CAC hosts NARIP’s Advance Your Career in the Music Industry Seminar March 28

By Tom Di Camillo

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College will host the National Association of Record Industry Professionals seminar entitled Advance Your Career in the Music Industry: Aggressive Strategies for Success on Monday, March 28, at the Signal Peak Campus.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a registration and networking session, followed by the program that will run from 7-8:15 p.m. After a short break, resume and press kit reviews will take place until 9:30 p.m.

The program will be held in Room 101 of the Student Services Building (Building M) at the Signal Peak Campus which is located between the cities of Coolidge and Casa Grande just east of I-10.

The registration cost is $10 for NARIP members and $20 for non-members.

Participants may register online at or by phone at 818-769-7007. If space permits, a limited number of walk-up registrations may be available; however, participants are encouraged to sign up in advance. Prepaid admission guarantees seating and there are no refunds.

The event is sponsored by CAC's Entertainment Industry Technology program. Tess Taylor, the NARIP president and one of the nation's top authorities on careers in the music business, leads this special session.

The program teaches participants how to apply principles learned in the workshop to practical strategies of getting hired in the music industry. It provides an insider's peek on how industry employers view skills and review resumes. Participants will learn what to do to make themselves most attractive for the best jobs and where to search for the next career opportunities.

NARIP members will have an opportunity to have their resume or press kit reviewed by Taylor on a first-come, first served basis. Members may e-mail their resume or press kit to Ashley Lagarde at with "Success Strategies Workshop" in the subject line. Only MS-Word documents submitted by NARIP members will be accepted.

Anyone currently working in the music industry who is seeking advancement, anyone considering a career in the music industry should attend the seminar.

About Tess Taylor

One of the nation's leading authorities on careers in the music and record industries, Tess Taylor has connected countless people to jobs and opportunities through her work in the United States and abroad; cultivated collaborations for over two decades; helped launch hundreds of projects and several companies.

Taylor is the founder of the Los Angeles Music Network (LAMN, est. 1988) and the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP, est. 1998). She oversees initiatives of both organizations to promote career advancement, education and good will in the music and record industries.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, NARIP has chapters in New York, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia and London, with plans to launch more chapters in the future.

The World Championships of Performing Arts Board unanimously voted to honor Taylor with its 2009 Achievement Award and induct her into its Performing Arts Hall of Fame.

Taylor works with groups such as the European Music Export Office, Danish Songwriters Guild, French Music Export Office, German Independent Label Association, the Brazilian Independent Label Association and others to connect their members to meaningful opportunities in Los Angeles and throughout the United States.

She has consulted leading businesses such as, InsideSessions (a joint venture between the Universal Music Group and Penguin Putnam, Inc.), The Walt Disney Company, BMG Entertainment (formerly Sony BMG), Concord Records and others.

A frequently quoted analyst of industry developments, she has been a featured expert on international television and radio, and her analyses have appeared in national and international business press.

Along with workshops and seminars for her clients, she teaches The Future of the Music Business... and YOUR Future in It - a course she developed at UCLA - at institutions worldwide. She is the author of numerous articles and interviews with top record executives and is at work on a book about the music business.

A frequent keynote speaker and guest speaker at industry conferences and universities around the world, Taylor has lectured at the Harvard Business School, in Bangalore, Berlin and beyond. She served as the keynote speaker at the Drucker Career Conference in Los Angeles and Trigger Creative Conference in Sweden, and lectures at the University of Vienna's Institute of Popular Music in Austria. She has delivered dozens of keynote speeches and hundreds of lectures to thousands of people worldwide.

Taylor is a vigorous defender of intellectual property rights and debated Electronic Frontier Foundation co-founder John Perry Barlow on "free music" at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth (2006) and was invited for a rematch at Ohio University (2008). She won both times.

From 1988 to 1993 Taylor was employed at MCA Records, Inc., last serving as associate director of marketing. A classically trained pianist, she studied music at the University of Vienna, and is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Redlands' Johnston College where she received her B.A. degree in music, German and literature.

For more information about the seminar, please contact CAC's Rick Moore at

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