In June of 2012, 10 Belmont University juniors and seniors are joining professor and legendary musician Mark Volman, a founding member of the band The Turtles, on the road for an East Coast run of the “Happy Together Tour.” The tour’s “classroom” and schedule looks something like this: one tour bus, a precious few hotel rooms, long hours and many stages—for two and a half weeks and a grade.
Under the guidance of faculty advisor Mark Volman and staff advisor Lucas Boto, students will work with touring artists and crew professionals in the areas of tour management, stage management, audio engineering, tour accounting and merchandise sales. These duties will be in addition to their continued learning each day during the process of load-in, setup, tear-down and load-out. These hands-on educational avenues outside of the classroom provide networking opportunities with all of the supporting organizations while gaining an understanding of the revenue flow from music consumer to touring performer.
“Only at Belmont do students get such a unique opportunity to experience the world of tour management, live production, and what life on the road looks like before embarking on their career paths. I’m excited to teach them what I know outside a normal classroom space and to see what I’ll learn from them. Inevitably, their energy will add to the tour experience for the performers as well,” says Turtles founding member and Curb College professor of Entertainment Industry Studies Mark Volman.
The “Happy Together Tour” unites several pop/rock artists of the ‘60s all together on on stage, starring: The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie; The Monkees lead singer Micky Dolenz; Gary Puckett & The Union Gap; The Grass Roots; and The Buckinghams. Students will work a dozen shows on the tour:
|June 8||River Center||Columbus, GA|
|June 9||Dothan Civic Center Arena||Dothan, AL|
|June 10||Riverbend Festival Grounds||Chattanooga, TN|
|June 14||Florida Theatre||Jacksonville, FL|
|June 15||Ruth Eckerd Hall||Clearwater, FL|
|June 16||Anderson Music Hall||Hiawasee, GA|
|June 17||Montgomery Performing Arts Centre||Montgomery, AL|
|June 19||Keswick Theatre||Glenside, PA|
|June 20||New Jersey State Theatre||New Brunswick, NJ|
|June 21||The Tarrytown Music Hall||Tarrytown, NY|
|June 23||NYCB Theatre at Westbury||Westbury, NY|
|June 24||NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom||Hampton Beach, NH|
The touring classroom joins a long line of experiential learning opportunities offered to students in Belmont’s Curb College of Music Business and Entertainment. In addition to an ongoing annual showcase series that features student production and performances, the Curb College sent 15 students in March to class at SXSW (also known as “South by Southwest”), the world’s leading music industry event, to allow them to network with leading executives, learn about industry trends and discover emerging artists. The University also hosted the Pipeline project last summer, a student think tank dedicated to entertainment industry solutions.
About the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business
The Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business strives to combine academic experience with real world applications and seeks to achieve its mission by implementing innovative courses of study in the entertainment and music industries. A quiet world leader that has been featured in Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Business Week, CEMB offers three degrees and four majors—a BBA in Music Business and a BA or BS in Audio Engineering Technology, Entertainment Industry Studies, and Songwriting—and provides invaluable experiential learning opportunities like the Belmont East (New York City) and Belmont West (Los Angeles) programs, through which students expand their cultural experiences and career opportunities as they reside, learn, work, and network in NYC or LA. Coupled with entertainment internship opportunities available on and around Music Row, these programs augment students’ chances for entrepreneurial endeavors and career advancement.
About Belmont University
Ranked No. 7 in the Regional Universities South category and named for the fourth consecutive year as one of the top “Up-and-Comer” universities by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University consists of approximately 6,400 students who come from every state and 25 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The university’s purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world’s needs. With more than 75 areas of study, 20 master’s programs and four doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual’s horizon. For more information, visit www.belmont.edu.