BATDANCE, a 2-day Prince Batman Soundtrack Symposium, will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Prince’s 11th album, The Batman Soundtrack. On Friday evening, March 29, 2019, the symposium will consist of an opening keynote and a video screening to kick off the event. A full-day of 4 panels and a closing keynote will follow on the next day, Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson is not affiliated, associated or connected with the ‘Prince Batdance Symposium,’ nor has it endorsed or sponsored the ‘Prince Batdance Symposium.’ Further, the Estate of Prince Rogers Nelson has not licensed any of its intellectual property to the producers, advertisers or directors of the ‘Prince Batdance Symposium.’

Why a symposium about Prince at an academic institution like Spelman?

Prince was an innovator in multiple spheres of the arts. Prince was also interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurship, and invention incarnate. He was at the forefront of recording, lighting, and stage technology. Roger Linn’s Linn LM-1 Drum Machine, the first drum machine to use digital samples of acoustic drums, is intrinsically tied to and essentially synonymous with Prince and the “Minneapolis sound” that he is known for. Prince, an early and avid adopter of the internet, conversed directly with his fans in AOL private chatrooms way before Twitter or Facebook. In 1994, before Beyonce’s visual albums, he released his music in an interactive form, even going so far as to entitle it, Interactive. He was also on the forefront of entrepreneurship, building his own 55,000 square feet media complex for audio studio recordings, film and video shoots, band and tour rehearsals that he rented out to others during its inception in 1987. After he initially left Warner Bros. in 1996, he also constantly tested several, music distribution models involving old and new media. Prince worked with Van Jones to create and fund the organizations, #YesWeCode and Green For All. Also, before diversity became a ubiquitous term, Prince’s roster of band members and staff consisted of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. On top of that, Prince was a silent philanthropist donating to many organizations including educational ones such as the Harvest Network of Schools, Harlem Children’s Zone, and Eau Claire Promise Zone to name a few.

De Angela L. Duff, Organizer

Immense Gratitude

I would like to express immense gratitude to the following people. I wouldn’t have been able to pull this all together without the help of:

President Campbell for her wonderful presence at the symposium.

Provost Davies for her unwavering support.

Ayoka Chenzira for supporting this symposium. It could NOT have happened without your support.

Joyce E. Davis for promoting the symposium to the Spelman community.

Mable Ivory for giving me the confidence to produce my own Prince events! I’ll never forget you!

Marco ‘t Hart / 9T99art.com for allowing your exquisite graphic and design to represent the symposium. I can’t thank you enough!

Dana Pride Jones for generously showing me all the logistics involved with planning an event at Spelman.

Furery Reid for an amazing AV setup!

Dorita Treadwell for really coming through in my time of need! I’ll never forget you.

A massive thanks to Robert Hamilton 4 really helping me out in my time of need.

The other angels who appeared are Anjanette Levert, Myra Greene, Eric Thompson, Jerry Volcy, Kala Gause, and Catherine Rono.

Virginia Henriksen for coming in from out of town to lend a helping hand without my having to ask. THANK YOU!


Jihan Lang for lending a helping hand!

Ristina Gooden for having my back!

Paula Grissom for taking time out to also talk to me about planning an event at Spelman.

Kirsty Fairclough for always showing up for Prince!

Ivan Orr for your continued understanding and patience!

Ricky Wyatt, EYE NO, I still have one Grown Folks Music Prince podcast to edit! It’ll get done! I promise.

Harold Pride for always saying yes to the GFM Prince podcasts and for being my soundboard.

Arthur Turnbull for being my Prince friend, the best kind of friend one can have, and for continuing to do the GFM Prince podcasts with me when your insane podcast schedule permits. 

Zaheer Ali for being my Prince friend, the best kind of friend one can have, and for continuing to do the GFM Prince podcasts with me even with your packed schedule.

Victoria Smith for your kindness and generosity!

Charles (Chazz) Smith for continuing to share Prince’s humanity with the world!

To all the panelists, thank you for wanting to participate. There would be no symposium without your presence.

To all the attendees from EYE NO: Prince Lovesexy Symposium & Peach + Black: 30 years of Prince’s Sign O’ The Times, thanks for your continued encouragement and excitement for me to do another Prince event again this year.

To all the attendees this year, welcome to the New Power Generation! We’re going to have a ball!

Camron Gilreath for everything past and present!

Prince Rogers Nelson, what a wild ride it has been and continues to be! You are the gift to the world that keeps on giving! I will continue to speak your name and yell it from the mountaintops until I’m in the ground. Who would I be if it wasn’t for you? Even today, you still give me thrills, chills, and mouth-dropping moments of surprise and sheer awe, but more than that you have always made my life worth living! What are you going to do next? I can’t wait!

Graphic | Marco ‘t Hart / 9T99art.com

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