Singer-Songwriter Andy Grammer Meets with Point Park Students During Pittsburgh Tour Stop Wednesday, February 23, 2022
"I am so grateful that the SAEM program provided me with this experience. After years of quarantining now, connecting with other members of the audience and the performers helped me remember why I fell in love with music and why I always wanted a career in music in the first place."
Now a senior, Moyer found even more inspiration and meaning in Grammer's advice as he met with Point Park students again during his latest Pittsburgh tour stop. Prior to his performance at the Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall on Feb. 15, 2022, Grammer shared his perspectives about working in the music industry.
"He has an extremely contagious positive energy and encouraged us to work towards our dreams," Moyer said. "He started out as a busker and now is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter. The majority of his team started out interning at small venues or working for small artists in their hometowns and have had such unique career paths that got them where they are today."
The visit was coordinated by Point Park's Public Relations Director Lou Corsaro. SAEM alumnus Adam Valen '15, who is the marketing manager for Pittsburgh concert promoter Drusky Entertainment, was also present for the event.
"I give a lot of credit toward my career from the truly unique opportunities Point Park provided, catered very creatively and suitably for live entertainment," Valen said. "I love seeing students in the same shoes I was in, and, given it's a very cutthroat industry at times, any opportunity to give students a leg up on advancing in this industry is incredibly meaningful."
In the Q&A below, hear more about Grammer's visit from Moyer and SAEM major Francesca Grignon '22.
Paige Moyer '22 and Andy Grammer
Paige Moyer '22
What did you find compelling during the Q&A?
As touring has typically been a male-dominated industry, the women in his crew talked about their career journeys, and the men on the crew said they actually prefer working with women over men. It was inspiring to hear the men say how impressed they were that a group of 15 female college students all have a dream to be tour managers.
What valuable career advice did Grammer offer?
How do opportunities like this in the SAEM program enhance your education?
The professors really want to see you succeed and connect you with whoever they can, to help you get unique opportunities so you can expand your skillset and continue to learn new things inside and outside of the classroom. I will never be able to thank Ed Traversari enough for all the connections he has introduced me to and career opportunities he has sent my way.
Francesca Grignon '22
What are some of the key messages you took away from the event?
What do these experiences add to your education in the SAEM program?
I am so grateful that the SAEM program provided me with this experience. After years of quarantining now, connecting with other members of the audience and the performers helped me remember why I fell in love with music and why I always wanted a career in music in the first place. As Andy said, everything has to come from you to get what you want. I think that drive is the most important factor in going after that job that will put you on the path to a meaningful career.