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READI Talks is part of a professional development series designed to serve creatives looking to build a career in the arts and entertainment industry.  READI Talks are in-depth conversations with creative professionals held in intimate settings throughout Connecticut.


COA presented its first READI Talk with World Touring DJ and HOT 93.7 Radio Personality DJ Meechie.  The discussion was moderated by Brea Simone and tapped into Meechie's insight on the current stance in the industry, how artists can grow, and what artists may be currently doing wrong in their career.  Watch recap here.

Flyer for READI Talk with DJ Meechie


The second READI Talk featured Christopher Brown, Senior National Director of Pop Promotion & Artist Development at Sony Music Entertainment.  The discussion was moderated by Brianna Regine and tapped into Christopher's insight on what goes on "behind the scenes" at record labels, a breakdown of streaming, and what artists need to do to get in front of the right individuals.  Watch recap here.

Flyer for READI Talk with Chris Brown