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Business and Entertainment Track

people at a rock concert

This track provides a unique opportunity for high school students to look behind the scenes at how television programs are produced and edited; to visit a major music venue and attend a "sound check" with bands before performance time; to learn about the work that goes on off-stage—by agents, managers, lawyers, producers, engineers and many others—without whom recordings, films or television programs could not be made. 

Students will be immersed in the dynamic entertainment culture that Washington, D.C. has to offer and tour and learn from experts at:

  • National Geographic Television
  • National Music Publishers Association
  • SoundExchange
  • 9:30 Club or Merriweather Post Pavilion
  • Other venues added as confirmed 

Track Leader

John SimsonJohn Simson has been in the music industry since 1971, when he signed as a recording artist and songwriter. Simson's career has included stints as a manger, handling the career of five-time Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, as a special advisor to Harry Belafonte for music and television projects, and a 30-year career as an entertainment lawyer advising clients on copyright and business issues in film, television, music, and the visual arts. He was named Outstanding Volunteer Lawyer by Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts and received an Emmy nomination. 

Simson is an executive-in-residence for the Department of Management at Kogod and is a member of the Washington, D. C. Chapter of the Grammy organization, as well as many other prestigious organizations.