The workshop and panel series will launch with several established A&R panelists sharing their viewpoints on a number of industry topics in a Q&A format, moderated by Melinda Newman, West Coast Bureau Chief and Music Editor for Billboard. Panelists include Brian Postel, VP, A&R, Virgin Records (urban); Tobin Watkinson, GM, New Armada/Warner Bros. (rock); and Ken Blaustein, Director, A&R, Virgin Records (rock).
Other topics slated for the year include publishing, management/ attorney representation and songwriting, with emphasis on the pop, rock and urban genres. There are a total of six panels scheduled for this calendar year.
Created together with Gibson Guitar by BMI's LA Writer/Publisher Relations staff, this program provides BMI affiliates in the Los Angeles community with "industry insider" resources essential for success. The series, which will be moderated by a rotating group of professionals from BMI, Gibson and Billboard, will take an in-depth look at several core areas that are integral to career growth and success. The panels and workshops will provide a formative knowledge base and networking platform to all BMI affiliates in the Los Angeles area.
Offering a direct link to the inner-workings of the music business from the perspective of established music professionals, the seminar series will provide songwriters with a wealth of information at no charge. Educational support for the songwriting community is the cornerstone of BMI's songwriter outreach programs. Through such programs, BMI hopes to help build networking and career-developing skills and talents.
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