Well, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of the UGA Music Business program, having been through it, present Bruce Burch with an award for it, and received a lot of opportunities from it. Considering how much time I’ve spent with the program, I haven’t really talked much about it. Guess I’ve been trying to avoid the whole “free advertising” versus “journalism” deal. Join me now as we tap dance on that line.
I never missed a class. It was partly out of fear of missing a phenomenal speaker, partly because I had work before and after, but mostly because it was honestly one of only three classes at UGA that I enjoyed. My friends from class are the greatest I’ve ever had because we went through something together that at times even we can’t explain.
It’s where I met Randall Bramblett and Soniah Leigh. The program placed me in an internship with the weirdest, most professional, and wonderful people that have ever been crammed into an office with J.J.
The program is extremely young and is still working out where it needs to improve but you will never have a more valuable resource in the music business. Some programs do nothing but teach you out of a book. This one ensures you an internship, brings experienced people to your doorstep, and the professors try their hardest to get you on your way to a job.
Which is why I’m insanely jealous that a) they’ve added a pre-class course for those who might be interested in the program and b) they’ve got a bona fida music superstar/darn nice person teaching the first class in the fall. I can tell you already, I may be asking for time off to get to these classes…
Anyway, it’s not for the faint of heart. You earn what you put into the class. If you’re just taking it for kicks, fine. You’ll get your kicks. But if this is what you want to do for the rest of your life, buckle up. It’s gonna be a hell of a ride.
I’ll take my check now, Mr. Burch.*
*(for people who don’t understand sarcasm, that was sarcasm)