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MAY 19-21


Berklee's student club, "K-Pop Initiative," teams up with Global Initiatives and the Professional Music Department to present the very first 2021 Virtual K-Pop Summit! The K-Pop Summit introduces K-Pop professionals to students seeking to advance their careers in the music and entertainment industry. This event advances the K-Pop Initiative’s mission to extend “K beyond Korea.”

The summit has three broad goals:
     - Celebrate Korean music
     - Educate the broader community
     - Offer insight (including practical advice)

Watch here or through individual links in the schedule section.
The event is free but seats are limited.

MAY 19

Session 1 (EDT)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

DISCUSSION: Let’s Talk K-Pop


Bernie Cho, president of DFSB Kollective; Eddie Nam, founder and CEO of EN Management


Dr. Hae Joo Kim, assistant chair, Professional Music Department, Berklee

Student Moderator: Kelly Gravo, vice president, K-Pop Initiative, Berklee

President of DFSB Kollective, Bernie Cho, and Founder of EN Management, Eddie Nam, will be sharing their thoughts on the past trends and the hopeful future of the K-Pop industry. Ask them a question on the registration page!

Session 2 (EDT)

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MASTERCLASS: K-Pop Music Production


Jae Chong, songwriter, producer, member of legendary Korean group 'SOLID'


Ray Seol, assistant director, Global Initiatives, Berklee

Student Moderator:

Matthew Ahn, president of K-Pop Initiative, Berklee


The top Asian-American award-winning music producer, Jae Chong, is hosting a masterclass on K-Pop production. He will be breaking down his own projects as well as giving feedback to student submissions. 



MAY 20

Session 1 (EDT)

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

MASTERCLASS: K-Pop Mixing and Engineering


David K. Younghyun, co-founder of PRAUS; assistant engineer to Tony Maserati

Student Moderator: 

Matthew Ahn, president of K-Pop Initiative, Berklee

Berklee alumni producer and engineer, David Kim, is hosting a masterclass on K-Pop mixing and engineering. He will be breaking down his own projects as well as discussing his career direction from Berklee to his collaboration with Tony Maserati and co-founding PRAUS.  Ask him a question on the registration page!

Session 2 (EDT)

8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

MASTERCLASS: Editing for Korean Film and Media


Steve Choe, film editor (including Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer​​​​)

Student Moderators:

Matthew Ahn, president, K-Pop Initiative

C-47 Post Studio film editor, Steve Choe will be discussing everything about film editing. He will be walking through the workflow as an editor as well as explain the unique qualities that have made Korean film and media rise in popularity. Ask him a question on the registration page!

MAY 21

Final Session (EDT)

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM



MJ Choi, founder of I Love Dance (Dance studio based in New York City)

We will finish the summit with an immersive K-Pop dance class. Founder of I LOVE DANCE, MJ Choi will guide us through a popular K-Pop choreography. Make sure to sign up on the registration page!


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Bernie Cho

President, DFSB Kollective

Bernie Cho is the president of DFSB Kollective, a Seoul-based Artist & Label Services agency that specializes in providing digital media, marketing, and distribution solutions for Korean artists. The agency collaborates with musicians and management companies to devise strategies that connect artists directly with their local and global fans; and has produced K-Pop concerts and showcases in North America, Asia, and Europe as well as secured #1 Apple iTunes Music chart debuts for various K-Pop albums in multiple countries. DFSB Kollective is a member of Merlin Network and an official Korean content provider for Apple iTunes Music, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube Music, Deezer, TIDAL, etc. As one of the first and foremost K-Pop music exporters, DFSB Kollective and its artists have been featured speakers/performers at top international music industry events and profiled in leading international media outlets.

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Jae Chong

Songwriter, producer, member of legendary Korean group 'SOLID'

Jae Chong is a leading Asian-American music producer who primarily works as a Mando-Pop and K-Pop writer and producer. He has sold over 70M+ records worldwide and is responsible for creating numerous award-winning hits for artists that have been celebrated at MelOn Music Awards, MNET Asian Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and more. His credits include Coco Lee, A-mei, Aziatix, JYJ, Solid, and Trouble Maker.

He’s also the main producer and member of the popular South Korean R&B group, ‘SOLID’ and the first Korean-American nominated for the Golden Melody Awards ‘Best Producer of the Year’. Jae Chong has also helped launch MACHI Entertainment, the first hip-hop entertainment company in Taiwan.

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Founder and CEO of EN Management

Eddie Nam is an entrepreneur focused in talent management and media.

His company, EN Management, is home to artists such as Eric Nam, Epik High, KATIE, includes a roster of Grammy-nominated producers and has provided consulting services for some of the world’s leading record labels such as YG Entertainment, Warner Records, Team Wang, etc.

In 2019, Eddie co-founded DIVE Studios - an audio company focused on positively impacting culture and society. DIVE Studios is home to multiple award-winning podcasts and the mental health/wellness audio application called MINDSET.

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Steve Choe

Film editor (including Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer​​​​)

Steve Choe is a film editor for C-47 Post Studio. The award-winning C-47 Post Studio is South Korea's leading one-stop shop solution for digital media services, fulfilling all elements of the post-production process from editing, sound mixing, color grading, and mastering to delivery. Located in central Seoul, the studio works with an international client base ranging from renowned studios to individual filmmakers. He has edited over 60+ films and shows including Snowpiercer, Room No. 7, and Train. He has been nominated for 8 film editing awards including 1 win for Best Editing at the 2013 Grand Bell Awards for Snowpiercer. He is also a film professor at Korean National University of Arts, teaching the great beauty of film editing.

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David K. Younghyun

Co-founder of PRAUS; assistant engineer to Tony Maserati

David K. Younghyun is a producer and mixing engineer and alumni of Berklee College of Music studying MP&E and graduating in 2018. He is based in LA and is an assistant engineer to Tony Maserati and has work credits including Twice, JYP, GOT7, Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Mary J Blidge, Adam Lambert Lukas Graham, Lido, etc. He is also the co-founder and executive producer of PRAUS Records, located in Seoul, Korea. He has received the bronze award at the 2018 AES Student Mixing Competition.

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MJ Choi

Founder of I LOVE DANCE

(Dance Studio Based in New York City)

MJ Choi is the founder of I LOVE DANCE, the biggest K-Pop Dance Studio and Performance Team in the greater New York City Area. Since its founding in 2006, I LOVE DANCE sprouted from its roots in Manhattan, to opening studios in Queens and Fort Lee NJ where more than 600 students collectively come to dance together. MJ’s passion for dance extends into producing dance cover videos, organizing flash mobs, teaching workshops, and promoting active communication with its community on YouTube and other social platforms. MJ has gone to Washington D.C to conduct a K-Pop Workshop for the First Lady of South Korea, performing and teaching workshops at Metropolitan Museum and American Museum of Natural History, and performing at the Madison Square Garden with K-Pop IDOL group (G)I-DLE during KCON NY.

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