Category: Academic

#CFADWorks: ACM@UCO alumna Mariah Saffa

Hard at work in a 7,000-seat arena in northern Colorado, Academy of Contemporary Music at the Univeristy of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) alumna Mariah Saffa reflects on her path to a marketing career in the entertainment industry.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Music Business with a Marketing minor in 2017, Saffa used skills she gained through real-world industry experience at ACM@UCO (including a marketing internship at Tulsa’s BOK Center arena) in her job as a digital marketing specialist and radio accounts manager at Oklahoma-based Tyler Media.

This role led Saffa to her current position with Spectra, an international venue management and hospitality company that serves the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.

As a marketing manager, Saffa directs strategies for the venue, as well as for touring musicians and entertainers, continuing to apply shat she learned studying Music Business at ACM@UCO. The unique downtown Oklahoma City campus is part of UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design.

As many students today are dissuaded from pursuing their passion in arts-related fields, UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design flips the script about “starving artists” and highlights the breadth of success our alumni have achieved as performers, producers, entrepreneurs, artistic directors, talent managers and more.

As our alumni prove, #CFADWorks!

Are you a UCO College of Fine Arts and Design alum? We’d love to hear from you!

To get involved, just post a selfie or video of you at work to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Use the hashtag #CFADWorks and we’ll share your story!

Thank you for inspiring our students and the future generation of creators!

Last Call: Spring 2019 OKF+MO Internship Applications Due Jan. 11

The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Spring Internship Program. OF+MO seeks to provide selected interns with an understanding of the film and music industries in a professional state agency setting by involving them in diverse projects throughout the spring semester.

OF+MO supports our state’s thriving film and music industries by administering the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program and connecting filmmakers and musicians with jobs, local businesses and diverse locations. Located on Film Row in Oklahoma City, OF+MO is a division of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, which includes Oklahoma Today, Discover Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Parks and Travel.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in or enthusiasm for film, music, public relations or marketing for specialized projects. Interns will be selected based on previous experience, professionalism and university level. Priority will be given to those in their junior or senior year. Previous office experience is a plus.

Position details

Intern responsibilities will include researching and compiling film and music events throughout Oklahoma for our website and our monthly newsletter, Now Playing. Chosen candidates will gain valuable experience in the development of OF+MO’s Production Directory, Locations Directory and Music Directory by assisting in research and data input. Interns will also support the office by locating and archiving press articles, conducting research, assisting with marketing inventory and/or other various special projects. Interns may be given the opportunity to participate in locations scouting and set visits, experience special events sponsored by OF+MO and will be exposed to other divisions within tourism. Assistance with general office opening and closing duties is required and expected on a daily basis. Internships are not production-based.

All internships are unpaid and open to those seeking college credit toward graduation. It is the responsibility of the intern and the student’s advisor to track their hours and complete all enrollment and coursework requirements in accordance to their college or university.

This internship will last nine weeks, beginning the week of Feb. 4. If interested, please submit a resume and cover letter to Jeanette Stanton at jeanette.stanton@travelok.com. Deadline for submission is Friday, Jan. 11. Please include, “OF+MO Intern Application – Your Name” in the subject line of your email.

About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office

Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.

Photos: JD McPherson Masterclass with Scott Booker

 

Longtime Oklahoma musician JD McPherson hosted a masterclass Oct. 26, 2018, to a capacity audience at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The third-annual Music Networking and Mentoring Event was made possible by a partnership with The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Metro Music Series and the Oklahoma Film + Music Office.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check out upcoming ACM@UCO Metro Music Series shows at acm-uco.eventbrite.com!

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, visit acm.uco.edu.

Spotlight: Hear New Music From ACM-Tied Act Love Seats

Love Seats, "These Days" album cover

Love Seats, “These Days” album cover

Love Seats is musical project created by Ashton Gary and Ethan Wilcox, based out of Oklahoma City. The indie-rock duo specializes in writing melancholic guitar pop songs with lush orchestration and recording them to tape.

After listening to bands like Ultimate Painting, Whitney and Andy Shauf, the duo wanted to create music in the likes of those artists. Gary and Wilcox bought an 8-track tape machine and started recording demos of their songs while dissecting and studying the production of their favorite records.

Eight months later, the group recorded its debut record, “These Days,” which was released in October.

Hear it now:

Photos: Mac DeMarco and Leotie at ACM@UCO Performance Lab

Indie musician Mac DeMarco performed Nov. 1, 2018, to a sold-out audience at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. ACM@UCO-tied act Leotie, aka singer-songwriter Caleb Starr, opened the ACM@UCO Metro Music Series event.

Photos by Tanner Laws | University of Central Oklahoma

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Check out upcoming ACM@UCO Metro Music Series shows at acm-uco.eventbrite.com!

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

For more information about the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, visit acm.uco.edu.

Spotlight: ACM Student Caleb Starr’s Promo Video, Music

Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) student Caleb Starr, a contemporary music performance major, recently created this promo video as a class project. We wanted to share it!

It also features his music as solo artist Leotie, which he recently performed live in front of a sold-out crowd at Mac DeMarco’s Nov. 14 concert at ACM@UCO Performance Lab in Bricktown.

Iconic American musician ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt joins ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker for Nov. 26 masterclass in OKC

Ahead of his Nov. 26 concert in Oklahoma City, longtime musician, actor and actor Steven Van Zandt joins Scott Booker, executive director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) for a Q&A-style interview and masterclass. The event is 2 p.m. Nov. 26 in ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Bricktown.

The event is part of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s (ACM@UCO) continuing Metro Music Series celebrating the school’s 10th anniversary.

Steven Van Zandt plays guitar and sings during a concert

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Big Hassle Media

During the masterclass, Van Zandt will discuss his history past and current projects. ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker will lead the discussion, which is free and open to the public.

Van Zandt’s accomplishments are many. He is a musician, performer, songwriter, arranger, music producer, music supervisor, TV producer, actor, director, Broadway producer, TV and film composer, live event producer, international DJ, activist, historian, teacher and member of the New Jersey and Rock and Roll halls of fame. He is also recognized internationally as one of the world’s foremost authorities on both contemporary and traditional rock ’n’ roll.

“I’m thrilled that Steven Van Zandt is joining ACM@UCO for this masterclass,” said ACM@UCO CEO and Executive Director Scott Booker. “His career spans decades, generations and even mediums — recording, touring, acting, filmmaking, philanthropy and activism. He also embodies our school’s mission to educate and encourage entrepreneurial vitality throughout the music business.

“I expect this to be an extremely informative and entertaining masterclass,” Booker continued. “If I had it my way, we’d convince him to stay and he’d be here every day.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album "Born in the U.S.A."

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band album “Born in the U.S.A.”

After helping create the “Jersey Shore” sound with the band Asbury Jukes, he became a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band (and co-produced seminal Springsteen/E Street Band albums “The River” and “Born in the U.S.A.”). He has gone on to become a successful solo artist in his own right, recording and performing solo with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.

Last year, Van Zandt released “Soulfire,” his first new album in more than 15 years — returning to his rhythm and blues roots. Rolling Stone magazine named the project one of its “Best Albums of 2017.” In April, he released a three-disc CD box set, “Soulfire Live!,” with a 7-inch vinyl box set and two-disc Blu-Ray to be released this fall.

Additionally, his songs have been performed by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Damian Marley, Margo Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Darlene Love, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer and Black Uhuru, among others.

A longtime activist, Van Zandt has twice been honored by the United Nations for his political activism, including the “Sun City” project and film, and his involvement in “International Peace Day” along with Peter Gabriel. He also established the Solidarity Foundation to promote the sovereignty of indigenous peoples and to foster economic development in harmony with the earth.

Steven Van Zandt sits for a publicity photo in front of a set of lockers, wearing his trademark black bandanna, sitting with his arms crossed

Steven Van Zandt / Photo courtesy Heidi Gutman

Many also recognize him from his seven-season co-starring role on the “Sopranos,” as well as his work starring in, cowriting, executive producing and supervising the music for “Lilyhammer,” the first original programming to stream on Netflix.

In 2001, he launched “Little Steven’s Underground Garage,” his internationally syndicated radio show, often called the most successful syndicated rock music radio show in the past 40 years. He also created and produces the first two channels of original content on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Channel 21) and Outlaw Country (Channel 60).

Little Steven and the Disciples of Tour are back on the road this fall with their Soulfire Teacher Solidarity Tour. The landmark live tour benefits The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation’s TeachRock program and has reached the incredible goal of registering over 10,000 teachers (and counting) to use the TeachRock music history curriculum. Founded by Van Zandt, the foundation creates education materials using the history of popular music to create engaging, multicultural lesson plans for history, social studies, language arts, music and science classrooms, all of which are available to educators at no cost.

He joins the ACM@UCO masterclass before his scheduled 8 p.m. Nov. 26 concert at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Learn more about tickets and that show at towertheatreokc.com.

ACM@UCO’s Metro Music Series is sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette, Exchange Music, KOSU Radio, ArtWorks, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Check in with ACM@UCO at facebook.com/acm.uco and acm-uco.eventbrite.com as we announce additional Metro Music Series shows, events and surprises through the year.

For more information about ACM@UCO, visit acm.uco.edu.

About ACM@UCO Metro Music Series

The 2018-2019 school year marks ACM@UCO’s tenth anniversary. To celebrate, it expanded its long-running Metro Music Festival into a yearlong event. The revamped Metro Music Series includes the High Noon Showcase, presenting free shows by ACM@UCO-tied music acts and tastemakers; its ACM@UCO Performance Lab series by regional and national touring acts; and a growing roster of masterclasses, clinics and workshops with industry leaders, many of which are open to students and the public.

Stay tuned to the Performance Lab at facebook.com/acmucoperformancelab and ACM@UCO @acmuco for updates and announcements about even more concerts and events!

High Noon Showcases

ACM@UCO Songwriting Room, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown. All shows begin at 12:15 p.m. Public welcome. Free admission.

• Nov. 19: Sam Weber

ACM@UCO Performance Lab concerts

329 E. Sheridan Ave., in Bricktown. Doors open 7 p.m. unless noted. Public welcome. Tickets at acm-uco.eventbrite.com.

• Nov. 14: Mac DeMarco (solo), with Leotie
• Nov. 18: Current Joys, with Love Seats and The Lunar Laugh (acoustic)
• Nov. 30: Colourmusic album release show, with Applied Music Program and Net
• Dec. 3-4: ACM@UCO Alive! student performance showcase
• Dec. 7: Combsy and Henna Roso (Horton Music Showcase)
• March 3, 2019: Noname, with Original Flow and The Fervent Route
• April 27, 2019: An evening with The Tallest Man on Earth (solo)

Masterclasses, clinics and listening sessions

ACM@UCO, 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. (first floor), in Bricktown. Public welcome unless otherwise noted. Free admission.

• Nov. 18: Current Joys Q&A clinic (open to ACM students)
• Nov. 26: 2 p.m.: Masterclass Q&A between Steven Van Zandt and ACM@UCO Executive Director Scott Booker
• Nov. 28: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO faculty Tyler Garcia (Third Eye Blind, “Third Eye Blind”)
• Dec. 3: 2 p.m.: Listening session with ACM@UCO staff Jennifer Chancellor (DJ BC: “The Beastles: Ill Submarine”)

JD McPherson: Artist + Management Partnerships Participates in Public Masterclass Oct. 26 at ACM@UCO in Bricktown

Hear from Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson as they discuss the music industry from artist and management perspectives, 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26, at ACM@UCO’s Songwriting Room (first floor), 25 S. Oklahoma Ave., in Bricktown.

The Artist+Management Partnerships Music Networking and Mentoring Event is partnership with Oklahoma Film + Music Office and the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO). This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

9:30 a.m.: Light breakfast
10 a.m.: Discussion
11 a.m.: Networking

Due to limited seating, please RSVP here by Oct. 25: okfilmmusic.org/rsvp-for-the-ofmo-music-networking-mentoring-event-2018/

Read more about McPherson and this special event: eventbrite.com/e/jd-mcpherson-artistmanagement-partnerships-registration-51564413549

ACM@UCO Spotify Playlists: Your Bewitching Halloween Mixtape Is Here!

Travis Tester, aka local DJ Travis Traps and ACM faculty, says of his playlist: “Halloween music for a bewitching good time! 👻 Best enjoyed with shuffle disabled, and crossfade turned on.) 🔪

Metro Music Series
2018-2019 Semester Playlist

Follow this playlist as we add and announce more events and shows!

 

More Music

Jennifer Chancellor selfie

Jennifer Chancellor, ACM@UCO marketing and public relations coordinator, recovering entertainment journalist, former Oklahoma Gazette editor-in-chief: “Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you listen to?’ I said, ‘Everything.’ Which isn’t absolutely true, because this collection of songs in particular, though eclectic, represents a fair swath of what I’m listening to right now. Enjoy!”

 

Filmmaker and ACM staff George Salisbury with paint covering his face from a music video shoot

George Salisbury, ACM@UCO IT specialist, Delo Creative owner, filmmaker: “My current Top 30 loopers.”

 

 

Jimmy Jackson playing drums

Jimmy Jackson, ACM@UCO staff, drummer. Jimmy also performs with when not working for ACM@UCO director Scott Booker: “Thirty songs that mean something to me.”

 

 

 

ACM@UCO Executive Director to Speak Friday at Americana Fest in Nashville

ACM@UCO executive director Scott Booker will lead a “power brunch” presentation Friday during the 19th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which runs Tuesday through Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gathering thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from around the world, the 2018 AmericanaFest features seminars, panels and networking opportunities in addition to more than 500 live performances at dozens of prominent Nashville venues over six days, all while celebrating the melting pot of Americana’s influences, including roots, folk, country, blues and soul-based music.

For the third consecutive year at AmericanaFest, the Oklahoma Film + Music Office and its Studio Oklahoma project, a collective of Oklahoma industry partners, showcase Oklahoma music during events scheduled throughout the week.

Kaitlin Butts

Kaitlin Butts

Booker is traveling to Nashville with the help of the Oklahoma Film + Music Office, which curated the power brunch bringing together music industry representatives and Studio Oklahoma partners in an intimate setting for one-on-one networking. 

Thursday, Sept. 13, OKF+MO and Studio Oklahoma also present The Okie Roundup networking and music showcase at Blake Shelton’s new venue, Ole Red Nashville. Performers include former ACM@UCO vocal performance student Kaitlin Butts and longtime genre-defining act the Red Dirt Rangers.

“Nothing makes me more excited than getting an opportunity to speak about what is happening with the music businesses in Oklahoma,” Scott Booker, executive director of The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), said in a media statement. “The growth in this vital industry is almost easier for people outside looking into to Oklahoma than it sometimes is for us to see ourselves.”

The six-day festival is presented by the Americana Music Association, a professional nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world.

“Going to an event like AmericanaFest reminds me of all the great music and entrepreneurial talent that represent us constantly around the world,” Booker added.

The festival’s marquee event, the Americana Music Association’s Annual Honors & Awards Show, will be nationally televised Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the historic Ryman Auditorium, and features performances by genre-leading talent.

Scheduled 2018 Americana Fest headliners include Courtney Marie Andrews, Brandi Carlile, Rosanne Cash, Tyler Childers, Anderson East, Mary Gauthier, Buddy Guy, Lilly Hiatt, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Robert Earl Keen, k.d. lang, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Margo Price, John Prine, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Irma Thomas, among others.

For more:

• Learn more about the Oklahoma Film + Music Office here.
• Learn more about Studio Oklahoma here.