FULL PANEL DISCUSSION—From left, giving their support to the cause, were Rick Adams, Ulish Carter, Chuck Leavens, Tene Croom and Kevin Amos who are enjoying the discussion. (Courier Photo/Rossano P. Stewart)


On Saturday Aug. 10, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pittsburgh’s one and only home grown music-tech- radio conference was free to the general public.

The Each One Teach One music and radio conference  brought together an incredible array of musicians, arts advocates, policymakers, technologists, media representatives and industry figures to discuss issues at the intersection of music, technology, policy and law.

Past conferences were held on the campus of Carnegie-Mellon University. This year’s location was the Bloomfield-Garfield Activity Center. The center serves as BGC’s primary meeting place for public events and is located in the Penn Avenue Arts District. 

Each One Teach One is a known African Proverb. The original author is unknown.

This phrase originated in the U.S. during slavery, when Africans and African-Americans were denied education, including learning to read. Many, if not most slaves were kept in a state of ignorance about anything beyond their immediate circumstances which were under control of owners, the law makers and the authorities. Denying education was one of the methods used to keep them docile and instill and maintain the belief that they were inferior and unworthy of a life beyond subservience, labor and harsh treatment.

“This event is important because it shares the value of participatory education. The Each One Teach One Conference, in its brief history, has established itself as an annual event which uses these techniques to further our knowledge of ourselves as culture carriers. Music and the influences upon it carry the soundtrack and imprint of our very lives,” said Kevin Amos, organizer.

Past Each One, Teach One Conferences have included:

Visionary presentations from music industry leaders, innovators and thought-leaders

Special conversations with leading musicians, producers and policymakers

How artists earn a living in today’s music landscape

Musicians examining innovative digital music services

An up-close look at successful creative communities and music scenes across the country

The legal and technological environment

Creating Community media

Past presenters and panels:

The REAL Rock: Black Rock, Innovators and creators.

Jazz and Jazz programming: The changing media landscape.

AMERICANA SOUL: “The Blue Roots of Americana Music.

Blues Panel

Reggae and World Music Panel

Black Radio confidential: Creating a new inch with an old ruler?

New Media with the “Techno Granny” Joanne Quinn-Smith

Paradise Gray and Jasiri Xtra presented “How to Succeed In Hip-hop without Selling your Soul”

Andrew W. Thornhill our “Transmedia” expert. He is a nationally recognized authority on change in the media marketplace, digital media and the industry-wide, 2009 DTV transition.

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