Troy University to host Southeastern U.S. Music Industry Showcase

Posted: Thursday, 10 April 2008

TROY--Troy University music students will have the opportunity to tap into some expertise from music industry professionals Friday and Saturday as the John M. Long School of Music hosts the Southeastern United States Music Industry Showcase.

The showcase, presented by The Grove, will take place in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday.

“By attending the showcase, participants will get first-hand information about how to make it in the music industry from successful music industry professionals from around the United States,” said Thomas Brantley,

The event will feature clinics by music professionals such as talent developer and vocalist Jilla Web; Pat McMakin, chief engineer for Sony/Tree Studios in Nashville; Victor Lopez, composer/song writer for Warner Bros. Publications; Jess Matthews, president of JM Marketing and Promotions; and George McCain, an artist manager and percussionist.

Troy University’s John M. Long School of Music faculty members Dr. Michael Hix, Ray Smith, Dr. John Jinright and Robert W. Smith also will participate in the showcase.

The event will mark the University’s first music showcase. The idea grew out of a concert presented last year by the School of Music’s Concert Production class, according to Brantley.

The showcase will conclude with a concert by Nashville artist Kristen Cothron in the Crosby Theater. Tickets for the concert are $15 for the public and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Trojan Center Box Office.

“Any person who is interested in the music industry should find this experience invaluable,” said Brantley.