2014 BCMN Conference Highlights

City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day
City Music Network Students performing at Youth Power-Up Day in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit: Amy Bojanowski

Over 200 Network members, music educators, and arts advocates came together in Los Angeles to discuss “Innovations in Youth Development,” the theme of this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference.

The conference kicked off on November 2 with “Youth Power-Up Day,” a free outdoor festival at Grand Performances, that featured performances by youth ensembles from around the country, a community drum circle hosted by Remo, and a jam session led by Kevin Eubanks.

Attendees moved indoors to the nearby Omni Hotel for the next three days full of inspiring presentations, panel discussions, and interactive activities. BCMN Conference veteran Libby Chiu started each day with a networking workshop that featured special guests such as Jonathan Zeichner (APCH), Andy Davis, and youth ambassadors from A Place Called Home.

Two of the more popular sessions were a panel discussion led by Berklee faculty member Terri Lyne Carrington with Sheila E, Patrice Rushen, Lalah Hathaway, and Donald Harrison about working with young musicians
; and Ron Weisner’s all-star panel discussion about the music industry featuring Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Bobby Colomby, Tommy LiPuma, Ray Chew, and Ricky Minor.

The conference also featured a master class at the Grammy Museum; presentation by Network members such as Mike Anderson, Joey Arreguin, Gordon Cobb, Kevan Ellis, Greg Holt, Thomas Howard, Mark Kohler, Bethany Paulsen, Milton Ruffin, Ed Sublett, Frank Van Bree, and Cliff Weeks; plus a visit by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.

With so many thought-provoking sessions, attendees left Los Angeles feeling inspired to further their work with young musicians.

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Tommy LiPuma at the BCMN Conference

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The three-time Grammy award-winning producer of 29 gold or platinum records, and Chairman Emeritus of Verve Music, Tommy LiPuma will be a panelist at this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference.  For decades LiPuma has been a major creative and innovative musical force and with more than 30 Grammy nominations he is one of the most successful pop and jazz producers ever.

Tommy LiPuma is a record producer, talent scout, and record company executive. A trained musician and saxophonist born and raised in Cleveland, LiPuma started in record promotion and quickly rose to become a celebrated producer and music industry leader. He has served in significant positions at almost every major record company including being the first staff producer at A&M Records and cofounder of Blue Thumb Records in the 1960s; the head of jazz and progressive Music at Warner Bros. through the ‘80s; and the senior vice president of A&R at Elektra and president of GRP and Impulse in the ‘90s. From 1998 to 2005, he was chairman of Verve Music, and chairman emeritus from ’05 through ’11.

He has worked with an incredible array of renowned musicians, including Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, The Pointer Sisters, Gabor Szabo, João Donato, Hugh Masekela, Willie Nelson, Michael Bublé, Ben Sidran, Bill Evans, Antonio Carlos Jobim, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, the Jazz Crusaders, Natalie Cole, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Claudine Longet, Dave Mason, the Yellowjackets, Michael Franks, Diana Krall, Sir Paul McCartney, Randy Newman, The Crusaders, Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Dr. John, to a few.  Check out more of his discography here.

Don’t miss Tommy LiPuma at this year’s conference.

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Just Announced: Gladys Knight at the BCMN Conference

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Known as the “Empress of Soul,” the seven-time Grammy Award-Winner, Gladys Knight will join Ron Weisner’s panel, Remaining Fresh, Being Creative: Developing Artists for Tomorrow’s Industries, at this year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles on November 2-5.

Georgia-born, Gladys Knight began performing gospel music at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church.  Three years later, she won the grand prize on television’s “Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour,” and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, her sister Brenda and her cousins William and Elenor Guest, formed The Pips. In 1959, Brenda and Elenor left the group and were replaced by Cousin Edward Patten and friend Langston George. The group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips, and following George’s departure in 1962, the classic line-up was in place.

Don’t miss Gladys Knight.  Click the link to register for the Berklee City Music Network Conference.

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Lalah Hathaway Added to the BCMN Conference and Master Class

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Lalah Hathaway is a Grammy Award-Winning musician.  She recently won the Grammy for best R&B Performance with Snarky Puppy for “Something” check out the video below to hear her performance. Originally from Chicago she was born into a musical family as Donny Hathaway is her father.  She wrote her first song as a 10th grader and later went on to study music at Berklee College of Music, and released her first self titled album in 1990 that had hits such as “Baby Don’t Cry,” “Heaven Only Knows” and “I’m Coming Back.”  Currently Lalah is working on a new albumn titled “Lalah Hathaway Live,” you can find out more on her website and contribute to her Pledge Music Campaign: www.lalahhathaway.com

Lalah Hathaway will be participating in the Berklee City Music Network Conference in two roles.  She will first participate on Terri Lyne Carrington’s panel titled “Working Hard, Aiming High: Developing the Young Artist” on Monday, November 3 from 11:05am-12:05pm.  Later that night she will be one of two clinicians at the Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class (check out the video below) hosted at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum where she will critique five bands from across the Berklee City Music Network during a live performance.

Check out her interview with Shea Rose ’11, a Berklee City Music alumna, and where they discussed her experiences at Berklee and beyond, her perspective on the music industry, and her experience with Berklee City Music Network member member Stax Music Academy in Memphis.

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FREE Community Event in LA Nov 2

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New this year to the Berklee City Music Network Conference is Youth Power-Up Day, a free outdoor community evening featuring:

  • Jam Session hosted by Kevin Eubanks, former leader of the Tonight Show band – Students can apply to participate here
  • Performances by singer & guitarist Raul Pacheco of the GRAMMY-winning Ozomatli and folk/blues/punk artist Sunny War
  • Mega drum circle hosted by REMO drum makers
  • Hosted by Petri Byrd Hawkins from TV’s Judge Judy and Emmy Award Winning TV Host/Producer Tanya Hart
  • Plus performances by student ensembles and music resources for local families
When: Sunday, November 2 from 12:00 – 5:00pm
Where: California Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
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At Youth Power-Up Day on Sunday, November 2, part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, there will be a jam session with Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of The Tonight Show Band.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY (Click Here).  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

Bill Withers Just Added to the BCMN Conference

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Bill Withers will join Ron Weisner on his panel on Tuesday, November 4 titled “The Challenges of Change: Remaining Fresh, Being Creative, Developing for Tomorrow’s Industries” with other guests Tommy LiPuma, Bobbie Colomby, and Ray Chew.

Withers, originally from West Virginia, recorded a number of hits including “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Use Me,” “Just the Two of Us,” and “Lovely Day.”  In 1967 he relocated to Los Angeles and financed his own demos, which led him to Sussex Records with Clarence Avant who got Booker T. Jones to produced Withers’ first album Just As I Am, which featured “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  At the 14th Annual Grammy Awards in 1972 he won the Grammy for Best R&B Song for “Ain’t No Sunshine.”  Prior to winning the Grammy the song had previously sold over a million copies and went platinum.  In 1980 he released “Just the Two of Us” with saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., which later went on to win a Grammy.

In 2005 Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2006 received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Rhythm & Soul Heritage Award presented to ASCAP members who have had a major impact on the legacy of Rhythm and Soul music.

Don’t miss out on this great event and the opportunity to interact with Bill Withers and others at the Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles November 2-5.

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Register for the BCMN Conference

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Berklee City Music Network Conference

Monday, November 3 – Wednesday, November 5
Omni Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
American Popular Music III: Innovations in Youth Development
Engage in presentations and conversations with music industry and education giants including Terri Lyne Carrington, Ron Weisner, Tommy LiPuma, Lalah Hathaway, Kevin Eubanks, Patrice Rushen and Mark Slavkin.

Register to Attend: 1-day and 3-day passes available

  • $275 for the three-day conference (or $125 per day) for network members, Berklee alumni, and music educators (with a .edu email address)
  • $350 for the three-day conference (or $175 per day) for nonmembers
  • Student rate: We are giving away 25 free three-day passes to undergraduate and graduate students (passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis; RSVP to Christina Quarles). Undergraduate students are also eligible for a $25 per day rate.

Schedule, registration and speaker bios are available on the conference website.

BCMN Conference Master Class – Monday, November 3, 7:00pm

Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Students from five of our Berklee City Music Network sites will be coached by leading industry artists, including Kenny Lattimore, Ashley Rodriguez, Shoshana Bean before performing on stage that evening for a panel of clinicians.

Limited seating is available at the Clive Davis Theater, and therefore admission can only be guaranteed to the first 100 Conference registrants. Tickets are free with registration for attendees who register for 3-day passes or with a single day (Monday). Be sure to register early to secure your seat!

Check out the highlights from last year’s BCMN Conference Master Class.

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25 FREE Registrations for Students to Attend the BCMN Conference

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CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS

We are offering FREE registration to the first 25 undergraduate and graduate college students who register to attend the Berklee City Music Network Conference in Los Angeles, CA from November 2-5.

After the first 25 FREE registrations are given it is ONLY $25 per day for undergraduate and graduate students.

Make sure you use your “.edu” email address to receive the discount.

Don’t miss out on this great event featuring music industry experts, nonprofit leaders, accomplished music educators, and Grammy-Award Winning artists.

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Apply to the Jam Sessions led by Kevin Eubanks

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At Youth Power-Up Day on Sunday, November 2, part of the Berklee City Music Network Conference, there will be a jam session with Kevin Eubanks, the former leader of The Tonight Show Band.  The jam session is open to current high school students, and in order to participate you must APPLY.  The application will take no longer than 5 minutes.

Join us at Youth Power-Up Day for a free outdoor community festival to learn tips on entering the music industry, preparing for college training, and engaging with others in playing an instrument — beginner or advanced. Youth and their families are especially encouraged to attend. Free and open to the public, in downtown Los Angeles! Presented by Berklee City Music and A Place Called Home, in cooperation with Grand Performances, as part of the 2014 Berklee City Music Network Conference.

For those students who would like to participate in the jam session please CLICK HERE to complete the application.

DEADLINE APPROACHING-2014 Conference Master Class Application

Calling all Full Member sites of the Berklee City Music Network, the deadline to submit to perform at the 2014 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class is by  11:59PM Eastern Daylight Time on July 1, 2014

Click this link for application rules and guidelines.

Application Requirements

  • Must be an official full member of the Berklee City Music Network
  • Ensemble cannot exceed 8 student-performers or 7 student-performers and 1 ensemble director should the ensemble director perform with the group
  • All students must be in high school as of November 2014 and current members of your organization
  • Submit 2 songs via video that are live, unedited performances from the 2013-2014 academic year or summer of 2014
  • Repertoire for both the audition and master class must take into account the theme of the conference, American Popular Music
  • The 2 songs must total no more than 10 minutes in length

Application Information Required

  • Videos must be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo, or other online video streaming service
  • Submit song title and writer/arranger name(s)
  • Submit student names, age, and instrument who are in the ensemble
  • Submit student grade level for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Submit site director’s name and ensemble director’s name
  • Submit organization’s name