BEAU has been hosting events for the community since it first opened its doors, but it’s still impressive when students can orchestrate a packed music event. BEAU recently hosted ‘BEAU Unplugged’, an acoustic battle-of-the-bands concert where competing bands were scored by a panel of judges. The bands were competing for the coveted prize of studio time at BEAU. And the event did not disappoint.
As part of their capstone project, music and entertainment business program graduating students were given the task of connecting with the community. Amalia (Molly) Osteyee, Emily Allen and Raymond Bowers decided to host a battle of the bands event and organized it from start to finish. They shared their thoughts on the experience below.
How did you start preparing?
“We talked to students because we wanted to collaborate with other programs, not just make it a music business project,” said Molly Osteyee. “We talked to sound design and music production, graphic design and entertainment design.”
Were you impressed with what other students could do?
“Yes. We were really impressed with the set design program. We talked to them about the feel and mood we wanted, and they came back with sketches and models. They were very gracious about taking feedback and refining it to the set we had in mind,” noted Emily Allen. “Graphic Design was also great because they did a great job designing and making the flyer we used.”
What was everyone’s favorite part of the event?
“It was great seeing the feedback from the community,” added Raymond Bowers. “I didn’t know how many people would come, and we filled up the downstairs area.”
“Seeing fantastic artists perform was the most satisfying feeling for me,” said Emily Allen.
“It was definitely being able to work with different programs. We had to come up with the idea on our own, promote it, follow up and have meetings; go in early before the event started, clean up after everyone left,” remarked Molly Osteyee. “The organization and interaction were a huge deal. I loved it all and learned a lot,”