CMS-ATMI Technology Lecture: Careers in Music Technology

Careers in Music Technology

Where is the digital media, music technology, and entertainment technology industry going? What real-world opportunities are available for the next-generation of students at established companies like Adobe, Dolby, Spotify, Pandora, Sonos, Native Instruments, Autodesk, and more? Can students in your programs pursue their own businesses and startups in this sector?

Many students leave college without knowing how their newfound skills can translate to a specific job. They aren’t aware of the opportunities available in the music, digital media, entertainment technology, and consumer electronics industry.

This lecture provides insights from hiring managers, executives, advisors, and investors at top companies. We aim to teach faculty how industry really works. We will explore case studies of students who have successfully transitioned from live sound engineering to product management, from music theory to Chief Operating Officer, and more. Finally, we discuss the resources offered by Real Industry, an educational nonprofit and mentorship network.


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Jay LeBoeuf (Real Industry)

Jay LeBoeuf is a technology executive and entrepreneur in the media creation and production industry. Jay is the President/Executive Director of Real Industry - a non-profit transforming how students learn about the tech industry and how products go from idea through commercialization. LeBoeuf led R&D, IP, and technology strategy as Strategic Technology Director at iZotope. Jay founded and was CEO of intelligent audio technology company Imagine Research, which was acquired by iZotope in March 2012. While creating a "Google for Sound", Jay was recognized as a Bloomberg Businessweek Innovator, awarded $1.1M in Small Business Innovation Research grants by the U.S. National Science Foundation, and interviewed on BBC World, Science 360, and other major media outlets. Prior to founding Imagine Research, LeBoeuf was a researcher in the Advanced Technology Group at Digidesign (Avid Technology) in charge of innovations for the industry-standard Pro Tools platform. LeBoeuf lectures on Real Industry and audio / machine learning at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and is on the Board of Advisors for music startups Chromatik and Humtap.