September 20, 2017
More than 200 Richardson ISD students attended the first ever Grammy Career Day in Richardson on Wednesday, September 20 at the Eisemann Center. Provided at no cost through the Recording Academy Texas Chapter and Grammy Museum, students heard from music industry professionals such as songwriters, musicians, publicists, sound engineers, producers and publishers. Workshops with students touched on a wide array of topics ranging from the creative process to promotion, royalties, production, sound mixing, logistics, branding, legal aspects and social media. Participating students were selected from the fine arts programs at all four RISD high schools, based on an interest in pursuing a career related to music.
The impact of the day on students was undeniable.
“This experience has been amazing,” said one RISD student. “It has really opened my eyes to the many possibilities of working in the music industry. There is so much more that goes into how music is created, refined and distributed than I imagined.”
“The most compelling part for me was being able to hear from successful professionals about how they got their start and what they would do today if they were getting into the industry,” another student reacted. “Everyone we heard from was obviously talented and knowledgeable, but they were also normal, cool people that I could relate to because we all share a passion for music.”
“There is no substitute for students with an interest and aptitude in any industry to be able to interact with professionals who have already walked the path that many of our talented young people are about to embark on.”
- Jeff Bradford, RISD Executive Director of Fine Arts
“Just a great, informative day,” another enthusiastic student shared. “I had no idea how many different moving pieces there were in the music industry, and the so many ways to have a career related to something I love.”
Students finished the day with a live performance from special guest Castro, the popular pop/folk trio, who answered students questions afterwards.
“On behalf of RISD and our students, we extend an enormous thank you to the Recording Academy Texas Chapter, Grammy Museum and our partners at the Eisemann Center for making this event possible for our students,” said RISD Executive Director of Fine Arts Jeff Bradford. “There is no substitute for students with an interest and aptitude in any industry to be able to interact with professionals who have already walked the path that many of our talented young people are about to embark on.”
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