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SAEM Club Members Travel to Los Angeles for Pollstar Live! Music Conference

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Pictured are SAEM students who attended the Pollstar Conference in Los Angeles.
Pictured are the SAEM students, along with Assistant Professor Ed Traversari (at far right), who attended the Pollstar Live! Music Conference.

Members of Point Park’s sport, arts and entertainment management club recently traveled across the country to experience the Pollstar Live! 2013 Music Conference in downtown Los Angeles. The SAEM Club members attended as part of Pollstar’s College Volunteer Program, which offers students an opportunity to work at the conference in trade for their registration cost.

“Being in LA was really awesome. The West Coast is much different than here so it was great to see what business life is like out there,” said Liz Cook, a sophomore SAEM major and vice president of the SAEM Club. Cook's career goal is to manage an entertainment venue that houses many different types of events in the areas of sports, music and the arts.

The evening before the conference, SAEM students met with Point Park alums working in Los Angeles and had a private meeting with Kelly Weiss, the booking agent for Bill Cosby, Quincy Jones and other celebrities.

During the three-day conference, the SAEM students attended panel sessions led by live entertainment industry leaders speaking about a variety of topics such as “Cause Marketing in Live Music” and the “Future of Ticketing Technology.” Students also heard from Seth Godin, an entrepreneur, best-selling author and marketing guru who served as the conference’s keynote speaker.

“This was a first-class music conference which featured big names in booking, record labels, concert and festival promotion and more. It provided students with an incredible opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into the live entertainment industry and to meet some very influential people in the business who they may be working for someday,” explained SAEM Assistant Professor Ed Traversari, who accompanied the students on the trip.

SAEM junior Max Kovalchuk's favorite part of the conference was meeting Kevin Lyman, founder of the Warped Tour.

“I saw Kevin in the lobby and thanked him for speaking to us. He then talked to me for awhile which was cool because he could have been talking to a client or his friends but he took the time to chat with me,” remarked Kovalchuk, whose goal is to work for an artist management company, record label or promoter after graduation.

“Being in the SAEM Club is definitely a way to make career connections and is a great thing to list on your resume. Employers want to see student involvement and activities relevant to your career goals,” said Cook.

Check out photos from the students’ trip on the SAEM Club's Facebook page.

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