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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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2013 Conference Master Class Performances

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The 2103 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class Finale Band with clinicians Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, and music director Rob Lewis.

At last year’s Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class five bands performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out these videos of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

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Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center

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Philadelphia Clef Club

Stax Music Academy

At the end of the master class students from each band were selected to be in the finale band, led by musical director and Berklee alumni Rob Lewis, where they performed Rufus Thomas’ “Walking the Dog.”  Watch this video to see highlights from the master class and the finale band.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.  Make sure you apply by July 1 to not miss the deadline!

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Stax Music Academy

Stax Music Academy was the last band to perform at the 2013 Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class.  The band was led by Paul McKinney, Instrumental Director; Terrilyn Douglas, Vocal Coordinator; and Justing Merrick, Artistic Director.  The band featured Craylon Davis, Ronesha Davis, Tia Henderson, April Horner, Kyler Gilkie, and Johnathan Lee on vocals; Tahj Mason and Josiah Taylor on alto sax; Anthony Moore on baritone sax; Dallas Dodson and Kordae Maples on guitar; Lijulianna Thomas and Joshua Huggins on keys; David McKinzie and Solomon Smith on bass; and David Pruitt and Marrick Flowers on drums.

Check out the other master class performances featuring Tipitina’s Foundation’sLincoln Park Performing Arts Center’sBerklee City Music Boston’s, and the Philadelphia Clef Club.

If you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here for more information and to apply.

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class – Tipitina’s Foundation

At last year’s conference five bands from around the Berklee City Music Network performed and were critiqued by guest clinicians Kirk Whalum and Shoshana Bean.  Check out  this video of students from the Tipitina’s Foundation Intern Program featuring  John Michael Bradford, trumpet; Elise Gonzalez on electric, bass; Thomas Glass, drums; and Donald Harrison, piano.  Donald Harrison is the Artistic Director of the Intern Program.

Stay tuned next week for the release of a new video from the Conference Master Class, and if you are interested in performing at this year’s Conference Master Class in Los Angeles please click here to apply.

 

Berklee City Music Network Conference Master Class 2013

If you joined us in Memphis at last year’s conference, you may recall that we had a wonderful Performance Master Class at Minglewood Hall, conducted by Shoshana Bean and Kirk Whalum, with music director, Rob Lewis.

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See what went down in Memphis, featuring performances by student ensembles from Tipitina’s Foundation, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Berklee City Music Boston, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and Stax Music Academy.

 

Don’t miss the 2014 Conference this November in LA!

2014 BCMN Conference Updates From the Executive Director, Planning the Vision

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Berklee City Music‘s Executive Director, J. Curtis Warner, Jr., takes time to recap his visit to LA.  He’ll be chronicling the planning process for this year’s upcoming Berklee City Music Network Conference.

Planning Phase: The Concept 

In January, I visited Los Angeles to lay the groundwork for our upcoming Berklee City Music Network Conference, which will take place on November 2-5, 2014. While there I hosted a couple of gatherings as well as spent time at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California.

A highlight of the NAMM show was receiving a citation of contribution from the mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tate. During the show, I also happened to meet Arnold Garcia, CEO of Shine on Hollywood. Through our conversation, he became interested in City Music and my work specifically, and after doing research on our organization, his editor contacted me and asked if they could do a feature article. I expect the article will appear in the February edition of Shine on Hollywood. The magazine often features stories on celebrities who are giving back. They actually have a program that encourages celebrities from the music industry to go into the public schools and spend an hour a week. I’m hoping that this relationship will prove beneficial, and might even connect us to some of the industry people we would like support from.

On Monday, January 20th, I connected over sushi with my good friend, Paul Guilfoyle (CSI’s Captain Jim Brass) and later, hosted a dinner with some other entertainment industry professionals. In attendance were Tanya Hart, Hollywood film director Eric Meza, Philip Hart from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, recording artist and star of “Wicked”, Shoshana Bean, actor Kiki Haynes from OWN TV’s “For Better or Worse” and myself. On Tuesday the 28th, I hosted another dinner with West Coast City Music Network member representatives, Peter Gordon from our Berklee in L.A. office, and Krystal Banfield, Dean of Berklee City Music. I want to give a shout out to Peter Gordon for pulling together the second gathering.

With both groups I posed two questions:

How can we make the most impact on Los Angeles while holding our conference there?

What would be a missed opportunity if we came to Los Angeles, held our conference, and left without including this one particular aspect of being in Los Angeles?


Curtis is still in talks with several folks to shape the concept and vision for the conference.  Lots of great things are coming together.  Stay tuned for more!