The City of Music Career Day (produced by all of us here at Bumbershoot) returns with some exciting new changes in store. Now in its this 3rd year, Career Day will take place at EMP Museum and The Vera Project at Seattle Center on April 10th.
The jam-packed day begins with registration at 8 am at EMP Museum at the Group Entrance. This year, Career Day will feature Mentor sessions during lunch, where students will have a chance to sit down and talk one-on-one with industry leaders. During registration, a list of mentors will be available, and participants can sign up for which mentor they would like to speak with later in the day.
Participants will then file into the JBL Theater for our Keynote address. Last year, John Richards gave quite the inspirational speech, motivating us to say, “YES” whenever opportunity presents itself. KEXP’s famous “John in the Morning” will again be joining us, except this year, he’ll share the stand and will interview STG’s very own Senior Director of Programming and founder of Sasquatch! Adam Zacks.
Following the opening presentations, participants will proceed to designated breakout sessions for the day. Participants select their breakout session online during registration. Each panel focuses on specific fields of the industry including:
The Artist Panel which 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 1 Panel which is BRAND NEW to Career Day and features industry professionals discussing the nuts and bolts of touring and event production.
The Industry 2 Panel which highlights how the behind-the-scene careers in talent booking, record labels, fan clubs, retail and artist management serve as the backbone of our music community.
And last but certainly not least:
The Backstage Pass, hosted by The Vera Project, provides hands-on training of specific music career paths such as recording, live sound, screen printing and more.
Music industry participants involved in the breakout sessions include the amber-voiced indie-folk artist Shelby Earl; composer/orchestrator/violinist and contributing songwriter of the 4x Grammy Award-winning album, The Heist, Andrew Joslyn; managing partner at Neumos, Moe Bar, Big Mario’s Pizza, The Comet Tavern, Barboza, other places you probably frequent, AND producer and owner of Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) Jason Lajeunesse; producer of public programming for EMP Museum, and guitarist in Presidents of the United States of America Andrew McKeag; and Head of A&R at Onto Entertainment and owner of Faux Pas Productions Christen Greene.
All participants will reconvene for lunch in EMP, which will again be provided by Chipotle. The lunch hour includes Career Day’s mentor sessions and table fair. During this open session, students can chat with representatives from music related organizations in a casual setting and explore internships, classes and programs to help in their career development.
The event will culminate with a special live performance and discussion with a few of Seattle’s own success stories by regional musicians providing a rocking end to the day. Our moderator, Mark Baumgarten of Seattle Weekly, will be joined by performers Otieno Terry, EMP’s 2014 Sound Off! winner, and Alex Niedzialkowski of Cumulus.
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!