On January 22, the Vanderbilt Chapter of the Business Careers in Entertainment Association held its first event, “The Business of Music: Speakers Panel,” featuring music professionals from the Nashville music scene. About 40 students gathered in Stevenson Hall in anticipation. Among the speakers were Sarah Lewis of the APA Agency, Leona Edwards of Broadcast Music Incorporated, Josh Talley of J Jack Music/Sherpa Concerts, Tim Gray of Artist Events, Justin Cahill, and Trish Laskey of the Creative Artists Agency.
The panelists individually spoke about the music industry from their unique perspective, followed by a question-and-answer session. The music industry professionals gave valuable advice on how to break into the industry, remain persistent despite setbacks, and find one’s niche within the profession. While the panel included representatives from various parts of the music industry, they all stressed the importance of networking and keeping in touch with others in the field.
Once the open forum concluded, BCEC members were able to chat one-on-one with the professionals and receive personal, valuable pointers. In addition to the positive reviews that were received, Vanderbilt’s BCEC is anticipating an even greater turnout for their next meeting, “The Business of Sports: Speakers Panel,” on Tuesday, February 26.