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Jandoli Institute will explore role of ticket companies in the music industry

Apr 14, 2021 |

The Jandoli Institute will explore the role of corporate ticket companies in its next music and social justice online forum.

Stephen Wilt, an archivist at Media Transfer Service in Rochester, will lead the discussion, which is scheduled for Monday, April 19, at 7 p.m.

“I plan to tackle a series of questions about ticket companies,” Wilt said. “Who holds them accountable? Is it ethical for these companies to include donations as part of ticket prices?”

Wilt’s presentation, part of the institute’s “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” series, will be followed by an online discussion with:

  • David Freeman, a musician, producer and cultural arts educator. Freeman is a faculty member at Pace University’s Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts and Director of Education for Brooklyn Raga Massive. He also serves on the board of The Association of Teaching Artists.
  • Alex R Gillham, an assistant professor of philosophy at St. Bonaventure University. Gillham’s research focuses on topics in ethics, ancient philosophy and philosophy of religion. He is particularly interested in the connection between music, identity and morality.
  • Richard Lee, an associate professor in the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University and executive director of the Jandoli Institute. He writes and comments regularly on the intersection of music and public policy. During his career as a journalist, he covered rock’n’roll for several years before establishing himself as political reporter.
  • Paul Ziek, chair of the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University, where he teaches strategic and organizational communication in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. 

To register for Monday’s forum, complete the institute’s online Registration Form.

The Jandoli Institute launched “Sharp Notes, Sharp Thoughts” in October to explore the connection between music and social justice. The institute developed the project in collaboration with the Department of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts at Pace University. Through the project, scholars, musicians, journalists and others show how music has been – and can continue to be – a positive tool for social change.

Previous forums have explored how today’s society should view the Band’s 1969 song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”; the Jazz and People’s Movement, which brought attention to African American jazz musicians in the 1970s; the role musicians’ fans can play in promoting social justice and punk music’s ability to question corporate behavior.

The institute serves as a forum for academic research, creative ideas and discussion on the intersection between media and democracy. The institute, accessible at jandoli.net, is part of the Jandoli School of Communication at St. Bonaventure University.

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