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Berklee College of Music Will Offer Degrees Online

With the Pemberton Music Festival back in the picture after a five-year absence (and with new organizers), you can sense the people behind the Squamish Valley Music Festival are feeling the push to really ramp things up ahead of next year, one that will be absolutely critical for both festivals. For Pemberton, which hopes to nab most of B.C.s festival-going audience early next summer with a July 18-20 schedule (the same weekend, it must be said, as the Vancouver Folk Fest and Surreys Fusion Festival), its about making a statement. The resurrected festival is putting all its money on not repeating the errors of 2008, when traffic and other logistical problems overshadowed top notch performances by Jay Z, Coldplay, the Flaming Lips and others. New promoters Huka Entertainment are obviously banking on their lack of connection with Live Nation, who shouldered most of the blame following 2008s event ( the second question on their FAQ page is an obvious jab at the previous organizers ). Their track record running destination festivals like the beach-bound Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is a bonus, hinting at a value-added experience. The promise of top shelf talent similar to what Huka have booked via their other properties is also alluring, though none of it has been revealed yet. On the other hand, the Squamish Valley Music Festival has proven it can serve 17,000 fans daily extremely well, and next year it hopes to almost double that number, with capacity being expanded to 35,000 (ironically, the same capacity as the new Pemberton fest). The festival has been branding itself as a destination fest as well, with the dual team of promoters brand.LIVE and Live Nation doing a fine job at growing the event organically over the past four years. Lately, the festival modified its scheduling (it now runs the first weekend of August) to align itself with other major events like Montreals Osheaga, Chicagos Lollapalooza and San Franciscos Outside Lands. The move is critical in attracting bigger acts and expanding to a wider format next year. But you can feel the Pemberton push is making Squamish jittery. Live Nation has been on a bit of a media blitz this week, first boasting about the economic impact the SVMF has had on the region in a press release (with $16 million in revenue generated for the Squamish area since 2010), and announcing the festival had been nominated at the 2013 UK Festival Awards for Best Overseas Festival. With the two fests bearing similar price tags and with so much going on across the province, music-wise, throughout the summer, its debatable most music fans will want to devote both time and money to two large-scale festivals in the Sea to Sky corridor. One cannot discount the impact of events like Sasquatch (in Washington State), Sled Island (over in Calgary), and Rifflandia (out in Victoria) pulling fans south, east and west with ever-expanding line-ups as well. The battle for music fest supremacy has begun, and its much too early to tell who will walk away the top dog.

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2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Berklee College of Music, the world leader in contemporary music education,is the first non-profit music institution to offer accreditedbachelor degrees online. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131002/DC90292LOGO ) The college’saward-winning online division, Berklee Online ,will offer 120-credit bachelor of professional studies degrees in music business and music production.Themusic businessdegree offers courses on licensing, management, marketing, and touring, with a focus on mobile music, streaming, funding, and developing revenue sources.Themusic productiondegree provides an extensive background in Berklee’s approach to music production, with courses on the world’s top software programs, recording, engineering, mixing, and more. All courses are taught by Berklee faculty members or industry experts. Berklee Onlinebegins accepting applications October 7, 2013, and will be issuing early acceptance notices to students beginning December 13, 2013. The inaugural class begins in the fall of 2014. The$16,500 per yeartuition for the online degree is 60 percent less expensive than the physicalcollege. While there are advantages to attending the college’s Boston campus, where demand is at an all-time high applications are up 300 percent over the last decade theseonline degrees help achieve Berklee’sgoal to make quality music education more accessible and affordable to studentsaroundthe world. “Berklee has learned a lesson from our front row seat observing the music industry, namely, lead the change or be a victim of it. With an online degree, we can expand access to the powerful tools of contemporary music making to many more students. And coupled with MOOCs, which are free, and online education that is less expensive, we have created a multi-faceted global search for talent,” said Berklee President Roger Brown. The online degree program will be highly selective, accepting no more than 300 students in its inaugural class.Like the physical college, the online degrees are accredited by theNew England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). For 12 years,Berklee Online has been teaching music online across variousdisciplines from for-credit, instructor-led online courses to free non-credit offerings through Coursera and EdX.The University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)has awarded Berklee Onlinewithits Best Online College Course Award for anunprecedentedeight years in a row. Since 2002, Berklee Online has taughtmorethan 30,000studentsfrom 144 countries. With new courses on composing and producing electronic music,direct to fan marketing and sales, game audio, and music video editing, Berklee Online’s curriculum has constantly evolved to prepare students for jobs in a modern music industry always in flux. Berklee Online students include members of Nine Inch Nails (Robin Finck, Alessandro Cortini), Dave Matthews Band (Stefan Lessard), Karmin (Amy Heidemann), and Sugarland (Annie Clements), producers running major studios, industry executives at leading technology and business firms, andmore. Berklee has always attempted to stay ahead of the curve.Founded in 1945, itwas the first U.S. school to teach the contemporary music of the time, jazz. In the 1960s, it was the first school to recognize electric guitar and rock music. In 1979, it established the world’s first undergraduate degree program in film scoring. In the 80s, it launched the first college-level majors in electronic music and songwriting.

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