The Music Group
Thursday, October 3, 2013
7:oopm (Doors Open)
Battle of the Bands & Silent Disco
Thursday, April 10, 2014
7:00pm – Midnight
Rites of Spring Music Festival
April 11-12, 2014
The Music Group is a student concert committee that plans, publicizes and produces several concerts a year for students of Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. Events typically include a spring and fall concert, Commodore Quake and Rites of Spring. This group works on contract negotiations, security, hospitality, marketing, technical arrangements and more. In addition, the Music Group may provide opportunities for its members to learn about the music industry within our city.
Mission: The purpose of the Music Group is to expose Vanderbilt students and also the Greater Nashville community to a diverse musical experience. The Music Group is dedicated to maintaining a balance between showcasing new talents and representing Vanderbilt students’ musical tastes. The Music Group is a student-run, democratic concert group which plans, publicizes and produces several concerts a year for Vanderbilt students and the greater Nashville community. Concerts include Commodore Quake in the fall, and Rites of Spring in April, as well as additional events as the Music Group sees fit. This group works on all aspects of concert production, including but not limited to, contract negotiations, security, hospitality, marketing, and technical arrangements. In addition, the Music Group provides opportunities for its members to learn about all aspects of the music industry while educating its members in all genres of music.
While Rites of Spring has been a highly anticipated music festival at Vanderbilt for over 30 years, the Music Group has only been in existence in its current form since 2006 with the re-organization of the Vanderbilt Programming Board. Prior to 2006, Rites of Spring and Commodore Quake were organized by separate committees, however this structure was inefficient in that both groups were performing basically the same function – planning and producing live music events for the entire campus. The formation of the Music Group consolidated the budget, expertise and experience of both groups, thereby enhancing the quality of both Rites and Quake.
In the spring of 2007, the Music Group adopted a new constitution, in order to promote democratic decision-making on the board, and give individual members more of a leadership role and more of a voice. This structure promotes efficiency and pro-active membership by focusing each member of the board on a specific area of our planning process.
Our October 2009 Jay-Show was voted Best of Metromix Nashville: Concert, defeating Leonard Cohen at TPAC, and Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift at the Sommet Center. Just recently we won the 2010 Best of Metromix Nashville: Concert for our Commodore Quake which featured Snoop Dogg, Passion Pit and B.o.B.
Music Group Chairs