With the aim to promote Mandarin pop music directly on school campus, the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development is organizing four music lectures and mini-concerts in four local universities in October and November.
The first half of the events comprises of music forums, in which veteran musicians, songwriters and singers will share their career experiences and music production knowledge. Following the discussion will be live concerts by singers or indie bands performing classic Mandarin songs and their own works. The events are expected to deepen students' understanding of Taiwan's pop music industry and attract those with the greatest potential to work in Taiwan's cultural and creative sector.
The first event kicked off at the National Cheng Kung University in Tainan on Oct. 16. Kai of indie band 1976 and Hui Ting of Tizzy Bac talked about band management and organization. And then three popular indie bands - Dark White-Collar Workers, hush! and My Skin Against Your Skin - performed in a concert that offered students a glimpse of the lesser-known scenes that take place behind audiovisual productions.
The speakers in the remaining three events to be held at the National Sun Yat-sen University, Shih Hsin University and National Chengchi University include: award-winning singer J.J. Lin, a cappella group O-Kai Singers, songwriters Kay Huang and Penny Tai, musician Lee CinCin, and several Taiwanese DJs. The upcoming performances will also feature Cosmospeople, Bearbabes, Jia Jia and Suming.
Free tickets are available to both students and members of the general public. For more information, please call 02-23758368 (ext.#1721) or visit the Chinese-language event website U Rock.