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NEXT EVENT: Saturday March 25 2023
9 a.m.-6 p.m.

ASU’s Popular Music Industry Career Conference


"Learn from today - Build tomorrow's Music Industry"

Bringing the Industry into the Classroom

The Popular Music Program at Arizona State University will be bringing together both local and domestic music industry professionals to our state of the art facilities in Downtown Phoenix to engage our student body and the cultural community we are embedded in. This event is focused both on engaging with the industry as it exists today and how we as future leaders can form and shape the industry of tomorrow.

ASU Popular Music Program

The Popular Music Program at ASU is a contemporary, industry focused degree program that prepares students for today's music industry by creating multi-disciplinary creative professionals that are entrepreneurial, collaborative and lifelong learners. Rooted in the vision and charter of ASU and the New American University, we measure ourselves not by whom we exclude, but by whom we include and how they succeed.


ASU’s newest downtown building, Fusion on First, is a state of the art facility which brings Music, Fashion and Entrepreneurship and Innovation together under one roof, nestled in the cultural hub of the burgeoning arts scene in Downtown Phoenix.

The Popular Music program and conference are strategically positioned in the heart of the action, right off of Roosevelt Row and among Phoenix’s premier venues, restaurants and art hubs.

Conference Schedule

Industry Professionals in Attendance

John Aquilino, Engineer and Studio Owner
Sam An, Lana Del Rabies
Erin Barra, Director of Popular Music at ASU, Executive Director of Beats By Girlz
Camden Bench,Billboard Charting Producer
Eddie Blackmon, A&R - AWOL
Cahleb Branch, MPR Entertainment 
Michael Castaneda, Terminal 1
Stephen Chilton, Promoter - Psyko Steve Presents
Tuo Clark, SVP A&R @ Def Jam
Qiana Conley, Executive Director - Recording Academy LA Chapter
Jorge Costa, Engineer and Producer, Popular Music Faculty
Caleb Dailey, Moone Records
Kyle Dehn, Manager 
Patrick Ermlich, CMO - Gramophone Media
Jeff Freundlich, Music Publisher - Fervor Records
Alex Gilbert, TKO Agency
Steve Griffen, Music Editor
Bonnie Hayes, Songwriter/Producer
Dave Hilker, Music Publisher - Fervor Records
Tracy Lea, Edson Entrepreneurship & Innovation, ASU
Matt Locks, DJ
Janet Lopez, Music Supervisor
Ed Masley, AZ New Times
Yvette Metoyer, Music Supervisor
Michael Promer, Publisher, Defend Music
Mary Pappenhausen, Zia Records
Mouse Powell, Artist
Alma Ramirez, MD Physical Therapy
Christine Greene Roe, Music Supervisor
Chip Shutzman, Social Media Strategy
Kaegan Stromberg, Artist
Jesse Teer, Crescent Ballroom Presents
Truvonne, Artist
Kelly Walsh, Publicist
Christi Jay Wells, Associate Professor, Musicology
Anna Williams

Panels and Conversations

The Music Industry is an ever evolving and interconnected ecosystem. Conference panels and conversations are focused on engaging the community through education and dialogue, providing opportunities for both learning, conversation and deep listening. 


Watch the experts at work while they give you a glimpse into their professions and practices. True understanding comes through action and the conference Masterclasses invite you into the process.


One-on-one and small group mentoring sessions, studio sessions in the program's state of the art recording suites, and opportunities to have your material heard and critiqued by publishers and A&R give you the chance to create both music and connections.



Performances and Jams

Catch performances throughout the day both in Fusion on First and at the Crescent Ballroom which is a stones throw away featuring students and faculty from the Popular Music Program. Singer-Songwriters, full bands, live film scoring and tech jams.



Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is now available.

Audience and Tickets

The conference is open to the public. General Admission is $100.

Free admission to all students and educators.

Networking Lunch

There will be a networking lunch from 12 p.m.–2 p.m. with performances at The Crescent Ballroom (food and drink available for purchase).

For more information please contact:
Erin Barra
Popular Music
ASU Fusion on First