Category Archives: Uncategorized

EXCELcast: Jade Simmons

In this EXCELcast, Jonathan Kuuskoski talks with Jade Simmons—talented pianist, power speaker, and “self”-preneur—about her career as an artist and how other artists can successfully build their own careers. “Today I speak to major companies and corporations about creativity and innovation, and I bring my piano with me!” exclaims Simmons. In the interview, she explains how she uses her artistry to bring creativity and innovation into the workplace, and what that workplace may look like to other aspiring artists.

Simmons also describes what it is like to go from being a full time artist to developing a portfolio career, “I’ve really learned to live in seasons and to be a little bit better with how I plan my time far out. If you’re not careful, you’ll miss the present; you’ll just miss it, because you’re always preparing for something that’s months away,” she explains.

Watch the full EXCELcast here to learn more about balancing artistry with a personal life, the importance of marketing yourself and your abilities, and figuring out what is best for both the audience and for yourself as an artist.

Pandora Challenge: Music and Social Impact

Pandora Challenge: Music and Social Impact

The Pandora Challenge will kickoff on September 25 at 6:00–9:00 at the Duderstadt Center. The challenge centers around launching a national marketing and playlist campain via Pandora and Bryce Vine to support a local foundation, Barn Sanctuary, in their mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for farm animal refugees. At the event, students will have the opportunity to work with top industry mentors to learn how music, marketing, and social impact intersect.

After the event, students will also have the opportunity to work and teams and optimize their campaigns across media and music streaming services!

To RSVP for the event, please visit Real Industry and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. We hope to see you there!