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City of Music Career Day Returns Virtually on August 27

Registration now is open for this free virtual event for teens and young adults ages 13-26 interested in turning their passion for music into a career.

City of Music Career Day connects teens and young adults ages 13-26 to music industry professionals through networking opportunities, experiential learning, engaging workshops, a special performance by local artist NËSTRÄ, and a virtual table fair with internship opportunities. This year, City of Music Career Day is returning virtually on Friday, August 27, from 3-5:30 p.m. 

Now in its ninth year, City of Music Career Day is created in partnership with the Seattle Music Commissionthe Office of Economic Development, and the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) to support and grow the creative economy by promoting workforce development in the music industry. This event is also supported by Connors & Co., KEXP, the Museum of Pop Culture, and The Vera Project to foster opportunities in the creative community.  

Our goal is to encourage students and non-students who have demonstrated a passion for music to follow their dreams, expand their understanding of career paths in the music industry, and network with industry leaders and peers to facilitate possible career opportunities.    

“Music is one of very few human endeavors that can be shared across generations. For me, being able to impart musical information and wisdom to younger musicians is a constant source of inspiration, furthering my own personal growth while helping others on the path to achieve their musical goals.” 

Jovino Santos Neto, three-time Latin Grammy nominated artist and City of Music Career Day mentor

Participants will be exposed to a wide range of music-related careers, including performance, management, production, licensing, broadcasting, composition, concert production, and more. Alongside engaging panels, attendees will be able to network with industry mentors in small groups. The virtual table fair will also feature a wide variety of internship and volunteer opportunities with organizations including the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and Climate Pledge Arena.  

City of Music Career Day Featured Panels:

  • Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Hear from Seattle-area rapper Travis Thompson and members of his team — Shelton Harris (manager), Elan Wright and Nima Skeemz (producers, Ruby Room) — on how collaboration can take talent to new heights. 
  • Finding Community While Developing Your Craft: Alumni from local music programs — Joshua Limanjaya Lim (More Music @ The Moore), Frankie Barker (The Vera Project) and Sharmaine Tillmon (The Residency) — discuss key lessons learned, connections made and other ways these programs have helped them launch their careers in music. Moderated by Daniel Pak (Totem Star). 
  • Music on Screen: Find out who is behind the music that is composed and curated for film, TV, video games and other media. Featuring composer Andrew Joslyn and music licensing pro Sarah Hunt (Audiosocket). 
  • Putting on the Show: Go behind the scenes of venues, festivals and event production. Learn about the various roles, how talent gets booked and what has changed due to COVID-19. Led by Jazmyn Scott (LANGSTON), in conversation with Evan Johnson (NeumosCapitol Hill Block Party), JJ Johnson (The Vera Project) and Janice Jimenez (Climate Pledge Arena). 

The virtual table fair will feature a wide variety of internship and volunteer opportunities that offer participants direct access to the music industry.

Register now for City of Music Career Day, taking place virtually on Friday, August 27, from 3-5:30 p.m. Early registration is encouraged.