Asbury College Student Sees the Light on Martha’s Vineyard

Just as the lighthouses of Martha's Vineyard provide a beacon for ocean travelers approaching this tiny Island in the Atlantic, the Contemporary Music Center offers guidance, instruction, and hands-on experience for select college students who wish to dive into the music industry. Asbury College’s own Meghan McPherson has set out to prove this trip worthwhile and is deep in the creative waters of this off-campus study program sponsored by BestSemester.com and the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

megfinalsmall.jpgThe CMC offers classes and real-world experience in songwriting, studio recording, performing, artist management and marketing. Having elected to focus on the business side of music, McPherson serves as manager and booking agent for several artists, while also sharpening her skills in concert promotion, marketing, publicity, and photography.

"It's unbelievable that I get the opportunity to focus on music in such a way that will impact my career in the music industry as an A&R (Artist and Repertoire) representative," says McPherson. "But, the people up here need to listen to more metal."

The CMC is one of eleven semester-away study programs created by the CCCU and BestSemester.com. Students can choose to go to China, Russia, Egypt, Latin America, Oxford, England, Australia, Uganda, Washington, D.C. and Hollywood to explore the interaction of faith and learning in various disciplines. CMC Director, Warren Pettit, explains, “In the five years that we’ve been open, the CMC has helped nearly 300 students from more than 75 colleges prepare for careers in Contemporary music. We’ve already had alums sign with major record labels, and there are nearly 100 who have begun their careers in the music business in New York, Nashville and LA.”

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