Music Industry

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The Music Industry Program demystifies the music business by focusing on the history, theory, and practice of music as a professional and connects students to movers and shakers within the vibrant Los Angeles music scene. The program includes a very popular Music Industry Minor, the Center for Music Innovation, which focuses on research and industry trends, and the student-run Music Industry Committee (MIC at UCLA) and its signature Office Hours series. All three components work together to prepare students for careers in the music industry and help them explore its possibilities. Music Industry courses are taught by a mix of UCLA faculty and industry professionals, make use of the school’s professional-grade recording and music creation studios, and include supervised professional internships taking advantage of the university’s Los Angeles location.

Music Industry Faculty

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Gigi Johnson
Executive Director of the Center for Music Innovation
Jonathan Beard
Lecturer, Music (electronic music), Music Industry
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Robert Fink
Chair of Music Industry Minor; Professor
Public Health Outreach for Mass Gatherings | Innovating Music Podcast
In this special episode, we share the WebCall last week to hear what was happening on the ground in Seattle, WA and King County, WA, in the face of COVID-19's closure of music venues and live experiences.  Kate Becker talks about how King County is responding to the virus, what they are telling their music venues, businesses, artists and community, and generally shared her moving perspective on lessons learned throughout this process of pandemic and public health.
Twitch Streaming for Musicians | Innovating Music Podcast
In this week's Innovating Music podcast, Karen Allen helps decode and make simpler streaming music for artists on Twitch.  Twitch is a live streaming service, bought by Amazon in 2014, and has 2.2 million daily broadcasters and 15 million daily average viewers.  It is mostly gamers, but also has creative and music channels for its highly creative audience.  Karen shares her own explorations in learning to use YouNow and now Twitch.  She shares what fan bases are there and how this type of engagement is different than what artists might have from other platforms.  She shares how you can learn further with her book and online class, Twitch for Musicians. 
Scratch Mixes to Pirate Radio to Software Instruments | Innovating Music Podcast
In this week's Innovating Music podcast, Matt Black has been intrigued by computers since reading "The Shockwave Rider" from a bookmobile in his small English village of his youth. Since then, he has created scratch mixes from a set of decks across London warehouse parties in the late 1980s, pirate radio, become the band Coldcut, created major hits, launched the label Ninja Tune, and developed mad programming skills. He builds what he calls "software instruments" for the iPad and (when he can) Android, expanding this year from Ninja Jam to JammPro, letting artists make their own tracks.
City Shapes, Streets, Layers, and Ecosystems | Innovating Music Podcast
Kwende Kefentse, digs into the urban terrain, fabric, and politics of the city and music, with the lens of "urban morphology" hitting topics ranging the origins of hip hop in the South Bronx, trends in music cities where industry and community connect, the industry as an intermediator, city metabolisms for music, missing dynamic models, and the role of media.
UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music receives $3 million to renovate theater
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music has renovated the 133-seat theater in the Schoenberg Music Building thanks to a $3 million gift from the Herb Alpert Foundation. The theater was renamed Lani Hall, in honor of Alpert’s wife, the singer Lani Hall.
Finding a Path in L.A.'s Booming Music Industry
UCLA Pianist Gloria Cheng and three of the members of Cheng’s ensemble UCLA Flux are featured in this issue of San Francisco Classical Voice which discusses the vibrancy of Los Angeles contemporary music scene. 

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