Georgia's Music Business: Past, Present, Future

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Rodney Mills and Michele Caplinger share observations of the changing face of the Georgia Music scene with the director of the UGA Music Business Program, David Barbe.

The April 12 program will begin at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Russell Special Collections Libraries, followed by a small reception with a display of artifacts from the Georgia Music Hall of Fame collection.

Mills served as chief engineer at Lefevre Sound Studios, engineered and produced at Atlanta’s Studio One before forming his own recording company. He has earned over 50 gold and platinum records for engineering, producing, and mastering and was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1996.

Michele Caplinger has been the senior executive director of the Recording Academy, Atlanta Chapter since 2000. She is a founding officer of Georgia Music Partners, a non-profit focused on growing Georgia’s music industry and the group responsible for leading the charge and the passing of HB-155, Georgia’s Music Investment Act in 2017.

David Barbe has worked as a producer, engineer, writer, and musician on hundreds of recording projects. He came to UGA in 1981 as a journalism student, worked at John Keane Studios, and co-owned a production studio, Chase Park Transduction.