Despite dire predictions, you can get a job. And you can get the “Best Job Ever.”
To open that door for you, the Student Leadership Council at Belmont will host a one-day entertainment and music industry conference, “Best Job Ever,” 9 a.m.-5 p.m., March 21, in the Conference Center on the 4th floor of the Inman health science building. The conference will include panels comprised of industry professionals covering a broad range of topics along with keynote speakers, seminars and workshops.
“The main goal of ‘Best Job Ever’ is to inform students of the diverse jobs within the industry by inviting business professionals that belong to the Entertainment and Music Business to share their experiences in their respected fields,” said MacKenzie Fischer, director of this year’s event. “‘Best Job Ever 2009’ is setting the bar higher in hopes of giving students a new and diverse experience.”
Erin Smith, SLC member, said, “Many aspects of ‘Best Job Ever’ 2009 will be different from conferences in years past. From the location, panel topics and the cost of registration, the Student Leadership Council wants to make this event as beneficial to the students as possible.”
The Inman Conference Center will host 120 students and industry guests, along with panelists at the conference.
“This year the event will be held in Inman, which is a first for a student organization to book,” Fischer said.” “It is very exciting for to have such a conducive location to our event.”
Students will have the opportunity to attend 14 panels at “Best Job Ever” and will hear from and network with 45 entertainment and music industry insiders.
“The panel topics will be very different from last year,” Smith said. “We have incorporated aspects of the industry in New York and L.A. because we feel it is very important that the topics transcend the boundaries of Nashville’s music industry and touch on crucial needs of the industry elsewhere.”
The 14 panels will cover a broad range of music industry issues. “Wordplay” will focus on the process of writing a song, from the idea to copywriting to royalties. “Circus” will discuss event planning in the industry from awards shows to music festivals. “Many The Miles” will focus on the different aspects of touring including promotion and booking venues.
The reduced cost of registration is $7 for students from any school and $10 for professionals. Fee includes admission to all 14 panels t and a meal ticket.
“We are committed to making this event affordable for all students and professionals across the board,” Smith said, “because at the heart of this event, it is all about connecting bright students with bright industry leaders.”
“Being an integral part of the entertainment industry is about preserving it and bringing great music to an open audience, while at the same time creating a better tomorrow for musicians and the industry as a whole,” Smith said.
“The only way to do this is to learn to the best of our abilities and put our talents and ideas to use, and events like ‘Best Job Ever” allow us to do just that.”