Seminar aims to educate musicians

Published: Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 25, 2008 at 6:23 p.m.

Music industry representatives will be on hand to advise up-and-coming musicians about the business during the second annual Gainesville Music Summit next week.


Gainesville Music Summit

What: Music seminar with industry representatives

When: 5 p.m. Wednesday

Where: The Venue, 239 W. University Ave.

Admission: $40 (246-4495)

Among the representatives expected at The Venue Wednesday are consultant Anthony Parker, a music industry talent scout who works around the South, Gainesville music manager Charles Wakeley, who has worked with such acts as Blood Raw and DJ Chuck T, and rapper Hurricane Chris, who worked as an intern with music executive Clive Davis.

Others expected to participate include publicists, record promoters and record-company artist and repertoire (A&R) personnel, who often sign acts to record companies.

"These are some of the music industry's pacemakers," said Parker, who is one of the organizers along with Wakeley. "I'm bringing people from all over the Southeast to speak and educate (new talent) about the business.

"People starting out might not have a lot of resources, but it's up to them to find a mentor or intern with somebody else who is doing exactly what you want to do," he said.

Parker said he hopes that the summit will inspire new artists.

"I just want everybody to take advantage of the opportunity to network and to know that the opportunity is there for them in music and in life," Parker said.

Parker said record companies are looking for artists who are ready to be launched.

"Record labels no longer want to do all the work. They want a product," he said. "They want their artists to have already worked with choreographers, songwriters and a producer. All they want to do is just attach their brand to them so that ... they can go straight to promoting it and making it a commodity."

Parker said he has observed how the Gainesville music scene has shifted over time.

"There was Tom Petty, Bo Diddley and then there was a generation gap and now you have the new guys (who need to know) how to break into the business," Parker said. "It is my firm belief that there is talent in Gainesville whether it started there or came there by way of the college. I just don't think Gainesville has the necessary outlets for it so I'm going to bring the outlets to Gainesville," Parker said.

Cost for the summit, which is open to anyone interested in learning about the music business, is $40.

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