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Millikin University to host Midwest Music Expo this Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.

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Those interested in making music, art or gaining insight into creative entrepreneurship are invited to attend the Midwest Music Expo hosted at Millikin University May 3-4. The Midwest Music Expo, presented by First Step Records, a Millikin student-run record company, is a hub for the exchange of ideas, connections and opportunities for singers, musicians, producers, DJs, managers, podcasters, bloggers, designers and artists.

The expo will be held in the University Commons on Millikin's campus beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 3.

During the expo, panels of professionals will help artists monetize their passions; successful employers will talk about their unique paths; and driven individuals will connect through topics including: vinyl, touring, the record industry, live sound/performing, social media, public relations, mental health in the creative industry, publishing, booking, mixing/mastering/production, song writing and more.

The expo will also feature over 25 companies who will set up shop, meet, greet and discuss their businesses and career paths. The event is the first of its kind through Millikin University's College of Fine Arts.

Special guests for the Midwest Music Expo include:

*Martin Atkins, Music Business Program Coordinator, Millikin University. Martin Atkins is an English drummer and session musician, best known for his work in Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Pigface and Killing Joke.

*Roy Elkins, CEO/Founder, Broadjam is a U.S.-based music community website primarily aimed at independent musicians. Users can interact with other artists, enter contests and collaborate with peers through email, reviews, blogs and other social networking tools.

*Jaime de'Medici, Adjunct, Business & Entrepreneurship, Columbia College Chicago. Jaime de'Medici has been working in Chicago music and media industries under the name Jaime Black for nearly two decades. In 2005, he launched Dynasty Podcasts, the first music podcast in the city of Chicago's entire history.

Registration and a pre-networking event will kick off the expo at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 3, followed by panel discussions from 4--7 p.m. The expo will continue on Saturday, May 4 with panel sessions and events from 9 a.m. -- 5 p.m.

Tickets are required for entry into events. For more information about the Midwest Music Expo, visit

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 1, 2019
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