The University of Montana Entertainment Management Program (UMEM) has partnered with the Badlander, the Palace Lounge, and the University Center to bring you the Big Gig.
The Big Gig is a student organized, managed, produced, and performed event. The Big Gig offers student musicians who have never played a big show the opportunity to perform for a large audience. Many of the student musicians have been selected from the UC's open mic nights. The four student artist groups performing at the Big Gig this year are Conor Dannis, Darah Fogarty & Ryan James, Jordan Lane & Ian Velikoff, and the Pale People. The Big Gig will begin at 9:30 pm at the Palace Lounge at 147 W. Broadway in Missoula, MT on March, 24th, 2016. The event is 21+ with no cover.
For more information, please visit our Facebook Event Page!
Students of UMEM host Spring Thaw, which is an annual event series held in Missoula and on campus of the University of Montana throughout spring semester. Students work together to participate in every aspect of these events, from marketing to sponsorships to production.
For up-to-date information about Spring Thaw, please visit our Spring Thaw page on Facebook!
Since 2005, UMEM has organized trips toPollstar Live!, formerly the Concert Industry Consortium. Pollstar Live! is the premier gathering of concert industry professionals. At the events, students work alongside Pollstar staff and fellow students from other universities across the country. Students volunteer throughout the conference in exchange for a full conference registration, which includes access to the Annual Pollstar Awards Show and a diverse selection of panel topics that dealt with EDM Events and North American Casinos to Digital Marketing and Production.
Pollstar Live! 2016 will take place in San Francisco, California, February 10-12, 2016, and is based around the theme of "Bridging Technology and Live Events."
Not many people get the chance to escort Grammy-winning country music star Keith Urban to a VIP reception at a New York City event. Or shake hands with actor/singer Dan Aykroyd. Or deliver a gift bag to singer-songwriter John Mayer's dressing room. But a group of University of Montana Entertainment Management students got the chance to be backstage and front of house, helping coordinate a festival and fundraiser put together by one of music's legendary names, Eric Clapton.
Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, sponsored by Chase, was held in Madison Square Garden April 12-13, 2013, and was a benefit for Crossroads Centre Antigua, a chemical dependency treatment center founded by Clapton. The festival featured more than thirty of the world's greatest guitar players,including Mayer, Urban, Jeff Beck, Taj Mahal, BB King, the Allman Brothers Band and Clapton himself.
Half a dozen students headed to Madison Square Garden after two semesters and hundreds of hours of work promoting and publicizing Clapton's festival. They were among the first to announce, via social media, ticket sales to the festival—the fourth one so far. Once announced, tickets sold out in seventeen minutes. Some of the students' pre-festival work included:
- designing and implementing the Crossroads website, Facebook page, and Twitter profile,
- encouraging more than 19,000 people to "like" the Facebook page,
- working with radio stations across the nation on contests, promotions, and giveaway prizes, and
- collecting donated products from national companies such as Hard Rock Cafe, Trader Joe's and Olympus as well as from Montana businesses to put together gift bags for artists who volunteered their time