Read Original Article
Tulsa’s Jim Halsey, a legendary music manager and impresario who has guided the careers of 29 Country Music Hall of Fame members and 10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, announced the launch of a Starmaker360 app for individuals wanting to learn more about or advance their careers in the music and entertainment industry.
The classroom-styled iOS and Android app connects users to educational content directly from a panel of industry experts in the field of music and entertainment.
Halsey, who built the No. 1 country music agency in the world, shares information he learned while shepherding the careers of The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark and many other entertainment giants.
A news release announcing the app said Halsey digs deep into the fundamentals: how to develop an act, how to get an agent, how to use the press to build your audience and how to play the biggest and best forums. The release said his advice will help you find your place on the team — “the position that will give you the most successful and most fulfilling career. Whether you dream of seeing your name in lights or prefer a powerful position behind the scenes, Jim Halsey can tell you how to achieve your dream.”
The Jim Halsey Music Business Institute launched the app in partnership with MusicTO. Courses contain interviews from key artists and innovative industry leaders such as Halsey and artists from his long career, including the Oak Ridge Boys, Dwight Yoakam and Clark, who recently passed away. Interviews also are available with Doc McGhee, CEO of McGhee Entertainment; Brian O’Connell, president of Live Nation Country Touring; Paul Sizelove, vice president of Gaither Music Group; Jeremy Westby, CEO of 2911 Media; and a number of important agents and artist managers, plus many others.
“All of the relationships we’ve built for decades will be a huge benefit to everyone wanting to learn more about the music and entertainment business,” Halsey said in the release.
“We were the first collegiate music business degree program (Oklahoma City University) receiving national accreditation as well as the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts and Education Award. This gives us another opportunity to share a wealth of knowledge and creative connectivity to thousands of app users.”
Halsey said the program was originally created and developed by his son, Sherman “as a practical series of classes that discuss vital methods and information, shared by industry experts, helping enable participants to find their path to success. We share methods, formulas and strategies gained through 70 years discovering, developing and building artists’ careers.”
The Starmaker360 app provides opportunities to interact and network with Halsey and other industry leaders during hosted in-app Q&A sessions exclusive to students. Students can interact with other students and submit demo videos/audio tracks of their musical skills as a singer, musician, producer or songwriter. They share their interests in the music industry with detailed profiles which Starmaker360 will use to match students with other students and with professionals in the music industry.
The first 500 students to download the Starmaker360 app will receive a special introductory price of $199 for access to the entire program.
For more information and to download the app, visit www.starmaker360.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @Starmaker360.