Industry Partnerships: Concord x Music Forward

Concord joined us for a series of panels and workshops during our final weeks of the Fall 2020 Virtual Program season to share industry knowledge, insight, and advice with the next generation of industry leaders, innovators, and artists.  Nearly 200 high school and college age young people attended the various Artist Development and Career Development sessions below to explore the theme of A&R with volunteers from their Recorded Music and Music Publishing divisions.

Concord recognizes the important role that charitable, nonprofit organizations play in the communities where its employees live and work. In addition to its Corporate Charitable Donations Program and the Community Giving Committee, Concord encourages employees to volunteer their time and energy (Volunteer Program) and/or to make matching donations (Company Match Program), to community organizations that will benefit from their efforts and generosity like Music Forward.

Here is a recap of our activations that featured Concord professionals giving back to the community:

  • Dec 3rd: Artist Development Workshop: How to Get Music Placements- Young artists learn what professionals are looking for sync placements and how to submit their music and have success as an artist.
    • Karen Kloack, SVP, Sync Marketing- Recorded Music

  • Dec 8th: Industry Sessions Panel: The World of A&R with ConcordA&R is focused on music and artists. From scouting talent and artist development, to creative input and liaising with labels, the gatekeepers and tastemakers across genres at Concord share their insights.
    • Pablo Ahogado- Director, A&R – Publishing
    • Margi Cheske-  President, Fantasy Records – Recorded Music
    • Chris Dunn- Senior Director, A&R – Recorded Music
    • Jeremy Yohai- SVP, A&R – Publishing
  • Dec 9th: Career Development Workshop: Careers in A&R – Learn A&R career insights, how A&R professionals scout talent and oversee the development of rising stars in the industry.
    • Dan Bearman – International West Coast A&R Manager – Publishing
    • Anna Carpenter- Director, International A&R – Publishing
  • Dec 11th: Office Hours – Young people connect directly with industry professionals during 1-hour group mentoring sessions.
    • Roxy King-  A&R Coordinator –  Publishing
    • Bradly Palmer-  A&R Manager – Publishing

Our program participants were thankful for the opportunity to connect with the Concord professionals and the great advice that the Concord professionals offered them.  Taja Rochelle, who participated in the Office Hours program shared, “It’s refreshing to know that it’s okay to not have it all figured out. You just have to go in, make movement, especially in the arts; you know everything isn’t going to be perfect,  but that’s the beautiful part of creating. Thank you, Roxy.”

As Music Forward continues to bridge our communities to the music industry, partnerships and collaborations with great partners like Concord will continue to be key as we empower our future leaders and create momentum to redefine what is possible for the youth and industry we serve.


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