Contact: Kevin Thays
Phone: 608-850-3566

WAUNAKEE, Wis. (October 1, 2015) – Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA), Full Compass and Dennis Graham Associates have teamed up to present “Makin’ It In the Music Biz” – a special gathering of music professionals who will share insightful music industry knowledge with musicians of all ages.  The event is FREE (including lunch) to all participants and takes place at Full Compass in Madison on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“While ‘Makin’ It In the Music Biz’ targets youth, musicians of all skill levels, ages and genres are invited to attend for free and learn tips and tricks from the music professionals,” said Tim Wurgler, WSMA program director.

“Makin’ It In the Music Biz” features notable music business professionals, such as guitarist Scotti Hill (Yamaha Artist and Skid Row guitarist), drummer Aaron Comess (Yamaha Artist and Spin Doctors drummer), Vic Thomas (Summerfest), Rokker (Maximum Ink), Roy Elkins (Broadjam), Beth Kille (songwriter/performer), Lauren Homburg (performer), Cathy Dethmers (High Noon Saloon), Kevin Peckham, Erika Munchka and Matt LaPlant (Full Compass), Rick Tvedt (Madison Area Music Association), Elizabeth Russell (attorney: copyright, trademark, arts), Veronica Heide (audiologist). The event includes a variety of tracks: guitar, drum and vocal clinics; ways to get your band noticed; composition and improvisation; preserving a musicians greatest asset – hearing; process of songwriting and recording; the legal side of the music business; small group and panel discussions, etc.

“Jonathan and I are long-time passionate supporters of school music programs. Hosting a workshop for these amazingly talented young musicians is just another way we can offer our support,” stated Susan Lipp, who owns Full Compass with her husband Jonathan Lipp.

Sponsors include Yamaha, Full Compass, Nicholas Family Foundation, Les Paul Foundation, TVW, Tilt Media, Maximum Ink, Sherwood Press, 94.1 WJJO FM, 93.1 HOT JAMZ, The Zone 1670 AM/106.7 FM, Q106, Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation, Courtier Foundation, SONY and Wisconsin State Journal/The Cap Times.

Register for free by emailing For more information on WSMA, visit

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Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA) is a service organization with more than 1,000 member public and private schools. Each year, more than 100,000 students participate in over 220,000 events for WSMA activities, including District and State Music Festivals, Concert Festivals, State Honors Music Project, State Marching Band Championships and Student Composition Project. WSMA, headquartered in the Wisconsin Center for Music Education, is governed by a board of directors made up of superintendents, principals and other officers from all over the state. WSMA believes music is a basic human need and that all children have the right to experience all that music offers them.