Rising up

Music industry management program prospering

 Music is ingrained in the psyche of the human mind, captivating and motivating countless individuals throughout the course of history. The music industry management program’s On the Rise showcase aims to further foster this success by inspiring the student body as well as the youth of our generation. 

On the Rise is a two-show event featuring soon-to-be breakout artists Michigander and Jake Kershaw. Moving away from a previously independent-only platform, this year’s event allows artists under a label to perform as well, giving Ferris students that indie rock sound with a higher quality production and stage presence. 

“We’re looking for artists that are on the verge of breaking through. Jake Kershaw is a sixteen-year-old guitar phenomenon and he won’t be on this level of performance for very long,” Ferris assistant professor and music industry management program director Paul Kwant said. 

Although the music industry program has been present at Ferris for over 20 years, it has undergone significant growth in recent years. 

“We’re trying to be more inclusive. Nothing’s out of the question. Everyone can suggest whatever they want. More industry professionals [are getting] involved in more events,” Ferris music industry management sophomore Alyssa Bala said. 

“It’s different from just participating to being behind the scenes, booking the artist, the venue and making sure the contracts are alright. It was eye opening to see how hard you have to work to make your vision realized,” Ferris music industry management sophomore Taylor Funari said. 

On the Rise will take place Thursday, Feb. 1, and Feb. 15. Any local high school student enrolled in music classes will receive one free ticket to the show while admission tickets are priced at $5 apiece. The show will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session with the artists. 

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