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- AEMMP Attends SXSW for Fourth Year
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- Off Off Broadzway @ Haus
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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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The Spring 2013 Events Management Practicum Course is responsible for producing and executing Art in Motion: A Pedal Powered Experience, an event in conjunction with Manifest 2013. Art in Motion (AIM) is a bicycle-inspired collaborative event, representing the interactive, kinetic nature of art. It will feature bicycle-themed activities and art. In addition, representatives from the college’s clubs and activity groups will partake in the event and there will be live performances by Columbia students as well. AEMM Graduate student, Kashema Pearson, shares her experience in the Events Management Practicum course.
My experience in this class has truly been phenomenal. It is one of my favorite classes, hands down! Since the beginning of class, we jumped right into developing the mission and vision of our event. Once the goals and objectives were laid out, we broke into three groups: marketing and promotions, business administration, and programming/production. As a member of the programming/production team, I am in charge of recruiting student organizations to become vendors at our main lot. Midway through our semester, we gave a presentation to the Chair of our department, Philippe Ravanas, and the Live and Performings Arts Management Concentration Coordinator, Joe Bogdan. The presentation was to show our progress on the event and to persuade them to agree to our budget proposal to execute the event. The preparation was tedious, but we managed to give an impressive presentation (their exact words, not mine)!
With only two weeks to go until our debut, we are truly excited to execute all of our hard work. Although the experience has been extremely demanding and overwhelming, it has been very rewarding. I have more confidence and knowledge in producing events and I will be able to add it to my personal portfolio for future job endeavors. I would highly recommend this course to any student who has the passion or interest in producing large events. Thanks, AEMM, for such an amazing opportunity!
Posted on 2.05.2013
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Off Off Broadzway presents “Does My Fat A** Make My A** Look Fat?”
Columbia’s Club Management Practicum class presents Off Off Broadzway, a critically-
acclaimed burlesque parody troupe, on April 25th at 7:00 p.m. In their non-reveal
musical sketch comedy show, Off Off Broadzway combines sharp writing with catchy
songs to send up women’s stereotypes and celebrate the feminine form without
objectifying it. And also, they’re hilarious.
Meet Dolly Natrix, Maddie Scientits, Ricki Dickyouless, Brie Tarde, Cassie-Oh and ringmaster
Andy Drogynous in a musical sketch comedy show that recently won the Chicago Reader
award for “best audience heckling”. That’s a good thing.
Date: April 25, 2013
Tickets: Free for Columbia students; $10 for public
Where: Haus @ Quincy Wong Center
623 S. Wabash
Posted on 19.04.2013
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Jerry Brindisi and Justin Sinkovich were invited by the Music and Entertainment Industry Educator’s Association Summit 2013 (MEIEA – New Orleans, March 22 & 23) to present a paper called: Beyond the Student Record Label: Approaches to Engaging Students in Real World Practices. In the article they examine how higher education can engage students in industry practice by comparing AEMM’s practicum and immersion approach with Linnaeus University’s student festivals and MuZone: Band/Business Camp. They shared the stage with Professors Henric Linstrom and Jonas Bjälesjö from Linnaeus University (Sweden) and connected with faculty of music and entertainment programs in Australia, China, and the UK.
Posted on 4.04.2013
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In addition to juggling two jobs, an internship, and classes, second year graduate student, Dean Christesen, also independently manages two bands. One of those bands, Glows in the Dark, just released the first music video off their new EP. The video was produced by Studio in the Sun, owned and operated in part by recent AEMM graduate, Sarah Newby (MAM ‘12). This is the first time that Christesen and Newby have worked together in this capacity, “but I hope we get to do it again!” Christesen said. “She and Ryan (the director) were such a joy to work with, and in the end they created an incredible video.”
Newby started Studio in the Sun while at Columbia with the goal of making videos that help artists and small business owners. This video came to be when Newby and her creative partners were searching for a new project, specifically a music video. “Dean was my classmate and I knew that he was involved with musicians through his record label Spacebomb…and he put us in touch with Glows in the Dark,” Newby explained. “ We liked the band’s music so we proposed a concept for a music video. Everyone involved with Studio in the Sun lives in Los Angeles now, and we cast and filmed the video in LA, but a lot of the pre-production for Ed Bradley was done in Chicago.”
The video embraces looseness and spontaneity as a reflection of the song it accompanies. “We wanted to build tension with escalating performances and by juxtaposing actors and suggestive still lifes,” Newby said. “We thought a lot about the artifice inherent in filmmaking and explored this idea in several ways. For one, actors knew they were being filmed for a music video, but from the start they were asked to act as if they were at an audition.”
The video is from Glows in the Dark’s new EP, Research and Development. The EP was released digitally on March 12, and features the avant-garde jazz quintet in a new configuration: collaborating with rappers Count Bass D, John Robinson, Jawwaad Taylor, and 20/20 aka uGeorge.
Posted on 3.04.2013
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A common career endeavor for arts and entertainment students is opening a club, bar or restaurant. This almost necessarily involves getting and keeping a liquor license. Yet, understanding licenses for selling liquor and operating a public place of amusement can be mythical – and it can take years, and cost thousands, to get them. Gregory Steadman, THE Local Liquor Control Commissioner for the City of Chicago, has graciously agreed to come to Columbia College to present to our students a walk-through of the process, from pre-application to hanging those bad boys on the wall right next to the autographed “first dollar earned.” Due to the anticipated interest in this talk, arranged for AEMM’s Club Management: Practicum course, it is open to the public. Please see below for additional information about the upcoming workshop:
Name of Event: How to Obtain a Liquor and PPA License in Chicago
Guest Speaker: Gregory Steadman, Local Liquor Control Commissioner for the City of Chicago
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2013
Location: Haus at the Quincy Wong Center, 623 S. Wabash Ave., 1st Floor
Presented by: Columbia College’s AEMM Department and its Club Management: Practicum Class, in collaboration with the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection
The event is free and open to the public and for more contact information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on 1.04.2013
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Welcome the newest addition to the AEMM curriculum!
Interested in working abroad? The International Arts Management concentration will prepare you for success in an increasingly global workplace. The study abroad experience will expand your understanding of cultural policy, organizational structure and funding in a range of international arts, entertainment and media enterprises. This concentration will prepare you to understand the impact of economic, political, social, legal and cultural policy on Arts Management that dominate the international agenda. International experiences allow students to demonstrate a willingness and adaptability to new cultures and environments, qualities many employers seek. With our International Arts Management concentration you will have an opportunity to travel to and study at one of the following universities:
- Dublin Institute of Technology- Downtown Dublin, Ireland
- University of East London- East London, England
- Ecole Nationale Superieure des beaux-Arts, – Paris, France
- Bath Spa University- Bath, England
- Rose Bruford College- Sidcup, England
- Tongji University: College of Communication and Arts- Shanghai China
- PopAkademie Baden-Wurttemberg- Mannheim, Germany
- K Arts- Seoul, Korea
Some careers opportunities include but are not restricted to
- Multinational Arts Entertainment Media Companies
- International consulting
- Museums with international branches
- Non Government Organization and International Non-profit organizations
- Government Agencies/Entities dedicated to Arts and Culture
- International Sports Federations
- International Division of Cultural Institutions
Posted on 22.03.2013
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Will It Work? A Laboratory of Kinetic Sculpture
March 21 – April 20, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:00 – 7:00
With a special demonstration of handmade musical instruments by Dave Dolak at 6pm
The Hokin Project Gallery is turning into a laboratory of sorts, exposing the intricate processes behind the creation of motion. Inspired by the imaginative machines of the current Glass Curtain Gallery exhibition, Rube Goldberg’s Ghost, the Hokin Project installation showcases Columbia College student artists as they generate kinetic sculpture.
WILL IT WORK? places particular emphasis on process-based materials (including sketches, blueprints, plans and models) along with the objects themselves. Many of the sculptures will be in a constant state of progress, as the projects develop and evolve from the artists’ initial ideas, using complex means to reach specified functions. Once an end is within reach, the ultimate question still stands: Will it work?
WILL IT WORK? is presented in collaboration with students in Kinetic Sculpture, an A+D course taught by Whitney Huber. Special thanks to Elizabeth Burke-Dain, curator of Rube Goldberg’s Ghost and Mark Porter, exhibition coordinator.
For information about the course contact email@example.com
THE HOKIN PROJECT
623 S Wabash Ave, 1st floor
The Hokin Project, an arts management practicum course, provides gallery management, exhibition, curatorial, and design experience for students of all majors. The Project presents the work of the Columbia College Chicago community through programs, events, and exhibitions.
Launched in 2010, the Hokin Project is a student-run collaboration of the Arts, Entertainment & Media Management Department (AEMM) and Student Affairs / Department of Exhibitions and Performance Spaces (DEPS) of Columbia College Chicago.
Mon – Fri 8am – 11pm
and Sat 8am – 6pm
Posted on 20.03.2013
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