Editor’s Note: The following is part of our Student Experience Series, where students and alumni share what they learned, how they grew and what made their #SoNYT experience so rewarding.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载This weekend, the music world comes together to celebrate the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards, otherwise known as Music’s Biggest Night. This annual ceremony honors artistic excellence and is an important career-defining milestone for many musicians, producers and industry insiders and a celebration for music fans worldwide.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载At Summer Academy, we offer a range of courses for music enthusiasts who want to learn more about the industry and the people and places that define it. For alumnus Spencer Rex, our Pop Music as Art and Business course was the perfect way to gain the skills and confidence to pursue his passion for music.
In my later years in high school I really started to hone in on what I feel passionate about and that is the music industry — the live music experience, why songs are made — I had a burning passion to learn more about everything.
2020欧洲杯客户端下载During Summer Academy, students are connected with thought leaders and professional experts in their fields. For Spencer, his instructor was New York Times Music Industry Reporter, Ben Sisario.
“Ben was incredibly knowledgeable about the topic and every single day I learned so much,” said Spencer. “The final project in my Pop Music course was to design our own mock music festival, which involved many different aspects such as finding an outdoor venue in New York City to host a festival; calling security companies and getting real quotes about how much it would take for their staff to work the job; researching how to book an artist. Ultimately, I returned home with the necessary skills to mount my own event.”
2020欧洲杯客户端下载On June 2, 2018, Spencer and his peers launched Rock Against Trump, a benefit concert aimed at increasing awareness of issues facing immigrants and refugees; registering young and first-time voters; and, raising funds for a local nonprofit organization that advocates for immigrant and refugee rights through legal services and communication education. The event featured an eclectic mix of musical acts from hip hop to jazz and rock n’ roll, mixed with spoken word, comedy, and poetry performances for an impactful event that showcased both the diversity of music and the immigrant experience.
“Summer Academy gave me a head start in what is a very competitive industry,” said Spencer. “I was able to put on my own musical festival at the age of 18 and now for the rest of my career I will have that under my belt.”