What does your future look like? Any of these words come to mind: performance, concerts, venues, recording, journalism, artist management, record labels, retail, licensing, broadcasting, music? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
City of Music Career Day, provides high school and college students, ages 16 – 24, with direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performances in partnership with One Reel, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Museum, and The Vera Project.
Participants are exposed to a wide range of career opportunities in music including performance, management, concert production, arts administration, record label operations, retail, licensing, journalism, broadcasting, and more. The purpose of the program is to expand students' ideas of the various career paths available within the Seattle music industry, which is so vibrant in our city and renowned nationwide.
All events take place at EMP Museum and the Vera Project at Seattle Center. Participants will check in at EMP Museum and will be directed to the appropriate venues following the Welcome Address.
Attendees may check in at any time prior to the 9am Welcome Address.
We’ll start the day with a quick orientation and introduction and then immediately begin the program with special guests.
Attendees may choose one of these focused sessions: Venue, Artist, Money. Session tracks will remain open until filled on a first-come first-served basis. Breakout session participants will be announced in early February!
The Artist session features working artists and industry professionals from a variety of genres and aspects of the Seattle music scene. Designed for students who are interested in creating music as a career, this panel will include a quick presentation from each speaker, and an interactive discussion surrounding how to succeed as an artist in the ever-changing industry landscape.
The Venue session is comprised of professionals who interact with venues everyday in their career. For example talent buyers, production managers, sound and light engineers, PR specialists, and venue managers, this session will walk students through the process of producing a show at a venue. After a short presentation on how the process of venues work, students will be broken up into teams and work on skills such as important to running a venue.
The Money session is an opportunity to learn about how to make money in the music industry through a quick presentation and process workshop. Featuring touring artists, session artists, merchandising, artist platforms, and licensing agencies, students will learn different ways to be lucrative in the music industry.
Meet & Eat: Lunch & Table Fair
The Table Fair gives you the opportunity to speak directly with members of our local music industry and learn what opportunities may be available with their organizations including internships, classes and other resources. Lunch is provided.
Attendees may choose one of these focused sessions: Festivals, Scoring/Arranging, D.I.Y.. Session tracks will remain open until filled on a first-come first-served basis. Breakout session participants will be announced in early February!
The Festival session allows students to see behind the scenes of how festivals are produced. Including representatives from a diverse grouping of NW festivals, students will participate in a short panel, followed by an interactive workshop on how to create their own festival.
The D.I.Y. session will feature a short interactive panel from various D.I.Y. venues, artists, LPFM radio stations, blogs, and instrument builders. Following the panel, students will be broken up into groups and learn more about how to thrive as a D.I.Y. artist/ professional in the music industry.
The Scoring/ Composing Session will highlight professionals in video game scoring, film scoring, and classical composition. This interactive panel will feature professional artists, tech companies, licensing and distribution agencies, and record labels. Students will learn the process of composing and how to get their music placed in the various markets.
Sign up to have direct conversations with professionals from a broad spectrum of the music industry—from producers and club booking agents to veterans in management, PR, licensing, marketing, journalism and more. This is also a time practice your networking skills on both the professionals in the room and also your fellow attendees. Plus, there will also be snacks and DJs!
Breakout Sessions will remain open until filled on a first-come first-served basis, so get to registering! Everyone will attend two breakout sessions, the Eat & Meet Lunch Fair, and the Networking Party. Additional conference information will be emailed to you in February. Remember, there is no cost to attend (thanks to our sponsors and speakers!) Questions? Email
Sponsors & Community Partners
Thanks to the Organizations that make Career Day possible
Panelists, Moderators & Speakers
Participants will be announced in early February!