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Department of Music hosts Developing Artist Symposium

DURANT, Okla. – The Department of Music will host the Developing Artist Symposium on March 27-28.  This event is geared toward all Southeastern students who may have interests in music business, marketing, performance, or songwriting.

Any student who wishes to be a part of the songwriter portion of the event should contact the music office at ext. 2222.  This event is not limited to music students.  All details and bios of guest artists can be found on the departmental website  Presenters include music business

executives  Cliff Williamson and Justin McIntosh from Starstruck Entertainment in

Nashville.  Performers include Austin Hartley-Leonard from Los Angeles and Amber Hayes from Nashville and Los Angeles.  This event is made possible through a grant from the Cultural and Scholastic Lectureship Committee, with additional funding from Choctaw Casino and Resort, Sports City Bar and Grill, and private donors.

Schedule and Topics:

Thursday, March 27:

8:45 a.m. – Welcome

9 a.m. – “What I Know Now” – Cliff Williamson – COO, Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment and Reba’s Business – Fine Arts Building (FAB) Recital Hall

10:30 a.m. – “Marketing Your Music and Creating Brand” – Justin McIntosh, Creative Media & Marketing Director for Starstruck Entertainment – FAB Recital Hall

Noon – Lunch

2 p.m.  – “Radio Relevancy – The Connection to Music Business” – Cliff Williamson – FAB Recital Hall

2 p.m. – “The Art of Networking” – Austin Hartley-Leonard, Amber Hayes, and Justin McIntosh – FAB 116

3:30 p.m. – Roundtable Discussion with All Presenters – FAB Recital Hall

6  p.m. – Dinner

8 p.m. – Performances of Guest Artists – Amber Hayes and Austin Hartley-Leonard Sports City Bar and Grill

Friday, March 28:

9 a.m. – Welcome

9:15 a.m. – “The Songwriting Process” – Austin Hartley Leonard – FAB 116

10:45 a.m. – “Connecting to Your Audience” – Amber Hayes – FAB 116

Noon – Lunch

1 p.m. – Singer/Songwriter clinic with students and guest artists – FAB Recital Hall

4 p.m. – Working with Musicians – Taking the music of selected students and setting it to complete instrumentation – FAB 116

8:30 p.m. – Student Performance – Glen D. Johnson Student Union

All events are open to all students, University faculty and staff, and community members.  Any student regardless of major may submit application to be included in the singer/songwriter clinic. There is no charge for participation or attendance.