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Arts & Innovation Series Presents
Staying Two Beats Ahead: Working Where Culture, Creativity, and Commerce overlap

Thu, Oct 25, 6pm
Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship And Innovation
1452 E 53rd St 2nd Floor [map it

Free; registration required

To be a great musician, one also has to learn how to listen, improvise, experiment, and pioneer new sounds through the art of remixing. These are the same skills that successful entrepreneurs possess. From experimenting and demoing to failing and reinventing, Panos Panay, Berklee College of Music's VP of Innovation and Strategy, will explore the vital role of each mindset for unlocking innovation in any creative endeavor.

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More about Panos Panay

Panos is the Vice President for Innovation and Strategy at Berklee College of Music, the Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE), and a passionate entrepreneur, educator, and startup mentor. 

As the founder of Sonicbids, he created the leading platform for bands to book gigs and market themselves online, building a subscriber network of 550,000 bands and 35,000 promoters from over 100 countries. He led the company as CEO for 13 years, from its inception until after its successful acquisition in a deal backed by Guggenheim Partners.

Panos is also the co-founder of the Open Music Initiative, which has brought together over 140 leading music, media, technology industry organizations, and academic institutions to create a blockchain-based open protocol for uniform identification of musical rights owners and creators.

At Berklee, his work and approach to entrepreneurial and innovation pedagogy builds heavily on the concepts of music thinking, and in particular jazz, as a catalyst for creative breakthroughs in business, life, and art, and has spearheaded multi-disciplinary collaborations between Berklee and MIT, the design firm IDEO, and Brown University. He writes frequently about startups and entrepreneurship for blogs and publications such as Forbes, WSJ Accelerators, and Fast Company, and guest lectures and speaks at many universities and events around the world.

The Arts & Innovation Series is a quarterly lecture series held jointly by the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. This series allows artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators to learn about the increasingly important intersection between the arts and business. This series explores new business models for the arts, how artists can reach broader and more diverse audiences, and what trends will drive the growth of the arts in the 21st century. Featured speakers include artist-innovators, entrepreneurs in the arts, and business experts passionate about the arts.
This series is generously supported through a gift by Evan Trent AB ’02, MBA ‘06.

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