Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo Saturday, October 9th.

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The Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo, scheduled for October 9, 2010 at the Vera Project – Seattle Center is part of the Seattle City of Music Festival and will focus on providing established and aspiring artists and entrepreneurs with tools and resources to grow their careers and business while also introducing young people who are part of the hip-hop generation to the many career and business opportunities in and around hip-hop music and culture.


8:30-9:30a Registration
9:30-9:50a Welcome

10:00 – 11:15 a.m.          OPENING SESSION – “MUSIC BIZ 101”

■      The state of the music business
■      Seattle City of Music Initiative
■      New opportunities for Independent Artist
■      Developing Multiple Outlets and Revenue Streams for Your Art
■      Common Mistakes for artiststs and labels to avoid
■      Digital Distribution & E-commerce

○     DeVon Manier – Co-Founder, Sportn’ Life Records
○      Neema Khorrami  – CEO The Art Music, Unexpected Arrival
○      Ben London – Media Rights Manager, Hewlett Packard
○      Tony Kiewel – Head of A&R, Sub Pop Records
○      Dave Meinert – Fused Music
○      Mike Clark – Consultant
○      Eighty4 Fly – Artist

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.   BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1

Start and Grow Your Business moderated by M. Eaze

■      Turning your talent, hobby or hustle into a business.
■      The basics of starting and running a successful business
■      Creative solutions to common obstacles faced by entrepreneurs
■      Show Me The Money:  Traditional & Non Traditional Financing

○      Mark Dyce, Founder/Principal, 206 Inc.
○      Dave Meinert, Fuzed Music
○      Dr. Skip Rowland – Executive Director, Urban Enterprise Center Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce
○      Wells Fargo Bank
○      Brian Surrat – Business Development Director, City of Seattle Office of Economic Development
○      Washington CASH

Media and Music Landscape moderated by Julie C, Hip-Hop Congress/Reclaim The Media
■      New Media and Music
■      Getting media coverage
■      Tapping the blogosphere successfully
■      Basic media tools you can use to generate awareness

○      Tom Mara, KEXP
○      Larry Mizell, Stranger/KEXP
○      Jonathan Cunningham – Hollow Earth Radio
○      Casey Carter,
○      Marian Liu, Entertainment Editor, Seattle Times
○      Andrew Matson, Seattle Times
○      Alvin Singh II, Digital Media Consultant

Playing Live and Staying Alive: Getting Paid Shows and Touring Effectively
■      Booking Paid Shows and Touring
■      The basic economics of venues.
■      Event Planning & Promotion

○      Alex Kochan, AEG Live
○      Chris Porter, Director of Programming One Reel
○      Heidi Jackson, Heidi Jackson Presents/Hidmo Entertainment

Production 101
■      Publishing and Getting Paid for your Beats
■      How technology has changed the game
■      New technology/tools that artists/producers/labels should be familiar with

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.         LUNCH

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.        BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

Branding, Marketing and Public Relations
■      The basics of building your brand
■      How to use Social Media effectively in your Small Business
■      The role of PR
■      Producing and Marketing Events
■      Sponsorships

○      Caroline Li, TD Wang
○      Amalia Martino, BlueShoes Media
○      Omari Salisbury, Founder/Chief Executive Officer, R Networks
○      Michael Graubard, VP, Public Relations, 206 Inc.
○      Josh Berman – Founder/Owner, Soul Gorilla
○      Bryant “BBoy” Worthington – Soul Gorilla

Fashion Industry 101
■      Starting your own fashion line
■      Starting and Running a Boutique
■      Turning your fashion sense into money as a stylist

○      Agnes Munala, Director of Marketing, International News, Inc.
○      Unika First Lady Beunique, Beunique Agency
○      Mara Palmer – Owner Kolmara Studios
○      Nikita Mathis, Owner, Platinum Plush Fashions
○      Cassius Belair – Owner, Platinum Plush/Triple Crown Streetwear Boutique
○      Margo Jones –  Owner, A Personal Point of View and Natural Child, LLC
○      Marek Grubel – Founder/Owner/Creative Director, Two In The Shirt
○      Kicks & Tees

Film and Video
■      Producing Your Own Movie
■      Videos On A Budget
■      Getting On Soundtracks
■      Resources to support independent filmmakers

○      Chris Swenson – Seattle Office of Film & Music
○      Chris “The Note” Gamble, Music Video Producer/Hip-Hop Artist
○      Jesse Harris, Founder/Exec. Dir. Nationall Film Fest for Talented Teens
○      Draze, Mixtapemovies

3:15 – 4:30 p.m.         BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3

Legal 101: Copyrights and Intellectual Property

○      Jen Czeisler, Vice President of Licensing, Sub Pop Records
○      Edward P. Pierson, Esq. – Author, “Law & Business of the Entertainment Industries
○      Cameron J. Collins, Esq. – Saku Collins, PLLC
○      Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Music Youth Development and Community
■      Educators and youth service providers
■      Best Practices
■      Incorporating Hip-Hop Into Academic and Youth Development Programming
■      Organizing and advocating for access to funding and resources

○      Kate Becker, Seattle Theater Group
○      Cochise Moore – Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council/Seattle Vocational Institute
○      Timmie “Lady Tasz” Foster – Foster Enterprise
○      Montique “MG” Carter – UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
○      Josh Powell, Vera Project
○      Shannon Roach, Vera Project
○      Montique Carter – Artist/Producer, UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center
○      Razpy – Artist/Entrepreneur, Seattle Hip-Hop Youth Council
○      Lary Barilleau, Head of International Arts, Hamilton Middle School
○      Tina Hendrix – Hendrix Music Academy
○      Jeron Gates – Seattle Parks Department
○      Terry Calloway – Studio Coordinator, Seattle Parks Department

Urban Promoters Roundtable co-presented by Soul Gorilla

■      What are top problems facing urban promoters?
■      What can we do to improve the climate within our own community?
■      Who do we need to influence outside of our community (venue owners, politicians, police, liquor board, etc) and how?
■      What are some best practices that we can share?
■      What does the Mayor’s New Nightlife Initiative and the City of Music Initiative mean to us? Opportunities/Obstacles?

o      Josh Berman, Soul Gorilla
o      LaKeith “G.Prez” Asphy – Presidential Media Group
o      Anthony Tibbs, Third Level Events

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.         NETWORKING MIXER @ Skybox

8:00 p.m.                    BENEFIT CONCERT @ Vera Project

Lady Tasz
Thomas Crown
The Good Sin
Moorpheus of dRedi

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The Northwest region is a vibrant source of musical genius and a ground zero of technological innovation and breakthroughs. It is also an international city and the gateway to the Pacific Rim. As such, it is the perfect location to host a Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo focusing on technology for youth empowerment and community economic development.

The Northwest region is a vibrant source of musical genius and a ground zero of technological innovation and breakthroughs. It is also an international city and the gateway to the Pacific Rim. As such, it is the perfect location to host a Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo focusing on technology for youth empowerment and community economic development.

The event will expose youth to career paths including music, arts, culture, business administration, entrepreneurship, journalism, film/video, technology, marketing, education, human services, politics and social entrepreneurship.  By using the power of hip-hop and other music genres to educate and elevate the community and region, the event will engage and expose youth to academic, career planning and entrepreneurship and technology resources related to their interests.

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About the City of Music Festival

Enriching the lives of residents, visitors and listeners around the globe, the mission of the Seattle City of Music Festival is to engage audiences via the foundation of Seattle’s vibrant music culture each October. Embracing audiences, business leaders, educators and politicians, this month of music will support the creative, economic and community value of music in Seattle and the Northwest, and its impact throughout the country.

About the Seattle Hip Hop Summit Action Network Youth Council

The Seattle Hip Hop Youth Council was established in August 2002 as a vehicle for youth empowerment and leadership development.  Our primary goal is to maximize the involvement of the hip-hop and urban youth community in the social, political, economic and cultural empowerment of our families, communities and nation; and to work to build coalitions with others who share our vision to transform or society and the global community into a better world.


2 responses to “Seattle Hip-Hop Career & Business Expo Saturday, October 9th.

  1. Where will this be held?

  2. Mayn, this is something that Seattle has been waiting for for years. I as a business owner and artist for well over 15yrs appreaciate this espeacially for the youths.

    One love,

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