About the VALE Music Industry Conference
In 2003, the music business and recording students of LVC and Albright College decided to host the first regional conference for the Music and Entertainment Industry Students Association (MEISA). The conference was held at Albright and approximately 80 guests were in attendance.
In 2004, LVC hosted the conference with approximately 100 guests in attendance.
In 2006, the LVC students decided to have a yearly music industry conference entitled "LVC-MIC". The students hoped that over the years the conference would gain in scope, in attendance, in subjects and in respect. Highly respected professionals from all portions of the industry have noted the organization and the students who host the conference. One of the highlights from this conference was having the newly signed SONY band, Nevertheless, talk to attendants. They also performed a benefit show after the conference.
In 2007, a class was created to plan and host this event. All aspects of organizing and hosting a major event were learned in a in-class setting and applied to the real world. The senior of the class lead specialized teams, working in different groups such as marketing, finance, A&R, facilities and more. The skills learned by the seniors are then passed down from class to class.
In 2008, the conference adopted its first theme: Independent's Day. More than 200 members were in attendance and were welcomed by a new Harley Davidson motorcycle in the lobby of the music building. Harley was a major sponsor of the conference. Panelists for this conference ranged from Harry Dean (DJQ-Ball) of The Bloodhound Gang to Martin Atkins, drummer for Nine-inch Nails.
In 2009, LVC hosted its fifth music industry conference. For the first time LVC featured a lunch performance by Adam Kowalczyk a member of the band LIVE, and a drum clinic with Matty Longo. Nan Warshaw, CEO of Bloodshot Records flew in from Chicago to take part in the conference and gave private lectures with classes the following week.
In 2010, the sixth conference at LVC, there was record attendance with approximately 250 people. Jeremy Hummel, co-founder of Breaking Benjamin, gave an awesome demonstration during a drum clinic. Mentoring stations were a new feature , where people could have one-on-one discussions with professionals from all areas of the industry.
In 2011, LVC hosted its seventh music conference: R/evolution. Jason Rubal, owner of the local recording studio, Seventh Wave Studio, gave a presentation with an interesting perspective into the music industry. Red Sun Rising also gave a small concert performance at the end of the conference.
In 2012, LVC hosted its eight music conference: 8-bit, with over 300 in attendance. For the first time there was an entire panel designated to Christian Music, there was also a very informative songwriting panel. Mentors were still available for conference guests to talk with between and during panels. This is the first time the conference was free of charge to all guests.