HackingFutbol: The Soundtrack of Copa America

Saturday / March 28, 2015 / 12:00 p.m.
275 3rd Street
United States

BerkleeICE and beIN Sports bring Boston students the chance to create a music-oriented marketing campaign and online patform for America's third largest sports network to be broadcast in 80 million homes.

Using soccer chants, national anthems, and original compositions, teams must create a prototype of a viral marketing campaign to promote Copa America in the United States. The team must also present the skeleton of an online platform to house the campaign. 

Whether you're a hipster (creative), a hustler (marketer) or a hacker (tech/web), come and team with students from around the Boston area who possess different skills and start HackingFutbol.

Register on eventbrite.

The Prizes

  • Four paid summer internships with beIN Sports
  • The chance to create a national campaign and platform for an event aired in 80 million U.S. households by beIN Sports
  • Jerseys signed by Messi, Neymar, Suarez, Rodriguez, Mascherano, Marcelo, Alvez and more
  • Tickets to Copa America


Saturday, March 28, 2015


12:00 p.m.

Registration and Lunch

1:00 p.m.

Welcome and Overview

1:45 p.m.

Kickoff: Music and Sports

2:30 p.m.

The Match: Hacking Begins                                 

9:30 p.m.

Halftime: DJ Set

Sunday, March 29, 2015  


10:00 a.m.

Coaching: Final Meeting with Mentors

12:00 p.m.

The Tournament: Presentation of Prototypes 

1:00 p.m.

Music and Brands Panel: 
Reaching Customers through Music

2:00 p.m.

The Warm Down: Networking Reception

Live music provided 

2:30 p.m.

The Copa: Presentation of Prizes



Ryan Fitch began his career at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi after graduating from Indiana University, where he received a B.A. in jazz performance with an emphasis in percussion. Fitch's passions for music, technology, and connecting with audiences dovetailed perfectly at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he spent ten years as one of their music producers. Known for his uncanny ability to find that “perfect song” for brands big and small, he’s mastered the craft of integrating music into TV, radio, and interactive campaigns. Currently, he is the vice president of Sync Licensing and Brand Partnerships at MAC Presents, where he continues to innovate and amplify the different ways that music can transform a brand or marketing campaign.

Ned Sedlak started his career in music in the copyright department at Warner/Chappell. After two years, he moved into A&R administration at Warner Brothers Records. After getting enough L.A. sunshine, he moved to New York to work in marketing for tinyOGRE Entertainment and later Glassnote Records. He is currently the director of marketing for Megaforce Records/MRI Distribution.

Kiran Gandhi plays drums and spent 2013 touring internationally with artist M.I.A. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2011 with a double major in mathematics and political science and used her passion for math and music to serve as Interscope Records’s first data analyst from 2011 to 2013. She is currently at Harvard pursuing her MBA. She believes that the music industry is experiencing a period that could benefit from inspiration from other successful industries, and hopes to use theories and ideas from school to inspire new ideas in the music space.

Javier Piñol is the music director for beIN Sports, the international sports network. As a musician he’s released two albums and played and recorded with several other artists. He has produced music for commercials and films since 2004 and created the soundtrack to the movie Una Flor En Recepcion that was nominated for a Goya award in 2011. He is also cofounder of MUS XXI, the first national musicians cooperative in Spain. With more than eight years of experience in music departments as a director, musician, or supervisor, he has worked with top leading brands in Europe and the United States. Piñol is a strong believer in the power of music as a catalyzer for connecting brands with people.


BerkleeICE at Entrepalooza 2015

Wednesday / March 25, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
The Royale
279 Tremont Street
United States
IdeaPaint wall

Learn how to access organizations dedicated to supporting startups and entrepreneurs. MassChallenge has teamed up with the highest value entrepreneurial organizations across the Commonwealth to showcase how they aim to support startups. We encourage entrepreneurs to explore ways in which they can get the help their ventures need to succeed.

This is a great opportunity to discover the robust market of startup-focused organizations in Massachusetts and how they can help you accelerate. Entry is free if you register here before March 22.

Free with registration

The Music Startup Academy

Tuesday / March 31, 2015 / 4:45 p.m.
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General Assembly
51 Melcher Street
United States

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is returning to Boston with its Music Startup Academy. While the themes of the academy will continue to center around licensing, business development, and music operations. BerkleeICE has put a spin on the course work, and will pull from recently released infographics as well as incorporate the popular Elevator Pitch Shark Tank, giving startups and artists the chance to pitch their music product to our business development experts. The panel will constructively critique the pitch, giving honest feedback that all in attendance can use when they score a face-to-face meeting at a music label.

BerkleeICE students, faculty, and friends can use the code "BerkleeICE" to register for $39; regular admission is $75.

Read more on panels, speakers, registration, and pitching your music startup.

$39 with discount code / $75 general admission

Conversations with the Masters: Sinbad

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
939 Boylston Street, the Loft (2nd floor)

Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life, throwing them back in their faces, and causing an uproar of comedic hysteria. Sinbad’s comedy is about stories, and the basis of his humor comes from everyone he meets, everything he’s seen, and everything he’s done. 

He is internationally known for his starring appearances in hit movies like Jingle All the Way and Houseguest and has had starring roles on television shows including A Different World and The Sinbad Show. Sinbad has appeared on the FX Television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and was seen in the third season of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. In 2013, Sinbad brought to life Roper, an irascible race official full of sly remarks and colorful commentary in Disney’s animated film Planes. The past couple of years, Sinbad has added a music component to his shows, which he calls FUNKEDY/jazzedy (Funk and comedy/jazz and comedy).

The Office of Faculty Development, in collaboration with the Liberal Arts Department, invites you to join Sinbad for lunch and conversation, moderated by Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts Sara Whitman. Sinbad will be visiting Berklee as the keynote speaker for the 21st annual Liberal Arts Symposium. 

This luncheon is open to Berklee faculty, chairs and deans. Space is limited. Please RSVP via the link below by Tuesday, March 24


Click here to RSVP for this event

Free Lunch: Take a Break from Midterms with the SAC

Wednesday / March 11, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
Student Activities Center Lounge
921 Boylston Street, 3rd Floor
United States

This winter has been one of the toughest on record, and midterms week is right around the corner. We want to help YOU take a break from projects and exams with a free lunch (courtesy of Boston Burger Company) here in the Student Activities Center Lounge on Wednesday, March 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.!

Come early! The food will go fast!

Berklee Achievement Scholarship: Content Creation

Friday / March 13, 2015 / 1:00 p.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
United States

The Berklee Avehievement-based Scholarhip is awarded to continuing students who are currently not receiving a Berklee merit-based scholarship. Eligible applicants are required to submit an online portfolio documenting their progress and achievements at the college by April 1.

  • Explore the application process and eligibility for the Berklee Achievement Scholarship
  • Understand the elements of a scholaship portfolio: resume, bio, and application letter
  • Learn best practices in presenting the content for your portfolio
  • Discover the resources on campus to assistn in creating your portfolio

Complete BAS eligibility, guidelines, and application


Music Tech Meetup

Thursday / March 26, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
United States
Music Tech Meetup in Cambridge
Students gather for the previous Music Tech Meetup.

The latest installment of the Music Tech Meetup is brought to Cafe 939 by BerkleeICE. The Music Tech Meetup is a regular gathering organized by the CEO of Moodsnap, David Blutenthal, for those interested in startups.

Event overview:

6:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.: Pizza and networking

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.: Structured networking event, back by popular demand. For those new to the group, this hour will be based around a planned networking activity designed to get the creative juices flowing.

8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.: Product demos from a selection of BerkleeICE students, members of the meetup, and local music start-ups.

RSVP here.


Film Scoring Orientation for New and Prospective Film Scoring Majors

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 6:00 p.m.
150 Mass Ave. 2nd Floor FS Room 268
  • Learn about the curriculum
  • See and Hear examples of student work
  • Find out about the studios and labs
  • Explore career paths
  • Meet faculty and current students


Our entrance is adjacent to the rear entrance of the Learning Center.


Visiting Artist Luncheon: The Narcycist

Thursday / March 5, 2015 / 12:30 p.m.
Bangkok City Thai Restaurant, 167 Massachusetts Avenue
The Narcycist

*Please note: the date and location of this event has changed*

A pioneer within the Arab hip-hop scene, Yassin “The Narcycist” Alsalman is an emcee, journalist, actor and multimedia artist. As a journalist and writer, he has penned numerous editorials for publications such as CNN, and also authored the book The Diatribes about the beginnings of the Arab hip-hop movement in America. Most recently, he founded The Medium, a multimedia company, record label, and culture brand through which he will further explore his independent artistic ventures.

The Office of Faculty Development invites you to join visiting artist The Narcycist for lunch and conversation, moderated by Assistant Professor of Songwriting Dan Cantor. The Narcycist is one of multiple artists visiting campus this semester as part of Dan Cantor's Faculty Led Innovations Grant.

Open to Berklee faculty, chairs and deans. Space is limited. Please RSVP to facultydevelopment@berklee.edu by Tuesday, March 3.




Free Professional Headshot Event for Students

Friday / February 27, 2015 / 10:00 a.m.
The Loft
939 Boylston St.
United States

Free headshot event for students.
Image Credit: 
Thomas Anello '14

Looking for a new, professional headshot to promote your music or your band?

The Berklee Fund has partnered with photographer and alumnus Thomas Anello '14 to provide professional headshots for FREE to Berklee students.

Students can visit the Loft (921 Boylston Street) between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. on Friday, February 27th for a free headshot. 

Students for Berklee, the Berklee Fund's student philanthropy group, will be collecting donations of $1 - $5 to support scholarships for current Berklee students.

For questions or to book a slot, email studentsforberklee@berklee.edu

About Students for Berklee

Students for Berklee is a student-run group that promotes awareness of the Berklee Fund and the role it plays in Berklee's past, present, and future. We’re a group of students committed to helping other students and getting them involved in the culture of giving. We encourage our fellow students to ask questions and participate in a conversation about higher education funding, the necessity of fundraising, and the importance of philanthropy.

About Thomas Anello '14

As a Berklee graduate and musician, Thomas understands the specific needs of musicians and performing artists. Press kits, personal or band web pages and social media pages need to look good. Part of looking good as an artist is having excellent photography. For samples of Tom's work, please visit www.anellophoto.com.