The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Sunday, April 25 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Artist Relations and the Power of the Interview w/ Jason King and Liz Pelly (Room A: Sky Church)

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Artist Relations and the Power of the Interview w/ Jason King and Liz Pelly (Room A: Sky Church)

With support from Critical Minded, the Pop Convergence is expanding our mentorship offerings with seven hour-long sessions designed to assist up-and-coming music writers from underrepresented and marginalized communities. All sessions are now filled for direct participants but this is a public session that audience members are allowed into.

Session Description: Anyone who aspires to write music journalism needs to sharpen their skills at conducting artist interviews; the artist interview is also a core feature of music curation for podcasts, music documentaries, and live events. Writers are often tasked with artist relations, which can include finding, pitching and recruiting musicians for features, and for a wide range of curated projects and events—that wrangling is a skill on its own. In this workshop, writers and scholars Jason King and Liz Pelly discuss how writers can conduct effective interviews through by becoming skilled at asking savvy questions and by becoming effective listeners; and they’ll address best practices in artist relations that every music writer should master.

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Jason King

Chair & Professor, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, New York University
Jason King is the Chair of New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Jason is a musician, DJ, performer, producer, songwriter, scholar, curator, journalist and a widely published scholar, writing on the cultural politics of artists like Beyonce, Drake, Roberta... Read More →
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Liz Pelly

Adjunct Professor, writer, critic; Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music
Liz Pelly is a writer and critic based in New York. She covers music, culture, media, streaming and the internet. Her byline appears most often at The Baffler, where she is a columnist and contributing editor. She currently teaches at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music... Read More →

Sunday April 25, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Room A: Sky Church