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Capitol Music Group has launched the Capitol Innovation Center to help drive future innovation in music.
Housing a collaborative workspace and songwriting studio, the center will bring together leading thinkers from the music and technology industries, as well as the student community, for events and workshops.
Based in the Capitol Tower and the company’s Studios in Hollywood, CIC aims to ‘foster innovative ideas, bridge the gap between content creators and the tech community’, and ‘foster the next generation of leaders in music’.
It opens its doors on April 15th.
“WE BELIEVE THAT THE CAPITOL INNOVATION CENTER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO FURTHER TRANSFORM OUR TOWER INTO A DESTINATION WHERE BRILLIANT MINDS CAN COME TOGETHER TO SHARE IDEAS, KNOWLEDGE, AND CREATIVITY ACROSS SOCIAL AND GENERATIONAL BARRIERS.”
STEVE BARNETT, CAPITOL MUSIC GROUP
CMG Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett said: “With its diverse offerings of original programming and communal workspace, we believe that the Capitol Innovation Center has the potential to further transform our Tower into a destination where brilliant minds can come together to share ideas, knowledge, and creativity across social and generational barriers, as well as pioneer breakthroughs that will drive the music industry into the future.”
The first speaker workshop at CIC titled The Future She Built will be a conversation on inclusion and change. It takes place on April 18th in partnership with Select Management Group.
Confirmed speakers include COO of CMG Michelle Jubelirer, Founder/Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Stacy Smith, President of SAG-AFTRA Gabrielle Carteris, and President & COO of the LA Sparks Christine Simmons.
The first CIC Hackathon, set for June 2nd and 3rd, will bring together software developers, producers, songwriters, and influencers in a challenge to incubate new waves of music-related products, services, and content.
Winning developer teams will be eligible for an eight month innovation license to draw from UMG’s catalog, while winning content teams will have their finished pieces heard by representatives of Capitol’s A&R team.
The Hackathon will be held in collaboration with Travis Laurendine, the producer behind North America music festival and conference hackathons including SXSW, Outside Lands, and Canadian Music Festival.
On June 9th, CIC will host A Women’s Immersive Recording Arts Summit, an all-day series of keynote speakers and production workshops held in partnership with Women’s Audio Mission (WAM).
Confirmed speakers for the event include Michelle Jubelirer, recording and mixing engineer Marcella Araica, VP/Studio Manager of Capitol Studios Paula Salvatore, Founder & Executive Director of WAM Terri Winston, and music producer, songwriter and entrepreneur TRAKGIRL.
At the recent SXSW Music Hackathon in Austin TX, winning teams were chosen to spend a week in June at Capitol Tower, gaining access to the CIC’s workspace, studio, and team of mentors.
Other initial participants in the CIC include UMG Accelerator Engagement Network and Abbey Road Red Incubator.