Catching that big break

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Aspiring artists offered help navigating music industry maze

Enoch Pratt sponsors college prep workshop

July 19, 2004|By Michelle Payne | Michelle Payne,Special to

Breaking into the music industry could be a lot like trying to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel -- it's a feat attempted by many, but successful for only a select few.

The cut-throat competition, a surplus of questionable recording outlets and much red tape could rip apart an aspiring artist's dreams, said Frances McIver, president and CEO of SOAC Entertainment Inc. in Baltimore.

To give artists better insight on the music business, SOAC is sponsoring an "Entrepreneurial Music Seminar" from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Auditorium. The firm specializes in developing, educating and promoting artists.

"I am trying to reach anyone interested in the music industry and those who want to be entertainers," McIver said. "This seminar is to help all of them get into the business."

The session, in its second year, will feature discussions on such issues as copyright, entertainment law, entrepreneurship and recording companies.

Some of the speakers at the event include: Keith Fisher, music director of Lanham-based Radio One Inc., KD from the R&B music group Prophet Jones and Ted Hirrakawa of the U.S Copyright Office in Washington.

For more information, call 410-685-7327 or click here.

Other events this week include:


A temporary Greyhound bus terminal opens officially at 11 a.m. at 2110 Haines St. in the Carroll Camden Industrial Park. The old terminal, in the 200 block of W. Fayette St., is being demolished and replaced with a parking garage. The new permanent terminal, to be completed in about three years, is to be located at Russell and Bayard streets. For more information, call 410-545-0153.


The Enoch Pratt Public Library sponsors a free college preparation workshop from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 410-396-5430 or click here.

In Chevy Chase, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announces a trade mission this fall to Singapore and Shanghai. He speaks at a meeting of the Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, which begins at noon. It will be held at Meiwah Restaurant in Chevy Chase. For more information, call 410-767-7138 or visit online.


The Waverly community of Northeast Baltimore gets an economic boost with the opening of a new 67,476-square-foot Giant Food store at 6 p.m. The store is located at 601 E. 33rd St. The outlet, which replaces substandard housing and a long-vacant Super Fresh, will give Landover-based Giant its fourth city store. Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley will speak at the opening.

The Frederick County Chamber of Commerce sponsors a business card exchange at the Holiday Inn Holidome and Conference Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 301-662-5150 or send an e-mail to

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council holds its citizens advisory committee meeting from 4 to 6 p.m. at 2700 Lighthouse Point East. For more information, call 410-732-0500 or click here.

The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce presents a "Power Breakfast" from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Chart House, 300 Second St. For more information, call 410-268-7676 or click here.


Tri-Churches Housing Inc. sponsors a home-ownership class at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Jerome Headstart Center, 765 W. Hamburg Ave. For more information, call 410-385-1463 or visit online.

The Northern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce sponsors "The Word of Mouth," a business seminar on advancing your business, at the offices of Albert Bartlinski & Associates in Glen Burnie. The session begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 410-766-8282 or click here.


The Baltimore Small Business Resource Center presents an accounting workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the center's offices, 3 W. Baltimore St. For more information, call 410-605-0990 or click here.

Saturday Bay-Tek Consulting Inc. sponsors an AIDS benefit from 1 to 5 p.m. at 2597 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. The event seeks to raise money for the only Maryland participant in the 450-mile AIDS ride. For more information, call 410-332-8485 or send an e-mail to

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