Globe University Music Business graduate Melanie Skrzypchak came to Globe with a very specific vision. She wanted to build and manage a world class concert venue that brings major acts to her home town of Wausau, Wis.
She made connections with the Florida-based band, Ready the Colours, while still in school earning her degree in music business. She elevated their careers and advanced hers in the process. Word of her expertise began to spread and soon other bands were knocking on her door, prompting the formation of her own artist management company, Organized Chaos Management. As she says, “the name fits the job and I absolutely love it”.
When asked how artist management fits in with her dream, Melanie replied, “I’m learning about buying talent by selling talent; working with venue owners is teaching me how to run a venue, working with national artists is teaching me how to work with agents, managers and touring personnel. I’m making a ton of industry connections that will be assets for a lifetime.”
To ensure each client receives her full attention Melanie is holding her roster to two bands: Ready the Colours and 4th Floor. For Ready the Colours, she produced a 10-day tour from Florida to Madison, booking the band at venues in Tampa, Nashville, Memphis, South Carolina, Chicago, and Milwaukee.
She set up radio interviews on Chicago’s legendary station WGN, which reaches 38 states, and she set up the launch of the band’s new song, “What You’re Made Of,” at a station in South Carolina. Melanie has also registered the band with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), handled all copyright and legal matters, launched their social media, scheduled a music video shoot for their latest song, secured music distribution, designed T shirts and even made sure they were fed along the way.
Melanie has kept 4th Floor steadily booked since joining forces in 2012, continuing well into 2013. She has secured high profile opening act slots with national artists like 10 Years, Royal Bliss and Wayland. She has secured a corporate sponsor to defray touring and recording costs, handled copyright and legal matters, advised them on re-branding their image and changing their name, and even had input on choosing a new van to purchase.
The artist management path to owning a venue in Wausau is already leading full circle to Melanie’s vision. A sound engineer at a Wausau venue heard about her success and contacted her about partnering to produce a major Wausau show featuring national acts. Melanie jumped at the opportunity. It looks like Melanie is on her way home. One “chaotic” step at a time has led straight up and into the vision she had when she first arrived at Globe University. Congratulations Melanie!
By Jim Brandmeier, Music Business Program Chair and Kim Martin, Student Accounts Representative