MIA/MEISA, the combined Music Industry Association and the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association, is the student-run, industry-related organization open to all ISU students who are interested in the music industry. Meeting every two weeks, this very active group addresses a wide variety of issues, such as organizing and running live music events, fund-raising in order to take industry-related field trips and to bring in guest speakers from various aspects of the music industry, exchanging ideas about the music industry, updates about the ever-changing fabric of the music industry, and practical discussions about professionalism and job-hunting.
MIA/MEISA members are active in a wide variety of musical ensembles and events both on campus and off. They provide community service, for example in providing ushers for the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra (THSO) performances.
MIA/MEISA also organizes, sponsors, and hosts the bi-annual Rocktoberfest/Showcase. This event, which features regional bands, is a terrific event for a number of reasons:
it provides bands and performers a fresh place to perform
MIA/MEISA members gain valuable experience in developing, planning, and running a live event, and
it provides the campus community with a live musical event.
MIA/MEISA members display their musicianship in a number of ways, such as participating in university ensembles and performing solo work in recitals. Each semester the organization hosts and performs in the MIA/MEISA recital. Members perform from several genres of music, from classical to Broadway to popular music.
MIA/MEISA supports and encourages its members to be involved with the music industry outside of Terre Haute. MIA/MEISA takes part in the semi-annual NAMM (The International Music Products Association) Show, the largest trade show of its kind, which brings together music manufacturers and retailers from across the globe. The winter trade show is held every January in Los Angeles, and the summer trade show is held every July in Austin, TX. Attending the trade show gives MIA/MEISA members the opportunity to network and build relationships with professionals and executives in the music products industry. These connections can be called on later to secure internships and employment opportunities.
Similarly, MIA/MEISA members have the opportunity to attend Conn-Selmer Institute, a workshop designed to help music educators and in the Music Business Program students network and share tips and ideas. These are among the many opportunities open and available to ISU Music Business Program students and MIA/MEISA members.