Conference on Artist Management

Michael Smith & Associates announces their annual
Conference on Artist Management (A Christian Music Industry Summit) to be
held September 26 – 28, 2003, at the Factory, 230 Franklin Road, in
Franklin, TN. This intensive course, taught by leading professionals who
work in all aspects of the music industry, is designed to teach artists,
managers, and mentors how to nurture and manage all aspects of an artist’s career.
Mike Smith, President of Michael Smith and Associates, who has helmed the
careers of top Christian artists such as Salvador, Chonda Pierce and Charles
Billingsley feels that the biggest need in the music industry today are
more well-trained artist managers and industry people.
As Smith explains it, “The manager is the one component of an artist’s
career that interfaces with every aspect of the industry. A talented
manager knows how to balance the requirements and demands of a successful
career with the needs of the artist, and is responsible for building the
most effective team around the artist—including publicists, accountants,
labels, booking agents, writers and producers.”
The purpose of the Conference on Artist Management is to teach the
fundamentals, as well as advanced strategies, including the philosophy and
“art” of artist management. The conference includes sessions on all facets
in the behind-the-scenes dealings of artists and those who self-manage.
The guest speakers confirmed for this year’s events are a virtual “who’s
who” of the music community and conference attendees will get the
once-in-a-lifetime chance to interact with their peers. The panelists
include, Barry Landis, President of Warner Bros. Christian Division, who
oversees all aspects of A&R, production, marketing, sales, promotion and
finance for all of the albums within the Warner Music Group. He has also
been heralded by Worship Leader magazine as one of the “Top 20 Most
Influential Voices in Christian Music.” Charles Dorris, of the acclaimed
William Morris Agency, will be speaking along with Christian artist Jamie
Statema of Go Fish; John Styll, acting President of the Gospel Music
Association; Dan Keen, Assistant Vice President/ASCAP; Lannie Cates,
entertainment lawyer; Tom Jackson and Allison Anderson, Tom Jackson
Productions; Louis LaPrad, LaPrad Art Direction & Design; and Dave Bunker,
Wheaton College/Music Conservatory.
Enrollment is limited with discounts to early birds, alumni and students.
For curriculum information, a complete list of panelists and registration
forms call 615-794-5763 or check out the website atwww.michaelsmithandassociates.com.

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