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, an educational program developed by the Seattle Music Commission and produced in partnership with One Reel, Office of Film + Music, Office of Arts & Culture, EMP Museum, and The Vera Project, provides young people ages 16 – 24 direct access to music industry professionals through networking, experiential learning, engaging workshops, and performances.
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 attendees’ 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. Discussing how to succeed as an artist in the ever-changing industry landscape.
- Cat Harris-White
- Moderated by
The Recording Academy, Pacific Northwest Chapter
The Venue session is comprised of professionals who interact with venues everyday in their career. Discussing the ins and outs of running a venue.
- Shaina Foley
- Amie Danielewicz
- Jodi Ecklund
- Moderated by
The Crocodile, ReignCity Presents
The Money session features working artists and industry professionals from the Seattle music scene. Discussing the different ways to be lucrative in the music industry.
- Ali Hedrick
The Billions Corporation
- Kris Orlowski
- Cayle Sharratt
Sub Pop Records
- Moderated by
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.
- AEG Live
- Brown Paper Tickets
- Cornish College of the Arts
- Earshot Jazz Fest
- GRAMMY U
- Office of Arts & Culture/Office of Film + Music
- Rain City Rock Camp for Girls
- Seattle Recording Arts
- Seattle Opera
- Seattle Theatre Group
- Sub Pop
- Teen Tix
- Totem Star
- Vera Project
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 includes representatives from a diverse grouping of NW festivals, Allows students to see behind the scenes of how festivals are produced.
- Gaylynn Kiser
- Cecilia Corsano-Leopizzi
- Annie O'Dowd
- Moderated by
Earshot Jazz Festival
The D.I.Y. session will feature local music professionals working outside of the traditional commercial music industry. Discussing the positives and negatives of doing it yourself.
- Kimya Dawson
Musician, Juno Soundtrack, Moldy Peaches
- Becs Richards
Hollow Earth Radio
- Julian Genette
- Moderated by
Umoja PEACE Center
The Scoring/ Composing Session will highlight professionals in video game scoring, film scoring, and classical composition. Discussing the opportunities and challenges related to careers in composition.
- Chris Brokaw
Codeine, Come, The New Year
- BC Campbell
- Lawrence Schwedler
- Moderated by
Dr. Quinton Morris
violinist and professor
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. There will also be snacks and DJs, plus guided KEXP Tours!
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. 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
Chris Brokaw has released over three dozen recordings of vocal and instrumental music and has performed throughout the US, UK, Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia and Africa. In 2004 he began composing for film, and in 2005 won the award for Best Original Score at the Brooklyn International Film Festival for Leslie McCleave’s film Road. He has scored two films for Roddy Bogawa, I Was Born But and Taken By Storm, which have screened internationally and with spotlighted presentations at the Chicago Asian-American Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Most recently he scored Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund’s feature Now, Forager, which showed internationally and received the Audience Award at International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. In addition, Chris has composed for a new opera at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Mass.), for the Dagdha Dance Company (Ireland) and for the Kino Dance Company (Boston). His recordings have been used on ESPN and in the TV shows Friday Night Lights and Eastbound and Down.
Téron J. Bell (Campana) presents rap music that is quite peculiar to the typical Hip-Hop style due to influential backgrounds from different genres of music. Campana’s lyrics tie into life experiences, along with consciousness and awareness of things existing within the present.
BC Campbell is a Seattle composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer focused on composing for film. BC’s work has been presented in national and international film festivals including the Seattle International Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, as well as at The Festival Cin&ecute; Alter’Natif in Paris, Corti da Sogni in Ravenna, Italy, the Plymouth Film Festival in England, Durango Film Festival, Stony Brook Film Festival, as well as in SAM and the Smithsonian Museums in DC and NYC. In addition to My Country, No More, BC is scoring the feature documentary Clearwater which recently received a grant from the Tribeca Film Institute. He plays with local band Cataldo, as well as Barsuk artist, Chris Staples. He is also a member of the local production team The Spectacles, who recently produced Shelby Earl&rsuo;s new single “Stay With Me Tonight”, (Paste Magazine/KEXP premieres).
Michael Compton is the Executive Director of The Recording Academy, Pacific Northwest Chapter, a music membership organization that provides Advocacy, Education and Support for music industry professionals and recognizes excellence in recorded music through the GRAMMY® Awards. Michael’s experience in the industry includes; Performer, Songwriter, Label Owner, Producer, Manager, Promoter and Activist. Michael is a Board member for The Vera Project and is currently working on completing his 5th studio album.
Amie Danielewicz has been working in Seattle music venues since 1997 and has been a venue manager for the Showbox venues since 2002. Amie has run thousands of events for AEG Live and the Showbox, supervising all departments night of show, to deliver the highest quality experience for artists and fans. Amie specializes in policy and procedure development and safety issues, and has played a large role in building the longstanding and accomplished staff of the Showbox venues.
Melissa “Meli” Darby is the founder of ReignCity (formally Obese Productions), the Northwest's leading urban event promotion company for over a decade. Also former Talent Buyer for Nectar Lounge (2009-2011). Current Senior Talent Buyer for The Crocodile.
Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 6 solo albums, including a children’s album Alphabutt. She has been featured in Rolling Stone, Spin, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, NME, Q, AOL, etc. She has performed live on The View, at the Independent Spirit Awards, TED/Boulder, was invited to perform on Sesame Street, and also performed at the R.E.M. Tribute at Carnegie Hall.
Jodi Ecklund is a Seattle native and self-proclaimed music junkie. She has been booking bands in the greater Seattle area for 20 years, and has been the Booking Manager for Chop Suey for the past 3 years.
K. Wyking Garrett
An entrepreneur and educator, K. Wyking Garrett is the founder and Chief Executive of Remix Marketing & Communications, LLC, a communications firm specializing in the areas of youth and cultural program development, urban marketing, and event planning. In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Wyking has over 20 years’ experience in civic involvement, community service and youth development spanning from Seattle to New York and is a charter member of the Seattle Music Commission.
In 2008 Wyking was awarded the Martin Luther King County Executive Pioneer Award for Excellence in Hip-Hop for outstanding service to the community. A strong advocate of community involvement and civic service, at age twenty-one he was runner up for state representative in his home state of Washington. He has also served in membership, advisory and consultant capacities with a number of organizations and businesses. He is a founding director of the African American Heritage Museum & Cultural Center in Seattle.
For ten years he worked as the president/CEO of Umoja Fest African American Heritage Festival& Parade, the Pacific Northwest’s longest running African-American community festival. In 2002 he founded the Seattle Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, the northwest affiliate of Russell Simmons’ New York based Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, which works to educate and empower youth academically, culturally and economically through Hip-Hop. He is also co-founder of the United For Youth Coalition and the UmojaFest P.E.A.C.E. Center in Seattle, WA. He is also a fellow and Seattle representative for national green advocacy organization, Green For All.
Julian, a Seattle native, joined the LoveCityLove team after nearly a decade at Evergreen State College. As both a student and professional, he constantly pushes the creative envelope.
Since 1991 John Gilbreath has successfully produced more than 2,300 concerts and public programs, including the well-respected Earshot Jazz Festivals, Seattle’s major annual jazz festival. Under his administration, the organization has greatly expanded its budget, programs, and audiences, while gaining international stature. He broadcasts six days a week on KBCS and KEXP radio, curates a jazz collection for a regional library, and programs other festivals and events in the region.
SassyBlack is a psychedelic electronic soul songstress & producer from Seattle, Washington. She has been traveling the world singing and DJing since 2008. With a foundation in jazz, her energy is unlike any other, providing a deep unique concert experience.
Ali Hedrick has worked at The Billions Corporation for 20 years and is a top earner for the company. She began working at Billions back in 1995 in an office of four and is now the longest running member of the Billions team. That's right, before the internet was invented. Her current roster includes Sufjan Stevens, The Head and the Heart, Glen Hansard, Neko Case, The New Pornographers, Calexico, Rhye, Glass Animals, Bill Callahan, Destroyer, Ibeyi, Daniel Lanois, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down and The Swell Season. You can view her complete roster at Billions.
Holly Hinton currently works for Starbucks Entertainment as the Director of Curation where she manages artist relations and music partnerships. She has been employed by Starbucks Coffee Company for over 20 years. She has produced a number of CD compilations, some of the most popular being the Rendezvous a Paris and the Sweetheart series in addition to selection of monthly featured CD titles. Holly manages music-related philanthropic ventures at Starbucks like the recent Starbucks (RED) Christmas CD which generated over $3 million for AIDS programs in Africa focused on women & children. She is leading Starbucks music & social media strategy. Holly enjoys live music, listening to records, vegetable gardening, and spending time with her adorable daughter, Violet.
Brian McFadin is a 15-year veteran of the Seattle music and arts community. He is currently employed with one of the world’s largest and best-regarded concert and entertainment companies AEG Live, managing operations for AEG’s local collection of venues, concert series and festivals in the Pacific Northwest. While earning a degree from University of Washington Business School, McFadin got his start working as a volunteer and intern with organizations like The Vera Project and Experience Music Project, and produced his own local music/arts showcases throughout the city before joining The Showbox team in 2002. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Showbox venues and Marymoor Park Concerts, and is the Festival Director for Bumbershoot, Seattle’s legendary music and arts festival.
Dr. Quinton Morris
Dr. Quinton Morris enjoys a multifaceted career as concert violinist, educator and entrepreneur. He has performed solo recitals and concerti and chamber music around the world: the United States, the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Career highlights include solo guest appearances with the Seattle Symphony, three consecutive years of sold out recitals at Carnegie Hall, eleven years as Artistic Director of The Young Eight String Octet, a visiting research scholar post at the University of Texas at Austin, two recordings with the renowned Naxos International Records and a TEDxSeattle talk on “The Age of the Artist Entrepreneur.” Dedicated to music education, Dr. Morris has given master classes around the world to music students at some of the most respected music schools and institutions including the Sydney Conservatory (Australia), Dong-eui University (Korea), Le Conservatoire de Paris (France), Henri Faure Conservatory (France), Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto) and Bloemendal Youth Symphony Orchestra (South Africa). His students have garnered top ratings at various music competitions and attend music festivals across the nation. He is currently the Director of Chamber and Instrumental Music and Associate Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Seattle University. Dr. Morris began his studies at Xavier University of Louisiana, where he studied pre-law and violin privately with Rachel Jordan. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory. He also earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin, where he studied violin with Daniel Ching, first violinist of the Miró String Quartet.
Kris Orlowski is a full time songwriter and touring artist who’s been making music for 10+ years in Seattle. In the last few years Kris’ career has started to take off signing a publishing deal with SONGS, getting songs placed in various TV shows, charting on iTunes and Billboard around his debut release and ramping up for the release of his sophomore full length album Often in the Pause.
Becs is a DJ (Yonic Boom, Jams and Jellies) and volunteer coordinator on Hollow Earth Radio.In addition to her work with the station, Becs performs experimental live painting alongside Yellow Dragon and other local noise artists for a collaborative sound/visual exploration of gender and community. Becs is also a scenic painter and assistant scenic designer for Shawn Ketchum Johnson.
Cayle works at Sub Pop Records in the Business Affairs department. He received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2013 and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University in 2003.
Cayle’s current work at Sub Pop includes contract drafting and review, royalty accounting, licensing administration, participation in Sub Pop Publishing group, and various other related responsibilities. He also recently formed the Sub Pop volunteer group, which coordinates with a different local nonprofit organization each month to bring a group of Sub Pop employee volunteers to the nonprofit to complete a project together.
Cayle began his career in the music community as a sales department intern at Sub Pop in 2007. His work experience includes stints at PlayNetwork (a Redmond, WA-based music programming service for retailers), Thrill Jockey Records (a Chicago independent record label), and Merit School of Music (a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides music education programs to youth in the Chicago-metro area). He also filled various temporary, part-time, and intern roles at Sub Pop from the time of his initial internship there.
Lawrence Schwedler earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in classical guitar performance with a specialization in electronic music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1993. He was a founding member of the Modern Arts Guitar Quartet, a chamber ensemble specializing in 20th century music, performing concerts in Europe, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. Since then he has worked as a composer, sound designer, and audio director in the video game industry for developers such as The Dreamers Guild, JVC Digital Arts Studio, and Nintendo Software Technology. Together with Claude Comair, Rory Johnston and James Phillipsen he was awarded two U.S. patents for Nintendo, one for an interactive music engine and another for a real-time wave table sound generator. In the summer of 2012, he left Nintendo to launch and direct two new programs at DigiPen Institute of Technology (DIT).