Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Free Music Industry Panels and Seminars

October 1, 2007

Bruce Burch, 706.583.0931,
Steve Dancz, 706.542.2766,

UGA Music Business Program and AthFest to host free Music Industry Panels October 20, 2007 on the University of Georgia Campus

ATHENS, GA- A day-long slate of panel discussions and seminars with prominent music industry professionals, organized by the University of Georgia Music Business Program in conjunction with AthFest, will take place on Saturday, October 20 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm in room 101 of the Student Learning Center (SLC) on the University of Georgia Campus. The times, guest speakers, and topics of the panels are:

Keynote Speaker: 12:30pm-1pm, Jeff Hoffman- Member of the founding executive team of Chairman and CEO of Black Sky Entertainment. The title of his address is "You CAN Make It In the Entertainment Business-Keys to Success".

"Music And Money- How to Make It and What To Do With It When You Do"
Panelists : (1:15pm-2:45pm)
Rick Baker- First Vice President Merrill Lynch Private Banking, Giti Khalsa-Smith Barney/Orlando, Former member of the band "Seven Mary Three" , Marcus Matthews-CEO and co-founder of Blue Heat Games ,Rasheed Mohammed-SunTrust Private Wealth Management Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group-Atlanta , Scott Freeman- Sr. Editor Creative Loafing/Author, Cappriccieo Scates-SESAC

"Deal or No Deal-Major, Indie, or DIY? Panelist (3pm-4:30pm) Omara Harris-Entertainment Attorney, Chad Denney-GM Degy Booking International , Scott Keniley-Entertainment Attorney-Keniley Law Firm, George Howard-Loyala Univ./Berklee College of Music/
Paul Diaz-Tree Sound Studios/Tree Leaf Music

Post Panel Seminar: "Monetizing Your Web Presence" JaWar -noted author and motivational speaker (4:30pm-5pm)

The University of Georgia's Music Business Program was inaugurated in January 2006 as an interdisciplinary certificate program, organized and operated by the university's Terry College of Busiess and the Hodgson School of Music. Students take seven classes, a mix of basic business and music courses, including the Music Business I and II courses designed by the program's co-directors, Bruce Burch and Steve Dancz.

In addition to guest lectures from prominent figures in the music industry, students gain real-world music industry experience through internships with record labels, promoters, studios, and other companies. Students are also asked to find local artists with potential and promote them through their Student-Run Record Labels.

For more information about UGA's Music Business Program, visit www.terry.uga/musicbusiness

AthFest mission is to educate citizens and visitors about music and arts specifically in the Athens area. The AtfFest Music Festival has been named a Southeastern Tourism Society "Top 20 Event" three times, as well as "Festival of the Year" by the Georgia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and "Best Economic Restructuring Public-Private Partnership" by the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade, and Tourism.

Bruce Burch

Administrative Director
UGA Music Business Certificate Program


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