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Freshmen Year is all about YOU.
written by Renee Rock
This year’s Freshman Intro to Management class has wasted no time in taking their management skills and creative ideas to a new level. Everyone knows that Freshman year is always rough. You are starting a new school, opening a new chapter in your life, making new friends, possibly in a new city, and experiencing new freedoms. With all of the excitement of your freshman year also comes new discoveries and new ideas. In many ways, your freshmen year brings out a new You.
As the Intro to Management class was discovering and experiencing all of the joys and stresses of freshmen year, they thought of the amazing idea to create a platform that celebrates this trans-formative and exciting year in the YouYear Talent Showcase. Pulling their management and creative skills together, they have spent a good portion of the semester collaborating together on this exciting end of the year event that will be held on December 11, 2013.
Throughout this process, two students stepped up to the challenge and took the lead by becoming co-Executive Directors of the event. Emily Gruber and Sydney Fontaine have done nothing but impress with their visionary and leadership skills.
Though only a freshman, Emily works with a non profit called Dear Music, Love Music an organization founded and run by Columbia students. She has high ambitions of pursuing her education further to study Entertainment Law. Through her experience thus far at Columbia, working on projects like YouYear have helped to develop a good foundation for collaboration and management. “Managers work smarter, not harder. Hearing this simple quote gave me so much insight as to how I should go about career and into life.”
Sydney has also been highly involved through her freshman year so far, taking part in programs like the University Center Residence Council. She has grown tremendously through her first semester. “At least once every class, Joe Bogdan says ‘if your alternative is flipping burgers…’ about the live and performing event we’re talking about. Whether it’s a political convention, concert, marathon or otherwise, it’s good to be open to doing anything. Sports may not be my thing, but I’ll plan the super bowl, why not?”
There are dozens of talented, incredible students like Sydney and Emily, in the freshmen class just waiting to take the stage and unveil their creativity at YouYear this December – and who knows where their journey will take them or who they will become. But as for their freshmen year, it is all about celebrating YOU.
YouYear Talent Showcase
December 11, 2013 6:45pm
HAUS @ Quincy Wong Center
623 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL
Posted on 5.12.2013
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The AEMM department will have the privilege of a visit from one of our most famous alumni in November. Marcos Palacios of Da Internz is coming to Columbia on 11/15 for the MIC (Music Industry Conference) planned by the Student Programming Board. We have arranged for him to spend some time with us on Thursday, November 14th at 3:30pm and would like to invite students to get up close and personal.
As an alumni of Columbia College AEMM program, Marcos Palacios (Kosine) of Da Internz, a Grammy winning music production duo, is quick to credit his years here as a platform to jump start his career in the music business. He has wasted no time in working with famed artists like Nas, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, and Miley Cyrus before he has even turned the ripe age of 30. But good luck is only a small portion of his amazing success. He has had to work hard at developing a specific persona within the music industry that has led to incredible opportunities. If you want to hear about his journey from classroom to real world success, Marcos shares it all!
Don’t miss the chance to hear his story at Ferguson Hall, 600 S Michigan Ave, November 14, 2013 at 3:30pm.
If you want to see more about Marcos and Da Internz, view the following videos.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgjhml3uDFw&feature=youtu.be – Pensado’s Place interview (20 mins into video)
Posted on 8.11.2013
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The Talent Agency Practicum course provides students with an experiential learning opportunity operating a student-run Talent Agency. Students will work with artists on matters of presentation, marketability, branding, product development, career planning and live performance. Additionally, students will gain management experience as they represent artists, develop promotional materials, create an online presence, plan artist showcases and prepare for product release.
The following is a testimonial from AEMM MAM student Max Shicker.
Talent Agency Practicum
One of the reasons I decided to attend Columbia’s MAM program was the hands-on, practical experience and education it provided, part of which is achieved through the various Practicum offerings. I was very intrigued by these courses and how they operated. As someone with a strong interest in talent management, I eagerly registered for the Talent Agency Practicum as my first semester elective.
The first thing I will tell you about this course is be prepared to work—a lot! Granted, it is not like a typical class with a textbook or a lecture, but it certainly is challenging and the work load can be intense. Essentially you are running a business as part of this course, and there is a lot that goes along with that, including coordinating projects and point people, finding clients and helping develop them as artists, creating budget proposals and requesting funds, planning events, and building relationships on and off campus. You are grouped with other students, both grads and undergrads, and as a team you need to decide the best way to operate. This can be quite challenging. For example, there is no hierarchy in place as there would be at a regular company. Hierarchy definitely serves a purpose as it can help with decision-making and simply getting things done. As a class, however, we are all at the same level, and it is up to us to collaborate and find the best way to work. This requires impeccable communication, constant checking in, and a great deal of diligence. You know that phrase “sink or swim?” That certainly applies to this class, and if you decide to swim, it has the potential to be quite rewarding.
Posted on 17.10.2013
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Exhibition Opening Reception:
¡VIVA LA SOUL POWER!, a pop-up exhibition, is part of the month-long residency of the performance artist, Robert Karimi, the People’s Cook. The exhibition features interactive cultural installations by local and national artists and a series of special programs advocating nourishment of the soul and community. The goal of ¡VIVA LA SOUL POWER! is to bring people together through food. Come feed and be fed, and help us kick off the beginning of a cooking revolution!
Where: 623 S Wabash Ave, Hokin Project Gallery
When: October 17 @ 5:00 – 8:00
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Posted on 11.10.2013
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Renee Rock AEMM Graduate Assistant
Jason Stephens is probably the least pretentious person you may ever meet. It is clear, when you talk to him, that he is passionate about art, economics, and possibly more than anything, education – whether that be his own, that which he imparts on his students, or the education passed from one human being to another, he’s all about it.
Sitting in his office, a cup of tea in hand, he laughingly explains that he reserves coffee as a special treat for the weekends.
By his mid-thirties, he has already started and lived with the life span of an operating non-profit, is a full time faculty member of the AEMM department at Columbia College, and sits as the Treasurer on the Board of the incredible company, Kartemquin Films.
Posted on 11.10.2013
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We wanted to take a minute to let you know about the upcoming season for Haus at The Quincy Wong Center, presented by the Club Management: Practicum class.
Our season begins on Thursday, September 26 @ 7:15pm, with a hip hop showcase featuring MoBo.
The Quinch Wong Center is located on the Columbia College Chicago campus @ 623 S. Wabash.
Below is the entire schedule.
September 26: Hip Hop Showcase, Featuring MoBo
October 10: Variety Show
October 24: An Evening of Neo-Funk and Soul
November 7: Comedy Showcase (to be a part of Dr. Kim’s Inaugural Week festivities…we hope)
November 21: AEMMP Hip Hop Artist Showcase (in association with AEMMP Hip Hop)
December 5: AEMMP Rock Artist Showcase (in association with AEMMP Rock)
Come on out some Thursday night!
Posted on 30.09.2013
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Read this recent feature in the Columbia Chronicle -
Posted on 13.09.2013
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Posted on 13.05.2013
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The following is a personal account of a recent teaching experience from J. Dennis Rich (AEMM Chair Emeritus & Faculty) -
In 1999 I had the privilege of being the lead trainer the International Center for Cultural Management in Salzburg, Austria. One of the fellows was named Pooja Sood. Pooja came from Delhi and her project was the development of an arts incubator and exhibit space called Khoj. Fifteen years later, Khoj runs a variety of programs including workshops, residencies, exhibitions, community arts projects, and lectures. Khoj has supported the experimentation of many leading Indian artists, many of whom have achieved international acclaim. Khoj also created ArtThink South Asia which is a training program similar to the one I worked with in 1999.
So, after 15 years, Khoj is an important player in the cultural scene in India and Pooja Sood is a leader in the training of young arts managers. In the winter of 2013, I was invited to train ArtThink fellows during the current residency program. During the week of April 1, 2103 I worked with participants from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iran, and Pakistan, teaching them cultural marketing and fundraising. It was a learning opportunity for the fellows and for me. I am proud to have been a part of the ArtThins South Asia program.
Posted on 9.05.2013
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In March, 70 students from five different AEMMP (Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Program) classes came together to put their classroom knowledge into real world practice at South by Southwest®. This was the largest trip in AEMMP’s four years of attendance.
Not only is this annual trip a wonderful opportunity for students, but it’s also a great experience for artists from AEMMP’s record labels. One of the artists in attendance was hip-hop artist, Pmartt. Pmartt was a part of AEMMP’s Talent Agency class, 707 Talent Agency. This class was responsible for booking shows for Pmartt. Despite hundreds of bands vying for attention, the students had great success promoting and booking shows. “We were focusing on marketing bands, and were constantly trying to come up with ways to stand out from everyone else,” senior Sam Bengtson explained. Their hard work helped make each artists’ experience a memorable one. “Going to SXSW for the first time was the greatest experience I’ve had this year,” Pmartt said. “Not only was it a great networking opportunity, it was also a big learning experience for me. As an artist and businessman, I learned to always be prepared everywhere you go, that presentation is key, and mostly importantly, teamwork is the best way to work. I enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with various AEMMP classes.”
Students from the various classes agreed that the cross-class collaboration was really what made this experience unique. “Being at SXSW in general would have been fun, but being there with AEMMP is what really made it fantastic,” Bengtson said. “The various AEMMP classes organized a showcase with artists we’ve been working with all year, so seeing the hard work from all the classes pay off was rewarding.”
SXSW is also an excellent way for students to see first hand what is going on in the music industry. Senior Charlie Ockerlund learned that, “nowadays live music is about the visual experience rather than the audio experience. It also opened my eyes to the amount of corporate sponsorships in the music industry and at live events, and how much of a viable commodity live music is to large brands.” In addition to helping students stay up to date with the latest trends, the conference helped calm some nerves about the ever-changing industry. “It’s definitely changing,” admitted Bengtson, “but not in a bad way. The most important lesson I learned is that the music and media industries are stronger than ever. You always hear that they are ‘dying,’ and SXSW was the most overwhelming proof against that I’ve ever seen. It was so encouraging being around so many people who were in the same industry I wanted to be in. Being in my final semester at Columbia, I’ve been having some worry about the future, just like every other senior. The SXSW trip as a whole took a lot of that worry from me and showed that as long as you’re passionate and care about your work, you’ll have no problem finding a place to fit in.”
Posted on 8.05.2013
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