Christopher Sabec Goes Back to School – Part IV

Christopher Sabec Music BiographyChristopher Sabec helped Gary Hart throughout his presidential campaign. In the end, Hart lost the nomination. Despite the disappointment, Christopher’s enthusiasm for politics, and Hart’s vision in particular, continued. Christopher approached Hart’s staff for a position in his Senate office. They welcomed Christopher and soon he was splitting his time between Georgetown’s campus and Capitol Hill, working as a legislative intern for Senator Hart and gearing up with his staff for another run for the White House. Christopher’s primary assignment involved research on the issues surrounding the continuing Senate filibuster of Contra Aid and other aspects of U.S. foreign policy in Central America, as well as research for a book Hart was writing on military reform. Christopher thrived on the Hill and could not have been happier, but his idealism and its resulting enthusiasm took a brutal hit of reality with the eruption of the Donna Rice scandal in the spring of 1986. Suddenly, Hart became the focal point of intense national press coverage and most of the resources of the office were marshaled to react to the growing crisis. This was not what Christopher had signed on for, and with exams looming, he decided he’d had enough of the circus on the Hill and threw himself back into school.

During the last few days of exams that spring, Christopher spotted a flyer soliciting teachers for an SAT prep course called the Princeton Review. He was a National Merit Scholar thanks to his SAT scores and the pay mentioned on the flyer was enticing. He signed on to become an instructor for the summer and supervised four programs for 200 students over the next twelve weeks. It was a terrific way to spend the summer; he thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at teaching. During his last year at Georgetown, he worked part-time as a private tutor, not only helping kids prepare for their SATs, but he also assisted them with their college applications. Some of the friendships he made with these students are still thriving and, unbeknownst to him at the time, he would end up becoming business partners later in life with one of these students.

Biography of Christopher Sabec: Part III

Christopher Sabec Gary HeartChristopher Sabec’s love of music and concerts took root in school projects. The first live concert he attended was Heart and he was immediately hooked. Starting with the first summer that he could drive, and throughout his high school years, he subscribed to the concert series at the local amphitheater for a pair of lawn tickets and attended every concert he could make time for including Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Cars, Pat Benatar, The Tubes, Journey, The Who, Rush, The Police, The Go-Gos, Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen.

Academically, Christopher was a strong student in high school, gravitating towards English and social sciences. His parents generously made it known from an early age that they were more than happy to send him to college. The question for him was never whether he would go to college, but where – his goal being to find a place where he could focus on his strong political interests. As he completed the application his senior year, the choice came down to the University of Virginia or Georgetown University.

He entered Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the fall of 1983, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Theology. The School of Foreign Service is an undergraduate school dedicated to preparing its students for internationally oriented careers, with an emphasis on diplomacy. Not surprisingly, the Washington, D.C. campus ended up being the ideal environment for his interest in politics to grow and much of his education came outside the classroom.

Early in his first year, he has the opportunity to hear Gary Hart speak. At the time, Heart was a Senator from Colorado and long shot presidential candidate. Hart’s speech inspired Christopher and he found himself volunteering to help with his campaign. By winter break, he was working every day at Heart’s cramped campaign headquarters above a Chinese restaurant near the Capitol. Within a few weeks Christopher ventured to New Hampshire, campaigning door-to-door for the primary, which Heart went on to win in an upset over Walter Mondale. With the win came a lot of national exposure and the campaign eventually came down to a two-man race between Hart and Mondale. Christopher soon found himself working directly under Heart’s fundraising chief, as well as coordinating the field in Virginia. On the fundraising side, Christopher spent a great deal of time organizing a series of cocktail parties and concerts hosted by Stephen King and Carole King. Billed as A Night with Two Kings, these events successfully introduced Hart to political donors across the county. Back in Virginia, Christopher was elected a delegate to the Virginia State Democratic Convention. He was 19 at the time and one of the youngest delegates at the convention.

Common Lies Told About Today’s Music Industry

Christopher Sabec Music Industry liesDigital Music News comes to us with the biggest lies told about today’s music industry. With the rise of technology, the music industry has certainly changed, but there are many rumors spreading about that are simply not true.

The first lie is that great music will organically find its fit in the music industry. Great music is only part of being successful in the music industry. Many great songs vanish into obscurity, as there is little financing or marketing behind these songs. Today, popular music is lead by the big record labels who are able to reach the most amount of people.

Another lie spreading around the music industry is that major record labels will eventually die. Although there are more niche artists than before, major record labels are still controlling the popular music and the money. These major record labels are perfecting the art of building and maintaining their artists careers.

Selling digital music is better for revenue than the physical product. This is false. Digital sales volumes are at an all-time low. Artists who are able to sell CDs and vinyl are able to make more money than by selling online. Japan, for example, is currently has the biggest market for recorded music thanks to their strong physical music sales.

There is a half-lie on this list as well. Many people believe that all the money in music is in touring these days. While this can be true for artists like Pretty Lights and other EDM artists, this is not the case for most artists. Most artists are struggling on the road and have to cut their careers because it simply is not worth the money. There is no middle class in music. The music industry today is split into rich artists and starving artists.

The article ends with the presumed lie that streaming is the future of music. This is tough to tell since most of the streaming websites are finding trouble in obtaining profits. YouTube has been giving away music for free, which could be the future of music.

To see the rest of the lies in the music industry, take a look at Christopher’s slideshare below:

Christopher Sabec Biography Part 2

Christopher Sabec - the song remains the sameNotwithstanding his political interests, Christopher Sabec was fascinated with music throughout his childhood. While he had taken various music lessons, he never considered himself a musician. He was a consumer, rather than a creator, of music. In 1975, the local top 40 station was his entry point to the popular music of the time and many evenings he found himself dialing their request line asking the DJs to play songs like Jackie Blue by the Ozark Mountain Daredevils or Philadelphia Freedom by Elton John. Christopher bought his first record while Christmas shopping in 1976: Wings Over America, by Paul McCartney and Wings. More accurately, his father bought the record for him after his pleading requests, but not before commenting derisively, “What?…that hop head?!?!” The confusion of the statement could not have dampened Christopher’s enthusiasm for the record, and within short order, he made his way to The Beatles, Boston, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and other staples of rock radio.

Although Christopher Sabec did not realize at the time, a foreshadowing of his future as an entrepreneur in the music business occurred in October of 1980, early in his sophomore year of high school. John Bonham had just died and the Led Zeppelin concert scheduled to occur at the local arena had been canceled. As the Sophomore Class Treasurer, Christopher had an Idea: he would rent a print of the Led Zeppelin concert film, The Song Remains the Same, and screen it the night the concert had been scheduled to take place. Part memorial service and part class fundraiser, the event was a huge success and very profitable for the class treasury. Two more movies followed that year, with screenings of Rust Never Sleeps and Woodstock. Through these events, Christopher raised the bar on class fundraisers and recognized the power music has to bring people together and generate income.

The Life of Christopher Sabec Part 1

Christopher Sabec Simon & GarfunkelFor Christopher Sabec, 1992 was the year that his passion for music and his education as an attorney converged. Until then, he was busy pursuing his calling in politics and international law, turning to the magic of music primarily as a source of entertainment. At the age of 28, however, a series of fortuitous opportunities in the music business presented themselves to him, forever altering the course of his career and his life goals.

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on December 10, 1964, her was the second of two sons. His father was a Naval officer and his mother was a realtor. After his birth, his family moved to Midway, an island in the Pacific halfway between Hawaii and the Philippines. Two years later, his father was transferred to Washington, D.C. It was there that he experienced one of his earliest memories. Just shy of his third birthday, he was walking hand-in-hand with his babysitter, balancing along a railroad track. They were singing along to Simon & Garfunkel’s 59th Street Bridge Song crackling over the transistor radio that was hanging from her wrist. It’s a vivid memory of his to this day.

Fortunately, by the time he began school, his father had retired and they moved permanently to Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb of Washington D.C. His father’s retirement allowed Christopher to avoid all of the moves usually associated with being in a military family. He attended parochial school until eighth grade, then public high school. A main interest throughout his childhood was his fascination with current events. At a young age, Christopher watched the news and was aware of the political process; he clearly remembers the 1972 primary season and conventions, as well as the resulting Watergate hearings. In school, this interest played itself out in student government. Christopher Sabec ran for office every time he had the opportunity, holding various elected positions along the way. In his senior year of high school, he was elected president of the student body and successfully ran for a sear on the Fairfax County School Board. His position on the board was an incredible learning experience. He represented the interests of over 125,000 students and participated in the board’s discussions and debates involving curriculum issues and appropriations for a budget exceeding $450 million.

To be continued…

Musicians Turning Towards Crowdfunding to Fund their Careers

Christopher Sabec Taylor SwiftIn a recent article posted by The Huffington Post, music industry experts put Taylor Swift in her place when she discusses her take of the future of the music industry. Recently, Taylor Swift wrote an op ed piece at the music industry that read like a “delusional fairy tale” where she describes music and fans falling in love. However, many people are quick to tell her she’s wrong and correct her claims that she makes in her op ed piece. Many experts don’t believe that “pure hard work” is ever enough to sell an album or the total cost of an album should be based on the “heart and soul” of the record.

Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is success in music has robbed anyone who isn’t a mega star or super successful in the industry of a lucrative career. Even the mega stars are struggling to make a profit. With mediums such as Spotify and Pandora that are failing to make a profit, more artists are turning to Kickstarter to fund their music projects. Crowd funding seems to be more the future than ever before. However, the fact that people aren’t buying records is no good news to anyone. According to studies from January 2014, record sales hit their lowest points since records were collected in 1991.This is hurting sales for major pop stars and decimating them for lesser known acts. As said in a 2012 New York magazine profile, “For much of the twentieth century, you might have assumed that musicians with top-twenty sales week and a Radio City show –made as much as their dentists.”

This is simply not the case anymore. Now hits are being defined by declining numbers and flops are almost comical in their lousy sales. Many people wonder about digital sales, since more people are buying music online to listen to on their mobile devices. Well, they aren’t faring well either.  People are downloading music but illegally or they are streaming music with programs like Spotify or Pandora. But as said before, they are having issues making a profit themselves. Unlike what Taylor Swift said in her op ed, this problem cannot be solved with an “arrow through the heart” but rather this is a commerce issue. The music industry needs to reevaluate the way it makes money. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see if the industry can figure out a way for their sales to increase and artists of all levels of stardom can go back to making the kind of money they used to received.

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