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Universal Music Center to present educational program

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Mike Arturi, founder and director of Red Wing's Universal Music Center, will present "Find Your Place in Music" to students at Friday's Big 9 Music Festival. Arturi said he hopes the program will help students learn about and explore career possibilities in the music industry beyond performing on stage.

"Very few musicians can make a living from live performance," Arturi said. "We want to educate these students about other full time or supplemental musical careers in manufacturing, education, production and retail."

The program will feature vendors from various non-performance music fields, giving students the opportunity to talk with industry professionals. Arturi will host a panel discussion about careers in music featuring Tommy Barbarella and William F. Ludwig III.

Barbarella is a successful composer and was a longtime keyboardist for Prince in his New Power Generation band. Ludwig III hails from the Ludwig Drums company family, the grandson of the company's founder.

Arturi will present the discussion with Barbarella and Ludwig III to roughly 400 students selected to participate in the Big 9 Select band, orchestra and choir.

"Our main goal is to raise awareness for the variety of careers in music and help students with ideas for future careers," Arturi said.

Since opening the Universal Music Center in 2012, Arturi and his team of musicians offer music lessons to students of all ages.

The Lovin​' Spoonful drummer said he is pleased of the music center becoming an established part of Red Wing's art and music community.

"I am beyond proud to offer this program to our students as a representative of the vibrant Red Wing arts community," Arturi said.

The "Find Your Place in Music" program is free for students to attend.