MI SUCCESS STORY: JORDAN SMITH

Jordan Smith is originally from Pismo Beach, California, and grew up playing guitar and playing in his band back home, The Simple Society. He always had a big passion for music but found the call of playing and going to school in Los Angeles too difficult to resist. Jordan enrolled at MI immediately following his high school graduation, saying he didn’t want to waste anymore time in not being in Hollywood, a city where everything happens in.

He graduated from the Music Business program in 2015 and after a short stint back home to play with his band, moved back to L.A. for a touring assistant internship with LVRN Records for Junia Abaidoo (one of the label’s co-founders) at the end of 2017. Life then took him to work under Moe Shalizi (Manager for Marshmello, Alesso, Jauz & more) as an Executive Assistant for a year starting in 2018, first at Red Light Management and then followed the team out once The Shalizi Group was started at the beginning of 2019.

Taking advantage of his MI connections, Jordan now works alongside Hunter Scott, a former marketing professor at MI and CEO of TREND: PR, Branding & Social Media in Los Angeles. While fronting A&R and playlisting for Hunter at TREND, Jordan has founded a management branch of the company called S+ MGMT, where he manages lo-fi producer, Sagun, indie duo, Ruby Red & hip-hop artist/producer, Elyahu.

Jordan says of the MI Music Business program,

“Everything I have achieved so far is because I have put myself out there, meshed with the right people and had the drive and passion it takes to be in this business. MI taught me a lot about so many aspects of the music industry, but without that advice from so many professors, I would not be where I am today.”

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