Future Music Moguls 2014!
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Not exactly a “Farewell”
I can’t begin to even talk about everything I learned and experienced at NYU over the past month. If I did, needless to say this post would go on and on, most likely finishing with the lyrics of some random, heartwrenching ballad about how “this isn’t the end”. So to avoid that fate, i’ll stick with discussing the tangible things I discovered at my time in NY, most importantly, the incredible people I met. All of you, the students, the TA’s, the teachers and the staff were some of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met. Not just for the fact that you were all so open with me and eachother, but simply for the fact that you were all so confident with who you are or were or will be, which was incredibly refreshing and all around amazing for me to se/be surrouded with for the short amount of time I was. So thank you for that.
Also the knowledge I was blessed with over this month was something truely special. One of my life mottos is that “everyone knows something you don’t… so learn from them” and i can honestly say that I learned so much from all of you. Weather it be in Bo’s class, learning about LFO’s, Lauren’s class, learning about how to handle yourself in a buisness atmosphere or Marat’s class, leanring about the tangible things behind the industry, you were never bored and always engaged. Not only because of the classes, but because all the teachers were incredible individuals who taught us things not just from an adgenda, but from just being.
And I feel the same about all of you. Some of you might have already gone back to your daily lives and school and friends and been caught up in it all, God knows I have, but for the few of you that will see this, I want to thank you for that. Even if we barely talked or even if we talked everyday, thank you for just being. All of you were some of the most beautiful people i’ve ever met, by just being who you are. Don’t lose that.
So even though this is the end of my post, I don’t think farewell would be the right word to say because “farewell” is so final. It means whatever this was, is over. Which in my mind, is the exact opposite of what this was. Weather I will see some of you again, or weather this has been the end of whatever time we were ment to spend together, you have all left something with me that I can’t say Farewell to.
So I guess i’ll just leave this with a simple, see you soon. because honestly, that’s the only thing that I can say.
- Zoe (Wrenn) Mirkovich
REMU Summer HS, 2013
The Farewell Tour: It’s Only the Beginning
Hello fellow mates;
Teachers, colleges, TAs..
Thank you for a wonderful time at NYU.
I’m not sure where to begin.
I had been waiting for this opportunity all year, and it’s came and gone in just 4 weeks.. Flew by just like that. I have met so many people, experienced so many things, learned so much more than I expected. This was an opportunity of a lifetime.. And I’m so glad I took it up.
The Clive Davis institute taught me so much..
“Make sure you are getting the correct royalties for everything you make.” - Lauren Davis
“Use proper hashtags!”.. “Parents are not qualified managers!” -with a smile of course, Marat Berenstien ,
“Please, use auto tune before you EQ.” - Bo pereic
I also learned how important it is to work in a group setting, even though you may mot see eye to eye.. don’t worry, young Jedi because, the force is with the group. My group certainly pulled through, I think we came up with something really great that I’m super proud of plus I made some really awesome friends working aside them.
The speakers were amazing. My favorites had to be Andrea Martin and Vivien Goldman. They were both was super funny and energetic. Both had accomplished so much and seen everything. Their stories were very inspiring.
Btw, I got to see Beyonce.. And Jay Z so that doesn’t hurt :)
This was an awesome summer and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I made some really good friends, and learned so many things.. I just can’t believe I’m really back in Texas, but don’t you worry NYC… I will return!
This Is Not Farewell…
I’ve been honestly putting this off because I miss this program so much it hurts to write this :c I want to start off saying thank you to everyone, even the ones I didn’t talk to much because you still impacted me in some way this summer, trust me.
I’ve been looking at this program for years and it honestly mind blowing to have actually been in my dream city with ridiculously talented people who live for music like I do. My first half of the summer was pretty much sleepless nights and a crazy feeling to leave this town (Tampa sucks you guys…), I had really high expectations for this program and for once, reality met expectation. The first week flew by and by the second day I already had a new perspective to the world. I thought I did my research on music but LAWD I had no idea what I was talking about. Learning everything from music publishing to royalties and tour managing helped me really understand the amount of work put into just one artist and people who really believe in music, because although this is the music BUSINESS, it is also the MUSIC business. The music is literally what it’s all about, and the way I learned that was through production. Production class with Bo was so refreshing from the regular classroom setting and it was amazing to discover that I have the freedom and creativity to create music with just a laptop and a keyboard. I walked with almost no knowledge of using a digital audio workstation to being able to know my way around running a session in a full studio.
There was literally not a single day when I didn’t learn something new and left a room without thinking of a project or song idea I was going to do when I got back home or even with my own group and project. Before this program I had just started to collaborate with people but I didn’t really know the full swing of things until I got to the program. My group was literally the best thing ever, Alyssa, Jacobi and Austin were great to work with, and even though are group didn’t start so well since we didn’t really have musicians but just singer/songwriters and Jacobi’s executive mind power but HELL, we came up with a song I’m really proud of for not knowing anything about production.
This experience made me realize how hard surviving in the music industry is but that just made want it even MORE. Throw me a challenge and I’ll die trying to conquer it and that’s the feeling that this program left me with. From the importance of networking and using the right hashtags (#HiMarat), the tremendous knowledge of the amazing speakers we had, the great concerts we went to ( s/o to Queen Bey <3), the studios we visited, the relationships we made ( T.A’s that helped us A LOT you know who you are), the friendships we formed and the inside jokes we doubled over in laughter for, this was the BEST SUMMER EVER, words can’t even describe the FEELS and gratitude I have for all of you, I could write so much more but I have 10 minutes till midnight to turn this in sooo…….
This is not farewell, I know and hope in my heart that I will be back and someday, somehow cross paths with you.
- Over and (Odd One) out! <3
To Be Continued…
This program was pretty eye-opening. When I first arrived at Weinstein Halls in mid-July I was totally unprepared for what I now understand was one of the luckiest places I could have ended landed up. I remember going to orientation, pretending to look completely calm and under control, when underneath I was overwhelmed. The first week at NYU was one of the slowest weeks of my entire life. I knew I’d work my butt off. I don’t always do all my homework, but I promised myself I’d power through this program and show everyone that I had what it’d take to succeed. Things started to pick up pace as I gradually got a grip on my schedule. I sacrificed a good night’s sleep for social life and doing all my homework. Everyone knows you can’t have all three!
My favorite part of this program were definitely the guest speakers. From Steve Stout to Angela Hunt to Chris Gehringer, almost all of them preached the same lessons, which resonate in my head to this very minute. Hearing it from them really made it stick. Almost all speakers talked about the importance of building a network of relationships early on. Also many spoke about how a person starting out in the music business never ends up where they thought they would. To hear from them about how inspired they were and still are in every project they’re apart of was inspiring.
I improved my music vocabulary in Lauren’s class so much. When I started, I didn’t know the difference between publishing and songwriting royalties. However now I can hold my own in a conversation about which PRO a performer should join based on the pro’s and cons. In Marat’s class, I learned about jobs I didn’t know existed and about expanding every potential opportunity into the most fulfilling outcome possible. We learned from A&R execs like Harry Weinger to never say no to any opening, however big or small or however much you know or don’t know about the subject. Trips to places like Sterling Silver and Rubber Tracks really opened my eyes to other possibilities as well. Never had I explored the idea of really working on the production and engineering side of things. I had completely disregarded working in a studio for a living. Now I’ve made it one of my goals. Bo’s class also taught me a lot. I never understood or tried to learn many of the technical terms behind music production. I had assumed that there were artists and there were engineers and then there were producers. However in a industry as fluid as this, one must adapt and be fluent in all aspects in order to get your ideas across to a person who sees music differently (i.e.: a performer talking to a engineer). Learning how microphones and stereos work was surprisingly interesting also. I thought I’d have a hard time focusing in Bo’s class but I ended up paying the most attention, even though it was the hardest for me to grasp. The technical aspects of how sound works and music production software like Logic and Reason function is something I also hope to master.
Overall this program has helped me realized my goal. I’m going to keep an open-mind and try to love all different parts of the industry. Whether I be a performer, an A&R manager, tour manager, music event promoter, I’ll be happy as long as music is what makes my world spin. Thank you so much for all the memories and friends I will keep for the rest of my life.
I came to New York nervous and unsure of what to expect. I didn’t know what classes would be like, if I’d be able to understand what we learned, if I would learn the layout of the city, and who the other students were and if I’d become friends with any of them. The anticipation of that first day was completely nerve-wrecking. I remember going on our tour and not talking to anyone out of shyness. The first day of class was exciting, however, as I learned so much in one day that I felt like my brain was going to explode. This helped me calm down, although it also showed how much work and dedication this program was going to be.
As the first week continued I became more confident and fell even more in love with the program. I started to make friends with some of the most amazing people I have ever met and was becoming more outgoing and friendly. This made my enjoyment of the program go to a whole new level. I now had a group of people who were passionate and excited about the same things I was, and knew that I could talk to them about all things music without fear of boring or confusing them. We bonded over the wondrous thing that I plan to dedicate my whole life to, and that is awesome.
Classes proved to continue to be great as there wasn’t a single day in which I didn’t learn something or expand greatly upon something I knew. When we went on field trips and when guest speakers came I felt as if I was peaking behind the curtain, behind the glitz and glam of the music industry and getting a tangible understanding of what actually goes on. This awareness helps me believe that I have an advantage over many others about what I need to do to be successful in this industry, something I am immensely grateful for.
Besides learning about the music industry I learned the importance of friendship and cooperation. I’ve always known that friends are the most important people in a person’s life, but I admit that before this program I underestimated the value in building relationships with people who aren’t necessarily friends and learning to get along with them. By working in a team for our project I have learned to not only cooperate with others, but to take advantage of the creative energy between us that doesn’t exist in an individual person. It would be incredibly arrogant (and not to mention wrong) of me to say I could have created a song as amazing as the one my team, RetroPulse, made. This awareness of how powerful working in a group can be is incredibly eye-opening and makes me appreciate just how fantastic human beings can be when we work together to create something beautiful.
On that cheesy note, I just want to thank every single person I have met by doing this program. Some of you I didn’t get much of a chance to talk to, and some of you I plan to talk to for the rest of my life, but every single person has impacted me and my outlook on life in such an incredible and positive way. That is a gift I make sure not to take for granted. So I guess now all I have to say is farewell… until next time. :)
Somewhere along the line, someone told us that we would return home as a completely new person. Although that statement seemed extremely hard to believe at the time, it was true. I now can verify that after only four weeks at ReMu Summer High School, I am a new and improved human being with a completely different outlook on life.
Now, every time I listen to the radio or hear a song being played at the grocery store, I find myself explaining to the people around me how royalties work and what ASCAP and BMI are. Whenever I hear new music, I begin analyzing the overall production of the song and taking note of certain components that I like or dislike in order to help me improve new songs that I produce in the future. In addition, I now randomly blurt out trivia questions about the Arts & Culture of NYC and the music industry as a whole. For example, when someone plays a Rihanna song, I say, “Do you know about the process in which Rihanna gets people to write new songs for her? I do.” When a TV show airs and songs are being played throughout the episode, I ask the person next to me, “Have you ever wondered about the background music played in television shows? Do you know what music licensing is? Let me explain it to you!” Although I realize that some people could potentially find my constant interruptions of insight to be slightly annoying, I just cannot seem to help myself. I learned so much from this program, and I find it so interesting that I want share the secrets of the music industry to everyone I know!
In addition to that character change, I’m also more motivated than ever, thanks to ReMu. Having classes, lectures, and post dinner chats with some of the most influential people in the music industry motivated me to go after my dreams and procure my own career in the industry. I’m now in the process of taking advantage of everything that I learned from our guest speakers and teachers and using it to propel my own career. ReMu taught me the importance of self-launching in the music industry and showed me how I can execute this on my own. Since my return from the program, I’ve already started by expanding my repertoire of songs even further for new and upcoming gigs. In addition, I plan to establish myself on a variety of social media sites so that I can get my music out there.
Meanwhile, I’ve always said that there’s nothing better than working with other people who are just as passionate about music as you are. However, working with my ReMu SHS peers was much better than I ever could have expected. Each person in our class brought something completely different to the table, and getting the experience to collaborate and share ideas with such a diversely talented group was priceless. Inspired by those around us, we each strived to do our best while at ReMu, and we were always there to encourage each other along the way. By the looks of our final projects, I have no doubt that the future of the music industry is in good hands, and I can’t wait until we all run into each other again some day and reminisce about our days at ReMu SHS 2013. I know this is technically a #Farewell post, but I also want to make it a #Thankyou post to everyone who helped create this legendary summer: Brianne, Alan, Marat, Lauren, Bo, John Pirretti (“full time staff”), every single guest speaker, every single TA, and every single SHS student—I am inspired by each of you, and this summer wouldn’t have been the same without all of you!