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2021 Music Industry Summit
March 25, 2021

Music Industry Summit 2021

At Ohio University’s third annual Music Industry Summit on March 25, 2021, musicians and industry leaders shared their advice and experiences with more than 2,800 registrants from around the globe who attended the nearly 11-hour event. The event was entirely virtual.

The Summit hosted multiple keynote artist conversations including FINNEAS, Billie Eilish’s Grammy-winning producer/collaborator; Grammy-nominated artist Phoebe Bridgers; critically acclaimed artist and producer St. Vincent, as well as interviews with numerous industry leaders including Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich; Amazon Music Global Head of Editorial Raymond Leon Roker; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Vice President and Chief Curator Nwaka Onwusa, and Top Dawg Entertainment and Kendrick Lamar mixing engineer Derek “MixedbyAli” Ali. Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and managers Amaechi Uzoigwe and Will Bronson joined in for the closing keynote conversation on the business and creative decisions behind their meteoric success.


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Nwaka Onwusa, Vice President of Curatorial Affairs & Chief Curator at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Nwaka Onwusa

Curating the History of Rock and Roll: Nwaka Onwusa of the Rock and Roll of Fame in conversation with WOUB Public Media's Emily Votaw. Watch Session

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Ken Ehrlich

40 Years of Producing Music's Biggest Night: A conversation with Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich with Ohio University's Josh Antonuccio. Watch Session

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Derek "MixedbyAli" Ali

The Sound of the Ground-breaking: Top Dawg Entertainment mixing engineer Derek "MixedbyAli.” Ali talks about the art of mixing iconic hip hop albums. Moderated by Kendrick Lamar biographer Marcus J. Moore. Watch Session

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Jen Malone

Creating the Soundtrack for the Scene: A conversation with Award-winning Film and Television Music Supervisor Jen Malone. Moderated by Warner Music Group Sync Coordinator Alex Malcolm. Watch session

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Raymond Leon Roker

Telling the Story of the Artist: Raymond Leon Roker of Amazon Music in conversation with Portia Sabin, President of the Music Business Association. Watch Session

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