Inaugural Entertainment Conference at USM Gulf Park Campus

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A new conference on the Coast gave those interested in the entertainment industry a chance to learn from professionals.

The inaugural Southern Mississippi Entertainment Conference was held at USM’s Gulf Park Campus on Saturday. Speakers from Forbes and Sony were featured at the event. There were also networking sessions and panel discussions on women in entertainment and social media.

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Event Co-founder Kevin Kartier says the conference was designed to unite entertainers across the Coast. “We wanted to bring an event down here that would not only unify people, but also demystify how the industry works and the way I like to put it is that you don’t have to sing to be in the music business. So, that’s kind of what really inspired the conference. It’s the conference I wish I had when I was younger.”

Kartier says the plan is to make the conference an annual event.

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