Next week, School of Media Arts and Studies Instructor Josh Antonuccio will be leading 25 OU students to Austin, TX for a week-long trip to South by Southwest as a part of the Global Opportunities program at Ohio University.
This exclusive industry immersion experience provides OU students with the opportunity to engage with all facets of the music industry at the largest media industry gathering of the year. South by Southwest offers an unparalleled convergence of the music, interactive, and film industries that fosters an engaging atmosphere for professional and educational growth.
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“As far as media and music industry gatherings, SXSW is the epicenter of networking and new ideas,” said Josh Antonuccio. “Students are afforded access to the leaders and thinkers that are shaping our creative industries, putting them in a strategic position for both educational and employment opportunities.”
OU students will hear personally from industry professionals in a variety of ways, including panel discussions, keynote addresses, interviews, and workshops. Some of this year's speakers and panelists include exclusive keynotes from First Lady Michele Obama, legendary David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, T-Pain, and James Prince, founder of the influential hip hop label Rap-a-lot Records. Along with immersive learning, OU MDIA students are provided with a series of one-on-one mentoring meetings with industry leaders in their field of choice. Networking with employers, colleagues, and potential clients is a major focus of the SXSW experience, resulting in 60% of last year’s attendees obtaining an internship within their field.
At SXSW, OU students get to observe firsthand the scope and networks that exist within today’s current music and media industries. Not only that, but they will have access to hundreds of showcases for established and upcoming artists in the evenings, getting to experience the best music of the year first hand. Following the trip, students will be presenting about their experience in two panel discussions to be held in Schoonover Center. These presentations will be free and open for OU students wanting to learn about the trip experience, as well as media and music industry trends that were discussed at the conference.
If you want to follow the OU South by Southwest trip, you can following along the OU SXSW Twitter feed on the MDIA website. Antonuccio and his students will be tweeting @OU_MDIA using the #SXSW hashtag so you can follow their excitement through the week.
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