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Music Management Students Step Up at National Show

February 4, 2015


On Jan. 22, 27 passionate Music Industry Management (MIM) students traveled to sunny Anaheim, California. Instead of soaking up the sun, they spent the weekend networking with 100,000 music business professionals from around the globe at the winter National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show.

Students could participate in an assortment of workshops, including Generation Next, hosted by the College Music Society in collaboration with NAMM. Music students and faculty were invited to attend panel discussions, plenary sessions, and musical performances.

“Ferris students stood out at the Generation Next sessions. We’re always prepared and ask a lot of questions to the music industry professionals,” said Olivia Odette, a junior in the MIM program. “At one point, after I introduced myself as a student from Ferris State University, the President of NAMM made a comment about Ferris State University students really stepping up over the weekend.”

Of the 27 students that attended, 14 earned scholarships through NAMM or Finance Division to help cover the cost.

“It was a great experience to be a part of and it was incredible to have all my future opportunities at my fingertips,” said Odette. “I had two interviews and I had the opportunity to talk with a recent Ferris alum who currently holds a position I plan to apply for in the future. “

In addition to seeing a variety of gear and equipment related to music-making, students also had the privilege to attend a variety of professional development sessions featuring a large array speakers, including Steve Wozniac, co-founder of Apple Computers

“It was awesome to experience the passion everyone has for music and how it has the ability to bring thousands of people together not only to do business with each other, but to celebrate and rejoice,” said Josh Olszewski, a MIM sophomore.

“Participation in the NAMM Show is a perfect example of the crucial ‘experiential learning’ opportunities that have helped the MIM program grow and gain its national reputation,” said Dan Cronk, MIM program coordinator. “The Summer NAMM Show is scheduled for July 9, 10, and 11 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The Music Industry Management Program at Ferris State University will be in attendance. “

The MIM program is paired with the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA), an extremely active RSO throughout campus.


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