Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has announced The Hubb, an invitation-only networking and professional development summit designed to provide diverse internship- and career-ready college students with the tools and resources needed to successfully enter the music business. The event was named in honor of industry icon Barbara “Mother” Hubbard, Executive Director of the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS), whose program provides scholarships to students pursuing careers in the performing arts.
The Hubb, which launched at CAA’s Nashville office on Sunday, Oct. 21, offers participants the opportunity to learn from and meet with key executives representing a variety of business sectors, including label operations, business management, A&R, marketing, artist management, touring, and live production. Recruiters will also host workshops, providing attendees with insights into the tools and skills needed in today’s job market. Among the participating industry leaders are Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group Mike Dungan; Rob Light, Managing Partner and Head of CAA Music; Travis Myatt, Senior Director at music publisher Parallel Entertainment; Lou Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group; plus BMI songwriters/artists Cameron Bedell and Alex Hall, along with producer David Hodges, among others.
CAA’s previous initiatives focusing on change and diversity include recruiting at top-tier colleges and universities, historically black colleges (HBCUs), colleges with high Latino populations, and women’s colleges, beginning in 2005, resulting in a change to the pipeline of entry-level staff hired by CAA, as well as those whose internships translate into jobs across the industry. Within the past five years, roughly 43 percent of the interns in CAA’s global internship program have been ethnically diverse and nearly 50 percent have been women.
“Nashville is a dynamic city with a vibrant music community, making it the ideal setting for us to launch our first music industry-specific career event,” said CAA’s Ruben Garcia. “Much like last year’s Film and Television Careers Summit, our goal is to provide these talented students with interactive and engaging programming that helps them take the first steps toward building a successful career in music, and create networking opportunities with industry leaders who are championing diversity and inclusion within their companies and the industry at large.”
In 2017, CAA hosted The Film and Television Careers Summit, a workshop at Cal State LA designed to prepare diverse college students for a career in the film and television industries.
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