USC to offer seminar focused on women in music industries

Free for college students statewide

  • March 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

University of South Carolina Music Industry Studies is getting ready to present the Women in Music Industries seminar Friday, March 31 in Columbia.

The seminar will be at the Koger Center for the Arts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar is free for college students and is held in-person. Students can register here.

According to the University of Southen California Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, women represent 27% of managers, 20% of agents and 27% of A&R roles in the industry. Women in Music Industries will provide connections and mentorship to help bridge gaps in the music industry.

Women in Music Industries mission is to create pathways, visibility and connections for women and diversity in the industry. The USC Music Industry Studies program focuses on the various music industries, business, marketing, and recording skills. The program has students acquire an education in musical theory, history, and performance to create well-rounded graduates who can speak the language of music as well as navigate the myriad aspects of the music industry.

The seminar includes Jenny Reader (former director, CMO and VP of Fearless Records, Jenny Mann (owner of Strung and lead singer of Blameshift), Daphne Benford (trademark and IP lawyer), Tracey Leenman (NAMM), Connie Manley (security director for concerts, festivals and artists), Grace Powlas (director of marketing, Bon Secours Wellness Arena), Piper Payne (mastering engineer at Infrasonic Sound), Raelynn Janicke (mastering engineer and studio manager at Infrasonic Sound), singer/songwriter Charity Daw, Peyton Orlando (East Coast Entertainment), Monique Runnels (Ticketmaster), Tasha Cobbs Leonard (GrammyU and singer), Julie Robbins (EarthQuaker Devices), Hilary Jones (MidRiff podcast/advocacy) and Nicole Moore (general manager of The Senate venue in Columbia). The seminar also includes virtual panels with Fan to Band, Amplify Her Voice and MidRiff Podcast.

Each panel will focus on a different aspect of the industry to give students exclusive industry insights, advice, mentorship and networking opportunities. The seminar will focus on round table discussions, Q&A’s and networking with industry professionals in artist relations, touring, production, marketing, promoting and performing.

Full seminar schedule and registration can be found by clicking here.

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