The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business recently hosted a convocation in Johnson Theater on their exclusive BMI Catalog Cast program with special guests BMI Executive Director – Creative Leslie Roberts, BMI Catalog Cast Alumna and current Belmont student Krystyn Ryder, Spirit Music Group Director of Administration Michelle Davey and SMACKSongs songwriter Emily Falvey. Through this unique partnership with BMI, Belmont offers students a hands-on experience and face-to-face meetings with songwriters, publishers, A&R executives, producers and other professionals.
During the weekly internship, 10-12 Curb College students have the opportunity to listen to over 90 cataloged songs, pick songs that stand out the most to them, and then become songpluggers as they attend meetings to “pitch” the songs to industry executives. This program provides professional development and a networking base for students looking for a future career in the music industry as they work alongside their peers and attend weekly classes with guest speakers.
“You have the opportunity to make connections with people that you normally don’t have the opportunity to meet. You get to hear songs that have not been cut yet, and you get the chance to get in front of someone and fight for [the song],” said Ryder.
Applications for the Spring 2020 BMI Catalog Cast are open now for Curb College juniors and seniors through November 15. If interested, students should visit the Curb College page on myBelmont to apply.