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Innovation

Big Questions, Big Ideas: Being a Fellow for the Open Music Initiative

small snare innovationRecently, BerkleeICE completed a summer lab that tried to help foster the creation of a new service/project/business that will be beneficial to creating an open source for the identification of music rights.

The summer lab was under the banner of the Open Music Initiative— a leading group of people from creators, to technologists, to entrepreneurs, and music industry experts that are driven and devoted to promoting the development of open source standards in the music industry.

IDEO, A global design company that helps public and private companies with their innovation and growth, guided the technical platform for the project. For the last few months, OMI hosted gatherings and labs. Some of the launch gatherings include one on June 22 in New York City with all OMI participants. One of the events included a three-week innovation lab in Boston, run by BerkleeICE with guidance from IDEO, which involved choosing participates from current students and recent graduates create models and explore the project deeper.

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Valentina López, Undergraduate Student at Berklee’s Campus in Valencia, on Performing at Innovation ¡En Vivo! – Fall’s Edition

With Innovation ¡En Vivo! just a day way, here’s a sneak peek into the life of amazingly talented Valentina López:

My name is Valentina López, and I’m a 21 year old Ecuadorian singer-song writer. I started my music career at the age of 17 and since then I’ve had the great honor to open for Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Melendi and Big Time Rush back in Ecuador! I also had the opportunity to be nominated and win a few awards in Ecuador. My major at Berklee is Music Production and Engineering, and at the moment I’m a study abroad student at the Valencia Campus. For this Innovation ¡En Vivo! I will be performing a song called “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz (a Latin American music idol) featuring my Berklee Valencia band. I hope to stay in touch and see you tomorrow night if you’re in Valencia! 

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Mayur Jumani on Performing at Innovation ¡En Vivo! on December 11 at Berklee’s campus in Valencia

What made you become a musician?
I was always into playing keys, but I never considered music as more than just a hobby. After graduating as a Computer Engineer & working for 2 years, I realized that it was not the life for me. I started learning basic Electronic Music Production and started playing around with MIDI controllers and sampling techniques. Every time I created something good, I would get a crazy euphoric feeling which forced me to take this up full time.

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