Arts Management Students Organize Disco Inferno Concert

Five graduating seniors in the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music arts management and entrepreneurship program will co-produced a disco dance party with the Music Box Supper Club in Cleveland on April 23.  

The seniors organized this concert from scratch. They negotiated prices, booked the talent, and did all the event promotion. They also lent logistical support to the band and Music Box box office staff on the day of the event.  

For the night’s main entertainment, the students booked Disco Inferno. According to a press release by arts management senior Olivia Leyland, the band was formed in 1995 and performs over 150 shows a year across the country. 

One student involved, Emma Morris, said working with a professional concert venue has taught her a lot about the arts industry. 

“Working with the Music Box has been an incredible experience,” Morris said. “I’ve gotten so much real-world experience. I’m so grateful to Mike and Colleen for their guidance throughout this process.”  

The event was put on as as part of the graduating students’ senior capstone project. The arts management senior capstone has been a fixture of the arts management curriculum for years but this is a first-time collaboration with the Music Box.  

Mike Miller, the owner of the Music Box, said the students have been good partners. In an interview conducted ahead of the event, he described advanced ticket sales as “great.”  

“We were very happy to be invited,” Miller said. “It’s been a really great experience for us and I hope it’s been great for the students. They truly stepped up.”