Jacques Durand Jr
Orlando, Florida, United States
"The test of a man is the fight that he makes, the grit that he daily shows, the way he stands upon his feet and takes life's numerous bumps and blows". I am a man who has faced many obstacles during my time on this earth, but I made the decision to fight against those forces and shoot for greatness.
I hail from South Florida where the culture is rich, and the scenery is great. This is where I began my passion for music. I began playing marching percussion at the tender age of 9-years-old for my church drum corp. This foundation led me to play percussion on the middle school, high school, and collegiate level.
During my undergraduate degree at Bethune-Cookman University I studied Music technology, where I took classes on music history, music theory, music production and much more. Outside of the classroom, I held leadership positions in various organizations, and interned around the Central Florida area. These experiences allowed me to apply my leadership skills, musical knowledge, multimedia studies, and passion into real world experiences. Some of my other areas of interest include photography, and video production.
Throughout my life I have always taken a liking to biographical films based on the lives of music artist(s). For example, The Temptations, The Five Heartbeats, The Jacksons: The American Dream, and Cadillac Records. I found myself intrigued by the musicianship of the artist(s), and the business aspects of the films. I noticed that many artists of the past lacked knowledge of the industry they chose to enter, leading them to be taken advantage of. In particular, they would be pushed into signing horrible contract deals, or their music would end up being sung by another group and played over the airwaves without any compensation.
My fascination with Music Law, and Music Licensing lead me to earn a Master of Science degree from Full Sail University in Entertainment Business. On this journey I faced a series of courses that helped mold me into a well-rounded entertainment professional.
Now that I have finished my degree I am in search of an opportunity to work with one of the major performance rights agencies. My goal is to help protect musical artists’ content, preventing what I’ve seen happen to the many artists of the past.
Thank you for taking the time out to learn more about me, feel free to get in contact with me via email above.