On Saturday, November 18th, more than 60 creatives from around the city of Atlanta gathered at Dakoro Art Gallery for a dope, interactive learning session presented by Urban Republic and PopEd. The ATL PopUp Learning Studio, whose aim was to connect up and coming artists, producers, writers, and managers with music industry insiders, was filled to capacity.

In partnership with The Motown Museum and The Sean Anderson Foundation, PopEd creates digital and IRL learning experiences for young artists trying to break into the music industry. The ATL PopUp Learning Studio featured a wide array of music industry veterans who shared valuable tips on how to create a sustainable a successful career in the music industry.

PopEd Learning Studio Meetup Panelists Included:

Photo: Patricia O’Driscoll

Craig King. An award-winning musician, writer, and producer, Craig King has worked with a wide range of artists including Kanye West, Ludacris, Kenny Rogers, T.I., and the late Aaliyah, just to name a few.


D.L. Warfield. A visionary artists, D.L. Warfield is the creative brain behind the artwork of some of the music’s most recognizable albums. As Head Designer for Tommy Boy Records and resident Art Director for LaFace, Warfield has worked on visual brands and styling for some of today’s hottest recording artists including Usher, TLC, OutKast and Pink.

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Shay Star. Former artists turned media personality and social influencer, you can find Shay Star interviewing celebrities on the red carpet, chopping it up with your favorite A-list artists on her podcast, or hosting some of Atlanta’s livest events.


Melvin Breeden. President and CEO of Big Cat Records and Radar Live, named one of the music industry’s Top Rap Labels by Billboard Magazine in 2005, Melvin Breeden took the industry by storm with the 1996 independent release of  Freak Nasty‘s “Da’ Dip” selling more than 1.5 million copies. Since then, he has worked behind the scenes with several chart topping rap artists.

In addition to all this knowledge, PopEd invited attendees to extend their dynamic learning experience with limited time, FREE access two online learning studios providing further insight into the music industry. The night concluded with a live performance from Atlanta hip-hip artists Urban Republic, who came through and blessed the mic with tracks from their latest album Killa City For A Reason.

Photo: Dewey da Don


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