Monday, November 5, 2012
Music in the Digital Age
Categories: The IU Student Perspective
This guest blog comes to us from Maha Elsarrag, who is currently a student at Indiana University pursuing a degree in management and event planning. She is involved with MEISA, BCEC and the IU Student Foundation on campus and is currently pursuing a career in the music industry.
I've lived in Bloomington for almost 14 years now. Starting in elementary school and now almost half way through my academic career at IU, I've always been fascinated with the variety of academic and cultural opportunities in this city. WonderLab, the IU Auditorium, IU Art Museum, Bradford Woods, and the Bloomington High Schools are just a few places that provided me with those experiences throughout my childhood. Even when I think it can't get any better, the university brings someone new that tops them all.
As a student at the Kelley School of Business, my life is interrupted daily with opportunities to network with big financial firms, consultants, and influential professors but, sometimes I can't help but think - what about the students who want to pursue a unique career path? What if they have a big interest in managing the arts? I am one of them. There aren't as many networking opportunities catered to students like me, students who are at the crossroads of business and the arts. This is why I am so excited to attend the Music in the Digital Age Symposium on Saturday, November 10th at the Indiana Memorial Union.
The Symposium is the first of its kind to come to Bloomington. Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA), Business Careers and Entertainment Club (BCEC) and Live from Bloomington are bringing some of the top professionals in the industry to our city. Attendees pay $10 to enjoy a conference from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. filled with breakout sessions about Music Careers in the 21st Century, Current Issues in Media, and Money from Music. The registration fee also covers lunch and an after-party. There will also be a networking reception from 5 to 6 pm sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Career Services. Nick Light of Light Productions will give a keynote speech to close the day at 7 pm that is free for the public.
I encourage students and other who may be interested to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about an industry that is regularly forgotten in Bloomington! Attend the symposium to learn more about careers and opportunities in the music industry.