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Mathew Knowles, Music Legend, Headlines ‘Power On’ Music Conference at A&M-Corpus Christi

October 21, 2016


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The power of music came to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during the Power On music conference, held in the University Center Oct. 19. The conference featured panel discussions from Texas music industry leaders and was aimed at promoting the importance of the music industry in Texas. Some of the topics discussed included music collaborations, music industry careers, funding sources, and training for music careers.

Mathew Knowles, father of pop music superstar Beyoncé and former manager of Destiny’s Child, was the event’s keynote speaker. Knowles is the president and CEO of MusicWorld Entertainment, a leading music and entertainment conglomerate with record sales exceeding 300 million worldwide.

“You don’t just one day become successful, you need to have a strategy and build a team with a strong leader,” said Knowles during his keynote address. “Passion, work ethic and vision are all important components of success and failure is an opportunity to grow, not a reason to quit.”

Other speakers throughout the day include Grammy Award nominee El Dusty and popular Texas Country Music artist Jake Ward.

Power On Music was organized by State Rep. Todd Hunter and co-hosted by the Governor’s Texas Music Office, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College and the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“In 1988, the first piece of legislation I ever passed was making Corpus Christi the official Texas Jazz Festival in the state of Texas,” said Hunter. “So you can say my political career started with music. There is nothing better than music. It’s a huge component to travel and tourism in Texas. Music is non-partisan, it’s about people and it’s about life.”

Hunter ended the conference with a call to action for legislators to fund music enterprise in Texas during the next legislative session starting Jan. 10, 2017.