Guided by the theme “Foundation,” the DC Music Summit’s 2022 summit, it's fifth annual conference was a collaborative effort between DCMS and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. The Duke Ellington students were fully integrated with the core DCMS team of volunteers putting on the summit. Its Technical Design and Production (TDP) students worked along side professionals and volunteers doing the tech work necessary to put on the summit. The students, particularly, the senior members put on a masterclass on professionalism. For all of the Duke Ellington 125+ TDP students, student performers, and other student volunteers, the summit was an opportunity to grow their pre-professional skills working alongside industry professionals.
The 2022 Summitwas held over 3 days site on Duke Ellington's campus. Over 250 DMV-based attendees, session leaders, panelists, and volunteers joined us. Major sponsors included: Chuck Levin's, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA), the DC Office of Creative Affairs, Humanities DC, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Levine Music, Pie Shop, Alchemical Records, Machine Room Studio, Mars Arts DC, DC Strings Workshop, Vetrepreneur, Lucid District, DC Now Events, CLE Business Services, DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment, the Musicianship, Message in the Music, Jabert, and Rep It Social.
The Summit featured hosts Pi-Anir [Pioneer](Poet), Little Bacon Bear (On-air personality 93.9 WKYS FM) and TolumiDE (Award-winning singer-songwriter); and keynote speaker Anwan "Big G" Glover.
Programming included educational sessions, interviews with local artists and local music industry leaders on Instagram Live with the DCMS Speaks team, and art activations including:
Becoming a Creative Entrepreneur by Yudu Gray Jr.
Music and Creativity for Healing, by Tamara Wellons
Songwriting: Tips to Increase, Improve, and Ignite Your Musical Output, by Sarah Fridrich
Intellectual Property: Protecting Your Business's Assets, by Adia B. Coleman
How to Book a Successful Tour, by Amy K. Bormet
Racism in Children's Music: Liberating Music for the Black Child, by Devin Walker (Uncle Devin)
Building Youth Power through Music, by Noel Schroeder & Shad Rose (Girls Rock DC)
Byrdland Records Presents Pressing and Distributing Vinyl Records panel (featuring Joe Lapan and Phillip Basnight & Rebecca Silverstein of Broke Royals)
The DCMS oral history project "You Gotta Leave DC to Get Love." It's commonly thought that artists need to leave DC in order to grow creative businesses. The oral history project addressed and challenged his notion by showing the wonderful work being done to help artists succeed in DC.
The District of Misfits live podcast show. The District of Misfits are made up of four co-hosts Marcus Bradley Donovan (Pasteurized Chef), Damon “Boo” Dixon (Crushing Boo), Valerie Torres, Jamie Roderick, and our sound engineer Nick “Boozy Bastard” Romero. The are verything DC and all of the DMV, focusing on the local restaurant/bar industry, musicians, artists, journalists, and people doing good in the DMV.
"Fresh Convos: A DC Hip Hop Oral History" is a short-form documentary produced in partnership with Humanities D.C., the DC Oral History Collaborative, the DC Public Library, and the AMPHBNS collective. The film, which premiered at the Summit, captures a remarkable period in the D.C. region when HIP HOP artists from the area came together at numerous locations along the U Street corridor to produce what is now known as "the golden era of the DMV." JoeyTooFresh, the host of the "Fresh Convos" podcast, gathered the information required to produce a film that vividly depicts the thriving existence of Hip Hop culture in the D.C. Metropolitan region in the mid-1990s.
There was of course music, including live performances, by local DJs and artists:
The Duke Ellington School of the Arts Radical Elite, Jazz Combo, and Voices in Motion Show Choir
DJ Franky J
&amo (Andamo Ford) and
and the Music Industry A-Z” panels—consisting of DC music industry experts: