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Female artists to be focus of UCLA students’ music industry conversation series

Singer Madison Beer and NERVO, the Australian twin sister DJs Miriam and Olivia Nervo, are the guests for the first two sessions of ‘Office Hours’

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Madison Beer-NERVO
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Singer Madison Beer and the Australian twin sisters, Miriam and Olivia Nervo, whose DJ name is NERVO.

Singer and social media influencer Madison Beer and NERVO, the Australian twin sister DJs Miriam and Olivia Nervo, are the guests for the first two sessions on the new cycle of “Office Hours” — the UCLA student-led Music Industry Committee’s live-streamed interview series.

The series debuts Oct. 15 with Beer and NERVO will appear on Oct. 17.

“We are excited to start a new cycle of ‘Office Hours’ with such strong and prominent female artists,” said David Brik, who co-founded “Office Hours” with his brother Allan, and who also moderates the conversations.

“It is important for students — and anyone in general — to realize how much work goes into an artist’s career and how many sacrifices are made to make it to the top,” Allan said. “These conversations inspire students to work harder and follow their dreams.”

The “Office Hours” series is part of the core programming of the Music Industry Committee at UCLA, which when founded in 2016 became the school’s first-ever music industry student club. Instead of attending office hours with professors, students attend the committee’s “Office Hours” with artists, who share their career insights and talk about their path to success. Past guests include A$AP Rocky, Kaskade, Machine Gun Kelly and Este Haim, who graduated from UCLA with a degree in ethnomusicology.

For the first event with Beer, the music industry committee is partnering with iHeartRadio, which is presenting this as an official iHeartRadio Study Break for UCLA students. In addition to discussing her career, Beer will also perform.

The twins in NERVO are also going to discuss their careers and offer advice.

“Super excited to speak to the students at UCLA on Wednesday October 17th,” the twins said. “We have so much to talk about so this time we’ll be drawing a lot from our experiences as women. We will be focusing in on how we witnessed the explosion of dance music in America and will explain how trends and fashions have affected our journey. We will be touching on the importance of staying flexible ... how we started as songwriters, ended up as DJs, how managers can help but also hurt your career, how everybody has a different business structure, how there are no rules. We hope we can offer some advice and shortcuts to people trying to find their feet in the music business!”

Office Hours will be streamed live from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music through UCLA’s Youtube channel at 7:15 p.m. Pacific time on their respective dates. Current UCLA students will have the opportunity to enter a lottery through the Central Ticket Office to win a free ticket to attend the conversation. Information on how to enter the lottery will be posted on Music Industry Committee at UCLA’s Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages.

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