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On To The Next Event! Let’s Get Educational!

The producers of Bumbershoot are on to the next event! One Reel in partnership with the City of Seattle proudly launch the second annual City of Music Career Day, set to take place on Tuesday, October 1, at the Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.

The City of Music Career Day is a FREE one-day educational program for high school and college students that’s jam-packed with information on how to prepare yourself for a career in the music industry.

Aimed at providing students and young adults a platform upon which to seek advice from industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performance, the event promises a day of inspiration and new starts.

Let’s take a look really quickly at what makes Seattle THE City of Music. In 2008, our City’s music industry made $2.2 billion in sales and $840 million in earnings, and generated $148 million in tax revenues in King Country. Our economic prosperity led to the City of Music Initiative in 2009, in which a group of music advisors to the City decided to carve out a vision for an enhanced, renowned culture of music as an economic, educational and recreational asset.

Career Day serves as the physical practice of this initiative, creating a day when artists and industry professionals can lend advice to youth who represent the future of Seattle.

Getting an early start to the day, registration begins at 8:00 am on October 1 at the Cornish Playhouse. Participants file into the venue, where a keynote speech by KEXP Radio Host John Richards will start us off.

Following the opening presentations, participants will proceed to designated breakout sessions for the day.

The Artist Panel hosts performers from Seattle’s music industry. The presentations will address the challenges and opportunities entailed behind performing and making music, and how artists make money in today’s music landscape.

The Industry Panel will feature talent buyers, festival programmers, and artistic directors. This discussion will focus on how these behind-the-scene careers serve as the backbone of our music community.

The Backstage Pass provides hands-on training of specific music career paths such as recording, live sound and lights, art design and screen printing, and non-profit management tutorials.

Music industry participants involved in the breakout sessions include Regional Marketing Manager for AEG Live Mikhael Mei Williams, co-founder of Sonic Boom Records and industry veteran Jason Hughes, Sub-pop Records’ Creative Director Jeff Kleinsmith, Marketing Director of Decibel Festival & What The Festival Matthew Dressman, and writer, performer, and creative producer Hollis Wong-Wear, who performs in The Flavr Blue and is currently the featured voice behind Macklemore’s “White Walls.”

All participants will reconvene for FREE LUNCH! Grab your food and proceed into a Table Fair, where participants can sit down and talk over lunch one-on-one with our city’s music leaders.

Lastly, participants will head to the Playhouse for the final festivities of the day. Performances by Troy Nelson from The Young Evils, Katie Kate, and Dave B. will conclude the second annual City of Music Career Day.

Registration for Career Day is free and now open! Plus, for students in Seattle Public Schools, this event is eligible for an excused absence (see details on the Career Day website). For a complete list of the day’s participants and to sign up today, please visit us here!