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6226 - Department of Music Presents Seminars in Music Business

#6226|November 18, 2011

The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present seminars in music business at The Johnson Center for Worship and the Arts on November 18 with special guests Holly Benyousky of Street Level Artists Agency and Ray Ware, both of who are experienced music industry managing and booking agents.

Past guests have included Switchfoot producer, Charlie Peacock, Veggietales composers, Kurt Heinecke, artists Phil Keaggy, Matthew Ward and Dave Douglas (Relient K, Attack Cat), and industry personnel, Dave Bunker, Jan Volz, Rush Concerts' Cliff Reiser, and Alive! owner Bill Graening.  This event is free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

Johnson Center (Classroom) 218

9 a.m.  Introduction, tour, meeting with Music Business Class

10 a.m. Meeting with 25th Street Productions (BOD and students)*

11 a.m. Panel discussion: "How Do Record Companies Stay Alive?"*

12 noon  Lunch in the cafeteria with students

Worship Center

1:30 p.m. Demo Critique*

3 p.m.  Break

3 p.m.  Portfolio Evaluation*

5 p.m  Dinner with faculty (Private)

The Music Production major was started in the early 1990's as Commercial Music Technology. With a new four-room digital recording studio, a 56-channel Sony console and digital support, the program teaches composition and production, engineering, music business and performance. Students and alumni of the program have worked and performed in the music industry as session players and performers, engineers and in business, and include personnel with National Public Radio, Sanctus Real and Relient K.

In 2011 Ray Ware celebrates 30 years as a personal manager in the rough and tumble world of the music industry with a new conviction that musical artists of the future will emerge from the ranks of the independents with uncompromised vision and determination to have their music make a difference.

Established in Los Angeles in 1981, Ray Ware Management's first client Randy Stonehill would record 10 successful & innovative albums for Word Records before launching the first of a number of independent albums with The Lazarus Heart (Street Level Records) in 1994.  Bryan Duncan in 1985 released Have Yourself Committed (Light Records) as his first solo album after leaving Sweet Comfort Band – and then followed it with 10 more for Light, Modern Art, Myrrh & Brentwood Record Companies before returning to the group sound with his own NehoSoul Band and Music City Live (Red Road Records) in 2004.  ALLIES has the distinction of being the first of two bands managed by Ray Ware –  and established a long relationship with lead singer Bob Carlisle – who after recording six albums with ALLIES (for Light & DaySpring Records) went on to record solo albums managed by Ray Ware with Sparrow and Diadem Records - including the pop hit "Butterfly Kisses" that sold more than 2 million copies and gave Bob music appearances on The Tonight Show and Oprah Winfrey.

In 2000 Ray Ware persuaded Nicole C. Mullen to take center stage with an artist album for Word Records – which included her powerful song "My Redeemer" – and the following year saw her receive the Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year.  In 2008 Ray Ware persuaded Phil Keaggy to finally put the band together for his 1978 seminal recording The Master & The Musician – and tour it successfully across the USA – only 30 years after the idea first came to him.  In 2010 independent artist Dorothy Savage released her debut album Glorious Mess (Crimson Pink Records) and then proceeded to write a one-woman-show coupling the music with her own redemptive story for stage and church.

Holly Benyousky is the former owner of Street Level Artists Agency, the Christian music industry's oldest booking agency.

For 35 years, Ms. Benyousky guided her company through the renaissance of musical styles performed by gifted of Christian artists including: Randy Stonehill, Larry Norman, Richie Furay, Noel Paul Stookey, Phil Keaggy, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Ashley Cleveland, Steve Taylor, Margaret Becker, Wes King, Bryan Duncan, Alathea, Daily Planet, downhere, The Ragamuffin Band, Charlie Peacock, Mike Yaconelli, David Mullins, Seventy-Sevens, Daniel Amos.

Originally a California based company, Street Level was formed in 1973 to provide a professional link between churches and touring artists who first came into prominence as a result of the Jesus Movement in the  1970's. Her talents as a businesswoman are only surpassed by her loyalty to a cause -- helping Christian organizations present great art . . .in great performances . . by talented artists. She continues this work in management, record company, and touring roles for Michael Card and Phil Keaggy via Covenant Artists, LLC.

Holly currently serves or has served on the board(s) of Michael Card Music, the Cecil Armstrong Foundation, and Women of Grace.

Holly, her husband Frank, and three grown sons live in Warsaw, Indiana where they have resided since 1986. They are patrons of the arts and are active in their church and community.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2011.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424

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