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Garland Jeffreys

Master Class with Garland Jeffreys
2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14
ACM@UCO Songwriting Room
FREE & Open to the public


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ACM@UCO Faculty Member Releases New Album

Sephra SheuberAugust 21, 2017

ACM@UCO faculty member Sephra Scheuber released her new album “Pieces of Schema” on Tuesday, Aug. 22.  The album is the antithesis of a concept album with each song twisting into a new musical perspective, blending the spirit of complex bass and the spirit of bold punk.  Sephra will perform songs from her new album on Friday, Sept. 22 at IAO Gallery located at 706 W. Sheridan Ave.  To listen to her album and learn more about her upcoming show, visit her Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/sephramusic or her website at http://shmoerecords.com/sephra


ACM@UCO Performance Program Director Co-Writes Songs on ZHU’s New EP

ZHU

August 18, 2017

Mitch Bell, ACM@UCO’s Music Performance Program Director, recently co-wrote three out of the four songs on ZHU’s new EP titled “stardustexhalemarrakechdreams”. The EP released on Friday, Aug. 18 and is currently featured on Spotify’s new enhanced electronic playlist “mint.” We are super proud of Mitch and all of the great work he is doing with ZHU!


Garland Jeffreys Master Class
2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14

Garland JefferysAugust 17, 2017

Attention ACM@UCO Students! We will be hosting a master class with acclaimed musician Garland Jeffreys at 2 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14 in the ACM@UCO Songwriting Room located on the first floor of the building.  The master class is FREE and open to the public.

Jeffreys is best-known for his 1977 hit single “Wild In The Streets” as well as for his many collaborations and performances with artists including Bruce Springsteen, U2, James Taylor and Lou Reed, among others. He is currently touring to promote his new album “14 Steps To Harlem,” which has received critical praise from USA Today, American Songwriter and Billboard.

Later in the evening, Jeffreys will perform songs from his new album at the ACM@UCO Performance Lab located at 329 E. Sheridan Ave. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at levelland.preferredfan.com. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m.

Check out Jeffrey’s famous single “Wild In The Streets” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RzBZsOeqOQ

Questions? Contact Liz Johnson, Director of PR/Marketing, at 405-974-4711 or ejohnson26@uco.edu


ACM@UCO CEO Invited to be Member of 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame Selection Committee

Scott BookerMay 9, 2017

Media Contact:  Liz Johnson, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, ACM@UCO, 405-974-4711, ejohnson26@uco.edu

Scott Booker, CEO and executive director of the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), will serve as a member of the Recording Academy’s 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame committee.  Invited by Neil Portnow, president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), this is the second year Booker has been invited to serve on the committee.           

According to Grammy.org, “The Grammy Hall of Fame was established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.  Inductees are selected annually by a special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.”

Past Grammy Hall of Fame recipients include “Abbey Road” by The Beatles, “Blood on the Tracks” by Bob Dylan, “Over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland, and “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash, to name a few.  A complete list of past recipients can be found at www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/hall-of-fame.           

“It’s such an honor to be asked by the Grammy Hall of Fame to help curate the recognition of music that has shaped our lives,” said Booker.           

“Last year I suggested Merle Haggard and his ‘Okie From Muskogee’ album and was happy to see it included.  I’m excited to be a part of such an exciting organization working to raise our awareness of classic albums and songs.”           

In addition to serving as the CEO and executive director of the ACM@UCO, Booker continues to manage three-time Grammy Award-winning band, the Flaming Lips, as well as Oklahoma City-based indie rock band Horse Thief and Night Moves, a Minneapolis-based countrified rock band. 

The ACM@UCO is an innovative contemporary music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering industry-based, real world educational experiences for those interested in a career in contemporary music.  Students can earn a two-year associate’s degree in music performance, music business or music production and have the option to continue on to earn the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Contemporary Music.  Additionally, the academy is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and offers minors in music performance, music business and music production for UCO students majoring in other disciplines.

At the ACM@UCO Booker has guided the creation of much of the music business and music history classes ensuring that students learn about artists ranging from the Velvet Underground and Frank Sinatra to Marvin Gaye and Joni Mitchell.  Additionally, he has secured various artists to participate in the ACM@UCO Master Class Series, which features influential musicians and music industry professionals.  Past master class guests include Elvis Costello, Maynard James Keenan of Tool, John Oates of Hall & Oates, Ted Dwane and Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne, Roger Daltrey of The Who and Jim James of My Morning Jacket.

For further information about the ACM@UCO or to read more about Scott Booker, visit www.acm-uco.com.

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Editor’s Note:  Download art associated with this release at https://media.uco.edu/press/uploads/2017/05/scott-booker-submitted.jpg.

Cutline:  Scott Booker, CEO and executive director of the ACM@UCO, was recently invited to be a member of The Recording Academy’s 2017 Grammy Hall of Fame committee.


ACM@UCO Teams Up with Chesapeake Energy Arena to Provide Scholarships to Students

April 17, 2017

Media Contact:  Liz Johnson, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, ACM@UCO, 405-974-4711, ejohnson26@uco.edu

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) and SMG-managed Chesapeake Energy Arena have partnered to support scholarships for ACM@UCO students as a way of recognizing the touring artists that perform at the arena.           

To kick off the new partnership, the Chesapeake Energy Arena will make donations to the ACM@UCO Artists Scholarship Endowment fund on behalf of Neil Diamond, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Joe Walsh. Each artist will perform at the arena this month.  The donations will grow the endowment, providing scholarships to ACM@UCO students in perpetuity.           

“As Oklahoma City’s largest musical venue, we are excited to provide donations on behalf of Neil Diamond, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Joe Walsh to support local music students at the ACM@UCO, helping develop the next generation of musical talent,” said Hugh Lombardi, general manager of the Chesapeake Energy Arena.           

“Hopefully, one day soon, one of the scholarship recipients will be playing to sold out crowds at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, right here in OKC,” Lombardi said.           

The Chesapeake Energy Arena opened its doors in 2002 and has been host to more than 1,200 events and more than 10 million fans.  Home to the Oklahoma City Thunder (beginning with the 2008-09 NBA season), the arena is managed by SMG, which, since 1977, has provided management services to 233 public assembly facilities.           

“The ACM@UCO is excited to receive support for our endowed scholarship fund from our neighbors at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in the names of some our favorite artists,” said Scott Booker, CEO and executive director of the ACM@UCO.           

“Support like this shows the deep-rooted connection growing between the music industry and the growth of the next generation of not only artists, but the people who often work behind the scenes to bring amazing shows to our city.  We cannot thank the Chesapeake Energy Arena enough for their generosity.”

The ACM@UCO is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and is unlike any other music program in the U.S., offering an industry-based, real world educational experience for those interested in a career in today’s music industry.  Students can earn a two-year associate’s degree in music performance, music business or music production and continue on to the Bachelor of Applied Technology in Contemporary Music program.

For further information about the ACM@UCO, visit www.acm-uco.com or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ACM.UCO.

For further information about the Chesapeake Energy Arena, as well as a complete listing of upcoming events and performances, visit www.chesapeakearena.com.

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