Self Employment in the Arts

Guest lecturer brings music & marketing expertise to Drury Feb. 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 16, 2016 — The Self-Employment in the Arts Lecture Series, sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will host a lecture and performance by musician and marketer Christopher Burnett this Friday.

Currently the marketing director at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Burnett is also an award-winning composer and jazz saxophonist himself, and has decades of experience in all facets of the music business.

Burnett will host a lecture about his history of success as a self-employed performer at 4 p.m., Friday, Feb. 19 in Clara Thompson Hall. Burnett will then lead a performance at 8 p.m. that night at Q Enoteca Wine Bar, 308 W. Commercial St. Both events are open to the public.

Burnett

A native of the Kansas City area, Burnett rose to prominence while leading, touring and recording with U.S. military bands from 1974 to 1996. He was an early explorer of the digital music landscape. Through skillful and innovative promotion and marketing, Burnett garnered more than a half million music downloads and sold CDs to fans in 38 countries via the original MP3.com website in the early 2000s. Burnett founded a retail music store business immediately after his military career and served as Acting CEO of the American Jazz Museum for a short time.

About the Series and the Edward Jones Center

The Self-Employment in the Arts Series features successful, entrepreneurial artists from across the country for small-group sessions, lectures and the occasional performance on Drury’s campus. The series will bring Drury alumnus and professional opera singer Michael Spyres to campus on Thursday, March 31.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by the generous contribution of John and Crystal Beuerlein and Edward Jones, Inc. All parties feel passionately about entrepreneurship and believe in the idea of helping people create new businesses. They are also eager to provide employees of existing corporations with tools to continually refresh and reinvent their organizations as markets and business environments change.

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Media Contact: Dr. John Taylor, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship: (417) 873-6356 or jtaylor3@drury.edu.

Self Employment in the Arts Conference to be held Saturday, Feb. 21

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 9, 2015 — Aspiring artists, musicians, writers and actors cannot afford to miss the 8th Annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Saturday, Feb. 21, at Drury University. The conference will be held in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with breakfast and lunch provided.

The SEA Conference helps students and emerging artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists that have been successful in their field. This year’s conference will feature speakers from nearly every field in the art world, offering students a unique opportunity to connect with professional artists.

The two keynote speakers are Doug Johnston and Jeremy Rabe.

After graduating from Drury with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Johnston later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work includes art, design, architecture and music, using a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography and collaborative performance. He currently works with his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, in their Brooklyn studio. Rabe is a design and craft expert who can be seen on his own television show, “FYI Guy Live,” on The Ozarks CW and has a nationally syndicated instructional craft/design feature series. His passion for the arts has led him to a multifaceted career as a singer, dancer, television host and designer.

Additional speakers include:

Gayle Harper – A travel photographer and writer with more than two decades of experience, Harper is perhaps best known for a project called “Roadtrip with a Raindrop: 90 Days Along the Mississippi River.”

Brannon Wiles – Broadway and Off-Broadway producer and general manager whose credits include “On A Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “That Championship Season,” “Ring of Fire: The Songs of Johnny Cash” and “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” Wiles is an assistant professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Ron Tanski – A 1989 Drury graduate currently living in LA, pianist Tanski is a blues singer, songwriter, sideman and music teacher. Tanski got his start on stage at Lindberg’s in Springfield and has gone on to work with Grammy winners and release two critically acclaimed solo albums.

Cole Closser – Cartoonist and a graduate of the BFA program at Missouri State University as well as the MFA program at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. His graphic novel “Little Tommy Lost” was named one of the 10 best graphic novels of 2013 by The A.V. Club. He currently teaches drawing at Drury and MSU.

Jennifer Murvin – Writer and teacher whose essays and stories have appeared in The Sun, Mid-American Review, Midwestern Gothic, Bellingham Review, Cincinnati Review, Baltimore Review, and other literary journals. Murvin is a faculty member in the Department of English at MSU.

Ingrid Gerdes – Boston-based recording artist whose gospel-meets-R&B vocal styale has earned her more than a few comparisons to greats such as Irma Thomas and Mavis Staples. She also works as a sought-after voice-over talent.

Nathan Shelton – A Springfield native who lives in Chicago, Shelton is an award winning actor, writer, director/producer and special effects makeup designer for multiple stage, film and TV projects including the Academy Award nominated film, “Winter’s Bone.”

Robert Westenberg – Artistic Director of the Drury Theatre department, the Tony-nominated actor and director has enjoyed a lengthy commercial career that includes work on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in regional theaters, national tours, television and film.

Kelley Still – Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Drury and an associate professor of accounting since 1994.

The cost to attend the SEA conference is $15 per person in advance or $25 the day of the conference. Admission is free for all students with a valid student I.D., thanks to support from Drury Student Advocates for the Arts and the Drury Student Government Association.

The SEA Conference is also supported in part by the Coleman Foundation, Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

For more information about the SEA conference and to register for the event, visit: www.drury.edu/ejc/sea, send an email to EJC@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357.

Media Contacts: Leah Hamilton, Director, Arts Administration Program; office: (417) 873-6359, email: lhamilton@drury.edu; and Dr. Kelley Still, Executive Director, Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation; office: (417) 873-7458, email: kstill@drury.edu.

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Self Employment in the Arts Conference to be held Saturday, April 5

Aspiring artists, musicians, writers and actors cannot afford to miss the 7th Annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Saturday, April 5, at Drury University. The conference will be held in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch and breakfast provided.

The purpose of the SEA Conference is to help students and emerging artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists that have been successful in their field.

Each year, the SEA Conference aims to bring in new and exciting speakers relevant to the interests and disciplines of attendees.

This year’s conference will feature a plethora of speakers from nearly every field in the art world, and will also offer students the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with professional artists.

The two featured keynote speakers are James Osmond and Anne Roderique-JonesOsmond is a singer, actor, and businessman who has been involved in the arts for almost 40 years. He is currently president of Osmond Entertainment, and has experience in nearly every aspect of the music business. Roderique-Jones is a well-known journalist who has written for more than 15 publications, and has been nationally syndicated on AOL, Yahoo, and MSN.

Additional speakers include:

●  Gary Bedell – Area artist
●  Peter Bezemes – Casting and talent agency owner
●  Cody Collier – Actor
●  Mark Oehler – Potter and gallery owner
●  Ric Furman – Opera singer
●  Jan Hyde – Owner of Hyde Gallery
●  Kelly Knauer – Editor for Time, Inc.
●  Susan LaBarr – Composer
●  Kay Osborne – Bookkeeping
●  Reed Waddle – Singer/songwriter

The cost to attend the SEA conference is $30 per person. However, it is free for all students with a valid student I.D., thanks to support from Drury Student Advocates for the Arts and the Drury Student Government Association.

For more information about the SEA conference, visit the website at www.drury.edu/ejc/sea, send an email to EJC@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357.

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Artists can learn and network at Drury on April 6

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 14, 2013 — Drury University will host the sixth annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts Conference on Saturday, April 6 in the Trustee Science Center from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The conference will focus on the business side of pursuing a visual, performing or literary arts career, as well as review fundamental skills necessary for all self-employed artists. The $30 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. The conference is free for students.

“Artists don’t have to be starving artists,” said Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University. “The Edward Jones Center is proud to offer this Coleman Foundation initiative to help seasoned professionals and budding entrepreneurs make the most of their art careers and connect with other professionals.”

Phil Dickey, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Speakers include professionals from music, theatre, writing and the visual arts. The featured luncheon keynote speaker is Phillip Dickey, 2005 Drury graduate and musician with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. Dickey has traveled the world as thedrummer and business manager for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, he was recently appointed by the U.S State Department as a cultural ambassador to Russia, and his songs havebeen featured in television shows and commercials.

Registration is open at www.drury.edu/ejc/sea.  For more information contact Tammy Rogers, tammy@drury.edu, (417) 873-6357.

The Coleman Foundation provided funding for the conference. Free registration for students is madepossible by donations from Student Advocates for the Arts and Drury’s Student Government Association.

Media Contact: Sara Cochran, M.A., Associate Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, Office: (417) 873-3014, Mobile: (417) 861-5721, Email: scochran@drury.edu

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Drury marks five years of helping artists learn how to make a living

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 13, 2012 — Drury University will host the fifth annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) OzArts Conference on Saturday, March 31 in the Trustee Science Center. The conference will focus on the business side of pursuing a visual, performing or literary arts career, as well as review fundamental skills necessary for all self-employed artists.

“This will be the fifth annual SEA OzArts Conference in Springfield, Missouri. We are so proud to be a part of this Coleman Foundation initiative, where budding entrepreneurs can meet and learn from seasoned professionals in the arts,” said Dr. Kelley Still, executive director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship at Drury University.

Speakers include professional musicians, artists, writers, actors, directors and producers, as well as arts administrators. The morning begins with a welcome and keynote and moves on to breakout sessions with professionals from all of the arts disciplines, sharing their strategies for success in their fields. The conference concludes with lunch and a keynote presentation by internationally recognized filmmaker and Drury artist-in-residence, Patrick Mureithi.

Professionals presenting:

  • Susan Sommer-Luarca, painter, opening keynote
  • Patrick Mureithi, filmmaker, lunch keynote
  • Chad Harris, writer
  • Kelley Still, presenting Don’t sell yourself short: Pricing your work
  • Dallas Jones, musician
  • Josh Mitchell, photographer
  • Jeremy Borg, film/media
  • Kay Osborne, presenting Artist as Bookkeeper
  • David Knox, photographer
  • Leah Jenkins, Springfield Regional Arts Council
  • Kylie Stack, musical theatre
  • Michael Underlin, presenting Using Social Media to Promote Yourself

Everyone interested in a career in the arts is encouraged to attend.  The fee is $30 for community participants.Breakfast and lunch are included in the fee. Registration is open at www.drury.edu/ejc/sea.  For more information contact Tammy Rogers, tammy@drury.edu, (417) 873-6357.

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