In partnership with The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) will host the third annual music-focused event in their Networking + Mentoring Series on the morning of Friday, October 26, at ACM@UCO in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district.
As part of the Oklahoma Arts Conference post events, this year’s discussion, entitled “Artist + Management Partnerships: A Conversation with JD McPherson + Scott Booker”, will feature Scott Booker, Executive Director of ACM@UCO and Flaming Lips Manager, and Oklahoma native rock ‘n roll musician JD McPherson discussing the music industry from the artist and management perspectives.
“I’m looking forward to learning about JD McPherson’s experience of being a musician from Oklahoma, working in Oklahoma and also working outside of Oklahoma,” Booker said. “I have no doubt this will be an interesting conversation.”
“Artist + Management Partnerships: A Conversation with JD McPherson + Scott Booker” will take place in the Songwriting Room on the first floor of ACM@UCO, located at 25 S. Oklahoma Ave. in Oklahoma City, kicking off at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. The conversation will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by a dynamic networking opportunity for professionals, students and enthusiasts involved in the film and music industries. This event will be formatted in a masterclass-type setting and is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, please RSVP by October 25.
Scott Booker began his career in the music industry as a clerk at Sound Warehouse in Midwest City, Oklahoma. From there he moved on to manage the Rainbow Records record store chain in Oklahoma City while attending college at Central State University, now known as the University of Central Oklahoma. Shortly after graduating with a degree in education, he met local band the Flaming Lips and began managing the group in 1990, creating Hellfire Enterprises Ltd., an artist management company. Booker continues to work with three-time Grammy Award-winning band, the Flaming Lips, as well as up-and-coming bands like Horse Thief and Sshh.
In 2009, Booker began helping to build the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), a university program that teaches students about Music Business, Production and Performance. In the last eight years the ACM@UCO has attracted thousands of students as well as notable artists, such as Roger Daltrey, Nile Rodgers and Jackson Browne, to give master classes for the student body.
JD McPherson is a singer, songwriter and producer originally from Southeast Oklahoma. He completed his M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Art/Open Media at the University of Tulsa before his debut album Signs & Signifiers appeared October 2012 on Rounder Records. He has since toured The Americas, the UK, Europe and Australia, and has performed on television programs such as “The Tonight Show”, “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Conan”. His most recent album, Undivided Heart & Soul, released on New West records October 2017 and made the yearly Best Album lists of such outlets as Paste, American Songwriter and Rolling Stone Magazine. McPherson currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters.
About Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO) strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit okfilmmusic.org.