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US: MDIA Music Industry Master Class

Photo from Bonnaroo, provided by AC entertainment for promotion.

*Photo provided by AC Entertainment

Highlights and excursions 


In partnership with AC Entertainment, Ohio University students will have the exclusive opportunity to work on the ground with staff to assist in the operations of two major east coast music festivals: Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester,TN and Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY.

This internship-based course will allow students to research the logistics and facilitation of a modern music festival and apply that knowledge to direct firsthand support of two major events. Students will work onsite and backstage both before and during each festival, working with the various teams within operations and learning the various systems and staff responsibilities that enable a large-scale entertainment event.


Good to know 


Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: Students will be given passes for the week of the festival and will be camping on site with staff. Catered food services will be provided. Students are responsible to bring a tent and sleeping bag.


Forecastle Festival: Students will be given passes for the week of the festival and will be staying in a hotel in downtown Lousiville, within walking distance of the festival. Catered meals will be provided during the festival dates, while a per diem will be provided for meals on pre-festival dates.


Program dates 

This course runs during Summer 2019 and will require participants to travel to two music festivals, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Forecastle Festival. 

Travel Dates:

  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival: June 10 -17, 2019 in Manchester, TN
    • Students and instructor will fly to Nashville, TN and be driven to Manchester, TN
  • Forecastle Festival: July 8 -15, 2019 in Louisville, KY
    • Ohio University will provide a chartered bus to Louisville, KY for drop off and pickup

Application deadline 

February 15, 2019

A total of 10 students will be selected for this trip. An information session will be held on January 24th, 2019 at 9pm in Schoonover 145.

Apply Here!

Courses and credits 

This is a 3.0 credit MDIA course. Preference is given to students who have taken or are enrolled in MDIA 3306 and/or MDIA 3308, though this is not required for acceptance.


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet, Summer 2019

Program fee includes: accommodations, transportation to festivals (Athens to Kentucky, Athens to Tennessee), some meals, welcome and farewell dinner.

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program. 

Find out about scholarships, using your financial aid and more for this program. 

*School of Media Arts & Studies students may apply for an internal scholarship through the  Ralph J. Bitzer MDIA Opportunities Scholarship.


Transportation will be provided from Athens to each festival site and back to Athens. See further details above.

Please note that if flying domestically, you will need to ensure you have to proper identification to pass through airport security (TSA). Due to recent updates to Ohio state licensing laws, if you are an Ohio resident you will need to have either a compliant state ID (driver’s license) or another form of TSA approved documentation to fly domestically after 2020. If you are a non-Ohio resident, please check your state identification to ensure you may use it for domestic air travel or be prepared to show an alternative approved document. For a list of approved documents, visit the  TSA acceptable identification page.  

Living arrangements 

Bonnaroo - Students will be camping at the festival site with staff.

Forecastle - Students will be stay in a hotel in downtown Louisville.

Eligibility and selection process 

This program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who have completed MDIA 3306 or 3308. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study away.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Requesting accessibility accommodation 

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the  Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete a  Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow sufficient time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

For more information, contact:  

Josh Antonuccio
Program Director
Email: antonucn@ohio.edu  
Emily Englehart  
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities  
Email: eengleha@ohio.edu





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