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Downtown Summer School Offers Week-Long Virtual Music Internships

Molly Neuman, the president of Songtrust, a Downtown Music Holdings company, and Abe Batshon, the founder and CEO of BeatStars
Molly Neuman, the president of Songtrust, a Downtown Music Holdings company, and Abe Batshon, the founder and CEO of BeatStars
Credit Molly Neuman, Abe Batshon

One of the goals of Downtown Summer School is to support a thriving creative class now and in the future.

The free virtual, week-long program is open to students interested in the music business.

Molly Neuman, the president of Songtrust, a Downtown Music Holdings company, and Abe Batshon, the founder and CEO of BeatStars, discussed their involvement with the program.

Batshon will be one of the presenters in the week-long program. His company BeatStars is a digital production marketplace that allows music producers to license and sell beats and give away free beats. Batshon became involved with the Downtown Summer School because he wanted to invest and help young people who are interested in the music and entertainment industry.

“They’re [Downtown is] still making a priority to touch, influence, and really impact young people’s lives and it’s just beautiful to see,” said Batshon.

While Downtown Summer School is primarily targeted at high school and college students and those who are in the early stages of their careers, the program is available to anyone around the world.

Downtown Summer School will feature panel discussions with executives from various Downtown divisions, including Downtown Music Publishing, Songtrust, CD Baby, and FUGA, as well as executives from Warner Records, Suntrust, and Beatstars. Participants can look forward to sessions on topics such as:

  • Crafting Hit Songs Around the World
  • How Unsigned Acts Distribute, Monetize and Promote their Music Today
  • Music on Screen
  • Diverse Career Paths into the Music Industry
  • The Future of Music Streaming

The program will broadcast live the week of July 27 with morning sessions starting at 12 p.m., followed by afternoon sessions at 3 p.m.