One of the best parts of the semester for students is when ETSU hosts the semester concert.

Polling for the 2016 spring act will be  Nov 9-13.

According to assistant director of student activities at ETSU, Carter Warden, SGA Senate has designated a secretary of external affairs, Doretha Benn, who oversees the student part of the concerts.

From there, eight to 10 people are chosen to form the concert committee, and it usually takes four to six months in advance to plan concerts.

The committee consists of eight people: Brianna Taylor and Hannah Haney who answer questions pertaining to tickets, Cassie Johnson and Calvin Claggett who prep and usher for the event, Molly Jones and Martin Tompkins who are the volunteer coordinators, and Jacob Holley and Napoleon Rivera deal with public relations and social media.

“All students get to vote using the ETSU Voting System,” Warden said. “They will receive an email from the SGA president telling them when the voting polls are open. The poll link will also be at the bottom of the ETSU homepage under campus information.”

SGA decides on the genre of music by splitting concerts into a rotation system.

The genres are rock, hip‐hop/rhythm blues, pop, country, comedians, alternative, and other.

The funding for the concerts comes from a percentage of student activity fees collected each semester.

“Since we have opened up ticket sales to the public, we are able to recoup some cost to put toward the next semester’s act,” Warden said. “I work with a contracted talent agent to determine which artists are available in that particular genre and within budget for dates we are considering.”

According to Warden, once they receive a list of available artists, he does background checks to make sure the artists have worked well with other universities, etc.

“The list is presented to the director of student activities and vice president of student affairs for review,” Warden said. “Then that list is presented to the entire SGA senate for review. Then it goes on the voting poll.”

The genre for the spring concert is pop. The following bands will be on the poll:


A Great Big World
The All-American Rejects
New Politics
X Ambassadors
Sugar Ray
Relient K
All Time Low
Cody Simpson
Cold War Kids
Dirty Heads
Gin Blossoms
Ingrid Michaelson
Minus the Bear
Boys Like Girls
ZZ Ward