The Stax Music Academy announced that is has joined forces with Ty Boyland Consulting, Memphis Music Initiative (MMI) and other organizations to present a Youth Music Biz Conference in May 2021. The conference is a free, three-day virtual event that brings together music students, teachers, and professionals throughout the region for a complete youth workforce and skills development program. Sponsors for the event are ArtsMemphis and First Horizon Foundation, who have partnered with Stax Music Academy through their ArtsFirst program to encourage area students to pursue music education and to present a united message on its offerings and benefits. Ty Boyland is a Memphis-based music educator and entrepreneur.
The Youth Music Biz Conference will be held Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22. It will feature an MMI Summer Arts Program Showcase pre-party on Thursday, followed by a series of workshops on Friday and Saturday, culminating with our After The Bell Showcase on Saturday afternoon. It is open to all middle and high school students and some will win door prizes during the conference.
On Thursday evening, participants are invited to join MMI’s pre-party event on their YouTube channel at 7pm CST. This will be a virtual showcase highlighting upcoming summer camps, arts programming, and more from some of the local arts and grassroots organizations who are part of MMI’s network of Grantmaking and Capacity Building program partners. The show gives guests an opportunity to learn about free and affordable youth arts programming in their neighborhoods. As part of this effort, MMI is also facilitating a working instrument drive to support local organizations that provide music engagement and instrumental instruction to youth across Memphis.
On Friday and Saturday, the Youth Music Biz Conference will feature a series of workshops with panelists providing insight into how to pursue careers in music, how to set yourself up for success on a career path, and tips on education and work experience to get ahead. Students have an opportunity to interact with the professionals and ask questions about their own experience.
The schedule is as follows and participants must register at this link to join:
Friday, May 21, 5:30 pm: Keynote Speaker
“From Memphis City Schools to one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Women in Music”
Gina Miller, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Entertainment One
6:00 pm: Getting the Job Done
Tips and best practices for jobs, internships, and making a great impression on employers.
Saturday, May 22, 11 am – 12:15 pm: From your Computer to the World
Producing and engineering from Beat Making to Producing.
12:25 – 1:40 pm: Where Them Dollars At?
Things you need to do as an artist to make money now.
1:50 – 3:05 pm: The Art of Promotion
How to grow your fan base in a digital world.
4:00 pm: After the Bell Showcase
The Youth Music Biz Conference will culminate with this showcase streamed on our Facebook page live and available later via Vimeo. The showcase will include spotlight messages from students on the joys and benefits of music education and recorded video performances from participating organizations including Stax Music Academy, GPAC Youth Orchestra, Memphis Jazz Workshop, AngelStreet, Memphis Youth Symphony, Perfecting Gifts, Young Actors Guild, and the Memphis Black Arts Alliance.
According to Stax Music Academy Executive Director Pat Mitchell Worley, “Our mission, in all we do, is to perpetuate the soul of Stax Records by preserving its rich cultural legacy, educating youth to be prepared for life success, and inspiring future artists to achieve their dreams. Because we are preparing Memphis-area students for positive choices in education and work experience, the conference provides the opportunity for students to learn how to pursue music through higher education and careers. It’s also valuable networking opportunity for youth to engage with one another, with practical knowledge presented by professionals that help set students up for success and inspire them to pursue their dreams.”