- Feb 3 Taste of Service
- Feb 3 Macalester New Music Series presents INTERSECTION: Jazz Meets Classical Song
- Feb 4 'Moving Beyond Minnesota Nice:' Engaging Diversity in the Classroom
- Feb 12 Mitau Lecture
- Feb 17 Black History Month Keynote: Dr. Joy DeGruy - "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome"
- Feb 18 Mental Health Awareness Film & Speaker
- Feb 19 The Inaugural Lecture of James Dawes as DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
- Feb 19 Robert Blanchette on "Tombs, sunken ships and historic huts: studying ancient wood reveals secrets from the past"
- Feb 19 Chamber Music at Macalester: Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Osmo Vanska
- Feb 20 Macathon 2015
Zeid Habayeb ’11
Economics with political science minor
Internship: Atlantic Records
Zeid Habayeb '11 got an internship at Atlantic Records, New York City, through a Macalester alumnus.
How he got the job:
A Macalester alumnus and friend was at a concert with my summer internship boss, the vice president of artist development at Atlantic Records (which is home to aritsts ranging from B.o.B. to Janelle Monae to Matchbox Twenty), and she mentioned me to him. He was looking for an intern, so he contacted me. We hit it off and he offered me the position.
The Artist Development Department, where I worked, plans the careers of the artists who are signed to Atlantic. Therefore, my duties ranged from tour scheduling to product promoting. Every artist has a development manager, so altogether the department handles around 150 artists.
What does Atlantic do for artists?
Atlantic Records spots talented artists, signs them, and then helps them realize their potential, giving them help with artistic development, A&R, promotion, marketing, and sales. With an increase in file sharing and music sales plummeting in recent years, labels have had to change their strategies and the way they work with artists. New deals are being made with artists, which are called "multiple rights" or "360" deals. These deals give labels rights to and percentages of artists' touring, merchandising, and endorsement earnings. In exchange for these rights, labels give higher advance payments to artists and have more patience with artist development.
What was the highlight of your internship?
The best part of this experience is how closely you get to work with the artists. Each one of them starts out like a small special project, and everything you do is aimed at furthering their careers. It’s grueling work, but soon enough their accomplishments start feeling like your own.
Is this the kind of business you'd like to pursue a career in?
I have always loved music, especially live music, but I’d never considered it as a viable career option. Now that I know better, I’d definitely like to work in the music industry again. Three months ago, my post-graduation plan was to land a job on Wall Street. Now I'm back at Atlantic Records for J-Term working for one of their sub-labels called Big Beat Records. They specializes in house and dance music. I am very hopeful that after these 2 experiences I will be coming back here after graduation.