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McNally Smith to Host Weekend Workshops for Second Annual MN Music Summit Festival

Minnesota music fans rejoice! The MN Music Summit returns to downtown Saint Paul this week, and McNally Smith College of Music is excited to be smack dab in the thick of the action. This Friday and Saturday (June 7–8) the school invites any and all to its campus for a series of free music industry workshops, panels and mentoring sessions  including songwriting advice from country-blues master Charlie Parr, and networking tips from indie-folk sensation Caroline Smith.

Full schedule for workshops, panels & mentoring sessions at McNally Smith College of Music

Friday, June 7:

  • 1 pm (Room #70) – “Publicity 101” with Ellen Stanley (MMC Executive Director and one-time Director of Publicity & Promotions at Grammy-winning indie label Red House Records)
  • 2 pm (Atrium) – Mentoring Sessions with David Safar (89.3 The Current music director), Martin Devaney (musician & booker) and Tony Mendoza (musician, entertainment attorney, and MMC President). Sign-ups for 15 minute one-on-one sessions will be outside Room #70, starting at 12:45 pm.
  • 3 pm (Room #70) – “Networking & Connecting with Fans, In Person & Online” with Caroline Smith

Saturday, June 8:

  • 1 pm (Room #70) – “Grant Opportunities for Musicians” with representatives of private & government funders
  • 2 pm (Atrium) – Mentoring Sessions with Eric Fawcett (film/TV licensing at Egg Music) and othersSign-ups for 15 minute one-on-one sessions will be outside Room #70, starting at 12:45 pm.
  • 3 pm (Room #70) – “Finding Your Voice: Songwriting & Making Music Your Own” with Charlie Parr (Room #70)

The MN Music Summit — presented by the MN Music Coalition (MMC) and sponsored by McNally SmithSummit, KFAI, Innova, American Composers Forum and Amsterdam Bar and Hall — is a three-day music festival for artists, fans and “industry geeks.” It all kicks off Thursday, June 6, with a networking event at the Summit Brewery from 6–8 p.m. Attendees can enjoy free Pizza Luce and Summit beer while socializing with fellow fans, musicians, and industry movers and shakers.

McNally Smith will host free afternoon workshops Friday and Saturday (see full schedule above), with evening concerts to follow both nights at the nearby Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Friday’s concert features Caroline Smith and the Goodnight Sleeps, with McNally Smith alums Bomba de Luz supporting. Charlie Parr headlines Saturday’s show, with the eclectic Harakiri opening. Shows are 18+ with a suggested donation of $7. Happy hour begins in the bar at 6 p.m., and doors to the back hall open at 7 p.m. Support acts play at 8 p.m., with headliners to follow at 9 p.m.