Motown Record Corporation founded by Berry Gordy Jr. in Detroit, Michigan, in January 1959 became one of the most successful black-owned businesses, and one of the most influential independent record companies in American history. Influenced by Mr. Gordy’s legacy, Get Ready is designed to connect young artists to trailblazers in the industry to provide them with access to career exposure and successful business practices. This clinic will kickstart your entrepreneurial journey through opportunities to network and learn from their peers, engage in breakout room sessions, and spend time learning from a master entrepreneur.
Our special guest this year is legendary tour manager, and granddaughter of Motown Producer Harvey Fuqua – Tina Farris.
Since being invited to join the touring family of the Legendary Roots Crew back in 1999, Tina hasn’t looked back, amassing a client list that has included some of music’s hottest acts including Chris Rock, Lil Wayne, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Nicki Minaj, Solange, Ella Mai and Anderson Paak just to name a few. A quick look at some of the most successful tours in the past six years would reveal that Farris was at the helm of many of them. The force that is Tina Farris managed the highest grossing tour in the history of Hip Hop, Lil’ Wayne’s AMERICA’S MOST WANTED TOUR. The following year, she hit the road with The Black Eyed Peas, guiding the group through 15 countries, 76 cities and 99 sold out shows before 1.3 million attendees, grossing more than $86 million dollars along the way. She rejoined Lil’ Wayne when he and Nicki Minaj headed out on the I AM STILL MUSIC TOUR – then broke from Wayne to build Nicki Minaj’s solo touring career. Following this success, she used her masterful skills to guide the elusive D’Angelo during his critically-acclaimed comeback run in Europe and the United States. In 2018 she led the Chris Rock Total Black Out tour selling 500,000 tickets worldwide. She is also a producer of Queensfest, ESPN Live Nation Women’s, Global Citizen South Africa, and The Roots’ annual GRAMMY Jam (which has amassed a cult-following.) This is a night of who’s who clamoring for a single show ticket and has been heralded as the must-attend event during Grammy week! From Steve Lacy to Solange…Tina leaves no talent untouched. There is none other like Farris. Dave Chappelle’s “Artist Whisperer” is a tour de force and was recently, rightly chosen…as one of Pollstar’s Top Tour Managers of 2019. “I build performances. That’s what I do.”
What’s next? Tina has pivoted into a full-time producer since the onset of Covid-19. Producing for Movement for Black Lives, Blackstar Film Festival, The Roots properties – Blackstream Live! The Roots Picnic, The Road to Roots Picnic, and creative director of Planet Afropunk. She has also recently been excepted to USC’s Peter Stark producing MFA program.
- 6:30 PM Introduction & Welcome
- 6:45 PM Special Guest Presentation: Tina Farris
- 7:15 PM Q & A with Tina Farris
- 7:45 PM Closing
- 8:00 PM Conclusion
While this program is designed for 6-12 grade students, parents, guardians, and teachers are welcome to attend.
- Access to a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a webcam
- Speakers or headphones
- An external or internal microphone
- Broadband internet connection
What technology is needed for me to attend?
For the best experience, we recommend access to a computer, smartphone or tablet with a webcam, speakers or headphones, an external or internal microphone and broadband internet connection or cellular data.
What is the cost to participate?
This online program is available at no cost to participate thanks to the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.