This past sunday I was honored to be the keynote speaker at Pyramind’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2010. I spoke about the future of the music industry and the importance of community involvement .I also got to meet some very talented graduates and listen to some of the tracks they’ve produced over the past year. Cool stuff.
Last month, I was elected President of the San Francisco Chapter of the Recording Academy. I’ve served on the board of the chapter for the past 3 years, serving as Secretary and Co-Chair of Advocacy for the last 2 of those years. In that time, we’ve assembled a great team to advance music as an industry and or artists and professionals in the Bay Area. I’m really excited about the chance to take my work there to another level. My two year term begins on May 1.
I’ll be moderating a panel this thursday at Pyramind in San Francisco where we will be discussing the California ABC’s efforts to shut down music venues in San Francisco and elsewhere in the state. It should be a lively discussion with representatives from the clubs, the SF entertainment commission, political candidates and local media. It’s a free event if you RSVP, so please do so here: http://pyramind.com/community/calendar/view/39/85.html
This wednesday, I’m going to be speaking at CHOPS in Santa Rosa as part of a panel on the music industry presented by the Recording Academy. Fellow panelists include Stephen Hart, Shiloh Hobel, George Merrill, Larry Batiste and Trish Robbins, who will be moderating. We will be discussing the current and future state of the music industry. It should be a fun and informative night so come on out and get your learning on.