Once upon a time, anyone who wanted to make a career in music got his start by busking on the streets, or by strong-arming his way onto a concert lineup, or by camping outside of a record companys door. These days, however, you can go to the School of Higher DJing in Miami, take a class in hip-hop dance at Pop Starz, Inc. in Boca (!), or even figure out how to start your own label with a course at the local library. The First Annual Hip-hop Music Empowerment Conference includes six workshops for rappers who have their eyes on a platinum record. Topics include Education Read and understand your contract; Politics Watcha [sic] didnt know will hurt you ; and Economics Manage your budget. Optimistically, the course takes participants from the preschool level (with a workshop called Social Style & Fashion the appearance) through graduate study (Ownership Own your label/Copyright your music) in one swift day. Hell, they even do it in one swift workshop: in Creative Freedom & Power you learn both how to Write your own lyrics and how to [Make] the video.
Sat., Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.