CSU, Chico News

Music Industry Alumni Share Stories of Success

Date: 05-01-2012

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

The California State University, Chico Music Industry Program is celebrating its first 14 years on Saturday, May 5, with a reunion of successful alumni.

Four of the program’s graduates will share their experiences from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Ruth Rowland-Taylor Hall (PAC 134). There will be a question-and-answer portion of the program, and panelists will be available to chat with attendees. The event is free and open to the public.

Alumni panelists will be:

  • Sean Nagasawa, Los Angeles, executive assistant, Interactive Games division of 20th Century Fox, where he helps to license all Fox television and film properties, negotiate terms, coordinate marketing and oversee production of video games.
  • Michael Rubsamen, Los Angeles, director of distribution and marketing for GoDigital, a company that specializes in the acquisition and distribution of independent films. He oversees all operations while focusing on film sales and merchandising across more than 20 digital platforms and cable/satellite services worldwide.
  • Kayte Olsufka, Seattle, programming coordinator for One Reel. She is in charge of the performance contracts, settlements, advancing and travel logistics for all the artists involved with the multiple One Reel events, including Bumbershoot: Seattle's Labor Day Music and Arts Festival with a roster of more than 200 artists.
  • Cassie Conder, San Francisco, client representative, Ticketmaster. She works directly with the box office managers and promoters at Ticketmaster, and one of her clients is another alumna, Melany Long Pearce, who works at Another Planet Entertainment.

For further information, contact Paul Friedlander, director of the CSU, Chico Music Industry Program, at pfriedlander@csuchico.edu or 898-5243.

CSU, Chico’s Music Industry program, founded in 1997, has become the largest of its kind west of Nashville. Including this year’s graduates, approximately 260 majors will have graduated, having completed courses in music theory, music history, technology, business and music industry. In 1997, Wild Oak Music Group founded Wild Oak Records, a student-run, experiential-learning music business component for music industry seniors. Wild Oak Music Group includes artist management, business soundtracks, concert production, marketing, publishing, a songwriter’s collective and a web team.