Downtown Music Holdings Reimagines Music Industry Internships With Virtual ‘Summer School’

Downtown Music Holdings is launching Downtown Summer School, a free, week-long virtual continuing education program on all aspects of the music industry and the music business. While Downtown has engaged in on-site summer internships for students around the world for the past decade, this new program seeks to re-imagine summer internships impacted by Covid-19, will broadcast live the week of July 27 with morning sessions starting at 12 p.m. ET, followed by afternoon sessions at 3 p.m. ET.

Available to anyone around the world, Downtown Summer School will feature panel discussions with executives from various Downtown divisions, including Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust, CD Baby, and FUGA, as well as executives from Warner Records, Suntrust and Beatstars. Session topics will include subjects like Crafting Hit Songs Around the World; How Unsigned Acts Distribute, Monetize and Promote their Music Today;  Music on Screen; Diverse Career Paths into the Music Industry; and The Future of Music Streaming.

“We’re excited to reimagine our internship program for a virtual audience this year and fuel the next generation of music business leaders and creative entrepreneurs,” said Justin Kalifowitz, CEO of Downtown Music Holdings. “We have an opportunity to reach a wider audience and educate more students than ever before. A major part of our vision for a more equitable and innovative music ecosystem is cultivating talent and demonstrating our appreciation for the business side of music. Downtown Summer School will help participants understand the building blocks of the industry so we can continue to support a thriving creative class, now and in the future.”

Interested participants are encouraged to sign up for Downtown Summer School by July 22 by registering at


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