New York (May 14, 2004)–Manhattan Center utilized its Grand Ballroom on April 24th to host Power 105.1 FM’s 2004 Hip Hop Summit, a series of panels and discussions about various aspects of the hip hop industry. The facility also donated a full day of recording studio time with an engineer to 10 lucky winners at the summit, which featured guest speakers such as Def Jam Records founder and keynote speaker Russell Simmons, Power 105.1 FM’s morning DJ Ed Lover and artist Fat Joe.
Carl Freed, who spearheaded the event coordination, was pleased with the results. “The summit sold out and was an enormous success,” stated Freed. “Much of that can be attributed to the strength of Power 105.1 FM and the wonderful staff at Manhattan Center. They did everything in their power to make everyone feel comfortable and worked diligently to see that the event ran smoothly. I certainly look forward to working with them in the future.”
The Hip Hop Summit attracted artists, producers, managers, attorneys, label owners and many other industry professionals to speak on a variety of topics that affect the industry, including radio airplay, getting signed to a record deal, live show promotions and the overall business of hip hop.
“We were very happy to be part of an important event like this one,” stated Peter Ross, president of Manhattan Center Productions. “In addition to providing all of the attendees with the opportunity to learn from established leaders in the industry, 10 lucky winners will also get to record for a day with our engineers. Many aspiring artists will never get to hear their work recorded in a large-format studio with an experienced audiophile. It’s a great opportunity to see how the pros do it and to feel the vibe from rooms where some of the industry’s top producers and artists have worked.”
Manhattan Center Productions has worked with numerous major acts, engineers and producers including Brandy, The Roots, Pete Rock, Timbaland, Manny Fresh and Jimmy Douglas.
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