CANCELLED: 2020 OU Music Industry Summit

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UPDATE: (March 10, 2020)

In light of Ohio University’s announcement today to suspend in-person instruction through March 30, we are sad to announce that the 3rd Annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit and FINNEAS performance, scheduled for March 26, 2020, have been cancelled.

We fully expect and intend to come with another amazing lineup and we appreciate the support shown for this event. For FINNEAS ticket holders, you can expect a follow up email from OU Performing Arts.

The Ohio University Music Industry Summit is a daylong conference focused on illuminating some of the most active and popular figures in the contemporary music industry all for the benefit of not only Ohio University students, but for the people who live, work, and breathe music from all around the region. Josh Antonuccio, the director of the event and associate professor at Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication, is dedicated to shaping the event in such a way that it allows for those who live in the Midwest to get a taste of a professional experience that has historically only been available to those living in American musical hubs like New York City, Los Angeles, or Nashville.

This year the event will take place on Thursday, March 26 and will include conference sessions, networking opportunities, and a performance by the summit’s keynote speaker, FINNEAS, to round out the daylong event. Finneas Baird O’Connell, mononymously referred to as FINNEAS, is a 22-year-old record producer, musician, songwriter, and actor who won five Grammy Awards for his work on his sister Billie Eilish’s 2019 album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

WOUB spoke to Josh Antonuccio about the event in the feature embedded above. 

The event will also feature Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, a critically acclaimed musician, film director, and music producer whose 2017 album MASSEDUCTION was at the top of The New York Times’ and The Guardian’s Jon Pareles’ Best of 2017 list, as well as landing top positions in both the UK and US Top 10s. Clark also produced Sleater-Kinney’s 2019 The Center Won’t Hold album and will debut her most recent film, (created with Carrie Brownstein) entitled The Nowhere Film at South By Southwest this year.

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Images from past Ohio University Music Industry Summit events.

In addition, Derek “MixedbyAli” Ali will also take part in the event. Currently the resident engineer at Top Dawg Entertainment, Ali has won multiple Grammys and very notably worked on Kendrick Lamar’s entire discography, from 2011’s Section.80 to 2017’s DAMN. which won Lamar the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2018. Ali has also worked with Childish Gambino’s This Is America, Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy, Mac Miller’s The Divine Feminine, and other acclaimed records by Kanye West, School Boy Q, Snoop Dogg, and many more.

Scripps alumni and award-winning Grammys Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich will also be a part of the 2020 Ohio University Music Industry Summit. Ehrlich is responsible for 39 Grammy shows, five Emmy Award shows, over 150 music related specials, and about 2,500 hours of music related television programming. He has produced tribute specials to the likes of Aretha Franklin, the 60th Anniversary of Motown, Frank Sinatra, the Bee Gees, Elton John, and most recently, a yet-to-be-released 2020 tribute to Prince.

Three-time Grammy Award nominee and the creator of what might be considered contemporary music supervision Alex Patsavas is also going to be part of the event. She is responsible for the music in iconic works such as Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Rescue Me, The Twilight Saga, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and many more.

Yet another luminary who will be taking part in the event is Jay Sweet, the executive producer of The Newport Folk Festival, The Newport Jazz Festival, and the 501(c)(3) nonprofit the Newport Festivals Foundation.

Marcus J. Moore is an award-winning music journalist who has agreed to take part in the event. Moore is not only the author of the highly anticipated Kendrick Lamar biography, entitled The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, he is also the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for his 2017 piece letter to Kanye West. Moore’s writing has appeared in Pitchfork, The Nation, NPR, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Paste, Rolling Stone, and Billboard.

Dynamic and internationally renowned chamber music ensemble Sybarite5 will also take part in the event.

Local DJ and Ohio University student DJ Cooki3 is additionally planned to take part in the 2020 Ohio University Music Industry Summit.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, and registration can be completed here.