Alumni Review: Jennifer Budd, Entertainment Business Management 2008

Jennifer Budd originally chose to attend the Institute in order to attain a career in the entertainment industry. Little did she know that her education would eventually also lead to an employment position.

After doing her own thorough research, and meeting with Alex Andronache in the MWI Admissions Department, Jen enrolled in the Entertainment Business Management Program in the fall of 2007.

Jen says that the year long program “was intense to say the least, and it was more work than the “career” that I left in order to attend school.”

The best thing about the program, says Budd, was the variety and wealth of knowledge she gained.
“The classes covered a broad range of topics, all extremely relevant to what is going on in today’s music marketplace.”

Jen also gained valuable hands-on experience through volunteering at events such as Canadian Music Week and the Oakville Waterfront Festival, “opportunities that I would not have likely come across had it not been for Metalworks.”

Shortly after graduating with honours from the Entertainment Business Management Program, Jen was offered a full-time position as Production Assistant / Production Manager with Metalworks Production Group. In the four short months since joining the Production Group, Jen has worked with artists such as Jully Black, David Usher, The Arkells, Our Lady Peace, and the Canadian Idol Top 10.

When she’s not on a show site, Jen also owns and operates a band / artist services company, ayrn Entertainment. According to Jen, ayrn Entertainment specializes in providing today’s up and coming artists and bands with all the tools they need to not only set them apart amongst the other bands in the market, but to help them take their careers to the next level.

Regardless of whether it’s working with the Production Group, or on her own business, Jen benefits daily from the skills and knowledge she received at MWI.

“Whether I’m working with a client, or I’m on show-site, the education that I received at Metalworks is helping every step of the way.”

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