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McNally Smith College Of Music’s Career Center Celebrates The Wrap Of Its Summer 2009 Semester With Star-Studded Party At House Of Blues In West Hollywood

The McNally Smith College of Music’s Career Center celebrated the wrap of its Summer 2009 semester in West Hollywood Wednesday with its third annual It’s A Wrap party at the Foundation Room – The Parish at the House of Blues on the world famous Sunset Strip.

High powered representatives from Ice Cube’s Cube Vision, Fontana Distribution, Rhino Entertainment and the Alan Ett Creative Group were among those who received certificates of appreciation from their interns at the exclusive celebration.

During the ceremony, Cube Vision’s Nancy Leiviska said there are two types of interns she has worked with.  “They either absorb the knowledge or they reflect it,” she said as she turned to address her McNally Smith intern Josiah Kosier. “Josiah does both.”

The McNally Smith College of Music staff in attendance Wednesday were Debbie Sandridge, Director of Career Development & Industry Relations; Charley Brooks, West Coast Representative – Career Development & Industry Relations; Chris Osgood, Vice President; Cliff Wittstruck, Dean of Academic Affairs; Kathy Hawks, Director of Admissions; Sarah Williamson, Coordinator – Career Development & Industry Relations; Dave Olson, Chair – Music Business; Ron Sobel, Chair – Music Business; John Brown, East Coast Rep, Career Development & Industry Relations; and Munyaradzi Tirivepi, Asst. – Career Development & Industry Relations.

The McNally Smith College of Music first held its Summer Wrap party at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood in 2007 for its five interns.  Today, there are 39 McNally Smith College of Music interns working at entertainment companies in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit and Minneapolis.

On Monday, McNally Smith College of Music kicked off its Wrap Week with a private dinner at the posh Risotto restaurant in Studio City, Calif.  The keynote speaker was Alan Ett, who has composed music for dozens of television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels and The Girls Next Door.

“I’ve taught at Berklee [College of Music] and did Master’s classes all over the world and have never seen a program as focused as what Debbie and Charley have happening here,” said Ett, President/CEO of the Alan Ett Creative Group.  “It’s quite extraordinary.”

Ett’s talk focused on ways to think outside the box in order to succeed in the modern music industry, as well as the larger entertainment industry.  He saluted McNally Smith’s ability to help students learn how to make a living as a professional in the marketplace.

Alan Ett Creative Group has hired McNally Smith students, and during the House of Blues event on Wednesday, Ryan Neill of the Alan Ett Music Group shared the inspiring story of McNally Smith intern Brandon Reed.  Reed went from being shy to play his music for Neill to landing a composer’s agreement with the Alan Ett Music Group.