Montana Music Summit | October 12-13


MISSOULAAs Missoula’s vibrant music scene continues to grow, a new University of Montana event will highlight the business side of the industry.

The UM Entertainment Management program will co-host the inaugural Montana Music Summit at UM on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13, in partnership with the Summit Series, which has produced the Vegas Music Summit and Summit LA events.

The two-day conference in the Gallagher Business Building will bring together artists, entertainment executives, technology professionals, college students, entrepreneurs and visionaries to present, educate and share ideas about the evolving entertainment landscape.

Summit Series provides opportunities for local artists to grow their following. Imagine Dragons and Awolnation once showcased their talents at Summit Series events on their path to becoming successful recording artists.

Confirmed panelists for the Montana Music Summit include Tim Bierman, the general manager at Ten Club for the Pearl Jam Fan Club; Matt Sonzala, an industry leader and booking agent who has worked with iconic programs such as SXSW and the Red Bull Sound Select Music Program; John Wicks, the founding member of Fitz and The Tantrums who also collaborated with Bruno Mars; Michael Garcia, the director of industry relations and an assistant professor at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music; and several Montana entertainment executives and other national panelists to be announced.

Sessions will cover a wide range of entertainment management topics, including guidance to recording original music, talent management, how to produce a music festival and community building through music.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

UM’s Entertainment Management program introduces students to the business of entertainment while giving them opportunities to learn from top professionals in the industry. Offering certificates for both undergraduate and graduate students, the program is housed in UM’s College of Business.


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