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Tuesday, May 7 • 9:15am - 11:30am
Music Business Educators’ Meetup

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A large part of Music Biz’s dedication to fostering growth in the music business lies in supporting the future industry leaders on their path to building fruitful careers. Join us for the Music Business Educators’ Meetup — a time for professors, faculty members, and other higher-education enthusiasts to review the past semester, present new trends that can benefit the classroom, and discuss the future of music business education.

9:15 – 9:20 AM       James Donio Welcome

9:20 – 10:20 AM    Students, Mental Health, and Working in the Music Industry
Rejection. Depression. Self-Doubt. Fear of Failure. Pressure to Succeed. Every year, a new group of young people embark on their pursuit of becoming a songwriter, a recording artist, or working in the music industry. While most university Music Business programs offer solid curriculum and an academic foundation about the business of the industry, is there more that should be done to help prepare students for the emotional and mental challenges of being in the industry? This panel of professionals will discuss real mental health issues in the music industry, and offer insights for educators who must balance both teaching and encouraging students’ aspirations with providing a realistic view to the student about what it takes to succeed in the music business.

Gloria Green, Middle Tennessee State University

Al Andrews, Porters Call Counseling
Kat Cloud, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Amy Macy, Middle Tennessee State University
Elizabeth Porter, Entertainment Health Services

10:20 – 10:30 AM    And the Clio Goes To…
Highlighting the Clio Music Awards program and opportunities for student entries in Branded Entertainment & Content, Design, Digital/Mobile, Experiential/Events, Film/Video, Innovation, Social Media, and Use of Music in advertising and marketing. Michael Kauffman, Director of Clio Music, will share program guidelines, submission tips, and award-winning student entries.

Michael Kauffman, Clio Music

10:30  – 10:45 AM      Dark Horse: Changing Lives So You Can Change the World
Dark Horse Institute’s Audio Engineering and Music Business programs are built on hands-on learning and real-world experience to prepare you for your career in the music industry. Since the founding of Dark Horse Institute eight years ago, we’ve helped hundreds of students from dozens of cities across the country launch their careers. Every Dark Horse student gets virtually unlimited access to our labs, classrooms and four professional recording studios. Plus, alumni get six months of free studio time to keep their skills fresh and begin building their careers. Tom Willett, President of Dark Horse Institute, will share more details on the Dark Horse program and why he believes that in today’s music industry this approach to learning has succeeded.

Tom Willett, Dark Horse Institute

10:45 – 11:30 AM    Aligning With the Industry: Music Industry Programs for Today's Music Business
Join us as our panel of industry executives from across the commerce, content and creative communities discuss what they are looking for from recent college graduates. What are the areas of the business that university music industry programs should focus on? Where are the opportunities in the business? How can graduates be best prepared for the broad base of opportunities in today's music industry? The panel will comment on examples of current industry program curricula, and share their opinions on areas that should be covered in a current music business program.

Joe Rapolla, Monmouth University

Larry Mattera, Warner Bros. Records
Alba Ramadani, Sony Music Entertainment

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Gloria Green

Associate Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Gloria Green is an Associate Professor in the Music Business program at Middle Tennessee State University where she teaches Live Entertainment courses including Artist Management, Concert Promotions & Touring, Music Publicity, and Talent Agency Fundamentals. She also developed a new... Read More →
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Joe Rapolla

Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department, Monmouth University
Joe Rapolla is the Chair of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, where he oversees all student Performing Arts Programs, directs the Music Industry Program, and founded the university record label, Blue Hawk Records. A recognized music industry innovator, he... Read More →

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Al Andrews

Founder and Executive Director, Porter's Call
Al Andrews is the Founder and Executive Director of Porter’s Call, a non-profit that offers free counsel, support, and encouragement to recording artists and their families. Andrews is also the author of children’s books, The Boy, the Kite and the Wind and A Walk One Winter N... Read More →
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Kat Cloud

Director, Tennessee Area, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Kat Cloud is the Tennessee Area Director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the leading national organization for suicide prevention awareness, education and programming, survivor support, support for those with lived experience, and suicide prevention research in... Read More →
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James Donio

President, Music Business Association
James Donio is the President of the Music Business Association. Since taking the top role in 2004, Donio has evolved the organization from one primarily focused on physical product retailers to a more inclusive trade association that represents the full breadth of the current music... Read More →
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Michael Kauffman

Executive Director, Clio Music & Clio Cannabis, The Clio Awards
Michael Kauffman is the Executive Director of the Clio Music and Clio Cannabis programs at The Clio Awards, the premier awards competition for the creative business. Clio Music honors creativity in advertising and marketing for artist promotion and brand collaborations, as well as... Read More →
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Amy Macy

Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
Amy Macy, professor, received both her undergraduate degree in music education and her Master's degree in business administration from Belmont University. She has worked for many labels including MTM, MCA, Sparrow Records, and the RCA label group. Amy worked to create strategic market... Read More →
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Larry Mattera

GM, EVP Commerce & Marketing, Warner Bros. Records
Larry Mattera is GM, EVP Commerce & Marketing for Warner Bros. Records, a division of Warner Music Group. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company's commercial, marketing and digital strategies and manages the day-to-day operations of the company. The legendary label... Read More →
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Elizabeth Porter

Founder and President, Entertainment Health Services
Elizabeth Porter is the Founder and President of Entertainment Health Services, specializing in mental health and coaching services for individuals working within the entertainment industry. Porter started EHS in 2015 after recognizing a need for greater support around mental health... Read More →
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Alba Ramadani

Manager, Talent Acquisition, Sony Music Entertainment
Alba Ramadani is Manager of Talent Acquisition for Sony Music Entertainment where she managed full-cycle recruitment across Sony Music’s five major labels, The Orchard, and corporate functions. She is passionate about music, the creative medium and people, and enjoys coming up with... Read More →
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Tom Willett

DHI Crew, Dark Horse Institute
Entertainment industry and education veteran, Tom Willett brings a lifetime of experience to the leadership of Dark Horse Institute. As a musician, he toured and recorded extensively during the ‘60s and ‘70s, served as a booking agent and personal manager in Nashville for numerous... Read More →

Tuesday May 7, 2019 9:15am - 11:30am CDT
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