Alumni

Music Industry Program
W305 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-4959
Fax: 716-673-3506

Izzay Jay

 

Izzy Jay

Career: Marketing and Promotions Assistant

Location: Razor & Tie Record Label

Job Description: I am responsible for coordinating professionals outside of the label to carry out various marketing and promotional functions. I work closely with the Senior Vice Presidents of the label, occasionally tending to administrative assignments.

 

How did you become interested in the music industry?
“In high school, my band won a competition and we earned the prize of playing at the HSBC
arena in Buffalo, NY. I loved being backstage and seeing the crew work. All the moving parts
really intrigued me. At Fredonia, I overheard a senior Music Industry major saying that the
major label he interned at was holding a position open for him. So, I switched my major to
Music Industry right then and never looked back. I knew it was what I wanted.”

 

Why did you choose Fred's Music Business Program?

“I thought Fredonia was beautiful. It was one of those things where I just knew that this was
where I wanted to go to school. It already felt like home and when I heard how Music Industry
students were finding success in their careers immediately upon graduating, I knew that the
major was right for me. If the program wasn't as good as it is, I would have found somewhere
else to go. Once I know what I want, I pursue it, and I was so glad to do it at Fredonia.”

 

How did Fredonia's Music Business degree prepare you for the real world? 

“The music business core provided me with a thorough knowledge of intellectual property
and the inner workings of the music industry. I've received many compliments from industry
professionals about how impressed they are with how knowledgeable I am at my young age.
Surprisingly, taking classes like Intro to Microcomputer Software from the business core of
the program has helped me the most. Some employers really struggle with technology, and
when you can make things more efficient for your boss they don’t forget it.”

 

What would you say to a prospective student interested in Fredonia's Music Business Program? 

“The program is great, but it’s what you make of it, no matter where you go. However, the
difference at Fredonia is that you have incredible resources and community there to help
you. Armand’s [Department Chair] door is always open, we have an award-winning radio station,
and many other awesome groups that will enhance your college experience.
Fredonia is a place of self-discovery where you can make a real impact both on the campus
and community alike.”

 

 


 

Ricky Coates

 

Ricky Coates

Job Title: Road Manager/Instrumentalist

Band: Survay Says

Job Description: I am responsible for planning, organizing and coordinating the band's tour schedule. I also ensure their timely arrival and departure to and from performances.  Additionally, I am a trumpet player in the band.

 

  

How did you become interested in the music industry?

“I grew up playing in bands. Being the most business oriented and organized member,
I tended to do all of the managing and booking for the groups I participated in.”

 

Why did you choose Fred's Music Business Program?

“I actually found the program by accident while visiting the campus one day. This was
before the school actually advertised the program. However, I am glad that I found it
because it was a program that I knew would keep me interested without having to force
myself to focus.”

 

How did Fredonia's Music Business degree prepare you for the real world? 

“A degree isn't what gets you anywhere in the real world. The effort you put into getting
your degree and the connections you make while obtaining it reflect how well you'll do in
the real world. This is an industry where they only way you're going to make a name for
yourself is by making useful connections and maintaining relationships with valuable
contacts.”

 

What would you say to a prospective student interested in Fredonia's Music Business Program? 

“This program has the ability to take you where ever you want to go in the music
industry. You've got to be willing to put in the work though. I've seen a lot of people coast
by and end up resorting to desk jobs that they hate. But, I put in the effort and now I tour
the country doing what I love to do, and you can too.”

 


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