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Makeba Riddick-Woods on Breaking into the Songwriting Business (Berklee Intervals)

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In the decade since the release of Rihanna's hit album Rated R, producer and songwriter Makeba Riddick-Woods has gone on to win six Grammy Awards and collaborate with industry icons like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez. Here, she shares stories about breaking into the industry and the importance of understanding the music business.

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Production credits:
Directed by: Audrey H.
Assistant Director: Padriac Farma
Interviewers: Lesley O'Connell and Bryan Parys
Editor: Jeannie Greeley
Assistant Editor: Regina Crisosto-Jequier
Graphics: Zak Bashir-Hill
Audio editing: Isak Kotecki
Images courtesy of Makeba Riddick-Woods

About Berklee College of Music:
Berklee is the preeminent institute of contemporary music and the performing arts, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its campuses in Boston, Massachusetts, and Valencia, Spain, and through its award-winning distance learning program, Berklee Online. Dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world’s most inspired artists, Berklee’s commitment to arts education is reflected in the work of its students, faculty, and alumni—hundreds of whom have been recognized with Grammy, Tony, Oscar, and Emmy awards.

At Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, students explore interdisciplinary approaches to music, dance, theater, film, business, health care, education, technology, and more. Our pioneering youth programs reach underserved classrooms throughout the U.S. and beyond. With students and alumni from more than 100 nations and educational partners across the world, we are forging new connections among art forms, musical traditions, and technologies to build a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative global arts community. Learn more at berklee.edu.

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