Over the weekend, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) hosted its second annual application-only networking and professional development summit, The HUBB, designed to provide diverse internship- and career-ready college students with the tools and resources needed to successfully enter the music business. The event played host to 30 students from 26 universities at CAA’s Nashville office on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 8-9).
THE HUBB participants had the opportunity to learn from and meet with key executives representing a variety of sectors within the industry, including label operations, business management, A&R, publishing, marketing, artist management, touring and live production. Recruiters also led workshops, providing attendees with insights into the tools and skills needed in today’s job market. Among the participating industry leaders were special guests Little Big Town, Universal Music Group Nashville chief executive Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group executive vp radio promotion Royce Risser, CAA Nashville co-founder John Huie, CAA agents Sabrina Butera, Katie Germano, Lindsey Myers, Joe Harris and Meredith Jones, Tri-Star Entertainment CEO Lou Taylor, IEBA executive director Pam Matthews, Nashville head of A&R, prescription songs Katie Fagan, Apple Music country music programming and editorial Madison Hanten, Loeb & Loeb associate Farrah Usmani, Safford Motley’s Scott Safford, Earth, Wind, & Fire tour accountant David Norman and the event’s namesake, Barbara “Mother” Hubbard.
As part of the event, The HUBB, in partnership with IEBA, announced the launch of The HUBB 2020 Summer Internship Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students with internships in the music industry. The program will award a $2,000 scholarship to three qualified individual applicants, selected on the basis of their demonstrated commitment to community service, recognitions and accomplishments, and career interests and professional growth goals.
“At CAA, we have always believed that growing and developing the next generation of diverse leaders can only positively impact all workplaces,” Rob Light, managing partner and head of CAA Music, said. “We’re proud of the amazing doors THE HUBB conference has helped open for students in order to be successful in the music industry and beyond.”