Mel Carter Used Life Lessons to Become a Successful Music Exec

Growing up in another country, poor, and without a college education may lead some to stay in poverty or look to illegal means to make ends meet. But having aspirations to be a businessman like Roc-A-Fella’s Damon Dash and Jay-Z, industry executive Mel Carter knew what direction he wanted to take in life and pursued it.

Carter, who is now the senior vice president of A&R at Republic Records, is also an investor in Chef John Seymour and hip-hop artist and entrepreneur, Nasir “Nas” Jones’ restaurant Sweet Chick and owner of the Hikari-Ultra record label that is in a  joint venture with Republic. With the skills and knowledge he has acquired over the years, he managed to generate $3 million in artist merchandise and apparel sales in the last year alone.

BLACK ENTERPRISE spoke to Carter about how his ambition led to his entrepreneurial success.

How has working in the

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Groove Science Studios Expands Its Advisory Board With Addition of Music Industry & Legal Luminaries, David Leibowitz and Scott Keniley

DENVER, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Groove Science Studios (GSS), developer of the Soundscape VR (SVR) immersive music platform that brings bands, brands, and fans together in virtual reality, today announced that David Leibowitz and Scott Keniley have been named to the Advisory Board.

Leibowitz is Managing Partner of CH Potomac and Co-Founder of KDI Media, a digital commerce agency. His career has focused on the intersection of the entertainment, media and technology industries, developing new innovative ways to create, protect, enjoy, and engage with entertainment content. In the music sector, Leibowitz brings a broad set of business and legal expertise to GSS, having served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Senior Advisor to Gibson Brands, and Chairman of EZMO, an early European trail blazing cloud-based music oriented social network and storage locker service. “David impressed

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Apple shuffles radio stations for its Music platform

Apple has announced two new radio stations are to launch on its Music service, while its flagship Beats 1 station has been renamed Apple Music 1.

The two new stations will be Apple Music Hits, playing popular songs from the 80s, 90s and 2000s, and Apple Music Country, focusing on country sounds.

The tech giant launched its music streaming service in 2015, which included the Beats 1 radio station, fronted by former BBC Radio One DJ Zane Lowe.

It has grown to include shows from the likes of Sir Elton John, Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga.

British R&B star Estelle has been confirmed among the daily hosts on Apple Music Hits.

Estelle
Estelle (Ian West/PA)

Lowe, who is also Apple Music’s global creative director, said: “Apple Music is home — it’s home to artists, it’s home to fans, and it’s home to incredible music.

“I’m an obsessive music nerd. I love

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School music education adapts to COVID-19 pandemic

While art education has typically been the first thing to go when times get tough, that doesn’t seem to be happening in central Illinois as students return to school amidst a global pandemic.

At Tremont Grade School, music teacher Christian Wilkey went to fairly extraordinary lengths to keep his kids singing in the face of strict public health mandates, starting with holding classes outside. Because singing and the consequent exhalation of droplets has been shown to be a very effective way to spread COVID-19, Wilkey decided that going outside is the only safe way to do it.

“We are not doing any singing inside whatsoever this year,” said Wilkey during an Aug. 18 interview. “We are going to be outside for my music class. It’s much safer than being indoors with all the recycled air, and it’s much easier to distance when you are outside.”

Musical instruments played

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The Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as New Director of Music Education

Kristine holds a Master’s degree in violin performance and dual Bachelor degrees in Music and Premedical Studies.

The Santa Barbara Symphony Announces Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as New Director of Music Education
The Santa Barbara Symphony has announced Kristine Pacheco-Bernt as its new Director of Music Education. Each year, the Symphony provides over 10,000 children in Santa Barbara County with high quality, equal-access music education through its Music Education Center: a continuum of connected programs designed to support and engage students at every step along their musical journey by fostering collaboration, confidence, and community, while empowering them to be at their best through music. While all programming has gone virtual in response to the pandemic, through partnerships and generous community support, the Music Education Center is moving ahead and looking towards next season.

“During this unprecedented time, the disparities in education are becoming more apparent, and our mission to provide music education to the community is more important now than it has ever been,” shared

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Music education supplier faces continued slowdown, uncertainty around school openings

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A Wauwatosa-based supplier of music education resources is facing a sales slowdown as educators grapple with how to teach music during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

When schools closed in the spring, Plank Road Publishing saw a significant decline in sales, according to owner Teresa Jennings. Although business has picked up again in more recent months, she says “it continues to be very hand-to-mouth.” 

In a recent interview, she said the uncertainty surrounding this school year and whether students will be instructed in-person has been a drag on her company.

“Most of the music we produce is for classroom and performance purposes,” she told WisBusiness.com. “If there are no programs, concerts, performances or gatherings, the need for our resources is diminished.” 

Plus, health experts have identified singing and playing certain instruments as risk factors for the spread of the virus. As for singing while wearing a mask —

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