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MUSIC EVENTS

Since 2017, Agency Abron has hosted yearly music business events starting with the Music Monday in May Mix N’ Mingle event, a networking event that includes a music-related networking game, performances by local talent, DJs, and simply connecting cool people with other cool people.  

 

Since the 2017 Music Monday in May Mix N’ Mingle event, these events evolved to include the:

 

 

 

 

The Prelude to Pitch Workshop is for music and other creative professionals who seek to better understand public relations and establish a PR foundation for their brand, but not sure where to start. While all businesses and brands need PR, those in music and art have unique challenges which we address in this workshop. In this complimentary session, attendees will walk away with a clear understanding of public relations and why it is important for their brand in addition to understanding the tools they can use to implement public relations initiatives on a limited budget.

Prelude to Pitch Workshops -
Music Monday N’ May Panel Discussion -

Many music professionals have mentioned the need to discuss the state of the music industry in Chicago. At one point, Chicago was thriving with several major-label offices in the market, but now times have changed. However, just because times have changed, is Chicago no longer a player in the business?  During our discussions, we feature Chicago-area music business influencers and those outside the city to discuss the current state of the Chicago music business scene, where it’s going, and where it’s been.  Past speakers include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Maurice Joshua - Grammy-Award Winning Record Producer

  • Frayne Lewis - Music Producer, Composer, and Policy Analyst, Programming - Music at the City Of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

  • Patrick Welby - Director of Strategic Partnerships at Pro-Ject, Co-Founder of These Days News, and Co-Founder of Aux Cord DJs

  • Carla D. Brown - Support the Dope Radio Podcast Host | Music Journalist | Artist Manager

  • DJ Mile High - Event, Club and WGCI Radio Mixshow DJ

  • Francesca Fontenot/ The Franchiise - Twitter Brand Program Manager | Blackbirds Co-Chair | Blacks Excelling in Sales & Tech President | DJ & Events Curator

  • Justyna Syska - ABC 7 Chicago producer

  • Portia King - Music Journalist | Media Personality | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble | REVOLT TV, Twitter, the A3C Conference, and Bumble

  • Kyle Santillian - Morning Show Personality on WGCI

  • Patrice N. Perkins - Principal Attorney, Creative Genius Law

  • Makinde Adedapo - Asst. Talent Buyer / Production Manager Promontory Hyde Park

  • Raul Sanchez - Creative Director - 8tiv Labs & 247HipHop.com

  • Tom Barnas - Social Media, Segment & Special Events Producer at WGN-TV

  • Tiana Lewis - Head of Pop Programming at Pandora

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Music Entrepreneurship Discussions -

Oftentimes when we think of entrepreneurs, we sometimes forget those in creative spaces, such as music. However, indie music artists are entrepreneurs as well. Their talent is their product/service, their name is their brand, and they all face similar obstacles as a tech start-up.  In these discussions, we discuss the highs and lows of being a music entrepreneur and address some of the questions and concerns attendees may have about their entrepreneurial journey in music.  Our featured guests share both the challenges and opportunities they experienced throughout their careers.

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