Career Jam 2022 Career Jam 2022

Creative Technology Center

150 Massachusetts Avenue

Friday, April 1, 2022

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2. Marvel's Secret Weapon: Composer, Pinar Toprak
Sean McMahon B.M. '00 - Moderator
Sean McMahon B.M. '00 - Moderator
Chair, Film Scoring, Berklee College of Music

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. 

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2. Musicians are Natural Entrepreneurs
Albhy Galuten B.M. '68
Albhy Galuten B.M. '68
Founder/CEO, Agora Media
Mike Cassidy '97
Mike Cassidy '97
Vice President of Product Management, Astra
Debbie Cavalier B.M. '87
Debbie Cavalier B.M. '87
CEO, Berklee Online/Senior Vice President, Online Learning
Stephen Webber - Moderator
Stephen Webber - Moderator
Executive Director, Berklee NYC/Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Berklee College of Music

The skills needed to make a living as a musician are the exact same skills required to be a successful entrepreneur including the ability to listen, improvise and collaborate. These Berklee alumni are successful executives who are innovating and breaking new ground in music, technology, and education. They are also amazing musicians, performers, and a Grammy Award-winning producer for artists such as Eric Clapton, Barbara Streisand, and the Bee Gees.

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2. Building Your Own Seat & Table: Black CEOs in Music
Cortez Bryant
Cortez Bryant
CEO / Entertainment Manager, The Blueprint Group
Tiffany Miranda
Tiffany Miranda
President/Founder, Girls Make Beats
Madeline Nelson
Madeline Nelson
CEO, Heads Music
Tonya Butler - Moderator
Tonya Butler - Moderator
Chair, Music Business/Management, Berklee College of Music

Hear from established veteran artist manager, Cortez “Tez” Bryant (Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj), Beatmaster Tiffany Miranda (Janelle Monae, Chloe x Halle, Tinashe), and the powHERful Madeline Nelson, CEO of Heads Music and the Head of Independent Label Relations at Amazon Music. Our guests share how they’ve broken the glass ceiling—not only for themselves—but for artists, songwriters, producers, managers, and other passionate industry professionals of color. Come and explore how their journey, and driving the evolution of their business, permanently restructured the relationships between artists of color and labels, which in turn ultimately changed the culture of the industry as we know it.

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2. Indie Artist Toolkit
Sam Bailey
Sam Bailey
Founder and Managing Director, Harbour Artists & Music
Bianca Bhagat
Bianca Bhagat
Senior Vice President of Creative Marketing, AWAL
David Macias
David Macias
President, Thirty Tigers
Charlie Tadman
Charlie Tadman
Songwriter & Publishing Relations, Spotify
Seth Saltzman B.M. '81
Seth Saltzman B.M. '81
Senior Vice President, ASCAP
Chris Wares - Moderator
Chris Wares - Moderator
Assistant Chair, Music Business/Management, Berklee College of Music

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.

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2. Creating Hit Songs as a Songwriter/Producer
Daryl Simmons
Daryl Simmons
Grammy Award Winning Songwriter/Producer
Claude Kelly B.M. '02
Claude Kelly B.M. '02
Founder/CEO, Weirdo Workshop
Chuck Harmony
Chuck Harmony
Founder/CEO, Weirdo Workshop
Shea Rose '11- Moderator
Shea Rose '11- Moderator
Assistant Professor, Contemporary Writing and Production, Berklee College of Music

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.