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You Can’t Stop the Beat

Current and former MEISA Eboard members - from left to right: Alaina Todd '20, Gillian Greene '20, Kylee Schmoyer '19, Kim Chambers '21, and Makayla Sapienza '18.

Hofstra University’s chapter of the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) is moving their sixth annual music industry conference online, giving the entire campus community a chance to network with music and entertainment professionals on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

MEISA began presenting the conference at Hofstra in 2014. When Hofstra closed its campus to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, MEISA President Gillian Greene and Vice President Kim Chambers decided to hold this year’s panel discussions on Zoom.

“We just knew somehow we would make it happen,” said Greene.

“When Kim and I emailed our guests to let them know we were transitioning to an online format, I was scared they might not be available, or they wouldn’t be as receptive. Then, Emily White from Collective Entertainment, who is on our Artist Team panel, contacted me to say she was very proud of me. She said she knew of other industry conferences that had either been cancelled or did not take any steps to rethink their direction.

“That was definitely when I knew our event would work out and it was turning into something special.”

Greene said that under the circumstances, this MEISA conference has taken added meaning.

“It’s about bringing people together, and it’s promoting education and perseverance in a time of crisis,” she said. “We have people who will be tuning in from all over the country – as far away as Texas and California. I can’t think of a better way or a better group of people to share your Saturday.”

Please RSVP in advance for the conference panels and mentoring sessions. Panels will be recorded and uploaded to the Hofstra MEISA YouTube Channel.  

This year’s schedule includes:

10:30-11:30 a.m. – The Artist Team – Zoom (ID: 757 565 237)

Everyone knows their favorite artists, but who are the people working behind the scenes that make performing, recording, and more, possible? These offer their unique insight as managers, business managers, lawyers, and publicists, and discuss a variety of topics, such as how they got their start in the industry to their day to day responsibilities.

· Jason Spiewak, artist manager and founder of JLS Management, CEO of Noble Steed Music

· Melissa Garcia, founding partner at Collective Entertainment

· Emily White, entrepreneur and founder at Collective Entertainment and #iVoted.

· Dana Kenney, streaming and marketing manager at AntiFragile

· Ed Gold, founder and principal of Gold Business Management

· Mariam Chubinidze, entertainment law student at Hofstra University’s Deane School of Law and former legal intern at Sony Masterworks


Noon-1 p.m. – Music Production Panel – Zoom (ID: 811 682 158)

New artists are eager to get their foot in the door and start exploring the world of audio production after seeing the success of bedroom-producers like Billie Eilish and Cuco. But where do you begin? This panel of local, award-winning producers is here to show participants the ropes, and reveal what goes into making a good track sound great.

· Paul Falcone, mix engineer and record producer at PJF Music Studio One.

· Pat Viala, mix engineer and record producer at Pat ‘Em Down Inc.

· Jason Melker, studio manager and artist manager at Dream Recording Studios


1:30-2:30 p.m. – A&R Panel – Zoom (ID: 888 380 717)

Even artists like Madonna and Ed Sheeran were rejected by record labels and producers before they found international success. A&R reps share how they cut through the noise to discover the next big star, and offer constructive critique on submissions they received from Hofstra students.

· Jason Jordan, A&R executive and principal at Earthprogram

· Andrew West, A&R at Concord (Hofstra alumnus, Class of 2011)

· Joe Welch, chief community officer and co-founder of Quadio Media

To stay updated about the MEISA conference, visit the organization’s InstagramTwitter and Facebook accounts. Email humeisa@gmail.com for more information.

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