CAAMP, Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, Saba and Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums Announced as Speakers for OHIO Music Industry Summit


The Fourth Annual Ohio University Music Industry Summit returns as an in-person event on April 5-6, 2022 in Athens, Ohio, with an option to attend virtually. The Summit expanded into a two-day event with an exciting program of in-depth interviews, panel discussions and keynote speeches throughout the two days. In addition, the Summit will also include three exclusive evenings.

The summit will feature a diverse line-up of guests from various sectors of the music industry – from artists to music supervisors to music marketing and technology leaders to music engineers and more. Students, educators and the public are invited to attend the Summit, in person or virtually, to learn more about working in the music industry. Registration is free and open now.

“The Music Industry Summit has become a signature event hosted by our College,” said Scripps College of Communication Dean Scott Titsworth. “The Summit provides an unprecedented opportunity for the Ohio University community and its guests to experience how the music industry interoperates. Our extensive network within the industry, including notable alumni, makes the Summit an exceptional opportunity for our students to network with professionals and expand their knowledge beyond what they learn in the classroom.

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michelle zauner

This year’s summit hosts several keynotes, including an artists’ conversation with members of the hugely popular Ohio group CAAMP; a book reading with the Best New Artist Grammy nominee and New York Times bestselling author Michelle Zauner of the famous indie pop group Japanese Breakfast; an artist conversation with famous hip-hop artist Saba; and an interview with Noelle Scaggs, co-presenter of multi-platinum band Fitz and the Tantrums.

“To say we’re thrilled to be back in person is an understatement, and we’re thrilled to welcome some of today’s most exciting artists to this year’s conference,” said Josh Antonuccio, Director of the OHIO School of Media Arts & Studies and the Music Industry Summit. “The lineup of artists and industry leaders has been curated to deliver a range of compelling programming across music and technology throughout the day, as well as networking events and musical performances in the evening. Attendees can expect an incredible lineup.

Other guest speakers include Bon Iver producer Chris Messina; Chris Douridas, acclaimed music supervisor and host/curator of Los Angeles flagship NPR station, KCRW-FM; Maria Gironas, Senior Media Partnerships Manager, Talent at Reddit; Jay Sweet, executive producer of the Newport Folk Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival; Oana Ruxandra, Chief Digital Officer at Warner Music Group; David Melhado, vice president of music and marketing at UnitedMasters; Vladislav Ginzburg, CEO of Blockparty; William E. Ketchum III, culture editor at microphone ; Will Tenney, founder of SunPop Music; and Blair Miller, Managing Director of Chaos Creators. the full list of speakers is available online.

“The level of talent and notoriety of this year’s speakers – from artists to entrepreneurs – puts The Ohio University Music Industry Summit in line with major national conferences like South by Southwest,” said Paul Benedict, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University. “Each of these folks pushed themselves, persevered and committed to their craft to build a career in pursuing their passion for music. Our guests are sure to be inspired.”

The OHIO Music Industry Summit was featured in Billboard and All access and was recently named one of’s “7 Music Conferences to Check Out”, along with conferences such as South by Southwest and Canadian Music Week.


In addition to daytime programming, the Summit will feature three exclusive evening events for additional networking opportunities.

An opening night with a Zauner DJ set will take place on Tuesday April 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House. This is a separately ticketed event and tickets are on sale now for $6.25 for students and $9.25 for non-students.

A “Music + Tech Happy Hour” networking event will be held on Wednesday, April 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Little Fish Brewing. Happy Hour is hosted by Blockparty and CoMuse for Summit attendees and guests. This event is free but registration for the event and conference is required.

Following Happy Hour, CAAMP will perform an exclusive concert at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium. The concert benefits the Newport Festivals Foundation, whose mission is to broaden the impact of Newport’s folk and jazz festivals through music education and artist relief initiatives. Tickets are on sale now and should sell. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

“I am thrilled that the Summit is returning as an expanded in-person event this year. Not only will our OHIO students and guests have the opportunity to hear top talent in the industry during the day, but they will also have the opportunity in the evening to network more and see exceptional musical performances,” said said Drew Holzaepfel, director. from Ohio University’s Performing Arts and Concert Series.

Registration for the 2022 Summit is now open online at Registration is open to all and is free thanks to sponsorship support. A dedicated app for the Ohio University Music Industry Summit will be available for download to view the schedule, connect with other attendees and access session live streams. All of the day’s programming will take place at The Baker University Center at Ohio University and will be streamed live through the app for virtual attendees.

Noelle Scaggs
Noelle Scaggs

“Since 2018, we have aimed to constantly grow this event to bring a remarkable experience to Ohio University, one that makes artists and industry leaders accessible to students, as well as aspiring professionals across the world. ‘Ohio and beyond. More so, we want people to have a good time together,” Antonuccio said.

The summit is produced by The Scripps College of Communication, Performing Arts and Concert Series at Ohio University and the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service, and is supported by more than 30 other industries and campuses. the partners.

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