"I loved my four years at Oneonta State University. I always knew I wanted to work with music, but not on the performance side of the business. So I majored in Music Industry and Minored in Marketing. The classes the music industry major offered exposed me to the many different aspects of the music business and created an atmosphere where students worked together and created real friendships. I am still in touch to this day
(7 years later!) with many of the music industry students I went with to classes and club meetings.
I was very involved in the extracurricular music-related groups on campus. I was business manager & DJ @ WONY and started an unsigned bands radio show. I was also President of the music industry club for 2 years and I was a member of the Concert Committee. We would throw battle of the bands shows at local clubs, take field trips to studios, and invite guest speakers to visit with the groups.
Most of all the internship required for the music industry major helped get my foot in the door at the company I am still with today-Interscope Geffen A&M Records, in the Tour Marketing/Artist Development Department. I was hired 2 weeks after my internship ended and that was Oct '97. I have been with the company through moves, mergers, and I created a need for my position to be relocated from Los Angeles to New York City, where I work all of the concerts and events our artists have in the NY/NJ area.
I am very grateful to Dr. Barstow and Dr. Nepkie for all their guidance throughout my years at Oneonta and for helping me get where I am today. It is definitely hard work to break into this industry and STAY in it, because there is always someone right behind you looking to move ahead, but if you are passionate and dedicated to music, it can be the most rewarding career ever. I cannot imagine doing anything else. I loved the music industry program at Oneonta State and I am always looking for ways to help it any way I can!"
Jenn Federici '97