SCOPING out the music scene


Last year, famous musical groups such as Neutral Milk Hotel, CHERUB, and Misterwives graced the stage of the IMU, playing in Iowa City for University of Iowa students and others.

These artists were among the many that are commissioned to play on campus by the UI’s SCOPE.

The groups brings concerts and other entertainment, such as comedians, to campus and the Iowa City community. 

“We’re kind of a liaison between the university and artists and just trying to bring them to campus,” said Jacobi Lange, a member of the group’s 2014-15 General Committee. “The goal is to bring an eclectic group to campus.”

Last academic year, SCOPE hosted such big names as Real Estate, Big Gigantic, and Santah; in the past, it has brought in A$AP Ferg, Sky Ferreira, and Dustin Lynch to perform.

Lange said the group is still working on this coming academic year’s lineup.

“There’s always someone working and thinking about the next project,” he said. 

SCOPE also markets as an educational opportunity for students, offering hands-on experience in the music businesses, including music promotion, production, talent buying, finance, marketing, and hospitality.

“In the music industry experience wins no matter what … [so] it’s good to let these kids get hands-on experience when normally it’s hard to get experience with that kind of thing,” Lange said.

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