Music Business is an oxymoron. I realize that this is not true for every musician, but many of us lack a natural aptitude for business. It’s not that we can’t do it, it’s just that pouring over contracts, making phone calls, and keeping good accounting procedures doesn’t necessarily get the creative juices flowing. The industry is littered with stories of musicians, shall we say…not staying on top of their business (insert Willie Nelson here). So how can we bring musicians together with industry professionals to help answer important questions related to their music careers and network with other like-minded musicians? In steps COR, or Columbia Opportunity Resource. COR is an area non-profit which aims to provide opportunities for young business professionals and retain Columbia’s best talent.
This Wednesday, September 3 COR is providing musicians, business leaders, and industry professionals the chance to network and develop those connections that often prove elusive for the budding young artist. Music Break: An Evening of Networking for Music and Business Leaders will be held at the brand new Music Farm Columbia directly next to the Tin Roof in the Vista. From 5pm-6pm a workshop will be held with local music professional such as Jay Matheson from the Jam Room Studio, local promoter and all around music guy Dave Britt, Music Farm owner Trae Judy, Marty Fort from Columbia Arts Academy and Death of Paris’ own Blake Arabula. These guys will be heading a forum and workshop style gathering that will cover everything from marketing and social media to the importance of investing in a quality EP.
In addition to the workshop there will be some seriously great artists performing. Live sets by Lazy A and the Green Thang, Fat Rat Da Czar, Death of Paris and Josh Roberts and the Hinges ensure that this event is the place to be Wednesday. Oh…and ITS FREE! If you are a musician all you have to do is sign up (see link below) and the ticket is FREE. I feel a bit like an infomercial here because WAIT…THERE IS MORE! The first 100 people through the door will receive a CD Sampler from the Jam Room Studio. Additionally, there will be door prizes, including free lessons from Columbia Arts Academy.
Come check out the kick ass new venue Music Farm Columbia, listen to great acts such as Josh Roberts and the Hinges, and hang out with some of the coolest people in town at Music Break this Wednesday September 3 starting at 5pm. There truly is no place else you would rather be.
What: Music Break: An Evening of Networking for Music and Business Leaders
Where: Music Farm Columbia – 1022 Senate St.
Cost: Free for Musicians; $20 for guests
Register online at: http://musicbreak2014.eventbrite.com/