SXSWedu – “Music Workforce Development: Hiring Post-College”

3:30-4:30 pm Panel


Music Workforce Development is an important yet undiscussed topic.The relationship between employers and educators is crucial. Better-educated students lead to more qualified applicants entering the workforce, easing the burden and cost of hiring new employees. Local economies depend on these new jobs to create revenue, attract talent, and investment. Join our panel to learn how experts in education, economic development, and top employers are creating solutions, value, and more jobs.


Ted Cohen, MediaTech Ventures
Gigi Johnson, Center for Creative Futures / UCLA
Natalie Perardi, Electronic Arts
Don Pitts, Sound Music Cities


The South by Southwest Education Conference & Festival is an annual event that fosters innovation in learning.

The SXSW EDU (pronounced South by Southwest E-D-U) community is optimistic, forward-thinking, and purpose-driven with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.

The tenth annual SXSW EDU will return to Austin, March 9-12, 2020. The four-day event offers compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, future-focused competitions, an expo, networking opportunities, and so much more.

Through opportunities for collaboration, creativity, and engagement, SXSW EDU empowers its global community to connect, discover, and impact.

SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSW EDU extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include society’s true rock stars: educators!




Ted Cohen

Head of Corporate Development,
MediaTech Ventures


Natalie Perardi

Global Operations for Influencer Marketing,
Electronic Arts


Don Pitts

Sound Music Cities


Gigi Louisa Johnson

Maremel Institute

Blending the University at SXSWedu

Thanks to all who attended our 9 am presentation on March 6, 2013 at SXSWedu in Austin, TX, on Blending the University.  We had a full house of 125 seats plus folks tucked along the back wall.  We also had a robust conversation on the question of organizational challenges with blended learning design during the session and following throughout the day.

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