Entering and making it in the music industry is no easy task. At Ohio University’s third annual Music Industry Summit on March 25, musicians and industry leaders shared their advice and experiences with more than 2,800 registrants from around the globe who attended the nearly 11-hour event.
The Summit hosted multiple keynote artist conversations including FINNEAS, Billie Eilish’s Grammy-winning producer/collaborator; Grammy-nominated artist Phoebe Bridgers; critically acclaimed artist and producer St. Vincent, as well as interviews with numerous industry leaders including Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich; Amazon Music Global Head of Editorial Raymond Leon Roker; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Vice President and Chief Curator Nwaka Onwusa, and Top Dawg Entertainment and Kendrick Lamar mixing engineer Derek “MixedbyAli” Ali. Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and managers Amaechi Uzoigwe and Will Bronson joined in for the closing keynote conversation on the business and creative decisions behind their meteoric success.
“We knew we had a pretty amazing lineup of artists, leaders and entrepreneurs, but we were blown away by the response and far-reaching engagement throughout the day,” said Josh Antonuccio, director of both the Summit and the OHIO School of Media Arts and Studies. “We ended up having students attend from across 119 universities, as well as over 350 high schools. Moreover, we had hundreds of alums and even more industry professionals from major sectors join us. The event was a point of connection, networking and learning for many wanting to learn about different career stories in this field.”