Schedule and Events
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10AM - Noon on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Staff members lead small groups of 6-10 attendees where they share songs and receive feedback and critiques.
1PM - 2:30PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Each morning, attendees sign up on a first come, first served basis for 15 minute speed mentoring sessions that afternoon. Staff members are available to provide feedback, give industry/career advice, answer questions, and more.
**Please be punctual and respect your designated 15 minute time slot so all attendees are able to take advantage of this opportunity to meet one-on-one with our staff members
Informational Workshops and Panels
The following informational workshops and panels cover a variety of topics, including songwriting, music publishing and licensing, music in film and TV, recording techniques, writing Hawaiian mele, and more. For your convenience, they are listed in chronological order.
How To Turn Good Melodies Into Great Melodies
Jason Blume, hit songwriter and author of numerous books on songwriting and the music business will share his secrets to writing the best melodies.
Introduction to Music Publishing
Entertainment attorney and author Bart Day will help attendees understand what they need to know about music publishing in order to succeed in music.
Up Close With Sue Ennis
Sue Ennis, co-writer with the iconic rock band “Heart”, shares her perspective on songwriting.
Scoring For TV (Part I)
Frank Palazzolo (music supervisor for Hawaii 5-0, About A Boy, Sleepy Hollow, etc) will discuss how to create music that fits the scene. Attendees will be given a scene to score by Saturday afternoon, and in his workshop Scoring for TV (Part II), he will go through the submissions and select the most fitting score.
Attendees submit demo recordings that are randomly selected, played, and critiqued by a panel of staff members moderated by Michael Laskow.
How To Turn Good Lyrics Into Great Lyrics
Jason Blume will discuss and illustrate concepts that will help attendees craft better lyrics.
The Life of a Cue (How Your Music Makes Money)
David Trotter from Studio 51 Music explains how a cue or song makes it from the mixing board to royalty. There are certain ways a cue can make money, but don't expect it to show up tomorrow. This course will address how you make money in the global production music market
Licensing Your Music For Film and TV
(Sponsored by Creative Industries Division, DBEDT: Department of Business. Economic Development & Tourism)
Panelists Beth Amy Rosenblatt, Anny Colvin, Jerome Spence, Adam Zelkind, Frank Palazzolo, and Bart Day in a discussion that shows attendees the various ways of getting their music into film and TV.
Haku Mele Workshop
Hoku award winner Kainani Kahaunaele presents an introduction to composing Haku Mele.
Talk Story with Streetlight Cadence
Local band Streetlight Cadence shares a unique approach to touring, performing, and band management to inform and inspire young, aspiring artists to understand what it takes to be a successful, indie act.
Slack Key Guitar Workshop
Award winning slack key guitarist John Keawe presents a workshop on his approach to the art of kiho‘alu.
I Know I’ve Got A Great Song – Now What?
Jason Blume explains how to get your songs placed with artists, on TV shows, and into the hands of those that can help them generate income.
Hookman and Richard Harris will break down a song to show their production process. They will demonstrate how individual tracks are created, which synths and plugins they use, and how they mix the song.
Collaboration and Co-writing
Sue Ennis and Jason Blume will illustrate the importance and power of collaboration, sharing their own co-writing techniques and guiding attendees to practice collaborating with each other.
Scoring for TV (Part II)
Frank Palazzolo (music supervisor for Hawaii 5-0, About A Boy, Sleepy Hollow, etc) will review and critique the scores created from part I of this workshop.
*Please note: Workshop topics and presenters are subject to change.