Category Archives: Valencia Campus

Embracing Change in a Changing World

Paul Nnaoji and Michelle Golden are students from the global entertainment and music business graduate program at Berklee’s Valencia campus.

Almost ten months ago, over 150 students from 35 different countries, came together to attend various Master’s programs at Berklee College of Music, Valencia campus. We didn’t know what to expect — some of us were fresh out of college, while others had a few years of experience under our belts. But we came to Valencia, Spain — from various parts of the world — to explore our passion within the music industry. As the spring semester comes to a close, we sit here and write filled with more knowledge, experience, and guidance as to what comes next. In the spirit of this year’s TEDxBerkleeValencia event, which took place on April 25, 2015 at L’Oceanogràfic themed Changing Currents, the idea of change is one that every student at Berklee is rather familiar with, and one that we all faced head on when we came to Spain in August.

Ashley-Graham-TEDx-Berklee-ValenciaThirteen speakers came together from all over the world for one afternoon to speak on what changing currents means to them for the second edition of TEDxBerkleeValencia. The mission of TED is to share ideas worth spreading. Each speaker — whether it was internationally-renowned body activist and model Ashley Graham speaking about the power of loving yourself, to Hannah Fraser, ocean activist and freelance mermaid from Australia speaking on how she’s turned her underwater childhood fantasy into reality, to Berklee Valencia Master’s student, Alán Hensley speaking on the importance of encouraging children to embrace adversity as assets, each speaker shared something so invaluable with an awed audience.
Carmen-Pellicer-TEDx-Berklee-ValenciaInspiring talks poured forth one after another. Carmen Pellicer Iborra spoke on the changes needed in the education systems of the world. Damian Draghici recounted his life story as an aspiring musician turned elected official; and each story left the audience with a sense that situations of perceived difficulty existed only to be surmounted.

 

In today’s world, change is inevitable. The industry we’ve decided to pursue in some capacity, is one that is ever-changing. How can we embrace this volatility? What changes do we want to see? How do these fluctuations interact with one another? How can we make good change — in a world that faces so much adversity?
Our answer: by embracing it.

Liz-Teutsh-TEDx-Berklee-ValenciaAs the second edition of TEDxBerkleeValencia draws to a close, we are once again reminded of the power of the convergence of ideas, and its ability to affect meaningful change. We witnessed Nicolas Schipper, a Music Business Master student seamlessly blend his talents on the bagpipes with Kareem Clarke an MTI student with the scratch skills of a budding master. The synergy was a reminder of the power of diversity, and the unique felicity that can be achieved when differing peoples come together united by a desire to create, unrestrained by the fear of the unknown. Changing currents is all about going into the untread waters armed with one thing. Passion. That passion was evident at the second installment of TEDxBerkleeValencia. We are all thrilled to have been apart of something so special.Alan-Hensley-TEDx-Berklee-Valencia

AM Agency X Le Musee Passager

Aimee Jagou is a graduate student from the global entertainment and music business program at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain.

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Since last year, I have been working on my own company with a friend currently studying at the “Institut Français de la Mode”, a fashion school. We met in high school, but really got to know each during university. She was in Paris while I was travelling around, already trying to connect to the music and fashion sphere on our own through different experiences. Both of us are passionate about music, fashion and art; each time we met each other we imagined our dream company – the one we have just launched: AM AGENCY.

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Music Business Seminar – Leo Nascimento: Brazil Music Market Ambassador

Students Aimee Jagou and Gabrielle Mella from the global entertainment and music business master’s program reflect upon the twelfth of the Music Business Seminars, where they had the chance to to learn more about the Brazilian music industry with guest speaker Leo Nascimento.

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Last week we had Leo Nascimento as our guest in the music business seminar, currently director of Deezer in Spain, he’s been in the digital music industry in Latin America and Europe for quite a while. He has work in companies like Universal Music Group, Reader’s Digest, Volkswagen and other influential companies. With an opening to Samba music by great Berklee musicians from Brazil, we humbly received this incredible speaker to introduce us to the Brazil music market.

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My Reconciliation with World Music at Womex

Julia Hoffman is a global entertainment and music business graduate program student at Berklee’s Valencia campus. In this post she reflects on the Womex conference she attended in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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In October I learned what it means to be a ‘Womexican.’ Womex takes place for five days every October in a different city throughout Europe and it is not to be missed by any artist manager, agent, label, or festival programmer in the world music scene. And this really is a ‘scene.’ At this year’s Womex in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, I realized that anyone who is anyone seemed to know everyone! It is a close-knit community and having an ‘in’ can lead to many opportunities. Some notable encounters of mine included meeting Bruno Boulay, Programmer of MIDEM, Todd Puckhaber, programmer for the SouthxSouthwest Festival, and Malcolm Haynes, programmer for Glastonbury.

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Queade’s Valencia Videoblog 2

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Queade Dweh (Vocalist)
8th Semester, Music Business Marketing
Philadelphia,PA/New Jersey

Originally from Philadelphia, Pa, Queade Dweh (vocalist and pianist) is a performer and aspiring business-woman ready to begin her career in the music industry. During her junior year in undergrad, she decided to spend her last semester in Spain to explore international learning opportunities. As her graduation approaches from Berklee College of Music, she hopes to use her knowledge gained majoring in Music Business to help others.

Hi Bloggers!

My name is Queade Dweh, and I’m so excited to show you all my experiences in Spain. Valencia has so many positive things to offer students and I hope through my blog you all will take a moment to at least think about coming here for a semester. Each week I will post about different topics from traveling and booking tickets to how to get around in Valencia/Europe. Talk to you soon!!

-Q