Arts and Entertainment Management grad brings industry experience to Europe
Following your passion and being open to possibilities: How a CapU internship can lead to a career opportunity in London
In high school, Kyle Kubicek knew he wanted to translate his love of music into work in the entertainment industry. He came to CapU in September 2016 intending to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree to set him on that pathway.
Two weeks in, he knew the BBA program was not for him; he also learned there was one spot left in the Arts and Entertainment Management (AEM) program.
“The AEM program is really niche—there is nothing quite like it offered anywhere else in Canada,” said Kubicek. “I joined the program and instantly fell in love with it.”
The small cohorts, attention from the instructors, and getting to work hands on with people actively working in the industry was pivotal for him.
As a student, he was matched with international artist management company Macklam Feldman Management—a company that represents a roster of recording artists that include James Taylor, Sarah McLachlan, Diana Krall—for a four-month internship. The internship led to a permanent job, first as executive assistant to the CEO, and later as a digital marketing specialist with the company.
Macklam Feldman opened an office in London, UK, to expand into European markets in 2020, but a staffing change the following year left them in need of an operations manager.
“I put my hand up and said if you need someone to keep it open, I would love to explore that opportunity,” said Kubicek. “I flew to Paris to meet with clients and we hit it off right away. Now I am moving to London in May 2022 to run our European division.”
Looking ahead, Kubicek feels the arts and entertainment industry is seeing a positive post-COVID-19 turnaround, and it is time for a fresh start.
“Tours are being announced, shows are happening – we’re finally here. I think we’re standing at the precipice of a new dawn. I am able to witness how the experience of being back in a shared space for a shared experience is magical and quite special for people.”
Interested in a career in arts and entertainment management? Visit the Arts and Entertainment Management diploma program pages for course and application information.
Submitted by: Communications