The Philadelphia chapter of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals paired with Drexel’s Mad Dragon Music Group to hold a reception for the Philadelphia record and music industry community at Drexel University’s URBN Annex Oct. 11.
Formed in 1998, NARIP promotes education, career advancement and goodwill among music and record industry professionals. NARIP members include senior record executives, music producers, music publishers, music film and television executives, music supervisors, concert promoters, personal artist managers, artist agents, music attorneys and others who have enjoyed the career-boosting benefits of the organization.
Based in Los Angeles with nine chapters including Philadelphia, NARIP offers professional development opportunities, educational programs with top executives, the opportunity to meet and interact with peers, a job bank, a mentor network, a newsletter and more. Having members at all major multinationals, many independent labels and start-ups across the U.S. and worldwide translates into information and access. NARIP has connected countless people to industry jobs and opportunities, and facilitated in launching hundreds of projects and several companies. NARIP has also helped members secure more than 1000 music placements in film, TV, advertising and trailers through its popular Music Supervisor Pitch Sessions. NARIP helps the modern music industry professionals connect and form strong business relationships across the global music marketplace.
The event garnered a lot of attention and received more than 200 RSVPs. As soon as the event started, the URBN Annex was filled with guests which included industry professionals and luminaries of the Philadelphia music community. Among them were NARIP Philadelphia Executive Director Roy Braverman and Board Members Linda Roeder and Blair Kaplan, who will spearhead the launch of the Philadelphia chapter.
The reception was a great networking opportunity for both professionals and students interested in the music industry. Everyone was encouraged to come with fresh ideas, enthusiasm and plenty of business cards. Both NARIP and Mad Dragon Music Group had tables set up so that attendees could get more information about the organizations.
Towards the end of the event, all guests gathered in the Pearlstein Gallery. Music Industry Professor Marc Offenbach said some opening words and then invited Braverman up to speak. Braverman opened by thanking all those who attended and especially those who participated in putting on the event. He then officially introduced the other board members, Roeder and Kaplan, to the guests. The board ended with an announcement regarding the slate of programs that NARIP is implementing throughout Philadelphia.
NARIP Philadelphia’s first event was a success! It was the perfect way to introduce the organization to the city. Almost everyone who attended left with more ideas, knowledge and connections than they had when they first arrived. The Philadelphia chapter will be putting on more events towards the end of the year including a networking brunch and a music supervisor pitch session. One does not necessarily need to be a NARIP member to attend their events. The calendar of all upcoming events can be found on the NARIP website.