Charting: Popular Music Industry Summit


$10+HST ($11.30)

*Free for students currently enrolled at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. 

Advance registration is encouraged by February 8

Registration Form



Talbot College and Music Building
Western University
1151 Richmond St
London ON N6A 3K7

Join us!

This year's Popular Music Studies Industry Day event "Charting" takes place on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Join us for an exciting lineup of pop industry experts presenting on a variety of industry topics including songwriting, production, performance, marketing, promotions, and development.  


Saturday, February 10, 2024 (1pm-7pm)
von Kuster Hall, Music Building  

1:00pm Keynote speakers (via Zoom):
Canadian-Nigerian singer-songwriter Falana and artist manager/record producer/entertainment lawyer Rodney Borde-Koufie 
2:30pm Songwriter/producer/performer Gary McAuley
3:15pm Concert promoter/marketer Jay Panaseiko
4:00pm London Music Development Officer Richard Gracious
4:30pm Roundtable/Q&A
5:00pm Exhibits and meet & greet (Music Building lobby)
6:00pm Concert in von Kuster Hall, featuring students from Western's Popular Music Studies program. 


$10+HST ($11.30)

*Free for students currently enrolled at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. 

Advance registration is encouraged by February 8

Registration Form

Register here

HST number: 10816 2587 RT0001

Guest Speakers

Participants for 2024 include: 

Singer-songwriter FalanaKeynote Speakers

Hailed by Vogue as “Nigeria’s Coolest Front Row Star”, born-in-Brampton Canadian / Nigerian singer songwriter Falana joins us via Zoom, along with manager, producer, and entertainment lawyer Rodney Borde-Koufie. 

Gary McAuleyJuno-nominated recording artist and former Western Music student Gary “GMAC” McAuley has vast experience in the entertainment sector. He has worked with or shared the stage with James Brown, Aretha Franklin, The Tempatations, Gladys Knight, The Bee Gees, and legendary producer/mentor David Foster.

His relationships in the music business and related industries run far and wide.

Jay PanaseikoConcert promoter and marketer Jay Panaseiko is a dynamic visual storyteller and digital content developer with more than 25 years’ experience in brand promotion. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Helix, Honeymoon Suite, The Trews, and local artists like After the Lounge, Sara Smith, Lost in Japan, Sarina Haggarty, and Full Petty Fever.

photo of Richard GraciousAs a London Music Development Officer for the London Music Office, Richard Gracious works closely with artists and the city to create a future that keeps music as a sustainable practice that can be celebrated and enriching for all.

He is a touring musician, producer & Hi-Fi enthusiast who has toured in multiple bands across North America, producing recordings for local artists & running a DIY record label. 

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2022 Summit Info

On December 8, 2022, students in the Bachelor of Arts (Major in Popular Music Studies) program at Western hosted their first-ever Popular Music Industry Summit. This exciting event was open to alumni, current Western students, prospective students, and the community at large. Alumni of the program shared their experiences and knowledge with attendees.

Attendees were also treated to a concert at the end of the day, performed by current popular music studies students, and had many opportunities throughout the day's sessions to ask questions and gain valuable insights.

Read Western News article: Summit celebrates London, music and Western’s star alumni


As part of the 2022 "Charting" event, Paige Kash performed her original song "Bloom" with fellow students. 

Music credit: “Bloom” © owned by songwriter Paige Kash (Popular Music Studies student)
Performed by Ben Heffernan (guitar), Manuel Thomas (drums), Aiden Wiebe (bass guitar), Paige Kash (keyboard) in von Kuster Hall, Western University December 8, 2022

Contact Information

Sasha Gorbasew
519-611-2111 x80532