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The Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business has done it again, and this year they are doing it bigger. Best Job Ever, an entertainment and music business conference and brainchild of former members of the Student Leadership Council, was revamped and restructured in order to encompass the true aspects of the ever-changing world of the entertainment and music business industries.

“In 2005, SLC had a similar idea but it never came to fruition, so I started it over. I wanted to give students a different view of the entertainment industry,” said Chris Donnell, vice president of SLC and Best Job Ever co-chair.

The dynamics surrounding Best Job Ever help to make it a truly unique experience for not only music business and entertainment industry studies students, but the Belmont community as a whole.

The conference is opened by a keynote speaker followed by panel discussions, seminars and workshops. “We have six panels which all dissect the entertainment and music business industries with a focus on the future of each,” Donnell said. Each panel has something different. For example, That’s My Song, one of the workshops, has a publisher, public rights organization and a songwriter. They all work with songs and will discuss the relationship they have with each other in regard to particular songs.

Best Job Ever features two seminars: networking and negotiation. “The seminars encompass television, film, music, and, for both music and non-music majors, the emphasis on communication and interview skills are key,” said Amy Kadish, junior music business major and registration coordinator.

The workshop is called, Mix it Up and Pepper Denny from Vintage King Audio will be on hand to discuss what he sees as the industry’s future in audio as well as giving tips on how to build a home recording studio. Ralph Murphy from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will discuss songwriting techniques and industry how-tos that every aspiring songwriter needs to know. The interactive workshop, Critique My Song, allows students to submit songs for critiques and feedback from industry professionals.

What will students take away from Best Job Ever? “Encouragement and inspiration because they are the future of the industry, it is really good to be exposed to industry professionals,” Donnell said.

SLC will host Best Job Ever on March 1 and are expecting more than 300 students as well as faculty and industry professionals from across the nation. Registration for the conference is $25 per person online at bestjobever.net or $30 at the door.

Student moderators are still needed for the event; if interested contact bestjobever2008@gmail.com.

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