Area Non-Profit provides professional and technical training for the music industry

Production workforce and technical training program

The Department of Music and the Faulkner Performing Arts Center are hosting the Music Education Initiative, a non-profit organization in NWA, for a hands-on music industry training workshop. The Music Education Initiative presents its third production education and technical training workshop on Thursday, February 17 at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center on the U of A campus.

Instruction is in person and registration is required. Visit to register and learn more.

The workshop provides training for program participants by guiding them through training and development to expose them to potential career paths such as live performance technicians, production lighting technicians and logistics support. Participants will be trained by professionals in the production of live performances in the region, who in turn need additional qualified personnel. Our training allows participants to gain hands-on experience and develop relationships with production companies, live event venues, theaters and performance venues operating in the region and associated cities, with the possibility of be hired for entry-level employment throughout the region, at an hourly rate. higher than the current minimum wage.

The unique perspective of the Music Education Initiative focuses on music education in the interests of creating new writing, recording and performing artists, artists and industry personnel by exposing students and other interested parties to career paths in music and entertainment at an earlier age.

About the Music Education Initiative: Co-founded and led by businessman, U of A (Fulbright College of Arts And Sciences) alumnus, Arkansas Alumni Association board member, and former football player of Arkansas Razorback, Orson Weems (1980-83 under coach Lou Holtz), the Music Education Initiative is a founded and run diverse non-profit organization that operates as a 501(c)(3). EMI engages, educates, and elevates the creativity, expression, development, and performance of students, artists, performers, and entertainment professionals in emerging music ecosystems. EMI shares the expertise, experience, empathy, connections, professionalism and first-class music and entertainment industry programs of our founding team and advisors, in order to develop and add value to the community, especially those in underserved communities, and to the quality of life in the North West. Arkansas.

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