop style fused with EDM and hip-hop influences. She got her start in 2004, studying music production and technology at the Hartt School of Music, and then moved on to the master's course in audio production at the University of Westminster in London. She has engineered in such studios as Tin Pan Alley Studio, The Canvas Room, Jamspot Studios, Sanctum Sound, and Eastcote Studios and has worked with production companies and artists such as Good Old War, Bastille, Choppa Dunks, Notting Hill Music, and The Franks. Tignor-Fisher currently lives and works in Boston at Sanctum Sound Recording Studios and is a full-time faculty member at Berklee. 

Tom Fisher has over six years of experience of working in music in London and has developed business acumen across a large sector of the industry. He has recently worked for record labels, performing rights societies, music libraries, publishers, and music venues as well as freelanced on various music projects.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Creative Entrepreneurs Lecture Series: Diane Hessan

Thursday / November 6, 2014 / 2:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115
Diane Hessan

Diane Hessan, one of Boston's most respected and award-winning entrepreneurs, joins Panos Panay for a discussion focusing on her experiences as the founder of a leading consumer collaboration agency, Communispace, and how her most recent venture as CEO of The Startup Institute helps students to accelerate their career.

 

Diane Hessan

As the founder and CEO of Communispace, Diane Hessan led 500+ employees in building and managing the nearly 700 private communities the company has created for a premier list of over 200 global corporations. Hessan is now the CEO of The Startup Institute—the no. 1 career accelerator, helping individuals gain the skills, mindset, and network to succeed in jobs at startups. The company's primary objective is to align passion with profession, and usher students into a life they love.

Hessan has spent her 35-year career helping companies become customer-focused—both as a business executive, and as co-author of the book Customer-Centered Growth: Five Strategies for Building Competitive Advantage. The book was a Business Week best-seller and was published in 11 languages.  

She has received many honors for her leadership, including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, Boston Business Journal's Most Admired CEO and the Boston Chamber Pinnacle Award. Recently, the Boston Globe listed her as no. 3 on its Top Women in Technology List, and Communispace was listed as one of 25 Top Places to Work in Boston. In 2014, Hessan was again named to the Boston Business Journal's Power 50 Most Influential Bostonians.

Admission: 
Free

Landing Sponsorships and Endorsement Deals

Tuesday / November 4, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Ravi, a performer on Letterman, Leno, Saturday Night Live, etc., and a lecturer on Music Business at NAMM, will present a workshop on sponsorships and endorsement deals. Topics will include finding the right match in sponsors and secure desirable artist endorsement deals; structuring an effective marketing proposal; and hits and misses from his career.

http://heyravi.com/

 

Admission: 
Free

Keeping It Cool, Creative and Clean with Tower of Power’s Ray Greene ’96

Monday / October 27, 2014 / 1:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02215
Ray Green

The Reach Out Initiative at Berklee welcomes famed Tower of Power singer and Berklee alumnus Ray Greene ’96 for this conversation with Karen Bell about the importance of healthy decision-making in living and playing successfully at Berklee and beyond. Door prizes will be raffled. 

Ray Greene ‘96 is a singer, producer, and instrumentalist living in Boston. He is currently the lead singer of Tower of Power, having performed with the group since December 2013. While at Berklee, Greene played the trombone, and this became his introduction to the Tower of Power playbook. Since his time at Berklee, he has played with stars such as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Rick James, and New Kids on the Block. His musical styles include gospel, jazz, and the blues. He also wrote, produced, and performed his first solo album, It’s All About Me/All About You.

Admission: 
FREE

Medieval Cantigas: Inspiration for Improvisation and Composition with Cristi Catt

Wednesday / October 29, 2014 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Cristi Catt

Presented by the Stan Getz Library, this workshop explores the hauntingly beautiful Galician Portuguese cantigas de amigo, part of a dialogue between oral and written music that is still present in folk tradition, fado, and composed music. New England Conservatory faculty member Cristi Catt will share her experience with these songs as a performer, improviser, arranger, and collaborator. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to sing, play, and improvise with the melodies and modes of these unique songs, which lend themselves to individual interpretation.

Catt specializes in mixing contemporary, world, and early vocal music; has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and South America; and is a co-founder of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble Tapestry. Her interest in medieval and world traditions has led to research grants to Portugal and southern France, and performances with Le Bon Vent, BalMUS, and HourGlass. She serves on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in the department of Contemporary Improvisation and has recorded with Telarc International, German label MDG, Epact, and Erato/Time Warner.

Singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, and composers are invited to this workshop.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Can't Stop the Music: The Amazing Journey of Musicians with Disabilities

Wednesday / February 18, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
Berklee Media Lab
150 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Peggy Codding

Join us for an inspiring introduction to known and unknown musicians who were able to succeed despite, and in some cases because of, their disabilities.

Peggy Codding is a certified music therapist and music educator who specializes in special education populations, including the visually impaired. The former director of music therapy program at Ohio University, Codding has extensive clinical, course, and workshop development and presentation experience, along with research and publication experience. She has served on various committees and task forces for the National Association for Music Therapy, as president of the Ohio Association for Music Therapy, and as a board member for the Arts Council for the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.  She is a professor in the Music Therapy Department at Berklee.

Admission: 
Free and unticketed

Igniting Your Future: The New Generation of Audio Production Careers

Tuesday / October 14, 2014 / 7:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
Boston
MA
United States

Martin Dombey, an advisor to the Audio Engineering program at Rochester Institute of Technology, will speak about career paths in music production. From Music Recording Engineer to Audio Software Design, there are more options than ever. What are the best ways to break into the business and build your credits and contact? What's next on the horizon?

Admission: 
Free

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