Friday, April 1, 2022
Join us for a conversation with the Grammy-nominated songwriters who have shaped pop music with their chart-topping hits over the last two decades including songs recorded by Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson.
Join us for an insightful and fascinating discussion that charts Pinar Toprak's rise in Hollywood from a technical assistant to becoming one of the most in-demand composers in the industry. You know her scores from blockbusters such as Captain Marvel to video games such as Fortnite—both of which grossed more than one billion dollars worldwide.
Berklee welcomes Grammy-nominated artist and Emcee, Rapsody as well as Roc Nation's Director of Marketing, Bianca Edwards. This session will center around Rapsody's journey: early challenges, securing management, publishing, and Roc Nation deals, building a community, as well as Rapsody's newest project, EVE. This album is a celebration of black female culture, with each song titled after a phenomenal black woman.
Meet top executives from the industry responsible for signing and overseeing the development of artists such as Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert Hoodie SZN, Nija, Tash Sultana, Tycho, Beach Bunny, Evann McIntosh, and many others. These majors and indies will share the type of talent they’re scouting and the day-in-the-life of overseeing the development of recording artists.
A candid conversation about the industry, finances, adult friendships and what happens after you leave the Berklee Bubble. Learn from recent Berklee graduates working in all facets of the entertainment business about how to find your stride, your people, and pay bills while maintaining your health and wellness as you pivot from student to professional.
Signing, developing, and advocating for the writers and producers who are responsible for today's biggest hits is one of the most nuanced roles in the modern recording industry. These publishing A&R executives are leading the way by innovating on behalf of artists who include Grimes, SOPHIE, The Lumineers, Ryan Tedder, Tiesto, Micah Premnath (Selena Gomez, Lady A), Seb from 1Mind (Don Toliver, JuiceWRLD), Piso 21, Danny Ocean, Ximena Sariñana, Llane, Juan Pablo Vega, and many others. Join this session to learn how they scout talent and create opportunities for songwriters and producers.
If you’re an independent artist looking to bring your career to the next level, this session is for you. The guests on this panel have been crucial in helping to build sustainable careers for artists such as Lizzy McAlpine, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Little Simz, Jungle, Tom Misch, Banks, and many more. Learn proven tactics to develop your brand, grow your fanbase, and monetize your music career.
What does it take to pull off a successful commission and artistic collaboration? Hear the insights on how a chamber music group developed a commissioning project with a composer through grants from Chamber Music America.
Join Lazaro Hernandez from Warner Chappell (Latin Division) as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time.
Hosted by: The A&R Student Club
Ever wonder what it takes to be a critically-acclaimed artist and entrepreneur? Natalie Weiss has sung on The Greatest Showman Soundtrack, the Dear Evan Hansen cast recording, Broadway, national tours, American Idol, and at sold-out concerts and stadiums around the world. She has quickly become one of the most sought-after celebrity vocal coaches, and her collaborations, performances, and YouTube series, "Breaking Down the Riffs," have been viewed more than 4 million times. Join us as she talks about her career as a singer, vocal coach, and businesswoman and works with our students on her trademarked method of breaking down the riffs and runs from pop icons.
Join the Grammy Award winners and nominees responsible for hit songs from artists who include Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kelly Clarkson, and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds for a session that will illustrate the day-to-day skills necessary to be successful as a songwriter/producer. From conception to revision to recording and production, these industry greats are hired for their ability to shepherd a song from a germ of an idea to a finished product.
Some of the most recognizable artists can attribute their success to sync placement. Music Supervisors, Creative Directors, Ad Agencies, and Sync Agents play an important role in the sync licensing process and understand how music can resonate with their target audience to sell products or create emotion when synced to picture. But before submitting music for licensing deals, it is important to understand the landscape and process before you pitch your music. This panel features industry professionals from the world of sync licensing and will provide insight as to how licensing your music for film, TV, advertising and multimedia can provide an additional revenue stream for artists.
Join Benjamin Groff '93 from Brill Building Music Publishing as they critique songs by pre-selected Berklee student artists in real-time.
Hosted by: The A&R Student Club