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[MORGANTOWN, W.Va] –   West Virginia University’s School of Music and its Music Business and Industry Program have collaborated to bring its students and community members a unique platform to engage with seasoned professionals in the field. Attendees can expect to experience workshops, network, and create dialogue with professionals who are actively shaping the industry. The summit encourages the establishment of meaningful connections, offering attendees the opportunity for one-on-one interactions with conference speakers. 


Speakers are to include:

  • Grammy-Award winning recording engineer and producer, Steve Marcantonio 
  • Current artist manager for Charles Wesley Godwin, Reed Turner 
  • Booking assistant for Reliant Talent Agency, Sarah Giles 
  • Festival Talent Buyer for C3 Presents, Katie Mischler 
  • Broadway Actress and Performing Artist, Geena Jefferies Mattox 
  • Appalachian musician and Grand Ole Opry Performer, Christian Lopez


The Music Business and Industry Conference will open at 9 a.m. on April 13,2024 at the Canady Creative Arts Center at West Virginia University. This event is not only being held at the university, but was planned by senior Bryan Griffith as his Capstone Project. Fueled by the question of why such an impactful endeavor couldn’t thrive within our university, Bryan embarked on the journey of conceptualizing and shaping this visionary event that seamlessly integrates academic knowledge with practical industry insights. Bryan Griffith states, “We envision this conference as more than an event; it is a strategic endeavor to expand connections and cultivate partnerships within our community and businesses in the music industry.” 

By facilitating this intersection of academia and industry, West Virginia University aims to broaden the horizons of its students, providing a comprehensive educational experience that extends beyond the classroom. To learn more about The Music Business and Industry Conference go to